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ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 1282
Country: United States

Welcoming David to the forum...

Thank you George, Samy, Ken for your comments on the 35 E.

Leighton, I really loved the sunrise photo., esp the colors are great contrast to the snowy foreground.

Ken, I have always loved long exposures. Esp with all those lighting., nice shot.

Ron, nice shots of the birds. Cardinal has always been my fav.

Phillippe, Nice shot of the bridge. Symmetry is always interesting to capture.

Frank, Nice colours esp Loved the Red flower.

George, the loco photo is amazing.. There is a train running close to my house which I want to stop and take photo.. I will try it sometime next week and show results here.

I have not taken any photos today.. but I wanted to share two of my best Red Cardinal photos I had taken last year using the 400mm f3.5 AI. It is definitely the most loved lens in my shelf.

These are taken on my D7000 which got replaced by the D600. The first photo was taken during the evening when it was getting dark and I had the bushes as cover. I shot it in RAW then double processed the file, one for the bird exposure (for sharpness and detail) and second for the background (noise removal and blurness) and then merged them as layers using photoshop.


The second photo was taken from my car during day time and was able to get really close.


Northern Cardinal (Male) by ramkumar999, on Flickr


Northern Cardinal by ramkumar999, on Flickr



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

Thanks Ram, beautiful Cardinals!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3289
Country: Brazil

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Welcome David, your kit is enough for a multitude of images, but be aware that here you can easily get the NMFAS virus Looking forward to more shots from you.

Leighton, impressive sunrises and lovely Gus capture;

Philippe, loved the B&W bridge; is its name a homage to the North Africa WWII battle?

Georg, mis-focused or not for me it is a great shot and a great B&W conversion;

Frank, welcome back, and I loved the 135/2 + 105/1.8 set. Keep them coming;

Ram, excellent cardinal captures.



dhamments
Registered: Aug 10, 2009
Total Posts: 1105
Country: Australia

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone (far too many to thank each of you personally). With the many and varied locations of the posters, there is always new "stuff" to read and see on this thread, which makes it very enticing. I've noticed at least one other "Aussie" commenting frequently, but are there more? The reason I ask, is that I'm interested in adding to my kit and it would be far easier to buy lenses from here in Australia than from the US. Any thoughts or experiences on this topic would be appreciated. I'm also quite amazed at the quality of the images from the 400mm manual focus lens - a tribute to the photographer(s) I'm sure. I use an AFS 300mm f4 with 1.4x TC for birding, and can't imagine not having auto focus for rapidly moving subjects. For that reason, I'll stick to landscapes etc... and other subjects that don't move.... like these.

Good light to all, David



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

Welcome David. Lovely beach views.

Leighton, nice take of Gus and a wonderful sunrise. Nice delicate colors in the last image.

Ron, nice looking cardinal.

Philippe, great detail and framing of the Bir-Hakeim Bridge.

Georg, wonderful exposure of the locomotive engineer. The gritty b&w composition and European prototype makes me think of a classic movie, The Train starring Burt Lancaster.

Frank, lovely flowers.

Ram, the second image of the cardinals is very nice.



ramkumar999
Registered: Jan 06, 2014
Total Posts: 1282
Country: United States

Thank you Leighton, Jose, Scott and those who have liked. Me and my wife went to Tropical Park, Miami and had a nice walk. We also stopped by to watch this local baseball league match.
I had my D600 + 180mm f2.8 AIS. I think I was shooting 1/250 - 1/320sec at Auto ISO 6400., f2.8 the whole time.
I dont know if there is a certain etiquette as to how many photos I can post in one post. But here are my favorites.

_DSC2997 by ramkumar999, on Flickr


_DSC2991 by ramkumar999, on Flickr


_DSC3012 by ramkumar999, on Flickr


_DSC3020 by ramkumar999, on Flickr


_DSC3025 by ramkumar999, on Flickr



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3289
Country: Brazil

Ram, excellent action shots. Great job with the 180/2.8.


During my last trip I found this cicada resting and I managed to capture some shots.
The first is with the 105/2.8 Micro, and the second one is a "portrait" with the "poor man" 200mm Micro.


