Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D200, part two

Part two of the Nikon D200 inspirations. Part one was here. MT

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Under the arch

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Traffic flow

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Kinkakuji in summer

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Town crier

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Suggestions of life

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Observing the observatory

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Pea soup

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The underside of a ladybug

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Distorted reality, II

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In a hurry


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  1. Hey Ming!
    Even it is an older post… you just made me keep my D300! Thanx!

    Oliver 2.0

  2. Ming, I’ve been reading your blog for several weeks now, and I’m stunned with the quality of the photography here. Good color, great compositions, nice moments…. I could go on and on. You have a very good eye. Also nice that you have not succumbed to the all-too-common crutch these days of using too much saturation. But one thing you might consider is dialing back the sharpening. In almost every image, the sharpening is really way, way over-cooked.

    Back when I was doing the typesetting and prepress for Erik Spiekermann’s book, ‘Stop Stealing Sheep’, Erik said to me, “Great typography should be invisible.” (In fact, that’s what the book is all about.) The use of type is a voice that gives the content and design shape and definition, but it’s a supporting role… it should never be seen, or call attention to itself.

    For me, the same is true of sharpening. One should use just enough that the image feels sharp, but you should never, ever see the artifacts of digital processing. The halos and crispy edges just shout out I’VE BEEN OVER-SHARPENED!

    • Thanks for the feedback, George. It’s not the sharpening that’s the problem, it’s flickr’s new downsizing algorithm that generates the intermediate sizes you see on the blog (and where the images are hosted). I’ve adjusted it for the images uploaded in the last month, but I can’t change it for the older images I link here that were uploaded before that point.

  3. GREGORIO Donikian says:

    The d200 is not and old camera.!!!


  4. Fishnose says:

    Absolutely delightful images!

  5. So, I was rummaging through a lens bag, and decided to pull out my ( pristine) F5, which was attached to a still very good piece of glass. In the spirit of the article, I decided to burn some of the old 35 chrome in my freezer. As I am down to less than 20 rolls of it, each imaget was savored and exposed in single shot mode. That is, after it reached room temperature…. I have been using my medium format film cameras a lot this summer, and then creating large files off the scanned images I like. They are all at least twenty years old. Guess what? I again realized that I have been getting way too involved in the engineering of my gear of late, and not nearly as caught up in the marvel that is light and form…… Great idea, Ming. Really great. Thank you for the idea and the photos accompanying your article, particularly the titmouse. Quite inspiring, indeed.

    • ” I again realized that I have been getting way too involved in the engineering of my gear of late, and not nearly as caught up in the marvel that is light and form”. A subject to think about!

    • Glad to hear! I’m now on the hunt for an F2 Titan. Should be pretty sweet with the ZF glass I’ve got.

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