Week 65

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

End of winter at the Beach (2011)

It’s still a little cold but all signs of winter have faded from the beach. Hard to believe the difference from the massive storms that had 3 feet of snow here only a short time ago (insert). In only a month Memorial Day will be here and the beach will be officially open for the season.                                                                                                                                                 Still like taking out some of the older cameras once in a while.

Nikon D1x  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED  Shot at 18 mm          1/60 sec, f/16, ISO 400 processed in NX2

Tags:OrchardBeachBronx, Twilight,PelhamBay, Joseph Leotta,  NX2






Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello all
This bird was in a small park in Rio Cuarto city in Cordoba Province. I Iiked the shadow of the beak on the feathers.

NIKON D300 + Tamron 70-300 @ 230 mm
ISO 200 – f 5.6 – 1/500

                              Tags: bird, feathers


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe”                                                                                         Old solutions revisited for the housing market. The Children’s Storyland atNew OrleansCityParkalways touches my whimsical side, especially when I think of the times with my grandchildren playing in this “nursery rhymes brought to life” playground.  

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f4.8, 1/90 sec., slightly cropped.



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

St. LouisCathedral

The St. Louis Cathedral overlooksJackson Squarein the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King ofFranceis the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in theUnited States.  The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining.  (Wikipedia)

I spent nearly an hour and a half to get this shot.    As you can see, the horse-drawn carriages line up in front of the entrance well into the night.  The red on the horses comes from the ‘tail lights’ of the carriages.  Timing was everything.  All sorts of traffic including cars, buses, taxies, fire engines, numerous skateboarders, and bicycles were controlled by two traffic lights.  It was fun!  Get there early to get a good vantage point.

D90 – 6 seconds – f/8.0 – 18-200@22mm – 200 ISO – Aperture Priority


 Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

We showed you the cookies for the baby shower, so now here is the baby.  My newest cousin Daniel Joseph born on last Tuesday. He’s the first of the next generation in my family.

 New Mom and Dad Allyson and Kevin



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                                   I hope you all enjoyed your Easter.   I had a wonderful time showing Gej  and Sally theNew Orleansthat I love.    Unfortunately the weather was  one of our typical hot and humid days.  I don’t think they have experienced that before and not sure they want to experience it again !

One of the things we did was a swamp tour.  While we saw plenty of alligators, the birds were not as plentiful as they are nesting now.  We did see one great white egret.    This picture hopefully depicts the environment and the tranquil beauty  that  often hides the dangers of the swamp.

Birdie/Roberta                                                                                                                                         Choices Matter                                                                                                                    www.birdied.zenfolio.com



Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Nice to read all the mails from the Group. All so active.

It has been wonderful weather this last week and I went toSwedento photograph cars at a Junk Heap. I did that last year too but this time with a friend from my photo club so made a real photo trip around south of Sweden. Anyway here is one of the more than 100 relics visible in different states of decomposition.

D700 24-70mm@24mm F/16 1/15s Tripod, NX2


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Well, when there is no way the Blue Heron I’m stalking will come back to it’s nest because of “visitors” – you just take a photo of the “visitor.” 
Nikon D5000, 70mm, F/5.6, 1/320s, Auto ISO 280


Tags:  photo sharpshooters, dog, Wednesday email, nature photos


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

I’ve got a shot from Jorda,RahiaDesert, photo taken sometimes in February, rain and heavy hail in the desert, something we don’t see every day. We’ve got locals that they actually never seen such a thing before. This reminds me another instance inAlgeriawhen we’ve got about ten centimeters of snow covering the sand dunes… What always puzzle me is how hot the very same spot can be in the summer….

Many thanks to everyone commenting my photos, Happy Easter and all the best.

Shot with Mamiya 7II, 80mm F/4 Mamiya lens, Foma Pan 400 film.




Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

 Visiting the Taronga zoo inSydneyis always a pleasure.  And the giraffes are one of my favorite animals to visit while I am there. They have such beautiful eyes.  This was shot last year in October.

Pentax k20d + DA 55-300 @ 170mm, f/7.1, 1/400 sec, ISO 250, EV +0.3

Tags: Taronga Zoo, giraffe, Pentax k20d


Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

The snow is rapidly melting most places inNorwaynow, and this shot was taken last week at Hardangervidda, approx 1100 meters over the sea level.  Not so many skiers as usual in the Easter holiday, so I thought I’d call this image “Solitude” 🙂

D300, Nikkor 70-200VRII @ 200 mm, 1/2500 sec, f 6.3, ISO 200


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hi all!

