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Friday, August 11, 2006

Alright on the Night

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Nikon D70 @ 80mm, 3 secs, f/10, ISO 200


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Took this one tonight from the top of Carlton (or is it Calton?) Hill looking down Princes Street. You can see Edinburgh Castle on the left and the tower on the right is the Balmoral Hotel. Minimal PP on this one.

I was wanting to get some shots of the fireworks going off for the tattoo but a number of reasons meant that I didn't get the shots I wanted:

1. By the time the fireworks went off it was too dark and there wasn't enough light to provide sufficient shadow details;

2. My ML-L3 remote control decided not to work exactly at the point the fireworks were set off; and

3. I was using the wrong lens and only got half of the firework trails in the frame.

So all in all not very successful! But I did meet another professional photographer and had a nice chat with him. He was using a D2X and so understandably I was very jealous! I've actually been toying with the idea of getting a new (camera) body... the D200. Ironically enough it's as a result of all of the hype surrounding the D80 - I finally read a few reviews of the more recent Nikon cameras, the D200 being one of them. Looks like a very impressive camera and has exactly the specs I'm looking for. I wonder if anyone out there has upgraded to a D200 from a D70 and would like to share their views?

29 Comments:

Anonymous Gary said...

I like this a lot - great shot! Especially considering it wasn't what you set out to get...

Minimal PP on this one.
PP? Or PS?

1:09 am, August 11, 2006  
Blogger Carlo Ferroni said...

Well, for a failed photoshoot this is a pretty darn good result Paul!

Gary: Post Processing maybe....

3:38 am, August 11, 2006  
Blogger Carlo Ferroni said...

Paul?? Paul??? where did that come from? Apologies JOHN...;-)

3:39 am, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Roberto said...

You don't need a new camera...

4:57 am, August 11, 2006  
Blogger bleeding.patriot said...

This is a beautiful dusk shot. I was out trying to capture something like it tonight myself. I don't have as interesting of a city scape though, your very lucky.

I have a D70 myself. I hope Nikon comes out with a full frame body soon. I think it would be just the thing for shots like these to keep the noise down.

5:00 am, August 11, 2006  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Excellent dusk shot....nice golden colours and just a great panoramic view..8.5/10

7:23 am, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Phil said...

Beautiful shot John, I love the quality of the lighting, and the view right down Princes Street.

It's Calton Hill, by the way ;) I quite fancy heading up there to try and shoot the end of festival fireworks in a few weeks.

10:22 am, August 11, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Very nice, lovely.

1:17 pm, August 11, 2006  
Blogger Glamorous Redneck said...

So pretty. There are so many places that I want to go & this is one of them!

3:37 pm, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Paul said...

You'll have to tell me your spot for this, I couldn't see where to soot to get the straight on view of Prices street. It's a great shot, great composition and colours.

Carlo - I never took this!

5:04 pm, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Phil said...

PS - do you know who the pro snapper worked for? The guys at my work use D2Xs, I'm wondering if it was someone I know...

5:44 pm, August 11, 2006  
Blogger Michelle said...

I enjoy your work so much. Loved this one.

5:57 am, August 12, 2006  
Anonymous Dougie Latham said...

Magic shot there John lovely colours and a great view .

7:25 pm, August 12, 2006  
Blogger Jack Lin said...

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9:01 pm, August 12, 2006  
Blogger Jack Lin said...

Hi John:

I've been following your blog for almost a year now, and yet this is my first post! I really admire your photos and your eye for colours and composition. I just got started into digital photography, and if my memory serves me correct, you seem to have a Sigma 10-20mm, Nikkors 18-70mm, 50mm, and 80-400mm VR on your D70. What are your thoughts on the popular 18-200mm VR? Do you see yourself using this lens?

I currently have a 18-70mm on my D50, and I am not sure whether I should preorder the new 70-300mm VR to complement my 18-70mm (and not have VR on my 18-70mm range) or just get the 18-200mm VR for everything I shoot.

Since this is your blog to share your work, I apologize if this is not a suitable place to ask you questions about Nikon equipments (but you are one of the select few Nikon photobloggers I know and admire).

Thanks in advance for your opinions!

Greetings from Chicago,
Jack

9:04 pm, August 12, 2006  
Blogger millicent said...

sweet

4:30 am, August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Keith said...

Great shot!

11:03 pm, August 13, 2006  
Blogger Joshua said...

Again, love your pictures.

FYI your other sites are down:
http://johnwaller.co.uk/
and
http://john.stuwee.org/

2:46 am, August 15, 2006  
Blogger b3cak said...

great shot... as usual!

my friends are happy with their D200 (came from D70 and D70s). technically, i don't know anything about it. they're just... happy. :D

cheers,

7:24 pm, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I recently upgraded to a D200 though I still use my D70 too.

My reasons were that I wanted faster access to AF-s AF-c, the D200 has this on body rather than buried in the mene. Also, I wanted to be able to change from dynamic, closest sub and single focus points on body. The D200 also offers a group dynamic too. The viewfinder size is a massive difference, really makes you go 'WOW!' when you are used to a d70. MLU & delayed shutter release (shutter fires 0.4 sec after mirror) are good additions. ISO 100 speaks for itself as do the 4 custom shooting banks you can program with various settings.

TO be honest, the last thing on my mind was the leap from 6.1 to 10.2, I was more interested in the above. Haven't investigated wireless or gps yet. One thing I have noticed is that my 80-400 vr seems to drain more power from my d200 than it did my d70.

4:16 pm, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Brett said...

I have the D70 and D200, but you're already taking better photos with your D70 than I've managed with the D200! The D200 is a better camera, but don't feel you "have to" upgrade - I did it because I need cameras in two locations and didn't want to keep transporting them around. However, if you wish to move up, I'd go with the D200 over the D80 unless you want to wait and see if the D80 has some of the troubles the early D200's had.

Your wireless remote won't work with the D200 by the way! However, cheap wired remotes (third party) are available on eBay.

Fabulous site! I check it out often.

6:11 am, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Alan Graham said...

Great shot of the city - how would the light have changed in 10-15 minutes? No one likes to sit around waiting on the light though!

I'm curious what you are looking to get from a D200? Just curious, as I cannot fault my own D70, (although we always want the latest things, eh?)

12:22 am, August 27, 2006  
Blogger ShutteredEye said...

I too vote you wait for full frame. It won't be far I don't think...

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