Weeks 1 to 10

Week 1 

Feb 3 2010

This is Brooklyn  by Joseph Leotta

To be a little more specific, Coney Island .

Still no time to get out and shoot these days, and this past weekend I was feeling sick and didn’t fee like going out into the brutal cold weather the NY area was having. This one was from a few weeks ago while I was in Brooklyn for a business appointment. Stopped at Coney Island ’s Nathan’s for Hot Dogs and took a short walk on the boardwalk at Twilight.

I have spent the last week getting everything I need to process B&W film again and picked up a total of 20 rolls of Tri-x and Plus-x.  I’m really looking forward to this. (Hope I can still load film onto a stainless steel reel)

  Nikon D300  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
    Shot at 24 mm  Program AE, 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 250



Week 2 

Feb 10 2010

A little Bit More of Coney Island   by Joseph Leotta

One more shot from Coney Island for this Week.    

Most of the famous amusements parks from the turn of the century thru the 60’s are gone.  One distinct feacure that left is the tower from the parachute ride.   The Beach and boardwalk are still popular today but the surrounding area is not what it used to be.

There still are a few of the famous Landmarks around. And landmark status has been granted to at least 3 of them: The world famous Cyclone roller coaster, The Wonder Wheel Farris wheel and the parachute tower.But my favorite is the original Nathans- where the frankfurter was invented in 1918.  They were Frank Nathans foot long sausages, known as franks footers  

Yea I’ll sneak in a 2nd photo 

 Nikon D1x  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Shot at 18 mm  Program AE, 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 250



Week 3 

Feb 17 2010

Joseph Leotta – New York

The High School Musical

You really can’t believe how much work these kids put into these productions. My daughter was in her school musical this year: The Pajama Game. They started back in October and have put 100’s of hours into it. You know what they did a great job.  Costumes. Professional lighting, sound and Music. They even brought in a Broadway dance coach. I was shocked at the quality of the production.

Nikon D300  AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D  1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200


Per-Christian Nilssen – Norway 

 Winter, Snow and minus 10 degrees Celsius.  Not shot at the North Pole, but in Hamar, Norway

 D300, SIgma  150-500@ 220mm handheld   1/640 f8 ISO200


Roberta Davidson – Louisiana

I am still trying for the water drops.  Can be frustrating at times, but fun.

 D300 60mm f/3.5 shutter 1/250  SB600 off camera


Lil Judd  – California

D300, 300mm AF-S f/4, Nikon TC-14E II, ISO 400, 1/1250s, A-mode, -1.0 EV (it’s a yellow flower after all & this one does not have a blown red channel) Matrix metering. Monopod & slight crop due to shake from monopod & my new rocking shoes (MBTs).

 Story is this – I went out with two of my friends to hunt for Hooded Mergansers. They weren’t there. The birds were laying low. L But I happened to see these flowers being visited by bees. I was hunting one when it flew off – I happened to look in another direction & there’s this one in a flower. Only once at home did I see the ant as well. It’s just a fun shot & not much of anything….  But it was not a good day to go shooting. Maybe the birds were celebrating Valentine’s Day


Jeannean R – Texas

 “Before the bug made it’s entrance and distracted me, I was working on DOF, off camera flash, composition, and getting the right exposure in water drops reflecting a flower.  I have a long way to go, but I guess this is not too bad for a beginner. I vow to practice everytime we have dew or rain (and I have time!).


Week 4 

Feb 24 2010


Joseph Leotta – New York

 Winter Horses

Down the road from my house in Vermont there is this small farm where they have a few horses. I’m driving past it all the time. This past weekend they had 4 horses out playing in the snow. The farm had spread out a lot of hay which they were grazing on. When I stopped and got out to take pictures they came righht over to me and were as riendly as you could want.

I’m shooting a bit more film these daysNikon F5 24-85 F2.8 AFd Nikkor Kodak Portra VC 160


Per-Christian Nilssen – Norway

Here is my image for this week’s thread. Shot at our Marina, on Sunday, when we were out looking after our boad, which is on shore there througout the winter. Minus 17 degrees Celsius, but almost no wind. A beautiful day!

D300, Sigma 50-150 @ 150mm, ISO400, 1/1600 @ f9



Roberta Davidson – Louisiana

Still at the water drops . Tried something a bit different this time with colored tissue paper and food coloring instead of using the white balance to change color.

Nikon D300 60mm micro lens f/11 shutter 1/250 Iso 280 EV -1 Auto white balance SB 600 off camera to the left

I had red tissue paper behind the dish with the flash aimed at it. Thedrops were with green dye. I really need to get a life!!


Jeannean R – Texas

I’ve shot a lot of different subjects this week (bugs, birds, dew drops, dogs, etc) but it was between the Black-night Crowned Heronor a Red-tailed Hawk pic, and the Heron came out better I think. I was excited to get both, because I never seem to be able to get close enough to get a decent picture of either. This was shot at one of the local wetland areas. Sorry for the branches, but this is as clear of a shot as I’ve ever had with these “hiders”. (D90, 70-300mm at 1/250, f5.6, ISO 640) As for my “intro”, I started shooting back in April of 2009 when I bought a D40 with the 18-55mm kit lens (upgraded to the D90 and added a few other lenses). I have fallen in love with photography because it takes me to a whole different world. I love nature and always have, but am seeing it in a different way now. (especially with macro) If I could win the lottery, I’d take off and go around the world taking pictures of whatever I found that interested me. Hopefully when I retire, I can do that. Until then, I’ll keep teaching in the College of Education at the University of Texas-Pan American located in Edinburg, TX. I’m divorced for many years, have no human kids, but two of the furry kind named Maggie and Noah. They’re 2 1/2 yr old Miniature Schnauzers and are the loves of my life. I never grew up until I got them…and then BAM…responsibility! I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Other than that, most of my life has been spent having as much fun as I could squeeze into the time I had. After turning 50 two years ago and getting Maggie and Noah, that’s slowed down some, but still find fun in most of what I do…just a bit more low keyed now. Thanks to all of you for sharing a bit of yourselves here. 🙂


Ken Yamamoto – New York

 This is my first entry here. Hope NOT to lower the level of the masterpieces too much. First off, let me introduce myself. I was a camera kid when I was in high school with Canon AE-1 (very nice camera…), but as I grew up, I kinda lost it as other stuff got more priority in life. As I grew old enough and have sufficient time and some cash (particularly after I lost my wife to cancer a few years ago with no kids to take care of), I decided to re-start this hobby. Still learning a lot and my photos are at the very beginner or tourists level, but I want to make it better by taking lots of photos every weekend and learning from yours. Oh, and check out my self portrait on My page on PN – I had two surgeries on my neck in the past 2 years. That was yet another bummer in life, but again this hobby is helping my physical therapy by making me carry a heavy bag and walk for a long time every weekend. I guess I am doing okay 🙂

I was in Tokyo for the past two weeks to coincide the first anniversary of my father’s passing away. There was family/relative gathering in the western part of Japan where our family cemetery is. I took a bunch of those photos but may not be interesting for you. It’s been bad weather 2-week, but the last day was relatively nice and I took a stroll around my place in Tokyo and found a very nice, although tiny, garden adjacent to an art museum nearby. It is in the middle of Tokyo and surrounded by busy street and elevated Metropolitan Highway – but you would forget it is as it is so calm inside. Very well maintained (of course, because it is not free – you pay $2 admission to enter the garden!) and the Prunus Mume is wonderful at this time. So, I hope my photo can convey the beauty of it. See you next week!

By D700, 17-35 f2.8 @35mm, f3.2, A-mode, 1/125sec, ISO200, used NX2 for some enhancement and cropping.


Greg Kowalczewski – Australia

 Getting the boot! And this all happened because the bird on the left didn’t paint the nest. But these birds are an item so they quickly settled their differences, and best of all – they don’t have to worry about falling off ladders. Taken last year Camera: Nikon D300 Lens: AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Settings: 300 mm, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 560 (Manual, handheld, VR off)


Lil Judd – California

 I’ve been working on my Macros. I used to be pretty OK with them, but had not done any for a while. I happened to share them with a moderator on FM & he was not too impressed. So that got me ticked off & I went to work. Also – with Kyrie’s training every day I can’t leave &go anywhere. So – backyard to the rescue…. OK for my submission for this week….. Hard to choose, in a way I like too many of them….. But after much consideration I decided on the Leaf Footed Bug (yes that’s it’s name) as it’s rather unusual. I decided on this specific shot due to the fact that I like the pose & the pop of the shot. Hope you’ll enjoy…..

This is shot with the D300, Sigma 150mm f/2.8, Kenko 1.4 TC & Kenko 36mm Tube (which I broke today), SB-800 & RayFlash on a tripod. EXIFs are 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, Manual Metering


Week 5 

March 3 2010

Joseph Leotta – New York

 Winter scenes

There’s a reason that I drive 4 hours each way from NY to Vermont about 30 weekends a year.  You know that saying “A picture is worth a 1000 words”, well here is one way over a 1000.  

 Vermont is my favorite place in the whole world.  The scenery is simply gorgeous everywhere and all year long. Fall is the best with the foliage season, winters are spectacular (yea its cold) Summers are heaven on earth with the sweet smells of  nature and cool mountain breezes. Spring has a tough start with what’s known as mud season where the melting snows turn the place into mudville, but then leads into the beautiful soft rebirth that brings every plant, tree, flower and meadow back to life.  Spring is also the time of year that the maple trees thaw out from their winter sleep and produce the sweet sap that is turned into maple syrup. The sweet aroma of all the local sugar houses boiling the sap is everywhere.  I don’t have to go far. This is about 1/2 mile down the road from my house.

 Nikon F5 – 17-35 F2.8 AFS @ 24mm Kodak Portra VC 160


Cees Maas – Holland

 I am an early retired guy (56) based in the south of Holland (The Netherlands). My profession is journalist  (nature,travel,documentary). I didn’t start with a Kodak Box camera at the age of zeven or so, in fact in bought my first camera in June 2009. It was something I always wanted to do. In my working live I travelled al lot with professional photojournalists, learned a lot (especially about looking at things) and I discovered that written words for a feature article are not complete without an image. For me, that is. The power of an image is enormous.

I study hard and follow (art)classes to complete my technics and compositions. My hobby’s are bird watching, fly fishing, baking bread, smoking fish, reading Scandinavian (crime)novels and travel to Scandinavia. I simply love the coasts, landscapes and way of living in Norway, Danmark and Sweden. My ideal is to buy a small house there, and live there with a big Imac, my camera and my rods by my own on a small isle.  

