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pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 2077
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
I almost overlooked this sweet shot of the Golden Gate bridge taken with Nikki...



I think I have the same shot, taken in 1990 on Tri-X film. Hasn't changed much



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 5988
Country: United States

Space Needle shot from my 80-400AFS VR vs. 400/5.6 ED AI test images.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13125
Country: United States

NightOwl Cat wrote:
Thanks for that link, PS sure makes that easy, so I'm finally going to get that installed tonight, and then right afterwards, install the Nik Software now that the whole collection is so cheap. Those that have bought bits and pieces before, check your emails for info, those that haven't bought it.. BOY IS IT CHEAP NOW!!

https://plus.google.com/112991908363536599988/posts/dwJAcwuphTa

I was alerted to that from this post:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441211

And further down, there's a promo code for an additional 15% off, which brings it down to $126.65 before local sales tax. The licensing is per USER, not per machine.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441843

I'm a bit late with this, but if you use this PROMO CODE for the NIK software

jclark you'll get an additional 15% off! so then it $126.65


pburke wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Peter (Wisconsin) I love your close work. Those images are stunning. And thanks for the link to focus stacking. I'll have to give it a try. Interestingly, the fellow demonstrating the technique was hand holding his camera. Until I buy a tripod that is the only way I'll be doing it and I doubt it will be more than two images...



It should work fine - now that I know how photoshop does it. First it aligns the layers using the same brains it uses to stich overlaying images into a panorama. It finds matching features and bends and scales things until they fit. Obviously, the better the images overlap, the easier the alignment. I had very little shift between the layers once it was aligned, even though the focal length visibly changes when you change focus on the lens (rather than using a macro rail to move the camera).

The hand-holding technique should be great for extreme depth of field shots with handheld wide angles - two quick shots in succession, trying to hold still, while you turn that focus from high to low, then combine and you have better than f22 DOF while avoiding f22 abberations.




Thanks for the heads up on the promotion code Laura. A friend sent me an email with a link to the Google offer but it was your post with that code that got me to move. This is a great deal for certain. I simply couldn't resist. It is installing as i write this. Happy days are here again...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13125
Country: United States

pburke wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
I almost overlooked this sweet shot of the Golden Gate bridge taken with Nikki...



I think I have the same shot, taken in 1990 on Tri-X film. Hasn't changed much


I think they've upgraded their tour boats...

I've never taken photos from the northern overlook, largely because it is overrun by tourists. But this is definitely a good perspective from which to shoot the bridge. You and me and a few million others took a photo there...



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13125
Country: United States

That's one sharp image John... Seems you're having fun.

I did as well, with a day trip taking Nikki along the coast on Highway 1. This was shot with the 24 f/2.8 N.C. AI'd, which is one sweet little lens.


We're looking north toward Stinson Beach with Bolinas above the cliffs on the left.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13125
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
So the local guy with the excellent condition 500/4 AI-P that had the front protective element replaced still has it for sale - now down to $1900. It's an hour trip just to get to him to even see the lens. Meanwhile the mint condition one on the B&S has had the price lowered a bit . . . . MFNAS is very catchy these days . . . .


I would never invest this much money in a lens but I know how much you love to go long. This feels like a once in a lifetime investment John. If you can handle it, the mint copy of the Buy and Sell board really seems the way to go. I've no doubt you would take great joy in that lens and doubtless we'd love seeing what you produce with it.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13125
Country: United States

So here is my first Nik conversion, this using Silver Efex Pro 2. The photo was taken at the Vedanta Retreat Center with Nikki this afternoon.


Here is a shot I took of the same building with the 28 f/3.5 H AI'd. If I recall correctly, I processed that with SEP 2 as well.


These beautiful old lenses are a joy to use and they certainly perform beautifully.



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1422
Country: Australia

leighton w wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Lovely set of images Leighton. Sorry spring is coming so later to the Shenandoah Valley. California is being California with so many blossoms the air is fragrant with them. Of course, the downside is those of us with allergies are not having the best of times... I'm not complaining though...

