Weeks 21 to 25

Week 21

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Farm stand eye candy

One from the files on a busy week. Dutton’s farm stand in Newfane Vermont is a marvelous place for fresh fruits, vegetables baked goods and photographs.  This old pail filled with freshly cur flowers was just sitting I a corner but it just jumped out at me. Very vivid

Nikon D700 (I miss it) Nikkor 28-85 afd f2.8 at 70mm Program AE, , ISO 3200 indoor available light. (Very dark corner) auto white balance. As shot except for slight crop and resized.

 

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Last week’s water photos and the Wednesday one also were fantastic.  My photo this week is one of the two I was considering for the water photo and could not find.  Well, I’ve finally figured out how to add a little description to my folders or “albums” so locating photos is a little easier.  It was very easy, guess I was just being lazy, but since I’ve already got 107 albums in there it was time to do something!
 
I took this photo in April this spring.  It’s one of the geese that visited us this year.  I liked the shimmery look of the water and tree reflections.  Cropped just a little off the left and bottom.  300mm, F16, 1/20s AF-A, Aperture priority, center weighted metering, auto ISO 1600.
 
Have a good week!
Peggy

 

 

 Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 My photo for today is a flower shot. Simple photo, nothing much to it.

It was shot using my Tamron lens on 300mm in macro mode. Camera was on tripod and I used on board flash to fill the flower. I would like it to be little sharper but the wind was blowing quite strong. This Tamron lens was cheap (around 140 euros) and it is far away from top quality lens, but when there is enough light and subject isn’t too far away, it can do a decent job. It has a nice bokeh.

Anyway, Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@300mm, f6.3, 1/200 sec, ISO 400.

 About the beginning of summer, it’s looking like beginning of autumn here, only 12 degrees C, strong north wind, and lots of rain. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is a holiday and I hope to do some shooting, photographs, of course. 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing your photos, and thanx to those that commented!

Greetings, Filip.

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Haig  has been on the road for the last month…

He’ll be back at the end of the month, and he says that he should have some great photos from Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia. When he emailed me he attached this photo.. It’s from New Zealand..

 His EXIF data

Pentax K10D 200mm Aperture-priority AE, 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

   Thanks for the comments on last weeks pic. Well I was planning on using another Macro but this picture was a diversion from the macro’s. The third Sunday of each month for 26 years My wife and I work in the 1-2 year old nursery room. The last 6 years I have brought my camera in to take candid’s of the kids. I’ve got some very cute shots over the years. This shot was a surprise. Yesterday I saw her playing with her tongue and ripped off 4-5 shots. When I got home and edited I saw this one and thought it was so funny. I’m not sure how her parents will feel but I like it. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-200 2.8, 200mm, f/2.8, SS 1/200 sec., ISO 800

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone.  Sorry did not get to comment last week.  All the photos were fantastic. I found myself going back several times to look at them and the water special.      It has been so very hot here that it has been brutal so not much  outdoor photo activity for me.     Last Wednesday morning I did venture out early and found this lady. Sorry, if some of you have seen her before, so hope you don’t mind.     Rick has named her Phyllis Diller and there is a remarkable resemblance !! This is my first macro caterpillar .   She was very busy munching on  my herbs.    Hope you like her.

You can see a larger version and one other view at:

http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h2c847a38#h3071b1c7

 Nikon D300 60mm micro 20mm extension tube f/13  shutter 1/80  EV -.33 ISO400  SB600 diffused.

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore,  Denmark 

 Has not shot very many photos this week. Maybe that is why it was so difficult to choose one.

The one I picked is from yesterday, situated at a small lake, a café in the forest. Original an old watermill but

now a very popular meeting place for everyone who likes to take a walk in the forest.

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Another Sherrin about to go into orbit.  The “peak” moments in sport can often look “less dynamic” than either the “wind-up” or the “follow-through”.  So apart from checking technique (regarding the drop of the ball), a shot like this is rarely taken.  Please note that the Spot Metering, although not needed for this shot; it was necessary for the dark navy blue jumpers of the other players.  It helps to “retain definition” in the creases of the jumpers instead which can be “lost” with matrix metering.

 D300, 70-200 f/2.8, Aperture Priority, 200 mm at f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 800, Spot Metering

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 There is a community garden near my place and spring flowers are blooming.  I am not very knowledgeable about flower names, but this was so beautiful.  I really should have brought 70-180mm macro….

D700, 24-70 @35mm, f/8, 1/320sec (A-mode), ISO 400.  A bit of cropping and some PP by NX2

 

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello My Wednesday Friends, 

An older photo this week, as I haven’t done anything new for a while (although shooting a boudoir tomorrow morning, so there might be something decent and tasteful I can show next week). This is a photo of some skirts of Punjabi Dancers that were performing here in Brisbane last year, I photographed the movement and colour mainly and this photo has been displayed in a “Brisbane Celebrating” exhibition the following Spring. Unfortunately all the information about the shutter speed etc. is on my other computer and I won’t be able to provide it here. 

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

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 My photo this week comes from Germany and was taken hand held on the balcony of a riverboat. It was early in the morning just after i woke

D90 Tamron 17-50mm at 45mm 1/250sec @ F8 ISO200

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 My college roommate Kyle Jumps his skateboard over a gap. These were stacked piles of floating docks that were out of the lake for work.

 Nikon D100  with Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Happy Wednesday to the Photo Club.

 In honor of the US Open played at Pebble Beach last weekend, I’d like to submit a shot taken nearly nine years ago.  My oldest daughter had suggested we go an outlet mall in Gilroy, CA.  We worked our way down the coast until we reached the long road approaching Pebble Beach.  Tears were running down my face when I realized where we were and what I was about to see.   It was one of the best surprises I have ever had.  I call it: Carmel, Through the Trees. 

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 My photo this week is of a praying mantis who flew onto my dog’s grooming table in the garage and stayed a couple of days. I took a few pics of it when it first arrived, but decided to see if I could coax it onto a piece of leftover granite countertop a few days later, without it flying away. It obliged, but didn’t seem to like it much, as it promptly marched off, so was only able to get a couple of shots on the piece of granite. This is the full body shot I was able to get (full photo, no crop). It was about an inch and a half long. The mantids are probably the least photo shy bugs I’ve encountered. They seem to actually like the attention. I wish it had decided to stay a little longer, but I guess I wasn’t a very good hostess, and it decided to leave while I was in New Orleans. Taken with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm macro lens/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/100, f/11, SB600 diffused, ISO 320, processed earlier this week. Larger version can be seen here: http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h1a85d1e8#h1a85d1e8

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hi everyone

 Tonight I am  too tired to write about the image posted, it is “just” a moody one.  Hope you like it.

