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#239173 Chicago

Posted by gregc on 25 April 2017 - 11:01 PM

Was in the City of Wind a couple of weeks ago. Took a couple of single frames and converted to HDR images to see what would happen.




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#234510 Who owns a Nikon CL-L2 bag for super telephoto lenses?

Posted by gregc on 29 January 2017 - 07:13 PM

I own one for my 200-400mm lens.


To be honest, I have never packed it fully with all the "stuffings", it is impossible to do so and quickly remove the lens or pack it again.  I find the back just a snug to tight.  Would be nice to be able to insert the camera comfortably in the bag as well on the lens, but I find it just a bit to tight.  Don't like carrying it that way.


For quick trips, I just use the big bottom pad and not the other two.  I think they are there if you travel and want some real protection, otherwise, like I said, way too cumbersome.




For two pad setup.


For three pads, I think you use the last one to warp the top of the lens in tight if traveling or banging the bag around more than you typically would.  If I remember correctly, it wraps around and inside the middle piece.

I tend to agree, It's an excellent bag but I'm with you. I don't see carrying it with a body attached either. The 200-400 seems to fit with room to spare, but the 400/ 2.8 not as much room. Thanks for the info for sure

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#233850 Best fisheye lens?

Posted by gregc on 15 January 2017 - 04:53 AM

I've heard good things about the Sigma but the Rokinon is very tempting. Newer design and coatings with a great price. I've read that the Nikon one doesn't hold up well on newer dslrs.

I am not sure what happens with say a D800 series, D4, D5 at all. But this is what I got with a Nikon 10.5 mm Fish on a D3 series body.






I did however find this posted in a review for Nikon Fisheye Lenses (10.5mm and 16mm):


" When using a cropped sensor lens (DX) on a full frame body like the D700 or D3 your image will be cropped down to about 6MP (2784×1848) instead of the full 12MP (4256×2832)  supported by your full frame camera. So if you really want the full resolution of your camera then you should go with a full-frame lens."



SOURCE: http://terrywhite.co...10-5mm-vs-16mm/

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#233713 Sent myself a Birthday present

Posted by gregc on 13 January 2017 - 01:24 AM

Dang, that's s big ... ah .... lens! 😎

Hi Dennis,


For sure it's a handful. I tried it out for the first time on a basketball court. What it gave me was really isolated players on the floor. My 300 seems to always leave too much showing when they players make the it to the basket on the far end. The 400 eliminated that issue for sure, but it is borderline on being too much for a high school gym. Below are a few from the game I worked tonite. All are done with that 400 near and far side of the court...


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#225827 Nikon Delima.. Anyone know of....

Posted by gregc on 25 July 2016 - 05:22 PM

All you guys re great help!! Very fast and concise information for sure!!


Thanks to everyone that had a hand in helping me!!.. I  am sure others have also went "Ooooooooooooooh really!!!!.. That's how that works?"

#225787 Nikon Delima.. Anyone know of....

Posted by gregc on 25 July 2016 - 12:50 AM

Is there a way to format memory cards in both slots and not have to pull the cards and swap slots? It sorta kinda gets on my last nerve to have to do this...


Anyone done this? If so how does that work?


#222940 Nikon DSLR on a Cambo Legend 4X5 Rail Camera

Posted by gregc on 02 June 2016 - 09:19 PM

Working with my Cambo 4X5 view Camera fitted with a DSLR adapter and one of my Nikon bodies. It was about 7:15pm and in shade with ambient conditions.. No fill..No flash. This 3 shot HDR photo was totally an experiment with a 155MM Caltar II Series-N lens with a Copal 0 Shutter as opposed to a more normal 210MM lens. I want to try this with a higher MP camera at some point. 12 MP doesn't do justice. but it is for sure quick..No film processes involved...


Question what do you guys that have them think of the 800s or the 810s?



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#218346 Are there any NPS (Nikon Professional Services) members here?....

Posted by gregc on 22 March 2016 - 05:05 PM

Greg I think we only have 3 members who are NPS and Phil(fotophil) is one of them he asked if you meet the gear requirements. I would PM him so you can discuses it with him directly.



 Hey Jim,


Thanks for the tip. He will know exactly what is required i would imagine as you suggest.


Thanks again!!

#211478 Benefit from cropping? Lijiang Building B&W

Posted by gregc on 02 January 2016 - 01:28 AM


I'm interested in your thoughts on this shot, especially cropping. Too much water in the foreground? too much extraneous imaging on the sides, especially the left?


I see it  this way



#202833 Working on a new video shoulder rig

Posted by gregc on 18 September 2015 - 01:50 PM

Looks very impressive, Greg. What type of video work will you be focusing on?

Hi Herman,

The plan is to focus on highlight videos to start. Eventually I would also like to eventually include events. But for right now the primary goal is to extend photographic services at sporting events.

#199426 I am nowhere near good at this HDR stuff, but

Posted by gregc on 08 August 2015 - 08:39 PM

Well, with modern DSLR, there's two uses for HDR. Shooting raw, its easy to have a two stop range in the single file.

So, there is a HDR look that can be done. A few years back, the David Hill look was big. An HDR like process that depended on contrasty lighting.

Or, to fix an high contrast range that does need bracking. I think both are valid these days.

I like the first one, over the second one.

Hi Dennis,


That is kind of the point.  What is acceptable is totally an individual choice. Let us now forget that its not that long ago that a 3-5 frame bracketed HDR photo was simply unacceptable voodoo magic as you suggested!!...lol I guess I've shown that you can do a lot with one image as it relates to High Dynamic Range photography. I sure there is a limit to what can be done, but who's to say where that line is drawn?

#199422 I am nowhere near good at this HDR stuff, but

Posted by gregc on 08 August 2015 - 08:19 PM

Sorry, but stick a fork in that one.... it's done.  Overdone, IMHO.  Full of unrealistic colors and distracting halos.

Sparky here is what I think you are missing HDR is about unrealistic shades and colors in it best definition. Basically altered past what was really shot. So while you may not care for my take  on this image, in the end photography is all about self-interpretation (ie; EOTB) So granted  you might not try my process but in my use of HDR I saw a single image with all the halos that I intended to create as something I wanted to show. It's all about artist rights/creative license at the end of the day.


It's also your right to not like it.. Ain't disturbed over the fact that you don't, since at the end of the day it what i think is acceptable right? :))  But I don't know that you like that fact that i show my HDR images in an abstract manner. I honestly appreciate the opinion when all is said and done.

#198838 Run For Rose Classic

Posted by gregc on 01 August 2015 - 12:24 PM

The are some snaps from a tournament in Kentucky. Most were shot at a Convention Center In Lexington. I didn't worry about white balance so much because this venue had mixed lighting source over the courts. Go figure since this place is located inside of a Mall.


Anyway this is a few of those i shot. 


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#198823 I am nowhere near good at this HDR stuff, but

Posted by gregc on 01 August 2015 - 09:32 AM

I was in Kentucky for the Run for Rose classic a few weeks back. I decided to do this shot some players at the free-throw with the camera sitting on the floor. Tried to guess how it was framed so its off a little, but this is what I processed.


I didnt do anything special. Its just one image processed into an HDR look-a-like!!! :)





Posted by gregc on 23 March 2015 - 05:48 PM

Thnaks Greg, I took a class this weekend and got sone great info on 4x5s. I can get a whole setup in my budget range.

NP Jazz I understand for sure. I own a Calumet Cambo Legend kit with more that my share of dollars spent. But a lot of the items devalued and not you can get something fairly cheaply. Although some stuff is still being priced out of sight. Glad you figured out that you'll be able to get a kit now.