Posts Tagged ‘Nikon’

Posted by ScottJarvie at May 5, 2011

Category: (C) individual portraits

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The other day I did a post about using a ridiculously large and expensive lens. 600mm f/4

I used two other expensive lenses that day… like this one the 200-400 f/4

It’s also a big lens but not near as large.

It’s actually a lens I’d consider buying if I had the money. The range is perfect.
I have the 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 and the next step seems like it’d be the 200-400

I thought it focused fast and had nice sharp images.
I also didn’t have to walk 100ft away to get a person in the picture… but if I wanted I could zoom into 400 and walk a pretty good distance away.

I can also see myself more easily shooting it hand held… though a mono-pod would make it easier to get in focus pictures and not get too tired.

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I ended up bumping up the ISO from time to time when I was shooting in darker environments because I was shooting hand held portraits.

Below in order the pictures were taken at 1/250 , 1/160 and 1/80 … not too shabby eh?


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Helpin’ out

I’m writing this because I’ve had many people ask me what kind of camera I suggest… more or less they’re asking what do I need to get into photography (pro or not)

So this is some of my advice and where I’m coming from

The Beginning

About 5yrs ago I jumped into photography. 6yrs ago I was dinking around with a Casio 4mp point and click in Europe and recognized how much I liked it… and then others gave me confidence by telling me they liked the travel pictures I took.

Out on a Limb

Then I went out on a limb and put a DSLR on a CC as a poor student and someone else went on a limb and had me do engagement pictures… then a bunch of other crazy people went on a crazier limb and had me photograph their weddings.

I had no formal training, I had no mentor, I hadn’t read books, It was just this year I started looking at other people’s photography blogs.

But hey it worked for me… in fact I’m even proud of all of my weddings, even that first year. I mean I could run circles around that version of me from 5yrs ago with one hand tied behind my back and a canon camera (haha)

An advantage

I think all along I kinda cheated… I had a bit of both worlds… I loved buttons and I came from a family of artists.

And I think many of you out there have similar advantages… you have a good eye for pictures. (The way to figure that out is if you really really like my work)

You come from an artistic background and that goes beyond photos… creativity is more than pictures… a dancer or painter or musician has creativity that Can spill over into other forms of art.

The Geek and the Philosopher



OK so this post could be really long with lots of pictures… maybe you should just go see the gallery

I like to keep my pictures diverse so that they have a hard time choosing which one. They’re not choosing from a studio shoot where the only thing that changes is the expression or the lighting. Awesome pictures that could all equally work with entirely different moods and looks.



Thanks marco for working so hard to get awesome lighting… It was a new element working with the small softbox but I’m starting to do it a lot more often. Not because I didn’t like it before, but because time is a little more open and I wasn’t lugging a bag around… it stayed in the car and we didn’t ever venture far from the car.


From the moment I met this couple we were buds… we met at a bridal show and when I left I remembered them vividly and said to myself of all the hundreds of people I met today I hope that one couple gets a hold of me because their pictures would be awesome.

Awesome why? Because they wanted the best and because they connected with the photographer… me!


The following was my response on NikonRumors which i thought i’d share:
It was in regards to the almost sure rumor that they will come out with very soon the following –
18-200 VRII and the 70-200 2.8 VRII
This to go along with the almost sure rumors of:
D300s and D3000 (Entry level)

(Click on Post to read the response and other thoughts)



Not your typical vegas wedding I suppose…


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Palm trees aren’t as common in Utah. Glad I get to travel so much!


Nice blue skies with cool clouds!… wonderful for these kinds of shots!

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It’s a bit easier with good looking models.

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So in my continued attempt to bring you small glimpeses of my trips this christmas season i thought i’d bring out a few pictures I took while DRIVING through St. Louis.

All of these were while i drove happhassardly through St. Louis before i had to rush over to the airport to catch a flight back to Salt Lake City.

Showing off the magesty of the 14-24mm Nikon f/2.8 wide angle on a full frame D700.

If you knew how little effort I put into these pictures you’d be sick 😉


I purposely stopped at the red light right in this spot so i could get the sun like this.
I could also put my F/Stop pretty high and the shutter speed down a bit since I was stopped and not actually driving.


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I don’t do a ton of big city shots so i’d be interested to know which ones are popular with people.




Posted by scott at August 12, 2008

Category: (b) Reviews

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I want to give you my personal feelings and observations on the D700

No facts just opinions

There’s plenty of sites with specific details on this new camera so i’ll not repeat this but give you a little of my opinion and leave the stats and facts to them.

My Camera background:

I’ve owned the following cameras


I use lenses that are low light 2.8 or lower.


That being said earlier this year I bought the D300 primarily because I wanted to be able to operate at higher ISO

While I’m happy I have the D300 i must say that I haven’t been operating at higher ISOs with it.
I think I’m getting pickier and pickier and the way they “get rid” of the grain wasn’t to my liking.

