Weeks 46 to 50

Week 46


 Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

The Annual Christmas card Photo

Ever since my first child was born 22 years ago, we have included a photo of the children in with our Christmas card.  This is the 23 year for the tradition.   Over the years we have evolved from inserting a wallet size photo, to a commercial photo card, back to inserting a 4X6 print, and for the last several years a completely homemade card.  The cover is usually a winter scene that I photographed the winter before, the inside is the family photo on top with a Christmas greeting on the bottom and the back cover is a few photos of the kids from the past year.

Here is this year’s photo – left to right Janine a high school sophomore, Jillian a College sophomore at the University of Vermont, Joe Junior who you all know and Jamie a high school Senior.  Taken the day after Thanksgiving up at the house in Vermont, the theme was flannel shirts.

 Nikon D300  DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm @ 35mm

AE, 1/100 sec, f/4.2, ISO 500 – pop up flash used as a fill flash



Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 This was taken while walking around Hsinchu City, the nearest large city to me in northern Taiwan.  I hadn’t realized it, but hip-hop dancing is pretty popular with teens and young adults here.  They’re pretty good at it, too.  In fact, I took some shots at a dance competition not too long ago and was very impressed with what I saw.  I

 had my D5000 with a 70-300 lens attached, and these kids started showing off, which I thought was funny.  When I pointed at the camera, they danced more – this guy was pretty excited to see himself breakdancing on the back of the camera body… it made the whole day’s worth of walking around the city worth every second. 

 Taken with a 70-300mm at 70mm focal length.  ISO: 250, f/4.5, and at 1/40 shutter speed. 


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

This weekend I went to another camera buddy to the seaside to take some seasonal light-up events.  Here is the Rainbow Bridge seen from the artificial island which is now a very popular place for romantic set-up.  Yeah, I went with a guy but my purpose is to take pics anyway 🙂  So, the Rainbow bridge is really rainbow color with the Tokyo tower special lit up in the center, and several boats floating with passengers drinking and eating, enjoying the view….  I realized that it is really difficult to take the night scenery and this is where I have to train up, too.
D700, 28-300 @62mm, f/8.0, 1.6sec, ISO200, Tiopod.
Ken – www.kih.me


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 The shots last week were superb.  Although already mentioned, Jens, you have a Christmas Card in the making!  Jeannean, your stacking was the impetus that I needed to get to work trying new things.  Thank you!  Everyone did a wonderful job.

 With the cold weather pummeling the South, I thought a little frost with fit right in.  This was all that was left of a patch of Black-Eyed-Susans.  They are very hardy and will be back next year but for now they are covered with a blanket of snow.  Although not a macro lens, I was able to get in pretty close with a P/S.  This was a fun shot!

 Have a great week.  Gej

 E995 – 1/45sec – f/2.6 – ISO 100 – 8.2mm



Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Life is dreary and cold here right now.  But one good thing about winter is that I can see the hawks in the trees! (-:  This one was on the side of the four lane highway that I travel to work each day.  This is not the sharpest photo I have of him.  I did get a pretty sharp one the next morning at the same place, except he was sitting on a wire.  So, overall, I thought maybe the tree would add enough interest to make up for the lack of sharpness!  I took it out the rolled down window of my car, and the traffic passing was shaking my car, so let’s blame the lack of sharpness on “car shake”, ok?
Nikon D5000, VR70-300mm F4.5-5.6G lens, 280mm, F/7.1, 1/400s, ISO400, -.07EV (why I do this without knowing it I haven’t figured out yet).


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore,Denmark 

 It has been a cold and windy week so my camera has not left the camera bag.

Until half an hour ago though. View from my window at the sunrise, -10 c and a cold wind from the north.

At least the clouds have gone for a while.

Have a nice week all.m   Jens


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hi all!

Thank you for your comments on last week photos. Jens, thank you for idea, but the distance between fore and background was about 50 meters, I don’t know if I can have all sharp using telephoto lens?

Mine photo for this week is again winter shot, taken in park of our town. It’s a castle just before night.fall.  Shadows that you can see in the bottom of the photo, are children that are enjoying in the sledding there, Nikon d80, sigma10-20@14mm, f8, 10 sec, ISO 100. Post processing in Capture NX2.

Thank you all, and see you on Wednesday!

Pozdrav, Filip.


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

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



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 “House available until early Spring” Not really much to say other than I liked the contrast between the weathered birdhouse and fence next to the flowers, and the red leaves behind. Just one of those things that we photographers notice, while being overlooked by most people. I guess that is our job.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/60 sec., manual, 24-120mm lens (90mm).



Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 This shot is from Petra.  People who are leaving the main site, and do not want to walk back to the entrance can catch a buggy ride for about 20 Dinars ($30). The lack of suspension on these carriages makes for an interesting ride when you ride over some of the cobblestone areas. It feels like you are paint can in one of those ‘mixers’ you see in hardware stores!

And of course it’s fun to see guys on horseback ‘texting’ on their cell phones J

 Pentax k20d + Tamron 28-75 @ 43mm, iso 320, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec.


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I find myself more and more in love with the B&W photographs, it is a timeless feeling that I hardly get it with color films.

Here is a shot I took this summer at a War Veterans celebration day, this elderly had such serene and dignifying attitude that stood out, his neat national way of dressing was also something special and pretty rare to see these days.

Nikon F6, Zeiss ZF Makro Planar 100mm F/2 lens, Kodak Tmax400, Nikon Coolscan 9000ED


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 I took this shot of the Roman aqueduct while visiting Segovia Spain.

If I remember correctly, it was used until the 1970’s but the most astounding fact is that there is not one ounce of mortar used in the construction – all those stones are dry fit. For size perspective, look at the far right of the picture and note the person standing near the base.

 Nikon D100, ISO 200, f8.0, 1/250 sec, 35 mm, matrix metering


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 A Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) in Temaiken, a Biopark near Buenos Aires.

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @ 200 mm 1.4D  – ISO 200 – f 5.6 – 1/1250


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 I went to the Audubon  Insectarium  Sunday and had a lot of fun taking butterfly pictures.

A macro lens opens my eyes  to a world I never dreamed existed.   Each  time I pick up the camera and look for a macro shot, I am amazed and surprised by what I find.

 This butterfly had the most interesting patterns – zebra stripes and  big cat colors and patters.    Hope you enjoy.

 D300 105mm micro F/9 shutter 1/80  ISO 200  SB900 diffused


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everyone
I found it very hard to do justice to todays photo of a ginger flower. To see it in full bloom is truly spectacular and to have it in my backyard makes it even better as the plant is covered in these flowers at this time of year. Each flower dies within a day only to have another flower open out of the cone tomorrow
D90 Tamron 90mm Lens 1/60sec @ f22


Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I found this mantidfly early Sunday morning and got a few shots before it warmed up enough to fly off. They are very cool looking bugs (IMO ;). I used my tripod again so I could try stacking, and was able to stack two photos for this one. Once they move, the opportunity is gone, so you have to be pretty quick sometimes. Shot with D90/Sigma 150mm, pop-up flash -1 for fill light @ 1/30, f/13, ISO 400. A few other shots of it can be seen here.



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you very much on the kind comments on my photo last week. This week an orchid, that is just flowering in my bathroom. 

