Week 74 – June 28, 2011

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Central Park Boathouse

Every time I pass thru the park I am drawn towards the boathouse area. New Yorkers just love to rent these rowboats for an hour and take them out on the lake.  I have shown you a few photos from the area in other posts, but I can always find another good shot there. The lake always presents it’s self very interestingly. The algae content gives the water a very light green tint which seems much deeper due to the reflection of all the surrounding trees. Makes for some interesting photos.

Nikon D300   AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED at 20mm                    1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 800 – shot raw and processed in lightroom

Insert photo of the boathouse taken Aug 8, 2002 with my new D100 – first time I ever shot digital instead of film

     Tags: Central Park Boathous, Central Park, Rental boats, Joseph Leotta, green water


Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

Greetings all. This is my 1st time submitting and I’m both really honored that Jana invited me, and feeling a little overwhelmed by the quality I see here. Going to really have to stretch myself to come close to the group standard.
For my 1st submission this is from a boudoir shoot I did recently. 1st time I managed the short DOF look I’ve been going for.

Wayne E.

Photo taken with a Nikon D300 50mm f/1.8D @ f/2 160s 200ISO


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all

Another pic from the Bourgeois exhibition. Here a fragment of the Instalation called “Le Defill” from 1992

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @130mm  ISO 3200 – f 5.6 – 1/200

   Tags: Louise Bourgeois, art instalation, glass


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

Everything is blooming so richly inConnecticutthis year!  I don’t even have to leave my deck to see a beauty! This one is for Sandi- I hope you continue to feel well!  Gladys

ISO 200, 51mm, -0.67, f/5.6, 1/640



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“Stars and Stripes” July Fourth — Independence Day will be here in just a few days. It is worth a little reflection on our part, not just here in theU.S., but by everyone in every country – all countries. What does independence and freedom mean to you? How does independence and freedom affect your life? How would the loss of independence and freedom affect your life? What is the cost of acquiring independence and freedom? What would be the cost to you of losing independence and freedom?

Another thought: It is easier to keep your freedoms than it is to win them back.

I hope it is a good day for all of you.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/11, 1/500 sec.



Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 Summer is here. At the bottom of a Danish fjord is this little peninsula.

Hope it shows the beautiful weather and the beauty of the landscape too.

Had to stop and get out of my car to catch this.



 Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone!

Interesting week behind us.Lot’s of interesting photos in both themes.

I’d like to say thank you to those that took their time to write comments. I appreciate them much! Now, about my photo. As I wrote last week on last Wednesday I vent to the zoo in our capital,Zagreb. I took an early morning train to arrive there just before 08 hrs. Near the train station there is a nice park, and as seen in this photo, lot’s of benches. On that morning I’ve decided to walk towards the zoo with my longer lens,to try street photography, something I rarely do.

And I’ve found this scene interesting, so here it is.

Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@195mm, ISO 320, f8, 1/640 sec.

Greetings, Filip.

    Tags: park, bench, people, sleeping, morning


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Moved out the stuff from our old home, which mother now owns alone, to sell.  That has been the reason why I have been distracted for so long.  I went there every weekend for months and cleaned up my stuff as well as I grew up there from 14 to college.  The house is full of memory worth 30+ years and father never threw away anything.  His books, magazines, and everything just accumulated.  His stuff started occupying kids’ room as they (sister and I) moved out.  He was the scholar, professor for the structural mechanics specialized in anti-quake structures and such.  Thanks to (?) his design, this house didn’t have any damage whatsoever outside/inside.  Anyway, mother finally decided to sell this house and we did what we had to do.  This shot (hydrangea) was in the garden and the last of the memory for the years – again, taken by the lighter Lumix.  Still lots things to do for the clean up and hope to resume my normal photo life in a few weeks.

Lumix LX-5, f/4, 1/60s, ISO80



Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Re-worked an older photo.  They looked so sweet; I wanted a softer look for the photo.  I hope I achieved it.  Any opinions appreciated!
70mm, F/4.5, 1/250s, ISO200, +0.3ev (accident as usual)


 Tags:  Sharpshooters, photography,


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This is an altar atConfuciusTemplein Hsinchu. Most major cities have a temple dedicated to Confucius, a sort of “patron saint” to education in Chinese culture.




Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hello everyone !   Hope you all are doing well. I really enjoyed the communication special.   We have some very creative folks in this group!

 I never realized just how much I missed a thunderstorm, until last week when we finally got some much need rain.    My garden was so very thankful !

This show is one of my sunflowers just after the rain. I was trying to capture how clean and refreshed it looked after the rain.

Hope you enjoy.

D7000   105mm micro with extension tubes


Tags:  Flowers, sunflowers, rain, macro


Jana HughesBrisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

Thank you very much for the comments on the photos I posted last week, I really appreciate them. 

