Weeks 41 to 45

Week 41

  

We have a theme this week

Vivid Color

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

A Bronx Favorite

I had a completely different picture all set for this week. But yesterday I took a ride and stopped at a fishing spot of mine to see if anything was still going on.  The Sea Shore’s Restaurant on City Island red sign at twilight was reflecting off the water with very vivid colors.  It was a sign from above to switch photos.

. No increase was done to the color saturation, this photo untouched and is as shot except for resdoizing.  The D300 just comtinues to impress me with its high ISO performance in low light,

 I really can’t wait to go to the Sea Shore now for a dinner. Its one of my favorites.

 Nikon D300 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Shot at 66mm

AE, 1/8 sec, f/13, ISO 1000 Handheld – November 9, 2010   6:01:PM 

 

  

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Northport Village summer car show. A weekly event through the summer that draws a nice crowd and helps promote the town and local businesses. This was from last year and a standout among the 30 or 40 cars that were on exhibit. The finish  on this cars paint job was absolutely the deepest paint I have ever seen. The colors blended seamlessly with just a touch of metal flake. The proud owner told me the paint job would be impossible to recreate because the materials used in the paint are all banned from use and no longer available. This is a lament I hear often lately. Environmental concerns for health and well being are causing the demise or reduction in quality in many finishing materials for cars and homes.  A small price to pay but a price none the less.

I believe this is a 30’s or 40’s vintage Mercury. The proud peacock next to the car is the owner!

 Nikon Coolpix 5100    20090818  F2.7   ISO 88  Focal length 7.m  No flash

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Seeing that I am still in NSW, it seemed appropriate to post somehing from here.  A pair of Rainbow lorikeets right after their evening bath in a Sydney suburb Pentax k20d + DA 55-300, @260mm,  Iso 250, 1/125 sec, f/6.3,  EV + 0.3.

 I had a great time meeting Jana and Grant who were kind enough to drag me around Brisbane to visit the sights and take a few pictures.. I did take a couple of shots of my jailors that I will post after I get back home 🙂

  

  

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Autumn Leaves” – Not much Fall color this year, at least, not so far.  Just enough color to fill a frame, if I get the camera close enough.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/125 sec.

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Hello to everyone!

 This is from the San Francisco Arboretum.  

D40X – 1/5sec – f/6.3 – 18-200@200 – ISO 100 – Shutter Priority 

  

   

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 Rockefeller center – the backside of 30 Rock is Radio City Music Hall.

Taken with my cell phone after I went to a concert there  recently

 

   

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Amazing BW last week.

Could not keep the promises not to show a motive from my jobJ. This is an old mill with wings made of tree. Newly painted. Did pres the saturation a bit though.

D700 24-70@55mm F/11 1/125s ISO 20

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 I was a bit too pressed this weekend and could not go out with my Nikon.  So, my apology for not giving back comments.  I always appreciate and look for the comments, good or bad, to learn.  Anyhow, so, instead, I carried Lumix and took this on the street in the evening.  Tad over saturated, but Benetton was always my vivid color in my head, so….  Maybe a bit overdone, I admit.  But anyhow, it has an interesting effect, me thinks….
Panasonic Lumix LX-5, Shutter Speed mode, 1/4s, f/6.3, ISO80, with self timer on the saddle of the bicycle on the street 🙂

 

   

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Last weeks pics were very good. I enjoyed everyone’s BW creations. Thanks for the kind comments. I was waiting for a good time to submit this one. I took it a few weeks ago when I had posted a couple of d-flies already. Can’t wait to see everyone’s colors. Nikon D3, Nikon macro 105 2.8, 1/60 sec, F/5.6, ISO 800, SB 800 flash on camera with diffuser.

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hello everyone.  Still trying to care for  my mother-in-law, so  I was limited to her  back yard for shooting this week. The only thing I could find was a chrysanthemum  or “mum” as it is  commonly called.   This was taken early in the morning while the dew  was still on the plant. I hope you like the colors –  Can’t wait to see this week’s thread.

 D300  f/10   shutter 1/60  ISO 400    SB900 diffused

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 I took this at the 2006 US Grand Prix. It’s a pic of Kimi Raikkonen in his Mercedes McLaren. 

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

 

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I went over to the carnival to take some photos, but on closer inspection, decided while it was colorful, it wasn’t necessarily pretty. I was looking around for something with vivid colors and…walla!…I saw some Bird of Paradise flowers in front of bougainvilleas. I wanted to do early morning natural light, so hauled out my tripod and set up. Of course I’m always looking around for bugs, and spotted a mantis back in the bushes. I coaxed it out onto the flower and a second later, the little beetle came out from inside the flower. I quickly shot two frames with a shift in focus to get both the beetle and mantis in focus and did a layer stack in PSE 8. I thought about increasing saturation a bit, but figured it was pretty vivid as it was. I was pretty pleased with the result and hope you all like it too. (BTW- thanks to those who made comments on the B&W project. It’s appreciated. I will TRY and do some this week, but work is pretty hectic. Just wanted you all to know how much I enjoyed them. 🙂 Shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm@1/60, f/5.6, ISO 400.

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 All of my cameras’ sensors have struggled with obtaining a representative image of this particular red mesemb flower which creeps through other plants along this border in my garden.  This is the most intense, most vivid colour that exists in my garden.  It is so “loud” I’m sure it can be seen from outer space!  Even standing back several yards to take a wider angle shot of this red mesemb flower makes for odd and varied results.

 In my minor conquest to get a nice photograph of this red flower, this time I have limited the amount of red inside the frame.  I also performed a custom white balance using a grey card on site, shot in sRGB so no colourspace conversions for web uploading and for a little different perspective I used my fisheye lens.  I included some of these aeonium rosettes in the photo as I know I can accurately reproduce the ruddy / taned hues of this plant and use them as a measuring point for this exposure.

 Despite taking care to expose this flower as precisely as possible, I still think the full dazzling vibrancy of this red flower is lost a little in my image.  Vibrant colours are not my forte at all, I much prefer subdued colour but I enjoyed the process of gaining a photo for this week’s contribution none the less.

 Nikon D700 + Nikkor Ai f/3.5 16mm fisheye  @ f/8,  1/160th,  ISO 200 on tri-pod.

 

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Another dance shot from me, ladies and gentlemen!  Taken at a freestyle/discojazz competition last weekend.  The last time my daughter wears that outfit, so it is a special occation for her.  You know, you realize they grow up fast when they need new outfits every year….

 Have a magnificent week!

 Per-Christian

 

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Here is how we are looking after our unthreatened population of magpies in Australia.  While the preservation of a thriving population may seem odd you only need to meet Eddie McGuire (the AFL President of the Collingwood Football Club) in order to appreciate the magnitude of the concern.

