Weeks 31 to 35

Week 31

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Let eat some more – Katz’s Deli

Continuing with last week’s food theme, I take you to Katz’s deli, a New York Landmark since 1888.  Located in lower Manhattan on Houston Street, it is the place to go for overstuffed sandwiches and other goodies. They always hand carve your sandwich in front of you at the counter. Here’s my corned beef on rye. Many movies have been filmed in there including the delicatessen lunch scene in When Harry met Sally.

Nikon D300 18-135 DX at 24mm,  Program AE, 1/60 sec, f/3.8, ISO 640

 

  

Bill Shenton –  Sheldon, Connecticut

As for the picture I sent…  I typically carry one of two small canon camera’s in my pocket a canon SD 880 LS 10 MP and a SD 900 10 MP and I have a Canon 7D with multiple lens;  all three camera’s take great pictures.  This picture was taken by the 880 and was taken at sun set. We had just put the anchor down and were getting set to spend the night near the island in Penobscott Bay Maine. We were out about 12 miles from the nearest town and the sun set was beautiful as they often tend to be over the water.

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Close encounters of the dangerous kind”

This fellow, a Siberian Tiger, one of the most endangered species on this planet, was taking his patrol round when I nailed him to the flashcard at Kristiansand Zoo.  Oh, I just looooove that lens!  😉

 Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500 OS @450mm, 1/640, f7,1, ISO 2000, handheld 

 

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Great set of photos last week.   I appreciate everyone’s comments and  sorry I did not get to respond in kind.

 We finally got a bit of relief from the heat, however it was due only to excessive rain. I went out yesterday between showers and found this little damsel fly. You can see the rain drops on the blade of grass.

Filip,   sorry it is another big eyed bug   🙂

 D300 105mm micro with 24mm extension tube  f/10 shutter 125

 

   

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 First of all, thanks for the comments on my pictures the last weeks.

Gej. Yes, the roof is made of straw. A thatched roof. In the old days almost every house in Denmark had some kind of thatched roof. It is still very popular in the country and gives the house an old fashioned and romantic look.

 This week’s picture is from my vacation in Sweden. A lot of trees and a lot of lakes and very friendly people. They even put out boats like this for anyone to use for fishing or fun.

Have a nice week

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello people! I hope you all are well and had a nice week. I really wanted to go biking this weekend, and weather permitted me to do that on Sunday. I did a 67 km. trip and it was good workout. And I managed to find this little guy on a flower on the bank of river. I’ve decided to submit this photo, to make a change from landscapes. Photo was taken with my D80, Tamron70-300@260mm in macro mode, 1/400sec, f9, ISO320. See you!

Greetings, Filip.

 P.S. I’ve put first series of photos from the vacation on my blog. So if someone is interested link is here:

http://www.filiplucin.com/wordpress/en/vacation-2010-part-one/

   

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 I found a new haunt recently, a couple of miles off my usual route to work.  It is a road that dead-ends at the waterway.  There is a boat launch there and a dumpster.  But it’s not a high traffic area.  One morning I got very excited as I drove up, because I could see this huge bird pecking around the dumpster.  On closer inspection it was a pretty tame but scruffy looking peacock.  At least it’s tail feathers were scruffy looking.  I got several photos, but this one was a little different.  To begin with it was WAY overexposed! (-:  However, I decided I liked it that way, although I lightened it up just a little bit, and cropped it just a little bit also. Sort of an emerging out of the dark woods effect!   As always, any remarks and criticisms are welcome!
 
Nikon D5000, VR70-300 F4.5-5.6G lens, at 300mm, AF-A, AF area mode – single, F/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 400, manual mode.  Spot metering.
 I look forward to Wednesday!!

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This week’s shot is the newer alter at Canterbury Cathedral. I thought that the modern alter actually works well with the 1000 year-old structure. The lighting was supplied by the church and I think shows well against the warm background. The most shocking part of this shot however, is the absence of tourists in it – there seemed to be thousands everywhere else.

 Nikon D300s, Sigma 14mm f2.8 lens, 1/4 sec, f2.8 ISO 200, 14 bit, matrix metering

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,   What wonderful photos there were last weeks, thank you for sharing them.

My photo for this week is from Rosewood Railway Museum near Brisbane in Australia, we went there for the day to celebrate my son’s 5th birthday. Laura, a little girl from our party, is a wonderful photography subject, she poses without being asked, but this time I managed to surprise her and photographed her looking at the train and not paying attention to anybody. 

 Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70 mm, f/2.8@ISO 200, f/3.2, 1/800s

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

Jana 

 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Here is one of many from my recent short trip to the central Japan area.  Sunset over Suwa Lake.  There are many, many more wonderful and beautiful scenes I saw that I wish I could have captured and convey even 1% of what I saw.  But, I think I will post ones from this trip from time to time here.  You can also see the larger version and other photos here: http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p180852227#h36366d84

Also, many thanks for comments from many of you.  Sorry I couldn’t make it as I was too busy with some test (I mean, at work) and the birthday stuff of my own.  This was my first birthday that I am in Japan near my family in more than 15 years.  Mother and sister and her family tried very hard to make it good and I appreciate it so much.  Anyhow, have a great week, everyone!

 D700, 24-70 @56mm, f8, 1/250s, ISO200

 

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 I have been busy not taking deep and meaningful landscape photographs this week or anything else I wanted to contribute to the weekly email so I was trawling through my archives for an inspiring landscape photo which I could pride myself on and remember capturing with fond memories……..

And then I came upon this chance photo of my dear freind Rudolf who very rarely allows anyone to point a camera at him.  This image was taken in the Wellington Botanical Gardens conservatory in 2009 (New Zealand).  I dared Rudolf, who has a very long and grey beard to pose underneath this huge planter of tilandsia (commonly known as “Old Man’s Beard”)  Rudolf agreed but did not want our partner’s to see him him do this as he is ever so shy and quite the restrained charactor but as you can see, the Girls were watching from the back of the conservatory!!  I had re-discovered a very non-landscape photo which is very meaningful to me. 

 

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi guys! Last week there were some exceptional photos. Personal favourite was Ken’s autumn
My photo this week is from my daughter’s friend Jen’s wedding. I forgot to change the ISO back after some photos i was doing so i apologise for the noise
Left to right –  Renee, Jen the beautiful bride and Jodie my daughter

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Thanks a lot for your valuable comments my dear friends, I appreciated. Bill, welcome to the group.

Holiday season of schools. Surinamese children are also fan of kites. Few of them were feeling freedom on their face at famous Independence Square. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all. Regards,

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

 Nikon D2Xs, AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/1250sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 Learning to ski at Mount Hotham (shot two weeks ago).

 Camera: Nikon D300

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

Settings: 200 mm at f/4, 1/2000 sec and ISO 200

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Remember that storm I wrote about last week with the trucks of salt heading to safety?  This is the same storm, only 150 miles further east.  The lightening and dark clouds followed us for a couple of hundred miles then the storm headed north.  We saw trains that were a mile long with six or seven engines pulling and pushing the railroad cars.  It was quite a site.  I really liked how the yellow & green grasses were enhanced by the very dark blue, almost black ski.  This train wasn’t nearly as long as some that we saw but it was fun to watch. 

