Wed 13-Aug-08 01:33 AM | edited Wed 13-Aug-08 01:05 PM by dazman47
I really was ready until I noticed that the Airforce was sending their planes out all night! I also live directly where the north bound planes where flying into Seatac International airport. I literally can see my home for the plane.
I didn't have time to drive out into the country on a work day. I'll have to make it up to you Nikonians...
Wed 13-Aug-08 03:51 AM | edited Wed 13-Aug-08 04:41 AM by NormS
Last night I went to the Griffiths Observatory in Los Angeles to for some early and late evening shooting with the D700, completely unaware of the upcoming meteor shower. The results are posted at http://www.nsapc.com/griffiths
I added the moon from a separate image using a longer lens (200 mm) as the one with the 24-70 mm used on all other images was devoid of any detail.
All were shot at ISO 200. The EXIF data (I am not sure how to copy and paste) beginning with image 7 through image 11 (these were the night time shots) is: .6 at f/16; 2.5 at f/16; 1/250 at f/3.2; 1.0 at f/16; and 4.0 at f/7.1, I used an SB 800 for the first three with manual settings that I no longer recall. I did not know any of the subjects and was working quite fast before they became annoyed. Hence I did not necessarily think carefully the settings but just spun the dials hoping for the best. I used a tripod for nearly all.
Outstanding shots, Norm. This is why I got the D700 -- to be able to get sharp candid pix like this shooting at high ISO in available light. I only used to dream about getting these sort of shots. Even when I got these kind of shots, many were blurry because I was limited to lower shutter speeds. This opens up a whole new frontier in photography. I've been getting stunning, sharp candid shots shooting available light indoors at 2500 ISO and above with shutter speeds of 320 and above. It's a brave new world.
I metered using matrix without the lamp in the frame and then set that manually. 30 secs at f/11 iso 200 and no noise at all - waiting for the nr is annoying. I want to do some tests to see whether shooting at higher iso and so having a shorter exposure time renders better results.
Why does a photography forum not let you insert images like every other message board?
"This camera has opened up pictures there just weren't possible before." Yes, sort of makes you feel like a trailblazer on a new frontier. Your shot of the bridge is nothing short of spectacular. With my D700 I've been getting high ISO available light shots that make my photographer friends' jaws drop. It's a brave new world.