I want to apologize for my bad English; it is not my native language. About the photo: It is a night shot of the mediaeval (14th century) church tower in the Dutch village where I live. Aperture is f/8, exposure is 2,5 sec. Focus is 200 mm, ISO 200.   Regards, Cees


Greg Kowalczewski – Australia

My shot dates back to 2008 not long after I bought my 70-300 mm lens.  I was sitting outside one afternoon after lunch when a visitor dropped by to share leftovers.  Not only did I have my camera handy (but also my tripod).  Set-up quietly and took this shot.  The blue in the spoon is the reflection of my wife’s top as she peered over to see what I was doing.  I observed the wasp long enough to realize it was transporting these crumbs to another destination.  It would come, forage, pick-up a crust, fly out of sight somewhere, be gone for five minutes and then return to repeat this routine, many times over.  It did amaze me that the wasp “knew” how to keep coming back to the same spot.  This is my “most macro shot” of anything.  A different world for sure.


Lil Judd  – California

 OK so I’m still working on my Macros. I’m still trying to decide which method I want to work with. There are so many ways to achieve macros. I have dedicated macro lenses, but this week’s shot is shot with a method called Reverse Lens macro. The lens is mounted with a special Macro Adapter Ring made by Nikon. I can mount any 52mm lens to the this adapter by using the front threads. It simply screws on.

 I’ve been working with my two 50mm lenses. The 50mm f/1.4 AF-D & the 50mm f/1.2 AiS. Interestingly the f/1.2 has greater magnification than the f/1.4 – don’t ask me to explain that one because I can’t. Focus is set by putting the lens at Infinity & I try to focus wide open or around f/2.8– then I try to fast move the f/stop to f/16 without losing focus. I stop breathing when I shoot these. 😉 Don’t ask me what my dof is because it’s so minimal I don’t even want to think about it. That’s why I shoot at f/16. For this I use the onboard flash with a diffuser created out of a flat side from a plastic milk jug threaded upon the lens. I hand hold the camera needless to say. I’m on the ground crawling moving mm by mm to get to the correct location & focus. That is at about 2 inches from the subject. It’s hard work but I’m enjoying it. I’ve just gotten a 24mm f/2.8 AF-D with which I would have to be within 1 inch of my subject. I don’t know if I can pull that one off, but I’m going to try. And I have today on eBay bought a 35-70mm AF F/3.3-4.5 which I can use it in reverse as well. We’ll see how that fits me. I got it for $ 18.50 + shipping from Canada. If it’s broke it’s no biggie as I’m getting it for next to nothing & it really doesn’t matter if the AF doesn’t work as I won’t be able to use it anyhow. Next I’m getting a 55mm Macro as it may give me even better magnification. I can even use AiS or Non Ai for this as they’re mounted backwards. J The great thing with doing it this way is that I don’t need a tripod & it’s easier to sneak up on them without all the hoopla attached to the camera. What I like is the challenge I guess…. 

 So my EXIFs are…..  D300, 50mm f/1.4 reversed, f/16, 1/80, Aperture mode, -0.3 EV, Matrix metering, ISO 640


Ken Yamamoto – New York    

Those who came on board this week, welcome!  I am confident that I am the most novice here and am looking forward to learning a lot from all of you.

It was a dark weekend and I wondered which one to post.  With a bit of play on NX2, I have decided to post this one.  I know this is a bit dull scene, but looking up, the branches are somewhat artistic and the darkness matches well with the pattern of the branches.  This is Bryant Park – where we can enjoy the lawn and chairs/tables, but all were closed and not permitted to enter the lawn which was completely covered by the snow.  Any comment, suggestions on technique/composition are welcome.     Ken
D700, 17-35mm @26mm, ISO200, f/8, 1/320sec, no crop.



Per-Christian Nilssen – Norway 

 Another wintershot from me this week.  We spent some days in the mountains at the company cottage.  The weather was not too good, so we did not get so many ski trips.  One one of the trips, I saw this little tree that was fighting the snow.  I might call the image “Solitude” or “Stamina”? Shot with my D300 and Sigma 50-150 @65mm, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec @ f7,1

 And some words about myself:  49 years young, and living in Norway, in the small city of Sarpsborg,just outside the capitol of  Oslo.  I am married and have a daughter.  I started photography very, very young.  My father says that I was about 3-4 years old…..  Actually, the story is:  My father was a keen amateur photographer, taking lots of pictures.  When he was out photographing, I joined him, and was “taking pictures” with his handheld light meter.  Eventually, he lost interest, and so did I.  I rediscovered the joys of picture taking when I was about 16, and had a period of about 5 years, before this hobby had to make place for my studies.  I am a Master of Science in Business, and am now employed as “Director of Training and Education” at BDO, one of the largest accountancy/consultant companies in Norway.  After I left business school, I could take up my hobby again, and since I started to take digital images, about 10 years ago, my photo interest has rocketed sky high.  I take a lot of pictures of about everything, both nature/landscapes and family album shots, but since my daughter started dance competitions, I have made a lot of effort to record her progress, as well as selling images to the dance moms of the other dancers.  (Does that make me a pro, now?  😉  )

 I am still a member of Nikonians.org 


Jeannean R – Texas

 Dealing with shadows, bright light, and a white blossom are always challenges, but I was fairly pleased with this weeks contribution, even though the front petal highlights were slightly blown in spots due to me forgetting to change ISO when it got to be sunny. (I was able to recover most in NX2, so that’s another reason to use that software). I tried diffusing the light from my SB600 with tissue wrapped around the LumiQuest softbox. It worked well on the bee, but I still need to figure out how to keep from blowing whites, while allowing enough light on the bee (or whatever the subject is). I read to take an underexposed photo, along with a properly exposed photo, and merge the two. Only problem with that is the bee has to stay perfectly still, and so far, they aren’t taking direction from me. 😉  Anyway, here’s another bee on an orange blossom (plenty of subjects right now). Taken with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm macro/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter/SB600 diffused at 1/200, f11, ISO 200. To see a larger version, click on “Dim the Lights” tab on the left side of the photo:



 Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Australia

I have been cheating this week a little, as my son has been very sick for the past few days and I had no chance to photograph anything. This photo has been taken in my studio, Indigo (the girl on the photo) is wonderful at posing, you wouldn’t know she is only 13. 

Now a little about myself. I come from Czech Republic, I lived in London for 6 years, where I’ve met my husband Tim, we moved to Australia 5 years ago and had our son Sebastian here. I have struggled with the move greatly and being from Eastern Europe, where we are very close to our families, I found myself feeling very lonely and homesick. That’s when photography bug kicked in, and even I don’t like to admit this to everybody, I will write it here, I have started to photograph at the end of 2008, but I completely immersed myself in it and practiced and practiced, and took private tuitions with a wonderful photographer from Brisbane, I went on photography course, where I’ve met my friend Grant Tanner (you might know him from Nikon Wednesday) and with Grant we went on many photography outings and practiced together. The professional photographer, I had tuitions with, suggested, that I start photography as a business, that I am doing well. So I did, I upgraded my D60 with 2 kit lenses to D700 and 3 wonderful lenses and suddenly, out of the blue the jobs started coming my way. I am well and truly over my “lonely mother at home” feeling, all thanks to my love of photography. The feeling of being worthless, as I had no salary, no recognition for years, is gone now and I love being able to tell people about my venture. I owe my happiness to my son and to photography. 

 I look forward to all your photos. I feel privileged to be part of the group of excellent photographers, it is an honour. Thank you to all of you for such warm welcome. Thank you Joe for organizing this showcase of talents.   


Gel Jones – Kauai, Hawaii

 Thank you for the invitation!

It’s been a cold and not so nice week.  I’m sending you a picture I took in September when it was warm and beautiful. Forty years before the word cowboy came into existence in the United States, native Hawaiians, tutored by Vaqueros from Mexico and Spain, were riding and roping pipi ahiu on the Island of Hawai’i. As Kumu Hula John Lake so aptly put it in his narration of Edgy Lee’s film “Paniolo O Hawaii”, “In Hawaii, the Indians were the Cowboys.”http://www.knudsentrust.org/wellington-ranch2.html    While riding around Kauai I spotted this on top of the gate to the Rocking W Ranch.  Later I Googled the Rocking W Ranch and what showed up was a picture of the entrance before the artwork was added.  It’s been there for a number of years.  Time and the elements have taken a toll on the artwork but I think it still looks pretty good with the clouds and blue sky behind it.

Gej Jones



Peggy Grissom – Mississippi 

I am very much a beginner at photography. I had a Kodak Z7590 that I got in 2005 as my first digital camera. It took awhile to actually delete a bad photo, but once I realized how wonderful it was to be able to do so, and to preview immediately, I fell in love. Then I began to wish I could zoom farther for grandkids ballgames, and just to catch those grandkids quicker, and I began to think of a dslr. I bought a Nikon D5000 in November 2009 with two kit lens. I have really been struggling with it. When I go out to take a picture, I just can’t seem to ever know which settings to start with for whatever the current lighting conditions. I still have some problems with focus, also. My photos always seem to be overexposed or underexposed. Hopefully, I’m making a little progress, but I have seriously thought that maybe I should go back to a point and shoot. Anyway, I strictly take photographs for my own enjoyment. My camera is for grandkids, birthday parties, vacation, and my own enjoyment. These were the first visiting geese I’ve been able to see this winter. If my dog had stayed at home, I might could have taken some photos while they were still swimming  Thanks


Roberta Davidson – Louisiana

 Well, I’m still playing with water.   Tried working with different color reflections in the drops.    This effect was done with colored tissue paper and purple dye in the drops.

 Nikon D300  60mm micro  ISO 200 f /4.0 Shutter 1/250   SB 600 off camera



Week 6 

March 10 2010

Joseph Leotta – New York

Ice Covered Trees

There are things worst than snow storms in the winter. The Ice storm is about the meanest thing that Mother Nature can throw at you. When it’s just a little to warm for snow and too cold for rain, you get freezing rain. Everything gets coated with a thick layer of ice very quickly. Very slippery ice, very heavy ice. It’s impossible to walk. Forget about trying to move a car. As the storm continues, the ice builds up on trees. The most storm damage I’ve ever seen is when large numbers of trees and tree limbs come crashing down under the weight of the ice. Last year it took a whole week to clear the roads.  This was a mild ice storm 2 weeks ago.

 Nikon F3hp – 50mm f1.4 Ais – Agfa Vista 100 film



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Shot from the Larkspur commuter ferry out of San Francisco.

