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on Sep 20, 2017 in Field Reports

D850 Pixel Pipping

Long ago, I took a class taught by the CIA on high-resolution photography. We’re talking Tri-X film days. The goal of the class was to take a photo of a government building and be able to enlarge that photograph to see the stars on the American Flag. Fast forward to digital I have often tried to do that same thing but have always fallen short. Might have come close but as they say, close only counts in hand grenades and atom bombs. Well, those days might just be over. Out on The Palouse shooting yesterday with the D850 / 80-400VRII at 400mm. Shooting this really cool scene when Sharon said, “There are numbers on those doors.” I previewed the image on the LCD and then zoomed in as I had many times already with the D850. Above you can see the arrow and below is that number. Now that’s just darn...

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on Sep 18, 2017 in Field Reports

KelbyOne Cleaning Class Supplies

My new class on Camera Gear Care has just been released over at KelbyOne. I’ve been FLOODED with emails asking where to get the supplies. It’s the same list you’ll find just a month ago here on the Blog. Here ya go again :-) “Pink Juice” = LensClens Eclispe Sensor Cleaner Visible Dust Sensor Loupe Visible Dust 1.x (FX Sensor) Swabs Visible Dust 1.5 (DX Sensor)...

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on Sep 11, 2017 in Field Reports

D850 Time-laspe, Night Version

Just like daylight TL, the new D850 takes heavenly lights time-lapse to a whole new level of easy! At the same time, it produces some pretty darn clean results. I started with the D850 with the 14-24f2.8 attached to a tripod. I wanted to test the system (this was the 2nd TL I created) using what I call the “too tired to think” settings. With the camera set to Auto ISO with max of 6400 and shutter speed of 25sec, New Auto Natural WB, Aperture Priority at f/2.8, I went into the Time-lapse menu and dialed in the settings. I set the duration to 7hrs, frequency to 1 every 30sec, Exposure Smoothing and Silent Shutter (which freakin rocks!). I shot one with the EN-EL15 and one with the EN-EL15a battery hot out of the charger, both creating a time-lapse 16sec long, from a total recording time of 4:45hrs (battery died at that point). The D850 creates right out of the camera a 4k time-lapse movie as easy as touching...

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on Sep 11, 2017 in Field Reports

Nikon D850 Time-lapse

The new D850 takes time-lapse to a whole new level of easy! At the same time, it produces some pretty darn clean results. I started with the D850 with the 14-24f2.8 attached to a tripod. I wanted to test the system (this was the 3rd TL I created) using what I call the “too tired to think” settings. With the camera set to Auto ISO, Aperture Priority at f/22, I went into the Time-lapse menu and dialed in the settings. I set the duration to 7hrs, frequency to 1 every 15sec, Exposure Smoothing and Silent Shutter (which freakin rocks!). I shot one with the EN-EL15 and one with the EN-EL15a battery hot out of the charger, both creating a time-lapse 37sec long, from a total recording time of 4:45hrs (battery died at that point). The D850 creates right out of the camera a 4k time-lapse movie as easy as touching the menu Start (yep, Menu is touch activated!). Really way too simple now, thank goodness. Now you can create...

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on Sep 6, 2017 in Field Reports

Out of Stock & #1?

I have no words cause thanks doesn’t cover it! Already Out of Stock at Amazon and #1 new release in photography books just days after its release, I’m totally at a loss for words. But thank you, thank you, thank you! I know more copies are in route and thank you, thank you, thank...

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on Sep 5, 2017 in Field Reports

D850 New Auto PC

The D850 brings with it many new features, an interesting one receiving no play yet is the new Auto Picture Control. It can be summed up as “The camera automatically adjusts hues and tones based on the Standard Picture Control… elements as the foliage and sky in outdoor shots more vivid than in Standard Picture Control. Picture Control is one of the first things I explore in a new body as I feel it’s the heart and soul of how the camera’s computer translate the world I’m seeing to 1’s and Zeros. Since I shoot the D5 & D500 in Standard, this new Picture Control naturally grabbed my attention. So for the last few days, I’ve been giving it a spin. The first thing you notice when you head into the menus, Photo Shooting Menu > Set Picture Control > Auto, you’ll see a new value scale for Quick Adjust, Sharpening Clarity, Contrast, Saturation. Too soon to know the impact or lack of impact these might have on the...

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