D300, Nikkor 18-70 @ 48mm, ISO 500, 1/500 sec, f:7,1

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated.
Mud and clouds from Suriname River, during high-tide. I used Hoya, pro1 circular polarize filter. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,
Ertugrul Kilic

http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/ 

Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, at 10mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.33

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 My head is in the world Cup in South Africa!!! I had forgotten is Tuesday. Tuesdays came more quickly than before!!!!
We have defeated Greece a few hours ago. But I suffered a lot !!!  the next match is Saturday against Mexico, so I will try to prepare some pics for spares in the meantime to have a reserve!
Another shot of my hometown. San Isidro Cathedral at night.
ISO 2000 – f 3.5 – 1/10  

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Another shot from old town of Sulina,  view over Danube river with one of the many boats along its banks and old shipyard buildings in the background. Shot with Mamiya 7II, 50mm F/4.5 lens on Kodak Ektachrome E100G.

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 I have been inspired by Roberta Davidson’s water droplet photographs.  I have tried these a few years ago and thought I might re-visit this concept as we we are actually having some rain here at last.  After a couple of hours fighting the light morning breeze I finally managed to nail something with a refracted image in it…..  phew, I’d forgotten how time consuming and exacting it is to make these images work – excellent work Roberta…….!

 Nikon D700 with Kiron 105mm micro lens on tri-pod @ f/16,  1.20th sec, ISO 200, live view and  mirror up

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Photo: Black & White study of sign on the Big Rock Ridge at Lucas Valley.

Queenstone Fire Road, from Sunday morning, 6/20/2010.

 Canon EOS 7D, 24mm, f/10, ISO 100.

Shot Raw and processed in PS CS5 to simple B&W image.

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 My favorite part of going on vacation is going where the typical vacationer might not venture. I caught this shot while driving our four wheel drive pick-up on a logging road in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. We were probably 20 miles from any public road (or other human). Birds of prey are a favorite subject of mine.

Nikon D100 500mm f6.3, 1/800 sec ISO 200.

  

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Nature does all the work. Turtle with Scorpio moon rising.

I wanted to show only the turtle, natural history style. Clinical and analytical but deeply profound.

 You would not believe this pocket Nikon.

Coolpix S210, f/3.9,  ISO 64 focal length 9.3mm

Post production; Photoshop Elements 6.0

  

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 more Reversed Macros unfortunately….  D300, 50mm AiS f/1.2 Reversed at f/16 in Manual metering, 1/160s. on board flash diffused, ISO 400, handheld – the Mantis babies are growing. This is from the front yard crowd. Hanging out in the rose bushes…. They’re not willing subject & can run rather quickly when they need to. They’re about 20mm by now.

Large version (click on the photo) can be seen herehttp://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h1cf9d77a#h1a4

 

Special Bonus photo

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

First day of summer – Jeannean R

 From my New Orleans trip. The little girl was fooling with her pedal and when she looked up at me, she smiled and I snapped the pic. This was at the concert right after the shower. I assume the man is her father based on their interaction with each other.

 

Fathers dayRick Dohme 

 Well since Joe mentioned the Fathers day theme for bonus pics. Everyone liked my Mom’s day picture I thought I’d send one of the pictures I took of Dad that day with his girls. Nikon D3, 100mm, F/13, 1/60sec, ISO 200, + 0.7 step, SB 800 flash on camera with one extra strobe and Umbrella.

  

The photo that I just had to include

 Fathers day – Joseph Leotta

 Ricks photo reminded me of this one which always has been one of my favorites. Just had to include it

This is an old one. It is from 18 years ago when my 2nd child Jill was just several months old.  My wife snapped it with my Nikon F. Just had 2 cameras in those days.

Week 22

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Tin Foil Colors

Just a simple shot this week taken from the Rye Beach Pier at twilight. Taken at just the right time, the reflections of the twilight sunset off the water remind me of the way color lights reflect off of tin foil.  This was also one of those times that make you love you equipment.  . I Love the way the D300 handled the mixed light situation and the image that it produced. Shot in Jpeg, this one is exactly as shot with only resizing

 Nikon D300  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED Shot at 22 mm

Program AE, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 400  matrix metering

 

 Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 First off, thank you so much for your comments for the last few weeks and my apologies that I could not give them back.  Still pretty hectic weekdays and I just don’t have enough time.  The first batch of my sea cargo just arrived but my full gear + pp s/w high power PC has not yet arrived.
I visited this weekend “Nature Education center” nearby where there is a huge forest and nature in the middle of Tokyo, which I could not believe.  I guess I will frequent there 🙂  Anyway, my entry this week is the macro shot there.  I should have done with faster shutter speed, and hope for a bit deeper DOF – but I could only do handheld.  It is clear that I should practice more and more to get even close to the macro proficient here.  See its larger version as well as other shots http://khokugo.zenfolio.com .  Thank you!!  Ken

D700, 105mm AFS Macto, 1/250s, f/5, ISO auto (266?).  A bit cropping with Picasa

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Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

My contribution harks back to Dec. 2009 and a week’s holiday on Lord Howe Island (LHI), 900 km off the coast of New South Wales – Australia.  I read in the small local news chronicle that the yacht in my photo had been sailed by a solo American retired engineer from San Diego to Hawaii, then down through the Marshall Islands, through the Solomons and onto Fiji.  From there this fellow planned to sail due south to New Zealand but struck violent storms for 24 hours and tore his sails, took on water, nearly capsised etc- all the usual things to dread whislt being at sea….    He drifted with a non starting motor and broken radio for 40 days on ocean currents without seeing a single ship or aircraft. 

 Being an engineer (the article did not mention what sort of engineer apart from a retired one….) he finally managed to get the motor running and saw some seabirds on the 40th day which he attempted to follow.  The yacht was then spotted between LHI and neighbouring Norfolk Island by a large pleasure fishing boat and was guided to LHI under ‘his own steam’.  But upon approach to the narrow North Passage at LHI the engineer realised he was unable to cut the motor and had to take massive evasive action to avoid smashing the yacht on LHI’s large and shallow, coral barrier reef which protects the island’s safe lagoon and harbour.  Some locals saw his troubles and rushed out in another fishing boat and were able to board the yacht and cut the motor and get it to it’s photographed safe mooring just inside the North Passage at LHI.

 When I was there to take my photos, the yacht’s owner had left for Sydney (Australia) to find boat parts and a repairman and had told the local news chronicle interviewer that he intended to repair the yacht to full sea-worthy state and sail it back across the Pacific to San Diego via New Zealand……..

 I sat up on a hill on LHI and marvelled at this yacht and it’s hazardous journey and enjoyed the images I was able to take like this photo with the sun setting and the warm humid mist enveloping the distant ocean……  an ordinary picture with an extraordinary story.

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

wonderful photos last week, I really enjoy looking at all of them. Thank you for brightening up my week.

