Weeks 56 to 60

Week 56


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

The pastels of winter

Soft colors from soft snow.  Not much I can say about this one because it falls into the “a picture is worth a thousand words” category.   This time the picture speaks better than words.

Taken a recently on another ride to Orchard Beach in the Bronx. This truly was nature’s pastels, look how much the green fence posts stand out.

 Nikon D300AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED [II] @ 50 mm

 1/640 sec, f/13, ISO 400

  tags: winter pastel colors, snowy beach, Orchard beach, snow drift fence 


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“The Raven”

This guy was shot in Brice Canyon, Utah in the Spring of 2009. He was doing what many wild creatures do these days – panhandling. How quickly wildlife learn where to go to be fed by humans, and they can be quite insistent about it, too.

Nikon D200, ISO 100, f/11, 1/200 sec., cropped slightly from both sides.



Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

Now that I am living in the city more and more, I am always looking up to see what I would ordinarily miss.  I have a thing for American flags these days and I thought the smoke added a touch.  I never noticed it in the warmer weather…maybe the cold creates it?

f/4.3, 1/800, ISO 100


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi Everyone,  Thank you for your kind comments last week.  They are greatly  appreciated.   We have had several very foggy mornings, which usually make for great dew drop opportunities. I found this very small spider web with all these intermingled strands  covered in dew.    I placed different types of flowers behind the web to see what I could get.   I loved  the way the dew drops looked like bubbles . The below is with a daisy.   I also used a marigold and a  primrose for very different effects,  which you can view if you wish at: http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h2c594d80#h2c594d80   (Look under latest or refractions /reflections folder)

D300   60mm micro 24 mm extension tube   SB900 diffused.   Focused stacked in CS5

I hope everyone has a great week filled with time to take photos.

This is another one from the dew covered web.   I really like the way this one reminds me of an underwater scene and rising bubbles.

Hope you enjoy I hope everyone has a great week filled with time to take photos.

Tags:  Macro, Dew Drops, Spider Webs, Refractions


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Hello, everyone.  Thanks again for nice comments on mine last week.  This week is a bit different from my usual subject.  I was just passing through the over path of the train station and found this locker (called “coin locker”, which you can rent for a day or two with a few dollars worth of coins) with international flavor.  I don’t see such “decoration” on the doors of those lockers.  Just a snap of the city scape I found interesting.  Thank you!

D700, 85mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO200 (A priority)

 Tag: Station, crowd, locker, hello


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

I pass this tree on Veteran’s Blvd. every day going to work.  Yes, it is close to my Veteran’s Park!  I have wished for months that a bird would be in this tree some day while I was passing.  Lo and behold, here he was and on Valentine’s Day, too!  I haven’t had a hawk with his back to me before.  He was on the verge of flight in this photo. 
Nikon D5000, 70-300 vr 4.5-5.6 lens, F /9, 1/800s, ISO 200.


Tags:  Hawk, wildlife, Tupelo,


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore,Denmark

 After a week with rain an clouds it is now time for winter again. Ice all over and very cold. Can’t wait to get temperatures over +1CJ

Thanks for the comments on last weeks photo.

 Regards, Jens 

Tags Ice, winter, cold


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

 This orchid was about the only thing I shot this past week I felt was acceptable to post. Hope I get out of this slump soon! I need to get creative since I’m not finding much of interest to shoot. D90/Tamron 60mm/SB 600 @ 1/200, f/9.5, ISO 250. Tags: orchid, macro



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Outstanding photos last week.  Your photos were magnificent.  I enjoyed looking at them and all the comments.  I would like to thank everyone who commented on my photos for your kind words.  I need to comment more and will try to do a better job in the coming weeks.

This was one of the last sunsets I shot while in Florida.  The sunset was beautiful and I’m a sucker for silky water!

I sure am glad I’m in the Deep South, parts of Michigan are without power and some of our family have been told it could be three days until the electricy comes back on.  Last week it was close to 50 degrees and all the snow had melted.  Last night they got freezing rain and in some areas, 9.5 inches of snow.  Michigan weather….If you don’t like it, wait a few minutes it’s bound to change!

Have a wonderful & safe week,  Gej

D90 – 1/30sec – f/20.0 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority


Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

 This time, a picture from me taken at our local marina.  Not too much activity, as the temperature was minus 10 degrees Celcius, but in a few months, we can start seeing open water again!

 Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments to my image last week!



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Thanks to those who commented on my picture. Yes is was pretty pixelated. Jeannean pointed it out in her comments. The original not downed sized version is not as bad.This little red winged blackbird just kept singing at me so I thought I’d make him famous and send his picture around the world.

 Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/9, 1/60sec, ISO 2,000, mono pod



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
The same Hawk House of last week. I took this pic almost 2 weeks ago at sunset.

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR@ 26mm – ISO 200 – f 5.6 – 1/320

Tags: Atlantida, Uruguay, Casa del Aguila, Hawk House


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

This was taken at a concert for the lantern festival here in Jhubei. This festival marks the end of Chinese New Year and goes out with a bit of celebration in pretty much every mid-sized or major Taiwanese city.  I was fortunate to get pretty close to a nationally-famous Taiwanese band “F.I.R.”  Count this as another time I was wishing for an f/2.8 70-200 🙂 

 Taken with D5000 and 70-300 at f/4.8 at 125mm.  Shutter 1/160 and ISO 3200


tags: 70-300mm, nikkor, nikon, d5000, taiwan, jhubei, lantern, festival, fir, music, concert


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 Here is not a pretty picture that I’ve got last autumn while visiting Corvin medieval castle in Transylvania, also known as Hunyadi‘s castle, only to realize that right across the street was a totally different ruins of more recent times.
 This is the site of what used to be a huge steel and metallurgic plant built under the communists. The fall of the system and subsequent “free” market wildness shut almost all of these huge industrial mammoths down all around the country, nowadays the functional fraction of this complex is owned by Mittal Steel.
The environmental disaster seen here is pretty shocking, a well set scenery for one of those apocalyptic, end of the world movies. It appeared to me that there is a sort of attempt to clean up the site but the sheer size and contamination makes this task look preposterous.
Technical info: Nikon F6, Zeiss Distagon 35mm F/2 ZF, Fuji Provia 100F RDPIII. Color balance is not exactly right, a monitor calibration kit is the way to go but it’s very close to reality….

Best Regards. Bogdan


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 I keep going back to my shots from my trip to England last year because there were so many picture opportunities. I still haven’t made a decision on which lens I will buy (yes, I know its been months since I asked your opinions) – I want to carry my camera without taking all my equipment and I want one lens. Don’t say it….I know. Anyway, this shot is of St. Michael’s Mount in the Southwest of England, taken on a dreary but photographically interesting day.

 Nikon D300s Nikon 80-200mm f2.8, 1/400 sec, f10, 135mm, center weighted, ISO 200 converted to B&W


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

 A big thank you to all of you that left comments here and on my Norway photos on Facebook..

 A stand of Aspens This is an old photo from 2007, shot in Aspen Colorado, converted to BW in CS3.

K10d + DA 50-200 @ 160mm, f/7.1, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200.


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everybody,  Thank you for your very kind comments on my photo last week, I really appreciate them.

