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About BillM

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  • Birthday 13/11/1949

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  • Real Name
    Bill Mellen
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    Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Photographic Interests
    Photography and looking forward to retirement
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    Nikon, iPhone
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    24-120 fx 16-80 dx
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  1. Colorful and beautiful set Aquinaldo!
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    Pileated Woodpecker

    Thank you Walton, I was able to enhance the contrast, color and sharpening with our modern technology.
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    Pileated Woodpecker

    Thank you very much Dallas!
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    Pileated Woodpecker

    Finally! I got a picture of a Pileated Woodpecker from our deck. Overcast and flat light, but for once the bird stuck around long enough for me to catch it in a fleeting perch on a dead branch. They normally zoom by into the brush next to the house, or alight just long enough for me to imagine that I hear Woody Woodpecker’s famous laugh before they fly off. Not the greatest picture, but a small personal victory
  5. Congratulations Mike! Outstanding photograph.
  6. My observations with the Z6 and Lightroom CC. Applies to Camera Raw as well. LR produces very nice images with Z6 files and there are some big differences in how Adobe handles Z6 .NEF files. In the past, when you set Adobe Defaults for a camera, you get a color profile of Adobe Color, all basic adjustments zeroed and sharpening of 40/1.0/25/0 and no Noise Reduction. With the Z6 and Z7 you get an Adobe Camera Profile matching the one used in the camera, some interesting sharpening values and noise reduction that varies with subject and ISO. When opening a Z6 / (and downloaded Z7) .NEFs in LR Classic CC 8.1 or LR CC Desktop (At Default Adobe Settings)the camera assigned profile is retained, Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Saturation, Sharpening and Noise Reduction varies depending on the in camera settings. Active D-Lighting: In general, any Active D-Lighting will yield a Shadows Adjustment of +0.1 ADL Normal will cause a +0.33 Exposure Adjustment and ADL High will cause a +0.67 Exposure Adjustment. This is consistent with the camera slightly underexposing to protect highlights when ADL is used. Picture Controls: Standard yields the Standard camera matching profile in LR. Sometimes with a minor change to saturation. Auto will yield minor changes in contrast and sometimes Saturation. Auto yields the Standard camera matching profile in LR as well. Custom Picture Controls: Any changes to contrast in the in-camera settings for the picture control will yield a change in contrast in LR. Standard with a -1 Contrast in camera seems to yield a -0.24 contrast adjustment in LR. Sharpening: Lower ISO settings seem to yield something like Sharpeniing 40 / Radius 2.0 / Detail 25 / Masking 0. Noise Reduction: Noise reduction values yielded in LR vary based on subject and ISO. Observation: A well exposed JPEG with Standard or Auto Picture Control and ADL off or Low yields a fairly nice .NEF conversion in LR. ADL High and above, not so much. White Balance: ARGGGGGHHHHHHHH! Z6 / Z7 .NEF and Fuji XT3 .RAF files yield wacky Light Balance Values in LR. Tint values of -30 instead of +10. If you try an Adobe Daylight Preset you will get bleah results. The original Profiles are calibrated against a different standard. I was able to download a set of V2 profiles for the Z6 from Adobe that help somewhat. After you change from the starting profile to one of the V2 profiles, the Tint calibration seems to work as it used to. The rint calibration issue also affects custom profiles created with X-Rite software as well. The white balance issues are not a show stopper, but they are clumsy to deal with and make a custom x-rite dual illumination profile pretty much useless. Also, creating a preset in LR CC Classic with a V2 profile will not properly apply it to images. It will be interesting to see how Adobe deals with the new process 5 profiles they have created. I am sure many of their developers are considering other less complicated careers at this time
  7. Aquinaldo, My Z6 gives a green focus point with my adapted 60mm f/2.8G Micro and with Native Z-Mount lenses. It does not seem to give a green focus point with my adapted Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AIS lens. I have to use the focus peaking feature if I want a focusing aid with this non-CPU lens. I hope Nikon fixes this with a BIOS update.
  8. Dallas, One solution you might try in LightRoom is to apply extra barrel / pincushion and Vignetting adjustments in LR under Lens Corrections on the "Manual" Tab. This works even with the "built-in" lens profile active. Out of curiosity, is the LR version of the built-in profile for raw files the same as the camera's version in a JPG? If you compare a SOOC Jpg with a Raw file in LightRoom, do they both have the same amount of barrel / pincushion distortion with your 8-16 lens? I have noticed that distortion corrections sometimes need a tweak or two depending on the subject distance and the fact that some of the built-in profiles do not do a 100% correction. Besides, you might not want some images to be 100% rectilinear in the first place.
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    Starling in flight

    I like the presentation because it is different from what I usually see. The uncluttered presentation is quite pleasant. Nicely done Grahame!
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    Another iPhone X image

    I completely agree with you Chris. The iPhone is great for some things, good for well lit subjects and better than no camera at all for pretty much everything else..
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    Another iPhone X image

    Apparently so. Just like old color film 🙂 i think the camera will go higher, but the images will be smeared even more than I see in this image the exposure was 1/4 second which with my shaky hands makes any semblance of acuity in this picture a modern miracle!
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    Nice image Mike! very well done.
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    Another iPhone X image

    Thanks for the comments Dallas, Chris, Vivian and Mike. Here is a “high” ISO shot from the other night to show how the iPhone X handles lower light levels. ISO 200 🙂 Dinner at Sage by Bill Mellen, on Flickr
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    Another iPhone X image

    Thank you Aquinaldo! Dallas, I looked at using raw and figured the process of phone to cloud to Lightroom Desktop was too complicated to bother with. I have gotten a lot of enjoyment from iPhone pictures with minimal processing on the iPad or the phone itself. This was has a slight straightening applied to this image and the rest is out of the camera. On the other hand, I have missed quite a few opportunities by not using a more capable camera because of my clumsiness with making exposure adjustments and getting focus right. My fingers simply do not have the dexterity and precision needed to use the in camera controls to their fullest capability.
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