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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Focusing and DF Accessories!

It was time again for another Nikon DF post and in this post I will cover some aspects of focus on the Nikon DF and DF accessories and notes.

I wanted to say a few things upfront.  I don’t make money off this blog and am not writing it for profit.  I may have pictures and links to products, but have no relationship with the vendors or the product vendors.

First up the Nikon DK-17 Magnifying Eyepiece. (Picture Below)

You can get this at Amazon.com

Nikon DK-17M Magnifying Eyepiece

 

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More D810 & Lens Notes

Well, over the past few days I have settled down a little and have been trying out the cameras.  When I go out and shoot I do so for fun, and I have to be careful some days because I get rather picky about taking shots and these past few have just been those days where I just did not feel the photos.

I tend to experiment during such periods, more compelled by these cameras and their novelty.  That said I usually trash 99% of what I take in terms of final keepers that will go to the online gallery.  I hope to reduce that number going forward, but then again I might not take anything if I did.  So what I share in blogs most times are going to be what I call conversational work.  If you want to see what I think counts, look in Newer and Older Works from the top menu. Some of the older gallery is not cleaned up yet, so there are a few non keepers there as well.

 

Lens Notes

These few were probably the ones I liked most, but still not keepers, that said they are good leads to future keepers in playing with Bokeh on some of my lenses.  These were done with the Nikon 105 F/2.8 ED VR and Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 IF VC.

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Nikon 105 F/2.8 ED VR

Little Swirly Bokeh going on!

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