D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...

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Ray Soares
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D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
Apr 30, 2012

Just come from my mom's 80th birthday party and it was pretty fun!
You may go anywhere with this combo and a SB-700.
All with my usual flash settings and PP work

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Re: D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
In reply to Ray Soares, Apr 30, 2012

Wow Ray! What an excellent combo in your hands. Emphasis on the last part.
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In reply to Ray Soares, Apr 30, 2012

Ray Soares wrote:

Just come from my mom's 80th birthday party and it was pretty fun!
You may go anywhere with this combo and a SB-700.
All with my usual flash settings and PP work

One problem Sir, all these pics remind me of how much work I have to do, and lead to a very short term period of depression. At least it's short term

Very nicely done! An excellent example in a number of different lighting/setup conditions. Thank you again for the motivation and pass my best wishes on to your Mother.

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Re: D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
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Great job with those portraits. Love the one of the 4 children together. May I ask about your flash technique?

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Re: D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
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I'm also interested on on how use your SB-700, lightning in those photos is pretty good !

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Great job!

80th birthday? Your mom is a beautiful woman. Tell her! (as for you, you're an excellent photographer).
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Re: D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
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Ray Soares wrote:

Just come from my mom's 80th birthday party and it was pretty fun!

Ray Soares

Happy Birthday then to her! She looks much younger and elegant too, congrats for your/her success.

Life must be good over there.

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Joaquin

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Great shots Ray !
In reply to joaquin100, Apr 30, 2012

The 24mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4 are fantastic lenses but I must admit, I am only 33 years old and your mother looks fantastic !

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Re: D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
In reply to Ray Soares, Apr 30, 2012

Hi Ray,

I am a fan, but I have a comment. Your photos are sooo sharp, that I notice a lot of makeup on everyone's faces. The photos are great, but could be more flattering if one or the other was backed off a bit.

Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks for your kind words guys!...
In reply to Ray Soares, Apr 30, 2012

As for my setup for flash, I used my tradicional A mode plus my other settings, and always bounced the flash (in this case straigh upwards as the ceiling was pretty low).
The SB-700 seems to be made for this camera: just perfect!

For the ones who doesn't know yet my settings plz read this:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=37815130
Obs: I've changed my flash settings with the SB-700 as you may have noticed...

As I used Matrix metering, the flash went to default iTTL-BL and balanced the main subject with the background, working flawless with auto-iso.

In some of these pics I put people in front of a window too and the Auto WB worked
pretty well.

Apertures range from f2 for one person to f5.6 with small groups.

As for make-up, for sure the old ladies used a lot of it and I did a lot of skin corrections in PP: just my style for this case and occasion!
But I can't see make-up on children and I didn't touch in their skin in PP

And plz forget the old rule that wide angle lenses can't do portraits!

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Re: Thanks for your kind words guys!...
In reply to Ray Soares, Apr 30, 2012

Ray, first I will echo Mako's comments - your photos depress me because they are So much better than anything I can do! Truly amazing.

Second, you read my mind with your last comment! I was always told that wide angles were inappropriate for portraiture, because of the distortion. I was under the impression that I would go to Hell if I even considered using a W/A for a portrait. However, your results to the contrary are pretty hard to argue with. So what kind of magic do you use to get away with this?

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Re: D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
In reply to Ray Soares, Apr 30, 2012

Too bad you can't get good flesh tones with that D7000 . . .

WOWSERS! Nice stuff. VERY nice stuff.

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In reply to Steve_in_FL, May 1, 2012

Mako is always kind with us mortals

As per the wide angles, I think the key is to increase your distance to keep distortions relatively in control. A little cropping later helps to bring objects closer.
Also in DX the 24mm is equivalent to 35mm and that's not too wide...

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Very nicely done. Looks very professional. I think they are all good, but the outdoor shots really impressed. That lens is good and seem to know how to use it. Very good!

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In reply to Ray Soares, May 1, 2012

I primarily visit this forum each day to gain insight as to what other photographers are doing in the hope of learning something new as well as for inspiration. Your post succeeded in both counts.

After admiring your images, I can't wait to see my grandkids and trying my hand at doing what you've done so remarkably well.

Thanks,
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Do i even have to say it? YES I do AMAZING job as always. Your photos really inspire me to take photos and work on my technique. The colors you get are always imressive.
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  1. 2 and #3 look a bit oversharpened to me, esp in the background areas. Also the blue tint for the sky looks unnatural to me and there is some untreated tint peaking through the flowers (or that's a large-radius sharpening halo, can't tell for sure).

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Excellent pictures! They are each so sharp and clear! Very compelling composition in each of them too! Outstanding!

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Great shots! I'm going through a series of what lens set up do I go to? primes or zooms?

You using the 24 on DX gives you a 35 or 36 field of view, and on my D700 I have thought of the 35 1.4 as a "lone wolf" approach, use one super prime, and run with it or get the zooms again.

I have sold a number of lenses, and now just trying to figure out whats best for me?

One daring set up I have thought of is the 35 1.4 and new 85 1.8G and forgo all zooms?
But I do like what you did here.

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