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    Nikon GP-1 GPS unit

    The latest version of Breeze Download Pro has an interesting feature; it will not only goetag the file, but use the coordinates to look up place names using www.geonames.org.
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    The San Juan Mountains in Infrared

    keirin, DnA, and Hamel - thanks, I appreciate the comments.
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    Any fall photography tips?

    Use a polarizing filter to eliminate the specular highlights and glare that can rob foliage of its color. This is especially useful in morning and afternoon when the sun is up but not directly overhead. Reflections in water can be very nice, play around with different camera heights as it can...
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    Coastal

    Neat shots, it's interesting how different the world looks through a fisheye lens. I especially like the tree shots, although I'd go ahead and desaturate the last one to get rid of those purplish color shifts I see in some spots.
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    Some portraits in the park

    Thanks Terri!
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    the GREAT DEPRESSION 2?

    I'm sorry, but if someone had to buy with no money down and a ARM or interest-only loan, then they couldn't really afford that house. It doesn't take a financial genius to look at the terms on those loans and realize that not only are they risky but they're a terrible way to build any equity...
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    the GREAT DEPRESSION 2?

    One thing that bugs me about this whole thing, is how these poor innocent home-buyers on the brink of foreclosure are being portrayed as victims. Gimme a frikkin' break. When you buy far more house than you can afford by putting no money down on an interest-only or adjustable-rate loan, you're...
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    D300 noise between 200 and 400iso?

    Sorry, been a little busy with work. I did fire off a couple of quick shots, but I don't have any easy way to make them available so I just took a screen-cap of both NEF's loaded in Rawnalyze. I just realized you wanted 250 and 320, not 200 and 320, if these don't help I can try again this...
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    Some portraits in the park

    Jordon & Mike - thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.
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    The San Juan Mountains in Infrared

    David - thanks for the feedback, I appreciate. Nice thing about IR is extends shooting hours since you can shoot at times when color or even regular B/W would not produde good results. Eric - Lol, yeah I've had some pretty good shooting opportunities this year.
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    My Euro trip (Mamiya 7, XPan, M7, F100)

    LOVE the panos, especially the sunset and moon rise. Really fabulous stuff.
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    24-70 skin tones

    I wasn't disagreeing with your approach to this particular image, or even in general; just pointing out that shooting a gray card can be a big help since some items that appear to be neutral may actually have a color cast that can throw the WB off.
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    D300 noise between 200 and 400iso?

    AFAIK the incremental ISO settings on Nikon DSLR's are "real" unlike the consumer/prosumer Canons. At least, this has been confirmed on some past Nikon DSLR's though I don't know if it's beeen specifically confirmed on the D300. I'll try to get you some test shots this afternoon/evening if I...
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    24-70 skin tones

    Just be careful what you set your custom WB from, a gray card or other target meant for this will probably give you more nuetral results. Many things in a scene that we would consider "white" are not truly neutral, for instance clothing or other items could have optical brighteners in them that...
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    Tamron 10-24 is now available!

    This could be an interesting lens, the real question is going to be optical performance. The previous Tamron superwide (11-17, or something like that) was a bit of a dud compared to the Sigma and Tokina offerings.
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    24-70 skin tones

    I'm on a non-calibrated display at work right now, but the skintones look pretty good here. What I've found is that the color rending of the 24-70 is a bit more yellowish than the 28-70, which I felt was fairly neutral. For some complexions this additional "warmth" can be helpful, but for some...
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    Some portraits in the park

    Steve - Thanks for looking and commenting. Nathan - thanks. I've been wanting to try a fisheye shot like this for a while and finally got the opportunity. I don't remember to get that lens out as often as I should, it can be a lot of fun to shoot with. Keith - thanks. These are just...
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    Some portraits in the park

    It's been a while since I've done any portraits of my friend Todd's boys, so we went over to the neighborhood park one evening recently to take some pictures. The kids were more interested in running around than in posing, but there were a few brief periods of semi-cooperation. I don't see how...
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    B&W

    Love the first shot's composition, it's almost abstract.
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    D300 noise between 200 and 400iso?

