Weeks 36 to 40

Week 36

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The end of Summer at Coney Island

Earlier this year I did the end of winter at the beach, well here is the opposite side  It was the first really cool / cold days of the year here in NY, It got down to 49 f on Saturday night. It was up to 82 during the week and now it’s dropping below 50.  Fall is here. Time for some fall foliage shots soon.

Nikon D300 AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm  at 25 mm  1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 250

 

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Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
Part of an exercise with my Photographic Workshop about Light and Shadows.

Nikon D300 + Tamron 10-24 @10 mm – 1/80 – ISO 800 – f 7.1

 

  

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 “Making Groceries” – a long time New Orleans / Creole / Cajun colloquial expression meaning “grocery shopping,” from a loose translation of the French “faire son marché.”  (I’m sure that Roberta knows this expression.)

 Nikon D200, ISO 400, f/8, 1/125 sec., 45mm.

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 I passed by these flowers several times this week on my way to work.  Saturday was just about a perfect day, cool morning, warm day.  Took a “mini-vacation” just riding around on the four-wheeler and taking photos.  When I got to the flowers, these beautiful Gulf Fritillary’s (thanks, Jeannean) were there.  There were two of them.  This was about noon.  They stayed around for a long time, but if I move around the flower for a shot, they moved to the other side of the flower. (-:  I know I cut the tip of one wing off, I was sick when I noticed that.  Oh, well……..this way you know that it is one of MY photos! (-:
 
AF area mode – dynamic
Spot metering
300mm
F/8, 1/500s, Auto ISO – 500 (wing spread photo), 400 (side view)
 Look forward to seeing everyone’s photos!  Have a good week.

 

 

 Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thank you so much for all the kind comments. Alot more VB to shoot this week. The weather here in Fl. has finally cooled to the low 70s. I asked my wife if she would like to go for a walk with me in the new park close by. I told her I was going to look for something to shoot for this thread. She gladly came along. We were told there were some Owls on the one side of the park. It was getting dark and I couldn’t see anything. Then my wife heard the owl and spotted him. It got dark quick but I got one good shot. Nikon D3, 300 2.8, F 2.8, 1/200 sec., ISO 800, EC +1 step

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 This is the photo of a villa in the mountains that the french poet/writer Lamartine lived in during his stay in Lebanon.

The older home is on the left side and an addition was built on the right and at the top. The arched doorways and windows are typical of the architecture of Lebanon.  Those of you who are connected to me on facebook can see a few more photos of the region.

This is a panoramic shot stitched in CS4.  Pentax k20d + Tamron 28-75

 

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions on last week’s photos.   Your input helped me and continues to instruct and hopefully make me a better photographer, so please don’t ever hesitate to point out how I can do things better.

I am sorry I did not have time to comment on all your photos.  Hopefully in the next week , things will calm down and I can get some of my time back.

I have not picked up my camera for over one week.  This  has to be longest I have gone without taking a picture.  This post processing of the Inn photos is taking ALL my shooting time and more.  How do you process your pictures so quickly? I am posting a picture taken a couple of weeks ago at  City Park. was trying to practice taking bird shots , and working on things otherthan macro.    I don’t recall ever seeing a black swam before.   I hope you enjoy this picture half as much as I enjoyed watching and photographing this very graceful and  beautiful creation.  Notice the water drops falling off the beak , just can’t help myself !   I was 

waiting for him/her to feed to try and capture the drops.     Rick , I sure could have used  your new  300 f/2.8 with a teleconverter !!!

As always more of this bird can be seen at –  birdied.zenfolio.com

D300  70-300  at 300mm   f/5.6  Shutter 1/800  ISO200

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Here is another photo from the weekend with my photo club. We were in an area with a lot of well kept mansions and several of them also with a moat. They are all from a time where war was running against neighbour countries all the time so the mansions were well protected.

D700 14-24@14mm F/16 1/80s ISO 200 spot metering AFS 21 point NX2

Regards

Jens Frederiksen

www.fotomedia.dk

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody, thank you very much for your very kind comments on my photo last week.  This week I am sending a photo of my friend Jacqueline and myself, Jacqueline is a script writer and currently has 3 films in production (I am going with her to the films set on Friday, so I will see, what it is all about) and is writing another one purely for Hollywood. She asked me to photograph some models for a poster for the newest project and we did so last week and afterwards we just did few photos of us together. This is one of them, Jacqueline is the tall, dark haired lady.  Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/200s, f/8 in a studio with two lights, one softbox and one umbrella, softbox being the main light, positioned high on the right hand side of the camera, umbrella the fill in light, positioned lower on the left hand side of the camera and the power reduced by 1/3 of the main light. 

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

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

The weather has finally turned a little cooler (60’s in the early morning). I was out looking for bugs in my usual haunt on the canal bank and didn’t see much. Just when I said to myself, “not much around today”, I turned and spotted this Green Darner sleeping under this bush. (For those who don’t recognize it, Green Darners are some of the larger dragonflies who rarely perch. They’re usually seen flying around protecting their habitat.) I haven’t been happy with my flash lighting on dragonflies, so waited for more light so I wouldn’t have to use flash. This was taken just before sunrise. I liked the softer colors. Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter @ 1/350, f/8, ISO 1600.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

The candle girl at a christening last year.  This shot was taken inside a church and represented part of the christening ritual.  Because I don’t use flash the challenge for me was to make the best use of the available light. 

Camera:      Nikon D200  Lens:          AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Settings:     116 mm, 1/200 sec, f/2.8 and ISO 220 (Manual, hand held, UV filter, VR on)

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

This sculpture is located right next to the interstate in Burlington, Vermont and is very popular. Everyone associates arriving in Burlington with these whale tails. I spent 4 years in Burlington and never visited them but this weekend on the ride home I had the urge to so I got off and took the camera out. It was a perfect autumn day and I had a lot of fun shooting them. I simply love how they look and how out of place they seem. 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 Last Sunday I traveled a mere 1 hour from my home to observe perhaps the greatest sporting event I have ever witnessed, the UCI World Road Racing Championship – a bicycle race!!  And in particular the Elite Men’s road race in which fellow Australian Cadel Evans was defending his title as World Champion………   As a bike rider myself I was mesmorised by the entire performance, blown away by the sheer power and endurance of the riders and competely bewiched by the whole International Pro Tour racing scene.

          The riders cover a total of just over 260km including 11 laps of a road based riding course in the streets of Geelong, a large rural centre close to where I live.  So I went with my trusty camera and a handful of lenses to see if I could get a decent exposure or two whilst watching the riders pass by 11 times.  It was something of a nirvana for me, my own Shangri La……..  bike racing and photography combined!!  The crowds flocked to the course and we were bathed in the first warm all day sunshine of the spring – the crowd was supportive and well behaved, the entire experience was brilliant, I shall never forget this day of fun in the sun………  Something inside me has been triggered.  I still feel the buzz days afterwards……….

