I took this shot of the “Super Moon” on May 5, 2012 using my Nikon D800 and Nikkor 300 f4.0 telephoto lens with the Nikon 2x teleconverter II. I also shot this in DX mode giving me 900mm equivalent. I used AF-F autofocus in Live View and this worked better than manually focusing the lens combo. My other setting for this shot were: ISO 200, f13 at 1/80s, Manual exposure, spot metering and Aut01 White Balance. I used in camera a custom Neutral Picture Control with the sharpening set to maximum for this image. I post-processed with the new Camera Raw 7.1 pre-release and sharpened and resized in Photoshop CS6.
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment. Enjoy!!!
Here is the iMovie trailer I made with clips taken on the Nikon D800. This was my first attempt at using DSLR video and the D800 worked perfectly. I used the 24-120 lens and the 70-200 lens at different f-stops but all at 1/30 s shutter.
I got up at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday to make sure I got to the starting line early for this year’s Music City Marathon. In getting there early, I had plenty of time to get set-up and experiment with the D800. I wanted to not only photograph the event but to also take some video and see how that all worked. I did get some great photos (see below) but the jury is still out on the video!
Taken with Nikon 24-120 f4.0 on D800 supported by a monopod.
Taken with Nikon 70-200 f2.8 on D800 supported by a monopod.
Driving to work the other day, I noticed the sunrise just beginning to peek over the trees. I stopped my car and got out to take a couple of quick snaps to see how the camera handles sunrises. I bracketed a few shots and got back in my car to get to work. That evening, I downloaded the NEF raw files into my computer and loaded them into NX2. I processed the one image where I exposed for the highlights. I simply brought up the shadows, added a control point to brighten the trees and sharpened the overall image about 35%.
Original Photo out of the camera (no post processing)
Capture NX2 Processed Image
You can see the detail in the shadows that the D800 was able to capture. This is a good example that shows the wide dynamic range of this sensor.
The new Nikon D800 is an amazing new camera released by Nikon on March 23rd. This camera is in high demand and has long wait lists at major online camera retailers as well as local authorized Nikon dealers.
I preordered this camera in early February, but on the day it was shipped to dealers nationally, it was in much smaller quantities than expected. The first shipments, from authorized dealers, went to Nikon Professional Services (NPS) members. That left none for non-NPS members (like me) who had preordered this camera. But for whatever reason, Nikon also shipped this camera to local Best Buy outlets where there were no preorders taken nor requirements that these first shipped cameras had to go to NPS members only. After my disappointment in finding out that my local dealer did not have one of these for me, I called the local Best Buy and they had one in stock!!! I asked them to hold it for me and I took a quick ride and picked up the camera on the 23rd. I’m one of the lucky folks who did get this camera on the first day available.
I’ve been using and experimenting with this camera since then and find that it is another Nikon technology breakthrough and game changer for digital photography. The new 36 MP sensor is incredible.
To give you an idea of the resolution you get from this camera, I took the pictures below to show the amazing resolving power of this sensor. The first picture is a handheld exposure of the 17th hole at Temple Hills Country Club. I shot this wide-angle with the Nikon 16-35 f4 lens.
When I downloaded the image to my computer, I was absolutely amazed at the detail captured when I zoomed in on the image to 100%.
I’m sure you’ll agree that this is an amazing example of the raw resolving power of this new camera. I can’t wait to see what else it can do!!!
I just added by new logo that was designed by a friend of mine…the very talented Mickey Braithwaite. I also added new photos to the home page. Over the next few weeks, I’ll update the galleries and start adding more posts talking about my new Nikon D800 camera.