Something a bit different this week, I photographed wonderful burlesque dancer and we’ve decided to aim for a traditional pin up photo. I’ve been looking through many pin up photographs and pictures in the past few weeks and I’ve noticed, that most of them have light, pastel backgrounds, not many props, just the essential ones to determine the theme of the pin up, one strong light source creating an essential shadow and first and foremost – a pretty lady posing some cheeky way. A dash of humour is an absolute must with this kind of shot (I’ve seen a funny picture of a lovely girl, who’s skirt has been caught in an elevator door and the elevator started ascending, thus lifting her skirt up 🙂 

I feel, that I’ve achieved the real pin up result with my set up, I have also used all sorts of photoshop tricks to make the photo look almost like a painted picture. I hope you like it.

 Nikon D700, 24-70 mm f/2.8@ ISO 200, 1/160s, f/6.3

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


Tags: pin up, woman, phone, vintage


Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everyone
My photo this week is of a shell. No particular story to it just found a shell i liked and photographed it on a white background

D90 Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens 1.3sec @ f16 ISO200


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 My mother-in-law discovered a pure white kitten under the walk-way in their backyard.  That was 17 years ago.  Here is a shot of this cat today.

 Camera:      Nikon D300

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

Settings:     200 mm, 1/640 sec, f/2.8 and ISO 220 (Manual, hand held, Spot, UV filter)


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all!  First, thank you for the comments.I really appreciate them.

My situation is still hectic, and I’m not photographing anything interesting for wide audience.  So, this is a photo that I made couple weeks ago…

I look forward seeing your photos!

 Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

Tags: figure, sign, holding, that’s all


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

 Dear Joshua, Jeannean, Ken and Peggy thanks a lot for your great words to my post last week. I appreciated.

I was walking on the open street market past Sunday and saw those ladies were stooped at front of closed store’s shutter for parking their motorcycle. They were chatting and one of them trying to fix her hair after removing the helmets. 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, 1/3000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This shot is from a trip last spring we took to Italy- of course, this is Venice.  It was an absolutely beautiful day – I love this city – it is so vibrant and has so many photo ops.  I ljust liked this view – the Rialto Bridge just coming into view – the clear blue sky  – the colorful Grand Canal –   just a fave shot!



Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

I’ve been into skiing and snowboarding since before I can remember. I’ve always been riding in Vermont, primarily at Mount Snow and have been dreaming about going out west to ride the amazing mountains and snow that everyone is always talking about. This past weekend, I finally took a trip out west to Snowbird Ski Resort. And all I can say is WOW. I had no idea that snowboarding could be this good or this much fun. This particular part of the mountain is called ‘Road to Provo”. While I was out there, a major storm hit (about 3 feet of snow). Road to Provo was closed a majority of the time that I was out there for avalanche control. This is really interesting. Snowbird has old guns from WWII that they use as avalanche guns. The entire time I was out there, I heard the artillery being fired into the mountainside, causing some serious avalanches. I can’t wait to go back!

Nikon D100  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED @18mm

AE, 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 320  February 21, 2011   11:59:45AM  raw – NX2

Tags: snowbird, utah, rocky mountains in winter, deep power snowboarding 


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

As a result of the wettest spring summer on record here we have a rapidly increasing population of Southern Brown Tree Frogs.  These little fellas are rather small, easily fitting into a regular sized matchbox.

This image was cpatured hand held crouching into the garden bed using my D700 + Ai 55mm f/3.5 Nikkor micro lens @ f/8, 1/1,600 sec,  ISO 1250  It was right after a huge rain shower and it was 30 deg c outside so there was some condensation residue on the corners of the image from the lens front element fogging up in the humidity.



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“Old Vines”

Pinot Noir high above the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, Calif.

This is on the Esterlina Estate – the Sterling family (“Esterlina” = is ‘sterling’ in Spanish) vineyards. My wife and I tasted at 8 wineries over two days and stayed in the wonderful Boonville hotel – an excellent weekend also with excellent beer and delicious food.

Photo: KJP, 2/19/2011, Canon EOS 7D, 85 mm f/1.8 lens, ISO 100, f/5 at 1/320.


Guest Submission

Joseph Jr Snowboarding at Snowbird in Utah taken by his friend John Duffy


Special Bonus photo

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

In honor of the victims of the New Zealand earthquake – Ken Papai

New Zealand – South Island – Hay Bales   In honor of the victims of the New Zealand earthquake in Christchurch.

N.Z. was one of the favorite places I have ever visited: friendliest of people, excellent value and quality in all aspects, a beautiful country – glaciers into the rain forest!  I met a Kiwi when I was in Anderson Valley wine country — summer of 1993 with lots of ale — and that meeting convinced me my next overseas trip would be to N.Z.

 I hope the people recover as soon as possible and may the victims of this bad quake R.I.P.

 -Ken Papai


The Fishcamp – Gej Jones

 This was my first attempt as stacking.  Not done to change the focus but instead to have all the lights on.

Excellent Restaurant with Excellent Service.  Hope you enjoy the look.


Week 57


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

A Winter Twilight                                                                                                                     The Bronx has a lot of shoreline. Just in my neighborhood there is Orchard Beach, City Island,  and Pelham Bay all off the Long Sound. That’s followed by almost 3./4  of the Bronx’s perimeter being on rivers or  other water bodies. It does not stop there. Leave the Bronx going north into Westchester County and you follow the Long Island Sound all the way into Connecticut thru New Haven. Then you can go out to long Island where Jim lives and have 100’s of miles of shoreline and beaches. That’s followed by Queens and Brooklyn all with extensive waterfronts. Oh yea, Manhattan is an Island. I can’t help but to take a lot of photos involving water landscapes.

This one was taken last week off of Shore Road in the Bronx at Turtle Cove (another good fishing area). It combines 3 of my favorite elements – Waterfront, Snow and Twilight.

 Nikon D200  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED  Shot at 22mm       1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 400, Compensation: +1/3 – Raw processed in Lightroom v2.3

Tags : Turtle Cove Bronx, Pelham Bay, winter twilight, city island road, shore road


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 This one is from my archives.

Moonrise in Sedona at around sunset

K10d + DA 50-200 @ 160 mm, F/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 200



Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Little  Cottonwood Canyon                                                                                           Another from last week’s trip to Utah.. This was taken at the top of Snowbird looking down the Little Cottonwood Canyon into Salt Lake City. The road running up the canyon from SLC is closed several times each winter either because of avalanches or the danger of avalanches. With steep mountains on each side, tons and tons of snow can slides down onto the road very easily.

Nikon D100  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED  Shot at 18mm     1/640 sec, f/13, ISO 320    Raw – NX2

Little cottonwood canyon, salt lake city, snowbird, rocky mountain winter snow


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
Here my nephew Pedro running wild on the almost desert beach a few days ago.

