Weeks 11 to 15

Week 11

April 7, 2010


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Swan

I went back to Orchard Beach to see what was going on.  Let me tell you, it may be spring on the calendar, but on Friday afternoon I froze my fingers off trying to take pictures.   It was cold and very overcast.   A pair of swans were the only activity.  No one else was even at the beach.    

Now, I cheat a little and chimp photos on the camera display when I’m unsure of the results that I’m getting.  Being overcast and gray they were coming out dark and flat. I tried different EV settings and different meter patterns (spot vs matrix). Tried adjusting the D lighting and played with the saturation in camera. Nothing was giving decent results.  Even though I had a zoom and was shooting at a telephoto length, I was still pretty close to the swan. So for the heck of it, I popped up the built in flash on the d300.  The difference was night and day, but what makes this photo in my view, is what the flash did reflecting off of the water. It gave the water a very different appearance.

Nikon D300 – 18-135 AFS DX Nikkor  @ 90MM  1/250 sec, f/9, ISO 640,  +2/3 EV 



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello My Wednesday Friends,

my contribution for this week is from my weekend photo session with an aspiring model Laura, we had a great time, we tried all those cliche-like shots with her mink fur coat (real, by the way), she has the longest legs ever and she looked absolutely stunning in black stilettos and the mink coat and opulent jewellery and ….. nothing else on 🙂 When she was changing for some different set up, I’ve noticed this beautiful tattoo on her back and grabbed her for some impromptu shots of that. I thought the photos came out looking sexy, but at the same time very feminine and tender, as she is a graceful woman and I converted the shot to B&W to highlight the tiger shape of the tattoo. I hope you like it. She was very happy with the photo session and I have her booked for another one if few weeks time. 

Taken with Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200 mm, f/2.8@ ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/125s in a studio with 2 lights: one softbox positioned to the right of the camera and one umbrella set on 2/3 of the softbox power and positioned to the lower left of the camera. 

Have a lovely week everybody., Jana



Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

 Very nice weather on Saturday – blue sky, no clouds.  I was walking around the city and took this as an interesting combination of the old church and modern building under the complete weather.  St. Patrick Cathedral and Olympic Tower. 

 D700, 24-70mm, @52mm, 1/640c, f/8, ISO 250.

I will get a bit busier packing and my post old photos going forward for a while….  Ken



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 The chip shot at ground level.  My camera was about 1.5 m from the club face at the point of impact. Manual focus was used.  After many attempts this was the best result.  Even though the shots were “low speed” I never felt comfortable.

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

Settings:       200 mm, 1/400 sec, f/4 and ISO 200 (Manual, hand held, VR off)


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Lil’s last Wednesday’s photo and her passion about horses reminded me of this shot I took last autumn in this isolated village somewhere in Carpathian Mountains. This local man came down riding his horse with an ease I’d not expected from a 70+ years old man… These people regard them-self as the keepers of what used to be old Romanian traditions, they also speaks the ones using a dialect of Romanian language regarded as the right one, and I got to give them credit for this. Some of these people fought against Communists as partisans in these mountains for few good years after the second word war ended with the hope that, well, the Americans will come. They have a funny saying: pine trees might break but never bent.. well, stories…here it comes the photo, shot with Nikon F6, 100mm Zeiss lens and Kodachrome. 



Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Had no idea what I was sending this week.  Had no idea the dragonfly was there until I saw the picture.  So I was not aiming at it!  

 Manual mode, F/8, 1/100s, ISO500.  Cropped.  darkened a little, levels adjusted some. 



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 This past weekend I took a photography class on flowers. We went to Longue Vue Gardens to photograph the beautiful flowers that are blooming on these 4 acres in the midst of the city. It was so peaceful, and quiet, like stepping into another world. 
 While others were taking grand landscape type photos, I found myself on the ground with the lens as close as I could get to the flowers or trying to chase some bug to get a picture. Help, I can’t get away from shooting macro!!! 
 On a positive note, the camera shop that sponsored the class, asked if I would be interested in displaying a couple of the shots in the store. 
They said they would do canvas prints and make me a set for letting them use them for display. Of course I immediately replied that not only would I be interested , but would be THRILLED. We’ll see if this really happens. 
 Below is a link to a few more of the flowers, if you would like to view. 
Nikon D300 ISO 400 105mm f2.8G ED VR at f9 shutter 1/500 



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Good Wednesday to all.
I’ll start by saying thanks to all who commented on Kyles photo last week. I’m also very sorry I didn’t have the time to comment on all of yours. I thought they all were very outstanding. I’m not sure I’ve shared with the group that I’m a General Contractor. Thats how I can afford to be a Photographer. I’ve been remolding a house in a very expensive neighborhood. All the homes have over 1 acre of land and are worth up to 6 million. Several mornings around the same time I would hear and see 3 Geese fly over the house I was at honking up a storm. We don’t have too many Geese in Florida. I was wondering what lake near by they were coming from. I was hoping one day to find them and get to photograph them. This morning as I drove through the neighborhood I spotted them out on a small lake. I turned around and parked grabbed my camera and jumped a small fence and started to sneak up on them. Well they stayed around long enough for me to get several nice shots of them. The hunt is as rewarding as the capture. D3, 80-400 VR, 330mm, F/9, 1/400 sec, ISO 640 Shot in raw pp Photoshop Elements


Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 This was taken back in early December, but I thought I’d lost this series. During my recent hard drive clean up, I found and processed them this past weekend. As most of you know, I haven’t been a photographer for very long; this month is my one year anniversary. 🙂 However, I’ve witnessed a lot of bug behavior in this past year due to my love for macro photography that I would never have seen if I hadn’t taken up this hobby, and this photo is part of one of the most mesmerizing, yet horrifying events I’ve ever witnessed…a Praying Mantis capturing and devouring a Queen butterfly. I was out on the canal bank in a gully close to my house photographing butterflies on a flowering bush (locally called a Crucita), when I spotted one that was in a weird position. At first, I thought it was mating due to the strange position, but when I moved around and got a closer look, I found it was in the grips of a Praying Mantis. I’m not sure how long I stood there watching the whole thing, but the Mantis didn’t seem to mind at all. As a matter of fact, it seemed proud of itself and seemed to be showing off for me. Most bugs will scamper away if you invade their space for very long, but not this one. I photographed the majority of it, but HAD to tear myself away and go to work. I went back as soon as I got home to see if it was still there, but all that was left was a bit of body and part of a wing. This shot was right after the beheading, and before it continued on with the body. As you can see, it seems very pleased. While not the best of situations for photography (shaded in parts, bright sun in others), I was pleased enough overall with the series that I was upset I thought I’d lost them. A good spring cleaning helped me find them and for that, I’m glad I experienced the computer problems of the last couple of weeks. If you’re not squeamish and would like to see the others, I set up a separate gallery on Zenfolio for them. Strangely enough, I found the first mantis this year on Saturday morning…also enjoying it’s breakfast. It’s much smaller and less dramatic, but interesting nonetheless. I put that one in my “Bug” portfolio. Anyway, if you’re still with me after reading all this background stuff… here’s my contribution and the link for “The Mantis meets The Queen” series of photos (D90, Sigma 150mm macro, SB600 onboard diffused with LumiQuest softbox-1/160 at f/8, ISO 200):


Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 My photo this week is from my job, again. Had to work all weekend, took this from the same farm as last week. It is from the beginning of the 17, century and is a 4 wing farm moved to the museum between 1938 and 1942. Even though the farms at the museum are old and very far from the standards today, I at least once a year meet  people whom, or their parents, has lived on/in the farms, so they has a lot of stories about them.

The farm at the photo was in use until about 1925.

 Regards, Jens



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Last week I returned to the San Isidro Racecourse with Vince, an English friend. We made several bets and lost all, as always! The only thing I take with me at leaving were a few pics. They added two new, life size statues made with cars spare parts. This horses are more easy to keep than Lil ones!

 D300 + 18-200 VR @18mm – ISO 1600 – f 3.5 – 1/60 sec.

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 I was really thinking on what to post… And decided to post something different. I’m sending photo taken with vintage rangefinder camera, King Regula IIb. In it’s 40ties, and still working nice. Photo isn’t something special, but I carry this camera often when I want to take photos and don’t feel like dragging DSLR with me. 🙂 And sometimes i get something not too bad. 🙂 I don’t remember details about this photo, but I would guess it was around f11, 1/200, on expired Fuji 200 Asa. 
And the lens are 45mm. 
Thank you all for your comments and/or suggestions on my last week entry. I really appreciate them.  
Greetings, Filip! 