 Have a Great Labor Day Weekend.  Relax and be safe.  Happy shooting!

Gej

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
Another week with lot of time spent in hospitals. No time to comment..sorry!
With my workshop friends we were visiting Recoleta Cementry here in Buenos Aires.
(not the best theme when I have my father with a lot of health problems, but..)
Here the sculpture of Liliana Crociati, in her mauseoleum in Recoleta Cementry.
Is one of the most visited after Evita’s. She died an early February morning in 1970, when an avalanche covered the hotel where she was staying in Innsbruck in her Honeymoon. The force of the snow broke several windows & filled most of her room. Liliana was found on her bed covered in blankets but only lived a few hours after her rescue. Death was attributed to lack of oxygen & exposure to severe cold.
Nikon D300 + 50 mm 1.4 E – ISO 200 – f 1.8 – 1/4000 sec.

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 This film photography I’m in these days gets me to the point to see the photos at any time between same day of shooting up to few good months, time lapse long enough to barely remember the takes. Shooting on Kodacrhomes makes this even longer, here is a shot from December last year, yet fresh from the scanner and very new to me.

 This is a winter traditional customs we got here among many others, masked young guys goes around houses and perform a special show that would bring fortune to the hosts and scare away bad spirits. Masks can be bears like here or any other real animal impersonation or fictional, grotesque characters. The origin of this tradition is probably way before Christianity and is still going strong even these days, well, after all it’s Dracula country, isn’t it?!

This photo sharing is a great experience indeed, and to the difference to pnet this e-mail listing gives you a more friendly feeling, thank you all for your kind comments and attention to my photos.

 Warm Regards,

 Bogdan

Techincalities: Nikon F6, 35mm ZF F/2 Distagon, Kodachrome KR64, Coolscan 9000ED

   

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Hello everyone.. Sorry I have not been able to comment much of late, but I do travel a lot in the summer months.  i always look forward to Wednesdays 🙂 This shot was taken in Lillehammer.. it’s a sluice gate of sorts.

Pentax k20d, Tamron 28-75 @28mm, f/16, 1/13 sec.  Needed to get the speed to be just right to get the detail in the water and also the flow..

    

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 As promised, I”m submitting something other than a bug. The first evening I arrived at South Padre Island (TX), I went over to the bayside to see if I could capture a photo of the sunset. I used a couple of different lenses, but ended up liking this one I took with…guess what…my Sigma 150mm macro lens. I know it better than my other lenses, so figured I’d take one last shot with it. Anyway, I wasn’t sure how to process it, but figured some of you could give me pointers or suggestions in that area. Sunset over the Laguna Madre (taken with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/1.4x teleconverter@1/1500, f/4, ISO 320.
Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Well I have spent 3 days and over 6 hours chasing Swallow tail butterflies. And not a one that I liked enough to share. We are having so much rain everything is in bloom and the butterflies are going crazy. Swallowtails don’t sit still 😦 So I took this shot today of a very small lizard with a cool colored head. Lizards never let you get that close. This guy let me get 6″ from him. Looking forward to this weeks pics. Nikon D3, Nikon 105 2.8 AIS, Kenco 2x converter, 210mm, F/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 640, SB800 flash on camera with diffuser.

   

Joseph Leotta, Junior – Burlington Vermont

 Sunset from Waterman Fire Escape at the University of Vermont

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Photo: “Raygun Gothic Rocketship” – A Matter of Perspective.

This giant rocketship landed next to Pier 14, on the San Francisco Embarcadero 3 weeks ago! You can see in this perpsective how puny the people are and the Bay Bridge is dwarfed! Most of all, have fun and ENJOY LIFE to all you earthlings. All your base (will soon) are belong to us.

Technical junk: dated today, 8/31/2010, Canon EOS 7D at 24mm, ISO ISO 100 , shot Raw (18 MP), 1/320, f/7.1, processed lightly in PSCS5 and reduced to 700 px wide for this cool Wednesday format.

“Space Lord” by Monster Magnet – polish those rockets yo!Ken Papai

  

Special Bonus photo

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

The Next Morning – Jeannean R

 The second pic is another photo from the same location the next morning. I was stalking the Reddish Egret in the background when this seagull flew right in front of me. Taken with Nikon D90/Nikon 70-300mm VR@1/350, f/8, ISO 320.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

  

Nothing to be said – Gej Jones

  

Week 32

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Twilight and Waterfronts

They always seem to blend together well to make for good photos.  Sometimes the softer pastel colors can have a more dramatic effect than strong vivid ones. The Bronx with all of its shore line offers plenty of locations to find shots like this one.

The tides also come into play when trying to photograph in these areas. This jetty of piled stones to form a break–water will look like a tall wall at low tide or start to disappear in spots at high tide as shown here.

 Nikon D300 AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 at 70mm

Program AE, 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

 

  

Stanley Beck – New Orleans, Louisiana

 Hi. As Joe told you, I am originally from New Orleans, my heart is still there, and I will be too, if I get my way. New Orleans is my favorite subject to photograph, and you will see a lot of that from me.

 I started as a fine art painter in the late 1960’s (while having a real job, of course), and painted over 35 years, easing into photography along the way. Now, it’s just photography, with some painting work that I still must do (one day). I like to present subjects in a way that most people don’t see them, encouraging a another look.

 My primary equipment is a D200, with various Nikon lenses, and a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ10 and FZ28 as backup cameras. [If Nikon doesn’t soon come out with a decent replacement for the D300, I might switch to Canon 😉 ]. My interest is in landscapes, cityscapes, and documentary of the humorous and unexpected. On occasion, I might do a few macros or close-ups (desperation). My objective is to be as good as all of the other photographers I see.

 This image is of the French Quarter in the evening. It is at f/5, 1/30 sec., ISO 800, hand-held. I usually shoot RAW, and do a little adjustment in Photoshop.

  

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hi to everyone. My name is Davorin Mance. I am happy to be able to join this group. Thanks to Filip, Gej and of course you Joseph for an invitation. I look forward to having fun with all of you. Primarily I am interested in photographing landscapes and flowers.

I love to wake up early and wander the banks of local rivers. River, fog and early morning sun is the best anti-stress therapy for me. This photo was taken on the Drava river ( my lover, my wife says 🙂 ) with the Olympus E-510,Olympus ZD 9-18 @ 9mm, f/8, 1/20sec, ISO 100.

Regards, Davorin.

 

  

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Another photo this week from near the waterway.  I have not seen a dragonfly of this color in my yard, and I thought he was pretty.  No, it’s not a macro, I cropped him!  But I wish it were!  Thanks to everyone who commented on my photo last week, I, too appreciate all comments. 
 300mm, F/10, 1/800s, ISO400, Manual mode
 

  

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 I hope you had a safe and relaxing weekend.  Here in Michigan the weather changed dramatically in 72 hours.  We went from high 80s with humidity that you could cut with a knife to mid 40s.  Some even turned the heat on for a couple of hours.  Today we will reach 82…. Summer is back!

