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#281 Introductory Giveaway: Win a D610 or D7100!

Posted by Adam on 29 September 2013 - 12:04 AM

Welcome to Nikon Forums! 


As part of our site launch, we are hosting a giveaway featuring a Nikon D610 or a D7100 (your choice*) as a grand prize, sponsored by B&H photo!  We've designed this giveaway so that almost everyone who joins our site has a small chance of winning, but users who are very active in our community will be many times more likely to win.


The giveaway is esentially a very big raffle.  You earn raffle tickets by being active in our community.  After about two months (on December 10th, 2013) we will calculate the number of raffle tickets that each member is entitled to, and the winner will be drawn.  Update as of December 10th: the giveaway has been extended until the end of January (1/31/2014) due to low participation.




The link above will show you all the ways in which you can enter!


The idea behind this setup is that users who regularly come and visit our site will have an increased chance of winning.  Of course, there will be those who actively try to post more in order to increase their chances of winning, but we've set things up so that there's a cap on the number of raffle tickets you can get based on everyday activities such as posting and commenting.  If you want to greatly increase your chances of winning, consider adding some lens/camera reviews, maintaining a personal blog, or submitting a few guest posts to our homepage.


It's clear that while many people will enter the giveaway, only one person will be able to win the grand prize.  However, we'd also like to be able to reward everyone that tried hard in the giveaway.  Therefore, if you are one of the top 5% raffle ticket holders (or top 50, whichever is smaller) at the end of the giveaway, you will receive a premium forum account. We may also give out other prizes along the way, such as t-shirts, gift cards, and other logo gear.


If you end up being our winner, the only thing we ask is that you upload an unboxing video to youtube after receiving your prize, or that you blog about your new camera on our homepage or in a personal blog.


I'd like to wish everyone good luck, and I hope you enjoy the site!





Important: If you have any questions about this giveaway, please DO NOT post them in this thread. >>>>> Use this topic instead <<<<<




*the winner of the giveaway can choose to apply up to a $2000 credit toward any one Nikon camera at B&H.  For instance, if you wanted to get a D800 instead of a D600, you would pay the difference after subtracting $2000 from the selling price.  You are limited to a single camera or kit and you cannot combine multiple products. 


Fine print:

  • Giveaway is open to users worldwide
  • No purchase necessary to participate
  • Shipping within the US is included
  • Winners outside of the US will be responsible for duty/customs fees and may need to cover the shipping cost
  • Meaningless posts made solely to increase your raffle ticket count will not be tolerated.  If we become aware of such activity, will be warned or disqualified, at our sole discretion.
  • Limit one forum account per person.  If you create multiple accounts in an attempt to increase your chances of winning, you will be disqualified from the giveaway and banned from future promotions on NikonForums.com.
  • Terms and conditions subject to change

Update: as of 10/8/2013, the grand prize in this giveaway will be a Nikon D610, rather than a D600.
Update: as of 10/11/2013, the number of raffle tickets given for forum posts has been increased

Update: as of 10/14/2013, the giveaway will be managed via a widget on this page.  The terms of the giveaway have not changed
Update: as of 12/9/2013, the giveaway has been extended until 1/31/2014


#3489 Night photography

Posted by nbanjogal on 11 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

I learned most of what I know from Royce Bair, a master of night sky photography. He is very generous with his knowledge and shares good instruction on his blog:




I took this photo with my D600 and 14-24mm lens--ISO 6400 (!!!), f2.8, 15 secs, 14mm:




Hope the resolution isn't too bad--I resized it pretty small...


#11159 Most memorable shot you made

Posted by nbanjogal on 09 December 2013 - 10:39 PM

So far this one is my favorite...I think...but there are more to come, I'm certain!




#43745 One week, one camera, one focal length week ending December 11

Posted by Merco_61 on 05 December 2016 - 09:32 AM

The EXIF shows the lens as 58/8 because Nikon have never made a 60 mm lens without a chip, so that f/l is not selectable in the Non-CPU data..















#417 Get a free premium account and unlimited gallery space by making 10 posts tod...