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hooray!  Spring is here!  I like every part of the year, but the spring is something special.  Fresh air, scented with life and expectations.  Small bursts of color!

 Last Saturday, I finally managed to take a smal photo trip of my own.  My goal was the woods in the south-eastern part of Norway, where several wolf famlilies is said to have established themselves.  No luck for me – no animals to be seen, not even a deer!  Lots of “tussilago farfara”, or hestehov  (horse hoof – dont ask me why… 😉 ), as ve call them in Norway,  One of the first wild flowers to emerge in the spring, with a clear. strong yellow color.

 The snow is gone now.  Yes, spring is definitely here!



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 This is a photo of a bridge i went under in Germany while there last October. It was between the Dutch border and Cologne but this is about as good as my directions get. I took about 6 photos as i passed under the bridge and this is the one i liked the most

D90 Tamron 17-50mm lens 1/320sec at F8 17mm ISO200 



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to one and all ~

This week I tried something a little different for a change.  I tried my 105 Macro & used a Granite tile for Reflection.  Of all the shots, I liked this the best.   The grasses are coming along…. about 1/5 cut and chopped up for the compost pile.  If it hadn’t been for another day of rain and income taxes I’d have over half of them done by now.  Maybe by Thursday I can get back to the grasses.

A special thanks to Ken for information about San Rafael that my daughter greatly appreciated.  

Have a great week everyone!, Gej



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Location: the Cable Car Museum, at Washington & Mason Streets, San Francisco.

The Cable Car Museum is a working shop – it is the power house center of the four cable car lines that run in San Francisco. The place was destroyed in the April 1906 earthquake, but rebuilt. I visited it with my mom last week and it’s a fascinating destination for anyone who ever plans to visit S.F. These large sheave pulleys pull the cables throughout their routes driving the lines at 9.55 mph.  The longest cable line is a total cable loop of 20,000 ft.!

-Ken Papai




Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 It’s shot a few days ago. I happen to love how it turned out. It’s what I hoped for & I love the tones of this one. I’m still really only having time to do Reversed Macros at home. Too many pets & with Kyrie being a puppy & now a third horse I’m really busy from morning to night.

 So – another Reversed Macro shot with the D300 & the legendary 50mm f/1.2 AiS reversed. ISO 400, Manual metering, on board flash as fill, f/16, MF, handheld, 1/320s. The flower is an annual, a Osteospermum. (The last time someone asked which kind of flower it was & I forgot to answer…. So here it is….  Last time it was a Marigold annual.) It came down to either a flower or a spider. I opted for a flower again.


Special Bonus photo –   Alejandro Held

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

 Bicentennial of Argentina and Chile Tall Ship Race

 This year is the Bicentennial of Argentina and Chile. As part of the celebrations a Tall Ships Race is taking place. Most of the ships came from Latin America and a few from Europe (Sadly the Canadian ship “Concordia” sank near Rio de Janeiro). Now the ships are in Valparaiso Port in Chile. But the 7 of March were in Buenos Aires Port. I was arriving in a ferry from Colonia Port in Uruguay, when I saw around a dozen Tall Ships, all illuminated waiting in the port. The Colombian one was blasting Salsa music to miles around and people were allowed to visit all the

ships. A festive atmosphere. I had only time to take a few snaps while the ferry was docking and then rushed to the car. I wish I had the chance to take ones with the tripod on firm ground but it wasn’t possible. For the Tricentennial I’ll better prepared!!!!

 D300 + 18-200 VR @26mm – ISO 6400 – f 3.8 – 1/50 sec.


Week 12

April 14,2010


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Just a nice day in the park

While running around for work I always try and keep a camera with me in the car. On Monday I had to go to Queens to pick up some parts for a job. I passed Flushing Meadow Park which is one of the biggest parks in the city. I’m sure that you all have heard about it or seen it without realizing it. Within the park on its grounds are several famous places. The NY Mets have their stadium in the park (Citi field and before that Shea Stadium).  It houses the National Tennis Center and Arthur Ash Stadium which is home to the US Open each year.  There are some places probably more known to New Yorkers such as Terrace in the Park (a Restaurant), the New York City Museum, The Queens Botanical Gardens and the Queens Zoo.

But what is most famous for are the 2 NY world fairs. The 1939 Worlds Fair and the 64-65 NY Worlds Fair.  Here are 2 famous leftovers from 1965 – The Unisphere and in the background the towers of the NY state pavilion (remember the movie Men in Black). Plane thrown in at no additional charge

 Nikon D300 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED @ 28mm

Program AE, 1/640 sec, f/13, ISO 320



 Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everybody, as I mentioned last week, I photographed a wedding on Saturday. I was the only photographer there, so the pressure was on. In the end everything turned out OK, the photos look good so far, I will start sorting them out and working on them tomorrow, but one photo I took with Wednesday email in mind and I prepared it today. I have to say, that covering the whole wedding really tired me out, physically and mentally, and I have been struggling to stay awake for the whole day today. The good thing was, that I seemed to be organized and I didn’t miss anything, or didn’t have too many unnecessary things either. And the best bit is, that I didn’t miss any key shots!! I had so many nightmares about that 🙂 My big praise goes to Nikon for creating D700 and everything else I used (shot almost the whole wedding on 24-70 mm f/2.8) and by the end of the day and 1500 photos later, I only used up 1/4 of the battery power! Amazing. 

Chandelier shot with Nikon D700, Nikon 85 mm f/1.8 @ ISO 400, f/2, 1/2000s, some saturation and vibrance added in PS. 

Have a lovely week. Jana 



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

I’d come close to cutting all the grasses when the garden tractor threw the main PTA belt.  The Belt grabbed the electrical harness and everything came to a screeching halt. Since then it’s been fixit time. So much for picture taking :-((

        This is from the time I went to Fort Morgan.  I like the way the sun hits the grouping of barrels, while the single barrel sits in the corner.   Of course the aged brick adds interest.  The two ‘windows’ allow you to look beyond the room into the courtyard which I think adds interest.  As I look back, it probably was a good thing to have arrived so late.  At another time of the day this area of Fort Morgan would not have had direct natural light.  I’ll go back again next

winter early in the morning and retake the shots.  Then I’ll compare and contrast the results.

 Have a wonderful week…… I’m playing golf tomorrow ;-))

D90 – 1/60 sec – ISO 200 – F/8.0 – 18-200@29mm



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today I post a pic from 2 years ago taken with my compact Canon A620 Powershot
I was in a small amusement park near home. I took several shot of these people flying. First I tried to follow the rule to give “more space” in the direction that the subjet is going but the result was not interesting.  I found that, in this case, the opposite was better. The people almost crashing out of the pic was a little more dramatic. What do you think?
1/500 – f8  



Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

Beautiful weekend around here and I took a walk along the Hudson River in the city.  I don’t know the name of this tree, but really beautiful with pinkish flowers all over it.  I should have focused on the more front flowers, but the big sub branch was in focus and I thought it was okay.  What do you think?

D700, 24-70 @70mm, f/4, 1/800sec (A-mode), ISO 200.  A bit of cropping and some PP by NX2



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia  

 I’ve been into photography for 15 years now, first with 35mm, then 6×6 and then digital. I prefer landscapes over anything else – don’t know why – and you’ll rarely see a human in any of my shots. I love to travel and look for opportunities to capture the local environment in ways to get others to appreciate and look at the world around them. For example, attached is a picture of a tea field in Malaysia I took while on a business trip. It was taken with a point and shoot Canon PowerShot S70 in raw format. I normally shoot with my old D100 but the Canon fits in my pocket so I don’t miss an opportunity like the one attached. Here is the data:
Thanks much, Don

Canon PowerShot S70 55mm 1/500 sec, f/11 ISO 200



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 A ball up is one way to start play in an AFL rules match after a stoppage.  Opposing ruckman leap high into the air with the sole purpose of trying to direct the ball to the advantage of their team mates at ground level.  Players with enormous vertical leaps have a distinct advantage, although being tall to begin with is an obvious advantage.  The taller players are the ones who normally to the ruck work.

