Weeks 26 to 30

Week 26

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 In the country

I never get tired of taking photos in Vermont. It’s just so relaxing to take a ride on dirt roads and past so many old farmsteads.  This one on Jockey Hollow Road on the East Dover-Wardsboro Town Line is so typical of back road scenery. The deeper you drive down these roads, the better it gets.  I only passed this one because it is on one of the back roads by my house. I really need to take a few days and drive every back road in my town. I’m sure there is a lot waiting to be found. There are so many old barns like this one.

 Nikon D300 AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF at 35mm

Program AE, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 400 with that magical circular polarizer

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 A different “portrait” this week.  I really had no intention of using Mr. Rooster, but I just loved the colors of his feathers.  So, a 3/4 portrait.  Maybe?
 
Manual, 125mm, AF-A, F11, 1/250s, ISO 400, Spot metering.

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Thanks for your comments to my photo last week. I appreciated.
World Wide Photo Walk last Saturday. I was not participant but they invited me to walk together. Construction workers on facade. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/3.2, 1/1250sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 This week I finally got my D700 back but has not had much time to go and shoot. Though I got this from a small walk in the forrest.

‘She whom you must obey’, in front of a stone put up (1913) in memory of the birth of the Danish philosopher Søren Kiergegaard who was born in 1813.

Looking forward to see a lot of great photos.

Jens

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

Looking forward to your photos. My photo for this jubilee Wednesday is again from archive. I believe it’s two years old, from my vacation. This Friday, I’m leaving on my vacation for this year! 🙂 I’m staying in Croatia, but in south part of country, on a small island in Adriatic sea. My father was born on the island, so I’m practicably going home. 🙂 I’ll have “only” three cameras with my. Beside D80, I’ll take compact Samsung for underwater photography, and my MF Seagull camera with three IR films, and four 25Asa BW films for long exposures. The camera on my mobile doesn’t count! 😉 So, for next weak expect something that’s related to sea and summer. 🙂

Greetings, Filip.

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

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

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 This is from Boston, in 2008.  I was walking around with my then, newly acquired k20d and Tamron 28-75mm lens. Ambient temperature was probably in the 20’s F and I had no gloves on.. The image is a little soft to look at, but prints rather nicely actually. 

 Pentax K20d, Tamron 28-75mm, @33mm, F/4.5, 1/3 sec, ISO 320.

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
This was taken at the Buenos Aires Zoo. I like the way the Lizard look at me.

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR@ 18 mm – ISO 200 – f 3.5 – 1/6 sec.

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Hello from on the Road in San Francisco.

This week the picture I’m sending to you is from my wife’s ‘Trip of Terror’…  AKA as the Colorado National Monument.  Beautiful is a good synonym for this site.  However, my wife kept scooting to the center of the car, hoping that the center of gravity would change.  No guardrails and a very shot distance from safe to plummeting to one’s demise.  If you get the chance to travel the 23 miles, do spend the time.  We arrived an hour or so before sunset.  As you can see, this shot was taken after the sun had set from where I was standing.  I hope you enjoy the shot.

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Dear All,

thank you to all of you, who commented on my photo last week, all the comments are much appreciated.

 The Queensland Historical Railway Society was running a steam train from Brisbane last Sunday and I have to admit there is something very exciting about steam trains. I chose to photograph a detail of the wheel, rather than the whole engine, as the setting for it would have been too modern and it would all look too much like a snapshot. 

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70mm, f/2.8@ ISO 560, 1/500s, f/2.8

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

Jana 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

I always wanted to take a trip with one of those second class, slow moving local train along a route  of no particular interest and get some shots along the way… Here is one from this series of photos, people boarding train carriage on next railway, hope you’ll like it.
I’d like to thank everyone of you being so kind commenting my pics, Filip with his great constructive critique spirit, Jana and Peggy G just to mention few of this excellent mail list group. I wish I could write back some comments…I can do the pics but the writing is rather mission impossible…
Shot taken with Nikon F6, Nikon 50mm F/1.8 lens, Kodak TriX 400TX, scanned with Nikon Coolscan 9000ED.

Best Regards  Bogdan 

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Three AFL sports clichés rolled into one … “at full stretch” … “sandwiched between two players” … and … “flying from behind”.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     70 mm, 1/2000 sec, f/4 and ISO 200 (AP, hand held, UV filter)

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks for the kind comments last week on my frame.:), and my pictures. This grasshopper shows up every day and I thought I’d try to get another shot of his pretty colorful face. Trying to get as much depth of field while shooting the length of his body. He is about 4″ long. Nikon D3, Nikon 105 2.8 AIS Micro, F/16, 105 mm, 1/60 ss, +2 steps, ISO 100, Flash SB 800 on camera

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is one of my favorite shots of Mount St. Helens in 1998 using my Rollei 6×6. The mountain is 7 miles from this viewpoint and clearly shows the magma dome which sits over 800 tall. Seeing the power released by the explosion in 1980 and how the landscape is recovering 18 years later is awesome. If you don’t feel humbled, you’re not paying attention.

 I’m on vacation for two weeks, so I’ll see y’all when I get back. Maybe I’ll be able to post from the road with something very cool.

 Rollei 6×6 (scanned image), 50mm, 1/400sec, f11, ISO 80 Fuji Film (which explains the super saturation)

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Looks like drops again from me this week.    I wanted to try something  a bit different, so instead of water it was milk and a very shallow dish.    Ths shallow dish with little liquid in it, makes for some interesting splash patterns. I tried a couple of different things, black dye in the dish , some with green dye in the milk and some just plain soy milk, different color tissue for the light to bounce off.   Hope you enjoy.

You can view those efforts at : http://birdied.zenfolio.com/

Go to the latest  or the water folder  and the last pictures posted.

 D300  60mm micro  f/16 shutter 1/160   ISO 280  Speedlights off camera

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi everyone. I have another photo taken while fishing. These reels are Alvey surf reels which are made in Brisbane. I am not sure whether you see them in other parts of the world but they are a fantastic reel where sand is concerned. If sand gets into them, they continue to work just fine and can be wiped out when you go home.
These reels were on the rods and in the rod holder attached to the bullbar of a Nissan 4×4
D90 Nikkor 50mm F1.8 lens 1/3200sec @ F2.8 ISO200

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 First time I’ve ever encountered a Mantisfly. I found it hiding under a leaf while taking pics of a butterfly. I had no idea what it was until I saw it on my computer…and then looked it up in BugNet. Nikon D90/Sigma 150/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

  

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 I continue to have to apologize for not being responsive or fully participating in the thread.  I am still in a hectic situation with the final “touch” of the new place to live in.  Here is my entry this week and it is again with Panasonic Lumix P&S.  Saw a very powerful sunset from the airplane and the light through the cloud is like volcano.  No PP at all, except resizing for the thread.  Hope you see what I saw. 
And, quite honestly, it has been crazy hot and humid in Tokyo in the past weeks.  higher than 35C everyday with 80% humidity.  Can you imagine?  It’s like swimming in the sauna, with jacket and pants with long sleeve shirt.  Well, I am quite skeptical that I can survive in this country – my home country where I was born and lived until 15 years ago.  Man, the earth is really warming up.  Sigh…  Be careful out there, everyone this summer!