Taken with Nikon D60, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6@ISO 100, 1/15s, f/8, off camera flash  

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


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Wembley Ma.

 Coolpix P5100


 1/180s,   f/4.3 ,  ISO 64 ,  10mm ,  No Flash


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Lake Placid 2009,

 another ‘grab shot’ on the water, looking to catch a fish

Coolpix S710, f/6.7, 1/400—


Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Quite another kind of image from me this week – more like a test.  😉   As many countries are experiencing cold weather, I thought I’d go back in my archives and find a summer image.  I have done some tweaking in Adobe Lightroom, and some major cropping.  The square format was chosen to emphasize peace and tranquility.  



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Out caught – off a no-ball – so not out! (two images 1/8 sec apart)

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     240 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 200 (AP, monopod, UV filter)


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

 Dear Ken, Gladys thanks a lot for your valuable comments to my post last week. I’m planing to be on the streets more, after long computer problem.  Captured in the city harbor few days ago before powerful washer arrived. I liked rarely available yellowish muddy color of Suriname River a lot. Hope you like it too. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

 Ertugrul Kilic


 Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Aperture Priority, f/2.5, 1/4000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Wow are things every crazy at my house. Taking my wife on our first cruise for her birthday on Thursday. Can’t wait to get some pics from that. So many little kids in their Christmas outfits I can’t resist. Shot this on Sunday. Thanks for the nice comments on my pictures. I love everyones pictures. I wish I had time to comment. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-200 2.8, 80mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 640, SB 800 flash with diffuser.


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My Week 46 contribution harks back to the wet winter we had here in S.W. Victoria, Australia.  This is a photo of a very long agricultural drain which runs through one of the properties I work at.  It has been completely dry for the past 7 years and has only seen small partial trickles in the 4 years prior to those past 7 dry years.  After consistently good winter / spring rains it is 100% full and flowing again and really breaks up the local landscape. making scenes more interesting.  

My photo is of a distant canola oil seed crop in full flower with a 90 degree elbow bend in the drain but appears as a 180 degree bend because I used my old 16mm fisheye lens to take this photo and experimented by hand holding my 77mm CPL filter in front of the fisheye lens to see what results could be had. The aperture was set to f/22 to fight the sun in the frame and I think I’ve got a bit of diffraction loss happening here and it looks much better as a larger image, but the image was still worthy of editing and sharing.  I adore the carpet of creamy sky esp. in the top right of the frame, it just goes on forever.  Surprisingly the reflections on the water are still quite vivid and clear, i expected the CPL to kill these off more that it did…….  

Nikon D700 + 16mm f/3.5 Ai  Nikkor fisheye @f/22, 1/640th sec, ISO 400 with hand held Hoya CPL in front of the lens.


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Scene from inside a very dark Toronado ale house – beer bar.

I’ve been going to the Toronado since 1992. It’s located in San Francisco on Haight Street, near Fillmore. Arguably is the is the best beer bar on the West Coast. Dave Keene is the proprietor and he is a righteous man indeed. You won’t find any light beers, rice beers, or corn-based beers here… as life’s way too short not to drink real beer.

This one printed large (13×19 inches) *very well* – the original is in raw at 18 MP.

Photo: Sat., 12/11/2010, Canon EOS 7D, 24mm, ISO 800, 6 secs. At f/18 for deep DOF.

 CHEERS!  Ken Papai


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This graffiti is on the supports of I-89 in Burlington, VT. There was quite a lot of graffiti and a lot of really interesting pieces of artwork. I definitely spent a lot of time examining it all and of course, snapping some pictures. This one is my favorite from those shots.


Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 This picture was taken at sun set the same day as the sunrise I sent in earlier. This picture was taken while fishing for Red Fish in the late afternooning as we headed back in during sunset. Taken with a Canon SD1400 IS DF 14.1 MP.


Special Bonus photo

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

 Christmas is coming – Ken Yamamoto  

 This was taken at the new International Terminal of the Haneda Airport which is in Tokyo, unlike the other (New Tokyo) international airport which is hours away from Tokyo.  Just opened last month and I went there (about 20 minutes from anywhere) and shot some.  This is the seasonal shot at the airport.
D700, 24mm, f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO200.
Ken – www.kih.me


More Christmas decorationsJeannean R

Before getting involved with photography, I was a collector of a lot of stuff, but namely holiday ornaments. This is one of my favorites by Patricia Breen, called “Santa for Vera” produced exclusively for Neiman Marcus Catalog in 2001. It sold out immediately. I bet most of you can guess why this is one of my favorites. (Patricia Breen ornaments are designed by her, and the molds are carved by her husband Eric. They have a small studio in Krakow, Poland and employ local artisians to blow and paint the glass. Everything is done the “old fashioned way” and are made in limited quantities.) D90/Sigma 150mm @ 1/6, f/8, ISO 320.



Week 47


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Cold and Clear Days

 December‘s cold and clear days are here in full force.   On crisp cold days, the blues in the sky always seem richer and deeper (no polarizer filter effect here).

        The rock jetties at each end of Orchard beach were built to protect the sand from tidal erosion, always have become interesting elements in photos that I have taken there.  At high tide the water comes up to near the top of the jetty on the right and shortens the beach on the left. At low tide as shown here you can walk around the jetty and surf cast into a area very rich with Bluefish and Stripped bass.  I have spent 100’s of hours fishing from this spot, during the summer and fall.

 Nikon D300   DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3 at 18mm , 1/250 sec, f/16, ISO 250

Tags – winter beach photo, Orchard Beach, Jetty, Rock Jetty, Bronx waterfront


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hope everyone had a great week .    The photos last week are wonderful.    
I had one morning of frost.  So , I just had to try and get a macro shot of it.  Of course the only frost was in my front yard, where my attempts are witnessed by everyone in the neighborhood as they went out and about.  I am sure the neighbors will now keep their kids away from the crazy lady who lays in the frost.

So, here is my attempt ,  I need more of the foreground in focus ( darn that dof in macro)  .   This a focus stacks from 3 photos of frost on the edge of a leaf.  Look how delicate and intricate it is –   nature is amazing.  Now I just need more frosty morning to practice!

Tags – Macro photography, Frost, Focus stacking


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 “Popps Fountain, City Park, New Orleans.”  I spent time this Summer photographing this New Orleans landmark.  The gates are closed until mid morning, and closed too early for evening light.  This day, they were unlocked late, so I was trying to find a way to make the most of a subject in poor light.  After walking around and around in the hot New Orleans humidity, I finally sat, soaked with perspiration, and decided to take a close shot of the fountain itself, which was recently restored after sitting vandalized and abandoned for decades.  As it usually happens, this “grab shot” turned out to be my favorite.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/750 sec.

Tags – Fountain, Water fountain, Water spraying


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Another car that is not mine, sadly.
(The ISO number is because I forgot to change it, since the last time I had used the camera )

D300 + 18-200 VR @ 200mm – ISO 1250 – 1/200 – f 7.1

Tags – Jaguar,  Hood ornament,  Classic Car ornament


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Merry Christmas to your all.

White Christmas and shopping for presents to family and friends.
The nice surroundings help bringing everyone into the right mood.

J Both for Christmas and shoppingJ

I always end up buying presents in the last minute, don’t know why?

