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Trying Out My New Camera
« on: June 10, 2017, 02:08:01 PM »
Took my brand new Nikon D3400 with 70/300 zoom lens for a walk today. For now I just left it on the full automatic setting to see what it would do.

These first two photos were taken from the overlook at the memorial to Tessie McNamara, the hero of the Kingsland explosion. The brick chimney in the first photo is all that remains of the munitions factory that was there. Now it's just a shallow pond that the birds make use of.




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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2017, 02:15:00 PM »
I continued my walk on down to the Meadowlands Environmental Center, which gave me an opportunity for some more waterfowl pics, a few flowers, and even a snap of the observatory there.










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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2017, 02:51:25 PM »
Interesting place--I never knew about it.  Nice pics!  Love the one of the wildflowers, especially.

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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2017, 06:18:06 PM »
Took another walk down there, this time with some evening lighting and playing around with aperture mode and "back button focus" -- and there were swans!




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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2017, 03:46:27 PM »
Go Nog, go! I'd never heard of the Kingsland Explosion. Gonna check out your link now!

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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2017, 07:41:26 PM »
Tripod + very slow shutter speed + 2-second shutter delay:




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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 03:25:50 PM »
Nice, Nog Dog.
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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2017, 06:19:02 PM »
Another walk in the park...





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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2017, 06:03:33 PM »
From this evening's walk to the park, trying out the tripod...



...plus a gradient filter on this one to keep the sky from being over-exposed...



...and adventures in back-lighting.


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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2017, 05:20:58 AM »
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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2017, 08:17:07 AM »
Good work.

Thanks. I've got a long way to go to filter through all the buttons/options these digital monsters provide, figuring out which ones to ignore and which ones to try to make second nature to use. Fortunately, there are lots of tutorials/suggestions on Youtube. Unfortunately, there are lots of tutorials/suggestions on Youtube. ;)

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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2017, 07:18:17 PM »
I did not do a single bit of retouching/adjusting of this photo, other than some cropping. I opened it up in Polarr...looked at it, and said, "Yep, that's good." Those are the colors exactly as captured by the camera. :)


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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2017, 05:01:51 PM »
Fun with filters: gradient filter to knock down the sky a couple stops, and polarizer to reduce the glare off the water -- and a little bit of lens flare.


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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2017, 05:23:09 PM »
Just beautiful!


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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2017, 06:06:59 PM »
I think there's some sort of artistic/social statement here...I'm just not sure what it is.


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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2017, 06:11:00 PM »
Egrets are just so darned photogenic, and what's cuter than bird on a pipe? (Okay, probably lots of things...)






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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2017, 07:02:17 PM »
I quite like this photo, if I do say so myself. :)


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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2017, 07:29:40 AM »
Great photos - especialy that last one. How wonderful that you live within walking distance of such a lovely place.
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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2017, 08:24:39 PM »
Not an amazing pic, but not bad for a hand-held shot using the 300mm zoom (and then a bit of LightRoom work to bring out the contrasts):


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Re: Trying Out My New Camera
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2017, 06:38:59 PM »
Got some macro extension rings (way, way cheaper than buying a macro lens), so tried some macro photography today:



The set-up (taken with my phone):


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« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2017, 10:40:00 AM »
Just playing around with assorted things I had at home as a photography exercise:


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« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2017, 05:33:27 PM »
Trying out the new macro lens:


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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2017, 02:06:39 PM »
I'm finally starting to grab decent in-flight photos now and then.




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« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2017, 02:27:37 PM »
Nice. I love watching birds flying around my neighborhood.


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« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2017, 04:12:04 PM »
Those bird pictures are really good! So graceful.

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