This was my first attempt to use the D800 with people... or should I say Dancers in action.
When I read the specs from other photographers who provide the info about their gear and setting, I always want to ask: How far were you from the object? No one writes this in their description. Why?
I went to take some shots of my daughter graduating from the Tucson Dance Academy Recital last week. I had no intention to shoot anything else. When the recital started, I realized that maybe I should try some settings on the D800 and see what happens.
Well A LOT had happened. The images below were taken using the D800 with a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 lens on a monopod. All the settings were manual and all the images you see below were taken from 135 feet away from the stage! I was with my back to the far wall across the auditorium. No flash photography was allowed so what you see, are cropped images of what I think is an amazing piece of electronics!
After I posted those images, I received so many requests to have real full time shoots with more light and much closer that I was really surprised. After all, I came to take pictures of my 9 years old.
>Thanks for the post and nice pics. I've barely had mine out >of the house. > >Beck
Oh, I just came back from a photography tour to Antelope Canyon, Canyon X, Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon. Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. The D800 went through hell with desert dust storms in the canyons and I discovered the best usage for a shower cap.... Yeap, covering the lenses and the cameras. I always carry 10 with me.... and I don't even have hair.
I decided to treat the D800 like a tool, not like a jewel. I have it for three weeks now and already returned its cost by selling its images.
I have 2,600 images from the canyons, so it will take sometime before I can get to it.... but I promise to post.
Still waiting for my D800. My daughter has her own dance studio and recital next week. I hope the D800 comes in time. Otherwise it is my old D300 again with my trusty Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lenses.
>You can see all images from the recital here: > >http://www.devekmaga.com/People/Tucson-Dance-Academy-Recital/23319332_V9LCfF > >Hover over each image and on the right hand side you'll see >the "i" icon. Just click on it and you'll see all >the info of the particular image. > >In general I used the F2.8, ISO 1600 and the speed changed >from 1/200 to 1/500 of a second depending on the light >provided on the stage and the movement of the dancers. > >I have never - ever - used Photoshop or any editing software >on ANY of my images. I only crop and reduce file size.
Very nice images, but frankly - you will be able to see a significant improvement once you run these through some software. I am not a big fan of Photoshop myself, but you will be VERY pleasantly surprised once you run some of the underexposed ones through Lightroom. As we know, D800 has a phenomenal DR recovery and you will only see then how some of these images will pop.
Drat!!! I'm next in line and my shipment is expected later this week or early next week. I'm leaving tomorrow out of state to video and photograph my daughter's dance studio annual recital. I always have the duty of making the DVD and shooting candids of all the kids. Well maybe next year! My daughter has danced since age 2, attended numerous dance programs, graduated with a degree in Fine Arts for Dance and now has her own studio. Well as I said....next year! I have been waiting over two months for the D800 another week will not kill me.
Very nice, great timing ... Yes the ISO is very good on the 800, and if you use light room 4 in the future you will find pulling detail from shadows is amazing. Higher shutter speeds are not a prob for indoor sports and dance with the D800 =)
I shoot ballet often and see a lot of young dancers from the major conservatories here in St Petersburg as well as performances at the Mariinsky Theater and lesser known dance venues. I can shoot the D7000 in performances because it is very quiet in Q mode. The D800 will need a sound deadening container or just use it in rehearsals only. That said, I was impressed with the fine form of some of the dancers in your photos, really nice extension and line that I have not seen much of back home in the US. I suppose some of these young dancers will be continuing in Europe or here in St Petersburg for training for a formal dance career. I live a block from the most famous academy in the classical dance realm, Vaganova Academy so have a chance to see the current and future stars of the dance world. I wish your daughter the best for her aspirations in dance. Stan St Petersburg Russia