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#261683 Nikon Rumours - Tiananmen Square 30 Years Ago with the Nikon F-801

Posted by Sailjunkie on 14 July 2019 - 12:00 PM

A bit unusual, for a site that's devoted to Nikon cameras, but there is a Nikon connection.



#261624 Sunglasses

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 July 2019 - 12:10 PM

Hi Mark, did it have to be a "real" light?


When you posts these, I like to imagine how I would do it. I was thinking of having a small round light to act like the sun hitting the lens. This light wouldn't be the lights that was lighting the subject. and then I thought faking it in PS, by adding a light with some streaks. thus the question.


Hi Dennis,


I wasn't sure how to define "real".  Then I decided just to post the behind-the-scenes shot that we are required to submit with each assignment. 


Sunglasses - BTS-20190630.jpg


As you can see, your solution is pretty close to what I actually did.  I initially tried this with just the strobe, but that was too harsh.  Adding the diffuser, then using the Radial Blur filter in PS did the trick.  


We weren't allowed to "fake" the light.  The idea was to position that real light in such a way that it would show the different colours in the lens of each pair, while shooting to an exact layout.  Never a dull moment!  :)

#261579 Nikon Rumours - A visit to the Nikon Tochigi factory

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 July 2019 - 12:45 PM

Nikon Rumours has a link to an interesting article. 


Fortunately, he's included images and a very nice summary because the original article is in French.  Unless you read French or have Google translate, you're out of luck.  :huh:



#261541 Thom Hogan: The 20 Year Anniversary

Posted by Sailjunkie on 01 July 2019 - 12:17 PM

First some background:  while I have been interested in photography since my teens, life (you know:  stuff like marriage, work and kids :rolleyes: ) didn't always allow me to pursue like I wanted to.  We were so busy raising our son that I missed all of this.  For that reason, this is informative for me.



#261502 All About Teleconverters (TCs) by Steve Perry

Posted by Sailjunkie on 27 June 2019 - 12:03 PM

Thanks for sharing the link, Herman.  His YouTube Channel is worth subscribing to.


The first half of this was useful information for anyone who has a TC or is thinking about buying one.  The second half was aimed more at wildlife shooters.  That should make lots of folks around here very happy.  :)

#261486 Fuji GFX 102 MP Mirrorless Camera

Posted by Sailjunkie on 25 June 2019 - 12:39 PM






Chick feed in the medium format market.


Hasselblad H6D-100c Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)  





Very true.  And Angela thought that photography would be significantly cheaper than boating!  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

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#261436 Women's Shoes

Posted by Sailjunkie on 22 June 2019 - 11:27 PM

The hypothetical client was an upscale local boutique.  The campaign was featuring high-heeled women's shoes.  It was important to show texture; height of heel; shape of toe; and finally, possibly the insole.  As with most of our recent assignments, this is easier said than done.


This was shot on clear plexiglass over black paper.




I wasn't kidding when I said that this was easier said than done.  Here's the lighting set-up:

  • 1 Godox SK-300 strobe with soft-box.  Large scrim in front.  In slave mode.
  • 1 Godox SK-300 strobe with hood.  Small scrim mounted on a light stand in front.  In slave mode.
  • 2 white reflector cards.
  • Yongnuo YN-685 speed light, mounted on a tripod.  Blue gel taped to the head, with parchment paper over that.  This was aimed at a Studio Grey back drop.  Phottix wireless flash triggers were used, to fire it.

Post-processing was a bit more straight-forward.  This was cropped in LR.  Also, saturation adjustment for the blue spray light.  Photoshop was used for cloning and healing, plus a levels adjustment and mask, to lighten only the shoes a bit more.


My instructor loved it, describing it as a portfolio-quality shot.


I had a lot of fun with this, both during the shoot and during post-processing.  Ain't it amazing what you can do with a pair of cheap second-hand shoes, purchased at a local thrift store?   ;)


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)


#261429 Fuji GFX 102 MP Mirrorless Camera

Posted by Sailjunkie on 21 June 2019 - 12:45 PM

Thanks for sharing, Art.


I won't knock it because competition like this keeps everybody else on their toes.  However, I read that it is very costly.  It's definitely targeted at a "niche" market:  specifically folks who need a specialist camera like this bad enough to justify the cost ($13,300 at Henrys); or folks with experience in successful bank robbery!  :lol:

#261392 Nikon Rumours - Nikon CEO confirms there will be D5 Mirrorless Version

Posted by Sailjunkie on 17 June 2019 - 12:23 PM

No details on exactly when:



#261377 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix 2019 - Day 2 continued ...

Posted by Sailjunkie on 16 June 2019 - 11:51 AM

Another nice series, Art.


I have a buddy who is nuts about Porsche.  For me, Mustangs and Camaros are my fave muscle cars.  :)

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#261376 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix 2019 - Day 2

Posted by Sailjunkie on 16 June 2019 - 11:49 AM

Nice series, Art.  :)

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#261362 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix 2019

Posted by Sailjunkie on 15 June 2019 - 11:44 AM

Nice series and good field test, Art.  :)

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#261334 Carnival

Posted by Sailjunkie on 13 June 2019 - 12:24 PM

Cool .... did you have a go Phil :rolleyes: :)


Nice shot, Phil.  If you did have a "go" did you win?  ;)

#261275 Thom Hogan - Is Landscape Photography Done?

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 June 2019 - 12:36 PM

I haven't done much landscape shooting because of my class.  However, Hogan has an interesting take on this that I will ponder again when I begin to contemplate life AFTER Project 52.  :)



#261274 The Windmills of Your Mind

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 June 2019 - 12:27 PM

Nice series, Herman, and thanks for the link.


Ron asked the same question that I was going to ask.  They are still a lot nicer to look at than wind turbines.   :)