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Las Vegas Snapshots

December 2nd, 2010 by Rick

Last night I ended up at the Aria and on the Las Vegas Strip with the D7000.  I had a chance to shoot, but with conditions – handheld only, and do it without unduly slowing down the people I was with (my boss and her boss).  They’re both patient and accommodating, but they didn’t come to watch me take pictures…

Within those boundaries, I think things worked out pretty well.  I was shooting bracketed for HDR (all of the gallery photos went through Photomatix).  The D7000 did great – I shot at 1600 ISO, at F2.8 with my Nikon 17-55.  The Aria is full of interesting sights and of course the strip is always interesting…  It reminded me that although I live here in Vegas, I don’t get down to the strip as often as I should to shoot photos.


Nikon D7000 Continues to Impress

November 28th, 2010 by Rick

Over the long weekend, I had a chance to shoot more photos with the D7000.  These three photos in Lake Havasu City, Arizona were bracketed and processed with Photomatix.

This image of the London Bridge was taken about 30 minutes before sunrise.

A few minutes later, I found my way to the top of the bridge and took another series of bracketed photos of Havasu’s “founding fathers”.

A few minutes after sunrise, I made my way out to the edge of the lake.  Combining multiple images helps to smooth out the water (it was just a bit windy).

I continue to be impressed with the images I’m getting out of the D7000!  For a few more examples from “Lake Havasu City in November”, check out the gallery!  You’ll find a few more HDR images along with some single exposure, “native” photos.


Las Vegas Skyline with D7000

November 23rd, 2010 by Rick

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the Las Vegas skyline with friend Eddie Yerkish and the D7000.  Eddie is a great photographer – be sure to check out his work at http://www.eyphotogallery.com/

It was a cold and very windy evening on top of a local hill.  So windy, in fact, that our tripods would blow over if we weren’t careful!  Despite the challenge of keeping the camera still in the high wind, I ended up with some nice shots!  This single exposure shows the Las Vegas Strip from the southwest looking northeast.

Photomatix already supports Nikon’s camera raw format.  Thanks to Eddie’s eye for composition, I got a series of great shots of the Las Vegas Strip and the rising full moon framed through this rustic shelter window.  Photomatix made the HDR easy.

The high winds were part of a storm that left snow on the mountains west of Las Vegas earlier in the day.  Although most of the storm had moved out before we started shooting, the remaining clouds glowed at dusk.  Las Vegas is a surreal city, so the surreal look of HDR fits!

The D7000 did an admirable job of capturing these scenes.  I’m still getting used to all of the extra pixels that the 16 megapixel sensor captures.  The noise was low (as expected at 100 ISO).  I also shot a few videos which I’ll post later.


HDR Video from D7000?

November 21st, 2010 by Rick

The possibilities had me curious.  I didn’t see a way to get true, multiple exposures without a setup like this (which is way beyond my means).  But, since Photomatix has began to make interesting “HDR” images from single images, I wanted to try.  Two caveats:

- Purists:  I know this is not actually HDR; leave a comment if you must though.

- This particular example was processed using a variant of the Photomatix Black & White preset, just because I thought it created an interesting view.  I did experiment with overly saturated extremes that have become popular – it works!

I’ll leave you with this for the moment!  Enjoy…