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

Settings:     200 mm, 1/2000 sec, f/4 and ISO 200 (Manual, hand held, VR off)



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Thanks everyone for your comment on last weeks flower, they are much appreciated.  I’m back to the water drops this past weekend. I posted some new ones on Zenfolio. Shots 25-30 are new. 
The one below is not my favorite, but after informal survey of family and friends, this is one they thought was best. Shot number 26 on Zenfolio is my favorite as it captured not only the reflection of the flower in the drop, but the reflection of the drop on the water below. In all the hundreds of shots I have done, never captured this before. 
D300 60mm micro f/9 shuter 1/320 ISO 200 SB 600 off camera EV +.7  



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 My photo this week is from an outing Jana and i went on together some time ago. It is sunrise at Sandgate in Brisbane.
I hope you like the pp as these colors were in the original but certainly not this vivid but as Jana knows my skills on Photoshop are limited to B&W conversions and a bit of contrast so how i came up with this after hitting a few buttons i have no idea. The photo certainly could be fixed better by someone with more Photoshop knowledge than I, as there is a plane light going across the sky and also a light beam coming in from a light on the pier to the left of photo. But i will have to learn how to get rid of these

 D90 17-50mm Tamron lens  F13 30sec 17mm iso200. 



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 View from the upper slopes of Mt. Burdell, Marin County. This image is from Sunday morning while hiking. You take the Old Quarry Trail steeply up through this ravine. It’s very green here still with all of the late seasonal rains  occurring in April.  In the far distant background is the outline of Mt. Tamalpais.

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70 2.8L lens, ISO 100, f/9, shot Raw.



Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 This week, a shot from last Sunday.  A beautiful spring day, which we spent on the Swedish West Coast, not far from the border between Sweden and Norway.  Lots of people strolling along the shore, and many preparing their cottages for the summer. One of the positive sides of living near the border, is that the prices in Sweden are much lower on food, and even lower because of a favorable currency.  So many Norwegians are travelling regularly to Sweden to buy their groceries  (and alcohol…….)

 D300, Nikkor 18-70 @ 29mm , ISO 200, 1/16oo , f4,5



Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California  

 D70 IR B&W shot. Shot in August 2009 at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA. I call this one “The Flipflops, the Bicycle & the Trashcan”. Again not much of a story. While my sister, daughter & all my sister’s family were all playing ignoring me, I took off & went shooting with my D70 IR on the beach. I just loved how this bicycle was just leaning against the trashcan & the flipflops were just deserted as well. Probably the same owner. I just loved how no one even reacted at the scene. 

 Shot with the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 G, ISO 200 f/8 @ 10 mm, 1/1250, -0.3 EV, Aperture mode, Matrix metering



Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

Last year the brewery Carlsberg moved its beer production from Copenhagen to another town in Denmark. After more than 150 year in the capital. The photo club at which I am member had the opportunity to photograph the old brewery before it was pulled down, and this is a little part of a large production site with lots and lots of tanks with beer of all sorts. The heavy smell of beer made us all thirsty and for visitors the still maintain a very small production at the site, so the photographic session naturally ended at that place.

 Regards  Jens



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Happy Wednesday to all.
Thanks for all the nice comments last week. I really loved all the pictures but had such a busy week shot over 4,000 pics last week. I’ll try to comment this week. I’ve been trying several times to catch this little bugger flying. I was parked by this hedge that was in full bloom with flowers. The bee’s were all over it gathering pollen. I thought they looked so funny with all the pollen on there faces and legs. They looked like they were dipped in powdered sugar. I must have taken 200 shots to get one I liked. These guys never stand still. Hand held, Nikon D3, Sigma 28-90 3.5 macro, f/10, 5.7, 90mm. ISO 50.



Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 This piece of John Deere equipment has been sitting in this field all winter, when all the yellow field flowers came out, it looked like time to stop and photograph it. 
Shutter 1/640, f/8, 70mm, manual, auto white balance, center weighted meter, jpeg. 



Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Sorry I didn’t have time to write my comments last week. It’s been hectic, but I enjoyed them all. It’s also been raining everyday for the last week, so pretty much anything I could submit would be something with water on it, in it, or around it. This is a White Veined butterfly shot early Monday morning while there was a break in the rain. There are a ton of these around here right now and with it’s white color, it wasn’t hard to spot. Since it was all wet, it sat still for me while I took it’s picture and got soaking wet. Once they’re dry and warm, they flit around like crazy, so I guess I should be glad for the opportunity. Taken with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter @ 1/200, f16, on board pop up flash diffused with styrofoam, processed in NX 2 from RAW. (Lil, I haven’t been shooting straight jpegs since you told me not to…all are being processed from RAW files). I shot a few others including a damselfly and robberfly with raindrops on or around them, plus a few flower reflections. Hopefully, the rain will stop soon, but as they say, “April showers bring May flowers.”. 🙂 




Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

 Hi All,
I’m Suriname based photographer Ertugrul Kilic. This is my first post for Dear Joseph’s excellent idea.
I was waiting for reflection of cloudy sky on muddy river bed during low-tide at edge of Suriname River in Paramaribo, Suriname South America. Luckily added one bird to my early scene. Captured with Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, at 18mm, f/6.3, 1/320sec, ISO100, Exposure Bias Value -0.67.

Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and many cheers to you all. Regards,




Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington, Vermont

 Last year my son wanted a decent camera. I came across a D100 in excellent shape for $200.00 and put one of my spare lenses on it.  He is finally starting to use it. He took this one last week in Burlington at Lake Champlain. He is up in Burlington going to college at The University of Vermont and Graduates in a few weeks.



 Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I was thinking to take a break from my usual characters and portrait and I tried to find something different in my pics, only to realize that most of my pics are people… I think I need to widen my subjects a bit…

I took this shot a while ago, found this little fella out there in the desert, such a marvel of nature, not frighted at all by my presence. Eventually I pick it up he seems to be also so curious about this huge creature staring at it. I have no clue what species this guy is but surely it’s a jewelery on its own, such a perfect design… I find amazing how these animals actually survive in such heat with no water at all..



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 I recently bought extension rings for my DSLR. I bought the cheap ones, without any electronics at all, and it is pain in the… to get a good focus on wide aperture. I’ve tried using all of my lenses that have aperture ring (5m/f1.8, 28-70/f3.5-4.5 and Tamron 70-300/f4-5.6), and any of them is usable, depending on the motive…I don’t remember which one I used for this photo, but i think it was Tamron… ISO 100, 3 sec exposure. By length of exposure, I would say that aperture was at f11, maybe even f16…

It’s a flower with blue paper in background. Clean and simple. 🙂 And of course, camera was on tripod. Spring is here, and I’ll be playing with macro more often now…I hope  that you all are well and I’m looking forward to another trip around the world.  Greeting Filip.



Special Bonus photo

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

Old Yankee Stadium is almost gone

Joseph Leotta

There is not much left. It will all be gone in less than 10 days


Week 13

April 21, 2010


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Just a simple shot this week taken off of Glen Island Park. I went to this location because Per-Christians photo from last week reminded me of this spot. The shoreline across the inlet a little down to the right is a twin place to his location. One very interesting thing has been occurring, the more I look at all these wonderful photos from around the world that we post each week, the more similar our different locations are. Granted I don’t see a tea field in the Bronx or Ken Papai’s mountain vistas here, but others feel like home, Filip’s seascapes feel like the ocean front here. So many different country scenes look like Vermont. Greg’s sports photos could be at any school here.  The ride in Alejandro’s picture from last week is in all the amusement parks here. I think I saw Lil’s bike and flip flops at Jones Beach on Long Island.  .

 D200 with the 18-70 DX lens at 20mm

Program AE, 1/750 sec, f/14, ISO 640 



Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

 A good friend of mine suggested going to the park at the northern tip of Manhattan.  Having lived here for 17 years in total, there too many places I have ignored or didn’t know, which I hugely regret now.  Here is the shot when I got of the subway at the last station of A train.  I had some feeling when I saw this sign, thinking the event affected so many people everywhere…..

D700, 24-70 @44mm, f/8, 1/800sec (mode A), ISO 200, B&W conversion with NX2



Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 How’s my pedicure look?  This was shot at the San Diego zoo, a couple of minutes before the tremor on April 4th.  I was actually so engrossed with getting a shot of one of the flamingoes, that when the tremor hit, I thought somebody had jostled me J. The flamingoes went crazy, dashing madly back and forth in their enclosure, and making enough of a racket to wake the dead.

Pentax k20d, DA 55-300, at 108mm, F/8, 1/1250 sec., ISO 640 and +0.7 EV.

