I had a chance to get out with a buddy of mine and do some shooting – just for fun, for a change. As beautiful as the weather was, we thought it would be a perfect day to head up to Sabino Canyon, just north of Tucson. Sixty-nine degrees, light breeze – can’t ask for better than that. It’s hard to believe that someone somewhere was shoveling snow.
This is a two-row, ten-image panorama stitched together with Microsoft ICE. Final image size is 32″ x 22″.
How do you go about creating a portrait that transcends the ordinary? Start with a New York musician who’s looking for something a little bit different, add a Tucson photographer, mix in a touch of imagination and a dash of willingness to experiment, then start chipping away at the box. It may take some time; in this case, what might’ve normally been an hour-long shoot turned into nearly three hours and over two hundred shots. In the end, we had some spectacular images – not only traditional fare, but beautiful shots like these, as well:
On my latest trip to Colorado, my father sent me home with his old Nikkor-P 1200mm f/11-f/64 lens, as well as a monster tripod to support the beast. Here are the specs on the lens from the original manual:
Picture Angle: 2°
Construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
Aperture Diaphragm: Manual
Minimum Aperture: f/64
Distance Scale: Graduated down to 143ft (43m)
Filter: 122mm screw-in
Dimensions: 135mm x 732mm, 922mm long with focusing unit
Weight: 3.1kg, 4.3kg with focusing unit
Additionally, it has built-in telescoping lens hood, and came with a 135mm slip-on feather front cap, a slip-on leather rear cap, the focusing unit, and a wooden case. According to Malaysian Internet Resources, “this used to be the longest regular-type Nikkor super telephoto lens for 35mm photography. Magnification is an amazing 24 times that of the 50mm normal lens. The lens was used to be highly useful in photojournalism, sports, wildlife and other types of photography during those days.” Continue reading “Nikkor-P 1200mm on a Canon EOS 5D: Are you kidding me?”