Week 67

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

The boats are out

Passing by the docks atCityIslandone cannot help but notice that the boating season is in full swing.  Lots of activity taking place as the weather has turned warm and the boaters are coming out to play after the long winter.  This photo reminds me of a sign that a friend who owns a boat had in his office:  definition of a boat – a bottomless hole in the water into which one pours tons of money.                                                                                                                       Old camera, old lens – good result. Love the telephoto effect of pulling objects closer together and to each other.

Nikon D100 AF Nikkor 70-210mm f/4-5.6 push pull zoom.  Shot at 210 mm                                                  1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400, Compensation: +2/3

Tags:CityIsland Bronx,  Bronx boats, Pleasure boats,Islandcurrent


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

Maybe it’s because I don’t see scenes like this in the desert that I find this has some appeal to me..

Pentax k20d + DA 12-24 @ 12mm, f/7.1, ISO 200, 1/250 sec.


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

When in Dolores, Cordoba, I went with a tripod to take pictures of flowing waters in the Dolores River
But there were a severe draught in the area so the river was really just a small creek

NIKON D300 + Nikor 18-200 @ 18 mm
ISO 200 – f 22 –  15 seconds.  with tripod and ND filter

Tags: creek, flowing waters


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Not much to say about this. A beautiful place. If you ever go toSwedenyou will see this everywhere.  Shot Easter 2011.

D700 24-70@48mm F/16 1/100s


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

Picture of my youngest son drawing, we managed to convince him to start drawing his masterpieces on paper and leave the walls alone. He also promised that he won’t write on the walls anymore after we had to re-paint everything. Next thing we catch him red handed trying to draw the walls again. Funny enough, he put on such an innocent face while vehemently denying any wrong doing while still holding a pen on his hand.

Shot with Nikon F6, 35mm F/2 ZF Distagon, Kodak TriX 400, natural light filtered through a window



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Good morning everyone!  I hope your weekend / Mother’s Day was all that it could have been.  We are back inMichigan.

This week I’m sending anotherNew Orleansphoto.  The cross street isBourbon Streetand you are looking downOrleans.  It’s an HDR taken about 5:40 in the evening.  I’m hoping you enjoy the shot.

Have a great week!  Gej

D90 – 1/60sec – f/5.0 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 320 – Handheld – CS5 for HDR


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Thanks for the kind words last week. My hand is doing great. Got to take my daughter and her friend fishing on Sat. She has been so busy with her senior year and sports. She hasn’t gone with me in close to a year. She loves to play with all the small creatures I catch in my net. The two girls put on quite a show for me with the cute little fish. This was a blow fish. No creatures were hurt during this photo shoot. 🙂

Nikon d200, Tamron 28-300 3.5,f/13, ss1/1,000, Iso 500.

tag: blow fish,redhead

This was two baby cow fish the girls had fun with.

Nikon d200, Tamron 28-300 3.5, f/13, ss1/750, Iso 500.


Tag: cow fish


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“Eye to Eye with an Elephant’s Eye” — Not much to say about this other than I got as many photos of these elephants as I could before they were moved to another zoo inTennessee. New guidelines required that they have more space and a minimum of three adults in a zoo herd.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/5.3, 1/180 sec., 300mm


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Taken at the nearby natural park.  The scent of spring and setting sun.  Very beautiful flowers there.  I like to stroll this park and it shows different faces each season.  Lucky to have such place close to my place.                                                                                                                 www.kih.me                                                                                                                                         

D700, 70-200 VRII, @200mm, f/4, 1/800sec, ISO200, cropped by Capture NX2.

Tag: Japanese rose, telephoto zoom, Tokyo


Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

Very, very proud of my daughter Martine in the National Norwegian Championship in Freestyle/Discojazz last weekend. She came 3rd in one category, 8th in another, and danced in quarter- and semifinals in 2 other categories. The competition was fierce and the skill level very high among the dancers!

                 Freestyle/Discojazz is a fastpace dance with loud pop music, where the dancers compete against each other on a very small floor in 1 minute, during which they must be seen, and acknowledged, by several of the 5 judges, in order to go to the next level. Each heat consists of up to 12 dancers.  Each level can consist of several heats, according to the number of dancers, and up to 4 heats (totalling 36-48 dancers) in the starting level is not uncommon.  Each dancer participates in one heat per level, but if you in the starting heat are not chosen to go on directly to the next level, you get a 2nd try. All dancers will therefore dance minimum two times during a competition.

                 Lighting conditions are quite challenging, with lots of bad lit places, and with spot lights sweeping over the floor.  I have chosen to fix the aperture and shutter speed, and use the variable Auto ISO.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 24-70mm 1/320, f 3.3



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                                       My photo this week is of a wonderful little dog, Waffle, that I was lucky to take care of for the past 5 weeks whilst her owners were overseas. Waffle came to our lives quite unexpectedly few months ago, when she suddenly appeared in our garden, turned out she run away, when we found her owners, they were so happy, that we took good care of her, that now they let us have her, whenever we like (and we like to have her often :-). 

