The Nikon P900 – Decision Time

Warning . . . long post ahead.

Yesterday, we drove to the Volcano National Park. The only camera I used was the Nikon P900. Got me some photos to share. I’ll post some, but the full gallery and associated video playlists are at the bottom of the post. 

We start out with macros shot at and near the Visitor Center.

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Wait, these next shots are not macros . . . 

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There is no SmugMug gallery of these shots. You can get a larger version by clicking on the individual shots or going to the gallery at the bottom, but these are not “original size” shots. The Nikon P900 takes a different mindset — or so I concluded — than the photos I take with the Nikon D7000 and my assorted lenses. 

Namely, present the photo as it is. If I want a “larger” or “closer” shot, I just zoom in and take the shot. 

Continuing, these are macros . . . 

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Shooting the Moon II – Nikon P900

This is a really short post. Enjoy.  

Last night and tonight I stepped out again to shoot the moon. Again, hand-held and at 2000mm (83x zoom). This next shot is a stacked image from four sequential shots taken last night. 

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Note: you get a better image when the moon is not at full or near full. That’s because features near the terminator are easier to see (look at the bottom right of the above). 

Once the moon is full, it’s difficult to see the textures relief because the light reflects nearly directly back at you, so no shadows from the surface features. 

This next photo is from a single shot. 

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Again, these are probably the best photos of the moon I’ve ever taken with any of the camera equipment I’ve owned. And this is taking into account I’m at sea level and hence having to shoot through a fair amount of atmosphere.

In Colorado, at 7,300 feet in elevation, the air is crisper and without as much disturbance from rising warm air. 

These next two shots were taken tonight using the BSS function of the camera. That stands for Best Shot Selector. Press the shutter and the camera takes ten photos, chooses the sharpest, and discards the rest. 

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And finally, this next shot is in color. I pushed the saturation a bit to boost the colors the sensor picked up. 

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Tomorrow we are heading to the Volcano National Park and the P900 will be my camera of choice for the day. By Sunday, I plan to make a decision on whether to keep it.

Thanks for reading. If you want to read a longer post, how about THIS one? Or, maybe THIS one.

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Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

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Finally, if you interpret anything on this blog as me asking or wanting pity, encouragement, or advice to better my life, know my subtle mix of irony, sarcasm, and humor is blowing right by you.

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Shooting the Moon – Nikon P900

This is an uncharacteristically short post. Enjoy.  

On July 28th, 2010, 5:28 am (Colorado time) I shot what is probably the best of all the moon photos I’ve taken. Here are two versions of the same photo, shot with my then Nikon D200 and the Nikon 80-400mm lens.

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You can click on the photos for a larger version. 

The original photo was shot in the light of new dawn and shows a blue sky as background to a pale moon. The photo was edited and processed to bring out detail and show it in a darkened sky.

Last night, I stepped out, leaned out from the balcony, and hand shot the moon with the P900.

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The Nikon P900 – Nearing A Decision

Yes, I’m still playing around with the camera. Between videos and photos, I’ve done about 1,200 captures, probably a few more videos than photos. Yes, I know you, my readers, are tired of hearing about it. By the way, for all you wondering, I bought this camera at Costco. They have a return policy of 90-days from date of purchase (no questions asked). Right now, I’m still leaning toward keeping it, but there are days when I consider returning it. The title says it all. 

Anyway, I’ve still not found the optimum settings both for all-around shooting and with consideration to the limited amount of tweaking inherent to shooting JPGs. The problem is that the camera can sometimes thrill me . . . 

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As it came out of the camera with a slight crop: 2400mm Equivalent Zoom, moving target, hand-held, 300-yards.

. . . and sometimes leave me underwhelmed . . . 

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It’s Black and White

After a long absence, I decided to submit a photo to Leanne Cole Monochrome Madness weekly journey into the world of Black and White.

I’d contributed before, but as I got busy with other stuff, I let it go for a while. I mean, I read the weekly posts because they provide ideas for what one can do with B&W. Plus, a few of the people I follow contribute every week. 

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That’s not my submission . . . it’s a photo I considered for submission. 

By the way, click on the photos for a larger version or, if you would like to see the photo in its original resolution, go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.

So, the above . . . I tried a few other version. Why this photo, you ask? This week’s submissions had a theme, and the theme was Reflection(s). The shot above is from one of the Kona Street Fairs and the puddle was the aftermath of a rare downpour earlier in the day. 

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Can you tell the difference between the above shots? The second has a bit more grain and more contrast. 

This next one has a small reduction in grain an a slight tweak in brightness. 

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If I don’t say anything, they will look almost as the same photo. If I tell you the last one appears sharper, then you’ll see it sharper. 

This last iteration adds a bit of glow, reduces the grain, and gives it a slight sepia tone.

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I then decided to use a different photo . . . 

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Of course, I played around with this as well since the above was not quite what I wanted.

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This was very close to being my submission . . . but I instead submitted this version. 

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Like I said, most people take little notice of things until you point them out. This one is brighter than the first one and sharper than the second. It is, in fact, a blending of those shots plus a few more tweaks. 

And, that’s it . . . a short post this is.

Because life to some seems a bit crappier now than a few weeks ago, I wanted to leave you with this video. It’s subtitled, but it’s worth watching. I did not discover it on my own; it came from THIS site via a blog I follow

Honest, as much as the message is great, I sadly don’t think we — humans — are like this. Perhaps during “good times”, but with today’s turmoil, it’s difficult to imagine this working. I mean, it would work with a small group of people. Everything can works when small groups meet face to face and look at each other in the eyes. 

The problem is that these days we don’t make the effort to meet, let alone speak, to “other” people. And even if we did, gather a large enough group, and the dynamic changes into a riot. 

Can you tell that I’m not all that optimistic? 

. . . but, it is nice to watch that video and dream of a future time . . . 

Oh, heck, while I’m at it, let me share my usual go-to video when ugliness becomes a bit much:

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If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
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Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

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Finally, if you interpret anything on this blog as me asking or wanting pity, encouragement, or advice to better my life, know my subtle mix of irony, sarcasm, and humor is blowing right by you.

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Snippets

Man, oh man, could I write stuff . . . politics, religion, fake news . . . so much happens every day that one hardly has the time to formulate an opinion before one is slammed with the latest surreal event. 

As much as I could write, none of it would be fiction, and that’s a problem . . . I’ve not written any fiction now going on two months. I mean, what’s the point? Half the stuff I hear is way stranger, more engaging, more entertaining, scarier, and more out there than anything I could come up with. 

So, I play with photographs.

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By the way, all of the photos (and their original versions) are in THIS SmugMug Gallery for them who want to see the originals. You can also click on the photos to have a larger version open up in a new window or tab. 

Anyway, since I got not fiction to share, I’ll share opinion snippets on various topics. I won’t go into long dissertations on each one because — frankly — I don’t think it matters what I say. In that regard, this is me venting for my own benefit, so that I might eventually move on with my life. 

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On Protesting and Other Things

This past week was one of protests and demonstrations. My first thought on protests is a selfish one: is it going to impact what I want to do? If not, sure, go ahead and knock yourself out. If yes, then I rather you didn’t.

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Personally, while I support the right of people to protest, I think they are not all that effective and offer as many pitfalls as benefits. Actually, more pitfalls than benefits. 

Before protesters start throwing Molotov cocktails in my direction, hear me out . . . 

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