Weeks 16 to 20

Week 16

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Long Island Sound

Last week I showed you Pelham Bay. Here is a shot of the Long Island Sound that the Bay is off of.   This one was taken from a spot on the shore line in Westchester (just north of the Bronx). I love to fish and predominately surf cast from shore.  Huge Stripped Bass and Blue fish are my favorites to go after, and are plentiful in the Sound. I like to have a camera with me when fishing because you never know. I usually take an old beater with me.  2 hobbies at once, Photography and Fishing. Now how can you beat that?

 Nikkormat FTn with a Nikkor manual focus 85mm f1.8 lens both from the seventies

Kodak Portra VC160 scanned on a Nikon Coolscan Ed4000

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Two weeks ago I was in neighboring Hungary with couple of photo colleagues to visit colza fields which are much larger there than in my part of Croatia.

Unfortunately, we were a week late,

colza wasn’t in full bloom anymore and the weather wasn’t very favorable as well. But, I got this yellow and green photo that I kind of liked. Easy and simple, colors, lines and shapes… Thanks to Joe for maintaining this group and everybody else for participating. See you! 🙂

 Greetings, Filip.

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 Sorry that I have not had time to comment this week but worked a lot and several (more than twoJ) family gatherings too Thanks to those that had commented.bTook the camera with me on the job, so you get yet another photo from there.

This is an old farm from the 18 century, build about 1620, and from what is now Sweden, Denmark was a little bigger in those days. Was raised at the museum in 1949 and all the interior is from about 1750, show a photo another week. Notice the stone fence, In south of Sweden there are mile and miles of them, the poor farmers tried to remove them from their fields to make room for their crop, very very hard work on small fields were one major reason for a lot of them to go to USA in the 18. century

D700 24-70@27mm F711 1/80s ISO 200, larger photo at fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail

 Regards, Jens 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 As many have wished me a speedy recovery, I want you to know that I’m on the mend.  The doctor told me today that I should be close to 100% by Friday. Last night I took the camera out and I tried to shoot the moon.  I got tired quickly and gave up without any positive results. I’m submitting to you a shot from ’07.  Our children invited us to go with them to Italy and we happily accepted.  Looking back through the photos today made be feel better and sharing them with you will do the same.  I was using a P&S but the results are pleasing to me and I hope you enjoy them.

 Have a great week!  I hope to bring something new to the group next week.  By the way, the grasses are growing. 

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Jelena Jankovic slamming down an ace at the 2009 Australian Open.  She won the match.  This shot reminds me how well my “jack of all trades” lens is able to perform when travelling light.  I used this lens exclusively for 12 months until I felt I was “good enough” to buy a better quality lens.

 Camera:      Nikon D200  Lens:AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Settings:     200 mm, 1/500 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 100 (Manual, hand held, -1 EV)

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 I’m sorry for not commenting on your pictures, I will try to catch up this week

Another macro from me, this time a small flower yet to open. 

Nikon D300 + Tamron 90mm – ISO 200 – f 5 – 1/100 – Manual exposure & Handheld 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 I want to say thank you to those of you who mentioned my friends son who died. It has been a very sad time for his family and those close to him. Sorry I again didn’t comment on anyone’s photo.  I enjoyed them all and looked at all of them several times. Thanks so much to those who did comment on all of our pics. I just love to get comments. I hardly ever get comments on p.net. Just a funny example . The pelican I posted last week was posted 4-5 weeks ago on p.net with a whole face shot crop. Not a single comment. So I thought it was funny when Filip said I shouldn’t crop off the beak. Seems that every picture tells a different story to each viewer. Thats whats cool.  Well no great story behind my green Lizard. I saw him today at work and grabbed the camera and chased him around until he hid from me. Nikon D3, Old micro Nikkor 105 2.8 AIS, f/4, SS 1/60, ISO 800, Flash sb800 on camera with diffuser. And I did try as suggested to push the ISO up and the f-stop as far as I could with the light God gave me. Thanks for all the Macro help I get I need it. 

  

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 About five years ago, my wife was able to travel with me to Spain and we decided to hang around for about a week, based in Madrid. Neither of us speak any Spanish so it was difficult getting around on public transportation and trying to communicate with the locals. In fact, I would say out of all places I’ve visited, I would rate Madrid and the areas around it, as the least friendly. Anyway, on the flight over, I researched some recommended places to see in and around Madrid. One of the highest rated cities near Madrid is small town called Segovia. It is a walled (from the 8th century) medieval city that predates Roman occupation. In the center of town is an excellent example of the Roman aqueduct as well as churches, shops and excellent food. It just so happened that during our visit, Spain recorded some of their coldest weather and heaviest snowfall in decades. The picture I took was from the top of the Alcazar de Segovia, a Spanish castle started around 1120 AD. The shot looks back towards the center of town with the Segovia Cathedral in the center. That day, the temperature was in the 20’s but it produced crystal clear conditions which allowed us to see the snow covered mountains, miles in the distance. During our visit, we stopped at every Starbucks for hot chocolate and every welcome-looking pub for hot food.

 Nikon D100 35-70mm f2.8 lens, 35mm, 1/400 sec, f11

 

Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

 Hello all.  Time flies – packing and farewell drinks have consumed me.  If I didn’t make comments for the last week photos, I apologize.   I really don’t remember 🙂  Now one more weekend to go.  Last weekend, I was invited to a friend’s house to stay and it was a beautiful place.  I walked around in the next morning and took this.  Not much of a photo, I know, but just thought I would share.  I will probably go missing for a few weeks but I have sent Joe a few reserve photos and he will take a good care of posting them.  Next time, I will be in Japan and will post a photo taken there (hopefully…).  See you then!  Ken

D700, 17-35mm @35mm, f/8, 1/160s (A mode), ISO 200.

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 I’ve been taking photos of birds again.  I know I should stop, but for some reason, I don’t.  But the one I liked best this week, I can’t get the exposure fixed right.  Also, have been so busy, I have no time to sit down and try to figure out what to do.  So………
 I am posting a flower and butterfly I took a few weeks ago.  Flowers, birds, butterflies etc. are about all I have to practice on.  The landscapes around here aren’t that great. 
 Please feel free to give me any tips you wish.  Even if it is to “give up”.  Cause sometimes I sure feel like it.
 I really look forward to seeing everyone’s photos this week.  This is a special group.
 Have a good week.
 
ps  Greg, I may get to go practice on another baseball game this weekend!  Not for sure yet.  My daughter said they played the #1 team in the nation last week-end.  Tied for several overtimes, then they lost 14-13.  (Seven yr. olds) 

 

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Practicing macro. This is a Dragon Fly taken in my backyard. I am really appreciating the time you ladies put into your macro photography.

This was taken handheld with D90 Tamron 90mm Lens f14 @ 1/60sec ISO200

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California 

 What: Early Saturday evening at the XYZ Bar Lounge in the W Hotel, San Francisco. That is a Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA beer (local) in that pint glass. This upstairs lounge just opened at 7 p.m. and our group was the first to enter hence no other patrons. Turned out to be a rather photogenic locale and this was my favorite of the 6 or 7 photos I snapped. I love doing long exposures in dark & interesting bars. Technical: Sat. 5/15/10, Canon EOS 7D, 16-35 2.8L lens at 16mm. Shot raw in its full 18MP capture. ISO 400, aperture priority, f/11, 5 sec. long exposure. Beer pint glass is partially transparent as I grabbed it with about 2 secs. left in the exposure. That slight blur at the right is me picking up the brew. Going back redoing I would deal with the slight tilt. I really fretted which photo to submit this week as I’ll generally submit a photo shot in the previous week. Landscape? Forest?  Detail?  Funny people? Or, modern interior?, thus this one.
– Ken Papai – cheers!

