I was up before the sun again this morning and I poked my head outside to see what was going on. There was a bit of cloud cover to the east, so I grabbed the camera and tripod and decided to try my luck sunrise hunting.
This would be the perfect opportunity to test the new D3200 on manual settings with the remote and tripod.
It was still dark when I got to Loveland Reservoir. I walked around a bit, looking for the best place to set up and decided on a spot that offered the best composition for my needs. I wanted to have subjects in the foreground and background to test depth of field at lower ISO and f stops. I also wanted to get a feel for 35mm framing because I think my next purchase will be a Nikon 35mm f1.8G prime lens.
After I set the tripod up, I adjusted the camera to 100-ISO with the plan to stop down the shots from f8 to f16…I also made sure that the auto ISO was disengaged and then set the camera to remote mode.
I was ready!
I manually set the exposure and f stop and started shooting.
On my old D80, my favorite f stop was 16 for taking big landscape shots. I would get good detail all the way back as far as you could see at this setting, and I was hoping for similar results with the D3200.
I wasn’t disappointed!
I started at f8 and by the time I was at f16, the colors were starting to pop in the clouds. I tried some different exposures at f16 and found that by underexposing the shot by a couple of steps, I was getting the best color results, without losing anything in the foreground.
In this series of shots, the best one came out at, f16; ISO-100; ¼ sec exposure @ 35mm, but I would have to wait until I got home to really see the detail.
When I developed this shot, I sharpened the image just a touch and raised the saturation to a setting of 6 out of a possible 100… very minimal adjustments. I was happy with the overall detail…I mean… it’s not a D4, but it will work for what I’m trying to do.
I don’t recall ever getting a shot this rich in color from the D80.
What do you guys think…are we happy with the D3200?