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Valentino

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This months theme is Photo Gear

For this one we will focus on something we all have, photo gear. The gear does not need to be Nikon. It can be a lens, camera, accessories of any make, model or year, vintage gear is welcome. As always, it is about well compose and exposed, appropriately sharp subjects closeup.

RULES:
--Post up to 7 images but only one image/post
--Include shooting info so we can learn from each other
--Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners
--When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post.
--Include a title in the subject line
--Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens
--Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback
--WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice

The top images will be selected by the previous months winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image will be added to the Macro Contest Winners Gallery

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domer2760

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#1. "Lens by Candlelight" | In response to Reply # 0

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Thu 04-Apr-13 04:28 PM

Mounted the D700/24-120 f/4 combination on the tripod and placed a taper in front of the lens. Had to use a lot of negative exposure compensation to tame the glare. The candle was the only illumination for this shot.

You can see several of the elements within the lens. It was interesting to note that the two leftmost flame images are inverted and are getting larger. This is probably a reflection from the mirror that is making its way back through the lens.

D90IR (720nm conversion), Nikkor 105mm VR f/2.8, f/11, 1/100 sec, -2.67EV, ISO 320. Converted to BW with Silver Effects Pro 2.

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#2. "Master of Darkness" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sat 06-Apr-13 01:42 AM | edited Sat 06-Apr-13 01:44 AM by domer2760

I love this camera for shooting in low light situations so, a low light photo seemed appropriate. The camera is a D700. I chose the 100mm Series E lens because it was shiny and the focus ring nubs were more distinctive. It's all about the nubs...

D90IR (720nm conversion), 20mm AFD f/2.8, f/8, 1/15 sec, ISO 800, Tripod.

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#3. "Morgue Camera" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sat 06-Apr-13 11:13 PM

All cameras record little bits of history with each click. This camera did that for years but along the way, it acquired a macabre history of its own. This Canon AT-1 camera and the manual focus 50mm FD Macro lens spent much of their working life in the morgue at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor taking photos of ... well, parts. The camera was given to my boss (a pathologist) when his Chief of Service retired and my boss passed it to me upon his retirement. The back is engraved with "Morgue" and the hospital name. I'm sure it could tell some stories.

D700, Nikkor 24-120 f/4 @ 100mm, f/8, -1.67 EV, 1/10 sec, ISO 200, 2 SB-800 speedlights.

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#4. "Big Dady" | In response to Reply # 0

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Nikon D200
Tamron 90mm f2.8
SB800 + 2xSB200
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#5. "RE: Big Dady" | In response to Reply # 4

domer2760 Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his frequent assistance to other members by sharing his perspective, skills and expertise, especially with infrared and macro photography. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2010
Mon 08-Apr-13 09:33 PM

Great shot! Love the lighting.

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#6. "The Big Gun" | In response to Reply # 0

dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Tue 09-Apr-13 04:51 PM | edited Tue 09-Apr-13 04:52 PM by dm1dave

D300 | 105mm Micro VR
f/8 | 1.3sec | ISO-200

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MongoG

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#7. "RE: April Contest: Photo Gear" | In response to Reply # 0

MongoG Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2009
Mon 15-Apr-13 02:18 AM

Lens Baby
D800, Nikor 105mm f/2.8, manual focus, ISO 100, Aperture mode, f/11, .6s, auto WB, Tripod.

Used a mirror underneath with a white board background. To make the photo a bit more interesting I used a flash light to paint the surface of the lens baby and to shine focused light through the lens to project the pattern of the aperture insert onto the background.


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#8. "Aperture" | In response to Reply # 0

lastdaylight Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 09th Dec 2007
Tue 16-Apr-13 01:38 AM

Looks like everyone was thinking lenses Here's my take, with the blades and a touch of color created by the anti-reflective coatings. This is the view down into the 18-55 DX.

D300, 60mm D micro, f/9, 0.5 sec, ISO 200



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#9. "Flash Dance" | In response to Reply # 0

wdcrvr Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Sep 2012
Sat 20-Apr-13 02:46 PM | edited Sat 20-Apr-13 02:53 PM by wdcrvr

Part of my collection of vintage lighting gear.

D5000, AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G, ISO 200, F/11, 1/6 sec, Velbon VS-3 tripod with horizontal arm, four 100w photo floods at each corner. Couldn't use flash because they were all in the shot.

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#10. "RE: April Contest: Photo Gear" | In response to Reply # 0

MongoG Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2009
Sun 21-Apr-13 01:02 AM

"Focus"
Nikon D800, Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8 micro, Tripod, fixed lighting, no flash, WB auto, Aperture priority, f/16, 2.5s, ISO 100, pattern metering.

2 Really Right Stuff macro focusing rails

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MongoG Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2009
Sun 21-Apr-13 01:07 AM

"Six Pack"

Nikon D800, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro, tripod, fixed lighting, no flash, WB auto, Aperture Priority, f/6.3, 0.5s, ISO 100, pattern metering.

My NAS is alive and well!