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Sorry I did not comment on all the photos last week.   Just let me  say, that they are wonderful and I feel honored to be with such talented individuals. This week found me crawling around my small back yard once again.    Amazing the things you can find when you actually start looking and  seeing.   Macro has opened up an       different world . What I am seeing through the lens is amazing.   Nature is not kind, a bug has a tough life ! I have no idea what kind of spider this is.   The web is what caught my eye and then I saw the spider.  He is actually is less than 1″  long.  I think this view is his “top” side as I could not see the “eyes” all that well.  If you notice they are at the end of head.    He looks like a skeleton .  I’m not sure how much detail the email will show, but if you are interested you can view at the below address:

 http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h261c4b84#h261c4b84

D300  105mm micro     ISO200 f/7.1

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hello everybody,  it’s Wednesday again. 

 This time I am trying to be a bit more creative than boats and water:  A self portrait (!).  This was taken in the city of Halden, close to the Swedish border.  Some of you may remember a series of castle shots which I presented at photo.net last year.  Those shots were taken very close to this one.

 D300, Nikkor 18-70 @ 18mm, ISO200, 1/500, f:6.3

 

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated. 

I caught him while checking the interior of cage while walking on the street this Sunday. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all,

Ertugrul
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/2.2, 1/3200sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I had no idea what to post today. I’ve shot a few I was happy with this week, but some aren’t suitable for non-macro fans (kinda gross if bugs aren’t your thing). I had plans to go out and find something “normal” this morning (Tues.) to shoot, but a HUGE storm blew in (and took off a bit of my roof with it), so when it died down, went out to my usual stomping grounds and found this Bee Fly with a single rain drop resting on it’s back. I sat down, rested my elbows on my knees to steady the camera, and waited for a lull in the wind. I can only imagine what the people driving by thought. 😉 Bee Fly after the storm: shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter; 1/200@f/16, ISO 640 +1 EV. Full image/no crop:

As usual, the photo is also in my Zenfolio:
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h2c6dbc0a#h2c6dbc0a

 Jeannean

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This weeks contribution is taken back on recent holidays in New Zealand over April.  I wanted a shot of our campervan with a pleasing scenic background so when we rounded the corner of the Mt Aspiring road, I just had to stop and get my partner to take this shot.  I live in Australia where snow clad mountains are few and are gathered all in a cluster in one corner of the continent so a snow clad mountain in the southern hemisphere early Autumn is still somewhat of a revelation to me………

 Hand held by my “photo widow” partner with D700 and 35-70mm AF-D lens

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

Thank you for your very kind and constructive comments on my photo last week.  This week something rather strange, I went with my photographer friend to the city last night, she is visiting Brisbane and wanted to try some long exposures in the city, so I let her use my tripod and just took some photos handheld. I wasn’t aiming for anything special, I was just playing. The city, the lights, the buzz, the traffic, the smell in the air was enough for me to enjoy myself, so I just played with the photos. I took this one on 2,5 seconds exposure and flipped the camera a little to give the lights a smudge, there was a man walking past and he is visible enough, to add some other element to the photo. I know it isn’t any good, but I like it for the feel it gives me. 

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2,8 @ ISO 3200, 2,5 s, f/11

 I look forward to seeing all your photos. 

Have a lovely week, Jana 

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Thanks again for those of you that made comments on the photos.. it was a wonderful mix of shots.

My shot this week is from the Out of Africa Wildlife Park here on the outskirts of Phoenix.  The complex is quite amazing, with a lot of acres for the animals to roam around fairly freely. The star of my photo lives with a Siberian white tiger.  Apparently they get along very well.  The shot was taken pretty soon after they got fed, and as you can see he still hadn’t finished his dinner. It was a very bright day, and he was under a canopy in total shade.. so I had to do a bit of work to get the details in his fur to show.  Gorgeous animal.. but not one I would like to meet in the dark!  All you’d see are those big yellow eyes peering at you. I also blurred the background some (not all that well unfortunately).

Pentax k20d, DA 55-300mm @ 230mm, ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, EV +0.3.

 

  

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 D70 IR Colorized shot.

 Shot last Spring (June 2009), but not ever presented & just uploaded to my Zenfolio site. Not much of a story – this is shot at Bolsa Chica where I often shoot my bird shots. This is shot with my IR converted D70 & colorized in CS3. Shot with the Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G, ISO 200 @ 46mm, f/16, 1/160s, Matrix metering, Shutter Priority.

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington, Vermont

 Junior is graduating from college (The University of Vermont – UVM) this weekend and has disappeared into Senior Week Festivities. I had to go steal one from his Flicker account for this week. He took this one on a dock at Lake Champlain one evening. He used the built in flash on the D100 as fill to help pull piling out of the darkness.

Nikon D100  28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6  Shot at 28 mm

Program AE, 1/60 sec, f/5, ISO 1000

 

Special Bonus photo 

This week we’ll call it the extra photo without words

 Gej Jones

   

Week 17

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Graduation

Of course only one thing could be this week’s post.  Here is Joseph Junior receiving his degree at the University Of Vermont’s 206th Commencement held this past Sunday.  The graduating class had over 2000 members. Each had his name read and came up on the podium to receive their Diploma.  (5 hour ceremony). Joseph Received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Huge crowds of parents and family everywhere. Beautiful day. We drove 350 miles to get there, 5 hour ceremony, lunch at a restaurant, a little time with him at his apartment and at the lake and a 350 mile ride back to NY.

 Nikon D300  Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/4.5-5.6D at 200mm

A snapshot that means more than a photograph

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 The Bridge at Oak Creek Canyon, near Sedona – AZ.  This was taken last fall, as I was playing tourist guide for some friends visiting from New York.  And for those with inquiring minds, no, I was not hanging down from some ropes to take the shot.  There is a walking trail that goes down into the canyon and passes right under the bridge. lol

Pentax k20d, DA 12-24mm @ 15mm, ISO 250, F/11, 1/200 sec

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

 I thought that last week would be the last for me in NY, but while packing with sweat and tears, I looked out the window and the sight was exactly my feeling – yeah, sunset.  No words.  You just can’t keep a good photographer down 🙂  Kidding.  I hope I captured what I thought I did and you feel something similar to what made me press the button, about 50 times.
Thank you so much for your positive comments on my last week submission.  I was modest because the composition didn’t have much to appeal – but like I did, many felt something symbolic and I am extremely glad that there was a feeling/sense we share from that simple photo.  It was not so long I stayed here as an avid amateur photographer, but I learned so much from you – you reinforced my way to approach the subjects and that was a great help.  I will be in Tokyo soon, but I want to keep on this nice relationship with great mind photographers like you.

D700, 17-35 @35, f/8, 1/1250s (“A” mode), ISO 200.  Cropped and some enhancement by NX2 – has anyone been experienced “hang” “quit” of NX2 lately?  I have been, since I changed the machine to i7 based WIN7 machine… Nikon tech service is next to helpless at all. 
Again, see you in a bit!

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions.   I welcome  anything that helps me improve. My backyard seems to be my hunting grounds for photo opportunity of late.  Found this little guy this morning hiding between some leaves on an oleander bush .   He was about 1″ long if that long. He was in the dark shade .  It was so very humid back in those bushes that my viewfinder kept fogging up on me. And on top of that it was windy.     Micro is teaching me a thing or  two about  patience.  A lesson I find hard to learn.  I also find myself talking to the little critters now  I got this shot before he spied me and started moving on. Border courtesy of tutorial by Jana !  Thank you

 Nikon D300   105mm micro  Manual Exposure f/9  shutter 1/125  ISO 800 

( I know, but he was hiding in the dark shade and shadows )  SB600 diffused

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Bench, Southold, NY.

