Weeks 51 to 55

Week 51

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Cold and Snow at the Beach

New York is having it snowiest winter in quite a while. 2 major storms and a 3rd smaller one in 2 weeks time.  Up in Vermont it would be business as usual, but it NY it’s one of the biggest messes in years.  It’s no fun down here when it snows, but great when it happens up north in Vermont.

One thing that was on my list of things to do was to get some pictures at the beach after a big snow.  It was about 20 degrees F without the wind when I went there last Thursday.  Throw in strong winds coming in off the Long Island Sound and the wind chill factor took it below 0 degrees F as the sun was setting. 

The skin on my head went numb and my fingers could not operate the camera after about 10 minutes. I could not get back to the car fast enough.  It actually hurt to get these.


 2 brave people down at the far end of the Beach. I don’t know how they could take that cold.I’m used to Vermont winters, was a ski instructor for 25 years at Mount Snow and that was the coldest I’ve been in a long time. 2nd they were walking thru over 12 inches of snow.

Nikon D300  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-EDTop at 90mm  1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400, Compensation: +2/3  Bottom at 62mm 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400, Compensation: +2/3

Tags: Orchard beach in Winter, snow covered beach, sand and snow, bronx winter waterfront


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 My hope is that the weather this week is treating all of us well.  Good to know that Grant and Jana are safe and dry.  I haven’t heard from Don but the Atlanta weather report is for temperatures above freezing (during the day) for the next week.  That’s good news!  We are warming up too!  In the Florida Panhandle we’ll see high 50s before the end of the week!

My photo this week is another HDR.  I took this about three hours before the sun reappeared last week.  I looked out and saw the Gulf illuminated by the first rays of sunlight coming though the clouds.  This was the end of the storm that hit Georgia and continued up the Eastern United States.  Even though the cold continued, it was nice to see the sun again. 

My best to everyone!  , Gej  

 D90 – 1/60, 1/250, 1/1000sec – F/8.0 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 100 – Aperture Priority – Exposure Bias 0.0, +2.0 -2.0 – HDR in CS5


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks for the kind comments this week. I’m glad everyone in the group has survived all the bad weather. I went out Sat. with a friend to some parks,woods and gulf beaches to shoot water birds, eagles and osprey. The eagles left their nest before we got close and never returned. So we walked about 4 miles looking for any photo opps. My lens and camera gets very heavy after a while. Not sure what the correct type of bird this was but he let us follow him around. Nikon D3, 300 2.8, TC-20 E 111, 600mm, F/9, SS 1/250, ISO 800, Monopod


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 At a walk along the cost I spotted this seal on a rock. Could hardly believe  my eyes but as you can see it is for real!

A very foggy day so not as sharp as I hoped but you get anyway. First time ever I have seen a seal, wild, here at the coast.

Got my P7000 with me, F/5.6 ISO 100 1/40s 42.6mm

Tags: seal, coast, winter, fog


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 I just took a long walk again to burn some calories last Sunday.  Not that this is a great shot, I don’t think, but the sun and shadow with blue sky and cloud seems to be  as if it were Mediterranean or Caribbean summer…..  But with the long shadow means it is still in the middle of winter.  Take care everyone!
D700, 17-35mm @35mm, f/8, 1/3200sec, ISO200

Tag: winter sun, reflection, contrast, street


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Another pic from the Autoclasica.  An old car expo a few months ago.
Here the Hudson bird flying.

Nikon D300 + 50mm – f 1.8 – ISO 200 – 1/1000

Tags: Hudson Mascot


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 In keeping with the current season, an archive photo from this past February. We don’t get snow like this very often where I live. I’ve passed this shack numerous times, but it never looked photo worthy until this snowfall. It proves that a subject comes to life if you wait for the right time.

Nikon D200, ISO 400, f/11, 1/500 sec.


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Winter is alive and strong in New England!  Icicles are everywhere.  We even have more than 3 foot long ones hanging off our porch.  Here is a side shot of my house.  I liked the way the bare tree looked against the yellow house.  When it warms up, I will need to watch where I walk…  Gladys

 ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/1000

Tags: New England, winter, Icicles


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

I haven’t had the chance to photograph much lately, so I’m back to the archive. And back to summer. 🙂 This was shot couple minutes after the what speared to be summer storm rolled over me. I liked the sharpness of the rocks in contrast with smoothness of the sky and sea. Thanks to all that commented!

Ken the theme of this photo was odd – even.

Ah, and BTW, I’ve selected my best 12 photos for last year, if someone is interested, the link is:  http://www.filiplucin.com/wordpress/en/best-of-2010/

 Greetings Filip.

tags: sea, storm, sunset, rocks, purple, clouds


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

 I’ve been practicing with getting panning shots right lately, and this is my latest try.  I think I’m getting the shutter speed figured out as well as the post processing – I really liked how messing with some coloring and vignetting helped the people stick out on this one.  Also, sharpening the people on the bike was important, though much of the effect was done in-camera.  

 These have been fun trying to tackle, and as I’m hoping to visit Thailand this summer, I hope to get more panning shots of the local transportation preferences – rickshaws.  

 Details: D5000, F5.6 at 35mm with my prime 35/1.8 lens.  Shutter speed was 1/40 and ISO 200.  Post-processed in Aperture 3 from a single RAW file.  

Yags: scooter, motorcycle, hsinchu, taiwan, asia, prime, lens


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is my attempt at playing with black and white on an otherwise nice landscape shot. I wanted dark and a bit of foreboding with light coming through the clouds.

Nikon D300s Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8, 40mm, 1/200 sec, f7, ISO 200, matrix metering


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi Everyone,

I hope the weather has settled down for everyone.   No bugs around  still, so I am back to messing around with drops. The below is a macro of a drop just as it is about to fall on to the point of a needle. Boredom leads me to experiment with the water drops 🙂  I really want to try some of the smoke shots and the paint that dances to music next.

 D300   60mm micro with 20mm extension tube  ISO200 f/16 shutter 1/200  EV-1.00 ( trying not to blow out the side of the needle)

 Hope everyone has a great week.

 Roberta/Birdie  –   birdied.zenfolio.com

Tags: Water Drops, Reflections, Macro


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

 Sunrise after a snowstorm.

 Canon EOS20D  Tamron 28-105

2011 01 17

1/400 s  F5.6   ISO 400   No flash 105mm


Tags: sunrise, water, seabirds.


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello fellow Sharpshooters
This weeks photo is a friend or fiend presented from two weeks ago but this time as a predator. He has caught a grasshopper and is not very happy with me trying to photograph him preparing dinner. Kept trying to hide underneath the leaf and then on top. Doesn’t look a very tasty meal but he was not going to let go.

D90, Tamron 90mm lens, 1/100sec @ f16 ISO200


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

Another Mississippi “snow scene” !  I just thought he looked very snug in his blanket of snow.  Can you tell I have grandkids? 
70-300 @180mm, F/5, 1/500s, Auto ISO 560

Tags:  snow, toys, Sharpshooters


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 Haystack Ski Area

Last operated in 2005 and is still not open.  Someday it will return hopefully.  It’s sad to see a closed ski area just getting overgrown.

 Nikon D100  Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6 Shot at 44 mm  Program AE, 1/350 sec, f/10

Tags: Haystack Mountain, closed ski area, ski lift, chair lift


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas 

 I’m glad everyone is doing ok with the weather in their corner of the world! In my corner, it’s been chilly and wet. The sun came out for a while on Sunday, so I ran out with my camera to see if I could find something. About the only thing stirring was this cucumber beetle. They must really like sunflowers because that’s about the only place I see them. (Wish I’d find them on something else, because sunflower yellow gives me fits exposure wise.) Taken with Nikon D90/Tamron 60mm@1/90, f/8, ISO 200, natural light.



Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Shot from a recent assignment in Amman, Jordan. Although it’s plenty of similarities with other cities and places in the region there is something very special about Amman and Jordan. This is one shot out of a series of films I’ve just got developed and scanned, I might try to put together a short story as per Joe’s suggestion, an excellent idea by the way…

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


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Dear Peggy, Ken, Gladys thanks a lot for your unbeatable words to my post last week. I would like to send my many thanks to everyone for your all earlier, wonderful comments. Probably I missed some of yours, sorry for this. Thanks a lot.

 I went to river side few times last week. I saw this small boat light on the top of boat but the Suriname River was little wavy. 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/2, 1/8000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 This is in Napa County and the Carneros AVA region.

Cuvaison Estate vineyards – lots of syrah and pinot noir growing here.

This was Sunday afternoon, 1/16/2010, about 30 minutes before sunset. For you NFL fans, we were doing a little wine tasting because the Jets were leading the Patriots at halftime and my wife REALLY wanted to get out of the house then – she’s too nervous as she’s from Boston and so loves her Patriots! If she’s happy then I am happy so let’s visit a couple close-by wineries.

 Canon EOS 7D, 25mm, ISO 400, f/7.1 at 1/100, uncropped. Shot raw and processed in PS CS5.


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Two dragonflies.  A macro lens would have been ideal for this shot!  Note to myself – buy a macro lens.

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

Settings: 1/250s at 200mm with f/2.8 and ISO 220 (Manual, hand held, UV filter)


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

 During one of my visits to the Desert Botanical Gardens last year, I hung around after sunset to capture some of the colors in the sky.

On my way out, there was a flurry of activity by these birds, and I was fortunate enough to capture one after several tries. Not sure what the bird is, maybe someone can identify it..

 Pentax k20d, DA 55-300 @ 90mm, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, ISO 1600.

Pentax AF 540 flash


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 Another backyard ‘insect safari’ photo, this time using active D lighting set to ‘Normal’ which works well for partially shaded subject matter such as this European Bee feeding on a hybrid garden variety hebe bush. 

 Nikon D700 + Kiron Ai 105mm f/2.8 lens @ f/11, 1/500th sec, ISO 2500.


Special Bonus Photo

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

 A Whiter Shade of Pale – Jens V Frederiksen

 Went to a New Year concert Sunday evening with The Danish Radio Orchestra and Procol Harum.

The photo taken while giving the ‘A whiter Shade of Pale. How much better can it be?

 Tags: music, concert, procol harum.


Taipei 101 – Joshua Fahler 

 This shot of Taipei 101 was taken last summer while visiting the site for the first time.  We had just seen the observation deck, though due to the weather I didn’t get any breathtaking shots even though they do have an open-air area which gets you away from the pesky windows.  

 Taken as a 3-exposure HDR at -2, 0, and +2 on a D5000 and processed in Photomatix.  Middle photo was approx. at f/3.5 and 1/40 sec. and ISO 200.  Taken hand-held – thank god for VR! Post-processed in Photomatix and Aperture 3. 

Tags: hdr, taipei, 101, taiwan, landmark, skyscraper, city


Week 52

This week we celebrate 1 year of posting photos

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

The Roads in Winter

The scenic part of winter driving. Makes for nice pictures, but you have to be very careful. In my house all we drive are 4 wheel drive SUV’s. Between the house in Vermont and 2 of the kids going to college up there, it the only way to go.  People who get a 4 wheel drive for the first time don’t get the basics and get into trouble.  A 4 wheel drive can get you going in snow and ice, but does nothing to help you stop.  You still slide the same on ice.  In fact you can get into more trouble because they will get you going when others can’t. Believe me I learned the hard way in the beginning.  These days I love to take it slow down roads like this.

So why am I ranting about snow and icy roads – Last week I gave my daughter my Toyota 4 runner to go back to school with because her Durango had a bad tire and I wanted her safe.  She met our old friend BLACK ICE on the highway just as she crossed into Vermont. She was going slow , but still fishtailed across the highway – the car behind her did the same thing and hit her. Thank god there were no injuries.  The SUV is sitting in a body shop in Vermont with a good amount of damage including the left front wheel knocked off. For those of you keeping count – that’s 2 front wheels knocked off of 2 different Toyota’s this year.

Nikon Coolpix 885  8 mm  Program AE, 1/218 sec, f/7.6, ISO 100 thru car windshield

Tags:  Winter Road, Snow cover road, Scenic back road, Vermont winter


Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 Thnx for the warm welcome and instructions- I’m a little behind the game tonite as I’ve been out of town and just arrived home a bit ago- not quite with the program yet.    I’m attaching a photo from a trip I took out west a couple of years ago- a lot of photo’s will be from prev trips as I’ve not had a lot of time recently to get out and take some new shots- I’m a little intimidated by the great shots I’ve seen from everyone else but will give it a go…

 This shot is from Utah – Canyonlands National Park in the Island in the Sky section – we traveled up this road to the top of the canyon eventually –  I really love it out west- the wide open spaces and the sense of stepping into another time and place.    I’m using a simple Canon Power Shot right now. 



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 I took this pic almost 2 years ago, one of the first with my Nikon D 300. On the ferry crossing the Rio de la Plata from Colonia port in Uruguay to Buenos Aires. I use to do this trip several times during the summer holidays and most probably is what I’m doing right now.  Is time for my holiday and visiting most of my family that are already in Uruguay enjoying the beaches and the sun there.

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR – f 10 – ISO 650 – 1/5000

Tags: River – lighthouse –   


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi, everyone.   Hope you are all doing well and not suffering from  any  weather. Jana and Grant, I hope you have dried out and that things have stabilized. The cold weather has even reached the deep south ( sorry Gej !)    We had frost on the ground for the past 2 mornings.  Did not last long, but I had to try and get some macro shots.  So the crazy lady was out once again at the crack of dawn laying in the lawn looking for frost shots ! I saw this frozen dew drop and well had to try and get a reflection .   The colors you see are the reflection of the flower. The shot is focus stacked from 7 shots.    Hope you enjoy .

More of my frost attempts can be seen under latest folder on:


 d300 60mm micro with 20mm extension tube f/20 shutter 1/15


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Thanks for the comments on last weeks photo. Bad weather. time for indoor photography. This little flower was surrounded by 2 SB600 and 1 SB900

while I was fooling around with my 60 mm D macro. This is the best I could get. As always, at fotomedia.dk you can see a larger photo.

Looking forward to see a lot of inspiring photographs on this special week.

 All the best, Jens

Tags: macro, Flower, Close-up.


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

I’m a full time outdoor worker and always wear polarized sunglasses where and when possible.  I love how polarised sunglasses allow me to ‘spy on the sky’ so to speak, I can be busy working outdoors all day but I get the benefit of seeing how the clouds contrast against the sky.  I also wear polarised lenses so I never miss an opportunity to photograph a scene with special clouds, I love my landscape photography and of course clouds are an important element in a lot of landscape photographs.
Last Thursday I was on the lawn mower at one of the places where I work and was doing some serious sky peeping all morning.  It was a very bright sunny day, the air was extraordinarily clear and clean and I was able to see over 50km to the Nth. when driving on the ridge on the way to work early in the morning.  I had been observing this constant stream of whispy clouds being ripped off the ocean to the S.E. (about 30km away) stretching across the sky in long bands towards the N.W.  In my lunch break I got into my vehicle and drove across to the S.E. corner of the farm where there is presently a healthy linseed crop growing.  I intended to shoot the linseed crop that day so I had all my camera bag and a tripod.  I was really taken with the swirling nature of these clouds and it came to me to try a time lapse exposure to see what sort of cloud drift I could capture. 
I set up my camera with my old fisheye lens and simply held my Lee 10 stop ND filter by hand up to the front element of the fisheye for the duration of the exposure.  I quickly settled on around 15 seconds to get a decent exposure.  The air at ground level was very still and quite hot so fortunately the linseed flowers remained still over the length of the exposure.  Unfortunately I should have cleaned the micro dust particles off the front of the fisheye front glass element – these show up as the small flared reflections near the sun blaze, however, all in all I’m very pleased with the way the clouds have been caught doing this twirling / twisting motion, something I’ve not seen to this degree before last Thursday…….
Nikon D700 + Ai Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 fisheye  @ f/22,  15 seconds,  ISO 400



Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Left and Right
In winter, typically the air is cleaner and more transparent so I can see further.
From my place, I could see Mr. Fuji – the highest mounting in Japan, a dormant volcano, hundreds of kilometers away- on the left (which is west) in this season.  I wanted to take it reflecting the morning light right after the sun rise. 


