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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Cards

I have once again been neglecting my blog. But this morning I got a nice surprise from PSHero. PSHerlo is a nice site to visit and today he shared 13 psd files for holiday cards, each sized for standard photo printing. Enjoy! You can view and download them here PSHERO.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jacka & Julie or simply the Feisty girls

I find the time when the sun begins to set is the BEST time to take pictures with available outdoor light. Generally that is true for all outdoor shots, but I feel that for portraits it is especially so because it gives the pictures a golden look. Everything becomes warm and pleasing.

Both images taken with a Nikon D700 and a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S

f/5.0, 1/80, ISO 400

f/5.0, 1/80, ISO400

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Not all Cards & Card Readers are created equal

A lot of people believe that the speed at which you transfer images from you camera to your computer cannot be any faster. Well, did you know that card readers come in all different sizes, prices and differ in transfer speeds? To speed up the transfer process, use only card readers labeled USB 2.0 as USB 1.0 readers will be much slower. Even within USB 2.0 readers there is a tremendous variance in transfer speeds. Some readers can be twice as fast. The card you are using and even your computer may make a big difference in transfer speed. If you are really looking to improve your transfer times, check out this wonderful resource I came across some time ago for checking out cards, readers and systems as far as transfer speed goes. Unfortunately, Rob Galbraith page has not been updated in a while but still provides plenty of information. Check it out here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Up Side Down

Image taken with Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G

Manual: F/5, 1/320 sec., ISO 200
For more pictures in this series, please visit my fotki page here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nun, Cross & Fishnet

Image of a souvenir we brought back from our trip to Madrid, Spain.


Nikon D70, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Manual: 105.0 mm, F/2.8, 1/30 sec


Nikon D70, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Manual: F/5.3, 1/50 sec


For more images from this series, please visit my Fotki page here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Narcissus

A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up, whether or no the sun be shining outside. ~ A.A. Milne

Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G
F/3.5, 1/60, -0.3, ISO 200, SB800 off camera
"Bloom where you are planted."~ Mary Engelbreit
For more images in this series, please visit my fotki page here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sunset

The best images of sunsets that I take are from our sail boat, this one including. We recently went sailing with our 11 months old for two weeks. The weather cooperated and so did the little one. More details and pictures from the trip to come.
Image taken with Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G
Manual: F/2.2, 1/25 seconds, ISO 200



For more images from this series, please visit my Fotki page.

the Finger

Image taken with a Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S

70.0 mm, Maual Mode: F/2.8, 1/1600, + 0.3, ISO 200

For more images in this series, please visit my Fotki page.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Black & White

There is something special about black & white photography. As for me, not only does it bring on nostalgia about the good old childhood days but it also is more pleasing. There is nothing to distract you from the composition.

This image was taken in Mykonos, Greece with a Nikon D70 and a Nikon 18-200mm.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beck's Anyone?

Shot with a Nikon D700, Nikon 50 mm f1.4G,
Aperture: F/7.1
Exposure Time: 0.0062 sec. 1/160
ISO: 200

For more pictures in this series, please visit my fotki page here.

Missing!

I know some of you must have noticed that I have been missing for some time! Well, let's just say the summer has been keeping me busy. I will try to share one photo from the past few months with you daily going forward. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Birthdays are always fun!

This past Sunday, we went to our friend's birthday! It was the first get together of our crew where kids took over the party!

All images were taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from the party, please visit my Fotki page.

Julie, Manual Mode F/3.5, 1/25; ISO 200, natural light
Irina, Manual Mode F/2.8, 1/40; ISO 200, natural light
Julie and Dana, Manual Mode F/1.6, 1/100; ISO 200, natural light
Kate, Manual Mode F/2.2, 1/20; ISO 200, natural light
Julie, Manual Mode F/1.8, 1/20; ISO 200, natural light
Nick, Aperture Priority, F/5.6, 1/60, Exposure Compensation +0.3, ISO 200
Flash SB800 on camera, bounced off the ceiling
Dimik, Aperture Priority F/5.6, 1/160, Exposure Compensation 0.7; ISO 200, natural light


Friday, May 1, 2009

2009 New York International Auto Show

On April 11, 2009 we visited the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The show was interesting and for us was an actual shopping experience. We went to pick out our next car! I won't actually tell you which car we picked but for now we are still riding the old one. :) Below are a few pictures I took at the show. Due to bad lighting and thousands of unwanted people in the frame, the pictures are mediocre.

All images were taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from the Auto Show, please visit my Fotki page.





Thursday, April 30, 2009

Planes

We've heard about planes landing right on the beach, we've seen videos (see below). We wanted to see it live, so we visited St. Marteen's Maho Beach. It was a blast, literally! Here are a few images of the landings. All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from St. Marteen, please visit my Fotki page.







More from St. Marteen

All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from St. Marteen, please visit my Fotki page.



Le Gallion Beach - calmest and warmest beach!
Orient Beach - waviest and funnest beach on the island.

Friars Bay Beach - opposite of the beach there is this small body of water with lots of pelicans.
Sunset at the Friars Bay Beach

Sunset at the Friars Bay Beach

St. Marteen Zoo
St. Marteen Zoo
St. Marteen Zoo
St. Marteen Zoo
Grand Case - see all about our adventures at Grand Case in my other blog post here.
Dawn Beach

Update on the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S lens

So Nikon has returned my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S lens slightly over a week later after I sent it to their Melville location for service. I received the now "fixed" lens on April 24, 2009. After some testing, the lens appears to have been fixed. The auto focus is now working and the lens is no longer making the grinding noise I reported. It still appears to have some difficulty focusing in low light which I find a problem. I will do more testing this weekend and let you know if I find the above still a problem. You can read more about the initial problem in my earlier post here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Butterflies of St. Maarten!

We visited a Butterfly farm while on the island. Below are some of my favorites! More pictures here. All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.








Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S

On February 26, 2009 I purchased the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S lens from the B&H store in NY. I used the lens minimally in the last month and on March 22, 2009 I began to have problems. When I was researching the lens I came across bad reviews, not in the actual image quality it produced but rather the built quality of it. You can read some of them on Amazon. Even though I was aware of the potential problem I purchased the lens and was at first very excited and satisified with the results it produced. It is, after all, also known as one of the best Nikon lenses ever made. However, I have found the lens to be somewhat soft and most recently unable to focus. I have also gotten the grinding noise people described and as stated above, worse, the inability to focus on objects when in AF mode. Manual focus works fine. This is somewhat disappointing, to say the least. When you pay $1,800.00+ for a piece of glass, you expect it to work and work flawlessly. This is not the case.

As the lens is under Nikon warranty, I have sent it to Nikon for service. What I am really hoping that they will replace the lens since it is clearly defected. I would really hate for them to just fix the one I sent and send it back. The bottom line is, I just need the lens to work. However, it would still be nice to have a brand new working lens and not a refurbished one.

So, for those of you looking to buy this lens, be careful. The problem is real and can cost you at least two weeks of wait as well as costs involved of sending the lens to Nikon.

I will let you know the outcome of this situation when I receive answer from Nikon and my lens back.

New York Botanical Garden

We recently visited the Bronx Botanical Garden also called the New York Botanical Garden and here are a few pictures from there. Some of people, some of flowers.

All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from the Garden, please visit my fotki page.