  

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Type: Street Portrait  Style: Candid

Essentials: Sony Cybershot 5 megapixel, 1/125s, f/2.5, ISO 100, No flash, 12.5 mm.

My first digital camera. Loved the design, pivoting Zeiss lens and features galore for its time but the lag time on this early model was INTOLERABLE. You needed to think 2-3 seconds ahead of your shot. Had to move on, no regrets.

Back-story: I have an extensive series from the ‘Gates’ exhibit in the park. These are all about the artist Christo and his ‘Gates’, but are they? NYC provides an infinite canvas and photo ops are boundless. Some are documentary style while others are NYC celebrations of glass and texture and height and just plain fun. More than a few are just ‘snapshots’, but these often provide moments of clarity as well as wonder. The ‘x-generian’ model here was intent on sharing despite frigid temperatures. Although she had a captive audience in the tens of thousands as she posed and paraded at the park entrance on Fifth Ave and 59th Street what amazed most was how casually she was overlooked, not avoided or shunned, just collectively declared unimportant!  I’ll leave the psychology of her behavior to the experts but I felt a desperation for acknowledgement and I wanted her to know I could see her. The enormous outpouring of people were here to experience an art happening and she was not it.  New Yorkers aren’t jaded for no reason, we get to see it all!

 

  

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 University of Vermont Student center towers at sunset

 Nikon D100 28mm

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Photo: Chilnualna Creek – 2400 ft. above the trailhead, a 4.4 mile hike straight up to this point from the trailhead in Yosemite, near the Wawona area. I also shot some HD video of this locale with my 7D.

 Photo: 6/28/2010, Canon EOS 7D, 23mm (16-35 lens), ISO 100, f/8, 1/125 – slightly cross processed with PS CS5 – I added contrast in R & G channels and the reverse in the Blue channel. 17MP original file reduced here to 700 pixels wide.

 Ken Papai

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

I’m harking back to 2005 and my first D-SLR – a Nikon D70 with this week’s contribution.

 This is a photo of a recently re-constructed basalt stone cottage on an old farm where I occasionally work as a gardener and to feed hay to grazing stock over winter. 

 I have appreciated my time working at this farm, the owners have always been good to work for and the property is very old and beautiful and always pays off if one has a camera handy.  My time on this farm may be coming to an end as the owner has cancer which I fear may be terminal.  I’m currently refreshing the garden for the coming spring and fully expect the farm to be sold as the owner is no longer able to work the machinery or the cattle……. so there is nothing left in it for him as it was a place of recreation for him.

 I will present the owner with a print of this photo as a small token of my own appreciation of my time working for him.

D70 + Nikkor 12-24mm DX lens  @12mm, f/8, 1/200th, ISO 200 circa Sept. 2005

 

Special Bonus photo

The bonus photo this week is of special is interest

Colorado National Monument – Gej Jones 

  This is a shot of the Coke Ovens in the Colorado National Monument.  The name is indicative of what they look like…. ‘old time’ coke ovens.

  

Week 27

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Spot for a Lazy Sunday

The weather in NY was overcast and hazy all weekend. I really wanted to shoot something this weekend for this week but there just wasn’t any time or ops with the weather.  Finally the sky gave in and a little sin came out late Sunday. I had a small window of useable light. A quick ride over to Orchard Brach and a nice shot over by the Lagoon of the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Old body – new lens. Playing with the old D100 and the new discount VR telephoto

 Nikon D100 and the discount $129 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-EDat 55mm   1/60 sec, f/10, ISO 400, Compensation: +2/3

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 It’s been a week with work, work and work, so my picture is from last year but also from August.

A butterfly taken with D700 24-70 at 70mm F/16 1/125s cropped.

I will not be near the internet for the next 3 weeks, staying in a summer cottage in Sweden hoping to get a lot of good shots.

 Have a nice week all.

See You, Jens

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Hello all.  This group is really getting better and better and full of inspirations.  I feel really bad that I have not/ cannot give back any comments these days.  I will be quite occupied until my summer vacation which will be the week of August 16th.  Please forgive me.  Here is my entry this week.  I was invited to an event of a watch shop at a very luxurious hotel suite with pool and such.  And I had an opportunity to try out THE 24mm 1.4 lens.  This lens is quite something.  No need for flash, but of course with the expense of DOF.  I am not sure how often I would need this lens, but an interesting lens to carry for these inside photos.
D700, 24mm, f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO280 (Auto).  Cropped with NX2.  For the larger version and a few more try-out with this lens, please go to : http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p900784482#h27832310 .  Thanks.  It’s steamy hot in Tokyo these days!  Ken

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Wow this was a quiet week from this group. Very busy week for me. Thanks Greg for your comment. Not sure at all what you meant by the horizon. The grass hopper would lean to the right and then to the left as he was checking out my equipment inches from his face. This pic is from this months candid shots in the church nursery. Future Sharp Shooter. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-200 2.8, 200mm, 1/160ss, F/3.2, ISO 800

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Going  outside and staying outside in this heat is not for me. Tried a few times, but even the bugs must be hiding trying to find a  cool place.    Among my many blessings are air conditioning !!

   So, it was me and the water drops again yesterday. I got a second speed light (SB900) and wanted to play around and see what difference 2 speed lights would make.     I liked this one because of the multiple reflections in the water.I hope you enjoy it.

As usual you can view larger on :

http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/slideshow

 D300 60mm micro   f/11 shutter 1/160 ISO 200   EV-0.67   sb600 and 

sb900 off camera

  

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 It’s so hot, even the birds are ill tempered!  The white dots in the background are droplets from the fountain.  Not the best photo (not that you would expect that from ME!), but I just like the unexpected shots, I guess.  This was at Veteran’s Park again, but I’ve never seen one of those “big” birds there before.  Is it a Kingfisher, maybe?  Sorry I don’t know their names yet, I haven’t been at bird hunting too long!
 300mm, F/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 640, manual, cropped
 I’d love your comments, even if they have to be bad.  I don’t mind.  Really. 
 Can’t wait to see all your great photos this week.
Have a good one.