2010 04 30  f/6.54   ISO64   21.5mm

No flash

 Jana, variation on the borders theme. What do you think?

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everybody!

I hope you are fine, wherever you maybe roaming. 🙂 Joe’s begining of remainding mail, that we are on the week 17 reminded me about something similar. In my photo club, I’m an admin of our forum, and imagine what, exactly 17 weeks ago we started our little competition, named “Photo of the week”!. Every member that wants upload single photo to forum, and than we all vote on photos, and the one that wins is displayed on homepage for a week. Until new winner arrives.:) If someone is interested, here is link to all victorious photos so far:

http://fotoklub-cakovec.hr/wp/?FullScreenGallery=Fotka_tjedna_2010&keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=700&width=900

OK, finally to my photo. I’m on a new territory here, infra red! This is one of my first IR photos, and I don’t really know what to think. To be honest, I’m not satisfied, there is too much noise and the colors on the sky are strange, but, for first time, maybe not so bad. What do you think? Lil, I hope you will share some wisdom, I know you have lot of experience with IR. Techs are:

Nikon D80, sigma 10-20@16mm, f9, 6sec, ISO 400. + Cokin IR filter.

Greetings, Filip

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 Last week I had a similar picture on PN, and because I thought it look OK I tried an IR photo from the same spot, just to see!

Still think it is Ok, so you get itJ

Large photo at fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail

Filip: Grass roofs were very common in areas like forests and places with lots of rain. It kept the house cool in the summer and warm at the winter. It also were/is able to hold a lot of water so need of draining around the house is not an issue. Birch bark in several layers stopped the water from running trough. In fact roofs like these could last for 50-100 year.

Lil. You asked earlier about the colour of the old farms. Yes most of them were white with black timber, but there were local differences, yellow/red instead of white/black and..

Regards, Jens

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Wow, these weeks go by so fast. Thanks for all the kind comments. I’m getting addicted to these Macro shots. Thanks Ladies :). This was another Dragon Fly from last week that didn’t like to stay still. It was pretty cool when he would turn his head and check me out. I wonder if from 10″ away he could see his own reflection in the lens. Border, thanks to Jana. Nikon D200, Sigma 28-90 Macro, 90mm, F/16, 1/160sec, Iso200, Pop-up flash.

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My contribution for week 17 is a shot I captured on the way to work last Friday morning around 7:20 am.  It’s late Autumn here in the Antipodes and the sun is rising well Nth of due east now which brings these powerlines into play for sunrise shots.  The pre-dawn light was a murky slate grey but I saw the sunrise colour building up and up as I turned off the highway onto the usual gravel road I take to work I accelerated fast to get to my preferrred photo shooting site close to under the powerlines.  The colours were really peaking as I pulled up and wound the window down to capture this particular frame.  The light show only lasted another 90 seconds enabling me to get a lens change done and one more exposure of the fading colours.  This shot is very close to a pure out of the camera image with some sharpening mask added in PS and a little illumination added to the frost covered foreground – D700 + 85mm f/1.4 @ f/4.5, 1/80th, ISO 320 Active D lighting set to ‘Normal’.

  I have a love hate relationship with these overhead power transmission lines – I love the way the sun rises up along this particular section of pylons in the cooler months and also the way the pylons run into the distance but I hate what they stand for which is a political issue and not worthy of airing here at all. 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you to all, who commented on my photo last week, I am feeling more and more guilty, that I’ve been skipping my commentaries for so many weeks now, but I have been very busy with my other photography jobs, and I didn’t have much time for anything else. I am sorry. 

Something different this week. I love Photoshop Creative magazine and every time I get a new one, I do one or two tutorials featured in it, I found this the best way to learn all the different things possible. This month there was an excellent tutorial on creating water droplets on photos and I gave it a go. I used a photo shot in my studio and then added the droplets. I tested the photo on my 4 year old son, as he is very truthful and it certainly passed the test, when he tried to smudge the droplets from the computer screen with his finger 🙂 That’s when I knew, I’ve achieved a believable effect 🙂 I tried to keep the photo as natural, as possible, as I tried to evoke a feeling of sneaking a look through a window during the rain and I didn’t want everything to be perfect, just spontaneous. 

Shot with Nikon D700, 24-70 mm f/2.8 @ ISO 200, 1/125s, f 7.1, one direct light used with a softbox attached, set to a half of it’s power (250 watts), positioned directly in front of the subject; 

Have a lovely week and I look forward to seeing all your images. I love getting the Wednesday email.  

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

Overhead Uncontested Mark in the Goal Square.

Two defenders either side of the forward in the goal square.  A zero contest that allowed this forward to mark overhead uncontested and score a goal.  No defending coach is ever happy to see this.  For those not familiar with Australian Rules football when a player is able to leap in the air and “hold himself there” (as was the case with this mark) the player is said to have a “good hang time”.

 Camera:     Nikon D300   Lens:    AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Settings:    190 mm, 1/2506 sec, f/4 and ISO 220 (Manual, hand held)

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 What: San Francisco Embarcadero, 5/24/10 at 1 PM  “Gloom – Bleary – No Spring”

A lot going on in this photo and I went for the “rule of thirds” strictly with this composition. This is the coldest April-May in 60+ years here and I want to capture that feeling today when I went out to shoot for 20 minutes after lunch.  Diagonals and thirds and industrial creep with decay.

I’ve been heavily affected too over weekend after watching the movie CONTROL about Ian Curtis and his band Joy Division. Superb B&W photography (and performances and music!) in that film which came out in 2007.  Manchester, England on my mind and gloom and NOT losing control.

Canon EOS 7D, focal length 16mm, f/11, ISO 200. Shot raw of course and imported in PS CS5 for this edit down to just 700 px.

 Ken Papai

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 During a trip to France, I had some quality time to walk around Paris on my own and take in the sights. I love France and Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. It was getting late in the day when I stopped by Notre Dame and walked in. It was highly unusual that no one was around, so I took the opportunity to attach my 17mm fisheye lens and walk to the center of the church. I placed the camera on the back of a folding chair, composed the shot, and pulled the trigger. It worked. This shot is looking east towards the choir and altar. Since it’s a fisheye, you can just make out each rose window in the top right and left of the picture, 180 degrees from each other. The two ton chandelier is in the top center of shot, but unfortunately, a fisheye lens kills depth and perception.

 Nikon D100 17mm f2.8 lens 1/60 f4

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 This is an old friend of mine. He had been very sick for about 4 months and looked extremely pale so i have changed to B&W for him. We were at a party and he loves a beer but could not have one. In fact he loves several beers one after the other
D90 Tamron 17-50mm lens at 50mm 1/60sec @ f8. Flash used

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Thursday was the last show of the Polo Circo Festival. It was a show presented by French and Argentine circus students. 

1/60
Manual Exposure
ISO 3200
5.6
D300 + 18-200 VR @ 130mm

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Taken with my Kodak Z7590 on October 2006, somewhere between Franklin and Highlands, North Carolina.  One of my favorite photos of the fall leaves in one of my favorite places.  I feel like the signs are luring me on toward “off the beaten path.”
 Nikon D5000 f/11, 1/500, ISO 220, manual mode

 Really looking forward to this week’s email.

