Photographing the 2021 North Fork Kayak Championships with the Nikon D500 and Nikkor DX Lenses

July 05, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Photographing the Idaho 2021 North Fork Kayak Championships with the Nikon D500 and Nikkor DX Lenses

Kayaking in whitewater on a river. 2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500 Nikon D500, 70-300 mm DX VR lens

The North Fork Kayak championships, held yearly on the North Fork of the Payette River in central Idaho, brings together some of the top kayakers from all over the world to experience some of the most demanding whitewater in the US.

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 70-300 mm DX VR lens

This was my second time photographing the event. I attended the event in 2019 (see the 2019 photo gallery HERE will open in new tab) and would have gone again in 2020 but, as you can imagine, it was canceled due to the pandemic. (You can view my 2019 North Fork kayak photo gallery HERE.) In 2019, I had with me the Nikon D5 and used primarily the Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. However, this combination proved to be a problem: The weight of the full frame body and lens proved to be too heavy while maneuvering amongst the rocks and boulders that one needs to negotiate to get down to the river’s water level. While I did eventually make it to the shore, it was a hike I knew I didn’t want to repeat with such heavy gear. Lesson learned: bring a smaller camera and lenses next time.

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 70-300 mm DX VR lens

After surveying what I call my Nikon DSLR and F mount “Dream Team”, that smaller kit was the Nikon DX flagship D500 with the following DX lenses:

  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

All of the images in this blog post were taken with the equipment above. Some of the images are slightly cropped and all were shot in 14bit RAW uncompressed processed in Capture One 2021.

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 70-300 mm DX VR lens

I knew I was taking a risk in terms of image quality by going with a crop sensor camera versus a full frame flagship (Nikon D6) with full frame lenses. Did the D500 with DX lenses measure up and give acceptable image quality from this high action event? For me, the answer is a resounding yes! I was pleasantly surprised how much this 5 year old camera still has to offer. I think one of the reasons the D500 performed so well is due to the abundance of light at this event. Between the clear skies and the sun light reflecting off the whitewater, light was not in short supply. This allowed the auto focus to perform at its full potential and kept noise in the images to a minimum, allowing maximum potential for post processing.

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 70-300 mm DX VR lens

In conclusion and in hindsight, I don’t regret at all using the D500 and Nikkor DX lenses to document this action packed sports event. You can view the complete 2021 gallery HERE.

Find below additional sample images:

 

Nikon D500, 70-300 mm DX VR lens

 

Nikon D500, 70-300 mm DX VR lens

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 10-20 mm DX VR lens

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 16-80 mm DX VR lens

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 16-80 mm DX VR lens

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 16-80 mm DX VR lens

 

Kayaking in whitewater on a river.2021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using Nikon D5002021 North Fork Kayak Championships Photos using the Nikon D500

Nikon D500, 16-80 mm DX VR lens

 


North Fork Whitewater Kayak Championship 2021 Photo Gallery

June 21, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

North Fork Whitewater Kayak Championship 2021 Photo Gallery Idaho

North Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosNorth Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosThe North Fork IX 2021 Championship is a competition built to expose the talent of the best kayakers in the world on an amazing piece of whitewater. This year the NFC will be the Extreme Kayak World Championship, hosting the best kayakers from all over the world to come together for a fight for the title of World Champion and King and Queen of the North Fork World Championship. North Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosNorth Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosThe North Fork IX 2021 Championship is a competition built to expose the talent of the best kayakers in the world on an amazing piece of whitewater. This year the NFC will be the Extreme Kayak World Championship, hosting the best kayakers from all over the world to come together for a fight for the title of World Champion and King and Queen of the North Fork World Championship. North Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosNorth Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosThe North Fork IX 2021 Championship is a competition built to expose the talent of the best kayakers in the world on an amazing piece of whitewater. This year the NFC will be the Extreme Kayak World Championship, hosting the best kayakers from all over the world to come together for a fight for the title of World Champion and King and Queen of the North Fork World Championship. North Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosNorth Fork IX 2021 Kayak Championship PhotosThe North Fork IX 2021 Championship is a competition built to expose the talent of the best kayakers in the world on an amazing piece of whitewater. This year the NFC will be the Extreme Kayak World Championship, hosting the best kayakers from all over the world to come together for a fight for the title of World Champion and King and Queen of the North Fork World Championship. All shot on Nikon D500

Welcome to the Pro Image Event Photography North Fork 2021 Kayak Championship Photo Gallery! Our camera (a Nikon D500 and assorted Nikkor DX lenses) went to the North Fork of the Payette River in Idaho to photograph all the whitewater kayak action over 2 days, June 18 and 19, 2021.

You can view the full photo gallery HERE


Nikon Releases New Firmware Update for the Nikon D6

June 15, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Nikon Releases New Firmware Update for the Nikon D6!

Nikon D6Nikon D6 new firmware Nikon D6 new firmware ver 1.3 released

 

Nikon just released new firmware version 1.3 that includes the following changes/improvements:

  • A new option, Keep exp. when f/ changes, has been added to the Custom Settings menu at position b8. When Off is selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO sensitivity control in the photo shooting menu in mode M, actions such as switching to a lens with a different aperture range may cause unintended changes to aperture. If an option other than Off is selected for Keep exp. when f/ changes, the camera will adjust shutter speed or ISO sensitivity to maintain exposure at its current value.