My photo this week is a little unusual for me, as I rarely photograph landscapes, I know I am no good at it, but why not to try something new and different from time to time. Last Saturday morning there was a fog everywhere and I’ve decided to grab a camera and go to one place, that I’ve been wanting to photograph for the past 6 months, I was waiting for the right weather, I even went there few times with the camera, when the golden afternoon sun was shining, but I kept missing the good light. This time I was quick and I managed to take few photos. 

 Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70mm, f/2.8@ISO 1600, 1/160s, f11

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

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hard to believe another Wednesday is here.   Thanks to Gej and piece  of black granite , I tried something that does not involve a macro lens.   I did learn that I need to find a piece of granite that does not have “sparkles” in it, but  hey make use of what you have, right  I wanted to try and get some of the sky , clouds and trees reflected also.  Only succeed with the sky and trees.

Hope you like this. I hope everyone has a great week.

 D300 35-70mm f/2.8  at 35mm f/14 shutter 1/20 EV -2 ISO 200 SB 600 diffused  Manual focus  and used tripod

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore,  Denmark 

 Although my D700 gave up on me I had to shoot a little this weekend anyway. Here is one from a not so warm summer day, Saturday, at the beach. All IR and right out of the camera, cropped a little, D70 IR converted, 18-70 @27 mm, F/20 1/80s ISO 200 matrix, WB preset at the green grass.

Larger photo at http://fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 My photo for this weak is rainbow shot. It’s my first full rainbow on photo, and I captured it on Friday. I was on my bicycle, riding trough a country side. I was caught by summer storm twice, but luckily for me, it only rained for a short time and I had some great photo opportunities, because sun was shining again really fast, Thanks you that commented on photos, I appreciate it!

Greetings, Filip.

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

Moj blog: http://www.blog.filiplucin.com/

 

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California 

 OK I actually made it out of the house for a few hours this last weekend & went to one of my favorite photography locations. The birds weren’t playing but that was OK I was socializing with a friend from Seattle who came down to shoot for two days.

So – I’m back to shooting birds again – my favorite subjects.

D300, 300 f/4 AF-S, ISO 400, handheld, through chicken wire, A Mode, 1/1600s -0.03EV – – there’s a slight crop due to how I had to frame due to the chicken wire & my rather unstable hand. And I was very upset. My Nikon 1.4 TC – the screws started unscrewing themselves so I missed a lot of shots before I figured out what was going on & I took it off. Luckily husband has good tools so I’m hoping I’ll be able to tighten them or he will.

This is a Least Tern female on her nest of two eggs. They are protected & behind a chain linked fence. Their nest are right on the ground & people would step on them if not protected. The nests all have numbers so they all have two sticks with the number on them in front & behind the nest. I managed to shoot this so I only had one stick in the shot. I have cloned it out as I know that there’s someone who would have commented on it. However – for the purists – the un-cloned shot is on my site. These are protected birds both legally & physically. Much to some people’s dismay… I call this shot “Making Sure Her Mate Knows She’s On the Job”

Large high quality version can be seen here

http://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h1dff7f3b#h1dff7f3b

and for the “purists” look here

http://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h1dff7f3b#h122857c4

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
Last Saturday I attended an exhibition of Graffiti and Street art. 
Around 20 street artists from differents countries paint on the walls of an abandoned building. The building will be used in the near future by the Spanish Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires (CCEBA). Here the aerosol spray can as a weapon of resistance  

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 This weekend I was asked to help at the D2 State Finals for Boys’ Golf.  One of my responsibilities was rulings on the course.  While driving around, I spotted this water lily.  When it was time for lunch, I grabbed my camera and headed back out on the course.  Fortunately there were no rulings for a while and I was able to get this shot.  

 D90 – 1/250sec – f/8.0 – 18-200@200 – ISO 500 – Aperture Priority – Cropped

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Just a butterfly, but I loved the colors in it.  I hope that it looks clear and bright when it is in the email.  Please tell me what you think.  Should it be cropped more?   
 D5000, with VR70-300 F4.5-5.6G lens.  300mm, F/5.6, 1/500s, Auto ISO 200, Af-A, Matrix metering
 I hoped to send a baseball photo, but I didn’t do very well this time at all.  The fence was too tall for me to see over, I have discovered I don’t know how to ‘shoot through it.’  On a few attempts the fence was gone, but the pictures were “dim” or “faded” looking.  I did catch one ball as he swung and missed, it was right on his helmet and looked like a decal!

(-:
 
 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Thanks again to all who took the time to comment on my picture. Great pictures again last week. I wish I had time to comment. A couple of days ago I caught this Spider sucking the life out of this June bug. It was pretty windy so I had fun shooting him as he swung in the breeze. I tried to Identify him but couldn’t find what kind he is. Maybe someone could let me know what tribe he comes from. Nikon D3, Nikon 105 2.8 AIS, Kenko 2x, 210mm, f/16, 1/160 ss, SB800 flash on camera with diffuser. Hand held.
Rick

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 My first attempt at an abstract. Here is a photo of my girlfriend Aimee that I play around with and got this interesting effect. It took a while to get one that I liked

processed in lightroom

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Today I came across two wild Tawny Frogmouths in an old Jacaranda tree … I think one of them is the same bird I shot a while back!  These birds are perched motionless and look as though they are part of the tree – until you get close up.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     90 mm, 1/200 sec, f/4 and ISO 800 (Manual, hand held, Spot, VR on

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Another doorway that took my fancy. Not sure whether it was the sexuality on the door or the red cigarette machine:-))) The writing on the door says tapas but i am not sure exactly what was behind the door. This was taken in Regensberg Germany
D90 Tamron 17-50mm at 20mm 1/320sec @ F11 ISO1000.  You may want to know why ISO1000, well i had been in a building previously and forgot to change the ISO

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 This time another water/sea/boat image from me – I think I am drawn to that element 🙂  The image was taken on Mid Summernights eve, and I went along the pier when suddenly all these colors reflected in the water and almost screamed at me to be recorded.

 D300,  Nikkor 18-70mm @ 70 mm, f 9, ISO 200 1/20sec

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Portrait in BW of my beloved wife, shot with Nikon F6, 35mm ZF F/2 lens, Kodak 400TX, Nikon Coolscan 9000ED

 

 Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/1.4, 1/125sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.33

I would like to thanks everyone who commented my photo last week. I appreciated.
World Cup 2010 is going to the final soon as you know. Here are many Brazilian immigrants and naturally they build their own neighborhood. I’m watching Brazilian National Soccer Team’s games together with them. I caught him yesterday luckily front of a yellow container. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,
Ertugrul Kilic
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 

 Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

I spent a couple of weeks in British Columbia this past month, mostly in Penticton, and Vancouver.

This shot is from Naramata, a little wine growing town about 5 minutes drive from Penticton on Okanagan Lake.  The scenery with the lake and snowcapped mountains behind was quite spectacular.