Posted by Adam on 01 October 2013 - 10:23 AM

Wow- I'm surprised that we already have over 250 members, which means that the free premium accounts for the first 25 members have already gone out.


To give everyone a shot, though, I will be extending the giveaway so that anyone who joined today has a chance to get a premium account.  Just make 10 posts within our our site launch (by 8am Pacific time on 10/2) and shoot me a PM for your upgrade!


Premium accounts have 20x as much photo space as regular accounts.

#19741 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 27 April 2014

Posted by nbanjogal on 22 April 2014 - 09:26 PM

So…I'm not sure what else this week holds for me photographically, so I'm going to post early again. This is the very first composited image I've ever done--I stayed up super late last night watching tutorials and working on it. Technically, the only part of this image that I took this week is the birds. :) But I did put it together within the specified time frame, so perhaps that helps qualify it. The clouds were part of an image I took last summer in Grand Teton National Park. The statue I found Sunday in a cemetery in a nearby city. The birds were from a quick visit to our local bird refuge last night. 


I put it together for another Project 52 assignment--we were to put together a CD cover for a string quartet featuring the music "Black Angels" by George Crumb (definitely not my favorite piece of music!). We were to show something about the music or about strings or quartets. And this is what I ended up with:


13990610593_b23afe8b4e_c.jpgBlack Angel by nbanjogal, on Flickr

#10925 Most memorable shot you made

Posted by Afterimage on 07 December 2013 - 01:47 PM

Totally in the top 10 of my favorite shots:



#43049 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 6 November 2016

Posted by Jerry_ on 02 November 2016 - 03:11 PM

A few photos from nature during this autumn season

D5100 Sigma 10-20/3.5 16mm f5 1/100@ISO400

D610 Tamron 70-200/2.8 98mm f10 1/400@ISO200

D5100 Nikkor 24-120/4 52mm f8 1/250@ISO100

D610 Tamron 70-200/2.8 140mm f5.6 1/500@ISO200

#1680 Autumn

Posted by greatscott94 on 02 October 2013 - 07:21 PM

I'm in, here's a photo of some Autumn leaves from last season...



#43078 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 6 November 2016

Posted by RossCumming on 04 November 2016 - 11:14 AM

OK, so I was actually able to get out this past week and take photos and process them all in the same week! Here a few from the weekend trip....


Rannoch Moor Sunburst. I was very lucky with this one. I had been driving along the road and across the small bridge that can been in the photo and the light bursting out from behind the hills was incredible. I knew I could not stop the car where I was but was also aware there was an area about 1 mile up the road so I raced along to that in the hope the light was still god, which it was, although it was not as good as it was minutes earlier.


The Black Cuillin Hills. These hills are often photographed from this spot (a tiny village called Elgol on the Isle of Skye) with many a professional photographer having at least one of these shots on their portfolio. I was not there at the right time of the day and the light was not great, however, the sun did break through and cast some light onto some of the hills allowing me to capture this (and a few others).


Applecross Bay Beach. Applecross is another tiny village nestled away on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands with an incredible drive in over what is known as the Applecross pass which is reminiscent of an alpine road with switchback corners only this road is single track for 25 miles or so! I liked the loneliness of the two people onto beach and dark brooding skies over the mountains in the distance (the Red Cuillin on the Isle of Skye).


Hope you enjoy these.

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#40400 Images from Yorkshire

Posted by RossCumming on 05 July 2016 - 01:42 PM

I recently spent a week in North Yorkshire, an area not well known to me. It was more an R&R break from work but as always the camera is always the first thing packed.


We happened upon Cauldron Falls in West Burton quite by accident while out for a drive and spent an hour or so here. The image was taken using an ND filter to provide the slow shutter speed.


High Force waterfall is a popular tourist attraction on the River Tees not far from the town of Barnard Castle. This image was taken using a 10-stop ND to provide a exposure of around 15 seconds.


The image of the River Wharfe in Wharfedale was taken in a small village called Kettlewell where we stopped a small cafe for some lunch then spend an hour or so on the river bank snapping the river and the local ducks. This image was again taken with the use of a 10-stop ND filter.