Nikon D300 + Tamron 10-24mm @15mm
ISO 500 – f 4 – 1/4000

And another child in another Uruguayan town, this time in Colonia, taken 2 years ago

Nikon D300 + 18-200mm @65mm
ISO 500 – f 8 – 1/3200


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

“Freddie”                                                                                                                                    (Hyla Cinerea – Green Tree Frog) has been living in my gardens for several years. I ran into him the other day while trimming my rose bushes. He’s much bigger now than when we first spotted him.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500 sec



Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 There seem to be a long time to spring, but sometimes it is possible to get one self out of bed early to catch the feel of a cold, cold morning.J

This was taken just before 0700 and seconds before the sun broke the horizon. I lightened the foreground to show the ice a little better.

Thanks for the comments on last weeks photo, All the best. Jens

 P7000 F/4 1/100s ISO 100 14,5mm-(not sure how to relate it to a normal lens)

  Tags Ice, winter, sunrise, cold


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 The weather is warming up down south, and yard work is the order of the day.Purchased some new bedding plants, and just had to have a go with focus stacking on the gorgeous poppy.  Stanley,  I just had to try to get some drops and reflections !

This one is from 7 shots , hand stacked in PS  Hope everyone has a great week and finds some time to laugh.

 Roberta “Birdie”                                                                                                  www.birdied.zenfolio.com

 D300 60mm micro with 24mm extension tube. Lighting was tough, used some led flashlights as well as the SB900

   Tags: Flowers, Poppy, Dew, Reflections, Macro


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

This week’s contribution is a photo of one of my favourite flowers, the highly scented golden brugmansia, a tropical bush from equatorial central and south America.  This bush was grown from a cutting that was given to me by a dear friend and has thrived this spring/summer on the plentiful rainfall we have received.  The flowers have a beautifully perfumed sweet scent which is at it’s best when carried on the cool evening breeze.
I purchased my Af 85mm f/1.4 D Nikkor as a portrait lens but as I’m a truly lousy people photographer, I love using this lens and it’s glorious bokeh for botanical portraits such as this.

Captured hand held with my trusty D700 + 85mm Nikkor @ f/5.6, 1/1000th sec, ISO 400


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Sensational photos last week.  Great conversations and lots of knowledge shared.  Thank you to everyone! I worked most of the week on the Palm trees and didn’t spend much time with the camera.

 This young man had just finished surfing.  I thought he looked exhausted.  After being up close, I can’t imagine going into the water with air temperatures in the 30s F and the largest waves of the winter (January).  I talked to one of the old-timers who was sipping a mug of coffee and staying warm in a winter jacket and an Elmer Fudd hat.  He told me the waves were 15-20 feet and unless there was a hurricane, these would be the largest waves we would see this season.

 Mardi Gras starts here on Friday!  I’ll try to get some night shots for next week. As always, have a great week and stay safe.  

 D90 – 1/500sec – f/5.6 – 70-300@300 – ISO 400 – Shutter Priority 


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

We visited a very popular tourist spot of Tokyo – but had not been there for decades.  This place – the town called Asakusa – has been the “true” downtown of Tokyo for the past few hundreds years and where Tokyo-eans gather.  The center of it the Sensou-temple and it still is the center of tourists attraction.  This is the straight street toward the temple and on both sides are small shops for tourists, they seemed to be doing quite well.  I felt really good visiting here because I was actually born and grew up not far from here and my mother seems happy, too.  Oh, by the way, there was Tokyo Marathon on the same day and I took funny runners here – http://www.kih.me/p69543947 – and the rest of the Asakusa are here – http://www.kih.me/p17908734.  Hope you have a great week.

D700, 28-300 VR, @300mm, f/11, 1/125s, ISO200.

Tag – Asakusa, Tokyo Tourists Spot, Temple.                     


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!                                                                                                                                                    Today again something different from what I usually do. I’ve tried panning this mother and child on their bikes. While it’s not perfect panning, I liked the outcome.  Sort of abstract, I reckon. 🙂 Thank you that commented on all photos!

 Pozdrav, Filip.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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

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

tags: panning, movement, bicycle, people


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Another great week of photo’s. Thanks for the kind comments. Was watching this egret stalking lizards close by me Friday at work. I was a few feet away from my truck and had my camera inside ready to shoot. I’ve never been able to catch them with the lizard in there mouth. Its only seconds from capture to swallow.

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


Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

This is the same hawk I submitted last week, after he flew.  Just had to send one more.
Nikon D5000, VR 70-300 F4.5-5.6 lens, 300mm, F/9, 1/800s, ISO200.

   Tags:  Hawk, Sharpshooters, wildlife photography,


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

This was taken at a dance-off in Hsinchu last Sunday.  We had a beautiful weekend weather-wise, and an extended one at that.  2/28 is a holiday commemorating a massacre that happened in the 1940’s – which is seen much like Memorial Day or President’s Day in the US. Every public place was packed, and it was easy to understand why.  

I went with the 18-55 on this at 18mm to get a wide angle. I used the SB-600 on a low ISO at about F/8.  I preferred the context here – it was a pretty lively event and I hope to have captured that. 

Tags: hsinchu, dance, music, hip, hop, 


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                       thank you very much for such nice comments about my photo last week, I really enjoyed all your photos.

This week another portrait from the same day as my last week’s pin up photo, Coppelia Jane (Brisbane burlesque dancer) and I prepared 3 different set ups/3 costume changes, this one was more revealing, hence the close up portrait today, as I don’t want to push it too much :-), but for anybody interested in seeing more, have a look at my boudoir website www.whatthebutlersaw.com.au 

I look forward to seeing all your photos and I hope to get some time this week to comment.


Nikon D700, 24-70 mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/125s, f/6.3



Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello everyone
I have a new lens, the Lensbaby Composer. How difficult is this to get used to? If any of my colleagues knows of any tricks to get pinpoint focus in the area you want it. could you please let me know. I practiced on a bromeliad in my garden and had great difficulty so a little leniency this week would be appreciated

D90 Lensbaby Composer with Creative Aperture Kit



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

Lonely cow.  On the way home from an outing I saw this cow in the middle of the country side.  It was interesting enough for me to stop and take this shot.  I hope everyone has had an enjoyable week.

Camera:      Nikon D300                                                                                                         Lens:          AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED VR II                                                     Settings:     145 mm, 1/125 sec, f/8 and ISO 400 (Manual, hand held, UV filter)


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

I didn’t have much time to follow up the last couples of Wednesday photo editions, we’ve got pretty hectic times at work with the ongoing project but last week looks very good indeed. It’s amazing what Roberta can do with such a limited set-up, those two photos are really gems.
I also had a quick look at Joe’s site, it’s been a while I didn’t check it, it’s really amazing how all these photos comes together. Although the pics are all different styles and visions they do have a great visual impact when viewing them together.

My pic for this week is an portrait of a local Bedouin in NE of Jordan, we came across his place while scouting the current project area. Actually we found one of their sheep stranded in the desert, we pick it up and took it back to the owners. They did invite us in their tent for a traditional tea and coffee but we could clearly feel they were a bit uncomfortable with us. Pretty  understandable, you never know who is who around these deserts.

Mamiya 7II, 80mm F/4 lens, Kodak TriX 400TX


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America 

 Dear Ken,  Stanley thanks a lot for your nice words to my post last week. Ken I shoot only NEF every time and just convert my photos to JPG with Capture NX2. I liked my Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2 a lot.