 Thanks again,  Cheers,




Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 This is again a shot I took it last summer but I just got to see it not long time ago, it’s Kodachrome again, long way between the shot and the picture.

I came across this peasant woman working her fields, I can’t remember how old she said she was, her daughter and grandson had some serious medical conditions and she was the only one to take care of them, being able to work and get the basic things for her family. She’s got a small pension just enough for basic things but her spirit was actually very good, surely not the kind of mood I’d get if to be in her position… We chat for a while and I asked her permission for a photo…

  Shot with Nikon F6, Zeiss 100mm Makro lens, Kodachrome



Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 NOW the spring is here for sure, 15 degrees C,

sun and the beech wood ground covered with white anemone(s?).

 Regards Jens



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 A tanker ship sailing S.F. Bay heading towards the Golden Gate, 4/25/2010 Sunday morning. In the background is the Mt. Diablo volcano (dormant). This photo is a little unusual for me because of its relative low resolution — I was shooting into the sun but it’s a dramatic enough of a photo that I enjoy. I certainly shot more colorful shots the past week but wanted to contribute this one.

Details: Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 2.8L lens at 70mm, 1/1000, f/8, ISO 100.

I was at elevation 920 ft. above sea level on Slacker Hill in the Marin Headlands.



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Another week of great pics. Thanks for all the nice comments. Last week was District softball games for my daughters team. I shot about 3,000 during there 2 games. I’ve been experimenting with my D-3 on how much I can push the ISO when taking outdoor sports pics. I’m trying to get as much DOF and freeze the action. I’m so pleased with the results. I shoot from 2000-3200 ISO and the pictures are fine. This shot was with my Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400 lens, @ 370mm, F/9, 1/3200 sec, ISO 2,000.



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to one and all. 

Last week was hectic and it doesn’t appear that it will be any different this week.  I would like to thank everyone for your comments on my submission last week and apologize for not keeping up with my comments.  Things should slow down a little and I’ll do better after Thursday.  My photo this week is of a very small section of the rusted and weathered chain that boarders the road leading to the Golden Gate Bridge.  It’s easy to look past this barrier while viewing the Bay and looking at all the activity under and around the Golden Gate.  There is probably ¼ to ½ mile of this chain separating the road from the water.  I can’t imagine the time and effort that went into its construction.  Hope you like it.

 D90 – f/5.0 – 1/100sec – ISO 200 – 18-200@70mm 



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Eyes only for the ball and oblivious to what’s in front or behind him this little fellow launches himself to take this great mark.  The permanent cricket nets in the background are typical of many local sports grounds around Australia.

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

 200 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/4 and ISO 320 (Manual, hand held, VR off)



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 While driving through the Northern Italian Alps more than 10 years ago, we came across this small church set in a field with a valley and mountain range as a backstop. I took this shot from the road with my N90s using infrared ISO 400 Kodak film and my favorite 35 – 70mm f2.8 Nikon lens.

 Thanks Don



Rene Villela – Ojiya, Niigata, Japan

 Hello everyone! Welcome to all the new members…

Sorry I missed the last 2 weeks but I was very busy running all over. Finally my life seems to calm down a bit and I will have time to be more active around here. This week, again, I have a bird’s image. This time the subjects were really nice and posed long enough for me and let me get the angle I really wanted. I wish all birds were as patient as these ones…..

 Nikon D700 – AF 35 f/2 – AP wide opened – 1/6400s – ISO 200 – EV -33 – Handheld

Thank you all for sharing your work….. Cheers!



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

My photo this week is yet again from the wedding I photographed, this time a portrait of the bride and groom’s son. The photo is from the same high ISO session (I have few :-))), so the settings are as follow: Nikon D700, 24-70, f/2.8 @ ISO 2200, 1/1250s, f/5. 

 Thank you t all of you, who commented on my photo last week, I appreciate it very much.  Have a nice week, Jana 



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Thank you everyone for your very kind comments on my photo last week. No flowers this week in the water drops.    I was trying to get a  pattern in the drop with different placement of colored paper. While this photo is nothing special, the shape of the drop is something that I have not captured before. Hope you enjoy

 D300   f/11  1/320 ev -.33 Iso 200    60mm micro  SB600 off camera 



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 I noticed on the last submission Rick said he had taken 4000 photos for the week. I have been too busy to take any so i grabbed the camera this afternoon and walked into my backyard and took the first thing that appealed to me. It was the trunk of a palm with one section bathed in the afternoon sun. I don’t mind it but realize it will not be to everybody’s taste.

Shot with D90 Tamron 17-50mm @ 50mm F5.6 1/640sec ISO200 



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Taken last year in the Argentine Province of Misiones. The ruins of the Church of San Ignacio Miní. One of the severals missions founded around 1600 by the Jesuits, a Catholic Order.
To give shelter and education to native Guarani people and protect them from the Portuguese Bandeirantes who used to enslave them.
The rise and fall of these Missions was depicted in the 1986 movie The Mission.
Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR@18mm – ISO 200 – 1/320 – f 4  



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Friend of mine is playing piano, or better to say keyboards in Dixieland band Cakovec. Since I find this music interesting, i thought I would go to their concert on last Wednesday and take a few snaps when I’m already there. But he announced me to whole band, even gave me free CD, so I couldn’t take a few snaps and enjoy the show, I had to make few decent photos.

Since concert and portrait aren’t really my thing, I did take quite lot of pictures just to be sure I had a few decent ones… Since I don’t own external flash my friend let me use his Vivitar for Canon! 🙂 It’s working, it flashes at full charge when shutter is pressed, so I did use it a lot…Came home with over 150 photos! Well, I’ve finished processing them and I can say that I have about 80 not so bad photos. 🙂 I hope the band will like them. I’m submitting one this week.

Techs are:  Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@70mm. ISO 400, f5, 1/160. Processed it in Capture NX. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your photos, and welcome to all of new members!

Greetings, Filip.



Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hi, everyone.  Another seascape image from me this week.  My family is really looking forward to summer this year, however it can be somewhat exciting this time,  We plan to sell our boat, as we have not used it  as much as we should, so instead of aggregating bad concience, it is better that someone else uses it.  Sorry for not commenting your images this week.  Thank you for your nice comments on my image last week.

 I hope you all have a very nice week!




Matthew Brennen – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This photo was taken last week whilst on holidays in New Zealand’s South Island.  We were moving about in a campervan and had driven through an hour of rain showers and low cloud which cleared just as we arrived at our destination for the night, Moeraki Village nesteled into the east coast.  The wind picked up and low clouds blew off in only minutes to allow the late afternoon sun to bathe this little fishing village and it’s cove in glorious  golden sunlight. This shot is actually taken with my recently aquired but now ancient Nikkor f/3.5 Ai fisheye and still looks OK to me at only 700 pix wide.  I look forward to viewing this week’s contribution.



Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I probably shot a better photo this week, but I kept coming back to this one, so decided to post it. I call it “The Tangled Web”. This poor bug got caught in it and was trying to free itself. The more it would squirm around, the more tangled in the web it got. As you can see in the background, another critter was there before, and all that was left was a little leg. Another photo from the “Nature Reality Show”. This was shot early in the morning as the sun was just coming up, so was backlit on the wings. Pop-up flash provided fill for the front. A few blown highlights are there (always a struggle for me, especially with dew or water drops), but I’m not quite sure how to eliminate them in this setting (very dark near the head with the sun starting to shine through on the wings)…but anyway, as my friend said, “It looks like diamonds!” 😉 Shot with D90/Sigma 150mm 2.8/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter/pop up flash diffused with a styrofoam plate (real high tech ;), 1/200@f/11, ISO 400.



Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Have just been trying to record my spring flowers this year as they come along.  The buttercups (or daffodils) were the first.  This is the only photo that had a “slick” look to it.  I don’t know why, do any of you?  Anyway, I liked it.  Nikon D5000, 1/2000, f/8, jpeg, 200mm, spot metering, auto white balance 200,AF-A, AF area mode auto, manual mode.  
70-300 f/4.5G vr nikkor lens.
Thanks, Peggy 


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

I appreciated for your warm welcomes. I would like to thanks to you all with one of my private photo. 
Taken last year, in one of early morning. Seller lady was slicing the pumpkins for next customers and she must clean the sap drops where appears on each surfaces of slices few minutes later. The sun light was available only -let say- five minutes on her stand from ruined roof for a few days in a year. Hope you like it and many cheers. Regards,
Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/1.8, 1/640sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67



Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 Well, I’m still housebound for a while I think. I’ve been plagued with horrible headaches for the last 3+ weeks & my strength is leaving me. I’m getting very tired. I don’t do much photography & not much else either. I have but moments now & then I do stuff. I always have a headache. This is now 10 years of constant headaches the doctors can’t fix. When this happens I must admit to consider the major surgery & pacemaker Greg told me about. But I’m scared…

So, it’s again a Reversed Macro. I’m sorry, but that’s really all I have the strength for. This is a vertical crop. The 5 mm long ant refused to remain in place & hunting it down blew my crop. So I cropped it. Again, my distance to my subject is max 5cm or 2 inches & this ant is only 5 mm in length.

