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BernardLanguillier
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« on: July 16, 2012, 06:34:04 PM »
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Just came back from a short trip to Tateyama in the Japanese Northern Alps. Some very cold weather and strong winds, but good light in the end...  Smiley







More after the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardlanguillier/sets/72157630611389854/

All stitches performed with the D800, Zeiss 50mm f2.0 Makro and Leica 180 f2.8 APO. No HDR obviously.

This shoot provided me with another opportunity to confirm that the live view of the D800 is absolutely OK even in deep pre-dawn situations.

I was once again impressed by the outstanding performance of the Leica 180 f2.8. It is the closest I have seen to the ideal lens. The match with the D800 is coming straight out of heaven.

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Bernard
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 07:36:44 PM »
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Bernard, lovely, just lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 08:43:38 PM »
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Wow, beautiful images. I would say the top is my favorite.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2012, 09:24:56 PM »
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Bernard, they are all beautiful, but the first one really draws me in.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2012, 10:25:17 PM »
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Great set! It's good to see you back in the mountains.

Cheers,

Eric
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2012, 12:37:11 AM »
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Excellent shots! Would you care to describe your stitching technique? looks great.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2012, 01:37:41 AM »
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No HDR obviously.

Not so obvious!  But brilliant work.  The top one especially catches my eye.

Mike.
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2012, 02:11:59 AM »
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Beautiful. I really need to get back to Japan.
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2012, 02:16:10 AM »
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Exquisite light! Well done, again.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2012, 05:34:53 AM »
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Lovely set, stunning work in cold conditions. Very well done.
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2012, 09:34:14 AM »
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Lovely shots Bernard - I love the light of the snow in the first one. Great job.
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2012, 11:48:24 AM »
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I like the first one of Tsurugi-dake. It certainly brings back memories. It is probably the most technical climb you can do in the Japanese Alps without ropes.
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2012, 03:29:45 PM »
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Thank you my friends.

We didn't climb Tsurugi this time around, but I have in the past and it is indeed a scary route for trekkers. There are casualities almost every years on the normal "trail". It is in fact surprising that his belongs to the trekking category, most countries would rank his as a very easy climbing route.

I would personally advise to come equipped with basic climbing safety equipment ( a harness and 2 strings with carabiners).

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Bernard
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2012, 03:58:31 PM »
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Not so obvious!  But brilliant work.  The top one especially catches my eye.

Mike.

Hi Mike.

I know, this is basically as challenging as it gets from a scene contrast standpoint, with the need to keep detail in enough of the mist around the sun while keeping shadow detail in the left part of the image. This is a bit tricky because light changes tremendously in a matter of seconds. Add the need to manage the pano part to maintain enough resolution in such a wide form factor and you have a fun photographical challenge to deal with. Smiley

A sensor with great DR like that of the D800 does clearly open tremendous creative opportunities for landscape photographers. I used not to even try this before the D3x was released. A lens with excellent flare characteristics, like the Zeiss 50mm f2.0 used here, is also essential.

Wind was the final enemy that morning, which had to be dealt with by carefully chosing position and using a suitable support system (tripod and pano head). Positioning means advanced planning, since there is no time to improvise a location in the dark at 3:00 AM. The need to carry relatively heavy equipment did drive the selection of the route and trekking companions, I don't want to frustrate [anymore] faster walkers with my slower pace. Smiley

So, all in all, the success of this image is the result of a lot of luck with the conditions, coming on top of a bit of planning. Smiley

Cheers,
Bernard
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2012, 09:19:33 PM »
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Bernard
Wish I was there, envious but I probably was flying over you!
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« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2012, 08:16:07 AM »
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Beautiful images and thanks for sharing. You mentioned the LV is fine with the D800 could you explain it a little bit in detail? As I am still struggling to compare it to Canon 5D III which has such a nice LV feature, making the fine focusing the same Zeiss 50mm lens on the Canon flawlessly on my recent shoots. What is the blackout time between shots on the D800? I rent one a while back and it seems a long time before the LV resume the display. Can you shoot continuously in LV mode? Is is easy to fine focus by zooming in 1:1 on LCD as I remember the displayed image was very coarse ? Is the vibration and noise (they do not exists on the Canon) during the blackout moment bothering you?

Your response will be very much appreciated. Excellent work with the D800 though!


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John
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« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2012, 09:36:02 AM »
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Some lovely shots there - the first is my favourite, but all are good.
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2012, 09:06:12 PM »
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Beautiful images and thanks for sharing. You mentioned the LV is fine with the D800 could you explain it a little bit in detail? As I am still struggling to compare it to Canon 5D III which has such a nice LV feature, making the fine focusing the same Zeiss 50mm lens on the Canon flawlessly on my recent shoots. What is the blackout time between shots on the D800? I rent one a while back and it seems a long time before the LV resume the display. Can you shoot continuously in LV mode? Is is easy to fine focus by zooming in 1:1 on LCD as I remember the displayed image was very coarse ? Is the vibration and noise (they do not exists on the Canon) during the blackout moment bothering you?

Quick answers:
- Black out time: faster memory cards help, but I tend to use live view to focus the first image, get our of live view and shoot my pano without live view. This is faster and reduces battery drain. It seems also possible to take images in a row at a fast pace in live view if you use continuous motor drive, but I see personally no value for my applications,

- Vibration and noise is the result of the shutter movement, not the mirror. I personally always use MLU anyway and have found less vibration induced blur with my D800 images than I used to see with my D3x. Meaning it went from extremely few to even fewer images made useless by mirror vibration. The damping of the D800 mirror seems truly excellent,

- The display is coarse in max magnification because it is not 1:1, it is basically 1:3. You will get a sharp 1:1 if you use medium zoom magnification. This being said, I find high magnification to be useful for accurate focus, even in very dark situations.

The live view of the D800 is not the sexiest, but it is a working and useful focus tool, which is all I need from it.

Cheers,
Bernard
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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2012, 05:33:34 AM »
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Bernard - your images are beautiful as always. I love the movement in the second one. I feel like I am sliding up and down from one side to the other. I am imagining having fun playing our there !! Thand you. ;-)

Julie
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2012, 05:54:13 PM »
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Bernard - your images are beautiful as always. I love the movement in the second one. I feel like I am sliding up and down from one side to the other. I am imagining having fun playing our there !! Thand you. ;-)

Julie

Thank you Julie, very kind of you.

Cheers,
Bernard
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