Its really incredible lens. Some people scare about its manual focus but there is an easy way with green dot (ZF.2 models comes with chips) even there is also another possibility to use focusing screen like from http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/ .  Its sharpness, bokeh and colors are really fantastic. You may check more photos at http://www.zeissimages.com/

 We were at trip with a friend of mine photographer from Netherlands and I saw that a young lady was enjoying from tropical rain while taking a shower under overflowed water storage tank. I ran to her immediately under rain and captured few frames. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

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


Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 This is a shot of my constant companion-  Beemer –  yes, she is named after the automobile- BMW- it was a condition of my husband’s for getting another dog – he got to choose the name…  we’re looking for a 2nd dog as well and her name will be Porsche- can you guess that my husband is a fan of German cars – of course, he is German so that makes sense!    Anyway, Beemer keeps me company when my husband travels and since my boys are all grown and out of the house.   This shot was taken after she had been doing a little digging in the yard as evidenced by the bits of dirt on her nose.  She’s a bit spoiled but a great companion – can you resist those big brown eyes?? 



Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

Mantis Silhouette- taken a while back, but never processed. Finally got around to it. Two images blended with different exposures. I hate post processing for several reasons: (1) I don’t know how to do it very well and (2) I would rather be out shooting (or something besides sitting behind a computer working). Congratulations to Peggy on her first year anniversary with the group! It’s so nice to have you with us. Hope everyone has a good week. 🙂



Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 “Larkspur Landing Sunrise”                                                                                                    This photo is from this morning – taken from the stern of the ferry boat as it was pulling out. San Quentin prison is the “structure” you can barely make out in silhouette at the center, with lights atop. This was about 10-15 mins. before actual sunrise and this perfect light lasted only 2-3 minutes. I grabbed my camera and took three shots, this is the first of the sequence. There’s another ferry you can barely make out in the distance and some early morning rowers from the Corte Madera rowing club.

You CANNOT beat the natural beauty which early morning light affords us! Get up and get out there.

Photo: Mar. 1, 2011, EOS 7D, 6:30 a.m., 24-70 2.8L at 38mm, ISO 800, 1/160, f/7.1.

Ken Papai


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 I took this shot while my wife and I were walking around Sydney harbor one evening. I liked the ambient light (or lack of) and the lighting on the opera house. I knew the result would be blurry since it was free hand at such low light, but this I really like the artsy result.

Canon Powershot S70, 1 sec, f5.3, ISO 200


Special Bonus photo

The bonus photo this week is for the birds

Drying the wings – Rick Dohme

Caught this Anhingas drying his wings.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/8, 1/640sec, ISO 500, mono pod



I’ve been here 1 year – Peggy G

This week is my one year anniversary of participating with this group.  It has been such a great pleasure sharing and learning with such a wonderful and diverse group
It started with contacting Roberta about a little yellow bird photo she had posted followed by her invitation to join the group.  So I’d like to offer my own little yellow bird this week, which can’t compete with her’s (nor anyone elses).  And that doesn’t matter at all, because this is a sharing group.  To the greatest group ever!!


Tags:  birds, Sharpshooters, wildlife photography

Week 58


Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York 

The Battery Park War Memorial                                                                                           At the southern tip of Manhattan Island is Battery Park.  Most tourists go there to catch the ferry boats to the State of Liberty or Ellis Island.  Beside those there are 2 other main ferry terminals there – The Staten Island Ferry and the Governors Island Ferry.  It’s a very large park with several other points of interests.   Fort Clinton is in the park where the revolutionary army Defended New York Harbor from the British Navy.

See –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_Park

The park is also the site of the East Coast Memorial which commemorates U.S. servicemen who died in coastal waters of the western Atlantic Ocean during World War II. A total of 4,609 names are inscribed on both sides of eight 19-foot-tall granite pylons. The pylons are arranged in two rows of four each. Between the two rows stands a bronze statue of an eagle, erected on a black granite pedestal. The eagle faces the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. (BTW you saw this statue in week 14)

Nikon D100  AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF at 24mm    1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 400

   Tags:  Battery Park Memorial,  Battery Park NYC,  East Coast Memorial


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello All
A doll saleswoman in San Telmo antique fair, in Buenos Aires.

Nikon D300 + 18-200mm @56mm
ISO 400 – f 11 – 1/160


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

From a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.

Pentax k20d + DA 12-24 @ 24mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/400 sec.



Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

This week – no hawk!  I intended to submit a sunset, however this duck won me over!
Nikon D5000, VR70-300 F/4.5-5.6G, 300mm, F/9, 1/800s, ISO 200

  Tags:  Sharpshooters, duck, wildlife,


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Steep                                                                                                                                                    I just loved snowboarding out in Utah.  Taken on Snowbird, just look at the angle of the trees to the hill.   As far as I’m concerned, not steep enough.  When I got back to Vermont and Mount Snow, the place looked flat compared to what I was going down out west.

Tags:  Snowbird, Utah snowboarding, Steep ski trail, rocky mountains


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

Last weeks winter look has now changed. It will not last long until the seeds from these will fill the air.

Can’t wait.

Looking forward to see a lot of great photos.                                                                         Regards ,Jens


Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

This photo of the tigers was taken a few months back, at the Jackson, Mississippi zoo. Because this isn’t a very “camera friendly” zoo, I had to shoot through a chain link fence, using my 80-400mm lens with the aperture wide open to make the chain links disappear (as much as possible). I wish I had a faster lens. We need to photograph these creatures, even if they are in captivity, because they may not be around much longer.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., at 400mm.



Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

I got my first real chance last Thursday to photograph 2 eagles on their nest. The nest was on top of a cell tower at a school I was shooting my daughters softball game at. Wow what a hard job it turned out to be. The tower is very tall, the Eagles just sit there most of the time and its an almost straight up shot with a very long heavy lens. As everyone knows shooting directly into the sky also is a challenge. Bracketing my shots and shooting in raw did help. Following a bird flying 300 feet away from you almost straight up with a 600mm lens is quite a chore. I spend about an hour after the game with the eagles until it got too dark to shoot. Only one was left watching the nest most of the time. That eagle left the nest 3 times and would make a large circle and then land again. Cell towers aren’t very attractive so the shots of them sitting there look blah.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/7.0, 1/500sec, ISO 1250


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                 Each week I continue to be amazed at the variety of subjects and the talent. I hope you all have had a great week.                                                                                                                 You all know I like to do the water drop shots.   I have been trying for  quite some time to capture the collision of 2 drops.  The results of the collision is called an “umbrella”. Not wanting to invest in electronics that space the drops and laser timers the trigger the flash, I did some research and made a “marionette  siphon”.   This is simply a plastic water bottle with 2 straws.  It still needs some work and refinement, but it allowed me to be able to  drop the water faster and FINALLY capture the collision.   Not the best  water shot , but it my FIRST umbrella.

I hope you all have a great week and get to do something you have wanted to do with your photography.

D300  60mm micro with 12mm extension tube



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Good Morning!                                                                                                                                  I had hoped to have Mardi Gras night parade photos for you today but the lightening, rain, high winds and tornado warnings cancelled all of the parades from Mobile to Pensacola on Saturday.  In an effort to resolve the flooding mess back home, we’ll be on the road tomorrow, heading north, and will miss the parades of Fat Tuesday.

