I've been checking the D800 forum repeatedly hoping to read some interesting news, see some amazing photos, or generally be entertained. Frankly, it's been pretty darn stagnant. Anyone interested in sprucing it up a bit...maybe some D800 photo assignments? I realize there are other sections for this, but this would be specific to D800 images. We can make them focused on exploiting the features of the D800 like dynamic range or resolution.
Anyone have some ideas? We've been having some rainy days lately...maybe details in raindrops (image in an image using a raindrop)? I'm open to other thoughts. Lets make it fun and show off what the D800 can do.
While the camera can record a higher dynamic range, most monitors can't reproduce it. My HP ZR24w IPS monitor, for example, has less than 10 stops of dynamic range. The laptop I'm using today has more like 7-8 stops.
When you add in the effects of JPG compression needed to get to the 300k file size limit, I'll hold to my original claim.
One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is to look at the real world and cling to the vain hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it. - Galen Rowell
Tue 14-Aug-12 12:40 AM | edited Tue 14-Aug-12 12:44 AM by jpFoto
I don't know Michael. That's a pretty impressive shot. The only thing that interferes is that there is a Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8 floating in the water between you and the other boat, otherwise a very nice shot!
I would love to post some photos and spruce it up a bit. Unfortunately my D800E is still on back order. After reading the horror stories on this forum, I don't know if I want it to arrive until all of the bugs are worked out.
Here's example that shows off the high ISO capability of the D800E. I shot this at ISO 6400, f8 at 1/125th without a flash. This photo has had no noise reduction applied in post other than what's default in ACR. I could NOT have gotten an image this clean this with my D300. I rarely shot at ISO 800 with the D300 and then, only when absolutely necessary.
Of course, there is noise in the image at 100% as shown in the crop below, but when reduced for viewing on screen or even for an 8x10 print, it virtually disappears.
I shoot a lot of events for work and I've never liked using flash because it's so obtrusive. I can see that I should be able to use flash much less with the D800E.
Yep. I'd much rather start hearing about some interesting things people have discovered using the camera and see more of the great shots they're taking. Appreciate all the photos people have posted thus far.
Thu 16-Aug-12 09:48 AM | edited Fri 17-Aug-12 08:43 AM by dgberg
>I agree, its getting a bit sad around here. > >I tried to do a photo contest, putting up my own money, just >to get like minded individual moving the same direction and >got poopoo by the group. > >I wish, this forum would move past the "my focus is >off" .. Recall!!, etc posts. > >
Agree totally. Sort of drives you over to Get Dpi, Under Nikon "Fun with the D800" 24,000 views! Maybe this will get things moving.
Here are a couple from last night. Took the D800E to dinner.
D800E and 50 f/1.4 at ISO 1600.
The first photo is of Chef Tina Tosi (Momofuko Milk Bar) picking up Chef Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese) at a monthly pop-up dinner in Atlanta.
The second is a food shot. 16mm fisheye at ISO 1600.
I shot with the 50 f/1.4 and the 16 f/2.8 - two tiny fast lenses. It was a blast. And the food was pretty good, too. Started with dessert, moved to Mac & Cheese pancakes, then sous-vide steak & eggs and with grits with peach preserves and umi (sea urchin).
Glad to see people posting images and not complaints about the D800. Yes mine had the left side focus problem. Sent it in, got it fixed. Going to Providence Waterfire this weekend with the D800, 50mm f1.8 and tripod. Hope to get some good shots. -------------------
Yeah, that was about 3 weeks ago. We camped at Cades Cove and that's where I shot this guy. We saw more bear on this trip than we ever have.
Really enjoying the 800.
Beck - those wild cherries and the bear look like they are >from a recent trip to the Smokies. I was there last week. >Tough photography with all the brush, but great example of >D800 detail. > >Eric Bowles >Nikonians Team >My Gallery >Workshops > >Nikonians membership — my most important photographic >investment, after the camera
Here's an HDR image taken using the D800 of "Beulah's Dressing Room" in the restored Frank lloyd Wright House titled "The Boynton House", in Rochester, NY. Five exposures allowed capturing the light and definition of the neighboring house as well as the fine filaments in the clear bulbs on the windows. Some components of the two rooms you can see are original and some are reproduction. The restoration team has done remarkable work.
I had the chance to visit a FLR house in Chicago that a friend of a friend owned. I could immediately tell that this room was of the same design because of the woodwork and the unique windows. Great shot. Great architecture.