          This was the first time I have used any of my equipment  in anger at a sporting event.  This particular frame has been cropped slightly from full size – featuring Australia’s Cadel Evans in the white jersey, closely followed by Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara.  Captured close to curb height through the bars of the barriers with my trusty D700 and AF-S 17-35mm attached @ 24mm, f/8, 1/1250th sec, ISO 500. 

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello everyone
Todays photo is of a building taken near Docklands, Melbourne. As you can see from the distortion it was taken with a wide angle lens. I have not corrected it as i like the angles. Sorry to the perfectionists in the group 🙂
The building may be a carpark but i am not sure. Maybe Greg knows the building and can shed some light on what it is. I was just walking the streets when i came across it
D90 Tokina 11-16mm lens at 11mm  1/80sec @ F8 ISO400

 

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

Here are two photos in the spirit of October.  I took these at a Jack o’ Lantern Walk in Norwalk, CT a couple of years ago. The group photo was taken at night, with no light other than the candles inside the jack o’ lanterns.  It was a cold night so there was a lot of smoke and mist in the air.  That is what I tried to capture.  The ‘neon pumpkin’ was modified because I sometimes create images for cards, which was the intended use for that image. 

Thank you to everyone who emailed me support.  This week, I tried using Photo Shop Elements to resize and edit the photo for the web.  Let’s see if this has helped the sharpness of my pictures.  The support gave me the confidence to submit this week–much appreciated!

Gladys

 

 

 

 

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

Wonderful photos last week. Thank you all who commented my picture.

 This week I go back to landscape. Serenity is the name of photo. Enjoy watching J.

Taken with Olympus e510 with ED9-18mm, tripod, 22 sec @ f/22.

Can’t wait to see yours pictures this week.

Kind regards, Davorin

www.davorinmance.com

 

 

 Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

I was shopping with my mother and saw this “summer festival” in my neighborhood.  This is called “Mikoshi” which people carry it and send it to the shrine and sometimes they even compete or fight each other with other Mikoshi. Anyhow, this was an unexpected encounter and I hope it captured the moment.  Was also testing the new lens – 24-120 f/4 zoom.

D700, @120mm, f.5.6, ISO200.

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi all!

It’s been a while since I’ve browsed archive for this group of ours. A month of lousy weather took it’s toll. Llast weekend I did some photography, but nothing that I’m really satisfied with… 😦 So, I’m presenting an IR photo taken back in  June. Cokin IR filter, Sigma 10-20@10mm on Nikon D80.

ISO 100, f8, 68 sec exp. Post processing in Paint shop pro.

Greetings, Filip.

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

Here is my photo for this week, just another shot from the Black Sea fishermen shot with F6, 35mm F/2 ZF on Kodak Tmax 400. I will come back to you with requested personal info and photo

Regards   Bogdan

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

I’m, again, sending a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.  This is the one I meant to send last week.  I used a tripod and a 30 second exposure.  What I like best about the shot was the reflection off the water below and the fog above the bridge.  As I stated last week, the lights on the Bridge made the sky above and water below glow in the easily recognized orange of the Golden Gate.

Thursday my girls will play in their Regional and if successful, we will play for the State Championship the following week on Friday & Saturday.  I’ll let you know next week whether we moved on or played our last tournament this week.  I’m betting that we will be playing next Friday and Saturday.

Have a wonderful week!

Gej

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

I took this shot on a trip to Alaska is 2006 while touring a couple of glaciers by boat. What I really like about this photo is the 40 ft boat in the lower left showing scale. 

Nikon D90 Nikor 35-70mm f2.8, 50mm, 1/500 sec, f11, ISO 200

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/5000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

Dear Gej, Greg, Filip, Tija, Ken : Thanks a lot for your unbeatable words for my post last week. I appreciated.
@Tija : I never cropped my photos my dear friend. I’m trying to find scene behind viewfinder.
@Filip : Can you imagine everyone were changing their costumes at same time for their next turn on catwalk? Some one topless, some one nothing…. Oh my goodness. I would like to be more younger then that day!

My photo is ready one…. Captured during early days, because I’m busy for my next exhibition at first week of November. One of boatman was preventing his thirsty times early in the morning. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all. Regards,

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

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

I decided to submit more of a fun, though serious, but non “fine art” photo this week.

My friends, wife and I went wine tasting Saturday afternoon – here we are at Nicholson Ranch winery with a small line-up of wines to taste – 85% of these are pinot noir, rest are either syrah, and odd merlot, or a chardonnay (one white I guess for old times’ sake). This is in Sonoma County and not too far from my house, as “luck” may have it. Weather was beautiful and the wines were excellent!

Canon EOS 7D, no flash fill (not needed), ISO 400, 1/60, f/4.5.

-Ken

 

 

Special Bonus photo

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

Pumpkin People – Filip Lucin

I was riding my bike trough hilly part of my county last Sunday and found this pair in front of the village school.

Photo is nothing special, but I thought it might be interesting, showing that autumn is definitely here!

And of course, credit should be given to teachers and children that created those pumpkin people. 🙂 Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@75mm, f8, 1/125 sec, ISO 200.

Greetings, Filip.

The photo that got lost last week

Another New Lens in the GroupRick Dohme

Really nice pics last week. Thanks for the nice comments. Filip my spider web picture is not supposed to be in sharp focus. Its not a Macro. I took it with a 300mm lens and cropped it and added contrast and color to give it more texture. This is another photo using my new lens. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, 1/320ss, f/2.8, ISO 500

  

Week 37

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The NYC skyline

40 years of taking pictures and I never got around to the New York Skyline. One of my rules is to try and keep a camera with me at all times in the car. On Friday I had to go see a client in Long Island City. It is on the edge of Queens right on the East River.  As I left I passed this park and stopped for a minute just to check it out.  Late in the day with a low sun almost in front of you this was not a easy one to shoot. A Combination of standing at a angle to the sun and Active D lighting set on high seemed to do the trick.  Otherwise this could have easily been a silhouette of the skyline

Some of the landmarks are the UN (predominate wide building), The Empire State Building (just left of the UN) and the tower of the Chrysler Building peaking over a building on the left.

Nikon D300   DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G @24mm  1/320 sec, f/11, ISO 320

   

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Museum of Natural History Frog Exhibit 11/06/2009

 Nikon Coolpix 5100

F /4.7

21.5mm

No flash (exhibit lighting)

 Title: The Odd Couple

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Thank for comments on my photo last week.

My photo of the week is from a tour around an old mill. Got it from a lot of different angles but I believe that this one is the finest.