My photo this week is of Point Reyes.  Point Reyes is a prominent cape on the Pacific coast of northern California.  It’s about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of San Francisco.  While visiting the Point Reyes Lighthouse we saw a Gray Whale.  Apparently, whale-watchers flock to the area during the migrating season in mid-January and mid-March.  I guess we were just luck the day we were there.  

The ‘peninsula’ is quite unique.  One good earthquake and it could become an island.

A good map can be found at the following site:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Reyes_National_Seashore

 D90 – f/10 – 1/100sec – 18-200@18 – ISO 200

Tried something a little different this week with the border.  Not sure if I like it or not.

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone, wherever you are snapping your photos! 🙂 First, let me welcome our new friends Stanley and in this global context, my neighbor Davorin!

Welcome aboard, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the ride. 🙂 OK, now my photo. As I promised in my comment, again a landscape from me.

This was shot on my vacation, on early morning. I don’t like to get up early but that day I did, and I was glad I did. I had really great weather condition, the storm was rolling in from the south and it was clear enough on the east so I could capture this beautiful sunrise. I’m looking forward to seeing your photos! Until then, bye!

Greetings, Filip.

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Hi everyone, and welcome once again to all the new posters. Thanks to everyone for the nice comments on last weeks photo.

These past few days, were certainly fun for me photographically.  I had several macro firsts – a white bogus yucca moth (quite interesting looking), a beautiful sulphur butterfly and a tiny blow fly IN FOCUS. Okay, I need to get out more often and look at the bigger picture!

For those interested you can see the moth at:  http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h273f2e24#h461ad35

Butterfly and fly at: http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/h273f2e24#h273f2e24

Following is one of the sulphur butterfly shots –  I chased this beauty around the yard until it let me get off a few shots.  She is only about 3/4″ to 1″.

 D300 105mm micro with 20mm extension tube   f/13  shutter 1/250

ISO  400      EV +.33  SB900 diffused

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Welcome to Stanley and Davorin. Last week as I drove to my job-site I saw 16 wild Geese standing in a large front yard next to a lake. In Florida we don’t get alot of wild Geese. I got out of my truck with my camera and it had my 35 yr old 300mm lens attached from a volleyball match the night before. I didn’t think they would let me get close but I got within 10 feet of them. The closer I got the more they Honked. I was hoping the 16 didn’t decide to attack. Nikon D3, Nikon 300mm 2.8 ED, 2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 200

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 “Anybody there?”

This giraffe peeked so curiously out between the fence poles at Kristiansand Zoo this summer.  Who is on display at the Zoo?  The animals or the humans?  😉

 Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500 OS @ 300 mm, ISO 1250, 1/500, f7.1, handheld

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 Welcome new members!  In the second AFL qualifying final St Kilda 12.11 (83) defeated Geelong 11.13 (79) at the MCG.  No rain up to half-time, but it bucketed down after that.  About 63,000 spectators were at the ground.  This Geelong player was sent off the ground soon after this shot was taken because of the blood rule.

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

Settings: 200 mm at f/2.8, 1/400 sec and ISO 720 (manual with ISO Auto on)

 

 Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut

 Here is my picture of the week. It was taken this spring while in the middle of the Everglades fishing. We are 50 miles from the nearest population center and the area is beautiful and wild.

 Take care, Bill

  

 Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Hello all!  Thank you so much for kind comments for my entry last week.  Yeah, I DO love the sunset and the sky in general.  This week, too.  Oh, welcome to this photo-email-friend network, newcomers.  I am thrilled to have you here.  I love here and I hope you will, too.

Here is what I saw the other day – on my birthday to be precise.  I went to an afternoon concert with mother that day and decided to have nice dinner afterward on her.  The concert hall was in the relatively new building, which of course I didn’t know, and was very high rise, like 55 floors or so and the restaurant was on the top of the building.  The photo captured the city scape, the crowded Tokyo city scape from literally the center of Tokyo, and over there is the Mr. Fuji, the highest mountain of the country supposedly hundreds of miles away.  Remember that it was a Summer day when the air is not supposed to be so clear due to lots of humidity that attracts dust in the air.  It is common to be able to see Mt. Fuji from Tokyo in Winter, but not on the 100+ degree muggy Summer day.  So, the restaurant staff were pretty amazed, too, and we were the first guests and they took us to the best seat 🙂

D90, 18-105 @50, Manual mode, 1/100, f/5, ISO 500 (Auto)

See the larger version on my Zenfolio (http://khokugo.zenfolio.com/p1003724935#he08191b) I am now expanding the “Tokyo sky from the window”.

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi Everyone
Firstly i would like to say this is not a self portrait :-)))  It is a mate of mine and he actually put this look on when he saw me with the camera
It is a photo i love
D90 Tamron 17-50mm at 42mm  1/60 @F6.3 ISO200

 

  

 Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Thanks for the comments and suggestions on my sunset photo from last week. I appreciate it. I always try to submit something from the past week, but didn’t have time to process all the beach shots, so am submitting another from the trip. This time is a sunrise with my boy Noah in silhouette. Maggie was off scavenging. They could use her as a beach cleaning machine! Noah was looking for the birds to chase. 🙂

Taken with Nikon D90/Nikon 50mm 1.8@ 1/250, f/8, ISO 320.

 Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Not much this week, a quiet afternoon on the seaside, couples of idle boats and few puppies seeking some shade.

 Warm welcome to the new members, can’t wait to see the pics coming up.

 Technical: Nikon F6, 35mm F/2 ZF Distagon, Kodachrome KR64

  

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 More testing with the Nikkor 50 mm 1.4
Nikon D300 + 50mm 1.4 – ISO 200 – f 2.2 – 1/6 sec.
Thanks all for your kind words about my father health.

See you next week  

  

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody, 

first of all, thank you to all of you, who so kindly commented on my photo last week, I really appreciate it. 

My photo this week will be more of a lesson, than a showcase photo, as I ruined potentially good photo with a poor choice of focus and bad composition. The elements are all there, the train tracks disappearing in the background, the red-ish leaves on the tree on the right hand side adding a touch of colour, the complementing green, yet what do I focus on? A silly tuft of dry grass in the rather boring foreground. To my defense I’ve been pressed for time, the whole steam train party was waiting for me to go, the whistle blowing and I still tried to get that shot. Well, tough, I will go back and reshoot it the next time. Lesson learned 🙂

Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70, f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/800s, f/5.6

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

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This is a shot from UVM’s central campus green. While attending UVM I walked past this fountain hundreds of times and never really took notice of it. As I walked past it, I thought it could maybe be a fun thing to try and shoot so I snapped a couple of pics and really liked how this one came out, especially once I put the B/W conversion on it.

  

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Thanks a lot for your valuable comments my dear friends, I appreciated. Davorin and Stanley warm welcome to the group.
There was a two days long bicycle race named Bigi Bergi Tour 2010 that finished at Independence Square (AKA Onafhankelijksplein locally) past Sunday. Another bicyclist was also so close to finish line. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all. Regards,
Ertugrul Kilic
http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF,

Aperture Priority, f/10, 1/60sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 My contribution is another along my recent theme of winter rain. 

