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A taste of evenings to come.

Discussion in 'Nikon DSLR Forum' started by Livnius, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

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    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    This is one of my favorite times of year, the dark grey dampness of winter begins to be periodically broken by bursts of glorious sunshine and blue skies...the promise of things to come. At first its sometimes just a splattering but more often than not, false promise....but then you get that day, much like this Sunday just passed, when even the most hardened and cynical of Melbournians cannot help but be almost magically uplifted by reading natures signal that the greyness and southerly winds will soon pass to be replaced by something entirely more pleasant.

    I spent most of the Sunday in and around the yard...but come late afternoon I showered up, put my gear in may bag (battery full...check.....SD card in slot....check) and jumped on the train into town, a short and convenient 15 minute ride. Photographs aside, it was such a nice way to spend a couple hours before settling back in for the weekend...having the camera with me was just the bonus.

    Hopefully some of these shots manage to convey atleast a little bit of the life that is creeping its way back into my city.

    All with the D610, a camera whichh I'm growing to REALLY like....lenses as listed.
    (Still enjoying a honeymoon of sorts with the 180mm 2.8ED....I think I'll use it more than anticipated)


    180/2.8ED
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    Southbank along the Yarra River.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr


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    Chinese Lanterns.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr


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    Jeffs Shed.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr


    180/2.8ED
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    Gull.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr


    Sigma 35 Art
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    Growing City.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr


    Nikon 50/1.4G
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    Sunday Afternoon Beers.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr


    Sigma 35 Art
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    Docklands.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr



    This is one of those shots were I plan on going back and retaking...nothing wrong with it as such, but I really wouldn't mind having another go at the exposure, this time with a tripod (I'll have to dust it off first). This shot was heavily underexposed and had to push it fair way, I don't intend to do a long exposure or anything, just to really nail the exposure at base ISO I will need a slower shutter speed...too slow to be handheld...oh, and I wouldn't mind taking it with the sun just a little higher on the horizon. This kinda planning a shot type stuff isn't typically my thing, but once in a blue moon I feel the need to do so.

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    Docklands Nightfall.
    by Joe Krizan, on Flickr
     
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  2. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Marlof
    Nice series. I especially like the diagonals and lone figure in Jeffs Shed.
     
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  3. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Excellent series, Love them!!
     
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  4. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

    475
    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Thanks guys. Glad you like them.
     
  5. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    Beautiful, Joe. I like them all but I think #3 is my absolute favorite!

    I wish I had more time when I was in Melbourne. It is a beautiful city. Enjoy Spring!
     
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  6. bluzcity

    bluzcity SC Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    Brent
    I really like the processing Joe. You are getting a nice range of tones and the color isn't over powering or harsh even in the red lanterns.
     
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Great shots (as usual), Joe. But as a general rule, Wisconsinites don't want to hear Melbournians complaining about winter. :p

    Outdoor dining, and a guy in shorts? We have that for about 3 months.
     
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  8. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Gorgeous shots, and beautiful / tasteful processing.
     
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  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Really nice Joe. Great use of the 180 f2.8. You're using it as more of a walk-around lens than I tend to - I might have to give that a try. I tend to use it for family stuff and particular events, but rarely just go out to shoot with it generally.

    -Ray
     
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  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Beautifully done, Joe. Makes me want to head south :)

    How are you finding the Sigma 35 ART? I was considering buying one for my K5/K200D. It looks really interesting.
     
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  11. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Fantastic set.
     
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  12. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

    475
    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Thanks for the feedback guys, appreciate it.

    @pniev@pniev ...Melbourne is a really cool place but you have to work for it in a sense because the city is so vast from end to end, Melbournes 'things to do' are very spread out, like with any travel in Australia, you simply need a lot of time.

    @bluzcity@bluzcity @KillRamsey@KillRamsey ...thanks guys, I do enjoy the process that comes after the click, the darkroom stuff, perhaps one day I'll really nail a certain style or aesthetic that is truly my own, until then I'll continue to enjoy the unpredictability of not knowing how each image will come out the other end.

    @Luke@Luke ...cold without snow! ..urghhh (frustrated snowboarder envious of northern winters).

    @Ray Sachs@Ray Sachs ...you are right about the way I've been shooting with it, its still a 'new to me' lens so I have been walking around with it on the camera only swapping to my more 'regular' focal lengths when the need arises...the exact inverse of how I'd normally shoot.

    @kyteflyer@kyteflyer ...Sue, I couldn't recommend the lens highly enough, it excels in every way optically speaking and has justifiably received lavish praise...its optical performance far exceeds it's (relatively speaking) low(ish) price. It is however a substantial and weighty lens, it takes a lot of glass to make a lens this good...I've seen smaller zooms!
     
  13. mnhoj

    mnhoj gee aahrr

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    Jan 27, 2012
    Really an outstanding set Joe.
    It's nice to see the 180 out and about.
    It was a favorite of mine. Especially on the FX sensor.

    Great job.
     
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  14. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Love them all but especially the two dockland shots :)
     
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  15. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    It's just barely smaller and barely lighter than the Nikon 24-120 f4, as is the 24mm Art lens. The 50 f1.4 Art is slightly smaller but actually heavier than the Nikon zoom. That 24-120 is bigger than I like to carry for walk-around shooting, so that's what kept me away from the Art lenses - the size and weight was a non-starter. But other than that, they're incredible lenses at really good (relatively speaking) prices. To me a 24 and 35 prime has to be a walk-around lens and they're just bigger than I'd be willing to use them for in that role. But if you're OK with the size/weight, they're about as good as it gets. Short of an Otus, but not very far short of an Otus and at less than 20% of the price...

    -Ray
     
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  16. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I'll have to check the weights then. I think the 35 and the 50 are all thats available in K Mount. But, if they are heavier than what I have, I'll probably have to stay away, too.
     
  17. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

    475
    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Sue, a native lens designed for an APSC sensor would probably be your best bet.....sigma does a 30/1.4 Art for the K mount....at about $400 is decent value but certainly not in the same league optically as the FF 35/1.4 Art......and then there is the Pentax FA31/1.8 which by all reports is a really really fine lens...but costs almost 3 times as much as the K mount Sigma. !
     
  18. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Joe. I've checked the specs and have decided against. I'm starting to double up on focal lengths in search of the right lens, and in truth, I probably have what I need. the FA31 is one I have always wanted but I bought the DA35 Ltd instead :) I guess I'll stick with that.