Awesome. And having seen Falcon stadium here (I live in Colorado Springs), trust me-- the lighting there is not that great.
Having met Dave on a couple of occasions, he is NOT one to gush over gear. Seriously-- the guy has great equipment but he views them as tools for a job. His enthusiasm for the D3 is like nothing I've ever seen from him before.
Jason P. Odell Colorado Nikonian Author, The Photographer's Guide to Capture NX Now includes Supplement One
Awww come Jay... Dave has been just as enthusiastic on his write ups of the D2X (March 2005) and the D2H (December 2003) that are at his website. That said, if you take into consideration the time they were written, they were both "fantastic" cameras as well and brought something new to his shooting.
Actually I tend to think that it is more of the photographer in Dave's case then the camera he shoots with that gets the results.
OK, I have to chime in here about a serious concern of mine. I really like Dave, and I'm literally #1 on the list at Berger Bros for the D3, however...
If you look at the last photo no the page (the closeup of the Raider) his eyes immediately jumped out at me as being sharpened and dodged. I didn't see anything on his site about the images being edited, but it seems he's giving the impression these are straight out of the camera.
When I went back to look at the other photos, it seems they all have a little added "pop". But that last photo seemed clearly "altered" to me. Anyone else?
>If you look at the last photo no the page (the closeup of >the Raider) his eyes immediately jumped out at me as being >sharpened and dodged. I didn't see anything on his site >about the images being edited, but it seems he's giving the >impression these are straight out of the camera.
Maybe I missed it, but I can't see where Dave says anything about these images being straight from the camera. But whether they are processed or not, they look remarkable at the high ISO settings used
Not sure why you have a "serious concern" about those pics. I can't tell for sure if they were processed or not, however, he does not discuss what processing was or wasn't done. The pics are pretty consistant with what I've seen by other photographers using the D3, they all have that pop. Read James Russell's article http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/d3.shtml> He gives a very even handed assessment and gives his impressions of the jpeg images. He is not a rep for Nikon or any other camera.
Sharpening the pics doesn't bother me because I sharpen all pics. I'll be pretty happy to have these "sharpened" results.
BTW, Dave is a rep for Nikon, similar to pros who represent Canon. So, I assume he and Moose Peterson would be Nikon fans. Dave backs up his opinions by taking great pictures. His lightpainting D3 series is beautiful work--I can't wait to give it a try.
I look forward to taking his mentor series in February.
ISO 6400 is the same as ISO 400 on the D2X, amazing! And then he goes on to explain that there are benefits of shooting at lower ISO in that the lower ISO's make the image just that much better. Even if these statements are only half true, this is still quite an accomplishment. What he says about how to stop action and using auto ISO as and new "mode" is outstanding for sports-shooters. Until now, auto ISO was considered a little mickey-mouse. But with the quality high ISO images of the D3, it sounds like a really useful tool.
I saw Dave at the Photo Expo, and he gave a slide show of these images and more as part of Nikon's rollout of the D3. There were many D3's to handle and play with, along with great glass. Dave was showing more of the light painting and use of speedlights , but it was quite interesting to see the high ISO images that Dave had. He spent the last five minutes running through several images, including the shots of the football stadium at AFA, I was also surprised about the amount of glass near the front element of the 24-70 FF new lens.
I am not going to a D3, but the results at high ISO would be a reason to do that if you needed to go there. I did not see prints but the projected images were quite impressive.