Good morning! Or afternoon (or evening I suppose). I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. I am counting down the days until this weekend and our trip to St. Anton, Austria for some skiing and photography. It has been dumping snow up there for the past week and this upcoming weekend looks to be sunny and wonderful! Hopefully I can get some awesome winter shots like this one I got last year in the Italian Dolomites. Stay tuned!
For those of you looking at Nikon’s upcoming pro bodies, the Nikon D4 was just announced last Thursday. It will run about 6,000 dollars for the body only, a bit out of my price range at the moment. Here is a quick summary of the specs:
- 16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor (16.6MP total)
- 10fps shooting with AF and AE, 11fps with focus and exposure locked, 24fps 2.5MP grabs
- 91,000 pixel sensor for metering, white balance, flash exposure, face detection and active d-lighting
- ISO Range 100-12,800 (extendable from 50 – 204,800)
- MultiCAM 3500FX Autofocus sensor works in lower light and with smaller apertures
- Two sub-selector joystick/buttons for shooting orientation
- 1080p30 HD video at up to 24Mbps with uncompressed video output
- New EN-EL18 battery (21.6Wh capacity, CIPA-rated at 2600 shots)
- Twin card slots – one Compact Flash and one XQD
Since the local snow situation was not very good this weekend, I decided to skip the day ski trip and hike Mt. Vesuvius with a friend. We woke up at 4 AM in order to start hiking and summit for the sunrise. I will write up a series about the hike in the coming days but wanted to share this vivid shot I got while walking down. This is just a single exposure, processed in Lightroom. I used the graduated filter option to burn and dodge a bit (lighten and darken), allowing me to get more of an even, dynamic exposure. I find myself processing less and less HDR these days. Maybe it is the D7000, but the Photomatix software has not been making me very happy with the way it handles branches, leaves and other “weird” areas. Oh well. Let me know what you think!
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