Throwback Today — 001

About five years ago, I did one Throwback Thursday because I saw a lot of places doing throwback stuff. I then promptly forgot about it . . . until now.

Today, out of the blue, I thought about my D100 and my D200 cameras, just sitting there, unused . . . and I thought “I should use them, just to keep them in good working order”. And, just like that, the Throwback Today Project was born.

Except, I don’t have the time for a dedicated photoshoot tomorrow, so I’m using photos I shot with the D200 in 2017. At the time, I was shooting the Nikon D7000 (another camera I still have) and it was just before I bought the P900 (which ended up consuming a lot of my shooting time for the following few years). Basically, like I plan to do now, I wanted to keep the camera in good working order.

As some might know or remember, I was living in Hawaiʻi at the time, and the above was shot with the D200 paired with the Nikon 80-400mm lens. That’s a small section of the garden at the condo where we were staying, and I shot this from the third-floor lanai looking down.

Of course, I can’t leave it like that . . .

Topaz Impression 2 Standalone Plugin

Hardware-wise, the D200 is actually a higher-end camera than the D7000. Dual memory slots, faster huge buffer, beefier body, and so on, but the D7000 beats it in low-light/high-ISO performance, shoots movies, has a few other software-related advantages, and one important hardware advantage … a bigger preview screen.

However, as you look at the above photos and the ones to follow, keep in mind that the D200 is still a very capable camera . . . that you can pick up for less than $100.

A tree across the street from the condo in Hawaiʻi.

In terms of photo quality, and when paired with even a consumer lens, I can’t fault the photos. Again, shooting at anything over ISO 800 requires pretty good lighting, or you end up with a lot of noise . . . BUT! . . . these days, noise isn’t as big a deal as it once was because of tremendous advances in the noise-reduction capability of many post-processing software packages (DxO and Topaz both currently offer uber-capable tools for noise reduction; almost magical, they be).

Topaz Studio 2 Processing

The aim of these Throwback Today posts is to shoot what I normally shoot, but do so with either the D100 or D200. Since I own and use the same lenses I had when I was still using these cameras, the camera will be the only difference in the setup from what I currently use. The only new lens that will be used with the D200 and D100 is the 70-300mm kit lens I got when I bought the D7500.

Kona Harbor from the third-floor walkway at the condo in Hawaiʻi.

Notice that all these photos are shot from the condo . . . and that’s because I was just shooting to use the camera. If we traveled anywhere, I relied on the D7000 and the phone (my then-still-alive Note II) for all my photo-taking needs.

That’s a pretty blah day for Hawaiʻi, and that’s because of the vog that would occasionally waft over to the Kona side from the volcano all the way around the other side of the island. But, again, the tools have improved since then. For instance, I can bring Luminar AI to bear and replace the sky.

Luminar AI Sky Replacement

Of course, that’s still blah-ish so I called up Aurora HDR to help me out . . .

Aurora HDR single-photo processing

All of the above happen to be shot with a long zoom . . . here’s one shot with some zoom, but with the subject a lot closer . . .

The fruits of a palm tree

And, yes, I played around with this one as well . . .

Topaz Studio 2 Processing

As usual, I think WordPress degrades the photos . . . you can still click on them to see the larger size I uploaded, but if you want to see the photo in more detail, THIS SmugMug gallery has the above photos (and will have future photos from this project’s series). The point I’m making is that the D200 is still a very capable camera that beats pretty much most Point-and-Shoot one can buy for more money.

Here’s a WP gallery of the above:

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