On Friday, I was able to get my new Nikon D800 camera body, which was on preorder after Nikon announced it about two months ago. Nikon released the D800 for sale on Thursday. It has been one of Nikon’s most anticipated cameras, which was delayed by the natural disasters last year in Japan and Thailand. Based on recent test reports, the D800 “out classes” all other DSLRs (Digital Single-lens Reflex) cameras.
I put my D800 to the test this weekend by photographing the spring Bluebell flowers at Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and testing the video capabilities on some birds, and I cannot agree more with the test results, the camera is amazing. I have not processed the Bluebell images yet, but did view them on my iMac, and they look fantastic. I will posting a blog article containing them this week. However, I did process videos of three different birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, and Tufted Titmouse, and uploaded them to Youtube. Each of the videos can be seen by clicking on the below images. Be sure to have your sound turned up, put the video in the full screen mode, and change the resolution to 1080p/HD. The goldfinch is molting, that is why he is not entirely yellow and has the white spots in the black patch on his head.
I am very excited about adding video to my Nature photography with this new camera body, as well as being able to capitalize on its many other new features, like having a 36 mega pixel sensor. Be sure to check back later in the week to see the Bluebell images. It was an overcast morning that provided even, filtered light, which was perfect for photographing them along the Cedar Run creek at Merrimac Farm WMA.
Early this afternoon, I am heading to the Washington DC Convention Center to explore the Photoshop World Conference expositions, where I learned from the owner of Image Wizards that they have one of my Blue Heron images printed large on aluminum and on display at the Expo. Image Wizards specializes in printing on aluminum, and their work is stunning. Last year, I used Image Wizards on a large photography project for a medical building. When I return this evening, I will continue to select images for printing and matting for a festival on April 15, where I was invited to exhibit my photography–more on that later.