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September 30, 2018

Wonders of Old and New Technology

sement4-110px.jpgThe Best of Nikonians 2018 - The Wonders of Old and New Technology


In the final segment of the Best of Nikonians 2018, we are going to celebrate the evolution of technology from the industrial revolution through today.We are looking for photographs depicting ever-changing technologies over the last 200 years.

This is a Special Edition Contest, an extension of our big annual contest. Up to five images from this challenge will be advanced to the finals of the Best of Nikonians 2018.

The Wonders of Old and New Technology contest will open for entries until November 15, 2018.

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This contest is open only to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.

If you are currently a basic member there is still time to upgrade your membership and join the competition.

The Nikonians Team will choose the winner and 4 honorable mentions. All 5 images will be advanced to the finals of the Best of Nikonians 2018 contest.

The winner will be announced before the end of November and will be recognized in the Nikonians Blog and will receive a printable Certificate of Photographic Achievement.

We look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!

Click here to enter.

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September 23, 2018

Wonders of Nature Contest Winners

seg3-110px.jpgWe are proud to announce the winners of the third segment of the The Best of Nikonians 2018, The Wonders of Nature.

The winning photo is "Milky Way over quiver tree" by Henning Bossen (Henbo.)

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In addition to our winner we have 4 images earning the designation of Honorable mention. All images will be advanced to the final round of the Best of Nikonians 2018 Contest.

Please join me in congratulating the winners.
(follow link to see full images, and congratulate winners)

1. Along the Road by Gerald Botkin (bayouboy66)
2. Winter Ice / Sunrise at Luna Pier, Michigan by Dave Hayford (Patriot Dave)
3. Horseshoe Bend by John Roach (jdroach)
4. Geyser of Yellowstone by William McEwen (Wolfgang55)

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September 20, 2018

Which lens with a Nikon Z camera?

hawk-s-shadow-harvest-sunrise-2017-lg-canvas-hcl_110px.jpgMeeting other members face-to-face is a great thing and some members get the chance to do just that, either by just posting a message in the forums and asking if anyone in their area is interested in an informal get-together, or by participating in the more organized events, such as our annual photo trips, the ANPAT's.

Some members are already looking forward to meet up for a week on the ANPAT in western Colorado Sep 29th, whereas some others are meeting up at this years Photokina show starting Sep 26th in Cologne, Germany.

If you are still on a Silver or Basic membership, these are the last days to use the voucher "indiansummer18" to save a third on a Gold Membership.

As a Gold Member you have access to our premium articles, you can participate in our contests, get your own portfolio, access the Premium Critique forum with NEF upload, you have your own Nikonians email address plus more, such as your custom made photographer's ID.

Photography is more enjoyable together :-)
Bo (bgs)

Working Pro
Miguel has started a new, premium series of articles on Shooting Real Estate and Architecture. In this first part, he discuss equipment.

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Sunrise over the estate vineyard at Hawk's Shadow by Miguel Lecuona. Nikon D500, Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 @ f6.3, 1/1600 sec and ISO 500

Equipment
Good discussions and questions being answered on the new Nikon Z7 and Z6 in our dedicated forum for Z cameras, such as "Shall I bother to order a Z-mount lens with my new Z camera, or use my regular F mount Nikkors and the FTZ adapter?"

Inspiration
The September contest is nearly done and this month's challenge theme, chosen by Peter Milton, is "time". You may want to participate with your work.

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September 11, 2018

25 USD/EUR off on a Gold Membership

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From now until September 25th you'll save a third ($25 USD) on an annual Gold Membership using the voucher "indiansummer18" on the upgrade page.

As a Gold Member you have access to our premium articles, you can participate in our contests, get your own portfolio, access the Premium Critique forum with NEF upload, your own Nikonians email address plus more, such as your custom made photographer's ID.

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Cadillac Mountain by jrp.

Take advantage of this special Go Gold and Be Proud: You are helping our ad-free and independent community.