 All the best, Jens

Tags: Christmas, shopping, snow, winter.


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This was taken at a lion dance and drum competition here in Jhubei that I actually was lucky enough to come across by chance over the weekend.  It gave me a good chance to test the limits of the D5000’s 4 frames per second and I had pretty good light for some pretty fast shutter speeds.  This was taken at f/4.5 at 70mm and a 1/400 shutter speed at ISO 200.  What really did this for me was the AF-C (AI-Servo on Canon) mode along with the focus point tracking.  I was also on continuous fire – shooting about 4 fps as mentioned above.  I did hear a guy next to me with a D3 – sounded like a machine gun! 

 The subject involves a lion dance – in this case, it involves a lion jumping on these very small platforms.  Very impressive, especially with 2 people with a giant suit.  I did get a photo of these guys completely in the air (with them both jumping), but liked this one more because you can see the first performer’s face.  I wouldn’t want to try this as a hobby and can’t imagine the amount of preparation that goes into this act.  


Tags: lion, dance, jhubei, taiwan, asia, nikkor, 70-300mm


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas to one and all.  I hope the Wednesday email finds all of you in good health and enjoying this special time of year.

This photo comes from a restaurant we visited last week.  Grazie in Orange Beach, Alabama – Excellent food.  Because of the time of year and their location, we were the only patrons in the restaurant at the time.  The Service was superb.  

I was drawn to the shutters on the half-wall between the restaurant and the bar area.  We were later told that they came from the original home that sat on this location.  Their colors and textures were wonderful and I asked the manager if he would allow me to photograph the interior and all was well.

For the most-part the interior was lit with natural light and the first couple of handheld shots were throwaways.  I tried a flash but that was a throwaway too.  So I placed the camera on a tabletop set the aperture to f/4.0 and hoped for the best.  If I’m able to return and shoot again, I’ll have my tripod with me and set the aperture to f/16 or smaller and placed one of the blue chairs in a more prominent location.  I wanted to avoid noise and am reasonably pleased with the results.  I also tried a different type of border this week.  I hope you like it. 

Find time to enjoy being with your family and friends!   And as always, Thank you Joe for all you do for us!


 D90 – f/4.0 – .8sec – 18-200@18mm – ISO 160 – Aperture Priority

Tags : Grazie  Orange Beach, Alabama, restaurant, table and cxhairs, bar


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

As always, lot’s of great photos, I expect the same this week! 🙂 My photo for today is photo of this little bird that I’ve found knocking on the tree with it’s beak. At first I didn’t see it, just heard it knocking. So, I’ve expected a woodpecker, but I’ve found this nuthatch. Nice little bird. 🙂 Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@300mm, f8, 1/200, ISO 200, cropped heavily and post processed in Capture NX.  


Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 We were in NYC last week for our annual family Christmas visit, where we typically go to a show… The Rockettes.. the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree… Macy’s, and just take in the beautiful city at Christmas… I couldn’t help but remember your comments and others in the e-mails… about a little Holiday libation… so I shot this picture where we were having dinner and was thinking of you… Thanks for all of your hard work coordinating this photographic endeavor… I am humbled each week by the beauty from others…  Hope you enjoy… Merry Christmas to you and your family…


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 I took my wife on our first cruise this past weekend for her 50th birthday. We went out of Tampa to Cozumel Mexico and back. Had a great time. This pic was shot as the sun rose when we docked the ship. Glad to be back home safe. Ate way too much food. Thanks for the nice comments on my pic last week. Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Nikon D3, Nikon 80-400 VR, 230mm, F/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 800,


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 Yellowstone is one of my favorite places to visit and shoot pictures.  I could spend months there and wear out many many cameras. This is a shot of a hot spring that’s recently been active (25 years or so) and killed nearby trees and built a beautiful snow-white calcium fall.

 Nikon D100 1/400 sec, f2.8, ISO 200, 58mm Matrix Metering


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Sorry to send you another Hibiscus stamen but i am intrigued by them. I love the colour and architecture.
I hope everyone has a safe and merry festive season

D90 Tamron 90mm Lens 1/80sec @ f22 ISO200


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan 

 This was shot on the same night as the last week rainbow bridge shot.  We were walking around to find the better spot for the shot of the Tokyo Tower lit up.  Then I came this spot – just like a movie scene.  No one is around, just a street light, lots of fallen leaves, and a bench (actually, behind me).  Nice, I thought….
D700, 24mm, f/1.4, 1/25s, ISO 200

Tags – Street photo, foliage, park, night 


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everybody, 

 thank you for your comments and the wonderful Christmas wishes. My photo this week is from my recent trip to the Czech Republic, the snow was wonderful and I finally had a chance to experience this beauty with a camera in my hand. 

Taken with Nikon D60, 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6@ISO 100, f/10, 1/60s

 Have a lovely week and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you all. 


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I’m unlucky this year, I’ve got to spend Christmas in the field so I don’t have a recent photo on the spirit of the season’s celebrations.
Here is one from my home town, last year Christmas decoration with the City hall in the background, shot on Fujichrome  Tungsten T64, Contax G2 and 28mm F/2 Biogon lens, tripod.

Merry Christmas and all the best for everyone in the group, wish you enjoyable time with families and friends.
Special tanks for Joe for all his effort he put in this Wednesday photo of the week, it was a great photo experience year indeed. Thanks all for kind comments and critiques, wish you good luck in the pursuit your photography and looking forward for the best shot of the year…

Best Regards  Bogdan


Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone!

Last winter at this time it was very cold (-22 degrees Celsius). Then I take some of my best photos ever. Last weekend temperature was dropped to -21 celsius ( -5.8 Farenheit ).  I could not resist temptation so I went to the same place again, hoping to record interesting photos. Motif was the same like last year, frozen boat on river. I hope you enjoy watching.  J

 Photo data: Olympus E510, Olympus ED9-18mm @ 14mm, ISO 100, 2sec @ f/8, cokin ND Grad S, tripod.

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!



Tags: boat, river, snow, dawn, water, winter


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I almost missed the thread this week!  This is a full moon from about a month ago.  Hope it looks ok. 
Nikon D5000, VR70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G, 240mm, F/5.3, 1/100s, Manual, Auto ISO800.


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This is a recently taken photo of an Australian Raven which likes to sit up in a tree just outside our kitchen.  We adore our ravens and like to watch then as they raise thier young in our garden every year.  These birds are traditionally associated with death and doom both through history and even today carry a stigma associated with death and bad luck.  Of course I love them and usually portray them in a positive light and if one observes these birds for long enough it is clear that they are no different to any any other birds in that they care for their young and need somewhere to raise them.

 I took this photograph during a very deep orange sunset late one evening and for a change decided to heavily edit the image to portray the raven in a dark and foreboding light.  I have mainly used thec burn tool in PS and desaturated the green from the leaves to gain this effect. 

Curiously I have emailed my “positive” light photos to friends in the past and never got much of a response – this image however gained quite a strong response………..

 Taken hand held with a Nikon D700 + 70-200mm VR lens  @135mm, f/6.3, 1/1250th sec, ISO 800

 Merry Christmas to all contributors!!


