D700 at Dusk: Bike Ride, Etc.
— 1 / 320 sec , f/6.3, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos

My lingering cold finally unlingered enough today that I could venture out for a bit: Anthony for a bike ride, and me to give my new Nikon D700 a spin. Other than the 20-minute night-time outing that resulted in the Impossible Photography post and its followup, I hadn't been outside with the D700 since the day I got it (the day I returned to Kyoto from summer travels).

I grabbed my biggest zoom (Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR and a 1.7× Extender), and put the camera into “Auto ISO” mode such that it'll kick up the sensitivity as needed to keep a fast shutter speed. I set the top ISO to 6400; if that's not enough, it'll then lower the shutter speed as needed for the shot.

We went out about 45 minutes before sunset, and we were mostly in the shade of the setting sun, so we quickly got into high-ISO situations....

Equipment Check -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.8, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Equipment Check
Negotiating Traffic -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Negotiating Traffic
Riding The Circuit -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Riding The Circuit

Anthony rode around the same little path on which he first rode a bike almost half his life ago. The park area that the path is in looks pretty ragged today, but it has its moments of beauty (autumn · spring · winter).

While he rode, I sat and relaxed, got bitten my mosquitos, and took pictures of whatever wandered in view...

Glow of the Setting Sun -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Glow of the Setting Sun
— map & image data — nearby photos Flying By with a smile -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 240 mm — 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Flying By
with a smile
Quality Time -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Quality Time
Granite Monolith -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.8, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Granite Monolith
Swarm of Birds gathering half a mile away, up at the top of the mountain, near from where I took this shot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.8, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Swarm of Birds
gathering half a mile away, up at the top of the mountain, near from where I took this shot
— 1 / 250 sec , f/7.1, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Waiting -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm1/250 sec, f/7.1, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Waiting
— map & image data — nearby photos Two-Wheeled Dog -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm — 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Two-Wheeled Dog

On the way back, Anthony stopped at a playground to play, and I aimlessly snapped shots, including one of a bolt sticking out of a rusty pole that is wholly unremarkable except the low-light circumstances under which it was taken...

— 1 / 50 sec , f/4.8, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Wholly Unremarkable so much so that it's worth discussing -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 320 mm1/50 sec, f/4.8, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Wholly Unremarkable
so much so that it's worth discussing

The sun had been set for 10 minutes, but some high-up clouds were still catching a few rays....

10 Minutes After Sunset -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 120 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
10 Minutes After Sunset
— map & image data — nearby photos -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 125 mm — 1/400 sec, f/4.8, ISO 5600map & image datanearby photos

The shot above is a case where the dynamic range of the camera just wasn't enough to capture both the detail in the clouds and the detail in the river/trees (which weren't really as dark yet as they appear here, because I opted to expose for the sky). It's a pretty area; click on the “nearby photos” link under the shot for lots of pretty pictures taken here.

Not far away, under the brightness of an “artificial sun” light, construction crews continued working on burying the power lines, a project that has been going on in one form or another since early 2006. I wouldn't mind that it takes so long if they'd actually get rid of the power lines. So far, it's all been preparation, apparently.

— 1 / 320 sec , f/4.8, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Choreographer -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 340 mm1/320 sec, f/4.8, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Choreographer

Finally, just before arriving home, I snapped a shot of this warm cafe window...

— 1 / 160 sec , f/4.8, ISO 6400 — map & image data — nearby photos Dinner in Hand -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 + 1.7× Extender @ 200 mm1/160 sec, f/4.8, ISO 6400map & image datanearby photos
Dinner in Hand

I really like the first and third shots (of Anthony, so I might be a bit biased), but otherwise, there's not really anything exciting here except for the low-light circumstances under which they were taken. In the same way in which people were once excited by a car that could go a whopping 20mph, I'm sure that the excitement over these kind of results in these kind of situations will wane quickly in the coming years.

But for now, it sort of like getting an extra couple of hours of daylight, which is spiffy.


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I’m from Holland =), great photos. I’m thinking to buy the Nikon D700.

— comment by Bethany on November 21st, 2013 at 7:37pm JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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