 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 800 (AP, monopod, UV filter)

 

  

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 How time flies!  Last week’s black and white photos were outstanding!  I like these occasional assignments, even though I seem to struggle more with them!  This week’s photo is nothing special, I seem to have run out of things to photograph.  The only places I have to take photos, most of the time, are around my house or on my way to work.  It’s dark on my way home from work now, so that opportunity is gone for awhile.  This is from a week or two ago of my sugar maple in my front yard.  It is beautiful in the fall, but the leaves fall off very quickly once they turn. 
 
I want to encourage everyone to comment.  Especially myself!  Have a good week everyone.
 
Nikon D5000, 116mm, AF-A, Dynamic, F/4.8, 1/160s, Spot metering, auto ISO 500, White Balance-Direct sunlight.

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone. I loved the B&W photos last week but i am partial to B&W
This weeks vivid photo took a bit of thinking for me. What i came up with actually affects me somehow if i stare at it too long 🙂
I came across a child’s toy at a games shop, took one look at it and thought i might be able to do something with it. It took about 25 minutes experimentation to come up with this shot and then a minute to up the saturation in Lightroom. I am excited to see what everyone may have come up with this week
D90 Nikkor 50mm F1.8 lens  30.0 seconds @ F8 ISO200

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 This one I took yesterday, I was initially aiming just for the colourful blocks in bubbles, but I liked the water being poured out of the bottle, so I’ve chosen this one in the end. 

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8@ISO 400, 1/60s, f/4

 Have a lovely week and I can’t wait to see all your vivid photos. Jana 

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
A mausoleum is perhaps not the best place to find Vivid colors but I like the contrast of the ironwork and the vitraux behind it. Recoleta Cementry, Buenos Aires
Nikon D300 +50mm 1.4 D –    ISO 200 – f 2.2 – 1/200

 

 

 Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

Last week was great, but really great. I’ve enjoyed all photos.

About my photo, autumn just drove by me, I didn’t have time to make a proper autumn photo, so I was on the walk with my cameras last Sunday and I got this red photo. I hope it’s vivid enough. 🙂 Nikon D80, Nikkor 28-70@70mm, f4.5 1/80 ISO 100. Added little contrast in NX2.

Greetings, Filip!

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

 

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 We’ve got few nice warm days of late autumn with temperatures going over 20 Celsius and that beautiful light of fall. Here is a shot with Mamiya 645 PTO TL, a camera that sometimes I think I don’t use at it’s full potential.

Mamiya 64 Pro TL, Mamiya 55mm F/2.8 lens, Ektachrome EPP 100

 

   

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Dear Jens thanks a lot for your valuable comment. I appreciated.
Friend of mine invited me to his daughter’s 10th Birthday, two days ago. The part of party was very funny. An uncovered sightseeing bus at night in the city. The owner of bus very well decorated his old bus. Sound, smoke systems, laser lights, DJ set on dashboard… One of guest was standing to laser beams so close. I decided to use wide open f/2 and it helped me a lot to capture laser beams on her face as many lines at 1/20 sec shutter speed (hand held). Hope it can fit the theme and you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com

 Nikon D2Xs, AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/20sec, ISO800, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 When: Saturday, 11/6/2010 at the vineyards of Cuvaison in the Carneros Region, Napa County.

Tech: Canon EOS 7D, 16-35 2.8L lens, ISO 100, f/8, 1/160. Shot raw and processed in PS CS5.

Weather cooperated very nicely last weekend and green was abundant after the recent rains.

LOL – as my camera shut down with “Error 30” for ten minutes after this photo.

 Ken Papai

  

Special Bonus Photo

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

 Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer – Jim Fredriksson

Collage I put together to post and email as a thank you to those who were able to support our participation in the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer event. It was a very emotional experience and Elaine and I had a great time doing the walk. We managed about 13 miles, from the West side lower 40’s to 135th street across to 12th Avenue and back to Lincoln Center. We met lots of nice people and had a fantastic time. We plan to do it again next year!

 

 

Extreme courage at the NYC Marathon – Joseph Leotta

 Sunday was the New York City Marathon. Almost 43,000 runners were running the 26.5 mile course that snakes thru all 5 boros of the city. It is one of the most gurling experiences that yiou could go thru.  The Achilles club has a lot of handicapped entrants, most in hand propelled wheeled vehicles. One runner was competing with a double lung transplant. .One of the Chilean miners ran the race. But this guy after losing both legs was at the top of the list for determination.  This photo was taken at the 2o mile mark.  Most amazingly he was running at a very quick pace kepping up with the pack.

 

 

Week 42

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

Staying Vivid –  A garden within the gardens

The New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx is one of my favorite places.  This English garden within the garden always is interesting. A large section of it is a herb garden filling the air with strong and delightful aromas. The narrow paths and walkways, brick columns  and wooden benches make it feel like someone’s backyard. This time of year it comes alive the the brighy colors of fall flowers. The big pine tree whose trunk you see rising on the left has shed long pine needles which have turned brown and cover the walkways, adding a unique touch to this shot.

 Nikon D300 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Shot at 26 mm

 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400, Compensation: +2/3     October 30, 2010   3:41:12PM

 The beauty of these 2 is that I did not play around with the color saturation levels in post processing.  The only adjustment besides resizing was to slightly decrease the brightness and slightly increase the contrast,   The +2/3 EV looked like it was needed when I was chimpimg the photos as I was taking them. There seemed to be harsh shadows that were underexposing the photos.

 

  

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Althea blossom (related to hibiscus).  Sometimes you have to go all the way out on your patio to find a subject.  😉

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/350 sec., 120 mm.

 

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone.  Hope this week was good to you.  Thanks so  much to   those of you who took the time to comment.   I really love reading the  comments and hope to get back to doing so myself very soon.  I like this one for its simplicity . There was one solitary drop on the mum pedal with the sunlight shinning through the drop .

D300   60mm micro  f/11  shutter 1/40  ISO 200

  

  

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Another Veteran’s Park resident.  I love watching him fish.  I have two photos of fish he caught on this morning.  I liked the autumn leaf reflections in the water around him.  I hope you do!  He puts up with me for awhile, then flies to another section of the park.
 
Nikon D5000, 300mm, AF-A, Dynamic, manual, F/5.6, 1/200s, Auto ISO 320, Auto White Balance.

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Good morning!

The weather has started to turn cold.  No snow yet, but I can feel the nearness of the snowflakes.  We are heading south in a matter of days.  It won’t be too soon! I tried something a lot different for me and was pleased with the results.  While eating breakfast and drinking coffee at home I noticed Chickadees and this Finch moving from our bird-feeder to the lone sunflower.  Thought I should stop eating and I’m glad I did!  I grabbed my camera, already on a tripod, and began to shoot.  This was the best from my point of view.  I called it – Eating Breakfast on a Lone Sunflower.  Hope you like it.