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

My photo this week is me backing off a macro shot for maximum magnification and getting some of the background, since the flowers it was sitting on were pretty. Unfortunately, I was taking close-ups of it’s face before I backed off, and didn’t change the f stop, so had to do a little exposure compensation in NX2. I tried a border with it, but somehow it kind of took away from the photo, so maybe I’ll try it again with something else. Taken early in the morning last Wednesday with Nikon D90/Sigma 150/1.4x teleconverter, pop up flashed diffused @ 1/200, f/13, ISO 400. Dew covered Border Patch butterfly:

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hello everybody, it is Wednesday again! This time, something completely different!  The days have not hours enough, as we are in preparations for Martines confirmation on Sunday.  Therefore, this week I post a photo from some years ago, when Martine and I were inspired from the Halloween festivities to do some spooky stuff.

 Canon G3, 1 sec @ f:2,

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 I’m still not 100% but getting close.  I did venture out with the camera but was disappointed with the results. I had expected to shoot a number of photos at the 36 hole golf tournament that I ran on Friday.  The tournament is held at Michigan State University Forest Akers Golf Courses.  We invite 40 teams from across the State to this tournament every year.  200 boys participate.  The Classic is seen as the second most prestigious tournament in Michigan, behind the State Finals.  I didn’t expect the rain to arrive as early as it did and with the real threat of lightening, we got the kids off the course and turned it into two different 18 hole tournaments rather than a single 36-hole event.

 The photo is another from the Palace of Fine Arts.  I liked the sky and the definition of the columns.   Hope you enjoy the view.

 D90 – 1/200sec – f/7.1 – 26mm – ISO 200 

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I was offline for few days and I missed last week, I still need to catch up with the e-mails. This shot is a mirrored image on a car window in Istanbul street, I had the opportunity to go out of the airport between two connecting flights and this shop advertising catched my eyes by its obvious name similarity to the famous brand. I flipped the image in processing to correct the mirror effect.

 Shot with Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 80mm F/2.8 lens, Fuji Pro 400H film.

 

 Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated.
Yesterday was the election day of Suriname. I captured young NDP (National Democratic Party) stewardesses while waiting their next supporter in their traditional Koto Misi clothes in one of vote station at Paramaribo, Suriname. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all,

Ertugrul
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/ 

 Nikon D2Xs, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, Aperture Priority, f/2.8, 1/1250sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington, Vermont 

 Ripcord

Another one from his files.  We’ll let him slide since you only graduate from college once . What would you name the steepest trail ay a ski area. How about Ripcord because starting down it is like jumping out of a plane. This one is at Mount Snow in southern Vermont.  No he doesn’t snowboard with a Nikon around  his neck so this was taken with a cell phone camera.  Taken this past season during spring skiing when the snow is soft and the bumps get large.

 No exif data = 1.3 mp cell phone

  

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 I’ve not done much photography over the last two weeks – life has been busy & again I’ve missed commenting. Please forgive my lack of comments. Life took a bad turn here & I have a lot on my mind.

Photography – I took a few yesterday & this is one of those. It’s unfortunately another macro shot. However, this is shot with the 55mm f/2.8 AiS Nikkor Micro of olden days. I was recommended this lens & I’m trying to decide if I like it or not. I just bought it, but it may well soon be leaving. We’ll see…. I have thoughts on frames – be careful you don’t go overboard with them. It’s easily done & many do. Personally I prefer “clean” shots. It all depends upon what you’ve shot & what you’re presenting in my eyes.

D300, 55mm AiS f/2.8 Micro Nikkor, Nikon tubes, onboard flash, ISO 800, f/16, 1/320s (I upped ISO due to wind – I needed shutter speed), -1/3 EV A flower in the garden simply put. A larger version in high quality may be seen herehttp://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h2d18735c#h2d18735c

I hope you will enjoy…Lil

  

Special Bonus photo – Jim Fredriksson 

The bonus photo is of  special interest.  Modern Irrigation 

When you grow acres of grass (sod that is, not marijuana!`789.) for a living you need a sprinkler made for the job. This reminds me of the Wright brothers plane ready for takeoff! When I say big I mean GIGANORMOUS.

 

Week 18

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Haze at the Lake

On my brief trip to Burling Vermont last week we stopped by the shore of Lake Champlain for a few minutes, It’s always a enjoyable place to visit as there are plenty of photo ops. In fact Junior complained that I was trespassing in his area by taking photos at his lake, and it was his spot. That fell on deaf ears.

It has a bright but hazy day. Thru a telephoto lens the mountains across the lake on the NY side took on a nice blue appearance.   This one is exactly as hot with no post processing.  Right out of the camera except for resizing and a slight crop at the bottom.

 Nikon D300   AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED at 135mm 

Auto exposure, Program AE, 1/640 sec, f/14, ISO 320 

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 It has been a very grey and rainy week so this I almost the only one with just a little sunJ From a nearby lake.

 Jens

 D700 24-70@24mm F/22 1/30s Tripod ISO200  NX2

 

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello everyone! As I wrote last week, this weekend I was in Hungary, and had a great time. I came home with over 250 photos, and now I’m mad, because I work on every photo I take. For today, I’m sending a panorama of Festetich castle from town named Kestehely on the edge of Balaton lake. Beautiful place, with rich history. Castle has 101 rooms! There is museum there with huge library. We didn’t have enough time to visit the museum, but the whole place is great! If life once brings any of you to this part of world, pay a visit to this place, it’s worth it.

Now, about the photo, it’s a panorama of 5 vertical photos. Shot with Nikon D80 and Sigma 10-20@10mm, f10, 1/10 sec. I’ve used tripod and cokin ND 2x filter. I’m looking forward to Wednesday and new bunch of good photos from you.

 Greetings, Filip.

 

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

Hi Everyone!  Great photos last week.   Thank you for your comments and suggestions. Don, thanks for stopping and taking care of that hawk.  Glad you found some place to take him/her.

I really did not know what to post this week.    I was relegated to my  back yard yet once again.   I had a very pleasant encounter with a green mosquito hawk. While I was laying on the ground, eye to the view finder , just waiting for him , he lands on the top of my lens and just sat there looking at me for about 15 seconds.  He then took off and came back, but this time landed on my finger that is on the shutter button.   Again, it appeared he just was looking at me. He finally went to the spot where he had been landing and I got a couple of shots of him. Was going to post one of them, but received my extension tubes in time for the weekend and started giving them a try. DOF in macro is a challenge, but add an extension tube and well it is a whole new ball game.   A game, I am still learning how to play!  What was I thinking? Prior to macro shooting, I can honestly say, I never noticed a damsel fly in my yard.   So, it was really thrilling to see this one. I just wish I could have gotten a bit closer.

Taken with the 60mm micro lens and the 20mm extension tube   f/18  hand held

You can see more of this damsel, her friend and my friend the green mosquito hawk at http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h30905ca0#h1fea0bf4

If you do visit,  please double click the photo to make larger and use the bar to the side of the photo to navigate to the next one.Thanks, Roberta

 

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Friendly Canines

 These two dogs enjoyed centre stage during a break in the football.  With both keeping a close eye on what the other could do the crowd were kept entertained.  It was a clean act that drew applause from an appreciative crowd when they finally left the field.

 Camera:     Nikon D300  Lens:   AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Settings:    200 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/2.8 and ISO 280 (Manual, hand held)

 

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 One of my favorite places in the world is the state of Wyoming. It’s the same size as the UK, but there are only about 500,000 people living there. The state is very rugged and provides people who like to explore some of the best mountain and high plains scenery available in the world. This shot come from Yellowstone National Park and I took it because of the varied colors. I’m always amazed how nature puts perfect color combinations together.