    Hey Gabor, didn't realize you posted over here. It was the thread at LL that you and a few others participated in that informed me about this whole "baseline exposure" issue. Before that I couldn't figure out why all my shots look slightly overexposed in ACR.
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    D300 noise between 200 and 400iso?

    My apologies for not reading this entire thread, I don't know if this has already been mentioned. But for those of you using LR or ACR, you should know that the ACR raw engine applies a hidden "baseline exposure" adjustment of +1/2 stop to D300 images (except for on the LO settings). This means...
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    24mm f/3.5 PC-E

    Thanks everyone. Michael - Stopping down to f/20 is definitely going to degrade image quality due to diffraction. I tend to shoot in the f/8-f/11 range as that seem to be the sweet spot for the lens. If I need more DOF than that would give me I'll try to use the tilt control to increase...
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    24mm f/3.5 PC-E

    I can't really say, it would depend on what you shoot. For landscapes I do use vertical shift for stitching (using shift to get 3 vertical shots to stitch together). You wouldn't be able to do that on a D2x. But I rarely need to use vertical shift to correct perspective when shooting landscapes...
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    The San Juan Mountains in Infrared

    CoOokie - thanks for looking, I appreciate the comments. Craig - thanks. I think mid-to-late morning and afternoon seem to be pretty good. The IR light is strongest at midday of course but there's no direction to the light and the lack of shadows can make some images uninteresting. I guess it...
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    24mm f/3.5 PC-E

    Thanks for the kind words. I already had the D300 by the time I got the 24 PC-E, so I've not had the need to use it with the D2x. Once nice thing about the D300 is that LiveView makes manual focusing much easier and more accurate. I never had much luck manually focusing with the D2x. You...
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    The San Juan Mountains in Infrared

    I got quite a bit of use out of my IR-modded D70 on our last vacation. Still getting the hang of what works and doesn't in IR; sometimes getting some tonal separation in foliage and such can be a challenge. I think what I find interesting are the images that have both light and shadow, as the...
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    24mm f/3.5 PC-E

    I've used the lens quite a bit since getting it earlier this year, it's an excellent and with the tilt/shift functionality I'm finding it to be a very versatile lens. If you look in my most recent Places galleries (Colorodo, Bisti, and Utah) you can find quite a few shots taken with this lens...
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    The D90 has been duped by the Canon 5D MkII! 1080p video!

    Another thing that's kind of a big deal about these movie modes is the sensor size, and the shallow DOF it allows. The tiny sensors in consumer HD vidcams have very large DOF just like point-n-shoot cameras, and this can be a real problem if you don't want your video to look like an amatuer home...
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    next generation d40 would be nice

    Contrast-based AF in LiveView would solve the problem of getting accurate focus for IR though. Right now my D70 is calibrated to AF correctly with one of my lenses, but if I used it with other lenses the AF is off. LiveView would solve that problem.
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    next generation d40 would be nice

    I'm probably in the minority on this, but I really hope Nikon releases a consumer/prosumer DSLR that uses Sony's 14mp CCD sensor and has LiveView. It would make the perfect IR conversion camera (unfortunately the newer CMOS sensors are just not well suited to IR).
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    You know what I hate...

    Well, unfortunately shipping outside of the US is a lot more inconvenient for us. I only ship FedEx, and the international rates (even to Canada) are prohibitively expensive. I actually don't mind shipping to Canada if the buyer is willing to pay the FedEx charges, but most are not willing (not...
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    MX lenses leaked / hint?

    I have to say I'm skeptical of Nikon releasing a completely new format. It would certainly shake things up in the MF world though; right now those guys get away with charging very high prices for camera systems that are actually quite primitive in most ways. Pros who need the image quality...
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    2 Bridge Panorama (140 Megapixel - Broadband)

    Really beautiful shot. I like the composition, the color in the sky is great, and the moon is a nice touch.
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    Looks like Ike is on its way to TEXAS.... be careful

    It was pretty intense but we made it through OK. No damage to the house although we had a tree knocked down in the back yard. Quite a few of our neighbors had roof damage but we got lucky there, probably because our 1-story is sandwiched between two 2-stories. We lost power about 5:00am Sat...
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    Looks like Ike is on its way to TEXAS.... be careful

