June 2008 Archives

Hot Shoe Blues

By Martin Joergensen | June 30, 2008 10:26 PM | | Comments ( 1)


I have always had problems with the hot shoes on my cameras. I shoot a lot of pictures very close to saltwater - sometimes even wading in saltwater - and that invariably means saltwater sprays all over my cameras.

Most of them have endured this otherwise rough torture, but a few have suffered the BHSCS (Bad-Hot-Shoe-Contact-Syndrome).

Salt, water and metal is a very bad mixture, and add to that electricity (or expected electricity, otherwise known as contact) and you are going down a road called Failure.
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D700 in print

By Martin Joergensen | June 30, 2008 4:34 PM | | Comments ( 0)

The D700 seems more than likely now, as the German magazine ProfiFoto has it on print (but not online) in its latest edition - alongside with the news of a new flagship flash from Nikon, named the SB-900.
It's the German blog PhotoScala that reports on the D700, and they have almost been run down by the stampeding, newshungry web crowd.

The camera is as expected a full frame (FX) body with an optional vertical grip (uses the same as the D300). It's rated at 5 fps (8 with the grip) and ISO's up to 6400.

This is far from a D3, but certainly a good contender for the role as a competitor for the very popular Canon 5D. With the same high ISO performance as the D3, a price tag in the 2,600 Euros range and facilities in the space somewhere between D300 and D3, Nikon should have a pretty sure succes with this new camera.

A few people are whining about the launch not being a D3x with much higher resolution, but my guess is that they won't have to wait long for Nikon to offer something in this range too.

But for now we're just waiting for Nikon to make this fully official.

"On Location" on Twitter

By Martin Joergensen | June 30, 2008 10:31 AM | | Comments ( 1)

copenhagen-bikes.jpgFor those readers into new social services on the web, Twitter won't be unknown, but to the rest of us, it's a new thing. I have heard of it many times, and even signed up a while back, but never used it. Now I will try to see what this messaging service can do for me and my activities.

I have changed my account name to OnLocation, and can now be Twittered on https://twitter.com/onlocation

The idea is that I tell Twitter what I'm doing right now - through the web or my cell phone - and other people can then "follow" me and get messages about my whereabouts. OK, not really photo related, and maybe just a fad, but I decided to give it a chance anyway.

If you are on Twitter you can follow me, and we will see where this leads "On Location" and this blog. And I'm on Technorati too.

To add at least a bit of photography you get a Copenhagen image shot a couple of days ago on a day with beautiful weather and a great sky.

Rusty dogwalk

By Martin Joergensen | June 28, 2008 11:07 PM | | Comments ( 0)

I often find some really nice locations when I walk my dog. Like today. I was out near the water just south of Copenhagen, and walked along a wall towards a large plant where they make concrete building part, pipes, rings for wells and things like that. As I reached the water the wall just stopped and I could enter. This being a Saturday meant nobody at work and I could fool around with my D40 mounted with a Sigma 10-20mm. I found this fascinating pile of huge, rusty machine parts and the soft light from the overcast sky gave me some great shots.

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Great lighting videos

By Martin Joergensen | June 28, 2008 6:54 PM | | Comments ( 0)


Lastolite has a bunch of really excellent videos on using all their neat gear: backgrounds, reflectors, umbrellas and much more. Although the videos naturally do focus on Lastolite's own products and some of them just show how to pack and unpack, there are lots of great generally applicable tips on using softboxes, reflectors, backgrounds and other kinds of lighting gear.

And if you are into lighting and want to watch some more videos, The Grip Guide might be interesting to you too. This Pixel Corps production comes out with irregular intervals, but the archive consists of 11 videos. The show is aimed at people working within cinematography and does deal with much larger setups than most of us use for our strobes and cameras, but you will find plenty tips, which are very useful for studio flash or off camera strobe work.

Best Photoshop function... ever!

By Martin Joergensen | June 27, 2008 11:02 AM | | Comments ( 0)

Scott Kelby and his latest guest blogger Matt Kloskowski have been blogging on Photoshop Insider about stuff that people want in Photohop, and there's a host of great ideas to new function, extension of dialogs and great ways to get Photoshop to do its job even better.

But in all the serious suggestions you've gotta love this "Fix all" entry by Dave Cross. That's the kind of functions we want in the coming versions of Photoshop !

You can see many more - serious - suggestions here.

D700 is happening...

By Martin Joergensen | June 26, 2008 11:11 PM | | Comments ( 0)


...or is it?

The rumor smiths are now totally boiling over with confirmations of the existence of a new full frame Nikon body. Online announcements, price lists, spy pics of catalog prints, even pictures of the camera itself. The number of indications seem almost overwhelming. The specs are very precise and seem legit to such an extent that it really is plausible that Nikon is launching a new D300-like FX-body any day now.

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Off Location with Martin Joergensen

By Martin Joergensen | June 24, 2008 10:08 PM | | Comments ( 0)

This is the first entry in my new blog. Well, it actually isn't because I wrote a few samples to test the format and demonstrate the possible content, and these first entries are perfectly valid and can still be found below and in the archive.

But this is the first official entry in connection with the launch of the blog, and its purpose is to introduce the blog - and perhaps myself a bit.

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Radio flash triggers

By Martin Joergensen | June 16, 2008 2:56 PM | | Comments ( 0)


Today I acquired a set of Doerr radio controllers for my D200 and two SB-800's.

I have been using Nikon's excellent built-in wireless flash control system, which Nikon calls CLS (Creative Lighting System), and that system works beyond what you can imagine. It not only controls flash synchronization and exposure, but also enables you to control many flashes, dose each of them individually or in groups and offers many other neat features. And it gives you almost guaranteed perfect exposures - even with complex flash setups.

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I never shot a brick wall

By Martin Joergensen | June 16, 2008 2:16 PM | | Comments ( 0)


Pixel peeping and analyzing dull images of walls shot head on have never been my idea of assessing images or equipment.

I know that some photographers will welcome any new piece of equipment by bolting it to a tripod, setting it up perpendicular to an evenly lit wall and fill a memory card with meticulously bracketed images of bricks. The best walls seem to be basement walls in your own house, but other walls will do. Outdoors walls are not really popular, and if the wall in question requires a walk through reality, it's almost ruled out.

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The guessing game

By Martin Joergensen | June 16, 2008 12:23 PM | | Comments ( 0)


Once every 12-18 months or so, the rumor smiths go haywire over possible new camera models from Nikon. Right now the kettle is almost boiling over with wild guesses about D3x, D90 and even a D400! All sorts of fake images are floating around and all sorts of supportive scraps of information from ads, web sites, item no. registrations, slips-of-tongues in third party press releases, firmware hacks and what-have-you support the rumors.

But you know what? Most of it is exactly what is sounds like: fantasy!

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