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August 21, 2013

Mastering the Nikon D7100 features images by Nikonians

D7100_THU_120.jpgCongratulations to the Nikonians community members who will soon have their images featured in a new photography book. Mastering the Nikon D7100 by DarrellYoung (DigitalDarrell) will be released next month for worldwide sales.

Darrell says choosing the images was a tough process:
"There were so many excellent images to choose from that the editorial team had a hard time choosing the finalists. We feel the images chosen show what a skilled Nikonian can do with a Nikon D7100 in his or her hands. It has been my privilege to write this new book for my Nikonian friends and I truly appreciate your support of NikoniansPress and my books. Thank you very much for your wonderful submissions!”

The images headed for the press are shown here, with numbers helping identify the chapter and submitting member listed below.


Chapter 1 – Dave Shaner (dave_17531) — Amur Tiger Cub
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 300mm, 1/500s at f/5.6, ISO 400
I took this photo through the observation glass at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio. This is one of the four female cubs born at the zoo and she is about 10 weeks old. I would have liked to have gotten lower to have a more head-on look, but there were many children in front of me. It was a partly cloudy day and the cub was practicing her stalking moves, when the sun suddenly popped out and I captured the moment. She immediately ran back to her siblings.

Chapter 2 – Mike Wewerka (mtwewerka) — Smithsonian Institute
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 22mm, 1/15s at f/10, ISO 400
I took this image of the Smithsonian Institute on a whim. I was leaving DC for the day when I looked up and saw some great cloud coverage that I thought would be a great backdrop for a shot. I walked to the corner of the Institute building and found a good composition. I had no tripod so I had to shoot handheld. The light was good, but I wanted a slight grain in the image, so I set the camera to ISO 400 and the aperture to f/10 for good depth of field. The kit lens, with its VR, performed surprisingly well.

Chapter 3 – Tony Hernandez (FutureLook) — Thief on Guard
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 300mm, 1/320s at f/5.6, ISO 3200
The White Throated Monkey is famous for stealing anything available. This one was following my every move, intrigued by the fruit I purchased from local vendors. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to capture his vigilant posture, trying to outsmart me. This picture was taken at high ISO since it was very early in the morning.

Chapter 4 – Scott Ashley (scottashley) — Canyon Glow
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 40mm, 1/30s at f/16, ISO 200
One of America's most scenically rich spots is Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. I captured this image on a freezing cold April morning shortly after sunrise as the sun's rays illuminated and reflected off some of the hundreds of delicately eroded spires in the park as viewed from the rim of the canyon, making it look like the canyon was glowing from within. I loved the way the D7100 captured the color and exquisite detail so perfectly.

Chapter 5 – Phil Downes (photphil) — American Eagle
Nikon D7100 with a 300mm f/4 lens, 1/1600s at f/9, -0.3EV compensation, ISO 800
This eagle was perched above Nequasset Stream along the coast of Maine, watching intently for alewives swimming upstream before entering a fish ladder. The fish ladder in the town of Woolwich allows migrating alewives to reach Nequasset Pond to spawn in the spring. I wanted to capture the eagle's intensity as it hunted for a fish.

Chapter 6 – Stephen W. Burnes (in4apenny) — Lowry Avenue Bridge
Nikon D7100 with a Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Dill VC lens at 25mm, 15s at f/11, ISO 100
I enjoy taking photos late at night until maybe 4:00 am. Minneapolis was quiet and peaceful when I hopped on my motorcycle with my camera bag. The bridge, which spans the Mississippi river, offers a view of Minneapolis from the North. When I approached the bridge I thought the blue was stunning, especially when I could contrast it with the river running underneath, much like a jeweler’s box can amplify the beauty of a piece of jewelry.

Chapter 7 – Harold Feiertag (Knouff) — An American Bullfrog Born in Canada
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens at 280mm, 1/600s at f/10, ISO 160
I took this picture in the Serpentine Wildlife Area, better known as the Serpentine Fen. This frog spotted me as I walked toward its watery neighborhood and disappeared into the marsh. I had my camera ready, anticipating where the frog would break the surface. It appeared directly in front of me, clearly wanting get a closer look at the human intruder (me). Dedicated to my dear bride and best friend, the late Clarissa Faye Feiertag.

