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03/12/2018 10:00:55 PM · #1
Awesome Marko!
Hope you get to see some auroras, it is prime time for them, right around the equinox.
03/12/2018 07:40:32 PM · #2
Hello dpc Family. Here in Iceland at the current moment!!! Absolutely having a blast! If you wanna see some photos of the trip my gf has been tagging my Instagram! Just go follow me and then go to the photos that I have been tagged in and there are a ton so far!!! I havenít posted any from my camera yet but that will come after Iím home.

My instagram username is -
@marko_brutus
01/23/2018 11:56:46 AM · #3
Originally posted by NikonJeb:



I am pretty sure I do have a fairly fast 64GB SDHC card if you want it, though....


I'll keep it in mind! I don't know how fast his cards are but I assume they'd be fast enough given the fact that he's a videographer. If however they aren't very fast I may take you up on the offer.
01/23/2018 11:40:16 AM · #4
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

March but don't worry about it. I just heard from my ex-roommate that he has like 3 cards I can borrow for the trip. He's a videographer so he has a ton of equipment. :)

Okay....

I am pretty sure I do have a fairly fast 64GB SDHC card if you want it, though....
01/23/2018 10:56:21 AM · #5
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

I don't have many photographer friends that are local. But I do have a couple. :) I didn't think of asking them. Thanks for the tip on that one. I will send them a text now. :)

I will have to look when I get home at what I have for my D810.

I believe I have at least one 64GB card that *should* work you can borrow.

When do you leave?


March but don't worry about it. I just heard from my ex-roommate that he has like 3 cards I can borrow for the trip. He's a videographer so he has a ton of equipment. :)
01/23/2018 10:52:55 AM · #6
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

I don't have many photographer friends that are local. But I do have a couple. :) I didn't think of asking them. Thanks for the tip on that one. I will send them a text now. :)

I will have to look when I get home at what I have for my D810.

I believe I have at least one 64GB card that *should* work you can borrow.

When do you leave?
01/23/2018 10:23:10 AM · #7
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Originally posted by NikonJeb:

I'm assuming you're taking a laptop. Dump the files daily into it. Then you don't have to buy a bunch of expensive cards.

When I got my D810, I was amazed at how much space the files took up.

That's how I deal on vacation......dump 'em into the laptop.


I thought about this but I don't know if I will be able to bring it due to lack of space. It is VERY expensive to bring another bag so we are going to try and pack everything within a very limited amount of space.

There used to be devices which were basically a hard-drive/card reader combination just for this purpose ...


Reliable?

Last thing I need is to get home to find that none of the images were actually put onto the hard-drive. Lol.
01/23/2018 10:00:44 AM · #8
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Originally posted by NikonJeb:

I'm assuming you're taking a laptop. Dump the files daily into it. Then you don't have to buy a bunch of expensive cards.

When I got my D810, I was amazed at how much space the files took up.

That's how I deal on vacation......dump 'em into the laptop.


I thought about this but I don't know if I will be able to bring it due to lack of space. It is VERY expensive to bring another bag so we are going to try and pack everything within a very limited amount of space.

There used to be devices which were basically a hard-drive/card reader combination just for this purpose ...
01/23/2018 09:43:24 AM · #9
Originally posted by SaraR:

Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

...the easiest way to keep myself from spending so much on memory cards.


Have you got any photographer friends who could lend you cards for the duration of your trip? The 850 is going to be hungry for memory, and you are going to regret bitterly running out.


I don't have many photographer friends that are local. But I do have a couple. :) I didn't think of asking them. Thanks for the tip on that one. I will send them a text now. :)
01/23/2018 09:35:32 AM · #10
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

...the easiest way to keep myself from spending so much on memory cards.


Have you got any photographer friends who could lend you cards for the duration of your trip? The 850 is going to be hungry for memory, and you are going to regret bitterly running out.
01/23/2018 09:28:20 AM · #11
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

I'm assuming you're taking a laptop. Dump the files daily into it. Then you don't have to buy a bunch of expensive cards.

