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dhmiller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2009Mon 31-Jan-11 12:12 AM
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"India trip - D7000 images"


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Just posted a bunch of shots from a recent trip to India. All D7000 with 70-300 VR II. Overall very happy with the camera - the auto- white balance is a vast improvement over my D700, which I also took. Best shots were with shutter speed of 1/250 or higher.
Hope you enjoy them:L
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennishmiller/sets/72157625869042856/show/
(slide show version)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennishmiller/sets/72157625869042856/
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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Mon 31-Jan-11 03:12 AM
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You've made some simply gorgeous images. Congratulations.

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DinoCardelli Registered since 19th Oct 2010Mon 31-Jan-11 07:34 AM
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tks for sharing......

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 31-Jan-11 09:47 PM
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Hi Dennis,

Wonderful series!
Thanks for sharing.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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dhmiller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2009Mon 31-Jan-11 09:57 PM
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Thanks to all for the nice comments and regards. The trip was beyond my expectations, and it was a real treat to have the D7000 on hand. I just bought an 80-400 that I hope will give me a bit more reach than the 300 and also a bit better IQ on the long end; to be determined!
Thanks again for looking.
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>Thanks to all for the nice comments and regards. The trip was
>beyond my expectations, and it was a real treat to have the
>D7000 on hand. I just bought an 80-400 that I hope will give
>me a bit more reach than the 300 and also a bit better IQ on
>the long end; to be determined!
>Thanks again for looking.
>Best
>Dennis


Dennis
Make sure you let us know how the 80-400 performs on the long end compared with the 70-300. I see the 400 is about 4 times more expensive than the 300 so I would be interested if there is a big improvement in PQ on the long end.

Ben

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dhmiller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2009Mon 31-Jan-11 11:30 PM
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Thanks very much, Ben. So much to shoot and so little time!
I bought the 80-400 used and paid just several hundred more than the new 70-300, so I too will be very curious. Should arrive later this week. Will let you know when I get some shots worth posting.
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BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010Tue 01-Feb-11 10:42 AM
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Dennis - Beautiful shots! It makes me want to go there to see if I could get just ONE shot similar to yours. Was the political climate good there? I just had to postpone two months (Feb/Mar) in Cairo!

Because I sometimes see a wide variation of unhappy comments with various lenses, do you feel that the risk of buying a flawed, used lens is acceptable? Also is there any way to protect yourself in the purchase of a used lens?

TIA

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Nikon D7000 with zoomNIKKOR AF-S DX 10-24mm f3.5,
Tamron AF 18-270mm Macro f3.5 Di II VC LD
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Nikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System,
ZacutoEVF Pro
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dhmiller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2009Tue 01-Feb-11 03:46 PM
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You are much too kind! There was truly an abundance of photo opportunities - an overload, really. Our group was all photo, so anytime anyone saw anything of interest, we stopped the bus and piled off. You could even just sit in a spot in one of the villages and wait for people to pass you by...

No issues whatsoever with politics, especially where we were (mostly small towns and villages in southeast and southwest India - way off the beaten path).

I have bought many lenses used on this forum - 24-70, 14-24, etc. Haven;t had a single problem with any of them. Though there is no official way to insure "protection," I guess the worst case would involve sending a lens to Nikon for some type of repair.

On that note, the wife of a guy in our group on the trip picked up my (open!) camera bag by mistake and my D700 with attached 24-70 went crashing to the (concrete) ground. This shattered the neutral filter I had on the lens and also scratched the lens itself in a few places. I was also unable to take the filter ring off once i got the remaining shards of glass out of it.

Suffice it to say, I took (literally) 2000 pictures with that very lens and had no problem of any kind (some are at my Flickr page...). Sent the lens to Nikon for replacement of the entire front element and calibration, and the cost was only $250, which is entirely covered by my insurance.
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dhmiller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2009Tue 01-Feb-11 08:08 PM
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Btw, it may not be totally appropriate, but I have a bunch of other India shots (same trip) at Flicker, some of which were with the 7000 and some the 700, if you are interested:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennishmiller
for the gallery view

or
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennishmiller/show
directly to the slideshow

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BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010Tue 01-Feb-11 08:56 PM
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Thanks again for the quick reply Dennis. Two more questions. Where did you find the guided photo group trip to India, and number 2, did I read between the lines and understand that if I have two places to buy a used lens first place Nikonians, and second place eBay, that I should choose the first place?....hahaha It makes sense to me!