Like so many of my photographs this is also from my job. The museum closes for the winter in 2 weeks, so I will have to turn focus against something else, but until then you might get a few more from there.

  Have a nice week all.

 Venlig hilsen

Jens Frederiksen

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
A lavender field, taken last Sunday.

Nikon D300 + Tamron 90 mm – ISO 200 – f 9 – 1/500 

  

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone! We had long weekend here in Croatia since it was our Independence day on Friday, and guess what? Weekend without rain! Yeeeej! 🙂 I live in a place that has lot of fog in autumn, often in winter. The fog was here on Friday too, so I’ve decided to get up early on go on little trip to nearby Drava river. I have plenty photos that I’m satisfied with, but for our group I’ve decided to display  photo of dock and the boat.

Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f8, ISO 200, 25 sec. I’ve used B+W ND10x filter.

I look forward to seeing your photos on Wednesday.

Pozdrav, Filip.

///—-\\\Moje fotke: http://www.filiplucin.com/

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

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Hi.  As Joe told you, I am originally from New Orleans, my heart is still there, and I will be too, if I get my way.  New Orleans is my favorite subject to photograph, and you will see a lot of that from me. I started as a fine art painter in the late 1960’s (while having a real job, of course), and painted over 35 years, easing into photography along the way.  Now, it’s just photography, with some painting work that I still must do (one day).  I like to present subjects in a way that most people don’t see them, encouraging a another  look. My primary equipment is a D200, with various Nikon lenses, and a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ10 and FZ28 as backup cameras.  [If Nikon doesn’t soon come out with a decent replacement for the D300, I might switch to Canon 😉  ].  My interest is in landscapes, cityscapes, and documentary of the humorous and unexpected.  On occasion, I might do a few macros or close-ups (desperation).  My objective is to be as good as all of the other photographers I see.

This image is of the French Quarter in the evening.  It is at f/5,   1/30 sec., ISO 800, hand-held.

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello everyone!  Last week I wrote that my Girls Golf Team was playing in their Golf Regional.  If all went well, we would be playing in the State Finals this Friday & Saturday.  Thank you to everyone who lent my girls your support .  The girls played pretty well and finished twelve strokes ahead of their closest competitors.  Needless to say, the weather has been absolutely beautiful here since last week and it looks like it will continue right through the Finals. 

 This is the only photo I’ve taken in the last week.  I’ll get back to the camera right after our finish on Saturday.

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone.   Hope you all had a great week.   Not much time to do any new shots this past week, so this one is from a couple of weeks ago.I went to a butterfly garden, and l  watched all  these beauties flit from flower to flower.

 I hope you enjoy this one .

D300   105mm micro  ISO 200  f/7.1   Shutter 1/400   EV -1

 

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This weekend, we’re heading to the North Georgia Mountains and I’m taking the camera. I can’t wait. However, our leaves are changing because there’s been no rain in three weeks, humidity is around 10% and it’s hot. Maybe the leaves are burned….

 Nikon D100 80mm, 1/320 sec, f9 ISO 200, full auto, RAW

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

I had to go to office last Sunday as the head office of my firm moved and we had to unpack and such.  So, I decided to get off the subway a few station before and take a walk with my camera.  This is THE center of Japan business, and the water is the “moat” of the former Edo castle, where there is now the Imperial Palace.  Lots of lives there – carp, turtle, duck, and swans.  I thought the contrast of the modern business center buildings and a swan interesting.  I uploaded several more photos surrounding the area here: http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p248605565#h340afe88

D700, 24-120, f8, 1/250sec, ISO200, a bit cropped by NX2

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 The Australian cricket season got underway over the weekend.  The innings of this opening batsman was brought to an abrupt end when he was beaten for pace by a fast delivery that knocked over the middle stump.

 Camera:      Nikon D300 Lens:          AF-S VR II Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED plus TC-14EII

Settings:     280 mm, 1/1252 sec, f/4 and ISO 200 (Manual, monopod, UV filter)

  

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone. I cannot help but to admire the photos that are being sent in each week
Today i am sending a photo from Melbourne of a cafe that is on the Yarra River at the back of the Crown Casino. Just another place i really liked the colours.
D90 Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens at 11mm  1/100sec @ F5 ISO200

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hello everybody.  Thank you so much for your previous comments.  I am really sorry that I have not been able to comment yours or return the comments.

 Taking some days off work, and spending them at Lillehammer in Norway, the site of the winter olympic games in 1994. The autumn colors here are beautiful, and this day there was no wind at all, which made some beautiful reflections in the water.

 Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-70

 Per-Christian

 

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks for your comments on my Owl picture, It was published in the St Petersburg Times News paper last Sunday. Last Sunday we went to New Smyrna Beach Fl. for my Father In-laws 80th birthday. I got up early and walked out to the beach to shoot for 2.5 hours the sunrise, lighthouse, birds, people and surfers. So many cool picture opportunities. The Sunrise was amazing. The clouds close to the horizon looked like mountains to me. Found out 732 raw files fill an 8 gig card. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400 VR, 120mm, F/14, ISO 800, EC-0.7 step

 

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Sorry I did not respond to the photos last week.  My work schedule has been a bit brutal.  Here is a photo of a little critter who was staring at me while I sipped coffee on my porch this summer. He even remained still when I moved to get in closer.   I am still manipulating ways to send in ‘clear’ pictures, so I am pulling from older photos (for which i do not seem have camera setting info).  I am trying to raise my bar!  Gladys

 

  

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 River, my constant inspiration. This time in b/w. Water, stones and early morning mist are everytime winning combination for me J. Taken with Olympus E-510, Olympus ZD 9-18mm, f/8 @ 30sec, iso100, tripod. Converted to B/W in PS.

 Regards,, Davorin

www.davorinmance.com

 

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This week’s contribution harks back again to the first weekend in October and my attendance of the UCI World Road Racing Championships in Geelong, about one hour’s drive from where I live. I staked out my position inside the course early in the morning as I wanted to be sure to capture the passing competitors nice and frozen in the frame – too still some have commented, but it’s only my first try at sporting photography.  I found that shooting from a lower position to the ground gave a more interesting perspective to the exposures.This photograph is of Lars Bak (Denmark) closest to camera and Matthew Hayman (Australia) in the middle and Michal Golas (Poland) attacking the kick at the top of the hill climb.

 Taken with D700 + 17-35mm AF-S @ 28mm, f/9, 1/1250th sec , ISO 400

  

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Not a lot to say about my shot this week. Nothing special about it. I just liked it. Hummingbird sitting in my neighbor’s tree waiting for my dog Noah to quit looking at him. Maybe you had to be there. 😉 Taken with Nikon D90/70-300mm VR, Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 400.