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone, I’m on a vacation, and enjoying sun, sea and photography. 🙂 The photo I’m presenting was shot with my compact Samsung in waterproof bag.

I’ve found this fish in a hole just a meter under water. The sharpness is not great, but I found it interesting, and something little different. OK, it’s now 3 PM and some clouds are on the sky, time to get ready for beach and photography! 🙂 See you!

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 One of the fish caught while on Moreton Island. This photo taken during filleting, when one of the guys laid his knife across the fish while he did something else
D90 Nikkor 50mm F1.8 /lens  1/500sec @ F2.8 ISO200

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
Sorry for not participating more. I have been more time in Hospitals and consulting with doctors the last weeks than with photography. My father is ill but still we dont know what he has.
 I know that need to improve my photography skills on every kind of subjets but specially on Portraits. I’m so horrible at portraiture that usually my friends and family ran away as soon as I point the camera at them.    
   One exemption is my niece Ines. Taken using only the light from the laptop she was using.
Nikon D300 + Tamron  90 mm – ISO 1600 – f 3.2 – 1/60

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Every time I see this bird I feel compelled to try and take a “better shot”.  I am not quite there yet … but I feel I am getting closer!

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     165 mm, 1/40 sec, f/8 and ISO 200 (AP, hand held, UV filter, VR on)

 

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Half-drunk IPA in Glacier Point pint glass (recently acquired).

8/1/2010 (welcome to August!) on my lower deck patio.

 EOS 7D at 35mm, f/2.8, ISO 200. Shot raw and lightly processed in PS CS5.

 

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

Summertime shot, beach goers in Vama Veche, small fishermen village on the Black Sea coast and a favorite place among students and youngsters.

Nikon F6, Zeiss ZF 100mm F/2 Makro Planar, Kodak Ektachrome E100VS.

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 Hello from cloudy England. We were taking a nice drive in the country and came across this quaint little village. This picture doesn’t do it justice, but I tried. And no, the pub was closed……

 Nikon D300s 35-70mm f2.8 lens, 35mm, f8 1/250 sec ISO 200

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

last week we had great photos, I am sure this week will be full of gems too.

Mine is an old photo from the Rosewood Train Museum in Queensland, this is a part of an old carriage, the museum is full of old trains and rusty steam engines and other wonderful objects, it was a pleasure to photograph there last year. Going back there at the end of this month, so I might have some other photos then. 

Shot with Nikon D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 @ ISO 560, 1/640s, f/5

Have a lovely week.

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 Just an opportunist photo from me this week.  it’s been very wet, cold and overcast for much of the past month here so I jumped at this half day of sunshine amongst the cloudy days.  This is our cat called ‘Boo’  She is an Abyssinian with some cinnamon colouring which makes her a little more red than regular ruddy Abyssinians.  because the ground is soggy she darts from one dry spot to another in our garden, very handy for me with a camera as we have many park bench type seats in our large garden.  Spring is just around the corner……

 Handheld opportunistic shot with Nikon D700 + 85mm f/1.4 @ f/5.6, 1/640th, ISO 400.

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 I was in Burlington this weekend and naturally I shot a bunch of pictures. This one was taken down by the waterfront on Lake Champlain. This wooden bridge is in an old train yard that is rarely used and it goes over a part of Lake Champlain that juts in-land. It was a gorgeous day, the water was very smooth and I love how the clouds look reflected in the water. It was a very nice, quiet, relaxing spot.

 Nikon D100  18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 Shot at 18 mm 

Program AE, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 200

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/2.2, 1/350sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

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

I captured my photo in the city today, few hours ago. A poor fisherman was helping to passenger boat’s driver for a free ride to his boat at far shore. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I’ve been curious about a circular polarizer for some time and how it would work with macro photography (I have one for my 52mm lenses, but since I rarely shoot with anything but my Sigma 150 macro – 72mm lens, I had no clue). Last week after all the discussion about CP’s, I bought a Hoya HMC Pro 1 CP and decided to see for myself. I’ve always had trouble with lighting using flash in bright sun (I have a good tripod, but they’re really impractical for this kind of stuff in the field…and I literally mean a field…with lots of unseen cooties ;-), and this polarizer seems to help with the glare (south Texas sun is pretty bright). I know they’re not normally used in macro photography, but I think it helps with the Sigma 150 (initial impressions in bright sun at least). When processing the RAW file, I checked the “Show lost highlights” in NX2 and there weren’t any. So far so good. The discussion was very helpful and inspiring. (thank you all) Anyway, I’m posting a somewhat different crab spider (more colorful than I usually see, if I see them at all…this one is about 1/4″ wide…finding eye focus is a real challenge…think the head of a pin) sitting on a sunflower petal, shot in bright sunlight with the CP. Did a bit of gray point adjustment to reduce some of the yellow cast, and a small high pass sharpen. Cropped out some of the side to bring in more detail, but otherwise, pretty much as I shot it. Nikon D90, Sigma 150mm macro, Sigma 1.4x teleconverter, SB600 diffused, Hoya CP @ 1/125, f/11, ISO 250. The uncropped version (with the challenging bee he’s up in arms for) can be seen in my Zenfolio: http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h1d80bb20#h1d80bb20

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

   

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 It is taking me time to fall in step with the rhythm of the group.  I am attaching older photos I took with a Canon 10D way back when.  My lack of sophistication with photography is trumped by my total enjoyment with it, I think.  This flower was taken in the Carmel/Monterey area of California.  Then I edited it with Photoshop, another enjoyment of mine.  Moving forward, I will be mindful of including info about settings and what not.  I no longer have the information for these.  Please let me know if they are big enough.  I sometimes neglect to check size after working with a photo in PhotoShop.  If any are too small, just let me know and don’t include them.  I won’t be insulted.  Hope they are worthy…

Regards, Gladys

 

Special Bonus photo

The bonus photo is of special interest from somewhere in the world

 The Birds in the Nest Hatched – Joseph Leotta

 Right up against the roof overhang on the house in the Bronx.  They constantly were poking their heads above the nest with their mouths open waiting for mom to come and feed them.

I have a 2nd floor balcony that I was able to lean over and point the camera down the side of the house

 Nikon D300  AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED at 270 mm

 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 640  pop up flash 

 

 

More of the central park gates – Gladys Millman 

  I was reminded by Jim’s photo last week  of The Gates and dug one up.  At the time, I lived across the street from Central Park and walked through them every day.

