Dec 122013
 
Dec 122013
 

Intro

Well, it has been a while that I divested myself from Nikon, selling my D800 and many of my lenses to busier (and probably better) photographers who would give them more than a “shelf life”. In the past few months I have been shooting my Olympus OM-D E-M5, and more recently an E-M1, which covered 90% of what I do and are compact enough to be brought along almost anywhere. For full frame imaging, I used a Leica M, with its excellent optics. However I kept my favorite Nikkor lenses, namely the 85 mm AF-S f1.4,Nikon-Df1 45 mm PC-E and few other primes (105 f2.5 Ai-S and Micro 105 AF-S), as well as a 17-35mm AF-S, the latter to be used with my Full Spectrum converted D7000 for IR-landscapes.

Recently Nikon annouced the Df (Digital fusion, which I think is a misnomer- I think F-D, as in digital F, would have been ore fitting). If you are reading this you probably know already, but the Nikon Df is a “retro styled” full frame camera (FX in Nikon speak). Retro in this case means the top of the camera is reminiscent of the FE and F3 of yonder, with dedicated dials for shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO, as well as a shutter button that accepts – nice but useless tough IMO – a mechanical shutter release cable. The back, and –  more important –  the innards – of the camera are pretty modern DSLR material built around the excellent 16 MP sensor of Nikon’s flagship D4, which is the best low light sensor available in any camera today (I am not alone in this opinion).

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Mar 302013
 

I admit it is late March, so I am getting this one in just in time. Having still (mostly patchy and dirty) snow on the ground is not very conducive to landscape photography. With the time change we finally have sunrise at a decent time. The ice on the lakes here is almost completely melted, so here we go.

As usual, feel free to share this for its intended purpose as a desktop photo. Click to enlarge, right click to download after. Larger version after the break.

 

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4;3, click to enlarge

 

Nikon D800, 70-200 mm VR II at 200 mm, f2.8

 

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Jan 152013
 

This winter has been weird – the usual January thaw was quite severe, so now there is mud everywhere.  This morning everything was frozen again – and I noticed some abstract formations in the frozen mud puddles, making a nice subject for this months  –  very abstract – desktop image.

 

As usual feel free to share and enjoy as a desktop image.

 

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Oct 012012
 

We had to keep one of our cats fasting for a procedure – none of them got any food after midnight so I got woken up by a wet nose at 3:40 AM or so, and some kneading. Enough for a supervised feeding session, keeping the unlucky Cookie away…. Anyway, what to do that early in the morning? Why not some star trails, avoiding “UFO”s, hopefully. I am still practicing, hence the backyard image. The result is below, combining 540 images taken 9 seconds apart, for a total of 81 min. D7000 UV/IR converted, 17-35 mm, B+W 486 Filter.

 

As usual, feel free to share and use the image for a desktop background.

 

Here is the 8:6 version (the wide version after the break):

 

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