I visited Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City on Memorial Day. There was a flower I wanted to shoot, but it was difficult to use my tripod due to a wrought-iron fence and the angle of the shot, so I shot it hand-held. Later, while post-processing the photos, I looked at the photo. (see the first photo.) Then I wanted to see how sharp it was, so I zoomed in. Surprise!
It was Handcart Days in Bountiful, celebrating the arrival of some of the immigration groups from the east (many from Europe) who could not afford wagons and teams but pulled handcarts instead. Celebrated in Utah on the 24th, the fireworks were held locally last night (the 20th). Having staked out my viewing spot, I waited about an hour for darkness and was treated to some wonderful clouds looking out to Antelope Island. That is roughly the view from my house--or would be if I knocked down the house to the west of me plus a few trees!!
I tried shooting the fireworks last year and made a mess of it. Better results this time. Shot at 64 ISO on bulb and dead reckoning on the length of exposure. Just opened the shutter when I saw a rocket headed up and let the fireworks paint the sensor.
I think the L-bracket I have is one of the best accessories ever for my camera. The problem with tipping the ball head is having to realign the photo. With an L-bracket the swap is faster. Also, when shooting a pano, the pivot of the ball head is no longer below the focal plane. The L-bracket solves that. I leave it on my camera all the time.
I was trying out and working on the configuration of a D750 I bought from a friend. I was shooting in my front yard and using a 24-120mm lens instead of the 105 micro I normally use for this. Both shots were cropped quite a bit. The first was shot as an HDR set and the second was focus-stacked with 8 shots. The first one needs some refinement to get rid of the blown out part of one of the petals, but this wasn't a serious shoot anyway. This was the first of my day lilies to open this year. Although I was just messing around, I was pleased with the results.
I found a great price on a D750 (from a friend) so I am selling my favorite camera, a Nikon D7200. Also, 2 lenses:
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens (my walk-around lens)
Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens (my favorite lens for landscape and architecture)
PLUS an L-bracket (for quick release mounting in portrait or landscape mode on tripod)
The body (USA model) is very clean, undamaged and unscratched, with protective glass on the LCD and about 53k on the shutter. Both lenses are in excellent condition, very pampered and kept in a padded camera backpack for travel and storage. The lenses have front and rear lens caps and lens hoods. The camera also comes with 1 battery and battery charger.
I will also throw in circular polarizer filters for both lenses (cost: about $30 each) and Darrell Young's book, Mastering the Nikon D7200 (cost: about $40).
Priced to sell at $900, plus shipping to CONUS. I can accept credit/debit cards.
I use BBF and will never go back. Having focus unlinked from the shutter release is wonderful and allows one to choose between focus and lock and continuous focusing. One never needs to worry about the camera inadvertently refocusing when shooting multiple frames. This is probably the most important thing I have done in the past two years to improve my skills.
I use both LR and PS. They each have their strengths.I often process a little in LR (lens correction, level and perspective adjustment, bring down highlights and raise shadows), then go to PS for layers work, then final processing in LR (set white and dark points and make localized blend and dodge, i.e., gradients, etc). I have stayed with them in part because of the huge volume of instructional videos on YouTube.
I have been traveling to Europe annually for 20 years and have visited those locations several times. I take small groups as their travel guide.
First, Austria and Germany have higher standards for culinary water than are found in most places in the U.S., so enjoy the water. Of course, Europeans typically do not drink tap water, but that is a cultural bias rooted in water issues in the distant past.
Second, I usually find myself shooting almost exclusively at the wide end of zoom lenses in Europe. The problem is large subjects and tight spaces. I have made numerous trips with an 18-140 lens, and virtually all of my photos are at 50mm or less, and probably 75% are at 25mm or less.
Third, Italy is a place to worry about pickpockets. That is FAR less of an issue in Austria and Germany. While it is wise to be careful anywhere, don't lose sleep over this issue north of Italy.
Fourth, if you are not going with a group, hire a local guide for a walking tour of the Old City portion of Salzburg. There is much there that unguided tourists never see. And make sure you visit Hohenwerfen Castle, located south of Salzburg.
The adapter for the mini SD card is the size of a full size SD card. I have two 128 gb mini SD cards in my D7200. They work flawlessly.
I have been using the lens cleaning wipes from various sources for years. Never a problem. I think the caution about multi-coating is very old, outdated and no longer relevant.
Love BBF and will never change back, but it is a problem when someone volunteers to take my picture with my camera! I like being able to choose between focusing and releasing the button (those locking the focus) or holding the button to have constantly adjusting focus (for moving objects). The latter is not possible if focus is still attached to the shutter release.
I have the same lens, probably an older version, I think ca. 1981. This is a focus stacking shot of a geranium I took last August. It was 7 photos stacked in PS, and I have stacked over 20 photos a couple of times. Just go try it! You will answer all your questions by doing it.
There are also several good youtube videos that are free.