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Nikon Z7 field test

20180905_134224_7.moose_meadowlark2_110px.jpgHope your week has started well with good photo opportunities as we are nearing Indian Summer.

Former team member Marsel has been active field testing the new Nikon Z7 in Africa. His report includes his experiences with the camera and three lenses using it on an assignment and is well worth a read.

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

Membership opportunity
From now until September 25th you'll save a third ($25 USD) on an annual Gold Membership using the voucher "indiansummer18" on the upgrade page.

As a Gold Member you have access to our premium articles, you can participate in our contests, get your own portfolio, access the Premium Critique forum with NEF upload, your own Nikonians email address plus more, such as your custom made photographer's ID.

Take advantage Go Gold and Be Proud: You are helping our ad-free and independent community.

Inspiration
Marsha (meadowlark2) has interviewed a member who's producing good, inspirational work -- herself.
Read the article

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Sparkling Strands of Crystal Beads - Moose - by Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)
Nikon D800, Nikon 200-500mm @ f/16m 1/320s, ISO 1500, on tripod

Karen (scenicshutterbug) has produced a tile mural now decorating her outdoor kitchen area. She received good input from other members in the Digital Artistry forum in the process of creating her great looking mural.
Read how she created it.

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Karen's composite image transformed into a mural

Contests
Open to all on Silver membership and higher: All of our contest themes have been updated for September.

The Best of Nikonians Segment 3 is quickly coming to a close. The theme is pretty easy and broad ranging: We are looking for photographs depicting the wonders of nature, such as mountains, canyons, waterfalls, storms, etc., all of the wonderful sights of the natural world. Let's see your best work! Participate

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September 9, 2018

Current Contests Updated

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The Best of Nikonians Segment 3 is quickly coming to a close. Participation has been quit slow, only 14 entries as of this post. The theme is pretty easy and broad ranging, we are looking for photographs depicting the wonders of nature. Mountains, canyons, waterfalls, storms, etc., all of the wonderous sights of the natural world. Let's see your best work!


Best of Nikonians Segment 3 - The Wonders of Nature -- Closes Sept 15 -

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The Nikonians Cell Phone Challenge is off to a great start. As I expected, Nikonians are using their cell phones with great skill to produce stunning photography. Keep it coming, this contest is open until the end of September.

Cell Phone Photos Challenge

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Rob has extended this month's Online Assignment, you have until the end of October shoot some images of your fall road trips and vacations. So, if you are traveling this month or next, submit your best images documenting your experience. You don't need to travel to a foreign country to qualify for this assignment. But the images must be from a travel experience.

Online-Assignment - Travel Photography

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This months Wildlife Contest has us stepping back, allowing us to take in and document wildlife in their environment. Step back, use a shorter lens, lets see where the wildlife roams.

Wildlife Contest - Wildlife in a Scenic Environment

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This month's Landscape Contest has us closing in a bit to create intimate landscapes. An intimate landscape might be of a grand view or a smaller part of a grand landscape. It might also be a small composition that focuses on shapes, lines, colors, textures or patterns. It has to put a frame around a small part of the world around us.

Landscape Contest - Intimate Landscapes

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The Macro & Close-up contest is quite challenging this month. The theme is Time, this theme can be interpreted in many ways from simple images of time pieces to imaginative compositions suggesting the passage of time, stopped time, or time that is accelerated or slowed.

Macro-Close-up Contest - Time

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The September Travel Photography Contest takes us off the beaten path in search of photographic opportunities in remote locations.

Travel Contest - Remote Locations

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This month's Digital Artistry Contest features a technique rather than a theme. The challenge is to use your processing skills to marry elements from two or more images to create a new composite image.

Digital Artistry Contest - Composite

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Contest Polls, don't forget that you, our members, choose the winners in each of our regular monthly contests. Please cast your votes in all of the polls, let your voice be heard. A post with links to all our contests and polls is pinned in the English Café. All contest winners are advanced to the final round of the Best of Nikoninas 2018.

Current Contest >> Updated September 4, 2018

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September 5, 2018

Nikon Z & Why bother about digital contest rules?

