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Dawn Dreaming – Landscapes with the Nikon Z 24-200

by on Jul.27, 2020, under Life, Photography

My first real “landscape” session with the new Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR lens

I was already planning for this to be my go to travel and walkaround all-in-one lens

However I’m also planning to replace my Nikon Z 24-70 f/4 lens with this lens in my typical landscape loadout in my camera bag. Primarily to give myself more reach, flexibility and options in the field. Whilst also removing the need to own/pack an additional (F-Mount at this stage) lens for a longer focal length (> 70mm) option

So I’m quite keen to see how the lens performs in a more typical landscape setting. So this is my first twilight & sunrise shoot in many months. It’s out with the tripod and my 100mm filter kit

I’ve taken the quick and easy option and headed down to Sydney harbour (Blues Point Reserve). It’s a lovely spot and there’s this little sandy beach with some nice rocks which becomes accessible next to the rock wall at low tide. What I hadn’t counted on was the whole area being blocked off due to construction for the new Metro line tunnelling under the harbour 🙁

I’d have to settle for shooting from on the reserve – alas no foreground options here. Thus I’d only be using the longer focal length options shooting over the water… so be it

Mystic Hanging

Mystic Hanging

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR @ 75 mm, 62 sec at f/8, ISO 64

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

No clouds (at least not in the direction of the city or Opera House) but quite a bit of fog around this morning again. Sydney’s been draped in fog each morning for quite a few days. Interestingly it’s mostly a light mist during twilight but got heavier after the sun started to rise

The pre dawn pastel colours were pretty nice though – with some nice red glow developing on the horizon

SOH Dreaming

SOH Dreaming

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR @ 120 mm, 5 sec at f/8, ISO 64

I also took frames for a very wide stitched panorama which I’ll post next, along with some 100% crops to see how this lens is performing

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