When I was photographing Miss Bertie Page for the communication pin up photo, she suggested she will put on a hat, that she’s made entirely of rubber ducks and feathers and it looked very sweet. We did some photos of her in the hat and here is one of them. I think she looks delicious 🙂 

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

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, f/2.8@ISO 1600, f/3.5, 1/80s



Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona


This is a bridge just past Beynac-et-cazenac on the Dordogne river inFrance.  I took this shot while I was waiting for my friends to show up in their canoes.  It is a very scenic and relatively easy canoe/kayak ride around this part of theDordogne.

Pentax k20d + DA 12-24 @ 12mm. f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

    Tags:Dordogneriver, Pentax k20d


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

We finally got some rain!!! Everyone was happy, including the insects. This is a little Metalmark butterfly on a weed vine flower.  Welcome to our new member Wayne! Taken with Nikon D90/Tamron 60mm@1/200, f/6.7, ISO 200. Tags: flower, metalmark butterfly, rain




 Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hi again this week
This is photo of a City Cat that transports pedestrian traffic up and down the river in my home town of Brisbane. The fleet works every day on the river. I decided to send this in done in selenium tone as the silt content in our river does not make for an appealing shot. It is very murky and brown

D90 Lensbaby Composer 1/4000sec @ f5.6 ISO800


 Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Wayne, welcome to the board.             I forgot that I already send my special telecommunication theme submission to Dear Jose very earlier and send another frame of this week’s submission by the mistake again. Jose warned me immediately.

My photo taken last Sunday. I was at one of local telecommunication company Telesur’s Bicycle Race atIndependent Square. This homeless and drunk man was sitting surround and virtually talking with some one while using his cigarette packet like a mobile phone plus adding his body language to dreamed conversation. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

 Ertugrul Kilic


Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/3200sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67



 Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Countryside …



 Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Great job everyone on the communication special. Thanks for the kind comments. Just a pretty little girl who just loved to model for me. Shot last Friday night.

Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400 VR, 116MM, F/11, 1/250 sec, ISO 800

Tags: Pretty Girl, Pool side, Blue eye’s


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Here’s another shot from my shoot on my commute last week. I walk past this spot everyday and I must say the reflection is much better in the evening on my way home than in my morning on my way to work.



 Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

The Mojave Desert in southernCaliforniawas a revelation to me having never really visited such a vast largely treeless natural area like this before.  As someone who is botanically interested and a specialist in succulent plants I was very pleased to discover the desert habitats still contained a huge diversity of plant life and some decent cacti specimens to look at.


This particular photo is captured at the back ofBarstowCaliforniaon the road to the San Bernadino Mountains.  I like this photo as it gives the viewer a real perspective on the enormity of the desert with the road running off into the seemingly empty distance but the foreground full of plants and interesting rocks.

Taken hand held with a D700 + AF-S 17-35mm @35mm,  f/9,  1/1250th sec, ISO 400




Ken Papai – San Rafael, California


I want to post something from a large work I did at Hendy Woods in late 2008. I shot Kodak Portra 160-VC and this Velvia chrome roll, including EOS 40D digital. It’s very rare I post a non current photo but the past week has not been that inspiring photographically speaking (I got caught up in a huge training week for road bike racing, putting together my biggest volume week in many years which ended ‘epically’ just Sunday, 6/26, though a teammate — our leader — suffered a double compound fracture of his clavicle caught up in the end-race sprint, he just turned 35 last week too and we celebrated at Beerworks then – so CHEERS! Darin.).

This photo is a Fujichrome slide scanned (Velvia film).  24mm lens on a Canon EOS 3, Nov. 2008,MendocinoCounty– for me, one of the most spectacular, beautiful, peaceful, and natural spots on this planet. I visit regularly as it’s barely a 100-mile drive from my house.

Good Karma to everyone!

Ken Papai



 Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This is a cemetary inCharleston,SC.They don’t beleive in maintenance.

Sony DSC HX5 1/500, f8



 Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

January 2, 2011.

Took a nap and woke up to this sunset.  Rushed out with tripod and started shooting.

D90 – 2sec – f/32 – 18-200@64mm – ISO 100 – Aperture Priority




 Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

A shot fromMontpelierinVirginia-  these fellows were in one of the pastures on the grounds – I guess this is their version of you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours…..  thought it was a cute pic and I’ve always liked horses!  They look like good buddies and they are obviously living the good life!


 Special Bonus Photo Section

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

Sunflowers – Roberta Davidson

My sunflowers really flourished after the rain.  They are now supplying all the pollen this leafcutter bee can accumulate !  The leafcutter gathers the pollen on the underside of its abdomen. I hope you can see how yellow its abdomen is .



Cane toads – Jeannean Ryman

Along with the rain, came the Cane toads. Noah was furiously barking at it on the other side of the fence, so I went to shoo it away with a broom, but not before I got a few pictures. (They’re venomous, and we had a “foaming at the mouth” incident a year or so ago with Noah, so didn’t want a repeat of that.) I called the first one Jabba the Hut.



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