Archive for March, 2011
More from our recent trip to Taronga Zoo
This time a timed image of one of the seals lunging at full stretch towards his target ball hanging from up high.
and who can resist those Meerkats 🙂
I’m Looking at You!
I’ve recently upgraded from my Nikon D90 to a Nikon D7000 D-SLR.
Since I’m a compulsive researcher and ADD list maker I’ve done some research on all those little settings which are available in camera and I figured I might just share the result of my detailed study and how I’ve setup my D7000 for daily use (basically all my default settings).
Firstly I should say that I primarily shoot in Aperture priority mode – basically because I like to be able to control my depth of field (or rather the lack of it) – possibly because I’m mostly taking shots of people, portraits or things.
So on to the D7000 camera settings I use…
Display mode: Highlights
Image review: On
Image Quality: RAW
Color space: sRGB (default) (Adobe RGB)
Active D-Lighting: Off (Auto)
Log exp. NR: On
High ISO NR: Norm (Off)
ISO: ISO 100, Auto ISO, Max 6400, Min Shutter 1/60 (1/30)
Remote control mode: Quick-response remote
Custom Settings Menu:
a5 Focus point wrap around: On
a7 Built-in AF-assist illuminator: Off
a8 Live view/movie AF: AF-F
c1 Shutter Release Exposure Locking: Off (default)
c2 Meter Off Delay: 8s
c3 Self Timer Delay Setting: 2s
c4 Monitor Off Delay: 20s, 1m, 20s, 10s, 10m
c5 Remote on duration: 5m
d1 Beep: Off (default)
d2 Viewfinder grid display: On
d3 ISO Display: ISO
d6 CL Mode Shooting Speed: 3 fps (default)
d8 File Number Sequence: On (default)
e1 Flash sync speed: 1/250s (Auto FP) (if own external flash) < -- I only do this since I own an SB-600 flash which supports Auto FP high speed sync e3 Flash cntrl for built-in flash: Commander mode: TTL (if own external flash), Channel: 2 < -- I only do this since I own an SB-600 flash which supports wireless mode f1 Illumination Switch: Both f3 Assign FUNC Button: Top Item in My Menu f5 Assign AE-L/AF-L: AF lock only (AE Lock (Hold)?) f8 Slot empty release lock: Lock f9 Reverse indicators: -O+ Setup Menu:
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Setup -> Virtual horizon
Shooting -> ISO sensitivity settings
Shooting -> Long exp. NR
Custom -> e3 Flash cntrl for built-in flash
Custom -> a7 Built-in AF-assist illuminator
Shooting -> Active D-Lighting
Remote control mode
On top of this I also use the two User settings slots (U1 and U2) to store extra customised shooting settings for quick access (e.g. one tailored for Street Photography and one for tripod style shooting (night time, land and sea scapes, etc).
I took my girls to Taronga Zoo here in Sydney last Sunday (yes the day with torrential rain and extremely dark overcast conditions!).
Unfortunately we didn’t have a great deal of choice in the timing – my girls “really!” wanted to go to the zoo and we’ve a visitor staying with us and they’re leaving soon. The girls all had a good time and one upside of the inclement weather was that there were relatively few people at the zoo (for a weekend) so it definitely wasn’t crowded.
We were reasonably lucky in that it didn’t rain heavily for much of the time we were there however the conditions were extremely overcast and it was quite dark as a result. The overcast skies is good (for photography), the dark and rain not so much 🙂
It was however a great time to try out the higher ISO capabilities of the D7000 since I wanted a reasonably fast shutter speed to capture the animals and I was sporting a slower long lens (my 70-300mm f4.5-5.6). I also took my 17-50/2.8 but it was a bit too rainy and windy for me to bother switching lenses back and forth so I stuck with the longer lens for the whole day.
I shot mainly in Manual (sometimes in Aperture Priority) and selected my desired Aperture and Shutter Speed and used ISO to provide good exposures.
What follows is some of the better (compositionally) higher ISO images – some of the shots (not posted here) were even taken out to ISO 3600 and even those look reasonably clean and usable 🙂
Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay gallery viewer.
Lizard in Blue
Snow Leopard (no not Mac OS X 10.6…)
Looking at You
and a portrait of my youngest just after having a very nice face painting job done…
Walking on Light
Sleeping on Feathers