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 This is a  photo of a New York City moment.  I am often amazed what I see when I look up.  Who says New Yorkers walk with their heads down?  I was waiting for the light to change to cross the street and heard a growing cooing sound.  Imagine my surprise when I saw a Hitchcock scene just above my head!  It may not be the sharpest or best composed shot, but it is a ‘NYC moment’, for sure.  No camera settings on this one, I’m afraid…


 Tags:  NYC, pigeons, streets


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Sebastian Age 3 My adorable nephew, IMHO!

Loves Bob Dylan music. Has never seen a TV! But may watch selective video on a laptop.

 “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

 Coolpix 5100

1/60 s Flash ISO 64  f/3.1


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 I was at one of my favorite place on last Sunday. Actually I never shoots birds / animals like this but it was end of low tide on Suriname River and the water was rising again then I saw this hungry white egret and sat more closer. I didn’t disturb he or she and captured lots of photo. My arms and legs already sun burned after sitting two hours under powerful sun in the middle of day. Suriname have only rainy tropical summer due its closer layout to Equator.  Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

 Ertugrul Kilic


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


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 My final sports photo for 2010 is a twin pack.  Two wickets off the last two balls of the innings … the bowler will have to wait until next year to attempt the “hat-trick” (three wickets in three balls).  Two months to think about the next delivery!

 Camera: Nikon D300  Lens: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II with TC-20E II

Settings: 1/500s at 400mm with f/5.6 and ISO 720 (both images) using a monopod


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset

Dec. 15, 2010, Ken Papai

Canon EOS 7D, 85mm 1.8 lens, ISO 200, 1/640, f/9

The ferry I was on had just passed Alcatraz and I was afforded a nice view of the bridge. Every week I’ve strived to submit a *recent* photo (with the past week or less). So far so good – and now, Happy Holidays!-



Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 I had a friend tell me the other day that the place where we live, will never feel like “home” to her because it doesn’t get very cold here. (It’s 87F/30.5C here today and she’s originally from Iowa.) Cold, wintery weather is a thing best kept to photos for me. Along with the warmer weather, we usually have mosquitoes around as well. You take the good with the bad. 🙂 Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm macro, Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/250, f/11, ISO 640. Tags: macro, Sigma 150mm, mosquito


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This shot is from Burlington, Vermont on College St. This building overlooks the lake and has some stunning views of some great sunsets. I snapped this on one of my many photo excursions through Burlington on an absolutely gorgeous day.


Special bonus Photo

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

 From Vegas – Roberta Davidson

 We went to Las Vegas for a few days.  Met with rain the entire time we were here. Here is a photo of the lobby at The Palazzo


Happy Holidays – Rick Dohme

 Joe gave me an Idea to share my family with everyone. Daughter Kaley 17, son Kyle 19, Wife Carolyn, And Me. Happy Holidays from the Dohme family.
D3, Nikon 24-120 3.5, 55mm, f/10, ISO 640, SB 800 on camera with diffuser, two strobes one reflector and one soft box, wireless remote shutter release


Another holiday “bonus” photoJeannean R

I took this photo with my Canon SD890. I grabbed whatever was available for a quick shot because I didn’t want to miss this opportunity! This is PeeWee and Lincoln (my neighbor’s puppies) tuckered out after a play session. They just cuddled up and fell asleep on the box under my Christmas tree. Happy Holidays! 🙂



Week 48

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Snowing in Vermont

Mother Nature does some of her best artwork in Vermont.  Meanwhile we’re snowed in here in NY, after 2 days the local roads have not even been plowed yet in many places.

This one from  the same time  time of year  last winter ,  was taken on a back road on the way to the Somerset reservoir 

 Nikon D700 AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D IF  Shot at 98 mm

AE, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 320

tags :  Vermont, vermont winter, vermont snow picture


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Hello, I hope you all had a nice Christmas and holiday.  I had a very good time with family, taking a cruise around the Tokyo Bay with lunch service.  I took bunch of photos on the ship of the sister’s family and mother, etc.  along with the sea and landscapes.  This week’s my pick is this one – An aircraft taking off from the Tokyo International Airport with the back ground of Mt. Fuji (the highest mountain of Japan).  It was a gorgeous weather and really nice day for the cruise.  By the way, the cruiser is not mine, but some cruiser company does this all the time 🙂  It’s a big cruiser with hundreds of people on board capacity.  Nice experience.

D700, 28-300 @200, f/11, 1/320s, ISO200, at about 3 o’clock when the sun light was becoming orange-ish.

Tag – cruise, airport, aircraft take-off, mount fuji


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 For the first time since year 1900 we have had two white Christmas in a row!

With a ‘little luck’ we might even have the coldest December for more than 25 year!

So what is more appropriate than a photo from the beach.

 Happy New Year to your all. Jens

Tags: Winter, Ice, Beach.


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone, hope your holiday was wonderful.  We went to Las Vegas last week and here is a picture from the Venetian/Palazzo Grand Canal .  I was up very early walking around the closed shops and  noticed the refections in the  canal.   The security guards followed  me around and kept an eye on what I photographed.   I actually called  one over to show him the reflections in the water.  He was amazed as he said he had never noticed them before.

 More of my take on Vegas can be seen at – birdied.zenfolio.com

 Hope you enjoy  —

 D300  12-24mm lens at 22 mm


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Happy Wednesday from Orange Beach, Alabama.  

 Yesterday Sally decided to head out for the Sunday paper.  The door slammed shut and about 10 seconds later she rushed back in.  She yelled to me that, “It’s SNOWING!”  By the end of the week we should see 60s-70s.  Never a dull moment.  I hope the weather is perfectly to your liking wherever you are.  As long as I’m on the green side of the grass, I’m a happy camper.

I took this photo Christmas Eve Day.  While taking the boardwalk to the beach, (probably 1/4 mile long) I turned to look at where I had come from.  This is what I saw.  I took shots last year similar to this but facing south.  This photo was taken while facing north.  Lines & Shadows seem to be a subject I enjoy photographing.  I hope you feel the same.

D90 – 1/400sec – f/8.0 – 18-200@105mm – ISO 400 – Aperture Priority


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

First, thank you for your comments! I do appreciate them very much! And as we are on the verge of the new year, let me wish you all the best in new year! May it be happy, healthy, joyful and full of photo opportunities!

My photo for this week is a recent one, I’ve been on nearby Drava river just before sunset. When this photo was taken sun was already low over horizon, and the clouds were painted with it’s light. Two filters that I was using added little more red color to the clouds. Shot with Nikon D80, Sigma10-20@10mm, f9, 2.5 sec and ISO100. I was using Cokin 2stop ND and 2 stop GND filter. Post processing in Capture NX2.

 Greetings, Filip.


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Hope everyone had a great time during the holidays with family and friends. This Iguana was just hanging out along the side of the road in Cozumel. He just sat there while I got real close and posed for me. I was hoping he wouldn’t get scared and attack. My Spanish isn’t very good so he wouldn’t know what I would be screaming at him.:) Nikon D200, Tamron 28-300, 110mm, F/13, 1/640sec, ISO 500


 Tag: Iguana, Cozumel, Mexico.December 2010 


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I’d call this shot on Kodachrome “there is hope” but I am not really sure about that, my last 31 rolls of Kodachromes are lost in the blizzard somewhere between Europe and US… I sent them to Dwayne’s for processing ten days ago but I haven’t got any more status updates after parcel left my country… very likely I’ll miss processing deadline which is Dec. 30th… well, I still have the option to processed them in B&W if I ever get the rolls back…such a life for a film photographer.

