Thanks you, Ernesto. It's a bit early yet, but this looks like it could be our best year since 2010, which was the last really good year. Our drought has been going on now for over ten years. The two major reservoirs on the Colorado River, Lake Powell and Lake Mead, are both down significantly.
Thanks, Rob. I'm really enjoying the D800E, even though I haven't had a whole lot of time to shoot with it. But when I bring up its images in post, I am always amazed at the resolution and dynamic range present in those files. High ISO performance is unbelievable and the ability to bring detail out in shadows without noise is amazing. In the first photo in this series, the wind was blowing pretty hard, and these very young flowers were dancing in the wind. I knew I needed to shoot fast to freeze the dancing flowers, and I needed as much depth of field as possible. As you can see, the combination of 1/500th of a second shutter speed and an f22 aperture resulted in an ISO of 1000, and yet clean as a whistle. I could have never pulled that off with my D300.
Wonderful shots. Love all of them but have always been partial to yellow flowers. No idea what they are besides pretty. Also you should know that I am green with envy that you have flowers and I do not in Atlanta .... yet.
Picked up a D7100 and have been amazed with how high the ISO can go and still produce clean shots. My guess on the D7100 is 2 stops better than the D90 which I used to have. ISO 1600 seems clean. In some ways I wish I had picked up a D800E as you did but think the D7100 will be fine for now.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Nicomachean Ethics