Fri 25-Jan-13 02:53 AM | edited Fri 25-Jan-13 03:33 AM by Thorney
Hi Everyone! I am glad to be a new Nikonian and also to be the owner of a new D800. I also have a D200 and recently picked up a beautiful F4 for a song. I have been photographing seriously since I was eleven years old in 1973 when I was gifted with a Canon (pardon my French) FTb. About the coolest thing parents could give a kid in 1973. I began darkroom work at that time. I am a graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1987) and have a BFA in photography. Over the years I have shown in galleries and also worked commercially as well as my own artistic work. Since beginning to work with a DSLR in 2006 I have been doing some night photography - The photo uploaded here, for example, 63seconds f/16 @ iso 100 on my D200 with Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 18mm (27mm on FX). I call it 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies' because that's the music I hear in my head when I look at the image. DSLRs totally rock for night work! My advice, put it at 100iso and LE noise reduction and then try f/16 at a minute, two minutes, and four minutes. This eats batteries so I use the MB-D200 grip. Things don't always look great on the camera screen but come to life in post production.
I like to work in both monochrome and colour. I also have Contax, Bronica, Shen-Hao, and Ansco (8x10) film cameras. I have used Nikkor large format and enlarging lenses in addition to DSLR glass. I also have owned and used Schneider, Zeiss, Rodenstock, Goerz, and Wollensack view camera lenses. I haven't had the pleasure of using Fuji large or medium format glass but have wanted too. I quite enjoy using my Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 and also Tokina 100mm f/2.8 as well as my Nikkors on the D800.
I do like my primes and don't mind manual focus - put a DK-17M eyepiece on the D800 and this is very helpful. I fully intend to strap my Bronica Zenzanon lenses on the DSLR and will keep my fellow Nikonians up to date on that. Too bad that I have the wrong Zeiss T* lenses for Nikon adaptation as I would definitely give them a whirl.
I am located in one of the few places on Earth that is North, South, East, and West of the USA - that is Victoria BC in Canada. I would love to connect with any local Nikonians.
Hi Suzy, thanks for the note of welcome. I am glad you enjoyed the image and will definitely post more from past and future shoots. I like your bee shots and those of the five tanks before the trees. I am really into modern topographical landscape - basically, at least as I understand it, not shooting around the artifacts of civilization but encorporating them into my work. Found objects are so interesting. Your tanks remind me of the Easter Island monoliths. I think your composition works well with the wide aspect ratio. They also remind me of the image I've attached - perhaps a Canadian cousin of your tanks.
Don't be afraid of pumping up the saturation just a tich... not Ken Rockwell saturation mind you.. More Cambridgeincolour.
Thanks for your comments. We have just got a new Mac, the last one died but the screen was not so great for quite a while. I am now inspired to revisit old shots and post process. Watch this (gallery) space
I'm really new at this photography thing and meeting folks with experience like you is one of the things I love about Nikonians.
I just looked at my post from a different monitor than what I use for post-processing and notice how it appears much less saturated than on the other (calibrated) monitor.
Which leads me to this piece of advice: One of the most reasonalby priced and valuable tools you could invest in is a calibration device and software. I use the Spyder from ColorVision and calibrate about every two weeks or so and always before a big printing run.
I have an older model that still works well and is supported for my 64 bit OS still. The only drawback is that it does not support multiple monitor calibration, which I don't need at this time.
It is actually pretty amazing to see how the monitor colour drifts even in a couple of weeks.
Anyhow, take care and have a good weekend. I am off to upgrade to an iPhone 5 today.
Thanks for the welcome note! I hear you, the D200 is a great camera. The only reason I don't use it so much now is that my DX lenses shoot at 15MP on the D800. I'm considering an infrared only modification but maybe will just use it for headshots and keep it in the bag for emergency back-up. I got the F4 because it made sense to me as I don't like gelded G lenses and like primes. I historically have shot on a Contax 139Q with Zeiss lenses and talk about soft spots! I am thinking of selling the lenses but also thinking about some funky new leather from cameraleather.com for it.
Decisions, decisions... btw I moved back to the Island of my birth in 2008 but was in the Lower Mainland from 1993 to 2008. Last lived in New Westminster.
Please keep me notified about any gatherings as I'll make every effort to attend.