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  1. Don't worry about it. There was a recent thread about the Eiffel Tower at night topic (it's about my photo). For nighttime images, I think it's okay as long as you don't use the photo for commercial purposes.
  2. Very nice, especially the composition on #2. The photos bring back memories from November. I really like the second one with the fountain in the foreground, leading down Champs de Mars to Ecole Militaire in the background. BTW, do you know what that thing is in front of the fountain? It looks like a bunch of gray missiles. My wife asked me yesterday and I didn't know. FWIW, we stayed in an apartment on Ave. de la Bourdonnais, approx. one block from the tower.
  3. Nice shot, Rags!
  4. These photos were actually taken for the 4th of July, but seemed appropriate for today ...
  5. I gave it a try, but some of the highlight data is lost. Therefore, the changes to the image are minimal at best and you can barely notice the difference.
  6. Mike, unfortunately I didn't take extra exposures. However, what's your opinion of opening the NEF in Photoshop, save several TIFs at different exposures and then combine those TIFs? Do you think that would be a workable solution?
  7. olivier and Lew - Thanks! Akira - :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
  8. Anthony - I don't think this is a problem because even though Nikongear is not my personal website, the image is not being used for commercial purposes. vivionm - The photo was taken with a D200 at ISO 400. Yes, I did have High ISO NR set to Normal, however, the posterization does not exist in the original NEF or subsequent TIF, even after using Noise Ninja (if I remember correctly, the Noise Index was 10). This particular image as you see it here has been reduced in size by 62% with a resolution of 72 dpi.
  9. Thanks, Akira. You are correct - the posterization in the glow is due to JPEG compression. The glow in the original NEF and subsequent TIF is clean.
  10. Eiffel Tower at Night - November 2011. Photo taken from the Trocadero - 1.5 second exposure
  11. Engadget is speculating a price of $3300 US for the D700.
  12. My work life isn't nearly as interesting as Geoff's. I am extremely happy that Dallas has found a direction, because over the past year, the two of us seem to have unintentionally coordinated our times being unemployed. If he can find something of interest to do, then so can I. I have spent the last 14 years working in IT as a developer and database specialist. I was laid off from my last regular job a year ago. Since then I have done a little consulting and spent a lot of time unemployed. Currently, I am finishing up a contract IT position. Previous to IT, I worked for nine years in the college bookstore industry. Like many others, I don't like what I do. Therefore, I am trying to make a career change toward being a writer combined with a little photography. I currently write for an online site, which has been a very good experience, but not great for the checking account. I also just found out that next spring, a regional print magazine will be publishing one of my articles. They're baby steps, but definitely steps in the right direction. Beyond that, I am also working on an application for a research grant. If I get the grant (I'll find out in November), I will be able to do something I will truly enjoy for the next year.
  13. Hi Kris, If you are somewhat flexible, the administrators at typically offer monthly trips to Pripyat. The only problem is that we (I am an editor for their English-language site and forum) only announce a trip after the last one has completed, so you would not know the date until approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the trip. They also offer private trips through their online shop at, though they currently are unable to accept credit cards (they're working on it). If that does not work for you, there are 2 tour operators in Kyiv I can recommend (I know people who have used both): SAM Travel: Solo East: Regards, Mark
  14. Thank you for your comments. I live a little north of Ann Arbor, MI - about a 3.5 hour drive from Cleveland. If I was worried about the radiation, there is no way I could have gone to Chernobyl. I trusted that the people I was with (including our guide) would keep me away from the truly dangerous areas. I look at it this way ... if it was really too dangerous for visitors, the Ukrainian government would not allow people to go there. I have friends in Ukraine that have been in the Zone at least 20-30 times, and they do not have any issues. I also have friends who work in the Zone for Chernobyl InterInform (2 weeks in the Zone and 2 weeks in Kyiv) and they do not have any health issues either. Radiation levels throughout most of the Zone are low enough now that it is safe for short stays, but still not safe enough for people to live there (certainly nowhere near as high as they were 22 years ago). I have been told that the typical radiation exposure for Zone visitors in a single day is similar to the exposure I received on my round trip flight from Detroit.
  15. It's about time I finally participated in one of these challenges - how could I possibly ignore this one? This scene was photographed with a D200 outside the city hospital in Pripyat, Ukraine - in the middle of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, approximately 3 km north of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.