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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