A Trip To Vancouver – November, 2013

I recently visited Vancouver, a city that I lived in 10 years ago while on an 8 month co-op work term. I found the whole trip pretty nostalgic and I took advantage of the excellent weather to check out my old house walk around the waterfront, downtown and Stanley Park. On my last day I joined fellow photographer Ilia for a and hike up Quarry Rock in North Van. Thanks so much to Fern and Dave, Lisa and Marianne and Rebecca and Andrew for the excellent dinners!

I took the D700 with me along with the Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G and AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro. Here are some of my favourite shots that resulted.

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Quarry Rock

Quarry Rock

HDR of the view from Quarry Rock

HDR of the view from Quarry Rock

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The Weekend I Bought a D700 Part 4 – Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro

My fourth FX lens to try on the D700 is the AF-S 60mm Micro. Another super sharp lens, it gave me some great images full of smoothness and contrast.

D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro

Crop of the above image

Crop of the above image

D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro D700 with Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro

ObG Thursdays – I Spy a Spider

This week’s oldie-but-goodie comes from the front porch where last summer a spider took residence. I got creative with the lighting here, using a full three strobes. I controlled the strobes with Nikon’s CLS (Creative Lighting System) using the built-in flash as the controller.

The main light was a Nikon SB-900 with 1/4 CTO gel (the one that is supplied with the flash) and a Nikon SB-700 and Metz 48 AF-1 were both used as rim lights, un-gelled. I programmed the CLS settings in the camera as follows:

  • Overall exposure compensation was 0 EV
  • Main light was dialed down to -0.7 EV (on Group A) and had a 1/4 CTO gel
  • Rim lighting was increased to +0.7 EV (both on Group B)

Happily I also had a Mitzy to stand behind the web!

The photo was taken with the D300s with AF-S 60mm f/2.8 G Micro at f/8 1/100s ISO 400.

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And here’s a bonus close up.

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