Nikon Z7 Testing - IBIS, Peaking, High ISO - Red cap mushroom : 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 3200 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter

Nikon Z7 : High ISO, IBIS, Focus Peaking

I took a walk around my neighborhood with my kids to look for fall mushrooms and flowers. I wanted to test a few aspects of the Nikon Z7 including high ISO shots, ability of the in body image stabilization (IBIS) to steady shots at slower shutter speeds, and the focus peaking (which none of my previous cameras have offered).  To test, I mounted my 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro Nikkor lens on the FTZ adapter and headed out. It was late afternoon light with some heavy tree cover at times, I first tested focus tracking by trying to get some shots of my kids. I was quite disappointed with the performance of the Z7/105 combo, the tracking was terrible. The camera missed almost every shot, even with the kids just walking. The 105 was never a good performer in this regard and it continues it's poor performance on the Z7.

Regardless, I tested on some static subjects and the results were quite good.  Fairly clean output at ISO 3200.

Nikon Z7 Testing - IBIS, Peaking, High ISO - Red cap mushroom : 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 3200 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter
1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 3200 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter

 

Test of manual focus with peaking, worked very well.

Nikon Z7 macro manual focus with focus peaking test : 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 160 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter
1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 160 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter
Nikon Z7 macro manual focus with focus peaking test : 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 200 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter
1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 200 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter

 

This squirrel was running around and I managed a shot.  It's acceptably sharp for web use but not ideal.

Nikon Z7 testing : 1/160s, f/3.2, ISO 200 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter
1/160s, f/3.2, ISO 200 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter

 

This girl was moving on the web and the web was also moving in the breeze.  Of 30 or so shots only two yielded results worth sharing.

Nikon Z7 testing of IBIS, peaking, and high ISO: 1/320s, f/6.5, ISO 1600 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter
1/320s, f/6.5, ISO 1600 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter

 

This shot was at 1/80s hand held but I tested as slow as 1/5s and could get reasonably sharp photos.  I don't think that would have been possible with my D810, even with a VR lens.

Nikon Z7 testing of IBIS, peaking, and high ISO: 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 400 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter
1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 400 : Nikon Z7 w/ 105mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor and FTZ adapter

 


Garden Flower - Orange, Vancouver, Canada

October Flowers & Mushrooms

Today, when I took the dogs for a walk I decided to bring my camera along. I haven't had very much opportunities to use it recently and needed to get my photo fix in somehow. We have had a very mild fall in Vancouver and there are still plenty of flowers in the neighbourhood. I also came across some mushrooms, and even a few critters.

My route with the dogs

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The flowers, I can't believe we still have this many at the end of October!

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Some mushrooms

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These flowers are still growing in my yard.  Maybe this global warming thing isn't so bad ;)

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Some of the critters.

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2015-08-13

Perseid Meteor Shower

One shot from the Perseid Meteor Shower. Taken on August 12 near Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver, BC).

Perseid Meteor Shower 2015-08-13


Canada Day Fireworks - Canada Place, Vancouver, BC - 2015-07-01 : 2

Canada Day Fireworks At Canada Place

I haven't had time to process my photos from last night and given my backlog it may take some time :)

I did want to get a few posted though, for those that missed the festivities at Canada Place.  These shots are taken from Waterfront Centre with the Vancouver Convention Centre on the left and Canada Place on the right.  Before the fireworks started, I managed to get a couple of short Hyperlapse videos of the crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3quo9ba0CM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=893YIYYIw-c

This was my vantage point, couldn't ask for better (iPhone panorama).

Canada Day at Canada Place iPhone Panorama : July 1, 2015

A few photos from the evening, I'll try to get some better edits and more photos up soon.

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Slow Road To Squamish: Cleveland Dam spillway

Slow Road to Squamish: Long Exposures on the Sea to Sky

A couple of weeks ago my friend Eli and I did a photohunting trip from Vancouver to Squamish.  The goal was to capture some long exposure shots along the way, below are some of the results.  Eli's Gitzo tripod was conveniently lost by WestJet, and a loaner fell through at the last minute.  A stop at the Salvation Army saved the day though as he was able to pick up a "pro quality" tripod for $9!