Thanks again

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Nikon D7000 with zoomNIKKOR AF-S DX 10-24mm f3.5,
Tamron AF 18-270mm Macro f3.5 Di II VC LD
and Tamron AF 180mm f/3.5 Di SP A/M FEC LD (IF) 1:1 Macro
Nikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System,
ZacutoEVF Pro
Two SanDisk 32GB EXTREME PRO SDHC-UHS-1 (45MB/S)
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dhmiller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2009Tue 01-Feb-11 09:26 PM
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Hi BilboTex. I would certainly have more faith in a purchase from Nikonians, though in fact, you probably have more "official" protection via eBay, as I believe they back you up in any disputes (but I could be wrong).

The trip came about as a result of my having a very limited window for a trip during my break from teaching, so I searched for "photo workshops Dec 20 - Jan 6" and got a bunch of hits. The one that appealed to me most was the one from Wild Photography Holidays going to India, so that was that! http://wildphotographyholidays.com/
My wife and I are going to Iceland with them in May.
I'd be happy to give you more info about them if you want, though probably best to do so offline.
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Dennis

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BillboTex Registered since 23rd Nov 2010Tue 01-Feb-11 09:45 PM
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Thanks Dennis, was hoping to see you in Iceland in May, but my son is getting married in Florida on May21st

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MY SETUP
Nikon D7000 with zoomNIKKOR AF-S DX 10-24mm f3.5,
Tamron AF 18-270mm Macro f3.5 Di II VC LD
and Tamron AF 180mm f/3.5 Di SP A/M FEC LD (IF) 1:1 Macro
Nikon R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System,
ZacutoEVF Pro
Two SanDisk 32GB EXTREME PRO SDHC-UHS-1 (45MB/S)
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dhmiller Silver Member Nikonian since 19th May 2009Tue 01-Feb-11 10:25 PM
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Good luck with that ! (been there, done that once.. one more time around is expected ).
Very excited about Iceland, as one of the tour leaders lives there. Way over packed last time, so this time I will use better judgment.
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Dennis

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>Thanks again for the quick reply Dennis. Two more questions.
> Where did you find the guided photo group trip to India, and
>number 2, did I read between the lines and understand that if
>I have two places to buy a used lens first place Nikonians,
>and second place eBay, that I should choose the first
>place?....hahaha It makes sense to me!
>
>Thanks again

I have also bought used equipment from KEH which came highly recommended by other Nikonians. I have also recommended to friends who have bought their with no complaints. I think you will likely pay a few percent less on ebay. I have returned a lens for full refund from KEH as well. (This was my first used lens purchase and in retrospect the lens was fine but I was inexperienced and was convinced there was a flaw. I spent an extra $1000 for a new updated lens and the quality was no different) They have a nice return policy and if you are not satisfied just return. You lose out on shipping.

I currently have an 18-200 vrii lens and 1.7 TCE which I bought from KEH w no complaints.
PS I don't own or work for KEH.

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Toronto, CA
          

Nice collection Dennis. Several of your portraits are top notch I think. I hope you're printing a few. The elephant profile is also terrific - despite the tight crop, the impression of great size is wonderful.

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Thanks very much, Howard. I was trying to make the elephant shot almost an abstraction, but liked the crop you see. This was the same elephant that "blessed" me by putting his trunk around my head for a good 60 seconds. Got me very committed to Ganesh, the Hindu god of welcome and overcoming obstacles, who I now wear around my neck (a small pendant).
Thanks again for looking at the gallery.
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Dennis

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As a landscape photographer, I rarely stop to look at people pictures, but yours really caught my eye. These are truly outstanding!! Your play with depth of field on some of the images was quite effective.
Can you briefly comment on your post-processing? Did you shoot raw of are these jpeg out of the camera?
Again, thank you for sharing. Well done!

