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Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4209
Country: South Africa

Jay - the finch is excellent and sharp and the Hosta flower is very nice.

Georg - love the bus and the apple trees

Eric - very nice "family" pics

Ray - you've really mastered the D600. Very nice photos.



Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4209
Country: South Africa

For the arachnophiles - a Rain Spider in our bedroom shot with the 105 2.5 ai-s before being caught in a broom and swept outside. These guys are real shiver inducers although they are harmless to humans. They tend to come indoors to hunt insects at night. I had one on a jacket that I put on only to feel the touch on my cheek - heart attack stuff!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

georgms wrote:
Finally two different processed versions of a shot taken with my old 20/3.5UD. This lens has a hazy spot in the middle of the front-lens, which might be one of the reasons why the contrast of the original-shot was really low.

These images are totally over-processed, just for the fun of it.

You have been warned, wearing eye-protection is highly recommended.


too much coffee in the morning von georgsfoto auf Flickr

Ai'd Nikkor UD-Auto 20/3.5 at full aperture


I commented on Flickr how much I liked the shot with the rope. But there's something about this one that I love. It has to be the processing or maybe the the wild bokeh, or maybe the way the rays come down in front of the tree. I don't know, I just like it, well done.



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

MDoc9523 wrote:
Here are a few shots from our beach "vacation-get-away" Lido Beach in Sarasota, Florida. The first was taken with the 24mm 2.8 AIS on a tripod. 5 secs at 2.8. The next two were taken with the 35mm 1.4 AIS




Great looking set Ray, but this one is a stunner, the way the cloud looks on fire. You also composed it perfectly. You have the D600 singing!



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

Oosty wrote:
For the arachnophiles - a Rain Spider in our bedroom shot with the 105 2.5 ai-s before being caught in a broom and swept outside. These guys are real shiver inducers although they are harmless to humans. They tend to come indoors to hunt insects at night. I had one on a jacket that I put on only to feel the touch on my cheek - heart attack stuff!


I can see why your heart skipped a step, what a monster!



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

Ray, amazing set. Georg, love the rope swing series.

One from Poznan in poland, just saw it and thought I'd share, when photographers and chefs meet



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

MarkdV wrote:
Ray, amazing set. Georg, love the rope swing series.

One from Poznan in poland, just saw it and thought I'd share, when photographers and chefs meet


Wonder what that means about their food?



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

Peter (SA) , this cute little beast seems a bit wary but very affectionate!
Georg, schnaps is way better for health and photo than coffee!



StonePhotog
Registered: Apr 23, 2013
Total Posts: 134
Country: United States

Thanks Curtis. I agree, the 180 is a great lens and is a fantastic bargain, comparatively speaking.

Eric/Stedge, I love the portrait shots with the 55 1.2! There's something about the soft-ish portrait combined with the wild bokeh that I really like.

Nice beach shots Ray!



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

Thank you Peter. That is one scary spider
Thank you Leighton, Chuong, Mark and Jay



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4678
Country: United States

I am in a photo-funk. I am not wanting to shoot at all these last few weeks. I am going on a mini vacation starting Thursday, plan to bring my kit with me, but at the same time, I have little desire to shoot. What do you all do when you are in a photo-funk?



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3759
Country: Singapore

I go on a mini vacation



leighton w
Registered: Nov 12, 2010
Total Posts: 12618
Country: United States

kwoodard wrote:
I am in a photo-funk. I am not wanting to shoot at all these last few weeks. I am going on a mini vacation starting Thursday, plan to bring my kit with me, but at the same time, I have little desire to shoot. What do you all do when you are in a photo-funk?


There's a couple of things you could try. One thing to do is see what the weekly assignment is and try to capture an image that fits. Another is to pick one theme like texture for instance and shoot nothing but subjects that goes with the theme. I usually get in to a funk during Winter when it's cold and there's not much color outside. I would think your impending vacation would snap you out of it, as it's always good to go somewhere you haven't been to get inspiration to shoot. Good luck!



