Monday, May 14, 2012

New Images from Arches and Canyonlands with Nikon D800 E

Utah is one of my favorite places to photograph. The landscape seems so primordial and mysterious to me. I had the good fortune to be able to photograph Arches and Canyonlands National Park with the new 36 mp Nikon D800E. I chose the E version of this new camera because it produces a higher resolution image than the version with the extra filter (the D800). I am amazed by the dynamic range of this camera. I was able to pull out incredible detail in the shadows and highlights of images. This was especially important with the full moon images since the moon is so bright - I was able to bracket shots and had enough detail in the bright moon with the underexposures to bring back all the details in the moon craters. Since this camera is more difficult to stop down to f22 for depth of field, I took multiple exposures of images and different focus points so I would be able to stack them in Helicon Focus to create images with better depth of field. Medium Format cameras such as the Hasselblad can tolerate stopping down to f22 for depth of field, but the smaller sensors on these Nikon cameras produce distortion when they are stopped down more than f11 or so. This distortion degrades print quality. I love the Nikon 14-24 mm zoom and took my shot of Spring Sunrise, Arches with that lens and combined images in Helicon Focus. The other images were taken either with the 24-70mm zoom or the 70-200 zoom.

I am having difficulty getting the blogger software to properly display my images, so I am including a link to the new releases section of my website where the images are located (they are the first seven images):


  1. Elizabeth, may I ask you: are you using the 5:4 crop mode on this camera, or do you shoot full sensor and crop in processing? And, as you are using the "E" version, do you have any worries about aliasing/cross-color? Thanks.

  2. I use the full frame on the Nikon D800 E and do not crop in camera - you can always crop later so why would you throw away data that could be useful. As far as the E version, I have been shooting without an AA filter for many years with my medium format system and have never experienced issues with aliasing, moire, etc so I do not think it is a big problem for landscape photographers. I think the lack of an AA filter on the Nikon D800E helps with image quality so I prefer that.

  3. have owned the d800 for a couple of weeks .. need a tripod for almost everything indoors, my d7000 dx has more detail in it than the d800, way too often ... plus a computer with a lot more ram than my 8

    i am overmatched