Weeks 61 to 65

Week 61

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

3 Oldies but Goodies

They are Vera 88, Mary 89 and Connie 93 years old left to right.  This is what goes on in my house every day. My Mother, Mary in the middle lives in our house in the downstairs apartment, her sister Vera comes over just about every day and my late father’s sister Connie who lives around the corner is here every day. Let me tell you they are a handful.  I could write comedy stories about what really happens with them.  You would not believe how much work my wife does taking care of the 3 of them plus a 4th who is not pictured here, her mother. For example, not 1 of them understands the concept that the TV has to be on channel 3 and you change the channel on the cable box. At least a ½ a dozen times a week we’re running downstairs or over to someone’s house just to put the TV back on channel 3. Another difficult concept is the fact that the cordless phone must go back on its base to charge, if not it stops working after a while. We are taxi drivers; take care of doctor’s appointments, medicine distribution, shopping, fight referees and so on and so on……

Nikon D300   AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED  Shot at 27 mm

Available light  1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1000  auto WB

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

On average, this weekend was the beginning of the “Cherry Blossom” season in Tokyo area, but it was extraordinarily cold winter and it is taking a bit longer to make the buds open.  I just went to check the status and this is what I found.  Not quite the celebratory stage, but kinda cute.  This was taken on the bank of a small river and in the full-blown season, both sides of the river becomes pinkish.  Tokyo is having quite normal days, except for power save mood everywhere – down escalators are powered off, half the elevators are powered off, a bit dark office area, etc.  But we are having normal days – we go to work, work, come home, sleep.  No panic at the super market, there are bottled water on the shelves, most of the shelves are full of stuff.  Thank you for your kind thoughts and I, for one, am having normal days.  Ken
www.kih.me

D700 70-180mm Macro @180mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO200 (Auto ISO)

Tag: Tokyo, cherry blossom

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

Gigantic Crab                                                                                                                             Wilmington, NC 03/22/2011                                                                                                           Sunrise Beach Walk

Taking well needed rest on the beach in North Carolina, looking for photo ops, spotted this giant crab from 100 yards away. He is well trained as it turns out and does not eat people. Still partial to seafood it seems and lucky for me!

F 3.2 ,ISO 352. No flash, 12.9 mm                                                                                            Cropped, resized, border.

Crab, ocean, sunrise, beach, sand.

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

This past weekend we attended our cousins surprise baby shower. As a token, my sisters baked these cookies that everyone got to take home with them. They spend the better part of week baking and decorating these and when all was said and done, they turned out over 300!

 Needless to say, it was a busy week in the Leotta kitchen. 

Rocking Horses, Teddy Bears, Baby Carriages and Oneies  

 D100 – SB 80DX Flash Bounced, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Last Thursday I went for another walk in the park and took my flash. This red wing black bird just kept coming close to me and singing his heart out.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/7.0, 1/60sec, ISO 500, SB 800 flash with diffuser, Mono pod

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

The desert has many faces; the most colorful is in the spring when the cacti and wildflowers are blooming.

It is quite amazing to see such delicate and fragile flowers produced in such a harsh environment.

Pentax k20d + Tamron 90mm macro f/4.5, 1/40 sec, ISO 200

 

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi all!

As always lot’s of nice photos last week, and I’m already looking forward this week’s photos . I finally had some spare time and some nice weather last Saturday, so I vent for a walk to capture some spring flowers. And I’ve found this.

Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@240mm, f5.3, 1/400, ISO 100.

Thank you all for your comments!                                                                                               Pozdrav, Filip.

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

          tags: spring, flower, blooming, white, yellow, green

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

I want to again say, Thank You to everyone!  You are a great group and I feel very fortunate to have you as friends.  The help, suggestions, comments and good times are very much appreciated.  I hope your week goes well and that you have an opportunity to enjoy taking photos.

While returning from the Post Office yesterday, my wife pointed out this weathervane to me.  Later, I went back and photographed the firetrucks, bells, sirens, and the weathervane.  I thought the sunset was perfect for the firefighter and added it to the photo using CS5.  I hope you enjoy the result.

Orange Beach Firefighter Weathervane

D90 – 1/200sec – f/8.0 – 18-200@65mm – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority – CS5

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

The Back Side” Part of the New Orleans French Quarter that people seldom see. This is the back side of several buildings which were sort of row houses, each separated only by a brick wall. Each or the protrusions were at one time servants’ quarters, and are now used as apartments. Improvised remodeling and spontaneous construction becomes sort of a visual cacophony of structural modifications. This always interests me, because it often reflects a resourcefulness and economy of materials and expense.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/160 sec.

 

 

Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan 

These crab-eating macaques were at the Hsinchu Zoo last Saturday keeping warm. We’re finally breaking out of a cold spell here, and I’m certainly ready for a real spring in Taiwan after some record-cold temperatures. 

d5000 nikon 70-300mm nikkor

Tags: crab eating macaque monkey zoo hsinchu

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                Great week last week, wonderful shots from everyone!!   Ken,  I sure  hope things are okay with you and your family.

My shot  was not really planned.  I was out laying in the grass once again, looking for some dew drops when I noticed this very tiny spider strand between blades of grass. This little spider was sitting next to the dew drop.  Unfortunatley, there was no way to get  a flower behind the drop.  Hope you enjoy.

D300 60mm micor with extension tubes

Birdie/Roberta                                                                                                www.birdied.zenfolio.com

 

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

The winter has been long and cold but all the ice has gone now. It’s been rough to the birds too and not all made it.

Here is a swan that did not.

P7000 F4,5 1/867,3s?? P-mode.

All the best, Jens

  

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                          Wonderful photos last week, I am sure this week will be equally as good, we are an exceptional group of photographers 🙂

This week I took my friend for a photography lesson to one of my favourite places, to the cemetery. I know, sounds morbid, but I love the calmness there. 

Have a lovely week,  Jana 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/800, f/2.8 

  

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

This weeks photo was taken last week while in the BVI’s. It was taken on Peter Island on a remote beach toward the open ocean. It is a small older wooden boat that was broken up during a storm and ended up on the beach where it has fallen into decay. The material in the stern of the boat is mostly ground coral and larger pieces of coral were several inches deep over much of the beach. While at a distance this beach looks white and sandy it is virtually all bleached white coral and a few shells. To the right is the stern of a second boat which appears to have washed up in the same or a similar storm.

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

I was at my favorite place and scene again, an early morning three weeks ago. A typical passenger boat approaching to the pier. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

PS. The stain at near upper-right corner probably a rain drop.

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

Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, @20mm, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello everyone
Not much photographing done this week so i am submitting a daisy. It was windy so used a higher ISO to get a faster shutter speed

D90 Tamron 90mm lens 1/800sec @ f16 ISO800

  

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

I haven’t had much time to take any photos lately, but down at the beaver pond there are two Blue Heron’s guarding two nests.  So, I just have to try.  Maybe a better photo of them later.  I haven’t had much time to observe them yet, so I do not know if the female is on the nests with males guarding, or what, but I just hope there will be babies!  This poor bird is SO ugly, but please forgive him/her, I think he’s had a bad feather week!
 
Nikon D5000, 240mm, F/5.3, 1/320s, Auto ISO 200 

 

Tags:  Sharpshooters, birds, wildlife, Blue Heron

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot of a sunset just outside of Jamestown,VA.  