The 28 f/2.8 AI-s is a perfect lens for your world Leighton. That focal range is definitely my favorite wide.


Thanks Curtis, I'm enjoying this beauty that Reagan let go!
Here are two more from this morning.



WOW Leighton - you are really flying with that 28mm.....beautiful shots. but it's not just the lens, I know, the compostions are great and a lens can't do that.

ben



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 13125
Country: United States

John, perhaps you want to go LONGER with a 600 f/5.6 AI that appears to be in GREAT condition for under two thousand dollars.

Nikon 600 f/5.6 AI ED-IF on E-Bay



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9340
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Another wow shot Jose. I like the color version better


+1 Probably the best so far!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9340
Country: United States

philipj wrote:
Glad to see the thread is humming along just fine. Free time is at a minimum these days, but I try to at least keep up with the photos, if not the conversation. So many great photos of such a variety of subjects, a truly unique corner of the internet.

Margot passed her half-year milestone a week and some days ago, and is growing in leaps and bounds. She army crawls around, has started eating solids, has gotten a bit better at being able to sleep, and is as beautiful as any little girl could be. A portrait from today with the 180mm f/2.8 AI-s, wide open, as this lens should be used.


Eeyore by philipjohnson, on Flickr


Good to see you again Philip, Margot is growing like a weed.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9340
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
So here is my first Nik conversion, this using Silver Efex Pro 2. The photo was taken at the Vedanta Retreat Center with Nikki this afternoon.


Here is a shot I took of the same building with the 28 f/3.5 H AI'd. If I recall correctly, I processed that with SEP 2 as well.


These beautiful old lenses are a joy to use and they certainly perform beautifully.


I definitely like the second one better!

And I love the shot of Stinson Beach, another desktop!

Don't forget the blog!



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7717
Country: United States

Giving this its own replay so nobody has to hunt for the code, if you bought some of their stuff in the past, then you'll be hunting in your email looking for the free upgrade email from them. Otherwise, use the code, it was too much for me to resist, too And in going through those google posts, I see where CaptureNX and Nik have gone their separate ways.

CGrindahl wrote:
NightOwl Cat wrote:
Thanks for that link, PS sure makes that easy, so I'm finally going to get that installed tonight, and then right afterwards, install the Nik Software now that the whole collection is so cheap. Those that have bought bits and pieces before, check your emails for info, those that haven't bought it.. BOY IS IT CHEAP NOW!!

https://plus.google.com/112991908363536599988/posts/dwJAcwuphTa

I was alerted to that from this post:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441211

And further down, there's a promo code for an additional 15% off, which brings it down to $126.65 before local sales tax. The licensing is per USER, not per machine.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/600984/3621#11441843

I'm a bit late with this, but if you use this PROMO CODE for the NIK software

jclark you'll get an additional 15% off! so then it $126.65


pburke wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Peter (Wisconsin) I love your close work. Those images are stunning. And thanks for the link to focus stacking. I'll have to give it a try. Interestingly, the fellow demonstrating the technique was hand holding his camera. Until I buy a tripod that is the only way I'll be doing it and I doubt it will be more than two images...



It should work fine - now that I know how photoshop does it. First it aligns the layers using the same brains it uses to stich overlaying images into a panorama. It finds matching features and bends and scales things until they fit. Obviously, the better the images overlap, the easier the alignment. I had very little shift between the layers once it was aligned, even though the focal length visibly changes when you change focus on the lens (rather than using a macro rail to move the camera).

The hand-holding technique should be great for extreme depth of field shots with handheld wide angles - two quick shots in succession, trying to hold still, while you turn that focus from high to low, then combine and you have better than f22 DOF while avoiding f22 abberations.




Thanks for the heads up on the promotion code Laura. A friend sent me an email with a link to the Google offer but it was your post with that code that got me to move. This is a great deal for certain. I simply couldn't resist. It is installing as i write this. Happy days are here again...