 The big wet winter continues here in Southern Australia.  The creek which runs along the bottom of our garden has not had a drop of water run down it in the past 6 years.  It’s been pooling up over the winter months and last Saturday it flooded in a wild torrent of coffee coloured water after a huge prolonged cloudburst overnight Friday.  The creek is flowing so fast now that we can hear it’s roaring cascades from the decking on the house (250m away) – a very pleasant change from cold dry winters and poor spring seasons. 

 Taken knee deep in lovely cold storm water with D700 + AF-S 17-35mm Nikkor @ 35mm, f/7.1, 1/60th sec, ISO 640 with ‘active D lighting’ set to Normal. 

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 I think you may have to suffer yet another photo from Norway.  This one was taken in the morning from the docks looking out on the Geiranger fjord.  It was relatively early in the morning for me.. the ISO is still set at 1250 from the previous night!

K20d + da 12-24 @12mm, f/11, 1/800 sec.

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Mt. Diablo (a rather extinct volcano) is in the distance.

The bridge is the I-580, Richmond – San Rafael Bridge connecting the east bay with Marin County. Fog layer covering part of the bay. Where the bridge makes landfall in Marin is the San Quentin prison. I was hiking down from Mt. Tamalpais on the Eldridge Grade trail  when I took this photo Saturday morning. We started the hike just at the top of the fog layer and stayed above it the whole time.

Canon EOS 7D, ISO 100, 24-70 lens, 1/1000, f/8.

Ken Papai

 

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 Yep – it’s another “Estate” shot from England. This one was unique because it was abandoned in the 1600’s, so the property was “frozen” in time – interior, exterior, furniture, fixtures, etc. This one was my favorite.

 Nikon D300s  Sigma 14mm f2.8 lens, f8, 1/250 sec, center weighted, 14 bit, ISO 200

 

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 This morning, Tuesday, my town has a very distinguished visitor, the ‘Queen Mary 2’.

 It arrived about 07:30 and I was one of a lot of photographers to catch the event.

Do not know if the fisherman caught anything.

 Regards  Jens

 

  

Guest Submission

 Rick Tyler – Seattle, Washington

 This is the pier at Boy Scout Camp Parsons, on the Hood Canal in Washington.  Those people on the pier are on their way to the traditional dawn dip in the ocean, but you’ll notice that I was on the beach with the camera instead.  This was taken just before sunrise on the only camera I wanted to risk at Scout camp — a little Nikon Coolpix. 

Rick Tyler

 

  

Special Bonus photo

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

 Working on Labor Day – Peggy Grissom 

 My husband let his friend have the hay off this small field.  They were “laboring” this weekend to get it raked and baled!  My grandson and I watched, and he was fascinated!
40mm, F/11, 1/500s, ISO400,

  

Lunch Break – Gej Jones

 In keeping with Labor Day, I took this photo about nine years ago of a ‘street worker’ at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco having lunch.

  

Week 33 

 

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Ground Zero – The World Trade Center

September 11 2010 The 9 year anniversary – Twin towers of high power light beams set up each year to honor the fallen.  Taken Saturday night, the towers rise again from the site 1 night each year.

The white specs are 100’s birds attracted to the light.

 

I was at the site on September 14 and 15th in 2001 when I was brought in by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection to access their security alarm systems on the water supply tunnels. See photos in bonus section. I later worked at the site on the security systems for the construction taking place there. This site holds deep meaning for me.  I’m stealing a little thread space to convey my feelings

 Both photos – Nikon D300 Nikkor 24-85 F2.8 D at 24mm Iso 3200 handheld

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

 Hi, all. Just to correct something from my ambiguous narrative last week – I am not living in New Orleans at this time, having moved to Mississippi after hurricane Katrina in 2005. I’m just east of Jackson, Mississippi, in a little community called Fannin. My plan is to return when I can.

 This week’s image is Lantana blooms, covered with dew droplets. Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec. with a Nikon 105mm macro lens, hand held.

  

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 Welcome to all our new members.

Again a photo from Sweden. An old workshop outside a little town gathered a lot of used cars for repair, I believe, but over the years nothing happened and when the owner died no one took care of them. The local community decided that the cars was not a risk to the nature or the ground water, so, now it is an attraction to photographers all over Scandinavia and I was there too. As you can see, nature has reclaimed the area.

D700 24-70@48mm F13 1/60s ISO400 NX2

  

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone!

This week, again a macro from me. Autumn is coming closer everyday, (weather is for sure like in autumn) so last weekend I vent to nearby wood hoping to photograph some mushrooms. I didn’t find much, but this little bunch caught my eye. Nikon D80, Tamron 70-300@300mm in macro mode, f10, 1/2.5sec, ISO 200.

Post processing in Capture NX. Roberta, thank you for your kind comment on my photo last week.

Greetings, Filip.

 Pozdrav, Filip.

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

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

  

  

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Passing on the knowledge, yet another handcraft soon to be just a memory or a curiosity with the flood of Chinese porcelains and modern chromes… Shot at a recent traditions fair, Nikon F6, 35mm F/2 Distagon, Ektacrhome E100G

 Warm Regards to everyone,  Bogdan

 

  

Per-Christian Nilssen Sarpsborg, Norway

 Even though it is summer, the water can be really cold.  I just love reflections in the water

 Nikon D300, Nikon 18-70 @ 70mm, 1/160, f7,1, ISO400

 

 

Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 I haven’t been out taking photos much in the last week or two.  But I have wasted MUCH time trying to catch my hummingbirds this summer.  So here is one from this week’s chase.  Cropped a very little, and that is all the processing except to resize.  (Which I hope, Joe, I did correctly!).  Anyway, is he sharp?  Forgive the flash.  Last week’s photos from you guys were exceptional, as always.  I really look forward to Wednesday’s.  Sorry I don’t always have time to comment, I’m sure everyone here is the same, but I do love receiving them when you feel inclined.  All constructive criticism’s are welcomed by me!  Have a good week everyone.
 
F/7.1, 1/200s, auto ISO 800, 300mm, on camera flash (it’s all I have, sorry). 

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone,   hope you had a good week.

Sorry,  but another bug photo . For those nature/bug lovers,  I am still chasing the damsel flies.    The one below is a fragile forktail.  They are one  of the smallest damsel flies at only about 1″ or  (2.5 cm)  in length.  You can identify them by the “explanation points” on both sides of their thorax.

For anyone interested got shots of one having dinner.  (Shots 4-6 ) at below  link.

http://birdied.zenfolio.com/p786136035/hb5ceda7#hb5ceda7

 D300 105mm micro with 20mm extension tube  f/15 shutter 180  ISO 280 SB900

  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 At last we have had some sunshine and associated spring time warmth with it this season.  This lady bird insect is one on my favourite macro subjects because they stay still even when pointing a longish lens at them and they eat sap sucking insects in our garden so they are real workers.   

          This particular lady bird is only 6mm long so it’s rather small but stood out nicely on the lime green euphorbia bracts so It only took minutes to track one down.  I love spring time in my garden with a macro lens, wet knees from kneeling on damp ground and the sun on my back… bliss…….

 Taken with my D700 + my trusty old Kiron manual focus 105mm macro lens.  This is a 60% crop of the frame I captured.

