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Jazz at Les Joulins

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Tonight, we met with friends at Les Joulins Jazz Bistro in downtown San Francisco. We enjoyed some live Jazz to go along with our late-night dinner and drinks, and during their first break, had a chat with the band.

Bridget offered to sing a tune, and the band agreed!

She sang “Bye Bye Blackbird,” and sounded great! They told us we could come back anytime and perform. Very cool.

This particular venue had terrible lighting for photography. Most of the light was actually behind the band, which made things pretty tricky. Pushed my gear hard to get this shots, as you can see below:

Camera Specs:

Nikon D300s + Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G:

Top Image: f/1.8 ISO3200 1/40 second
Second Image:  f/1.8 ISO3200 1/30 second
Third Image:  f/1.8 ISO2800 1/60 second

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April 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm

A night with the D300s

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Nikon D300s + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/18, ISO200, 6.0 Seconds

Nikon D300s + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/18, ISO200, 6.0 Seconds

Mounted the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 on my new D300s this evening and headed out for some test shots. Ended up in North Beach here in San Francisco for some great evening shooting under a beautiful sky, and the weather was perfect. I like the way the D300s handles much more than the D90 it replaced. Physical controls are abundant, and I found that I could change various settings very quickly without having to dig through menus as much as I had to with the D90, which is especially helpful when shooting in very low light. I do miss using the wireless remote trigger on the D90 though, which doesn’t work with the D300. I instead had to use a cable remote release (I really like having a mirror up mode!).

Unfortunately the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw is not yet available with support for the D300s. As a work around, I had to download the latest DNG converter release candidate from Adobe Labs, which does support D300s NEF files, and convert the camera’s raw images to DNG before importing to Lightroom 2. It’s a little more effort, but I’m sure the new Camera Raw won’t be too far off.

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September 12, 2009 at 7:05 am

Shooting with the Tokina

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/16, ISO 200, 25.0 seconds

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/16, ISO 200, 25.0 seconds

Ran out in the evening after dinner to start getting a feel for the new Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. It’s a blast shooting with this lens! The above image is slightly cropped. Taken at Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco.

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August 10, 2009 at 6:15 am