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

Mr. G wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Hooked one... Gregg, you haven't been around long enough to appreciate that Leighton is a big kidder. He ain't going anywhere... I've even put it in my will that when I die he gets this thread...


Hook....Line.... and Sinker

Got me good.....


Sorry about that Gregg, but it is April1.



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

I just got hooked on a thread about the Df Gregg, so you're certainly not alone. With Leighton I have an advantage because I've seen his tricks over the last three years. Couldn't have a better compadre for doing what we do on this thread. Anybody who buys two 50-135 f/3.5 AI-s lenses isn't about to abandon Nikon...



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

My 135/2 will be here Thursday
Hope it is perfect


R



Mr. G
Registered: Feb 28, 2008
Total Posts: 808
Country: United States

I had some time to kill this morning In Santa Barbara while my wife was attending to some business so I went to the harbor. Photos taken with my D700 at ISO 200 and my Micro 55mm f2.8 AI-s.

Gregg


Sign, converted in iPhoto. 1/2000 @ f2.8






Derelict, 1/5000 @ f4.0






Proud Prow, 1/4000 @ f2.8






Mr. G
Registered: Feb 28, 2008
Total Posts: 808
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Mr. G wrote:
CGrindahl wrote:
Hooked one... Gregg, you haven't been around long enough to appreciate that Leighton is a big kidder. He ain't going anywhere... I've even put it in my will that when I die he gets this thread...


Hook....Line.... and Sinker

Got me good.....


Sorry about that Gregg, but it is April1.


Forgot all about April Fools Day .....



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
Country: United States

Remember you west coast people are 3 hours behind the real world

R



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4619
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doubled up

R



Mr. G
Registered: Feb 28, 2008
Total Posts: 808
Country: United States

Reagan wrote:
Remember you west coast people are 3 hours behind the real world

R


I'm just starting to think about lunch and you're already through with your afternoon nap ....

Gregg



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

Happy April 1st everyone. For those following, I have started to cut down stuff(I am taking all my lenses BTW :P) I would not be taking. I am tentatively supposed to be there by April mid.
Meanwhile here what I liked so far since my last post.
Jay's Canon shot and the Egret crop,
Leighton's simple yet excellent b/w composition,
Steve's door and 200mm f2 comparision shots - Thank you Steve for your comparison shots., I see a slight difference in the bokeh but as you show, by F8 they are the same. 200mm f2 does look good at f2 on the second shot where background is more creamier.
Jose's Puffbird shot is just too good.
George's worker shot was amazing environmental portrait. BTW. Thanks George on commenting on my photo. Edge detection is always an issue when I play with selective colors in PS.
Rinie's Cat shot is super.
Nancy's street shots.
Gregg's Yacht sign.
Joan's Door shot with DF.

Today's shot:
Took out the Nikkor 24mm f2.8 to the nearby park. This park is a famous stop for migratory birds. Yesterday saw a bunch Ibis stopover for bath and dinner and then take off. I also saw the Anhinga and Great Blue Heron.




the solitaire
Registered: Jun 22, 2013
Total Posts: 2119
Country: Germany

Nice HDR on the sky and pond Ram, but for my tastes the foilage looks a bit flat. That's one of the things that prevents me from paying money for a dedicated HDR software. Most of them tend to do that with greens. I would personally try adding a layer with contrast and saturation pretty high and opacity at 40-60% to add some texture to the foilage.

Other then that, excellent shot. I really like the framing



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4682
Country: United States

Ram, is that HDR? When I look at it, I can see some HDR-like elements, but when I look at the shot as a whole, I don't think it is HDR. I agree about the greens being a bit bland, nothing a little toning in Lightroom shouldn't fix.



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

For a tiny instant (very tiny), I started getting this sinking feeling in my stomach before I realized what day it was.

CGrindahl wrote:
leighton w wrote:
I've decided that I want to make a change in my photography, so I've decided to sell all of my Nikon gear and move to Olympus 4/3. I will be posting my kit in a couple of days on the B&S page. It's been a fabulous ride here and I'll miss all of you, although I'll check in from time to time.




Has hell frozen over?

I didn't think so...



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

Rinie, I like your "maritime set" a lot. My fav is the sail for it's "simplicity" (don't know if that's the proper term - I like images with clean lines and a single, clearly defined subject).

Philippe, the "Main street" is stuff for a jigsaw-puzzle ;-) Very nice photograph, I wonder how it would look if shot from a lower angle.

Gregg, I like the Bow View a lot, the Derelict in it's sad shape is nicely captured too (but hey, it's still floating, right ;-).

