A few pictures from a recent photo shoot…

Les Sylphides

From last week’s EBT performance…

tina - June 14, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Beautiful, as always, Wade. You have such a passion for photographing these beautiful children.

Lightroom Friday!

Huzzah! Its Lightroom Friday!  Its beena  few weeks – sorry about that – just got really busy.

Every week I compile a nice list of the goings-on, as it were, in the Lightroom world. Blog posts, tips, tricks and even video tutorials and freebies adorn these pages. So gear up, get ready for some book (or at least screen) learnin’ and lets have at it.

More from St. Paddy’s Day

Gerry Walden - April 13, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Great work Wade – especially like the girl with the green hair.

Gerry Walden - April 13, 2012 - 9:14 pm

Great work Wade – especially like the girl with green hair.

Erin go Bragh!

Chloe dancing at the Seattle Irish Festival.

Jeffrey Friedl - March 20, 2012 - 12:20 am

I don’t have much experience with Canon because I threw my lot in with Nikon when I got my first SLR as an adult, but the D700 really does hit a sweet spot. It replaced the D200, which was an exceptionally fine camera, but I couldn’t drop it for the D700 fast enough because the D700 was such a leap forward.

But fast forward all these years later and I still feel on top of my game (whatever “game” I have) with the D700. It still feels cutting edge, and I still feel that with it *I* am still the greatest limitation to good shots. I’m ambivalent about the D4 and D800 because the D700 has such staying power. I look at old posts I made about its low-light performance (e.g. ) and don’t feel that they’re dated except as a reflection of my own skill.

So I can’t recommend the D700 enough. My biggest complaint is that its “Auto ISO” feature, which helps you take advantage of that great low-light performance, is gratuitously stupid.

Anyway, on the other hand, one thing I lament about Nikon is that I can’t use Canon lenses. Canon bodies can mount Nikon lenses with an adapter, but not vice-versa. I use mostly MF non-CPU lenses, so it’d be the same for me either way, so I lament that I can’t use some of Canon’s deep lens history.

Wade - March 19, 2012 - 3:30 am

I think the D700 is a stop or two better. I never shoot above 1600 with the MKII. I just think the IQ starts to fall apart dramatically after that. I’m seriously considering getting a new D700 before they sell out and sell my canon stuff. The D700 is so much nicer than the 5D for responsivity (FPS, Focus) – its pretty much what the 5D MKII should have been. The D800 is an unknown to me – I’m pretty leery of the pixel cramming and lens designs holding up. I hope I’m wrong…

Not sure if I’m just super picky, and it isn’t the noise per se that really bothers me, its the fact that the other aspects of the image (accutance etc) just start to suck above 1600.

And the date is fixed. Thanks for noticing. Its only March after all…

Jeffrey Friedl - March 19, 2012 - 12:58 am

Inspired composition with the flair. In retrospect it’s obviously nice, but you had to make the decision beforehand. I guess that’s why you get paid the big bucks. :-)

Your comment about ISO1600 surprises me, though. I’m not all that familiar with Canon’s line, but I had the impression that the 5D Mark II’s low-light performance was in the general range of the Nikon D700 that I shoot, and with that, ISO1600 is functionally equivalent to ISO200. Especially with Lightroom’s noise reduction, noise isn’t a consideration until about 3200, though I regularly go to 6400 as needed. So, it’s not surprising that you’d get great results at 1600, but it’s surprising that you find it notable.

(PS: Copyright date on your page is old.)

Wade - March 18, 2012 - 2:11 pm

PS. I was back there to get the crowd in there as well.

ISO 1600 was performing flawlessly at f2 on a 50 mm lens.

Wade - March 18, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Backlit obviously. Nothing else – which is kind surprising how well it exposed given I didn’t have fill flash or anything coming from my way. Had to dial up the contrast a bit in LR, but not as much as I expected to.

I was backstage left – on purpose I might add – looking to get that flare in there, and I was actually surprised at how interesting the shot turned out.

I did it in black/white first and Chloe (sitting over my shoulder) wanted color because of all the color inherent in the event.

Gerry Walden - March 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Levitation is alive and well in Seattle!

Jeffrey Friedl - March 18, 2012 - 6:01 am

Holy cow, that’s a nice shot in so many respects! Could you talk about the lighting respect a bit?