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When it was set up, the DAILY STOCK SHOT PROJECT was supposed to be a one year project. Last year I extended the project another year due to the popularity of the site, but now it is time to move on.
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I have begun putting the Nikon D800 through its paces and will be sharing some of my observances on it and the D4 on this blog, and more extensively on my other blog.
The D800 is a full-frame (FX in Nikon lingo) 36 megapixel sensor. Until now a resolution that high had been reserved for medium format cameras. For traditional stock shooters who only need to supply a 50mb file, 36mp with its 100mb file may seem like overkill. However, there are a number of reasons why a camera like this makes a lot of sense.
We really need to think about it as a new breed of camera. In many respects it is many cameras in one depending upon how you use it. Nikon has built into its menu system the ability to select various crop modes. There is the full-frame FX mode of 36x24mm, a slightly smaller mode of 30x20mm with 1.2x magnification and 25.1mp, a DX crop mode that corresponds to the size of an APS sensor with a 15.4mp resolution and 1.5x magnification, and a 5:4 (30x24mm) mode that renders a popular proportion at 30.2mp for photographers producing images for the proportions of the printed page.
What is interesting is that all of these crop modes still yield acceptably high megapixel ranges to produce traditional stock photographs. Being able to switch from one mode to another is similar to adding a telextender to your camera. Look at the photos below to see how the magnification increases with each crop size.
Another advantage of switching to cropped modes is that they speed up the camera because there is less information for it to process. If you add the auxilary battery pack and switch to DX mode you have a camera with a faster frame rate and a 1.5x lens magnification making it better for wildlife and sports.
I can tell you from experience that the resolution of this camera in any of its crop modes is exceptional. I found that using the D800 in DX mode to be equally as good -- if not better -- than using an actual DX camera like the D7000.
In later posts I will discuss the high ISO ranges of the D800, which are impressive and also lead me to say this is a new breed of camera, and may be the only one you ever need.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Taken with a 16mm focal length from the entrance to the monument. I use these extreme wide angle lenses to provide a sweeping vista.|
|Here the Nikon 70-200mm lens at 200mm juxtaposed the statue of Thomas Jefferson with the Ionic column in the background.|
|One of my favorite devices is to have the sun just peeking into a shot so that it forms a star burst. Here I wanted to keep everything very light so I exposed for the interior and allowed the sky to wash out.|
Sunday, March 25, 2012
This year I managed to hit the perfect day for peak bloom of the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. The past two years the weather did not cooperate, and I either didn't go or was too late for the best color.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
|I'll have a full review later on my other blog once I have put the camera through its paces.|
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
These images are for a new series I am doing called, "Nature in the City". They were taken on an early morning bike ride along the Hudson River and around Battery Park at the bottom of Manhattan.
|A low mist hung over the city early this morning as you can see in this shot of the top of the new Freedom Tower as it disappears into the haze.|
In the following images I concentrated on finding scenes that illustrated the rebirth of spring. These are some of the first buds to come out. All of them were very, very small.
|For the close-up of all these buds I used a Nikon D7000 and 80mm macro lens with a wide open aperture that maximized the out-of-focus background.|
|This guy accommodated me by posing next to a green bud. I managed to get just this one shot of him with a quick switch to the 70-300mm Nikkor zoom on the D7000.|
|I liked the way this sparrow's mouth was opened as it chirped against a backdrop of all the delicate buds sprouting from the nearby branches. The sky was hazy but bright and lent a delicate white background to most of the scenes.|
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Yesterday while walking into our studio I noticed that some spring buds were just beginning to sprout on the trees outside our building. This morning the tiny buds had come alive, and some had already blossomed. I always photograph the first spring buds I see so I went to the studio and grabbed a Nikon D3s with a 105mm macro lens on it. Here are two of the many shots I did.
I wanted the delicate colors of the plants to dominate the shots so I positioned myself to have out-of-focus neutral gray tones created in the background by the wide open aperture of the lens.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
This one is a bit bizarre. I had just finished shooting a scene with this model when I spotted a clear blue bottle of window cleaner on a table. Grabbing it, I asked the model to pose for a few seconds, then, placing the bottle in front of the left side of the lens I took this photo. It helped that I had the 135mm Nikkor defocus lens on my camera. Set at f/2 this lens produces the best bokeh of any lenses I've ever used. I also love the twin streaks coming in from the upper left and converging to complete a powerful compositional line of direction taking your eye to the model's hand, which tells the story or here attitude.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Most macro lenses can go as close as a 1:1x reproduction, meaning that the image on the sensor is the same size as the object being photographed. Canon, however, makes a 65mm macro lens that begins at 1x reproduction and goes to 5x. Such extreme magnification is more akin to photographing with a low powered microscope. While I do not shoot with Canon cameras professionally anymore, I do have this lens and keep a T2i Canon around to use with it. Because it has an APS-C sensor, this camera actually increases the magnification beyond the rated 5x. Here are some photos I just took with this camera/lens combo of a CPU chip, and details of a computer motherboard. In general, these images represent about a 3x magnification.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Here are a just a few from today's shoot:
|For this shot I had two assistants tossing water from cups from both sides of the models face. The whole thing was lit with Nikon SB-900 flash units because their stopping power for action is much better than studio strobes.|