 Jeannean

 

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 This is a tight forest shot at Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, just north of Guerneville, Calif. I spent part of the morning there Monday (Oct. 11) with my EOS-3 (film), tripod and cable shutter release. This shot is all digital, raw mode of course with my 7D.  It’s so hard to cull just one photo out of the 70 I shot that morning. I like this one a lot for its “forest” qualities. The light was far from perfect as there were zero clouds or fog to mute the strong sun. I might’ve shot more apt and distinctive giant redwood tree shots but this one is still attractive.

Technical: 35mm FL, ISO 100, f/9 and 8/10 sec. Tripod/remote shutter release and MLU.

-Ken

 

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Life and death  (color and b/w photo)

 Pentax K20D   mc PENTAX-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM  Shot at 50 mm 

Manual exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 320, Compensation: +0.7 

 

 

 Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 I took this shot in Burlington on my past trip up there. This is in my girlfriends back yard. I thought it was really interesting the way there was only one red leaf. It realy stood out.

 Nikon D100  Sigma   28-200 mm f/3.3-5.6  Shot at 48 mm

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

 Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/350sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

Still waiting and watching to TV for the Chilean miners. Hope they can rescue without any problem. Our prays with them.
Thanks a lot for your valuable comments to my photo last week. I appreciated. A boat is returning to next shore of Suriname River for next customers. It was early in the morning. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,thank you for your comments on my photo last week, I really appreciate them all. 

This week a photo of my son and a dog, that got lost one day and happened to come to our house, we phoned the owner and it took him couple of hours to get home, so we were looking after this wonderful creature, her name is Waffle, until his arrival. Turned out, he lives few houses up the road and we can play with Waffle, when they are at work and this weekend we will have her for full 4 days! I can’t wait, I fell in love with her and my little boy too. This is a photo of his first proper contact with the dog, he was a bit shy at first, but then cuddled up to her, as she is so gentle and lovely.

 Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 1600, f/5, 1/80s

Have a lovely week.  Jana 

 

 

Special Bonus photo

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

Columbus Day Parade – Joseph Leotta

Monday was Columbus Day, New York has a huge parade up Fifth Avenue. It is sponsored by the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which also awards a number of Scholarships to deserving students, We were at the parade because my daughter Janine was awarded one for her High school tuition.  They put all their winners in the parade.

Here is one from one of the many bands in the parade

Nikon D300        AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D IF @ 135mm

1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640

 

“Don’t believe everything you read.”

Stanley Beck

  

Week 38

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Dockside at Twilight

Tuesday – 5:20 PM – panic time. The Wednesday email goes out tonight and I have not shot a single picture all week, and I don’t want to go to the files for a photo. Grab the camera and get into the car. Oh no the sun is getting low in the sky, running out of time.  City Island is only 5 minutes away………….

       And that’s how this photo came into existence. Yes –  a bit of luck and a bit of always having a photo in the back of your mind that you have been meaning to take. All in all I think that it came together very nicely.

The 3rd spot that I stopped at yesterday afternoon – The dock for some of the charter fishing boats on City Island in the Bronx.

 Nikon D300  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Shot at 32 mm

1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 800  October 19, 2010   5:46:58PM

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

Life of a nut

Pentax K10D  SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX  Shot at 190 mm

Aperture-priority AE, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250

 

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 This is one of the three last functioning steam engines running along the very last narrow forest railway still in service in Romania. Although now it became more and more a touristic attraction it still serve its original purpose of bringing the logs down from the mountains.

I find interesting to know that new seam engine locomotives were still manufactured in Romania till 1986 and that before 1989 there were 15 functioning forest railways spreading over 1000 km of rail.  Economic changes and transition period was fatal for all these sites, most of them being decommissioned and dismantled, engines and wagons scrapped or sold.

I got to say that a ride with one of these beauties is indeed a very special experience, time machine that gets you back in time. The rail follow Vaser’s river trough a wild and spectacular landscape. Full length of this railway is about 40Km, only half of it is open for tourists. Train goes very slow and makes few stops to get more firewood and water for the engine, grease the gear, free the railway of falling trees and rocks, and well, what would be such trip without a glass or two of home made alcohol?!
Shot with Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 80mm F/2.8 lens, Velvia RVP100F

 

  

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 The following picture was taken this past weekend in Damirascotta Maine at their annual Pumpkin Festival (you can Google it… Utube clips). They have many great events all revolving around Pumpkins and Halloween… I have other better pictures and of better quality… although not as unique. On Sunday they have the Pumpkin boat races. These are giant pumpkins some in the 1000 lb category that have been hollowed out and modified a bit to support an outboard engine.They race three times around a 1/4 mile race course. Water temps 53 degrees or so… Very unique. The other events are shooting pumpkins from large cannons… an 80 ft and 100 ft cannon… They hold the Guinness record… they say they can go 1/4 to 1/2 mile… The great pumpkin drop, where they drop a giant pumpkin from 200 feet onto a car.  There is little left of the car… Hope you enjoy…

 Bill

 

  

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka  was taken with a Nikon D60-did not note the settings( which I will learn to do for this group!)

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 The face of contempt.  Animals and wildlife are one of my photographic interests.  I realize that I may never have the opportunity for a wildlife photography safari, so I must make do with what is at hand.  This means my backyard, wildlife parks, and trips to the local zoo, to see what new poses the animals will provide.  The Jackson Zoo is small, and still has a lot of cages and chin link fences, and is not as camera friendly as others, such as in New Orleans or other large cities, but still some shots to get.  This Orangutan always looks bored and contemptuous of visitors with cameras.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f /5.3, 1/60 sec., 80-400mm (340mm), cropped at left.

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thank you to those who took the time to comment on my picture. Stanley I was on the east coast looking out at the Atlantic. Tampa is on the west coast better for sunsets. Well this week was filled with alot of senior activities for my daughter Kaley. Homecoming football game, Senior Volleyball game and the Homecoming banquet. I got to borrow my customers 1970 Chevelle SS thats worth around $100,00.00 and drive Kaley and three friends to the Homecoming Banquet. I also was there personal photographer for the night. Not all dads get these opportunities. We went to some beautiful gardens for pictures. My little girl is growing up. 😦 Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120, 120mm, F/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 400, SB 800 flash with diffuser.

 

I just had to send one to show off the car.:)

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hello everyone.  I hope this past week has afforded  you the opportunity  to follow your passions andenjoy life.  Thank you for all your comments on my photo last week. I really am so sorry that I have not been able to comment lately. Not too many bugs around , so I took the opportunity to try some early morning dew drop shots.    I had forgotten how much I enjoy doing these and the water drop shots.   Hope you enjoy it.
D300 60mm micro ISO 200  f/20   shutter 1/15  SB900 on camera diffuses with Opteka  soft box.   Manual hand held, with lens resting on bean bag.
White daisy petal with yellow daisy refracted in the drops.

