Dil Roberts Photography

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Voigtlaender Skopar 50 f2.5 on the Nex-5N V
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02/17/13
Nikon V1

Nikon V1

I kept the 18.5mm f1.8 lens on the camera for the rest of my tour along the River Main. Some of you may know that I tend to do the same route whenever I test a new lens or system and tend to take the same type of images. This is because I know what the images should look like when a good lens is used. These have been cropped into the squre format that I like so much these days (I'm still waiting for the first company to bring out a square sensor in a small format camera). I looked across the Main at this heat generating plant and noticed that the sky was gray but the smoke coming out of the stack was although gray, it was a different shade of gray. I wanted to see how the camera would deal with these different shades of gray.
Not bad at all considering the small sensor. I noticed that dialing in -.3 to -.5 EV exposure compensation really did something for the images. My permanent setting is now -0.3EV. It does tend to blow out the highlights if your not careful.
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NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
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• Nikon • V1 • Nik • SFXII 

11/27/12
Fun Photography

Fun Photography

Again converted with SFXII. One of the many stills during the 3 hour session. Aginn taken with the L1 and the PL 14-150. This is probably my favourite camera of all time. I've had some really great images out of it and although it's only a 7.5MP camera I don't need it for huge prints. I have 3 of these because I would be really lost if one died on me and I didn't have a backup. You don't hear much about them today because they're really old by todays standards. If you haven't tried one out, get one. They're really cheap on ebay these days. The 14-50 kit lens it came with can also be has for a few hundred these days. A really great kit lens in my opinion. 

2789
DMC-L1
Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/13 sec
ISO: 400
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• Panasonic • L1 • PL 14-150 • dancing • Nik • SFXII 

11/26/12
Fun Photography

Fun Photography

I took the L1 and the PL 14-150 with me deliberately to get some movement into the images. The L1 isn't the fastest of cameras to focus so I pre-focused and stopped the lens down. The reason for the lens is that my copy is sharp at all focal lengths and at all apertures. Really a great lens to have on the L1. As they danced in front I just held the shutter down and let the camera do it's thing. The camera was of course mounted on a tripod for all this. I think you can tell that because something in all the images is sharp.
This was converted in Nik SFXII which is still the best out there for converting to B&W.
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DMC-L1
Focal Length: 47 mm
Aperture: f/4.8
Exposure Time: 1/8 sec
ISO: 100
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 Viewed 1974
• Panasonic • L1 • PL 14-150 • dancing • SFXII • B&W 

10/25/12
Nik SFXII

Nik SFXII

Going off topic slightly here, but the image was still taken with the Yashica 55 f2 lens on the OM-D. I just see some images will work in B&W and when I see that I convert these images immediately with Nik SFXII. I don't see these thing all the time but once in a while one image does stand out from the rest, and the image above is one of those. It might be difficult to see at this size but it's all about how the light fally on these withering leaves. This piece of software gives you so much control on how you do the conversion, it's difficult to stop playing around with the settings and just say "OK, that's finished".
For those who haven't tried this software package, I highly recommend that you do. You won't look back once you've tried it. It's addictive.
2254
E-M5
Focal Length: unknown
Aperture: f/1.0
Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
ISO: 200
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• Yashica • 55 f2 • manual focus • flower • OM-D • EM-5 • Nik • SFXII • B&W • monochrome 

10/12/12
Nik SFXII

Nik SFXII

There are times when you know an image will look better in B&W than in colour. This is such an image. Using Nik SFXII to develop it allows you a lot of leaway in the way the image will look. There's so much control that I sometimes get lost in all of it, but I do get there eventually. I think it's time to create some profiles because every time  I start a conversion, it's like starting from scratch again. Getting old I suppose.

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E-M5
Focal Length: 63 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
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• Software • Nik • SFXII • mZD 14-150 • Olympus 

09/13/12
SFXII

SFXII

This is the converted image. I think it turned out quite well. There is no beating this piece of software from Nik. Lots of possibilities to tweak the image to just how you want it to look. I must see what I can get out of this in Lightroom 4.1 which has improved immensely since the update.
Hope you like this.
2395
E-PL1
Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 1/1250 sec
ISO: 200
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• Software • SFXII • Nik 

08/02/12
Sony SEL 50 f1.8 + Nik SFXII

Sony SEL 50 f1.8 + Nik SFXII

This was converted using Nik SFXII. Well captured by the SEL 50 f1.8 and that Nik software is hard to beat. Really worth the money. Lots of detail in those leaves and I like the tones produced by SFXII.

2122
NEX-5N
Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 1/640 sec
ISO: 200
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• Sony • Nex-5N • SEL 50 f1.8 • Nik • SFXII. 


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