K20d, Tamron 28-75 @ 28mm, f/11, ISO 250, 1/250 sec.

  

 Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is a shot of the cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, UK. It’s the tallest medieval structure in Europe at 404 ft tall but has a foundation that is only 4 ft deep (2 story houses in my home town have foundations 4 ft deep) built on gravel!. It is one of a few structures built all at once (within a 100 years back then) rather than in smaller projects. Within the church, you’ll find the oldest working clock in Europe. You are looking at the northern wall of the cloisters that was built around 1240 AD. To the right of this picture is the Chapter House that holds an original copy of the Magna Carta, dating from 1215. Absolutely wonderful.

Canon PowerShot S70 1/320 sec, f2.8, ISO 100 5.8mm, raw format

 

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I’ve been busy preparing for a visit from Hurricane Alex tomorrow (Wednesday evening), so haven’t had time to process much of anything I’ve have shot this weekend. I managed to get this dragonfly done earlier today. I found it asleep on a bush Saturday morning at my Mom’s house, so this is about all I had to choose from this week. This is the full photo; no crop. I couldn’t believe it let me get this close. I wish I’d seen it a few minutes before the sun came up, so as not to get the bright hexagon reflection in it’s eye. I tried to shade it, but I guess I didn’t shade it enough. Shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter/SB 600 flash diffused @ 1/100, f/13. ISO 400. If you want to see a more detailed version, here’s the link:
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h312e6b3f#h312e6b3f

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 About 40% of HBO’s antenna field. Jackscrew replacement on A9. 

 

 

Special Bonus photo

This week it is the special extra photo 

 Lil Judd

 When I think of it I bring the camera with me when I water the garden. Never know what I may see or disturb…. I love the color of Chicago Peace, that’s a rose. Just so warm & inviting. I was watering & I happened to notice how the petals on this one flower & the water drops looked interesting & inviting to me. D300, 50mm AiS f/1.2 Reversed at f/16 in Manual metering, 1/320s. on board flash diffused, ISO 200, handheld

 Large version can be seen here

http://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h1cf9d77a#h1cf9d77a

Hopefully you’ll enjoy.

  

Week 23

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Just the perfect day for pictures in Vermont

I spent this past weekend up at the house in Vermont. On Friday I took a ride on Cooper hill Road in the town of Dover. It could not be a better day for taking pictures.

Its pretty amazing the job that Polarizer filters do. Without one the sky would have been white haze.

 Nikon d300 AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF at 25mm

Program AE, 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400m, Circular Polarizer

  

 

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Summer is coming to the southern part of Norway…

 D300, Nikkor 18-70 @ 29mm, ISO 500, f7.1, 1/160sec

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 http://www.birdwatching.com/stories/killdeer.html

While taking pictures of the construction of our new datacenter from the gravel rooftop of the HBO Communications Center I ran into this little fellow. I believe I have identified him/her correctly as a Killdeer. She closely resembles the bird in the link but that’s another story. Having often seen the ‘broken wing display’ on nature shows it was quite a ‘kick’ to witness it first-hand. I hope there is room for both photos Joe. I can’t imagine what these birds will eat when they hatch as they are about 20’ in the air on a rooftop. Oh well, I’m sure it will work itself out. As in the story in the link it took a minute or two to locate the eggs but she didn’t seem to mind much when I was just looking!

3505 C R.jpg: f/7.1 ISO 64 No flash 24.5mm

 

  

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Hiding in the backyard of the July 4th celebration we attended this weekend was this cat.  He was on a barrel in dense shade.  The photo has had no editing done to it.  I liked his eyes peeking over the leaf.  Should I do some editing on it?

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
 70-300 mm lens, manual, F/6.3, 1/400s, auto ISO 1600  (??)
 
Thanks, Peggy 


  

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Another week has flown by. Thanks for the nice comments on my spider pic. We have been having tons of rain but it stopped just in time to do a little fishing before the fireworks last night. These three brothers are my great nephews. We had a great time with family. I hope you all did to.

Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400 VR, 80mm, f/5.6, 1/125 ss, ISO 800.

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Sally and I had a quiet and restful 4th.  Sort of the lull before the storm.  In less than two weeks, we head west to SF to visit our children.  The drive is our first in nearly 40 years that we HAVEN’T had to be somewhere at a particular time.  We are going drive the scenic route and take lots of photos.  I’m hoping for a couple of good ones.

 My shot today comes from a panoramic that I stitched together a few minutes ago.  It was shot in Hawaii at our youngest’s wedding.  The view is of a taro planting, just after a thunder storm and about an hour before sunset.  It’s near the North Shore where we saw lots of big waves and some fearless surfers.

 Hope you have a wonderful week!

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 This was shot in Richmond, BC in the late afternoon.  A not so interesting photo in color, turned out to be one of my favorites from the trip.

Taken with the k20d + Tamron 28-75 @75mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-250, + 0.3 EV.

A quick thank you to all of you that have been commenting.  I have been traveling a lot, and hopefully will have time in future to comment.

  

 

 Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello all
Taken two weeks ago at Japanese Gardens in Buenos Aires. A Kingfisher ( I think)
Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @200mm – f 5.6 – 1/400

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

     I wanted to try and capture the spirit of the 4th of July in water drop shot for you all.  This proved to be harder than I imagined.

Hope you like this one,

 D300  60mm micro  f/7.1 shutter 1/200   ISO 280  SB 600 off camera

 

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Yet again IR photography, converted to BW and changed the sky to blue. In the foreground is a stinging nettle.

D70 18-70 at 25mm F/16 1/100s.

Looking forward to another great Wednesday.

 Regards, Jens

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

I haven’t commented on any photos for a long time and I probably won’t very soon either, as I am swamped with work and finding an hour in my day seems absolutely impossible these days. I can’t remember when was the last time I went to bed before midnight, and with a small child it is 5.30 AM start. I just want you all to know, that I enjoy your photos very much and go through them very carefully. I am really impressed with the high standard we are achieving week after week, thank you all and thank you Joe for organizing this exciting project. 

 My photo this week has been taken on the same misty morning, as my photo last week and I converted it to B&W, as I felt it shows the chill in the air better. 

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8@ ISO 400, 1/125s, f/10

 Have a lovely week, Jana 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 Lake Champlain sunset

The lake in Burling is one of my favorite places o take pictures. Since a picture is worth a 1000 words, enough said.

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

 Program AE, 1/350 sec, f/10, ISO 400

BTW, the sensor has been cleaned after this was taken

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia  

My contribution this week is another one from the archive as we have had 10 days in a row (until today when I was at work……) of the most non-descript, overcast, drizzly, miserable, cold, poor lighting conditions I can ever remember……  No lovely fog to photograph, no spectacular clouds, just grey drab insipid light…..