Have a lovely week and I look forward to seeing all your photos.                                                   Jana 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, f/2.8@ISO 1600, 1/100, f/2.8



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hello everyone.  Hope all are doing well.   Looks like I will be without my camera (D300) for sometime.  The shutter is apparently going out with only about 24,400 actuations on it.I will now go into withdrawal,  looking for a support group!

This is one of the last photos taken before the “problem”.     This is a butterfly milkweed seed pod covered in water.  Hope you enjoy.   I had fun putting different flowers behind it.  You can see some of the other results under the latest folder at www.birdied.zenfolio.com



Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

I love Vermillion Flycatchers. Wish I could have captured this one fluttering right above the ground, but it was early morning and just not enough light under the tree it kept going to. The males are a very vibrant red, whereas the females are much less colored (as is often the case in nature). Hope everyone has a nice week! (D90/70-300mmVR, 1.4x tele @ 1/500, f/5/6) Tags: Vermillion flycatcher



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi all!

First, thank you for support I received last week. It meant a lot!                                          Second, my mail is constantly being bounced by Comcast’s mail server and marked as spam.      So, if you are on this server, that’s the reason you might not get my mail.

Anyway, the photo I’m sending today is nothing much, it’s the interior of the entrance to the castle in my town. I made it on Sunday when I took a walk and the rain started to fall and I took cover there.

Take care, and see you on Wendsday!

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

tags: people, castle, brick, corridor, hdr.


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

We are on a first time, month long visit to the west coast of theUSA, enjoying the beautiful Northern Californian sunshine which has graced us for an entire week.  Needless to say I’m thoroughly enjoying the photographic opportunities the coastal landscape offers.  At home inAustraliaI grow lots ofCaliforniapoppies in the garden but to see them in habitat has been a pleasure, they are my favourite flower of all.  Looks like we arrived in good time with masses of poppies to see in Marin, Mendocino andHumboltCounties. 

This photo captured lying on my belly, handheld with D700 + 17-35mm f/2.8 Nikkor at 17mm, f/11, 1/250th sec,  ISO 400



Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse taken late one afternoon during our trip to the OBX –  I think it was Joe who mentioned he really likes clouds-  me too- and I think the clouds look kind of neat in this shot – a storm was blowing in from the ocean and clouds were starting to darken and swirl a bit but there was enough blue sky and sunlight peaking through to add a little sparkle to the lighthouse.  Neat place to visit!

Hope everyone has a great week!


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This was taken the other day with the iPhone app Instagram. I love having this thing when I don’t have the camera in hand – it’s been a lot of fun and is quite easy to use. The “prime lens” and “lomo” side of it makes the whole process kind of exciting at times. 



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

A room with a moo.

Nikon D300s 35-70mm f2.8, 70mm, 1/250 sec, f8, center weight



Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

Woodblock print stylized moonrise over Southold. Photoshop post production.



Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Today was busy. Desire Delano Bouterse, The President of Suriname met with his supporters for a celebration today 10th of May 2011. at Onafhankelijkheidsplein (Independent Square) ofParamaribo,Surinameafter his speech in DNA ( De Nationale Assemble ) / The National Assemble of Suriname.  I already posted an article in my blog here :                    http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/blog/suriname-president-desire-delano-bouterse-met-with-his-supporters

My photo for week #67 taken in December 2010. Some early birds were flying on theSuriname River. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends.

Regards,                                                                                                                                                   Ertugrul Kilic                                                                                                      http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/640sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The world upside down as seen by this seagull.  This shot was taken in 2008 with my first DSLR camera body and lens (which I bought as a kit). 

Camera:NikonD200                                                                                                                                                Lens: AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF ED                                                Settings: Manual 1/200s at 200mm, f/8 and ISO 500 (Manual, handheld, -0.67 EV)



 Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“Shaped by the Wind”

This tree is shaped and ‘sculpted’ by the prevailing westerly winds off of the ocean. This is from our Sunday morning hike above Big Rock (Lucas Valley/Big Rock Ridge, adjacent to Lucasfilm land) and the morning itself was super windy. I used faster shutter speeds to compensate for being so windblown this day.

EOS 7D, 31mm, ISO 100, 1/320, f/7.1, 5/8/2011.


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Wildflowers                                                                                                                                            Vermont


 Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

 One morning recently I drove through Veteran’s Park, just to check on these bluebirds.  They were there on their little house by the lake.  I didn’t have time to try to get a photo that morning, so I waited until after work.  When I went back that afternoon, their house was gone, replaced by this sandy dirt.  They were very distraught, and I’ll admit so was I.  Their house still hasn’t been replaced.  I hope they found another one and started over!


Tags:  Veteran’s Park, bluebirds, Tupelo, wildlife photography, Sharpshooters International


Special Bonus photo

The bonus photo is a current event of interest from somewhere in the world

Spider Wort – Stanley Beck

“Spider Wort” — one of my favorite springtime wildflowers.

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


More dance – Per-Christian Nilssen

I had originally intended to make an essay, but the time run from me trying to make captions and an interesting story.  Some other time, maybe!

This is a friend and dancing partner of Martine, dancing “double freestyle” with Martine.  Martines arms and legs can be seen in the friends back.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 24-70mm 1/320, f 3.3


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