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10-07-2009, 03:12 PM
I bit the bullet today and got a Nikon D300S. Since I'm in the process of starting up a business, I figured it was time to make the investment. My D80 is still a good camera, but I need something a bit more solid and better at higher ISOs.
I have to admit, it is a whole different level of camera from the D80.
10-07-2009, 03:29 PM
That's great! Post a few pics!
10-07-2009, 03:38 PM
Nice. Don't make me jealous! I've been itching to upgrade to a 5D Mark II for a while now.
What kind of photography do you plan on focusing your business on?
10-07-2009, 03:45 PM
I think I am going to pull the trigger on a 5D II shortly after the first of the year. My 5D is plugging along just fine, but I don't think I can wait much longer! The 5D will serve as another nice backup.
10-07-2009, 04:11 PM
I'm thinking I might give real estate photography a try. Of course, I may hedge my bets and do portraits / wedding (shiver) a try as well. We'll see how it goes I suppose. First thing though is to build up the portfolio for those things.
10-07-2009, 09:43 PM
I'm playing around with it a little bit here at my computer desk. I just tried out a burst on Continuous High, 12-bit RAW ...
OMG! 7 frames per second is so much faster than my D80's 3 fps. WOW! :o
10-07-2009, 10:25 PM
Dont shiver too much at trying a wedding. They really are so much fun! I have one this saturday and I cant wait. Yes its nerve racking but they are so much fun!
10-08-2009, 05:42 PM
I took it out for it's first spin today. Unfortunately, I ran late and didn't get the good morning light I had hoped to catch. I ended up going black and white with three of the four that I processed from this set. It does seem that it is going to take a while to get used to D300s.
Here is my favorite from the set.
10-08-2009, 07:04 PM
Whooo! Do I detect a little bit of reduction of luminance in the blue channel?
Sweet looking image!
10-08-2009, 07:39 PM
You're right about the blue channel. I did that to bring emphasis the Moon a bit more. I love playing with the color channels in some photos. I tweaked some of the other channels as well to get a faux-IR effect to some of the vegetation. Here is another black and white with some color channel tweaking from the set.
10-09-2009, 05:16 AM
Cool stuff, Craig. I like the composition on the last one. It's very interesting.
I have yet to spend any time making black & white photos. It looks like there's a lot that can be done to get different results. Did you use a polarizer?
10-09-2009, 06:13 AM
Lightroom 2 does really well for black and white conversions. There are several ways to process images to black and white. Plus, the control you have over the individual color channels lets to get just the look you want.
I did not use a polarizer. It wouldn't have done much good on the second shot as I was shooting straight toward the sun. I used the bridge to block the sun and give the "high key effect" to the sky; i.e. I blew the sky out on purpose to retain detail in the shadowed bridge. On the otherhand, a polarizer might have worked on the first image except that that one was taken with the Sigma 10-20mm and I don't typically put a polarizing filter on that lens. Ultrawide lenses and polarizing filters can be kind of screwy together.
10-09-2009, 08:10 AM
The sigma 10-20mm lens is a nice lens. I haven't used mine much as I just bought a 24-70mm f/2.8L and want to get some good use out of that for now. I do love my Ultra-wide lens...
Just curious... How does the polarizer have a screwey effect on the Ultra-Wide lenses? I know you can get some vignetting.
10-09-2009, 10:23 AM
A polarizing filter's effectiveness is dependent on the angle from the light source. It is most effective 90 degrees from the light source and has no effect at 0 and 180 degrees from the light source. An ultra wide angle lens covers such a wide field of view that the polarization effect will vary throughout the frame. For example you might have a very dark center area in the sky, but it would quickly gradate to a very light to blown out sky on the edges. Or you could have very dark edges that gradate to a bright/blown center stripe. It is very noticeable and odd looking.
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