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Violinist
I tried to show the movement of the musician.

Nikon D300 +18-200 VR @ 40mm – ISO 3200 – f 4.5 – 1/30 sec.

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Casual shot from a recent trip to Budapest, Hungary. I was trying a shot of the Post office building seen in the background when this bride and groom came along in a tour of Buda Castle. I had my camera loaded with slide film, not the best for given light condition but yield usable images.

Mamiya 7II, 80mm F/4 lens, Kodak Ektachrome E100G, Nikon Coolscan E9000ED

Best Regards
Bogdan

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone.
Today i am submitting a visitor to my garden. He is very beautiful but also very cheeky. Most of these parrots are. Never trust them
D90 Nikkor 300mm F4 Lens 1/160sec @ F5.6 ISO200

   

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you very much for your comments on my photo last week. 

This week is a photo from a photo shoot I did on Saturday, it was for a modeling assignment and it all went very well. 

 Shot with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8@ISO 200, f/9,1/125s

 Have a lovely week,  Jana 

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Hello everyone.  Thank you so much for comments on my entry last week.  I wish I had more time at hand!  Will try to comment more often.  Here is my entry this week.  At the nearby park/garden, the annual light up of the fall was held and it was fantastic.  I wish I could convey the beauty of it better, much better….  Ken
D700, 28-300mm, manual, f/11, 10sec, ISO200, on tripod.  PP by NX2.

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all! Unfortunately, last week was almost a hell for me, so I haven’t had the time to comment.

As always, very nice set of photos. And thank you that commented on all photos, I really appreciate it!

My photo for today is infrared photo. Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@13mm, f8, ISO200, 30sec. I’ve used Cokin IR filter, post processing in Paint shop pro. I look forward to see your photos.

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This is a photo I took in downtown Burlington one night at dusk. It’s taken right by the shore of Lake Champlain and one of the buildings in the shot is actually the building that I held an internship in. This was one of my favorite spots in Burlington to visit around dusk, as you always got amazing colors from the sunset over the lake and got a pretty view of the some of the buildings in Burlington. 

 

 

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Today’s photo is more of an exercise in light diffusion than anything else. We’ve had a few cool mornings lately, so found a cooperative (slow moving) bee to practice on. I’m still not totally happy with it, but it’s better than it was. I bought a straight arm bracket and Giotto mini ball head to take my SB 600 with a LumiQuest softbox off the hot shoe and to the left side nearer the subject. I also taped a half of a 32 oz styrofoam cup to it with a couple of layers of diffusion material forming a tent of sorts. It looks really unprofessional, but then, I’m not a professional so no one sees it but me and the bugs. 😉 Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter with my SB600 contraption off to the side @ 1/60, f/11, ISO 400.

 

Not sure if anyone is interested in seeing this diffuser contraption, but if you think anyone might be, here it is. A real DIYer.

 

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Wow I had a real busy week of shooting over 5,000 pics. I was invited to take pics at a cowboy match last Sat. All ages of men and women and a 10 year old competed shooting pre-1900 rifles,pistols and shotguns. They shoot all sizes of metal targets and are timed to see who can shoot the fastest. They are all dressed the pre-1900 cowboy gear. They looked like the a bunch of desperado’s. Lots of action to capture. The lighting was very poor except for a hole in the roof that would shine right across everyone’s body. As they ran from station to station the lighting changed. I had alot of fun trying to compensate for the sunlight. Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120 3.5, 100mm, F/9, 1/400 sec, ISO 3200, EC + 0.7 step.

 

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 Spring is in full swing and we are still getting plenty of welcome rainfall.  The gardens here are looking the best they have been in 21 years.  Spring is a great season for photography – for me it’s all about getting damp knees from kneeling on dewy grass and a tanned neck from the warm spring time sun over my shoulder.  This is a 0.8 :1 magnified micro photo of a tall bearded iris.  I used a 9mm extension tube on my Kiron 1:1 macro lens to get this much flower to fill the frame.

 D700 + Kiron 105mm micro lens + 9mm extension tube @ f/16, 1/60th, ISO 400 – all on a tripod.

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Thanks a lot to everyone who commented to my post last week. I couldn’t followed you because my computer problem. I’m still busy with jumping to a new system.

 The worlds biggest wooden Cathedral St. Petrus and Paulus opened officialy two days ago. Ladies were fixing the opening cord an hour earlier and the man from interior was helping them. The main door closed and locked after this moment. Hope you like it. nThanks for stopping by and many cheers to you all. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/2.2, 1/2000sec, ISO100,

ExposureBiasValue -0.33

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 The Sonoma Coast – near the spot where the Russian River meets the Pacific. I was shooting into the morning sun and came up with a photo of a style which I like a lot.

EOS 7D, 100mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/1000. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

 -Ken

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 My wife and I recently spent the weekend in the city of Karlstad in Sweden.  This shot was taken on a cold Sunday morning, and this is one of the bridges that crosses the river Klara, which originates in the small Norwegian winter sports town of Trysil.  That was the geography class for today!

 🙂 Per-Christian

 

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Had the opertunity to crawl into a little airplane for an hour flight around the peninsula where I live and although I had to shoot through the window I got a few good pictures , I think.

This one is the local castle.

D700 24-70@70mm F16 1/60s ISO 400,NX2

  

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

Massive Rain Dump.

 Another weekend of cricket has been washed.  Five minutes after this shot was taken the thunder cracked and the rain bucketed down.  There was no more play. This is how a batsman looks at the umpire when they think play should be suspended because of rain.  My son is the wicket keeper (catcher in baseball terms). 

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 It might be due to living in the desert, but the thunderous sound of waves cascading on the beach is somehow very appealing.

This was at a beach close to Port Macquarie from my recent trip to Australia.  I’m planning on sending a little email out later with some photos J

Shot with the Pentax k20d + DA 55-300 @ 300mm 1/2000 sec, f/8, iso 320 

 

  

Special Bonus photo

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

 Dicksonia antartica ferns – Matthew Brennan 

 Another botanical close up of a newly unfurled fern frond from one of the several Dicksonia antartica ferns we grow here in our garden (Australian native tree fern)  I like the bokeh this image has in a B&W rendered version.

 Captured with D700 + AF 85mmf/1.4 D  @ f/3.5,  1/2000th sec,  ISO 400

 

Hungry? – Gej Jones 

  Hello to everyone!

Hope you’ve had a wonderful week so far.

