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MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1152
Country: Poland

I've just been catching up on the weekends postings, great shots from everyone. Still in awe of Ronny's dragonfly with the 180mm and tubes. Certainly thrown down the gauntlet with the damselfly pics, I will have to pick up that challenge next weekend if the weather permits.

Also great sport shots Georg, of course enjoy the rugby pics but the basketball ones are amazing, if for two different reasons. Liked the horse jumping too from Dean.

Not to mention the usual plethora of high quality and inspirational stuff from everyone, but the word of the weekend has to be Splaaat.



adh67
Registered: Mar 23, 2006
Total Posts: 561
Country: United States

Thx Curtis, life has been a little busy the last few months, not only with work, but we have also been painting the inside of the house recently. Quite the job, but we are almost done now. That leaves a little more time to go out shooting hopefully.

Bert



adh67
Registered: Mar 23, 2006
Total Posts: 561
Country: United States

A couple more from this morning, before I go and check on the BBQ

Bert



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

asiostygius wrote:
I made too a short adventure on night sky shots with the 50/1.2 and 28/2.


Jose, a marvellous image - just a pity about the "dust bunnies''



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

georgms wrote:

I've tried MF-ing sports again today and could capture some scenes during a rugby match. I generally shoot AF-S lenses for most (team)-sports and will for sure not trade them for long MF-lenses. Even on a very good day the rate of keepers will be higher with an AF-lens. But it's nice to practice MF-ing now and then.

This set is dedicated to Mark as fellow rugby-shooter and active player (deep respect, Mark, it's not a sport for "Weicheier"):



Excellent Georg - the tackler in #2 should go to the sin bin for 10 minutes. It's a dangerous tackle!



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

Great images Bert... exactly as I remember from your earlier posting. You have a great eye, a steady hand and excellent post processing skills. There never are enough flower photos to satisfy me. Remember Bert there is a thread on shooting with tubes over in the Macro World Forum where many of us are sharing our tube work.

For those of you who haven't met Bert yet, he is a transplant from the Netherlands who lives in the Central Valley of California and commutes to work in downtown San Francisco. He has a modest kit of MF lenses that he uses very well. Check out his profile.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Samy and Peter - great shots of the B 29



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Ronny and Rafael - two excellent series of totally different subjects to remind us how good the lenses (and the photoigraphers onthis thread) are!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

leighton w wrote:
More people shots from the market.



Excellent!!!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Lieutenant Z wrote:

My daughter with her horse, 50/1.8 :




Very nice - I remember the vet's bills and do not nevy you!!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

leighton w wrote:
How about a little color?



Show off!! Lovely!



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4208
Country: South Africa

Bert - very nice flowers. Hopefully you'll inspire Curtis to get outside again!



MarkdV
Registered: Jul 05, 2012
Total Posts: 1152
Country: Poland

I was in Poland last week in a place called Katowice. Maybe not as famous as its near neighbor, Krakow, but certainly a place that had it's share of history at the start of the 20th Century. Originally Polish, then Bohemian, Austrian and eventually Prussian, at the start of the last Century, as Well's martians were casting their envious eyes towards us, Katowice was under the rule of the German Empire. After WWI there were two uprisings in the province that Katowice is a part of (Silesia) to push for a league of nations plebiscite for their future. Germany was keen to hang onto the region as it was rich in Iron and coal and was a major source of income for the post-war reparations from the treaty of Versailles and in the end the region voted to remain German. However this led to a third uprising where Upper Silesia managed to break away from Germany and join Poland. Although the minority in land and population it was the majority in wealth and productivity.
Their break from Germany was only to last 15 years however as in 1939 the spearhead of the German army entered Poland through this region. The Polish army fell back to prepare to defend Krakow leaving Katowice undefended but the March into Katowice was not as easy as expected as a mixed irregular force of Silesian uprising veterans and Boy and Girl scouts fortified and defended the city.
Sadly, as much of Polish WW2 history, this was an act of hopeless heroism. Although the held up the assault for two days, boys and girls with rifles were no match for the German army with it's modern weaponry and heavy artillery and in the end the children were swept aside and killed and soon the rest of Poland followed.
After the War Poland was occupied by the Soviets and of the next 45 years the city was under the grip of the communists. There was even an attempt to rename the town Stalinogrod, but even the puppet dictatorship couldn't make this name stick.
These days the city relies less on coal and steel and more on becoming a hub for IT and other services. There is a lot of building and reconstruction work, although the old communist blocks still dominate the city, however the city is modernizing fast and I can attest there are several very fine restaurants in the city and quite a passable local beer.
Below are some images from the city taken with the Series E 28mm and 55mm Macro.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12616
Country: United States

Thanks Peter and Mark.

Mark, love the last one showing the Communist building!



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

Wow the talent here is amazing. I can't comment on all so I have started Ray's pic's of the week

The winner is leighton with the "Boy in the puddle"


Second to Georg for the "Flying man"


Third to Peter "How to light an engine"


and Honorable mention to Deans "Mans ball hat"



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

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2921#11608940

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/2921#11609105

Excellent work with the 180mm Leighton, I like them very much.




I would like to share with you my last purchase (no need to be pushed by the forum ), I like Nikon zooms and I couldn't miss the first one Nikon produced: 85-250mm f/4 (actually the first was the f/4.5, this one is the last version).







(taken with 35-70mm f/3.5 AIS)


According to www.photosynthesis.co.nz it should be tha latest serial number seen.

I have done just a few test pictures, first impressions are quite good:

- very sharp in the center at 250mm too, best at f/8 and apparently at f/16 suffering from diffraction less than average

- quite soft in the sides/corners until f/8, best at f/11/16

I think it could produce very good images for landscape work at f/11/16 on a tripod, I hope to show you something in the near future.


rafaelcasd
Registered: Jan 07, 2011
Total Posts: 2483
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
How about a little color?


180/2.8 ED AIS by Leighton W, on Flickr



Looks like something I would do, only better because leighton has a gifted sense of form and composition.



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

Ray (FL), thanks for reposting some of the best in the last few pages.

Haven't had much time to dig through the Reading WW II pictures, but found three I converted to jpg for posting for now. All three with the 55 1.2, first one at f/5.6, the next two at f/2.8.

Part of some kind of parade, this happened every so often during the couple hours I was there.






Ominous machine gun jutting out of the cockpit.






This was at somewhere at the Pacific theater exhibits. The prop was meant to shock GIs into taking their malaria tablets regularly.






Mark, saw your Poland memorial images, very moving and thanks as always for posting the history of the region. Having always read about gray, drab communist architecture, its interesting to see the starkness of that building front.




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

More air show from last year - reprocessed a bunch of them this weekend. All on D7000

this wit the 105mm f/2.5







300mm f/4.5 EDIF















deang001
Registered: Apr 23, 2011
Total Posts: 1793
Country: China

leighton w wrote:
More people shots from the market.

Little boys and water puddles, go figure.

The drummer in the band.

I think he ended up with all the cookie icing on his face.



All great shots, Leighton. I'm glad the 180/2.8 was giving the duties this week ... it really is a very special lens.



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