Wish you all Merry Christmas once again

Warm Regards, Bogdan


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 This was taken at the end of November.  He/she was out in the sun warming.  What do you think?  Is he sharp enough, is the background blurred ok?  Any feedback appreciated.
Have a great week everyone!


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

On holidays … so one from the archives.

Rodger Federer … covering all the angles.

 Camera: Nikon D200  Lens: AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Settings: 1/500s at 98mm with f/4.6 and ISO 100 (Manual, hand held)


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 Winter before the snow came

 One more shot from Burlington this winter just before the snow starts to fall

 Nikon d100 sigma 28-200


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 I hope everyone had a great Christmas. In Brisbane ours was extremely wet with plenty of localised flooding. In between heavy showers i slipped into the garden and managed to photograph this little guy having what looks like a drink of water. He was very fidgety and took a lot of patience to photograph. He was about 8mm long or 5/16″ for those of you still using imperial measurements

D90 Tamron 90mm Lens  1/80 @ f18 ISO200


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

 I hope your Christmas was fantastic this year and there would be plenty of mention of some new gear in this week’s descriptions. 

My photo is from the snowy Czech Republic, I took this right at the beginning of my stay, the mist was very thick that day and it made the whole world appear ghostly and quiet. 

 Taken with Nikon D60, 18-55 mm, f/3.5-5.6@ISO 1600, f/9, 1/40s

 Have a lovely week.,  Jana 


Tags: Winter, snow, trees, mist


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Geisha Girl in Hong Kong.  Although this photo was taken in color, I am drawn to the black and white version.  Moments later, she donned sneakers and had a cell phone to her ear, while still in full dress. 

Canon 10D:  ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/125


 Tags: Hong Kong, geisha


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 A seasonal entry.

Merry Christmas from Radio City 2009. Archive. Almost annual family outing to 30 Rock and The Tree!

Love and PEACE to everyone.

 Coolpix P5100   f/2.7   ISO 400  No flash


Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

I went out early Monday morning while at my mother’s (in the Austin, TX. area for Christmas) to see what I could find in the freezing temperatures (29F). Now HER neighbors think I’m a loon too (mine already do). I was laying on the grass in freezing temps with my warm rope on taking pictures of frozen dew. Most likely, Roberta will be the only one to understand this craziness. 😉 Taken with my new Christmas present to myself, Tamron 60mm macro@1/90, f/8, ISO 400. Photo is a stack of three images in PSE 8.


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 This shot was taken during a temple procession in the heart of Jhubei City a few months ago during a “Double Ninth” parade.  The festival refers to 9/9, which actually occurs during the Western/Gregorian calendar month of October, but exists on the Chinese Lunar calendar.  The concept here is that the number nine represents evil spirits, so a giant parade is performed to appease the gods and scare away the bad spirits.  

 Taken with a 70-300mm at 250mm, f/5.6 at 1/400 flash and an ISO of 400.  Cropped to put the focus on the kids and put through an Aperture 3 filter. 

 Tags: taiwan, jhubei, nikon, 70-300mm, chinese, culture


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Bixby Bridge – Pacific Coast Highway One – Big Sur, California.

Photo date: Dec. 28, 2010, Ken Papai

Canon EOS 7D, 24mm, ISO 100, 1/160, f/9, partially into the noon winter sun.

 I was on a mini vacation with my wife to Monterey and drove the coast and back today. We had excellent weather and I took 500 photos the past three days.  This is a quick one as we just got home. I’ve not even looked at all of the shots yet. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

(Bixby Bridge was built in 1932 and no doubt was part of the USA’s WPA at the time to help employ workers at a massive social scale during the Great Depression. Wow.)

-Ken Papai


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 Just back from my parent’s farm this afternoon – this photo taken last evening hot out of the camera…….  My parent’s farm being on a flat river valley floor has curiously prolonged summer time evening light which allows the keen photographer to walk around for close to an hour with this sort of charming ambient sunset lighting.

Taken with D700 + AF- S 17-35mm lens @ 35mm, f/5.6, 1/160th, ISO 800


Special Bonus photo

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

Free Beer – Grant Tanner

 It seems appropriate as we come into the festive season. It is a sign I found in a store and has hung in my outdoor entertaining area for a few years now. I smile everytime I see it
I am not sure how it will come up email size so just in case this is what it says “Customers over 100 years of age and accompanied by their parents, get their second beer FREE !!!”

Regards  Grant


Fish Story – Jana Hughes 

 This is the usual sight in December in Czech Republic, we eat carp for Christmas dinner and by about mid December you can find massive tubs filled with this fish on almost every corner in every city. I tried to photograph the carp properly in the tub, but all of them swam down by the bottom and I couldn’t manage a decent photo, so I combined two images to illustrate this Czech tradition. 

 Taken with Nikon D60, 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6@ISO 100, f/4.8, 1/80s


What was under Jeannean’s tree

Christmas present to myself: Tamron SP 60mm f/2 macro lens:


Week 49


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The River is just about covered over

I will new get tired of taking pictures in Vermont. Each of the 4 seasons brings has breath taking  scenery, completely different from each other.  To find this one you really have to go back woods. It was taken from a small log and plank bridge over the summerset river on a timber logging road.  The more I wander around and explore, the more I find.  I’ve been going to Vermont for over 30 years and just found this spot only last year.  The road is not really kept up in winter. Any deeper into winter and it will be completely impassable. Just have to love those 4X4 wheel drive SUV’s.  If it was not for the small crack in the snow exposing the river, you would think that it was a road that had not been plowed after a snowstorm.

Tags: Snow cover river, Winter scene, vermont scenery , Shaphshooters picture


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hope you all had a wonderful New Year!!!  I know that I am looking forward to this year.

 Focus stacking is something I am determined to try and learn.  Before I start trying on a living critter, thought I should practice  on a flower.    After trying this, not only am I amazed, but mind  boggled how some will focus stack  +10 photos of a insect.  Amazing to say the least!   Lot of practice needs to be done, but it is getting  me out of my comfort zone .

 Below is 6 photos stacked in Photoshop Elements 8.

 D300 60mm micro lens with 24 mm tube   f/11 ISO 200 shutter 1/5  SB900 


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 For the holiday photo I first send a photo from my summer holiday which apparently was not right. I assume I should have distinguished between holiday and vacation! Where vacation is ‘summer holiday’ or any kind of holiday that does not fall at the same time or date every year, right?

Anyway, this first week of 2011 I got my IR converted D70 to get some photos that is not all different shades of white. This is really a very nice looking, romantic even, cottage that I tried to give a dramatic look, – right out of the camera.

 Looking forward to a lot of great photos



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Walking Iris

 Is it too early to start looking forward to Spring? This is an archive photo, taken in April of 2002, with my first digital camera – a Nikon Coolpix 950 (2 megapixel). This was in my garden in Chalmette, Louisiana. I’m lucky to still have a few photos from then. Now, If I can only find a place nearby to buy some of these. Mine were given to me, and some people call them weeds.

