Marco Carmassi’s trip around Rajasthan with the Nikon D810

Marco Carmassi (Facebook | 500px) shares his experience and photographs from his trip to Rajasthan:

Two days before I was to begin a trip to Rajasthan I decided to replace my Nikon D800 with the new D810.

With my D800 I had some doubts about the speed of autofocus, because it is one thing to use it in static situations such as a studio or a landscape and another to use it in dynamic conditions such as street photography where the AF accuracy is very important.

I could have purchased a new D4S but as I print large size files the choice could only have been the D810.
As soon as I arrived in India I started to do some test shot, as soon as I saw the pictures I realized that I’d have a good feeling with the new D810. The images were almost all in focus, sharp and with an incredible dynamic range. Since the new D810 does not have the AA filter I have tried unsuccessfully to find in the picture artifacts or moiré but believe it or not, it isn’t there. 90% of the time I used a Nikon 24-70mm f / 2.8G ED lens and I must say that the combination has been excellent.

During my trip I visited the Ranthambore National Park, it was an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the autofocus again in an even more dynamic situation. Once again it has not missed a beat.

In the old town of Jodhpur (the Blue City) often the streets are very narrow and dark, so I tried to set the limit to ISO 3200 on automatic. Even in this case, I noticed a great difference between the files of D800 and D810 for the same iso. Even photos taken in critical light conditions could be used.
I have found the “group mode” really effective for all fast-moving subjects. Often when travelling from one village to another I took shots from a moving jeep without missing a beat.
On my return I found that of the 7000 photos that I took almost all were in focus, a surprising result.
The D810 is not a simple upgrade from the D800 but it is completely another camera intended to remain for a long time as a point of reference in the world of professional cameras.

Marco Carmassi is a wildlife photographer freelancing. He teaches photography, shooting techniques and photographic language and post production and printing. Collaborate with National Geographic, National Geographic in 2012 still published the photo “Wild Horses”, which has been also the picture of the day for the whole world to now becoming one of the most famous images of wild horses. He has worked with the Daily Mail Newspaper in London, Southampton Solent with the agency, published his photos in many Asian magazines. He has a contract with the Pacific Art Group in San Francisco for the sale of their works around the world, he has exhibited his photographs in Pietrasanta, New York, Dubai. Also in 2012, the prestigious German magazine HÖRZU Magazine, publishes some photos, he is working with the agency Barbette Media Service of New York, has partnered with Reader’s Digest Asia, has partnered with the magazine Lovasok of Budapest. He has held several lectures at the University of Siena in Science Of Communication with the professor Fabio Pianigiani. He works with the agency exhibitions & National Archives of New York, has exhibited at the Vintage John F Kennedy Museum. In the 2014 still published the photo “golden hour” Carezza Lake for National Geographic.

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