When I got my D810, I was amazed at how much space the files took up.

That's how I deal on vacation......dump 'em into the laptop.


I thought about this but I don't know if I will be able to bring it due to lack of space. It is VERY expensive to bring another bag so we are going to try and pack everything within a very limited amount of space.

If we have the room, I will for sure do this as it seems to be the easiest way to keep myself from spending so much on memory cards.

01/22/2018 05:44:29 PM · #12
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

How much storage do I need?

I'll be there for 5 full days.

I don't normally shoot RAW as I never really print or anything but obviously I will be shooting RAW the entire time I'm there. My new camera has 45.7 megapixels. Which means the files are massive. I also want to shoot some video on my camera for a video or two or maybe more if I get enough footage.

I'm assuming you're taking a laptop. Dump the files daily into it. Then you don't have to buy a bunch of expensive cards.

When I got my D810, I was amazed at how much space the files took up.

That's how I deal on vacation......dump 'em into the laptop.
01/22/2018 10:36:14 AM · #13
How much storage do I need?

I'll be there for 5 full days.

I don't normally shoot RAW as I never really print or anything but obviously I will be shooting RAW the entire time I'm there. My new camera has 45.7 megapixels. Which means the files are massive. I also want to shoot some video on my camera for a video or two or maybe more if I get enough footage.

My current storage include one 64gb SD card and two 32gb SD card.

I am about to purchase a bunch of storage but don't want to spend more than I actually need.

That said I don't want to get out there and eat up all my memory on day 3...

Thoughts?

And anyone know where I can get a deal?
01/05/2018 02:10:47 PM · #14
So the amount of planning going on with this is completely insane!

We have decided that it makes the most sense to rent a camper-van. It makes the most sense in that, there wouldn't technically be an "end point" required by hotel bookings. We could just drive to the nearest campsite and pick a spot.

We had originally started with the idea of driving around the entire island on Ring road but ended up not wanting to do this so that we could spend more time in the south end of Iceland. This way we don't feel rushed.

We have multiple documents with pages and pages of info about the areas we want to explore.

Our biggest issue that we have come across has been places that are open all year for camper-vans that at least have a bathroom. This seems to be quite difficult being that we're going in March which is technically winter time still.

Anyone who can google better than I can want to take a crack at finding a list of camp grounds that are open all year (AND confirmed, have bathrooms). It would be great if we could find some that are REALLY cheap. Cost is starting to rise more and more. Lol.
12/12/2017 02:51:26 PM · #15
Originally posted by RamblinR:

Please, do me a huge favour and do a documentary style shoot for your trip. Photograph all those little things that make someone feel like they are with you on the trip.


I have already planned on putting together both an album as well as a video that captures my trip. My girlfriend is starting to get into this idea too as she keeps watching video blogs of Iceland trips taken by people already. She sent a text to me today asking to go to Best Buy to get a cheap point and shoot to get videos of the entire trip.

So between my photography and her videos we will be sharing PLENTY with everyone! :)
12/11/2017 07:49:58 PM · #16
Please, do me a huge favour and do a documentary style shoot for your trip. Photograph all those little things that make someone feel like they are with you on the trip.
The tickets, the departure board at the airport etc etc Shoot everything special and things not so special.
Shoot wide, medium and close up of things and then make a spark page for us to view (and all your friends and family) so we can come and on the trip with you.

Instead of posting mine which I have done in other posts follow the link to this one by Julianne Kost which will give you inspiration.

Julianne Kost - The Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island

spark.adobe.com
12/11/2017 07:24:05 PM · #17
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Originally posted by LanndonKane:


Flight in - Friday October 20th

Arrive 4:15am.

Day 1 - Saturday October 21st

Pick up rental car when we arrive? Sat morning.



Did you pick up the rental right when you got there? We seem to have problems finding a place that has a pick up option for before 9:00am.