On the other hand, literally, totally different view – the highest building there houses some of the largest investment banks and other financial institutions in the world.  Very interesting contrast. 


<Mt. Fuji> D700, 70-200, @200mm, f/4.5, 1/640, ISO200 – further cropped
<Buildings> D700, 70-200, @130mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO200

Tag: Mt. Fuji, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, morning light


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 In a fog. Sometimes, instead of finding a great photo, you must make the best of what you have. Here, the most important thing about making this photo is what I chose to leave out.

 Some years back, I awoke to a foggy morning, got onto my bicycle, and rode to a nearby park to take some photos. What I got was soaking wet, forgetting how wet fog can be. The photos were not great, but sometimes it is what you learn that counts the most.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/180 sec.


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello group!

This train of ours is getting bigger and bigger, welcome aboard Sandi! And happy first birthday to Joe’s baby, this group of ours! 🙂 Since this is special weak, I thought i would dig up something not everyday…

So, I’ve found this spring/summer panorama that was on my drive for some time before I’ve decided I do like it after all. 🙂 It was taken in Hungary somewhere in May if I remember right. 🙂 I don’t remember the tech data. But it was my D80 + Sigma10-20@10. That much I’m sure. 🙂 Greg, Gej, Roberta and Ken, thank you very much for your comments, and I’m especially grateful you spent your time on my blog! I really appreciate it.

Pozdrav, Filip

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

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

Tags: panorama, cloudy, field, hills, oilseed rape


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 I thought it would be fitting to finish the year with a photo of the moon.  Sort of the end of a wonderful day but in our case, a wonderful year.   I’ve met so many helpful and generous people from around our world.  All thanks to Joe.  By the way, I had now idea how this all started until I received your email, Joe.   This has been a fun ride.  Thank you for the invitation.

Have a wonderful week and thank you all for your help, kind words and just being you.  You’ve made a difference!




Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

 Hi folks,

This time a more experimental photo from me.  It was taken at sunset, minus 12 degrees Celsius, but luckily from inside my commuting train.  The train travels at 160 km/h, so you have to take a lot of photos, and hope for the best.  This image, which I have altered a bit in Lightroom in order to get a more even more blurry and abstract feeling, was taken with my compact Leica D-Lux5, ISO800, 1/40sec @ f3.2.

 I find it quite fun to play with the images, not every one should be crisp clear and sharp!




Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 What would life be without a coveted shot of the family pet?  This is Molly and she was an outstanding pet!

Description: ISO 100, 70mm, f/6.7, 1/350, Canon EOS 10D


Tags:  Yellow Lab, dog, snow 


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Thanks everyone who commented on my photo last week. Happy one year anniversary to all. I took off right after work on Monday, about 45 min before sunset to look for something to share this week. With such a short amount of time I was in a little panic. I checked around for the Owls and didn’t see them. I was heading towards my truck when I heard a ruckus coming from the bushes close by. Out flew this red tailed Hawk and landed about 100 feet from me. I was able with pretty low light to get a few shots of him before he flew away. It was very cloudy and I shot this exactly at 6:04, that was today’s scheduled sunset.

Nikon D3, 300 2.8, TC-20E III, 600mm, F/5.6, !/100 sec, 2000 ISO, EC +1.0 step, Mono pod


Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York


2006 02 17 08:41

Canon 20D 1/60s ISO 100 72mm

Every time I go through my archives I am drawn to this picture. Sometimes when I look at it I think a bright blue sky would make a difference. Sometimes I feel the light reflects the “state of the nation”. Sometimes I want to edit the blue sky in and sometimes I know this would be wrong. I chose to create a photo album border effect to magnify the iconic nature of the photo as a reflection of a moment seen not only daily by thousands but in a fleeting moment by one. To me it reflects the attitude of down, but not out, sad, but not forlorn, shaken, but ready to stand tall.

Say it, I know you want to, I was thinking it myself… “shaken, not stirred”! After all, I don’t take myself that seriously but I can get introspective at times…

 New York City, just like I pictured it, skyscrapers, and everything!” Stevie Wonder, “Living for the City”.

Can’t wait to see everyone’s work for the 1st anniversary.

Regards,  Jim


Tags: Flag, Empire State Building, NYC


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

This was taken while on a walk down a busy street here in Jhubei.  These little shops that serve assorted (and inexpensive) food line up everything – making it pretty much unnecessary for me ever to cook, which I  like a lot!  

Taken at f/4.5, 35mm with my prime 35 lens.  Shutter speed was 1/80 and ISO was 800.  

Tags: nikon, nikkor, jhubei, taiwan, prime, street, photography, restaurant


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

 First, I’d like to thank each of you for contributing a part of your world each week. It’s a wonderful highlight of the week. I admire and respect each of you. I’m proud to be included in a group with such wonderful, talented, and helpful people (and a possible lottery winner too…come on Gej…win it! ;).

My shot this week wasn’t one I had planned on, but was chosen for a few special reasons. I went out early Saturday morning with fog in the air and hopes of finding a dew covered dragonfly. I didn’t, (but found some other interesting things most people wouldn’t care to see, but I find fascinating), however, by chance, I stopped to take a dew drop refraction because they can be so beautiful. Roberta does some of the best I’ve ever seen. She is a dear and generous person as well. Due to her generosity, I now have a Nikon DR-6 right angle viewing attachment. I don’t have to lay flat on the ground anymore for a photo like this! I also chose this shot because as photographers, we are said to always be “chasing the light”. In macro photography, we have to rely on flash lighting much of the time for those really close up shots, but this served as a reminder that sometimes, the bigger picture is more than the finite details of something. I just simply liked the light, and a 1:1 ratio was just fine. No need for teleconverters, extension tubes, or flash…just what was. Greg’s beautiful dragonfly shot last week reminded me of that as well. You all inspire me each week and bring a new perspective to my wonderful hobby. Thank you all! (Shot with Nikon D90/Tamron 60mm@1/500, f/8, ISO 320, natural light.)



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 Another picture of Alaska, about 100 miles down the Denali Highway from the park.

Nikon D100 Nikon 80-200mm F2.8, 1/640 sec, f6.3, ISO 200, matrix metering (big mistake)


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

I watched this bug cling to a grass blade and withstand the onslaught of a stiff breeze that caused its wings to flap in all directions and reflect the sunlight. 

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

Settings: 1/125s at 190mm with f/8 and ISO 500 (Manual, hand held, UV filter)


Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

We are now back….

