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Cold But Beautiful

I’m worn out at this point, with plenty of images from the Hasselblad H6D-100C and Pentax K-1 Mark II to work with, but not much energy left to process and publish, so I’ll be heading home in a few days.

Aperture f/11 with the Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8—superlative. But see the next image at f/2.8, equally impressive for its briliance.

f11 @ 1/200 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-29 12:02:59
[location “White Mountain Road”, altitude 8000 ft / 2438 m, 28°F / -2°C, "tires and 4WD worked great", diffraction mitigating sharpening]
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZF.2

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This next image shot wide open at f/2.8 shows why discerning landscape photographers choose the Zeiss Milvus 15mm f/2.8 Distagon (note well that the Zeiss ZF.2 and ZE versions are currently $1350 off). I shot some material with the Milvus 15/2.8 on this snowy day, and it is a superlative performer in this kind of light. [It gets annoying having to shoot with a lesser system, the Pentax K-1 II, relpixel shift being a non-starter in this shooting environment].

f2.8 @ 1/2000 sec, ISO 64; 2018-11-29 12:06:10
NIKON D850 + Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 ZF.2

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iPhone panoramas are very fast and handy, but the pixel quality is garbage—Ihave to cut the pixels in half for decent quality. Here I got lucky in that the iPhone blew-out only part of the sky and the tires, being nearly black, don’t show just how bad the pixel quality is (my figuring is 4:1, e.g., a 12MP image is a solid 3MP).

f1.8 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 40; 2018-11-29 17:08:46
[location “White Mountain Road”, altitude 9102 ft / 2774 m, 28°F / -2°C, "K02 tires..."]
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus 4.0 mm f/1.8

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My Sprinter has performed like a champ, and being now well-insulated, 14°F at night is not a problem. The BF Goodrich ALL-TERRAIN T/A KO2 LT265/70R17 tires worked great on grades up to 18 percent (the paved section of White Mountain Road gets quite steep) in 5 inches of fresh snow in spite of being about 1/2 worn. Going down when the melt had frozen to ice was also no problem.

f10 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 100; 2018-11-29 14:53:15
[location “Grandview Campground”, altitude 8530 ft / 2600 m, 30°F / -1°C, diffraction mitigating sharpening, "4WD working great with K02 tires", LACA corrected]
PENTAX K-1 Mark II + Pentax HD FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW

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