Moved this blog

Posted in Editorial on November 17, 2008 by PerL

I have moved over this blog to my own domain to be able to use more advanced functions of the WordPress software. Please visit me there at:

http://dslr-video.com/blogmag/

The D90 arrived

Posted in Photo blog on October 3, 2008 by PerL

Here with a Nikkor 35 2.0 AI I am trying out. Shot with a D300 with another great old lens – the Nikkor 105 2.5 AI. More about it soon.

Meanwhile a few D90 images, shot with the kit lens 18-105VR.

And here is a small video shot with the D90. (The quality is reduced by conversions for editing and heavy compression).

On the road

Posted in Photo blog on July 30, 2008 by PerL

Some photos from Skåne and Dalarna in Sweden (all with Nikon D300). Öresundsbron, the bridge between Sweden and Denmark:

When I took these photos I had a scary experience. I first used the 18-55 II lens…

…and when I switched to the 55-200VR I dropped the lens – about a meters fall on concrete… Horror – but the lens bounced a little and showed no damage except some small marks on the rubber focusing ring.
I immediatly tried it, to see if it was working. To my surprise it looked as sharp as ever.

The incident made me think that plastic build maybe is not so bad after all. But also that maybe I should finally get that 18-200 VR superzoom…
The bridge again:

Brösarps Backar. Active D-Lightning, 18-55 II lens.

55-200VR:

Simrishamn, 18-55:

Sundborn, Dalarna:

The famous home of the swedish painter Carl Larson, where he and his wife Karin introduced the so called scandinavian style of interior design . It was forbidden to take photos indoors.

Summer night, Svärdsjö, Dalarna:

The good life:

Cruising

Posted in Photo blog on July 6, 2008 by PerL

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Some friends of ours invited us a boat ride for a few hours in the Stockholm archipelago. I had my D40 with the 18-55 II and the D300 with the 70-200R on board.





Weekend in sports

Posted in Photo blog on June 15, 2008 by PerL

Had a very busy weekend two weeks ago, first shooting kids soccer, then the Stockholm Marathon.
Took over 1600 images on that single day.
Team mates
No1

comboThe day before, I bought the MB10 battery grip that makes the Nikon D300 shot as fast as 8 fps. Combined with the 70-200VR 2.8 lens, you get an awesome combo for shooting sports. I will try to get the time to write a mini review about it soon.
Some more images from the marathon (dont want to post kid soccer images without permission from the parents). A few of these will probably be published in the swedish edition of Runners World.
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gavelin
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A view from the bridge that is the highest point of the course (Västerbron):
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A blind runner:
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After the climb on the bridge, going downwards feels easy…

Well dressed…
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I also used the TC17 tele converter on the 70-200VR, testing the AF speed by shooting close ups and even portraits of moving runners. (If I get the time, I will also write a mini report of the TC17 soon).
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Goal!

Posted in Photo blog on May 17, 2008 by PerL

I am helping out the local soccer club making a magazine featuring sponsor ads, with some editorial content. Today I went to a game for about 30 minutes with my D300 and 70-200VR. It was an overcast day with rain hanging in the air. I used manual settings between 1/800s – 1/1000s, aperture 3.5 – 4.0, auto ISO varied between ISO 280 to ISO 1100. AF-C, 51-point dynamic AF.
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And the goal:
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Link to larger images here.

London calling

Posted in Photo blog on April 15, 2008 by PerL

Just came back from a weekend in London. The weather shifted from sunny to heavy rain – several times every day, which wasn’t ideal from a photographic view… Often it looked like this:

hard rain

During the weekend the London Marathon took place. We took a walk to the finish area at Buckingham Palace. The weather was nice and sunny. This photo was exposed at ISO 200, 1/500s, F11.

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Then it became cloudy and a rain started to fall. When the first female runners (the women started ahead of the men) arrived, the rain was very hard and the light levels had fallen about six (!) stops. I had to expose at 1/500s, F 4-5.6 (wide open on the 55-200VR lens I was using) at ISOs between 1400 and 3200 (S-auto, auto-ISO, Active D-lightning normal, jpeg fine, high ISO NR low). Considering these difficult conditions I think the results came out well.

ISO 1400:

ISO 1400

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ISO 3200:
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Larger image here.

ISO 3200:
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Now we were soaking wet, and gave up before the first men came. What I learned from this was that with the high ISO ability of a high performance DSLR like the Nikon D300 it was possible to shot outdoor sports even in very bad light with a relative slow lens.
(50 percent crops of the high ISO marathon images here and here)

On this travel I missed the wide range of the 18-200 lens i tried in Portugal. I had the 18-55 and 55-200VR Nikkor lenses and also the small Nikon P5000 camera. Often I had the wrong lens, and when you dont have time to switch the perspective tends to be similar in the images, missing the variety that is needed in a collection.
In a city, so amazingly rich with history and culture as London, you want more time, (and less rain…) to make it better justice, but here are some tourist snaps anyway.

Traffic:
busses
Hold your horses:
red light
Buckingham Palace:
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statue
victoria
Nice number:
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Themsen:
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Tower Bridge:
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Harrods:
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British Museum – free entrance and no restrictions for photography – not bad.
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St Pauls Cathedral:
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Houses of Parliament:
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London Eye:
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