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A 366-day pursuit in personal portraiture, presented by nige.

The challenge: to photograph, and post to this moblog, a portrait shot of myself, every single day, over the next year. Apparently, it's much harder than it sounds...

Perhaps more challenging: that i don't enjoy seeing my phizog in a photo at the best of times, and knowing that i'm probably going to annoy the hell out of the moblog community in doing this. So, sincere apologies in advance for this undertaking, but i just can't help myself. I promise to try and be creative, so you won't have to look at my mug every day.

Anyone interested in joining me? I think i'm probably going to need the company...

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I'm selling my D200. I put it up on ebaY to see how much I could get, and someone offered me some silly money for it, so it's outta here. I'll put the money towards something new - maybe a D300, or maybe even a D3, but i haven't decided yet. I'll be sad to see it go, but sadder to be without a DSLR for a while, hence the sneer.
29th May 2008, 21:20   | tags:,,


nige says:

am not! all will be revealed over time...

besides, i want something bigger and better than yours, just so i can say "I'VE GOT A BIGGER & BETTER CAMERA THAN MANDY!"

29th May 2008, 21:26

nige says:

actually i don't think there is anything bigger and badder than the 5D anyway, is there? hmmph.

29th May 2008, 21:33

nige says:

i thought yours was the cream of the crop, mandy, but i've never really looked into canon's that much.

095, you want to put the proceeds to my new DSLR? thanks very much!

29th May 2008, 22:15

Caine says:

You look quite snarly. I have no idea what could make you part with it, but I'm sure you have a plan hatched.

30th May 2008, 09:25

nige says:


30th May 2008, 15:59

Euphro says:

I hope you got a good deal for it :D

I'm saving for a D300, although I'd love a 5D :)

The 21.1 megapixel full-frame Canon 1Ds III is the ultimate, particularly when paired with Canon L, lenses, but it is bulky like the D2x and D3, so the 5D is the best compromise, it's full-frame and 12.7 megapixels, (and I like the vignetting) :D

30th May 2008, 16:48

Caine says:

30th May 2008, 19:52

nige says:

i got superb money for it Euphro, and surprisingly so, considering how the D300 is priced in comparison. i've been very lucky :)'ll never catch me buying a canon. i have nikon lenses anyway, but even if i didn't, i just wouldn't buy the brand. i don't like canon, and for completely arbitrary reasons too. nikon all the way for me.

31st May 2008, 10:11

JokerXL says:

NEVER throw out old shoes without getting new ones first.
(What that has to do with selling a Nikon, I don't know)

1st Jun 2008, 07:21

Euphro says:

Well done on the sale; I'd very glad you got a good price!

I've got all Nikon dSLR bodies and lenses, but I just love cameras, so I'll probably buy an Eos digital body one day (once I've owned all the Nikons, or at least given each one a serious try) :D

Of the ones I've used so far, I've found the D200 the most frustrating, although that's not to say it isn't a wonderful camera. My favourites, to now, are the D40 and the D100, with the D70s and D50 close seconds :D

I'm playing with a work D40x at the moment, and saving for a D300.

2nd Jun 2008, 14:35

nige says:

what was it about the D200 that made it so frustrating?

2nd Jun 2008, 14:42

Euphro says:

To be fair, I only had the D200 for slightly over a month/2000 shots and I was mainly trying it out for GPS, so I can't claim to have mastered it, but I am comparing it to my experiences with the D100, D70s, D50, D40, D40x, and to a small extent D2x. I haven't used a D80, so, apart from the D40x (which I have been using for about a week/500 shots), I haven't used any other Nikon 10.2 MP dSLR. I also shot almost exclusively JPEG.

I knew about the conservative exposure aspect of D200 JPEGs, so I was ready for that and installed a custom curve pretty soon after getting hold of it. Saturation stayed a bit low for my taste, even after that. What I was not prepared for was the softness of the images compared to the other Nikons I've used. Eventually I dialled things up to max (+2) and it was OK. None of this detracts from it as a camera, however, and I loved the 5 frames per second and ISO 100. The external controls were great too, something I've become addicted to from using the D100.

On balance, I prefer the 6 megapixel Nikons (their low-light performance is outstanding, and I prefer the default sharpness, tone compensation and saturation of the D50 and D40); the 12 MP D2x is in a class of its own - the images are so film-like. I'd like to give the D80 a good try, but that will depend on one turning up at work, because I have enough bodies for now, until the D300, that is :D

2nd Jun 2008, 16:12

nige says:

i bought the D200 for the quicker speed (fps) which i felt would help me catch more moments when shooting events, weddings etc. i also bought it for the external controls which are just so much better / quicker than having to go in camera. very similar to what you are saying.

i'm unsure about the default sharpness and saturation of the D200 in comparison to some of the smaller models, but i'm sure you're right. i've never taken too much notice, as i use PS so much and nearly always tweak my photos in those areas instead of using them straight out the camera.

I'd be very keen to take a D3 out for a test. i've heard it's the bomb in comparison to almost anything else.

D300 coming for you anytime soon?

2nd Jun 2008, 19:13

Euphro says:

I know what you are saying wrt Photoshop. I've just ordered CS3. I know I should shoot in Raw (NEF), but I've been holding back because of the extra storage I will need. I've been trying to make the out-of-camera JPEGs as instantly usable as possible, although I do tweak the special ones.

Re the D3, yes, from what I've heard it is awesome - noiseless images at ISO 3200 in low light, for example - but it is so far out of my reach I don't even think about it. Only two of my current lenses would work with it anyway, without serious vignetting. The D300 is in my plans for later this year: I'm about a third of the way there, so far :D

2nd Jun 2008, 20:58

nige says:

sounds good to me. you won't have too long to wait for the D300 then :)

i've seen some D3 images at ISO 6400. seriously, the photographer was shooting outdoor night scenes at 2am hand held, with no camera shake, crystal clear. 9fps too! crazy-fast.

2nd Jun 2008, 21:03

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