Canon EOS 7D, 85mm 1.8 lens. ISO 200, 1/1000, f/18 into the setting sun making the clouds spectacular over the Golden Gate


Frank Viergever – The Netherlands

 The photograph was taken on foggy February 6th 2010 in Vlissingen, my hometown in the south-west part of The Netherlands at the river Scheldt.. 
Vlissingen used to be of some importance. 
Until recently, a large shipyard was situated in the middle of the city, the Royal Schelde. 
Although they built all kinds of ships, it was in fact a large naval shipyard, where (large) warships were built. 
The shipyard has moved to the industrial area in Vlissingen-East and is taken over by Damen Shipyards. Now they build yachts. Yes, the very large ones…. 
The city has bought the old shipyard terrain and will build houses in the future. 
Anyway, some old buildings are still standing and one of them is this Machine factory. 
 some facts: Nikon D2X, 17-55mm/F2.8 @ 34mm 
ISO 200, 1/350, F9 
 Best, and greetings to all, Frank Viergever


Ken Yamamoto – New York    

 I was a bit lazy this weekend – perhaps this was the last jet-lag plagued days, hopefully.  So, while I was going to get up early before sunrise, the clock told me it was 12:30 when I woke up Saturday.  Same thing on Sunday.  It was 10:30 today…  I took bunch of watch photos indoor – the ones that I acquired most recently and the one that just finished servicing and polishing from the manufacturer.
When I was almost done with the day’s work, I could see nice sunset from the window, with several impressive contrail or vapor trails – looking toward  Newark airport direction.  Like I said, I am so lazy and took this from inside the apartment (see a bit of ghost under the setting sun?).

D700, 85mm 1.4, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 200, full manual mode.  I tried to enhance and re-produce the color that thought I saw, with the help of NX2 (thanks Lil for tutoring!), but not sure how it looks to others.  I wonder if it looks a bit too artificial to your eyes.  Next week, I will be a bit more active with camera.  Have a great week.  Hope you feel better, Joe.  Ken


Gej Jones – East Lancing

his week I traveled to Fort Morgan, Alabama.  Arriving much later than was practical, I had about 45 minutes to view the Fort and take my shots before the fort closed.  The sun was far to the West when this picture was taken.  I attempted to take a number of shots in the casement area.  I hope you like the results.

Casements are arched rooms that were designed to protect gun positions.  As it turned out, the casements were used to house troops and for storage.  They also provided shelter from bombardment.  

 The Battle of Mobile Bay – the following was taken from the pamphlet handed out at the information center.

At dawn on August 5, 1864, an 18-ship Union fleet commanded by Admiral D. G.  Farragut steamed toward Fort Morgan and the entrance to Mobile Bay. The Confederate defenders of the fort opened fire.  At 7:30 AM, as cannon fire reached a crescendo, the leading Union monitor, the Tecumseh, struck a mine (known as a torpedo during the Civil War) and sank within a minute taking most of the crew down with her.  This sudden disaster threw the Union fleet into confusion causing them to hesitate under the guns of Fort Morgan.  At this critical moment, Farragut gave his famous order, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” which led the remaining vessels past the fort, through the minefield, and into Mobile Bay.


Greg Kowalczewski – Australia

Hi everyone and a special welcome to all the new members.  Sorry for the absence of commentary this week.  I was one of the victims affected by the worst rain/hail storm to hit Melbourne in forty years (Per-Christian – when I suggested you “get out of the cold and come to Australia” – I meant after the storm).  I suffered some damage to my computer system.  Had to replace my 17” LG Flatron 795 FT Plus CRT Monitor with a BenQ 24” V2400 eco LCD monitor.  My computer system was forcibly shut down and I have been off-line since late afternoon Saturday.  I am now back online, but have to iron out some software glitches that have occurred. Water damage to other components (such as printers/scanners) will be assessed once they have had a proper time to dry.  I will try to catch up with the remarks during this week.  I look forward to this week’s contributions and hope that you all had a great weekend.  I shot cricket on Saturday morning (before the rain came).

 The image I have chosen for this week is one of experimentation.  The self imposed challenge was to shoot my dog (Buddy) in natural light without blowing out the white and at the same time “seeing colour” in his eyes – I almost succeeded.  If I had blocked some light on the right (Buddy’s left) this shot may have worked better.  I specifically chose the D200 for this over my D300 because the colour that its sensor produces is different (more appealing to my eyes for this type of shot).  The lens was spot focussed on the pupil.  The colours are “a bit thin” but the final rendition does reflect reality on my monitor, (heavens only knows what it will look like on others).  The sharp focus on Buddy’s left foot means that my plane of focus was aligned with the eye – this was purely coincidental, but made me realize that you can achieve this sort of effect at f/1.4 by aligning the lens in this way.  It was my intention to partially blur other parts of Buddy’s body with a shallow DOF so that all attention would directed to his head.        Regards  Greg

Nikon D200 with AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G at f/1.4, 1/500s, ISO 125, spot, hand held, no flash


Roberta Davidson – Louisiana  

Still trying the water drops .   Trying to capture the flower in the drop challenging for me to say the least!I tried the red daisy and a yellow daffodil .   You can see the results on Zenfolio  if you are interested :

http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p619411175Could not figure out how to get a marble to stay on my back board.  Tape and glue did not work.  I do want to figure out how to do with a  marble, as it should be interesting.  The SB600 is also new for me as I have only been using it since I started doing the water drops.  Flash intimidates me – synch speed, on camera/ off camera, etc. :)Something else I need to practice  and get more comfortable with.    The  list of things I need to learn keeps growing !!   The more I learn, the less I know.

 D300   Manual setting  60mm micro lens   f/8  shutter 1/250   SB600 off cameraproved to be quite



Peggy Grissom – Mississippi 

 Thank you to everyone who had a comment on my first submitted photo last week. Thank you, Joe, for helping me so much.    Roberta, Jeannean, Jana, Lil Judd………..I was thrilled. I know there’s much wrong with picture, and I would appreciate knowing what I should have done. I pass this barn every day going to work, it is right on the side of the highway. I’ve been wanting to take a photo with no leaves on the tree all winter..so I stopped Friday afternoon and did it, ’cause I think we might soon see trees budding out. Yeah! Actually, my maple in the back yard does have small buds.  It was taken with a Nikon D5000 with the 18-55 kit lens @ 55m 
Focus mode AF-A  AF area mode – dynamic 
F/5.6  1/800s   manual   -0.3EV  matrix metering  ISO 200 
Hope everyone had a great week


 Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Australia 

Hello Everybody, what an exciting week it has been seeing all of your images. I don’t know much about Zenfolio, but you all seem to be adding your photos to that website. Is that better, than photo.net? Thank you all, who commented on my photo last week for your wonderful comments, you have added me a lot of confidence and I am very grateful for that.  I tried to be proactive over the weekend and I wanted to photograph some still life in my studio, but the photos weren’t any good, so I deleted everything and went to the garden instead and photographed my beloved Bird of Paradise flowering. I have tried all sorts of angles with this flower, I even laid down on the hard stones of the pathway next to the plant and tried to photograph it from below with the sky showing (I thought of all the macro photographers doing that every time, they spot an interesting subject and I appreciate your work even more now, all of you out there :-))), but the simplest shot came out the best, so here it is. 

Have a very nice week and I will no doubt be in touch with most of you during the week. I look forward to seeing your images.  Jana



Jeannean R – Texas

 I’ve been seeing a few butterflies here and there, and managed to catch this Bordered Patch drying off on a leaf in the grass after a brief shower Saturday morning. I’m trying to work on my lighting, and still have a lot of experimenting to do, but this is will have to do for this week. Shot with my D90/Sigma 150 @ 1/180, f8, ISO 400. Bordered Patch butterfly:


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Australia

 I am sending a photo of what many of you will think is a bike part but in actual fact it was a part of a fence I found in Adelaide while there on a conference last week. The fence was very interesting and as you can probably guess it was made up completely of bicycles. Very unusual. It was in the heart of the city on the banks of the river and surrounded a stage for a music festival they are having at the moment. I am not sure whether it is a permanent structure but it was very well put together and stood 2 bikes high, with bikes in all different positions. I have another conference in Adelaide at the end of March and will be checking to see if the fence is still there. About myself. I am 48 years old, worked for Shell Oil Company for 14 years after leaving school and then left to join my father’s hardware and building supply company where I have been for 16 years now. I am also the director and part owner of a fastener company. I live in Brisbane Australia; have a wife and 3 children. My hobbies are photography and coin collecting. I am a keen sports lover and play darts these days but also have played cricket, squash, tennis, soccer. This is why I enjoyed Greg’s cricket photos of his son’s cricket team. I had loved looking at photography magazines for years and decided in November 2008 that the time was right to buy a DSLR and in February 2009 I went to a photography course where I met Jana Hughes as she has mentioned. We became instant friends and pushed each other along at photography. At this stage I have not decided what type of photography appeals to me the most but am trying to learn more all the time until I decide.


Lil Judd  – California

 OK in waiting for the Vet to come out today in the blustery weather I happened upon this week’s entry. I was going to use something else – but getting to know this little guy or gal, this has to be it…I’m still working on my Reversed Macros so…. Meet Mr. Stink Bug – Reversed Macro.

 Shot with the D300, 14bit, with the 50mm f/1.2 AiS mounted as a Reversed Lens, this is yet again a Reversed Lens Macro. EXIFs are ISO 400 A mode, f/16, 1/125s  -0.3 EV  On Board Flash I hope you’ll enjoy…Lil 


Special Bonus photo – The Oscar       Ken Papai

 Shot on the Golden Gate Ferry, 6:35 AM run from Larkspur to S.F., 3/8/2010. Ferry boat deckhand “Carl” holding his partner’s father’s Oscar from 1950 – Best Animated Short.

Canon EOS 7D, 16-35 2.8L lens at 23mm, ISO 1600, Av (aperture priority) move, 1/25 at f/4.


Week 7

March 17 2010


Joseph Leotta – New York

Pine Trees and Snow

Continuing with winter photos, here’s one I took when taking a walk after a snow fall.  You just have to get out and see what Mother Nature can do with snow. Late in the day as the winter sun is beginning to set, you get spectacular shadows and soft colors. The snow is a soft white blanket covering everything with fluffy knee deep power that really transforms the landscape into winter wonderland.  I would not trade winter or anything. Yea it’s a battle, but one worth fighting. Took this one just a while ago on film & threw in a little lens flair from the low sun.