My photo comes from a dinner a few years ago.  Enjoy….. The meal was excellent

Week 43

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Bronx Zoo

There are 2 fantastic places in the Bronx right across the street from each other, Last week it was the New York Botanical Gardens, This week we go across Fordham Road to the Bronx Zoo.  When I was growing up I have many memories of my parents taking family trips to the Bronx Zoo.  I can go on and on about it but you really should Google the Bronx zoo and take a look,  I need to plan a few trips there each year.

http://www.bronxzoo.com/animals-and-exhibits/exhibits.aspx or

http://www.kwaree.com/blog/2006/10/05/back-to-the-bronx-zoo/

 From the Congo section here’s a Mandrill.

 D300 AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED at 220mm
 1/25 sec, f/5.3, ISO 1250, Compensation: +2/3

   

 

Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 I’m an American teacher living and working in Jhubei City, Taiwan.  I first got into photography after deciding to move overseas and bought a Nikon D5000 and 18-55mm kit lens as a result.  I now use the 18-55, a Nikkor 70-300 and a Nikkor prime 35mm f/1.8.  My website is located at http://joshintaiwan.com and I’m on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfahler

 This photo is an HDR of the East Gate of Hsinchu City, Taiwan.  The city wall was first built in 1827 by the Qing Dynasty to protect the city’s Chinese settlers.  The Japanese colonizers destroyed much of the complex, leaving only this gate when they reconstructed the city.  

 I chose this framing because of the obvious Westernization and change just behind it.  Interestingly enough, it is also a spot for young Taiwanese to hang out and even practice hip-hop dancing.  

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Been away on vacation and has seen some of the architect Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona.

One called ‘Casa Batlló’ with a lot of fantastic forms and functions were amazing. Here two photos from inside the building, an open staircase covered with blue tiles, at first one notice the colours and the windows but the banister, witch you can’t see, is partly made of raw glass and looking through that gives the impression of being under water.

P700 F/2,8 1/30s NRW handheld

 Venlig hilsen

Jens Frederiksen

 

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

 Hot Air Balloon race, Natchez, Mississippi.  I’ve had this one for a little while, but I really like it, probably because I had to lie on my back to get it.

 Nikon D200, ISO 400, f/3.5, I/180 sec., Aperture Priority

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 A color shot of those fishermen guys, a bit underexposed as light was still sub-optimal. This time was Mamiya 7II with 50mm F/4.5 lens, Kodak Portra 400NC and Nikon Coolscan 9000ED.

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 This is our lake.  Our house sits on top of the hill behind the trees.  I have taken this same shot at different times, because of the patterns of the sun and trees on the bank in the afternoon.  I finally decided I liked this one enough to let you see it.  Hope it is ok. 
 
Cropped a little, and a little color boost.  26mm, AF-A, Dynamic, F/4.2, 1/125s, ISO200, Manual, Spot metering. 

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
Last month a friend of mine asked me for help. She had hired a photograper to take pics of her 4 years old daugther Francesca birthday party, but the man was forced to cancel at last minute. For me photography is only a hobby and I really hate social things but of course agreed  to help her. I get exhausted after 2 hours of taking pics of around 12 kids, mostly with Down Sindrome as Francesca. The vitality of these kids!!!  The best was that they liked my pics and the worst, that I will be the photographer for next year party!!

Here a friend of Francesca
Nikon D300 + 50 mm 1.4D  – ISO 1000 – f 2.0 – 1/640

 

   

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 I visited Taiwan, and Kaohsiung in 2008. Unfortunately, not a very long visit. Hope to get back there again some time.

Cheers

Haig

Attached photo is a pedestrian bridge somewhere south of Kaohsiung..

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 While visiting South Dakota a couple of years ago, we decided to check out Custer State Park. If you find yourself anywhere nearby, I highly recommend a visit – they have grasslands and mountains, and all sorts of animals roaming wild. Here is one checking me out…

 Nikon D100 ISO 800, 25mm Nikor, 1/500 sec, f11, matrix metering

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 This week is special as I went on a trip.  I went to the hot spring near Tokyo with my mother and it was fantastic.  Hot spring was great, food was great, and the autumn leaves are really turning red (10 more days, and it would have been so much better, they say).  Anyway, here are what I saw and I couldn’t pick only one…
D700, 28-300mm, f/6.3, 1/25s, ISO800 (for #3359)

 

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Aother dance shot from me this week.  😉  As you understand, this is one proud father, and my daughter’s dancing is taking much of my spare time.  Combine that with a camera and some fast lenses, and I guess you can all imagine me looking at the competitions through the viewfinder! 😉

 D300, Nikkor 70-200  (One of the nice consequences of turning 50 – a nice gift from my parents).

 And, I am sorry that I have not had time to comment on your photos last week – I’ll try to shape up  😉

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you, Joe, for your very nice comments. I admit, I have been very slow with comments, mainly because I’ve had a lot of work, the business is going well, but my free time is very scarce. 

My photo this week is from a photo shoot I did on Sunday, I had a client, who requested a make up artist and a hair stylist to be arranged before the shoot, this was a great fun, as I’ve met a wonderful girl, who provides both services and with whom I will be working in a future as well. Erin, the client, was extremely nice young lady, she was very beautiful and very easy to style and photograph. A dream job, I would say. We ended up with 550+ good photos. 

This one was my choice of photo for some promotional work I will be doing, I’ve retouched the photo according to the way Patrick Lavoie from photo.net once recommended in his article, 200% magnification and size 10 healing brush and dot by dot, pore by pore, imperfection by imperfection, 10 hours later I had this one more or less to my liking. Erin has now requested this photo too. And to add to my happiness, she is booking another photography session with me in January!

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/200s

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

Jana

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone .  I hope you all had a great week .  Thanks to those that commented. It is much appreciated and a very important part of this group.  Greg, made a comment about knowing why we pick our favorite photo for the year . I think that is a great idea and  it also might be interesting if we could comment on our weekly photos  and what it means to us.

So, I will start with mine this week.

I was out looking for something , anything that caught my eye when I spotted this little cucumber beetle.       It was very windy  and here he is alone , on the top of a blade of grass  just blowing around in the wind.  And I do mean blowing around !  Not the best conditions to do shoot a handheld macro, but I just had to give it a try as he was so symbolic .  This little guy summed up how I was feeling at the time-   

out on a limb, doing things never dreamed of and hanging on for dear life.   So, hang on , the wind does stop and you never know who is looking and watching and maybe learning from you.

Thanks everyone for the great pictures every week .

