Shot a university graduation with my D800. The following two images are from a single shot with the 24-70mm handheld, 1/125s, f/11, 70mm focal length. Handheld technique probably not the best. First is the full shot straight from the camera. Second is a substantial crop of the same image. Cropped image looks pretty decent. H-m-m-m, maybe less need for a telephoto lens?
This sort of enthusiasm is becoming common. Three weeks ago I did a big wedding with the D800, under considerable pressure ... 300 guests ... a lot of money spent on the proceedings and ... the families had rules: No flash and the photographer to be essentially invisible - no hopping up in front of the wedding party or running around in the way waving flash units etc. I was sweating. Crazy to take it on.
I took the 24 - 70 mm and the 70 - 300 mm. With this combo and the D800 I was able to deal with poor indoor lighting, fluorescent lamps and - these lenses are sharp. The 70 - 300 let me get "close ups" without being anywhere near close. I stayed at my table much of the time although in all fairness the families gave me a good one.
Despite nasty backlighting from the sun coming in through the dining area windows and the fact I could not get into best position most of the time ("the rules") the D800 focus and metering nailed every one of 500+ shots. Unbelievable. A lot of these shots were at ISO 6400 and clean enough they will make great prints at 11 X 14 or even larger with no NR.
I try to avoid wedding photography but the D800 saved my bacon for sure and made me look good.
Take a look at this. I shot the Blue Angels more than a half mile away panning hanheld. I shot the D800 with a F1.8 85mm lens. I cropped it. When you look closely, you can see the pilots in the planes.
Thank you! I was surprised it duller after posting. That was a point and shoot capture, just walking by walking with a lady friend concentrating more on her than a camera on my RS-5. That one was a crop to show what flexibility there is.
That's a great example of the flexibility you get with lots of pixels. I shot an event recently and wanted more diversity in the image. I've gone through the same process - creating more than one good image from the same shot by cropping.
Jon, that is really impressive, a very wide tone range scene handled well. How many frames at which exposure step? The brightest sun reflection retained a lot of detail and the shadows in the grill are further apart in tone than we can see in person. How far could you capture with a single frame? Something that I started doing with the D7000 was shooting at low ISO and exposing for the sky and let the foreground fend for itself when I shot casually without a GND and add a couple stops of shadow recovery in post. I have not really tried that with the D800 because there are not many scenes I've taken that if can't handle natively. Sure the res is great but what I find most useful and welcome is how good the metering, DR focus and AWB are, and the real usable ADL finally and AISO that means if a shot is not exposed well someone screwed up....not "something" screwed up. Even when there is noise, the image as a whole, which is all that really counts, is still pleasing to view. A friend who I have shot several times out socializing says the last candid of him I took last week in a dark pub, at 22k ISO was his favorite and did not even mention noise. The color and exposure seem to capture the mood really well, without the "night vision goggle" look that high ISO images usually have. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Five images one step apart, with a -2EV dialed in to try to hold the chrome and reflections., so the final bracket was -4, -3, -2, -1, 0.
This is the -1 frame, the most reasonable single frame. The histogram clipped at both ends. No PP, you are viewing straight Lightroom processing set to "Camera Neutral".
That's the power and beauty of HDR. That said, with an image shot at 100 or 200 ISO and not clipping, it is amazing the amount of clean, almost noiseless detail that can be pulled out of shadow areas. I find the AF and WB a bit better than on my D3s, though this is a subjective guess (I have not and will not bother to test).
Oh, Stan, I have some "night vision goggle" HDRs and they are just great!
Sun 24-Jun-12 01:02 AM | edited Sun 24-Jun-12 01:11 AM by akers
Agreed, WOW for the D800. I am still working on improving my technique to (hopefully) come up to speed with the D800. Here is a full frame and a fairly tight crop of a B17G, Nine O Nine, taken June 2nd. I am pretty satisfied with how things turned out. I don't feel that I could have duplicated the shot with this level of detail using my D3s or D300.
D800, 70-200 VRII, 1/80th, iso 64, f14, hand held. The small aperature and hand held were obviously working against me but all things considered ....
I forgot to mention that she was taxiing (10-15 mph) so I was working on my panning technique as well.
Chuck, where was that shot taken? I have seen the "909" in person and the beautiful restoration done on it after the crash in the late 80s. As a little kid B-17s were hanging all over my ceiling, models, paintings, balsa/tissue reproductions, always had a strong tie with that design and its engineering as well as its feats in WWII. Getting a radio out of one when I was 7 and eventually putting it on the air and talked by code around the world. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Hi Stan, I was at McClellan Field just above Sacramento. McClellan AFB when you lived in this neck of the woods. The Collins Foundation brought in 909, the B24 Witchcraft, and the P51B (2-seat trainer) Lady Jane. For me the main attraction was the Me 262 Schwalbe from the Stormbirds. I have seen a couple of 262s in museums but never a 2-seater. I didn't get to see her fly but she was gorgeous. I spent the better part of two days shooting the four planes.
I also got a great lesson on the D800's dynamic range when I was inside 909 and Witchcraft shooting the flight deck etc. using the 14-24 without flash. Just amazing what you can pull out of the shadows.
BTW, there are some museums around you that I would give up a kidney to visit for a few years. I have never been to Russia but I have spent some time in Ukraine (mainly Kiev and Lviv), they sure know how to do churches and museums.