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Artborghi rank flies higher: a very good opportunity for guest photography posts!

Just a week ago artborghi got a powerful review published on WordPress.com news page … thanks a lot, Michael!

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Today artborghi is elected blog of the day on the mighty portal Paperblog: thanks a lot, Emma!

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If a couple of weeks ago you had the sneaky idea to publish your cool shots on artborghi (read here for more info), this is the magic moment for doing so!

Thanks to all of you, visitors and followers!

Nikkor AF-S 16-35 mm 1:4G ED: wide lens for panorama … and for flowers too.

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Where to test the Nikkor 16-35 mm under this grey, equal sky today? Not outside, although I got this lens for border less skies and full size buildings.. . The minimal distance from the lens is 28 cm … none of my other lens can reach it. Let’s test it with flowers and apples! Awesome lens, it substituted my 17-35 mm dream lens but I am not aware of what I lost. For sure, I earned a VR stabilizer, very useful at least for “macro” subjects. Let’s hope in Spring finally coming for outdoor tests …

D800 .JPG compression vs RAW/NEF (vs Vignette control ON ?)

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Once upon a time, on a very foggy winter day I shot a picture with a D800 plus 70-200 mm VR II f/2.8 to the far distant lake bridge (small insert 100% cropped). Once home I worked on brightness and contrast and … the JPG version (set to maximum quality) showed its weakness. Or was it the Vignette control ON? I doubt it works on the centre of the picture. So, keep in mind the power of RAW files in difficult light conditions.

How to shoot gorgeous pictures above the clouds, against the sun, at -15°C

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The Säntis (Switzerland) cablecar brings you above the clouds after an impressive climb along its massive glacier. To survive on Alps in winter you should not forget what I forgot:

– sun glasses
– sun cream
– thin warm gloves

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About photo gears, I was the only photographer up there without

–  UV filter
–  polarizer

I had them, but their profile is to high for my new lenses and give strong vignetting.

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Despite 5 of the most important points were not respected, I had plenty of battery, three different light meterings to test and several memory cards. This (and HDR and photo retouch) helped to have material for this new artborghi gallery on flickr.com : click it and enjoy the show!

Additionally, you can give a look to the panorama pictures made out of this gorgeous Alpine day by clicking here

How to create amazing stitched online panorama from D800 shots

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Click on post pictures first and on the opened new tab after to zoom and give a look to the several hi-res panorama I shot on Säntis (CH) . Below a few hints:

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– use the D800 tilt indicator to get parallel pictures
– fix the focus on the subject (i.e. after focusing switch to M)
– work on A priority with f/7.1 or more to get all in focus

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– Quickly downsize your Fx pictures with XnView or similar to 5000px x 3333px (with less than 16 GB ram try as low as 1600px x 1068px) .

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– Stitch the resized pictures with Hugin

– Tilt / crop the panorama picture with a photo editor (vertical and horizontal lines in long panoramas can be difficult … find what was corrected in this additional panorama)

– Adjust the HDR toning if you use it like in the first post picture (click it for a larger hi-res view)

– In case no colour adjustment does satisfy you, don’t forget about B&W conversion.

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– Load your pictures on zoom.it

For low-res (fast download) plus pan and zoom views, click on the zoom.it links below:

The Altmann peak from Säntis
The Churfirsten teeth emerging from the clouds
180° view East from Säntis
270° view with person and correction

Artborghi for the official Pinterest and Flickr channels of City of Gent .

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Many thanks to the Dienst Toerisme – Departement Communicatie en Promotie – Stad Gent (Belgium) for including Artborghi pictures on their official channels

on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/visitgent/winter-in-the-city/

and on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/visit_gent/galleries/

Gent under the snow provided a wonderful playground to shoot magic environments with my D800. Click to zoom on the huge post picture made for the occasion.  Visit Gent .. also in Winter!

White Balance or Automatic White Balance? A delicate state of mind: the Nikon D800 case.

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I recently had the duty to shoot overcast-outdoor-mixed-with-tungsten-and-candle-lit-low-light-indoor (quite a nightmare without flash) and I always had the D800 AWB on. I tested Lr on raw files to see how good was my choice. D800 AWB was  doing a very good job … look at the paper in the hand of the girl in the post picture: it was white, not cyan, not yellow.

WB is quite an artistic choice, not a technical one. That said, there are different WB schools out there. Purists go for a fixed daylight WB. Warm-saturation lovers go for a fixed overcast WB. If you do not belong to any of them, you are probably very often satisfied with your AWB and you correct it in raw when needed.

There are many rumours around D800 bad quality AWB and suggestions agree on A2, M1 (or even A3, M2!). It’s a good solution to get better pictures on the LCD … and magenta overcast pictures on the card. So, I would not suggest doing such adjustment.

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