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Thanks very much, POC. I don't usually do much post-processing beyond some tweaks in Lightroom: most shots have a slight boost in clarity, perhaps a small rise in the Black levels, and of course a bit of sharpening, but there are a couple in that collection that had more tweaking.
There are two shots of men (one b and w and the highly saturated) in which I drew a selection around the man, inverted the selection, then threw the background out of focus using a lens blur (a Wacom tablet is very useful for this, especially because I don;t know much about masking...). Then on the shot of the man that is highly saturated, I used an effect n the Topaz Adjust Photoshop plug-in.. really just as an experiment. I like the effect itself, but it looks a bit odd to me in the context of all the other non-processed images (especially when you see it in the slideshow sequence).

I shoot exclusively in RAW (14-bit) as I enjoy staring at my images on the computer and tweaking the ones that I think have the most potential. I took over 4,000 pix on the two-week trip but the 100 on Flickr are the ones that I figured other people would probably like most.
Thanks again for looking.
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These are amazing.
My wife has been wanting to go to India but I was reluctant, given disease and political unrest.
I may have to reconsider. I could only hope to get a couple as good as you have.
Congratulations.

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Hi John. I would encourage you to consider a trip to India, especially to the south, which is amazingly beautiful and where there is not a hint of any unrest. There are world class hotels in every region that are very reasonable in price, and if you stick with well-cooked food at the better eating spots, you shouldn;t have any trouble (I got malaria in West Africa and it is no fun, though it is easily curable). The people are also extremely friendly.

I would strongly recommended the tour group with whom I traveled - people on the trip were at different levels of experience but everyone was completely committed to improving their photography, and taking lots of pictures! The only person on the trip who did not shoot was the wife of one of the guys, but she was perfectly happy to wander on her own, enjoying the culture as much as we did.
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Thanks Dennis.
I will have to get my shots up to date and bring along some Quinine's and ciprofloxin.
My brother in-law recently went on business and had no problems either.

India is back on my bucket list of vacation destinations.

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>I will have to get my shots up to date and bring along some
>Quinine's and ciprofloxin.

Quinine hasn't been used for prophylaxis in decades. Cipro is kind of useless too. I'm just saying!

Doxycycline or a combo of atovaquone and proguanil are the current malaria prophylaxis and treatment faves and definitely have the fewest side effects. Stay away from mefloquine though - lotsa, lotsa neurological and psychiatric symptoms/side effects when you use that stuff.

About the best thing you can do too, is to begin a series of Twinrix hepatitis A and B vaccine shots. Space two booster shots about eight months apart beginning 3-6 months after the initial shot. Hep A and B will ruin your day (sic) and are also a lot more prevalent throughout India and most other emerging countries.

Unlike thorough handwashing with soap and lots of clean water, and unlike thoroughly cleaning & dressing cuts and abrasions, those little bottles of hand sanitizer are useless.

Always know where you're going. Before entering the country (any country) know in advance where you can obtain antibiotics (which is almost always also the place where you can find competent medical care. Travel agencies, tourism bureaux, various departments of state, external affairs departments and, of course, your country's embassy, are the best sources for doctor referrals for emergency needs.

Same is true, especially, for your medical insurance. Anyone who travels for any reason without medical insurance is a courting a horror. Your travel medical insurance provider can provide you with any and all emergency contacts in almost any country in the world. Your travel medical insurer wants you to get fast, high quality treatment in order to keep costs down.

I just hijacked the thread. Sorry. Back to the photo collection.

I also really liked "Falls 2 - Detail of waterfall at lake near Tiruvannamali":

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dennishmiller/5292411190/in/set-72157625869042856/

I'm a technical shooter though, so rather than leave the shot as-is, I would clone out the vegetation in the lower center and lower left in order to create a final that is essentially all texture and asymmetry.

