Wade’s (Commodorefirst) favorite 5 for discussion

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This was extremely difficult, I am an eclectic shooter, with thousands of birds, eagles, landscapes, BW conversions, dance images, aviation, astronomical, which made it extremely difficult. But to follow the rules, here are my favorite 5.

First up is my piece titled “Silhouette” Taken one summer evening with my D200 body, and the original 24-120 VR, around 2006 I think. It wasn’t a great lens but one that I had on hand. I planned this shot, and waited from a half hour before sunset till this shot nearly 40 minutes after. Handheld, 1/25 ultra slow shutter speed, at f4, thanks VR.

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Next up is my favorite eagle shot, 2008, Jan 1, with fellow photog Tim O from the cafe up in Dubuque Iowa. We took a 4 day eagle trip from Dec 30-Jan 2. Temperature that morning was -15 degrees with a windchill of -25. Maiden trip for My new D300, lens used was my 500 VR lens with 1.4 tc. On a barge in the river below the lock and dam. We had to contend with winds, waves, icy metal boat footing, and cold. Funny story, the two Canon dslr bodies around us were having problems freezing. Our Nikons did not miss a beat.

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third, I am a dance dad, and thanks to my daughter I learned and became an indoor dance recital specialist. I always shot during dress rehearsals or performances live, never staged. I started with 3 D70 bodies with fast primes, moved to three D200 bodies, and used the 200vr with D200 for this shot of my daughter. Now she is a musical theatre dance instructor at a university in Central KY. All grown up. 2006 was the year for this image. She was almost 15.

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A recent favorite, and I actually had a difficult time figuring out what eclipse photo to use. 2017, D3s, 500 VR with 2x tc, tripod, and I was in full manual mode making adjustments on the fly to get Corona, solar flares, bailey diamonds, etc, etc. I chose this image because of getting the setting just right for imaging the corona and solar flares. No post processing on this image, Raw conversion as shot right out of camera.

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Last, I am an aviation enthusiast, also past PPL with over 400 hours until my daughter was born. ($$$$) I have attended numerous air shows and particularly The Oshkosh EAA aircraft fly in. I have attended for a full week in years 78, 79, 80, 81, 2003, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08. This image was from 2007. D200 body with Nikon 200-400VR lens hand held sitting on the ground along the taxiway and flight line. Was my spot for many years, I would see the same folks from one year to next. I have many aviation favorites, but I always liked the panning shots done on take off with prop blur.

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A great set of pictures. The details of the shots made them even more interesting.
 

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Fabulous bunch, I believe I've seen 'em all over the years and love 'em all, but especially #1 and 4.

thanks Nick, 4 is already on the wall as is 1/2


Excellent choices! The photo of your daughter is my fav!

I actually have better sharper dance images, but this one of her early on with “old” gear is dear to my heart, so an emotional pic.

Good picks.

Thanks sir.

There is such a great variety it is hard to compare. Since I am a bird photographer I naturally go for the eagle.

Thanks Allan, my problem was big bird, or small bird, but opted for the Eagle because of the story and seat time getting the image.

I enjoyed all of these! 3 and 4 are my favorites of the set. Great work.

Glenn

Thanks Glen, I had a difficult selection process, easier when you have a few hundred faves on your web page, and a a folder with a smaller but larger select select choices. 5 was near impossible.

A great set of pictures. The details of the shots made them even more interesting.

i do tend to be wordy about the method, and situation of the imaging. May be the retired educator in me. I am never brief and tend toward extreme verbose prose.

#3 is my fav but they are all nice.

Thanks Bin!
 
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Excellent set wade, Little jealous with your dance images. My niece studied dance all through highschool and went to college on a dance scholarship, but she was in Oklahoma and now Chicago so never got to see her perform or shoot. Probably desire to shoot dance was instigated by images I've seen by Joe McNally. Excellent Eagle shot, Position and detail spot on.

Not into aviation that much but my brother retired from McDonald / Boeing and a good friend his father was one of the 1st pilots for Ozark and flew both the Cardinal teams to the away games. Met many of the players at his home when he would have BBQ's.
 

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Excellent series Wade. The picture of your daughter is special and is probably my favorite. For nature shots the image of the eagle screeching in for the kill is another of my favorites as well.

Thanks Gordon

Excellent set wade, Little jealous with your dance images. My niece studied dance all through highschool and went to college on a dance scholarship, but she was in Oklahoma and now Chicago so never got to see her perform or shoot. Probably desire to shoot dance was instigated by images I've seen by Joe McNally. Excellent Eagle shot, Position and detail spot on.

Not into aviation that much but my brother retired from McDonald / Boeing and a good friend his father was one of the 1st pilots for Ozark and flew both the Cardinal teams to the away games. Met many of the players at his home when he would have BBQ's.

An STL connection how cool, Go cards, well not tonight. Dance, yes, started just shooting her when younger, grew into shooting spec for studios, and 10,000 images over a 2-3 day period, book compiling Etc,. Really grew into a big thing.
 

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Great variety, Wade! I love the dance shot. I knew that file was from a D200 before I even looked. That camera had the best skin tones.
Agreed, and it was a great aviation photo body. It had a horizontal focus area group that was nearly full frame, that tracked aircraft like no tomorrow when coupled with the 200-400vr.

as far as non full size dslr I really liked that D200. And it was respectable if you set the camera Meter and exposed correctly at iso 1600. Miss exposure it sure was noisy. Lol.
 
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