 My photo today is a step back to a year ago.  I’m sending you a photo of Fort Morgan, Alabama.  It was taken about twenty minutes before sunset.  The yellow light is very evident and it warmed the interior of the fort.  This is a single shot, no HDR.

Have a great week. Gej

D90 – 1/200sec – f/3.5 – 18-200@18mm – ISO 320 – Aperture Priority


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Thank you very much for comments on my photo last week.  I was a little busy last week (had to go back and forth between Tokyo and the western part of Japan where our family grave is….) and couldn’t comment on your photos.  Will be a little tied up for a while.  Anyway, having said that, I managed to take an afternoon off last Friday and could walk about with the camera to take a few shots.  This was taken near my office, therefore this is like the Wall Street + Madison Avenue.  Beautiful Sasanqua on the busy business district.  Hope I could capture the beauty and a bit noisy surrounding.
D700, 105mm VR, f/4, 1/60s, ISO450 (Auto ISO).

   Tag: Sasanqua


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

Thanks Joe for the whole Holga/Lomo photography lesson and spurring an interest outside my knowledge base. I googled it and then did some reading and found a chapter in one of my PSE 9 books called “Faux Holga”. I took a photo of a yellow rumped warbler I had just taken and processed it using the “step by step” method outlined. I’ve never used so many layers in a photo before, so that in itself was interesting and informative. Not quite sure if it achieved the real “Holga” look, but I kind of liked the way it came out. It seemed to bring more depth/character to the photo. Anyway, here is the result of  my “Spring has arrived!” photo.

Nikon D90/70-300mm VR, 1.4x Sigma teleconverter @ 1/125, f/8, ISO 250.

   Tags: Holga processing, warbler


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This shot is of a Brooks Lake, a high mountain lake in the Bridger Teton National Forest about 70 miles north and east of Jackson, Wyoming. One of the only ways to get in to see this lake is via a single lane logging road, cut into the sides of mountains and across creeks. The best part of the journey though was getting to Brooks Lake State Campground located on the lake with over 50 miles of hiking trails, most of which are over 9,000 ft above sea level. The campground sites (about 20) are primitive, meaning there were no hook-ups, but there was a water fountain fed by a spring. The water was incredible. In fact is was so good we filled up all available containers that lasted the rest of the trip. The next time we get up there, I’m going to take some liter glass bottles so I can fill and bring them back for special occasions.



Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                          Thank you very much for all the comments on my photo last week. 

This week another one from my photo session with Coppelia Jane, this time a little French theme we also did. The Eiffel Tower has been painted by Hayley Egan. 

Nikon 24-70, f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/125s, f/6.3

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


                                  Tags: woman, portrait, French, Eiffel Tower


Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi all!                                                                                                                                            First, thank you Rick, Greg and Ken for your comments on mine and all the other photos!

This week I’m again in the archive. Since yesterday was International Woman’s day, this photo is dedicated to all the ladies in our group. To mothers, wife’s, sisters, girlfriends. 🙂 It’s a macro shot with reverse macro technique, but I’ve used two lenses, nikkor 28-70@ 55mm + 1.8/58mm topcon lens reversed. D80, f36, ISO100, 2sec exposure.

  tags: flower, red, macro, reverse macro


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The start of a “moon rise” following the end of a sunset.  This was taken on a balmy night with a gentle breeze blowing.  Until this moment I never really appreciated how quickly the moon moves through the sky.

Nikon D300 with 70-200 VR II at 1 sec, 200 mm, f/8, ISO 640 spot metered and tripod mounted.



Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

My week 58 contribution is a totally unplanned photo of this huntsman spider as captured on the kitchen wall this week.  This spider has been living inside the house for a couple of weeks now, slowly moving around the place by night, remaining dormant in daylight hours high on a wall in a corner somewhere, just minding his own business…….. however, I did have an early start for work last Monday and the spider was only a meter above the kitchen bench height so I set up the tripod and captured a few photographs before it slowly worked it’s way back up the wall.

Taken with D700 + Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens at 1:1 magnification,  no cropping,   f/8,  1.6 seconds,  ISO 1250



Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This is an image of Guan Gong gods in Hsinchu.  The main idea behind these is that temple donors can sponsor one. The more money you give, the closer to the main altar your name will be. 


Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

First – really am enjoying seeing everyone’s pictures every week – I love the diversity in styles and subjects -and I really enjoy  “visiting” so many interesting places through your eyes….

My shot this week is of the village of Villanders in Northern Italy near the Dolomite Mountain Range –  we stayed  for a couple of days in a nice Gasthaus just to the left of the church – really beautiful area!  As we were driving up into the mountains one day we noticed our village across the valley and stopped to get the shot.  One thing I like about the shot is the snow line- I didn’t really even notice it at the time I took the shot but really like the end result.   

Have a good week everyone! 


Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

Fresh from the scanner, a shot I’ve got couples of days back on my way out from Jordan, I had couples of hours walk around the old city, stop for a coffee at a small local coffee shop where locals hang around, smoking waterpipe and playing cards.

I normally let my photo lab to process my rollfilms but this time I took my chances to do my own developing, I am happy that it didn’t turn into a disaster as I actually expect it

Shot with Mamiya 7II, 45mm F/4.5, Kodak TriX 400TX




Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

Almost sunrise, Monday morning, 3/7/2011 – Larkspur Landing looking towards San Quentin.

Lots of nice colors and an electrical line tower for contrast; taken from the ferry boat — getting ready for the ferry commute trip to San Francisco. 

Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 2.8L lens at 55mm, ISO 800, f/5, 1/250

-Ken Papai

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

 7th Avenue, NYC: B&W seemed to suit this shot better because the sky was to overexposed for my taste.  I wanted to capture not only the magnitude of the buildings but how is all seems to go together like a giant jigsaw puzzle at times as well.


Special Bonus photo

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

Godzilla – Ken Yamamoto

This was taken very close to the Sasanqua photo.  There was Godzilla Statue and I tried to make it look like real or like movie scene.  Godzilla in the busy business/shopping district and not so many people were paying attention to it.  Just one word – cool!
D700, 105mm VR, f/2.8, 1/400s, ISO200

Tag: Godzilla on the street


The good old days – Gej Jones

This is a photo I have shared before.  I thought it would stir some emotions to see it again! When I was 17 years old, there was a gas war in Detroit and I paid $0.13 for a gallon of gas. Three guys came out to check the air pressure in my tires, wash my window and look under the hood.

Now we’re lucky if we don’t have to mortgage the house to fill the tank.



