Photos that defy the odds

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Cytokine
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Photos that defy the odds
Apr 26, 2012

Have you ever taken a photo by accident or otherwise that is far better than expected?

Having set up my D200 on a tripod with the Nikon AF80-200 ED at a private concert, with no lens support, I took this photo to test the stability of said lightweight Cullmann tripod. 1/3rd of a second at f4.5 ISO 100 @ 80mm, when I got home and reviewed the shot I was expecting complete mush, but I got this photo, in fact although I used higher ISO's the best shots were the 100 ISO ones.

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Re: Photos that defy the odds
In reply to Cytokine, Apr 26, 2012

I love this picture because I love Classical music and it lends a certain gravitas that befits a concert hall.

Nice one, (where was it taken exactly, I see your Welsh, is it Cardiff by any chance?)

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In reply to Iain Harper, Apr 26, 2012

Well done. Great for ISO 100 / f4.5 indoors. Thing is, we all wish for high ISO low noise, but native ISO's and low ISO's are really the 'best' for good clean images, as you show here.

That you got this at defying or at least stretching the boundaries, is great.

Lovely tones too.

I see its the 80-200 2.8. This is one vote for that lens for sure. Guidenet (hoep he does not mind me referring here) has shown some lovely shots with that lens too.

Really compelling seeing images like his and yours here.

Thanks for sharing.

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Iain Harper wrote:

I love this picture because I love Classical music and it lends a certain gravitas that befits a concert hall.

Nice one, (where was it taken exactly, I see your Welsh, is it Cardiff by any chance?)

Iain.

Thanks Ian,

I think the photo, my first indoors with this 20 year old lens has become a favourite. The other shots at f2.8 100 ISO, mostly came out well too. Due to the lens quality and my stubbornness at sticking to 100 ISO, despite 2 pro friends suggesting 800 ISO, I did take some at 800 but they were not so good.

The Venue is the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, new building near Cardiff Castle.

John

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Bajerunner wrote:

Well done. Great for ISO 100 / f4.5 indoors. Thing is, we all wish for high ISO low noise, but native ISO's and low ISO's are really the 'best' for good clean images, as you show here.

That you got this at defying or at least stretching the boundaries, is great.

Lovely tones too.

I see its the 80-200 2.8. This is one vote for that lens for sure. Guidenet (hoep he does not mind me referring here) has shown some lovely shots with that lens too.

Really compelling seeing images like his and yours here.

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Bajerunner, This photo session made me think about photography in a different way, If the camera is bolted down, the human subjects don't move as much as expected. 1/3rd is a bit extreme, but I opened up to f2.8 and that gave me 1/15 to 1/30th as the lighting changed. It also gave blur movement to the conductors baton etc., while he was sharp. John.

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In reply to Cytokine, Apr 27, 2012

Welcome

The feature of the photo is the black case that looks like human dialog oblivious to the sounds.Well done,I hear them above the music.

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Nice shot, but not so sure about defying the odds....
In reply to Cytokine, Apr 27, 2012

You DID have a tripod.

Ok...so you were not using a collar mount for the larger lens, but you were using a tripod in a windless area...While not exactly a best shot practice, I would not expect mush.

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Re: Nice shot, but not so sure about defying the odds....
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Thanks for reply Roman,

I must remember not to use best practice in future.

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Nikonicon wrote:

Welcome

The feature of the photo is the black case that looks like human dialog oblivious to the sounds.Well done,I hear them above the music.

Thanks Roger,

The case adds a certain surreal aspect to the photo.

John

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In reply to Cytokine, Apr 28, 2012

I love the open cello case in the middle of the shot - it makes it for me!

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.. yup i have .. Nikon D50,Sigma 105 2.8 macro..
In reply to Cytokine, Apr 28, 2012

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Hand held macro with a good breeze plus the subject was moving.
For PP, little crop on left, a touch of contrast and slight sharpening .
It was taken at dusk just as the twilight was getting darker.
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Clivepic wrote:

I love the open cello case in the middle of the shot - it makes it for me!

Thanks clivepick.

John

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Hansa Yindee wrote:

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Hand held macro with a good breeze plus the subject was moving.
For PP, little crop on left, a touch of contrast and slight sharpening .
It was taken at dusk just as the twilight was getting darker.
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Forgot to mention this is a Baby Bronze Back, non poison unlike all
the Cobras and other vipers around here..;-)
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I love this type of photo with the snake head poking through into the plane of focus. A cute looking snake!

John

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In reply to Cytokine, May 4, 2012

Twenty-year-old lenses can give very good results. I take lots of pleasing photos with the 35-70 f/2.8.

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Robert Cohen wrote:

Twenty-year-old lenses can give very good results. I take lots of pleasing photos with the 35-70 f/2.8.

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Thanks Bob,

The 35-70 f2.8. is high on my list of Nikon lenses that I would like to try.

John

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Cytokine wrote:

The 35-70 f2.8. is high on my list of Nikon lenses that I would like to try.

John

John,

If you get the opportunity, give it a try. The lens has been discontinued for several years and it has a very limited zoom ratio. Also it's unusual in its push-pull operation. But it produces brilliantly clear, sharp photos. There's something about the image quality that really impresses me.

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Robert Cohen wrote:

If you get the opportunity, give it a try. The lens has been discontinued for several years and it has a very limited zoom ratio. Also it's unusual in its push-pull operation. But it produces brilliantly clear, sharp photos. There's something about the image quality that really impresses me.

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Bob, the photo above was taken with the push pull version of the 80-200, having used it for a few weeks, I really like the fast focussing and zooming, also the ability to change from Landscape to portrait quickly. I am always impressed with the lack of distortion and the quality of the older lenses, and they also have as you say a different look which I also like. John

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