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April 16, 2018

April Contest Reminder

apr15-110px.jpgAll of the contests are underway, we have themes in Wildlife, Landscape, Macro, Travel, and Digital Artistry Forums, as well as our Online Assignment.

Also the first segment of the Best of Nikoninas 2018 is open for enteries. The theme is Wondrous Jobs from around the world

So, the challenge is on, let see what Nikonians con do. The contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.

This month's themes are...

Best of Nikonians > Wondrous Jobs from around the world

Wildlife > Conflict
Landscape > Bad Weather
Macro/Closeup > Keep it Simple
Travel > Hats and Head Coverings
Digital Artistry > Mechanical
Online Assignment > Sunrises and Sunsets


Be sure to vote for your favorite images from the March contests. Winners will advance to the Best of Nikonians 2018. Voting is open to all registered members.

Here is a full list of Current Contest & Polls.

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April 12, 2018

It is all about you, Hercules

20180306_074859_4.teton_photospydie_120px.jpgIn the community, it is all about you. Your photographs, your skills and your gear.
Granted, it is also something about us, the platform of things we need to maintain and expand upon to stay up and around as a community.

But... from there on, when the platform is there, when Nikonians.org is up and running and humming, it is indeed all about you.

In the "I Am Nikonians" series Marsha Edmunds interviews you, the member of Nikonians. To date Marsha has interviewed 27 photographers (we don't count JRP), talented members that share their background and some of their work with us.


Grand Teton National Park by Carol Freshley (PhotoSpydie). Latest member to be interviewed.
Nikon D800, 24-120mm f/4 @ 98mm, ISO 400, f/11, 10s

The first seven photographer's of Marsha's series made it into our eBook "Inspirational Photography #1" with meanwhile over 10k (legal) copies in circulation. We will continue to expand our ways to publish our members work, eBooks being one channel.

If you too want us to look at your work and potentially highlight it in the I Am Nikonians series, please do give us a nudge. Best is to send JRP a private message in the forums.

One member that no longer nudge us is former beginner (ha!) and team member, award winning Marsel van Oosten. Marsel lent his appearance to Nikon for their booth at this year's National Association of Broadcaster's NAB show and has been working with Nikon on one of their D850 promo videos late last year, producing the time lapse "Nikon D850: Hercules Rising" (video on YouTube), background stuff on the video in Marsel's blog.

Through serious dedication, hard work and talent Marsel is not only a (role) model, but a great photographer. We recommend his workshops, which he and his team hold throughout the world. Check out his site for more information.

Let us all be Hercules.
Bo (bgs)

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April 5, 2018

Sigma AF fails on Nikon with latest firmware

20180403_105022_-1-mixed_flowers_first_attempt_cassinetto_110px.jpgThis weeks update comes with information on issues with Sigma lenses not autofocusing on Nikon cameras using latest firmware and Connie Cassinetto sharing some excellent tips on shooting indoors in her latest premium article, using light box photography to achieve very pleasing results.

Plus, we have the monthly winners announced.

Read Connie's article "Shooting indoors - When Getting Outside Does Not Work for You"


Mixed Flowers by Connie Cassinetto. First Attempt; Nikon D800, Nikon 105mm, ISO 100, 8.0 sec at f/8.0.
Shot in aperture priority mode in natural and added light.

From the forums

Sigma Lenses not autofocusing on Nikon cameras
Some Sigma lenses, such as the 50mm/1.4 DG HSM and 50-500/4.5-6.3 DG APO HSM do not AF on latest firmware V1.13 on several Nikon's including the D4s, D610, D800 and D810. Sigma lenses on Nikon D500 seem to work all fine.

Some other Sigma lenses, such as the 50mm/1.4 Art, 120-300mm/2.8 DG HSM and 150/2.8 EX DG APO HSM do not seem to be affected.

The solution is to update the lens firmware by sending it in to Sigma. Complete discussion thread

Portrait lens recommendation using a Nikon D300
Many recommendations in the forums in this thread

Monthly winners announced

Wildlife > Ian McNicol (Scotty45)
Landscape > Tom Egel (tegel)
Macro & Close-up > James Buch (jimray)
Travel > Richard Faris (Rrfaris)
Digital Artistry > Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon)
Online Assignment > Robert Wightman (robwig)
More info

I am wishing you a very productive, photogenic rest of the week
Bo (bgs)

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April 2, 2018

February Winners & Best of Nikonians

seg1-110px.jpgWe are pleased to announce the winners of the February monthly contests and the start of the Best of Nikonians Segment One Contest.

All six images have been entered in the Annual Best of Nikonians 2018 Contest.
The April Cotests are being updated, to stay up-to-date see the Current Contests post pinned in the English cafe.

Follow the links below to see the full images and to congratulate the winners.

Wildlife > Ian McNicol (Scotty45)
Landscape > Tom Egel (tegel)
Macro & Close-up > James Buch (jimray)
Travel > Richard Faris (Rrfaris)
Digital Artistry > Godofredo Baylon (GBaylon)
Online Assignment > Robert Wightman (robwig)


Best of Nikonians - Segment 1 is underway.

This segment's theme is "Wondrous Jobs from around the world".
We are celebrating working people everywhere, lets see photographs featuring people at work.

Click here to enter...

Photo by sevendayimages

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