 So to counter that I’m submitting a photo I took in some of the mot remarkable daylight conditions I have experienced.  It’s from the southern hemisphere’s late autumn of 2009 and was actually taken at around 11:30 am not anywhere close to sunrise or sunset.  It was a really strong cold snap of weather and jaundiced coloured snow bearing clouds were scudding across the skies and were so close to the coast.  The sky was so heavily tinted in the middle of the day that it was like living in a perpetual sunset.  The sky remained like this until late afternoon when the sun finally dropped below distant cloud banks on the horizon.

 The actual photo is of the very end tips of the Mitchell River silt jetties in the Gippsland lakes in Victoria Australia.  These are a natural feature which are formed by the river depositing huge volumes of silt into the lake forming very long, narrow tracts of land only a few feet above water level.  Taken on a tri-pod with my D700 and 35-70mm f/2.8 AF-D Nikkor.  35mm, f/8, 1/3200th sec, IS0 400.

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Whenever I come across these two birds I feel compelled to try and take “a better shot”.  The colour version that I have posted was shot yesterday.  Viewed front-on its easy to see why the Tawny Frogmouth is mistaken for an owl, but when viewed side-on one could be forgiven for thinking they are a different species of bird altogether!  The late noon winter sun is responsible for the “golden glow” that emanates from the right.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     90 mm, 1/15 sec, f/8 and ISO 200 (AP, hand held, 0.33EV, VR on)

 

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello to all of you around the world! Thanks for comments on my and other photos. Jeannean, you’re right. I wasn’t careful enough, didn’t clone all of the sensor dust. Thanks for warning me. 🙂 My photo for this week is an infrared panorama. 8 vertical photos shot with Nikon D80 + Sigma 10-20@10mm, and Cokin IR filter. D80 has highly efficient IR filter, I had to use ISO 400 at 30 sec exposure! Anyway, I hope you like it. I’m looking forward to see your photos tomorrow morning.

Greetings, Filip.

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

Moj blog: http://www.blog.filiplucin.com/

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania  

Shot in Paris early this spring on Foma 200 Creative film, Nikon F6, Zeiss 100mm F/2 ZF lens, scanner Nikon Coolscan 9000ED.

 

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Here’s the bee I talked about using Brian Valentine’s technique of holding the leaf with my left hand and balancing the lens on my arm. It helped a great deal since it was windy. Not the greatest position for composition, but sure does help with steadying the camera and subject in wind. D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter, SB600 diffused @ 1/160, f/11, ISO 400. It also can be seen here:
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h2bf997de#h2d1dfe67

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Another shot from Inwood Hill Park excursion in April.  There was a church near the station before the park.  The cross was made from the remnant of WTC – I took several and all of them had some “light” on the upper left of the cross and the crossing point.  No, I am not religious or anything, and I know it is a kind of flare or ghost, but just interesting.

D700, 24-70 @24mm, f/8, 1/40s (mode A), ISO 200,

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, 10mm, f/4, 1/350sec @10mm, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

I was on the way to my bank for dropping a wire transfer order for my new lens. It’s not Nikon and not an auto focus lens;) Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 

 Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 It’s been very hot in Atlanta lately and the only place to try to cool off is the pool. Unfortunately, the pool temp is around 92 so it’s refreshing to people. However, Rottweilers don’t care – they just want to be wet.

 Nikon D300s 500mm f10 1/400 sec ISO 200 – full auto

 

 Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Yosemite Valley looking east as viewed from the Bridalveil Tunnel viewing area.

We were leaving the valley to go back to our lodge; we returned in a couple days.  I quickly double parked (damn JPG mode) in the small lot and grabbed a few photos and this one was best.

Left to right: El Capitan, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome,

Cathedral Spires, and Bridalveil Fall.

 Sunday at 4 PM, 6/27/2010.  File: 700×476 at 151 KB.  (not shot Raw… oops!)

Canon EOS 7D, 24-70L at 40mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f/10.  Photoshop CS5

 Soon to return, soon to return!

Ken Papai

 

  

Lil Judd – Rancho Cascades, California

 Today I am presenting yet another from the other weekend. This is a Common Tern. Much larger than the one last week. This one also had something to scream about.

Shot with the D300, 300mm AF-S f/4 & my Nikon 1.4 TC before it was clear I couldn’t use it reliably that day. EXIFs are 420mm effective focal length, f/8, -0.3 EV, A Mode, ISO 400, 1/1250s

I hope you will enjoy & a high quality version can be seen here

http://lilknytt.zenfolio.com/p750302876/h2dd4d25e#h2dd4d25e

Lil

 

 

Special Bonus photo

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

 Small town 4th of July – Joseph Leotta 

 The 61th annual 4th of July parade. Main Street, Wardsboro Vermont.

Americana at its finest

  

4Th of July fireworks – Roberta Davidson

        Hi everyone.  For those in the U.S.  hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  For those outside the U.S. hope you had a good weekend also.

      I had to try my very first fireworks shots.  My poor husband agreed to go to the levee where we could see the fireworks. We gotten eaten by mosquitos.  I don’t think I’ll get him to do that again. The silhouette is of the Hale Boggs Bridge and some trees along the levee. Here is my first attempt at fireworks  and my first using the bulb  setting.   Used tripod and remote release . I held the shutter open  and put my hand in front of the lens to try and capture multiple displays at one time.

You can see more of my fireworks at:

http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h220fc2d6#h2829f817

Nikon D300 35-70mm  at 70 mm   f/10  bulb ISO 200

  

Sparkler drawing – Rick Dohme

 Last night I had my family do some sparkler drawing. After a few tries my daughter got pretty good at it. Every one had fun trying to write there names. Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120 3.5, 24mm, shutter speed 10 sec., f/22, ISO 200.

  

Week 24

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Twilight at a Vermont Mountain Lake

I think that you can take the most dramatic photos just before sunrise or just after sunset. Dusk has a very short window of usable light but is such an interesting time to find just that right shot. Mostly you can’t plan it and it becomes a matter of right time, right place.  On the way home from Vermont this past Sunday evening we took a different road from our house just for a change of pace. The detour adds about 10 minutes to the ride but was worth it.  As we drove past Townshend Lake, I made my wife pull the car over, and I had to go dig out the camera bag to take this one. There’s maybe a 5 minute window when all falls into place just right. Like I said you can’t plan it.

 Nikon D300  AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF @ 24mm

 Program AE, 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640, Compensation: -1/3

This time the polarizer was not helping, light was at the wrong angle – just the normal UV filter

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Another busy week has flown by. Thanks for the nice comments on last weeks pics. My wife came to me yesterday and said she saw a cute wood pecker sticking his head out of a hole and wanted a picture. I grabbed my camera and went over to the tree. She and I could hear him pecking inside of this hollow branch but could not see him. I decided to give a loud whistle. Sure enough he stuck his head out to see who was whistling at him. He posed for a few shots. Nikon D3, 80-400 VR, 400mm, F/11, 1/250 sec, ISO 800, Sb-800 flash no diffuser 

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 i everyone!  Hope you all had a great week.  It is either very hot and humid or raining  here.  With all the moisture in the air, ideal time to try  morning dew drops

 You can view this and my other latest attempts  (see latest folder) at:

www.birdied.zenfolio.com

Hope you all enjoy a wonderful week !