 105mm at nearly 1:1 magnification, f/16,   1/200th sec.  ISO 1600  with tri-pod and using mirror up.

 

  

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, Connecticut 

 I am staying with the landscapes. This picture is in John’s Bay Maine and was taken looking East at Sunset.

 Take care,  Bill

 

  

 Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody, 

Thank you very much for comments on my photo last week, I will try to crop part of it and make it into something better, although I am not sure that I really want  to.  Some stunning images in the last email, I have to admit. For me, that was the most interesting week so far, I hope we can match it this week, or even exceed it. I am sorry for not commenting for such a long time, I will try to improve. 

My photo this week is from my garden at sunset, I have a bougainvillea growing there and it just started flowering, yet the leaves haven’t come out yet and the thorns are still very visible. I caught the sun shining right behind it and it looks rather magical, I think. Well, I hope 🙂 

Taken with Nikon D700, 85mm f/1.8@ISO 200, f/3.2, 1/3200s 

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

Jana 

  

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Thanks to all for your comments. Volleyball season is in full swing so back to 3000 Vb pics a week to edit. I was on my way to look at a job Sunday night and saw this Cormorant in a small pond. I turned around and went back and pulled over to the side of the road and took this out my truck window. A woman jogging by thought for sure I was stalking her as she ran by and saw my big lens pointing in her direction. 🙂 Nikon D3, 80-400 VR, F/11, 400mm, 1/125 sec, ISO 200

 

  

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Last weekend was the closing of Polo Circo Festival. A  10 days festival, with a lot of Circus acts and conferences from all over the world. 

The Big Finale was by the french troupe Les Studios de Cirque de Marseille. They presented the show “Place des Anges” (Angel’s Square)  
More than a dozen acrobats, dressed as angels, jumping and and crossing the sky from 10 to 15 stories high buildings and landing in the San Martin Square in center Buenos Aires. They throw more than 2 tons of white chickens feathers over the people. 

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 My apologies for not being able to comment on your wonderful shots, and thank you so much for your kind words for my photo last week.  It’s been hectic as the quarter end is nearing and people were still taking vacation, etc.  My excuses 🙂

This was a night shot of the town called Harajuku – fashion town for young people.  There was an event (said to be the global event by Vogue magazine) – Fashion Night Out on last Saturday night.  I was invited to a boutique but was more interested in the people who actually come to the event late at night.  So, here it is.  Very interesting.  Many, many people in the dark, in the hot summer night.  I was just wearing T shirt and jeans while many young people were, in fact, dressed up.  Anyway, this is just a snap shot and the green light effect was interesting.

D700, 24mm, f2.8, 1/50s, ISO400

 

  

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hi everyone. Todays photo is from Stradbroke Island or Straddie as it is known to us locals. It is a photo of one of the rocky headlands taken across a gorge

D90 Tamron 17-50mm lens at 38mm  1/60sec @ F5.6 ISO200

 

  

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 A big thank you to all those who took the time to comment.  One of these days I’ll try and spend a few days at home, and then maybe I’ll have the time to reciprocate.  I’m off on another long trip today.. I’ll be in the middle east for the next month or so. Lebanon and Petra are on the agenda. Looking forward to getting lots of photos!This weeks submission, and it may be the last for a while, is an aloe flower and seed pods.

This was shot at the Desert botanical Gardens in Phoenix earlier this year.

Pentax k20d + Sigma 70-300 apo dg @ 260mm, ISO 500, 1/400 sec, f/6.3

  

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 The EDFL Grand Finals finished over the weekend and the AFL Grand Final is less than two weeks away.  While the players are always in the spot light, the umpires barely rate a mention.  So this week a shot of a boundary umpire about to throw the ball in during the Senior A Grade EDFL Grand Final

 Camera: Nikon D300

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

Settings: 70 mm at f/2.8, 1/640 sec and ISO 200 (AP, hand held, UV Filter)

  

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hi everyone! Great photos last week. Here is another photo of my favorite theme. For a long exposure, I used glass for welding masks. Colors were later corrected in PS.

Capture data: Olympus e-510, ZD 9-18@9mm, f/8, 40 sec, ISO 100, tripod. Greetings until next week. Davorin.

  

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 Not a great scenic photo, but liked the sun setting on the clouds with the bamboo fronds in the foreground in shadow. This was taken on the canal bank about 100 yards or so from my house on our evening walk a couple of days ago. There’s not many opportunities for landscape photography in this flat, power line ubiquitous place, but there are a ton of bugs! Maybe I need to get in my car and drive. 🙂  Nikon D90/17-55mm @ 1/250, f/5.6, IS0 800.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

  

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 This is a shot taken over the winter at Haystack Ski Resort in southern Vermont. When I took the picture it was an abandoned resort; however it has reopened since then. What you see here is one of the old lifts that has not been used in a long time.  

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 My photo this week comes from the Colorado National Monument.  I’ve posted from there before but this is a little later in the day.  The shadows are very long and the distant sky is beginning to change color.  If you look closely, you can see part of the road that leads to our location.

 Have a great week everyone.  I’ll be at a college golf tournament tomorrow watching one of my former HS Players and my varsity girls will compete on Thursday, Friday, Monday & Tuesday.  Already looking forward to next Wednesday and a little relaxation.

  

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Dear Roberta, Greg thanks a lot for your unbeatable comments to my photo last week, I appreciated.
Past Friday was end of Ramadan (Eid Ul-Fitr). 30% of Suriname population are Muslim. Javanese Muslim contract workers arrived here from Java island, Indonesia 150 years ago after the abolition of slavery.

My photo taken during Javanese ladies worship at Independence Square (AKA Onafhankelijksplein locally). One of my few days earlier Ramadan capture from this year also published at The Boston Globe’s, Big Picture section. I used same Zeiss lens. You may want to see it here :
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/09/ramadan_2010_-_your_images.html#photo36
Hope you like it both of them. Take care and many cheers you to all. 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

 

  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 A relatively simple photo of wine grapes just hours before harvest. This is chardonnay on the estate vineyards of Domaine Carneros (Taittinger owned [French champagne house]).  They taste really good straight off the vine already! The photo was taken Saturday, 9/11/10, and every minute went by that day when I remembered the events of nine years ago. Anyway, my wife and I enjoy the pinot noir and sparkling wine up on the spacious patio of the Domaine, just a couple miles from Napa Valley. May I toast the memories of those innocent souls lost nine years ago and the sheer bravery and heroism of the first responders — CHEERS!  

Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 2.8L lens at 50mm, ISO 100, 1/125, f/4. Processed the 18MP raw file in PS CS5.

Ken Papai

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 I took this shot on a dreary, overcast day – it was nearly raining. But I somehow like the effect. The location was wonderful on England’s southwest coast.

 Nikon D300s, Sigma 14mm f2.8 lens, center weighted, f8, 1/250 sec, 14 bit, ISO 200

  

Special Bonus photos

This week is dedicated to the events of September 11 2001 and all involved

Saturday was the 9th anniversary of that fateful day.

World Trade Center – Ground Zero on September 13, 2001 – Joseph Leotta

I was brought into the site on the 3rd and 4t day, Sept 13 and 14 2001 to consult on an alarm contract I had with  NYC for the Water supply system. The smoke was still rising from the fires and it was hard to breath.