More can be seen as always on   birdied.zenfolio.com 

 

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 This week photo is from ‘the Deer Garden’, a 4000 acres large area north of Copenhagen founded in 1669, where the present King established a hunting resort with a lot of deer, around 2000 today. It is no longer an area for deer hunting but a public ‘park’ open to everyone. The world oldest amusement park established in 1583 is also part of The Deer Garden.

The first official soccer game in DK took place there too, the 7 of September 1879.

Hope you all will have a pleasant week.

 Regards Jens Frederiksen

 

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you for the comments on my photo last week. This week I have a photo from a marketing shoot I did for my friend, she has an eco-wedding business and creates decorations out of recycled materials and she asked me to photograph all her new products. These paper cranes are made out of a colourful magazine paper and they looked wonderful. I chose to show them as almost silhouettes, as I thought their shape was rather self-explanatory. 

Shot with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/200s, f/3.5

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

 Jan

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone.
I have been mucking around again with hibiscus flowers. It is almost impossible to get the whole flower sharp but they still amaze me with their form and colour.
The stamen is better than the flower i believe
D90 Tamron 90mm macro  1/80 sec @ F16 ISO200

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Hello.  A week passes so quick.  Still unpacking stuff at the new office and quite hectic week.  Didn’t have enough time to go out.  So, here is an old one, but re-realized how good this is (well, to my eyes anyway :-).  This is a fond memory of this summer…  If I have posted this in the past, I apologize…. Ken

Thank you so much for comments for my photo last week and I am so sorry that I couldn’t do the same.

D700, 24mm, f5.6, 1/640s, ISO200, NX2

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello people! Today I’m sending panorama. It was created from 12 vertical photos stitched together in MS ICE. It’s a railroad station in the small town named Ivanec. As you can see, it’s small and empty. Few trains go there, unfortunately. Since I’ve shot it from the hand, it’s not the best panorama you’ve ever seen, but I liked the effect of curve that panorama created on the tracks.

Thank you all that commented! And I look forward to see your new photos.

And as for B&W theme, I’m down with it! 🙂

 Pozdrav, Filip.

///—-\\\Moje fotke: http://www.filiplucin.com/

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

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I was going to my first photography class Saturday morning (continuing education class offered by the university I teach at), but fooled around and let it close before I paid for it. So instead of going to the class, I got my camera out and went out to “my” field at dawn. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Everywhere I looked, there were bejeweled dragonflies stuck on dead sunflower stalks. It was a magical sight! I wish I could have photographed the whole lot of them, but that’s what I need a photography class for. 🙂 At least I got some individual shots. Here’s one of the first that morning and others can be seen in my Zenfolio here: http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p174132935
Shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter/SB 600 off to the left side with my new flash bracket and ball head.

 

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

“Open wide and say, Arrrrrhh! “, says the dentist.  Dentists expect you to answer their questions while your mouth is dislocated with dental padding and foreign objects …  but funnily enough, not when they check my dog’s teeth!  

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

Settings:     70 mm, 1/500 sec, f/3.2 and ISO 720 (AP, hand held, UV filter)

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

I just have to post another image from the holiday in Lillehammer, Norway.  These are made in Maihaugen, a open air museum with lots of local old buildings and lots of space.  Really a place to visit, if you are nearby.

Nikon D300

 Have a nice day! Per-Christian

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to everyone!

It’s been a busy week and I apologize for not commenting last week.  I’ll do better in the future.

Golf is over.  We dug a pretty deep hole for ourselves with disappointing play the first day but improved our score by 29 strokes the second day and moved from 8th to 6th place in the D2 State Finals.  All in all, I was pleased with our finish.  Yes, we could have done better but with three kids who had never played at this level, and my second best player injured, I think the girls did very well.  As the coach, I wiped away tears, encouraged when the kids were not at their best and cheered when a 30 foot putt dropped for par.  I’m already looking forward to next year.  My photo this week came from Drake’s Beach.  I enjoyed shooting here because there were few people around and the light was amazing.  In the weeks to come I will probably submit some of my other photos from here.  Hope you week goes well.

Gej

D90 – 1/125sec – f/32.0 – 18-200@70mm – ISO 800

 

  

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Photo taken on a field trip with colleagues from the Photo Club last weekend on a nearby hill.

 

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/1500sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

Dear Greg thanks a lot for your valuable comment. I’m glad all miners and rescuers saved.

Lady seller was busy with sorting brownish long fresh beans. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Hello, all.  I’m sorry I missed last week, and was afraid I was going to miss this week also, but made it home in time to submit something.  We spent a couple of nights at Desoto State Park in Fort Payne, AL.  These deer were feeding on acorns in the yard of a church in the area one afternoon as we were passing.  I am always excited to get any shot of any kind of wildlife, so that is what I am sending this week.  I hope it is ok.  I added a little saturation, and pushed the sliders in on the histogram a little bit.   Please feel free to tell me “what I should have done.”  Have a great week.
 
Nikon D5000, 70-300 F4/5-5/6G VR lens, F/5.6, 1/40s, Manual, auto ISO 1600.
 
Peggy

 

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 In 2007, my wife and I took a trip to Wyoming in late summer. On the way back home, we decided to go through the Medicine Bow mountain range south of Laramie. The day was rainy and cloudy, but it started to clear when we got close to the main peak in the range. I took this shot just as the sun broke through and highlighted the main peak in the range. This peak is primarily made up of quartz, so the sun shining on it made it look translucent. Unfortunately, in 1955, United flight 409, a DC-4 prop airplane hit the peak at 10,000 ft or about 2,000 ft below the peak (over 3,500 ft is visible here). All 66 people died on impact, and most of the wreckage is still there.

 Nikon D100 50mm Nikkor, f9, 1/320 sec, ISO 200, center weighted

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 Another one from Lake Champlain in Burlington Vermont

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 “There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel”

This is highway 101 just north of the Golden gate bridge, going up Waldo Grade. “The first bore of the tunnel was completed in 1937 and the second in 1954.”  I was driving home from work today, Tuesday. Once again I fretted over which photo to submit and I liked this one.

 Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 lens, ISO 800, 1/125, f/8

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello All
A small egret in Japanese Garden of Buenos Aires. From the small lake a pipe sprays water into the air.

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

 

 

Special Bonus photo

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

 Sunny Bug – Jeannean R 

  The sun was coming up and the light was a beautiful gold. Gold and diamonds…a girl’s best friend! 😉

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

One more bugRoberta Davidson

 While the temperature may not be cool here yet, fall and cool weather are on my mind . So, I went out for about 1 hour searching for some fall colors . This was the first time I had the camera in my hand in a couple of weeks, and boy did it feel good to take some photos. 
The only thing I came across that had fall colors was a butterfly believe it or not! This is not what I was looking for, but it is what I found. 