Roberta “Birdie”

www.birdied.zenfolio.com

D300  105mm micro  ISO 200   f/5  Shutter 1/200  SB900 diffused

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello everyone
I met Haig on Friday afternoon and did some photography with him. We had a great afternoon wandering the streets of Brisbane before Jana came in for coffee and to take over from me. If anyone else from our little group wishes to pop down to Brisbane then we would love to see you.
My photo this week is from a rodeo Saturday night. I had so much trouble trying to get shots without a flash so if anyone has any great tips on shooting in low light then i would love to hear from you.
I converted it to B&W to help get rid of some of the noise

D90 Tamron 90mm F2.8 lens 1/160sec @ F2.8 ISO3200

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate. We have a family reunion dinner of sorts with all my wife’s 75 relatives at a park every year. This past Sunday a couple of moms dressed there little girls in thanksgiving outfits. This one was so cute with her dress and hair bow. She was calling her Mom and trying to get her to pick her up early from the nursery.Thanks for your kind comments and I’m off to the east coast of Fl. for the weekend. That means 2 days of great beach sunrises and sunsets.

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all!

First, let me too welcome Joshua. Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride! 🙂 Thank you Joe for the comments. And of course, for keeping this group alive.

Last Wednesday my new 23″ monitor arrived, what proved to be source of frustration instead source of enjoying in working on photos on large screen. To cut the long story short, it took me until Monday to sort everything out, and now everything is OK. Finally. 🙂 Weather was lousy last weekend so I didn’t photograph anything. So, I’ll offer a photo from (not so old) archive.

This was taken three weeks ago when I decided to go out using only my film camera. I’ve taken my filters ND and GND and tried to get some decent long exposure shots on film. And I have one nice sunset that I’ll spare for the special sunset theme. 🙂 Today, long exposure, but without filters.  It was getting dark, but it was bright enough so the clouds could be captured, but dark enough for city lights.

So, I got this, red wall! 🙂 Topcon RE Super, topcor 35mm@f8, ISO 200 (cheap film from drug store). I don’t remember how long exposure was, but I’m guessing about three, four seconds…

 Thank you all, see you, and take care. 🙂 Greetings, Filip.

  

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 This picture was taken at approximately 5:31 AM last Friday at sun rise while duck hunting in the marsh in Louisiana. The grass in the foreground is part of the duck blind. We arrive at the boat house around 4:30 put our gear into the mud boats and with no sun or moon light travel through the swamps for 30 minutes on the way to the duck blinds. During the boat ride we use flashlights to see the course and they also illuminate the eyes of the alligators lining the water on the way. We are careful not to get too close to the alligators or poison snakes… mostly water moccasins…  but on occasion we find ourselves swimming with these creatures. This picture was taken by a new Canon SD1400IS 14.1 mp.

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 This week we welcome a new member, and in the US we celebrate Thanksgiving.  I would like to thank Haig for passing along a number of helpful hints and walking me through some difficulty I was having with Photoshop.  I would also like to thank everyone else who encouraged and helped me with Large Prints.  I think I’ve got it!   I also learned how to make an Action and am now using one of my own.  What a timesaver!  

This week my photo comes from our trip to Italy in 2007.  If there ever was a place that I would return to over and over, it would be Italy.  Milan, Florence, Venice and the Tuscany area are a photographer’s dream come true.  The time I spent with my family will be cherished for ever.  It was extra special because our children had invited us to meet them there while they were seeing the sites.  It was very special to be included.

 Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

 E995 – f/3.6 – 16.9mm – ISO 100 – 1/20sec

 

 

 Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone,

After a two week break due to work, I am back. This photo was taken a month ago on photo trip with colleagues from Hungary.   Dry branch stands as a guardian of the valley. Shallow DOF is intentional, so that the main emphasis on the branch. Texture and light were the main reason for converting images to black and white.

 Exif data: Olympus e510; ED14-54 f/2,8-3,5 on 14mm; f/2,8 ; ISO 100, 1/1600 sec

 Best regards, Davorin

www.davorinmance.com

  

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I decided to submit this photo of a Green Kingfisher taken this past week in the canal by my house. It’s pretty ugly water, but some of the wildlife drawn to it is pretty nice. This photo reminds me to be thankful for what I have in my own back yard. I met a couple of men not long ago, who had traveled a long way (Florida and Srilanka) to take photos of a Green Kingfisher, and I see them all the time on my walks. Tomorrow (Thursday) is the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, so even though it’s not a great photo, it reminds me of one part of my life I’m thankful for. 🙂 Nikon D90/Nikon 70-300mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/180, f/8, ISO 200.

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Dear Joshua welcome to the group.
Thanks a lot to everyone who commented to my post last week. Finally I build a completely a new computer system since yesterday but still busy with moving my data.
My photo is from last week. Javanese Muslim ladies  were on their worship for beginning of  Eid-Ul Adha  or “Festival of Sacrifice” . You may know at my earlier posts that Suriname home of Javanese immigrants from Indonesian island of Java during colonial period.  One of young boy never released her mother neck. Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and many cheers to you all. Regards,

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

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

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This picture was taken on the Winooski River in Vermont. The graffiti is on the concrete supports for the interstate overpass above the river at this point. There was some really interesting artwork on the pillars here and I def spent some time checking it all out. I snapped this picture without using a tri-pod, so I’m pretty happy with how steady I was able to keep the camera for this slightly longer exposure. 

 

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Six!  Which means the batsman hit the ball over the boundary on the full – the equivalent of a batter scoring a home run in baseball.

 This shot was taken with a D300 and 70-200 f/2.8 VR II lens fitted with a TC-20E III teleconverter (and monopod mounted) – 400 mm at f/5.6 using a shutter speed of 1/500 s and ISO 200 (over a distance of 75 m from the wicket).

 Hi Joshua and welcome aboard.

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 After having it sit in my camera bag for just over 6 months, at last I get to break out my new Lee “Big Stopper” – a full 10 stop neutral density filter, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use it for so long but never was inspired to try it out until last Wednesday when my partner and I ventured into the Otway Forest which is a temperate rainforest blanketing a small set of coastal mountain ranges about 30 min from home.

 This is Hopetoun Falls, one of the finest waterfalls in the Otway Ranges.  I shot it last autumn but the sun was out and worse still shining directly down the lens so my exposures were ordinary at best.  This spring, however, I managed to pull off the trifecta of having a multiple stop ND filter, the sun behind high clouds so shadows were minimal but ambient light was still good and a strong water flow after tremendous spring rains!!  This exposure was set up under the elevated viewing platform with the lens about 45cm above water level.  The Lee ‘Big Stopper’ causes a strong blue cast over the image but this is very easily corrected using a RAW file in PS and adjusting the WB and temp.

 Tripod mounted D700 + Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm @ 17mm,  f/9,  15 secs.  ISO 400

 

Special Bonus photo

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

 More Fall Colors –  Ken Yamamoto 

 D700, 28-300mm, f/6.3, 1/30s, ISO800

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And even more Fall Color – Filip Lucin

 This was taken on the same day as red wall photo, but in the morning.

