A Day in Amsterdam Mar19

A Day in Amsterdam

Back in December 2011, I had to travel to the UK on business. I took the opportunity to route my flight through Amsterdam instead of London and I had to pleasure of spending an afternoon in this great European city. I’m finally getting around to posting some of the photos I took during my short stay. I definitely need to go back and spend more time in this city, it was a lot of fun. Most of the photos here were shot while on a photo tour with Photo Tours of Amsterdam.  I booked this tour after reading positive reviews on Trip Advisor.   Things didn’t start well as my flight was delayed.  Rather than arriving at 8:00am which...

Shelter Dogs March 10 2012 Mar11

Shelter Dogs March 10 2012

Another set of dogs from Vancouver Animal Control, you can see others here.  As always, you can see the animals available for adoption from this shelter by visiting their PetFinder page or just drop in at the shelter. My favorite dog of the day, this hyper little puppy Spotz.  He can’t sit still for more than two seconds, so it’s amazing I got any decent photos of him at all.   This one seems a bit sad, like he is waiting for someone to come and adopt him. Coming in for my closeup :)   Monty, he likes to give hugs. Give me a hug.   Finally, the two little husky puppies. One has freckles on her nose.  ...

Why I chose the Nikon D800 over the D800E

I have been waiting for an update to the Nikon D700 for the better part of a year.  During that time, I have sold some DX lenses and bought FX lenses in preparation.  The delays were many and I almost picked up a D700 on several occasions and even looked around for a used D3s.  I wasn’t in a hurry and still happy with the images my trusty D90 was producing.   In the end, the wait was worth it as the D800 looks like a fantastic camera.  I think the official specification surprised a lot of people.  36 megapixels, the fancy autofocus and metering from the D4, top notch video, and two models to choose from.  I did a rundown of the...

My New Camera, the Nikon D800E

UPDATE Feb 14, 2012: I’m no longer getting the D800E but the regular D800.  I have outlined the reasons for doing so in a different post.  I’m sure both models will produce great images, if you have any thoughts about one model or the other feel free to leave a message in the comments. I have been waiting impatiently for a new, affordable, full-frame camera from Nikon for over a year.  I have been shooting with a Nikon D90 and it’s a capable camera but I knew I wanted to make the jump to FX.  Over the last few years, my lens selections have definitely been with a future FX body in mind.  I could have bought the D700, which...

Puppies & Bunnies Feb04

Puppies & Bunnies

I took another trip to the Vancouver Animal Control shelter today to take photos of their dogs available for adoption.  Photos from my previous visit can be seen here.  As always, you can see the animals available for adoption from this shelter by visiting their PetFinder page or just drop in at the shelter.   I don’t think this black lab will be there long.   Cute little Boston Terrier, he jumps around like a maniac.   My favorite dog of the day, a blue heeler. He kept trying to climb into my lap.   Hound dog.   They don’t always want to cooperate.   The fuzzy Rottweiler.   Funny dome head,...

A Trip to the Vancouver Aquarium

I visit the Vancouver Aquarium several times a year and always enjoy it.  They recently expanded and also have bioluminescence displays which were great to see.   A friend of mine stole (ok, borrowed) my favorite lens for my visits to the aquarium, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR, so these are all shot with the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8.  Since everything is hand held, the VR is actually quite useful. One of my favorite tanks showing the Pacific Sea Nettle.  I feel very relaxed after watching it for a while. A shrimp in the west coast exhibit. It was divers weekend (discount if you bring your cert card).  Lots of interesting info for divers....

Nikon D4: The New And Cool Stuff

I wrote a short post previously on how the D4 stacks up against it’s closest competition (Nikon D3s and Canon 1D X). It covers at the features photographers will look at most often when comparing bodies, things like sensor resolution, frame rates, buffer size, and low light performance. In this artile, I’ll go over some of the new things Nikon threw in there that make the body interesting. Video capability The D4 can record 1080p Full HD video at 30/25 or 24p in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format.  Full HD video is available in three formats: FX-based, DX-based (1.5x) or 1,920 x 1,080 (2.7x) crop movie format. It can also export its...

Nikon D4 High ISO Sample Images

Mircea Bezergheanu has been posting some sample images from the Nikon D4. These are the first images I have seen that are not from Nikon or part of the Nikon advertising campaign. I’m not sure what type of post processing is involved, however the images do look great even up to ISO 12,800. I think some post processing would make them look even better. Until we get side by side comparisons of the D4 and the D3S, shooting the same subject in the same light, it will be tough to compare the two bodies directly. Right now though, the D4 is certainly looking good. View the images on Mircea’s Smugmug...

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