Nikon F2,  50mm 1.4 Nikkor S MF. Agfa Vista 100


Cees Maas – Holland

  According to (a very old) law, ships in Holland, how big or small they may be, have always precedence over cars and other traffic. So it happens regularly that, say, 60 cars have to wait ten minutes for the passing through of a single small sailing boat.In this case it was a giant sea-ship  I was waiting for. In a little town called Terneuzen. Photospecs: ISO 200 – f/8 at 1/160


Ken Yamamoto – New York  

It’s been a nasty weekend over here and I tried to shoot outside but didn’t have enough rain gear for cameras and was still concerned about the strange fever I had last week.  So, I decided to go to a museum early in the morning (before all the tourists crowd in).  I intentionally grabbed 85mm to do much portrait and 24mm PC to take architecture stuff in the museum.  
About this photo: The composition may not be so great but this one was one of the most interesting I took over the weekend.  The room was so dark with some spotlight onto those statues and I thought I would do portraiting those guys.  There is one statue in the center (I don’t know what to call it – the sitting Buddha, probably) and there are two “Guards” on each side and I took the right “Guard” with shallow DOF with “Buddha” background.  Of course, Buddha is the center figure, but the Guard had a nice, in fact frightening look which I though was more worth taking while Buddha is always calm with little expression…  I uploaded larger version and other museum photos, nasty sky from the window, and some close-up practice on my Zenfolio (http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/f457573926).  As always, any comment, critique are welcome.  Thank you!

D700, 85mm, @f/1.8, 1/125s, ISO AUTO (5600) – no flash, handheld.


 Filip Lucin – Croatia

Let me start by short introduction. I’m in this photo game for about 6 years, but only three years actively. 
My favorites are landscapes and cityscapes.I’m shooting mostly with digital (Nikon D80), but I do shoot 
negatives and slides both in 35mm and MF. I also play with pinhole cameras. 🙂 I hope this will be beginning 
of a friendship with people all over the world. I live in small town in northern Croatia called Cakovec.  
Now, about my photo.I’ve named it “Sunrise over Drava river”. 
It’s a HDR created from 6 photos. Equipment was Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@11mm, f11, exposures were 3, 1.6, 1/1.3, 1/4 1/8 and 1/15 seconds. 
I did played with it in Capture NX as well. It was shot last Sunday at 06:30 AM. I usually don’t get up so early on weekends, but I was invited by friends 
and I thought it would be nice to change time of day that I usually take photos. (Day and evening) 🙂 

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

Settings:       300 mm, 1/640 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 110 (Manual, hand held, VR off)


Greg Kowalczewski – Australia

 This shot is of a Blue Winged Kookaburra that was kind enough to visit my house during a moment of golden sun.  These birds are territorial and native to Australia.  Some can grow to 17 inches in length.  They eat small reptiles (including snakes) and mice.  I was really happy when I discovered I still had this image.

Camera:       Nikon D200 Lens:  AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

This simple tug going to work is one I really like — shot earlier this month of March.
Canon EOS 7D, 85mm 1.8 at 1/500, f/14, ISO 200.  San Francisco Bay.
Thanks, Ken Papai


 Per-Christian Nilssen – Norway

 Joe wanted our best pieces of art this week.  My contribution this week is maybe not art, but is depicting my greatest piece of art ever created: my daughter!! 😉   (A very proud father, some of you know).  In preparation for the confirmation, the youths were making their own Service, consisting of song, Gospel readings, and dance.  My daughter is the one in the middle, dancing the lead role in a dance, where the tree (she) is attacted by pollutants (the girls in black clothes), but Hope and life always wins in the battle…

 The image is taken under harsh conditions, with low, bad lighting.  D300, Sigma 50-150,  1/250 @ f3.2, I think.  With this I was also testing the post processing in Lightroom, much more to be done with the image, but I wanted to bring the image to you fast.  Thank you for all “safe travel”-greetings last week.  I have also been a bad boy, not commenting your photos the last 2 weeks.  Sorry!  I want to do this, but available time has not been on my side this winter…  I’ll try to shape up.  🙂  Anyhow, they were all fantastic.  I am so happy that this group is alive and well, and gaining new members all the time.  Thank you guys!



Roberta Davidson – Louisiana  

I know all that you all  in the Northeast have been inundated with snow and now  rain, so I hope you all are okay.  You and Greg may not appreciate water right now.   However, I can’t get away from the water or so it seems. While it is can be quite destructive, it can be quite beautiful.  I am learning what an amazing thing water is , how it moves and reflects or rather refracts  all that is around it. Astonishing to me that a droplet no bigger than the head of a pin, can project the entire image of an item so much larger.  I hope you can see the tiny drops at the top and bottom of the blades of grass.  So many beautiful things around us and photography is giving me the opportunity to discover them.

 D 300 60mm  f/9 shutter 125  ISO 400


 Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Australia

 This is a photo of Docklands in Melbourne Australia. The stadium to the left hand side is Etihad Stadium and Greg may be able to correct me if I am wrong but I believe the Stadium roof was damaged in the storm that also affected Greg last week. I had just put away my camera to have a cup of coffee at a nearby restaurant when the light changed, so I quickly got the camera back out and shot this scene hand held. It was shot with a D90 and Tokina 11-16mm lens at 12mm F11 and 1/80 sec.

 Regards, Grant  



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Australia 

 Hello My Wednesday Friends, 

Thank you all, who commented on my photo last week, your comments made my week much, much brighter. Thank you.  My contribution this week is my little boy Sebastian, I took this photo last year, when I tried to use a light in photography, it was just a diffused desk lamp. This photo is pretty much a fluke, really :-)))) I took it with my old D60 with 85mm f/1.8, I had the lens only few days back then and I was experimenting with the DOF. It isn’t an ideal portrait (from the technical point of view) but I think it somehow works. Unfortunately I have the raw file on my other computer, so I can’t find out the shutter speed and the aperture for this one right now, unless there is another way to find that out? Help me, please. I only check the raw file information, I don’t know any other way, how to get the particular data about my photos. Thank you. 

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



Jeannean R – Texas 

I couldn’t decide what to post this week so asked a few people. No one picked the same photo, so since they all seemed to like the “Morning Dew at Sunrise” flower shot, I’ll submit that one. It’s a tiny daisy type wildflower popping up everywhere around here about the size of a quarter when fully open. The bugs like it. 🙂  Technical specs: Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm macro w/1.4x teleconverter/natural light/handheld @ 1/180, f/8, ISO 320, 210mm focal length. JPEG straight out of the camera. It looked “just right” to me, so didn’t feel the need to process the RAW file. 

The other bug pics I took can be seen here:
 http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h9e17817#h9e17817 (#2-16 )

I was partial to the baby grasshopper photos myself because it’s different than most grasshoppers, and was a real newbie. It had a bit of trouble figuring out how to hop off the flower. It would sway back and forth a bit and then jump…as if it had to get up the courage. It was fun to watch the little guy. I hope they reflect a bit more work on my lighting efforts. I’m still trying to master that, but most likely, it will always be a bit of a struggle.
I’m going to be in Central Texas where the wildflowers are at their best, and hopefully, will have some bluebonnet photos for Peggy next week. Lady Bird did well with her “Beautify Texas” campaign. We reap the rewards each spring with abundant colors all along the highways and fields. I only hope I can capture just a bit of the beauty. I’m not a landscape photographer as you all well know. 🙂



Gej Jones – East Lansing, Michigan

Good morning, good afternoon and good night to everyone ~ Thank you to everyone for making Wednesday so special both here and on PN.  We do have fun!  And, thank you for the many kind words and encouragement. I tried something completely new last night and I’m submitting it to you today.  After ten in the evening I went over to the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama and tried to photograph their Ferris Wheel. The Ferris Wheel was created by Italy’s Technical Park.  The wheel’s design, which was inspired by The Wharf and the surrounding waterways, includes a wood-grained ships wheel and is bordered by thousands of clear lights. The first thing I realized was that it had ceased to be turning.  So much for the ‘bands of lights’.  I had to practice the timing of the lights.  Anticipating all of the lights coming on at the same moment was frustrating and fun.  I was also using a tripod and self-timer so not only did I have to anticipate all of the lights being on, I also had to press the release five seconds before that perfect moment.  It really was fun.  I hope you like the results.


Lil Judd  – California

I have nothing special to offer this week. At least that’s how I feel about it. This is just an emotional entry. My best friend Carol & I decided to go & see if we could find snow for our pups to play in. We drove one hour north of Los Angeles to an area called Frazier Park with Mount Pinos & yes we found some snow for our pups to play in.

 My favorite shots are one of Kyrie sitting proudly in the snow & the other is one of Kyrie & I, taken by my best friend. So I’ve simply just taken one of my failed landscapes to share this week. Why failed….  Well I’m not much of a landscape photographer & there’s simply no way I can show how beautiful it was up there. It is so majestic & beautiful no photograph I can take will ever do it justice.  This is chosen because as much as I’ve become a Los Angeles person, I love to visit with snow –especially on sunny days like this. It’s just a nostalgic thing with this one.  So – take it for what it is….

D700, 24-70mm f/2.8, no filters nor gadgets… Just some pp in NX2. EXIFs are ISO 200, 1/640s, f/11, Matrix metering, -1.0 E>V. at 24mm. Reason for high –EV, my D700 just blows highlights like there’s no tomorrow…..


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Jim has been on the distribution list and receiving the photo of the week email since the beginning. Jim is a avid photographer who in the past worked for a pro studio for a while. The Wednesday email has gotten his photographic juices flowing. Perhaps with a little encouragement, Jim can be talked into becoming a weekly member.

Nikon Coolpix 5100 f/6.1


 Special Bonus photo – Roberta Davidson

Shamrock water drop

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

 I thought it would be fun to try and capture an image for you all for this day.   

  An Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!



Special Bonus photo – Gej Jones

 On Friday I ventured out to Alligator Alley.  It’s a preserve dedicated to alligators who have be captured rather than shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I was glad there was a barrier between me and the 200+ alligators.   Feeding time was like Pavlov’s Dogs.  Banging on a cooler brought them in.  This guy was eyeing me and he was hungry.  Probably 10 feet long and

weighing in at 600 lbs.



week 8

March 24 2010


Joseph Leotta – New York

 End of winter at the Beach

 Winter is winding down quickly. It was the nicest weekend of the year so far in NY.I took a short ride to Orchard beach here in the Bronx. Really the 1st photo outing in 2 weeks because of this lousy cold I still have.  This is a funny time of year, most people are as happy as can be that spring is just about here and winter’s ending. But in my house, winter rules.  It comes from loving skiing and winter sports. The kids live to snowboard. 2 of them are instructors at Mount Snow. We use the house in Vermont a lot more in winter. I’ll get into spring and summer; just could use just a bit more Winter.