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#23. "RE: India trip - D7000 images"
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Hi Howard. Thanks for the tips - all of them! I used malarone (daily, for malaria ) in India and previously in Ghana, though I got malaria in Ghana. Lonart was the miracle cure, available on every corner (and we were living near a hospital). I also had a med evac policy with Travel Guard, who I have used (and never needed, thankfully) on many prior trips (even for the 6 months we lived in Ghana!) Otherwise, all good advice on the meds.

Interesting suggestion about the Falls shot - I see your point and will definitely consider it.
Curious to know what defines a "technical shooter" - feel free to post a link or two to representative work.

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>Curious to know what defines a "technical shooter" -
>feel free to post a link or two to representative work.

. . . a photographer who tends to emphasize technique over emotion. Or a photographer who thinks of composition, framing, level horizons, level/plane/perpendicular surfaces and edges before anything else. To my way of thinking, technical shooters tend to make photos of spare, simple compositions, rather than vistas or panoramas or landscapes or even shots such as wider street views. For example, I think you shoot too loosely, but then if I'd photographed your exact same subjects, they'd look much different (except possibly for the Falls 2 and the elephant shots). As well, I think most people would disagree with my comment that you shoot too loosely. They might feel instead that your compositions provide a better sense of place than comparably much tighter shots made by me. Hopefully, both approaches result in worthwhile photos. Your approach certainly does.

I just published a set of shots on photo.net from October-November walkabout in Paris, Marseille and London here. Wrong camera and lens for this forum though (D700 + the new 24-120 f/4 VRII - a highly recommended lens I must say). It will give you a sense of why some feel I'm more of a technical street shooter than anything else. Since early December I've been shooting exclusively with a D7000 and a Nikkor 16-85 VR and a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 AF-S. I think I'm familiar enough with the D7000 now to start publishing a few shots without embarrassment. I'm still getting used to the hair trigger shutter - I'm still occasionally triggering the shutter accidentally and before VR has settled after a manual or autofocus lock. It's also miserably cold this winter in Toronto, so wandering around exploring the city while wearing insulated gloves is not exactly the best way to get a feel for the very sensitive D7000 shutter button.

If my critical analysis of my latest batch of shots made with the D7000 passes the sniff test, I may just use the D7000 rig in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Copenhagen in May, and possibly even earlier than that for five or six days in New York in March.

Delhi in July - on business mainly, unless I can talk my partner into the gig because I absolutely hate Delhi in the absurd, brain-melting heat July. Lahore, Pakistan - where the project will take 'us' if the schedule holds up - is just as bad in June and July. So we're casting spells and chanting incantations to delay the whole research project until well into September, which will be fine as long as Lahore doesn't blow up into sectarian violence. Frankly, I'd rather transfer the whole project to Mangalore, Mahe or Kozhikode where there's always a coastal breeze off the Arabian Sea. Anyway, if I'm there, the D7000 will be alongside.

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Interesting stuff. The group I was on had many discussions about "aesthetics" and what Art Wolfe calls "trophy shots" vs providing a context with a wider view (for example). Frankly, I prefer to consider myself a believer in another one of Wolfe's phrases of wisdom: He told a group of us at one of his seminars that he "shoots without prejudice." That I particularly like.

But true enough, on this particular trip and partly because of those discussions, I did step back and open up the frame a bit (a teacher once told me that he got "claustrophobic" looking at my work! ) Good stuff to think about, in any event.

Good luck with your trip. Wouldn;t the monsoons be starting by September? (I prefer the heat to the rain, but that's because I grew up in New Orleans...)

I look forward to viewing the shots you link to above.
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>Frankly, I prefer to consider myself a
>believer in another one of Wolfe's phrases of wisdom: He told
>a group of us at one of his seminars that he "shoots
>without prejudice." That I particularly like.

I've always interpreted aphorisms like "shoot without prejudice" to mean keeping your eyes and thinking open enough to notice great shots that don't happen to fall within the context of the particular goal(s) you might have in mind for a particular shoot or walkabout or trip or whatever. Other than that, I think the phrase is somewhat of a non sequitur.