 

  

Week 39

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

The crossroad of the World

Times Square – 42nd Street.  .  It is always filled with sight seeing tourist all sporting cameras snapping every thing. So I acted like a tourist and joined them on Sunday evening. You must take the time to see the sights in your own backyard

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

1/60 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800, Compensation: +2/3 October 24, 2010   6:14:14PM 

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This my attempt at being artsy at an air show.

 Sony HX5V, f8, 1/500 sec, 4.3mm ISO 80

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Just one of my New Orleans cemetery images that I decided to convert to black & white, to try to achieve a somewhat melancholy effect, in keeping with the season.  Somehow black & white seem to add a bit of “chill” to graveyards.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/125 sec., manual, 24-120mm (38mm)
Converted to B&W in Photoshop

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Sister gave me a pair of tickets for an exhibition of Degas at our home town for my birthday and mother and I went there last weekend.  Well, the town, or rather city called Yokohama located less than an hour train ride from where we live now, changed a lot.  It’s been a long while since I came around here last time.  There is a new museum near the sea, not only that, but the entire new town was created near the sea.  30 years ago when we moved to here, there was nothing but dark piers and the sea. 
Anyway, this is what I found in the new popular seaside town, meant to be some kind of open air sculpture.  Just thought interesting.  I just bought Panasonic LX5 for the visit.

 

 

 Jen s V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Thanks for the comments last week. The absolutely last photo from my job, this yearJ At the end of the season a fair is set up like an old marketplace with shops and artists. This is from the last day and as you can see, a little rain do not stop the show.

Hope you all will have a nice week

 Jens Frederiksen

 

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

Thank you all for the comments.    I am so very sorry that I have not been able to comment lately.   There have been so many wonderful shots, that I have enjoyed so much, so please just let me say thank you.   I am back with the dew drops, as there is something calming and soothing about them for me .   This is  a shot of the last zinnia from my garden.    Hope you enjoy.

Nikon D300 f/18 shutter1/ 8   ISO 200   EV +.33    SB900 diffused
Hope everyone has a wonderful week.  Can’t wait to see your photos!!!

Roberta

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Shot from a weekly farmer fair, a place where taking photos attracts not very friendly comments and looks. Nevertheless, this guy actually asked me to take his picture with his horse he had for sale.
Best Regards
Bogdan

Nikon F6, Zeiss 35mm F/2 ZF lens, Kodak TriX 400TX

  

 

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 This was taken during a walk in Athens Greece with my wife during a recent holiday. We were walking in the market area and this was a local watering hole… taken a dusk… using a Canon 990.

 Take care, Bill 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to everyone!

I took a Photoshop class over the weekend.  Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday.  I’m no where near where I want to be but, Haig, you’ll notice that I finally learned how to imbed a copyright into my photograph.  

This week my photo comes from San Francisco.  Inside City Hall to be precise.  It was a little dark in the area I shot this and I was impressed with this light fixture from above.  Although the lights are not gas, they did remind me of the old gas lights of yesteryear.  Hope you like the results.

 Birdie – We are starting to gear-up for our trip to the warmth of Southern Alabama.  Forty days and counting.

 Have a great week everyone!

 D90 – f/8.0 – 18-200@44mm – 1/6sec – ISO 500 – Aperture Priority

  

  

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 More from our trip to Ft. Payne, Alabama.  This was at Desoto Falls.  However, the falls was barely a trickle.  It was even drier in NE Alabama, than is has been in NE Mississippi!  Hope you like it. Nikon D5000, 18-55mm F/3.5 lens, @55mm, AFA, F/5.6, 1/320s, manual, center weighted metering, auto ISO 900, white balance-cloudy.

  

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

It’s the height of spring here in Victoria, Australia.  The weather has opened up to delightful days with prolonged sunshine warming my back, the ground is still soft under foot and nature is rolling out it’s full glory.  Both plant and animal worlds are in over drive mode in my garden, making best of glorious weather and fine growing conditions.   Last weekend I pulled my 500mm lens out of it’s case for the first time in 6 months.  Sunday afternoon was spent shifting camaera and tri-pod around in the garden, capturing spring time in it’s fullest.  This New Holland Honey Eater (nectar feeder) was born in the garden and the spiny hybrid prostrate flowering grevillea it is feeding from is also a seedling produced two parents growing in the garden here.  Life is good.

 Taken with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 500mm f/4 Ai-P manual focus lens on trusty tri-pod. 

500mm @ f/5.6  1/1500th sec ISO 800

   

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks for the Kind comments from last week. Ken “The Guy” is an old friend nothing serious thank goodness. Want her to be at least 25. 🙂 Well I shot so much volleyball the past 2 weeks. So you get more VB. This match was very intense between two cross town rivals. #12 plays with so much intensity this really shows up in her face. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8 AF, F/3.5, 1/640 sec, ISO 6400

  

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Face to face with a wild urban rabbit.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

Lens:          AF-S VR II Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G IF-ED + TC-20E III

Settings:     400 mm, 1/500 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 720 (AP, hand held, UV filter)

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone
Sorry but i do not have much to offer this week. This photo is of a weed that has sprung up in my garden. One of the better looking weeds i have seen:-)))
D90 Tamron 90mm macro lens  1/60sec @ F16 ISO200

  

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello folks all over the world!

I’m presenting you a photo that I’ve taken last Saturday on a morning trip with Davorin and a friend from our photo club. It was early morning on nearby Drava river, rather cold and misty. 

Nikon D80, sigma 10-20@10mm, f8, 30 sec, ISO 200. Capture NX2.

Jens and Ken, thank you for comments, I hope I’ll have time to write them next weak.

But photos were as always, very interesting and good!

Greetings, Filip

 

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Last weekend I was with two other friends on early morning trip to nearby river. Forecast was good and we hoped to take some nice photos. Still was the night when we came to the river. After half hour first sunbeams start breaking thru clouds and mist. In that magic moment everything around us get colored in red and orange. I was happy like little child becouse I can take this picture.

Taken with Olympus E-510, ZD 9-18mm @ 9mm. 1/8sec @ f/10. ISO 100. Tripod, Cokin NDgrad S filter.