 Little different autumn photo.

Topcon RE Super, topcor 35mm, ISO 200.

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

Week 44

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Late Fall / Early Winter in Vermont

Its right in-between seasons in Vermont.  It is late in the fall just a few weeks till Winter starts.  All the leaves are gone and its dropping below freezing on some nights, Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the winter and holiday season.  The Ski areas are making snow and starting to open with a few trails.. We woke up to a dusting of snow Sunday morning. Good thing we got the fall chores all done on Saturday. The wood piles are ready, the leaves all raked up and the wood stove chimney has been swept and cleaned for the coming winter fires. Cold and clear bright days are the rule.  It was nice to have a roaring fire in the stove and the whole family in the house for Thanksgiving.

 Taken Sunday by the Townsend Dam

Nikon D300      AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED at 24mm

AE, 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500 Polarizer filter    November 28, 2010  4:19:25PM 

 

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 A pretty beach near Port Macquarie in NSW. The resident cormorant was not to be scared off his perch despite some large waves crashing close by.

 Pentax k20d + DA 55-300 @ 55mm, f/8, ISO 320, 1/2000 sec

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This shot is of a mission in California, just outside Monterrey. I took this with IR film and scanned it. It’s one of my favorite areas of California – one of many.

 Nikon F5, Kodak IR film, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec, f

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 While returning from Thanksgiving dinner at a friends, I noticed this barn from the expressway.  Today I returned, figured out the correct road, asked permission to walk on the owners property and once I had it, I took a number of shots of this barn.  The barn has seen better days but I thought it was interesting.  Hope you enjoy it.

 D90 – 1/25sec – f/11.0 – 18-200@32mm – ISO 160 – Aperture Priority

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 This week is special as I went on a trip.  We went to the hot spring near Tokyo, and the next day we went to the island by ferry.  Bird photo is something I feel really good about,

 D700, 28-300, f/8, 1/640s, ISO200 (bird)


 

Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 Woman in Market, Taipei”

This shot was taken while visiting Taipei during my first weekend in Taiwan.  The Shimen night market is one of Taiwan’s best known and became a definite stop for my girlfriend and I as I explored the city.  Night markets are pretty common in Taiwan as evening/weekend events to socialize, eat food, and… eat more food.  There are also some games and things for sale at some, but the focus is definitely on food.  I’m not sure what this lady is upset/annoyed at to this day.  I hope it isn’t the white guy pointing a Nikon at her! 

 Aperture: f/5, Shutter: 1/50, ISO 800. Processed with Aperture 3 and retouched very lightly with some auto-leveling. 

Expuipment: Nikon D5000 and 18-55mm

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Forgotten, but not gone.  I’m amazed by how many things are just abandoned in place, to be consumed by the ravages of nature.  This one is not too far from Roberta’s house, along the Mississippi River, West Bank, just south of White Castle.  (Roberta, did you lose this?)

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/320 sec.

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Winter has come, below zero day and night, 45 centimetres snow, very cloudy hope it will be possible to get a sunrise / sunset photo before next Wednesday. Looking forward to see a lot of inspiring photographs again. Love Wednesdays.

 Have a nice week.

Jens Frederiksen

 

 

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 This picture was taken on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine… of two Monarch Butterflies while hundreds were flying around and clinging to this tree.  It was taken with a older Canon BTX 900

 

  

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 The weeks are flying by faster and faster!  I just can’t believe November is gone already.  Hope everyone had a great weekend. 
 I had to share this photo.  I realize it is not a great photo, but, oh, the excitement I had in getting it.  I have for a long time been watching the  treetops hoping to see a hawk.  A hawk and an owl being on my list of birds I want to catch in a photo.  I missed the perfect opportunity to get a hawk a few weeks ago. So, the other afternoon (already dark) coming down my drive way from work, a bird suddenly flew up in front of my car from the drive.  I slammed on my brakes, it had lit on a branch right on the side of the drive, and not too high up.  It seemed a fairly large bird, but not huge like I expected an owl to be.  It didn’t move.  I was trying to get my camera out, took a couple of test thru the windshield, decided I’d better go with auto.  I opened the car door, and stepped out and it turned it’s head toward me and I knew then it was an owl.  I got this shot, and was going to ease around my door to get the limb out of it’s face in the next shot.  I stepped on a dry leaf, and “poof” it was gone.  So, this is the shot I have!
 300mm, AF-A, Auto, ISO 800, camera flash, and car lights!
 Have a great week everyone.

 

   

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 I hope everyone had a nice week and good Thanksgiving. I tried  something different this week, no bugs, or  drops.  I went to the zoo with the intent to try and capture the eyes of some of the animals.  Found it a bit more difficult than I thought to get them to look directly at you. Below is a young leopard  cub, lying in the shade with the sun just  hitting him in certain spots.   I like the” bokeh ” of the dappled sun light to the right.

It might have been a bit sharper if I had the presence of mind to increase the shutter speed and up the ISO .   One day this might all become second nature, if I live that long ! More of my attempts at the “animal eyes” can be seen at :   

birdied.zenfolio.com   under the Captivity folder.

 D300  70-300mm  at 300 mm  f/5.6  shutter 1/25

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

Photo taken about a month back during a hike in Carpathian Mountains. That was just days before heavy snow, now it’s something like one and half meter deep, and building up. Although Romanian Carpathian mountains are not very tall, highest peak is just a bit over 2500m, the remoteness and harsh weather makes them pretty dangerous for unprepared hikers. Each year accidents makes the headlines, particularly in the winter time. Wild animals are also common, brown bears encounters are not rare so is these black mountains goats. I had the “wrong”, normal lens on when we sighted them,  I took the shot anyway – Mamiya 7II, Mamiya 7 80mm F/4 lens, Kodak TMAX100.

Regards
Bogdan

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone. While most of you guys are about to start winter we are entering summer in Australia and what better way than to celebrate with a very hairy bee coated in gold dust (pollen). He is collecting from the flowers on a dwarf date palm which are a particular favourite for them at this time of year.
D90 Tamron 90mm lens  1/60sec @ f22 ISO200

  

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody,

thank you very much for the comments on my photo last week. This week a test shot from the same photo shoot, I was after checking the direction of light on this one and I haven’t set the camera to the right exposure yet, hence the ISO, this in fact was the first shot I’ve taken in a studio that day and Erin wasn’t even posing yet, she just looks beautiful without trying. 

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8@ISO 1600, f/10, 1/125s

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

Jana

 

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all!