The picture doesn’t really do it justice – it was on of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen. Still I’m pleased with the shot and I love the vivid colors. Another historical area of the country and really beautiful too –  my kind of place. 

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“A Peek Inside”

Winemaker’s Dinner at Freemark Abbey Winery, St. Helena, Calif., Saturday evening, 3/26/2011.  This is the first time ever they have held a dinner here: a food & wine pairing in their cellar room.

Photo: EOS 7D, 24-70 lens, ISO 1600, f/4, 1/50.                                                                                 -Ken Papai

 

  

Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

My photo this week is more about being in the right place at the right time, plus it was somewhat comical. I was stalking some Ibis and American Avocets in the canal near where I live on Sunday morning. I was trying to sneek up on them from behind a tree (in my camo clothes ;). I got a feeling someone was watching me, so looked up, and there were three parakeets “frozen” on the trunk of a palm tree. It was like, “Don’t move and maybe she won’t notice us!”  At first, I thought they were fake, but quickly realized I’d come face to face, literally, to some of the most elusive birds around here. You see them flying in flocks or occasionally perching HIGH up in trees, but I have never seen one, much less three, this close. I slowly moved my lens up to get a photo and realized I had to zoom OUT to get the parakeet closest to me in the frame. I took another in portrait mode to get all three, before they screeched and flew off. If you’re interested, that one can be seen here:

http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p691614033/h253e091d#h253e091d

Taken with Nikon D90/70-300mm VR @ 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 400) Tags: parakeet, wildlife

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

The puppy is our dog Jake at 6 months old, looking down the basement stairs, waiting for me to come up and play. The dog is Jake one year later, still waiting……

Settings: does anyone really care?

 

 

 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.

Regards,  Gladys

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

Stephenson’s Falls – Otway Ranges as viewed from the elevated viewing platform.

Tripod set with D700 + Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm with a Lee 10 stop ND filter.   20mm, f/9,  15 seconds,  ISO 400

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Running really late.

 Camera : D300                                                                                                                                     Focal length : 400mm                                                                                                                Exposure : Aperture-priority AE, 1 sec, f/4, ISO 1600, 1600

 

Special Bonus photo

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

Resourcefulness  – Stanley Beck

“Resourcefulness” This shopkeeper found an easy way to make his business cards available when he closed for lunch. A mousetrap nailed to his fron door frame is his card holder.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/125 sec.

 

The ‘Rape of Polyxena’  – Gej Jones

This is one of the 100 photos that is going into the ‘Italy Book’.

The ‘Rape of Polyxena’ is an amazing work of art.  I was taken by the tears.  

Not knowing what I was doing four years ago, I took 1500+ photos over ten days with a P&S Nikon 995. Last week I experimented with CS5 & Gaussian Blur until I was satisfied with the photo below.   If you have comments or suggestions, I would appreciate your input. 

 

Week 62

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Clouds and Haze over Manhattan                                                                                      I took this one from Ferry Point Park in the Bronx looking across Hells gate towards Manhattan. It’s called Hells gate because several bodies of water converge there making for strong currents and tough shipping. The Long Island Sound, Atlantic Ocean, East River, Little Neck Bay and Pelham Bay all meet there. The tidal action has torn boats apart in the old days of wooden shipping thus earning it name from the early settlers.  This photo shows a small section across the gate towards the East River and Manhattan. 

This photo came as sort of a surprise. The telephoto effect of pulling objects together completely changed the normal perspective from get from here.  The first body of land in the foreground on the right is Ricers Island which normally seems very far away and then the skyline which is barely noticeable from the park. Interesting that the telephoto effect was so pronounced with only a 135mm lens DX (200mm full frame).

I had the D100 laying in the car for those just in case ops. The D100 has had its sensor cleaned since I took this last week.

Nikon D100  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED at 135mm             1/2,000 sec, f/11, ISO 250

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 One from the archives, shot in 2008.

A rejuvenated mission church in old town Scottsdale. Converted to BW in CS3.

Pentax k10d + DA 16-45 @ 23mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 125

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 A couple of weeks ago my boss invited me to watch the Saturday qualifying sessions at the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix.  My boss is a historical sports car enthusiast and owns a few collectible sports cars, one of which he was driving as part of the Historical Car display which was an on and off track display over the running of the Grand Prix weekend.  This year he had entered his 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB as part of the display.  I had a great day photographing the historic cars both on and off the race track – so much so that I did not bother to photograph the F1 race cars, the historical cars really grabbed my attention. 

This photograph was taken on the dummy grid as the cars and drivers were waiting to be ushered onto the race track for their daily 20 minutes of display laps.  The car on the left of the photo is my boss’ Ferrari 275 GTB, he was parked next to another car with identical paint colours, both cars apparently have original paint colours.  The photo was taken in very dull light with high overhead grey thick cloud cover which muted colours somewhat.  I have extensively used colour and illumination dodging in Photoshop to lift the perceived ambient lighting and to better saturate the colours in the entire frame.  The image has a somewhat HDR look to it but for this sort of subject matter I think the “look” is appropriate.  I have also used a masked gradient layer in an attempt to bring some definition to the otherwise lifeless overhead cloud cover.  I’ve not used layer much in Photoshop so the whole experience was painstakingly slow but very rewarding.  I’m having this one printed out into a 20″x30″ matte print to present to my boss as a gift.
Taken hand held with D700 + Nikkor Ai 16mm f/3.5 fisheye lens @ f/8, 1/800th sec, ISO 800

This is a photo of my boss driving his Ferrari 275 GTB into turn 1 on the Grand Prix track at the Melbourne Formula 1 race this year.  I have had very little experience with sports or action photography and was keen to use my 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom for this occasion.  The historic cars lapped the race track for 20 minutes and I was high up above the track in a stand so I had plenty of opportunity to change my camera settings and try some different capture techniques.  I have settled on this photo as a favorite.  Nearing the end of the session I slowed my shutter speeds right down to as low as 1/100th of a second, set the continuous shooting mode to high speed and used the VR mechanism on my lens to try to keep the image crisp and  clean as I followed the car as it made it’s way into and out of the corner.  The light was dull and colours were muted but the exercise was really about trying to capture some still action frames whilst capturing a feeling of movement and motion.  I now really have an appreciation for sports photographers and how it can be difficult to isolate a subject and capture it crisply and yet convey the energy of motion and action in in the press of a button

Taken hand held with D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 200mm,  f/6.1,  1/125th sec. ISO 1250, with VR set to on and normal.

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 “Going to work” I couldn’t resist this shot of the early morning fog on the Mississippi River, just before sunrise. Pictured is the Canal St. Ferry, plowing through the surface fog, with the river bridge as a backdrop. It is a long common way of crossing the river, and at that hour, people from the west bank of the Mississippi River are heading for work in the central business district of New Orleans.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/5.3, 1/60 sec, on a tripod.

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 I like to sneak inside gates to see the backside and courtyards of townhouses. I did that the other day to see the courtyard of the Pharmacy I send in a few weeks ago, and here it is.

Thanks for the comments on my photo, very much appreciated. Will try to find the time next week to send my comments.

 All the best                                                                                                                                         Jens

 

Tags. Townhouse, courtyard.

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi all!                                                                                                                                                         First I’d like to say thank you to Ken and Gej for their comments, I appreciate them very much! My life is still not mine so I don’t do much photography this days… 😦 So, another photo from last year. I hope you like it.

Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@12mm, f8, ISO 200, 30 sec. Cokin IR filter.

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

tags: Infra red, IR, black and white, cross,

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Middletown Road elevated subway train station. The IRT number 6 train stops a few blocks from the house and takes me back and forth to work.

Nikon D100 Sigma 28-200 Zoom

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Hello & Happy Wednesday!                                                                                                                   I hope you are all doing well and had a restful weekend.  The warmth has returned to the South.  The flowers are exploding with color and as Stan told me earlier, the bees did come back!

While shooting what I call Bottlebrush flowers, I was drawn to the sound of bees and this guy posed just long enough for me to say.  ‘Got-ya!’

Gej

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

Hope everyone is doing well.  What a great weeks we keep having.  I really look forward to each week and  to each photo. I was out in my garden the other morning and surprised this little green tree frog. He jumped on my hand a few times and did not want to leave. It was a amazing moment in nature.  Some critters I don’t mind having a close encounter with 🙂

I am still trying to increase the magnification so experimenting with the 105mm micor, extension tubes and the Canon 500D. The lighting was with the R1 macro lighting .

Hope you enjoy                                                                                                                         Birdie/Roberta

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Thanks for the kind comments this week. I went on a guided fishing trip Saturday with my close friend. When we got back to the dock the captain started to clean our catch. This drew a crowd of about 20 pelicans and other assorted birds. I just stood there and shot 200 pictures of the pelicans fighting over the leftover fish parts. Each time he would throw in a piece of fish these two lazy bums would open there mouths and try to reach out and grab the fish without diving into the pile. They were about 5 feet from the fish each time. I don’t blame them. There was quite a scrum in the water. Its a good thing pelicans don’t have sharp teeth. If you look closely on the top right corner you will see the carcass of a speckled trout flying threw the air.

Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120 3.5, F/13, 1/2,000 ss, 102mm, ISO 800.

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

Storms, rain, storms again make the beautiful days even more special.  Sunshine and flowers just go together!  Native azalea on the bank of our lake.
 
Nikon D5000, 270mm, F/5.6, 1/640s, exp. comp -1.3 EV (by mistake), ISO 200

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

I shot this bird (not sure exactly what it is) at the end of January.  Its blue eyes stood out among the many sulphur crested cockatoos that feed off the fruit trees around this time of year.  I had forgotten about the shot but Jeannean’s experience with the parakeet reminded of it.  As Jeannean pointed out with her wonderful capture of the “frozen parakeets” being in the right place at the right time are the magic moments of good fortune.  And when (in her case) you can say, I had to “zoom OUT”, that’s the icing on the cake.

Camera: Nikon D300                                                                                                                       Lens: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII with TC-20E III                                                   Settings: 1/100s at 400mm with f/5.6 and ISO 220 (Manual, hand held)

 

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello everyone
A shot of the stamen on a day lily. Not sure of the botanical name. It was taken with the lensbaby, which i have not had much of a chance to really get familiar with yet. Too busy
I am sure many of you would be very creative with this lens but it is not for everybody. Mostly people either love or hate it with no middle ground

D90 Lensbaby Composer. Cannot remember the aperture as i have to put it in manually. Sorry

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

The spring has finally come – to some of the cherry blossom trees.  Not all are full blown, but some are showing nice touch of spring.  Taken last weekend.  Very warm – probably hi 60s in F and close to 20 in C.  Nice weather, a bit sweaty for me, though.  I still remember the last year DC tour and shots and I really miss those days.  But this is Tokyo and Tokyo is having its usual spring time….  Life goes on.  With tele and wind is blowing, so I had to use high shutter speed, thus a bit high ISO.  I need some breakthrough on photography.  All most every weekend I walk around with camera with a few lenses.  I want to think that I am getting better, but am I really?  Any suggestion?  Maybe I should go out to other distant country side, maybe I should try people shooting (I am extremely poor at it) or portrait, maybe learn more about PP other than Capture NX2, maybe try out B&W or film or….

Ken
www.kih.me

D700, 70-180mm macro @180, f/16, 1/500s, ISO900 (Auto ISO)


  Tag: Cherry Blossom, Tokyo, Spring 

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Hello Everybody,

thank you very much for the comments on my photo last week. This week a photo from a burlesque show I photographed last week, it was a fantastic evening and this lady, La Viola Vixen, took my breath away, she was utterly beautiful and was all adorned in peacock feathers, in fact she undressed to few peacock feathers, but I will keep those photos for now 🙂 

The light conditions were very difficult and the dancers were constantly in motion, so my priority was a very high ISO and I kept changing the aperture and shutter speed constantly (I only photograph in full manual mode). 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 6400, f/2.8, 1/250s

Have a lovely week and I look forward to seeing all your photos. They are getting better and better every week. 

Jana

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello all
Sorry I couldn’t send an image for last week. I had arrived wednesday morning from Cordoba Province, in the middle of Argentina. I stayed a week more than original planed and had run out of spares pics!
 
Detail of an angel on a chapel. Inside Cordoba Cathedral.

Nikon D300 + Tamron 70-300 @125mm 
ISO 2000 – f 4.5 – 1/40

Tags: church angel 

 

 Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

As last week… this picture was taken in the BVI’s. My wife and I were watching a local fisherman throw a net into the water near the beach. He was trapping small bait fish to use to catch Red Snapper during twilight. He would throw the net in a circular motion where it would spread out and cover a 12′ by 12′ area. Lead sinkers on each end of the net would fall quickly to the bottom. He pulls a string and the corners draw in and he has trapped anything covered by the net…  He transferred the caught fish into his bucket… The endless story of big fish eating littler fish and odd ad infinitum…

 

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

I was in Phoenix, Arizona last week with just my Coolpix from Nikon.  This is a different kins of shot but I liked the effect and the colors.  It is taken through the colorless vapors of fire pit that were between me and the somewhat ordinary scene (for Arizona) in front of me.  It was somewhat impressionistic and I wanted to try to capture it.  ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/640

Hope everyone is well,                                                                                                                       Gladys

 

 

Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

I went out to Bentsen State Park/World Birding Center Saturday morning hoping to spot a Painted Bunting or some other “cool” bird, but didn’t find anything unusual. However, I do love the Green Jays. This was my favorite because it’s so hard (for me) to capture their eyes. I enjoyed a nice spring day and hiked somewhere close to 10 miles. I got this shot while sitting on a bench after a 5 mile trek to the hawk tower. Love this type of day. 🙂 Taken with Nikon D90/70-300mm VR/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/180, f/5.6, ISO 400.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

First – week 61 was another great week with so many wonderful shots again-  it just gets better and better.   Thanks to those who offered comments -one day I hope to add some as well but in the meantime I applaude everyone’s shots!

This is a shot of an old barn on the property where we stayed in Culpeper,VA – near the Shenandoah National Park- just thought it was a neat shot and I liked the combination of the fall colors and the bleached out barn against the bright blue sky – I like that the owners have left the old barn standing and it just completes the shot for me and fits the landscape around this area.

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Gej, Greg thanks a lot for your great words to my photo last week. Greg here are lots of storm, sunny periods even in an hour.