Slow Road To Squamish: Eli's Awesome Tripod

 

 

 

First stop was the Lions Gate Bridge.  Not a great day for long exposures as it was mostly clear skies.  We gave it a shot though.

Slow Road To Squamish: iPhone 5S Lions Gate Bridge - Eli

 

A shot with my iPhone 5S first.

Slow Road To Squamish: iPhone 5S Lions Gate Bridge

The resulting long exposure shot with my D800 and 24-70.

Slow Road To Squamish: Lions Gate Bridge

 

Next we went to a spot that I have never been to, the Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver.  I didn't even know this existed but, while waiting for Eli to do whatever it is he was doing, I found it on Google Maps.  It's a great spot that is worth visiting again. Eli set up on top, my tripod also ready to shoot the spillway.

Slow Road To Squamish: Shooting on the Cleveland Dam

 

A quick way to lose gear when looking over the edge :)

Slow Road To Squamish: Cleveland Dam spillway

 

There are a couple of holes in the fence where you can get a shot of the reservoir.

Slow Road To Squamish: Cleveland Dam Shooting

Too bad the clouds are not more interesting, you take what you are given I suppose.

Slow Road To Squamish: Capilano Reservoir

 

You can also shoot the spillway from below, here Eli stands on the edge shooting his long exposure.

Slow Road To Squamish: Eli on the ledge

 

Mine from that spot.

Slow Road To Squamish: Cleveland Dam spillway

 

We left Vancouver and stopped in Horseshoe Bay for a few shots.  I have a few more to look through, but in general I didn't get anything here that I was that happy with.  If I get something worth posting I'll just do an update.  However, on our way out I decided to set up my camera in the passenger seat of my truck, then use the remote release to get some shots while I'm driving.  I used a 6-stop ND filter and a circular polarizer to take out the glare from the windshield.  Looks odd, maybe like photo radar :)

Slow Road To Squamish: in-car camera setup

Considering that this was highly experimental, the resulting shots were not too bad.   Some were completely unusable, but others show promise.  I want to try it again, but play with the settings to see if I can get something better.  This shot was a 1-second exposure at 100Km/h, that is Eli in front of me.

Slow Road To Squamish: Long Exposure Experiments

We hit Squamish, had lunch at The Watershed Grill, and parted ways.  On my way home, I stopped at Shannon Falls.

Slow Road To Squamish: Shannon Falls

This is the creek below the falls.

Slow Road To Squamish: Creek near Shannon Falls

 

My final stop was at Porteau Cove, where I have been many times to dive but never to take photos.  Turned out to be my favourite shot of the day.

Slow Road To Squamish: Porteau Cove Ferry Dock

 


Black & White Long Exposure 2014-03-30: HR MacMillan Space Centre - Sculpture

Vancouver Long Exposure Black & White

A few long exposure black and white photos from a night in Vancouver.

Black & White Long Exposure 2014-03-30: Vanier Park

Black & White Long Exposure 2014-03-30: HR MacMillan Space Centre - Sculpture

Black & White Long Exposure 2014-03-30: Granville Island Harbour, Vancouver

Black & White Long Exposure 2014-03-30: Granville Island, Vancouver


Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Spring Melt

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing

On the first day of spring, I had the chance to hit the snowshoe trails at Cypress Mountain.  Despite some initial clouds and light snow, it turned out to be a beautiful day on the mountain.  Here are a few photos from the day, apologies for the lack of information but I don't have a lot of time for a write up :)

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Cheese Fondue on the First Day of Spring

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Snow Cat - Bombardier

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Clear Skies

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Snow On Trees and Sun

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Deep Snow

 

Fondue time at Hollyburn Lodge.  Food was great and our guides made the day!

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Hollyburn Lodge in the Trees

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Hollyburn Lodge

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Spring Melt

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: The Hiking Team

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Dusk in the Woods 2

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Beautiful Day for a Walk

 

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: Dusk in the WoodsOn the way down the mountain, we stopped the lookout and were treated to a beautiful view.

Cypress Mountain Snowshoeing 2014-03-20: View of Vancouver - Panorama


May Flowers : Vancouver : 2013-05-20

Vancouver May Flowers

Apparently the May long weekend is a busy time for gardening in Vancouver.  Our tulips have already come and gone, but there is always something in bloom.  I took a few shots while my wife was busy in the garden.  Nikon D800 with a 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens.