 

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I went down to South Padre Island (TX) this weekend for the annual Sandcastle Days Festival. Had a great time and saw the master works of 24 of the world’s best sand sculpture artists. Unfortunately, by the time we got there the crowds were thick and I’d brought the wrong lens for this kind of photography. A lesson learned…don’t leave the camera bag back in the car…you never know what you might need. Anyway, since Halloween is coming up this weekend and one of the sculptures was a Halloween theme, I decided to post this one (plus it was one of my favorites). D90/70-300mm

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

Purple artichoke flower

Pentax K20D smc PENTAX-DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM Shot at 70 mm

Manual exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/15 sec, f/4.5, ISO 160, Compensation: +0.7

 

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Normal Program, @20mm, f/6, 1/160sec, ISO100

Dear Jens, Ken thanks a lot for your valuable comments.

A homeless, Brazilian lady crying and asking help after her epilepsy attack. I saw her while laying on the street and turned there immediately. No one stopping for help to her and we called an ambulance with one of another driver there. Luckily she recovered with her self and told the story… They used her in the gold mines at interior and threw her from the car. This was taken 8 February, 2008 and I saw her many times again in the city, on the roads but she was lost her mind completely. Unfortunately newer saw her again soon and hope she returned home land or saved for better life. I’m attaching one more photo while she’s laying on the street. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

 Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Normal Program, @10mm, f/7.10, 1/200sec, ISO100

She was laying on the street and all the vehicles were passing without stopping.

Ertugrul Kilic

http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you very much for the comments on my photo last week.  This week again a photo from my marketing session I did recently, but now my photos have been requested by Queensland Bridal Magazine, they want to do a feature on sustainable weddings my friend organises, providing I let them print my pictures! Yey! This will be a third time in a row the editor has picked my photos for an article. I cannot be any more excited about that. 

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70 mm, f/2.8@ISO 200, f/5, 1/50s

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

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

No more boats

Summer is gone

 

 Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 The Archer

Taken at a jumble sale. Thanks

D300 + Nikkor 50 mm 1.4 D – ISO 200 – f 1.8 – 1/4000

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

A different photo from me this week: loaf of bread and Italian parsley. During some soup I was making I took this shot.  Trying to be fresh each week, it’s been a slow one.

 -Ken

  

Special Bonus photo

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

Still Summer? – Rick Dohme 

We are still enjoying summer like weather here in Florida. Ya’ll come visit. Fishins’ great.  Nikon D3, 80-400 VR, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, 400mm, ISO 800

 

 

Best Friends– Jeannean R

After seeing all the amazing work by the artists, we saw what I thought was an even more amazing sight. Not the greatest angle, but these guys followed their owner (girl in the shorts in front) everywhere. They didn’t get excited at everyone staring and getting excited by them. They just strolled along like best buds taking in all the sights. It was amazing to watch.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

 

 Week 40

 This week we have a special theme all photos are in Black & White

 

 Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Utah – Rocky Mountains

Several years ago flying into Salt  Lake City, Utah for  skiing I was lucky to get a window Seat. The Rocky Mountains in late march were still completely covered with snow. No photo can ever truly convey the wondrous scenery.   This was just before I went Digital and was shooting only film; late in the day with low light some of the colors became muted.  Convert the photo to Black and White and details pop out.

 Nikon F2  50mm f1.4 Nikkor S Manual Focus Shot on Kodacolor Negative film

Print scanned on a flatbed , processed in NX2

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

 This is a shot from the roman ruins at Jerash in Jordan.  About an hour’s drive from Amman.It is a fairly extensive site and fairly well preserved considering it’s age.

My apologies to the group for the lack of comments, but I have not been home more than a few days at a time for the last 5 months.. (not that I’m complaining considering some of the places I have visited).

 Pentax k20d + DA 12-24 @ 12mm, iso 200, f/9, 1/100 sec.

 

 

 Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 The Tetons just prior to a thunderstorm.

 Nikon D100 50mm Nikkor, f11, 1/500 sec, matrix metering

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi everyone
My B&W photo is of a door knob on a rear entry to an industrial building in Brisbane. This photo is a personal favourite of mine and you may have seen it earlier this year on Nikon Wednesday. It is also the first photo i have ever sold and is now hanging in the State Office of Gainsborough Door Furniture here in Queensland

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to everyone!

Here is my contribution.  Taken in 2008, it’s still one of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy it too.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

 D40X – f/20.0 – 18-200@36mm – 1/13sec – ISO100 – Aperture Priority 

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 The run-a-way bride!  My friend asked for some casual photos of her future daughter-in-law for use at the reception.  I was following her into the woods down this path and took this one.  Hope it is ok. 
 
D5000, VR 18-55 F3.5-5.6G lens, AFA, AF area mode-single, F/5.6, 1/160s, center weighted metering, auto ISO 200.

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 “Retired.”  These things are becoming increasingly rare, but there are still some around to be found.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/4.8, 1/90 sec., 24-120mm (32mm).
Converted to B&W in Photoshop

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks as always for the kind comments on my pics. I thought of this picture for our BW because it had so many light and dark contrasts. looking forward to the rest of your pics. Nikon D3, 80-400 VR, 80mm, 1/400 sec, F/14, ISO 800

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

  Hello people! My contribution for this theme is a rather recent shot, this fisherman was about 200 meters from shore, and was often covered by fog. I had to wait for some time for him to emerge from fog, and got this.

Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@300mm, f11, 1/400, ISO 125. Capture NX2. I look forward to see your black and white shots.

 Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

 

  

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 B&W Study

1/60s  f/2.7  ISO 64   Flash    7.5mm

 Tightly cropped from the original, as an abstract. Ergo, Abstract Photo-Expressionism. Actually a color photo of white, but I felt it was in the spirit of the assignment.

 

 

 Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone.    This shot is  a natural black and white .  The drop is 

milk and the liquid is  tinged with black dye.

Hope you enjoy.

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This is a close up photo of my favourite agave plant which I have grown in my succulent rock garden for over 7 years.  The plant itself is nearly 25 years old and has just yesterday begun to show signs of a flower spike emerging from it’s spiny centre.  

 Flowering is the final stage of the growth cycle of agave plants, they are mono-carpic meaning they flower once and then die.  It’s a truly beautiful agave specimen and I will miss it in the garden.  I hope it produces fertile seed or bulbils.  It will flower over the course of this southern hemisphere summer and will take about a year to die completely.  I have photographed it many dozens of times before and no doubt will document it’s ‘swan song’ over the coming months.

 Taken with Nikon D700 + Nikkor  AF 85mm D f/1.4  @ f/5.6, 1/800th sec, ISO 400

 

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you very much for the comments on my photo last week. My black and white photo is from last Friday’s photography session with Haig Tchamitch from our group, he travelled to Brisbane last week and Grant and I met him and we did some photography together. What a great time I’ve had! Thank you to both of you. This photo is from our last stretch for the day, it was already a night time and I had an idea to try out my least used lens, 70-200 f/2.8, and as usual, I had a rediscovery time. This photo isn’t wonderfully sharp, the shutter speed was only 1/13s, but I rather like it. 