One of guest priest watching to documentaries about Blessed Priest Peter Donders,  at the pilgrimage site of Batavia during the annual meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) Directors – Dutch Antilles, in Paramaribo, Suriname almost two months ago.  Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, @16mm, f/5.1, 1/350sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

I’m back on line after missing last couples of weeks, some personal commitments kept me away from photography for a while. But the urge to get pictures was hard to overcome so I start thinking about a small personal photo project about life of ordinary people living in provincial small towns.
While I could comfortably drive around I actually preferred to go by train and pick some photos up on the way. This was a commuters train and obviously I was not blending very well among the other travelers with my camera around my neck, drawing curiosity of these two kids.

Shot with Nikon F6, my 35mm ZF regular lens and Kodak TriX 400 film.

 

 

Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

Not much time for much detail as I’ve been categorizing a few hundred shots from last weekend’s concert festival called Spring Scream here in Taiwan. This is a band performing on the third night of the festival. I was lucky enough to get stagefront/backstage access, which made it possible to work very closely with the 35mm.  

More on this later – I hope everyone’s week is great! 

 Tags: d5000, nikon, 35mm, prime, concert, photography, japanese, band

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This is one of my favorite pictures of a hallway in the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral. I was told by one of the staff of the cathedral that this exists today, nearly exactly (except for the wooden frames on the walls) as it did during the time of Thomas Becket. In fact, I took this picture because it is thought to be the path that Becket took to the entrance of the cathedral (just to the right and out of the picture) where he was murdered. The stone seats against the wall still show graffiti – names with dates, tracings of shoes, designs, and board games. When I look at this shot, I can picture a scene where clergy members are sitting, enjoying a a bright warm afternoon, playing a game before mass.

Nikon D300s Sigma 14mm f2.8, 1/50 sec, f3.5, matrix metering

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

Golden Gate at Sunset

I was driving this Tuesday evening to pick up my mom at SFO airport.  I pulled up into the Marin Headlands on the way to the airport to get a photo just before sunset of the GGB and the SF skyline. Excellent weather here today.

EOS 7D, 24-70 at 24mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250 -2/3 EC (reduce camera shake, processed in raw), 4/5/2011

 

 

Special Bonus photo section

This week we have our first 3 photo essay. During the year each member of the group can present one.

 A walk in the Park – Joseph Leotta

Let’s go for a walk in one of the most famous parks in the world, New York’s Central Park. Located right in the middle of Manhattan, it’s always a hotbed of activity. Photos are all from the same short walk I took last summer and taken within a 10 minute time span.

1st some row boats by the boathouse (restaurant) that are available for rent.

2nd walking a little further down, you pass Bethesda Fountain where you get a look at what can go on at any time in the park.  For the life of me I can’t figure this one out.  This was taken at lunch time on a Tuesday afternoon, but that’s central park for you.

 

And 3, something that you find all over the park, Street performers and Musicians. These guys actually had a great Jazz sound.

All photos – AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED                                               Shot raw  processed in NX2 and shot in a 10 minute span of each other.

 

Week 63

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

Flight

Sometimes the simplest pictures are the best. I saw this seagull out of the corner of my and quickly pointed the camera in his direction and hoped for the best. Got a little lucky and was able to get off 2 shots before he darted away. A little crop in post to center him and here’s one that I could look at for a long time. I just find the simplicity of the wing spam in a graceful glide supporting the bird’s body amazing. Makes flight look so easy. Graceful is one of the words that come to mind.

Nikon D300 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED  at 135 mm         Aperture-priority  1/8,00 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, Compensation: -1

  Tags: Seagull, seagull flying, bird in flight, birds gliding, soaring brid, wings 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“Duo” Two street musicians warming up early in the morning for their days “work” in the New Orleans French Quarter. These two generally lay claim to a spot at Jackson Square, in front of the Cabildo and the St. Louis Cathedral.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/500 sec.

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Springtime……………………
 
Nikon D5000 300mm, F/5.6, 1/640s, ISO200

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

At a long walk in the forest Sunday found this weekend house just wanting to be photographed. A beautiful spot that made me wish it was mine.

Not possible but now I can look at it as often as I likeJ

Alll thebest                                                                                                                                            Jens

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Good morning to all my friend around the world!  I’m looking forward to viewing your work this week.

Last week the Gulf Coast got hit pretty hard with high winds and heavy rain.  I tried to shoot the ensuing lightening but found it to be very difficult.  The low cloud cover caused most strikes to be seen only as brilliant bright light behind the cloud cover. I took numerous 30 second shots but none of them gave me the results I was trying to capture.  No lightening flashes were actually visible until an amazing flash that went across the sky.  Of course I missed that one but I was fortunate enough to catch this one near the end of the storm.  There will be more storms!  If you have suggestions as to how I might improve my opportunities, please let me know.

Just a side note: Birdie and I hope to meet next week when my wife and I visit New Orleans.

D90 – 30seconds – f/5.0 – 18-200@60mm – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello everyone.

Thank you for comments for last week. About my photo, no I didn’t photoshop the mark on the sky. Contrails made it. 🙂 My photo for this week is form last Sunday, I finally had some time to photograph. Unfortunately, I forgot my IR filter at home so I didn’t photograph what I was hoping for but at least I got out and did some photography. This photo is your typical spring time landscape that could be almost anywhere on earth.

Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f13, 1/50, ISO 100.

Greetings, Filip.

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

tags: spring, landscape, flowers, forest, trees, hills, house

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Another week has flown by. Thanks for the kind comments on my picture. Last Friday as I was shooting my daughters softball game out of the sky fell a bagel and almost hit the right fielder on the head. I was about 20 feet from her. We were shocked and thought someone might have thrown it at her. Then out of the sky dropped the bomber and grabbed the bagel and flew off. Gave us all a laugh.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/10, 1/1,600sec, ISO 1000, Mono pod

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Hi all.  Great photos last week, everyone. 
I thought I would post Sakura again this week because the last weekend was the peak, but the weather was not spectacular and didn’t like any of Sakura pictures I took.  Instead, I submit this – a flower I found in the same park as Sakura.  People were all looking up for Sakura but this one was very beautiful on the side.  Anyway, Spring has come to Tokyo as usual.  Rest of the shots including Sakura can be found on my album.  Ken
www.kih.me

D700, 16-35 f/4, @18mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO200.

                     Tag: Tokyo, Sakura, Cherry Blossom, Park

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Another shot from my subway way shot from a week back. This is the 6 train, the train I ride for 2 hours everyday to and from work. This shot is very deceiving. While the subway looks spacious and empty, this is a rare occurrence. Typically during rush hour (the time I’m lucky enough to ride everyday) these cars are packed so tight it’s difficult to move arms. 

I played around with the post-processing and am pretty happy with the final result. 

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

From the same series as previous week, one of the first true springtime days.

Nikon F6, Zeiss 35mm ZF F/2 Distagon, Kodak TriX 400TX, scanned with Coolscan 9000ED

 

 

Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

Lately, life is getting in the way of photography, so this was taken two weeks ago along with the Green Jay from last week. Just as I was leaving, this Long-billed Thrasher (they have such orange eyes!) started serenading me with it’s beautiful song for about 15 minutes or so. It was sitting atop a yucca, but unfortunately, the flower had already died. (Imagine a beautiful white yucca flower instead of the dead one. 😉 They sing their hearts out, so this was a real treat for me to just listen and watch for a while after taking a few pics.  Nikon D90/70-300mm VR, Sigma 1.4x tele @ 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 400. (tags: long-billed thrasher)

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/                                                                                                             

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hello everyone, hope you all are doing well.  Hard to believe another week has come and gone.   I would say that spring is here, but we have jumped straight into summer with heat and humidity. My lens fog up now when I go outside!

