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rolubich
Registered: Jun 11, 2012
Total Posts: 191
Country: Italy

Excellent series Ben, and beautiful flowers pictures in the last few pages.

I would like to share the following with you.

A few pages ago Curtis posted some nice pictures of very tall trees, they should be "Sequoia sempervirens" (California redwood), taken at Muir Woods Park.

Another kind of Sequoia, "Sequoiadendron giganteum" (giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood, or Wellingtonia), has been imported in Europe and Italy around the end of XIX century, and some of the first trees imported are still alive.

I want to show you one of them, I hadn't to travel a lot to photograph it, as it is in my mother garden.

It was about 37m (it should have been one of the tallest in Italy based on a quick research on the net) but about 20 years ago the top was hit by a lightning and a few meter dried out soon.

Some experts suggested us that cutting the dried top would have increased the survival possibility, so we had the dried part cut.

The tree not only survived, but some years later a new top showed up, not a branch acting like a top, that is quite usual, but a real new and blooming top.

35mm PC f/2.8 AIS (shifted to have the camera straight)







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35mm PC f/2.8 AIS (shifted to exaggerate the perspective deformation)







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500mm f/4 AI-P + 14B







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raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 2094
Country: United States

Great shots Ben. Something familiar with Philippe's style...



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3777
Country: France

raboof wrote:
Something familiar with Philippe's style...


Not sure that it is a compliment to Ben.......



rankamateur
Registered: Nov 25, 2007
Total Posts: 877
Country: United States

Sorry for the trash can in the shot but it was just a quick candid. The puppies wanted the water bowl and believe it or not he let them have it. A very gentle giant. The blue collar is Cooper who now is ruling our house. All with the 55micro



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8401
Country: United States

Quick one from a large number of images I took this morning. Tired of sunsets, so I got out of bed before sunrise and got to my spot. Saw what appeared to be an Orca in the water, but it was too fast for me to grab with my setup.

400/5.6 ED AI



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5049
Country: Sweden

Thanks
Amazing pictures on this whole page .. none forgotten




Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8 ED AI-s Nikkor Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



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

bruni wrote:
but......may I say......I'm not sure I like it on the D800E

Phillippe ruined me with the zeiss 85P.



SEND IT BACK TO ME YOU PHILISTINE!



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8401
Country: United States

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks
Amazing pictures on this whole page .. none forgotten



Wow Ronny! Those are pretty amazing and are right up there with Curtis (the master flower shooter).

John



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

jhinkey wrote:
Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks
Amazing pictures on this whole page .. none forgotten



Wow Ronny! Those are pretty amazing and are right up there with Curtis (the master flower shooter).

John



+1 Ronny, what I really love about your flower-shots is the incredible light. Together with the carefully chosen backgrounds and the shallow DoF the blossoms really stand out.



Foggy14
Registered: May 01, 2010
Total Posts: 1471
Country: United States

mp356 wrote: anyone with a current NMFAS itch, a Nikon 800mm 5.6 ais just came up on the b/s board...................

Scott, does that come with a sherpa?

Congrats Laura, well done!

Peter, great work in the Alabama Hills.

Curtis, beautiful flowers with the 200mm.

Georg, love the Swedish barn.

Reagan, great shot of the "look" in the sea of caps and gowns.

Thanks Philippe, I really like the composition and fine detail of Ménerbes.

Rafael, great idea! When I get my eye related restrictions lifted I'd love to get together for a little shooting. I'll send you a PM when the coast is clear. PS: the "ugly" ground cover flowers look mighty nice through your 200mm and PN11 and the evening shot of the Buick is superb.

Ray, beautiful flowers, especially the last one with the subtle rays of sunlight.

Ben, really like the Nikki set. Wonderful colors and composition.

Roberto, I enjoyed the photos and story of your tree.

Ron, great looking dogs!

John, beautiful early morning shot.

Thanks Ronny. Spectacular flowers with the 135mm!



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

Two images today with the 35mm f2 OC.

Azaleas






And the 105s; 105 1.8 AIS, 105 2.5 AI and 105 2.5 P, early version (about 1967?)







pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3003
Country: United States

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks
Amazing pictures on this whole page .. none forgotten




Nikkor 135mm f/2 Ai-s Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm by Ronny Olsson,


this one is making me look for those extension tubes and hunt down the first flowers I can find in this arctic state. really nice lighting and isolation.



philipj
Registered: Dec 01, 2010
Total Posts: 885
Country: Switzerland

Rafael, great shots of downtown Escondido! The 55 is no slouch.

Ben, great processing on the nikki set.

Peter, your landscapes are great... really enjoy the two moody mountain shots in the middle of your set.

Margot stopping by to say hello. This is a dress her mother owned at a similar age (Margot will be 8 months old on the middle of May), and kept for just such an occasion. The 28mm f/2.8 AI-s works well here, at f/2.8.


Mommy's dress by philipjohnson, on Flickr



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

Rafael, the batman one and the antique cars are terrific, and I like the green light on the wall in the last one. Panorama attempts create out of memory messages in my laptop, someday I will upgrade it, until then I will just enjoy the ones created by folks here And what's with the balancing act of the two stacked 180 2.8s on an unstable surface?? Made me cringe

Ray (FL), really like the flower images, especially the first one! What lens is that, the 85 1.4 or am I way off? Trying to guess from the bokeh.

Ben, the Nikki pics are all very nice, I most liked the organic bakery and the one with the multiple legs in the store window.

Philippe, what do Frenchmen do to visiting Aussies, that guy looks a little down

Roberto, very impressive redwood pics, the second one with the 35PC looks very imposing. And great to have another 500 F4 P user on the thread!

Ron, looks like quite an adorable moment with Cooper and the puppies

John, the snow covered mountain in the background against the blue water and ferry is a very nice composition.

Ronny, outstanding flowers and light with that 135 f2 + tubes combo!

Georg, great b&w from a few years ago, I am sure Leighton will approve when he gets time to comment on here.

Peter (WI), more nice images from your CA trip. The second to last one is super, I like the clouds parelleling the snow topped mountain.

Reagan, great occasion as a parent!

Ray (OH), good colors with the 105 2.5. I just tried one of the focusing rings of a 35 DX lying around, seemed like it had sand inside.

Samy





MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Philip what a great shot! From the curled toes, the little wave to the precious smile, it's a winner!



MDoc9523
Registered: Aug 13, 2006
Total Posts: 5115
Country: United States

Thank you Jeff and Samy. I took both photos using the 300mm 4.5 The first was at 4.5 the second 5.6
What a nice set of 105's and the colors in your flowers is terrific!



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8401
Country: United States

Thanks Samy and Jeff -

Here's one of my setup this morning with the 135/2 attached (though it's hard to see).
I've started using my 7.7" Samsung Tab for focusing and composition - for many things it's much easier to use, though for a few others it's more cumbersome. The main advantage is the large screen available for live view which is a help for my 47 year old eyes . . .



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3777
Country: France

saph wrote:

Philippe, what do Frenchmen do to visiting Aussies, that guy looks a little down
Samy




In my opinion the so-called "apple juice" bottle is filled with Pastis (his wife was around)



Lieutenant Z
Registered: Nov 21, 2010
Total Posts: 3777
Country: France

Lourmarin



pburke
Registered: Oct 08, 2010
Total Posts: 3003
Country: United States

More from the California/Nevada border, where the casino business has seen better days

105mm f2.5 @f2.5 1/800s ISO 100








20mm f3.5 @f8 1/40s ISO 100 polarizer








20mm f3.5 @f5.6 1/500s ISO 100








20mm f3.5 @f11 1/60s ISO 100 polarizer










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