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January 17, 2018

Using dedicated blur in your photographs

20180111_111939_4.peeks_saguaro_lake_hdr_russg_110px.jpgThe team has been busy and written several articles, starting with an inspirational piece by Marsha interviewing member Russ Glindmeier (russg). He shares some of his beautiful work for your inspiration.

Russ says "I am primarily a landscape shooter, but I've always owned a boat of some type or another, and I've found that a boat is an excellent platform for landscape photography, with an often unique perspective. The two activities go very well together."

Read the article

Four Peaks from Saguaro Lake, Arizona by Russ Glindmeier.
Nikon D300, Nikon 16-85mm VR @ 58mm, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Hand held from a boat. Three exposures two f-stops apart and merged in Photomatix Pro.

I am wishing you a terrific rest of the week.
Bo (bgs)

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The other items for this week are:

Getting artistic: Dedicated blur
Say welcome to our new author Darryll Schiff (DSchiff). Darryll writes up on sharpness and how using blur can be a good tool.

"...Generally most photographers desire their main subject to have that crispness. An out of focus background and/or foreground can add to the effect. But what about purposely making the whole image soft, out of focus? How about adding movement to the picture and enhancing that out of focus feel, and adding more interest to the photo..." Read Darryll's article

The learning pro: Planning the shoot
Martin has written a new episode in his premium series on studio photography.

..."Most photographers are not natural planners. If you come from a landscape background, you expect to be inspired by what you find. Photojournalists look for the decisive moment. Press photographers were always told 'f8 and be there'. But even the most spontaneous photographer needs at least the basic planning of having their equipment ready when the moment happens..." Read Martin's article

Learning and earning: Photo contest
Let's see your best work! The January contests in the Wildlife, Landscape, Macro, Travel, and Digital Artistry Forums, as well as our Online Assignment are ready for your submissions. Contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members. More info

Moving about: Kick scooter or larger platform?
Tokyo_John decided to get a kick scooter to transport gear in his busy city. See his forum post

Whereas glxman from Australia decided to use a larger platform for his photography. See the forum post

Posted by bgs at 8:28 AM

January 8, 2018

January Contests are now underway

jan-contests110px.JPGAll the new contests for the month of January have been posted.

Let's see your best work, the January contests in the Wildlife, Landscape, Macro, Travel, and Digital Artistry Forums, as well as our Online Assignment are ready for your submissions. Contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.

The themes are...

Wildlife > Flight
Landscape > Winter in Black and White
Macro/Close-up > Flower Shapes or Patterns
Travel > Single Horse Portrait
Digital Artistry > Simplicity
Online Assignment > Off Camera Flash With Modifier


Be sure to vote for you favorite images from the December contests. The winners from December will be the final group entered the Best of Nikonians 2017. Voting is open to all registered members.

Here is a full list of Current Contest & Polls.

Posted by dm1dave at 6:32 PM

January 6, 2018

Is the Nikkor 50mm/1.2 any good?

20180104_141217_07.santaf1.2_jnadelberg_110px.jpgI hope 2018 started off well for you. Snow sprinkles the fields outside my window while I am writing this years first newsletter here at the northern camp with temperatures a few degrees below zero C. The wind that made itself heard last night is resting its muscles and some black birds are fighting for top positions in a large tree nearby.

In the fifth part of "Mastering the art of photography" article series we are discussing a few more aspects of the "controlled spectrum", with thoughts on decision-making and consequences of our actions, or inactions. We are looking into taking risks, and freedom as a foundation for creativity. We are also coming back to physical exercise for helping creativity to flourish. Read the article

A ballet dancer in the Primate's Palace of Bratislava, Slovakia. By Pascal Baetens (pbaetens).

I am wishing you good reading and a terrific, photographically pleasing week/end :-)

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The other items for this week are:

Lens review
Jon is looking into what his Nikkor 50mm/1.2 achieves on a full frame DSLR body and he enjoys the results, which he shares in this premium article. Read the review

Santa in front of a tree using the Nikkor 50mm/1.2.

Photo contest
Dave has announced the winners of November's contest.
See the announcement and images

Posted by bgs at 9:41 AM

January 2, 2018

Contest Winners Announced

winners_110px.jpgWe are pleased to announce the winners of the November monthly contests.

With over tree hundred entries submitted in six contests during the month of November, these six outstanding images have been chosen as winners by our members. All six have been entered in the Annual Best of Nikonians 2017 Contest.

Click on the members names below send your congratulations and to see the full images.

Wildlife > Rick Moran (slopoki1)

Landscape > Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd)

Macro & Close-up > Mark Kraus (pipco)

Travel > Harish Unnikrishnan (harishu)

Digital Artistry > Mike McLain (AUMike)

Online Assignment > Andrew Laycock (Oppyrider)

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November 2017 Contest Winners

Posted by dm1dave at 5:04 PM

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

372397-110.jpgA Happy New Year 2018 to all Nikonians from the team.

What are your personal goals for 2018? What keeps you motivated? And... don't forget to change the copyright settings in your camera.

On many locations where Nikonians are living the temperatures are dipping right now. This is a good time to get out and get that chilly shot.

The image below was taken by member Bump57 and shared by him in our Landscape forum. Well done, Scott!


Posted by bgs at 8:30 AM