I cannot convey what I felt on those days. I do remember crying while I was taking these photos.   I simply tell people that they are the most horrific photos that I ever took.

 Nikon F2 with 50mm 1.4 Nikkor.  Kodak prints scanned on a flatbed.

 

  

Week 34

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 A day ends beautifully

I’m on a low budget for photo gear these days. I’m always looking for a bargain as it’s the only way I can add to my collection. I found a good looking Nikkor AF-d 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D Lens ending on eBay and got it at the last minute for $45.01.  The lens came this Friday and it looks brand new. The kid with a new toy had to go try it out right away. I took a ride to City Island and shot a few as the sun was getting low in the sky. BTW that’s the Throggs Neck Bridge in the background which connects the Bronx with Long Island.

Yes a nice end to a day, Beautiful sky to shoot with a good lens at super price.

Nikon D200  AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D IF  Shot at 28 mm 1/250 sec, f/10, ISO 400, Compensation: -2/3

  

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

The same venue as my texture photo – a nice restaurant with the night view.  On the way there, I saw a wonderful (to my taste) composition with night sky and roof top structure of the adjacent building.

Again so many thanks for the comments to my photo last week.  I truly appreciate it and I know I must do the same every week, but it was so hectic for the past and coming few weeks, so please do forgive me.

D700, 24mm, f/1.4, 1/50s. ISO1100 (AUTO)

 

 Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

Euphorbia forest

  

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

The weather was closing in around us as we drove to Lizard Point in the southwest of England. The coast is very dramatic and while I was setting up the shot, one of the locals inserted himself. As he set himself up, I took the shot and got what I consider a good landscape shot with a little something extra.

D300s 14 bit, 35 – 70mm f2.8 Nikor, 35mm, f11, 1/400 sec, ISO 200

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Lake Champlain Sunset

 

 Peggy Grissom – Tupelo, Mississippi

Discovered this area just off the Natchez Trace Parkway.  I am a sucker for water lilies.  I loved the brown pods, I didn’t know those came from water lilies, until I saw these.
Hope you like them.

Nikon D5000, 135mm, F/6.3, 1/800s, ISO200

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

Just some things that came up “volunteer” in my garden (Mushrooms).

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500 sec., 105mm macro len

 

Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut

one of Upstate, NY,  The lake photo were taken with a point and shoot Nikon;

Sorry to have missed last week,

Gladys

 

 

 Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

No bug pictures from me this week !  I am trying to expand my horizons and venture out of the bug world.

This photo was taken this past Sunday.  I went to what is called “City Park”.  They have many lagoons and if  your timing is right  you can find different birds.

Unfortunately, I was there in the middle of day , not exactly the best light, but you go when you can  and do the best you can, right.

This Mallard Hen was sitting on the log and I was watching her.  She

looked up to the sky and the light was hitting her face just so.   I

wish I had been able to get higher elevation to focus down on the eye, but no way to do so nor did I think of it.

I felt like she was saying what I was thinking –  Please let me get this right!

D300   70-300mm VR  at 210mm   ISO 200 Shutter  1/800  Aperture 5.3

Shutter Priority Mode

 

 Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 Here it is rather windy and wet. Autumn, winter mood beginning to take over and the other day,

When walking along the coast even discovered that the ice-cream booth had closed for the season.

 

 Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

Although it’s spring here ‘Down Under’ at home, we are still lighting out wood fired heater most nights so I’m still carting up firewood from the bottom of the garden up to the house.

I was loading the wood box the other day when the bark peeled off a small fire log and revealed this male European Wasp.  Although these are feral / pests / introduced species in Australia, I’m fascinated by the wild yellow hornet like colouration of the European Wasp’s bodies.

Captured with Nikon D700 + Kiron 105mm microlens @ f/22 – this is a 1:1 magnification with a 50% frame crop.

 

 Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 I too loved all the texture pics. Thanks for the nice comments on last weeks picture. This is another pic from the gardens on Sat. The water lilies there are so beautiful in color. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8 AF ED, 300mm, 1/160 sec, F2.8, ISO 500

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
A granite statue of a Samurai in Japanese Gardens of Buenos Aires by artist Baku Inoue. Its the first of a trio o sculpures to be installed there. A Hime and a Shogun will follow.

Nikon D300 + 18-200 @200 mm – 1/100 – ISO 200 – f 5.6

 

 Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hi everyone. Loved all the texture photos and the very different ways of showing texture.
My photo today is from my father’s property. I came across some rubbish from many decades ago.
Anyone for sewing

D90 Tamron 17-50mm lens at 50mm  1/60sec @ F6.3 ISO200

 

 Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

I thought I would break away from the landscapes and show you what I do in retirement.  I coach golf.  Actually I drive the ‘bus’, wipe away the tears, cheer the girls on and make sure they are drinking enough water.  It’s a great job and I thoroughly enjoy it.  This shot could have been last Friday when we tied the #1 team in the state for 1st place in a tournament.  The two girls without medals had given their medals to the kids who didn’t get selected to play that day by their coach (me).  Sportsmanship is special to me and my girls know what is ‘correct’ and ‘right’ when it comes to behavior and treating others with respect.  Needless to say, I’m very proud of my Young Ladies.  The older-young lady, second from the right, is my assistant.  Mary Jo is a Great Lady and a Good Friend!

It is absolutely beautiful here today.  A far cry from the rain we got last Thursday.  2.5 inches in an hour and a half.  This was the heaviest rainfall since the 1800s.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and the weather treats you well.

Gej

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Did not shoot this week.  These shots are from the 12 Sep 2010 EDFL Grand Final week end.  Action and reaction.

The little big man flew high to take this mark and then kicked the goal put the grand final beyond doubt.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200 VRII, 70 mm @ 1/640 sec @ f/4 and ISO 200 (AP, UV filter).

His team mates celebrated the goal.  The little big man was voted best player by the EDFL adjudicators.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200 VRII, 160 mm @ 1/801 sec @ f/4 and ISO 200 (AP, UV filter).

 

 Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello people!

Busy week we have. Textures, plenty of interesting photos. I’ll try to comment both themes on weekend. The weather forecast tells about rain on Saturday, so there will be time. 🙂 OK, about the photo: ” And, now, for something completely different, it’s…. Zsofia!”. 😀 Last weekend I had an opportunity to photograph models in abandoned building.

As you that are not new to this group know, I usually don’t photograph people.

Since we was invited by our Hungarian friends to join them on this session, I’ve decided to try it. Now, I have classic portraits,plenty of them.

But I’ve decided to try this shot with wide angle. I’ve asked the model to spin the umbrella and had a little longer exposure. I kind of like it, I know it could be done much better, but this is the best that I could do at that time. Shot with Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f6.3, exp 1.6 sec, ISO 100. I’ve used flash bounced of the ceiling.

Processing in NX2, cropped and desaturated everything but the model. I hope you all had time to read all this. 🙂

Greeting Filip.

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

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

 

 Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

Shot during Ramadan month in Kuwait, praying time after breaking the fasting. Temperatures over 50C (we’ve got a +57 one day) and no water all day long doesn’t go well together, a bit excessive I’d say.

