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I had about a month span to visit some jobsites between Texas & Cali so had some extra time to hike between work. No real crazy stories this go round, but as usual I met some incredible people along the route. I will say though that for the first time I really thought I wasn't going to complete a hike, haha. We went up to Trampas Lakes in NM which is 11 miles RT. Stupid me didn't bring any food--my energy reserves were drained and i was dragging and slumping 2 miles from the top. Weirdest feeling is being so tired that going to sleep in the snow starts sounding nice. Last time i'll do that!


BTW, your Mt. Fitz Roy picture is mind-boggingly gorgeous :rolleys:

those steps, lined with trees, where exactly is that? i would totally like to visit this.
 

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A few critters I saw on a recent trip to Hawaii.

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Great shots, Cajun! Love the sequence: Sea lion, turtle, humpback whale, . . . chicken. :)
 

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I have that setup as well. It's great! I've had the D500 for a couple of years, but only got the lenses in the last couple of months. Did a bit of research and originally wanted the versatility of the 80-400, but the 200-500 graded out really well and was so much more affordable.



Yeah, I REALLY wanted the D850 (45 megapixels *drools*), but with the money I spent on the D500 plus the 200-500, I would have only been able to get just the D850 body by itself and no lens. So, I guess it's a good thing that they're still backordered everywhere haha! That said, I'm very happy with the D500.


I must say that it was an interesting transition to go from letting the camera do everything, to making all of the decisions yourself. It took me about 3-4 days to figure out how to manually shoot thanks to a ton of YouTube vids that I watched prior to getting the D500. It's been a fun little journey so far, and I've been able to get shots that I wouldn't have dreamed of with the D3400 (not to say it's a bad camera, it's a great starter DSLR).
 

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Yeah, I REALLY wanted the D850 (45 megapixels *drools*), but with the money I spent on the D500 plus the 200-500, I would have only been able to get just the D850 body by itself and no lens. So, I guess it's a good thing that they're still backordered everywhere haha! That said, I'm very happy with the D500.


I must say that it was an interesting transition to go from letting the camera do everything, to making all of the decisions yourself. It took me about 3-4 days to figure out how to manually shoot thanks to a ton of YouTube vids that I watched prior to getting the D500. It's been a fun little journey so far, and I've been able to get shots that I wouldn't have dreamed of with the D3400 (not to say it's a bad camera, it's a great starter DSLR).

Yeah, it offers endless ways to improve your photography, and also really mess something up if you forget to go back to your default settings once you are done tweaking that previous opportunity.

Have you played around at all with the auto focus options? It has some really amazing options for tracking objects in motion, etc. I used those options for the first time on this recent trip and it worked great. I will be doing some bird photography in the next couple of weeks and look forward to letting the camera do more of the work.

When the D850 came out, I was thinking about using that opportunity to buy a refurbished D810. What held me back is that my ultra wide and wide angle zoom lens are both DX lenses. So I have a couple thousand dollars worth of lenses to buy with the body once I decide to go that route. But, at some point I do plan on having both styles available to me.
 

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Yeah, it offers endless ways to improve your photography, and also really mess something up if you forget to go back to your default settings once you are done tweaking that previous opportunity.

Have you played around at all with the auto focus options? It has some really amazing options for tracking objects in motion, etc. I used those options for the first time on this recent trip and it worked great. I will be doing some bird photography in the next couple of weeks and look forward to letting the camera do more of the work.

When the D850 came out, I was thinking about using that opportunity to buy a refurbished D810. What held me back is that my ultra wide and wide angle zoom lens are both DX lenses. So I have a couple thousand dollars worth of lenses to buy with the body once I decide to go that route. But, at some point I do plan on having both styles available to me.



Yeah, I've had that happen to me several times already (not returning to my default settings) haha!


Yeah, right now I'm using continuous autofocus (AF-C), and used the custom settings menu to decouple the autofocus from the shutter release button. I assigned the Dynamic-area 25 point autofocus to the AF-ON button on the back, and assigned the single-point autofocus to the little joystick beside the AF-ON button. It activates when you push the joystick in. I go back and adjust which AF area I use depending on the subject (mainly birds), but the 25 point AF area is what I use most often, along with single-point.


I love the D850 because it gives you the best of both worlds. You get the breathtaking image quality of the D810 (well, actually better) and with the battery grip, the FPS capabilities of the D500 (9 FPS vs. 10 FPS) to capture insane action. Also, you can still use the crop mode to have it shoot like a DX camera to get some extra reach out of your lenses. It's like having both cameras in one.
 

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Gorgeous.....Maui?

Seal and chicken were Kauai and the turtle and whale were Maui.

Will be posting some more pictures soon. Kauai had rainy weather most of the time we were there. Kind of a bummer but we did try to make the best of it. Maui was supposed to be rainy (and was one day) but in general was beautiful weather.
 

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Yeah, I've had that happen to me several times already (not returning to my default settings) haha!


Yeah, right now I'm using continuous autofocus (AF-C), and used the custom settings menu to decouple the autofocus from the shutter release button. I assigned the Dynamic-area 25 point autofocus to the AF-ON button on the back, and assigned the single-point autofocus to the little joystick beside the AF-ON button. It activates when you push the joystick in. I go back and adjust which AF area I use depending on the subject (mainly birds), but the 25 point AF area is what I use most often, along with single-point.


I love the D850 because it gives you the best of both worlds. You get the breathtaking image quality of the D810 (well, actually better) and with the battery grip, the FPS capabilities of the D500 (9 FPS vs. 10 FPS) to capture insane action. Also, you can still use the crop mode to have it shoot like a DX camera to get some extra reach out of your lenses. It's like having both cameras in one.

I keep my camera on the 25 point autofocus setting most of the time, but for the whale watching I switched to AF-C Group. The camera did an amazing job of locking onto and tracking the motion. As I mentioned above, I look forward to using it again when I go bird watching in a couple of weeks. It's scary to trust totally in the camera deciding where to focus, but it does an amazing job.

For the whale watching, I did a photo safari trip with a photography guide. He had us shooting with Shutter priority. He wanted us to stay above 1/1000s at all cost and recommended 1/2000. He recommended we also stay around f/9 unless we were really confident in our ability to set ourselves up for the right moment. Unfortunately it was a cloudy morning and a real struggle to stay at a small aperture and keep the shutter speed. It was another learning experience using Auto ISO ranges to try to keep the aperture small while maintaining the correct minimum speed. I feel like my technical camera manipulation skills took a huge step forward on the trip. I would recommend that kind of specialized/focused trip to anyone who wants to learn more about using their gear to the best of its abilities.
 
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Wedding last night.

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Full moon with a few thin clouds passing in front of it. Shot with D500 at 500mm with a x1.4 teleconverter.

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