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on Sep 17, 2007 in Landscape Photography

Great Lakes day 1 PM – 09.17.07



It was another excellent night of shooting, so good that I spent most of the time with students rather than continuing on exploring the amazing qualities of the D3. I did manage to get a couple of minutes though with the D3 and the results are still hard to grasp. The top photo was taken just prior to the sun setting. What is amazing to me is the color retention of the new color engine and what you can’t see here, the beautifully crisp, sharp files the D3 produces. The files truly are a work of art. The new LCD while not the best at color & exposure rendition, it does show sharpness better than any other LCD I’ve used.

The bottom photo was taken at Slender’s Restaurant. This is a locally renowned restaurant where you can kiss a Moose (I hang out here during my off time) head mounted on the wall. Well the DLWS staff couldn’t pass up having dinner at such a place. Carol, the NPS rep suggested I play with the high ISO, so I cranked it up to 3200 and went exploring. When you open the file and search pretty darn hard, you can find noise but it’s so little, it really is amazing. It’s so good I’m afraid many will pass up good photo technique and simply crank up the ISO.

Since posting this AM that I had a D3, I’ve been flooded with emails with tons of questions. You should be excited about the D3 as it’s a really impressive camera, but I have to apologize, I simply don’t have time to answer every question (especially when many are answered on Nikon’s site), don’t have the bandwidth to post full res files and shoot resolution charts and send them out to folks. I’m more than pleased to have the opportunity to test drive the D3 and make some quick reports, but I simply can’t write a personal user report for every email that comes in. When the time is right, I will post all of my findings and settings. Until then, I hope what I can bring you here will be enough to satisfy and excite you about this evolutionary camera.

Photos captured by D3, 14AF on Lexar digital UDMA film