Nikon D100 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 200 35mm

 

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My photo this week is taken from an elevated scenic viewpoint just outside of the township of Taupo on the north island of New Zealand.  Despite this scene being heavily industrialised and the land surface being swathed in belted pipe systems all over, this scene is magical to me as it is a partial view of a geothermal power generation site.  The plumes of smoke in the photo are actually just clouds of vaporised superheated water venting from closer to the earth’s core.  The water naturally vents out into the atmosphere anyway in this particualr geothermal region so it has been harnessed over in Taupo to generate a large base load electricity generation plant for the north island of New Zealand.  So my image may look like a blot on the landscape but is a place which generated a lot of greenhouse emissions free power and helps keep the remainder of New Zealand looking scenic and beautiful.

 Taken handheld with D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 @ f/9, 1/1000th, ISO 400

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Back at the Circus. When the Diabolo (put on a stick on the cello) finish whirling and falls (the blurred shape on the left) it marks the end of the Tr’espace show. A Swiss group of jugglers using mainly the Diabolo.

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @112mm – 1/30 – f 5.3 – ISO 4000

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 I have today a Kangaroo Paw flower which caught my attention in Adelaide. There were a number of bushes and all of them were full of flowers. I should add i took this photo 2 months ago as they would probably not be there now D90 Tamron 17-50mm lens at 50mm 1/800sec @ f5.6 ISO200

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to all of my friends!  Thank you for all the Get Well Wishes.  I’m sure they helped. I’m as close to 100% as I’ll ever get.  My wife, Sally, and I are feeling wonderful after three weeks of coughing and feeling miserable. Life is good again.

It’s time to poke fun at myself and smile.  As I may or may not have told you, I retired from coaching Spring Golf.  This has allowed me to make significant progress in my summer chores.  One of the most significant is that Sally and I ‘opened’ our pool last Friday.  For a 65 and nearly 64 year old, this is weeks ahead of schedule.  Last year at this time I would still be coaching for a couple of weeks and little got done until the season was over.   It was in the mid to high 80s and the sun didn’t have to fight any clouds.  It was hot!  We took the pool cover off and as you can see we placed it on the grass so that it could dry a little while we hydrated with ice tea or lemonade.  15 minutes later we folded and then rolled it up. Everything looked fine for about an hour and then the green grass started to turn brown or the color of straw.  Yup!  We burned a perfect rectangle into our lawn.  My brother came over to get some ornamental grass and just laughed.  Now, Sally and I look at the rectangle and smile.  As Sally says, “No one got hurt or killed”.  Next year we will be more careful.

Have a great week!

D90 – 1/160sec – f/5.0 – 18-200@28mm – ISO 100 – Aperture Priority 

 

  

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Happy Wednesday, Everybody!  I am looking forward to tomorrow!
 Took this weekend this bird was taken at Veteran’s Park also.  By the way, Lil, I’m sure Joe is ready for you to give me a sizing lesson any time!! (-:  Probably the sooner the better! Hope everyone who was down or sick is feeling better.  Don, I’m sure happy you found a place for the hawk.
 Have a great week!
Peggy

 Nikon F5000 f.8, 1/640, ISO200, manual

 

  

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 Yes, another Reversed Macro shot with the D300 & the legendary 50mm f/1.2 AiS reversed. ISO 400, Manual metering, on board flash as fill, f/16, MF, handheld, 1/160s. Not much of a story – just neat when I manage to get a Fly to sit still long enough when I’m less than 2 inches or 5cm from my subject.

 Hoping you’ll enjoy & won’t be bored with yet again another Reversed Lens Macro

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Another shot from Inwood Hill Park excursion in April.  The dog was just playing with his thing – but at this moment, it looks like he hsa six legs 🙂

D700, 70-180 @180, f/8, 1/1250s (mode A), ISO 400

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Another of my favorite haunts around Sydney is the Royal National park, located in Northern Illawarra.  It’s a beautiful place to walk around, and you get to see a lot of kookaburras, sulfur crested cockatoos and other wild birds. This was shot in RAW ( as in almost all of my shots), and converted to b/w in CS3. (late afternoon sun)

Pentax k10d, Sigma 70-300mm, @ 70mm, 1/250 sec., F/6.3, ISO 320

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington, Vermont

 Old Railroad Bridge Gears

Taken this past week up in Burlington.

 Nikon D100 Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6Shot at 38 mm

Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/160 sec, f/3.8, ISO 500

  

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Photo: Fri. May 28, 2010 – bright afternoon sun.

18MP Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 lens at 42mm (cropped in Photoshop to 70mm angle of view)

ISO 100, f/8, 1/1000; shot raw and processed with PS CS5.

Paso Robles wine country – westside, view from Terry Hoage Vineyards. Paso is well known and highly regarded for its Rhone style wines. I love red blends and thoroughly enjoy the calcareous soils there that grow such good  syrah (shiraz), mourvedre (mataro), grenache (garnacha), and zinfandel (primitivo).  http://www.rhonerangers.org/grapes/

      This is the opposite photo I posted here from a few days ago only — from the darker and colder city, now to the wide outdoors and sun and real spring season! It’s a tradition that my wife and I visit the Paso wine country every Memorial Day (USA holiday) weekend and enjoy the people who make wine and the wine itself. I assembled this image with pure “rules of thirds” and a few diagonals in mind.  Submitted here at 700 px wide with filesize of 145KB.

Larger image version here:    http://www.kenpapai.com/images/hoageView1872.jpg

 

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated.

I was thinking about this week’s submission while returning to home from shopping with my bicycle few hours ago. I saw three painters working at different parts of store’s facade then I stopped immediately and start shooting. Just processed with NX2, no crop, no correction. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

 Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/2.2, 1/1600sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

Here is one fresh out of scanner, shot at our friend’s wedding last week,

 Nikon F6, Zeiss 35mm F/2 ZF lens, Ektachrome E100VS slide

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you so much for your comments on my photo last week. I really appreciate them. Also thank you for the answers to my film inspiration enquiry, I will watch the ones you recommended. 

 My photo this week is more of a documentary photo, than anything artistic. Also, I don’t know, how to photograph an architecture very well, so this is just an attempt. But, the interior is an old cinema foyer (built in 1930’s in Brisbane City) and this unusual place is closing down this Saturday and will most probably be redone in the sterile, unimaginative way all the cinemas look like these days. I am rather upset about that and I am going to the city on Saturday to visit it for one last time, before it disappears. 

 Shot with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8 @ ISO 4500, 1/30s, f/8, handheld

Have a lovely week, I am planning to write the commentary on last week today. 

Jana 

 

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Sorry again for not being able to comment this last week. I guess from the feed back I really blew the border color. I thought since I matched the cool color of his eyes I would be doing fine. 😦 OK I tried again this week. I was shooting pictures at a Kindergarten graduation when this little girl came up to me to show me her camera. I’m a sucker for a pretty face. Thanks to all for the kind comments on my picture. I thought I’d get away from the bugs this week.

Nikon D3, Nikon 80-200 2.8, 125mm, f/4, 1/60ss, ISO400, Sb800 flash on camera.

 

Special Bonus photo

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

 Memorial Day – Peggy Grissom  

 I’m sending a photo taken at Veteran’s Memorial Park here.  The park I’m always stopping at to practice on birds, especially my Killdeer’s.  It is darker than it really was that afternoon, but I liked it so I left it that way.  Cropped.  f.5, 1/4000, ISO 1000, 150 mm, Aperture priority.  Wanted the flag to be prominent, but I liked the bird in it. 

 

  

Memorial Day – Bogdan Nicolescu

This is an old photo I took it about seven years ago in Egypt, we worked in El Alamein area and we had the chance to pay a visit to some of the cemeteries of fallen soldiers in WWII North Africa battlefields. By far the Italian cemetery was the largest, followed by the British and Commonwealth one. There is a German cemetery too, very sober one. It looked like some of the graves had a personal touch, probably some of the families managed to track down the lost ones.I was a bit surprised to learn that there is a small Greek cemetery too. I don’t know much details about story behind the presence of Greeks there, I need a bit of reading here.