I finally had a chance to go cycling on Sunday. It was small trip around my county, about 45km total.

I’ve took around 40 photos including 8 for a panorama I’m presenting today. Nothing special, but I liked it more than other photos that I’ve taken. Thank you all for your comments, and I’m looking forward to see your photos on Wednesday.

 Pozdrav, Filip.                                                                                                                                   Moje fotke: http://www.filiplucin.com/                                                                                             Moj blog: http://www.blog.filiplucin.com/


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

NaturalBridge, in Springbrook National Park (QLD) is a geological feature created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. It is the home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights can be seen only after sunset.


Here is my take on this rather serene spot of “wilderness” – “outside looking in” as opposed to the more conventional “inside looking out” shot (see photo in above link).

Camera: Nikon D300                                                                                                                           Lens: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII                                                                      Settings: 1/640s at 70mm, f/4 and ISO 200 (Manual, handheld)


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hope everyone is well after Easter. I saw these chocolates on the table which had been given to my daughter by her grandparents. Could not resist trying the Lensbaby on them

D90 Lensbaby Composer, wide angle adaptor 1/8sec @ f5.6


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. Spent Easter weekend in New Smyrna Beach Fl. with the In laws. Got quite a few nice pics to choose from. I was watching these fiddler crabs for about 45 min until I was getting too sunburned. Looked like they were doing aerobics. They would all raise there arms at the same time. I couldn’t hear any music though.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/16, 1/400sec, ISO 800,  mono pod


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                            thank you very much for the comments on my photo last week, this week another one from the session with my lovely client, she is a very romantic lady and she loved the idea of using a back light to illuminate her hair. 

I look forward to seeing all your spectacular photos, you amaze me every week. 


Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/60s, f/2.8



Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut

 Hope everyone had a good Easter. These pictures were taken in the Litchfield Hills inConnecticuton Easter Sunday in between the drops of rain… This is a home where the Husband and Wife planted thousands of Daffodils throughout their woods and around their ponds in 1941.

 They are gone and the current owners open their private property around Easter for all to share. Look into the distance of the pictures and you can see the Daffodils go on forever…  and ever… as they hoped they would…


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

 My photo this week is a portrait ofSheba, an eagle owl. She vied for as much attention as the American Eagle from the crowd. She’s also a TV star having recently been in HBO’s series, “Boardwalk Empire”. She’s both beautiful and a bit scary at the same time. (tags: eagle owl, Jonathan Wood, The Raptor Project)


Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot of a bouquet of roses from last spring – a few are from my garden but the majority are from some friends- they have well over 100 rose bushes of all varieties / colors and I’m the lucky recipient of vase fulls at a time-almost every week-  I’m really looking forward to this blooming season which is right around the corner.  I’ve added a few more bushes so hope to be able to put together my own bouquets at least every once in awhile.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!



Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This is one of the ceilings of a temple I visited while out hiking last Sunday. While I wish the lighting were better, the lens did a good job of taking in light without making too shallow of a depth of field. I’m wondering if I should have experimented with flash, but I had no time to stay in one place as there were so many people. 

 As Joe mentioned, I was able to “meet” him through Skype last Saturday. He got me while I was killing off the afternoon by taking a short photowalk around Hsinchu. I was amazed that my iPhone allows me to do Skype video chat over the 3G. Regardless, it was nice to finally talk to him and this group has been a lot of fun. 

Tags: ceiling, Nikon, Nikkor, temple, Taoism, d5000, taiwan, songboling


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

 I am winding up a college semester and have been a bit crazed.  Here is another photo from my trip toArizona.  Nothing special but a little different.  These are two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sprites.  There expressions caught my eye.

Regards all (and I am hoping I have no typos in this email and that Jim is off the floor from laughing by now)


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Prayers are holding candles at the beginning of traditional Passover worship at ST. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral (AKA World’s largest wooden cathedral) in Paramaribo, Suriname – South America. The session served by Bishop of Paramaribo Monseigneur Wilhelmus Adrianus Josephus Maria de Bekker and Father Esteban Kross.

