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Your Best Photo, Week Ending 9 June 2019


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nbanjogal

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Sometime before midnight (whatever time zone you are in) this Sunday, 9 June 2019, post the best photo you have taken this week. Any subject, any style—just give us your best shot.

 

If you can, list your EXIF info and any special lighting setups you may have used.

 


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I like how this one turned out... despite the damn dust.

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DMC-GX85, OLYMPUS M.30mm, ISO 200, Shutter Speed 0.4, Aperture 3.5

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Whilst I took this photo ages ago I am presenting it now, because why not. Was the last shoot I did with my Nikon. And I stuffed up and shot it in jpeg because the previous shoot I had done required jpegs and I never checked my camera as I had spent all my time playing with my new Sony gear. What is worse was it was medium sized jpeg so didn't get the full benefit of that high resolution sensor.

 

D810 with Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro. Probably about f13 or more. With Godox AD600 and a white beauty dish for lighting.

 

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Fun and super intriguing abstract, ScottinPollock--existing light only, or did you modify somehow? Seems tricky! And I'm dying to know what your subject was--take a step back, and what do we have?

 

Darryl, it's always good to see your gorgeous work--feel free to post your Sony stuff too. It's just great to see what you're up to, no matter what gear you're using. 

 

So you've both gone mirrorless--Darryl it seems you've made a permanent move, but ScottinPollock, I think you're still using Nikon too, right? What do you both think? Good move? I should probably start a separate thread to ask this, eh? But I'm seriously considering making the jump--as much as I love my D810, I don't love lugging it around. I've been eyeing the Fuji X-T2 or 3...



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Fun and super intriguing abstract, ScottinPollock--existing light only, or did you modify somehow? Seems tricky! And I'm dying to know what your subject was--take a step back, and what do we have?


Hi Nicole...

Existing light from a nearby window, with my hands cupped around the object for the reflections. The object is an ittalia shot glass, taken from top down.

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ScottinPollock, I think you're still using Nikon too, right? What do you both think? Good move? I should probably start a separate thread to ask this, eh? But I'm seriously considering making the jump


I still have most of my Nikon gear, but I just don't pick it up much any more. The things I like most about mirrorless are:
1.) Dead perfect auto-focus (for still subjects) every time, every lens, every focal length.

2.) Live exposure/histogram/zebra-ing. It simply makes getting perfect exposure on the first shot. And if I want to blow out some hilights for more shadow detail, I can see exactly where that will be.

3.) IBIS - Tripod? What tripod?

4.) Video is extraordinary, without limitations.

5.) I actually have a capable camera I can put in a coat pocket (depending on lens).

6.) Stellar WiFi - Can instantly copy in camera pics to my server (a Mac), Google Drive, or even YouTube (no mobile device needed).

7.) Mobile app that works everytime, and allows me to tether from phone or tablet, with control of all camera functions (including magnified manual focus with peaking).

The cons:
1.) Tracking focus in most models (other than the A9). X-T3 and other Sonys are good, but not D500 good. Fortunately I don't do BIF and comparable stuff so not an issue for me.

2.) Not great for landscapes and astro... less dynamic range and more noise in low light then FF Nikon, but I can stack. Still it is noticeable.

I went Panasonic because of their amazing DFD contrast focusing. And there is some pretty small, amazing glass for cheap. And while I readily admit a D810 is capable of 2 stops better image quality, the overall quality of image also depends on nailing exposure and focus (something that is an absolute no brainer on mirrorless). And I seem to be getting more "pop" for the kinds of things I do than from my DX Nikons... plus, it's just more fun to use... and did I mention I can carry it in a pocket (c;... without getting "that look" from phone photographers and other standers by.

So yeah, it is hard for me to believe that any experienced photographer would not be excited about many of the new freedoms and features of mirrorless, especially if they're looking for a smaller kit. Definitely go with X-T3 over X-T2 as there have been massive improvements in auto focus and video.

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Thank you for this detailed and helpful reply, ScottinPollock!!! I had really only been looking at Fuji and Sony, but now I see I probably ought to add Panasonic to the mix (that "small, amazing glass for cheap" is mighty appealing). I'm glad you mention the astro photography because that is important to me--I've been wondering if I wanted to sell my Nikon gear and make a complete shift or just add to my arsenal (as if I need more gear). Those weaknesses you point out make me think I'll do the latter.

 

And I would not have guessed shot glass!



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Nicole... I have seen some amazing astro photos from M43 with something like the Laowa 7.5mm f2, so it is definitely possible. I just don't know if there are extra hoops those photogs have to jump through to get them. 

 

The best M43 forums I have come across are at www.mu-43.com. Not quite as well mannered as our group here, but strides above DPR. There are a number of showcase threads there. Obviously the pics aren't displayed full rez, but many users link to Flickr where larger images can be seen. Drop in and have a look.



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One from my new-to-me 300mm f/2.8

 

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D500, AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED @ f/2.8, 1/640", ISO 100, overcast afternoon light



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Haven't seen the Pied Avocet for a couple of years

 

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D810, Sigma 150-600 C @600mm, 1/1000 sec, f/10, ISO 200, -1EV



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It’s my birthday today and I hate every pic I’ve taken this week!🤣 Except for this one...

D850
AF-S 50/1.8G
1/50th @ f/1.8
ISO220
Edited in Snapseed

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That wonderful Nikon Magic at work.  :))

 

Taken with:  Nikon D200 with Af Nikkor 18~70mm, VR, ED, DX, SWM, IF G Lens.

 

1/60s, F/8, ISO 200, Manual Exposure Mode, No Fill Flash with CWA Metering.

 

Thanks again for viewing.

 

TT

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