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Nikon D70 IR Black edition

I also made a black version of the Nikon D70 IR. Cool how the black shade matches the Nikon black perfectly. I removed the Nikon logo for aesthetic reasons and more blackness. How I did that? Sanding it down with appropriate paper. I’ll probably convert it to a “Simon Marsden”-style deep black (monochrome) IR camera with 900nm or 1000nm filter and fog filter (for the glow effect). Let’s see if that works out.

 
Nikon D70 IR

Only the moon and me

Astrophotography seems like a good hobby to me. My girlfriend’s father gave me his old telescope some time ago. I, as a technophobe, had a long time trouble to assemble the bulky thing. I lacked the patience. But a few nights ago, after seeing the moon and how it shone beautifully from the night sky, I wanted to know.

The moment when you first look at the moon up close through a telescope is difficult to describe. Unbelievable actually, that we are sailing on a sphere somewhere through infinite blackness. And that the moon and stars exist. I saw craters in absolute sharpness. It’s a moment that gives you peace and makes you look at life from a different angle. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But it’s definitely relaxing.

I now have to buy an adapter so that I can connect my cameras to the telescope. Therefore the picture of the moon is not from the telescope lens, but from my 300mm Tokina.

 Moon

Moon

My painted Nikon D70

In one of the last posts I wrote that you can’t remove the part around the bayonet for painting the camera, because the A/M lever can’t be detached. That was wrong. It can be removed. To do this, use a scalpel or other flat pointed object to tear open a small cover in the middle of the lever. After that, a screw comes to light. Loosen it and voilĂ  – the part can be lifted off for coloring without any problems.

I did this on another D70 and colored it red with spray paint. Here is the result:

 
Painted Nikon

Painted Nikon

Painted Nikon

An evening walk

There is almost nothing better than an evening walk on a beautiful summer day. The heat of the day has subsided, most people are at home, and the gentle veil of calm hangs over everything. Once again, my photographic tour took me to the outskirts of Thun, where housing, industry and leisure meet. And of course the highway, whose asphalt still radiated the heat.

My choice was again the Nikon D70 with the Aerochrome combo.

I try to further optimize the parameters for processing in Photoshop’s Raw Converter. Of course, it also depends on the time of day. I now came up with the following values (for early evening, when the sun is already low):

Profile: Landscape

White Balance
Temperature: 2500
Tint: 22

Contrast and brightness a little up.

Color Mixer
Greens: -10
Blues: -30

Then swap the color channels and set a vintage filter (06).

 
Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Aerochrome Thun

Painting Nikon D70

I’m currently working on new painting concepts for the Nikon D70 cameras I’m going to sell (link). The center part around the bayonet is difficult to remove. As far as I can tell now, it’s impossible to detach it without breaking out a tiny piece (at the bottom of the lever that switches from A to M mode). So not recommended. Too bad because it would look good.

White is quite nice, but the red rubber strip under the aperture dial is a nuisance. You would probably have to dye it as well, ideally black.

 
White Nikon