Never in my wildest imaginations did I ever think I would look forward to early mornings going in my yard “hunting” for subjects.   I am still amazed by the world that a macro lens unveils.   This young jumper was between the petals of a white pansy.  He was so small about  1/8 ” and he was hunting a flower thrip that was MUCH smaller, just amazing . I know spiders are not something everyone enjoys, but for those who do, I hope you enjoy this little guy.

Roberta/Birdie                                                                                                                              Choices Matter                                                                                                www.birdied.zenfolio.com

 

 

Grant TannerBrisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello everyone
Todays photo is of a hibiscus. Not much else to say about it

D90 Tamron 90mm Lens 1/80 @ f16 ISO200

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 This week’s contribution from me is a macro study / a ‘ mechanical portrait’ of the front brake calipers on one of my bicycles.  I’m obsessed with bicycles and the intricacies of their workings.  Come to think of it this image represents both my favorite hobbies, photography and cycling. This image has had both left and right of frame cropped with all red image colour masked and a partial de-saturation performed in Photoshop. 

Captured in later afternoon sunlight with my trusty D700 on a tri-pod with a Kiron 105mm manual focus macro lens.  105mm,  f/8, 1/13th sec, ISO 400.

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

thank you very much for the comments on my photo last week, this week one more photo from the burlesque show I photographed recently. 

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

Jana

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 6400, f/3.5, 1/60s

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello all
Another detail from Cordoba Cathedral. An Angel looking to the altarpiece.

Nikon D300 +Nikkor 50mm 1.4 D
ISO 800 –  f 1.6 – 1/50 sec.

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

This is a 4 shot panorama of Bartlett Flats.  The lake levels are quite a bit down, and there are a lot more rocks exposed.

Pentax k20d + DA 16-45 @ 16mm, f/11, 1/320, ISO 200, manual exposure.

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot from Antigua – we were invited by some friends to join them on a 7 day sailing trip and it was absolutely beautiful and an incredible experience.  The variations of blue in the water color is amazing. And there is something special about being on a boat and just sailing from place to place without the hustle/bustle of the real world – definitely good for the soul. 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Greg, Dear Gej thanks a lot for your comments to my photo last week. I appreciated.

My photo taken while returning from the pilgrimage site of Batavia almost two months ago.  I was on the boat in a rainy day.  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, 1/1000sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“Alexander Valley – Bud Break”

The vines are just starting their spring bud break – should portend a great 2011 vintage I hope! This is Alexander Valley, in northern Sonoma County, near the small town of Geyserville.  I took a lot of photos of vineyards this day (Fri., 4/8/11) and perhaps there may be a couple better I got (with some blue in the sky), but I like this with the rolling terrain.

Canon EOS 7D at 40mm, ISO 200, f/5.6.

KEEP UP the good work everyone! Excellent shots the week past.                                           -Ken Papai

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

After 48 years the Under 16 High Jump record which stood at 1.90 m was smashed by 11 cm in the ACC Athletics Meeting at Olympic Park Stadium.  It now stands at 2.01 m.  The opportunity to break this record at Olympic Park Stadium will no longer exist in the future because this iconic stadium will be torn down later this year to make way for the AFL Collingwood (Magpies) new HQ.  An official told me that the “recently laid” track will find a new home in Europe.

Camera: Nikon D300                                                                                                                      Lens: AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VRII                                                               Settings: 1/320s at 200mm with f/4 and ISO 200 (AP, monopod)

Farewell to Olympic Park – 200 m (this shot was taken by my son Zoli, after I dialled in some settings).

Camera: Nikon D200                                                                                                                 Lens: AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR                                                            Settings: 1/320s at 55mm with f/6.3 and ISO 100 (AP, hand held, -0.33 EV)

 

 

Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This man is one of hundreds of thousands, taking part in a pilgrimage for the sea goddess Mazu last Saturday. The Mazu Festival is Taiwan’s largest and one of the biggest religious pilgrimages in the world, as it snakes around the entire island. 

Taken with the 35mm prime lens at f/2.8, shutter 1/200 and an ISO of 200. I used the flash because of the crazy shadows with the sunny weather and took back the exposure in Aperture since it was a RAW file. 

nikon, d5000, 35mm, sb-600

 Tags:, pilgrimage, mazu, taiwan, religion

 

Special Bonus photo Section

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

Blue skies – Ken Papai

Blue skies over Alexander valley just the other day. What an excellent locale for wine tasting for all who appreciate good wine – whites, reds, or rose’s.

“Life is Too Short to Drink Cheap Wine”

 

High school Musical #2 of the year – Joseph Leotta

 One is not enough. Janine goes to a all girls school – Preston High school. When they do their annual High School Musical they need to import boys. They come from some of the all boy high schools in the area.  This was the case earlier in the year with “Once upon a Mattress” which I showed you.  This also means that when the boy’s high schools put on theirs, they need to import girls.  Salesian High School did Bye Bye Birdie this past weekend and of course Janine was one of the girls that went.  In fact there are several all boys or girls schools involved in the swap and Janine will also be doing Hairspray at Mount Saint Michael High school.  It has been a job for my wife driving her and some friends around to different high schools on different days of the week.   2 down 1 to go.   I’m also sure that the bunch of girls that show up at a all boys high school are the center of attention.

Week 64

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

Clouds

I love dramatic clouds.  It is not that often that I find them, but when I do they make for very interesting elements in photos.  I was not happy new the new bunch of photos that I shot this week so its back to the files for one from last year.  Taken up in VT at Lake Champlain inBurlington.

D700 AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF  Shot at 60 mm

  Tags: Clouds, Dramatic clouds, Sailboats, Lake Champlain, Lake sunset, Nikon digital, vermont lakes, burlington vermont

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

While trying to capture a humming bird, I took a couple of photos of, what I would call, an early stage of a Bottlebrush Flower.  I never captured the humming bird but am reasonably please with the Bottlebrush.  Hope you like it too.

D90 – 1/40sec – f/8.0 – Micro-Nikkor 105mm – ISO 100 – Aperture Priority

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“Everything is coming up roses” I love this time of the year – flowers pop out and insects and wildlife come out of hiding, and it’s still not too hot.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/11, 1/200 sec.

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Nothing exceptional to show this week.  Spring is progressing at the Beaver  Pond.  This goose was giving us a very loud warning that we we not welcome!  I think he was as surprised as we were (my husband and grandson and the dogs were with me this trip).  I do like photos of the wild geese that visit us so much better than the ones that have established squatter’s rights at Veteran’s Park.  The blue heron’s are still guarding their nests, but I haven’t seen any little ones yet.
 
Nikon D5000 300mm F/16 1/250s ISO200

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Here is another Sakura photo, but a bit of challenge on my side.  Different angle and post processing.  Not sure if this turned out good or bad, but I kind of like this.  Let me know what you think.  The place is called Happo-en, where traditional wedding parties are held, a few minutes from my place.

D700, 16-35 f/4, @16mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO200, Capture NX2                                                            
Tag: Tokyo, Spring, Cherry Blossom, Sakura, Happo-en

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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

This week something from my latest photo session, I like this dreamy, gentle pose the lady, Miss M., adopted on this photo, she was a treat to work with. Completely natural in front of the camera, incredibly beautiful and very approachable. An ideal client, if you ask me. I have a make up and hair stylist working with me on my boudoir shots, and we both just couldn’t praise Miss M. enough. I am really fortunate to have this rewarding line of work, I have to say. 

