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D7000 - working it out

s2sailorlis_nikon

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s2sailorlis_nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Jun 2012
Tue 24-Sep-13 12:59 AM

So far the camera is behaving itself. And I am trying to test in different situations. So far so good, except for some stupid operator errors related to how the autofocus works.

What are your thoughts of picture below - it is 90% cropped. 300 f/4, tc14e, ISO 800, f9.1, 1/2500, some PP in LR4.

The plane was probably at maybe 2000 feet altitude - i was panning tripod - but not doing a very good job as the ball-head was moving a little more than i had liked....focus point was on tail...

At any rate, would anyone expect anything better or different?

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excuse typos..

JosephK

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#1. "RE: D7000 - working it out" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Tue 24-Sep-13 06:22 PM

Exposure and focus seem good. You seem to have done OK with the panning since there is no motion blur. However, a much slower shutter speed would be nice so that you get some blur in the prop. Of course, the slower shutter speed will greatly test your panning technique.

A little bit of sharpening after the resize for the web might help.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II,
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RLDubbya

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#2. "RE: D7000 - working it out" | In response to Reply # 0

RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Tue 24-Sep-13 10:04 PM

Nice shot, Rick. I have no suggestions on shooting technique, you're way beyond my meager skills.

Post: you have LR 5, I think I remember you posting?

I might try some more sharpening, balanced with noise reduction. I'd also play with clarity, contrast, etc - those sliders up near the top - and see if I could get the plane to "pop" out a little more aggressively from the background. Might not be possible, I've never tried to PP anything like this.

Again, nicely done.

s2sailorlis_nikon

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#3. "RE: D7000 - working it out" | In response to Reply # 1

s2sailorlis_nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Jun 2012
Wed 25-Sep-13 02:34 PM

Thanks Joseph - didn't think of prop motion...will try to sharpen a bit more.

excuse typos..

s2sailorlis_nikon

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#4. "RE: D7000 - working it out" | In response to Reply # 2

s2sailorlis_nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Jun 2012
Wed 25-Sep-13 02:35 PM

Thanks - I have LR4 actually (it was cheap..;>)

As this was near 100% crop and the plane was prob 2K feet in air, i tried to sharpen/noise reduce best i can...will play some more...

excuse typos..

JosephK

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Wed 25-Sep-13 07:22 PM

Prop blur is easy to forget. I spend much of my summers on the beach with Coast Guard choppers frequently going by. My first shot almost always has a frozen rotor. I then say a few colorful words and drop the shutter speed to 1/125 or so, which is not quite slow enough sometimes.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II,
50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

Castlk

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#6. "RE: D7000 - working it out" | In response to Reply # 4

Castlk Registered since 06th Apr 2013
Sat 28-Sep-13 11:17 PM

Nice shot looks like everything is working as it should.

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