There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.

- Kurt Hahn

 

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Nikon D90 with AF NIKKOR 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G

@ 28mm, ISO 200, f/8, 5 sec

Manual focus, aperture-priority mode

Mounted on tripod (Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head and 055XPROB Legs)

Triggered using Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote

Photomatix - Exposure fusion of 3 shots at 0, -2, and +2 EV

 

Taken from Twin Peaks after sunset this chilly evening in San Francisco. It was clear and crisp today, so I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to head up here for my favorite time of day... blue hour! Looking down Market Street toward downtown... you can spot City Hall, Transamerica Pyramid, Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, etc.

 

I've been itching to try out this lens I recently picked up used on eBay... an AF NIKKOR 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G. I know it's redundant with my 18-200mm, but this one will work on FX. (I'm dreaming of picking up a D800 when it comes out later this year.) I'm pretty happy with the 28-200mm... it's sharp enough for my purposes and super lightweight... it comes as advertised, based on Ken Rockwell's rave review.

 

I recently came across this quote in a book my wife bought... and it really resonated with me. I think subconsciously I'm always setting new goals for myself, looking to reach higher and surpass things I've accomplished in the past. With each success, big or small, I gain a little bit of confidence and think to myself... what can I do next? This is how I got started in photography... experimenting, one shot at a time. I hope to instill this same principle in my kids... to build up their self confidence now, so they can aim higher for the rest of their lives.

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Taken on February 26, 2011