This is a photo of the British and Commonwealth cemetery. The place looks well taken care thanks to countries of soldier’s origin involvement.
I still recall how sad I felt reading the stones and trying to guess the story behind…
Shot taken with a Minolta camera, scanned negative with Nikon Coolscan 9000ED

 

 

Week 19

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The NYC Subway System

I had to go up to Yankee stadium on Thursday.  The stadium is no more and completely gone.   I wanted to complete the demolition photos with a shot of the empty lot I’ve taken some shots from the elevated subway train station to get a god view of the site.  The station only is by one end of the place. Most of the site was down the tracks away from the station. The solution was to hop on a train and take pictures as it passed the spot.  Yankee Stadium is the last stop before the elevated train goes underground.  The next stop is 149th street and the Grand Concourse.  Waiting for the train to take me back at the underground station, I snapped this little gem.  The place is actually much cleaner than this picture makes it look. Just before I took this picture, an express train came thru going pretty fast and blew all the litter out of a trash bin.

It’s not the best of neighborhoods so I took the older D200 without a grip to keep it smaller and less valuable to me.  The fluorescent lighting was pretty harsh and dim.  I went with a higher ISO for the D200. Set on auto white balance it did a nice job.  This one was completely unplanned and just presented itself.

Nikon D200 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED at 35mm

Program AE, 1/30 sec, f/4.2, ISO 1250  Auto WB – Handheld  

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hope everyone had a good week.     Still practicing with the extension tubes. Hard to find critters willing to cooperate,  but this guy let me get a couple of shots .    I had never seen a damsel fly this color before  or since!

d300  60mm f/7.1 shutter 1/250  ISO 280  Manual,   12 mm extension tube.    I should have upped the ISO and  stopped down for greater dof, but he moved quicker than I did.  After the very information information on auto ISO, my camera is set so maybe next time I’ll be able to react quicker with the aperture.

  

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Hello everyone!
Many thanks for your kind words about my move and the reserve photo of last week.  Yes, I have landed on the Tokyo soil.  I have not settled down at all yet, but I had some time to go out with my camera this weekend and shot something I thought interesting.  I went to the place called “Shibuya”, the place of very busy pop/retail/food, for young people, where I did stroll when I was in high school and college.  Yes, Shibuya is the place where the dog “Hachi” kept waiting even after his master died but that’s another story – (try to find it on relatively newly released DVD, starring Richard Gere if you want to cry – which I did knowing VERY WELL that I would :-).  Anyway, I was walking the street and looked up and saw something strange….  Tight building, about 5 stories, with clothes ON the wall.  Maybe for retail and advertisement purposes.  I don’t know what – I didn’t venture into it….  See the larger version here: http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p751837058/h3159af70#h2f1e65a6 .  Hope to continue like this going forward while waiting for the rest of my stuff and high power PC with NX2 in it to arrive in a month or so.  Ken
D700, 17-35, @32, f8, 1/320s (mode “A”), ISO200, just a bit cropping using Picasa.

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore,  Denmark 

 A few weeks ago I showed a picture of a house with grass on the roof. It was from the beginning of 16.th. Century and this picture is from the inside of that house.  Well the inside is not that old because the chimney was built around 1740 and therefore the interior is from that time. The room in the back is lit from the sun trough an open door and the light in the front room comes from a skylight, once just a hole in the roof to let the smoke out, from an open fireplace in the middle of the room.

 Have a nice week all.

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Hi everyone.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  My shot this week relates to the “calm before the storm”.  There is a sports-related story to tell which I will endeavour to elaborate in greater detail with a trilogy of shots (of which this is the middle sequence) later this week.

 Camera:     Nikon D300

Lens:                 AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Settings:    105 mm, 1/400 sec, f/8 and ISO 200 (Manual, hand held)

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone!

No comments from me for past weak, sorry. But thanks goes to ones that did comment.

As always lots of interesting photos. My photo for today is another IR try. I really wanted it to be in color, but….I just can’t get them as I would want, so, here is B&W version. Nikon D80, sigma 10-20@10mm + Cokin IR filter.

ISO 100, f8, 30 sec.

Pozdrav, Filip.

  

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Wow, another week has flown by. I have been very busy with my real job. And we had an open house for my graduating Son on Sunday. Saw this pretty blue little guy fly by so I chased him down. Before he landed he grabbed some fast food. I was surprised when I focused on him he was snacking away. He didn’t mind at all me flashing away at him. I was so excited to see him I didn’t get to set my camera to shoot raw. Hope my border is Ok. Nikon D3, Nikon 105 2.8 AIS, F2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, Sb 800 flash on camera with diffuser.

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello
Another one of the Circus Festival. My pals in the photography workshop call me the “Cirquero” (the Circusman) 
D300+ 18-200 VR@ 150 mm – ISO 3200 – 1/125 – f  5.6 –

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to everyone!

This was a special week.  Both Sally and I are feeling well.  The weather up until Friday has been just about perfect.  

Friday was my birthday and I want to thank everyone who knew and sent me a birthday wish.  We had dinner with my brother and his wife and on the way home, well I’ll show you if my shot for the bonus is chosen.  

Saturday Sally surprised me with a get-a-way weekend to Traverse City, MI.  We spent Saturday & Sunday relaxing, eating too much and just enjoying each others company.  We had fun!  I started taking pictures again and had a ball.  In the coming weeks I’ll share some of the better shots.  Especially a water shot for next week.  It was raining when I stopped the car and took this.  This barn has seen better days but I thought it was particularly interesting because the boards/lines went in so many different directions.

 D90 – 1/20sec – f/8.0 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 This is a photo of my oldest daughter at a friends 21st Birthday celebration. I think she may have had one drink to many but Dad was there to look after her   She is a very vibrant person with a lovely disposition and as you can see enjoys herself. D90 Tamron 17-50mm at 31mm 1/60sec @ F8   A larger aperture would have been better but this shows her just as she is

  

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody, 

my photo this week is from my last week’s photo shoot for a beautiful girl, who is entering a Miss World Punjab competition and wanted the photos for that purpose. She is a great young woman, came to Australia 3 years ago, doesn’t have any family here, but is aiming high and so far succeeding. She is proud and commands respect. It was a real pleasure to work with her, we had a fantastic day and obviously, being both foreigners in this country, we had plenty to talk about. I thought I will submit a photo of her, that shows her all gentle and beautiful and feminine. 

Taken in my studio with Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/160s, f/7.1

Have a lovely week. Jana

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hello everyone

This week a photo from a car ride in the evening.  Not so far from here are some fields, where the elk like to eat before it gets too dark.  This time I was lucky, two elk in the same picture.  One was corageous, and started to move towards me, the other one was quite shy, and stood still at the forest line.

 D300, Sigma 150-500 handheld @500mm, 1/200sec f:6,3, ISO 3200

 

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

I humbly offer a spider shot. Reversed Lens Macro shot with the D300 & the legendary 50mm AiS f/1.2 AiS reversed. ISO 400, Manual metering, on board flash as fill, f/16, MF, handheld, 1/320s

The thing which excites me about this shot is that this is the first time & I’ve photographed a female spider with her egg sack. She was not a willing subject & was running around. Not easy to focus Reverse Lens Macro on this little girl. She was fast, small & everything but willing to pose. But I was very excited to find her.