Cicada with Micro-Nikkor 105/2.8 AI-S by labecoaves, on Flickr

D7100 + Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ais + Nissin macroflash + tripod; ISO 200, f/8 at 1/250s, ~20% cropped.



"Portrait" of cicada with "poor man" Micro-Nikkor 200mm by labecoaves, on Flickr

A "real life" test with the "poor man" 200mm Micro-Nikkor. At MFD (=41cm).
D7100 + TC201 + Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 ais (=210mm f/5.6) + Nissin macroflash + tripod; ISO 200, f/32 at 1/60s.
The TC adds some loss of contrast and sharpness, but allowed me to maintain 41cm of distance, avoiding stress on the cicada.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

Very nice Jose... wickedly sharp images with very sweet bokeh. I imagine that bugs attract you primarily as food for the birds you love so much. Here is a bird predator...


Shot with the 50 f/2 H.C. AI'd that remains on my camera past the March 1 date Peter selected for his challenge. I'll soon switch lenses but one more outing didn't hurt.

This is the largest cat I've ever met, a Norwegian Forest Cat with long lens and a large, lean body. I was visiting his owner's home and couldn't resist taking a few shots. This is wide open against a bright window...

I am a cat fancier but it doesn't sit well with me that they kills so many birds. I'm sure you know this but it still is shocking when you read about their behavior. Here is a link to an article that says birds kill a BILLION birds each year in the United States...

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cats-kill-more-one-billion-birds-each-year

I don't know whether this big cat does much hunting with its urban lifestyle, but he'd do quite a bit of damage in the right environment.



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

WOW Curtis I had to call Melody over to take a look at your photo. It's truly amazing how you have captured the cats personality using such a modest lens. You still got the touch!



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 2094
Country: United States

Nice cat shot, Curtis.
Welcome David. Your flickr page is awesome.



dhamments
Registered: Aug 10, 2009
Total Posts: 1105
Country: Australia

raboof wrote:
Welcome David. Your flickr page is awesome.


Thanks for the kind words Raoof! I appreciate you taking the time to view my flickr page. I see many people have posted their images on this forum from flickr, but I'm not sure how to do that yet.... any advice on the best method of uploading images to this thread would be appreciated.

Cheers, and good light to all!
David



lsds
Registered: Feb 05, 2014
Total Posts: 169
Country: Belgium

dhamments wrote:

I see many people have posted their images on this forum from flickr, but I'm not sure how to do that yet.... any advice on the best method of uploading images to this thread would be appreciated.

David


@David: I usually take the medium resolution and either copy the BB code or else open the image in a new window and copy the path in the browser to the Message box..Cheers
lestor



the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
Total Posts: 2122
Country: Germany

Great Cicada shots.

Leighton, those were some magic skies. Very nice!

I have been away for a few days.

Amy



Taken with the 55mm f1,2 S.C @ f2,8
1/1500 sec, ISO speed set at 200

A really big pussycat



Taken with the 105mm f2,5 P.C Nikkor at f2,8
1/2000 sec, ISO speed set at 800

MFNAS hit me and I ordered a 135 f3,5 Nikkor Q Auto for $60
Now what I still need for the compact MF kit is a 20mm



dhamments
Registered: Aug 10, 2009
Total Posts: 1105
Country: Australia

lsds wrote:
dhamments wrote:

I see many people have posted their images on this forum from flickr, but I'm not sure how to do that yet.... any advice on the best method of uploading images to this thread would be appreciated.

David


@David: I usually take the medium resolution and either copy the BB code or else open the image in a new window and copy the path in the browser to the Message box..Cheers
lestor


Thanks Lestor! Let's give it a go..... here's a cut and paste of the path to a flickr image:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhamments2013/12925282613/

Not sure what a BB code is, but after posting, I see that the link above works, but I wanted to embed the image in my post.... HELP!

Cheers, David



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Ram, excellent timing on your Baseball-shots! The cardinal-portraits are great as well.

Jose, you've captured the Cicada in a fantastic fashion. Love especially the first shot. The diagonal framing works great and colors/sharpness are spot on.

Buddy, congrats to your new 135/3.5Q! Really nice work again with the superfast 55 and the 105/2.5!