Fishy – Jeannean Ryman

This was a week of experimenting for me (in an effort to go beyond my comfort zone and get out of this slump I’ve been in). I remembered seeing an article about Andy Teo, family physician, who uses toys and/or common items to create abstracts (Popular Photography, Feb. 2011). I borrowed my little friend’s slinky on Sunday and took a few pictures. I wasn’t getting anything I liked too much, so decided I needed to do my own take. I walked around looking for some inspiration and found this little plastic fish laying on the ground. I went home, laid down on my back, held the fish and slinky at one end, and shot straight up towards the sky with the other end of the slinky resting on the lens. Luckily I was in my yard behind the fence while I was doing this. My neighbors think I’m weird already. I kind of liked the way it turned out with the vivid colors (shot standard mode/ jpg), and in a roundabout way, it became a tribute to my last remaning fish. I have an aquarium, but there was only one little fish left after about 10 yrs. I was waiting until it died a natural death before deciding if I was going to redo the aquarium, or dismantle it. My little fish finally “croaked” this past week, so this photo is a tribute to my hardy little fish and it’s journey on. 🙂

Nikon D90/18-105mm VR @18mm, 1/1500, f/6.7, ISO 200. Tags: fish, abstract, slinky, fun photography



Week 59

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 NYC Street Performers                                                                                                                It’s getting a little warmer and the street performers are coming out. I always run into a lot of different acts around central park.  When I went downtown Saturday to shoot the Tram for the transportation special, I went over to the south east corner outside the park at 59th and 5th Avenue.  It is right by the Plaza Hotel, and a favorite place to get Horse drawn Carriages (backup shot for Transportation).

Right away I spotted a very large group of people surrounding this group of performers. They had a very good act the combined dance, gymnastics and comedy. In fact they put on about a 1/3 hour show that was very well received by the large crowd that gathered. Actually enjoyed watching them and hope I run into them again.

 Nikon D300  AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED @120 mm                  1 /125 sec, f/5.3, ISO 320   March 12, 2011   2:54:22PM                                                               

   Tags: Street performers, New York Central Park, street dancing,   


Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello All
New buildings and its reflections in Puerto Madero neighbourhood a trendy area now in Buenos Aires city.

Nikon D300 + Tamron 10-24mm @24 mm
ISO 1250 ( Yes…I didn’t check the camera properly before shooting…will I ever learn???)  f 6.3 – 1/160

                                      Tags: modern architecture, reflections, glass


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

The runoff at the base of the Multnomah falls after a cold snap in February.

Pentax k20d + DA 55-300 @ 55mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/100 sec.



Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

My photo this week is from last fall during our trip to Desoto State Park.  I was thrilled to get a few photos of deer.  This little fawn was adorable.
Nikon D5000, 220mm, F/7.1, 1/250s, auto ISO 800


Tags:  Desoto State Park, Fort Payne AL, fawn, wildlife, Sharpshooters International


Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

I do not recall who asked for a photograph of the Pharmacy i showed a few weeks ago but here it is, with the narrow street too. I think it looks very neat and it really is a shame that the old houses are now only used as warehouses for the shops in nearby streets.

Hope you are all well, wherever you are




Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

Bradford Pear Flowers.”

 It’s that time of the year when we can rejoice to the fact that Spring is near, and the dreary days of Winter are almost gone.

Nikon D200, ISO 100, f/4, 1/1000 sec., 105mm f/2.8 macro lens.


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

I have spent 2 hours on Sun. and 2 hours Mon. at Eagle Lake Park about a mile from my house. Spring is really here in Fl. We are having great weather. Tonight as soon as I got to a small lake were I go to shoot I spotted this Hawk. I got off a couple of shots before he dove out of the tree and tried to grab a baby duck. There were 2 mother ducks with about 10 new borns   each. I wish I would have got a shot of that. Really enjoyed the Transportation special. I knew everyone would come up with something really nice. Great job everyone.Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/7.0, 1/800sec, ISO 800, + 1 step, Mono pod. Still my favorite lens. 🙂



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi everyone, hope all is well.    Ken, hope that you are still doing  well.  The news seems so bleak and so much heartache. My picture this week is one with dew drops.   I thought it was on a  spider web, but I not sure that is what is was .

I hope you like it .  I call it Nature’s Jewelry.

Nikon D300  60mm micro with 24mm extension tube



Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Hello all.  Again, thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts.  Very touching.  Fortunately, Tokyo is in good shape, much better than you may think.  But the nuke plant in the north is really worrying.  But it is really far from Tokyo…..  Also, thank you for commenting on my Transportation photo, which is very memorable journey for me now.
I was too busy last weekend with other family stuff and I couldn’t go around with my Nikon.  But here is what I took last week, the evening before the quake.  This is the close up of a watch


– I attended some reception of a watch brand to present the novelty this year. Although I just had Lumx, I think this one came out very good, despite poor lighting.  Must be the camera 🙂  I can’t explain what is what in this limited space, but pretty interesting complicated watch.  The whole watch picture follows the close-up, in case you wonder where the watch is 🙂

Panasonic Lumix LX-5, 24mm (in 35mm camera term), f/4, 1/60s, ISO 160 (A mode)

  Tag: watch, Lange & Sohne, Regulator, Tourbillon


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                     wonderful job with the Transportation Special, I enjoyed the photos, and the ideas of what actually could be considered as transport, very much.                                               Also, thank you for the comments on my last photo, I appreciate them very much.

This week another take on the pin-up theme, this time with a little voyeuristic twist. 

Have a great week,  Jana

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, f/2.8@ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/160s


Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

One of nature’s most efficient forms of transportation (yes Joe, a macro ;). The bee. Without the bee pollinating flowering plants, we’d live in a very drab world, have higher food costs and not as much variety. In this month’s National Geographic, there is a great article on the importance of bees (Nikon D90/Tamron 60mm macro @ 1/180, f/11, ISO 400):





Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi all!                                                                                                                                           Great photos last week and in special theme, as always. 🙂 First to Ken in Japan, my sympathies to you, your family and the people of Japan. Terrible tragedy is going there. If this happened anywhere else on the world it we would be already in millions of victims…   As a kid I remember the Chernobyl disaster and I’m not sure that we are not now suffering effects of radiation from it.

Ah, to nicer things. My photo for this week is from last autumn, a picturesque Trakoscan castle here in Croatia. I hope you like it.

Thank you for your comments from last week.

Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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



Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

I’ve been without a computer & internet since last Tuesday.

Ken, I’m so happy to read that you are OK!

Sorry to have missed the transportation theme on Monday.  

I had hoped to offer up the following:                                                                                        Where in the US can a plane pass over a car, while the car passes over a train, while the train passes over a runner, while the runner passes over a boat…… all at the same time?

My photo this week is of the St. Michaels Cemetery in Pensacola, FL.

D90 – 1/500sec – f/5.6 – ISO 200 – 18-200@135mm – Aperture Priority


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

For the first time in my life I shot with a “full frame” digital body and a long telephoto prime lens.  It set me back a few dollars to do this but it was a wonderful and fulfilling experience.  I really I wanted to simply hire a 200-400 f/4 VR II for my D300 to bring it to a cropped 600 mm at its longest reach.  But it was not available (apparently not returned during a hire out).  With this telephoto prime I also had to hire a D3 body to keep the focal length at 600 mm. 

 All I can report is that both the body and lens are extraordinary.  The equipment is heavy but easy to manage with a monopod.  But the bulk is something else.  The results are stunning and as one commentator put it, the DOF is so razor thin that you could shave your legs with it.  Those with a passion for shooting birds will love this lens.

 I have been using my 70-200 fitted with a TC-20E III teleconverter for some time now.  This brings it to an effective 140-400 at f/5.6 in FX format or 210-600 at f/5.6 in DX format.  While the TC-20E III has raised the image quality to a new (and very acceptable) level, the difference in image quality between this set-up and the native glass equivalent is still there and becomes more evident when viewing the images in larger file formats.

