Sunday, August 30, 2009


Ain't Chicago great?

Who needs New York when this town is so visually rich? And, let me remind you, I'm not posting shots from the overused Milennium Park...

View from the bridge behind the Civic Opera.

The stairs inside the chuch that houses the Seminary Coop Bookstore, in Hyde Park.

I believe this is the intersection between Wabash and Monroe Streets, in the Chicago Loop.

Later, some other things I've done with this camera. BTW, its purchase was lagging on my credit card statement until recently, when I sent payment for the remaining balance. In other words, I just paid off both, my Nikon D700 and my AF-S 24-70 lens.

Time to get those warranty papers on hand... Just in case!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Playing with DX

In both of these images I used my trustworthy (despite being much maligned) AF-S 24-120 VR lens. However, only, one of them has the DX area setting. Which one may be? The one with the colorfully made-up girl, or the window announcement about "patriotic items" going down in price? BTW, these were images from the Swedish Days in Geneva, where we went with our son (he has to learn to travel with his parents some day...).

So, which one is it?

Try again...


The reason to do this was to crop in camera at the same time that I maximized the reach of the lens. The nice portrait didn't take me long to shoot, and it benefitted from the framelines that help compose through the viewfinder. Yes, one could claim that I "lose" information by reducing the document to 5 MP instead of using the whole shebang of this 12 MP sensor... but my concern is to get the image, reach where I want, not to produce a file of a certain dimension.

Do you do this often? I found myself doing it for this shot in California, only that instead of my AF-S 24-120 I had my AF-S 24-70.

Not bad for a beginner... At a given moment, having the DX option contributes to extend the reach, get the shot and maximize a telephoto. This image, cropped to look like something shot with a 115 or 120mm lens, simply delivers what I wanted to show: the thrill of going down in a weird, crazy machine, in a sunny, gorgeous and intensely blue day.