 Nikon Coolpix 950, f/5, 1/60 sec., normal program mode.


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Good morning!  

It was a terrific year for Sharpshooters International.  I feel as though I have friends around the world, all who share a common passion for photography.  My best to all of you! Thank you to everyone for the wonderful New Years photos and the information on how to shoot fireworks.  

As the new year starts, I’m sending you a photo taken on the 30th of last year.  We were moving to Florida and I saw this incredible cloud-bank as I came over the last bridge in Alabama.  We had a three o’clock meeting with the rental agency but I decided that it could wait if I was going to get a shot or two.  Early that day I had read an ‘Ansel Adams Lesson’ in one of Kelby’s books and decided to give it a try.  Pretty easy to do and I like the results.  

Have great week!  And, as I told my students at the end of every week, “Try to stay out of trouble.”  

 Cheers! Gej

 D90 – 1/500sec – f/4.5 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 100 – Aperture Priority – CS5 Layers & Channel Mixer (very easy)


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

While waiting for a train at the Atocha Station in Madrid, I noticed there were no trains and no people and took the shot.

 Nikon D100  1/500 sec, f5.6, ISO 200, 145mm, 12 bit, matrix metering


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 I got a new toy for the new year. A Nikon TC-20E 111 2x AFS converter. It is a perfect match for my 300 2.8 AFS. I took it out to the Park Last Friday to try it out. I only found a few birds to shoot. This White Ibis was my first victim. This is an awesome lens. Can’t wait to try some Macros with it. 🙂  Thanks for all your kind comments. I’ve really enjoyed everyone’s pictures. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8 AFS, Nikon TC-20 E 111, 600mm, F/14, 1/800 sec, ISO 800, Mono pod.

Tag: New Years,White Ibis 


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

I’ve sent this guy in before in another pose!  This one shows off his fishing skills.  He is one of the two blue herons that live at Veteran’s Park, they will tolerate a me for a little bit longer than the one I see “very occasionally” at my house.
Taken with Nikon D5000, 300mm f/5.6, manual, auto ISO 800, 1/200s.

Tags:  Heron, birds, nature


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 I missed last edition as I was traveling, so first of all Happy New Year to everybody, wish you a better year, photographic wise or not.
I took this shot last November but with the usual film delay (developing, scanning, etc.) it is new to me. On a side note it takes anywhere between next day to couples of months between shooting the picture and actually seeing in, not an easy exercise sometimes but I’ve got use of it..
Actually this year didn’t start on the right foot photographic wise, my last 30 Kodachrome rolls shipment to Kansas got mixed up and ended up on ship freight, missed processing deadline so it will never get processed in color.
The exposure of this shot was about 15min if I recall it correctly, I am pretty bad at keeping records of technical details. The red fluorescent lamps on the tower were rather tricky to expose, I did a bit of bracketing although I am not much fan of this technique.

Shot with Mamyia 645 Pro TL, 55mm F/2.8 lens, Kodak Portra 160NC film

Looking forward to see next special photo edition although I have a hell of a time trying to choose one for myself…

Best Regards, Bogdan


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 This long-exposure was taken in a shopping district of Taipei, the capital and largest city here in Taiwan.  It shows Taipei 101, the second-tallest skyscraper in the world, just passed up in 2010 when Burj Khalifa opened in Dubai.  Understandably, it also has the world’s fastest elevator and a really cool publicly-viewable wind damper.  

 Exposure: 1.7 seconds at f/22 with an 18mm focal length at ISO 800.  I did this handheld, so I had to crank up the ISO and turn on VR.  I noticed that converting to B&W definitely helped lower the noise levels and brought out the light trails.  Some processing included some removal of lens glare, and some denoising.  

Tags: taipei, taiwan, 101, light, trails, city, nikon, b&w


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

Summer is officially here after a mild, slow start but the heat is now on and insects are frantically harvesting pollen and nectar from the abundance of flowers in the garden here.  This year has been particularly good for ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies.  They appear here every summer but only by the dozen.  This year sees literally hundreds of them in the garden, perhaps a result of the excellent winter / spring rains we received in 2010.

I enjoy chasing insects with the macro lens, hand held exposures and only an old manual focus at close to 1:1 magnifications, so plenty throw away poorly focused exposures but the occasional keeper too.  This photo is a no crop hand held effort taken with my trusty D700 and Kiron Ai 105mm f/2.8 micro lens @ f/11, 1/640th sec, ISO 3200


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 I took a walk on the third day of the new year (three first days of the year are always holiday in Japan) to take something “new year”.  It is traditional and popular to go to shrines for the year’s health, wealth, safety and such.  But then i realized that I hate crowded places so I just took a walk to find something.  I walked for good hour and found one.  I may have mentioned many times here – THE Tokyo Tower.  This is how it celebrates the new year and I am glad I walked that much.  Again, a Happy New Year, everyone!
D700, 24-120 @120, f/8, 1/50s, ISO900 (auto)


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi Everyone and happy New Year to all
Todays photo has me stumped. I am not sure whether it is a spider monkey or young guy with a trendy hairstyle :-)))) I am fascinated with the face on this spider.
It was taken in my backyard with D90, Tamron 90mm Lens  1/60sec @ f13 ISO200


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 My photo is a view of the Melbourne New Year fireworks display shot from the strand along the Williamstown waterfront.  The city of Melbourne can be seen on the far right.  This shot may create the impression that the fireworks are close to the ship, but they are literally a few miles away.  The grey haze is the accumulation of fireworks smoke.

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

Settings: 1/25s at 150mm with f/2.8 and ISO 2800 (Manual, hand held, VR on, Spot and -0.33 EV)


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

It’s already 2011! The time flies like crazy.

Thank you all for your wishes for new year, I did reply, but some of your servers marked me as spam, so not all you received my wish.

So, now when our almighty 😉 Joe sends it, you all will see it: Happy new year!!!!! 🙂

My photo for today is a railroad one. I love trains and everything connected to them, I guess it’s childhood memories when long train ride was connected with summer vacation and everything connected with it. This is a photo from last year when I was on river Drava, and this is a rail bridge over it. I hope you like it.

Now, I would like to tell something about commenting photos. While I would love to comment on all photos, it’s becoming rather difficult for me for couple of reasons. First, I want to comment on all photos and not to pick only couple of them. Having that on mind, to give meaningful comments on 20+ photos in a language that’s foreign to me, it’s really mental stress for me, and it takes a lot of time.

I hope you’ll understand my absence from commenting photos last couple of months…

 Greetings, Filip.

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

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

Tags: train, railroad, bridge, river, winter, snow, trees, — clouds


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

Thank you very much for the comments on my last week’s photo. 

Today I had a chance to witness partial solar eclipse, the sun was right behind the trees in our garden, hence the branches on the photo, but otherwise the sky was clear and we could watch it easily. I didn’t have any filters with me, but I set the camera on the narrowest aperture and the fastest shutter speed and got some OK photos. Nothing special, but as a documentary photo it will do. 