 Nikon D300   AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED at 90 mm

Program AE, 1/250 sec, f/13, ISO 640


Ken Yamamoto – New York  

It was a gorgeous weekend, like heaven and hell difference from the last weekend whereby many of my colleagues had to endure no electricity for several days and/or re-locate to the hotel temporarily.  One of the guys, who is sitting next to me, suffered a major blow when the biggest tree in his front yard just fell all of the sudden to the street side, fell on and literally smashed the two cars parked in front of his house – belonging to his friends who happened to have visited him, AND knocked out three of the power poles and therefore the power lines.  When he finally came to the office, he was on the phone with insurance agent almost all day….  Oh well, life is tough sometime…  But, you know, it could have been worse, a lot worse.  The good news is that no one was hurt.  If 10 minutes before, some of the friends may have been in the car….

Now the photo.  So, it was a wonderful Saturday.  I was going to wake up very early and go to Brooklyn side (the East side of Manhattan) to take the Manhattan buildings with red sunrise light.  But I couldn’t wake up early enough and decided to go to the Central Park instead.  It was really warm and almost sweaty – apparently the same for the dogs.  There were several more good photos, but this one shows, I think, how much fun the dogs are having.  Look at the spiral of the splash made by his tale!  Spring has come!  The larger version as well as other new photos are up on my Zenfolio (http://khokugo.zenfolio.com)

D700, AF 80-200 f/2.8D @200mm, f/5.0 (A-mode), 1/500sec, ISO 320 (Auto).  Recovered shadow area of the dog in front by NX2, and a little crop and unsharp masking as well.   By the way, with this 80-200 lens, most of the photos @200mm are unimpressive in terms of crispness/ sharpness even at f/5 or smaller while 150mm or 80mm are pretty good.  This one applied unsharp mask and looks okay.  Maybe the cause is behind the camera, not the glass 🙂


Peggy Grissom – Mississippi 

 Late Thursday afternoon my husband and I took two of our grandchildren down to the lake at our house to fish for awhile.  Was taking photos of him helping the littlest one fish, and the cloud reflections showed up really nice in those.  So I just turned around and took this one.  I kept coming back to this one, but was a little unsure if everyone could tell what it was.  But I like the pink and blue colors in it.  So with a little encouragement and adjustment help from Roberta, I’m sending it!  As always, let me know what I “should have done.”


Roberta Davidson – Louisiana  

 Hi Everyone!   Another week gone by and hope it was a good one with lots of photo opportunities for you. Sorry, but another water shot this week from me.   I will take pictures of other things, I promise. The company I work for asked if I can capture our logo in a drop for use in our magazine.  A  round object is a lot easier than many other shapes and letters,  so it is a challenge. After tackling our logo for about one hour, I needed something soothing. This gorgeous yellow  and orange daisy with it’s vibrant, happy color was just the subject I needed.


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia 

Greetings from Croatia to all around the world! 
I didn’t take photograph too much last week, so I’m sending photo I made the same day as my last week entry. 
Composition is a little different from what I would usually do. What do you think? 
About photo, technical details are: 
NIKON D80, 1/60 seconds, f9, ISO 100, sigma 10-20@10mm. 
And of course, thank you all for comments on my and as well on other photographs, I’m eager to see what 
you all have been cooking! 😉 
— Pozdrav, Filip. 


Bogdan Nicolescu – Romania

 I am back on line now and here is my first contribution to your initiative. I took this shot in a flea market using a Holga camera and a Lomo B&W film. My location is Romania as you might already know.



Greg Kowalczewski – Australia

 The “Death Rattle”!  Once you here that sound … you do what Johnny Walker does … you just keep walking.  Cricket is now officially over in Australia (unless, of course, you play indoor cricket).

 Camera:       Nikon D300  Lens:           AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED plus TC-14EII  Settings:       250 mm, 1/1603 sec, f/4.0 and ISO 200 (Manual, tripod, VR off)



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Australia 

 Hello My Wednesday Friends,Thank you to all of you, who commented on my photo last week.   Gej, glad your camera is OK after the drop, that must be a great relief. I haven’t got a similar story to share as yet, touch wood, but I am sure sooner or later something like that will happen to me. Let’s hope I am as lucky, as you were. 

My submission this week is of my husband’s precious car, 1962 Jaguar E-type (Series I; 3.8l; straight 6, for all the car enthusiasts out there :-))). As I was photographing it, here and there and from the front and from the back, inside and out, I’ve noticed the reflection in the mirror and concentrated on that. Now, there isn’t much of the car visible, but the reflection is nice :-))) 

Shot with Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8@ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/1000sHave a lovely week and I look forward to seeing all your photos. Jana



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Australia

 Hi guys. I am sorry i have not responded to your photos from last week and i may not be able to this week either as i will be out of town until Sunday.
This photo was taken from the Scenic Emerald riverboat near Durnstein. No special story to it. I just liked this castle as it was different to most others we had seen between Amsterdam and Budapest. It was shot with D90 Tamron 17-50mm lens at 50mm F11 1/320sec. Hand held



Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Southold, Long Island, New York.

View from Horton’s Point Lighthouse.

Canon EOS 20D, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 100, 105mm.

 Sunset from the bluffs overlooking Long Island Sound. One of those days where you can tell something spectacular will happen. Waited about 30 minutes or so, shooting rate about 2 per minute. I didn’t have to look at them all to know this was ‘the one’. No post production.  For myself I find that composition and perspective are important elements. I try not to do too much post but won’t hesitate if it’s needed. I am attracted to architecture, nature and story.  I am enjoying the great photos and reading the commentary. I try to take something away from everyone so will refrain from ‘critiquing’, there is just so much good work being shown. I will say Roberta, I am especially attracted to your work. I would love to hear more about your technique. I can tell that there is serious work involved in preparation and setup. These are not ‘opportunity’ photos and the results speak for themselves. (Would a drop or two of super glue do to hold the marble?).

Regards, Jim



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Flower Photo – Canon EOS 7D, 85mm 1.8 lens at f/2.2, 1/3200, ISO 100 – sunny day in my front yard. The last week not the most scintillating for me, photographically speaking. I’ve a brand new home office PC box: a quadcore Intel i5/i7 8GB running Windows 7 64-bit and Photoshop (CS4) 64-bit with 3 drives totaling 2TB storage. This coming weekend I’ll be more out & about for some photos and less with the computer.   -Ken Papai


Jeannean R – Texas 

 This one’s for Peggy. 🙂 Another reason I love Spring so much is all the wildflowers are blooming, and especially the bluebonnets (the Texas state flower), from March to early May. I wish I was a better landscape photographer and could capture the incredible beauty of fields of them, but I’m not, so settled for this one to submit. (D90/Sigma 150mm @ 1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 400, natural light) I also took a photo of a beautiful field of them with yellow daisies on my drive home (Hwy 80 between Kenedy and Three Rivers, TX). It’s not very good, but at least you get an idea of some of the beautiful roadside attractions blooming right now. If you care to see it, it’s in my Zenfolio:




Gej Jones – East Lansing, Michigan 

 It started out as a first-time exciting trip to New Orleans.  We were traveling to visit our youngest and her husband.  They were attending a wedding in the French Quarter.  As you remember, I dropped my D90 while getting stuff out of the car.  Never did take any pictures of the French Quarter because of the drop and it started to rain.  I’ve been corresponding with Lil and she has convinced me that all is well.  Lil, Thank You for helping me through the time of worry and high anxiety.  Long story – shortened.  We got back to Alabama to no heat in the house.  The furnace people sent a guy on his first ‘alone’ service call and he installed the blower motor backwards.  No heat for another 24 hours.  As of this morning, an EXPERIENCED technician fixed everything and we now have heat.  Yahoo! My shot this week is OLD.  It dates back to 2007 when I tried something for the first time in Milano, Italy at the Hotel Cavor.  Next week I’ll try to have something more recent.  Thanks again Joe for putting this together!


Per-Christian Nilssen – Norway

 Here is my image this week.  This picture is taken during a dance competition in which my daughter competed last Saturday.  The girls compete in 2 disciplines:  Freestyle/Discojazz and Slowdance.  The former is very fast and energydraining, and each heat has a duration of 70 seconds, during which the judges has to decide which girls (often 5 or 6 out of 15 per heat) will go on to next round.  Lots of loud music with heavy beat, so I have started to use ear protection… This image is taken during the “slowdance” discipline, which has a more ballet like pace, but with modern music.  Avaliable light, no flash this time as I wanted to try spot metering instead of matrix mode.  D300, Sigma 50-150mm @ 50mm, ISO 3200, f3,2, 1/250sec, Manual mode with Auto ISO


Alejandro Held –  Buenos Aires, Argentina

San Isidro Cathedral

Every Friday I take part in a Photography Workshop. Our theme now is to picture our hometown  San Isidro (part of North Greater Buenos Aires). We are planning an exhibition for july (if we get a bunch of decent pics) Last week I focus in the Cathedral and specifically on the hanging Christ over the transept. To try to see it from different angles.  This is one of the pics. I will rework this idea with different focals since Christ seems too small in this one to my liking.



Lil Judd  – California 

 Let me start by expressing my apologies for not having commented on everyone’s shots this last week. Not only have I been busy with Taxes, Obedience training of our beloved Kyrie, I’ve also been ill. I have a Thyroid problem which was diagnosed last year which has been good for a year, but has now started up again. I’m going to the doctor tomorrow, but have had to deal with all the symptoms on my own. Anyhow…..  Over all I love what everyone produced. We all need to remember that we all have different “artistic” views/visions & I for one look at my photos almost as my children. If I present a photo – it’s special to me. I know that what I do doesn’t necessarily appeal to all of you –but likewise not everything you produce appeals to me. Please remember to be tactful in comments as they can easily be taken the wrong way.  I was not going to enter anything this week. But the support of my friends made me think twice & then the lovely e-mail for Joe made me think again.  So, I am again posting a Reverse Lens Macro. It is as always shot with the D300 with the 50mm Nikkor f/1.2 AiS coupled to the camera body with the Nikon ring. This is meant to be a tad more“Artistic”. I was going to “bug” you all with another “bug” macro – but you get out of it. 😉  I present a flower instead. This flower was at most 1 inch or about 25mm wide. I played with the WB in NX2 just to create a little more “effect”. My distance to the flower is less than 2 inches or about 5cm for focus & focus is achieved by moving the camera back & forth. I played with the placement of the focus to where I liked it. This is not an easy way to achieve Macros. Not for the fainthearted. But I’m enjoying it.

 D300, 50mm AiS Nikkor, f/16, A mode, 1/160s. ISO 400, On Board flash with diffuser, hand held needless to say. 