Shot with the D300, the amazing 50mm AiS f/1.2 Reversed, on board flash. Manual metering, f/16, 1/320s, ISO 250

 I hope you’ll enjoy,Lil J



  Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington, Vermont

 I’m very surprised that my son is starting to take photos.  Normally he just uses his cell phone and leaves the D100 I gave him sitting at home. I was thinking of having it converted to IR, so that I would have one. Oh well rather have him taking pictures. This past weekend on Sunday he hiked up to the top of Camel Hump Mountain, by his college in Burlington.  Here’s one of his shots.  Looks like the D100 can still take good photos. Not bad for an “obsolete” DSLR”

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

Program AE, 1/800 sec, f/14, ISO 1250



 Special Bonus photo

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

 So this week it is not current event.  We’ll have to call it the special extra photo 

  Rick Dohme

This picture was taken with my new used Nikon 105 2.8 Macro. I just love the old manual focus lenses. I look on Craigs List every day for good buys. I met the owner at 7 am at Starbucks. He lives about 40 miles from me and was going by about 20 minutes from my house on his way to a photo shoot. We talked for an hour.The cost for these lenses are very affordable compared to the new. ($ 275.00) And I never use AF when doing macro anyway. Nikon D3,105 2.8, ISO 100, f/2.8. The only thing is they don’t record all the file data.


Week 14

April 28, 2010  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Flash makes a difference

This one is located in lower Manhattan at the Battery Park War Memorial. To take this shop I was just about under the statue pointing the camera up. As a result the statue was just a silhouette against the sky. That handy little pop up flash comes to the rescue again.I took out my “old” D100.  Don and my son have posted some nice shots using their D100’s, so they gave me the urge to go play with an old friend. Still works pretty well.

 I am experimenting with file compression. As we grow I may need to try and reduce the overall size of the email but yet include more photos. Haig mentions picture size below in his. This was compressed to 43 KB. 

 Nikon D100 AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF ar 56mm

 Program AE, 1/180 sec, f/14, ISO 400, pop up flash for fill 



Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 OK – we’ve been waiting for our Praying Mantis (or Mantids) to hatch like most doting parents. This is our first year we have egg sacks so the wait has been excruciating. The last month we’ve been going from hot to cold to hot to cold & not babies have hatched. We have one we know of in the front yard & one in our tiny apple tree in the back yard on the slope. This morning I was blessed to remember to go & check – & what do I find in our tiny apple tree. Our babies are in the process of hatching.  So this time I offer another Reversed Lens Macro (seem unable to deal with regular Macros these days) shot with the D300, 50mm f/1.2 AiS at ISO 400, on board flash with diffuser, f/16, 1/160s, Manual metering & handheld.  What you’re looking at is two siblings as they’ve emerged out of the egg sack. One has unfolded, while the other one is still trying to get it’s bearings. They’re still hanging from the thread they come out with & up top you see the egg sack. Background is the leaves of the apple tree. 

I hope you’ll enjoy as you’re probably going to meet them again. ,Lil J



Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 This is an old “new” stock photo if I can say like that, I think I took this picture just about one year ago in Egypt Nile’s Delta. This Delta has an amazing network of irrigation canals, pretty complicated thing, it gets water diverted to every single piece of land with the help of pumping stations and eventually the farmers use their own motor pumps to water their crops.

This was one station we came across, the pumps they got there were made in 1975 in Ljubljana, at that time Yugoslavia, and they still work perfectly, pretty amazing piece of equipment. We met the manager of this station, he was very proud of his equipment indeed… Well, this Nile Delta is indeed a very special place on its own although it might be a bit shocking sometimes but well, that’s another story… 

 Nikon F6, 35mm Zeiss Distagon F/2 lens, Kodachrome KR64



Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Sorry guys, I could not resist another boat and sea-picture this week 😀 :D.  This one is taken at Langesund, a former fisherman’s village in the eastern part of Norway, where we have our summer house, and as some of you might remember, there was a large oil spill from a Chinese freight vessel, which run on shore during a storm last summer.  Luckily most of the oil spill is cleaned up now, but it makes me look at the oil spill catastrophy in the Mexican Gulf with quite new eyes, and that spill is many, many times bigger. 

 This evening I saw a beautiful evening sun light on the lighthouse near by, and I rushed in the car hoping that I could get a nice shot of it.   I was sadly too late to capture that, but I got this image of a small SAR (search and rescue) boat going south (next stop Denmark, Jens!) either on a SAR-mission or, most probably, on a training trip.

 D300, Sigma 150-500 @ 190mm handheld, 1/400 sec, f5,6, ISO 1250



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 How do you beat an opponent in a marking contest who is almost twice your size?  Jump twice as high!  In a “David v Goliath” style contest an exceptional leap by a much smaller opponent spoiled this near certain marking opportunity against his much taller opponent.

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

Settings:    70 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/2.8 and ISO 720 (Manual, hand held, VR off)



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks so much to all of you who commented on my two pics from last week. The comments always motivate me to work and try harder. I had never tried to do any Macro shots until I was inspired by Jeannean and Lil. And I’ve been havin’ too much fun with my 105 micro. The hours I’ve spent chasing Dragonflies have been crazy. The challenge to get them to hold still in a 20 mph wind has been insane. I’ve even caught myself talking to them as I inch closer and closer to there face. Telling them to sit still just a little longer. I’m so amazed when they sit there as I point this huge camera and lens inches from there face and then smoke them with the flash. They have to feel the heat of my SB800. Nikon D3, Nikon 105 2.8 AIS, 105mm, 2.8, 1/100sec, ISO 100, no flash.



 Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 Have spent most of a sunny Sunday along the coast I also want to bring in photography of the sea and the beach. Lots of Cormorants, maybe hard to see, and a lighthouse up the hill also rather distant, was part of the beautiful  sight on an 8 miles walk.

Thanks for your comments on last weeks photo.

Have a nice week. Regards, Jens



Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Nature creates a palette and we make of it what we will. I love the colors of this decaying log and the growths emanating from it. Reminiscent of sea shells stacked by children in the sand. Created by the omniscient designer! Lucky to have seen it. Hope the photo does the reality some justice.



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Today, I’m sending typical spring photo. It’s in a park in my hometown. I know, photo lacks point of interest, but I love this spring green-white-blue colors and all the small flowers, so I’m sending you this one. Perhaps, if it will be rainy somewhere around the world and this photo will bring some color to some of you?

 Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f8, 1/100, ISO 100.

 One thing I forgot to write in my comments, there was a debate about that oil rig destroyed. I only want to say that it’s a great disaster, not only for countries around it but this oil will eventually find way to every part of globe. I’m really sad because of that situation. And if you would like to see good collection of photos related to that accident, and to many more things in the world, this is the address that I would recommend:


Anyway, as rough it might sound, accidents happen all around the world and one has to live it’s one life. So, I’m sure we will have another great week, at least related to this group of ours…

Greeting, Filip.



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Self Portrait in Hendy Woods State Park, Mendocino County — I am holding one of my EOS film cameras while my digital camera took this shot — tripod and self-timer.  EOS 40D at ISO 100 at 3.2 secs, f/9 exposure. 16-35 2.8L lens. Overcast days are ideal for shooting in the woods; that way the bright spots are pretty much eliminated at the ambient light is constant. These redwood trees of course are very old and very big.  I debated between about 8 photos before I submitted this one. I am an on-again, off-again member of several organizations that help to save these trees: The Redwood Society, Nature Conservancy, and others.  90-95% of these original trees have been cut down, mostly to build San Francisco, and rebuild again, after the earthquake of 1906.

On some of my single, odd holidays I love to head off to the deep woods where few people are around and shoot the trees.

