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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Special and Miscellaneous >> Coming to Grips with the D800 > Kalocsa needlework
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Kalocsa needlework

Kalocsa needlework

The replacement for the D800 arrived the other day. I had a day off today so went out to see how it performed. It wasn't a great experience overall. I had some focus problems but figure I need to better learn how to use the camera, but had some real disappointments with high ISO shots, which is what I frequently do in places like usually dark churches. Unless the room is brilliantly lit, ISO 5000 is pretty unusable; the noise was horrific (although maybe it's worse because I can see it better on such enormous files, but I don't think that's entirely it). But in anything less than brilliantly lit, I normally couldn't use more than f2.8, and even that with a pretty slow shutter speed. After my first bout with the camera, I downloaded the files and nine of the 82 pictures I took couldn't be processed from the RAW file because they had suffered some mishap, like PS said an "end of file had been encountered" or something. (How odd is this; I just went to see exactly what it said, and now the files are OK. Update: Now they aren't again. Who knows.) Maybe it was the memory card, I have no idea at this point.

Anyway, I tried it several more times during the day with somewhat similar results. This image, which I liked, was taken of a Kalocsa apron I have hanging in a very bright hallway. It's not hanging evenly, for the record ;-).

Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/160s f/4.0 at 48.0mm iso5000 full exif

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victorswan23-Nov-2015 13:52
Wow fantastic needle work my wife love it very nice image of it Helen nicely colorfull and shrap well done BV
Tom LeRoy27-Dec-2012 16:09
Hope things have gotten better by now. In any case this shot is spectacular. V
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)26-Dec-2012 10:45
Definitely great! V
Roland23-Dec-2012 15:14
This is such a magnificent work of art. It certainly makes your hallway! V
Jola Dziubinska18-Dec-2012 21:27
Absolutely amazing embroidery, fantastic details, Helen. Excellent shot. V.
Bill Miller11-Dec-2012 20:01
Well a lovely picture but sorry to hear about the D800 problems. I think Nikon dropped the quality ball with this model. Shame because it is so good on paper.
pkocinski11-Dec-2012 13:13
The center of the image is extremely sharp. Hope the issues with the camera get resolved for you.
William Barletta11-Dec-2012 09:54
This is spectacular!!
Lillian Rodriguez11-Dec-2012 05:15
The details in this embroidered apron is amazing Helen! Sorry to hear you had problems with your first D800 and hope you'll be able to sort out this one. Saludos V
janescottcumming10-Dec-2012 23:30
Well this certainly is a beautiful image. V
Graeme10-Dec-2012 23:12
The details and colours are superb, Helen! BV
Stephanie10-Dec-2012 22:23
This is a beautiful image Helen! Love the needlework! V
Karen Stuebing10-Dec-2012 22:16
This is certainly colorful and sharp and no noise. A beautiful image.
Mairéad10-Dec-2012 21:49
The colours and details in this are beautiful. Hope you get the issues resolved.
Isabel Cutler10-Dec-2012 21:38
Beautiful workmanship and image. Hope you can put your aggravation with this camera to rest soon.
Colin Storey10-Dec-2012 21:29
Looks like a great image from here, good luck with the new camera. v
joseantonio10-Dec-2012 21:25
Lovely colors in this one. Sorry to hear about your problems with the new D800...v.
Milan Vogrin10-Dec-2012 21:24
A real art!
John Reynolds10-Dec-2012 21:18
Good detail and colour in the picture you have posted. Sorry to hear about your teething troubles - hope things settle down.