Friday, October 25, 2013

Walden Pond as seen with the Nikon D800

I generally use a Nikon D800 for shooting landscapes because of its high resolution that results in ultra large images. In my previous blog post I showed the images I took with a Fuji X-E1. They are very different from what I did with the D800, and I realized it is because the two cameras handle so differently.

This photo was taken late in the afternoon with a very bright sun and no fill light. It takes a very good camera, like the D800, to be able to open the deep shadows without any sign of noise in a situation like this. Typically, on an exceptionall bright and clear day such as this the scene would wind up as a silhouette instead of having the tree trunk and leaves showing full detail and color.
This image is a composite panorama of two D800 photos for a final total of 143mb file that is super sharp.
This is a close-up shot of the autumn reflections in the water from the above scene, done again as two images combined to make a super sized panorama.


  1. Very Inspiring, thanks for your time and effort

  2. Which ones do you feel the stronger, the d800 or the Fuji shots?

  3. Brian, it is probably not fair to even compare results from the two cameras. The point I was trying to make is that each camera was set up to do a different task. The Fuji with a fast aperture lens was set up to do primarily closeups with heavy bokeh effects, whereas the D800 was taking more distant landscapes at deeper apertures for greater depth of field. On top of that, the Fuji was set to a 1:1 crop that effectively reduces it to a camera. Many time with the Nikon I was even combining two images to make a larger panorama that effectively increased its already high 36mp resolution by a factor of about 1.5. For me the most interesting results of the day were how each camera/lens setup influenced the creative process of what to shoot and how to shoot it.