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First Look ConFusion 2015

This is not the first time that I've pulled into an event and saw Jim C. Hines arriving, too. And when I went downstairs to pick up my registration packet, there was Jim again -- and with a new camera. So out came the Nikon D1H and the duel was on...


Okay, new camera, let's get this set up. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Ready, aim... (Click on photo for larger.)
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Checking to see what he got. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Let's try this again. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Checking again. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Note, when pro photographers began using digital cameras, this back and forth looking at the screen became known as "prairie dogging" by the photographers still using film. (grin)

BTW -- someone there had their camera phone and has a picture of both of us shooting the duel -- if I find a copy of it somewhere, I'll post it, too. (grin)

Then there's Al Bogdan. He'd texted that he wasn't going to be going around shooting pictures at ConFusion this year. So naturally, when I ran into Al around 11pm at the Detcon1 celebration party in Erie, he was unzipping his camera case. To be fair, he'd been the photographer for Detcon1 in July, so it was naturally that he should be recording the party -- I'd asked him how many of the pics in the slide show they were running was his and he figured all of them. But he didn't want his picture with a camera, so...


Al sans Canon. This is the second picture -- I had Al move his head slightly so it blocked the wall lamp behind him, giving him the halo effect. Nice start to a beard. (Click on photo for larger.)
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Technical note: Once again I am using the 2.7MP Nikon D1H with the 24-120mm f3.5-5.6G VR AF-NIKKOR. Upped to ISO 1600, as usual, but this time decided to leave it in color mode, not B&W. I figure I could turn the shots into black and white if needed. But really, these shots were just resized in Microsoft Windows 7 Paint -- not even Ulead PhotoImpact or GIMP. So no color or contrast adjustments.

And I have to say that for a camera this old and DSLR generation 1.5, I am pretty impressed. I figured with all the noise that color shots would be crappy, but gee whiz, this early automatic white balance isn't bad -- I made NO in-camera adjustments, either. And that VR Vibration Reduction, some of these shots are handheld at 1/10th of a second -- and I can't hold a camera as steady as I used to when I was twenty and the king of available darkness Kodachrome slides... (grin)

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