Ken Papai



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to all my Wednesday Email Friends.  I still haven’t taken the camera out of the house in over a week BUT on Wednesday I head north to shoot photos and play golf.  I look forward to relaxing and having a good time with my camera and lenses.  I hope to have a couple of shots worth sharing next week at this time. This photo was taken in September in San Francisco.  The site is know as the Palace of Fine Arts. I was going to post a different photo but my eldest daughter liked this shot better than the one on the Palace of Fine Arts web site.  So here you go.

Background: The Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915 was an event dedicated to progress, the celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal, and the rebirth of San Francisco following the disastrous 1906 earthquake.  If you would like to read the rest of the background info:  http://www.palaceoffinearts.org/ 

Have a wonderful week!



Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Stopped at the park on my way home from work to see if I could shoot a good pic of a goose there.  They will come right up to you.  Well this little Killdeer distracted my by trying to distract me!  Dummy me didn’t know what he was doing.  I didn’t find the nest until I had finished taking photos of all the dances!
F8, 1/800, Manual, Raw, Auto ISO 200, 300mm, AF area mode – single, center weighted metering.  Cropped it some and played with that curve “thing” in Capture NX 2 (something else that is new to me!).
Looking forward to Wednesday!! Peggy



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 First, thank you everyone for your comments .   Filip, really love the poem. Weather was really bad these past several days with rain and high winds, so no opportunity to go outside. I really wanted to do something other than the water drops.  I  pulled out some old shells and played with the macro lens, the SB 600 and  black cloth.    I used a tripod, and forgot to turn the VR off!! I hope you like this one and really hope the colors come across on your monitors.

 Nikon D300  105mm micro lens  f/11  shutter 1/60



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This picture was take very late in the day during a recent trip to Alaska. We left earlier that day from Denali State Park in rain and very low clouds and decided to take the Denali “Highway” – basically a two-lane gravel road covering 135 miles of pristine Alaskan wilderness. The clouds were just starting to part in front of us and being so interested in what might lay ahead, I didn’t think of looking in my mirror. I’m not sure what caught my eye, but I happened to look back and saw this sight. The snow and glacier covered mountains are over 70 miles away but more interesting to me is that they are over 14,000 feet tall. That might not seem too incredible considering the Tetons in Wyoming are about the same height, but the Tetons’ base starts around 7,000 ft above sea level. These Alaskan mountains start around 1,500 above sea level, so you see the majority of them – nearly 2 1/2 miles tall. About 75 miles to the west of these mountains is Denali standing twice as high. The back country of Alaska is overwhelming on many levels.
Since it was late in the day, the shot is dark in the foreground and the mountains are a bit over-exposed.
Nikon D100 35-70mm Nikkor D, 1/640 f6.3 ISO 200



Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 A quick thank you to all of you that commented on the photos.  It’s time consuming and not always easy to do. 

I have a question and a suggestion.. why are we limiting photos to 700 pixels? It’s not like that’s the size of the screen.. if the file size of the photo is a concern, and I can see how that’s important when you have to incorporate 20-30 photos into a document, then lets pick a number for that.. not to be exceeded.. like 250 kb etc.. and then everybody can try and fit their photo to that .. either by resizing or saving at a slightly lower resolution. The reason I brought this up is that a couple of the comments from our esteemed group members indicated that they had problems recognizing the flamingo head for what it was … so maybe if it was a tad larger….. J 

My submission this week is from my trip to Sydney in 2008.  I drove up to Port Macquarie to visit a friend for a few days, and on the way back, pulled off the road at Brooklyn and drove down to the Hawkesbury River Marina at around sunset. This was one of the many beautiful scenes I captured that day. The light was mellow and golden.

Pentax k10d, sigma 70-300 APO DG, at 300mm, F/6.3, 1/640 sec., ISO 320.



Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

 Many thanks for your comments on my photo last week and my apologies for not being able to give back – getting a bit busy waiting for the move…  Will try to comment this time.  As for the last week photo, I just wanted to take the photo of the sign – yes, the photo of the sign – with background of impeccable blue sky and some sun.  But the idea of being in some context is something I will keep in mind next time.  The “flare” was intentional and that may not be ideal…  The degree of contrast – I am not very familiar with B&W photos and I will try various degree going forward, thank you!  I had old B&W painting in mind and it is typically very light contrast 🙂
Okay, here is for this week.  Like I said, I am getting a bit busy preparing for move and such and I didn’t have much time to shoot.  But just when I thought I had nothing new to show this week – when I came home yesterday, the sunset was spectacular (the airplane in front of the cloud was the bonus 🙂 and just took out my camera from the bag and took many.  Didn’t have much time to PP, so this is almost original.  D700, 24-70mm @58mm, 1/320s, f/5, ISO 200.  No crop.  Have a great week!  Ken



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Practicing macro with Live View Tripod mode. The buds are very small no more than 2 mm. (I will post in Photo.net another version) 
I used the ISO 3200 because the combination of a windy evening (1/200) and a the need to have the buds in focus (f 13).
Imported in PS4 via CR and reduced the noise with Noise Ninja
Nikon D300 + Tamron 90mm – 1/200 – f 13 – ISO 3200 – 



Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

I thought I would post something other than a bug pic this week, but right after I made that vow, I decided to break it after finding this Guava Skipper early last Wednesday morning warming up on this leaf. When I spotted it, I got very excited since I’ve never seen one before and thought, “That’s the prettiest butterfly I’ve ever seen!” The colors are so rich and vibrant. Roberta helped me with the ID. (thank you! 🙂 I was only able to move in and get a couple of shots before it flew off, so the angle is not optimum, but knew I had to try and sneak in from behind if I was going to get one at all. These are fairly rare, as they are usually only found south of the border. (Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter, no flash @ 1/350, f/11, ISO 640) I had another fairly rare sighting this week, a Forbes Silkmoth (aka Cuatro Espejos in Spanish or “four windows” since the green spots on the wings are translucent). She was laying her eggs while hanging on to a chain link fence. I was out at dawn with Maggie and Noah, so hurried them up, took them home, and grabbed my camera hoping it would still be there. It was, and stayed there for about an hour. I guess the poor thing was exhausted, because when she finished, she fell to the ground and was flapping around. I wish this story had a better ending, but as nature would have it, a Mockingbird swooped down and the moth became it’s breakfast. I swear photographing bugs is better than watching the Discovery Channel. 😉 If any of you would like to see the Forbes Moth, I put up a couple of pictures in my Zenfolio:



Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated. Jose, I’m sorry I missed Jr. Jose’s participation. Congratulations and my warm welcomes to him. I can imagine how enviable pleasure you have. Take care. My photo is from October 2008. 
Lucky Birds are enjoying their meals at muddy bed of Suriname River during low-tide. Laying at edge of Amazon Rain forest, rivers are most important part of life for everyone due to heavy rains. Closer layout to Atlantic Ocean brings splendid effect of low-high tides. Here birds are looking for baby lobsters, fish eggs other garbage on mud for their easy found meals.
Hope you like it. Many cheers you to all,

 Nikon D2Xs, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, Normal Program, f/6.3, 1/160sec, ISO100



Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My contribution this week is again taken from the sleepy fishing village of Moeraki in New Zealand.  The Moeraki Boulders are the main reason to visit this place.  They are a fabulous cluster of several dozen spherical stone boulders which have eroded from the cliffs and rolled out onto the beach making for a stunning rock formation. Although the light was variable over our two weeks in New Zealand, getting up pre-dawn and shooting the boulders proved to yield some of the best light I experienced in the entire holiday fluking both a clear sky sunrise and a low tide for best photo access!  This photo was taken with tri-pod and mirror up on my D700 using the 17-35mm AF-S lens set at 32mm wide.



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

Thank you very much to all of you, who commented on my photo and thank you for the advice as to how I should be framing it the next time, this was very helpful.  Here is my photo for this week, I took it 3 weeks ago with Grant’s lens (thank you, Grant), I really need to get myself a macro lens too, I love this kind of photography. This one is a flower my son found for me in our garden, he was very excited, that I’ve decided to take a photo of it, so this one is of interest to him as well. 