Congratulations to everyone for a great Texture special edition, really nice work everyone and interesting different visions of the subject. It proved impossible for me to find a matching photo so I skipped this time.

Shot with Nikon F6, 35mm F/2 Distagon ZF, Kodak TRI X 400

Best Regards

Bogdan

 

 Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas

 I decided to submit this itty bitty crab spider instead of another butterfly photo for this week. I wasn’t thrilled with the exposure, but thrilled I got focus on it’s eye. It’s TINY and hard to see. The whole spider is about .4″ or 1cm. Shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/180, f/13, ISO 250. Larger version can be seen here:

http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/p174132935/h2503bfba#h2da87484

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

 

 Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

thank you to everybody, who commented on my photo last week, I really appreciate it. My photo this week is from our recent steam train trip, I thought the driver’s hand provided a good contrast to the mechanical parts of the steam engine.

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

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

Jana

 

 

 Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

Close-up of Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 caliper brakes – road bike. I swap to new parts on my bike as needed and these were added almost two years ago.  Last week I had a new 7900 rear derailleur installed to replace my worn out, 8-year-old derailleur.  Maybe my photo for next week? I figured a nice photo of the hard working brakes deserved a shot for the spot this week. Nice bikes cost as much as good cars to maintain.

Canon EOS 7D, 24-70 lens, 40mm, ISO 400, -2/3 EC, 1/125, f/4.5

Keep the rubber side down!

-Ken Papai

 

 Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

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

My dear friends, thanks a lot for your unbeatable comments to my photo last week. I appreciated. A boat driver cleans his boat early in the morning. This is a candid shoot with manual focus. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic

http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 

 Special Bonus photo

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

 Tornado hits Queens NY – Gladys Millman

one of the tornado (yes, an actual tornado!) that touched down in front of my brother’s house last week and tore a tree we have loved our whole lives in half.  That is the lamppost dangling off of the side of the car

Gladys

 

Spring coming to South America – Alejandro Held

 
Yesterday Spring arrived to Buenos Aires. To celebrate this Kenzo, the perfume maker, presented an installation in San Martin Square with the famous red poppies.

Nikon D300 + 50 mm 1.4 – 1/8000 – ISO 200 – f 1.8

 

 And for a 3rd

What Roberta ran into – Roberta Davidson

If you can use this as bonus will help explain why I am trying something other than macro bugs.

The below is one of the reasons I am trying things other than macro.  The bug shots in my yard are getting very scarce so I found a new spot on the edge of the swamp less than a mile away.I was crouched down looking for bugs  ( swamp has very interesting  bugs) when I saw this egret.   The egret did not see me since I was  crouched behind the high grass. I got a few shots of the bird,  when I noticed it looking a few feet  to my left.   I glanced over, almost had a heart attach when I saw  this water moccasin about 4 ‘ long less than 5 ‘ away from me.It was looking at me flicking it’s tongue.  For those who do not know the water moccasin is a highly venomous , aggressive in the wild , snake. I slowly got up and backed away and make this shot.   Notice I did not really take time to focus.   Needless to say, I’ll not be going back anytime soon

 

 Week 35

  

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Lets go wide

Nothing like shooting with a really wide lens to change the perspective of a photo. I have been saving up for a long time to get a ultra wide lens. I got another good bargain for a Nikon 12-24 DX zoom.  Ebay if your careful can be a great place.  This one was  in excellent condition and came with a B&W UV for $425.00.  So like last week it is off to play with the new toy.  Probably the last one I’m getting for a while.This time it was up into Westchester to the Rye Beach Pier.  The day was very hazy but the results came out better than I expected. Now I need to get a 77mm polarizer.

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

Program AE, 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 320  September 22, 2010   5:24:55PM

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona 

 Two gourds at the Desert Botanical

 

  

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi 

 New Hindu Temple in Flowood, Mississippi.  More documentary or photojournalism than fine art, I was more interested in this unique local subject than composition (plus, I’m not comfortable trampling around private property with my camera).

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/500 sec., 24mm.

 

  

 Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark 

 What great photo’s last week. Thank for the comments. This weekend I was with my Photo club at our yearly trip to a place (different each yearJ) we hope will give us a lot of great scenes. I went for landscapes and here is one of them. The bridge in the background is a suspension bridge with the worlds third longest main span, 1,6 km (1 mile) between the top of the pylons, it connects the two largest islands in DK. What you can see is only part of it, he bridge is 17 km long. On this photo you can see 7 km. The island to the right connects the suspension bridge with a 10 km beam bridge.

Looking forward to see your photos.

Jens

 Larger photo at fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail/

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello folks!

I hope you’re well and the light is serving you well, all over the world.

Last couple of weeks the weather is not friend of my photography. It’s nice and warm during the week, and it’s ugly and rainy during the weekend. So, this Sunday I’ve decided to try some still life, inspired by painters… I know it’s no masterpiece, but I wanted to see if I could produce something that could look like painting. I didn’t want to simulate painting, I just wanted to create something similar. So, I present, apples, grapes and nuts in the plate. 🙂

Greetings, Filip.

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

  

 Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 This week I’m revisiting my trip to San Francisco.  After having a marvelous dinner at the Presidio Social Club, my eldest daughter suggested that I take some night shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.  The fog hadn’t arrived yet or was at least high up in the sky.  We headed to the shore between San Francisco and the Golden Gate.  Using a tripod and a 30 second exposure, I captured this shot of the Golden Gate.  The lights on the Bridge made the sky above and water below glow in the easily recognized orange of the Golden Gate.

 

 

 Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All
Taken last Saturday in a Buenos Aires Park. I love taking pictures about concerts and musicians
Here Paula Andrea Sadovnik, a Facebook friend of mine, playing chello. She plays in several Baroque Music groups but here is playing with Yira a Tango-Rock group

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @170 mm – f 5.6 – 1/80 – ISO 1600

  

 Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 The tarantulas at the Melbourne Museum were among the living exhibits on display over the weekend.  They were housed behind a thick layer of glass.  On average, females live 20-30 years and males 10-12 years (if well cared for and depending on species).  While not considered to be venomous, the hairs on the legs and body of tarantulas can cause allergic reactions with human skin.  So be aware.

 Camera:      Nikon D200 Lens:          AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR

Settings:     150 mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 1600 (AP, hand held, UV filter, Spot, VR on)

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello Everybody,

thank you to all of you for your very kind comments on my photo last week. 

My photo today is of my son, I took him on an outing to South Bank here in Brisbane, there are some swimming pools there, plenty of restaurants and cafes, it is a very exciting place and the day was perfect. Nothing more to add. 

 Taken with Nikon D700, 24-70mm, f/2.8@ ISO 200, 1/2000s, f/2.8

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

Jana

 

    

Jeannean R – McAllen, Texas 

 My shot this week was inspired by Roberta. She showed me a cicada wing she shot after it had flown it’s last flight. I’ve been on the lookout and found one at the dog park the other day. I was amazed how it looked like gold metal up close. I loved Roberta’s brilliant idea and just had to try and do one too. Thanks Roberta! Shot with Nikon D90/Sigma 150mm/Sigma 1.4x teleconverter @ 1/250, f/8, Auto ISO 900.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com/

  

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana 

 Hi everyone.  Sorry for no communication from me these past few days.  Have been trying to take pictures at the Inn at Willowgrove for their web site.
Just got home.  While I was there, they held a benefit for the local animal shelter.  The Blue Traveler, a group popular in the ’90’s played.    They were GREAT!!
Willow Grove asked me to try and take a few candid shots of the band.  Putting my hearing at risk, standing in front of the speakers , got a few shots.

