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#256909 Wild Holland

Posted by james23p on 11 October 2018 - 03:46 PM

Excellent series Herman.


#256891 MIOPS Equipment Purchase - Water Drop Photography

Posted by james23p on 11 October 2018 - 12:21 AM

Art these look good Id say a successful first try.

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#256853 MIOPS Equipment Purchase - Water Drop Photography

Posted by james23p on 09 October 2018 - 03:56 AM

Alright have fun cant wait to see the results!

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#256722 This month is silhouette and shadows

Posted by james23p on 01 October 2018 - 07:40 PM

They can be staged or natural, the subject can be anything from people to buildings. As usual any camera including the Nikon Z7,  yes Dennis this was your challenge request so you have to shoot one with the Z7! :D



#256683 Testing IBIS

Posted by james23p on 30 September 2018 - 02:40 PM

The IBIS on the Olympus is fantastic so I am sure Nikon did a great job too. I think overall lens VR is a bit better but IBIS allows every lens regardless if it has VR or not to be stabilized and that is huge for prime lens users. Slap on a old Nikkor and bang you have VR, slap on a new Nikkor prime and bang you have VR it is very very useful.



#256630 Salmon Season

Posted by james23p on 28 September 2018 - 12:27 AM

Wow very cool, looks like a you put a camera on a bear fishing!



#256629 Black Bear

Posted by james23p on 28 September 2018 - 12:26 AM

Nice work Gordon!



#256528 Dundurn Castle (WARNING: Really Heavy Image Content)

Posted by james23p on 23 September 2018 - 11:28 AM

Nice! Very impressive, I remember going to Ringwood Manor and Skylands Manor, I was like wow these people knew how to build a house.


The gardener must have quit the weeds in the front are showing! :P



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#256523 Blue Jays in the Back Yard

Posted by james23p on 22 September 2018 - 10:08 PM

Well done Art!!!

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#256449 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by james23p on 18 September 2018 - 02:58 PM

What is cool about this is that the angle makes this look like one of those huge floor fans.   :lol:



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#256422 The wonderful World of Photo Prints

Posted by james23p on 17 September 2018 - 01:01 AM

Today I picked up prints from the wedding I did now my first two sets to the bride was done by a high end lab but today she wanted two additional sets cheap so I used Sams club and to my surprise they were excellent I mean really excellent. Now I did have their auto correct turned off and they use good Fuji paper but they were every bit as good as the pro lab and half the price and when you are making 600 prints price does count.


So this leads to my thoughts I have tons of slides I love to look at and some prints but in my film days I shot mostly slide film. So we talk all the time of looking at our photos on our 4K and 5K iMacs and high end 4K LG monitors etc but looking at these prints today reminded me that photos still look better as a slide or print. The colors were rich and I could hold them, turn them in the light to see the colors pop and again HOLD them. It cost around 85$ at Sams for 600 prints so I have decided to start printing my best digital images on 4x6 prints and storing them in archival boxes.  My wife enjoyed looking at the prints much more than looking over my should at my iMac or using a phone. So far I have selected 250 shots and most likely will be over a 2000 when I am done but for just around $280 I will have all those wonder memories in a hand held form that is how we started taking pictures.


I am sure many of you do this already but I have gotten away from it and printing at home cost more than printing at the lab now since with my membership and volume its less than 14 cents a print I can not come close to that at home closer to .35 cents a print maybe more.


Ok rant over just nostalgia kicking in but I love holding a slide or print.



#256421 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by james23p on 17 September 2018 - 12:11 AM


You are going to laugh... sit down before you read further! :lol:

My wife thought looking after Thunder would be excellent for me.  The dog would force me to get out more (2 to 3 times a day), for nice long walks around the block.


As it worked out, Thunder doesn't like to go for walks.  No, not at all.


He holds his business until HE wants to go out.  Then, the first available spot..... gets down to business, then digs in and wants to go.... HOME!  This dog is HILARIOUS!


When I feel like taking him for a walk, just to clear my head, he won't come to the door.  I have to get the leash, go to the coach or where ever he is lying down, hook the leash on and drag him out.  And, instead of him leading me, I have to drag him down the side walk reluctantly.  If I slow down, he stops, sits and faces the way we came.


What a GREAT DOG!! I just love this guy!  Our walks are typically about 40 steps out, 40 steps back!! :lol:

Best dog I have ever had!

