Images from a visit to a nearby town I took last weekend in order to enjoy a cup of coffee by the sea. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am shooting more with digital, and my choice this time was he Nikon D800E with the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens.
Shooting with the D800E compared to my film cameras seems like a walk in the park. Its so much easier and faster to get the image that it almost takes away the thrill of creation (well, I know that sounded profound !)
When I first got the D800E, I used a lot my tripod, now it seems that most of my shots are handheld, with the exception of certain subjects that I know are worth setting up he tripod in order to get the most out of this camera.
This camera really excels in two things, resolution and dynamic range. Its ability to recover shadows is stunning and the RAW files can withstand any kind of process you can put them into.
The natural print size of the D800(E) is 60×40 cm, but you can easily go far beyond that with superior quality. And since its a digital camera, you can easily stitch images and produce a huge file.
My two favorite lens are the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 and the 135mm f/2. I rarely use the 14-24 since i can not attach filters to it (there are solutions from LEE and others companies, but are very expensive). I believe the 16-35 f/4 is a much better choice for landscape work.
One thing I haven’t been able to do right so far, is to get a good b&w conversion of the Nikon files, not even with software like the Silver Efex Pro. I’ve seen good b&w conversions in various photo items, but my conversions look to “plastic”. To this day, the best b&w (digital) photos are from the Leica M8 and its unique CCD sensor which lacks a proper IR filter.
One more reason for engaging more with the D800E is video. I used to make lots of videos a decade ago, short movies, travel documentaries etc, with HDV camcorders, long before the DSRL video revolution. I am heavily interesting in making again video, and the D800 is a great tool especially with it’s ability to deliver uncompressed video signal through HDMI. Of course a DSLR requires specialized equipment to stabilize the shot like tripods and rigs, so the process of making good video is much different from a dedicated video camera, but I am working on that.
Enjoy the rest of the images.
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