    Yeah, it's good to see that it's not turning into a strong Cat-3 or Cat-4, the winds shouldn't be as much of threat. The sheer size of it has I guess kept it from building in intensity. The downside is that the storm surge could be tremendous because of the size. If this thing does hit Galveston...
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    Looks like Ike is on its way to TEXAS.... be careful

    Storm surge is not an issue where I am, and it's probably best if folks like us stay off the roads so that the ones from closer to the coast that really need to evacuate, can do so. We'll probably make our final decision in the morning, we'll see what the forecast tracks do overnight. It's...
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    Looks like Ike is on its way to TEXAS.... be careful

    It's too late for people in Houston too leave. If everybody tried to leave now you'd have another Rita-style traffic jam, with everyone stuck on the freeways. State and local officials seem to only be recommending evacuation for coastal areas that could be flooded by the storm surge. The rest...
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    Looks like Ike is on its way to TEXAS.... be careful

    Galveston/Houston area has been pretty lucky with the last several storms that had the potential for hitting this area, I have a feeling this may be the time luck runs out.
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    Nikon GP-1 GPS unit

    When has Nikon ever sold their accessories for less than the 3rd-party competition? Have you not noticed what they've been charging for the MC-35 (which is just a serial cable with a 10-pin adapter on the end)?
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    Upgrade to CS4....

    Wileec, as a hobbiest it's not realistic for me to invest a $10K workstation, but I do have a capable machine. Core 2 Quad cpu, 8GB of RAM (Vista x64). OS/Apps are on a WD Raptor drive, image data is on a RAID-5 array (4 7200rpm drives) with its own PCIe hardware RAID controller. PS is...
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    Upgrade to CS4....

    I watched the podcast. The performance improvements when working with large images will be very welcome, working with 16-bit panos can get pretty painful in CS3 once you start adding layers, even on a beefy machine. I didn't see much else of interest though, the 3D stuff seems like a gimmick...
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    HDTV rant

    3-5% overscan is considered standard, has been for decades. Trying to set up a rear-projection TV for zero overscan (if even possible) will almost always degrade image quality.
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    Sony A900

    Completely agree. I realize high-ISO is important for some shooters, but those shooters need to realize not every camera is specifically tailored to them. Some shooters care more about resolution and image quality and low ISO. Comparing 100% crops on screen from the A900 versus D700/D3 is...
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    HDTV rant

    Are you saying that the bar with the scores is there during replay, but there's no padding? Or that there's no bar at all (no score, no nothing). If the latter that's still consistent with my explanation. If the former, they're screwing up (wouldn't be the first time, broadcasters are far from...
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    HDTV rant

    I can't believe nobody has given you the real answer: overscan. If you're using a flat-panel display with no overscan at all (ie 1920x1080 actual pixels visible on screen), you're going to see this padding at the bottom. But on rear-projection TV's (even DLP and LCD) there is overscan and most...
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    Upgrade to CS4....

    I'll upgrade for 64-bit. Not sure what else is coming in CS4, haven't really kept up with the rumors.
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    The effect of a DX sensor on your lens or... "The crop Factor"

    But you're arguing semantics that don't really matter for real-world shooting. What matters in the real world is whether you can get the framing you want with the resolution you want. If using a D3 means you have to crop down to 5mp, the D300 is going to produce better results. Personally I...
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    Waikiki Rainbow Pano

    Great shot, love the combination of the mural and the real rainbow, also the leading lines created by the shadows in the foreground. I do agree with Lueng that burning down the sand in the center foreground might improve the image more.
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    Summer Color in the Colorado Rockies

    Nick - thanks for the kind words. Damon - Thanks. I've never lived there but after visiting I miss it too. I'm guessing you've got some pretty nice scenery not too far from where you live; it could be worse, SE TX is pretty slim pickins for landscape photography. :)
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    Summer Color in the Colorado Rockies

    Shekhar & Dwayne - thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it. Bright Angel - I use a DOF calculator to help manage DOF in my shots, an try to focus carefully to maximise DOF when needed. I'm also using some PC-E lenses now and the tilt can be helpful. I've not played around with combining...
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