Chapter 8 – Brent Melton (Brent Melton) — Charli Jo
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens, 1/160s at f/8, ISO 200
This image was shot at our family Memorial Weekend cookout. She was on the patio with her father and sticking pretty close to him, while playing shy. Charli Jo is a very animated child with lots of personality and loves the camera.

Chapter 9 – Al Scherwinski (cockers) — Spring Snack
Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 500P f/4 lens on a tripod, 1/400s at f/7.1, -1EV compensation, ISO 800
This image of the Red Squirrel was taken at my cabin in Northern Wisconsin after owning the D7100 for only about three weeks. We had such a long demanding winter and stubborn snow cover that I was very surprised to see this little squirrel eating something green, thereby prompting me to title this image Spring Snack.

Chapter 10 – Richard Gravlin (rb4good) — Red-bellied Woodpecker
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 lens, 1/1250s at f/6.3, ISO 400
This was taken one morning while out looking for migrating warblers. I had heard him on several mornings, but it wasn't until the third morning out that I finally located him. The male bird had made such a nice nest hole but didn't have a female to share it with and was constantly calling for a mate. The leaves covered up the only view of the hole a few days after this shot. I used manual exposure with the 1.3x digital crop mode. This camera is a delight to use.

Chapter 11 – Janice Van Dyke (janicev) — Sumptuous Tulip
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 35mm f1.8G lens, 1/125s at f/5.5, ISO 360
I took this picture in April. I often drive many miles to special places to take pictures, only to find some of my favorites are taken close to home. This picture came from my brother and sister-in-law's amazing flower garden. I love how this camera captures the sumptuous colors.

Chapter 12 – Dennis Miller (dhmiller) — Elmer the Juvenile Yellow-headed Caracara
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens, 1/160s at f/5.6, ISO 200
After a very successful trip in December 2012, during which we photographed over three dozen species of birds, my wife and I went back to Costa Rica in June 2013. This time we went to the remote Osa Peninsula, looking for something a bit more off the beaten track. While shooting, we spotted this juvenile yellow-headed caracara, a raptor in the falcon family. Typically not a fast aerial hunter, this caracara was sitting on the fencepost of a ranch, hoping to scavenge some food from a nearby cow pen.

Chapter 13 – Tammi Young Pass (DigitalTammi) — Bright Future
Nikon D7100 with an AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens at 38mm, 1/80s at f/7.1, ISO 100
I took this picture as the assistant photographer at the wedding of Hannah Young and Ian Burr. Hannah is the daughter of this book’s author and fellow Nikonian, Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell). This was the first wedding in which I’ve been an official photographer and the first commercial shoot with my new Nikon D7100. Not having an AA filter makes this HD-SLR one of the sharpest I’ve ever used. I love the camera and will use it in my family portrait business.

rear-cover_350.jpg The rear cover bird image is courtesy of Al Scherwinski (cockers).

Mastering the Nikon D7100 will be released in both printed and ebook formats. The camera is proving to be simply spectacular in its capability, and Darrell hopes the book will help many Nikonians have a better grasp on their complex imaging tool.

The book covers the camera in complete detail, with full-color graphics, sample images, and illustrations. What makes NikoniansPress books unique is that they are presented from the viewpoint of a fellow Nikonian with many years of experience using Nikon cameras. Darrell offers detailed suggestions on camera configuration—based on real world experience and various imaging styles.

Previous NikoniansPress books in the Mastering the Nikon DSLR series have been quite successful, primarily due to your interest and support. The Nikon D7100 book is now available for preorder.

All books in Darrell Young's NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook Mastering series include a special Nikonians 50%-off voucher discount for a one year Gold Membership in the Nikonians community. This will save $37.50 on Gold Membership.

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