D3s testing with Stephanie

Generally, camera reviewers get brick walls and test charts out to test new cameras. I’m a bit more distractible than that, so I took the fantastic actor Stephanie Danielson out for a shoot. Shooting actors is different than shooting for Photoshop-crazy magazines — they need photos that show how they actually look, and aren’t about the photographer going nuts. Perfect for me, since I needed photos that show what the new Nikon D3s can actually do.

Of course, as the sun went down and we kept shooting away, it got a bit more creative so we could show the kinds of things you can do with a camera that can see in the dark as well as the D3s can. And I took the opportunity to do some “Brenizer Method” photos, which will be clearly marked. Also, the post “Feeling Festive” was from this shoot.

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ISO 200, 85mm, f/3.2, 1/125th

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ISO 200, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/500th

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ISO 1600, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/250th

“Brenizer method” (17 shots) ISO 1600, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/160th

“Brenizer method” (8 shots) ISO 1600, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/160th

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ISO 12800, 52mm, f/3.2, 1/50th

ISO 4000, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/160th

ISO 3200, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/125th

“Brenizer method” (18 shots) ISO 4000, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/100th

And of course, since we’re interested in the video capabilities as well, here is a short clip of Stephanie taken at 85mm f/1.4, ISO 3200:

Stephanie and Sam: 10.10.09

I’m going to lay it all on the line here: This is going to be the best wedding you’ll see today featuring a mariachi band and unicycle tricks.

Sam runs a great bicycle shop up in Westchester, and so bicycles featured prominently in the wedding (and their engagement shoot). Right from the start I knew they were dedicated to making sure their guests had a good time, and they did. The party, at the beautiful castle in Manhattanville College, was so good that several local students decided to crash it for a bit! Sadly, neither Owen Wilson nor Vince Vaughn were among them.

As you’ll see from the photos and the slideshow, it was a gorgeous day, from weather to the ceremony to all of the great people therein. Congratulations, you two!













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Well, that’s ONE way to fix a blown red channel

I’ve talked before about the creative possibilities of extreme white balance adjustments, and how the grey point controls on Nikon’s Capture NX2 provide the most extreme, high-quality control I’ve seen.

Well, I meant it.


Particularly interesting is how all of that hard-to-retain red-channel on a red flower in hard sun came back and the textures are realistic even if the color is very much not.