Vancouver Gastown Photo Walk 2013-04-30 : BOSS 302 Mustang

Gastown Photo Walk

I took a short walk around Vancouver's Gastown with friends recently.   Here are some photos from my walk which started at the Irish Heather and ended at the Pourhouse.


2013-02-20 : Vancouver Aquarium : Frogs On Duty

Vancouver Aquarium : February 20

The first photo is not from my trip to the Vancouver Aquarium, but it was taken during the same weekend when my brother was in town.  We decided to visit the lookout at Cypress Mountain at sunset, and lucky for us it was a fairly clear evening.  This photo is taken looking south east, the sun is setting to the right of the frame and Vancouver is in the foreground.  Mount Baker (which is in the USA), is visible in the background.  The use of a zoom lens (@ 155mm) provides the compression in the scene.  I have used zoom lenses for a few landscape shots in the past (Mountains at 400mm) and they can certainly provide an interesting perspective.

2013-02-19 : Cypress Mountain Lookout at Sunset : Resized

 

I also created a panorama from the same location starting just to the right of the image above.  I'm not that happy with the processing but I'm posting the image anyway.  If you want to see this image much bigger, you can do so here.

Vancouver Skyline At Sunset : February 19, 2013 : Taken from lookout on way to Cypress Mountain

Now the photos from the trip to the Vancouver Aquarium.  Photos from previous visits are also online.  I have a new favorite tank, the cuttlefish!  Those guys are fascinating to watch.

2013-02-20 : Vancouver Aquarium : Cuttlefish

 

Also got a great shot in the frog display area, these little guys were lined up like they were on duty.

2013-02-20 : Vancouver Aquarium : Frogs On Duty

 

A few other shots from the day.

 


Saint Patrick's Day : BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC : 2013-03-17

Saint Patrick's Day in Vancouver

I was coming back from taking some sunset photos in Lions Bay.  On my way home, I saw that BC Place Stadium was lit up green for Saint Patrick's Day.  It was a clear night, so I had to stop to get a few extra shots.

Saint Patrick's Day : BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC : 2013-03-17


Shelter Dogs Vancouver: 2013-02-22 : Puppy 2

Shelter Dogs Feb 22 2013

Another batch of puppies and dogs available for adoption from Vancouver Animal Control. You can see the animals they have available at PetFinder.com (not just dogs but rabbits, lizards, and at times even more strange things).  You can also see previous shelter dogs I photographed here.  Don't buy a pet through Craigslist or other online sources, adopt a pet from your local animal shelter.

 


False Creek Fog - 2013-02-03 : BC Place

Vancouver False Creek Fog

It was a foggy afternoon and I decided to venture down to Granville Island to see if I could get any interesting shots.  I couldn't get inspired, so I just watched a few street performers to pass the time.  I thought the evening light would make a difference but again, things just didn't come together as expected.  I took a few shots but didn't get anything great.  After sunset, I walked around the seawall to Science World and took a few shots in the area.  It was one of those nights where I went out to get a specific shot and just couldn't get it.  Some people things you can just go out and get a good shot, but in reality I may have to visit the same site 10 times before I get a shot that I'm happy with.  Here are a few shots from that night.


Lynn Valley Hike : Suspension Bridge and Twin Falls 2012-12-29 : Twin falls long exposure

Lynn Valley Hike - North Vancouver

I took a very short walk in Lynn Valley just after Christmas, it was a break from shopping hell.  I went to the suspension bridge, then down to twin falls. I also wanted to try out the 10-stop ND filter.  Results are promising, looking forward to trying a bit more of this.


Vancouver Animal Control : Shelter Dogs : Dec 14 2012 (Puppies!)

Shelter Dogs Dec 14 2012

When needed, I try to help out at the local animal shelter (Vancouver Animal Control) by taking photos of their dogs available for adoption.  I believe the quality of the photos makes a difference in the dogs adoption so I’m happy to help out when I can.  It helps me and helps the dogs.  You can see the animals they have available at PetFinder.com (not just dogs but rabbits, lizards, and at times even more strange things).  You can also see previous shelter dogs I photographed here.

Yesterday, I went to the shelter to photograph a litter of puppies.  They look like little polar bears, so damn cute.