 Nikon D700, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 @ ISO 200, f/22, 1/125s, manual exposure, manual focus

Have a lovely week, Jana



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 A submission from the cafe. My friend was drinking from the cup so it is missing, the spoon is covered in froth from the coffee. The cafe/bistro was near a rowing club hence the logo which added to the effect.
 Jana gave me some lessons on borders this week which i appreciated very much. She is a great teacher and great friend. D90 Tamron 17-50mm @ 50mm ISO200 F3.2 1/250sec


Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington, Vermont

 The good news is he’s still out shooting.  I know that this one was taken right on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington. They has a old time train that uses these tracks and takes tourists for a ride. You have to walk across the tracks from a parking area to get to the lake.

 D100 – Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6 shot at 40 mm

Aperture-priority AE, 1/30 sec, f/29, ISO 320



 Special Bonus photo

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

 The New World Trade center rises from Ground Zero

Joseph Leotta

 So Ken Yamamoto photo from last week hit a sensitive spot. I spent a lot of time working there over that last 6 years. My company designed and installed the system used by the site to control access by construction workers.  It’s hard to believe that it will be 9 years this fall, that those horrible events tool place.

 Here the new One World Trade Center rises. Taken Sunday, It is now at the 200 foot level on its way to 1776 feet. You can check it out at http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/index.html

Photo of special interest…

 I owe Jim one, his photos got lost in the email mess and he thought I forgot about him Jim works for HBO and here is something that’s going on there

 Jim Fredriksson

 How to get concrete from here to there… HBO new facility construction


Week 15

May 5, 2010


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Pelham Bay 

Every neighborhood in NYC has a name.  A sample of the names are Highbridge, Throggs Neck, SoHo, Harlem, Bensenhurst, South Ferry, Williamsbridge, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Astoria, Flushing,  and so on. People from each area take pride in their neighborhood and its name. There are probably more than a hundred neighborhoods across the 5 boros of the city. Each neighborhood is also probably larger than most towns around the world. In NYC its nothing but a nickname for area, but a nickname that defines a area and means a lot to the people that live there.

I live in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. It is right at the mouth of the Long Island Sound and is also the northern boarder of NYC.  The Long Island Sound forms a Bay right at the coast line here. Pelham Bay shown here, for which my neighborhood is named.

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

1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 640



Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Thanks guys and dolls for the comments from week 14.. it is soo useful to get feedback on photos.. whether they are your own or other people’s.  Also a big thank you to those of you that outlined or explained various techniques. This week’s photo: As you can see I arrived at the scene of the crime without a second to spare.  You’d think that a picnic area was safe… This was cropped slightly, and converted to b/w in CS3. Anyway, on to more pleasant things.. Anybody up for a game of Pacman?

Recorded with a Pentax k20d, DA 55-300 at 190mm, f/4.5, 1/320 sec, ISO 1000



Jens V Frederiksen – Denmark

 Thank you for you comments on my photo, it is very appreciated and I try to learn from them.

The other day I was with my photo club at an evening shooting in a small provincial town, trying to get some pictures of the local environment with the old houses and the small river. I believe this one shows some of what we came for. Anyway, that is what picked. I put my Wednesday pictures on my homepage in larger size at fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail

 Happy Wednesday all.  Regards  Jens



 Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Photo: May 9, 2010 – Mt. Tamalpais State Park – CREEK FALLS

Redwood Creek along the Bootjack Trail above Muir Woods.

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 16-35 2.8L lens at 18mm

ISO 200, center-weighted average meter f/9 at 4/10 sec., manual focus.

Edited in PS CS5 (from the raw) and PS CS2 (to reduce size to 700 px for this here photo email group)

Slightly cropped from the original frame — I could not see through the viewfinder. I had the camera steadied on a rock for the long (0.4 sec.) exposure.

WHAT: Sunday morning hiking and photography conditions were mostly overcast with some breeze and some very light rain. It’s a delicate balance of blowing out the water falling exposure and the surrounding greenery. However, shooting raw format gives you a definite exposure latitude freedom.  I took over 20 falls picture this day, many came out great thus I struggled with which one to choose (as do many of us I can tell). I hope you enjoy and I appreciate all of your critiques.

-Ken Papai



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 On Mother’s Day (Sunday 8 May 2010) my mum rang to say there is an owl that lives in her backyard.  She knows that I love photography, so it was a message to remind me to bring my “good camera”.  It dawned upon me that I have never seen a live owl in the wild.  Upon arrival, I wished mum a happy mother’s day with flowers and gift and immediately asked the whereabouts of the owl.  “In the old Jacaranda tree” she replied.  “Where?” I thought to myself as I peered up the tree.  I didn’t see it at first, then I realized I wasn’t looking at a knot in the tree.  It was an owl!  The owl remained perfectly still while I fumbled my way through a range of different settings.  Eventually I got a clear shot of it.  At that point it acknowledged my presence with a stare, before it resettled itself against the tree.  So was this an owl?  Not exactly, but is sure had me fooled.

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

Settings:     150 mm, 1/80 sec, f/4 and ISO 200 (Manual, hand held, VR on)



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks for so many kind comments last week. Sorry again I didn’t find time to comment. Too busy with my son graduating last week. This picture was taken from the dock at New Smyrna Beach Florida at Easter. I tried all kinds of telephoto combination’s to get a clear close-up of this great model. This was taken with my 30 yr old lens. They sure sit still alot longer than Dragonflies. Nikon D3, Nikon 300mm 2.8, F/2.8, 1/800sec, ISO 320, hand held.



Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I didn’t have much time to follow the replays for last week, I hope everybody in the group have good time with photography, and I can’t wait to see everybody’s work on next Wednesday edition. My contribution for this week is so much of a classic, shot in Paris early this spring. I thought that it would not be a bad idea to photograph this city on B&W only and we did so, this shot was taken on Tmax 400 film with Nikon F6 and my trusty 35mm Distagon.



Ken Yamamoto – Manhattan, New York

 Many thanks for nice comments for my last week sunset photo.  Yes, I DO take lots of shots on these “timing is everything” subjects – pick probably 1 or 2 from 50 or 100 shots, horizontal and vertical.  The view from this apartment is one thing I will miss A LOT 😦 
Now, this week: As I have been keeping busy, I didn’t have time to carry around the big camera bag for the past few weeks.  Therefore, this week is from my small camera, P&S to be exact.  Wonderful weather except the hurricane class gust.  I guess I am trying to capture as many New York as possible before I leave.  Here is the one on Broadway and 54 or 55th street.  I just looked up and the sky and there was a building on the building there.  Thanks to the light, the reflection was interesting.

Panasonic ZS7, Landscape mode (ISO125, f4, 1/200s, @25mm (35mm camera equivalent)).  Not bad to my eyes and I am impressed by the quality of this camera 🙂  You can see more on my Zenfolio.  khokugo.zenfolio.com 
Have a great week!  I have just started serious packing and the first batch will move out this Wednesday.  Ken



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone, thanks so much for your comments and suggestions.   

Expect to see something reflected in granite pretty soon, and it will probably be wet. I really struggled this week for a photo.   The oil spill is still so close to my heart that it is aching for all that are affected .   I took a ride down to Jean  Lafitte State Park to try and capture some of the beauty of coastal   Louisiana while it still exists.  Unfortunately  I was there in the  middle of the day with brutal sun so I did not like any of the  shots.     This is a shot I took several years ago at the Honey Island Swamp which is at the Louisiana, Mississippi border at the Pearl River Basin.   This area is potentially in harms way depending on how the wind blows. For the most part, the Louisiana coast does not have sand beaches, there are a few exceptions, such as the barrier islands.  However it is primarily  marshland and wetlands.   These areas will be difficult if not impossible to clean if the oil reaches them. 

D100  f/8   don’t know any of the other details, sorry.




Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 A couple of years ago, my wife was able to join me on an overseas business trip to Australia. As typical of most all our trips, we basically rent a sport utility vehicle and start driving off the beaten path. After three or four days of driving south from Sydney, we were disappointed in not seeing the Australia’s most famous wildlife – and we didn’t want to see it in a zoo. With the day’s travel coming to a close, we pulled into a picnic area basically just to stop driving and take in some fresh air. As soon as we sat down and settled a bit, a family of kangaroo’s came out of the bush, grazing on the surrounding grass. In order to get a better look at the family, my wife walked around the picnic table to try to get a bit closer. As you can see, the female roo and my wife were very interested in each other which turned into a stare-down for a couple of minutes. What you can’t see is the baby joey in mama roo’s pouch. I love this shot for what it is and the no-nonsense but curious expression on the animal’s face.

