Week 72 – June 14 2011

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

More Holga

I really like the effects of the Holga lens.  Holga and Lomo photography is growing more each day. This plastic inexpensive equipment both film cameras and lens for SLR’s allows for some interesting creativity.  Lomo has even opened a store in midtown Manhattan that is always crowded and has a very interesting gallery     http://microsites.lomography.com/stores/gallery-stores/nyc

  On our web site we get a number of search engine hits each week for the term – Holga for Nikon.  Maybe we’ll do a theme devoted to this effect one day.  Most of the post processing software will allow you to create it if you don’t have the equipment.

This one was taken at Battery Park in lower NYC is of the American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial sculpture

Nikon D300 – Holga lens for Nikon – Manual Exposure Fixed F8 lens Iso 400 Shutter adjusted for proper exposure with chimping

Tags: Battery Park NY, Lower Manhattan,  American Merchant Mariner’s Memorial sculpture


 Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

The Milau Viaduct spans the valley of the river Tarn inFrance.

The highest mast is 343 m tall, which makes it the world’s tallest bridge.  It’s length is 2460 m which also makes it the world’s, longest cable-stayed deck, bridge. It was opened to the public in December of 2004.

The day I was passing through there was unfortunately very windy, and overcast.  Not a great day for photography.

K20d + Tamron 28-75 @ 28mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec. ISO 250




Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello All
another pic from my visit to ArteBA
I loved the texture of this bronze ribbon

Nikon D300 + 50mm ISO 800 – f 1.8 – 1/1250

 Tags: contemporary art, sculpture



 Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

This week, I present a stormy picture from the Norwegian coast.  This is taken approx 1 kilometer from the place where the chinese vessel “FullCity” hit some reefs and caused a major oil spill two years ago.  Luckily it has all been cleaned up, and the environment is on full recovery. The image is in colour, but on these stormy days, you can hardly find any colour at all.

Nikon D300, Sigma  150-500  OS @ 500mm, handheld, ISO200, 1/320sec @ f:6.3




Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

This is a panorama photo made of only two photos. 

Sally & I spent my birthday inTraverse Cityand while there we traveled west on M72 toLake Michigan.  We then followed the shoreline north, expecting to eventually arrive in fishingvillageofLeland,Michigan.  Never got there!  Instead we took a ‘scenic tour’ and saw some amazing sites.  Much of the perspective is lost but if you look closely, you can see two very small dots near the bottom right of the photo.  Those are people trying to climb the dune.  I’m only guessing but I would say they are about a 1/4 mile down from the top of the dune.  I’m too old to even think about trying such an endeavor.

D90 – 1/20sec – f/22.0 – 18-200@18 – ISO 100 – Aperture Priority – Handheld – CS5 for Photomerge



Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

Somehow less known touristy destination spot in Amman, Jordan, Hedjaz Railways Amman Station really worth checking out if ones has the opportunity to travel to area. I am not sure how much of it is operational now, reading some info it seems there were few trains running not long time ago between Ammanand Damascus.

The historical Hedjas railway was built by Ottomans in 1908 and was meant to connect Constantinople (nowadays Istanbul) to Mecca via Damascus and Amman. Railway never came to a full completion down to Mecca, it reaches up to Medina only.
Narrow gauged steam engines manufactured in Europe, Belgium, Germany and France are still well preserved on site, on some of them one can see ash on the fire chamber from the last run of the engine.

More info here:
Jordan Hejaz Railway Corporation

Technical info: Nikon F6, Zeiss 35mm F/2 ZF lens, Kodak Tmax100



Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

This is Cupcake.  Her sibling’s name is Butterfinger…………have not been able to get a good one of them together!  Kids in my Grandkids neighborhood rescued 8 kittens from the drainage ditch in the sub-division.  Guess who got to bring two of them home?
95mm, F/4.5, 1/60s, ISO200



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

 “Yazoo & Mississippi Valley R. R. Station” – This historic building was being turned into a museum, but was caught up in the recent Mississippi River flood atVicksburg,Mississippi. This photo was taken at the river crest. Actually, the vast majority ofVicksburgsits high above the river on the rocky bluffs, but it has a few low lying areas and a street or two the runs along the river. This can be seen from my vantage point one block away from the street along the river.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/500 sec.



Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Hey Guys. Yet another busy week, so again a photo from the job. This time it is the interior from a rather wealthy farm.

Showing the kitchen and the maids room, a little of her bed anyway. It is from around 1820. Later this year I am going to do a few interior settings with prober light and all, hope to make a documentary of some of the farms.

Looking forward see a lot of great photos.




Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi all!

This photo was taken same day as the one I’ve sent last week. It was partly cloudy day and at that point I couldn’t get the light that I wanted for this photo. But, I liked the view so I decided to take the photo anyway, and with little heavier post production, I managed to get photo to my liking. I hope you like it too.

Thank you Greg for your comments, I really appreciate them!

Pozdrav, Filip.


Moje fotke i blog: http://www.filiplucin.com/                                                                                                     

tags: lone tree, tree, fields, landscape, hills, woods



Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Hello all,
Thanks, Greg, for your  kind words on my last week submission.  Preparing my mother’s house for sale has been keeping me extremely busy for the past and coming several weeks on weekends (for mostly cleaning up) and my position changed recently at the office and it is hectic during the weekdays, too.  My apologies for not so participating these days.  Here is the shot I took in April, I believe and still is outstanding in my album.  Thank you again and looking forward to your wonderful shots!

D700, 70-180mm, @120, f/6.3, 1/125sec, ISO200



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This is a door to a house inToledoSpain. Even though this shot is flat, the door has incredible character.

Nikon D100 1/60 sec, f4, ISO 200, 52mm, matrix metering




Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Really been enjoying being apart of this group. Each week I’m inspired to be more creative with my work. So many different styles and personalities have made me excited each week to share with everyone. Thanks Joe!! I got the opportunity to shoot pics at another cowboy action match last Sat. Each cowboy shoots a pistol,rifle and shot gun at a series of targets as fast as he can. They shoot around 30 shots each round in around 30 seconds. Lets see at 9 frames per sec I burned up alot of shots quick. Great action. Each cowboy or cowgirl has a nick name and they all dress the part. This was George ( AKA one shot George) wouldn’t want to be in a gun fight with anyone of them. There guns are either from the early 1900 or replicas of such.

Nikon D3, Nikon 80-200 2.8, 185MM, F/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 5000.



 Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

After being completely blown away by both the beauty of the Yosemite Valley and also the incredible crush of cars and people visiting the park on a daily basis, my partner and I decided to get up early the next day and make haste for Yosemite Valley and some of the natural attractions accessed on the roads closed to public vehicles.

Our plan worked well with the best light of the day being had before 9:30 am before high cloud blanketed the sky in a flat grey light with only a few like minded hiker and photographer types to met on the paths during this time.  We particularly enjoyed the beautiful low angle morning sun playing on the fresh verdant leaves of the black oaks lining the banks of the tributary on the walk up to the Mirror Lake.

This is a single exposure and was captured using a pair of stacked ND grad filters on a ~45 degree angle to block the brightly contrasting light of the sky so I could expose the rock walls of the valley better. 

The image has been re-exposed, dodged considerably and burnt a little bit and has much reduced contrast from the original exposure but makes for easier viewing in my opinion.

Captured on tripod + 0.9 soft edge and 0.6 hard edge Lee ND grads with D700 + AF-S 17-35mm @24mm, f/9, 1/500th sec, ISO 400




 Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

Thank you so much for the comments on my photo last week, I really appreciate it. 

This week a little playful photo, just to keep with my favourite photography theme. 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/125s

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





Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

It’s been pretty stressful this week … no sport either … so this sulphur-crested cockatoo was the only thing that I got to shoot … with a camera!!!  I hope everyone else had a good week.  By the way Peggy … great catch by the “young fella” … bragging rights to last a lifetime.




Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi everyone

and thanks again to those who made comments.    These past few weeks, I have mainly shot spiders , but I thought I would spare you another spider shot.  If anyone is interested, they can always check them out on www.birdied.zenfolio.com. A couple of weeks ago,my son and his  girlfriend came home for a visit.   We did the tourist things and had a great time.  While at the aquarium, could not resist trying to get this silhouette shot.Hope you enjoy.

D7000   35mm   f/1.8   at f1.8   shutter 1/250  ISO500My D300 is still not back from repairs , been about 5 weeks now.   Still trying to get use to the D7000 , and growing to really like this camera. 



Tags:  Aquarium, Silhouette, FishBirdie/Roberta



Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This is from Sushi Express, a popular sushi joint just a few doors down from where I live. As you can tell, it’s a “sushi train” style place which lets you take whatever rolls you like from the moving conveyor belt. Each plate costs 30 NT, or about 1 USD. I usually end up having a filling meal and an Asahi beer after paying only about 5 USD – pretty impressive! 

Most of the sushi here is much different than the “Americanized” sushi found in the West. No mayonnaise, cream cheese, or jalepenos found on the rolls here – and I do miss sushi like that quite a bit! Most of this is sashimi and nigiri sushi. I tend to stay away from any kind of fish eggs, but I try to be adventurous on everything else. 

I took this with the Nikon P7000. It’s a recent purchase and a huge amount of fun AFTER the 1.1 upgrade.

Tags: sushi, express, jhubei,taiwan, nikon, p7000, food,asia



 Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

And the drought continues. No grass to graze on, and the effects are evident for this poor horse.

(Nikon D90/70-300mm VR @ 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 400) Tags: horses, drought




 Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Greg thanks a lot for your comment to my post last week. And congratulations dear Gej for your retirement and heading toAustralia.

My photo is coming from last Sunday. Pentecost – Whit-sun 2011 mass at ST.Petrus and Paulus Cathedral (AKA world largest wooden cathedral ) with Monseigneur Bekker, Bishop of Paramaribo. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic


Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, @10mm, f/4, 1/60sec, ISO250, ExposureBiasValue -0.33



 Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot in theShenandoah National Forest- I really liked the way the light played off the fall leaves and gray rocks on the forest floor – it was such a pretty and peaceful place – in the midst of the woods but so bright and colorful. 

Hope everyone has a great week- looking forward to seeing everyone’s work again this week-  I continue to be amazed every week!



Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

Congrats Gej!  Group: I am upstateNew Yorkfor the week and visited a horse farm today.  The weather was cold and bland but the horses were darling…this is Daisy, who gave birth about seven days ago.

Side view: ISO 800, 5.6, 1/2500




 Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“White HillSummit”

Was a very windy morning last Saturday, June 11. This is the top of White Hill, tilted perspective, withMt.Tamalpaisin the background. I was feeling a little whack with this skewed view. The lone figure of my wife is there on the summit trail.  We always have a lot of fun!  (This printed pretty cool at 30×20 inches.) (Congrats Gej!) (Also our house is located at middle far left in the background here)

Canon EOS 7D, 16-35 2.8L lens @16mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/500



Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Flowers in a flower box



Special Bonus photo

This week Bogdan presents his 3 photo essay

 Black Sea Coast – Bogdan Nicolescu

Every once in a while I go back to my favorite spot on Black Sea coast, the fishing village where I use to follow the day by day activities of these guys. Obviously it’s a lot of routine but also the variation is there, mainly driven by the season. This time they were in the process of preparations for the new summer fishing season, checking boats and gear, repairing nets, a pretty tedious task as it appeared to me.

It’s been few years I’ve been photographing these guys and although many of them comes and goes some of them are more stable and I start to kind of know some of them, pretty interesting characters there.

For couples of beers the guys allowed me to join them in the morning when the set off to the sea to check the nets. Pretty tough job sometimes and the spirits get heated up easily, funny that a lot of their verbal exchange goes on in a old Russian dialect. Everything goes back to normal as soon as they return to the shore, and the circle goes on day by day…

Technical info: Mamiya 7II, 50mm F/4.5 & 80mm F/4 lens, new Kodak Portra 400 for color and Kodak 400TX for B&W

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