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 Here it is my photo for this week, I’m late with my submission as I am struggling to catch up with scanning of my latest shots. Might not be the best photo of the series but this is the one I got it ready now.
I took this photo on Danube river, city of Tulcea. This boat is over 100 years old, a truly masterpiece of engineering. I found more info about this vessel here

Shot with Mamiya 7, 50mm lens, Kodak Portra 400NC
Best regards to everyone, can’t wait to see your photos tomorrow

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi

 Hello everyone, 
I wanted to post and insect this week, not macro, though I wish I could…..  But, this morning as I was driving to work, I stopped to take a photo of morning glory’s that I’ve been noticing, which I got a pretty good one.  I was wanting to try to get the bokah (sp?) background.  Anyway, I really don’t know what I did to this photo of Black Eyed Susan’s, it looks a little “fuzzy”, but I liked it so this is what you’re getting! (-:  Please tell  me “what I should have done.”  Or if you kind of like it this way too, I’ll be very pleased!
Have a good week.
Peggy

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 As usual, I wasn’t sure what to post, but I liked this of a damselfly I shot early in the morning because of the light and the way it spread it’s wings just as I took the picture. It seemed to have a “twinkle” in it’s right eye…or maybe that’s just my imagination. 😉 Taken with Nikon D90/Sigma 150@1/200, f/11, flash diffused. I’m really hoping to have a shot of New Orleans next week…preferably one with Roberta in it, and not a macro! Heading to The Big Easy this weekend for a reunion with former co-workers, and my two sisters are meeting me there. New Orleans…here we come! 😀

(Submitted photo is down to 156k via Save for Web. Larger photo can be seen here: http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h3d0057ef#h3d0057ef )

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Rainy hours while hunting in the city. I was so comfortable under wooden portico and luckily caught some more shoots. Hope you like it too. Take care and many cheers you to all. 

Regards,  Ertugrul Kilic

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Shutter Priority, f/9, 1/60sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/ 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 Lake Champlain Shoreline

I was walking along the shore at sunset and found a bunch of rocks scattered along the shore. I had walked past this spot numerous times during my four years up in Burlington but had failed to notice how decorative some of these rocks were. I have no idea if these are remnants of an old building or pieces of artwork placed here purposely, but either way, they sure look great!

 Nikon D100 Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6Shot at 28 mm

Auto exposure, Program AE, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 500

  

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 While in Bangkok a couple of years ago, my wife and I had some time to take in the sights around some ruins. This shot is of a reclining Buddha among some ruins from the late 1600’s. The shot was taken with a point and shoot and it was around 9000 degrees that day. It was a beautiful location though.

 Canon S90 ISO 100 35mm f5.6 1/1000th 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This week’s photo contribution from me only serves to sustain the myth that everyone here in Australia has Kangaroos in their back yard…….

This Otway Ranges Wallaby (a close relative to the kangaroo) has been a regular winter time visitor to our large rural garden for the past three years.  We believe it’s a female and she uses our garden as a food top up and a shelter from foul winery weather whilst her newborn “Joey” (offspring) develops inside her pouch.

 Every year she becomes a little tamer / less wary of tri-pods etc and allows me to get closer with my camera gear.  This is the first time I’ve had good light to photograph her this season.  Exposure was taken with my trusty D700 and old 500mm f/4 Ai-P Nikkor.  I’m enjoying the sharper images I get using the mirror lock up feature on my camera, it’s a real leap ahead in so far as

getting more keepers versus rejects.   500mm,  f/5.6,  1/160th sec,  ISO

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 With a tongue-in-cheek title.. ‘Another one bites the dust’.

Shot in Sydney in 2009.

 Pentax k20d, DA 12-24 @ 16mm, ISO 250, 1/30 sec, f/7.1.

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 January 1994 at the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, in the Rockefeller Forest.

Camera: EOS 10S. lens: 24mm?  film: (probably Kodak Royal Gold 400)

I would often go on solo trips up to much further northern California to explore new brewpubs and the redwood forests.

I still do that, but less so.  This is one of my favorite photos from that January, many years ago.

Larger photo version (1236 pixels wide) here:

http://www.kenpapai.com/images/HumboldtRedwoods_SP1a.jpg

-Ken Papai

  

Special Bonus photo

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

Jens V Frederiksen – Vintage car ‘race’ Copenhagen   

 It is from a yearly that takes place around visiting the museums close to the city. This year there were 20 cars, all from before WWII. I was a nice warm Sunday afternoon and some of the car owners gave a ride around the museum to a few lucky spectators.

 

Gej Jones – Michigan June Hail Storm 

One the way home from my birthday dinner, a storm hit our home.  I say our home because less than a mile north or south of our home, there was no damage and no hail.

June 4th, 2010 – without power for over seven hours.  The generator is 25+ years old and it started on the forth pull.  That old guy saved our basement again.  

The water was at the top of the sump when we started to pump the water.  Remember, it’s in the 70s and there was still hail on the deck Saturday morning at 11:00AM.

AND – just so you know, we have decided to have a natural gas generator installed.  One that will come on automatically when the power goes out.  This is my birthday present to myself and my wife.  (Sally has to hold onto the bars while pull the starter rope)  At 64 years of age, I deserve not to worry ever again.

 This shot was taken around 8:30PM

  

Week 20

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Storm comes rolling in

The weather can change so quickly. Recently it was a beautiful sunny day, bight blue sky with a few scattered clouds. The perfect afternoon to go and try to take a few pictures. I jumped in the car and took a 10 minute ride over to Orchard Beach.  I parked and walk down to the boardwalk. Just as I got there, everyone is heading the other way to the parking lot.  I looked up and the meanest looking storm clouds are rolling in,  In the space of 10 minutes it went from a beautiful day to a heavy rain and thunder storm.  Even though I was there for a few minutes, mission accomplished. I got a few good shots.

Back to Film

Nikon F5 with Nikkor AF-d 28-86 f2.8 at 28mm

Kodak Portra VC160 scanned on a Nikon ED 4000 coolscan scanner

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 I got to meet Jeannean on Sunday.  Not only is she a wonderful photographer, but a wonderful person! Great water shots everyone !!!   So many different visions and diversity make this thread  so inspiring.

I am still practicing with the extension tubes.  I tried the 30mm tube on my 60mm micro and quickly found out that the working distance is very minimal.   The earth must have to stop rotating if you stack the tubes.  My admiration and respect keeps growing for all of those who stack tubes plus  put TC’s on to increase magnification. Here is a dew drop with the 30mm extension tube as I certainly was not able to get a living moving critter with this setup.

 D300 60mm micro 30mm tube f/14 shutter 1/200  SB600 diffused.    Auto 

ISO (thank you Greg!)  ISO400

Hope everyone has a great week.

 

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks to all who commented on last week’s pic. I’m going crazy at work so I’ve had no spare time to comment. Sorry. I still spend time enjoying everyone’s pics. Sorry but I’m posting another dragonfly picture. I took this one a couple of days ago. I tried my 2x converter on this one. I just love his face. He looks so mean. I wouldn’t mess with him. Nikon D3, Nikon 105 2.8 Ais Micro., Kenko 2x tele converter, F/16, 210mm, 1/160 ss, ISO 800, Sb800 flash w/diffuser

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Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Good morning Wednesday Photographers ~

Last week I submitted a shot of a barn that I took while it was raining.  The joke in Michigan is:  If you want the weather to change in Michigan, wait a few minutes.  It took a little longer than a few minutes but around 7:30PM the sun came out and it was beautiful.  I am fortunate to know and have an excellent relationship with the manager of the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.  I asked if I could use a golf cart to go out on the Bear which was designed by Jack Nicklaus.  He said yes and away I went.  This is one of my favorites from the evening shoot.  You are looking back up the fairway from behind a hazard.  Golf and photography, a great combination.

 Have a great week!