    Other actions to which automatic exposure maintenance applies include:

    • - adjusting zoom on lenses that have different values for maximum aperture at maximum and minimum zoom,
    • - attaching a teleconverter, and
    • - changing the focus distance when a micro lens is attached.
  • Changes have been made to improve the reliability of the auto focus operation.

 

To download the new firmware, visit the download page here.


What Happens After You Cancel Your Subscription to Adobe Lightroom Classic?

April 09, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

What happens after you cancel your subscription to Adobe Lightroom Classic?

After starting with version 1 of Adobe Lightroom back in 2007, I finally made the change to another photo editing software package, Capture One, at the end of December 2020. I will leave my experiences so far with Capture One for another article. I was perfectly happy with Lightroom and Photoshop but with the subscription model for both of these products (I subscribed to the Photographers plan), I didn’t feel that paying a monthly fee in perpetuity was a sustainable financial arrangement for the long term.

I don’t plan on migrating my 335K photos in my Lightroom catalog to Capture One anytime soon. Even with products like Avalanche that claim to be able to migrate all your photos and their Lightroom adjustments to other competing packages like Capture One, I will wait and see the reviews first before starting that process (I still may decide to just leave everything in Lightroom).

This means that I will be accessing photos in Lightroom for the foreseeable future if I want to make use of over 20 years of past content.

I wanted to share with you my experience using Lightroom now that my subscription has been canceled since the end of 2020 and what functionality remains.

The Photography plan subscription includes both Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. First, let’s cover what happens with Photoshop post subscription. When you launch Photoshop, a message comes up similar to what happens with Lightroom (see Lightroom screenshot below). However, unlike Lightroom, there is no functionality in Photoshop. Once you close the popup Adobe subscription options dialog box, Photoshop immediately shuts down.

With Lightroom Classic, it’s a similar experience when you launch the program; a popup dialog box (as shown below) appears but with one major difference compared to Photoshop. When you close the subscription options notice, Lightroom stays running!

Let’s explore each module in Lightroom Classic and their remaining functionality, if any, post subscription.

Library: The Library module appears to retain all functionality. That includes Quick Develop, Keywording, Keyword List, Metadata and Comments; all are usable. One thing to note is that the Quick Develop panel remains fully functional (with no local adjustment options as when subscribing). All options in the screenshot below remain working, including all presets, both built-in and user presets. In addition, all of the drop-down menus remain usable in the Library module including exporting images, creating collections and etc. Be careful when using the Crop Ratio option in the Quick Develop panel. You can only change the crop ratio but cannot resize the crop.

Develop: No surprise here. The message below appears in the center of the screen when selecting Develop on the top menu. In addition, all adjustment options in the Develop side panels are greyed out.

Map: This one is misleading at first. When you click on Map, the map launches as if it’s going to work. Then it disappears shortly after with the following message below:

Book: Surprisingly, the Book module appears mostly intact. I say mostly because I didn’t actually login to Blurb and complete an order, but I assume that since the Blurb dialog box popped up when I clicked on the Send Book to Blurb button that it would allow me to complete my order. All options in the side adjustment panels appear to be working as well, allowing you to design your book as if you were still subscribed.

Slideshow: Slideshow retains full functionality. All side panels worked, and nothing was greyed out. It allows you to export your slideshow with the same options as if you are still subscribed.

Print: An unsubscribed version of Lightroom allows full printing abilities. All side panels worked, and nothing was greyed out. It allows you to print to your printer of choice.

Web: The web module retains full functionality. I could export this webpage gallery to a HTML file and post to a webserver.

Summary: I was very surprised with the number of options and features left intact with an unsubscribed version of Lightroom Classic. On one hand, only 2 out of the 7 modules no longer function. On the other, at least one of those 2, Develop, is the most important and the meat of Lightroom. Develop is where photographers spend most of their time and is obviously no minor omission. The elimination of the Map module, I would guess for most users, is an inconsequential one compared to the absence of Develop.

What about future updates to Lightroom Classic? You’re probably assuming that no updates will be provided after you quit your subscription, at least that’s what I thought. And with no updates, Lightroom Classic will eventually stop working as changes are made to both Windows and MacOS and that future camera models will not be supported. Actually, I have continued to receive updates! When I quit subscribing at the end of December, the current version was 10.1. To my surprise, I received a notice from Adobe that an update was available. I’m now on version 10.2. I’m assuming that I will continue to receive updates with future camera models supported.  

I realize that to most photographers (including myself), the remaining functionality is a moot point if the Develop module is not accessible, making Lightroom Classic useless to non-subscribers. Of course, Adobe could make changes and increase or decrease remaining functionality for non-subscribers going forward (especially if they read this article). Only time will tell.


A Silhouette of a Redwing Blackbird Against the Setting Sun

April 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

My Latest Addition to My Front Page Portfolio: A Silhouette of a Red wing Blackbird Against the Setting Sun

a Red wing Blackbird Against the Setting Sun among cattails. Robert G Allen Photography portfolio: A Silhouette of a Redwing Blackbird Against the Setting SunRobert G Allen Photography portfolio: A Silhouette of a Red wing Blackbird Against the Setting Sun taken with the Nikon COOLPIX P950 Nikon COOLPIX P950

My latest addition to my front page portfolio: A red wing blackbird against the setting sun among cattails.I really like the way the Nikon COOLPIX P950 renders a sunset lit sky.