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


 Nikon D60, 70-200 f/3.5-5.6@ISO 100, f/32, 1/4000s


Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year has started off well for each of you. My photo this week is my first attempt at using extension tubes for increased magnification. Along with my new Tamron 60mm, I bought a set of Kenko extension tubes and added a 36mm tube for this shot. I definitely will have to practice more, but was overall pleased with the increase in magnification (in the larger version, I can see all the individual lenses of the eye). Focus stacking would benefit this type of shot, but the cucumber beetle wouldn’t cooperate. It was on the move and only paused for a few seconds before it flew off. Nikon D90/Tamron 60mm w/36mm Kenko extension tube/pop up flash -1 @ 1/500, f/8, ISO 200. (tags: cucumber beetle, macro, extension tubes)


Gladys MillmanWestport, Connecticut 

 This photo was taken down my street of bare trees against a bright winter sky– nature at its simplest.  Settings: ISO 200, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/3200.

Group:  I am looking at the world differently since I joined this group.  Although I have always been attracted by forms (including forms of nature), I now am looking at everything a composition worthy of shooting.  Now, all I need to do is develop some skills…I am on my way, though, and enjoying myself!  Gladys

Tags: trees, winter, bare, sky  


Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 This time a coooold photo from me, taken at Oslo Harbour just before Christmas, and in a temerature of minus 18 degrees Celcius (-1 degree Fahrenheit!).  The smoke is from the water which is approx 20 degrees C hotter than the air.  Not the right mood for a swim, I guess 😉

Leica D-Lux 5, ISO 250, 35mm eqiuivalent of 90mm, 1/125 @ f3.3.


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Nearly every end of year my wife and I have a tradition of going to the Gloria Ferrer Champagne Cellars (a Catalan Freixenet company) in Sonoma and having a bubbly picnic. A friend or two usually join us… thus, this photo from 12/31/2010. Happy NEW YEAR!

Canon EOS 7D (no flash), 16-35 lens at 26mm, ISO 800, 1/50, f/4.

Tags: New Years, champagne, picnic, friends, Gloria Ferrer, tradition.


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 A shot from Burlington, Vermont. I really like how the sunlight is coming through blades and the glow it gives the photo. 


Special Bonus photo

 The bonus photo is of special interest

Fire – Stanley Beck

 It was a cold, crisp, dark, and moonless night in Fannin, Mississippi, and I could feel the heat from the embers as I gazed into the dancing flames. . .

Nikon D200, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/6 sec., Aperture Priority, hand-held, 24-120mm (90mm).


Stonehenge – Don Enderlein 

 I took this shot of a very familiar landmark and when I got home, I thought what a boring picture. So I played with some reverse color filters and settled with this. I like the way the other tourist look ethereal and druid-like in the background.

Nikon D100, 1/500 sec, f12, 50mm, matrix metering

Week 50

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Winter Horses part 2

Looking at Lil’s photo of the year reminded me of this shot.  Last year in week 4 I posted a photo from this farm which is in my town in Vermont.  I drive past it periodically. This time they had 2 houses out and a lot more snow.  Since you should get better the more you do something, I think that this year’s photo is the far better of the 2.

As much as I’m a sucker for new cameras, I still like to use my older ones.  I never believe in cameras becoming obsolete. When you first buy a new camera you always become impressed with the image quality. Well that camera does not change because more advance models come out. It will still take the same pictures today as it did when it was new. This one came from my 1st digital SLR which is almost 9 years old, a Nikon D100. 

 Nikon D100 AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF at 45mm , 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 640

 Tags:  Vermont Barn, winter horses, red barn, horses in snow, vermont winter


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 This is 盧廣仲, or Liu Guang Zhong, a popular Taiwanese singer-songwriter who played at the New Year’s Eve concert last week.  I was pretty impressed by not only his stage presence but also his musical skills and for me, it was refreshing as it wasn’t the normal Taiwanese pop music I’d been hearing all night.  While I understood very little, it was all pretty great.  

 Taken with the D5000 at ISO 3200 at f/5.6 and 300mm with a shutter speed of 1/160.  I thought I’d post this after the lens discussion – it’s been a good lens for me, but I do wish it were faster.  Unfortunately, I’m not rich 🙂 


 tags: 盧廣仲, music, concert, taiwan, nikon, chinese


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi Everyone,

 I hope you are all doing well .    My lap top is off for repairs , and I am struggling on my husbands pc.  ( I use a mac and I know nothing of windows 7 !)  Thanks to suggestion from Gej,  I downloaded NX2 trial for the PC.   I do miss my photoshop and the disc I have is for mac only.

I took some pictures to try and focus stack, but will have to wait until my machine is back to work on those.      Following is one taken this afternoon, just messing around with drops and reflections.   Hope you enjoy.

 D300 60mm micro with 20mm extension tube  SB600 and SB 900 both off camera.

 Everyone who is dealing with the rains  in Australia my thoughts are with you.

 Roberta/Birdie               www.birdied.zenfolio.com


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 The temperature just rose to +1 C so the local creek runs again. Surely it won’t last, but here in the afternoon sun I think it signals spring and that will have to do for nowJ

All the best


Tags: winter, creek, snow


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Sorry……….you get another photo of the hawk I’ve been chasing again this week.  I hope he is a little sharper in this one.  Do you think?  I have learned the best way to catch him is to pull over on the side of the road, rolling down your window as you go, and lean over and get him out of the window!  So far he has been too quick for me after I try to get out of the car.
Peggy – Week 50

D5000, VR70-300, 300mm, F/8, 1/320s, Auto ISO 200. 


Tags – hawk, bird photography, Sharpshooters


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

I’ve enjoyed all of recent photos. Best of year, and classic Wednesday as well. Today, I’m in a “different” mood, so my photo will be little different from my usual stuff.

Last Saturday couple of us from our photo club organized little photo marathon for us in neighboring town.  It was whole day outing, and we had 8 themes on which we had to take photos. One theme was odd – even, and that is a theme for my photo. I look forward to see your photos.

Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@20mm f8,  1/10sec ISO 200. Cropped in Capture NX.

Greetings, Filip.

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

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


tags: pair, shoes, odd, even, pavement, lines, circles


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Happy Wednesday!  I have to admit that seeing all the incredible photos in the Favorites, really blew me away.  I looked at them for over an hour this morning.  I will continue to enjoy all of your excellent work again and again.  Thank you for sharing and of course, thank you Joe for making it all happen!

 I tried something new.  With a little help from Darrell Young, I finally figured out how to bracket my camera.  Over the weekend using bracketing I shot and then, using CS5 I produced my first HDR Photo.  It was fun!  If you have time, let me know what you think.


D90 – 1/800sec – f/8.0 – 18-200@56mm – ISO 100 – Aperture Priority – Exposure Bias 0.0, +2.0 -2.0 – HDR in CS5

Tags:  HDR, CS5, Nikon D90


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 I went to the park on New Years evening with my new 2x converter to try and get some new shots of the owls. I even tried using my flash this time. It is a very tough shot to take. The owl is sitting in a pine tree that’s about 60 feet tall. The Owls will let you get right under the tree so your closet shot is straight up. My camera and lens is extremely heavy to hand hold. The mono pod or tripod won’t work for a straight up shot. So after a few minutes of holding this beast over my head I really start to shake and have trouble focusing. I would love to lie down in the grass that would be better but chiggers would eat me alive. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC20E 111, 600mm,1/60 sec, F/14, ISO 800, SB 800 flash.

