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Morning lapsThis was taken at the Berkeley City Club pool, designed by Julia Morgan (Hearst Castle architect) as I wrapped up a weekend of reading funding applications for National Writing Project sites. No tripod with me and I was in a hurry....but it's a shot anyway....
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Evening stroll in the forest with our electro bikeThank you for this assignment. It makes me experiment with new (light-) situations and camera options I have never used in the past (here ISO 2000). The result shows I am not yet experienced - compared to some of the really hot shots already on display. This is ok - I am learning! I also realise I rather go for my own sports activities than visit sports events with ihe multiple opportunities to get action shots!
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Up!This one makes me smile. I'm trying out how to make frames with a keyline.
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You spin me right round, baby, right round.Still trying to find action-looking shots.
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Pink PantherThese guys were spinning.
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High KickI took this the day I picked up my Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (11-27-2010). Was just messing around trying to see what the lens would do. No flash or tripod, handheld sitting in the bleechers. Shutter 1/160, Aperture f2.8, ISO 1600, Focal length 75mm,
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Originalf/2.8 is the widest aperture of the Nikkor 70-200mm v.1; 1/500s was the slowest shutter speed that I thought would freeze Kaya's action. 14-bit NEF converted to JPEG, sRGB.
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+3EV in CNX2
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Part I: Original (as shot)14-bit NEF converted to JPEG, sRGB and resized. f/5.6 is the widest aperture that the combo Nikkor 70-200mm/2.8 V.1 + TC-2.0 (III) can deliver; 1/1000s was the slowest shutter speed that I thought would freeze the subjects. Focus settings: AF-C mode, Dynamic 9-points AF-Area, Focus tracking with lock-on (Norma).
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Part II: +4EV pull in CNX2Just wanted to share that with the D7K, one doesn't have to compromise anymore her/his required aperture and shutter speed and worry about noise with high ISO. Just make sure that you don't overexpose even though D7K's highlight headroom is +3.8EV in JPEG (probably +4EV in NEF - I haven't tried this much). The other major practical problem as pointed out by Keith is - how to evaluate sharpness when the rendered JPEG image in the camera's LCD is so dark.
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Sunset diveThis was shot at sunset at a very poorly lit pool with no flash ISO 3200 1/1000 6.3 I do a lot of work at indoor pools and the lighting is awful. I do like the light in this photo and I froze the dive pretty well.
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Backstroke startThis photo was taken at an indoor swim meet last week. ISO 2500 1/1000 3.2 I wanted to freeze the drops of water. At the athletic events I shoot I do not use flash so that the athletes are not startled. I like the symetry of this shot.
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Donkeys horseing aroundI went our looking for the local Elk herd this morning and they were nowhere to be found. On the way home I saw these Donkeys and got a few shots in low light so the morning wasn’t a total loss.
     
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