Last Saturday I was watching some great clouds come over the mountains in San Diego, and that is not common here. So at 1:30 pm I grabbed the D800 and headed to the best spot I could think of, a place called Mt. Helix - built by the local residents in the early 1900s. I had a photo I really liked form the afternoon and wanted to make it my cover photo on Facebook but it just didn't quite look right. So I did a little Photoshop. So I ended up with the Helix, what I have posted is straight out of the camera without any adjustments. Click to larger size
And then there the Double-Helix. Click to larger size
This is a single snapshot - not HDR - taken of an amazing sunset from my back yard. The dynamic range of this camera is incredible! Even reduced to 1600 pixels on the long side, this image shows amazing detail and dynamic range.
You are right and the pictures that are being posted are great. I have had my D800 since end of April and love it. Even shooting in crop mode get great detail, love how I change change crop modes almost instantaneously Here is a Full frame image of a young herring gull's face
I think that this is a very refreshing idea. Posting our shots with our D800s will perhaps moderate the constant criticism about this great camera. Here is one of the 2,500+ pictures recently taken during our river cruise. I haven't posted a pic in a while so hopefully this one meets the forum's established size parameters.
I like your idea for this post. What a variety of great photos.
I have a couple of D800 photos that I think are different. I like them because they present a lot of light and shadow detail. These photos are an overview of a nearby highway interchange construction project. These two were handheld as described in my gallery. There are a series of tripod mounted images with three different lenses also. I did this project to see if I could detect diffraction effects as explained in an earlier post.
Ha! OK, I am in. But . . . if you are interested you will need to check out the link below.
This is a time lapse movie made from 906 images from the D800 of a haboob approaching Phoenix on July 29th. The images were taken about 3 seconds apart, setting of Fine JPEG (files too large to download at such a rate if set on RAW).
AF-S Nikkor 24-120 mm 4G ED VR at 31 mm ISO 100, F/4 and 1/30 Images slightly adjusted and cropped in Aperture 3.
Compiled in Final Cut Pro set at 24 frames per second. Music composed in Garage Band.
This was my first serious attempt at interval shooting. Fun!! Hope you enjoy.
Thu 16-Aug-12 01:30 AM | edited Thu 16-Aug-12 07:22 AM by jrp
>I've been checking the D800 forum repeatedly hoping to read >some interesting news, see some amazing photos, or generally >be entertained. Frankly, it's been pretty darn stagnant. >Anyone interested in sprucing it up a bit...maybe some D800 >photo assignments? I realize there are other sections for >this, but this would be specific to D800 images. We can make >them focused on exploiting the features of the D800 like >dynamic range or resolution. > >Anyone have some ideas? We've been having some rainy days >lately...maybe details in raindrops (image in an image using a >raindrop)? I'm open to other thoughts. Lets make it fun and >show off what the D800 can do. > > >-Alex Rosen >www.flickr.com/photos/klrbee25/
Rain drops: I have a lot but here's my latest. I love my D800 and take it with me everywhere - even the dentist office. This flower was growing in the marsh behind the dentist parking lot. There had been a hard rain and after my appointment I took some photos of flowers with rain drops. ISO 2800, 24-85 f.35-4.5 AF G (old model no VR), f/8 1/500
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Resolution: Shots of my bird feeder and a red-bellied wood pecker with my old 80-400 VR AF D zoom. Many people don't like this lens and I usually used it in manual focus mode. However on the D800 it is a very different lens. AF on the D800 is quick and nimble - and this old lens responds just as fast. It feels like I just got a new lens.
The birds come right up to me when I'm at the feeder, but when I have my camera they get nervous and stay away. I was 50 - 70ft from the feeder and this woodpecker was skittish, hopping around and darting its head out the sides. I was using the Continuous 3D AF area (51 points ...) and the focus point kept jumping and stayed with the bird's head.
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Click for larger image This is a good thread - great Idea!
Great to see another brand competing in those races. WSB has become a bit boring with the usual suspects, but I must say they are MUCH more interesting that MotoGP these days! Have you been to the Isle of Man TT? I'd love to get over there with the D800E! Maybe next year :fingerscrossed:
>Great to see another brand competing in those races. WSB has >become a bit boring with the usual suspects, but I must say >they are MUCH more interesting that MotoGP these days! Have >you been to the Isle of Man TT? I'd love to get over there >with the D800E! Maybe next year :fingerscrossed:
heres hoping you get to make it that was only my second bike race i ever attended, first was also in Brainerd the beginning of July, the track is also a drag race track and home of an NHRA event, beginning of July was a muscle car show and go that i was going to,
behind the grandstands was a pond these guys were playing on with their snow machines
they also had a Superbike race going on at the same time further down the track on a separate course
and above the track on one of the light poles was a nest for an osprey
so a couple weeks later when they had another bracket car race going on coupled with another Superbike race i went back tomorrow i leave again for the NHRA event that is happening this weekend
Technical problems are interesting for their details AND solutions and work-arounds. I would agree emotional anguish in posts is much less so.