Nikon D100 1/30 sec f6.3 420mm
Thanks  Don



Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My contribution this week is yet again from the South Island of New Zealand where I recently spent two weeks vacation.  This is a photo taken approx.  400 metres upstream from where a freshwater stream empties into the Pacific Ocean.  New Zealand Fur Seal pups clamber and swim up this freshwater stream as far as 450 metres from the high tide mark and up what I estimate as 35 metres above sea level to where a large waterfall halts thier progress any further inland.  Hundreds of pups frolic in the freshwater stream between the falls and the ocean.  The stream is covered in a tall dense canopy of forest trees so available light is very low indeed.  I captured this larger pup asleep on a beautiful emerald coloured rock just 20m from the waterfalls.  Fortunately there was a nicely placed rock close by for me to rest the lens on to get the shot. 

 Exposure details :- Nikon D700 + 70-200mm VR lens @ 135mm, f/7.1, 1/6th sec, ISO 3200  with VR ‘on’ 



Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Hello Everyone,This has been a very busy weekend, but a very good one.  I didn’t take any photos of anything but grandkids!  So this is one from when my wisteria was blooming.  All comments welcome.  I’m sorry I missed doing comments this week, but I really appreciate all that commented on mine.

 Nikon D5000 195mm, AF-A, AF area mode-single, F/5.3, 1/500s, sports mode (-:  ISO 1600

 Have a good week.  Looking forward to everyone’s photos!



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi Guys, I have tried a bit of macro this week and have a photo of a Hibiscus stamen for you to look at. I am not sure the macro is fantastic but i do love the colour. The end of the stamen is almost alien like. D90 Tamron 90mm lens ISO200 f5 @ 1/60sec 



Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

Hello, everyone. 

This time, there is NO picture from me with  boat or sea in it!!  As they said in the “Monty Python” shows some years ago:  “And now, over to something completely different….”:  A portrait.

I have not been very good at portraits, I guess that is due to a combination of restlessness (waiting for that special look) and shyness.  This time I took a picture of my daughter during one of her dance competitions.  The gymnasium is quite dark, and it is taken with one camera mounted flash, with the flash head is tilted outwards, and the light is reflected from the little white reflector card at the reflector head. So, portrait gurus world wide, what can be done better here? – I sincerely want to learn!  Do you for example think that the white spots on her shoulder, which are reflections of the stones on her outfit, should be cloned out?  I can see that those under her jaw definitely should be cloned out. Sorry for not being able to comment on your photos this week  –  I’ll try to shape up!

 D300, Sigma 50-150 2.8 @ 105mm, ISO 1250, 1/60 , f:8



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Try to follow the rule of, in portrait: “Eye in focus” but in this friend is difficult!! 

Nikon D300 + Tamron 90 mm – ISO 2000 – f 9  – 1/250



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

On 1st of May, I went on my first bigger bicycle trip this year. It was warm Saturday, with relatively strong wind that proved to be in my favor for the most of the trip.

The trip included visit to town Ivanec, it’s lakes, and to hill top called Holy Spirit with church and cemetery on it.Hill top is 452 meters high and it’s located about 3 kilometers from the top of Ivancica mountain that which is 1061 meters high. I thought that I would have beautiful view from hilltop to all sides of the world. I have to say that it was really difficult to come to the top with all my equipment (2 cameras, tripod, etc), because last few hundred meters of ascent are really steep.

I wouldn’t exaggerate if I would say that slope was at 35 degrees at first, and about 45 degrees for last 20 or so meters! I wouldn’t like to be the one that would carry the coffin to that cemetery! So, after few liters of sweat,  I finally arrived to the top, only to be disappointed! The trees are to high and almost nothing can be seen! So, I’ve sit on the bench, rested for a while, took a few photos and started pedaling towards home! Well, at least first few kilometers were easy, since I had descent of two hundred meters that stretched through 5 kilometers! I was enjoying at a cruise speed at around 40 km/h. 🙂 OK, now abut the photo. I must say that I’m not really satisfied with photos I’ve took that day. There are some nice ones, but nothing really special. The photo I’m showing you is from Holy Spirit top towards the mountain top. You can see part of cemetery, trees that were blocking my view and top of mountain. The structure on the top is TV tower.

Technical data: Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@20mm, f9, 1/100, ISO 100.

Trip was 92 kilometers long, if your’e wondering.  🙂 And one more thing. 🙂 I’ve started to write my blog in English too. Only two posts for now, but I plan to translate some older posts, and new ones will be multilingual. So, if someone is interested, the address is: http://www.filiplucin.com/wordpress/en

Some parts of blog are not yet fully translated, but you’ll manage. 🙂 Thanks for reading all this, and thank you all for being part of this group. I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning when I’ll receive mail from Joe. 🙂



Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Winter 2008. No metadata from this file copy. Pulled from archive. Woke up early to find this dark & silent snow covered world waiting. This photo taken just outside my front door, a front yard dogwood in Centerport, New York. Some post production to remove a telephone pole but no exposure compensation or other fixes. The flash makes the snow ‘pop’. I’ve been tempted to remove the other forefront bushes but don’t seem to make the time. Would the photo be better without them?



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Still under the weather.  This cough just doesn’t want to give me a break.   I shot this on Thursday before I got sick.  You can see the wall curving around on the right side of the frame.  We saw at least five walls on the course on Thursday.  This was the first wall and I was in transfixed by its beauty.  The wall was hand laid and there is no bonding agent used to keep the stones together.  The builder is very talented.

I hope you like it!



Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated.
My photo taken at 2nd of May 2008. There was a NY Times project called A Moment in Time . I posted a short explanation on my blog Minutes earlier, minutes later : A moment in time – New York Times project
They started to publish all photos at A Moment in Time – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com today but I couldn’t find my photo yet. Maybe on queue or located at other continent who knows 😉 Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all,,

 Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, at 10mm, f/7.1, 1/500sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you for your very kind comments on my photo last week, I am learning a lot here and I really appreciate them.  My photo this week is from my studio session with the model, that I photographed few weeks back, this was one of our earlier photos in the day, the coat is a real mink and the jewellery is antique. She and her mother run a shop with all sorts of adornments and she brought plenty of wonderful props with her on the day. It was a real joy to photograph her and I will definitely ask her to model for me again.  Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2,8 @ ISO 200, 1/125s, f/7,1; 2x500W Bowens lights used, a softbox and an umbrella, soft box positioned high to the right from the camera, the umbrella a little lower and to the left from the camera, umbrella light lowered by 1/3 in relation to the softbox light. I look forward to seeing all your wonderful photos, I am sure there will be plenty of treats here this week again.

Have a lovely week,, Jana 



Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 Alright then… First up, I’m sorry I’ve not commented this last week. I’ve started the e-mail, but I’m swamped & just too tired. I will try to catch up or simply skip this last week’s. As usual I’ve been agonizing over what to choose to post. I almost went out on a limb & submitted something totally out of the ordinary, but I so enjoy my macros….  Finally my husband came & weighed in & this is what he chose for me to post. Yes, another Reverse Lens macro. I almost posted one of my first acceptable 24mm Reversed Lens Macros, but this one won out. Greg suggested a flower, so how about an insect upon a flower. It’s on one of my roses. So, it’s again the amazing 50mm AiS f/1.2 at f/16, ISO 500, Manual exposure, on board flash, on the D300 handheld. I have no idea what this is. I will have to try to find out. It’s another tiny insect no larger than 10mm in the body – if even. It kind of jumps like a grasshopper, but it’s a lot smaller & it moves fast. I had a hard time getting these because it kept running away from me.

I hope you will enjoy. Lil



Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington, Vermont

 That 60’s Vacation feel 

4 in a row.  If he keeps it up maybe we’ll make him a regular member. This one of my son’s has that 60’s Vacation feel to it.  In those days you would find these viewers at many tourist spots. Drop in a nickel and tale in the view. Now their a quarter or 50 cents and you don’t see many of them. This one is on Lake Champlain in Vermont and I’m sure that it has been there a long time. Look out, he’s getting creative, he did the B&W conversation using Lightroom.

 D100 – Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6 shot at 44 mm

Program AE, 1/320 sec, f/14, ISO 32 processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom



Special Bonus photo

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

 Mother’s DayRick Dohme

 I was hired to do some Mothers day pictures as a surprise last year. The client used to do some photography so he had his own back drop paper. We set up in his garage with my studio lights. He and his two girls had a blast with the paints. I got so many cute shots. I thought this one would be great this week to remember all our great moms.


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