Manual Focus Nikon Glass
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dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 627
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Thanks Don. Your use of shadows is second to none. I don't know if you stage theses shots, or just wait for the right moment, either way, they're fantastic.


I occasionally stage a shot but not very often. For example, in the first shot above, the focus should have been spread more across the length of the shadow but I couldn't do it because the guy came up too quick from behind me. If I had the luxuary of a cast of characters to accompany me at least I could do a better job of focus and I wouldn't waste nearly as much time waiting for an interesting person to walk into the scene.

Of course, I also take multiple shots of many characters and usually something decent comes out.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

One more from this morning. All the ice is gone and now we're expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow starting tonight.


Fields of Ice/50-135/3.5 by Leighton W, on Flickr



dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 627
Country: United States

See the post below!



dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 627
Country: United States

dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Thanks Don. Your use of shadows is second to none. I don't know if you stage theses shots, or just wait for the right moment, either way, they're fantastic.


I occasionally stage a shot but not very often. For example, in the first shot above, the focus should have been spread more across the length of the shadow but I couldn't do it because the guy came up too quick from behind me. If I had the luxuary of a cast of characters to accompany me at least I could do a better job of focus and I wouldn't waste nearly as much time waiting for an interesting person to walk into the scene.

Of course, I also take multiple shots of many characters and usually something decent comes out.


BTW, in case anyone is interested, I just bought a Vello Freewave Plus Shutter Release ($44.95 from B&H). It's far superior to the Nikon ML-3 and costs a third of the price. It has a range of about 100 meters (or 110 yards), can shoot around corners, from inside your pocket, etc. Of course, it has a delay mode too. In this shot I had it in my pocket:

D3s & Nikkor 105/1.8 Ai-S

Nights in White Satin by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
One more from this morning. All the ice is gone and now we're expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow starting tonight.


Fields of Ice/50-135/3.5 by Leighton W, on Flickr



Great shot Leighton. Such detail in the ice



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

Thanks Ray. I cheated a little and brushed some sharpness into the ice. All the same, the 50-135mm is a sharp zoom.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

dgjean wrote:
dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Thanks Don. Your use of shadows is second to none. I don't know if you stage theses shots, or just wait for the right moment, either way, they're fantastic.


I occasionally stage a shot but not very often. For example, in the first shot above, the focus should have been spread more across the length of the shadow but I couldn't do it because the guy came up too quick from behind me. If I had the luxuary of a cast of characters to accompany me at least I could do a better job of focus and I wouldn't waste nearly as much time waiting for an interesting person to walk into the scene.

Of course, I also take multiple shots of many characters and usually something decent comes out.


BTW, in case anyone is interested, I just bought a Vello Freewave Plus Shutter Release ($44.95 from B&H). It's far superior to the Nikon ML-3 and costs a third of the price. It has a range of about 100 meters (or 110 yards), can shoot around corners, from inside your pocket, etc. Of course, it has a delay mode too. In this shot I had it in my pocket:

D3s & Nikkor 105/1.8 Ai-S

Nights in White Satin by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr


Cool shot, I remember this one on Flickr. Am I to assume that this is a self portrait since you said you had the Vello in your pocket?



dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 627
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
dgjean wrote:
dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Thanks Don. Your use of shadows is second to none. I don't know if you stage theses shots, or just wait for the right moment, either way, they're fantastic.


I occasionally stage a shot but not very often. For example, in the first shot above, the focus should have been spread more across the length of the shadow but I couldn't do it because the guy came up too quick from behind me. If I had the luxuary of a cast of characters to accompany me at least I could do a better job of focus and I wouldn't waste nearly as much time waiting for an interesting person to walk into the scene.

Of course, I also take multiple shots of many characters and usually something decent comes out.


BTW, in case anyone is interested, I just bought a Vello Freewave Plus Shutter Release ($44.95 from B&H). It's far superior to the Nikon ML-3 and costs a third of the price. It has a range of about 100 meters (or 110 yards), can shoot around corners, from inside your pocket, etc. Of course, it has a delay mode too. In this shot I had it in my pocket:

D3s & Nikkor 105/1.8 Ai-S

Nights in White Satin by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr


Cool shot, I remember this one on Flickr. Am I to assume that this is a self portrait since you said you had the Vello in your pocket?


That's me. But I had to take multiple shots to get it right.



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

One with the 20mm 3.5 AIS of the Christmas decoration in McCall Park



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
dgjean wrote:
dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Thanks Don. Your use of shadows is second to none. I don't know if you stage theses shots, or just wait for the right moment, either way, they're fantastic.


I occasionally stage a shot but not very often. For example, in the first shot above, the focus should have been spread more across the length of the shadow but I couldn't do it because the guy came up too quick from behind me. If I had the luxuary of a cast of characters to accompany me at least I could do a better job of focus and I wouldn't waste nearly as much time waiting for an interesting person to walk into the scene.

Of course, I also take multiple shots of many characters and usually something decent comes out.


BTW, in case anyone is interested, I just bought a Vello Freewave Plus Shutter Release ($44.95 from B&H). It's far superior to the Nikon ML-3 and costs a third of the price. It has a range of about 100 meters (or 110 yards), can shoot around corners, from inside your pocket, etc. Of course, it has a delay mode too. In this shot I had it in my pocket:

D3s & Nikkor 105/1.8 Ai-S

Nights in White Satin by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr


Cool shot, I remember this one on Flickr. Am I to assume that this is a self portrait since you said you had the Vello in your pocket?


That's me. But I had to take multiple shots to get it right.


Ok, now it's time to see you from the front! And in light!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
One with the 20mm 3.5 AIS of the Christmas decoration in McCall Park



It's not Christmas...where's the snow?!