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#12. "RE: April Contest: Photo Gear" | In response to Reply # 0

MongoG Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2009
Sun 21-Apr-13 01:10 AM

"Shades"

D800, 105mm f/2.8 micro, tripod, fixed lighting, off camera flash, WB auto, Aperture priority, f/16, 1/60, ISO 100, pattern metering



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KenLPhotos

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#13. "RE: April Contest: Photo Gear - Smile #4750" | In response to Reply # 0

KenLPhotos Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Jul 2009
Sun 21-Apr-13 01:35 AM

Notice the two names, Graphex and Graphlex.

105.0 mm f/2.8, 0.4 s at f/13.0, ISO 3200

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#14. "D800" | In response to Reply # 0

dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Sun 21-Apr-13 02:57 PM

A new D800 shot with my D300.

D300 | 105mmm VR
f/7.1 | 1/800s | ISO-800

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#15. "FX" | In response to Reply # 0

dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Sun 21-Apr-13 03:50 PM

D300 | 105mm VR
f/5 | 1/3200s | ISO-800

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#16. "Old School" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sun 21-Apr-13 05:16 PM

D800, 105mm VR, f/16, 1/200th, Sunpak FP38 through diffusion.

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Rob_ZN Gold Member Nikonian since 23rd Dec 2012
Sun 21-Apr-13 08:39 PM

A shot of a Kodak SIX-20 'BROWNIE' D I picked up at a market a few years ago. Thought I'd add a bit of interest by "shooting" one of my lenses through the Brownie viewfinder.

I set the Brownie on the table, with the lens in front of it. I stood above the brownie and positioned myself and my camera so I could see the lens in the small viewfinder and took a shot. I took it handheld, though it may have been a better idea to use a tripod.

Lighting is from a flash on camera left, positioned low enough to bring out the text in the leather strap.

Taken using D7000, Tamron 60mm/f2.0 Macro lens.
ISO100, f16, 1/200
Converted to B&W and a bit of a Sepia(ish) tone aded in Lightroom.

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#18. "Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8" | In response to Reply # 0

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Mon 22-Apr-13 01:29 AM

Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8 Macro Focusing 1 touch with fungus

Nikon D80, Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro, 7.1 sec, f11 ISO100

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#19. "RE: Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8" | In response to Reply # 18

domer2760 Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his frequent assistance to other members by sharing his perspective, skills and expertise, especially with infrared and macro photography. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2010
Mon 22-Apr-13 03:35 AM

Ouch! Great shot, though. What is the light source?

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#20. "RE: Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8" | In response to Reply # 19

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Mon 22-Apr-13 01:22 PM

>Ouch! Great shot, though. What is the light source?

I had just purchased this lens used and was taking a quick pic to show the seller the problem I had with the lens. I believe I used an LED flashlight shooting through the lens to show the fungus (on the rear element). It has 8 or 9 individual leds and I believe this is what's causing the hot spots on the lens elements. The front lighting would have been ambient light from either window and/or overhead lighting.

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Mon 29-Apr-13 11:21 AM

I enjoyed shooting this series as a little hommage to the very first camera I ever grabbed. That was around 40 years ago. My father, who's 89, still proudly owns it.
D300 Nikkor AF Micro 105 f2.8D @ 1/40s f3.3 ISO 200 window light

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Mon 29-Apr-13 11:23 AM

D300 Nikkor AF Micro 105 f2.8D @ 0.6s f22 ISO 200 window light

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#23. "Voigtländer Vitessa T meter display" | In response to Reply # 0

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Mon 29-Apr-13 11:24 AM

D300 Nikkor AF Micro 105 f2.8D @ 1s f22 ISO 200 window light

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#24. "Voigtländer Vitessa T PC Flash connector" | In response to Reply # 0

jordivb Registered since 01st Mar 2009
Mon 29-Apr-13 11:26 AM

D300 Nikkor AF Micro 105 f2.8D @ 1/13s f10 ISO 200 window light

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jordivb Registered since 01st Mar 2009
Mon 29-Apr-13 11:27 AM

D300 Nikkor AF Micro 105 f2.8D @ 1/4s f14 ISO 200 window light

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#26. "RE: Voigtländer Vitessa T PC Flash connector" | In response to Reply # 24

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Mon 29-Apr-13 01:35 PM

Nice series Jordi. I really like this one.

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#27. "RE: Voigtländer Vitessa T PC Flash connector" | In response to Reply # 26

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Mon 29-Apr-13 02:15 PM

Thanks Dan!
It is my favourite as well!

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#28. "Fujifilm XE1 w/Voigtlander 15mm" | In response to Reply # 0

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Tue 30-Apr-13 04:13 PM

My Fujifilm XE1 w/Voigtlander 15mm lens

D300 w/Nikon 16-85mm VR

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#29. "Fujifilm XE1 w/Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E" | In response to Reply # 0

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Tue 30-Apr-13 04:24 PM

Fujifilm XE1 w/Nikon 50mm f/1.8 E lens and adapter

D300 with Nikon 16-85mm VR

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#30. "Voigtlander 15mm" | In response to Reply # 0

Valentino Awarded for high level skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 04th Dec 2004
Tue 30-Apr-13 11:03 PM | edited Tue 30-Apr-13 11:04 PM by Valentino

Voigtlander 15mm with adapter

D300
Nikon 16-85 VR

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