  

Week 28

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 This camera is not obsolete

I can easily become an equipment junkie. I wait very impatiently for the next generation of digital camera to come out and then go thru wheeling and dealing to try and get one.  And yes there always is an improvement but it still not the equipment that matters.  It the person holding the camera that’s the most important link in the chain.  Inexpensive plastic Lomo cameras have taken photos that have graced fine gallery walls.

With the thought that it is not the equipment, I present this photo taken with my 8 year old D1x, which was Nikon’s first generation of digital camera. The camera cost thousands in its time but today you can get one on Ebay for a little more than $100.00 Why? Its obsolete? I don’t know about that. It still takes the same high quality pictures today as it did when it was new. Another case in point – Junior only uses a D100 from the same time period and gets some pretty decent results with it. Don has posted some stunning shots taken with his D100.

 Another right place, right time shot – Orchard Beach at twilight 

Nikon D1x AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED at 18mm

AE, 1/200 sec, f/22, ISO 400  AF-C

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hope everyone had a great week.   Found this little guy last week .    The orange section in his body actually looks  fluorescent  and almost  glows in the dark.   Hey, whatever it takes to attack prey, right. This guy/gal is very tiny  less than 1/4” .

 D300 f/18   shutter 1/8  ISO200   60mm micro with extension tube   

Flash diffused

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

Title:  Tableau

This was taken at the restaurant of a small winery in Naramata in the Okanagan valley.It’s called the Hillside Café and both lunch and dinner were to be recommended.

Pentax k20d, Tamron 28-75 @ 55mm, f/11, ISO 250, 1/200 sec, EV + 0.3

  

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 As the newbie, I am not prepared to provide camera information as yet because these are older photos.  Until now, I have paid attention to composition, form and color, more than manipulating camera settings per se.  I am hopeful this group will urge me further in that direction.

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Home at last, home at last, home at last!

After driving over 5000 miles in roughly 14 days, I can say it’s nice to be home.  A great trip.  Lots of shots that I’m proud of and some that I wish I’d taken.  By the way, the windmill and barn shot that I didn’t take on my way west, the windmill has fallen over and I kept on driving.  Lesson learned…. STOP and take the shot if you think it is worth shooting.  Don’t wait until another day….. that day may never come.

 My shot this week is of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco.  A little too much wind for a 30 second exposure – but I like the results.  With this shot, all three legs of the tripod were locked. 

Have a wonderful week.

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is a shot of the northern coast of Cornwall, taken today. Within 30 minutes, the area was fogged in and raining hard. 

 Nikon D300s 35-70mm f2.8 Nikor, 35mm, 1/125 sec, f5.6 ISO 200

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

In only a matter of 3 years we have gone from record breaking drought back to a good old fashioned, traditional wet winter here in Southern Australia.  This is a northward view of a simple drainage dam at the bottom of a cropping field on a farming property where I have worked one day per week for the past 9 years.  Never before in my time here has it overflowed like this and spring is still yet to come………..   Photo taken about 30 minutes before sunset on a very cold still winter’s day.  It works much better on a larger scale but I like it too at just 700 pixels wide.

 Handheld from the back tray of my utility vehicle with D700 + 17-35mm AF-S f/2.8 Nikkor @ 22mm, f/9,  1/1000th sec, ISO 800.

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Thanks for all the nice comments on last weeks pic.Jens If I shot this at 2.8 I would not have got her face and the camera in focus. Low light from one window no flash. Roberta, Yes I send these to the moms. Greg, I think this is a Nikon prototype the K100. Ken I can’t give you her name cause I am working on a muti year modeling agreement and I don’t want anyone to steal her from me before she learns to talk. 🙂 Joe, you haven’t seen her before this is her first world wide tour. This weeks pic was taken Sat. on my boat. My friend caught this 30# ray and it gave birth to the little one when we got her in the boat. They were released. Both survived and I think mother and child are doing fine. This is the second time this has happened on my boat. We have no signs of a oil spill in my area in the Gulf yet. Nikon D200, Tamron 28-300, 32mm, f/22, 1/125 ss, ISO 320.

I thought I’d share the first time I helped deliver sting rays. This mom weighed over 100#. Sorry for 3 pics but one wouldn’t tell the whole story.

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello everybody! I’m still on vacation (yea! 🙂 ) so my internet access is really limited. So I couldn’t reply to your comments sooner. Thanks for you comments, and to answer on questions about my photo, the camera is little compact Samsung that is in waterproof plastic bag. It’s not a waterproof camera, but just your (below) average compact camera. And yes, these things grow out of fish head, as an camouflage.

My photo for this week was shot with my Nokia mobile phone.As you can see, Nikon was busy shooting something else. 🙂 The clouds you can see in the background came quickly but produced no rain or lightning, just some great photo opportunities! 🙂 I look forward seeing your photos tomorrow.

Greetings, Filip

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Sometimes I get up early and go to my favourite local harbour. Do not know why it is so because for 58 years I lived on the country side or in a big city and never bear the coast.

Now that I have sea view from my windows, no boat, the harbour somehow, attract me like a magnet. Have hundreds of photos from there and this is one I like a lot.

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 Another shot from  Burlington. This is a war memorial for all those who have ever fought on Lake Champlain, mainly from the American Revolution and the War of 1812. I’m really into history so I enjoyed coming across this and reading all the different plaques that surround this sailor. All in all, another beautiful day in Vermont. 

Nikon D100  18-135 DX Nikkor at 24mm  AE, 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 250

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 The junior Australian Rules football codes are now in finals mode.  The best players and umpires are now on display.  The quality of the matches has escalated as players try to push their teams into a grand final.  And the individual efforts are more spectacular.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     190 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/4 and ISO 200 (AP, hand held, UV filter)

   

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi guys hope you have all had a good week. My photo is a simple one that i particularly like but won’t be to all tastes. It was taken on the ferry to Moreton Island and i saw all the white and blue as i turned to go back inside from the rear of the ferry. I thought the yellow may actually have enhanced the photo rather than take away from the blue
D90 Tamron 17-50mm Lens at 34mm 1/400sec @ F8 ISO200

  

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York 

 2009.05.10 

Nikon Coolpix 5100  f/5.1, ISO 94, 24.8mm, auto WB

 Category: Documentary

Topic: Nephew’s Confirmation Day

 Title: Pensive

Backstory:

We pulled up and this group was waiting on the avenue caught up in the moment. Even though for us our focus was our nephew (right of column) this young girl became the focus of the photo. Lost deep in thought she was there and somehow not.