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
MDoc9523 wrote:
One with the 20mm 3.5 AIS of the Christmas decoration in McCall Park



It's not Christmas...where's the snow?!

Just hold tight - I am sending all of the snow to you!!!! It should be there shortly



dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 627
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
dgjean wrote:
dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Thanks Don. Your use of shadows is second to none. I don't know if you stage theses shots, or just wait for the right moment, either way, they're fantastic.


I occasionally stage a shot but not very often. For example, in the first shot above, the focus should have been spread more across the length of the shadow but I couldn't do it because the guy came up too quick from behind me. If I had the luxuary of a cast of characters to accompany me at least I could do a better job of focus and I wouldn't waste nearly as much time waiting for an interesting person to walk into the scene.

Of course, I also take multiple shots of many characters and usually something decent comes out.


BTW, in case anyone is interested, I just bought a Vello Freewave Plus Shutter Release ($44.95 from B&H). It's far superior to the Nikon ML-3 and costs a third of the price. It has a range of about 100 meters (or 110 yards), can shoot around corners, from inside your pocket, etc. Of course, it has a delay mode too. In this shot I had it in my pocket:

D3s & Nikkor 105/1.8 Ai-S

Nights in White Satin by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr


Cool shot, I remember this one on Flickr. Am I to assume that this is a self portrait since you said you had the Vello in your pocket?


That's me. But I had to take multiple shots to get it right.


Ok, now it's time to see you from the front! And in light!


This is as close as it gets!

D3s & Nikkor 35/1.4 Ai-S

A Man of Few Qualities by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Now I really love that one Don and you used my favorite lens to boot



dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 627
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Now I really love that one Don and you used my favorite lens to boot


I like the 35/1.4 Ai-S a lot too. At night I usually shoot it at f2 because I like to freeze the action (I always have people in motion in my shots) but in the shot above I stopped the lens down to f5.6 to get the starburst effect.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4212
Country: South Africa

Leighton asked "Beautiful boat Peter, how much did that set you back?"
The answer - a couple of fins! And an arm and a leg!!
Eric - there's the answer! Thanks both of you for commenting.

Georg - thanks. It will sail from Knysna after Christmas under its own canvas. The stitching is easy in PSE 12 - much faster than PSE6 which was also pretty good. Win 8 also helps though.

Ray - thank you. I've sailed from Cape Town to Rio on a 42ft monohull - this would be luxury. A bunk and not a pipe cot! Wow.

Samy - I had Nikon binoculars and now have both Leica and Zeiss. Thankfully the difference in camera lenses is not as vivid or I'd have to go back to work. Thanks for the comment. Your icicles are terrific.

John - what a hike. Fantastic images.

Reagan - you sure grow serious asparagus in South Carolina! Don't they get a bit tough when they're that big?

Chin - poetry in word and deed.

Don - every one is a new adventure. I expect a mugging in progress one day!

Leighton - who needs a Christmas tree and baubles? Excellent! Love the mono too.

Ray - Florida and SA seem to have the same kind of Christmases - no snow and hot!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
dgjean wrote:
dgjean wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Thanks Don. Your use of shadows is second to none. I don't know if you stage theses shots, or just wait for the right moment, either way, they're fantastic.


I occasionally stage a shot but not very often. For example, in the first shot above, the focus should have been spread more across the length of the shadow but I couldn't do it because the guy came up too quick from behind me. If I had the luxuary of a cast of characters to accompany me at least I could do a better job of focus and I wouldn't waste nearly as much time waiting for an interesting person to walk into the scene.

Of course, I also take multiple shots of many characters and usually something decent comes out.


BTW, in case anyone is interested, I just bought a Vello Freewave Plus Shutter Release ($44.95 from B&H). It's far superior to the Nikon ML-3 and costs a third of the price. It has a range of about 100 meters (or 110 yards), can shoot around corners, from inside your pocket, etc. Of course, it has a delay mode too. In this shot I had it in my pocket:

D3s & Nikkor 105/1.8 Ai-S

Nights in White Satin by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr


Cool shot, I remember this one on Flickr. Am I to assume that this is a self portrait since you said you had the Vello in your pocket?


That's me. But I had to take multiple shots to get it right.


Ok, now it's time to see you from the front! And in light!


This is as close as it gets!

D3s & Nikkor 35/1.4 Ai-S

A Man of Few Qualities by Donald G. Jean, on Flickr


Close enough, thanks!



dgjean
Registered: May 15, 2006
Total Posts: 627
Country: United States

Oosty wrote:


Don - every one is a new adventure. I expect a mugging in progress one day!




My wife says the same thing!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

Oosty wrote:
Leighton asked "Beautiful boat Peter, how much did that set you back?"
The answer - a couple of fins! And an arm and a leg!!
Eric - there's the answer! Thanks both of you for commenting.

Georg - thanks. It will sail from Knysna after Christmas under its own canvas. The stitching is easy in PSE 12 - much faster than PSE6 which was also pretty good. Win 8 also helps though.

Ray - thank you. I've sailed from Cape Town to Rio on a 42ft monohull - this would be luxury. A bunk and not a pipe cot! Wow.

Samy - I had Nikon binoculars and now have both Leica and Zeiss. Thankfully the difference in camera lenses is not as vivid or I'd have to go back to work. Thanks for the comment. Your icicles are terrific.

John - what a hike. Fantastic images.

Reagan - you sure grow serious asparagus in South Carolina! Don't they get a bit tough when they're that big?

Chin - poetry in word and deed.

Don - every one is a new adventure. I expect a mugging in progress one day!

Leighton - who needs a Christmas tree and baubles? Excellent! Love the mono too.

Ray - Florida and SA seem to have the same kind of Christmases - no snow and hot!


Thank you kind sir.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

Don and Ray, have either of you tried the 35 f2 AIS?



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