This was taken on the Island of Antigua near English Harbour. Many of the houses and buildings are brightly painted and very festive. This one was on the road less traveled…

 Take care,  Bill


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Congratulation to all for one year anniversary, excellent work everyone and great dedication from Joe keeping the ball rolling. Thank you all for kind comments and attention to my photos, it’s a pleasure to share bits of my visual journey through all these places with a friendly group like this.
I was considering another photo from Jordan for this week but I settle down to this photo from last autumn.
This is a Sphinx from Carpathians, and although is indubitably proven to be the creation of wind effect on sandstone a lot of people gives credit to some sort of magical properties and subtle energy of this area.
These believes comes in connection to the history of ancient civilization of Dacia and the Dacians, inhabitants of this part of the land two thousand years ago. They believed in one single god called Zamolxis and that the soul was immortal, religion that made them fearless in the battles and bother the Romans a lot on their way to conquest this land.

Some historians claims some connections existed between the Dacians and the Druids, the unusual sanctuaries in  sacred area of Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa Regia might give this theory some credit.

If Joe does not mind I attach a second shot taken in Sarmizegetusa Regia last summer.

Techical info:

first shot – Mamiya 7II, Mamiya 50mm F/4.5 lens, Tmax 100

second shot: Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 55 mm F/2.8 lens, Kodak Portra 160NC


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody,

I tried something new this week, I’ve always admired Lomo photography (and own Lomo camera myself), so I tried to replicate the Lomo look following a tutorial online. I do like this effect, as the colours are very vivid and the photo is imperfect, which is sometimes a welcome change. Now I can safely say, that I will be the most imperfect photo here this week 🙂 

 Congratulation to Joe for organising our group and keeping us going. Joe, I admire your hard work you put into this project. Thank you. 

Nikon D60, 18-55 f/3,5-5/6 @ ISO 100, 1/250s, f/5.6

Have a lovely, Jana 

Tags: rose, lomo, snow


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone
This photo reminds me of a song by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood where he asks his ladybird to come on down 🙂 It took a while for me to get a photo of a ladybird where it was just not a round orange blob on a leaf.

D90 Tamron 90mm lens 1/80sec @ f16 ISO200


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Sandi welcome to the board.
Dear Greg thanks a lot for your nice words. There is a proverb I remember that says “tailor can not repair his rent” 😉 Most of photographer doesn’t have their own photos as you know.
Dear Ken, I’m glad you liked my shoot. Thank you.
Dear Jashua, many thanks for your words. I think the surface worked well. The lens ( Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2 ) is a manual focus lens and I waited long time for it. It’s more expensive, If you paid with Euro 😉 Week 23 : https://sharpshootersinternational.wordpress.com/weeks-21-25/

My photo taken again same day as I posted last week. Chinese ladies were moving Jellyfishes in baskets. No body eats Jellyfish here but people says Chinese eats everything 😉 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/2, 1/4000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Gothic Raygun Rocketship

How far do you want to go? Interstellar or merely interplanetary in our local Solar System?  This art piece on the Pier 14 location of the S.F. Embarcadero has intrigued me for many months since its first installation last August. I am a DIE HARD science fiction fan and reader and love space opera of the likes of H. Beam Piper (SPACE VIKING) and Dan Simmons (the four volume Hyperion novels).

Sail on! Tiger Tiger! To the Stars! Full power Scotty!

 Photo: 1/20/2011, EOS 7D, 24-702.8L at 28mm, IS0 800 (prior to sunrise), f/6.3, 1/100.

 Ken Papai, live long and prosper!


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 One more of Haystack, empty chairs at  closed ski area



Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 This is a portrait from 2009 that I was playing around with recently.. Shot at the desert Botanical Gardens

Pentax k20d + FA 50 f1.4. Exposure f/5 and 1/25 sec

Thank you for all the comments and a big welcome to Sandi.



Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Made a trip by Veteran’s Park this week to check on all my “friends.” (-:  The blue heron seemed very cold, looked like he wished he’d gone a little farther south for the winter.
Nikon D5000, 75mm, F/7.1, 1/640s, Auto ISO 450

Tags  Veteran’s Park, Blue Heron, sharpshooters


Special Bonus photo

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

 Sydney harbor – Don Enderlein  

I took a walk in the early evening at the docks of Sydney harbor and found a festival going on. I pulled out my little pocket Canon S70 and snapped a shot. What I got was not what I expected, but I still like it.

Canon S70, 1.0 sec, f5.3, ISO 100



Damsel Fly –  Jeannean Ryman

 One of a damsel fly I shot on the same morning as the dew drops and added a bit to it. Use it at your discretion. 🙂



Where it all began – 1 photographer, 1 photo to share and it took off from there

Week 1 – a year ago

 This is Brooklyn by Joseph Leotta

To be a little more specific, Coney Island . Still no time to get out and shoot these days, and this past weekend I was feeling sick and didn’t fee like going out into the brutal cold weather the NY area was having. This one was from a few weeks ago while I was in Brooklyn for a business appointment. Stopped at Coney Island ’s Nathan’s for Hot Dogs and took a short walk on the boardwalk at Twilight.

I have spent the last week getting everything I need to process B&W film again and picked up a total of 20 rolls of Tri-x and Plus-x.  I’m really looking forward to this. (Hope I can still load film onto a stainless steel reel)

 Nikon D300  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
 Shot at 24 mm  Program AE, 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 250

Week 53

This is one of our all Black and White Theme Weeks

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Coney Island Pier Gazer

Street photography always seems to go better in Black and White.  This one from last year was taken on the Steeplechase Pier at Coney Island.  D300 18-70 DX converted in NX2

 I love B&W photography. It’s all I did in the beginning.  When I got my first Nikon, a Nikon F FTn the very next thing I got was a Watson bulk film loader and 100 foot long roll of TRI-X.  I developed every photo I took in my home darkroom. I had a Bessler 23C enlarger and everything you would want to go with it. I used 100’s of gallons of chemicals over the years –  D-76 developer, Dektol for papers, acetic acid for stop baths, Kodak Fixer, Hypo clearing agent and photo-flo 200. 3 films ruled Tri-x, Plus-x and Pan-x. Last year I found most of my negatives from the 7o’s and 8o’s. The enlarger is gone but my Nikon scanner is all I need. I have about 30 rolls of B&W film in the freezer, plus a 100 foot roll of T-Max. Still have the bulk loader with new cassettes, my stainless steel tanks and reels and a fresh stock of chemicals.  Time to go old school.  Going to take out the Nikon F and F2.

Tags: Coney Island, Stepplechase Pier, S treet photography, Brooklyn


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 This is one of my favorite photos from a train ride I took up to the South rim of the Grand Canyon from Williams, AZ.  If you get a chance, it is certainly worth it.  Converted to B/W in Photoshop and a little bit of dodging and burning to enhance the clouds..

Pentax k10d, DA 16-45@ 16mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 250.

Tags: The Train, Pentax k10d, Grand Canyon


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

A man contemplatin the vastness of Rio de la Plata, in the port of Colonia.

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @ 170mm – ISO 500 – f14 – 1/2000

Tags: Sea, Lonely 


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Every year from about Thanksgiving to the weekend before Christmas, the Polar Express leaves Owosso, Michigan, giving the kids and adults a thrill of a lifetime.  The Pere Marquette No. 1225, the largest operating steam locomotive of its kind. This majestic locomotive was also used to generate computer images for the Warner Brothers film, “The Polar Express.”  Currently the 1225 is undergoing a federally mandated overhaul and she will be out of service for all of 2011.  I couldn’t find any information indicating when she will return to the tracks.  

 On Saturday after Jana asked for an all B&W photo of the engine and Lil asked for some information, I did a little more research.  To my surprise, I found that I spent time climbing on this engine in 1966 & 1967.  The Pere Marquette No. 1225 sat on display in a field across from my college domatory.  I passed it nearly everyday while coming and going to classes.  The area was a nice place for college students to play ball, walk with friends and have informal gatherings for the imbibing of spirits and sometimes food.  Small world!  