>But true enough, on this particular trip and partly because of
>those discussions, I did step back and open up the frame a bit
>(a teacher once told me that he got "claustrophobic"
>looking at my work! ) Good stuff to think about, in any
>event.

People who are conductive creative teaching classes in various forms of art practice, photography and so on often impose their own prejudices and discomforts while at the same time influencing students to step out of their comfort zones. The word claustrophobic used in a critique, for example, can be viewed as a compliment, IMO, and for a variety of very good reasons.

>Good luck with your trip. Wouldn;t the monsoons be starting by
>September? (I prefer the heat to the rain, but that's because
>I grew up in New Orleans...)

Monsoon season is usually dwindled to just a trickle by late September. It starts in early June - sometimes late May or late June. A late start to the monsoon season doesn't mean a late end - just a poor crop, which happened several times in the 90s. New Orleans and Mangalore in summer have a lot in common, including 100 billion percent humidity.

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Hi JohnE
I would assume there were other places that you were reluctant to visit that you did end up seeing. Was the reality much better than the rumors and warnings from well-meaning but horribly misinformed non-travelers back home? I wager it was. Well, India is another one of those places that is little understood in the US but upon which non-visitors have strong opinions.
Just go, it, and just about anywhere you can find on a map, unless an active war zone, is safer than staying at home. My mother keeps sending clippings and links warning me about being in Russia, all are removed from context and unsupported by direct evidence. Of course, I get the strongest warnings from people who do not even have passports. I've been in 86 countries and found each one very different from the popular wisdom back home. Most of those visits were with no planning, back before the tight security and advance notice required to board a plane. I scheduled a little dead time for relaxing between recording projects so the last day of a project, instead of going home I would go to SFO airport and buy the first ticket leaving, regardless of where it was going, unless an advanced visa was required. At times it was 10 minutes between standing at the ticket counter and sitting on the plane. Many of those places I ended up in would have never been on my "must see" list of vacation spots but all turned out to be very positive experiences.
If there was a medical emergency, I found that medical care in just about any country is available at a high level for very modest prices. I even had a hip replacement operation in Russia and very glad I did instead of back home, so I was lucky my insurance denied coverage for no reason. I did not have the $90k they wanted so I had it done in St Petersburg with great care, by the most experienced orthopedic surgeon in the region, and the rest of the medical staff, staying in a deluxe private room for a total of $5700, 1/2 of it being the Swiss-made joint itself. In any developed country, the care is often superior to what you can get at home so don't be put off by the what-if's.
After your initial apprehension of being in a strange land with unfamiliar customs and culture, you will start to relax when you realize the many guards you put up walking streets back home are not needed but a few places in the world. The chances of being accosted, injured or robbed are very low, partly due to the few guns, and it being a very old culture that evolved ways of dealing with differences or frustration peacefully.
Just go. What you gain will be more than any potential loss.

Stan
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Great slide-show and your second gallery link too Dennis!

Your reference to over-packing, was that camera gear or gear-gear? Would be interested in any lessons learned.

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(Was this to me? Dennis?.. I think so) Thanks for the comments...

Well I overpacked in every respect - clothes, for one, as I didn;t really know what laundry would be available, but more relevant, camera gear. Too many bottles of lens cleaner, a 500 mm lens that I never took out of the suitcase, a 105 macro, a Speedlight, way too many memory cards and USB jump drives (I had a laptop) and extra hard drives (I had three external and one would have been enough), a bunch of blank DVDs that I was going to use for backup. Got a little carried away, I guess. The word I got from the tour guys was that if you didn;t have the lenses, you couldn't use them, so I guess I don;t regret having those. But way too much other peripheral stuff. I carried the 14-24 and took, probably 10 shots, though this was partially a workshop and I did get some good tips on super wide angle shooting (but no shots worth posting).
I was carrying both the D7000 and the D700 for context.
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captainkev Registered since 24th Jan 2011Sun 06-Feb-11 10:10 PM
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Wow, fantastic job. Thanks for the tour.............

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