There are two more posts related with Easter 2011 in Suriname on my blog ;
An earlier day of Easter 2011 in Suriname : Foot Washing

Happy Easter 2011 (series of photographs from all three days )
Hope you like it. Happy Easter you to all.  Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

 Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Shutter Priority, f/1.4, 1/60sec, ISO200, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 This was taken when I went to the hot spring with my mother.  This is the part of the garden the hotel had.  Very nice looking steps and it made me take the shot.  Hope you like what you see here.

D700, 28-300mm @65mm, f/8, 1/50s, ISO 1100.

                                     Tags – Japanese, Garden, Steps, moss, mossy


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 We have been watching this pair of Golden Orb weaving spiders (Nephila edulis) build a substantial web trap high up in our decking shade battens on the Nth side of the house.  They have built their snares 5 feet from an external house light that we run for a couple of hours per evening and also have built right next to a curtain of solar outdoor bud / decorative lights so all night they have light to attract insects into their snares / traps.  In this photo you can see the female spider in the centre of frame and the diminutive male spider is in the top left of frame, very small compared to the female.  It’s easy to pick the Golden Orb spiders from other orb weavers as they make golden/yellow coloured threads in their webs.

Because the web snares were so high above the ground (15 feet) I was unable to get decent magnification with my macro lens as the tripod legs were about 3 feet too short so I was experimenting a little for it’s own sake to capture this image.  Taken on a tripod about 10 feet from the subject, using my D700 with a Nikkor Ai 200mmf/4 lens and a TC 1.7 E II teleconverter added in between to get some frame filling magnification :-  340mm effective focal length, f/11,  1/60th sec, ISO 400


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is a shot of the corner of theLouvreMuseumI took last week. It was a stereotypical spring day inParisand I took advantage of it in most every way with a pocket camera.

 Sony HX5V 1/100, f10 ISO 100


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 “View from Ledson”

 This is from the Ledson Winery inSonomaValley– a fairly new (11 years old) and beautiful place with a LARGE variety of wines on offer. A friend of ours fromSwitzerlandwas in town and he really enjoys wine tasting with my wife and me. He couldn’t have a better guide!  😉  (And I really look forward to everyone’s photos every single week!  My goal is to always submit something from the past week, so cheers to all.)

 Technical: 4/23/2011, EOS 7D, 16mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/8 – slight crop on left and right sides.

Tags:SonomaValley, Ledson Winery, vineyards


Group Update

Gej meets Roberta

Sally and I spent three nights inNew Orleans.  We arrived on Tuesday.  Wednesday morning Birdie picked us up and we spent the entire day together.  Being with Birdie is the Very Best!  She is one wonderful lady!  Birdie showed us theNew Orleansthat she knows and loves.  We’ll never be able to thank her enough for her Southern Hospitality.  Sally and I would never have ventured out to the cemeteries, swamps, plantations, to where the levee broke and to Drago’s!  We were able to enjoyNew Orleansfrom the point of view of someone who was born and raised here.  It was a day we will long remember and a day we will treasure forever.  In the weeks to come you will be seeing some of the sites we visited.  But for now, here are two tired photographers ready for some iced tea – Birdie and me. 

Birdie, thank you for being our guide, chauffeur, and historian.  I learned so much from you.  Again, thank you!                                                                                                                             Gej


Special Bonus Photo Section

This week we have Jeannean’s 3 photo Essay

The Raptor Project  – Jeannean Ryman

 Editing my Earth Day festival photos for the essay down to three was a tough job, but finally chose to include these from The Raptor Project show. The first is of Jonathan Wood and his daughter Rachel, with a Caracara (aka Mexican Eagle). Rachel is fast becoming an expert bird handler, and is raising some baby owls by herself. She was a delightful young girl, and hopefully an inspiration to the children who attended the festival. “Earth Day” isn’t just one day, it’s everyday, and she understands that. Jonathan spoke a lot about the environment and it’s effects on the wildlife living in it. As a nature photographer, Earth Day is near and dear to my heart. 🙂


Here, Rachel is showing one of the baby owls she’s raising to the crowd. She has such a love for all the birds, but the baby owls in particular.


Jonathan allowed several children to be part of the show, and this is one of the lucky kids who got to handle Sheba. They were in awe of her. I was in awe of the whole Festival. I was really grateful for the opportunity to see this! I have some other photos from the festival if you care to see them in my Zenfolio-Recent Additions .


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