 When I took this photo I was about 15 feet from the engine.  The engineer let loose a gush of steam and hit the whistle at the same moment.  I admit it scared me but I got the shot.  I hope you remember these beasts and get a chance to be near one sometime.  It’s a real thrill.


D90 – 18-200@62mm – 1/60sec – f/5.0 – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

I was walking around Thursday looking for something with a lot of contrast for this week’s black and white theme, when I spotted my neighbor’s papaya tree. The leaves have always interested me, so thought I’d take a stab at processing a shot looking up in black and white. I liked the way the light was coming through illuminating the veins of the leaf. While my processing skills are pretty weak, I enjoyed the challenge of converting a photo to black and white. It was a good exercise for me and a change of what I usually do, which is a good thing. 🙂 (D90/Sigma 150mm@1/350, f/8, ISO 400, spot metered in manual mode)


Tags: black and white macro, papaya leaf.


Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

This was taken in our back yard in Connecticut after the last snow storm. Connecticut has just surpassed the record snow fall for one month at officially 74.5 inches… with more falling as I send this. The area in the middle of the picture is a completely frozen trout brook called Cherry Brook named after Chief Cherry a native American Indian who’s tribe inhabited the area many years ago… while the picture is in color and untouched I hope it will be included as black and white…  I would be happy to push the button and modify to pure B&W if desired… however when I did this and compared the two… the difference was virtually undetectable… except for the brown dead leaves in the right foreground.



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

The Candy Man    

Hi everyone, this week was more of a challenge than usual for me.   I went out of my comfort zone, put the macro lens down and went out with the 70-300 ( my least favorite of lens).  The post processing to convert to black and white was a another challenge  !

 The following is a  photo of a old New Orleans icon, the Roman Candy Man Cart.  The carts were pulled by mules to sell the taffy like treat.   I do believe that there is still one cart out and about occasionally selling the sweet treats.  This cart now resides at Audubon Park nestled amongst the moss draped oaks.

 D300  70-300 at 90mm  f/11  ISO 200  

 Roberta Davidson

birdied@cox.net,   www.birdied.zenfolio.com

Tags- Moss, Black /White , Carts  


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

Not much behind this shot, from the same series of photos taken in Carpathians last November, a stray dog that followed us all the way of our hike. Of course we made this guy very happy when we opened our food ratios and give him his hard earned share.

Shot with Mamiya 7II, Mamiya 50mm F/4.5 lens, Kodak Tmax 100.


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

This exposure was deliberately shot and edited for high contrast and wide ranging shades of light and dark to accentuate the dramatic sky in the scene.  I used a polariser filter on this image to further set the cloud from the blue sky and deliberately under exposed the shot using the dodge tool and rendering it B&W  all in PS.  It’s another in the series of photos taken over the linseed fields where I work.


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Thank you for your comments for my last week submission.  I should have kept the B&W version of that street photo for this week 🙂  But I have another one here.  This is the scene of Bryant Park in NYC.  But obviously I am no longer in NYC and can’t take this years pummeling snow.  So, this is from last year winter.  When I thought of B&W, this image popped up in my head as the “right” subject for the special B&W week.
D700, 24-70, @26mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO200, B&W converted by Color Efex Pro after some PP by Capture NX2 (I only have used Capture NX and NX2, so sorry that I couldn’t help the noise reduction stuff.  I have never seen PS series and have no idea what it is 🙂  Noise Ninja seems interesting and I might try it).

Tag: New York, Snow, Winter, Bryant Park, B & W


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Donkey Pump

Domestic oil production – one day I will try to find out just how many barrels of oil is produced from these wells every month. From what I can tell, it doesn’t look like very much. This is one of the larger pumps that I come across. This image was converted to B&W in Photoshop CS3.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/180 sec.


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

Another photo from the archive. This is photo of Vestibule, part of ancient Diocletian palace in Croatian city named Split. This is where Roman emperor Diocletian lived after he abdicated and where he planted his cabbage. 🙂 Thank you for the comments on my photo.

Greetings, Filip.

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

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

 Tags: Vestibule, Roman, Split, Diocletian palace


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 On our first night in the bush of Alaska, I took my camera out to a clearing to see if I could see the peak of Denali. And I could. This shot was taken around 10:00pm as the clouds were starting to part, but at that latitude and time of year, it’s light until 1:00am. What you cannot appreciate in this photo is the sheer size of the mountain – I was about 65 miles from Denali, but I still had to tilt the camera UP about 15 degrees to get the peak. Simply amazing. We never saw the peak again during that trip.

 Nikon D100, Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 D lens, 110mm, 1/350 sec, f5, ISO 200, converted to B&W


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks to all the great comments on our pictures.This picture was taken a couple weeks ago when we walked 4 miles looking for pics. I saved it for our BW week. This is not a conversion. This is as shot. Looking forward to all the great photo’s this week.

 Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/9, 1/500sec, ISO 800, mono pod


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 My photo is from the oldest part of Elsinore. It shows the old pharmacy, now store for a music shop, but in service from 1550 – 1970.

It is situated in the most narrow street in the town, only 2 metres wide. You might get a photo of that another day




Tags: chemistry, house, street


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

Taken at Elvis Presley Park here in Tupelo.  I was there taking photos of Elvis’ birthplace, and sun on the white trees caught my attention.  I just thought it was interesting.
Nikon D5000, F/8, 1/400s, Auto ISO 1000

Tags:  Black and white photography, Sharpshooters,


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

 This was taken in Daxia last week, an old-style village in Taoyuan County.  Most of the brick buildings in the town center are original, which is rarer for Taiwan than mainland China.  There was a lot of shopping, though considering our cold weather and the fact that night was descending on us, it was pretty empty.  

Anyway, here’s wishing everyone “Congratulations and Good Luck” (or 恭喜發財/Gong xi fa cai) as Chinese New Year is around the corner in about two days.  I’ll be celebrating it with my fiancee’s family and a few members of my own family who will come to visit during my time off from work.  

 So again, Happy New Year! 

Tags: sanxia, taiwan, nikon, prime, 35mm, b&w, world, culture


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

This week will be especially interesting, I think. I love B&W photos, especially the ones shot with this colour scheme in mind. 

Mine has been rather an easy choice, as I just got myself the dress on the photo and I had a desire to do something Frenchy for this week, hence the styling as a vintage postcard from Paris. I used some brushes that I found online to get the final result  

 Nikon D700, 24-70 f/2.8@ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/40s

 Have a lovely week and I am impatiently awaiting all your submissions. 

 Tags: vintage, postcard, Paris, texture


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 Back to the photos taken of the old railroad bridge gears that were taken in Burlington this spring. The various tones make it a excellent choice for black and white conversion.

Tags: gears, raildroad bridge, bridge gears


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

Black and White.  This week I have submitted two images, one showing a black and white conversion and the other showing an image that is “naturally” black and white (no black and white conversion).  Both images were shot at night under a full moon.

A spider fan.  This image was converted to black and white.

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

Settings: 1/250s at 200mm with f/2.8 and ISO 2200 (Manual, hand held, UV filter, flash used, -1EV, Spot)


The full moon.  This image is the original color (no B&W conversion). 

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

Settings: 5s at 200mm with f/8 and ISO 200 (Manual, tripod, UV filter, no flash, Spot)


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 I cannot remember a time when NYC has been covered in snow like this.  Before the traffic took over the city streets, the views were pristine.  Here is one of a park adjacent to a building on 1st Avenue.  This photo seemed fitting for B&W.

 ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/800, Coolpix S8000

Tags: NYC Park, snow


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 I was at river side in the city during sunny-washer-sunny loops of tropical weather. I saw this passenger captures traditional juice seller’s cart while sitting at front seat of taxi. Seems he was a serious photographer. I set Shutter Priority because rain. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

 Ertugrul Kilic


Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Shutter Priority, f/16, 1/80sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 I went out Sunday morning after the rains and had an area in mind for this black & white theme. There is a railroad track adjacent to our neighborhood (next to McInnis Park) which runs north-south in Marin & Sonoma Counties. I’ve been visiting these tracks many years with my camera; they get rare to zero rail traffic but that changes with a commuter train service opening up in next 3-4 years.

 Canon EOS 7D, 18MP raw capture, 30mm lens (24-70 zoom), ISO 400, 1/320, f/7.1, dated 1/30/2011.

Processed in ACR (raw) in PS CS5 and converted to B&W, grey scaled, and resized to 700 pixels tall.


Special Bonus photo

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

Elvis before Graceland – Peggy G

This is the house that Elvis Presley was born in.  The small, but very nice park, has a chapel, the house, and the church that Elvis’ family attended on the grounds.  

 There is also on display a car like the one that the family rode in when they moved to Memphis, TN when Elvis was about 13 years old.  Elvis’ mother Gladys, bought his first guitar at Tupelo Hardware Company in downtown Tupelo.  It is still very much in business today. 
F/8, 1/320s, Auto ISO 560 – house
F/5.6, 1/50s, Auto ISO 200 – car


Week 54

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Once upon a time……..

Actually once upon a mattress, this is the title of this year musical put on by my daughter’s Janine’s High School. It’s also known as the Princess and the Pea. The Queen puts all Princesses thru a royalty test which they must past before they can marry her son the Prince.  The test is rigged  so that all will fail and the son will not get married.  Janine is playing Princess number 12 and is shown taking the test from the Queen’s wizard in the first scene of the play.

These high school musicals have stunning production put into them.  These kids have been working on this since October. To bring this Fairy tale to life look at how much work they put into the costumes.  They put on 4 shows this weekend.  I’ve become the unofficial photographer for them.  I shot the dress rehearsal and made them a set of 13×19 prints which they displayed in the lobby along with several 8×10’s during the 4 shows. I shot 3 more nights of the show and have about 1000 to go thru and will make them a set of about 60 8×10’s.  I’ve gone full circle, I started with taking photos for my high school yearbook and now I’m taking high school yearbook photos again 40 years later.

I shot with the D300 tripod mounted with the 24-85 F2.8 D and handheld with the 18-200 VR

This shot  DX VR Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G  at 65 mm, AE, 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 3200

Tags:   Preston high school, Preston Players, Once upon a Matress, Princess # 12


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

Twin little pools reflecting a golden sunset. 

Georges River National Park in NSW Australia. 

Pentax k10d, Sigma 70-300 @ 120 mm, F/8, 1/50 sec, ISO 320


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 A tiny bee in my garden. Heavily cropped.
Nikon D300 + 50mm 1.4 D – ISO 640 – f 5 – 1/180

Tags: bee flower


Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 I Love the bright colors they use to paint the dwellings in the Caribbean. This building was on the road near English Harbour on the island of Antigua and the piocture was taken a few weeks ago with a Canon D7 EF 20 – 35mm 1:3.5 – 4.5. 



Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 I like the way using ND filters and grads slows down the photo capture process.  Just a couple of weeks ago I visited Stephenson’s Waterfalls near my home for a fourth time in 10 years.  I have shot these falls every time and have had gradual improvements / more enjoyment with each visit. 
I took 6 exposures in a 45 minute time frame before the sun broke the high cloud and there was too much light/dark contrast.  Of the 6 exposures only 4 were really any good, I ditched two of them even though they each took 5-10 minutes to set up.  I was really able to sit and enjoy the scene.  I took in the smell of the forest, the sound of the cascades and noticed how much greener it was than on previous visits. 
In the same time I was there perhaps as many as 20-25 people came up to the falls, took infinite numbers of photos from only the viewing deck and left in only a matter on minutes.  It was also a public holiday that day so I watched in amazement at how rushed others were, despite bothering to drive into the falls 4.5 miles off the main road on gravel and walking a mile to the falls.  Not for me, I was taking it all in and getting to know the place a little better……….  sometimes less is more…….
Taken on tri-pod with Nikon D700+ Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm lens with a Lee 10 stop ND filter.  17mm, f/9,  5 seconds,  ISO 200 


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Last Sunday I was with a group af birdwatchers out looking for Fish eagle, White-throated dipper and Kingfisher. Saw them all plus several common buzzards but unfortunately not close enough for my 70-200 + TDC-20EII. Instead I got this of a girl feeding a bunch of Mallard ducks.

 All the best,  Jens


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 More of B&W photos: Moorish Villa in old harbor city of Constanza.
Former Greek colony of Tomis founded around 600BC, captured by Romans and changing hands many times during rough course of its history, its the oldest living city in Rommania. The architecture reflects its inherit cosmopolitanism: a Greek orthodox church, Protestant church, Turkish mosque, Genoese lighthouse are just few landmarks to remember.More recent history didn’t favor the city much and many of its buildings are not inhabited anymore just as is this villa too.

Technical info: Mamiya 7II, Mamiya 50mm F/4.5 lens, Kodak TriX 400TX, Nikon Coolscan 900ED.



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 Stone Bridge over City Park lagoon, New Orleans. This one is for Gej – get out early and take advantage of the light. Even things that you’ve seen all of your life can capture your attention when the light hits it in just the right way.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/f.6, 1/125 sec.


Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

It is cold  and with lots of wind and snow in many parts of the world now.  Here is one of the photos I got on a small walk at sunset earlier this week.

Leica D-Lux5, ISO200, 1/160 @ f4.5


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

First I’d like to say, I’m sorry I haven’t had time to comment on everyone’s photos the last couple of weeks.  They were all great, as always! 
As for my photo this week, I was trying to sneak up on a Cardinal in my yard this morning.  This squirrel just stopped in this position and stayed that way for several minutes.  I guess he thought if he would be really still I wouldn’t notice him!  Or may he is just a good model!
Nikon D5000, F/8, 1/320s, ISO 400, Auto white balance.


Tags:  squirrel, wildlife


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone.  Hope you all have survived the weather and all is well. Thanks to everyone who commented on the photos last week.   I enjoyed each and everyone !!

 A  rainy weekend found be bored and playing in water again.    The below is a water drop shot , but with glitter and a bit of paint added to the water.

D300  60mm micor with 20mm extension tube 

Roberta/ Birdie Davidson



Tags, Water Drops, Macro


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Last week was one of the best since Joe started this adventure.  Everyone did an incredible job and I so enjoyed looking at your work!

This week I’m sending a photo I took the morning we moved back to Orange Beach.  I wanted to shoot all the restaurants we had visited during our stay in Florida.  While shooting Flounder, I noticed this bit of ambiance sitting to the right of the entrance (We had always entered from the left side of the restaurant).  The truck is on blocks and as you can see it sits where moisture drips on the windshield.  I converted the shot to B&W and then painted in the Budweiser sign.  I didn’t find out until later that the sign is lit during the eventing hours.  I’ll go back sometime in the coming months to get that shot.

Have a wonderful week.  I look forward to seeing your incredible work on Wednesday!


D90 – 1/5sec – f/11 – 18-200@20mm – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority – B&W and Selective Color in CS5 


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 A pair of pigeons started to build nest few meters from my balcony. I was happy with idea that I’ll have a family of birds so close, that would be great photographic opportunity. Unfortunately, pigeons decided that they were too close, so they abandoned this place, and found new one, somewhere around my building, but not so close. I see them every day, they are here…

Techs are: Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@300mm. ISO 200, f8, 1/160. Shot from tripod.

