POTD: Giant’s Causeway

Sunset at the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland.
Sunset at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland.

The Giant’s Causeway is a unique coastal formation of basalt columns that jut out into the ocean on Ireland’s northern coast. I made sure to visit there at sunset, and I was rewarded with some really nice clouds. I used HDR from two exposures (Lightroom HDR tutorial) to capture the full range of tones in the scene.

Nikon D750 with 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens
f/13, ISO 100 (2-exposures).

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POTD: Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. Nikon D750 with 24-120mm f/4 AFS G VR Nikkor lens

I’m back from a wonderful trip to Ireland. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll probably recognize this location as being the “King’s Road.” This avenue of beech trees was planted in the 1700’s and remains a really awesome location! For this shot I used a combination of HDR capture (Nikon D750), Topaz Impression 2, and Flypaper Textures overlaid in Adobe Photoshop. Now back to my recovery from jet lag…

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Nikon 105mm f/1.4E vs. 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR Macro

As you may know, I’m testing the new Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor portrait lens. One of the main questions I’ve been asked over on my Facebook page is, “how does it compare to the 105mm micro-Nikkor?”

It’s a fair question, as I’ve long listed the 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR micro-Nikkor as an excellent portrait lens. For this purpose, at least to me, there are really only two discriminators: VR (stabilization) and aperture.  Continue reading Nikon 105mm f/1.4E vs. 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR Macro

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More Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Sample Images

I’ve had a few more opportunities to shoot with the new Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor, so I thought I’d post some sample images here. Most of these were shot wide-open, because that’s what this lens is all about. Simply put, if you’re into shots with shallow depth of field and incredible subject isolation, then this is a tremendous lens.

Check prices and specs of the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor here

Quick thoughts:
  • The lens is quite sharp wide-open, but you have to be SUPER CAREFUL about your focus point because DOF is incredibly shallow (you knew that, of course).
  • Use AF Fine-Tuning to make sure you get the focus point dead-on with this lens. Any slight front or back-focus will be very noticeable!
  • There is light fall-off at f/1.4 but I actually like it because it creates a natural vignette effect in portraits. Adobe Lightroom now includes a lens correction setting for the 105mm f/1.4E, but I almost think that I like it better with vignette correction disabled.
  • This is a big lens (82mm front filter). It’s not something I’d carry around as part of my regular kit unless I were a portrait/wedding photographer (then it would live permanently in my bag).

Continue reading More Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Sample Images

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Badlands 2017 Photo Safari Open for Registration

Surreal Landscapes in South Dakota

Sept. 17-21, 2017

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Join me in South Dakota Sept. 17-21, 2017

odell_20160912_40092017 marks my 7th consecutive year of leading landscape photography safaris in South Dakota! I hope you’ll join me to explore fine-art landscape photography techniques in an environment that can only be described as surreal. We will explore light, texture and clouds over the tremendous rock formations that have formed from erosion over the last 500,000 years.

odell_20160912_3986-editYou’ll be treated to some amazing sunrises and sunsets and rock formations that could be mistaken for the moon. This safari is the perfect setting for photographers who not only want to photograph spectacular scenery, but also learn the behind the scenes techniques for processing and workflow, including HDR, infrared, and long exposures.

Each day, we will  download and process our images together as a group, get critiques, and learn new techniques to transform your photos into fine-art masterpieces. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products. 

When: Sept. 17-21, 2017
Where: Wall, South Dakota (nearest airport: Rapid City)

Register Here via Meetup.com 

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