We rented our car from a WOW air offer. The car provider was SIXT, and itís right at the airport. They were open 6am and we picked up the car right then.
12/11/2017 01:48:41 PM · #18
Originally posted by LanndonKane:


Flight in - Friday October 20th

Arrive 4:15am.

Day 1 - Saturday October 21st

Pick up rental car when we arrive? Sat morning.



Did you pick up the rental right when you got there? We seem to have problems finding a place that has a pick up option for before 9:00am.
12/07/2017 12:07:35 PM · #19
Not sure if I will see them but the northern lights might show up. Anything I need to be aware of shooting them? Other than bundle up real good cause it'll be cold... Lol.
12/06/2017 10:29:16 AM · #20
I've actually taken off all my UV filters. Mainly for the fact that I have felt like I get a better quality image without it because it's always so dirty and I'm constantly cleaning it. I'm very careful with my equipment so I personally take the risk of lack of protection. That said I didn't know it did anything other than just protect the lens from any harm.

Interesting. I'll have to look into this before I go and hope I didn't throw away all the UV filters I had. Lol.
12/05/2017 04:32:41 PM · #21
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

And, of course, in the film days, we used a UV filter at altitude (which is usually where we were shooting snow.)

I think a lot of folks still keep a UV filter on their lens (for "protection") ... are you saying the effect is similar to setting the WB to "cloudy"?
12/05/2017 04:28:50 PM · #22
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Couldn't you also use Custom WB and key it to the snow itself (if shooting mostly snow)?

Assuming that there is a snowfall before I get there, then yes most likely I could do this and put it as a preset to go to in the camera.. That's a good idea.

That doesn't really work, because the snow is being lit by direct sunlight, except when it's in the shadows, so the shadows are where it gets blue from reflected sky light. The snow-in-the-light will be bright enough that WB is less critical, it's the snow-in-the-shadows you are concerned with. But if you SET your WB to the shadow snow, then it's gonna take out too much blue and the skies will look very wrong. Cloudy WB always worked for me as a compromise.

And, of course, in the film days, we used a UV filter at altitude (which is usually where we were shooting snow.)
12/05/2017 04:20:51 PM · #23
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Couldn't you also use Custom WB and key it to the snow itself (if shooting mostly snow)?


Assuming that there is a snowfall before I get there, then yes most likely I could do this and put it as a preset to go to in the camera.. That's a good idea.
12/05/2017 04:18:26 PM · #24
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

If you are shooting JPG on any of your devices, set white balance for "cloudy", that will warm things up a bit.

Couldn't you also use Custom WB and key it to the snow itself (if shooting mostly snow)?
12/05/2017 04:03:23 PM · #25
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Are there any good tutorials on snowscape photography?

Your light meter operates on the assumption that the average of everything it's looking at, luminance wise, is the same as a Zone V, 18% grey card. Roughly the same grey as the darker alternating panels in this forum. So if you point your camera at a white wall and make the recommended exposure, shooting JPG, you'll get a gray wall. Point it at a black wall, you'll get a gray wall. That's what "Exposure Compensation" dials are for; so you can dial in a custom bias that represents the condition in which you are shooting. Shooting skiers on a snowy trail in sunlight, that'd be like +2 compensation. Mountains, meadows, and sky, snowy conditions, maybe +1.5 or even +1. Study your histograms carefully, and ask yourself "How much detail do I actually NEED from this snowfield?" Also worth noting, the desired compensation will change depending on lighting conditions: if you are shooting on an overcast day, trying to make the snow pure white wouldn't be natural. Finally, remember that shadow areas, nearly always, are heavily into blue, because they tend to be lit by reflected sky light. THis is doubly so in snow scenes because the snow's a fiercely good reflector-of-sky-light. What I do is use auto WB, shoot RAW, and adjust in post. If you are shooting JPG on any of your devices, set white balance for "cloudy", that will warm things up a bit.
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