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 This is called “Tokyo Sky Tree”, aiming to reach 634m, to surpass and replace “Tokyo Tower” with regard to its function (communication antenna – including digital TV broadcasting).  Right now it is at 408m and the surrounding area has become a big tourist spot.  It is gigantic, but it is not like Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building.  It is in the normal residential area of northern Tokyo (more like suburb).  And I LOVE the structure – to utilize the limited space on the ground, the base is triangle, but going up, the tower becomes round.  Anyway, I just wanted to see it with my own eyes.  There are other photos of this innovative tower on my Zenfolio (http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p461701360#h12034aee).
D90, 18-105mm @24mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO200 with some enhancement by NX2. 

  

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello all
This is not a very remarkable pic, but I’m interested to show what I was shooting last Sunday. A baroque Concert (Telemann & Vivaldi) inside a dark church, here in Buenos Aires. It was dark for my 18-200 VR so I have to use my new lens: the 50 mm 1.4. When I tried in 1.4 it was very difficult to control the focus so I used in f 2. Here I tried to put in focus the violinist on the right.
Another problem was that I had to be close to the musicians and in the silence of the church the shutter of the D300 it sound as a hammer to me! I din’t realise before the noisy the camera is! After the concert I asked the cellist about this and she said she didn’t realise at the moment of any noise. But I’m sure when they listen the recording the “click” “click” will be there!  There is something to be done to mute the shutter?  
Thanks for the comments on my last week portrait and for your best wishes about my father health. He seems to be a little better, more than a week without bleedings. In a few minutes I’m going with him to the Hospital to have an Ecography, and for next week the doctors will introduce those small cameras from his mouth and his  “backdoor” to find the cause of the bleeding He is not very happy with it!!  
Nikon D300 + 50mm 1.4E – f 2 – 1/60 – ISO 1250

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 I had waited some days for this shot.  This lighthouse, which now is out of service, is one of the major sightseeings at the small port in southern Norway, where we have our summer house.  The weather had been overcast for several days, but suddenly the clouds went away, and this beautiful evening sun hit the buildings.  I rushed into the car and drove the few hundred meters down to the seaside, as I didn’t want to waste any precious seconds in walking.  I just love this color combination; the warm pink/yellow against the cool blue colors.

Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500@150mm, 1/60, f:11, ISO 400

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you to all of you, who commented on my photo last week, this week an attempt at street photography, I took this at the end of my photography outing we went on with Grant, this was my first attempt on street photography, the photo is OK, but the subject is nice, I think 🙂 

Taken with Nikon D700, 70-200mm f/2.8@ISO 560, 1/80s, f/5.6

 Have a nice week, Jana

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

I found this Owlfly on my neighbor’s lime tree Monday morning. I had no idea what it was. They have really cool eyes and I liked the color of shooting up through the lime tree towards the sky. I had to go to work, but when I got home, went over to see if anything else interesting was there. It was still in the same spot! Very unusual for a bug, but that helped with the ID, because they tend to be dawn/dusk types…just like owls. This is why I love macro photography. I learn something new, or see something new most everyday. Taken with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm, Sigma 1.4x teleconverter, SB 600 diffused, 1/200, f/11, -2 EV. Higher resolution, larger, and a couple of other shots can be seen in my Zenfolio:
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h32774139#h32774139

   

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

This was taken at the picnic we went to on the Fourth of July holiday.  They had tables set up for the food inside this garage, and everyone we in line to serve our plates.  I couldn’t get down to take her photo on her level.  (Getting up in front of all those people would have been too embarrassing).  I did crop out a black plastic bag sitting on something behind her, and part of the shop opening where the sunlight was coming in, and cloned out an electrical cord. 
 
Nikon D5000, Nikkor 18-55 VR F/3.5-5.6G lens, at 32mm.  F/5, 1/125s, Auto ISO 200, Af area mode-dynamic, center weighted metering, manual mode.  VR – off (how that happened, I don’t know). 
 
Thanks to everyone who commented on my photo last week, I’m sorry I didn’t get comments done this week, but it really has flown by.  Have a good week, everyone.  Looking forward to tomorrow.

   

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Here is a shot from Oman, Mutrah fish market in Muscat, great photographic opportunities there if you can bear the smell… Shot with F6, 35mm ZF and Ektachrome E100G.

All the best to everyone
Bogdan

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/3.2, 1/3200sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

Dear friends, thanks a lot for your unbeatable comments to my photo last week. I appreciated. President and vice president’s inaugurations makes me busy while expecting some famous guests in Suriname coming few days 😉

My photo from World Wide Photo Walk again, two weeks ago. I saw this emergency staircase and changed my POV for an untouched frame. Just converted with NX2. 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

 Self-portrait — from earlier this year at my favorite beer pub, The Toronado on Haight St. in San Francisco. I’ve been a patron here since 1992. I was killing a little time waiting for my wife to get out of her hair appoint. (reminds me of an old Henny Youngman joke which I’ll not repeat here since she might read this… LOL)

In the glass is a local brew: Speakeasy’s Big Daddy IPA. I’ve been sort of on a beer jag photo thing lately.

 Canon EOS 7D, 16mm, ISO 400, 10 secs. at f/20.

  

Special Bonus photo

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

 Cool off the kid – Jeannean R

 …when I went back to look on the lime tree after work, my neighbor was playing with his little boy Ethan in the baby pool. Ethan and I are great friends, and this shot shows his happy nature. 🙂 Same set up as before, but due to the bright light and shadows, changed my settings to 1/200, f/8, ISO 320.

  

Yoda makes it to photo of the week – Gej Jones

 Everyone remembers Yoda!

We visited the Yoda Fountain at Lucasfilms HQ late one night after having dinner at the Presidio Social Club.  We were almost the last to leave….. the meal was that good!

Lucasfilms is located across the street from the Presidio Social Club.  After a great dinner and then went searching for Yoda.

A few misdirections and then we found him hidden away in the dark.  Glad Darth Vader wasn’t lurking somewhere nearby. 

