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asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Reagan wrote:
asiostygius wrote:
rankamateur wrote:
I am wandering looking for signs of spring. Has to be spring doesn't it. We are turning the clocks ahead tonight. Has to be spring. 50-135mm trying out the Macro mode(so they call it anyway). 100% Crop



Reagan, great capture.
I am wondering how this zoom will perform with tubes or close up lenses. Need to experiment some day.


Thanks, but I think you mean Ron
but we both like cats


Reagan


Oops, need to edit that!!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :










Philippe, stunning set, I liked the most the first and last photos.


leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12621
Country: United States

fsiagian wrote:
Wow I love no 1.


+1 !



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:
My favourite 5cm
Not a bad Brickwall for testing, fully open.


Looks a little soft on the edges? yes...no?


I've never understood why a wide open lens should be critiqued on whether it is sharp corner to corner. Perhaps at a time with ASA 400 was deemed fast, there was a greater need to shoot wide open and corner to corner sharpness was of greater significance. But with today's cameras, the only reason to shoot wide open is because the photographer is attempting to isolate a portion of a scene. In that situation, I'm after bokeh at the edges not sharpness. In fact, I'll frame the scene so I get the maximum blur everywhere but the area I want to be sharp. If I'm concerned about corner to corner sharpness AND the scene I'm shooting permits me to gain that, I'll stop down. Apart from flat walls, one is rarely put into the position where such matters need to be considered. Landscape photographers who are seeking maximum depth of field are definitely stopping down their cameras. I spoke with my friend George who said he shoots at either f/11 or f/16. He also said there is not a single shot in his archive taken with the lens wide open.

I direct this as much to John as to you Leighton, recalling his comments on the performance of the Zeiss 100 on his D800. If I'm not seeking corner to corner sharpness, I'm not inclined to discount a lens because it doesn't achieve perfection in that regard. I'd rather evaluate a lens in terms of its utility to me and not some standard. I understand the more technically inclined among us enjoy making those kinds of evaluations as fully as I enjoy working with an image in post to get out of it the most I can.

I feel the same way about contrast produced by a lens. I can manage that very easily in post. Our digital tools are so incredible that a great many deficits can be overcome.



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4681
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :









Wow, this image is pure class. I love your style.


bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

kwoodard wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :

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Wow, this image is pure class. I love your style.



love these Phillippe...and I especially love the idea of you lying on the ground at the Opera to get that shot

ben



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5063
Country: Sweden

Phillipe: Love it ..Last one is stunning



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3288
Country: Brazil

These frescoes are from the House of Casca Longus - also named "Quadretti Teatrali" House, because the comic and/or tragic motifs of the frescoes found there.

All shots with D7000 + Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 ai hand held, ISO 800, f/5.6 to f/8 at 1/100 to 1/200s, ~30-35% cropped.



Theatrical fresco from the House of Casca Longus - I by labecoaves, on Flickr


Theatrical fresco from the House of Casca Longus - II by labecoaves, on Flickr


Theatrical fresco from the House of Casca Longus - III by labecoaves, on Flickr


Unfortunately the process of escavations, not always proper, and time since then have took its toll on the frescoes, but amazingly there remains some vibrant colours.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

Wonderful set Jose. I'm really enjoying your work from Italy. Thanks for sharing these. I loved ruins at Ephesus where floors were mosaics and walls were frescoes.





Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4617
Country: United States

bruni wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :

httjpg



Wow, this image is pure class. I love your style.



love these Phillippe...and I especially love the idea of you lying on the ground at the Opera to get that shot

ben


+1

Reagan



saph
Registered: Jun 10, 2012
Total Posts: 3699
Country: United States

Just the last two pages, wow!
Jose, superb image after image from trip!

Philippe, +100 on that Opera house in Paris.

And Ben seems to have come out of his hiatus with cool Sydney pics as well as a lively mood, first he takes on Curtis about those lenses, then he takes on all of us here



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4617
Country: United States

^^^^^^^
Yea, the rain must have him with cabin fever
Kind of got that "Dingo" attitude
I like it

Reagan



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2486
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
rafaelcasd wrote:
My favourite 5cm
Not a bad Brickwall for testing, fully open.


nikon nikkor 5cm S 2.0 D3 official graffiti 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr


Looks a little soft on the edges? yes...no?

Leighton, don't be holding it to New Zeiss standards, it is the first Nikon Reflex lens, from 1960, yes - a little soft in the edges and a little vignetting - but guess what, I love the look. Bought it to get the look on the D3, on the D800 the pixels would be wasted.

On the other hand the center is very sharp.



rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2486
Country: United States

Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :



Philippe, you are an artist, on the other hand how could I compete with a Paris opera here in Escondido................

Paris, Pompei, Ephesus, I give up!
(Or maybe I should move)



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

rafaelcasd wrote:
Lieutenant Z wrote:
From the Opéra Garnier, Paris
first two with 50 1.8, other with 28 2.8 :



Philippe, you are an artist, on the other hand how could I compete with a Paris opera here in Escondido................