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7717
Country: United States

I bet the stuff under the bridge has changed though There's a part of me that wants to be on the furthest point out along that access road

pburke wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
I almost overlooked this sweet shot of the Golden Gate bridge taken with Nikki...



I think I have the same shot, taken in 1990 on Tri-X film. Hasn't changed much



Treasure these moments for sure, Phillip, gone way too fast, and by the time you miss them, they're teenagers

philipj wrote:
Glad to see the thread is humming along just fine. Free time is at a minimum these days, but I try to at least keep up with the photos, if not the conversation. So many great photos of such a variety of subjects, a truly unique corner of the internet.

Margot passed her half-year milestone a week and some days ago, and is growing in leaps and bounds. She army crawls around, has started eating solids, has gotten a bit better at being able to sleep, and is as beautiful as any little girl could be. A portrait from today with the 180mm f/2.8 AI-s, wide open, as this lens should be used.


Eeyore by philipjohnson, on Flickr



Thanks Ray, my definition of March Madness includes the NIT, but I'm sure the NCAA frowns on my definition

pbraymond wrote:

Laura, beautiful arrangement of bananas and strawberries.

Laura, I did not get anywhere for March Madness, the BB shots are from the University of Toledo, participating in the WNIT tournament.



Thanks for another sample, Peter. You've done what nobody else could make me do.. install Photoshop again

pburke wrote:
Another stacked image - a model of probably my favorite race car of all time

first the real thing - last summer at Road America, D7000 with 300mm f4.5 ED-IF AIS, iso 220, 1/500s f11 (GoPro cameras should not be allowed at vintage races...)







and my own copy, 1/32nd scale, about 6 inches long






9 image focus stack, taken with the D600 and 105mm f2.5 and K2-5 extension tubes. All images iso 100, 1/60s f8, two remote strobes and some diffuser cloth. I had to do some clone tool cleanup in some areas, because the master images were spaced just a little too much, although you can only see that in full zoom.


100% detail crop






the full image here




Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4038
Country: South Africa

jhinkey wrote:
rankamateur wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
Kevin there is nothing wrong with your camera. It's metering for the overall scene. Bring up the photo in ViewNX2 right click and select "show lost highlights" You will see that the flower is completely red. That means you have lost the detail in those areas. By lowering exposure a couple of stops you can bring those details back. Flowers in direct sunlight are a challenge and you want to try and keep as much detail in your subject as you possibly can. Curtis is a master at this, I know because I have studied his photos in order to improve my own photos


+100 - perfect explanation and happens all the time with flowers and other stuff


Yep - very nice explanation. For me especially reds get blown very easy and then it's tough to get something nice looking in post. Bright pink has done me in a couple of times . . . . . I have to watch the color histogram quite closely if there is a lot of red in the scene that matters.


Red, Yellow and pink are the ones I have to watch. Strangely enough white isn't a problem?
There's a ton of comment on the net which ranges from a built in emphasis on red to make it more prominent to using a different white balance. The most sensible seems to be to watch the red channel in the histograms.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4038
Country: South Africa

MDoc9523 wrote:
Love that last shot Laura!


And I like the others too!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4038
Country: South Africa

rankamateur wrote:
Sick of cold weather. Sick of snow and longing for these days again. 50 1.4 AI-S

Ron, don't you get the sunflowers at theend of summer ?



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 9340
Country: United States

Thank you Ray (ohio) and Ben, too kind.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4038
Country: South Africa

asiostygius wrote:
mp356 wrote:
Zichar wrote:
Night-time outing with Anton
Getting way too old for this ... on a work day no less

45 PCE, full tilt and shift



monday night lights (25032013MarinaBaySands01) by Zichar, on Flickr



Nice time exposure Chin. Very sharp and nice colors.

+ 1
great capture.

+2


Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4038
Country: South Africa

Full internet again - at last!!

Really nice images in past day or so and a bunch of new things to try - stacking, Nik etc etc

Out again with the 500 f8 - it was on the camera and looking at Don Jean's images on the "Big Daddy" thread ( http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1198809 ) got me to go out today - it is a glorious autumn day here!



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