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Antero52

Vantaa, FI
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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
Wed 30-May-12 05:18 AM | edited Wed 30-May-12 08:42 AM by Antero52

Every D800(E) owner needs to post their own wow picture. This is mine. It’s not the composition but the detail. Here’s the story: I was clearing the bottom of a brook in our garden, broadening it into a small pond. Suddenly Ms Mallard came within touching distance of me, ignoring the spade I was using. I went for my camera and grabbed a quick shot (#1). #2 is a detail from eye area of the #1.

What is it that makes this a wow shot (for me at least)? Firstly, of course, the situation. A wild creature coming so close to me without fear (and I’m not talking about mosquitoes). And more importantly, the detail. In #2 I can see blood vessels in the eye although this was literally a grab shot, with ISO at 5000 because I had been trying to take some BIF shots previously. So tell me again how difficult it is to take sharp pictures with this camera.

What looks like blown-out areas in #1 is places where I rested the spade, letting go excess water before lifting the mud and clay into the wheelbarrow. That’s why the grass is white.

D800E, 24-120mm/4 @ 120mm, 1/4000s, f/9, ISO5000.


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Regards, Antero

P.S. And to complete the story, here's a work-in-progress photo of the pond I was digging, in the opposite direction to #1.



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jtmcg

Simsbury, US
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#1. "RE: My first wow picture" | In response to Reply # 0

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Wed 30-May-12 08:58 AM

I agree with your WOW Antero. The detail in #2 is amazing.

John

Marmion4

Near Sacramento, US
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Marmion4 Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008
Wed 30-May-12 11:10 AM

Details are amazing!

Your pond in progress looks great.

Enjoy your future Wow moments!

Laura

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geoffc

San Pedro, US
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#3. "RE: My first wow picture" | In response to Reply # 0

geoffc Registered since 21st Apr 2008
Wed 30-May-12 12:15 PM | edited Wed 30-May-12 12:17 PM by geoffc

Hey!

Apparently you weren't aware that:
-you can't handhold a D800
-the E version is going to make wild moire
-ISO on a 36mp sensor is going to be horrible



...btw, I too have had "quick snaps" with my D800 that turn out fantastic

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John Varndell

Dogmersfield, UK
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#4. "RE: My first wow picture" | In response to Reply # 0

John Varndell Registered since 17th May 2006
Wed 30-May-12 03:21 PM

I only have the ordinary D800, which is extraordinary!!! The best camera I have ever used by miles. I have had so many wow moments already.

I too am puzzled by the posts from people who say they can't get sharp images. I hand hold 95% of the time and the vast majority of my images are pin sharp.

Your pond is looking great!!

John

Markl8

US
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#5. "RE: My first wow picture" | In response to Reply # 3

Markl8 Registered since 14th Jun 2011
Wed 30-May-12 05:33 PM

>Hey!
>
>Apparently you weren't aware that:
>-you can't handhold a D800
>-the E version is going to make wild moire
>-ISO on a 36mp sensor is going to be horrible
>
>
>
>...btw, I too have had "quick snaps" with my D800
>that turn out fantastic

Dont forget the 24-120 f4 lens is a garbage and a low quality lens.

Cant wait till my junky unstable Moire making 800E arrives Monday so I can use my crappy 24-120 f4 distortion machine of a lense to it LOL

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InsaneO

Encino, US
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#6. "RE: My first wow picture" | In response to Reply # 5

InsaneO Registered since 09th May 2012
Wed 30-May-12 09:42 PM

Yes, 24-120mm is junky!!!!
Nevertheless it allowed me to take this picture at F4 wide open.

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and the crop
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tcuneo

San Jose,, US
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#7. "RE: My first wow picture" | In response to Reply # 0

tcuneo Registered since 13th May 2012
Wed 30-May-12 10:06 PM

Antero,
Thanks for posting. A great shot at ISO5000. Hopefully the pond will continue to attract other critters.

Antero52

Vantaa, FI
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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
Thu 31-May-12 03:38 AM

Friends,

Thank you for your kind words. I feel so happy and relieved. I turned 60 this month, and for the occasion my wife and I will make a three-week “dream tour” of western Canada. For a while it looked like I’m not getting the D800E, although I ordered it in February, and then there were news about focusing problems and lockups. My specimen appears to be free from these problems.

Best regards, Antero

G