I'm a little surprised that it took me this long to get here, but this is finally the 1000th photo taken with my D800.

While I can't read the name of the boat – the angle's wrong, even if there was enough resolution – I'm willing to bet that the person onboard isn't wearing a hat. And I can see that the plane directly above the sail already has its landing gear down.


iFLAME said...

Congratulations! And I believe it's only a matter of time before more zeros add (well, unless you reset the naming scheme). If you don't mind, I would like to know since how long you're shooting full frame dSLRs? Also how did you manage to work through the OVF while wearing glasses (This being my reference-http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/beyond-basics/12899-slr-glasses.html)? Regards.

Matthew Robertson said...

Thanks. That link is awesome – I had completely forgotten about it, and it was quite something to read what I was thinking about almost eight years ago.

I started with the D700 back in April 2009, and bought the D800 in March 2012. I've also expanded to include film SLRs, which have viewfinders that are as big or bigger. Before that – starting in 2005 – I used the E-1 and E-3 Olympus SLRs, which also have excellent viewfinders despite their smaller-than-DX/APSC sensors.

Wearing glasses hasn't turned out to be a problem, but I have switched from the lightweight wire frames that I used to wear to a stronger and heavier design that doesn't mind if I bump it against the rubber viewfinder eyepiece. And if I'm shooting in strong light, I'll also use my left hand to shield the gap between my eye and the camera. I suppose this is one of the advantages of being left-eyed and using small lenses.

I also find that I don't pay much attention to the information display in the viewfinder, which is usually a little harder to see than it would be if my eye was right to the viewfinder. I usually know what the camera is doing already, so that's no loss.

iFLAME said...

Matthew, thanks for your reply. I found that link from...guess what, a Google search! I'm having the same thoughts you had eight years ago as I'm about to get into dSLR photography. I've been using compacts and bridge cameras for quite a while now and though a few of them even have usable electronic viewfinders, I mostly compose my frames in the LCD Live View. I also wear glasses and felt a bit apprehensive about using an optical view finder.

I don't know whether I'm doing the wise thing by going the dSLR route at this point, considering the recent outbreak of mirror-less systems. These cameras seem to be the future of general photography with their much faster operation through LV.

Again, thanks for the advice. I also have sleek and light frames, so I guess I'll switch to something more robust and sturdier.

I have broken the links to hundreds and hundreds of photos, which will take a long time to repair. The workaround is to replace "photo.matthewpiers" in the link URL with "matthewpiers.smugmug". Awkward, but only temporary.

This is happening because I have revamped matthewpiers dot com. More of what I write and photograph will be going there, so check it out as well.

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