Curtis, love your high-key-portrait of that majestic looking Norwegian Cat.
Many house-cats I see over here are way to fat to catch a living bird. And if they would eventually catch a bird they would have no clue what to do with it - as their meals are coming out of tin-cans. Sorry for my blather.

David, really nice shots from the Australian beaches. David, we have 3 (more or less regular) contributors from Down Under here: Sar ("4mpx"), Ben ("bruni") and Andy ("cadman342001"). Maybe the Aussie-group can share their favorite way to get those fine MF-Nikkor's.

Frank, welcome back and thanks for sharing some Italian colors!



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

dhamments wrote:

I see many people have posted their images on this forum from flickr, but I'm not sure how to do that yet.... any advice on the best method of uploading images to this thread would be appreciated.

David

lsds wrote:
@David: I usually take the medium resolution and either copy the BB code or else open the image in a new window and copy the path in the browser to the Message box..Cheers
lestor

dhamments wrote:
Thanks Lestor! Let's give it a go..... here's a cut and paste of the path to a flickr image:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhamments2013/12925282613/

Not sure what a BB code is, but after posting, I see that the link above works, but I wanted to embed the image in my post.... HELP!

Cheers, David


David, there should be a small logo (a box with an arrow coming out of it) at the right side underneath your flickr-image.
Click on it and a menu should open. Just make sure "BB-Code" is checked, choose a size (about 1000 pixels is a good choice for most pictures) and copy the lines from the box above.
Insert it here, right into your text and the image should appear, together with a link to your flickr-stream and a direct link to the shared image.
Sorry for my English, Georg.



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

dhamments wrote:
lsds wrote:
dhamments wrote:

I see many people have posted their images on this forum from flickr, but I'm not sure how to do that yet.... any advice on the best method of uploading images to this thread would be appreciated.

David


@David: I usually take the medium resolution and either copy the BB code or else open the image in a new window and copy the path in the browser to the Message box..Cheers
lestor


Thanks Lestor! Let's give it a go..... here's a cut and paste of the path to a flickr image:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhamments2013/12925282613/

Not sure what a BB code is, but after posting, I see that the link above works, but I wanted to embed the image in my post.... HELP!

Cheers, David


Hi David,

Open a single image, and at the bottom right you'll see a funny little icon with an arrow coming out of a box. Once you click that a window will pop up giving you sharing options. Make sure you have the box at the bottom that says BBCode clicked. Then choose the size in which you want to dislay the image using the drop-down menu. I always choose large for my landscapes and medium 800 for my portraits. Then copy and paste the info in the little box. Hope this helps.



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

Well Georg beat me to it!



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

georgms wrote:
Ram, excellent timing on your Baseball-shots! The cardinal-portraits are great as well.

Jose, you've captured the Cicada in a fantastic fashion. Love especially the first shot. The diagonal framing works great and colors/sharpness are spot on.

Buddy, congrats to your new 135/3.5Q! Really nice work again with the superfast 55 and the 105/2.5!

Curtis, love your high-key-portrait of that majestic looking Norwegian Cat.
Many house-cats I see over here are way to fat to catch a living bird. And if they would eventually catch a bird they would have no clue what to do with it - as their meals are coming out of tin-cans. Sorry for my blather.

David, really nice shots from the Australian beaches. David, we have 3 (more or less regular) contributors from Down Under here: Sar ("4mpx"), Ben ("bruni") and Andy ("cadman342001"). Maybe the Aussie-group can share their favorite way to get those fine MF-Nikkor's.

Frank, welcome back and thanks for sharing some Italian colors!


Georg, thank you for saying everything I would have said to these guys. It allows me to be lazy and give a +1.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Thanks for the comments on the railroad man, really much appreciated! It's one of my better fisheye-portraits, wish I had more time to shoot portraits like this with more attention to details (had to crop out my camera bag at the corner bottom right ).
And thanks for the kind words on the soccer-/football-attempts with the 400/3.5 - will eventually try my dusty D2H with the 400/3.5. The - compared to the D7k - better finder and faster frame-rate should slightly increase my rate of keepers.



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