Category Archives: Photography
Today marks the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since it’s one of my favorite photo subjects, I thought I’d post a few of my favorite images of the bridge. Happy birthday!
Today’s announcement of the Nikon D800 has upped the ante in the world of DSLR photography. With a 36.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and full HD 1080p video with stereo sound, the D800 is a game changer. And Nikon has set the bar even higher by announcing the D800E, which according to Nikon “incorporates an optical low pass filter (OLPF) without anti-aliasing properties to facilitate the sharpest images possible and is a great option for RAW shooters who are in a position to control light, distance and their subject to the degree where they can mitigate the risk of moiré and any false color.”
Some of the D800′s specifications (see the Nikon website for a complete table of specs):
- 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
- 35.9mm x 24mm sensor size
- 1/8000 to 30 sec. shutter speed
- Up to 4 frames per second in FX-format
- TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
- ISO 100-6400
- 51-point dynamic-area AF
- Built-in flash
- Live View
Already, with very few who have even touched the new camera, there are reviews, articles and digests appearing on the Web, including:
- Nikon’s product page
- Rob Galbraith’s “Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor”
- Rob Galbraith’s “Links to all things Nikon D800″
- Digital Photography Review’s “Nikon D800 Hands-on Preview”
- diglloyd.com (Lloyd Chambers) blog posts on moire, lenses, lens requirements, technique and tolerances, and an overview of the D800 and D800E
- Thom Hogan’s article “The Nikon D800 Introduction”
Nikon USA now has the 20 pages Nikon D800 | D800E Technical Guide available for download. The guide is particularly useful in describing and illustrating techniques for getting sharp images with a 36-megapixal camera.
Stay tuned. This is exciting!
Having used Lightroom since its initial release 6 years ago, I’m excited about the announcement and availability of each new version. Today Adobe announced the availability of Lightroom 4 Public Beta. This version introduces two new modules – Book and Map – and adds major new functionality to the existing modules.
- 16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor
- 10fps shooting with AF and AE, 11fps with focus and exposure locked, 24fps 2.5MP grabs
- 91,000 pixel sensor for metering, white balance, flash exposure, face detection and active d-lighting
- ISO Range 100-12,800 (extendable from 50 – 204,800)
- MultiCAM 3500FX Autofocus sensor works in lower light and with smaller apertures
- Two sub-selector joystick/buttons for shooting orientation
- 1080p30 HD video at up to 24Mbps with uncompressed video output
- New EN-EL18 battery (21.6Wh capacity, CIPA-rated at 2600 shots)
- Twin card slots – one Compact Flash and one XQD
The Edisto Island "boneyard" is located in the Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area near Charleston, SC. The park was opened to the public in 2008 and is managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The boneyard is a maritime forest and is one of the least visited but most photogenic features of the South Carolina coast. It is seldom photographed by the casual photographer because it is about an hour’s drive from Charleston and the directions to the park aren’t prominently posted.