Mundane Monday

Original post January 6, 2015 By: Tom Owens

I was out and about an hour before sunrise yesterday having checked shipping movements and tides before I left home. I am still testing the D810 and overall I am very impressed with it. There are significant differences to my D3S which has been my workhorse camera for some 4 years.

The most noticeable difference is the viewfinder. Why does Nikon have to incorporate a built-in speedlight on a pro level camera? This reduces the size of the pentaprism and as a consequence the information is crammed in whilst being quite a bit smaller than the D3S.


I often shoot natively at ISO800 on the D3S with no apparent noise. I have noticed that noise in the presence of almost T-grain constitution is certainly visible on the D810 at ISO 800-1250. Shooting at ISO64-200 it is non-existent and this where the fact that cameras being mere tools to deliver what is in the artist’s mind comes into effect. My primary use for this camera is for detailed landscape and studio work and this context is in the D3X sphere from what I can see. The images I posted using the 200-400 F4 VR11 from the Orwell Bridge are testament to the resolving power of the sensor coupled with good glass and the detail being returned at low ISO values is comparable to that of my large and medium format film equipment. In this context I have made the right purchase.


I shall be looking to use the D810 for a low ISO range going forward (subject to available light as I cannot carry both cameras) and the post processing is quite different also.

As with all things photographic, physics comes into play and the size of the photosites on the sensor have to be taken into consideration.

Yesterday morning was benign , dull and rather mundane. As with most of my post processing workflow these two images show a touch of dodge and burn, straightening, lens profile adjustment,, slight curves and of course sharpening as I shoot in RAW. The presentation of the sombre colours is very accurate or at least is on my calibrated kit here.


Comments from original blog

Keith Locke · January 6, 2015 Reply

You can feel the cold and the damp in these images Tom, they really define the January season.

Tom Owens · January 6, 2015 Reply

Thanks Keith.
The brown water adds to the sombre mood. I find them strangely attractive but it is that old big softbox situation going on but as you say, it defines that post-festive aspect of January. I am cold to the bone today and all I have done is put bins out and bring them in!
I often think this aspect of the navigation is grim at the best of times.
Terrific dynamic range though on this sensor.


Peter Ellis · January 6, 2015 Reply

As a point of interest Tom, I Googled Burrell rd to get an idea of your viewpoint, and if you switch to the satellite view it shows the sidings and the buildings that were once on the big Burrell Rd car park. I will save the screen grabs for future reference…

Ref your images, I think that the 810 has captured the muted colours very well, sometimes I think that people try to exaggerate the saturation too much (because they can…) and end up with a false rendition of the true scene…

Tom Owens · January 7, 2015 Reply

Thank you Peter.
I developed(sic) a desire to render colours as neutrally as possible whilst at Uni. There is a time and place for saturated colour and I do use that to effect such as in my Ten Minutes series in which case all images were made during or just after rainfall on account of the increased saturation(sic) of the painted lines. Ten Minutes was made using Fuji 400H on a Fuji GW670III.

With regard to Google imagery, it is almost a time capsule in that images are quite out of date from the satellites, or fly-overs compared to their Street view. Their earth images show my concealed asbestos shed of a garage whilst Street view shows the new 2010 build. There is quite a trend in appropriating satellite imagery and incorporating it into contemporary bodies of work.



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