D700: A Grand Camera

Started Nov 3, 2009 | Discussions
CamasJC
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Re: D700: A Grand Camera

partha laha wrote:

... I like shooting wide landscape after hiking to places and many a time it is in the noon when the sun is very harsh. I kind of had a idea that in such cases a CPL is a must. But by your pictures and with out a filter I am now convinced enough to get it in my next investment. Great pictures again.

Thanks again but just to make sure I am not misleading anyone... none of these images were taken at noon -- the sun was from approx. 20 degrees above the horizon to several degrees below. At noon you will get the harsh skies no matter what lens, unless you have at least some partial cloud cover. A CPL will darken the sky for a high contrast effect but you could approximate that look with the 14-24 and multiple exposures from a high DR camera like the D700. (Noon shots are best for B&W conversions, IMO.)

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CamasJC
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Thanks Chris (nt)
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eNo
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Nice set

Did you post-process these? They look very nice.
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CamasJC
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Thanks eNo

eNo wrote:

Did you post-process these? They look very nice.
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I always shoot RAW/NEF so post-processing is part of the routine.

Best

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Dirtyharry71 Senior Member • Posts: 1,717
Re: D700: A Grand Camera

very nice !

great camera, isn't it

I love mine too

keep shootin'

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Rich__K Senior Member • Posts: 1,470
Re: North Rim? - 14-24mm? Nice combo.... (nt)
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PhoenixImagine Forum Member • Posts: 74
Re: D700: A Grand Camera

That last picture is absolutely beautiful. I live in Arizona, but have never been to the Grand Canyon.

CamasJC
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Thanks Dity Haryy, Rich_K, and PhoenixImagine

These are all from the South Rim. (My first visit to the Canyon)

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thomas2279 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,876
Re: D700: A Grand Camera

Bit late on the case.... but beautiful.
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CamasJC
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Thanks Thomas

thomas2279 wrote:

Bit late on the case.... but beautiful.
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On the one hand, posting a comment 5 months after OP may indeed be considered 'bit late' in some circles... On the other... Nikon still hasn't introduced a replacement for the D700 so... we're current

Thanks for taking the time anyway.

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Lighthog Contributing Member • Posts: 572
Re: Thanks Dity Haryy, Rich_K, and PhoenixImagine

I am ashamed to say that I have not been to the Grand Canyon. But I can believe that the actual color is that saturated. Excellent!

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CamasJC
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Thanks Lighthog

Lighthog wrote:

I am ashamed to say that I have not been to the Grand Canyon. But I can believe that the actual color is that saturated. Excellent!

Assuming your monitor is calibrated and allowing for subtle monitor & model differences then you are probably seeing something close to what I am seeing, and that is as close to what I remember as I could make it. I

If you Google "Grand Canyon Images" you will notice that the photos I posted here are a lot less saturated than many of the ones that come up in the search. I am guessing that is because some of these people probably did not know how to compensate for low horizon light or perhaps they did, but chose to render it that way for artistic effect.

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Rich__K Senior Member • Posts: 1,470
Re: EXIF Data?

Exif data for each and any post-processing?

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CamasJC
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Thanks Rich. Re: Exif data & post-processing

Rich_ K wrote:

Exif data for each and any post-processing?

Hi Rich.

Exif data...

...would be meaningless since, as mentioned a couple of times already, a lot of these images are blended (mainly for DR).

Post-processing...

Also as mentioned in previous responses, I always shoot RAW/NEF (never Jpeg) so yes, post-processing is part of my routine. Every time.

The only thing these images have in common with each other, pp-wise, is that I used the same tools: ACR4.6 and PSCS3. But my processing steps were not identical. Each image has its own unique set of challenges that needs to be addressed individually, through a series of decisions at every step, until the final looks exactly like the image I had in mind when I triggered the shutter release in the field.

You could e-mail me in private and I will do my best to remember what the main challenges were for each image and what decisions I (probably) made when I first developed it (approx 6 months ago) but be warned that this would be akin to asking a painter to remember and explain ... e.g. how many brush-strokes he used, and why, to get the skin color just so, on a model's face. That is the kind of question best answered in a studio, at the moment when these decisions are being made.

My best post-processing advice is to familiarize yourself with the key Photoshop tools and techniques for adjusting the four main elements of a photograph: light, composition, contrast and color, then use these tools to make each image look as you want it to look before you share it with anyone else as your work.

Best wishes

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eNo
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Re: Thanks eNo

CamasJC wrote:

eNo wrote:

Did you post-process these? They look very nice.
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I always shoot RAW/NEF so post-processing is part of the routine.

Same here. I kept looking at these images and doubting one could get them OOC just like that. Good job.

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Rich__K Senior Member • Posts: 1,470
Re: Thanks Rich. Re: Exif data & post-processing

Exif data...

...would be meaningless since, as mentioned a couple of times already, a lot of these > images are blended (mainly for DR).

Post-processing...

Also as mentioned in previous responses, I always shoot RAW/NEF (never Jpeg) so > yes, post-processing is part of my routine. Every time.

The only thing these images have in common with each other, pp-wise, is that I > used the same tools: ACR4.6 and PSCS3. But my processing steps were not > identical. Each image has its own unique set of challenges that needs to be > addressed individually, through a series of decisions at every step, until the final > looks exactly like the image I had in mind when I triggered the shutter release in the > field.

You could e-mail me in private and I will do my best to remember what the main > challenges were for each image and what decisions I (probably) made when I first > developed it (approx 6 months ago) but be warned that this would be akin to asking > a painter to remember and explain ... e.g. how many brush-strokes he used, and > why, to get the skin color just so, on a model's face. That is the kind of question > best answered in a studio, at the moment when these decisions are being made.

My best post-processing advice is to familiarize yourself with the key Photoshop tools > and techniques for adjusting the four main elements of a photograph: light, > composition, contrast and color, then use these tools to make each image look as > you want it to look before you share it with anyone else as your work.

Best wishes

Couple of thoughts come to mind.

1.) Actually having the EXIF data would tell me a lot.

2.) Quit over-complicating the essence of image acquisition and post-processing. I'm an accomplished and sought after photographer and yes, I get paid for it too.
3.) Get over yourself and your self-promotion.

4.) Comparing yourself to a painter is laughable. Knowing how to use PS is a far cry from being an artist, but somehow you managed to convince yourself to the contrary.

5.) What you did is what many photographers would consider cheating, in that, you are altering the original acquisition into something quite a bit different than the original. You are better off calling yourself a PS artist than a photographer.
6.) Let me put in an easel in front of you and see how well you do.
7.) I didn't read the responses here. Sorry to disappoint you.

8.) Thank you for the condescending tone here. That's what I needed - a lecture on how to take pictures and use PS.

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