 

And the one too good to leave out, so we have 3 bonus photos

 Celebration of the wet cropping season – Matthew Brennan

 Another celebration of the wet cropping season here in Victoria, Australia.  This is a view of Mt. Gellibrand, a dormant volcano about 8km away to the south as shown in this photo.  Taken with my D700 + 70-200mm f/2.8 VR @ 85mm, f/11,  1/400th sec, ISO 800

 

 

Week 29

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Another Lazy Sunday

There is nothing like a lazy Sunday in the park.  This one is at probably the most famous park in the world – New York City’s Central Park. It is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon, it comes so alive on Sundays with so many different things. Street performers, musicians, vendors galore, and so many landmark sites. 2 major museums boarder the park, The American Museum of Natural History

(night at a museum)  with the Hayden Planetarium and the Metropolitan museum of  Art.  Just too many things to mention.  Put it on your must see list when you visit NY

 Nikon D300, 24-120 AFd at 50mm

Iso 320  AE 1/400 F 11

    

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 On Friday night we were without power for several hours.  We lit a couple of oil lamps for light.  With nothing else to do, I just had to see if I could take a photo of the lamp.  So here it is, just don’t look for the dirt on the globe.  Some things you just have to overlook, it didn’t know it was going to get it picture taken? (-:
 
50mm F/1.8D lens, 50mm, F/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 800
 
Have a good week everyone.

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 It seems like summer is gone already.  I’m taking the varsity girls to Traverse City for our first golf tournament tomorrow.  Three more days on the road, two days of grueling golf played on the Wolverine and Spruce Run at the Grand Traverse Resort  with eight young ladies…. We’re going to have a good time – even if it kills me.

My photo this week is from Lake Tahoe – While on the Road.  

 Have a wonderful week, everyone!

   

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 On a small ferry over the Hardanger Fjord on the western coast of Norway.  Shot through the hole on the side of the ferry, in which the mooring tow is led.

 Nikon D300, 1/640, f 6,3 ISO 400  Nikon 18-70 @18mm

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi Everyone,    sorry I did not comment on all the fabulous photos last week.

It is still far to  hot here for me to want to leave the comfort of my air conditioning to go out in the heat and humidity to find bugs. So, instead of playing with water , I played with fire yesterday.   Lots of trial and error, but I learned a thing or two about  how a match burns.    The following is the aftermath of the burn  –

As usual, the larger image can be seen at  http:// birdied.zenfolio.com/   

(Fire and smoke folder)

 D300   60mm micro f/13 shutter 1/60  EV -3.33   ISO200   SB600 and 

SB900 both off camera

   

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks for the nice comments on my 3 pics. Thanks for letting me share. And yes if you visit me in Fl. I would love to take you fishing. This was taken yesterday. I love to do candids with these 1 year olds. Nikon D3, 80-200 2.8, F/4, 1/160 ss, 800 ISO, 200mm, no flash

   

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 A bit difficult to choose a pic for this week, this is an older shot from last late winter or maybe early spring, surely not the best time for this elderly woman.

Shot with Nikon F6, 35mm F/2 ZF lens, Fuji Provia 100F

All the best for everyone in the group
Bogdan

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 During our trip to England last week, we visited a lot of estates and manors throughout the countryside. This picture is of the Rothschild’s manor, but only the “bachelor’s wing”. This is one of the few times I used matrix metering as I normally like spot or center weighted. Now that I’m home and can look at the images on my Apple cinema LCD, I can really appreciate the D300s. The RAW version of this shot is stunning on the LCD.

 D300s 35 – 70mm f2.8 D lens, 35mm, f8 1/400 sec, ISO 200, 14 bit RAW, matrix metering, shown as shot

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

Thank you to all of you, who so kindly commented on my last week’s photo. I went to Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane last Sunday to see the Valentino exhibition, it was superb. Unfortunately, photography was prohibited there, but I could take some photos right by the entrance, so I’ve decided to photograph the massive red V, as it looked spectacular there. I set the camera to a slow shutter speed to blur the people a bit and create the sense of movement. I shot it handheld with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/4s, f/7.1

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

Jana

   

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 Summer scenic chairlift ride at Mount Snow in Vermont.

This one was right at the top on the way down

 Another cell phone camera shot

 

   

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Mount Hotham

 Hi everyone.  This past weekend I took my family to Mount Hotham, which at an elevation of 1861 metres is Australia’s second highest alpine resort (after Charlotte Pass Village in NSW).  We spent three days there (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  My shot is of a snowboarder gliding down the Sun Valley slope on Saturday.  While most people were heavily dressed I thought this snowboarder had a great sense of style.

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

Settings: 160 mm at f/8, 1/801 sec and ISO 200

    

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Although taking a week off, was busy taking care of mother and the short trip is coming, I was wondering what to enter this week, or not.  Here is what I found from the window of my room here – see my new gallery on Zenfolio.  Not as big or dynamic as I saw in NY, but not bad at all.  Will be away next week and have a reserve photo stored at Joe’s.  Have a nice week, everyone.  Ken

D700, 24-70, @70mm, 1/50s, f/4, ISO400.

  

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 My daughter’s hair as a Bridesmaid for her best friend It is very thick hair

D90 Nikkor 50mm F1.8 lens 1/80sec @ F2.8 ISO200

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Thanks a lot for your valuable comments to my photo last week. Last week was more busy. Ceremonies of new president’s inauguration, his cabinet’s sworn, reception at Presidential Place, public party at Independent Square. We were expecting el president Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías from Venezuela after his confirmed visit but last minute cancellation.
This young lady was a daughter of one new minister and trying to capture Mr. President during his speech after the cabinet sworn. Space for press was limited so I couldn’t move to front anymore. You may want watch to photos in a slide show on my blog post here : Inauguration ceremony of Desiré Delano Bouterse, the new President of Republic Of Suriname
Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all. Regards,
Ertugrul Kilic
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/1.4, 1/60sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67, Flash bounced from ceiling

Mr. President was congratulating his cabinet members at the end of sworn ceremony and he asked young lady for pick up her camera… As you can recognize she didn’t 😉

Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/1.4, 1/60sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67, Flash bounced from ceiling

    

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
One taken 4 years ago, in my last visit to Paris.
Canon A620 – 1/80 – f 4 – Converted to BW in Silver Efex (except the umbrella)

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everybody! My vacation is sadly finished. I’ve returned home on Monday evening, to go to work today morning, so I haven’t had any time to play with photos. So, I’m sending another one taken with my mobile phone. It was on the morning I’ve departed from the island, you can see the ferry as the black spot on the sea. Nature setup this wonderful scene for me, and I was happy to capture it.

Photo is just cropped to 3:2 format and resized, I didn’t do anything else.Thank you all for your comments, I’ll try to comment this weak.

Greetings, Filip.