Greetings, Filip.



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks again for the nice comments. BW was awesome. Spent several hours at a lake stalking ducks and birds right before sunset.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/5/6, 1/1250sec, ISO 800, mono pod, EC+ 1 step



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

A long way from home.  My wife was near a palm tree when she heard a quiet thud on the grass.  She looked down and saw this creature.  It must have fallen about 8 feet.  I was carrying my D200 and 50 mm lens when she called out to me.  This is what I saw. A baby ring-tail possum.  I picked it up to see if it was OK (it seemed to have good energy and nothing appeared to be wrong).  When I put it back on the ground it started to follow me around.  I think the warmth of my hand is what it wanted.  It was very close to nightfall. To cut a long story short.  We placed it in a cardboard box until nightfall.  It was then released at the base of the palm tree.  Soon after I heard something go up the palm.  The baby possum was no longer at the base of the palm tree.  At that point I believe the mother and baby were reunited.  The “day sounds” I have heard coming from this palm tree always made me think “birds”.  But now I know better.

shots were taken manually (hand held) at f/1.4 and 1/100 sec (ISO 125 on the grass and ISO 100 in the hand) with my D200 and 50 mm prime lens.  The “hand shot” was done with the possum in my left hand and camera in my right hand.



Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot from a trip to the Outer Banks where my husband participated in the OBX marathon- this was taken at sunset near the small town of Duck- we were hoping for a really spectacular sunset but it was a rather hazy day – still-  I like the soft muted colors that just blend into each other and the quite solitude of this shot.  Taken with my Canon Powershot –

Thnx,  andi


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This shot was taken inside the Grand Palace in Bangkok. I carried a Canon S70 and wished I had taken my D100 – so much more flexibility.

Anyway, I had to shoot this at an upward angle so I would miss the other seemingly 4 million people a the Palace.

 Canon S70 1/1000 sec, f6.3


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

Here are a couple of shots of the never-ending snow in the northeast.  Both taken in New York City after the last heavy snowfall.  


 It is raining now, the snow is melting, the ice has been hacked off the roof (no ‘snow dams’ for us), and cold temps are on the way.  I hope everyone is keeping safe from the weather events around the world!  



Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

 This girl was trying her luck at a lottery table in Hsinchu yesterday, marking the first day of the lunar year in Chinese culture.  It’s a good day to test your good fortune, and the lottery vendors are certainly out in full force this time of year.


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Here is my submission this week.  This is a very old fire station near my place.  Perhaps one of the oldest that is still in active duty.  The twilight was nice and I thought this was a good shot…  Across the street is also an old police station…. Very old as well.  Around here are mix of very modern Tokyo and very old Tokyo.  I like to walk around on weekends.  Thank you. Hope you have a great week.

D700, 17-35mm, @20mm, f/4, 1/20s. ISO800


Tag: Fire Station, Old building, Tokyo, Twilight


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

 We had some of the coldest weather in the last few years on Thurs/Friday (28 degrees!). I woke up early Friday morning excited to see what I would find. *Everything* was covered in ice. We had quite a bit of sleet. I’m not all that good at lighting to begin with, so throw in ice, and it was even more of a challenge, not to mention the 36mm tube. I have some more ice shots in my Zenfolio if you’re interested(http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p174132935). I chose this one because I couldn’t pick one myself, so went with some opinions of others. Taken with D90/Tamron 60mm, 36mm tube, SB 600 on side bracket @ 1/90, f/9.5, ISO 250 while bundled up in four layers with gloves on! 😉 Tags: macro, ice, COLD




Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

Thanks a lot for your comments to my post last week, I appreciated.
I took my photo ten days ago. This is from one of my favorite places and luckily caught the dark washer clouds there. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, @10mm, f/7.1, 1/800sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

This shot is from Burlington, VT, my favorite my place to shot. I took this one on the Burlington Bike Path, which runs along the shore of Lake Champlain for 7 miles. This is a gorgeous path on a warm, sunny day to take a ride on as I did on this day. 


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

A early Happy Valentines for everyone Roberta Davidson


Funny store fronts  – Ken Yamamoto

 Funny store front in Osaka (western Japan)
A few weekend ago, we went to Osaka city, western part of Japan, the second largest city of the country and took a tour around the apparent food street where we found several funny/ interesting store front decoration.  Just take a look 🙂
Panasonic DNC-LX5

Tag: Store front, outdoor advertisement

Week 55

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Seeds from Italy

Arthur Avenue’s Little Italy may have some of the most photogenic shop vendors in the Bronx. Saturday I was in the mood for a good Panini Sandwich from Mike’s deli and went to the Arthur Ave retail market.  It is a large building that houses several vendors indoors. Off in one corner was this new stand that just appeared recently.  This Plant stand also sells a large selection of Seeds from Italy.  He has quite the selection of Vegetable seeds, all Italian favorites.  Now if you know anything about Italians, it’s that they like to grow their own vegetables over the summer. I put in a dozen tomato plants along with eggplants and peppers in my yard each spring and get plenty in July and August. Besides the veggies, we grow mint, parsley and plenty of sweet basil. All summer long we have  homegrown tomato salads with basil and Fresh Mozzarella.

I buy plants that are started and in pots ready to transplant to the garden, but old-timers always start their plants from seeds indoors in late March. His seeds imported from Italy are going to be very popular with those old-timers.

 Nikon D200    AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED  1/45 sec, f/3.5, ISO 800, Compensation: +1/3  Shot raw and processed in lightroom v2.3

tags: Arthur Avenue retail market,  seeds from italy, seed vendor, little italy 


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 The Hawk House

This house is in Atlantida, a small summer town in Uruguay. Very near where I will be taking my holidays. The house is looking at the beach and was built for an artist, several decades ago. Then was abandoned and in ruin when the city council take charge and use is as a small museum.
I will try to take a new pic of the building at sunset to compare. 

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @ 38mm – ISO 200 – f 10 – 1/1000

Tags: House Hawk


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

Thank you again to all those of you that took the time out to comment.

This shot is from Norway, on the island of Munkholmen.  A tiny little island close to Trondheim. It was quite the gorgeous day in August, and the water was blue and almost like a mirror. My only regret that day, was having only one lens with me.

Pentax k20d, Tamron 28-75 @ 43mm, F/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 250, EV + 0.3



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

A touch of snow

I’ve photographed this before, but was never satisfied with the results, since it was always so dark among the trees, and everything was always the same color. This past Thursday, after our latest “Mississippi Blizzard”, I drove around looking for some subjects, and I was struck by the way the touch of snow created a nice, strong diagonal, and separated the hay bales from the buildings.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/60 sec.


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 We had another frosty morning and well had to give the focus stacking one more try.   My eye sight is not what it used to be ( actually nothing is what it used to be  !)  and finding where the focus starts and ends on these very tiny things is becoming a huge challenge. This is stacked from about 7 pictures.

 All taken with the D300 60mm micro with 36mm tube ISO200  f/11 shutter 1/20  SB900 diffused on camera

Hope everyone has a great week ahead of them filled with wonderful photo opportunities.

Roberta “Birdie”


Tags:  Refractions/ Reflections/ Dew/ Frost


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 More of my Veteran’s Park friends.  These geese flew toward and landed in front of me, startling me.  Anyway, the exposure settings sounded ridiculous, even to me so I’m not posting them! (-:  I hope it is not too dark to show up well this week.

Tags:  geese, sharpshooters, wildlife photography


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Thank your for the comments on last weeks photo, much appreciated.

It has been a rather wet period this last week, not bad, all the snow disappeared.

Here is a photo from the centre of Copenhagen on a rainy day.

