RBFresno

RBFresno

Lives in United States Fresno, United States
Works as a Healthcare
Joined on Dec 13, 2004
About me:

EQUIPMENT:

BODIES: Nikon: D70, D2H, N6006, D50&D90(wife's), D200, D3, D4

LENSES:
In active duty:
Nikon: 10.5mm f/2.8G ED AF DX Fisheye
Nikon: 14-24mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S
Nikon: 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX (my wife's)
Nikon: 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX
Nikkor 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR(my wife's)
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S
Nikon: 28mm f/1.4D AF
Nikon: 60 mm f/2.8 D AF Micro
Nikon: 85mm f/1.4D IF AF
Nikon: 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF
Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135
Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED AF-S VR
Nikon: 200-400 mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S VR
Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR
On reserve: 6 Others, most not worth mentioning.

TELECONVERTER: Nikon: TC-14EII 1.4x, TC-20EIII
EXTENSION TUBES: Kenko: Auto Extension Tube Set DG (12, 20 & 36mm Tubes)

FLASHES: Nikon: SB-800 x2, SB-23, SB-900

BACKPACK: Lowepro Photo Trekker Classic

CCD CLEANING STUFF: Visible dust brushes, solutions & swabs.
SOFTWARE: Nikon Capture, PS7, Noise Ninja. PhotoMatrix Pro, Cs2, CS3, NX. Nikon View, Nikon Transfer
LINKS:
GREAT AFRICA PICS:
http://www.alexbernasconi.com/home.htm
http://www.pbase.com/alex_beb/africa_2005
http://donwiss.com/pictures/BrooklynStores/0057.jpg
IMATCH: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/software/Imatch.shtml
http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html
http://www.ximinasphotography.com/lessons/lesson07/workflow.html
200-400 and 300 f/2.8 COMPARISION:
http://www.biglens.com/reviews/nikon300200400.htm
LENSES: http://home.zonnet.nl/famwakker/nikonlinkslensesreviewnikonlenses01.htm
http://home.zonnet.nl/famwakker/nikonlinkslenseswelcome01.htm
28 f/1.4: http://spaceweb.oulu.fi/~petri/AF_Nikkor_28mm_f1.4D.html
NIKON ABBREVIATIONS: http://www.bythom.com/lensacronyms.htm
NICE ARTICLES:
http://ronbigelow.com/articles/articles.htm
NIKON LENS LINKS:
http://www.nikonlinks.com/equipment_lenses_general.htm
CAM 2000 REFERENCES:
http://www.luminescentphoto.com/articles/CAM2000/cam2000.html
http://www.nikonians.org/nikon/multi-cam2000/review.html
PORTRAIT PP:
http://www.nobsphotosuccess.com/tutorial/introtutwmv/introtutwmv.html
FOCUS CHART: http://www.focustestchart.com/chart.html
FLASH REFERENCES:
http://www.softstonegroup.com/sb-800.html
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/NikonF5/Flash/SB800/
PP'ing TIPS: http://dustylens.com/luminosity_mask.htm
SERIAL#'s: http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html
Nikon 28 1.4 vs Sigma 30 1.4:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/nikkor/discuss/72157594252044004/
F-STOPS: http://www.uscoles.com/fstop.htm
FLASH IDEAS: http://www.dg28.com/technique.html
NX eBook: http://www.luminescentphoto.com/capturenx.html
ROMAN'S UPREZING TIPS:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=22456539
REVERSED LENS MACROS:
http://blog.mdsign.nl/
NIKON 85mm 1.4 VS. 1.8 COMPARISON:
http://www.utopia-photography.ch/lenses/85mm/test03.html
MEGA LENS TEST:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1030&message=24333303
LENS REVIEWS:
http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showcat.php/cat/12
NIKON SERIAL NUMBERS:
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html#200
200-400VR REFERENCES:
http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_zoom_03.html#AFS200-400VR
http://www.moosepeterson.com/gear/200-400vr.html
http://www.hickingbotham.com/reviews/nikon300200400.htm
http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp=5&productNr=2146#
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Nikon-AF-S-200-400mm-f4-G-ED-VR

HDR SETUP:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=25403633
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=25551125
http://stuckincustoms.com/2006/06/06/548/
http://www.popphoto.com/howto/3038/how-to-create-high-dynamic-range-images.html
PHOTO CALCULATORS:
http://www.tawbaware.com/maxlyons/calc.htm
WIDE LENS TESTS:
http://www.16-9.net/lens_tests/nikon_14_24mm_1/nikon14_24mm_a.html
D3 TUTORIAL:
http://www.nikondigitutor.com/index_eng.html
SENSOR CLEANING:
http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/index.html

Comments

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On DSC2475 in the Renaissance - Color, B/W or partial challenge (6 comments in total)

Really well done!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 2nd comment
On Humpback Whales in SE Alaska in the Whales challenge (8 comments in total)

Great shot!
(And a pox on the two low life's that tried to sandbag this obvious great shot by voting 0.5 and 1.0 ! You should have won by more than the 0.01 that you did)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 17:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1043 comments in total)
In reply to:

RStyga: A new brick on the block. I can't see this DSLR having much marketing success outside the professional photographer's community.

