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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 wishes you Happy New Year at high sensitivity and fast speeds!

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Either you are hiking on the snow by night or high-speed skiing by day, shooting good pictures with no blur and deep focus field is often a problem. Not anymore now with a full frame camera (D800) with low ISO noise (pictures in the dark shot at ISO 4000) and a fast fixed lens (50 mm f/1.4). Enjoy a few day and night shots from the Swiss Alps by clicking here!

D800’s sense of snow: whitest Season’s greetings to everyone!

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Having my D800 for the first time on the ski slopes made me really appreciate this camera. I could not realize before how few were the “whites” present in my pictures. And how cool is to capture the moon light on white mountains, even without tripod. Last but not least, how easy is to shoot with a point-and-click reflex thanks to the (almost) never disappointing AF (at least after it was – almost – repaired). Enjoy our flickr album on white Andermatt (CH) 2012: click here!

Best time for night photography in Zurich: Christmas!

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Christmas time is best time for shooting wonderful pictures: magic lights, nice feelings .. and especially no need to wake up before dawn to take the “only good light of the day” (professionals love to say this) … And Zurich (Switzerland) is probably one of the best places for shooting Christmas pictures. Maybe because of the old buildings of the centre, or the warm lights in the narrow streets, or Santa Claus driving his tram across the city …  Enjoy them in the first artborghi picture set on flickr.com.

Who needs a Nikon D800 when a Canon 450D is at hand?

Me! Me! … I need it!

Two weeks ago I brought in my D800, nothing came out, yet. So I took my old 450D out for another glorious Swiss week-end. It was like going back to an ex-girlfriend, not bad I mean, but the taste of something known for too long filled my mouth for the whole day … and to make her beautiful, I had to make her up massively …

D800 asymmetric focus issue hits Switzerland at the end of September 2012

Ignorance is a bliss, but in this case I should have been blind, too. This picture panel (click to enlarge) shows you that my brand new Nikon D800 (sn 60xxxxxx) has the so called left focus point problem. Just google for D800 asymmetric focus issue and you will find hundreds of sad D800 owners.

From the test you can see the asymmetric nature of the issue: correcting with the AF fine tuning cannot solve the problem, as when the left AF looks slightly better (tuning AF = -12), the center point gets into troubles. With plus or more negative values (down to -20 !) it gets strongly blurred.

I contacted via mail the Swiss Nikon Service in Egg (close to Zurich), I will keep you updated. At least after this photo test I had something to drink to forget ;(

The test was run with:
– Nikon D800 (surprise!)
– 50 mm f/1.4G Nikkor full open
– 500 W halogen lamp
– 3 objects at a distance of 2.5m corresponding to left, center, right AF points
– pictures were shot in M-up and camera was on tripod to avoid vibrations
– live views were shot as lens tests
– before each shot, focus was changed manually to let the AF find the subject
– these pictures are representative of 5 replicates
– the panel is assembled with 100% cropped pictures

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