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First shot at night in Shibuya with the D700 and 85mm f/1.4

Gotta say, I'm excited about this shot. Not only is it good to have the 85mm back as being 85 and not 130mm, although that was fun while it lasted, it's great to have so much dynamic range going on with the FX sensor on the D700.

Plus, this is at 1600ISO!

I still love shooting the 85 wide-open but with amazing high-iso performance, it will be nice to be shooting it at f/2.8 or f/4 at night, for ultimate sharpness on occasions that I want it. Or, being able to shoot - like this - at nice high shutter-speeds and large apertures, to properly freeze people's motion and increase sharpness.

The dynamic range takes me sort of halfway back to film and I'm loving it.

This was shot as a NEF with a good spread of dynamic range and good detail throughout the range. I then pulled that NEF into Photomatix and worked it up as a 'pseudo-HDR'.

Then into Photoshop, where I used various of Nik and Silver Efex filters - all blended back to my taste - until I reached the sort of slightly cinematic, bleach-bypass but with strong colour contrast.

Nikon D700

Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF D @ f/1.4


  1. Ross (England)

    Love this!! How do you get our images so sharp at night without flash?

  2. Lots of practice and lots of patience. Plus, I know exactly how best to shoot that lens after using it for a long time. I usually now, with the full-frame body, tend to focus manually as I find that easier. AF tends to compromise my framing: you have to have an AF point on something and you cant always get the AF point where you want it because they dont cover the whole frame. Plus, at night AF tends to hunt a lot and it's easier for me to anticipate people's movement when using MF.

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