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Using the Minolta 58mm f/1.4 lens on a Nikon 1 J1 camera

I like experimenting and using “non-standard” camera configurations. In a world of full frame DSLRs, I tend to use little sensors because its more challenging. Or something!

Here, I shot a couple of test shots (JPEG mode, not RAW) using a Minolta f/1.4 58mm prime lens. Both photos were taken using an MD mount to Nikon 1 mount adapter on the Nikon 1 J1 (10 megapixel) camera with a 1″ sensor. Both photos are shot with the aperture set to f/2.0; at f/1.4 the lens is very soft, typical of most older lenses when used wide open. For a portrait shot where soft focus may be desired, f/1.4 is okay, but for other shots the softness is distracting. At f/2.0 and smaller apertures (f2.8, f4 especially) the lens gets really sharp.

Each of these photos was resized to 1/2 the original for uploading to my blog site.

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2016 Rose City Comic Con Photos (2D and 3D)

Rose City Comic Con 2016. Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.
Cosplay, comic books, science fiction fantasy, gaming, movies, pop culture.

To see all the photos, click on the links to go my Flickr photo albums.

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Learning to “see in 3D” to improve 2D photos

As a 3D stereographer, I am always aware of the 3D space in front of me. And when shooting 2D, I often wish I was shooting 3D!

The key idea, in this linked column, is that by learning to see in 3D, we can improve our 2D photos. You might think “seeing in 3D” is obvious – after all we see a 3D world around us. But truly, as 3D photographers know, learning to see in 3D is a technique all unto itself.

About negative space, looking 3D and some other things.

Source: About negative space, looking 3D and some other things. By Dirk Dom – STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

Shooting with small sensor cameras

Thor’s Well, Cape Perpetua, Oregon Coast. Photo taken with Nikon 1 J5. On this short trip, I took only small cameras, like the Nikon 1 and my Olympus XZ-2 “point n shoot” to see what I could do 🙂

Thor\'s Well“Circles in the Sand”, giant artwork on the beach below this cliff at Bandon Beach, Oregon.

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The Palisades, in 3D. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

By shooting this cliff in hyperstereo, I have emphasized the deep crevices in the rocks. When we stand in front of this cliff and look at it with our own eyes, we are unable to see the deep depth of the cracks and crevices. But using the hyperstereo technique, these attributes of the cliff become obvious in this 3D image.

Photo taken with Nikon 1 V2 using the 3D “cha cha” method. Image processed in Stereo PhotoMaker.

Location: Clarno unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, USA.

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