Thursday, May 24, 2012

Calvert Cliffs with the D800 (and resolution test!)

Hello again everyone.  Sorry for the delay in posts for so long!  Anywho, this past week I've been able to take the beast out for a while this past week.  I had the chance to get over to Calvert Cliffs in southern Maryland.  The place really is a fantastic retreat and is full of wonderful photographic opportunities.  As per my luck, I was rained out shortly after arriving, but I did manage to snap a few shots off.  Here are some of the ones I particularly liked:

Nikon D800
Nikon 17-35mm F/2.8
Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8II
Nikon 300mm F/4.0 AF-s

Click the images to see them larger. 

This first one could have been vastly improved with the use of a CPOL and possibly an ND.  I really wish I hadn't forgotten to put mine back in my camera bag.  

This was quite a cool part of the place.  It was a huge bog that covered every bit of 2 square miles.  Every tree in the water was dead and had quite a good bit of woodpecker holes in them.  They were constantly calling out to one another.  I searched, but never could find one of the elusive birds.

Just another shot of the bog.  Again, a CPOL would have been a godsend here.

This is the outlet of the bog, where it lets loose into the bay.  If you didn't know better, it could be passed off as if I were in Vietnam or someplace of the sort.  This is probably my favorite of the bunch.

Here are the cliffs the place is named after.  They're off-limits to the public, but they let you get quite close.  The water was pretty rough this day.  Here, an ND would have been nice to have.

Another shot of the cliffs.  That tree to the right is where I was with the camera to take the previous shot. 

Last, but not least, the resolution test.  
Nikon 300mm F/4.0 @F10

Just incase you needed to see what Aunt Louise was doing in the living room from 2 miles away:
At 100% crop, you start to see the camera shake due to the crap tripod collar on the 300/4.

Thanks for looking!  Feel free to ask questions or leave comments below!

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