20180809_185702_4_yosemite_morning_at_tunnel_view_connie_cassinetto-110px.jpgA lot has happened at Nikonians since last time I wrote. As you probably have read by now, Nikon has provided us photographers with two new mirrorless cameras, the new Z series. We are discussing the Nikon Z6 and Z7 in our Z cameras forum and we have a new, dedicated Z lenses forum as well.

Enjoy the available light for the rest of this week
Bo (bgs)


More on learning
Connie (Via the Lens) is discussing why there are digital photography contests rules in her latest premium article and many members have commented.

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Yosemite, Morning at Tunnel View by Connie Cassinetto
Nikon D800, ISO 100, 1/45 of a second at f/22, Nikon 24-120. This shot was a combination of a shot taken for the bright early morning sun and for the foreground landscape. I used Lightroom to merge them together as an HDR image and then edited as needed. The HDR was needed to keep the sun from showing as a white blob with no detail.

My dear partner Ramón (jrp) has written a new piece in his premium articles series on the seven deadly sins in photography, this time discussing "missing distractions".

Still on basic membership?
Boost your learning now easier with a monthly Silver - You can now sign up for a monthly Silver membership at $3.90 USD to enjoy our premium articles plus more. The annual Silver is as always $25.00 USD.

Inspiration
Larry (elcee) has been interviewed by Marsha (meadowlark2) sharing his photography and background, while the team behind our popular, daily Editor's Choice have been busy selecting outstanding images.

Challenge
We have a new, special edition to our annual contest: The cell phone photo challenge and it is open for entries until September 30, 2018. More on this challenge

Community enhancements
Not only have we been active fixing issues in the community, such as solving the Apple Safari forum attachment/upload problem, but we have done a lot more. This has been possible thanks to all of our supporting members on paid memberships. Below are some of the highlights.

Read new messages improved
The "Read new messages" window now remembers your last settings used, it lets you select your favorite forums and remembers which messages are new across different devices and browsers between your visits. More info on "read new"

New "Follow members" feature
We have replaced our former "Friends" feature with a new "Follow members" feature, available to all members. Any of your former friends relationships have been converted to mutual follower connections. More info on followers

New gallery homepage
We have a new gallery homepage while the rest of the galleries will be re-designed later as well. Talking about galleries, we have fixed the issue with sharing your galleries with others using email, which now works fine.

Export of your data possible
You can export all of your data that you have at Nikonians, such as (1) your profile information, (2) all of your forum posts including attached images, (3) any article comments and gallery comments you might have made plus (4) all of your gallery images. The exported data is contained in a single ZIP file provided in two formats, XML and CSV. Latter format can be used for import into e.g. spreadsheets. You reach the export function under "My Profile" and "Membership" - top section "My Membership".

Setting your timezone
Something we have had for some time now, but often missed by many members it seems: You can set your timezone in "My Profile" top right corner. By doing so, we show all posts in the forums using your timezone, automatically adjusting for any daylight savings which might be relevant for your location.

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September 2, 2018

Nikonians Cell Phone Photo Challenge

cell-phone-110px.jpg This is a Special Edition Contest, an extension of our big annual contest. Up to five images from this challenge will be advanced to the finals of the Best of Nikonians 2018.

A growing number of artists are using cell phones and tablets to create inspiring photography. We want to see what Nikonians can do when challenged with the limitations of cell phone photography.

The Nikonians Cell Phone Photo Challenge will open for entries until September 30, 2018.

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This contest is open only to Silver, Gold and Platinum members. The Nikonians Team is not eligible for this particular contest.

If you are currently a basic member there is still time to upgrade your membership and join the competition.

The Nikonians Team will choose the winner and 4 honorable mentions. All 5 images will be advanced to the finals of the Best of Nikonians 2018 contest.

The winner will be announced in the first week of October and will be recognized in the Nikonians Blog and will receive a printable Certificate of Photographic Achievement.

We look forward to seeing how you fulfill this challenge!

Click here to enter.


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