 All the best



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

Last week I had to spend some time in our capitol city. And it wasn’t a pleasure trip.We had couple of unusually warm days so I’ve decided to spend part of the morning walking by the river. I had only small P&S compact camera and this is what I got.

 There were plenty of you who commented on photos. Thank you! I appreciate them all!  Peggy, no, my Tamron is miles away from Rick’s lens. It’s cheap plastic fantastic lens that can do nice job if there is plenty of light. Or tripod like in this case. 🙂

 Greetings, Filip.

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

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

tags: man, bike, bridge, path, city, skyline


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Happy Wednesday everyone!  The South is getting warmer, at least in southern Alabama.  Our kids arrived last week from 60 degree weather and spent the week with us.  It was miserably cold most of the week, sunny but cold.  We ate like kings and I know that I have some exercise ahead of me.  

My photo this week is another B&W.  I added the color back when I realized that it was the only red in the photo and the only flowers in this shot.

 Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day!


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

I took this shot of King Henry VIII’s armor by sticking the camera right against the glass and pressing the button. No flash – just ready, aim, fire. Something different….

Nikon D100, 35mm 1/25 sec, f4



Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 This is another shot from our trip Out West a couple of years ago -this is “Balanced Rock” in Arches National Park.  I really like the contrast of color between the cloudless blue sky and the red rock… If you have never been to southern Utah and red rock country and have the opportunity to go – do it.  The various rock formations and arches are truely amazing.   This shot was taken near the base of the formation and looking upward -amazing that this huge rock is balanced on that narrow neck!  Definitely a fitting name and a natural wonder.  Who knows how much longer it will remain intact and how sad it will be when it eventually falls! 


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Epiphany day on 6th of January, large number of people queue up to collect the Theophany water. One of the last holiday of the Christmas celebrations, it is almost equally important as is the Christmas, Baptisms are performed by priests by sprinkling holly water over people present at the church and then the priests would go and bless the houses as well.

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



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks to those who commented on my bird pic last week.Great photo’s everyone. I found this little heron walking around the house I’m remolding. He wasn’t afraid of me. He was very determined to find a lizard to eat. Still playing with my new 2x converter.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/16, 1/1250sec, ISO 800, mono pod



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

 Wonderful photos last week, Roberta, I have to admit your colourful sparkles were exceptional. 

My photo this week is a documentary style photo of my make up artist preparing a client for a photo-shoot. 

Nikon D700, 24-70 mm f/2.8 @ ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/125s

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


Tags: portrait, woman, B&W


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

 I really enjoyed the photos last week and thank you to those who commented. I’m sort of in a winter funk, so didn’t shoot much this last week, and what I did shoot, didn’t really like, so am resorting to a photo from the icy morning on Feb. 4th. This buff bellied hummingbird found shelter in my hedge during the cold nights. When it came out to have a little libation, it looked surprised to find it was frozen. Most of us were surprised by this icy morning, since it rarely freezes here. (It defrosted by mid-day, so it was able to drink then.) Nikon D90, 70-300mmVR@ 1/8, f/8, ISO 250. Tags: hummingbird, ice



Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan 

Thank you very much for commenting on mine and I should do the same, but it has been hectic few weeks.  Sorry about that.  I will try again soon.  I was in the northern part of the country for the weekend plus Monday.  The photo shows the frozen lake and mountains afar together with the setting sun.  Beautiful sight but I didn’t have enough time to process it, so I hope I could convey something.

D700, 17-35, @25mm, 1/4000s, f/5.6, ISO200

Tag: lake, sunset, winter, frozen lake, mountain


Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

Last week when I was viewing the great pictures that everyone had submitted and the ones of the recent snow storm… I looked just past my monitor to the current snow storm outside. I decided to take my picture for this week while sitting in my office chair. The picture on the monitor is Mount Snow Vermont… the ski area that Joe Leotta, his family and mine… ski most weekends during the winter.



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 A pigeon on its way down with the sun (both retiring at the same time).

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

Settings: 1/801s at 170mm with f/2.8 and ISO 200 (Manual, UV filter)


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 This week’s contribution is a medium term project come to fruition.  We have a breeding pair of Brown Goshawks (Accipiter fasciatus) nesting 35m above the ground in some massive old pine trees along the edge of our garden.  The parents have been hunting rabbits and small birds in our garden all summer and in the past week two fledglings have appeared, very uncoordinated in flight thus spending most of the daylight hours sitting in trees in our garden calling for the parents to come and feed them………  so the fledglings call is a dead giveaway as to where to creep up slowly with the camera and hopefully capture one in a photograph! 

I managed to take three decent images of this one particular – very loud fledgling, it allows me to approach a little closer than the other more shy fledgling.  This image was taken as it began to lift off into flight calling out to the parents as it took off.  This is a 100% crop of the orginal frame.  Image captured hand held with D700 + AF-S 300mm f/4 prime lens @ f/7.1, 1/5000th sec, ISO 1600.



Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

 I don’t remember whether I have posted this before, but I want you to remember that summer is just a few months ahead!

 Thanks to all that have commented my photo last week!



Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Jamie’s Baking

My sister loves to bake. Last year I showed you one of her creations – The Hamburger Cake. We’re going to have home made from scratch chocolate brownies tonight.

D100 Sigma 28-200 with flash bounced off the ceiling


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

This pagoda is in Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, which I visited over my Chinese New Year vacation.  I was pretty amazed at the cluster of temples and religious shrines in this area, as there was also a twin set of pagodas, a large Confucius Temple, a giant statue of the Chinese warrior god of heaven, and another winding dragon mixed with the god Guan Yin.  

Overall, the weather held out for us, and it was beautiful our entire time in both southern and northern Taiwan.  


Tags: kaohsiung, taiwan, chinese, taiwanese, culture, religion, nikon


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

View across the entrance to the Golden Gate of Mt. Tamalpais – east peak.

In the foreground is the Point Bonita lighthouse close to Rodeo Beach. This photo is from last Saturday, 2/12/11 standing at Pt. Lobos in S.F., next to the Cliff House. Everything you see here my wife and I hike a lot.

Just prior to and during World War II this area was heavily fortified with batteries of big gun armaments (shore to ship), and later with Nike surface-to-air missiles in the ‘50s and ‘60s during the Cold War’s Russian bomber threat. Those areas are now all open and you can walk through everything.

Ken Papai

Canon EOS 7D, 85mm 1.8 lens at ISO 100, 1/500, f/8.


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Greg, Peggy, Jens thanks a lot for your great words to my post last week. I appreciated.

It was a busy past week with many Bishops from neighborhood countries, all over Caribbean even from England, France and  they made a special trip to pilgrimage site of Batavia.  You may see some of my photos from earlier one with Paramaribo Bishop, Monseigneur Bekker here : Grand pilgrimage to Batavia ( Please move your mouse over the slide and click at the center for auto play/stop)

We were on the preparation of our return way but the boat drivers warn us to stay more because coming tropical rain. I captured it before arrived to our surround. 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, 1/2000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

I had an opportunity to stroll through Central Park last weekend for a couple of hours.  The willow trees have been so interesting.  I don’t seem to recall noticing before in the wintertime.  I like the way its winter skeleton looks against the sky in it natural environment.

f/3.9, 1/640, ISO 100


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Gej’s Lunch – Gej Jones

Our daughter and son-in-law Prepared a Delicious Lunch for us.  It was even better than it looks and it looks very,very good.


Fish Market Panorama – Joseph Leotta

 A little different take on street photography – A panorama style photo of Randazzo’s Fish Market on Arthur Avenue.  The Bronx is getting back to normal as the sidewalks are clear of snow.

Tags : Randazzo’s fish market, Arthur Avenue, Bronx little italy, Street scene


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