 D300 60mm micro f/13 Shutter 1/125 ISO280 Ev-.67 SB600 remote diffused.

   

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan 

 Hi all.  Please continue to forgive me for not so responsive to the threads as well as comments.  I am still in the mess of the move.  But the good news is the final sea container has arrived and the equipment have arrived, although they have not  been in position yet.  In that mess, I somehow decided to take a day trip to Kyoto (mind you, it is just 2 hours from Tokyo to Kyoto via the bullet train) and here is one of them.  Beautiful city, as usual, and I hope to come back again soon with much more ample time.  I hope you enjoy it – oops, I also decided to carry just a small P&S due to the weather forecast and the expected mugginess – if I had carried the big and heavy camera and the lenses, I would have drowned in my own sweat.  So, please pardon me.  Please see the larger version here http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p776263987#h1f6a7c4f  or all of them here http://khokugo.zenfolio.com with other ones.
By Panasonic DMC-ZS7, landscape mode.  Ken

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

I was out in the Hamptons on Long Island in New York this past weekend with a good friend and, while out there, we went to one of the beaches that they are famous for. This picture is a shot of the path that leads to one. I thought that the sand dunes, wooden fence and clouds all came together to form a great scene, I was glad I had my camera. I was originally  going to leave this as a color shot, but at the last moment was curious to see what it would look like in B/W. As soon as I changed it, I realized that the picture looked much better this way. =

 Nikon D100 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm  at 22mm

Program AE, 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 250, processed in Lightroom

 

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008

Category: Documentary

NYC, 86th Street and Central Park West, launch area for parade balloons. Shrek balloon handlers await instructions from leader as onlookers watch in anticipation.

11/27/08

 Coolpix P5100, 1/350 s, f/6.1, ISO 88, 75 mm, auto white balance

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

Shot from Black Sea port of Mangalia taken with Mamiya 645 Pro TL,

 80mm F/2.8 lens on Fuji Pro 160S film.

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
Few weeks ago while visiting San Telmo neighborhood, one of the oldest in Buenos Aires. Inside San Pedro Telmo Church. I like the shadows of the ironwork on the floor.
Sorry for not commenting the last weeks, now that the World Cup is over and I’m recovering from “the depression” hope to have more time to do so. By by

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @18mm – ISO 200 – f 4 – 1/160  with Silver effect in PS4

  

 Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to one and all.

I still haven’t been shooting nearly as much as I would like to.  Starting Thursday I’ll have the camera, tripod, monopod and lenses ready.  We’re heading to San Francisco…. by car.  (2000miles)  My goal as mentioned last week is to get a couple good shots.  Speaking of good shots, I apologize for not commenting on the excellent submissions of last week.  Everyone, they were great!

 This week I did shoot a few flowers.  This is one that I liked.

 

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 A quiet beach in Southeast Australia – on a perfect day.

 Nikon D100 35mm, 1/350 sec, f10 ISO 200

 

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 In Aussie Rules football if a player is “knocked over by truck” it means he was flattened by an opposition player.  But in the local leagues it might also mean that the player was “run over by a truck” as this player recovers a ball that rolled onto a busy freeway.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

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

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 With my D700 still at NIKON I have tried IR theatre photography. An open air theatre shotJ at a dramatic point in the show.

Converted to BW and cropped a little.

Have a nice week all.  Jens

As usual, a larger photo can be seen at http://fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail.

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

WARNING: Please Do not view this image on an empty stomach

One of the many great meals I had while I was in Vancouver last month.  This was shot with ambient light only. Even though it looks like a composite, it is actually 1 photo which was separated into several layers. The plate was slightly enlarged in the final rendition, and it’s edges cropped and cleaned up.

Pentax k20d + Tamron 28-75 @ 28mm, f/8, 1/5 sec, ISO 200

   

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

Thank you yet again for all your valuable feedback on my photo last week. 

This week’s selection is more or less an emergency photo, as I haven’t shot anything interesting for couple of weeks and I am not that excited about my other landscape misty shots, so I just picked a random file, this one was a self-portrait session for a project of mine. 

 Shot with Nikon D700 set on interval timer, Nikon 85mm f/1.8@ISO 200, 1/125s, f/7.1

 I look forward to seeing your wonderful photos, I enjoy the selection every single week, but you were right, last week was truly exceptional. 

Have a lovely week, Jana 

 

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everybody, wherever you are!

My vacation time is coming close, on Friday, 30th I’m leaving for beautiful coast of Croatia, to small island near town of Trogir. I can hardly wait. 🙂 Since I didn’t photograph nothing last week (nothing digital, that is. 🙂 ) here is one photo from last year’s vacation. It was shot with my old Topcon SLR with 35mm lens on Fuji Reala 100. That was only day that weather wasn’t sunny and hot. Lot’s of great photos last week, looking forward to this week. Thanks to those that commented!

 See ya! 🙂  Filip!

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This week’s contribution photo was taken last Friday at work.  I have worked at this place (large sheep and cropping farm every Friday for 9 years as a gardener for the property’s 4 houses.  I always park my vehicle in the same spot every Friday without fail and see this view out of my driver’s side window as I sit and eat lunch. It’s a great place to observe the working dogs behavior as they wait for the boss to come out from his lunch break inside the main house.

 This was partially de-saturated in PS.  Taken with D700 + Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.4 D lens handheld through the vehicle window : 85mm,  f/5.6, 1/320th sec, ISO 200 

 

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 We took two of the boys camping this weekend at Hugh White State Park on Grenada Lake in Grenada, MS.  Tried my hand at a sunset.  I missed the point when the sun was shining in a streak across the water because I was chasing a boy. (-:  Oh, well.
 This is as it came from the camera except I straighten it just a little bit.  I think it might need just a little more.
I have never shot anything but standard picture control, but I took this in vivid.  But if it comes across correctly, these are pretty much just the way it looked.
 Nikon D5000, 70-300 F4.5-5.6 lens, 300 mm, AF-A, F/5.6, Shutter-1/250s, Manual mode, Auto ISO 200, auto white balance.
 
Looking forward to Wednesday!  Have a good week everyone.
Peggy

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 First, I want to apologize for not finishing my comments last week. I really enjoyed everyone’s photos. My photo for this week is “Hummingbird surprised by a Dragonfly”. I was out on the canal bank early Saturday morning taking pics of dragonflies when I spotted this hummingbird right above me. I snapped off a few pics and then moved a little closer (had my 150mm Sigma macro, so needed to “zoom with my feet” ;-). All of a sudden, a dragonfly flew right at it and surprised the heck out of the hummingbird. Unfortunately, I didn’t get both in focus, but close enough I guess without preparing for it. Anyway, I liked the surprised look. Too bad one of you wasn’t there to capture the surprised look on MY face! Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/320, f/8, ISO 200.