So once again I got a new camera hoping that it would work well in those high ISOs.

Problem Solved

And my first opinion is… it most certainly does seem to solve my ISO problems.

To someone taking pictures in darker situations (receptions or indoors anywhere) that’s a big deal and could be worth the $3k

Right now I’m looking at some pictures I took at a reception. It was dark outside they were cutting the cake and I wanted to be at a faster speed to avoid movement blur when they smeared the cake in eachothers face.

125th of a second speed and 1000ISO and the picture was completely useable… and that’s what it’s all about.

I haven’t been afraid to go up much higher than 1000ISO but I haven’t tested exactly the level that I am comfortable with. My guess is I’d probably go all the way to 3200 without too much concern. And if it’s alright to have a moody grainy picture I might even go up to 12k.

UPDATE: I’ve been looking at a lot of the pictures taken at 1600 and I’ll absolutely use them without any hesitation. They look great! They’re somewhat soft and maybe not crisp as most pictures but had I taken them with another camera the grain would have been prohibitive or at a slower shutter speed the pictures might have been very blury (and that’s worse)

Not only was the grain not a factor but the colors were beautiful!

A Pleasant Surprise

I wasn’t expecting that!
It will take some more shoots to really get a handle on it but my first impression is that the color of the pictures might be way better on this camera… which certainly saves me a lot of time in editing.

Enjoyed it more than I thought.

I always considered myself more of a telephoto kind of guy.
So when I picked up the full frame camera and lost that 50% increase in telephoto I thought it would just be alright. But I must say I really enjoyed it. My 28mm lens acted just like my 18mm lens of old.

Now this just means I’ve got to get a 14-24 2.8 nikon lens for $1600 later in the month.

This is my perspective and it comes from my opinions of my D300 and how it compares… If you have any questions ask away.

I’ve edited about a dozen photo shoots since I last posted one to the blog.
As i mentioned previously I’ve just been making the large password protected galleries, so that won’t let most of you see what’s been going down.

But now I’m almost done with all my edits (for now) and I thought I’d take a moment to post a recent photo shoot.

Since the last you’ve seen I now own 2 new lenses.

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It was hard to choose because there were seriously dozens that could all have been strong contenders for announcement pictures.


Day 21 – Carcassone France – 84 Pictures
Day 22 – Balaguer (Catalonia) Spain – 28 Pictures
Day 23 – Catalonia Spain – 47 Pictures
Day 24 – Catalonia Spain – 35 Pictures
Day 25 – Costa Brava (Catalonia) – 51 Pictures
Day 26 – Barcelona – 75 Pictures
Day 27 – Barcelona – 33 Pictures
Day 28 – South Coast Spain – 15 Pictures
Day 29 – Alicante & Murcia – 34 Pictures

Jun08 – A Coruña – 40

Posted by scott at July 25, 2007

Category: (A) Family Photography

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The couple members of the Jones family are related to a girl (Lisa Baugh) for whom I did Bridals, Engagements and later her wedding.

The mother called and wanted me to take pictures at the same place I did Lisa’s engagement pictures.

Therefore these pictures were taken on BYU campus near the Bell Tower and the water falls.

I took pictures of the whole family and then separately each family.





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Last weekend I traveled with 3 friends to Page, AZ


While there we visited Lake Powell hiked through a lesser slot canyon and did other smaller hikes around town.
Then on the way back to Provo we spent a few hours at Bryce Canyon National Park.


There are 4 galleries all require Flash to view.


Lake Powell 35 Images


Canyons (Around Page) 36 Images


Bryce Canyon 52 Images


Page Area 36 Images













Posted by scott at June 21, 2007

Category: (c) Travel Photography

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Small gallery of pictures from a recent trip down to Manti Utah


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There are 2-3 pictures that were taken by a friend and edited by myself such as…
I’m not sure who it was because I let a few people borrow the camera.



I did a wedding about a month ago in Boston and a reception in Connecticut.
I stayed before and after and took pictures of the area.


Trip 1 – Circle around Connecticut
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I drove around the state of connecticut starting in the southwest corner going up to the northwest corner and all the way to the east corner. By that time it was dark so I made my way back. I started a bit later in the day followed the directions on my GPS device and made frequent stops but often for time’s sake took pictures from the car.


Trip 2 – Connecticut Coast
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I picked 4-5 parks or wildlife reserves to stop at and went along the coast of connecticut until I reached a lighthouse in Rhode Island where I watched sunset and then drove back.


Trip 3 – New York
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I walked around Manhattan for hours including central park and then when I was too tired to walk anymore I made my way back to where I was staying in Connecticut.


Trip 4 – Boston
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After doing the wedding at the Boston LDS Temple I went to downtown Boston and took some pictures for a few hours until it got dark.


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