I look forward to seeing all your photos, I love Wednesdays, you all inspire me.                  Jana 

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

              Tags: portrait, woman, boudoir, pearls, black gloves

 

Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

On Saturday, I went to our Earth Day festival at a local nature/birding center, and had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan Wood (Nikon Pro Birding staff/founder of The Raptor Project) and see his Birds of Prey show. When I went, I had no idea what I was in for. It was spectacular, educational, and most of all, fun! I took tons of photos, so asked Joe for the photo essay slot next week. Having so many photos to choose from makes it hard to pick just a few to share, but thought I would do “opposites” this week. The first is the granddaddy of the birds of prey, the American Bald Eagle. I have never seen an eagle in real life, let alone so “up close and personal”. No need for cropping these photos. I should have zoomed out with my feet! This eagle was rescued 13 yrs. ago off theNew Jersey turnpike, where it was hit by a car while feasting on roadkill. It’s wing is still damaged, but he’s made a remarkable recovery and has a pretty good life with Jonathan and his family.

(Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm macro @ 1/500, f/6.7, ISO 400)

  Tags: American Bald Eagle, Jonathan Wood, The Raptor Project

It’s “opposite”, is the smallest bird of prey, the American Kestral. I don’t remember it’s rescue story, but it’s doing very well too (however, none of these birds can be retintroduced into the wild for various reasons). I’ve tried to get a shot of these many times here, but have only managed one from a long way off while sitting on a power cable. They always fly off when I lift my lens, so it was a real treat to finally see one up close. They are really beautiful!

(Nikon D90/70-300mm VR, Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/350, f5/6, ISO 400)

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/                                                                                                                     

 Tags: American Kestral, Jonathan Wood, The Raptor Project

 

 Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all, and thank you for your comments, Jens and Peggy! My photo for this week is spring leaves bathed in sun. Simple as that. 🙂 Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@140mm, f6.3, 1/250 sec, ISO 100.

Post processing in CaptureNX2.

I’m looking forward to your photos.                                                                                            Pozdrav, Filip.

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

  tags: spring, leaf, sunlight, tree

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello all
I love siphon bottles! I took the pic of this pair in a anticuarian shop in Colonia, Uruguay

NIKON D300 + 50mm 1.4
ISO 200 – f 2.8 –  1/800 sec

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 This is another shot from the bread shop I’ve visited some time ago somewhere on the countryside. Recently I had the chance to go back to that place and bring some prints for the ladies working there, they were indeed very happy to get those pics, most likely they never believe it that I would actually go back and bring their pics. Of course, I took the chance to snap few more shots.
I find this little bakery shop somehow special as they run small bread production based on old technology. The oven is heated up with fire wood, dough is manually made, probably using traditional receipt without much modern ingredients. The fresh bread out of oven is something incredible, you just can’t stop eating it…
These kind of shops were very common some times ago, providing bread for local community. Most of them shut down as they could not meet the new EU regulation. My grandfather worked 25 years in one of these shops and the smell of this bread brings a lot of childhood memories… funny enough, he never made one single break at home…
On the technical side, contrary to my minimal post processing habit, I’ve had to decrease the saturation of this photo a bit. Although the film I used was Portra NC, a rather neutral negative, the scans turned up some sort of unrealistic colors.

Shot with Mamiya 7II, Mamiya 45mm F/4.5 lens, Kodak Portra 400NC film.

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Thanks for everyone’s kind comments on my pic. Stopped by the botanical gardens on Friday to check for butterflies. Only saw a couple and they wouldn’t stand still for me. This was my only shot. I liked the colors.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/5, 1/200sec, ISO 100, SB 800,diffuser, mono pod

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

Just got back from Europe and had a day to walk around inPariswith my pocket Sony. This is a different perspective of theEiffelTower- from below.

 Sony HX5V, 1/250 sec, f3.5                                                                                                                                   

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

I saw this feather floating in a murky green pond and well it just caught my attention.    I darkened the water in post, and while it is simple , I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great week everyone.

Birdie/Roberta                                                                                                www.birdied.zenfolio.com

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Looking forward to a lot of great photos.

Not much to say about my contribution, early April morning at the harbour, hours before the sun took over.

All the best.                                                                                                                                              Jens

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

Hello All,                                                                                                                                                 Sorry for my absence of late.  I have been looking at all your photos and long to comment but time has been eluding me.  Your photos are outstanding, individually and as a group, I must say.  Here is one from my trip toArizonarecently.  Taking a walk in the desert climate is always reminiscent of the ‘Old West’ for me…have a good week (and Ken, I hope things are still well and safe for you).  Gladys

ISO 100, f/4.6, 1/640

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

It’s well and truly Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.  Usually at this time of year we are preparing to travel to New Zealand to see our great friends Rudolf and Christina but this year we are not going to see them as we have chosen to travel much further to the West Coast of the USA for the first time (San Francisco and northwards)  So I’m going to miss New Zealand and my friends this year but can reflect on great autumns spent with them in the past.

This photo was captured last year inNew Zealand, in a delightful arboretum on theNthIsland in mid autumn.  The shoes in the photo belong to my friends and also my partner Susan – I just liked the way this one looked inside the frame. 

Taken hand held with D700 + Nikkor 85mmf/1.4 @ f/3.5, 1/500th sec,  ISO 400  straight out of the camera.

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Here’s another photo fromBurlington. This is a springtime spot alongLake Champlain, a great place to take a walk or lounge on the shore.

 Nikon D100 Nikkor 28-80 mm f/3.3-5.6  Shot at 28 mm                                               Program AE, 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 320

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

Another from the archives..                                                                                                                  This is Port Macquarie in NSW, late afternoon

Pentax k10d, Sigma 70-300 apo dg, @ 120mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO 320

 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Jens, Dear Peggy thanks a lot for your valuable comments, I appreciated.

I was at one of my favorite places again. The last spring tide was during sunrise at 18th of April, 2011. It was high tide and people calls the hide tide as “fruduwatra” in Sranan Tongo. Luckily I caught some pink colors and silhouettes of one of my boatman friend, while he’s cleaning his boat.  Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com

Nikon D2Xs, AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D, Aperture Priority, f/5, 1/60sec, ISO720, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Happy Easter everyone.  Even our local cockatoos are on the lockout for the Easter bunny.

Camera: Nikon D300                                                                                                                          Lens: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII                                                                        Settings: 1/1000s at 140mm with f/2.8 ISO 200 and 0.67EV(AP, handheld)

 

 

Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This is from a Chiang Kai Shek statue garden here in northernTaiwan. It is located at his mausoleum, which was built to hold his body until he is reburied after the Republic of China retakes the mainland. I’m not sure if that’ll happen any time soon, but it’s an interesting story and mindset. This statue garden was created after statues were sent back from Taiwanese schools. 

It was once a law to have his statue in a school – when that law was repealed, many of these were sent to one central location – it creates a kind of surreal/scary atmosphere! 

tags: taiwan, roc, republic, of, china, chiang, kai, shek, nikon, d5000, 35mm, nikkor

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“Loma Alta Flower Field”

This was the very last photo I took on our hike last Saturday morning.  I considered 4-5 other photos from that morning before submitting this one.  Loma Alta is a prominent hill above the Big Rock pass, very close to home (just a 7 mile drive to the trailhead).  It’s adjacent to hard rocker James Hetfield’s property (something like 1,000 acres he owns). Hetfield is the Metallica front man.  I got a few nice shots the next day inNapaValleybut don’t always want to submit “just wine/vineyard” shots.

