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October 15, 2018

Cell Phone Challenge Winners

CellPhoneChallenge_110px.jpgWe are pleased to announce the winners of the Nikonians Cell Phone Photos Challenge.

The winner is Joanna Pecha (PixiePixels01)


In addition to our overall winner the five members have been selected as Honorable Mention.

All images will be advanced to the Best of Nikonians 2018 Contest.

You can see the full images and congratulate the winners here.

  • Walrus of Foxe Basin by Richard Roth (ricardo00)
  • Abuzz With a Coming Storm by John Tabor (tknogeek)
  • Dolomites by Andrew Laycock (Oppyrider)
  • A Grandfather's Dream by Sarah Boser (Sarah9)
  • Museum Of Islamic Art, Doha by Jody Camacho (Jodys98Torch)



Don't forget to check out our Current Contests.

Posted by dm1dave at 6:36 PM

October 11, 2018

Z7, tracking your keepers and composition for architecture

20181011_093808_4_red-knobs-on-wolf-range_miguellecuona_110px.jpgPhotokina in Cologne, Germany was again an exciting show with Nikon showcasing the Z7 in all its glory with many visitors having the chance to try out a larger number of available Z7 and Z6 cameras on the stands.

Z7 and monster wall shot
The Z7 seems to be a very versatile camera while great to hold even with my large hands and it comes with splendid AF - it was a joy to use in different lighting.

One truly large exhibit wall was dedicated to a great shot done by Marsel van Oosten (Marsel) while in Africa, depicting workers on a field taken by, you guessed it, a Nikon Z7.

New Z series books
Two new books are due out mid 2019 on the Z6 and Z7 written by DigitalDarrell under our NikoniansPress banner, thanks to the US publisher Rocky Nook. The sister (or rather mother) publisher, dpunkt Verlag has scheduled two german books on the Z cameras as well. Any book under the NikoniansPress banner contains a voucher for a discounted Gold Membership at Nikonians and members have the chance to showcase their best images taken by the specific camera in question.

If you want to participate with your great shots in one of the books, make sure you keep an eye on the corresponding forum at Nikonians. Only images that are qualified through Nikonians end up in the NikoniansPress books.

Keeping track of your keepers
Talking about Nikonians Gold memberships, more members have set up their own portfolios at Nikonians available to all members on Platinum and Gold levels. This is a great way to keep track of your own, best shots while showcasing them to others under an easy to remember internet address.

3D lens for common cameras
At the photokina show I had the chance to meet up with Matthias, the founder and Klaus, the CTO of K|Lens, a startup that wants to bring out a new 3D lens plus software plugins to render the captured, three dimensional data. They have a few prototype lenses and expect to go into production in 2019.

This is definitely interesting technology and based upon that the optics will be great, this can be a very interesting product for us photographers, turning our regular cameras into 3D capturing machines with a set of new possibilities for still photography as well, such as extended DoF, tilt-shift, bokeh simulations, segmenting the image in depth-layers with editing such layers separately, plus more.

I have created a k-lens discussion thread on this technology in our forums.

Working Pro
In his second installment of the premium article series on Shooting Real Estate and Architecture, Miguel is discussing composition.

Red Knobs on Wolf Range by Miguel Lecuona

Tips & Tricks: hand-holding long lenses
My dear partner and co-founder of Nikonians, Ramon (jrp) has wrapped up the do's and don'ts hand-holding longer lenses. Read more

Our Editor's Choice team featured the 100th member, Voltaire (Alaz) some days back with a great shot he took.

In the final segment of the Best of Nikonians 2018, "Wonders of old and new technology" we are celebrating the 200 years of technological evolution from the industrial revolution through today.

This is a Special Edition Contest, an extension of our big annual contest and it is open for entries up until November 15, 2018. Participate with your image.

Community enhancements
Thanks to all of our supporting members on a paid membership and those of you joining our fundraising, we are capable of continuously improving Nikonians - here are some of the latest changes:

Video linking
You can now include video links in your forum posts and a video player shows when you post the link. This works for vimeo and youtube videos.

Easier avatar upload
Your avatar (preferably a "mugshot") can now be uploaded at larger size and you can crop it online prior final upload. Don't have an avatar set yet? This is a good time to do it. Just go to "My Profile" and click on the "avatar" image top center of the page.

OP date is back
Original Posting date is back for larger views (smaller views, e.g. on mobile devices do not contain it).

Member username clickable
The username of other members now clickable on many locations showing a new menu for easy visiting the members portfolio, profile, gallery or to follow the member.

Sort and filter followers and activities
It is now easier to sort and filter both the members and the activities of the members you are following and the members following you. A maximum of 90 days of activities of the members you are following is being shown.

Gallery sorting
Sorting in the galleries, semi-broken as it was, has been fixed, plus the images in your favorites collection in the galleries are now clickable again to see the larger, original image.

Private message confirmation
A confirmation page is now shown when you have sent a private message to another member.

Enjoy the weekend, may it bring you good colors and great shapes.
Bo (bgs)

Posted by bgs at 12:20 PM