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  1. Rick Waldroup

    POTW #2.10 Ribbons Of White & Grey

    What a wonderful photograph. The composition is just about perfect and the processing is superb. Great stuff.
  2. Rick Waldroup

    POTW #2.6 The Eye - Commerce Street

    Thanks for the honor, Dallas. It is much appreciated.
  3. Rick Waldroup

    Street Photography With the Nikon Coolpix A

    I agree with you. I always wanted the Coolpix A, but did not want to pay what Nikon thought it was worth. After years of searching, I finally found one on ebay for an excellent price and decided to jump on it. My intent was to shoot B&W with it, never color. For the stuff I am shooting with it, it fits my needs perfectly.
  4. Rick Waldroup

    Street Photography With the Nikon Coolpix A

    Thanks for all of the comments. Alan, I saw your post about all of your film cameras and lenses. Oh my, that brought back some memories....ūüėé
  5. Rick Waldroup

    POTW #2.6 The Eye - Commerce Street

    Ed's notes: It's always so good to see Rick's contributions here on Fotozones. This series of images in the article here, are all excellent, but this one stands out for me as having the strongest subject. The guy cleaning the lawn with the leaf blower is a typical Rick quirk that I really love.

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  6. In my seemingly never ending quest for smaller and lighter gear for my street photography, I recently acquired a slightly used Nikon Coolpix A compact camera. I had previously been shooting with M4/3 gear, specifically Panasonic cameras. The A was introduced in June 2013. It features an APS-C DX 16.2 megapixel sensor in a very small, compact package. It comes with a fixed 28mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens. The camera has a shutter speed range of 30 seconds to 1/2000 and the ISO can be set from 100 to 6400, with two extensions available- 12,800 and 25,600. While I rarely shoot anything beyond 3200, I have tried the 12,800 setting and the results were really astonishing- very clean and usable images. My settings for the camera are the same ones I have used on all film and digital cameras I have used in the past- I shoot in aperture priority with center-weighted metering. I set the lens to autofocus about 50% of the time. The rest of the time I switch the lens to manual focus, set the lens to f/11, and zone focus by manually focusing the lens on an object about 6 feet away- anything from about 4 feet away and beyond is in focus. The biggest adjustment I had to make when I first got the camera was learning to use a screen to compose the shots with instead of some sort of viewfinder. In the past I had always used some type of viewfinder, whether it be optical or electronic. Plus, in very bright sunlight, the screen on the back of the camera can be difficult to use, so I promptly purchased an Xpro Viewfinder III for the camera. This is an extremely well-made optical bright-line viewfinder with markings for 28, 35, and 45mm lenses. This viewfinder is a real bargain compared to the Nikon viewfinder, which can cost as much as $300.00. The XPro viewfinder is approximately $75.00. I also added a Nikon lens hood which snaps into a ring that surrounds the lens. Using the camera on the streets has truly been a liberating experience. The fixed 28mm lens is just about perfect for street photography. I tend to compose the shots a bit differently than I had previously and the small, compact size of the camera means that I virtually take it with me everywhere I go. A lot of times, I do not carry any type of bag or pouch for the camera- I simply hang the camera around my neck (something I never did previously), stuff an extra battery and memory card in my pocket, and then I am off to explore and see what I can find. In the next few weeks I will be publishing an article about another type of camera I will be experimenting with- street photography using a large format 8x10 pinhole film camera. I will be scanning the 8x10 black-and-white contact prints using an Epson flat-bed scanner. I do not know what the results are going to be using such a large and slow camera for street photography, but I do know one thing- it should be a lot of fun. Stay tuned for the results. Pacific Street - Dallas, Texas Elm Street - Dallas, Texas Animas Street - Trinidad, Colorado The Eye - Commerce Street - Dallas, Texas Houston Street - Dallas, Texas El Dorado Motel - Fort Worth, Texas NW 4th Street - Fort Worth, Texas Main Street - Dallas, Texas Pegasus Plaza - Dallas, Texas View full article
  7. Rick Waldroup

