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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

A Sunset in San Francisco (more shooting with Tokina 11-16)

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 16mm f/11, ISO200 1/250 Second

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 16mm f/11, ISO200 1/250 Second

The sky was looking promising last night after work, so my wife and I headed out to Ocean Beach in San Francisco before the sun went down, spending most of our time on the beach in an area of ruins; the remains of the once glorious Sutro Baths.  It was also interesting to sit and people-watch, as couples snuggled together for the sunset, and others ran around on the beach, enjoying the the warm temperature.

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/4.5, ISO320 1/60 Second, Handheld

The sky was so beautiful, and the weather was perfect. We stayed and hiked around till past dusk, snapping off shots and just relaxing and taking in the beauty of light, held and radiated by sweeping clouds.  This area was truly a photographers playground, with so many angles and composition possibilities. We’ll have to return again and again!

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 13mm f/16, ISO 200, 30.0 Seconds

My wife and I have been having a blast going on photo outings.  Often times she’ll make the suggestion “hey, let’s go shooting!” Which for me, is always beautiful thing to hear.  In fact, having her with me makes things a whole lot easier when I’m trying to get shots. She’s become very familiar with all of my gear (probably because before I bought the gear I talked about how much I wanted to buy said gear), and therefore I can, for example, execute lens changes quite fast with her assistance.

Last night was a perfect example. “Honey, I need the 70-300!” She quickly pulls out the long zoom, and at the same exact time as I rotate my lens off my camera mount she removes the cap off the mount of the long zoom lens and sticks it onto the back of the lens I’m holding. She then takes my lens while handing me hers, and I quickly mount the new one. We can usually do this in a pretty fluid motion.

Most importantly though, it’s the time we spend together as a couple that I cherish even more than the photography.

Financial District

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San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, ISO 80, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/500 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, ISO 80, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/500 Second

San Francisco Finacial District, Panasonic DMC-LX3 ISO80, 5.1mm f/8.0, 1/200 Second

San Francisco Finacial District, Panasonic DMC-LX3 ISO80, 5.1mm f/8.0, 1/200 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 400 5.1mm f/5.6, 1/400 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 400 5.1mm f/5.6, 1/400 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 125, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/400 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 125, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/400 Second

Spent a lot of time in the Financial District of San Francisco this weekend working on a project. I make it a habit to keep my Lumix Lx3 at my side when I can’t bring my dSLR with me. I enjoyed shooting in the streets this weekend as I moved from one work place to the other several times throughout the day.

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August 3, 2009 at 6:42 am