My shot is part of the cricket finals matches that I was photographing over the weekend.  At this size it is harder to appreciate the image quality of the lens.  But the detail in the enlarged images is amazing.  Well, the dream is over but the joy of this experience will live on through the images taken over the weekend. 

Camera: Nikon D3                                                                                                                            Lens: AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR                                                                                Settings: 1/801s at 600mm with f/4 and ISO 1000 (SP, monopod)



Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

Back Out West again- my favorite destination.   This is another shot from Canyonlands National Park – actually after we came off the off road trails and looking back out over the landscape – I’m drawn to the wide open spaces and in this shot I really like the color contrasts – the blue of the sky against the multi-shaded rock scapes. 


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This is an offering table for the gods of Longshan Temple in Taipei.  The temple is a must-see if you visit Taiwan and is always very full of activity. I often return when I’m in the area since it’s in a good, central location and next to the Longshan subway stop.  

This table is full of food for the gods.  People present offerings of incense, food, flowers, and other items.  Food is then taken home and eaten.  

Taken with the 35mm at f/8.  I was getting a nice 1/320 speed even in the shade with an ISO of 400.  

Have a great week, everyone!

                                              Tags: religion, temple, longshan, taipei, nikkor, prime, 35mm, d5000, nikon, travel, chinese, culture, taiwanese


Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

First of all I’m glad Ken saved with his mother. This earthquake and tsunami in Japan are really a huge disaster but I’m more afraid about the radiation leak now. Ken, please be more careful, take care.
I missed week #58 because I was at French Guyana. But my post from Suriname, captured few days ago. A traditional passenger boat approaches to the pier, early in the morning. 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, 1/1250sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Photo: Chevron’s Oregon Voyager medium sized tanker ship, built 1999, sailing towards the Bay Bridge. I took this photo Monday (3/14/2011) on the ferry boat leaving the SF Ferry Building heading home from the office.

Canon EOS 7D, 35mm, ISO 200, 1/1600, f/5 on a really gloomy day.

** My best to Japan and their recovery from this large disaster **

-Ken Papai


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

One from the end of last summer up in Burlington, Vermont

D100 – Sigma 28-200 zoom


Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This shot has nothing really going on but I took it because it reminds me of a place I love to go – back up in the Rocky Mountains on a logging road. This place is about 30 miles from the entrance to Teton National Park, but since it’s a logging road, no one (except a couple of locals) drives it. The views are awesome and as long as you can pull off the road, you are allowed to camp. These roads are mapped and weave through the mountains for over 100 miles (at least in the Teton National Forest) – just stop by a National Forest Ranger Station and pick up a map and bear info. I hope I’m doing this in about 4 or 5 months….

Nikon D100 1/320 sec, f11, 50mm Matrix



 Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everything is as bad as it might appear……..
Top photo is a 5 day old hatchling New Holland Honey Eater.  I Found the nest in a relatively open place in my garden a couple of weeks ago and saw it had two eggs inside it.  Both eggs hatched and at present both hatchlings are strong and healthy.  Getting both to demand food simultaneously was very difficult.  As you can see, the hatchlings are ugly.  But as the bottom photo shows, ugly soon becomes beautiful, these are adult New Holland Honey Eaters, photographed in my garden around this same time last year. 
The world may appear to be a dim and foreboding place at present but if you look hard enough there is always some beauty to be found……..



Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

Hello everyone,

I am still living the hectic life but want to keep up, so here is a photo I took a while ago in Tuscany. I think the town is Montepulciano.  Great town, great wine, great food. We found a way in to town that was away from the tourists. This was taken along that path.



Special Bonus photo

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

Spring at the lake – Rick Dohme

Spring at the lake. Mom and her kids. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/7.0, 1/100sec, ISO 800, mono pod



Playing with the Holga lens – Joseph Leotta

The $24.00 Holga all plastic lens came yesterday. Ran a few test shots with the D300 to see what it can do to turn back the hands of time. Seems to give the desired effects as described.  There is no real focusing, just 4 focus zones, no aperture, just fixed F8 which leads to a dim viewfinder. There is no way to meter thru the lens so you set the camera on manual and play trial and error with the shutter and ISO till you get a good chimp. Took me 3 shots to get this exposure.

Looks like it has a lot of possibilities.  As shot in jpeg – resized only

  Tags : Holga lens, holga digital photo, holga plastic lens on DSLR, Holga Nikon lens


Week 60

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

Spring Snow in Vermont

Vermont just never disappoints. The cold mountain creek waters feed by melting snows are crystal clear. The air has such a fresh sweet smell to it that you never want to leave.  After the bitter cold of winter and battle with the elements, this has the nicest day of the year so far, with warm bright sunshine and no need for a coat – just a sweater or sweatshirt. It is days like this that you remember for a long time.

D700    AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6D IF at 42mm  1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 320

   Tags: spring snow, melting snow feed creek, Vermont spring snow, crystal clear river


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

The morning paper

New Orleans, walking around the French quarter to get some breakfast..

Pentax k20d + Tamron 28-75 @ 75mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/160, + 0.3 EV



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“Ape Library”

 I was driving along a highway nearby, and I saw this sign, and did a double take. I almost wrecked my car. I went back to photograph it, and saw that the sign was damaged and in disrepair. Talking to a couple of locals, who wanted to know why I was photographing the sign, I found out that it originally said “Tape Library.” Signs can be so much fun.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/250 sec.



Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

Hi everyone.   Ken,  I hope things are going well for you and your family.

I visited the botanical gardens in City Park a few days ago.  It was a gorgeous day filled with sunshine, birds singing and gorgeous flowers.  It was one of those days that  feeds your soul.  So, my picture this week is a welcome to spring.   I hope you enjoy.

D300  105mm micor  ISO 200

Birdie/Roberta                                                                                              www.birdied.zenfolio.com



Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

It has not been a very productive week; the camera was only active Saturday night, the moon, and today, Monday, for the sunrise.

I chose the sunrise because the moon light and the reflections in the water exceed the cameras EV possibilities. Had to use HDR or combine 2 photos to get the picture I wanted. Sunrise is easier and I did not have to leave the living roomJ. So here it is.

All the best, Jens 

  Tags. Morning, sunrise, spring, trees.


Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

Deb and I skied Mad River Glen with their motto “Ski it if you can” over the weekend with friends… wild conditions with temps 15 – 40… cliffs… rocks… un-groomed and gnarly… bumps of all shapes and sizes and steeps… what a great weekend… so I decided to go with a steep theme for this weeks picture… similar to looking down a shoot this weekend before we jumped down in… although keeping in mind warm and summer around the corner I HOPE… It’s snowing like crazy here in Connecticut today…

This picture was taken with a Canon 7D, 28 – 90mm and a UV Haze Canon filter with no photo shop from Monhegan island 15 miles off the Maine coast (in the Summer) looking down from a cliff approximately 125 feet above the Atlantic ocean.  



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello to all!

I still don’t have the time to photograph at all. 😦 So I’m sending another one from the archive. This photo was taken, or should I say created at the end of year 2008.

It’s a HDR of 6 photos. Dusk on the nearby Drava river. Nikon D80 + Sigma 10-20@10mm, f20.

