The Black Beach

It’s been a bit since I made a post and that’s because I was on vacation and thought I would share some pictures in this post on one of the places I visited that I truly enjoyed.  Some of the pictures here appear more for documentary purposes to provide a better sense of the area.  That being said though, I never intended to document my experience here and so in some ways the documentation is incomplete!

Also, the colors on the blog are regrettably distorted by the WP resizing engine so unfortunately these images can’t be really viewed inline as I intended them.  To help I have placed a slideshow gallery at the bottom of the page where you can see the colors a bit better, still not perfect.

Alliteratively you can click on an image to view its full websize and color and then return to the blog by clicking on the back button on your browser.

The Black Beach!

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Musings

It’s a lazy Saturday morning, the kind where you roll around in bed, read on your iPad, nap a little more, get some coffee, then read more meaty content after you wake up a bit. Before I had gone to sleep after watching to Royals beat the Yankees (no, I wasn’t dreaming, it really happened;), I had stumbled upon a thread about super gluing the exposure compensation lock button down on the Nikon DF to make it easier to use. I started looking for mods for the Nikon DF and came up with just that one.

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KC Blacklight Run

I had the pleasure of attending this years local Blacklight Run in Kansas City this past weekend and took along the Nikon DF and Tamron lenses to cover the event.

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Regrettably the Rain washed us out and led to the cancellation of the run before it got dark and before I could get race pictures, so what follows is some coverage of the pre-race activities.

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Learning to Process RAW

This week I thought I would cover a topic that generates some hesitation and fear by newer photographers wanting to shoot RAW.

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Processing RAW files is really no big deal if you have a RAW Processor.  I am going to cover three super simple workflows here so for those wanting to use RAW can start sooner verses having to learn some huge drawn out process.

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1000 Clicks with Nikon D810

Alas it was time to talk more about the D810 now that I am over 1000 clicks into using it.  That’s not really many, however, I am rather stingy about actuation these days making sure for the most part I really want to take the picture.

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Local Lake Test with the D810 and Sigma Art 35

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Metering and Color Differences Nikon D810 & DF

This morning I did the first of 3 different tests I plan on this topic. There have been lots of debates and conversations about color differences between the D8X0 and DF cameras.

I’ll be comparing the D810 and DF specifically. Please note, I have no care on the outcome of this other than finding out for myself what I can from my informal unscientific tests.  I have both and plan to keep both cameras.

In my first test (same Ole lake landscape I default to due to its dynamics and detail) the DF metered the same spot 1/10th a second faster than the D810, rather consistently overall with the DF metering for a lighter exposure on a regular basis. [Took 4 Exposures with each camera]

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Battling the Dust Bunnies

Maybe you find yourself with lots of dust bunnies in your pictures when you go to post process them, if so this article may help you better mange them.

Its rather humorous for me to find myself battling dust bunnies on the Nikon DF & D810.  In 6 years of owning my D700 I never had any issues, the way I practiced photography along with the sensor self cleaning settings I had seemed to prevent me from having issues.  All that changed though with the DF & D810 as now I find I am getting dust that my proactive practices no longer seem to be able to control.  It would appear that these bodies actually attract dust rather than repel it by the quantity of dust I am seeing.  So lets talk about how with these bodies to control dust.  My disclaimer is that I am not an expert on the topic, so what I offer comes from common sense, years of observation and subsequent adjustments now.

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Distance Between Primes

I have been trying to round out my primes for my DF and D810 and spending quite a bit of time researching lenses.

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What Makes Photos Great?

How do we make better photos?

This is another one of those difficult questions, and it deals in subjectivity as one person’s trash is another’s masterpiece.  I’ll be honest in that I am writing this as much for myself as anyone else.  After having been inactive in photography for several years, I have found myself having slipped backwards from when I did really decent work.

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Finding Photo Opps for the Hobbyist

One of the harder aspects of many budding photographers is finding photo opportunities.   This won’t be a long lecture on making things happen, more of an antidote about making images from our everyday surroundings.

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