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Nikon SB-700 on Nikon D800: never again without external flash, first impressions on SB-700

I recently bought the SB-700 for my Nikon D800, as I could need it for reporting indoor, evening events in Zurich. Although I still need to learn how to use a flash, the full automatism of the SB-700 makes it a wonderful learning item.  Its remote control under command of the internal D800 flash makes it a very interesting toy to experiment with lights. Let’s the game begin!

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No flash (center up) suffers from high ISO and incandescent lights.

D800 flash (center down) is flat and gives a terrible shadow on the backgrond

In all the other cases I moved the SB-700 in different positions around my favourite model (FL = front left; BR = back right). Waiting forward to test the flash on humans!

Click to magnify and appreciate the detail differences. All pictures 100 % crops of originals.

 

 

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Love is … on a cold Autumn eve on Lake Zurich

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Love is a dark silhouette … invisible without a colourful background.

Pictures shot hand-held in the darkness of a November eve thanks to Nikon D800 plus Nikon f/1.4 50 mm (f/1.6 ISO 800 1/100 sec)

More than just 50 shades of grey

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and more than 50 shades of green

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and more than 50 shades of white

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Pictures shot with D800 plus 16-35 f/4 – click to magnify .

Les femmes de Neuchâtel par Nikon D800 and 70-200 mm VR-II à la Fête des vendanges de Neuchâtel

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Viens-tu du ciel profond ou sors-tu de l’abîme,
O Beauté? ton regard, infernal et divin,

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Verse confusément le bienfait et le crime,
Et l’on peut pour cela te comparer au vin.

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Tu contiens dans ton oeil le couchant et l’aurore;
Tu répands des parfums comme un soir orageux;

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Tes baisers sont un philtre et ta bouche une amphore
Qui font le héros lâche et l’enfant courageux.

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Sors-tu du gouffre noir ou descends-tu des astres?
Le Destin charmé suit tes jupons comme un chien;

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Tu sèmes au hasard la joie et les désastres,
Et tu gouvernes tout et ne réponds de rien.

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De Satan ou de Dieu, qu’importe? Ange ou Sirène,
Qu’importe, si tu rends, — fée aux yeux de velours,

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Rythme, parfum, lueur, ô mon unique reine! —
L’univers moins hideux et les instants moins lourds?

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Les femmes de Neuchâtel par Nikon D800 and 70-200 mm VR-II à la Fête des vendanges de Neuchâtel avec un extrait de la poésie “Hymne à la Beauté”, Charles Baudelaire. Cliquez sur les photos pour magnifier!

Although the waters of March bring an end to Summer …

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Auf Wolke sieben sein

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or on cloud nine?

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Per stare al settimo cielo,

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ou no sétimo céu …

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… an umbrella might be enough.

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Click pictures to magnify.  Shot with D800 plus 16-35 f/4

When you start your journey towards the Mythen … a leap into Schwyzer Alps, Switzerland

When you start your journey towards the Mythen and clouds blind your sight

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don’t give up your effort and follow the direction you chose.

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If you do not bring the clouds within you, they will not fill the sky for long.

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When from still far away you will get a first glimpse of your destination

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keep your foot steady and your heart strong, as your journey is still long.

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And when you finally reach the Mythen, do not be disappointed that still 1h and 20 minutes separate you from the top

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The Mythen gave you this journey, and tired and short of breath you will have learned by then what does it mean.

Click on the pictures (D800, Nikon 16-35 mm f/4, circular polarizer) to magnify and may Constantine Cavafy pardon me for this irreverent citation of his masterpiece.

The Perseids above the Gotthard Pass, Switzerland, 2013.

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I reached the tears of Saint Lawrence
Up there on Gotthard pass.

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They guided me white and shiny above the road
I drove, a black ribbon between stones and sky.

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Up there, in the darkness of the Alps
the tears of Saint Lawrence became mine.

To become yours too, click on the pictures and find them in the original and magnified picture, respectively 1, 2 and 3 falling stars are waiting for you. On the bottom left of the Milky way is Perseus, above is Cassiopeia, in the middle of each picture is the Galaxy of Andromeda (click here for a small map) ! Pictures shot with Nikon D800 mounting a Nikon 16-35 mm f/4.

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