Hopefully you will enjoy. Lil J



Special Bonus photo – Joseph Leotta

The Demolition of Yankee Stadium

The most revered ball park in the history of baseball is coming down. The House that Ruth Built also known as The Cathedral days are over. The Yankees moved into their new stadium last year marking the end of this one. 26 World championships were won  by the Yankees there (27 last year was in the new stadium). 3 different Popes said mass there. The football New York Giants played their home games there before Giants Stadium. Some of the biggest boxing matches in history happened there. Major concerts and other events too numerous to mention. MLB baseball gave the stadium a sendoff and tribute by holding the All-star game there in its last year.  It hurts to take these pictures. I remember my first game when I was 6 and went with my father. The best time was in 1976 when I got to spend a game in the dugout and press box to take photos while I was at Lehman College.

Week 9

March 31 2010

 Joseph Leotta – New York

 Nature’s Colors

I’m not playing fair this week. I just could not go out. I needed to stay in to fight this cold and get over it. I had a very good shoot at the Rye Beach Pier back at the end of October. I have several good photos from that afternoon. I keep them handy just for weeks like this when I need a photo. This was one of those situations that all the pieces came together. Right place, right time and right choice of equipment. I love to shoot film as much as digital, but this was one time that I was glad it was digital. The high ISO performance of the D300 made these handheld pictures possible. It was a lot darker than the pictures make it seem. 

 Nikon D300  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED  at 18mm

Auto exposure, Program AE, 1/60 sec, f/8, ISO 1600, Compensation: -2/3

Exactly as shot except for resizing


Ken Yamamato – New York 

 Many thanks for your comments for the dogs having fun photo last week.
Like I said last week, I am moving back to Japan, but I am not too excited.  Sure, it will be good to be close to mother and sister, but I will miss New York a lot – after all, I have spent about more than the third of my life here (including the years as a grad student).
Also, about my 80-200…  I DID send it back to Nikon for service under warranty to check AF and overall TWICE, but I guess I am too picky or very unlucky.  So, I sold it and got 70-200 VR II.  Very sharp all around.  I am glad I got it and I should have got long time ago 🙂
This week photo is another animal photo at the central park.  I hope you enjoy it.  I am planning a trip to DC this weekend to take some cherry blossom.

D700, 70-200 VR II @200, f/8. 1/80s, ISO 200, handheld!, some PP and crop with NX2



Rick Dohme – Florida

 Hello to all. Thanks for letting me join in on this thread. Last week I got to go with my wife’s first grade class to Busch Gardens in Tampa Fl. We went on kind of a behind the scenes guided tour. I went for the sole purpose of getting some cool pics of her class and the animals. Well I got alot of both. The kids were great models. Its funny how we just love to have our pictures taken when we are young. Seems everyone over 16 runs from my camera. I have to use my 400mm lens to catch the older folks. The animals also were not shy of the camera. I caught these two elephants doing the love thing. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400 VR, 175mm, F/10, 1/400sec, ISO 320



Peggy Grissom – Mississippi

 We had a beautiful Saturday morning here, and I got to spend about 2 1/2 hours practicing my bird pics. I saw more birds Saturday than I have ever seen around here before. This Blue heron really surprised me and I probably don’t have enough of the nest on this photo, but I also cropped it from landscape to vertical because he was just so tall. I have to crop (my birds) so that you can see them. Roberta, I used settings recommended by one of the Mansurov (sp?) articles you sent me the link to. Hopefully, I’m improving a little. I’ve never been able to get them sharp like you guys do. Taken at Shutter – 1/2500, F5.6, ISO 200 (Auto), 300mm. Cropped and sharpened a little.  You know, I never really noticed birds before I got this camera. Now I’ve put up a feeder, and am amazed at how many different birds I have. But mostly the sounds they make. I love to listen to them, too. I was determined to get geese photos Saturday, and they were down there, but were lazy and stayed in the same spot all the time I was there, but I got many photos! I was so excited about the heron and a couple of “woodpeckers” 
(I think). I will probably send the “woodpeckers” next week.



Matthew Brennen – Australia

 This is my maiden contribution to your photo of the week email.This is a photo taken last Friday with beatiful mid morning light and a decent sky to show of this historic building.  The photo is taken with my D700 and my Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 fisheye lens.  I like using my fisheye lens to capture very long buildings like this old stables complex – at the distance i keep with this combination, the distortion of the frame is acceptable to my liking.  These stables are at Mount Hesse Station which is a 6,800 acre sheep (wool) property where I maintain the gardens and grounds every Friday.  These stables were built by hand in 1849 out of local basalt rock found on the property.   Horses were used extensively to move the sheep on the property until the early 1980’s where two wheeled and 4 wheeled motor cycles have now taken over this role.  The stables are now largely defunct, however, the current management maintains the stables in a reasonable condition.    Cheers, Matthew.



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 This little group of ours is getting bigger and bigger. 🙂 Welcome new members! 
 Now, my photo, I announced last week that I will visit neighboring Slovenia, so I did. We visited two towns, Love island on Mura river 🙂 and greenhouse where they grow orchids, and they have tropical garden. Lot’s of photo opportunities, but I work best when I’m alone, so I didn’t take any photos that would really satisfy me. Lot’s of tourist shots, and so…. 
 But, I did like this cactus photo. 🙂 
Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@300mm, f8, ISO 400, 1/320 sec. 
 I’ve taken some shots of orchids, but with my analog camera on slide film, so I’ll have to wait until it’s developed to see what I did. 🙂 
 I know that there will be lots of good photos and I’m looking forward seeing them! 
Greetings, Filip. 


Rene Villela – Japan

 Hello everybody,   I’m very thankful to be accepted to participate in this mail photography sharing.  I see so many familiar names already but at the same time I see many people I don’t know. So please let me introduce myself. My name is Rene’ Villela. I’m half Italian and half spanish. I grew up in California and for the past 18 years I’ve been living in Japan.    I’m 46 now and I’ve been married since I was 19. I have two kids, boys, 17 and 10. the little one some times he likes to take photographs too. Some of you Photo Net members may have seen him a few times already.  About photography, I was attracted to it since I was a little kid. i remember the days when I use to shoot with a 110 mm portable camera. At the age of 18 I bought my first SLR. It was a Canon AE-1P. Then in 1986 my wife gave me as a birthday present another Canon body (T90). In 2006 my T90 broke down and I was told at the store that they didn’t think Canon would be able to fix it coz it was such an old body. They sent it to Canon and after a month I hadn’t heard anything about it. then I decided to enter to the 21st century and go digital. I look around and what felt better in my hands was a Nikon D80 which kept me happy until the D300 was released. A few weeks back I also bought a D700. My main subjects are birds. I really enjoy avian but here in Japan we don’t have as many small birds as in other countries so i just do what I can. I’m also lacking of a long telephoto lens which I hope to acquire in the near future. That’s enough for now. I hope my images are good enough to be together with your great work…. Thank you all for letting me participate, Cheers!

 Pint Tail Threesome. It was taken with a D300 and AF-S 300 f/4 which I usually call “300 combo” 

Aperture priority, f/8 – 1/2500s – ISO 200 – EV -1



Bogdan Nicolescu – Romania

 Now, I shall try to get together few words about my current submission, that’s a think I am not good at all. I tried to get some comments without any success. I have this problem here and also on Pnet, I really feel bad that people are kindly commenting my photos and I cannot do the same on my side. My apologizes  to all group members… This is a shot of a gypsy caravan I came across last summer, I took this shot on Kodachrome and with the long processing turnaround it’s just recently I managed to scan these slides. I really wanted to get more candid shots of family but tanking photos of them doesn’t go very well with these guys… Wish I would be able to join their community and get some genuine shots of their day by day life, well, one day… Again thanks everyone for kind comments, happy shooting everyone.

  Shot on Kodachrome KR64, Nikon F6 and Zeiss 35mm F/2 Distagon



Greg Kowalczewski – Australia

 Hi everyone and a special welcome to all the new members.  Sorry for the absence of commentary and congratulations this week.  I will try to catch up with those things shortly.  Still sorting through some things related to water damage (but the worst is well behind me now, so all is good).  I look forward to this week’s contributions and hope that you all had a great weekend.   This Sunday I attended a legend’s match that featured the recently retired Matthew Lloyd.  He retired on 23 September 2009 following a 270 game AFL career that netted 926 goals and three Coleman medals.  Just google his name to find out more. It was great to see him “run around” the ground in a legends match which featured a variety of players from different eras.  This shot is of him taking “a hanger”.  That means jumping onto the shoulders of an opponent and marking (catching) the ball that has been kicked toward you by your team mate some 50 m downfield.  This type of mark is what the fans love to see.  Aerial gymnastics at its best.  Not so popular with the coaches, especially if the player gets injured taking the mark (or even attempting this type of mark). This image has a truck load of noise.  I hope one day not too far away that the DX format will offer  the noise free clarity of the high ISO D3 images – now that would really bring a smile to my face.

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

Settings:     130 mm, 1/1603 sec, f/3.2 and ISO 1250 (Manual, hand held, VR off)



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to all ~ I can tell you that this week was better than last.  Nothing dropped!  It was a good week. I took this photo at a Railroad Museum in Foley, Alabama.  They have a Model Railroad Exhibit that is 24′ X 60′ and has a quarter mile of track.  I had planned on shooting with my 105 Macro but when I arrived the museum was closed.  Luckily there were real cars, an engine and caboose outside on track.  It was late in the day which allowed natural light to enter the underside of the railroad car.  Hope you like it.

Have a great week.

D90 – f/4.8 – 18-200@55mm – 1/40sec – No Flash



Roberta Davidson – Louisiana

 Hello everyone. I am going back a couple of weeks for today’s photo. I just got the Nikon 105mm micro. I am trying to get the hang of that lens. Not really happy with my efforts so far. The lens is great, I just need more work! 
So, had to resort to an older photo that was taken when I was trying to get use to the 70-300 lens. 
  This little bird, a pine warbler, seems to be a frequent visitor to the feeder. I was luck enough to catch him with the seed in his mouth. 
 Hope the week ahead brings you all joy and laughter! 
Nikon D300 70-300mm at 300 mm f/5.6 shutter 1/250 ISO 1100 (there was not much light ) 



Per-Christian Nilssen – Norway

 Too much work for me this week, so I had to go back a month to find an image.  Sorry! I cannot leave snow and winter yet, even though I long for spring now.  This image is taken during our winter holiday up in the mountains.  Overcast all week, but that did not stop us from taking our skis on. Whether skiing, swimming, cycling, or whatever….  I guess you all know the feeling – you are totally exhausted, need a rest and you need it NOW!