Paris, Pompei, Ephesus, I give up!
(Or maybe I should move)


When I first posted photos on Trekearth most of the members were from Europe and with their long holidays were heading east to India, Thailand, Japan. I finally gave up and I live just north of San Francisco in a beautiful area. But the glories of Europe and the exotic settings of Southeast Asia offered such delights there wasn't much I could post that measured up.

I've mentioned this before but they did a "treasure hunt" that included a photo of something over a hundred years old. I decided I shouldn't cop out by taking a photo of one of the large redwood trees in Muir Woods that is about ten miles from my home. Instead I went into San Francisco and found what is perhaps the only building over a hundred years old, Mission Dolores. I complained at the time that all the folks from Europe needed to do was turn around and shoot. That said, the competitor in me got me to complete the treasure hunt in first place.

The other big disadvantage we have in this country that our holidays are so short. I tease Rinie over the fact she gets 56 days off every year and also can buy more if she wishes. I think she had over 70 days off last year. She spent nearly three weeks with me that included two weeks in Turkey but before that she took a three week bicycle trip from Rotterdam to Rome. She also had a couple of shorter excursions. If Americans get three weeks off they're fortunate.

So we make the best of what is available to us, occasionally taking excursions to more interesting places, as you did when you took your recent trip south. Doubtless, the key is traveling but that requires both time and money which can be in short supply...



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

So many amazing images here, don't know where to start...

Curtis, I like your Ephesus-shots. The second image works very well as explaining picture.
Love the bokeh on the bicycle-shot ("Made in China").

Jose, excellent images from the "House of Casca Longus". I think the mosaics wouldn't be half as interesting in pristine conditions. Over-restauration is (would be) a sin in my opinion ;-)
Your bird-shots are great as well - love the unusual environment.

Philippe, outstanding images from the Opera! My personal favorite is the second last shot.

Rafael, the vintage 5cm-Nikkor is a beauty. And it's output is for sure not bad for a really old lens.
I like your fisheye-shots as well - the driveway seems to offer almost endless great photo-opportunities.

Chin, love your work on film, especially the graffiti and the images from the market.

Ben, very cool work with the 24PCE! The vertical skyscraper-shot is stunning.

Laura, beautiful portrait of the even-tempered goat;-) I prefer #2 of the still-life.

Tony, congrats to your new 16/3.5! It's my favorite MF-Nikkor right now - I just have to use it less frequently for the newspaper-stuff (editors and readers might think I've lost my other lenses ;-).
Excellent work with NIKKI: love the barbed-wire and the droplets on the spiders web (?) to pick just two personal favs.

Leighton, the colorful tree-shot with the 50-135 is amazing. This picture would make a great puzzle, btw ;-)
The abstract (shadows on the snow) is great and the icicles as well.



georgms
Registered: Jan 08, 2009
Total Posts: 4045
Country: Germany

Some images from this week - but nothing really personal:


protest-rally against savings to the disfavor of children - PC 85/2.8D diagonal tilted (rotated about 30 degrees)


Allein sein fetzt!!! von georgsfoto auf Flickr
from the same rally - "Alleinsein fetzt!!!" - "Aloneness rocks!!!" - Ai-Nikkor 55/1.2 wide open


portrait of a friendly ceramicist - 24/2Ai at f/4, SB800 in a small softbox from the left, bounced SB800 from the right side



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

Zichar wrote:
Well, I spent my afternoon reading about Pompeii ... a lot of hurried Alt-Tabs whenever I heard footsteps near my cubicle

>>

Okay here's more of the market, thanks for the prev comments


I really like these film shots Chin. They feel like they came from an old book.

–Tony



kings_freak
Registered: Jun 02, 2011
Total Posts: 952
Country: United States

raboof wrote:
That is really sharp with the H Ai'd, Curtis.
I got nothing. Didn't manage to get out while the snow was here.

All melted - 20mm 3.5


I like your snowy woods Chuong.

–Tony



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

Thanks Georg. Most of us are just playing while you're out there trying to put bread on the table. I spoke with a friend recently who does landscape photography that is well regarded but doesn't pay the bills. The end of last year he bought a D800 to replace a D700 he sold. He also picked up a 24-70 f/2.8G and this week was to take delivery of a 14-24 f/2.8G. He said ALL the money he earns goes for camera gear and gasoline so he can drive to the wilderness areas where he typically shoots. He joked he'd be rich now because one of his photos will appear on the 2014 Sierra Club engagement calendar, the highest selling calendar in the world. Of course, he simply was paid for the image and makes no royalties tied to sales. Here is the image...


Making a living through photography is challenging I'm sure. I love your work, so it is likely a few photo editors will as well. But you must be a very busy man, shooting all the time. All the best...



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