The Sankt Petri Church is a medieval church located in Malmö, Sweden It was built in the 14th century and features one of the tallest towers in Scandinavia (105m or about 344 feet).
It took some effort to get up in the tower using winding steps and even ladders. It was very hot and damp but well worth the effort :)
Shot with the fantastic Sigma 35mm 1.4 (my #1 lens at the moment)
It’s been a year since I got my first full frame camera; the potent Nikon D800.
My beloved D300 was beginning to show wear and tear so I needed a new camera, there was no natural upgrade path since the rumoured D400; the supposed successor never showed up.
I knew of the superiour qualities of FF cameras when it came to low light situations (as I never use flash this was a deal breaker for me – I needed to get good results even using high ISO values).
Nikon lenses are more or less interchangable; there would be no problem using my old DX lenses on the new FF body (I was suprised when my Canon wielding friend could not do the same when upgrading to the Canon FF flagship; the 1D).
Using DX lenses however would mean that cropping would occur , hence i opted for the D800 (36mp in FF would result in 15mp in crop mode). – I might add that I seldom use the DX lenses as I find it annoying that the viewfinder still displays it in full frame (albeit with markings where the image will be cropped) – I guess one can get used to it but for me it’s irritating.
My first experience with the D800 was a disappointment – as it turned out all my shots were out of focus.
I tried calibrating my lenses but with mediocre results, then I read about autofocus issues. As it turns there are two different modes of autofocus, one when using the viewfinder and another (slower one) when using the Live View.
I could then set up the camera on a tripod and shoot the scene, carefully focusing on the same place, once using the viewfinder and then using the Live View.
The result was conclusive: the viefinder focus was way off. The image below was sent to the place where I bought the camera (focus set on the “Y” font, upper image being Live View, lower being viewinder – where the left font “Å” is seemingly sharper).
I wanted a new camera but the store initially replied with a ridiculous “You cannot get a new one since the malfunctioning camera has already been used” (WTF!?) :D. – Anyways; one of the employees in the store had a friend who had the same issue with a D800E so the store owner (reluctantly) replaced the camera.
Having a 36mp camera makes it temping to crop out small portions of the image, but be wary that 36mp also makes blur in the details noticable when viewed up close.
Low light / High ISO
This is IMO the true strength of shooting FF, when combined with a fast lens it opens up a whole new world to us who shoot without flash and find tripods cumbersome at times. With my D300 I was weary even going over ISO 800 now the ISO is more or less a minor concern.
Below are a few recent photos shot handheld in low light environments
Kyrkoköpinge windmill, I have shot this one before but I have a soft spot for windmills.
Many thanks to my friend at http://Penbow.wordpress.com for the inspiration for this shot :)
I saw this girl leaning against the wall while I was in Elsinor and asked if I could take a photo.
I wanted to do my own take on this remaining tower from the once mighty fortress. This part “Kärnan” (lit. “The core”) was the centre of the Danish fortress, when the Swedes conquered the Danish region Skåne, the Swedish warrior king Charles XI ordered it demolished fearing it would fall into Danish hands again.
Converting it to b/w brought back some of its original grim and menacing look.
Too simple perhaps, but the I was lucky to have a sky that lent itself well to this particular type of shot.