    Street Photography With the Nikon Coolpix A

    In my seemingly never ending quest for smaller and lighter gear for my street photography, I recently acquired a slightly used Nikon Coolpix A compact camera. I had previously been shooting with M4/3 gear, specifically Panasonic cameras. The A was introduced in June 2013. It features an APS-C DX 16.2 megapixel sensor in a very small, compact package. It comes with a fixed 28mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8 lens. The camera has a shutter speed range of 30 seconds to 1/2000 and the ISO can be set from 100 to 6400, with two extensions available- 12,800 and 25,600. While I rarely shoot anything beyond 3200, I have tried the 12,800 setting and the results were really astonishing- very clean and usable images. My settings for the camera are the same ones I have used on all film and digital cameras I have used in the past- I shoot in aperture priority with center-weighted metering. I set the lens to autofocus about 50% of the time. The rest of the time I switch the lens to manual focus, set the lens to f/11, and zone focus by manually focusing the lens on an object about 6 feet away- anything from about 4 feet away and beyond is in focus. The biggest adjustment I had to make when I first got the camera was learning to use a screen to compose the shots with instead of some sort of viewfinder. In the past I had always used some type of viewfinder, whether it be optical or electronic. Plus, in very bright sunlight, the screen on the back of the camera can be difficult to use, so I promptly purchased an Xpro Viewfinder III for the camera. This is an extremely well-made optical bright-line viewfinder with markings for 28, 35, and 45mm lenses. This viewfinder is a real bargain compared to the Nikon viewfinder, which can cost as much as $300.00. The XPro viewfinder is approximately $75.00. I also added a Nikon lens hood which snaps into a ring that surrounds the lens. Using the camera on the streets has truly been a liberating experience. The fixed 28mm lens is just about perfect for street photography. I tend to compose the shots a bit differently than I had previously and the small, compact size of the camera means that I virtually take it with me everywhere I go. A lot of times, I do not carry any type of bag or pouch for the camera- I simply hang the camera around my neck (something I never did previously), stuff an extra battery and memory card in my pocket, and then I am off to explore and see what I can find. In the next few weeks I will be publishing an article about another type of camera I will be experimenting with- street photography using a large format 8x10 pinhole film camera. I will be scanning the 8x10 black-and-white contact prints using an Epson flat-bed scanner. I do not know what the results are going to be using such a large and slow camera for street photography, but I do know one thing- it should be a lot of fun. Stay tuned for the results. Pacific Street - Dallas, Texas Elm Street - Dallas, Texas Animas Street - Trinidad, Colorado The Eye - Commerce Street - Dallas, Texas Houston Street - Dallas, Texas El Dorado Motel - Fort Worth, Texas NW 4th Street - Fort Worth, Texas Main Street - Dallas, Texas Pegasus Plaza - Dallas, Texas
  8. Dallas, I just posted the article about the Coolpix A.  Take a look at it and see what you think.  Do whatever is necessary about editing the text, photos, etc.  I trust your judgement so I will leave it with you.  Later, Rick.

     

     

     

    Dallas, a few days ago I started to post some photos and a short text about  my experience using a Nikon Coolpix A for my street photography.  However, I thought a more in-depth article might be more useful.  What do you think.  I could write an article  about using this small compact camera and illustrate it with several photos.  I have been absent lately due to family obligations (nothing serious, just time consuming) but all that is behind me now and I am getting back into the swing of things.  If you think it is a good idea, how do I go about doing this?  Later, Rick.

    1. Dallas

      Dallas

      Duly published! Thanks so much, Rick! 

  9. Dallas, a few days ago I started to post some photos and a short text about  my experience using a Nikon Coolpix A for my street photography.  However, I thought a more in-depth article might be more useful.  What do you think.  I could write an article  about using this small compact camera and illustrate it with several photos.  I have been absent lately due to family obligations (nothing serious, just time consuming) but all that is behind me now and I am getting back into the swing of things.  If you think it is a good idea, how do I go about doing this?  Later, Rick.

    1. Dallas

      Dallas

      Will send you a PM, Rick. :) 

  10. Rick Waldroup

    Please delete my post

    Yes, it did day Edit. I was looking for a simple Save button, but never found one. It is okay, no problem. I have asked for the original post to be deleted, as I have taken the photos and text off of it.
  11. Rick Waldroup

    Please delete my post

    Thanks, Mike. I have edited the previous post.
  12. Rick Waldroup

    Please delete my post

    Can the mods please delete my earlier post about street photography with the Coolpix A. I am having too many problems loading the photos and also am having problems editing the original post. The post, as it stands, is incomplete and should be deleted. Thanks, Rick. By the way, if you edit your post, how do you save it?
  13. Rick Waldroup

    Pool game

    A really sexy and provocative shot. She is offset with the trio of fluorescent lights, seemingly floating in mid-air, like electric clouds. This is very cool.
  14. Rick Waldroup

    Random

    Thanks for the comments. Yes, the past couple of months have really been tough. But everything is fine now.
  15. Rick Waldroup

    Random

    Some random shots from the past few months. Due to illness (the flu), and other things, I have not been out shooting for a while. Everything seems back to normal now, so better days are ahead.... Pegasus Plaza - Main Street - Dallas, Texas - December 4, 2017 Civil War Battle Flag Supporters - University Blvd - Fort Worth, Texas - February 3, 2018 Main Street - Fort Worth, Texas - November 29, 2017
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