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    Today, 06:42 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Thanks, Mike. I can enlarge now. Maybe you can too (click the very bottom of the image). The first photo was shot in P mode and second Auto mode....
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    Today, 06:09 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi, I'm back with some experimental shots. The two photos below were shot at the same scene (indoor with artificial light w/o flash, focus point:...
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    01-13-2020, 02:43 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Needa, I use Gimp and Darktable on Mac.
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    01-12-2020, 10:06 PM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Thanks, Mike. I guess I am always a bit too fast to ask questions. I now find both Gimp and Darktable I use show image metadata (a lot in gimp,...
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    01-12-2020, 08:40 PM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Ok, for moving objects, M+AFC+Aiso with speed and aperture adjusted to desire. There are more ways to adjust aperture in D3500. And maybe for...
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    01-12-2020, 08:06 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    I see. Thanks, Mike.
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    01-12-2020, 07:56 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Here's another experimental shot of star-sky:
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    01-12-2020, 07:42 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Cindy, Thanks so much for the great lesson. I studied (in theory and some practice) the various methods (settings) for photo shootings in...
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    01-03-2020, 10:24 PM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Cindy, I saw and read your "Hark 2020" post. Thought my newbie's question is somewhat irrelevant to your post there, so here I go: Do you...
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    01-03-2020, 10:00 PM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Oh, thank you so much, Cindy -- for all the detailed explanations and helpful information. I have studied about hyperfocal distance earlier and got...
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    01-03-2020, 05:12 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Thanks, Cindy. Oh, I mean before, not after, shooting... (Need to focus on a clear, not foggy, moon, right?) So go waiting.
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    01-03-2020, 02:50 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    A Darktable-edited version of a previous moon shot (1st of the 3 group):
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    01-03-2020, 02:47 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Cindy, I wonder how it is possible to rid fog in the air in front or around the moon (even fog is just above the ground)?
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    01-02-2020, 09:30 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Mike, How come there's no way to click on your photo to enlarge?
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    01-02-2020, 08:57 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Nice shots (I like the first one), Moab. Tried another round of moon shot (still in backyard). To my surprise and desperate, D3500 won't let me...
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    01-01-2020, 07:23 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Moab, Wow! I like your moon shot and the explanation. Just wondering when you took the shot, how big the moon in your bare eyes? Could you see...
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    01-01-2020, 04:00 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    @dawg, I didn't look in the viewfinder, just live view. But I am pretty sure now the moon problem is caused by high iso and long speed... and maybe...
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    12-31-2019, 07:54 PM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Thanks, Cindy. I'll try that next time. For the experiment, I shot fine RAW & jpg in M mode. I still don't quite understand how "Active D...
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    12-31-2019, 08:11 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Yeah, that's from street lamps probably...
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    12-31-2019, 07:35 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi, Finally, made a (city) night sky shot experiment. First notice and impression: light pollution was big, something wrong with the moon (suppose...
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    12-27-2019, 02:33 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Moab, Thank you for replying and answering my questions plus unasked. I checked up the Stellarium site and found they have three versions of...
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    12-24-2019, 08:03 AM
    Oh well, got it done! In order to use timer and shot number, it is required to check into "timer" mode every time you want to us it. I believe it is...
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    12-24-2019, 07:37 AM
    Hi, Another newbie's question: Can you set and use "Timer" and "Shot number" in "M" and "Auto" mode (D3500)? I tried timer = 5", shot number =...
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    12-24-2019, 03:54 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Cindy, Thanks for the info and link. Hi Dawg, Thanks for correcting my wrong assumption. I am holding my hand (and $) from Rokinon now. Don't...
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    12-24-2019, 03:30 AM
    Hi Walt, Thanks for the heads up and I agree with you for the difficulty of learning and using Gimp. Hi Sparky, Thanks for the install tip. I use...
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    12-23-2019, 04:18 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Thanks, Walt. So I assume D850 is NOT a full-frame? Thanks, Cindy. The tutorial is good for me (to learn).
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    12-23-2019, 03:37 AM
    Hi, I am a newbie to Nikon camera photography and this forum. I just wonder if anyone here has used Gimp, Dartable, and Startrail plugin...
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    12-23-2019, 03:14 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Dawg, You answered my second question and it's good news! I think I have read that people used different cameras -- full-frame and APS-C, to...
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    12-23-2019, 02:43 AM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Hi Cindy, Thanks for sharing. I just want to know if our bare eyes can see the milky way... Now thanks to your experience, the answer is a certain...
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    12-22-2019, 08:21 PM
    blackstar replied to a thread Newbie's question in D3400
    Thank you so much for the info, Moab. (And thank Cindy for the connection) I still have many questions about the topic of astrophotography. Right...
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