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Summer moon July 2018, Crescent City harbor, 200mm f2.8

[Telephotopro]

Handheld Sharp

Looking at the Z-line

Nikon's Z5 body.
Nikon’s Z5 body.

I want a mirrorless camera now. The new Nikon Z bodies have a model around $1300. Slow shutter speed images are much clearer without the vibration of a mirror snapping up and then down. The bodies are less bulky too. Who needs a mirror on a digital camera anyways? They’re a holdover from when film was sitting behind the lens needing to be protected before being exposed for a fraction of a second. There’s an electronically actuated sensor there now, behind the lens, no film waiting until the right moment. It’s kind of surprising it took like 20 years for the industry to catch up the that fact. SLRs are archaic and an irrelevant technology coupled with digital.

The only thing is I’ll need to get an adapter for all the old lenses I have. Of course they didn’t make the new Z bodies automatically interchangeable with the old lenses.

Here’s a two-year-old image of a moon photo I shot at Crescent City Harbor one very clear Northern California night in July. It was made without a tripod, and I can’t help but imagine how much sharper those moon craters would be if no mirror was clacking around during the shot. Not sure which camera it was with, either my D5200 body or the D5300, I don’t remember. The original image is on a hard drive somewhere, not in front of me. So I can’t look up the file info.

The caption from the post reads:  “I’m in Eureka at the moment but here’s a photo I shot the other day of the moon right after the sun set at Crescent City harbor with my 200mm f2.8. The RAW file is Photoshopped and cropped here as the image was only a small portion of the frame. But I’m pretty happy with the detail as it was hand held with my elbows supported on a concrete piling.”

I’m really looking forward to mirrorless.

Summer moon July 2018, Crescent City Harbor, 200mm f2.8
Summer moon July 2018, Crescent City Harbor, 200mm f2.8, screen image from Facebook.
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Crowd control

[Social distancing]

After sunset crowd

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~ Ansel Adams

Shooting crowds with long lenses is much more effective journalism compared to doing the same with a wide angle. When you’re at least several dozen feet away people continue to act naturally. You’re an observer of them in their element. With a wide angle a photographer inserts himself up close and alters their behavior. They pose, arrange themselves into a photogenic group shot. When I used to shoot nightclubs and crowds with solely wide angle lenses I found there was this sweet spot where after the crowd knew you were there and accepted your presence you could mingle, alternating between asking for pictures if a subject looked good and using the preset focal setting when you were in range for an unposed candid “grab” shot. But even then there was the chance that who you were shooting was in the midst of an overt theatrical act, knowing that Mister Photographer was close by and ready to take their picture if they did something photo-worthy. With long lenses you’re not an element of change. Instead you’re a voyeur, a spy.

Shot 9-30-20 about twentyfive minutes after sunset in P.B. from the boardwalk near Waterbar. 600mm Tamron f/5 lens, Nikon D5300, high ISO, low ap setting. #telephotopro #crowdphotography #beachscene #60omm #tamronlenses #nikonbodies #journalism #photojournalism

After sunset, 10-1-20.
After sunset, 10-1-20.
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photolog: 9-30-20 Magicland Beach

[Fall sunset]

 

Pacific Beach Magicland

 

Yesterday’s magic sunset, by Telephotopro.

Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
Pacific Beach magicland sunset 9-30-20.
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photolog: 9-30-20 full moon

[Lunar Shot]

Full Moon Night

Telephoto Pro

Tonight’s crisp Santa Ana calm and clear skies are very bright, so I’m shooting the moon. I got some cellphone shots of my set up for you too. Off to Photoshop now. Brb.

#telephotopro #moonshot #shootingthemoon #clearskies #santaana #sandiego #california @ San Diego, California

Almost full moon, 9-30-20, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 sec, TAMRON 600mm at full focal length, image cropped and Photoshopped.
Almost full moon, 9-30-20, ISO 100, f/8, 1/250 sec, TAMRON 600mm at full focal length, image cropped and Photoshopped.
Moon photo set up.
Moon photo set up.
Moon photo set up.
Moon photo set up.
Preview screen.
Preview screen.
Moon shot.
Moon shot.
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Yesterday’s sunset

[Full Focal Length]

Photo Log

Yesterday’s sunset, 6:51 p.m., 9-27-20 La Jolla Shores, Tamron 150-600mm f/5, focal length 600mm, Exposure 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400Nikon RAW image with some Photoshop enhancement.

Yesterday’s sunset, 6:51 p.m., 9-27-20 La Jolla Shores, Tamron 150-600mm f/5, focal length 600mm, Exposure 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400Nikon RAW image with some Photoshop enhancement. Telephotopro.com