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:

#256420 Planet Nikon Official: Nikon Mirrorless Announcement and information

Posted by james23p on 17 September 2018 - 12:06 AM

I am curious, does anyone really care what Canon, or Sony, or Fuji, or Olympus or Pentax, for that matter are doing?


I am not being flippant, I am just thinking out loud, what the little voice in my head is wondering.


If I was in the  market for Mirrorless, based on my investment.... why would I care what these other guys were doing? I know SONY came out with their big full frame mirrorless yada yada yada.... I never read an article on it.  Don't care.

Don't care what Canon is doing, pretty much ever.  If I had to sell my system and switch, they would be 2nd last on my look-list.

I know some people like to jump ship, I wonder how heavily invested these people are?  If you are heavily into the brand, the road map here makes total sense. It is well thought out.


I have bought into their vision, if not the actual product.... YET!  Not today, but down the road.  For now, I am good with my current gear. In 4 years time, Nikon could be King of the mountain and I will need to go lighter and smaller, this line works for me.


Yes and no Art, not everyone who owns a Nikon is as heavily invested as you or a NPS member.  Some are just starting out so they are still in play for other systems. Another factor is cost, lets say someone just starting out can afford a D3xx kit and they want to go mirrorless. Right now Nikon does not offer anything in that price range but Olympus, Fuji, Sony(blah) does and I guess so does  Canon with its APS EOS M. 


I have a foot in both worlds Nikon and Fuji but most of my Nikon is now film gear and Coolpix cameras my main digital is Fuji. I took a small beating moving but I also had some other considerations you and I talked about that I will not bash on. But I also enjoy watching what other companies do its almost a sport to me.  :lol:


But for many like you, Phil, Dennis, Ron and Jeff plus many others have so much in high end Nikon glass I agree that most of you could truly care less one way or another what other companies do. Me I had a lot of Nikon mount glass but most was third party, Tamron 70-200 2.8 and Sigma 24-70  f2.8 lens so it was not as hard to move.


In the end many new to the DSLR world with entry level kits moving is almost painless as DX lens will not be as useful on Nikon's new Z mount. Now if Nikon makes an entry level Y mount AP-S Mirrorless (ok thats me being me) then it becomes harder for entry level members to move also. Actually an entry level AP-S or DX Mirrorless could actually keep the F mount since the sensor is smaller and fits nicely in the F mount.



#256415 Planet Nikon Official: Nikon Mirrorless Announcement and information

Posted by james23p on 16 September 2018 - 08:22 PM

Canon's answer is a 30.3 MP FF for $2300, I have no idea how everything else stacks up to the Nikon's

The Canon in my opinion is a step below the Nikon Z7 and to be honest the Z6 it kind of slots in-between  the Z6 and Z7 as far as price and MP. From what I have seen and read it has no IBIS, and the AF is not as advanced as the Z6/7 but on par in other areas. Now Canon did trump Nikon on fast glass they introduced a 28-70 f2 that is mega fast and a 50 f1.2 , a 35 f1.8 Macro and a kit lens that has more range than the Nikon at 24-105 f4. Now on the lens I have not seen a full review on IQ but the one I did see said they are stellar but sky high priced the 28-70 f2 is more than the  cost of the camera but a f2.8 lens is pricey so a f2 will be even more. The 35 f1.8 macro is a fair price at 499$ and it has IS(VR), the 28-70 f2 is $3000 yes 3 grand and from what I can see it has no IS(VR) you would think a fast f2 lens for 3 grand would still have IS the cheap 35 f1.8 has IS hmm, the 24-105 f4 is 1100$ with IS(VR) and the 50 f1.2 is $2300 but it is USM AF unlike the Nikon coming next year that is MF only.


I have to be honest both Canon and Nikon seem to have made some strange omissions on their new systems.


In the end Nikon seems to have done a better job on the bodies than Canon but Canon put out their fast glass first vs Nikon with middle of the road speed glass. As far as IQ well in the end I think Nikon might have a slight lead on Canon in round one.



#256414 Back by popular demand September is BW with a wrinkle

Posted by james23p on 16 September 2018 - 08:07 PM

One silly one from my Coolpix P60 mounted on my table top tripod in the Coolpix BW mode this is tweeted a bit in LR for sharpening and contrast.