This is definitely something different for me.  Never shot a group in concert.      Hope you like this.   In the shot is  lead guitarist Chandler Kinchla.

 

Grant Tanner – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

 Hello everyone. For all those that asked yes the sewing machine was a Singer
This weeks photo is of the alleged old Post Office at Sugarloaf near Stanthorpe in Queensland Australia.  This community is no longer and was at an old tin mining centre that in its hay day was the largest producer of tin in the world according to the local museum. It is on a property that has been in my family for 50 years and now belongs to my father. He wants to repair the old building but i told him in jest a match might be a better solution

D90 Tamron 17-50mm lens at 26mm  1/500sec @ F6.3 ISO400

 

 

 Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Again, thank you so much everyone for commenting on my last week photo as well as texture photo.  The texture photo was the last ditch I found at the bar with my camera on Friday night.  But I think it turned out to be a good one.  Thank you all.  Now for this week, a bit different subject.  Another hobby of mine – watch.  Got this beautiful used Seiko recently and just took a shot for the record.  May not be your cup of tea, but I just don’t believe what I can’t see, meaning that the transparent back or see-through movement is the “must” for me and that is where the beauty of watches is 🙂

D700, 85mm PC-E, manual mode, 2.0s, f/16, ISO200

 

 Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania 

 Feeding time of shepperd’s dogs somewhere in the Carpathian mountains. Although not big, they are mean dogs fighting with the bears every night.

 Shot taken with Contax G2, Zeiss 45mm F/2 lens, Kodachrome KR64

 

 

 Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello everyone.

The last ten days has been crazy for me. I had an unplanned construction work in the home. It was a lot of work and little time so I unfortunately missed to send photos. But it’s over and here I am, back with a new photo. This summer, local designers held a fashion show in the open. Personally I’m not interested in fashion, so I focused on portraits of models. On this occasion I made a portrait of this lovely young lady. Looking untreated photography, my first association was a jazz club. So I added the grain during processing in order to achieve the atmosphere of the jazz club. Of course, photography was previously converted into b/w.

 Some photo data: Olympus e510, oly ed 40-150@150 mm, iso 800, 1/160sec @ f/5,6.

I look forward to your photos. Until next week, regards.  Davorin

www.davorinmance.com

 

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Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

 As many of you know, my daughter is participating in dance competitions.  Training 3-4 days a week, and competitions once a month.  The discipline is called “freestyle/discojazz” and is very popular among youngsters in Norway these days.  The contestants are dancing, leaping and running fast in very high-beat music, and the motions are fast and precise.  You have to present yourself to 5 judges, who are placed on different parts of a dance floor a bit smaller than a ishockey floor, and you have to get their immediate attention, as there are approx 15 other dancers there at the same time.  They have about 70 seconds to prove themselves worthy of going to the next rounds and semifinals, and finally there are 6 persons left for the finals.

 As you probably understand, the photographer is one proud father…. 🙂

 Nikon D300, Sigma 50-150 @ 90mm, 1/320 sec, f4, ISO3200.  Manual exposure control but with Auto ISO, so that shutter speed freezes the action and the lens is not at the softest aperture.  A bit of Neat Image noise control is added, as this image is not run through Adobe Lightroom.

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia 

 Spring is very slow to unwind, cold stabbing winds most days make wandering the landscape for photographs more like work than pleasure so I’m resorting again to a favourite of mine from past years.  I pass this scene every Friday morning and afternoon on the way to and from work.  I love the linear nature of the raised cropping beds in this field and the way the sun plays on them at different angles depending upon what time of day it is and which part of the year.

 Taken with my D700 +  70-200mm f/2.8 VR  @70mm, f/9, 1/200th,  ISO 800

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Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 So why do you think that they call it Church Street

  

 Gladys Millman – Westport, Connecticut 

 Here is a photo I took of a cousin of mine visiting NYC.  We walked all around downtown on a rainy day looking for ‘photo opps’.  He is 16 and loved having my takes photos of him all day.  I took about 112 that day, just of him!  This is one of his favorites.  I shot it with my Nikon S8000.  With this point-and-shoot, I often find turning off the flash is enough to capture the subject on a gray weather day.

 Hopefully this comes through in focus.  If not, don’t post it.  I will work it out with you first, then start posting again.

 

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Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi 

 Scene along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, early morning sun shining on the ends of the hay rolls, and mist rising off the waterway behine them.
 
F/8, 1/160s, 75mm, ISO200, manual. 

 

Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Nikon D2Xs, AF Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D, Aperture Priority, f/2, 1/60sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67 / I used LumiQuest’s 80-20 flash diffuser.

Thanks a lot for your unbeatable comments to my photo last week. I appreciated.
I was only and alone invited photographer for Miss Suriname 2010. 18-year-old Jo-ann Jie Foeng Sang of Paramaribo was crowned as Miss Suriname 2010 at the Congress Hall in Paramaribo. She is not in this frame but visible here : http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/blog/article/33/miss-suriname-2010

Three finalists are fixing their bra’s each other. It was hard but funny night for me.

Take care and many cheers you to all. Regards,

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

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

This is what I’ve been doing in my spare time. I’ve shot over 10,000 Volleyball pics in the last 14 days. Nikon D3, 300 2.8, 145mm, f/3.2, 1/640 ss, ISO 6400

  

 Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

A couple of years ago, my wife and I drove from San Francisco to Seattle over a 2 week period. While in Oregon, we found a state park on the coast with miles of trails. This shot is of the trail (easily seen at the center of the shot, notched into the side of the hill) in the mist coming off the ocean. In fact, the shoreline is to the right and 800 ft down the slope.

Rollei 6×6 50mm f2.8 lens, Fuji ISO 80 film, f8, 1/100 sec, scanned image

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Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

Raygun Gothic Rocketship to the moon! (via San Francisco local and group planet Earth).

Square crop from the frame – just clue, empty space at left cropped out.

Canon EOS 7D at sunrise, 9/28/2010, 50mm, ISO 200, f/9, 1/80 and infinity focus.

-Ken Papai

 

  

Special Bonus photo

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

 No Snakes this week – Roberta Davidson

As most of you know , I was asked to do the photos for the Inn at Willow Grove.  As most of you also know, I don’t normally shoot anything but macro.

I did the photos last week.  It was a blast! Here is one of the first night shots of the outside of the inn all lit up –  gas lights on  and in the dark! This is truly  a gorgeous Inn .  Everything is done to the highest of standards .  The attention to detail in each room and through out the entire property is outstanding.

The is no way my pictures can ever do this place justice.

 

Signage – Gej Jones

I’m always looking for a sign that is a little different.  This one makes me wonder what the world is coming to.

 

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