Week 70 – June 1, 2011

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 St Patrick’s Cathedral

Sunday I went into Manhattanand ended up at historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Ave.  It is the seat of the Archbishop of New York, His Excellency Timothy M. Dolan and headquarters of the New York Archdiocesethe largest in America.  It is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in theUnited States and has been recognized throughout its history as a center of Catholic life in this country.  The Cathedral is one of the grandest churches that you will ever go to inAmerica.  St. Patrick’s Cathedral was opened formally on May 25, 1879. The newspapers hailed the new Cathedral as “the noblest temple ever raised in any land to the memory of St. Patrick, and as the glory of Catholic America.”

Take the time to have a look at their website:  http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org

The organs of the Cathedral of St. Patrick were built 1928-1930 by George Kilgen & Son ofSt. Louis,Missouri.  They were built to specifications by the renowned Pietro Yon who had been appointed Music Director and Organist. In 1930 the Gallery Organ shown below, comprising 117 ranks, was installed with one of the nation’s most glorious wood façades adorned with angels and Latin inscriptions.

Tags: St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s organ, Kilgen organ, pipe organ

Over five and a half million visitors each year come to visit and pray. That’s almost twice what the Yankees draw each year. The Cathedral has come to represent for so many a place of peace and tranquility where one is constantly reminded of God’s presence, eloquently depicted in the Cathedral’s architecture, altars, stained glass windows and wood and marble sculptures. But the highlight of the cathedral is the main altar shown below.


Tags: St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s main altar, New York Archdiocese

 Tech data  Nikon D300   AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR                      Organ – 1/15 sec, f/4.2, ISO 800 at 35mm                                                                        Altar – 0.6 sec, f/4.8, ISO 800 at 55mm                                                                                Vr really does make a difference.



Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

The whole area around theDordogneis full of castles and manors that are hundreds of year old. This one is near Beynac-et-cazenac, across theDordogneriver from where I was shooting.  Visiting the region in late April and early May is just perfect.

All the spring flowers and red coquelicots are starting to bloom..and there is nary a blooming tourist in sight J

Pentax k20d + DA 55-300 @ 98mm, 1/1000 sec, f/7.1, ISO 250




Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“Café du Monde” — This coffee shop was just about 100 years old when I started going there (which makes it almost 200 years old now, I guess). It’s a place to have your morning coffee before work, and the last stop after a night out on the town. When I first went there, coffee was 15¢, and an order of 3 beignets was 15¢. Don’t wear dark clothing, though. 😉

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/160 sec.



 Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

At the annual ‘days of craftsmen’ , at the museum off coarse,J, shot these guys drilling a hole trough the trunk by hand.

It’s a tuff job, and they also need a little luck, because it is difficult to predict the drills way trough the trunk. It took them 3 hours and was only1 inchfrom the centre in the far end. It is supposed to end up as part of old mill machinery.

All the best                                                                                                                                        Jens




 Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all!

My photo for this week is a macro shot of a flower. I used extension tubes. I had only manual focus since the tubes are cheap ones without any electronics at all.

Jennean, thank you for your comment and your time, I appreciate it very much.          I look forward to see photos from all over the world on Wednesday!

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

Techs are: Nikon D80, Nikkor 28-70 + 120mm extension tubes, f8 or 5,6, 1/320sec ISO 250, tripod and remote release.

Tags: flower, macro, pink, purple,white



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Good morning to all.

The weather has taken an abrupt 180 turn in the last 24 hours.  Last night we sat in our basement as we had a tornado warning and were advised to take immediate cover.  Some damage was reported within 5 miles and thousands are without power.  We faired well with only heavy rain and a few branches on the ground.  Today the skies are very blue and there are no clouds.  Last week at this time it was 43 degrees and it felt like 39 according to Weather.com.  Today, along with the blue skies, we have the heat of summer, 90 degrees at 5:00pm and high humidity.  Michigan weather! 

My photo this week is from theFortMorganshoot.  This ring and the contrasting surroundings caught my eye.

D90 – 1/60sec – f/4.5 – 18-200@44mm – ISO 450 – Cropped



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Hi everyone!  Hope you all have had a great week.     

This little jumper was trying to hide between the petals of a sunflower.   Could not resist trying to capture him playing hide and seek with me.

Hope you enjoy  this little cutie 🙂



D7000 60mm micro 20mm tube




Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

 Just hanging around!  The bird was really examining whatever the “knot” was on the limb.  I first thought it was the bird’s nest, but I haven’t seen any more activity around it since then, so I guess not!  

 Tags:  birds, Sharpshooters,



 Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Great BW pics last week. Thanks Jeannean for your comments. I discovered last week a raccoon had a nest with 4 babies in a palm tree in front of the house I’m remolding. The mom wakes the kids up around noon every day. She has been teaching them how to climb around the thick palm branches that there nest is in. They are soo cute. I’ve tried every day to get a shot of all 5 of them together. They are constantly on the move and hard to capture.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/13, 1/80 sec, ISO 500,


Tags Babies, Raccoon, palm tree.



 Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 We went to the hot spring area nearby (an hour by train) to celebrate mother’s 80th birthday and stayed at a traditional place.  My submission this week is the entrance from the inside.  It was really hurricane class rain weekend, but we had a good time with good atmosphere, meal, and hot spring.  Due to the weather, I brought only Lumix.  Hope you had a great weekend, too.
Several more photos from this trip are here: www.kih.me

Panasonic Lumix LX5, Aperture mode, f/4, 1/40s, 24mm, ISO400

 Tag: hot spring, Tokyo, short trip


 Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

Thank you Jeannean for your comments, I really appreciate them. My photo for this week is of a model Laura; I wanted to give her photo a bit of a vintage feel, so I used a film strip brush to overlay the photo. 

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

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/125s, f/7.1                                                             




Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mouse trap …

D3s + 200 VRII at 1/160s, f/2.8, ISO 640 (manual, hand held)




Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
Last week I attended arteBA, a contemporary art fair, held every year here in Buenos Aires.
What is art and what is not? as difficult or perhaps more than what is a photograph!
For me is an opportunity to practice with my Nikon

Here a small mobile wire installation

Nikon D300 + 50 mm 1.4 – f 1.8 – ISO 800 – 1/250



 Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut

This past Memorial weekend (Hope everyone took a moment to remember all who work to keep us free and all who have lost their lives in the line of duty) there was an open house at The Gamage Shipyard (building boats for more than 150 years) in South Bristol, Maine where during World War II they were commissioned to build wooden mine sweepers for the Pacific and built hundreds in this now dilapidated building.  The second picture is the bow of the Harvey Gamage… a two masted schooner that was build in this building and launched in 1973 (I was at the launching) The ship is still going strong and is a sailing classroom for high school and college students with 3 week to 6 month programs. The last college program began inSt. Thomas6 months ago and ended Sat. at Gamage Shipyard. The building will be demolished the week before Labor Day… an end to an era…




Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

I messed up the timing and missed B&W edition by a day, and although I find myself shooting more and more B&W here is one of the pics I wanted to submit for that special edition. I’d call it Black swan if that would not sound a bit kitschy or cliche…
I don’t know if anyone else has the same feeling but most of the time when I shoot B&W film I always have a sort of panic moment thinking whether I should be better off with a color film… till I get to see the pics and there the magic of B&W reveal…

Technical info: Camera: Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Lens: Mamiya 55mm F/2.8, Kodak 320 TXP film.





 Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Jeannean, Jose and Greg thanks a lot for your unbeatable words to my post last week.
I submitted three photos to the 6th Black and White Spider Awards last year. There was a live announcement  as a web cast last Sunday. Two of my photos nominated in Photojournalism  and   Portrait  categories.  This is one of them. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/2.8, 1/250sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67




Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

Just got back into town and haven’t had time to process anything else, so this week’s submission is one based on how most of us felt this past week, but couldn’t quite do it…shedding our skin. (apologies to those who already saw this on Facebook). It’s been extremely hot, humid, and still no rain. We are in an “extreme” drought condition. We are all praying for rain. Noah (my male dog) is obsessed with lizards and he spotted this one up in the hedge. I went and grabbed the camera to get a pic. Not the best, but I like it for the reasons stated. Wish we all could do that sometimes! 😉 Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm @ 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 400. Tags: lizard, chameleon, anole, shedding skin





Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“The View from DAOU”

Location: Paso Robles westside wine country, the Adelaida Hills, the new Daou Vineyards & Winery. Daou makes some ‘incredible’ reds – from Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, & other red blends and more. We discovered them by top word-of-mouth and were not disappointed one bit.

Canon EOS 7D, 16mm, ISO 100, f/10, 1/250, 5/28/2011.



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

For Memorial Day, here is a shot of theAndersonvilleCemeteryin centralGeorgia. By the end of the Civil War in 1865, nearly 13,000 men, mostly from the North, were buried here.

Nikon D100, f10, 1/320 sec, 70mm    




 Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot from Park City,Utah- nothing in particular special about it except I just like the way it turned out- it’s such a nice little town and I enjoy going there whenever we are able to get out to Salt Lake City.  I thought this was a neat view and it just looks crisp and clean.  



 Special Bonus Photo Section

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

 Prom Night – Joseph Leotta

My daughter Jamie is graduating from high school in a few days. She is going on to Pace University in the fall. Last Friday was her prom. Here she is on the left in a photo taken with her friend Jessica just before the limo picked themup.                          



Honeymoon suite –  Gej jones

This was the honeymoon suite on the swamp tour that Birdie took me on!  A great time with a great lady!



A 3 photo essay

Cristo Obrero ChurchAlejandro Held

Here are a set of photos of theCristoObreroChurchinAtlántida,Uruguay, taken in February

  The church was designed by the Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste and is a “famous” building in architectural terms.  From time to time you can see people from all over the world taking pics of it.

The building has not a separate structure of reinforce concrete or steel, instead the church is supported by double-curvature masonry vaults. It means that it stands by its own form. He used the vault, a thin-shell structure for roofs and walls in single-thickness brick.

All Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR

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