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Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:17 AM

Still learning my D700 so I am just practicing so I decided to try some light to dark inside available light shots with my D700 and Nikkor 18-35D ED. I am just floored how well the meter is on the D700 and that bumping the ISO to 640 is like shooting ISO 100 on my D200. This camera rocks!

Some history this is the station that the IC(Illinois Central RR) used in Memphis vs Memphis larger union station. The legend of Casey Jones road thru here on his way to infamy and the crash in Mississippi. Memphis's Union station was torn down but the old IC station was saved and restored. Amtrak uses the station for its train the City of New Orleans that runs from Chicago to NO and back and Memphis is a stop on this historic trains route. The station only has 2 of the original tracks but the train shed is still visible though it is cut off and the train bumpers are still present.

The great hall is now a dinning/reception hall that is for rent but done in IC colors and still has the IC clock and arrival/departure board. The old IC offices are now apartments. The weather was bad so my outside shooting was limited but you can see the remains of the train shed and bumpers and the walk thru tunnel exit between the tracks. I took the outside shot just before the down pour and lighting! Posted Image


As far as post processing these are essentially straight from the D700 except for converting to jpeg and a bit of sharpening.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:59 AM

Jim, these are superbly wonderful considering the conditions of the day. And with almost null, zip, notta ounce of PP except sharp and conversion to JPG, you got some winners here...my man!Posted Image

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:04 AM

This is a really nice series Jim. I like the composition you chose and the varying angles. Certainly a unique view. Thanks for sharing these my friend.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:19 AM

Jim, The D700 is doing well. Nice crisp shots. I especially like the composition on the last. It might be cool as a high contrast B&W.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:25 AM

Jim, I must agree with your comments on the D700. How do you like the D Lighting feature? I love the interior shots.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:29 AM

Jim,

The D700 is doing well. Nice crisp shots. I especially like the composition on the last. It might be cool as a high contrast B&W.


A quick BW conversion.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:33 AM

That's what I'm talking about! Now if you could only get a steam locomotive parked there.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 10:39 AM

It's nice but it's not very busy. :huh:
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:46 AM

It's nice but it's not very busy. Posted Image


The train only comes thru twice a day one at 0615 in the morning on the way to New Orleans and one at 2200 on its way to Chicago. The is no mass transit trains or local traffic only the two long distance trains called the City of New Orleans. That is why the majority of the station is for other uses. Gone are the days of the Illinois Central but back in the day essentially prior to 1965 and definitely prior to the Amtrak take over in 1971 of passenger service this station did have 3 major railroads and several trains a day. Here is a schedule from back in the day!

For our Canadian members CN bought the Illinois Central and it is operated under Grand Trunk Corporation that is why a few months back I posted a Kodachrome GT yard engine used here in Memphis at CN's yard, yes CN has a very large yard here in Memphis.

Here's a link to the IC's history!

http://en.wikipedia....llinois_Central

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 12:27 PM

i like the desolate look some of your photos have, kinda feels like a ghost station:) How did you get access inside with no one around? Great shots!
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 12:32 PM

The station is open during the day from the first AM train until the last arrival at nite. Memphis Police have a station here plus it is on the tourist list so I guess the city feels like its good PR to keep it open. Security is very good since on the outer offices there is a complete police station. Like I said this station has been put to good use and is now a link to the great train history of this region. Jim

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 12:33 PM

Jim,

I must agree with your comments on the D700. How do you like the D Lighting feature? I love the interior shots.


I have not used it yet Charles I guess its time to try. The D700 does so much I am just using the basics right now learning this wonderful camera!

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 02:02 PM

I have not used it yet Charles I guess its time to try. The D700 does so much I am just using the basics right now learning this wonderful camera!


Those are some great shots. The D700 is indeed a great camera.

As far as ADL, just be aware that if you shoot raw only and do not use NX2 to process your raw files, you shouldn't use ADL. In high contrast situations the camera will underexpose your shot to save the highlights and generate tone curves for other areas of the image to bring details ot of the shadows. Photoshop and Lightroom, for example, can't read these tone curves and you just end up with an underexposed image.

Jpegs will look fine since they are processed in camera, and if you have NX2 you can properly process the raw file..

Edited by Charlie Choc, 15 March 2010 - 02:03 PM.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 03:35 PM

Those are all super shots Jim1 I can't pick a favorite, but I really like all the interior shots. Jeff
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:02 PM

Very nice series. Keep them coming.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:40 PM

Stunning, absolutely stunning interior shot.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:54 PM

Thanks all for the very kind words! I hope to shoot more of the station and New Orleans Union station when I get there next month. Jim

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 06:45 AM

Go away NAS, Go AWAY!! That is a sweet camera. Those old stations are great opportunities for business and photography. Utica station has been remodeled and reused. Still gets about 5 trains a day and the local scenic railroad in season. Will try to get some shots later. OD
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 10:39 PM

Jim nice series!
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Posted 19 March 2010 - 09:02 AM

Have you used the ais 24/2.8 on the D700 yet?

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:49 AM

Yes I did Dennis and it was very good as was my 50 f2 Ai it seems the D700 works well with older primes as I like to say they play nice. I will post a few later as I am off to church soon. Jim

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:11 PM

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Do you have a reference for this: As far as ADL, just be aware that if you shoot raw only and do not use NX2 to process your raw files, you shouldn't use ADL. I would like to read more about this, since I use ADL, depending on the shot. If this information is from your own experience, thank you for the new information.


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Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:14 PM

Charlie Choc,

Do you have a reference for this: As far as ADL, just be aware that if you shoot raw only and do not use NX2 to process your raw files, you shouldn't use ADL. I would like to read more about this, since I use ADL, depending on the shot. If this information is from your own experience, thank you for the new information.


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There have been a number of discussions of this on Nikonians and one of the members contacted Nikon who confirmed that, when ADL is used, the image is exposed for the highlights and then special curves are generated in camera for other parts of the image and stored in a proprietary format. The net result is that, if you don't use NX2 to process the raw file all you end up with is an underexposed image. I know Adobe doesn't read the additional data and, as far as I know, no other raw processor does either.

This also fits with my experience and the experience of the other Nikonians who were involved in the discussions.

If you shoot jpeg you will get the benefits, but with jpeg+raw or raw only the only way to get the raw to look like the jpeg (or the preview) is to process using NX2.

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Thanks Charlie, have a good trip and post! Moving this discussion to Post Processing so as not to co-op this thread.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 08:25 PM

Charlie: regarding your post about ADL and NX2, does leaving the ADL on automatic still apply or do you need to shut it off completely in order to get good results in other processors such as lightroom, photoshop, etc. rather than just NX2? I always have had my ADL set to auto, then did low, but due to blowing out highlights, i am back to automatic. I am wondering if i should just turn it completely off to be safer. Thanks in advance and have a great trip! sorry for the thread derail James:)
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