 Have a happy Easter, everybody!   Per-Christian



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Australia

Hello My Wednesday Friends,  I am impatiently awaiting our next Wednesday email, as the talent here is growing and growing.  I’ve been playing in my garden with my little boy today and we were pulling grasses out and chasing each other with the tickly end of the grass. The afternoon sun was shining through the trees and bushes and it all looked so magical, that I had to run to get my camera to photograph it. I had no idea my garden can have this feel. 

Taken with Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8; ISO 1100 (no comment, I didn’t check it before I started photographing), f/4.5, 1/160s 

 Have a great week everybody.   Jana 



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Australia

 This is a photo taken at Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island. I get taken there at least once a year by one of our timber suppliers. They take us for a long weekend and i am going again on the 14th May for 3 days. This inlet in the rock faces is a place i go to sit on every trip over. Even though it is a very dangerous place i find it relaxing and can spend hours sitting and watching the dynamics below me. On one trip i sat on a ledge watching 5 dolphins as they herded a school of mackerel into this opening. They would swim extremely fast around the mackerel until they were disorientated and then 3 dolphins would break away to the opening to block the mackerel escaping while the other 2 would swim straight through the school and feed then they would start over again and i presume a different 2 fed. They spent about 40 minutes with the mackerel trapped and it was an amazing time to be there.



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Welcome to all the new members. Brief Bio: I’m 49 years old, I’m an architect. I work mainly in the design, drawing and rendering sector (I try to avoid construction sites!!) I work mainly for other architects and developers in different countries. The world economic crisis of the last years means to me a little less work and more free time, so I decide to study Photography. In 2008 I took a short course that was my only formal training, now I attend a Photography workshop once a week. 
So I’m VERY newbie and a little scared to be here with so many seasoned and great photographers. To get the proper exposed photo is still a mystery to me. I’m using a Nikon D300 now, with a small lineup of budget lenses as the 18-200 VR I and the Tamrons 90mm and a 10-24mm. So don’t expect the best IQ from me, please! 
 In a mail Ken Papai was talking about style… well I must say that I have none yet. 
But I would like to see everything from the perspective of my camera, things that I like or dislike as well. From urban to country landscapes, bugs to flowers, night and day, people candid or portraits….even porn or an autopsy! Of course I’ll never have the chance for the last two, but I envy those many CSI actors shooting their Nikons at plastic corpses! 
From every subject you have something to learn. I hate bugs but I have found taking photos of them very rewarding. The most difficult to me are candid shoots of the common folks. I feel I’m intruding in other person lives, but to my mentor those are the best photos and push us to the street.    
I like nocturnal urbanscapes, sadly now in Buenos Aires is something dangerous but I give a try when I’m traveling. I’m posing a Pic from London taken in 2006, before I learned Photography, I hope to return soon and make an improved version of this “cliche” shoot I used a Canon Powershoot
and Sorry for my English!!  
Westminster Bridge, London taken in November 2006
Canon Powershot A620 – f 3.5 – 4 sec.  


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Early morning Southold Town dock, just yards from my front door. I often shoot here for wildlife, sunrises (maybe next week) and other nature scenes. Very special place. I was prone on the dock with the sun just breaking the horizon. This shot was cropped from the original framing. Handheld. I just like the character of this guy! Keep up the good work everybody and welcome to all the recent members. Swedish it is, off the boat in 1956, New York Harbor. My hair is a lot greyer now than then!

 1/640 ISO 400 f/8



Jeannean R – Texas

 My photo this week is of the first dragonfly of the season. I found it Saturday morning in the grassy field by the canal bank close to my house. We had dew on the ground and it was chilly (for us anyway…low 60’s) and I guess it was still asleep, waiting to dry off and warm up. I’ve never been able to get this close to a dragonfly. I got some shots that were beyond a 1:1 ratio (with the 1.4x teleconverter), but decided to post this because it shows the critter in it’s environment and the DOF is much better so you can see more. The REALLY close shots can be seen in my Zenfolio. I was also working on diffused lighting and feel overall, I’ve made some progress there. Still a long way to go, but a step forward is much better than the two steps back I tend to take. 😉 Shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm macro/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter with SB 600 off camera on a mini-tripod, diffused with a LumiQuest softbox and a paper towel wrapped around that (1/90@f/8, ISO 640). If you’d like to see the larger version (more detail can be seen), here’s the link on Zenfolio. The other closer shots follow this one:




Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Here we go: California Poppies on the Loma Alta Ridge (Marin County) while hiking with my wife on Sunday late morning, 3/28/2010. The poppies just started blooming within the week.

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, EF 85mm 1.8 lens at 1/400, f/6.3, ISO 100. Shot raw and processed in CS4.

Converted from Pro Photo color profile to standard RGB (for Web/Email presentation)

Cheers!   Ken Papai

(I was debating also a sweeping landscape, a people portrait, or a coffee, or vineyards shot)  Argh!


Lil Judd – California

 First up – – don’t anyone ever worry about e-mailing me with questions, comments etc. Neither my headaches nor far too many e-mails will ever stop me for sooner or later getting back to you. It may take me a few days, or if a headache hits a few weeks….  But I always aim to get back to people. Jana, just keep e-mailing me as seeing your name in my inbox always makes me happy, just as it does when I see an e-mail from Joe, Roberta, Jeannean, Greg or anyone else in our little group. I’m very active in signing petitions regarding abuse of women & children, wildlife, nature, the environment & recently a lot about healthcare here in the US. They must all love me & keep sending me more petitions etc to sign…. L  I’m getting swamped. So – please everyone, please feel free to e-mail me anytime. Don’t ever think twice about it.   Today I messed up…. I was moving all my IR photos into a group of their own & something behaved strangely. Suddenly I thought I had two of each gallery in the new folder. So I deleted one of each gallery…  End result – – I deleted two whole IR galleries I now have to re-upload to Zenfolio. Well that’ll teach me to check before I leap again….. A lot of work….. L  First time that ever happened.

 Another Week – Another Macro & yet another Flower….  I actually went to Home Depot (Hardware store with plants for those of you not in the US) & spent about $ 130.00 on plants this last week. Sure didn’t look like it was going to cost that much…  😦  But with very few flowers in bloom in the garden I felt a little color would make us all happy. Kyrie however felt they all tasted very good as she aimed to eat them all. 😉 But that’s a puppy…..  I’m still having too much fun doing Reversed Lens Macros, so that’s what I’m still working with. If anyone’s wondering why I choose to do my macros this very difficult way – well, it’s a very difficult way to create macros. But, it’s a rather light setup & you get to get very close to the subject. So much of it is the challenge I face with them. I also love how I can play with dof – stuff. In all this, they make me very happy when they work out & I don’t get discouraged when they don’t. Rare for me as I don’t have thick skin…. Anyhow – back to my photo for this week. It’s another flower & I hope you’ll all enjoy.

 D300, 50mm AiS f/1.2, manual exposure, f/16, handheld, ISO 400, hand held & yes – I messed with the WB this time as well.



Special Bonus photo  

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

This week from Australia the annual athletics event held last Wednesday by the ACC (Associated Catholic Colleges) in Victoria.

 Greg Kowalczewski

 My Bonus Photo is a shot of the high jump.  It was taken at the high jump. photo is cropped very tight (to suit the needs of photojournalism).  Actual print size could be half of what you see on the screen, so part of the skill in shooting sport is maximum action and energy in minimum space.  And in this regard you need to know the “boxed dimensions” that the athletes can be fit into before attempting to photograph them.  Easier said than done, but it’s what we try to do.  After a while you get better at knowing which frames and angles work for particular events.  But you should never stop looking for new frames and angles.

 Nikon D300  AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED @ 110mm


Easter Photos

Roberta Davidson

I tried so hard to capture something for Easter in a drop. This was the best result. Happy Easter to everyone.



Jeannean R

Photo of my “kids” getting ready for Easter. I always try and take holiday pics for their Grandma, family, and friends.

Happy Easter from Jeannean, Maggie, and Noah! 😀



The extra photos just too Good to leave out.

 These were submitted for the bonus photo. They are just too good not to share.

Alejandro Held

 Caminito Street in Buenos Aires taken last Sunday. We visit this tourist place in La Boca neighborhood to take details for the next Workshop meeting. When I saw this Tango dancing couple I could not resist to take a snap  

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR – f 5,6 – 1/60 sec. – ISO 200



Per-Christian Nilssen

 They tell us spring is just around the corner here in Norway.  Last year it looked like this!  



 Rick Dohme

 This morning I had a photo shoot of a charter boat at 8 am. I was to go to the top of the causeway bridge about 100′ off the water and take pictures of the boat as it passed in all directions. I got up early and went out to get the paper and saw this great full moon. I decided to leave early and race down to the bridge before the moon set. Wow what a beautiful sight. The boat shots came out great also. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400, 400mm, F/5.6, ISO 2000, Exposure compensation -2 step



Week 10

April 1 2010  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Spring has started

Spring has started to show its face in the Bronx. There are some small buds starting to pop out here and there. The Tulips are blooming with some other bulb flowers, but most things are still dormant. In the next week I expect a big explosion of growing. But certain things are in full bloom already. Certain trees and bushes get a head start on others. This white flowering tree catches your eye as it’s the only one blooming in a local park. The rest look like mid winter.

 Still playing with the old toys. Shot on film with an oldie.

Nikon F2 50mm f1.4 MF Nikkor S – Agfa Vista 100 negative film.

1 hr photo negative processing. Nikon ED4000 scanner



Matthew Brennen – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My photo contribution this week is of an adult Australian Raven, one of a breeding pair which nest up on a tree lined boundary in our garden.  These ravens have raised two batches of young this spring summer.  I’m very enamoured with ravens, they are very intelligent and full of personality if you study them for any time.  I captured this image, hand held, sitting on my backside just inside a darkened doorway with my D700 + AF-S 300mm f/4.



Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 This is a photo of what I think must be some kind of woodpeckers. Not sure at all. Shot last weekend when I took the Heron photo. I just haven’t had time to go through this weekend’s photos to see if there was something there. Shot with D5000 with VR 70-300 F4.5-5.6 Nikkor lens at 300mm, spot metering, (Auto) ISO 360, Focus mode – AF-A, Dynamic AF area mode, Auto white balance, F/5.6, 1/800s, Aperture priority. As always “what should I have done?” especially to get both birds in focus. Hope everyone had a good Easter!  



Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

 I went to Washington DC this weekend and took this in the evening.  DC was darker than I thought at night (in comparison to NYC) and those lit-up landmarks are beautiful.  There were many photo-worth landmarks, but I picked this one for this thread as this thing is enormous and can’t see the crowd here so that this just seems to be standing quietly.  Some other landmarks are uploaded on my Zenfolio.
D700, 24-70mm, @26mm, f/5.0, 1/3s, ISO200 (M-mode) on tripod. 



