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Sun's Out and It's Time to Play
Lens: D FA 15-30/2.8 Camera: K-1 Photo Location: Near a Row of Palms 
Posted By: Sailor, 10-09-2020, 02:30 PM

While I love my car, I'm kinda tired of photographing it. I really enjoy doing automotive photography, but there have been few of the car shows and other activities I normally exploit to scratch my auto-photo itch. Consequently, I've been pulling out my 911 - which doubtlessly is weary of posing - to explore my new D FA 15-30.

The 15-30 is a very slick performer which operates quickly and silently and - to my eye - renders images with deep colors and rich detail. However, I think I'll find it of limited use in automotive photography. While ultra-wide lenses can do some cool things with cars, the kind of closeups necessitated by the close quarters of a car show will have the usual wide angle distortion that only works under some circumstances. Also, the lens is a monster in size and weight, and I can't imagine lugging it and my D FA 28-105 around a concours for three or four hours.

Anyway, here are some more shots of my car patiently waiting for me to stop playing with my new lens.

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10-09-2020, 03:43 PM   #2
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Excellent!!!!

What focal length is your favorite for cars/bikes?
I used to prefer the Nikkor 180f2.8 EDIF back in film days. My 1002.8 today just is the same


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GEEEEZZZ!! What a beautiful series. You may be tired of shooting this wonder of wonders and miracle of miracles, but I can assure you, each viewing is very special and appreciated.

You do such a stellar job of photographing this auto with perfect angles and a variety of venues with so many complementary components. You are Professional Grade.

Cheers and thanks again for the awesome treat.

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Excellent!!!!

What focal length is your favorite for cars/bikes?
I used to prefer the Nikkor 180f2.8 EDIF back in film days. My 1002.8 today just is the same


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Hey, Mike - thanks much!

With my K-1, I've found my D FA 28-105 to be a terrific all around lens for shooting cars - in large part because it has that 100m FL you mention. Occasionally, I use my DA 300/4 at a distance; the shallow DOF really isolates the car from its surroundings and gives the photo the "compressed" effect that can be really cool (something I stumbled upon accidentally). This sort of thing has to be staged under most circumstances, so the 300 is only a once-in-a-while thing.

Jer

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GEEEEZZZ!! What a beautiful series. You may be tired of shooting this wonder of wonders and miracle of miracles, but I can assure you, each viewing is very special and appreciated.

You do such a stellar job of photographing this auto with perfect angles and a variety of venues with so many complementary components. You are Professional Grade.

Cheers and thanks again for the awesome treat.

TT
Thanks, Tony, for such gracious comments - much appreciated!

Jer

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I know what you mean.

I'm not photographing as much this year, covid restrictions , no events and a week ago...total shoulder replacement. I have a new ball and joint, so there will be inactivity for awhile, as the replacement is my right shoulder and I'm right dominant.

Good pix of the Porsche. I have the Pentax 24-70 f 2.8 and what a heavy combo attached to the K1, battery grip it is. Think I prefer the lighter 100 macro and 28-105. And this was before my operation.

But once my new ball and joint is 'broken in' , maybe the K1 won't be such a heavy combo with 24-70 attached.

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I know what you mean.

I'm not photographing as much this year, covid restrictions , no events and a week ago...total shoulder replacement. I have a new ball and joint, so there will be inactivity for awhile, as the replacement is my right shoulder and I'm right dominant.

Good pix of the Porsche. I have the Pentax 24-70 f 2.8 and what a heavy combo attached to the K1, battery grip it is. Think I prefer the lighter 100 macro and 28-105. And this was before my operation.

But once my new ball and joint is 'broken in' , maybe the K1 won't be such a heavy combo with 24-70 attached.

Les
Hey, Les - take care of that shoulder!!

Glad you like the shots. I haven't seen a 24-70 in the flesh, but if it's anything like the size of my 15-30, it's one big brute.

Regarding auto photography, this year I made it to the Houston New Car Auto Show in January, and . . . . . . that's it. No Keels and Wheels Concours, No Porsche Club Concours, No Mecum Auction, No Local Car Shows . . . . No Nuthin'.

Hope we get past this next year!


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Three very nice imaged Jer, love the second one and the car isn't bad neither.
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Three very nice imaged Jer, love the second one and the car isn't bad neither.
Thanks very much, Heinrich!

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