Jose, the Puffbird looks great. Note to myself: Should stay in the car when trying to shoot some bird-portraits too…

Paul, the portrait of your grandson is fabulous - so full of life. Love your angle of view and framing.

JD, impressive bird-portraits!

Buddy, the high-key-portrait of your girlfriend is beautifully done.

James/"subidiom", the multiple-exposure-image is wonderful (in every possible meaning of this term). Like a dream. I hope you'll share some more of your pictures here.

Samy, great to see some more shots with your S2. Having a lens with such history must be really encouraging.

Mihai, I like your candid portrait of the reading woman a lot. Great light, the bright displays of tablets and smartphones offer completely new photo-opportunities for us photographers ;-)





Thanks for the comments and likes on the closed-plant-set - really much appreciated!



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

This is a single RAW image shot with highlight preservation., however that caused the foliage to be underexposed by atleast two stops. I drew a gradient filter to bring up the foreground and brushed over the foliage. The lack of saturation is due to the underexposure. But D600 did great job of preserving details.
Here is another pass with slightly more saturation.


the solitaire wrote:
Nice HDR on the sky and pond Ram, but for my tastes the foilage looks a bit flat. That's one of the things that prevents me from paying money for a dedicated HDR software. Most of them tend to do that with greens. I would personally try adding a layer with contrast and saturation pretty high and opacity at 40-60% to add some texture to the foilage.

Other then that, excellent shot. I really like the framing



Ken Hill
Registered: Jul 28, 2013
Total Posts: 1118
Country: United States

Another day in Helen Georgia pretty interesting place beautiful day nice weather.

Ed thank you for the comments I bet you there's a lot of these falls in the mountains here that look like West Virginia and other parts of Virginia. This area is the very bottom of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Ram couple interesting shots but while I'm on the road I'm using the tablet and the monitors not very good so I can't comment one way or another o the BW or IR. Everything looks terrible including the stuff I shoot.

Bert real pleasant sunset thanks for posting.

Rafael the Mariachi shots are always a treat. You can see the entertainers work very hard you do a nice job of capturing them.

Gia I'm not going out on limb saying the headless Horseman is a lot scarier on digital than it is in real life. It's kind of hokey at the roadside attraction.

Jay, you do realize those are one legged egrets. Very rare indeed! No known photos ever!!

Steve, mission accomplished !!! I have to look closer at the lens comparisons when I get home and my normal monitor.

Georg you have a trained eye and I always appreciate your comments. As said earlier I'm using my small tablet and the monitor on it is absolutely terrible and the result is your seeing images that my not be up to par. Seeing these differences is to your credit. I really like the grungy industrial set, great shots.

Leighton, we are at the southernmost point on the Blue Ridge. I think you'd feel right at home here.

Rinnie some terrific nautical shots. That 180 is a super lens isn't it?

Philippe you are the master of street scenes. Another great one!

Gregg, when Curtis posts the picture of that "Bridge" bear I'm mind… It's not for sale. On a serious note the stuff you took at the yacht basin is terrific, really good.

Here's the April1st photo's the first was to be a Billy Ocean concert followed by a Mariachi stage show, I waited and waited .... The rest are signs of the times here!!



j-photo
Registered: Mar 25, 2013
Total Posts: 91
Country: United States

Well, against my better judgment, I listened to you crazy bastards (just joking), and picked up a used 105 f/1.8 AIS. Shot here with the Df.






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

Beautiful sunshine today. One from sunset taken with the 180 2.8 Ais. Thanks for looking.
Scott



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

j-photo wrote:
Well, against my better judgment, I listened to you crazy bastards (just joking), and picked up a used 105 f/1.8 AIS. Shot here with the Df.


Yes Joe, that is one of the dangers of spending time on this thread. There will always be someone who has an exquisite idea for how you can spend your money... But since I've been at this from the beginning, I can honestly assure you that if you pay attention and listen carefully, you will in fact find many treasures in this lens lineup that will give you a great deal of pleasure. Not everyone puts up the cash required to buy the fastest 105 but in my opinion, if one can afford it, this lens is worth having in one's kit. And remember "kit building is forever..."



j-photo
Registered: Mar 25, 2013
Total Posts: 91
Country: United States

You were one of the bad influences! Sure enough, the local shop had copies of both the 1.8 and the slower version. Money doesn't grow on trees here. But even so, I'm at the point where I would rather not be compromising on glass if I don't have to. This focal length is quite outside my usual range, so it will be interesting to see where it leads...

See you around I'm sure.



giag
Registered: Mar 04, 2014
Total Posts: 136
Country: United States

I dunoo the new posts are ok but... looks a little soft to me



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