I presume you have the manual focus Nikkor? I have one myself; it does a nice job especially on a D850. I shot the "Dragon Lights" lantern festival in downtown Chicago last year; used that lens exclusively on a D850. From my experience the older Nikkor manual focus lenses perform better on a D850 than on my D7100; I have tested them all on both bodies. Lenses are leftovers from my film days, and glad I did not get rid of them.
Yes, mine was made long before autofocus. These old lenses are so solid and sharp!
I picked up an old (ca 1977) Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens last week. Driving home last night I was admiring the late afternoon light to the west when I remembered I had my camera with that lens in the car, so I pulled over and shot four quick exposures as a pano.
Nice pano. My 50 might be my favorite lens, for the predictable sharpness.
I agree. These days I almost always use the 50 for a pano. Less distortion than a wider lens and great sharpness.
I shot this last week on a beautiful morning standing on the north end of Antelope Island looking back to the east and the Wasatch Mountains. Antelope Island is on the east side of the Great Salt Lake and is connected to the mainland by the causeway shown here. It was stitched from 8 frames shot with my 50mm and resulted in a 64gb jpg. The attached photo has been reduced in size to meet the limit here.
A few years ago, I dealt with RS on behalf of a client (company) that manufactured various flash memory items. My client was looking at RS as a distributor. I had been through this process with many other distributors and most of them were easy to work with and contracts could be finalized quickly. RS was almost impossible to reach an agreement with. Every proposed contract change, no matter how minor, had to be reviewed by every VP and took several weeks to come back. It was the most effective anti-business-growth management team I ever worked with. We began the process in about June, figuring on stocking for the Christmas season. The contract was signed in early December and the first shipments were made in January. No other distributor I dealt with took more than 6 weeks to sign, and most took only a couple of weeks. I knew then RS was suffering from a fatal disease.
Wait! Was he seriously proposing loading $12.5 million on an "ATM Master Card"? Why not a Starbucks gift card?
Back in about 2000, there was a major restoration started on the fresco in the dome of Karlskirche (St. Charles' Church) in Vienna. In order to do the work, they installed a platform at the level of the base of the dome with an elevator. At the end, they made the elevator open to the public (with purchase of a ticket, of course), which generated so much money for the church that the platform and elevator has remained. In just the last couple of years they greatly reduced the size of the platform.
When we were there last week, there were two large reflective balls or balloons (not sure which) hanging in the church. The lower one was probably at least 15 feet in diameter. I kept trying to figure out how to capture a sense of the size of the space and finally decided to shoot 3 frames and stitch them in PS as a pano. I am in the photo, but hard to find.
I visited Mozart's grave and heard music. The guide said "That's just Mozart decomposing".
I hope you did not pay that guide much. Mozart's grave does not exist. There is a memorial to him in Group 32A at the Zentralfriedhof (the Musician's group), but Mozart is not buried there. He was buried in a mass grave at St. Marx Cemetery.
Sounds as if you don't know about Pre-Processing your camera, which you should be able to set up for WB, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness etc. If you really know your camera such settings can be adjusted in seconds.
Pre-processing in camera leaves a LOT to be desired. One need only look at the resulting histograms to see this. It is intended for those wanting slightly better photos without actual post-processing.
I agree whole-heartedly with the original post. For those interested in photography as opposed to snapshots, shooting raw and then using post-processing tools such as LR and PS is mandatory. We get some snapshots posted here, such as pet photos, but I wade through those to see the photography gems. Thanks to all here who regularly contribute excellent work!
Agree, nice image. Did you run it through HDR processing in LR? And more importantly, how much money did you spend at the Christmas markets? We were there last year with Viking. Good thing my wife had room in her suitcase.
I did not apply HDR to this. Instead I applied an Orton Effect in PS and pulled back the opacity on the top layer to control the effect. I plan to redo it, because I think the effect is still a little strong.
I spent very little at the Christmas markets, because I spent most of my time playing tour guide for the group I took. My wife probably spent less than $75. Others in our group spent a lot more! Most of what I spent was for food!
Last week in Vienna (still processing photos) I had two rain-free mornings to go out and catch the early morning light. One of my favorite streets in the Inner City is Kurrentgasse. Here are two views, taken from opposite ends of this short street. This is in the part of the Inner City that was originally within the walls of the Roman military camp, Vindobona. The streets there tend to be narrower and shorter.
I shot three vertical frames on #2. On #1 I shot 8 landscape, 4 on the left half stacked and 4 on the right.
I love your shots of the Kleeblattgasse. Can you tell me how you did #2? I've never done a pano, but I think of them as long horizontal images. Yours is almost square!?
I switched to digital in about 2001. However, a few years ago I realized I was shooting digital as a film guy. The biggest improvement in my digital work came after this as I worked hard to take advantage of digital's differences from film.
When in Vienna I generally go out a little before sunrise to shoot some of my favorite out-of-the-way spots in the Inner City. Last week I had only two rain-free mornings so I was not able to visit everything on my list, but I still managed to come away with a few I like.
#1 - Renaissance architecture is not common in Vienna. Between the Turkish siege of 1529 and the Counter-reformation, most of the imperial funds were not invested in new construction. The Salvatorkapelle, a church dating to the mid-14th century, added a side portal in about 1520 and it is a gem of Italian Renaissance style. This used to be nearly impossible to photograph due to the presence of a parking spot that was always occupied. I few years ago the city widened the sidewalk and eliminated the parking spot. This was an 8-frame pano.
#2 - One of my favorite little streets is Kleeblattgasse. 3-frame pano, a little before sunrise on a very dark, overcast morning.
#3 - This is Kleeblattgasse as I shot it in September of 2016, a little after sunrise. Shot with an 18-140 on my old D7200. I like this composition better.