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Nikon Medium-Term Management Plan

28 May 2020 - 12:57 PM

Nikon Rumours posted this.  Looks like he got it from the Nikon USA site. 




I wasn't surprised by the contents.  Confirms what folks like Thom Hogan have been saying for awhile.  :)

Nikon Rumours - D780 and other specs leaked online

06 January 2020 - 01:34 PM

Do camera manufacturers build stunts like this into their marketing plans?  Just curious:



Nikon D6 Already Listed at B & H

27 December 2019 - 01:44 PM

Experience has taught me not to put too much into rumours.  However, Nikon Rumours is reporting that B & H is already listing the D6.




I clicked the provided link, to see for myself.  Yup, it's there.  No price or availability date.  I wonder what is behind this idea....  :)

Z50 Thirty Day trial?

14 December 2019 - 01:55 PM

Is it just me; or does this latest move suggest a hint of desperation?  :huh:



Project 52 Final Assignment

14 October 2019 - 11:59 PM

This is Assignment 52 - our final assignment.   


This would suitable for an email promo, postcard or a portfolio cover.  There were no specific requirements.  It had to show what we do; and how we do it.  It had to be a shot that we are proud of.  The big requirement is that it has to get the viewer to pay serious attention.   


I decided to go with a minimalist approach.  Over the past year, I've learned that the KISS principle serves me well.  The less cluttered the image, the better.   ;)  Hard to say if I will continue with this style over the long term, but for now, I quite like it.


For this shot, I decided to experiment with a technique called Dark Field Lighting.  My glass is placed directly in front of the soft box.  The soft box has a large foam black card placed directly in front of.  The key is to leave space for light to come around the edges and the top - that is what lights up the edges of the glass.  I also used black cards on both sides, to eliminate reflections.  Finally, I hung a large piece of black paper in front of my camera.  There was a hole cut in it, for the lens.


I learned a lot from this assignment, even if it was a bit of a "graduation" exercise.  I found that my strobe's modelling light let me see how the shot would look before I took.  As an example, slight movements of the glass to one side or another changed the symmetry of the light showing in the glass. 




Here's the technical stuff:

  • Godox Strobe with soft box @ 1.5
  • 1 large black card, directly in front of the soft box.
  • 2 smaller black cards, on each side.

Camera data:

  • D810
  • ISO64
  • 24-70/f2.8 @ 70mm
  • 1/125 sec.
  • f 3.2

My instructor's only suggestion was to add a layer that matched the background.  Then, roughly where the body and stem met, add a simulated "spray" light.  I did this by placing the glass into a separate layer.  Then, on the black layer I used a white brush at 10% opacity.  The resulting feedback was all positive.


I can't say enough good things about Project 52.  It has taken my skill set to levels that I would never have thought possible.  I met some wonderful people and had a helluva lot of fun along the way.  Thanks for looking, everyone.  :D