A&P Some pictures from last weekends Polo Game v.D700+Nikkor600mm C&C welcome

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  1. Heinzanova

    Heinzanova OT Supporter

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    Did a gig last weekend for the wine country polo club, first real day out with the 600mm Monster. C&C Welcome.

    This monster is hard to focus, damn infinity focus doesn't happen until 350+ft but even then with a smaller apature the camera still finds it necessary to tune the focusing... And it is obvious in a few test shots.

    I was using different focusing modes all day I have still figured out what focusing mode works best on this D700 for things like this, I was trying Continuous + single point and set the point at where I wanted the action to be and followed the player into the shot to frame it, but if the horse jumped I would focus on the background and sometimes miss the shot. I tried C+Multi but it always selected the wrong items in the frame. I tried 3d Matrix but I have no idea wtf it was focusing on. Most of the time I did Focus on the AF-On single/lock with a single point, would lock focus on horse or player and use the focus lock button on lens to hold it and then frame the shot.

    Basically focusing this monster is serious work.

    The full set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heinzanova/sets/72157622172294221/
    Please feel free to browse them in stream I get some views :) Might I suggest viewing them with www.cooliris.com



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    GREAT pics!
     
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    what is the minimum focusing distance, 20 yards? :rofl:
     
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    Some good shots in there, watch your horizons though.I like the dog/tree one best. :bigok:
     
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    Did you use CPL? Photos look washed out, try upping your blacks if you are using LR.
     
  7. Heinzanova

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    CPL?

    I really didn't post any of them other than crop a few of them.


    I try not todo any post processing, mainly get it right on the camera.

    Minimal focusing range is like 16ft on that lens, but at 16ft you get half a persons face and that is it :).

    What do you mean watch my horizons? explain?
     
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    Oh I guess you mean like #9, how it isn't level. Yeah, the problem is with that big of a lens and a monopod, moving and panning the size of that feild (100yards x 350yards) is very difficult to find, follow and focus on the actions, probably could have post processed it strait.
     
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    Yes. Yeah I have the same problem with football sometimes depending on how fast the play moves. Just give it a quick straighten in Lightroom and you're good to go :bigok:
     
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    This particular series is hazy due to too much sun. CPL (Circular polazier) can help you cut some of that UV reflection out.

    With what you have currently, only way to make those look good is to PP them.
     
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    Just felt like messing around with it a bit:


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    Levels, USM, saturation, curves, horizon straightened..
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    Problem is, a 600mm can not accept a external type filter, it can only take a drop in, and a polarizer has to be rotated.

    Can't work on this lens.
     
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    yeah other than the horizon I don't like it at all, the dudes face looks like an umpalumpa, and the whole picture has a way to over processed/harsh shadow/contrass feel to it.

    I like my photos to look like photos.
     
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    Original:
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    Upped blacks, upped saturation very little - all done in LR
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  15. GlobeGuy

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    I could have easily used adjustment brush on the horse and turn the exposure down a bit for a better result but you get the idea.
     
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    that's why art is art.. I like my photos to look vivid and like you're there, some people like their colors more muted.. It's subjective :hsd:
     
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    That being said, it's easy as hell to bring down the oranges in the dudes face / horse to make it less oompa-loompa looking...

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