 Shot with Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8@ISO 3200, 1/13s, f/3.5

Have a lovely week and I look forward to seeing all your photos. I love black and white photography, so this week will be a treat for me.

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 My photo is originally an IR. I think it is easier to make BW from IR than ordinary colour/BW, raw, because it is easier to work with the contrast from an IR original. ‘Probably just my screwed way of work’. 

Anyway, converting a colour photo to BW, manipulate it and then remove the BW conversion keeping the other manipulations gives a very unrealistic colour/contrast look to the original photo.

As always a larger photo at fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail. The 40-c photo’s are a colour conversion incl. BW removed.

Looking forward to see the world in BW.

 Have a nice week. Jens

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 No time to shoot this week.  This shot was taken at Olympic Park in 2008.  The lone spectator.

 Camera:      Nikon D200

Lens:          AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

Settings:     78 mm, 1/800 sec, f/4.5 and ISO 160 (Manual, hand held, UV filter)

 

  

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Mother & Child (not actual name, I don’t think), a favorite painting of mine.  Taken indoors, ISO 800, 48mm, f/5.6, 1/3.  I am using a new program, so let’s see if the size comes through properly.  Gladys

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
I have just receive back my computer fixed so no much time to work on new images.
This was taken a year ago at Iguazu Fall and I posted on Photo.net also. By by
NIKON D300 + Tamron 10-24 @12mm – ISO 200 – f 8- 1/320

 

  

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello. This photo was taken on a field trip to a nearby mountain Ravna Gora. As soon as I saw this tree at the edge of the abyss I knew how photo should look like. Of course, the conversion in b/w is implied. Often I look at Ansel Adams’ photographs, my role model, and try to make my nature photography at least almost have the force of his. How I succeeded in it, judge for yourself. Photo title is “Defiant”.

 Taken with: Olympus E-510, ED9-18 @ 9mm, 1/40s @ f/8, ISO100, Handheld.

 Greetings, Davorin             www.davorinmance.com

 

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

Yacht Club Hotel, Port Isabel, TX. This is one of the original hotels on the south Texas coast. It was built in 1927 and is still in operation today. We stayed there once many years ago and it was like stepping back in time. My grandfather and his buddies, used to dock the boat after fishing, come ashore, and have a cocktail or two before joining my grandmother and other ladies for dinner. It was a fine establishment back in the day. Not sure what the hotel rooms are like now, but the restaurant is still mighty fine. Nikon D90/18-55mm, processed from RAW in NX2, sepia tone and frame added in PSE 8. I didn’t know there was a whole slew of frames available in PSE 8 under View: Contents. Now, I just need to play with them so as not to crop out part of the photo (the original has the whole HOTEL and no cropped palm trees ;-).

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Hello, all.  Having spent many Halloweens in US, I had forgot about it the past weekend here in a far east country.  BUT, coincidentally, I have made one B&W photo, which now is the cover photo of khokugo.zenfolio.com.  I went to another museum nearby and this was one of the statues it had on exhibit.  It left me some impression, I don’t know how to put it, but kinda mysterious figure in a deep meditation from India….  Again, with a compact P&S, Panasonic LX-5.  Thanks.

 

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Funny, although I’ve got plenty of BW photos it proved rather difficult for me to choose one. I really wanted to get away from my usual people shots and post something else, well, it’s people again.
Shot at an anti-government rally in Bucharest following a set of very unpopular measures intended to fix the economy. Rampant corruption, incompetent governments, a dodgy transition from socialist to free market economy, Balkanic style capitalism and current economical crises are just few of the problems. Interesting enough, before second world war same country was the sixth best economy, after that everything went down the hill and still rolling

Reading the banner: “Democracy is ME!”
Technical: Nikon F6, Zeiss Planar 100mm F/2 lens, Kodak TriX 400TX

  

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Dear Gladys, Filip, Greg thanks a lot for your kind words for my post last week. I’ll be not able to reach your earlier e-mails and my computer for a while. Please forgive me if I missed one of your words to say thanks.

 My hand held taken photo from the night before yesterday while people visiting Independence Square where one of biggest Subh Diwali lights (a giant oil candle) installed. The colonial building at background is Ministry of Finance and decorated with lights as part of celebration of Subh Diwali. An important parts of Suriname population is build by Hindustani community due their immigrations from India during England controlled colonial period. I’ll try to post different photos coming next weeks. 

 The statue belongs to Johan (Jopie) Adolf Pengel who one of the most influential politician in Suriname. From 1963 to 1969 Pengel was prime minister of Suriname. He was the first Surinamese politicians of the self-confident and demanding of the colonial administration had occurred so many Surinamese and a sense of equivalence. The International airport of Suriname (Zanderij) is in his honor at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport named.

 The photo straight out NEF from camera and converted to JPEG with a simple viewer. Nothing processed anymore. 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, 1/60sec, ISO400, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 My photo is from last week – where one of the huge support cables for the SF Bay Bridge lands in the ground. I converted this to B&W manually in PS CS5 using the channel mixer – in this case 50% blue channel and the other 50% split between red & green channels.  I think I shot this too with the B&W theme in mind.

 EOS 7D, ISO 3200 (!), f/8, 1/1600, 50 mm.

 Ken Papai

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Waves Breaking

This photo was taken on July 10, 2010  using a Nikon D100.

  

  

Special Bonus photo

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

 Serious Pumpkin Carving – Joseph Leotta

 New York Botanical Gardens – Pumpkin display . The 3 largest ones in the country were there to be carved.  This was the biggest at 1850 pounds.

 

  

All saints day – Filip Lucin

 On 1st of November, the All saints day is celebrated in Croatia. It’s a day for families to gather, from all over the country and abroad, and to go  to the cemeteries and to the graves of their loved ones. It is a custom to put flower arrangements and candles to the graves to mark the day. And for the ones that are buried to far to be visited, there is a crucifix on the each cemetery that we call “Križno drvo”.  It would be roughly translated as “Tree of the cross”, I too have left a candle here for my grandparents from the fathers side that are buried 500 kilometers away, and I can’t go visit them. My photo was captured on nearby Varaždin’s cemetery. Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@10mm, F8, 20sec exposure, ISO 200. Converted to BW in capture NX.

 Pozdrav, Filip.

 

  

Outside the World Series – Ken Papai

 Should you deem – is the SF Giants FINALLY winning the World Series and the Willie Mays statue in front of AT&T Park.

 

  

And a group update

 Haig Meets Jana and Grant

 Ladies and Gentlemen, 

meet Haig and Grant, we had a fantastic photography session last week, thank you.

 Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8, exposure are different on both photos, so I won’t specify. 

Jana

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