Why are my d800E cameras so good? Why do the D3S and D3X stay in the cupboard? A few random thoughts:
1 For field use I can use a much smaller case strapped to my waist with the camera attached to me by a neck strap. The D3 types are too bulky and heavy to carry here so are much less readily available in a back pack. Taking close up pictures of small plants (my usual) can be done without taking off a back pack. The waist case stays in place or is slid round to my side. Quicker and easier. So MORE photos are taken.
2 The Auto ISO works well for me. Set to 1/250 and max ISO 3200 relieves all adjustments in the field with the usual Zeiss 50 mm Makro and 21 mm Distagon lenses that I use.
3 EV set -0.67 or -1.0 results in few blown highlights and superb DR. Fewer pictures need checking in the field. I can rely on the camera. MORE photos are taken in the time. MORE keepers.
4 The performance at higher ISOs means I don't need the speed of the D3S with which I could of course crop much less, or the hassle of a tripod in the field needed for the D3X which I like to keep to a low ISO. A tripod for low level shots is such a nuisance! With the d800E I just lie down, roll on my side and shoot! (no back pack with camera equipment to take off or risk damaging).
5 The d800E leaves my mind and eye to compose pictures, because it does the work. I am more satisfied with my work than I was.
6 There is the question of focus. The viewfinder is not good, but no killer. I just repeat all important shots several times with manual focus.
7 Perhaps the most important point last. AF does work! I put a Nikkor 35 mm f 1.4 lens on a second d800E, adjusted AF fine tune for close work (40 cm) and handed the camera to my partner in plant hunting. Auto ISO, 1/200, max ISO 3200 and advice to use f5.5 normally and f 7.1 when in really close. A week of plant hunting in the field and she had 200 photos many of which are better than any published pictures of these plants. Her previous experience with any DSLR is minimal. She now carries that camera nearly everywhere. Does that not say more than any of our comments? The camera proved itself.
I had a think. Do I have any pictures that needed the d800E not one of the D3 types? Perhaps the shot below is one. A kestrel killed a blackbird on the edge of my lawn. I had the previous day adjusted AF fine tune for the Nikkor 200 mm f2 on camera one. I grabbed it and put the red rectangle on the bird's side. I shot off a series of hand-held pictures without VR. The first picture is the whole frame downsized to post. The second is a 100 % crop (actual pixels no down sizing).
What about my hand held low level pictures? The third post is the whole frame of one of these. Dactylorhiza praetermissa (Southern Marsh Orchid) in a dune slack in Lincolnshire, UK. The orchid colour is very true. So are the yellowy fronds of the marsh fern. Silver weed lives up to its name. And the sky is not blown out. It made a stunning 19 inch print.
There are so many beautiful pictures here, I keep coming everyday for new ones. So many talented photographers on Nikonians. The original poster had a great idea. ------------- Please visit my galleries: Reza Gorji Photography
I have been using a D5100 for some time, and moved up to the D800. After countless hours to learn the Menu structure and settings, command,sub command dials etc. I believe I finally have it set up for what I shoot, (nature mostly) I am AMAZED at what this beast can do, (helps the beast behind it) My only complaint, very minor is the metering dial is so small for my fingers, I have to grab it with my shirt to get a grip to turn it. Now onto a plug for AEO photo. I recently purchased their Micro Multitrigger (MT) PRO 3.0, motion detection, I had a question, called them and Scott the co-founder spent a good 20 minutes discussing how it works. What a great company to do business with. Highly recommended. http://www.aeophoto.com/
So anyhow here is a shot of my daughter and her fiance Nikon 24-85 2.8
One of Nikon's ads for the D800 said something like now you're going to have to shoot everything all over again. I have several pictures of this dragonfly, a male Common Pondhawk, and have passed up other opportunities with my D300 to look for new subjects. But when I saw this one, a nice specimen perched up nicely I couldn't pass it up.
>Great shot. Can you share the shooting settings and lighting >setup? > > >-Alex Rosen
It was a dim bedroom with a 14 -24@ 24mm ,,, 2.8 at 1/200 iso 250 . I used an SB900 with the white flap reflector extended . Sort of a ceiling bounce and direct Fill flash a bit less than full .7 . Dimmer ambient light has the pupils open a bit . It's a crop from the center third of the frame . HK
Thank-you Alex, for starting this thread. I agree - it is good to see the images from the 800/E. Just got mine, and am waiting for some back-ordered compactflash cards, and hope to add a few images soon. I am so excited about this camera.