Photo of the Day: Kissing Camels with the Nikon 1 V2

Kissing Camels. Nikon 1 V2 with 18.5mm f/1.8 1-Nikkor lens (click to enlarge).

I took my new Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera out to Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs. I wanted to see how the camera performed in the field in good light and with the new 18.5mm f/1.8 1-Nikkor lens. This shot is of the famous “Kissing Camels” formation. I used the 18.5mm lens and had the camera on my Gitzo traveler tripod.

I really liked the ability to quickly adjust settings on the V2 camera in the field using the new options for the Feature (F) button. For example, if I wanted to lock focus (as you would for HDR images), it’s quite easy to put the camera into Manual Focus (MF) mode right from the main display.

I processed the NEF image in Lightroom 4.3, which was just updated to support the Nikon 1 V2 NEF files. However, lens correction support has not yet been added for the 18.5mm 1-Nikkor lens. That’s ok, because this lens doesn’t really have a lot of distortion. I then used Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 for the final enhancements, including Pro Contrast and Detail Extractor.

Image Specs

  • Nikon 1 V2 with 18.5mm f/1.8 1-Nikkor lens
  • 1/500s @f/5.6; ISO 160 (base ISO)

Suggested Conversion Settings for ACR/Lightroom Users

I played around with the V2 NEF files and I find that these settings work well for low-ISO images with the Nikon 1 V2.

Camera Calibration

  • Camera Standard

Sharpening

  • Amount: 40
  • Radius: 1.0
  • Detail: 20
  • Masking: 30

Noise Reduction

  • Luminance: 15
  • Detail: 75
  • Contrast: 26
  • Color: 25
  • Detail: 50

All other settings can be set as required based on image content.

The complete guide to Color Efex Pro 4! All 55 filter effects explained with examples and custom settings.

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