 D90 – 1/25sec – f/22.0 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 500 – Aperture Priority

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi

I am sending a photo this week that relates to the photo I send for the “water” submission.  This is Bay Springs Lock and Dam on the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway.  I wanted my sky to be more blue, and the clouds whiter, but could not figure out how to do it.
 
Settings 70mm, F/8, 1/600s, Manual Auto ISO 400

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 After a bit of hiking with my new Rollei 6×6, tripod and camera bag, I saw this view and thought, what a good first shot with the new camera – Half Dome at Yosemite.

Rollei 6×6, ISO 80 f11 1/500 sec 35mm with polarizing filter

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore,  Denmark 

 Here we go again. After a week with rain I drove out to get a picture of the farmland before the next shower. It’s nearly 16 degrees C and hard to dig up the feeling of summer and sunshine but never the less, I think it looks good out there anyway.

Looking forward to see lots of great photos.

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My regular Wednesday photo contribution for this week harks back to April this year and my holiday in New Zealand.  This is a view of the Central Otago region shot through an open window from inside an old ruined goldminer’s stone hut perched up above the plains at Old Welshtown near Cromwell on the South Island.  Taken on a tri-pod with D700 + AF-S 17-35mm Nikkor @ 35mm, f/14, 1/100sec, ISO 200.

  

 Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 my shot for this week.

Pressure. 

 Camera:     Nikon D300

Lens:                 AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Settings:    125 mm, 1/400 sec, f/2.8 and ISO 800 (Aperture Priority, hand held, spot metering)

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 It’s not a hamburger

For my birthday, my sister Jamie wanted to bake me a cake. When she asked what I wanted, I said a hamburger cake. And she most certainly delivered. This cake came out amazing! The bottom and top were vanilla white cake, and the middle was a big round brownie. The decorative icing was Fondant which she colored to make the proper burger colors. She then rolled out and then cut and shaped it to decorated the cake. All of her baking is from scratch. Never would be caught using a cake mix.

 Nikon D100 Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6Shot at 50 mm

Program AE, 1/45 sec, f/4.5, ISO 640 , available light, auto white balance

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

Thank you to all of you, who so kindly commented on my photo last week. This week another one of the girl I photographed, but this time I made it more playful, this was an extra portrait for her, I made it more playful, less serious, she herself commented on the photo, that it looks like she has a lot of dreams. Well, Girl with Dreams it is then 🙂 

Taken in my studio with Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/160s

 Have a lovely week., Jana 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 A photo of a doorway that caught my attention. I loved the black and white with a splash of pink

 D90 Tamron 17-50mm Lens at 32mm  1/60sec @ F3.5  ISO200 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
An Angel mascot seems to be like jumping on a river. Taken last year at Autoclasica Expo

Nikon D300+18-200 VR @ 200mm – ISO 400 – f 5.6 – 1/50

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 This is digitization of a photo that is about year old now. It was shot with my medium format camera on Efke 25 film. Developed in Efke as well. I’m showing it now because only last week I got it on digital. I made a photo of it with my Nikon!

Scanning of MF negative is absurdly expensive here, local studios don’t do a good job developing photos from b&w film as well. So I photographed it and now I have a photo phat is about the same as one on film. A you can see, it was shot on cloudy day and long exposure so the grass in front is all blurred. These are kind of photographs that I like the most.

 Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to comment on any of last two picture sets, but I enjoyed both of them very much! Great job everyone!

Pozdrav, Filip.

 

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hello everyone, this week a picture that maybe could have been entered in the “water” thematic thread. 

 A few days ago, we had some heavy rain in the evening, and suddenly not only one, but TWO! rainbows emerge.  They say a pot of gold is hidden where the rainbow hits the ground.  In this case, the tree which is hit by the rainbow is still just a tree, and far from golden 🙂 

 D300, Nikkor 18-70 @ 29mm, ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f5

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Old lighthouse in Soulina, harbor at Danube mouths, built in 1870 by European Commission of Danube. It became landlocked thanks to continuous progress and grow of Danube Delta into the sea. A second lighthouse was built at the entry of the navigation channel latter on, soon to be abandoned as well. At the moment a new and modern lighthouse was built at what is now Zero Mile of Danube river, and the story goes on…

Nikon F6, 35mm F/2 ZF lens, Fuji 400PR Neopan

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Basic architectural study of a new condo building in San Francisco.  I appreciated the blue sky and the clouds and their contrast with the building.  I did a photo tour in this building (on the 52nd floor) late last year — which has its four condos for sale on the 52nd, average price per condo is $3.5M!  The two penthouses occupies floors 59-60.

This is on Mission St. just one block from my office building on Howard, near the Embarcadero.  It was really fun watching it being built.

 EOS 7D, 24-70 lens at 40mm, ISO 100, f/9

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 As the season is getting better, the nice weather days increase.  When I see the nice sky, I want to take pictures hoping to capture the true color, but it is very difficult.  Hope you like it!  I will miss this view very much!!!

D700, 24-70 @70mm, f/8, 1/200sec (all manual mode), ISO 200. 

 

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated.

Yearly anniversary of Hindustani Immigration to Suriname. Ladies were protecting the musicians from sun. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/2.5, 1/5000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

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

  

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 To start up with. I’m sorry for my “absence” late. I now I owe a lot of comments, but life has been stressful for us & I’m sure it’s been that for you all as well. Over all I think we’re a very talented group of creative people all doing our own thing. It’s a joy to be a part of the group. I just wish I could give you all more time, but I need some relax time. I’m not active at all on photo.net & I’m sure Shun has noticed my absence. No one seems to ask about me from what I know, so I’m just staying away.

I haven’t touched the camera in weeks, but the other day I happened to do so. I was photographing some new Reversed Macros of a spider plant’s flowers when this tiny Hoverfly decided to join me. So, the flower is about 10mm across & the Hoverfly is about 5mm in size.

D300, 50mm AiS f/1.2, MF, Reversed Macro, ISO 400, on board flash, f/16, Manual mode, 1/320s.

Link to a larger version, if you click it on my Zenfolio site.

http://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h32c0072d#h32c0072d

I hope you will enjoy.Lil

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I had a GREAT time in New Orleans this past weekend! Besides having lunch with Roberta on Sunday, the New Orleans Creole Tomato, Seafood, and Zydeco Festival was going on. Talk about great food and music! My photo is of Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. This band was AWESOME! It started pouring down rain, but everyone stayed put and kept dancing. I accidently did this “whateveryoucallit” when I was doing a gray point correction and accidently moved it. I liked it, so kept it this way. I had wanted something that focused on the accordian, since he made that baby sing like nobody’s business. Mercy is a good name for it and my mistake highlighted it. Taken with D90/Nikon 18-55mm:

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

Notre Dame de Paris (1160-1196). 2005-1196=809. Mon Dieu!

f/4, 1/60, ISO 400. Canon EOS 20D. 39mm focal length. Auto white balance. Cropped for effect. Incroyable et  fantastique! J’aime Paris.

 Great water works week everyone, sorry I missed it. Next time.

Regards to everyone.

Prayers for Louisiana.

Fossil fuel is not the answer.

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

This was from a visit to the south rim of the Grand Canyon here in Arizona. Shot in December, we actually had a bit of a snowstorm the night before, and while I was there.  It was nice to have those beautiful clouds in the sky.  Originally shot in raw, this was converted to bw in CS3.

Pentax k10d, DA 16-45mm @ 26mm, f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO 25 

 

Special Bonus photo

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

Jeannean & Roberta meet each other

 Shoot out in New Orleans” – Roberta and Jeannean. We laughed at how we both immediately went into “macro mode”…kneel down and manual focus. It was a great time! Wish we could all meet up somewhere!

 Roberta by Jeannean                                       Jeannean by Roberta

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