The Upper Aysgarth Falls is another very popular tourist spot and the image is taken from the road bridge. The Upper Falls are the first in a series of three distinct sets of falls all easily accessible. Again, the 10-stop ND was used to slow the shutter speed down.


In all shots the weather was not on our side, very grey and overcast and occasionally drizzle so in order to try create something interesting I made use of the 10-stop ND more than I normally would.

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#39896 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 26 June 2016

Posted by etphoto on 20 June 2016 - 08:00 AM

Ok, I'll be first. I'm not a big "taking pictures of flowers person" but I couldn't resist the water lily in my backyard pond. D3s, 5000 ISO, 600mm, Shutter @ 640, F10. Had to wait for an overcast day to get that even light.


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#39773 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 19 June 2016

Posted by etphoto on 17 June 2016 - 08:50 AM

Kind of boring, but hardly anyone is posting images this week so I added one. Business portrait I did. Company hires me once a year to capture their new employees. D3s, 85 mm lens, F2.5, ISO 320 @ 1/320.

They wanted the images shot in the open office so to keep the busy background at a minimum I wanted the fast F stop and higher shutter speed. Light source was a Westcott softbox.


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#39215 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 5 June 2016

Posted by Thumper on 31 May 2016 - 10:28 AM

Helped my wife plant a few things in the flower bed yesterday.  I thought that I would snap a shot or two.


Calla Lily



Nikon D4

Nikon 105mm micro f/2.8



ISO 1600


Red Gerber Daisy



Nikon D4

Nikon 105mm micro f/2.8



ISO 1600

There is something about this one that bothers me, but I can't put my finger on it.  Maybe in the composition.  

#38002 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 17 April 2016

Posted by TBonz on 14 April 2016 - 05:45 PM

I'm going to throw mine in while I have "real" Internet coverage tonight...We are mostly online via an iPad hotspot on and off for awhile...


We have made it through 5 of the 14 baseball games and that's pretty much all I've had time to shoot between travel and work along with those pesky taxes that are just about due :)!


Just 2 shots - both caught in the same game last night...In the first image, the batter is trying to get out of the way of a baseball that is traveling at about 90 miles per hour or so (+ or - a couple mph)...he was not successful and ended up scoring the first run of the game...



D4, 70-200 at 190mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/2500


In the second is my son stealing home on a wild pitch...He was safe!



D4, 70-200 at 170mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/2000


Baseball again on Saturday and Sunday!


#37930 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 17 April 2016

Posted by Nikonite on 12 April 2016 - 09:16 AM

I love this picture from the Daytona high banks. Believe it or not the mini is going by at greater than 100 mph with the lift gate open. You would think the air pressure would close it, but no. In case you're wondering the mini's chassis had just a bit too much flex going into the chicane and the lift gate popped open. He was black flagged to make the lift gate more secure.  

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#25688 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 24 August 2014

Posted by greatscott94 on 19 August 2014 - 11:07 AM

The wedding party...


#24361 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 20 July 2014

Posted by nbanjogal on 15 July 2014 - 11:54 PM

Kind of early this week. Had a Project 52 assignment to do a pro- or anti-tobacco advert, so I decided to do something conceptual and focus on the aspect of addiction and what it must be like to quit smoking. I imagined it must be like dieting--once you're trying to give up certain foods, those foods are ALL you can think about. Thought trying to give up smoking might be the same way. The image below was my attempt to show that no matter what else the smoker is doing, the mind is always on those cigarettes he shouldn't have. :)


14666735525_9d6501c129_b.jpgProject 52: Tobacco by nbanjogal, on Flickr


D600, Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8, f/6.3, 1/40, ISO 800, two flashes bounced off white ceiling for light


And just for fun…I finally tried a macro shot with my macro lens. Been using it for portraits.


14643728506_ec627ceaf0_b.jpgOne-legged grasshopper by nbanjogal, on Flickr


D600, Nikkor 105mm, f/6.3,1/800, ISO 200

#24332 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 20 July 2014

Posted by greatscott94 on 14 July 2014 - 10:35 PM


#15958 D610. I just got it!

Posted by alden on 19 February 2014 - 05:52 AM