I hope you are all well! This month has been slow for me, in photo terms. Last Friday snow has fallen and I didn’t really photograph it as I would like. On Sunday morning I’ve took a stroll trough city park and found this blackbird enjoying berries. I had 27-70 lens on camera and the bird didn’t seem to be bothered with my presence so I could photograph it from meter and a half. I’ve used on board flash to add some light since it was gray day. Photo is crop of original. Nikon D80,  nikkor 24-70@70mm. F8, 1/50sec, ISO 250.

Processed in Capture NX. I’m looking forward to seeing your photos!

Greetings, Filip.

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Winter has come, with heavy winds and minus 14 centigrades as I write this.  My image this week is from just 2 weeks ago, when the fog rolled into the small park, with some more decent temperature.  This weather is just too cold to enjoy……  Shot with my compact Leica D-Lux 5. 

 Per-Christian

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Well this past weekend was relaxing and plenty of time to shoot pics. Sat morning I got up early again to go go out to the beach and the further I walked on the boardwalk towards the beach the harder it rained. Its about a mile walk to the beach and I got half way and had to walk back. Fortunately I brought my camera rain coat but I got soaked. I got plenty of pictures on Friday morning. What a great way to spend Black Friday. Nikon D3, 80-400 VR, 400mm, F/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 800, EC-2 step

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all

Another pic from Autoclasica 2010
 
Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @150 mm – ISO 1250 – f 9 – 1/320

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Catches win matches – here the wicket keeper, bowler and batsman all look on as the fieldsman attempts to take the catch.  It’s that moment when “everybody” is watching you.  It seems like “hours” but it’s all over in a matter of seconds.

Joshua – I would imagine that my shutter count is way higher than most (and my acceptance rate is way lower than most).

Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     380 mm, 1/500 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 200 (AP, monopod, UV filter)

 

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Joshua thanks a lot for your words to my post last week.  Luckily I have one post at Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” blog this year.  You may see here : Ramadan 2010 Photos at The Boston Globe

25th of November is Independence day of Suriname. We celebrated 35th anniversary of freedom this year.  I went to the Independent Square ( Onafhankelijk Plein ) early in the morning and saw a young motorcycle rider couple, looking for preparations there while one of them sitting on the motorcycle. 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/4, 1/2500sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 My photo this week is from last week – along the San Clemente, California shoreline. It was a nice 5 mile walk I did with some family out and back. The weather cooperated nicely with nice form & depth in the sky and the cool light. The elements here really pleased me with the surfers’ guard dog, the flag, and boat in the distance. The busy railroad tracks along the beach add another dimension.

Details: Nov. 23, 2010, Canon EOS 7D, 50mm, ISO 100, f/9. Cropped to this square format, and sized down to 700 x 700 px. (and this is not quite half the full frame).

Ken Papai

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This is an old railroad bridge over the Winooski River in Burlington, Vermont. To get to the bridge, you have to hike for about 45 minutes along the river bank and through the woods. It’s a great way to spend a nice, sunny Saturday afternoon in VT, as I was lucky enough to do. 

 

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas

Taken Thanksgiving morning at South Padre Island, TX. with Nikon D90/70-300mm. I sure liked stalking this bird (yellow crown heron) better than stuffing a turkey! We let the hotel cook 🙂

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

Special Bonus photo

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

Annual Turkey Trot – Rick Dohme

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. The annual Turkey Trot runs every year in front of my house. Over 10.000 runners. Nikon D3, 80-400 VR, F/7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO 800, EC + 0.7 step.

 

  

Some are less fortunate than others – Gej Jones

 

  

week 45

  

 One more Sunset Shot

 Our Special edition this week was fantastic.  I’m sure several of us had a hard time choosing a photo for the thread; I know that I had several.  The one photo that was missing was a inner city urban sunset. 

This one was hard not to use on Monday, No problem – Save it for Wednesday. This one was also shot at the same time and place of another recent photo, my NY skyline from a few weeks ago. Long Island City Queens looking across the East River towards Manhattan.  The D300 really does some job of metering under tough situations..  (Matrix used)

 Nikon D300 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED at 12mm

 Program AE, 1/800 sec, f/18, ISO 320  October 8, 2010   4:37:01PM 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Scene from Sedona, in Arizona. These two rocks are known as the ‘Praying monks’.

Originally in color, I thought the BW looked great as well.

 Pentax k10d, f/11, 1/400, ISO 200. DA 50-200 @ 73mm

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Hello!  Guess where I was last week for business?  New York!  I was too busy to do anything else, but the morning on the day I leave, I went out early to take some “sunrise” photo, but not really satisfactory for the subject, but here it is.  Not quite a sunrise, but an interesting=okay photo for the compact P&S.  NY was much cooler than Tokyo, needless to say.
Panasonic Lumix LX5, 1/100s, f/4.0, ISO 80 (Apperture Auto mode).  Thank you!  Ken
http://www.kih.me

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 July leaves for Christmas Color. Another one of those occasions when I spotted something interesting while having my morning coffee on my patio. Sometimes, you just have to sit, relax, and just take in your surroundings.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/90 sec, 105mm macro lens.

 

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 There are just so many beautiful places all around the world.
I hope to find time to comment this time.

My photo this week is form a trip to Tivoli in Copenhagen with my grandchildren on Sunday. Lots of snow, very cold and a good time in wonderful surroundings.

 Happy Wednesday all.  Jens

 

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 This picture was taken on the Damariscotta river near the open ocean this past summer and shows a number of lobster trap buoys that have become tangled due to the 10 to 13ft change in tide which takes place four time each day. It was taken with a Canon 7D … 75 – 300mm at 100mm at 1/125. 

 

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all!

Sunset/sunrise theme was sensational! So many beautiful photos….

But, back to reality. Winter showed it claws last week in my part of world. It wa snowing almost every day, and weekend was good for photography. Some sun, blue sky, clouds and of course plenty of snow.

But, today I’m presenting something little different from what I usually photograph. This shot, I have it in my plans for some time, but conditions were not perfect for it. Until this week. 🙂 It’s simple repetition/lines/contrast shot that I for some reason like. Perhaps it will be appealing to some of you. 🙂 Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@195mm, f9, 1/400sec, ISO 200. Little post processing in Capture NX.

Greetings, Filip.

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Congratulation to all for a beautiful Sunset special edition, very creative and surprising views of a theme considered more of a “cliche”. I like Roberta’s shrimping boat, the fading world of old style fishermen and their boats is touchy to me.