Pozdrav, Filip.                                                                                                                                   Moje fotke: http://www.filiplucin.com/                                                                                       Moj blog: http://www.blog.filiplucin.com/

                   tags: river, dusk, rocks, hdr


Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

This is the store front of the neighbor Soba (buck wheat noodle) restaurant.  Felt a touch of spring and the lamp beside the Noren (curtain in front) was impressive.  Blurred pink was actually the flowers of Ume – usually the first sign of spring.  The time was about when to open for dinner….

D700, 85mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO400 (A priority)

                        Tag: Ume, Japanese Apricot, Soba, lamp


Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This was taken at a protest against nuclear power in Taipei last weekend. It all started in the wake of the Fukushima incident and maybe understandably, Taiwanese area  bit leery of the nuclear power already here. 

I personally don’t have an issue with it, but it made an interesting site – as this protest was HUGE. 

  Tags: nuclear, power, protest, nikon, d5000, nikkor, 35mm, politics, taipei, taiwan


Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Hello to Everyone!                                                                                                                             I hope you are all doing well.  Looking forward to seeing all of your photos.

This week I sending you a shot I took in Pensacola.  The Seville Quarter is one of the oldest in the country.  This stained glass lantern caught my eye and I thought I would pass it on.

Have a great week!  Spring is REALLY here!


D90 – 1/80sec – f/9.0 – 18-200@130mm – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority



Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

I used to love taking shots with my Rollei, back in the good old film days. It was tack sharp, exposures were spot on, easy to use – and oh ya, the film. I really liked the Fuji film as it really popped greens and reds. The downside was the cost of extra lenses – OMG. I could buy two D300s bodies for the cost of a nice 75mm. And it took days to get the slides back since no one nearby developed this film. Anyway, here is a shot of the Badlands in South Dakota. It’s a scan but you should see the print. It’s almost 3D.

Rollei 6×6 50mm, ISO100, 1/250 sec, f18 


Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

I wanted to show my neighborhood – it’s been rainy and stormy here the past five weeks, with another week of rain forecasted. I shot this like color slide film – exposed for JPG only (sRGB color space in fact), something I don’t often do, LOL. My house is right in the middle. We live at the bottom of a very steep hill so feel safe and isolated from wanderers.

Photo: Sterling Way, Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 mm at 24mm, ISO 200, f/9, 1/800th, Av (aperture) mode, centered-weighted ave. metering, late Sunday afternoon, 3/20/2011.

-Ken Papai


Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Well another very busy week has past. With my daughter in Thailand and no softball games I had more time to shoot. Thanks Gej for the kind comments last week. My favorite pic came as a surprise. I was heading to the store to get lunch and I spotted a large raptor on a street light pole by a lake. I went down the road and turned around and went back to see what it was. I parked about 75 feet from him and was afraid my large f350 truck would scare him off. My camera was on the back seat ready to shoot so I quickly shot some pics of him sitting still. I wanted some good flying pics so I slipped quietly out my door and got ready for him. I realized he was a full size immature eagle. My heart was pounding. He was over 24″ in height. He took off and to my surprise circled back right over my head three times. Then I spotted what had him sitting there. Fresh road kill. He swooped down and grabbed a freshly killed water bird and flew off. I got several good flying shots. These birds are amazing. I live in such a populated area but there seems to be enough water and wetlands to keep them around thanks to our counties conservation efforts.

 Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/14, 1/320sec, ISO 400




Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello everyone
I play competition darts of a Wednesday night and love it. I am an average player though. You may well notice that one flight is a different colour to the other two. This is very strategic by me as i always throw one crappy dart and i like to know which one it is :-)))

D90 Lensbaby Composer with creative aperture kit


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                           Big thank you for the comments on my photo last week, I very much appreciate them.

This week a tribute to the female form.

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


 Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/125s


Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Hello all,                                                                                                                                              I did not have access to a telephoto lens for the Super Moon event but that did not stop me from trying.  The moon pic struck me as a curiosity because I actually detected the ‘points’ around the moon with my eye (ISO 800, f/22, 5 seconds).  The orange spot? I have no idea. 

When I turned around to my house, it was cast in an eery glow; I didn’t really capture it but here it is(ISO1600, f/22, 15 sec.). I will be away next week so no submission for me next week, but I will be watching for all of yours!




Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

This is a photo from my November 2009 files of a gentleman we saw resting in a park where we had stopped for a picnic lunch while on vacation in North Carolina.  I have always liked the feeling it gave me. 
Kodak Z7590



Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

I’m finding a lot of small bugs on small wildflowers. Spring is definitely here. This is a little katydid. (D90/60mm Tamron @ 1/125, f/8, ISO 200) Hope everyone has a good week!




Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 A hornero Bird halfway building its nest on a pedestrian railway bridge in my town. I took this pic almost 2 years ago. The bird completed the nest, used to raise its “kids” and then abandoned. 
A few days ago workers were removing the nest to put a new coat of paint and I remembered this pic.

Nikon D300 + 18-200mm @65mm
ISO 4000 (Yes 4000… I forgot to check the ISO and used the night before settings!!)  – f 9 – 1/3200




Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Gej, thanks a lot for your comment to my photo last week.

Young Muslim girls are enjoying their time on trampoline during a celebration two weeks ago.  They were behind safety net. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

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



Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

Autumn is well and truly in play here in my garden, cooler nights and mild days signal the end of warm summer flowering plants and the changing of seasons.  I was in the process of photographing this curled up / finished osteospermum daisy when a hover fly made a timely landing on top of the flower……… fortunately I had the aperture closed down enough to get the fly in focus as well…….  it’s about being prepared at the right place, at the right time……..

Captured hand held with my trusty D700 + Kiron 105mm MF micro lens  @f/11, 1/800th sec,  ISO 3200



Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This is what happens when a website collapses at night.

Nikon D200 fitted with Nikkor AF-S 18-200 mm VR @ 200 mm, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (using on camera flash).



Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot from the grounds of James Madison’s home Montpelier in VA –  this was on the property back behind the house and gardens- the home and surrounding grounds are really beautiful –  I just liked the shot of the old barn down the windy path framed by some beautiful trees.   Not many people around that particular day so it was very peaceful.   A very nice place to wander around and to try to imagine what it was like back in the mid /late 1700’s –  for those of you who don’t know American history, James Madison was the 4th President.    He spent much of his life in the home – I believe they still hold horse races on the grounds –   one of many great places in VA to visit for history buffs.   

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s photos again this week – it’s always so enjoyable to see your varied talents.  Hope you all have a great week. And hope things are improving for Ken and family in Japan – always in our thoughts.



Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

From the files, a leftover from my days in Burlington Vermont



Special Bonus photo

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

Pretty purple flowers – Rick Dohme

It was almost dark at the park and I decided to take a couple shots of these pretty purple flowers. I looked through the lens and noticed what I thought was a Humming bird hovering over the flowers.I got real excited and started shooting away. It was so dark that until I got home did I discover they were Humming bird moths. The link below tells about the Moths. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/2.8, 1/100sec, ISO 1250




French quarter Mule – Roberta Davidson

 Mules still work in the French quarter, but now they pull tourist around.



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