Weapons of Choice

Yes, I’m shooting this with the D800E which is a great camera but I still love the simplicity and the challenge of shooting with both of my Leica cameras.

ISO 400 1/160 sec f/11 85mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 85mm f1.4, Lr 4, Aperture 3)

The other end of the fountain – HDR necessary?

I read somewhere on the web that the Nikon D800E dynamic range was so great, that shooting HDR (blending multiple images together to increase tonal range) was unnecessary.  This image was one image but edited in HDR Efex 2 so that I could use their tonal range processor.  I believe I have to agree that the need for HDR to get such a large tonal range is probably not needed?

P.S.  I posted the original picture (click thumbnail).  Also, I posted a previous picture of the front of this fountain here.

ISO 100 1/125 sec f4 14mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, Aperture 3.3, PS 6, HDR Efex 2)

What’s in my bag – Retro Lamp

I’ve been asked a few times what I carry in my bag.  Here is a video showing what I typically carry.

I’m not sure why I was fascinated by this lamp (I posted a prior pic here).  Maybe I was just mesmerized by the color of the light and the contrast created between it and the background with my Leica 50mm noctilux.

ISO 160 1/4000’s f1.4 50mm (Leica M9, Leica 50mm Noctilux, Aperture, Color Efex Pro 4)


Blue Eyes

The last few weeks I’ve put my Leica aside and spent most of the time shooting with my Nikon D800E.  It has taken time getting accustomed to it because I’ve gotten so used to using a manual focus camera.  The Nikon D800E is a very large camera in comparison to my Leica and even though I like the picture quality, my Leica will still be at my side the majority of the time.  I love the challenge shooting with a manual focus camera.  Also, I find it at times more difficult to shoot in autofocus because it doesn’t necessarily focus on what I want it to.

 Here’s a recent picture of my beautiful baby girl.  We were heading out for a wagon ride and the light coming into the garage really accentuated her beautiful blue eyes.  She definitely got them from mommy.

ISO 100 1/160’s f1.4 85mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 85mm f1.4, Aperture, Color Efex)


Going on a wagon ride

Here is a perfect example of how you can break the rule in photography that says that your subject shouldn’t be in the middle of your picture.  The use of my wifes arm and body allowed for an excellent “framing” of my subject, my beautiful baby girl.

ISO 100 1/125’s f1.4 85mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 85mm f1.4, Aperture)

Faith & Storm – Olympus OM-D settings

I’ve posted a video displaying my micro 4/3 lenses and my routine setup for my Olympus OM-D.  You can view it here.

Recently, a lot of storms have crossed our area.  One evening I drove out to an old cemetery (I’ve posted a prior picture here) and shot some long exposures with my Nikon D800E.  This is a 6 second shot.  I really like the clouds.

ISO 100 f2.8 6’s 14mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, single image, HDR Efex 2, Photoshop CS6, Aperture)