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Technically not the best photo by any means. However, I love this for so many reasons. This is a “portrait” of my wife taking a break while we were climbing the Four Mike Trail from Yosemite Valley to the top at Glacier Point – 4.8 miles straight up, an elevation gain of 3,200 ft. on this hike up. This is about the half-way point with an excellent viewpoint at one of the 57 switchbacks looking across the valley to gushing Yosemite Falls. We had the trail to ourselves as we passed only a handful of other hikers.

 Canon EOS 7D, 16mm, ISO 400, -1 EC, f/4.5, 1/125 sec. Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:25 a.m.

 The hike up took us only 2 hrs. 10 mins. We took photos up at Glacier Point then hiked back down where I enjoy an ice cold beer stashed in my cooler at the trailhead. Fills me with GREAT JOY!

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

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

Young Brazilian lady supporter taking a sip from her beer during the World Cup 2010 game between Brazil and Cotê de Ivorie. Eye contact build after the shutter sounds 😉 Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

 Nikon D2Xs, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, f/4, 1/30sec @24mm, ISO500, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

  

 Special Bonus Photo

The bonus photo this week is of special interest

 Summer bugs – Jeannean R 

 Summer is all about being outdoors and enjoying the warm weather. Along with that, sometimes we have mosquitoes to contend with. After the rains with Hurricane Alex, the mosquitoes are out in full force. No one can escape, including this Giant Swallowtail butterfly. At least I can use bug spray. 😉 Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/100, f/8, ISO 800. As usual, the originals can be seen in my Zenfolio.

  

Week 25

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Old Red Mill

Vermont has so many good inns and restaurants. The Red Mill in Willington Vermont has always been one of my favorite places to eat at on a Saturday night. It was an old water powered sawmill on the Deerfield River that has been turned onto a charming country inn and restaurant. A lot of the machinery from the saw mill was left in place when it was converted.  In the summer they have a large barn with a big outdoor deck over looking the river that they grill and serve on, and yes it was delicious.

Nikon D300 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED @ 25mm

Program AE, 1/50 sec, f/3.8, ISO 3200, Handheld 

 

 

  

 Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

Running from the storm

I was lucky enough to catch this shot while out driving with some friends a while back. I’ve never quite seen a wall of clouds like that!Pentax k20d + DA*50-135 @135mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 500

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I had a chance to join a small fishermen party going to the sea to check their nets and collect the catch. I felt sorry for the guys as the catch was rather modest but the whole process was very interesting to watch and document it from photographic point of view. I’d like to go back once again and re-do these photos sometimes in the winter when weather is more dramatic, Black Sea is not a big sea but can turn pretty rough in winter.Regards, BogdanShot with Nikon F6, ZF 35mm Distagon F/2, Kodak 400TX TriX

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont 

Another one from my trip out to the Hamptons. This is a shot of my friend Duffy and his dad getting ready to go and play in the surf. Even though it doesn’t look like it in this shot, there were some huge waves that day. Just took the picture at a moment where no major ones were breaking.Nikon D100 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 Shot  

 

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut  

I am a friend of Jim’s from way back when.  jim has been kind enough to invite me in on your photo-sharing.  What I lack in talent, I gain in enjoying the   process. There are two versions of a shot I took in NYC a few weeks ago as a quick storm was rolling in.  I looked and saw a ‘window’ to heaven and shot it with my Nikon Coolpix S8000.  I later worked on it iPhoto to see what I could create.  I must admit a friend had some input on one of them.  Thanks, Gladys 

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan  

Finally, the stuff have come in places and the equipment as well as the powerful PC are now ready.  Sorry for a long absence from the interaction.  I have seen your pics every week and agree that the quality is getting better and better.  My apologies deeper than the sea for not being responsive.
This weekend, I took my mother to the airport in Tokyo (not the one million miles away from Tokyo despite the name of it) which is really 20 min train ride away.  The airport has been renovated and I was excited to see the building, inside, gates, and airplanes.  I am finding that I am fascinated by the structures and I hope I could take a good one for this audience.  Please visit my Zenfolio (khokugo.zenfolio.com) for more and the larger airport photos.
D700, 24-70, @70mm, f/6.3, 1/100s, ISO200.  Cropping and some PP with NX2 which is still acting up in Win7 by quitting and hanging when trying to save – does anyone know any cure? 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
This was taken last Friday in an outing with my workshop mates. This is Puerto Madero, old dockyards that had been converted recently in a trendy area here in Buenos Aires. It is the first time I try nocturne cityscapes with my Nikon. And I’m very disappointed with the result.
I know now that I will need a GOOD tripod, my 18 bucks chinese-made one, is not good at all for the job. With the freezing wind (no heat wave down here!!) the plastic head tremble a lot. Beside I had problems using the LiveView in the dark and I couldn’t find the “sweet spot” of my Tamron 10-24mm ( if it has any! ) But I lend my lens to other mate who had better pics with it than mines!!! and I used a Nikon 14-24 mm for a while and were as soft as with the Tamron.
So the problem is the Photographer behind the camera!!! Anyway I present here as a sample of what I’m doing right now.
Nikon  D300+ Tamron 10-24mm @10mm – ISO 200 – f 14 – 25 sec. 

 

 Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark  

Haven’t had much time for photography this week but when Nikon lent me a D700 while my own is being fixed, I had to take the time.This one is from a church in Copenhagen and I like the lines and the light coming from the windows in the back.Have a nice week all.

Jens

 

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi  

This photo was taken the same afternoon as my sunset last week, which, by the way, had richer colors on my computer screen……….
 She came over as soon as she arrived at the campground and just captivated all of us, even the littlest grandson who is usually shy for awhile around someone new.
 As you know I’m trying to learn how to take a decent portrait, so bear with me, ok?
 I adjusted the levels a little, and cropped off a little off the top.  Manual mode with my 70-300mm at 95mm, F/4.5, 1/250s, ISO 200.
 Looking forward to this week’s offerings!
Have a good week.
Peggy

 

  

 Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida  

Early in the morning on my way last week to the house I’m remolding I saw a cactus with these amazing flowers blooming. Later in the day the beautiful blooms were all closed. So the next morning I stopped and got out and took alot of shots. There were alot of bees so I got caught up trying to catch them in flight. From what I have read this bloom only happens at night and only once in a while. I haven’t been able to identify which cactus this is. Nikon D3, Sigma 28-92 3.5 macro, 92mm, f/16, 1/250 sec, ISO 800, SB 800 flash with diffuser.  