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I found this Gulf Fritillary on a sunflower early in the morning. I liked the “glow” of the sun off the sunflower onto the butterfly. Shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter, natural light @ 1/750, f/8, ISO 640. Larger version can be seen here: http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p454760882/h25b63a6b#h21b8cff9

   

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 I work for some very thoughtful people.  The people who own this beautiful piece of farmland (500 acres) allow all of the dead eucalyptus tress (red gums in this case) to stand as dead carcasses which are natural nesting places for several of the local parrot species.  The tree on the right of frame currently has a pair of long billed corellas nesting inside it.  I like the statuesque nature of these ghostly figures.  The light was fading rapidly when I took this photo last week.

 D700 + 17-35mm AF-S Nikkor @ 22mm,  f/9,  1/1000th sec,  ISO 200 & Hoya CPL

 

  

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 I ran out of time on my remodeling project so I cloned myself to get half as much done twice!

Tripod and post production.

Style: Self-portrait

Why: Why not? A few laughs go a long way!

 This could also be the genesis for a theme week…Self-portraiture, limitless. Loved the photos last week. I need to retain bragging rights for the work we’ve seen from Gladys! Congratulations to everyone as always. I find myself thinking about the photos to come as each week’s deadline approaches and I thank everyone for that. Therapy 101.

   

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 I will be away for a couple of weeks so I am sending a couple of my favorites. 

 When I travel, I often just take my Nikon Coolpix S8000 to look for shots for which I find the subject compelling in some way.  That is how I felt about these.  I wait for the afternoon sun so that it is not too sharp or direct.

 Thanks,  Gladys

   

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 From a summer morning at my job.

Letting out the geese sometimes result in a welcome show like this and not much can beat that.

 Jens

   

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

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

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

   

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 This photo was taken the day before my birthday – Saturday, 8/14/10.  I was lounging at Grandviews of the Hyatt Hotel, 36th floor above Union Square, enjoying a Guinness and grabbed this photo of Coit Tower on top of Telegraph Hill looking northeast at noon. Ferries, sailboats, and a ship give the bay some texture. This art deco tower was built in 1933 and is a monument to SFFD (fire dept.).

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 lens at 70mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/8. Shot raw and processed in Photoshop CS5 x64.

 Cheers!  Ken Papai.

 

    

Special Bonus photo

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

The Kitten – Filip Lucin 

 I was waiting a friend of mine to depart from the island. While he went to buy his ticket, this girl came in front of me and people I was talking to.

People asked questions, and I’ve popped out my mobile phone and clicked, and there was this snapshot. 🙂 There are lot’s of cats without owners on the island so she decided to save one and take it with her to her home. There both were cute, so I thought maybe this would be nice bonus photo.

   

A difference in weather – Greg Kowalczewski 

 Believe it or not.  Alpine weather can change very quickly.  On Friday we had this

 Then two days later we had this …

And the one too good to leave out, so again we have 3 bonus photos\

 

  

  

Why I love macro photography – Jeannean R

This photo isn’t that good, but it’s one of those “this is why I love macro photography” shots. I saw this spider and went OMG, it’s HUGE and FURRY!!! (wish that darn vine wasn’t in the way, but I only got two shots off before she ran away and hid) When I saw it on my computer, I realized why she was huge and furry…it’s a mama wolf spider and they carry their babies around until the babies can make it on their own. Of course I didn’t know that, so had to Google “spider that carries babies”. I can’t imagine carrying twins around, much less a 100 or so! Same set up as the other shot except 1/90, f/11, ISO 800, SB 600 diffused.

 

Week 30

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Let’s Eat – The Summertime street fair

The best or worst part about this one is that is happens right around the corner from my house each year. The local church has a street feast each year to help raise funds. The entire neighborhood gets invaded for 5 days.  For us it’s 5 nights of feast food.  Sausage and peppers, Steak and cheese, the mandatory Zeppole’s, and that just for starters. Every good restaurant has a booth. And then comes all the different pastries and deserts. Oh yea, they also have all the games and rides.  Good thing its only it’s only once a year.

 Nighttime available light – handheld

Nikon D300 with the Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D IF at 35mm

Program AE, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 6400f5yh

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 One of the many waterfalls on the Norwegian west coast close to the fjords.  This part of Norway is really beautiful, and I wish that you all could experience this.

 Nikon D300, 18-70@ 18mm, 1/80, f22, ISO 400

 

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Geiranger Fjord in Norway

 Pentax K20D Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di (A09) 

Aperture-priority AE, 1/10 sec, f/4, ISO 320, Compensation: -1.7 

 

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Gladys is traveling for this week and has a backup

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Having to spend yet another weekend at work,

I had the opportunity to show you all how hard and exhausting that can be.

 Regards  Jens

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Here is what I dug up from my HDD – beautiful foliage at the park.  In this super hot/warm and humid summer, I want to believe that we will be in that season again 🙂

 D700, 24-70, @24mm, 1/200s, f/8, ISO400

 

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hello everyone.  I hope your week was good.  I find that I really look  forward to this thread.  You all are really inspiring me to try and  find something new every week. This week I was back to the yard in the heat.  I found a very  cooperative dragon fly.     After my chasing it around the yard for  sometime, it seemed to get comfortable having me around. Strange as it may sound, it started letting me get close and even  landed on my finger when I held it out.    Encounters and interacting   with nature, part of what I love about macro.
  Unfortunately, I did not have the extension tubes on the lens  but  this shows a bit more of the scene.

D300   Nikon 105mm micro   f/10  ISO400   natural light (very cloudy 
and overcast  before the rains came)

More of my encounter with this little guy can be seen at :
http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h1890fd22#h1890fd22

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 What a difference 14 months and some decent winter rainfall makes to a landscape.  These two photographs were shot by me from approx. 54 feet above ground level on a water pumping windmill platform.  I’ve got my right arm wrapped through the frame of the windmill construction and have my left arm free to cradle the camera – I managed to use both hands to get these shots!

 The top exposure was taken in late May 2009 after one of the most diabolical hot dry, parching summer seasons which saw massive devastating wildfires rip through part of the State of Victoria killing 173 people.  As you can see the landscape in the top photo is brown and lifeless as a result of very poor winter / spring rains and a very prolonged, record breaking hot summer.

The bottom exposure is exactly the same frame taken with the same camera and same lens from the exact same rung of the ladder as the top photo.  This is approx. 14 months later and we have had some of the best winter rainfalls in the past 15 years which as you can see, has had a dramatic effect on the landscape!  

 These photos are taken on a farm where have worked for the past 9 years.  In that time 2009 was easily the worst year and currently 2010 is shaping up to being the best year.

  Shots taken with D700 and Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 lens @ 35mm.

