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Achieving satisfaction with my D7000

wwt67

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wwt67 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2010
Tue 01-Feb-11 03:56 AM

Well, the sun came out yesterday, so I took the D7k and the AFS 300mm f4 out for a walk. I have been stuggling with exposure more than sharpness as others have. I feel I'm finally getting the results I want. I wanted to share a few photos from yesterday because I feel they are the best wildlife photos I've shot with the D7k. I was afraid the snow was going to be a real challenge. I used Matrix metering with 0EV adjustment (could have went to the plus side), and ADL set to low. I also used auto WB. I did some PP (from RAW) and had to adjust WB a little as the sun made the snow too warm.

Your comments are welcome.

Thanks,
Wayne


ISO320, 1/640, f6.3

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ISO400, 1/1000, f6.3
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ISO320, 1/640, f6.3
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briantilley

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#1. "RE: Achieving satisfaction with my D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Tue 01-Feb-11 07:34 AM

Very nice results, Wayne - well done

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Gamecocks

Joanna, US
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#2. "RE: Achieving satisfaction with my D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

Gamecocks Registered since 22nd Jul 2010
Tue 01-Feb-11 10:28 AM

Hello Wayne,

Pictures look great. You should consider putting them in the "call for images" post on this forum.

John

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billD80

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#3. "RE: Achieving satisfaction with my D7000" | In response to Reply # 2

billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Tue 01-Feb-11 11:10 AM

Great images, color rendition and resolution are terrific!

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jadiniz

Estoril, PT
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jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010
Tue 01-Feb-11 02:51 PM

Very satisfying indeed, you can be proud of these pictures!

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wwt67

Warsaw, US
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wwt67 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2010
Tue 01-Feb-11 09:06 PM

Thanks to all for the encouraging comments. I noticed that the snow in the photos looks brighter and more white after uploading them. Does this have something to do with color management?

I have a few more "snow" photos and others that are favorites from my time with the D7k in this album.

https://images.nikonians.org/galleries/showgallery.php/cat/17787/ppuser/319002

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admiralmatt

Long Island, US
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admiralmatt Registered since 18th Jan 2011
Tue 01-Feb-11 11:34 PM

Wayne- I'm just an amateur but think these are great shots. Going to buy a D7000 very shortly. Hope my pics come out as nice.

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JohnE Nikon

New HArtford, US
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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Wed 02-Feb-11 03:28 PM

Perfection.
Were these done hand held?
I assume these were without your teleconverter. Is this correct?

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wwt67

Warsaw, US
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#8. "RE: Achieving satisfaction with my D7000" | In response to Reply # 7

wwt67 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2010
Wed 02-Feb-11 10:16 PM

Hi John,

Perfection? Wow, thanks!

The photos above were taken with the 300 f4 only. I do have some other photos from that day with the 300/1.4 TC combo in the album link above. Look at the image name in the album. If it ends with 300 it's 300mm, if it ends with 420 it's 420mm (w/1.4 TC).
Most of the time I was hand-holding and other times I braced the lens against a tree. I don't remember what photos were only hand held.

I must say I really like your photos you posted in this forum recently using the 70-200 1.7TC combo. Actually I posted these photos just to try to keep ahead of you. HA! No, just joking.

I used the same setup as you for about 6 months and then bought the AFS 300mm f4 lens for more reach. Honestly, I no longer use the 70-200 with a TC. The 300mm at f6.3 is incredibly sharp. At other apertures it is less sharp but still very good.

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wwt67

Warsaw, US
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#9. "RE: Achieving satisfaction with my D7000" | In response to Reply # 6

wwt67 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2010
Wed 02-Feb-11 10:31 PM | edited Wed 02-Feb-11 10:35 PM by wwt67

Thanks Matthew,
I'm just an amateur also. I'm sure you will love the D7000.
I had a D5000 prior to the D7000 and now I think the D5000 feels a little neglected.

Keep us posted on your new camera!

BTW, the photos of your dogs are great!

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Chooch88

Ottawa, CA
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Chooch88 Registered since 14th Jan 2009
Fri 04-Feb-11 10:49 AM


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OK, not sure if I did this right but I decided to crop one of your pictures in consideration of removing what is distracting and allowing the birds to pop. I had a teacher who made a point of asking why we decided to leave items in photos in the fringes. Not that it's a bad thing...just that you make it a purposeful decision. Anyway the crop allows us to focus on the birds but the cost is some scene perspective. Which you prefer is up to you.I also spot healed a few brown specks that to me again were distracting. Beautiful photos by the way!
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wwt67

Warsaw, US
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wwt67 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2010
Fri 04-Feb-11 08:37 PM

Mark,
I see your point. I was trying to keep more of the snow in the photos but didn't give enough thought about the objects around the edges. In the first photo I wanted to crop out the "headless duck" but thought it was better to just leave it.
Thanks for the tips.

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billD80

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Fri 04-Feb-11 10:28 PM

>Mark,
>I see your point.

Mark's crop is great, based on your capture.

You've got a great image here! Congratulations. Wish it was mine.

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KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#13. "RE: Achieving satisfaction with my D7000" | In response to Reply # 5

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sat 05-Feb-11 11:36 PM

Internet Explorer is a non-color-profile-aware browser. That can be a problem (cause a difference in look) if the photos are other than sRGB profile.

Most other browsers are color-aware so they don't have a problem rendering for example AdobeRGB photos. Could also be a simple difference in background (e.g. black background within browser and grey within ViewNX could give it a "different look").

Great photos BTW.

Best regards, SteveK

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PAStime

Kingston, CA
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#14. "RE: Achieving satisfaction with my D7000" | In response to Reply # 5

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Sun 06-Feb-11 11:38 AM

Nice shots. The low afternoon sun is one thing that makes them great.

Photo mechanic tells me the image files have this profile embedded in them: ICC Profile: Nikon sRGB 4.0.0.3002 (embedded) I would think there is not a color management problem.

Peter

captainkev

Washington Township, US
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captainkev Registered since 24th Jan 2011
Sun 06-Feb-11 12:20 PM

Wonderful shots. I especially like the Flapping Hen with the headless Drake. Amazing how angle changes perspective.
The lighting was great, it allowed you to show the water droplets from the melted snow on the sitting drake in the last picture.

Nice job.

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