I second Teila's sentiments. Once I laid my hands on my first "brick" body (a D2H), going back to my d70 and D200 never felt as good in my hands. Just a personal preference, and I understand those who like small bodies. It's nice that we all have the optin to get what suits us best!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 06:51 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1043 comments in total)
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parson: This camera just saved me $6500!!!! There's so little difference of any great significance between this and the D4 I have absolutely NO desire to replace my D4. Thank you, Nikon, for saving me money!

HI!

As an "advanced amateur" I typically don't upgrade with every new DSLR that comes out. For my uses, no need to upgrade from my D4 to a D4s. Also, I'm not so sure that the D4 prices will plummet. However, even though I'm not a "professional", I can assure you that I enjoy the D4 (and would enjoy a D4s). Seems like there was more of an incremental improvement from the D3 to D3s, and I passed on that upgrade. In doing so, I probably appreciated the D4 more than if I had upgraded from the D3s.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 06:35 UTC
On Bath in the Fisheye - Portrait (non-circular) challenge (12 comments in total)

Hi!

In general, I tend to dislike fisheye shots that distort faces. But those eyes are so endearing, and the you've used the fisheye to emphasize them to great (and positive) effect. And the other little face, the bubble bath, and colorful little floaty toys all add to the composition.

Good work!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 00:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Page, Arizona in the Fisheye - Landscape (non-circular) challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a really good use of the fisheye and helps to distinguish it from the many other photos of Horseshoe bend!

The two "1" votes and two "2" votes, were obviously (to me) from folks who recognized what a great shot this was and sandbagged you! (I gave you my highest vote BTW).

Congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 00:30 UTC as 1st comment
On 10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips article (88 comments in total)

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 22:17 UTC as 24th comment
On Chicago Skyline at Night in the Chicago After Dark challenge (1 comment in total)

Really nice! (Too bad you attracted two bogus 1.0 and 1.5 votes!)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 22:41 UTC as 1st comment
On decorate a snowman in the Snowmen challenge (2 comments in total)

This is a charming picture!!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 01:20 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Zebra in the WILD ANIMALS taken with SUPERZOOM Fixed Lens cameras challenge (9 comments in total)

Excellent composition!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 01:10 UTC as 1st comment

Excellent and deserving winner (despite the four "1.5" votes by folks with no taste or who tried to sandbag the results!)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 01:07 UTC as 1st comment
On Cinnamon Heads in the Birds in the Sky challenge (4 comments in total)

Really nice! (whomever the four "2" voters were, should have their voting rights revoked; no taste or sandbagging the voting..)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 01:02 UTC as 1st comment

I wonder if the D4s will use a CF slot and an XQD slot like the D4?
I've been surprised by the lack of DSLR's with XQD slots. I believe the D4 is still the only DSLR with an XQD slot, though there are now video cameras with XQD slots.

I think I'd choke if the D4s came with a battery and charger that were incompatible with the D4 (similar to my reaction when i realized that my D3 battery and charger were incompatible with those of the D4!).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 23:32 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

Darn....didn't notice this challenge until the 35 entry limit had been (quickly) reached......

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 02:29 UTC as 3rd comment
On LILBLUEHeron497 in the WILD ANIMALS/BIRDS & THEIR REFLECTIONS challenge (8 comments in total)

Good one!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 16:39 UTC as 1st comment
On gloaming in the Sunset in the mountains VI challenge (11 comments in total)

Very deserving of 1st place!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 17:10 UTC as 8th comment
On Behind the Shot: Winter Paradise article (41 comments in total)

Wonderful Image.

Terrific Post!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 22:34 UTC as 3rd comment
On Spotted Harrier in the Birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice (enlarging it to full screen shows good (detail!).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2013 at 00:15 UTC as 1st comment
On Blue Monkey in the Textures: fur challenge (13 comments in total)
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METROMODEPHOTO: This shot is incredible",especially the great detail and sharpness, which inspires me to move to a nikon D800 and leave canon for good.i find that sharpness and detail in images make a good shot much more impressive. Awesome shot"

I was just close enough to throw a little light on the subject. I've been surprised that at some settings, I'm able to get a little extra light onto a subject over 100 feet away. The SB-900 flash has a Guide number of 131/40.

In this case I was using a flash with a guide number of 131 at ISO 1600 at f/4. This will fully illuminate a subject a subject 131 feet away.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 04:48 UTC
On Blue Monkey in the Textures: fur challenge (13 comments in total)
In reply to:

METROMODEPHOTO: This shot is incredible",especially the great detail and sharpness, which inspires me to move to a nikon D800 and leave canon for good.i find that sharpness and detail in images make a good shot much more impressive. Awesome shot"

HI!

Thanks for your comment!

For some shots, the equipment is not as important as for others.
In this case, I needed all the equipment help I could get!

First, this is heavily cropped. Here is a lesser cropped version:
http://www.pbase.com/image/152227407
As far as my part in this, I was lucky that the monkey was in that tree for about twenty minutes. This gave me time to move around and find a line of sight that was not obscured by branches and where the background was not a "blown sky" sky.

To keep as much detail as possible, I kept the ISO at 1600. That meant that using the maximum aperture of f/4 kept me at a shutter speed of 1/125. By using a monopod and VR, I was able to get minimal motion degradation.

I used a flash (SB 900), dialed back -.3ev to keep it looking more natural and to give more light and reflection to the eyes. The camera was set to "SLOW SYNC" flash, meaning it exposed properly for the scene and adjusted the flash accordingly.

Hope that this helps!

RB

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 06:49 UTC
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