What: Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 2.8L lens at 27mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/640, center-weighted average auto metering.

-Ken Papai

Tags: Loma Alta,MarinCounty, Flower field, Spring time, Big Rock Ranch

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This shot is fromCulpeper,VA.near theShenandoahNational Park- we stayed in a lovely old farm house in this area. We climbed the hill behind the house hoping to catch some wildlife and a great sunset.   No wildlife that night though we did see bear tracks by a pond.   And the sunset was really nice- my shots not so nice….    However, I did get this moon shot and I really liked the way the branch framed the moon and evening sky colors 

 

Special Bonus Photo Section

This week Joshua has a 3 photo essay

“Following the Goddess.” – Joshua Fahler

These dancing gods represent San Tai Zi, or 三太子, also sometimes known as Nuozha or 哪吒. He represents a “trickster god,” a boy who is known for pulling pranks and causing mischief. He’s also seen as a god of lotteries and good fortune. 

 Crowds surround the moving altar of Mazu, goddess of the sea as faithful participants kneel down in front of the altar. The altar actually passes over crowds, and is seen to be a major blessing when it moves over the person. 

 

Fireworks go off inChanghuaCityas Mazu moves through the town. These fireworks are not only seen as offerings or signals of celebration, they also seek to slow the goddess down.  The idea is that the longer she is in the town, the more the people will be blessed.  

All of the photos were taken with the 35mm. I absolutely love this lens!

Week 65

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

End of winter at the Beach (2011)

It’s still a little cold but all signs of winter have faded from the beach. Hard to believe the difference from the massive storms that had 3 feet of snow here only a short time ago (insert). In only a month Memorial Day will be here and the beach will be officially open for the season.                                                                                                                                                 Still like taking out some of the older cameras once in a while.

Nikon D1x  AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED  Shot at 18 mm          1/60 sec, f/16, ISO 400 processed in NX2

  Tags:OrchardBeachBronx, Twilight,PelhamBay, Joseph Leotta,  NX2

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello all
This bird was in a small park in Rio Cuarto city in Cordoba Province. I Iiked the shadow of the beak on the feathers.

NIKON D300 + Tamron 70-300 @ 230 mm
ISO 200 – f 5.6 – 1/500

                              Tags: bird, feathers

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe”                                                                                         Old solutions revisited for the housing market. The Children’s Storyland atNew OrleansCityParkalways touches my whimsical side, especially when I think of the times with my grandchildren playing in this “nursery rhymes brought to life” playground.  

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f4.8, 1/90 sec., slightly cropped.

 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

St. LouisCathedral

The St. Louis Cathedral overlooksJackson Squarein the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King ofFranceis the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in theUnited States.  The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining.  (Wikipedia)

I spent nearly an hour and a half to get this shot.    As you can see, the horse-drawn carriages line up in front of the entrance well into the night.  The red on the horses comes from the ‘tail lights’ of the carriages.  Timing was everything.  All sorts of traffic including cars, buses, taxies, fire engines, numerous skateboarders, and bicycles were controlled by two traffic lights.  It was fun!  Get there early to get a good vantage point.

D90 – 6 seconds – f/8.0 – 18-200@22mm – 200 ISO – Aperture Priority

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

We showed you the cookies for the baby shower, so now here is the baby.  My newest cousin Daniel Joseph born on last Tuesday. He’s the first of the next generation in my family.

 

New Mom and Dad Allyson and Kevin

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                                   I hope you all enjoyed your Easter.   I had a wonderful time showing Gej  and Sally theNew Orleansthat I love.    Unfortunately the weather was  one of our typical hot and humid days.  I don’t think they have experienced that before and not sure they want to experience it again !

One of the things we did was a swamp tour.  While we saw plenty of alligators, the birds were not as plentiful as they are nesting now.  We did see one great white egret.    This picture hopefully depicts the environment and the tranquil beauty  that  often hides the dangers of the swamp.

Birdie/Roberta                                                                                                                                         Choices Matter                                                                                                                    www.birdied.zenfolio.com

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Nice to read all the mails from the Group. All so active.

It has been wonderful weather this last week and I went toSwedento photograph cars at a Junk Heap. I did that last year too but this time with a friend from my photo club so made a real photo trip around south of Sweden. Anyway here is one of the more than 100 relics visible in different states of decomposition.

D700 24-70mm@24mm F/16 1/15s Tripod, NX2

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Well, when there is no way the Blue Heron I’m stalking will come back to it’s nest because of “visitors” – you just take a photo of the “visitor.” 
 
Nikon D5000, 70mm, F/5.6, 1/320s, Auto ISO 280

 

Tags:  photo sharpshooters, dog, Wednesday email, nature photos

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

I’ve got a shot from Jorda,RahiaDesert, photo taken sometimes in February, rain and heavy hail in the desert, something we don’t see every day. We’ve got locals that they actually never seen such a thing before. This reminds me another instance inAlgeriawhen we’ve got about ten centimeters of snow covering the sand dunes… What always puzzle me is how hot the very same spot can be in the summer….

Many thanks to everyone commenting my photos, Happy Easter and all the best.

Shot with Mamiya 7II, 80mm F/4 Mamiya lens, Foma Pan 400 film.

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

 Visiting the Taronga zoo inSydneyis always a pleasure.  And the giraffes are one of my favorite animals to visit while I am there. They have such beautiful eyes.  This was shot last year in October.

Pentax k20d + DA 55-300 @ 170mm, f/7.1, 1/400 sec, ISO 250, EV +0.3

  Tags: Taronga Zoo, giraffe, Pentax k20d

 

Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

The snow is rapidly melting most places inNorwaynow, and this shot was taken last week at Hardangervidda, approx 1100 meters over the sea level.  Not so many skiers as usual in the Easter holiday, so I thought I’d call this image “Solitude” 🙂

D300, Nikkor 70-200VRII @ 200 mm, 1/2500 sec, f 6.3, ISO 200

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hi all!

I finally had a chance to go cycling on Sunday. It was small trip around my county, about 45km total.

I’ve took around 40 photos including 8 for a panorama I’m presenting today. Nothing special, but I liked it more than other photos that I’ve taken. Thank you all for your comments, and I’m looking forward to see your photos on Wednesday.

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

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

NaturalBridge, in Springbrook National Park (QLD) is a geological feature created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. It is the home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights can be seen only after sunset.

http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/things-to-see-and-do/natural-bridge-springbrook-national-park/index.cfm

Here is my take on this rather serene spot of “wilderness” – “outside looking in” as opposed to the more conventional “inside looking out” shot (see photo in above link).

Camera: Nikon D300                                                                                                                           Lens: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII                                                                      Settings: 1/640s at 70mm, f/4 and ISO 200 (Manual, handheld)

 

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hope everyone is well after Easter. I saw these chocolates on the table which had been given to my daughter by her grandparents. Could not resist trying the Lensbaby on them

D90 Lensbaby Composer, wide angle adaptor 1/8sec @ f5.6

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Hope everyone had a nice holiday. Spent Easter weekend in New Smyrna Beach Fl. with the In laws. Got quite a few nice pics to choose from. I was watching these fiddler crabs for about 45 min until I was getting too sunburned. Looked like they were doing aerobics. They would all raise there arms at the same time. I couldn’t hear any music though.

Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/16, 1/400sec, ISO 800,  mono pod

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everybody,                                                                                                                            thank you very much for the comments on my photo last week, this week another one from the session with my lovely client, she is a very romantic lady and she loved the idea of using a back light to illuminate her hair. 

I look forward to seeing all your spectacular photos, you amaze me every week. 

Jana 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/60s, f/2.8

 

 

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut

 Hope everyone had a good Easter. These pictures were taken in the Litchfield Hills inConnecticuton Easter Sunday in between the drops of rain… This is a home where the Husband and Wife planted thousands of Daffodils throughout their woods and around their ponds in 1941.

 They are gone and the current owners open their private property around Easter for all to share. Look into the distance of the pictures and you can see the Daffodils go on forever…  and ever… as they hoped they would…

 

 

Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

 My photo this week is a portrait ofSheba, an eagle owl. She vied for as much attention as the American Eagle from the crowd. She’s also a TV star having recently been in HBO’s series, “Boardwalk Empire”. She’s both beautiful and a bit scary at the same time. (tags: eagle owl, Jonathan Wood, The Raptor Project)

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

This is a shot of a bouquet of roses from last spring – a few are from my garden but the majority are from some friends- they have well over 100 rose bushes of all varieties / colors and I’m the lucky recipient of vase fulls at a time-almost every week-  I’m really looking forward to this blooming season which is right around the corner.  I’ve added a few more bushes so hope to be able to put together my own bouquets at least every once in awhile.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

 

Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

This is one of the ceilings of a temple I visited while out hiking last Sunday. While I wish the lighting were better, the lens did a good job of taking in light without making too shallow of a depth of field. I’m wondering if I should have experimented with flash, but I had no time to stay in one place as there were so many people. 

 As Joe mentioned, I was able to “meet” him through Skype last Saturday. He got me while I was killing off the afternoon by taking a short photowalk around Hsinchu. I was amazed that my iPhone allows me to do Skype video chat over the 3G. Regardless, it was nice to finally talk to him and this group has been a lot of fun. 

  Tags: ceiling, Nikon, Nikkor, temple, Taoism, d5000, taiwan, songboling

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

 I am winding up a college semester and have been a bit crazed.  Here is another photo from my trip toArizona.  Nothing special but a little different.  These are two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sprites.  There expressions caught my eye.

Regards all (and I am hoping I have no typos in this email and that Jim is off the floor from laughing by now)

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Prayers are holding candles at the beginning of traditional Passover worship at ST. Petrus and Paulus Cathedral (AKA World’s largest wooden cathedral) in Paramaribo, Suriname – South America. The session served by Bishop of Paramaribo Monseigneur Wilhelmus Adrianus Josephus Maria de Bekker and Father Esteban Kross.

There are two more posts related with Easter 2011 in Suriname on my blog ;
An earlier day of Easter 2011 in Suriname : Foot Washing

Happy Easter 2011 (series of photographs from all three days )
Hope you like it. Happy Easter you to all.  Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

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

 Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF, Shutter Priority, f/1.4, 1/60sec, ISO200, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 This was taken when I went to the hot spring with my mother.  This is the part of the garden the hotel had.  Very nice looking steps and it made me take the shot.  Hope you like what you see here.

D700, 28-300mm @65mm, f/8, 1/50s, ISO 1100.

                                      Tags – Japanese, Garden, Steps, moss, mossy

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 We have been watching this pair of Golden Orb weaving spiders (Nephila edulis) build a substantial web trap high up in our decking shade battens on the Nth side of the house.  They have built their snares 5 feet from an external house light that we run for a couple of hours per evening and also have built right next to a curtain of solar outdoor bud / decorative lights so all night they have light to attract insects into their snares / traps.  In this photo you can see the female spider in the centre of frame and the diminutive male spider is in the top left of frame, very small compared to the female.  It’s easy to pick the Golden Orb spiders from other orb weavers as they make golden/yellow coloured threads in their webs.

Because the web snares were so high above the ground (15 feet) I was unable to get decent magnification with my macro lens as the tripod legs were about 3 feet too short so I was experimenting a little for it’s own sake to capture this image.  Taken on a tripod about 10 feet from the subject, using my D700 with a Nikkor Ai 200mmf/4 lens and a TC 1.7 E II teleconverter added in between to get some frame filling magnification :-  340mm effective focal length, f/11,  1/60th sec, ISO 400

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is a shot of the corner of theLouvreMuseumI took last week. It was a stereotypical spring day inParisand I took advantage of it in most every way with a pocket camera.

 Sony HX5V 1/100, f10 ISO 100

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 “View from Ledson”

 This is from the Ledson Winery inSonomaValley– a fairly new (11 years old) and beautiful place with a LARGE variety of wines on offer. A friend of ours fromSwitzerlandwas in town and he really enjoys wine tasting with my wife and me. He couldn’t have a better guide!  😉  (And I really look forward to everyone’s photos every single week!  My goal is to always submit something from the past week, so cheers to all.)

 Technical: 4/23/2011, EOS 7D, 16mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/8 – slight crop on left and right sides.

  Tags:SonomaValley, Ledson Winery, vineyards

 

Group Update                                                                          Gej meets Roberta

Sally and I spent three nights inNew Orleans.  We arrived on Tuesday.  Wednesday morning Birdie picked us up and we spent the entire day together.  Being with Birdie is the Very Best!  She is one wonderful lady!  Birdie showed us theNew Orleansthat she knows and loves.  We’ll never be able to thank her enough for her Southern Hospitality.  Sally and I would never have ventured out to the cemeteries, swamps, plantations, to where the levee broke and to Drago’s!  We were able to enjoyNew Orleansfrom the point of view of someone who was born and raised here.  It was a day we will long remember and a day we will treasure forever.  In the weeks to come you will be seeing some of the sites we visited.  But for now, here are two tired photographers ready for some iced tea – Birdie and me. 

Birdie, thank you for being our guide, chauffeur, and historian.  I learned so much from you.  Again, thank you!                                                                                                                             Gej

 

Special Bonus Photo Section

This week we have Jeannean’s 3 photo Essay

The Raptor Project  – Jeannean Ryman

 Editing my Earth Day festival photos for the essay down to three was a tough job, but finally chose to include these from The Raptor Project show. The first is of Jonathan Wood and his daughter Rachel, with a Caracara (aka Mexican Eagle). Rachel is fast becoming an expert bird handler, and is raising some baby owls by herself. She was a delightful young girl, and hopefully an inspiration to the children who attended the festival. “Earth Day” isn’t just one day, it’s everyday, and she understands that. Jonathan spoke a lot about the environment and it’s effects on the wildlife living in it. As a nature photographer, Earth Day is near and dear to my heart. 🙂

Here, Rachel is showing one of the baby owls she’s raising to the crowd. She has such a love for all the birds, but the baby owls in particular.

 

Jonathan allowed several children to be part of the show, and this is one of the lucky kids who got to handle Sheba. They were in awe of her. I was in awe of the whole Festival. I was really grateful for the opportunity to see this! I have some other photos from the festival if you care to see them in my Zenfolio-Recent Additions .

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

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