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Hi everyone.  A fun shot.  My interpretation of the four seasons in a flower that was flapping gently in the breeze on Easter Friday.  Moving clockwise from top left – Spring – Summer – Autumn – Winter.

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

Settings: 200 mm, 1/100 sec, f/22 and ISO 560 (Manual, hand held, VR on, manual focus)



Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 My photo from this week is from my job. Have worked all the holidays had to take the camera with me. This is from an old farm (I work at an open air museum) and I like the dept, Coming from the line of rooms and the sun shining into them.

Have a nice week all.   Jens


Rene Villela – Ojiya, Niigata, Japan

 Hello again!

Thank you for comments on my first submission. I am sorry I haven’t had the time to read all the mails. I have been on the road for the past 8 days and I’m leaving home again for another trip… Hopefully next time I’ll have the time to start relating to all of you…. For now please accept my apologies.

 As some of you might now, a few weeks ago bought a D700 and the new AFS 24 f/1.4 Well last Friday, getting off a plane, I dropped this set all the way from the airplane door to the concrete pit area…. The camera stumbled down on the stair until it hit the ground. I was expecting to pick up 10 pieces but lens and camera were still holding on together. The camera got a scratch and the lens another scratch on the hood. They work perfectly…. I guess Nikon is doing a good job and they are build likes tanks….

Well, Here is another swan in flight! Cheers



 Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Thank you everyone for your comments on the pine warbler last week, they are appreciated . I take all the critique as a learning opportunity. 
 I must say that this thread has made me really think about photography and get out and practice. We have such a diversity of styles and subjects , it is inspirational. 
 I am back on the water drops for today’s thread. Since spring is in the air , I wanted to capture some bright colors. It is really nice to see the trees in bud , the flowers and the insects coming out. 
So, here is my spring drop. I hope you enjoy. 



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thanks to the ones that comment on my past Pic, I’m sorry I have not had time to make the comments your photos deserve. I’ll try to do so this week. We call this kind of Caterpillar “Gata Peluda” (a quick translation would be “Hairy female Cat”) Touching its hairs is a bad idea, its very painful. While I was spending my Holidays in Uruguay a few weeks ago, Several of this bugs where climbing the external walls looking for a safe place to build the cocoon.

As I told before, I’m a “lazy” macro shooter. Lacks a proper tripod and patience. But I,m enjoying the process to improve little by little. Of course I’m years away of Buglady or Lil!! I hope to test eversal lens and extension tubes in the future.

 Nikon D300 + Tamron 90mm – ISO 200 – f4.5 – 1/640



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 This week i have given macro a try and found out just how hard it can be. My patience was tested and i now respect the other macro shots i see in this group even more than i did before. Here is a spider that gave me all sorts of trouble with the breeze gently blowing her web. I am submitting this photo as my first real dabble in macro even though the focus is certainly not perfect. D90 Tamron 90mm F36 1/100sec

I will try to respond to all the photos now that i am back home and on top of my work to a certain extent. Congratulations Joe on your photos being picked up. 



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Hi to all
Wow it was amazing to see were everyone lives. Hope somehow to meet some of you in real life. Please come look me up in Florida. Hope you all had a great time with family during Easter. I sure did. I took many pics as I was staying with my Outlaws in New Smyrna Beach Fl. Lots of birds and boats. This picture was taken during Easter lunch. My Son Kyle 18yrs old was fooling around with my lens. He was trying to look thru it at me. Thought it had alot of detail and was cute. Nikon D3, 80-400 4.5 VR, 280mm, F/13, 1/100 sec, ISO 800, + 0.7 step, Raw PP Photoshop Elements.



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 My photo for this week was shot last Saturday, on a lake of a hydro plant on Drava river nearby my town. 
 I’ve named it “Embedded in eternity”. 🙂 It was created using 10 stop ND filter on my sigma. 
I bought this filter last fall, but I haven’t had real opportunity to try it, until now. 🙂 Tech’s are: 
Nikon D80, sigma 10-20@14mm, f16, ISO 100, 153.8 sec exposure. 

 I’m looking forward to Wednesday to see what’s happening all around the world. From USA to Japan, from Australia to Argentina, and of course, here in old Europe. 🙂 Just a thought, we need someone from Africa to encircle the globe. 🙂 I’m sure it will happen soon enough. 🙂 
Greetings, Filip. 
— Pozdrav, Filip. 
Moje fotke: http://www.filiplucin.com/ 
Moj blog: http://www.blog.filiplucin.com/ 



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Happy Wednesday!  After driving 1000 miles on Sunday, we arrived in our driveway at 3:20AM Monday morning.  The weather had been beautiful the first 900 miles  but 15 miles into Michigan it began to rain.  It was raining so hard that instead of unloading the car, we got the cats into the house, grabbed our pillows and headed to bed.  This morning I took this photo of our yard.  I’m  going to be busy cutting the ornamental grasses all week….. if the rain stops. 

If you would like to see more of my grasses and a little background…… 


 Have a wonderful week!



Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I didn’t have a hard choice picking which photo to post this week. I had one processed, so that’s what y’all are getting. (still having computer problems) This is an Aster flower dew drop reflection. They were part of my Easter centerpiece for the table taken early Sat. morning, before the wind kicked up and the dew was still on the grass. I usually hunt around trying to find dew drops that are accessible and fairly simple. I liked the way these two blades crossed making DOF a little more manageable for the drops. Neither is perfect, but this is about as close as I could get without focus stacking, and that was not even a consideration because of the wind. (it was a lot less than it has been, but still too much for focus stacking…and I’m not too good at that anyway 😉 Taken with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm macro, SB 600 off camera to the left side on a mini tripod diffused with a LumiQuest softbox, at ISO 640, 1/180, f/11. Hopefully, I’ll get my desktop computer back to normal soon



Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 It took me a while to decide which shot to submit this week, I ended up with this photo from last summer, still pretty new to me as it was shot on Kodachrome and processing turnaround can be that long that I hardly  remember what I shot on that film.

 Anyway, here it is, I met these people in an isolated village somewhere in Carpathians, they were bringing down logs and timbers from surrounding forests. I stopped by asking them for directions, they kindly showed me the way and then invited me to have a shot of their home made alcohol. I said, well, I am driving, how about police!? They were too bemused, Police?! What police?!

 Shot with Nikon F6, Zeiss 35mm F/2 Distagon ZF, Kodachrome KR64

 Best Regards to all group     Bogdan



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Thank you to all of you, who commented on my photo last week, I really appreciate the comments. I am sorry I haven’t written any myself, I have been very busy last week and suddenly there was Wednesday again and I’ve missed the deadline. Sorry. 

My photo this week is of a peacock feather taken with Grant’s macro lens (thank you, so much for lending me the lens for couple of weeks, Grant), I always wanted to have a macro lens, as I see so many details everywhere, but haven’t got a chance to photograph it the way I would like to with my existing lenses. Until now :-))) And I have to say, that after trying to lens out for 2 days, I admire everybody, who can achieve decent photos with it. I find it very difficult, but I am determined to practise with it, until at least one photo looks the way I would like it to. I need to get some practice behind me, as in 2 weeks time I am photographing friend’s wedding and they want some detailed shots of the wedding rings done and with my current skill in the macro photography area I wouldn’t be able to produce those. So, if anybody has some tips for me, please, please, share them.  look forward to seeing all your photos and I promise to send my comments this week. 

Have a lovely week everybody.    Jana 

Nikon D700, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro @ ISO 200, f/22, 1/1,3s, Exposure mode Manual, Focus Manual 



Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 11 years ago in the month of May a small colt was born. He was originally named Taebo, but fast renamed Naboo. If the name seems tribal, please blame George Lucas as our daughter named our Naboo after the planet Naboo in the Star Wars universe. Naboo arrived at the tender age of 4 months from Washington state to Los Angeles. He was the scrawniest foal I’ve ever seen. We thought the wind would blow him over. But the scrawny foal grew & grew & grew to a magnificent gigantic horse. Due to my debilitating headaches & our daughter’s change of interests we chose to sell Naboo. It was a long & painful process. Finally my trainer told me he’d found the perfect match for the horse. I’d spoken to the buyer on the phone & had reservations to say the least. It’s been three years of misery if you ask us. The woman was a first time horse owner & followed none of my recommendations & suggestions. Naboo’s gone through more veterinary exams etc during this time, than in his whole life prior. She’s now sure he’s got neurological problems etc. I’ve tried to help until she just proved impossible & I finally gave up. The horse has suffered. I’ll give her this – she’s spent a fortune on the horse. But it finally came down to her not being able to afford him any longer. A month ago she contacted me to let us know that she has to sell him. She was asking far too much money for him. My husband told me to leave her hanging for a month & so I did. I offered her a third what she asked. She jumped on it. This was last Thursday. Since then I’ve been in high gear to get the barn ready to bring Naboo home. That happened Saturday afternoon. Since then I’ve been working on ensuring peace down at the barn as our little American Shetland was not happy that this huge horse invaded his barn. My older 18 year old Warmblood gelding Destined which I’ve had for almost 14 years now is thrilled to have his younger “brother” back. They can’t get enough of each other. They’re almost inseparable. I’ve been trying to get a good mutual grooming shot, but that’s not turned out. But I got a lovely shot of them together. I feel it shows their strong bond & love for each other. They may have been apart for four years, but you would not know it looking at the two of them. It’s 18 year old Destined on the right & soon 11 year old Naboo on the left. Destined was smelling & licking something on the overturned feed barrel & Naboo checked it out with him. The two geldings are very close & I feel the strong bond in between them in this shot. To us, three years of misery are now over. Naboo’s home again & here he will stay.

 Shot Monday morning after the rain had passed in cloudy weather in our arena in the backyard. Shot with the D700 & the 24-70mm f/2.8, at 62mm, matrix metering, -0.3 EV, 1/250s. at ISO 400 & this is a crop as I felt it looked better this way.



Special Bonus photo

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC

Ken Yamamoto 

 Since this will be my last Spring here, I decided to go to DC to see the famous cherry blossom.  I have been to DC several times on business and once on pleasure, but I never knew that there was so much to see there.  Cherry blossom there is simply fabulous – I wonder why I had never done this before at this season.  I have never seen that many cherry blossom trees even in Japan.  What a treat.  I walked 8 hours in one day with heavy equipment bag on my back, but it was well worth it.  I took literally hundreds of photos and it was very hard to pick one for this thread in front of far more experienced photographers like you.  But I hope you approve and enjoy this one.  Larger version as well as many other photos on this trip are uploaded on http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p363212668 .

D700, 70-180mm Macro @90mm, f/8. 1/500s, ISO200 (M-mode) handheld.



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