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4678
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
kwoodard wrote:
I am in a photo-funk. I am not wanting to shoot at all these last few weeks. I am going on a mini vacation starting Thursday, plan to bring my kit with me, but at the same time, I have little desire to shoot. What do you all do when you are in a photo-funk?


There's a couple of things you could try. One thing to do is see what the weekly assignment is and try to capture an image that fits. Another is to pick one theme like texture for instance and shoot nothing but subjects that goes with the theme. I usually get in to a funk during Winter when it's cold and there's not much color outside. I would think your impending vacation would snap you out of it, as it's always good to go somewhere you haven't been to get inspiration to shoot. Good luck!


That is what I am hoping for. Going down to southern California for a few days to spend time with my wifes family. My wife wants to make a trip to the beach and maybe San Diego.

I need to clean all my lenses, they are filthy. I hope to be able to finish repairing my Series E 100/2.8 tomorrow too. Have to get a pesky stuck screw out. The head snapped off of it nice and flush with the aluminum frame. I have a slightly smaller yet stronger screw that I am going to JBWeld to the remaining stub of screw, let it cure, then hit the threads with a drop of acetone to break up any thread lock, then a penetrating oil to loosen it up further. Once that is done, grease the helicoil and reassemble. I have a donor lens that I am going to try and pull off some of the nicer screws and replace them messed up ones on the other lens. It looks like someone attempted a repair before, but when they couldn't get passed the stuck screws, they gave up. The lens looks to be in new condition, I am thinking it sat on a display shelf or in a bag for so long that the stock grease totally evaporated and the gummy mess that is left over is binding up the focus.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5059
Country: Sweden


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

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



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

NightOwl Cat wrote:
I reshot these all this past weekend, plus a few new ones.

http://nightowldesigns.zenfolio.com/va_headstones

D3 and 105 f/2.5 at 2.5


What a wonderful project Laura!!!
Ronny what amazing work you are doing with tubes!!!



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

Great suggestions from Leighton, well worth trying.

Another thing to do Kevin is to mount an extension tube on your 135 and take a closer look at your world. I know you've done that in the past, but as Ronny keeps demonstrating, it is possible to do rather magical work simply by getting close and reducing the focal plane to create delicious out of focus areas surround one's subject.

Of course, it is always good to be patient when these moods arrive. Keeping viewing others work and at some point you'll feel the inspiration return. It is almost always someone else's work that inspires me to take a fresh look at my shooting and my world. Relax and enjoy your trip. If photography happens, so be it. If not, so be it...



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5059
Country: Sweden

Great shot Jose Philippe Georg and Ray
Yikes .. it was a disgusting spider Peter


Thanks Ray



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

georgms wrote:

too much coffee in the morning von georgsfoto auf Flickr

Ai'd Nikkor UD-Auto 20/3.5 at full aperture


Georg, I am on my 7th or 8th mug of coffee for the day and just looking at this gives me a spinning headache

Have been unable to participate much - lots of things going on apart from editing a lot of old files all over again. Today I actually took the camera with me today, so I may actually shoot some pictures on my way home from work. Lots of great shots and even some creepy pictures lately (don't like big spiders).




Oosty
Registered: Mar 09, 2009
Total Posts: 4209
Country: South Africa

kwoodard wrote:
I am in a photo-funk. I am not wanting to shoot at all these last few weeks. I am going on a mini vacation starting Thursday, plan to bring my kit with me, but at the same time, I have little desire to shoot. What do you all do when you are in a photo-funk?


If you're going to San Diego look Radael up. Just a look at his collection shold snap you out of the funk - imagine when it happens to him! Which camera, which lens..........?

Sometimes it's just good to take a break - I'm there right now.. it's winter (although today we had a hot wind that took temperatures up to about 80*F) but there's not much happening to inspire me. However I have my UK and US holiday to look forward to, grandchildren and a change of scenery so that's when I'll probably get fired up again.



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