 

 Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hard to believe another week has come and gone and I only went out one  day to shoot.   It has been just far to hot . The only thing I could find moving about  was a very friendly dragon  fly.    I do wonder if it is the same one that let me get very close a  few weeks ago.    This little guy landed on my finger and just sat  there cocking his head looking at me.   I read that each eye has  30,000 facets making it have the best eye site in the insect family as they can see 360 degrees. It was a neat experience. D 300   60mm micro with 12mm tube   f/14 shutter 1/125   Auto ISO  900   SB 600 diffused  EV -1.67 (trying to avoid blowing out the white 

on his face and those reflective  eyes). 

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Half asleep … and half awake … zzzzzz!  And welcome Gladys … I hope you enjoy being part of the email team.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     175 mm, 1/13 sec, f/8 and ISO 200 (AP, hand held, Spot, UV filter, VR on)

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  

Hello everybody. Sorry about missing the last couple of weeks but i was on a fishing trip with 5 mates. Before i start about my photo i would like to comment on Jana’s self portrait from last week. While it is a wonderful shot of herself she is even more beautiful in real life and also a very caring person.
Okay to my photo. This photo is the reason i love the photos you guys send in from Europe and North America in the middle of winter. I love your snow and icy photos.
This is taken in the middle of winter on Moreton Island an hour by barge from Brisbane. 22 degrees Celcius or about 70 Fahrenheit i think. This was taken on an outgoing tide outside the fishing hut we were staying in, which is on the inland side of the island. We 4WD to the open surf side to fish which is about 20 minutes across. As they say here in Queensland “Beautiful one day, perfect the next”.  It is a real shame we do not see the seasons some of you other people do though.
D90 Nikkor 50mm F1.8 lens 1/800sec @ F8

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody, 

I can’t wait to see another selection from your best work, the highlight of the week is here. Thank you very much for your valuable comments on my photo last week, I really appreciate them. 

 Something of a sentimental value for me this week, I took this photo when in Czech Republic in September last year and whilst looking through some photos tonight, I couldn’t help but miss this early morning bejewelled grass. 

 Taken with Nikon D60, 55-200 f/4-5.6 @ ISO 400, 1/1250s, f/5.6

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

Jana 

 

   

 Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all, and welcome Gladys!While Saturday was hot like hell, Sunday was quite refreshing. After thunder storm in the night, life was easy again.So, I decided to spend Sunday afternoon on a bike, cruising trough hilly part of area I live in. Photo I’m presenting today is somewhat different from what I usually do. Since it was pretty hazy and the circular polarizer that I bought for my telephoto Tamron isn’t quite working (lens can’t focus if I put polarizer on!) lot’s of details were lost due to haze. Despite the lack of sharpness, I liked the composition and the whole scene so I decided to play with photo anyway.

So, as result, it’s a HDR from one RAW image, further edited in capture NX and cropped to the 8mm format. 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing your photos, and thanks to ones that had time to comment on photos!

 P.S. I’ve updated my site with a selection of free wallpapers, and the story about visit to the Hungary on the blog (http://www.filiplucin.com/wordpress/en/ is English version)is finished.

So, if you’re interested, take a look!

Greetings, Filip.

 

 

 Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas  

My photo this week is of a Red Border Pixie butterfly trying to get a little shade (maybe?) in the grass. Haven’t seen many of these around, so noticed it flitting around in my neighbor’s yard. Glad no one was out to see me laying in the grass with my camera pointed at this little thing. They wonder about me already. 😉 Nikon D90/Sigma 150/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter1/200, f/11, SB 600 diffused, ISO 250. 

  

 

 Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan 

Hello to all – From On The Road.  So far we’ve been in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.  Traveled a little over 1700 miles as of today.  Brake problems put us behind and spent yesterday in Salt Lake City.  Called a former student and she came to the Toyota dealership to say hello.  It was very nice to see a familiar face and always special knowing a former student is doing well.  The brakes are fine now and we arrived in Reno where I’m sending this to Joe. My shot is of an abandoned church in Milford, Iowa.  I saw if from Interstate 80 and pulled off at the next exit.  Then I hiked for about 20 minutes.  The grass was four feet high and the temperature was in the 90s.  Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done.  Got the shot I wanted and a few that I found to be interesting.  The church has seen vandals.  The stained glass is broken or stolen and the inside has been trashed.  Too bad… It probably was a beautiful little church.  The schoolhouse next-door is in the same condition.  Still, I found the church be beautiful in its own way.  I hope you do too.  Signing off from Reno. 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, @10mm, f/14,1/90sec, ISO100, Exposure Bias Value -0.67, SB-800, Fill Flash

I would like to say warm welcome to Gladys and thanks everyone who commented myphoto last week. I appreciated. I was at presidential election in National Assembly, yesterday (19th of July 2010). Supporters were so happy after the results. If you want to see more shoots please  

visit my blog post here:  http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/blog/article/31/desi-bouterse-is-new-president-ofsuriname

Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

Back to my days of rock concert photography (it’s what I did in high school, with a Minolta and Tri-X Pan film): Joan Jett & the Blackhearts playing outdoors in Petaluma (Sonoma County) – June 25, 2010. I last saw Joan Jett in Indianapolis at the Vogue Theater 26 years ago! She still as good and edgy as ever. 24 hours before this show they were rocking Dublin, Ireland. How they bottle that energy is incredible. My wife had just as much fun as I did. Peace out!

Canon EOS 7D, 85mm f/1.8 lens, ISO 1600, 1/200, f/2.5.

-Ken Papai

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

A whale waving “bye” just outside Valdez, Alaska

 

Special Bonus photo

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

It’s Hot Outside – Rick Dohme

 Well Joe said something that has to do with this heat. Well it is as hot as a desert here in Fl and that makes me think of this cactus which can survive so well in the heat. And I wanted to show you how beautiful this ugly old cactus was this week. D3, Nikon 24-120 3.5, 24mm, 1/250 sec, F/14, ISO 800, SB 800 flash with diffuser.

  

Cooling off – Gej Jones 

This kid found an interesting way to cool off in a Vail, Colorado pool of water.

 The Cross Bronx Expressway just after coming off the George Washington Bridge may be one of the most heavily traveled roads in the Country. This part of interstate 95 never has light traffic and is always packed with 18 wheelers going 60MPH plus.

  

It just went Bang – Joseph Leotta Junior

So on Tuesday afternoon (yesterday) with dad in the car, the right front wheel went bang and snapped of the car while we were in the middle lane at 60 MPH. No warning, just bang.  Looks like its going to be expensive. Everything is broke. Axel, ball joints, brake line, power steering lines, tie rods and some other damage..  We’re ok but it was no fun being stuck on the highway with everybody speeding pass you.

 Here’s what it looked like while waiting on the highway for the Tow Truck.

Cell phone camera

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