The next day of our vacation we've spent again in the National Mall. The Library of Congress is truly remarkable both as an architectural "piece" and as a collection of human knowledge. And of course the quiet alleys of the Mall were as pleasant and relaxing as ever.
Two of my very good friends are Nikonians. They're brothers and their older brother is Pentaxian. So the Nikonian brothers came to see me today. One of them rented D800 and another recently bought D600. Also D700 was brought along as well. So we had great time and these Nikon cameras pack quite a punch.
It turns out that Nikon D800 is more similar to D600 in terms of size/weight/ergonomics than it is to D700. D700 is big and heavy, D800 is not small and not light but its ergonomics are surprisingly good for a person with small hands such as myself.
Interestingly enough, from very brief encounter I should say that Nikkor 24-70/2.8 is better balanced on D700 than on D800. With D800 the combo is ever so slightly nose heavy.
It was dark and raining outside and under the light of a single 60 watt tungsten lamp my Pentax K-5 was no match for Nikon heavy weights... Both Nikons pack some serious pixelage and truly D800 is an amazing camera.
Now I am just as torn as one of the brothers - which one to buy - D600 or D800. Well, not really torn, because presently I am sticking with Pentax, but if I were on lookout for a system to switch to - it would be pretty hard choice.
And here is a quick and dirty grab made by my absolutely tiny Ricoh GXR with A50 macro module focused manually via EVF with the help of focus peaking and 2x magnification...
The next day of our vacation we've spent mostly in transit from Chicago IL to Washington DC via Memphis TN where we had to wait for two more hours as the flight was delayed.
Beside that practically insignificant setback, all eight times we were airborne during our trip were actually very pleasurable. Memphis is very cool place (not in terms of weather, though) and we should visit it one day to get a taste of the Southern lifestyle...
Most part of the next day we spent in transit from Washington DC to Chicago. We were lucky to catch an earlier plane. Having arrived few hours earlier than planned we got a chance to visit Morton Arboretum:
The next day was certainly the highlight of our trip. Together with our friends we drove to Shenandoah National Park. The natural beauty of this place probably cannot be described in any way - it has to be seen.
It has to be said that Smithsonian is practically endless. Although we spent there several days and visited some of the locations more than once, still we merely scratched the surface of what this amazing place has to offer.
Next day we spent in the National Mall. However we chanced upon being hit really hard by a storm. I did not heed to the severe weather warning and so by the late afternoon we were soaking wet from the rain that was "falling" at about 45 degrees incline...
I happen to know a grandson of Prof. Zalgaller for a two digit number of years by now. Recently he approached me with the challenge - could I make a video of his granddad talking about his mentor on the occasion of Alexandrov's centenary.
From the technical standpoint it was shot with K-5, DA* 16-50/2.8, a small Sony stereo mike, and a tripod. I think I should mention here that the microphone was generously provided by Prof D. Novikov of Weizmann Institute of Science, whom I also know since my M.Sc. student days in Weizmann.
Boris Liberman is my name and I am a software engineer. You know, like that Dilbert fellow. I don't think I have any specific shooting preference, though I like to shoot nature, street life and I like to travel.
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