Inside a Nikon Lens

Nikon Lens
If you are a photographer and wonder why some lenses are more expensive than others…its the glass. Fast glass will include better quality optics and usually more elements. This equals a higher cost. Will you get better quality photos with better lenses? Simple answer, yes. My bag contains a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. If I compare that to my Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6….not even a battle. Years ago, I started only buying fast glass. This does slow my purchasing, but the wait is worth it. Next on my list is the Nikon 85mm f/1.4.

The photo above is courtesy of “N Photo” magazine. A magazine that is for Nikon owners and it has wonderful pics and nice info for beginners to experts. You can download the iTunes app here N Photo. And check if it is still valid…you might get one issue for free!

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Paris, France – The Louvre (HDR)

From my favorite city in the world…Paris, France…the Louvre in HDR.   Not only is this place an art lovers dream, it is fantastic for photographers as well!!   Any time of the day!   The pyramids out front draw you you into the courtyard.  Here is some info on these pyramids from the web:

The Louvre Palace is an almost rectangular structure, composed of the square Cour Carrée and two wings which wrap the Cour Napoléon to the north and south. In the heart of the complex is the Louvre Pyramid, above the visitor’s center. The museum is divided into three wings: the Sully Wing to the east, which contains the Cour Carrée and the oldest parts of the Louvre; the Richelieu Wing to the north; and the Denon Wing, which borders the Seine to the south.

In 1983, French President François Mitterrand proposed the Grand Louvre plan to renovate the building and relocate the Finance Ministry, allowing displays throughout the building. Architect I. M. Pei was awarded the project and proposed a glass pyramid for the central courtyard. The pyramid and its underground lobby were inaugurated on 15 October 1988. The second phase of the Grand Louvre plan, La Pyramide Inversée (The Inverted Pyramid), was completed in 1993. As of 2002, attendance had doubled since completion

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/5
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza
  • Frankfurt, Germany – MyZeil (HDR)

    I was in Frankfurt the past week for work and had a Sunday afternoon to shoot around town for a few hours.  My standard technique to to plug in “Frankfurt” into Google and/or Flickr and find some cool locations to photograph.  While searching I came across a place called My Zeil.  What a cool looking place!  The German Designers rocked this location!!!   This design is for a shopping mall in the heart of Frankfurt!   It had this super cool glass front with a circular hole that twists inwards…like a black hole!  I’ll post this hole shot soon!

    Inside is a beautiful curved glass configuration with many floors!  You can even take an escalator from the first floor all the way up to the fourth floor.  This shot is from the fourth floor.  I really liked the curve of the roof in this section.  A great spot for photography!   I took about 30 shots here…I’m sure I can find much more.  But I had to be on my way to grab more city shots.  If you are even in Frankfurt…check out My Zeil!  A perfect spot for shopping and photography!

    Info from the web:  The MyZeil is a shopping mall in the city center of Frankfurt. It is part of the building ensembles PalaisQuartier and forms in which access to the Zeil shopping street. It was on 26 February 2009 during a public presentation of Frankfurt’s Mayor Petra Roth officially opened and recorded according to press reports on the first day 120,000 visitors. Because of massive interest visitors were admitted to the first few days only in phases, at times the queues at the entrances. After two weeks, the brand has exceeded one million visitors.

    The MyZeil is on six floors with one of the longest escalators in Germany (46 meters Ruhrmuseum tapped Zollverein 58 meters. The gross floor under the vaulted, with about 3,200 triangular glass-based structure is 77,000 square meters, to retail in the bottom three floors account for about 52,000 square meters. Anchor tenant in the basement are bullet is a Rewe-Markt (food), Anson’s (menswear with many leading fashion labels) to three Part bullets and (in the third / fourth floor Saturn electronics and home appliances market) to 7500 square meters. In the upper floors there is a ‘gastro-boulevard “with restaurants, a fitness club (Fitness First), with height and a spacious pool games and care for children. The total of nearly 100 shops were rented out to open about 97 percent, however, not all related. The square meter price expected to amount to a record high of up to 485 euros.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/20
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4 & CS5, Photomatix, Viveza