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
Thanks for the comments on my last week pic. I’m sorry I can’t comment as I wish to do. Have no time at all, time flies!!!
I send for this week another Paris scene. It was taken inside the Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis. Where the tombs of most of the Kings and Queens of France are inside.

Canon A620 – 7.3mm – f 2.8 – 1/8 sec

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everyone
Thank you for the compliments last week. I must try to find the time during my week to reply myself to the wonderful photos i see every week. At present i have a lot on during waking hours and leave sending in my photo until after Darts on a Tuesday night about 11.30pm
My photo this week is another photo from Moreton Island and is similar to another that i sent in. I call this one “Contemplation”
D90 Nikkor 50mm F1.8 lens  1/800sec @ F8 ISO200

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Another butterfly this week…a White Peacock rested long enough in the shade for me to get off a shot. D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter, SB 600 diffused @ 1/350, f/6.7, ISO 640. Hope everyone has a great week!

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello everyone!
Thank you to all that commented on my submission.
Last week your shots were spectacular.  Well done!

My shot this week was taken in between two or three thunder storms outside of Salt Lake City.  There were hugh lightening strikes every few minutes.  I wish I knew how to capture just one of those strikes. 
Anyway, while driving east on I-80, we could see clouds of ‘dust’ off in the distance that kept getting bigger and bigger but we couldn’t figure out what was causing them.  As we got closer, we realized that salt trucks were trying to beat the storm and in the process of heading to safety, they were creating the magnificent clouds of dust.  Actually, the dust is salt.  As are the piles you see in my photo.  I pulled over and took a bunch of shots and although many were keepers, I thought the red trucks were accented very well with the white salt behind them.  I hope you find it pleasing….. it sure looked better before I made it smaller.

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Last week I visited the Florida Botanical Gardens. I got out of my truck and a lady saw my camera and asked me if I would post my pictures on there Facebook page. I said I would. The pressure was on. Only one butterfly would land for me. I did submit about 15 pics but only this picture of a butterfly. I did add some older BF pics. Thanks to all who gave me the nice comments on my picture and especially the kind comments on my borders :). Nikon D3, 105 2.8 w/2x, f/22,1/250ss, ISO 800, SB800 flash on camera with diffuser.

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello everyone!

Last weak was great, I’m looking forward to this. Finally I had time do process my photos from vacation.  Just little more and I’m done. The photo for today is yellow in blue. 🙂 Long exposure using 10X ND filter.

Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f16, 89.3 sec, Capture NX2.

Greetings, Filip.

 Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

  

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

I have no computer this week, it is in the shop. I thought I would have it back by now. So this is a photo I took at work one day when I was taking photos of “lumber stuff” for our website. These flowers were about the only pretty things in the yard, so of course I included them! By the way, if you want to look at our website, it’s http://www.tupelolumber.com. I only did the photos. It’s not a really fancy website.

The photos was taken at f/8, 1/2500, ISO500, manual.

  

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 Just a nice, simple shot this weekend taken in my favorite shooting location, Burlington. Came across these water lily pads while longboading along the waterfront. I really like what the B/W conversion does for it.

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 During the half-time break of one of the four junior EDFL grand finals I covered over the weekend a couple spectators displayed their aerial gymnastics.  It came as no surprise to later learn that these “spectators” were also footballers.

 Camera: Nikon D300

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

Settings: 70 mm at f/4, 1/2506 sec and ISO 200

  

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Old new photo from Paris shot on Kodachrome, I just got back from processing a box full of Kodachromes shot along this year, another about 20 rolls of KR64 to go and this is it, the end of my little Kodachrome era. Each time I get to see these little square marvels it makes me wonder why such a beautiful medium went Dodo’s way.
Thank you all for your kind comments on my photos, I start to think that what I actually try to catch on these photos is a fading world of simple people doing simple things, contradictions between old and new, traditions and modernity, times that goes and times that comes, well, how the world goes by. A friend of mine tells me I don’t present a pretty picture trough my photos, I probably need to look into this
Warm Regards to everyone
Bogdan

Technicalities: F6/35mm F/2 ZF, KR 64, Nikon Coolscan 9000ED

 

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you to all of you, who commented on my photo last week. I really enjoyed all your photos, unfortunately I didn’t have the time to comment on those. Sorry.

This week a photo I took last year in my Mum’s garden in Czech Republic. She has a garden full of flowers, you can find anything and everything in there, she doesn’t plant them in order, she just plants anything she likes wherever she has a space, and her garden looks amazing right from early Spring to the late Autumn. 

Taken with Nikon D60, 55-200, f/4.0-5.6@ISO 400, 1/2500s, f/4

Have a lovely week and I look forward to seeing all your gems for this week.

Jana 

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

My dear friends, thanks a lot for your unbeatable comments to my photo last week. I appreciated.
My photo is from World Indigenous Day celebration in Suriname. Indian chief was singing with his members. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all. Regards, Ertugrul Kilic
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/500sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Where: Deer Park fire road parallel with the Dipsea Trail above Muir Woods National Monument.

This was from just last Sunday morning (Aug. 22) on a nice hike with my wife.

The fog was just starting to break – its elevation was around 1,000 ft. and about 200 ft. thick layer.

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 28mm., ISO 800, 1/125 at f/6.3, shot raw and processed in PS CS5. Nothing altered just a little contrast enhancement of course.

 Ken Papai

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is a shot of St Michaels Mount located in a bay in the far southwest of England. Penzance is on the far shore. When we arrived, it was very late in the afternoon but the light was just right for this shot and I couldn’t wait to get back to my laptop and check it out. It wasn’t as dramatic as I hoped, so I had some fun playing in NX2. 

 D300s 14 bit, 50-500 Sigma lens, 116mm, f11, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

 

 

Special Bonus photo

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

 Goodbye Sweet Lou – Rick Dohme

 This is for all you Baseball fans. I took this in Miami at a Cubs Marlins game. We drove down to the game for my sons 16th birthday.They stopped me at the gate and said my lens was too long and couldn’t bring it in. So I left and gave the lens to my son and he put it in his cargo pants pocket and went in ahead of me. They didn’t check him and I went in with just the body and they let me go. We will miss Lou Pinella.

  Nikon D200, Nikon 80-400 vr, 400mm, f5.6, ss1/1250, ISO 200

 

 

 Playing with macro equipment – Roberta Davidson

 This is my first attempt at using the 105mm with the extension tube.  The lens is a bit heavy and with the tube, took at bit to get the balance when using it. This guy stopped just long enough for me to make the manual settings.  He was in some heavy foliage, and the flash just illuminated him making the background almost black.

I just  adjusted the black setting in post .

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