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composition in Z grand (composition en Z majeur)

mabuge

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mabuge Registered since 18th Mar 2012
Sat 23-Jun-12 01:45 PM | edited Sat 23-Jun-12 08:46 PM by mabuge

The crowds visiting the Chenonceau castle (Loire, France) adore its kitchen, leaving little room for a nutty* Nikonian-with-tripod blocking their passage. I only had one option: I had to act swiftly. I decided to keep the 14-24 mounted, the 24-120 would have been better to get detail shots, but time was running, I heard the next crowd rushing in... So, I put all my trust in a few grand angle shots, hoping the D800's high resolution would allow me to compose the pictures I wanted at first shot by shot, instead of having to crop. Light was dim - another obstacle, I thought - although I kept in mind the positive report dpreview made related to noise. Crossing my fingers I set the D800E to ISO 6400, 24 mm, 1/10, f/8 and fixed it using my Magica 2.4 tripod.

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I zoomed to 100% by hitting Z in Aperture (clue number one for the subject title). Astonished, but very happy about the high quality I made following crops for myself, and for you to consider. In another thread I already claimed the D800 noise has charm, though not in all cases, but certainly in these kind of still life pictures:

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IMHO this is a proof of the grand realization by the D800 engineers (grand: the second clue).

I decided to take a look at other pictures with the zoom feature. Because the 36 MP is huge versus the size of even a 27" screen, you only get a part of the picture. Surprise surprise: I saw details I found much better than the original much larger picture. That is another very useful feature of the 36 MP, you don't just crop to get a better cut-out, you get the ability to explore your pictures, ... and to produce a picture of what you failed to see at first. Exploring for other compositions, the third clue. By now you understand a D800 and a Z feature allows you to produce a symphony of crops, hence the title. The last picture looks like a painting.
The original 36 MP has been retouched to take away an ugly stand, all of them were sharpened, a bit of curve, no noise reduction. CORRECTION! See post below with 5 versions at different levels of NR (all crops and the original are in fact 50% NR). Still happy.

lyrical, Marc

*nutty - British Thesaurus
1. mad, crazy.
2. very keen on, devoted to, infatuated with, in love with, smitten with, enamoured of, hot for; enthusiastic, passionate, impassioned, ardent.



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