My submission for this week is a shot from deep forest in the mountains taken this November, nothing special about it but I like the way it turned out on B&W.
Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Mamiya 80mm F/2.8 lens, Fuji Acros100 film

 

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Well seems like I’m getting to see alot of wonderful pictures in a short time here. This is keeping me on my toes. Really enjoyed the sunrise and sets. Mine is another from the beach a week ago. This egret came out of nowhere and decided he wanted to mate the egret I was trying to photograph. Now this can really mess up a good photo shoot. You can tell by his look he was very determined. My subject had a headache and wanted nothing to do with Him. Nikon D3, 80-400 VR, 360mm, 1/250 sec, SB800 flash w/diffuser. 

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

This shot came from the Colorado National Monument.  It was my second choice from our special, Sunrise & Sunset.  I took the shot just before the sun disappeared behind the western ridge.  You can see the divide between sunset and shadow on the far wall.

Hope you enjoy it.

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

Thank you very much for the very kind comments on my photo last week.  Also, the sunset/sunrise edition was superb! The one that was most unusual for me was Jeannean’s photo, the sun looks surreal, I’ve never seen anything like it in a real life.  An abstract from me this week, am playing with some ideas for Christmas photos, hence the ice theme. No comment on the high ISO, one day I might finally learn 🙂 

Taken with Nikon D60, Nikkor 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6@ISO 400, 1/1250s, f/9

 I look forward to seeing all your photos.   Jana 

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I took this dragonfly photo on Saturday morning. The dew wasn’t as heavy as my last dew covered dragonfly shots, but you take what you get. I wanted to try for natural light instead of flash (flash creates a more dramatic shot, but less natural when in low light), so took my tripod with me. It’s a pain to haul it around trekking through fields of high grass, but I guess it was worth it. I liked this one best because it was wiping the dew off it’s face. Tech: D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter @ 1/60, f/6.7, ISO 400.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 A fast bowler requires a high arm action in order to generate speed and bounce.  Just as crucial is the grip on the ball which must be firm without being too tight and with the seam of the ball held upright. 

 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 1000 (AP, monopod, UV filter)

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

This photo was taken last week through the passenger window of my vehicle on the way to work.  It’s just a frame containing some grass and trees and an old barbed wire fence.  But it has meaning to me as my partner planted those trees 15 years ago and now they are flowering and only a short 14 months ago there was hardly a blade of grass to be seen inside this frame.  I’m just enjoying the meter high carpet of grass heads dancing in the breeze for the time being, it’s been 17 years since this particular frame has looked so good.

D700 and 85mm f/1.4 D at a fairly open aperture just pointed through the open window of my vehicle – photo took 15 seconds to capture, a simple pleasure, nothing more……

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
Last week I went to a concert, given by my Baroque friends. They are students and this was their last exam of the year. Here the two flautists waiting to play their part.

D300 + 18-200 VR @ 170 mm – ISO 3200 – 1/40 – f 5.6 –

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 have not been able to take my camera out on a walk for some time now, but last Saturday my daughter competed again, this time in “Dancer of the year”, which, for these youngsters, is Christmas, New Year and Birthday all in one.  Her father’s pride was even higher as she came in 7th in the Master class, which her best ever.  Next time, we’ll bring the trophy home!

 Nikon D300,  Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII @180mm,  ISO 2500, 1/200 @f3.2.  SB800 @ -2/3 EV 

  

 Joshua Fahler –  Jhubei City, Taiwan

 This was taken at a market in a rural part of Taiwan that is popular enough that people from nearby cities visit the village.  I liked the contrast of this monk with the people rushing around behind him – it makes me want to shoot some sort of time-lapse with one of these guy sitting out someday.  

 Thanks for the comments on my photo, everyone.  Everyone had some great shots and I’m sorry I didn’t get around to making more comments.  I’ll be sure to do that in a few hours – but probably after Joseph sends out this email.  

http://joshintaiwan.com

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

Hi everyone!  The special edition was just breath taking!!!

 I have not had much time lately for photos, so this is from several weeks ago. We have our first cold snap and I am hoping for some frost as I want to try and get some macros of ice crystals.

Hopefully next week you will see ice in detail.

 Dandelion After the Rain

D300   60mm micro

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Dear Gej, thanks a lot for your valuable comment to my post for sunrise/sunset edition. All the photos were exceptional.  My photo captured last year, while the fisherman unloading the boat.  Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

 Ertugrul Kilic

http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/1.4, 1/400sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Sun setting on San Francisco last week. I shot this from the ferry back home to Larkspur.

I REALLY really enjoyed everyone’s sun set/rise photos from the other day!

Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 2.8L, ISO 200, 1/1000, f/5.6

 

  

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 This was taken on November 1, 2010, at my peaceful, beaver-made pond.  This heron is much shyer than the two herons at Veteran’s Park.  About as soon as he was lighting in this photo, he was taking off again after seeing me. 
 
220mm, F/8, 1/1000s, ISO200.  Cropped a tree out on the right.

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This is a shot from Winooski, VT on a bridge that goes across the Winooski River. I feel the simple B/W conversion really does a lot for the photo. 

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

I am attaching one here that was taken Sunday morning at sunrise in Westport, CT.  Camera settings:   taken with a Nikon D60, ISO 400, f/22, 1/250. 

 Thanks, Gladys

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 Back to my favorite subject – California landscapes. There’s a slight possibility someone might recognize the scene in this shot as the location for “Summer of ’42” and “East of Eden”. I took this shot with B&W film and is small neighborhood on the west side of Mendocino.

 Nikon F5, ISO 400, 1/250 sec, f11, Kodak B&W

  

Special Bonus photo

This week it is tips and techniques  

 What can sun do – Filip Lucin

 2 photos, same day, 40 minutes time difference. It was snowing hard and I decided to take a snapshot trough my window.

And little later snow stopped, and clouds cleared a little so the sun that was already low on horizon shined upon the fog and gave us this reddish apocalyptic end of the day. It lasted maybe five to ten minutes and night fell immediately after. This are small and seemingly insignificant things that I tend to remember for a long time…

Greetings, Filip. Once again. 🙂

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

 

  

Macro Depth Of Field tricks Jeannean R

 Really, really enjoyed everyone’s sunset/sunrise photos! Thanks so much for sharing them. My photo this week was taken early Sunday morning. I spotted a little beetle on this Mexican Hat flower and started to take a photo when I saw some antennae sticking out from underneath. I turned it over and saw a cluster of sleeping (resting) tiny bees. I was taking natural light shots, so had my tripod, took three photos in different focal planes, and stacked them to increase the apparent DOF with PhotoMerge-Group in PS Elements 8. This is my first stack of more than two photos, and was fairly pleased with the result. I certainly need more practice though. I’m including the first and last photo for comparison of the narrow DOF when shooting macro, and why many choose to try stacking. Tech: D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter @ 1/60, f/11, ISO 400.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 Final stacked image

 Front in focus

 

  Rear in focus

  

 

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