 Tag: Horned Owl, Eagle Lake Park, Largo,Fl.


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 A “virtual shelf” created by using appended photo stacks.  Many thanks to Roberta and Jeannean for putting the idea into my head.  Seven shelves and seven photos.  No sharpening was applied to this composition (because everything looked more natural this way).  Natural light source (overcast day).

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

Settings: 1/160s to 1/801s at 200mm with f/4 and ISO 200 (AP, tripod, VR off, and 0.33/0.67 EV, UV)


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone
I have been doing some more macro photography this week. The only good thing about all the rain we have had is that the insect life is abundant at present. Many of you may have seen the flash flooding in our area that will claim many lives with the amount of people missing. Spare a thought for the people swept to their deaths, many of whom are children.
This is a fly i found and i am not sure whether that is his tongue protruding down onto the plant. Once i used to curse and swear about flies here in Australia but now see their beauty.
D90 Tamron 90mm Lens 1/80sec @ f16 ISO200


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 I was taking a walk in the big urban park (imagine a bit small version of Central Park) and several camera nut were shooting for something.  Interestingly, they were all in their, apparently, 60s or older and have good (read: expensive) equipment.  There was a small and cute, beautiful blue-ish bird on the branch of one of the trees.  I, then, try to shoot that, too.  But the lens I had was too short….  So, instead, I shot those who were shooting.  I know this is not such an artistic shot, but kinda funny.  I realized how I might look when I am shooting.  I then took off and shot something else from a bit away from them. 

See the rest at my site: www.kih.me

D700, 24-120 @105, f/5, 1/200s, ISO200

Tag: park, shooter, photographer, telephoto, bird photo


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
A like these kind of simple pics playing with shadows, transparency and translucency.

Nikon D300 + 50mm  1.4 D – f 1.4 – ISO 640 –  1/800 sec 


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas 

As the rest of the country has been COLD, we’ve been having very warm, sunny weather (until today when the front came in and dropped temps down 40 degrees). On Saturday, I found this dragonfly to be a willing subject with my Tamron 60. I’m still working on light diffusion (trying to keep the ugly white hexagon shape out of the eyes) and managed to do fairly well. I taped some hard plastic pieces I found on the ground by a lumberyard to the front of my LumiQuest softbox. I was also messing with calibrating my two monitors and think I messed up one. It looks totally washed out on my MacBook Pro, but looks ok on my iMac. I guess it’s time to get both recalibrated. Hope it looks ok on yours. D90/Tamron 60mm/SB 600 @ 1/90, f/11, ISO 500, FEC -1.


Tags: macro, dragonfly 


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Sleet and freezing drizzle – not what I would necessarily call a winter storm, although that is what the weather people were calling it. There was not much photo-worthy results, either – just lousy driving conditions.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec.


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This is a spot I came across on a hike in Vermont. I took a couple different shots from different angles, but this one turned out to be my favorite. 


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

Winter Snow

 We had a beautiful snowfall this past weekend in Connecticut.  A neighbor’s fence down the road always depicts the season (year round) for me, for some reason.

 ISO 100, 11mm, f/4, 1/160, Coolpix S8000

Tags: New England, snow, fence


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody,

 Thank you very much for all the kind comments on my photo of the year, I really appreciate them.

My photo this week is a little reminder of my trip to the Czech Republic, I miss the snow and the crisp, lovely Winter. 

 Nikon D60, 18-55 f/3.5-5.6@ISO 100, f/11, 1/40s

 Have a lovely week., Jana

Tags: nature, sun, forest, snow


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This is an afternoon shot of a linseed crop one of my employers sowed before Christmas.  It’s been a wet spring and now with more summer rain this crop is particularly strong.  I adore the pale powder blue flowers on these linseed plants, they intensify in colour with the blue sky – under cloudy skies they appear white until you get right up close to them.

 Shot was hand held with my trusty D700 and 17-35mm AF-S Nikkor with a polarised filter attached @22mm,  f/9,  1/200th sec,  ISO 400


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 One of the first photos of this year, casual shot of a bird feeder in Bucharest. This part of the city was entirely re-built in last years of communism, large swats of this city that used to be called Petite Paris were erased to erect those so typical blocks of flats changing it forever and surely not for better…

 Mamiya 7II, Mamiya 50mm F/4.5 lens, Kodak Portra 400NC


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Busy days during end of year 2010 and still continue, even no more time to read e-mails regularly. I appreciated for your selection of photos for me 😉

I wish Happy New Year you to all too.

I was busy with sorting / processing of photos from earlier days and need to walk up to second story then I saw my neighbor and good friend Mr. Borger that he was cleaning their backyard and fired some of them. I asked his permission immediately and took some shoots from the window of our library at second story.  I  preferred Shutter priority because sun rays through smoke clouds.  Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic


 Nikon D2Xs, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2, Shutter Priority, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 I’d like to thank everyone in the group that has made comments and sent wishes for the New Year. 

It certainly was a year of impressive photos. Also thanks to the committee for picking my photo of the year.  Great choice!

This shot is from my trip to Jordan last summer.  It was taken on the way to the Treasury in Petra. Using wide angle lenses can be fun, especially if you occasionally bend your knees, and get closer to the ground J

Pentax k20d, DA 12-24mm @ 12mm, f/5, 1/25 sec, ISO 200

Tags : Petra, Bab-el-siq, Pentax k20d, DA 12-24mm


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 When you see a sign like this, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore….

 Canon Powershot S70 1/60 sec, f4.0, ISO 100, flash


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

Gothic Raygun Rocketship and the Bay Bridge

 Jan. 5, 2011 – San Francisco, along the Embarcadero at Pier 14.

This outdoor work of art enthralls me and combing it with a perfect sunrise with expansive backdrop makes for something interesting.

Where do you want to go – the outer Solar System, or far to Deneb’s strange system, or perhaps nearer  to Wolf-359’s system? (the inspiration for the naturally red hued image, no trickery, as W359 is a red dwarf less than 8 light years distant).

EOS 7D, 18mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/200.

Tags: rocketship, art, Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Embarcadero, Gothic, Science Fiction 


Special Bonus Photo

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

Its Snowing – Peggy G

Our share of the southern winter storm.  In our part of North Mississippi we probably had at least 6 to 7 inches of snow.  So, a play day.  This is one old southern lady who admits she has no business what so ever trying to drive to work on snow and ice. 
Nikon D5000, 70mm, F/7.1, 1/200s

Tags southern snow, landscape, Sharpshooters


Home made pinhole camera –  Filip Lucin

 Today, I had film developed from my DIY matchbox pinhole camera. Since pinhole (or camera obscura as we call it here in Croatia (from the Greek origin)) is the basic principle of photography, I like to play with it. If Joe selects this for a bonus, I suppose some of you may ask, if I’m crazy or something, what kind of photos are this? Well, I suppose you will not photograph a wedding with a pinhole camera, but it can be fun and quite rewarding when some shots turn out better than we imagined.

 Anyway, here are two photos. First of the camera it self, and second is a self portrait in snow. It was about five second exposure on Fuji 400. The white edges that can be seen are actually snow flakes! And of course, it would be better if I haven’t moved during exposure. 🙂 Greetings, Filip.


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