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  1. First image shot with Panasonic 8-18mm f2.8-4 lens.
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  2. From a less photographed angle
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  3. Early morning at lake Camecuaro - Mexico, last time I was here with this conditions my camera had a broken chassis and all images shot from a tripod were blurry but not this time Happy 2018 !
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  4. I walked around Moonah for an hour with the Kiev-60, a roll of T-Max 100 and Jupiter 3,5/250 lens attached while waiting for my car to be fitted with new tyres on Thursday. At the beginning of the shopping strip and some odd signs, seemingly unable to decide what Century this is or what the business is: and lastly a way to make me feel old - a somewhat worse for wear Toyota Landcruiser registered as a "Special Interest" vehicle (i.e. an antique) that is one model year newer than the same model Land cruiser I bought brand new back in 1976 (and regrettably sold three years later) :
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  5. Last few shots from my Townsville trip. A day out at the local wildlife park. To avoid overloading a thread with images, I've split it into mammals, birds and reptiles. Wombat #1 Given the bright sunlight, glass and water, I had the polariser on for most of the day, although that did present some challenges with the deep shadows under the trees, resulting in the ISO creeping up, especially for some of the birds. Wombat #2 Roo & Joey Dingo
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  6. ANZ Boeing 787-9 ZK-NZF over Southern Tasmania, flying from Perth, Australia to Christchurch, New Zealand, 16 Jan 2018. 41,000 ft (7.7652 miles, 12.5km), 505kt (581mph, 935kmh).
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  8. Yesterday he was taken out with a friend for a walk of his cat. It's already becoming a tradition for us to walk the cat in January. 1. _DSC3333 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 2. _DSC3341 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr At that time, it was -27 degrees Celsius on the street. 3. _DSC3367 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 4. _DSC3374 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr Please smile, shoot! 5. _DSC3390 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 6. _DSC3420 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 7. _DSC3438 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 8. _DSC3447 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 9. _DSC3486 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr Yes, do not care about the frost! That's really true - invented, -25 - frost. The normal temperature for Krasnoyarsk in January. The Siberian in such weather in flip-flops, a shirt and trousers for ice cream in the stall runs, with three of them, one on the way back eats. :))) 10 _DSC3513 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 11. _DSC3521 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 12. _DSC3535 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 13. _DSC3572 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 14. _DSC3580 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr On the shore of the Yenisei, the cat was tired of portraying a wild predator and already wanted to go home. 15 _DSC3608 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr During the shooting, no animals were harmed. There was a cat above and nothing superfluous. And it's just to illustrate how it looks like a frosty day on the river bank. 16 _DSC3625 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 17 _DSC3615 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr
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  9. Mrs A, a cat lover, is very happy that these photos have been posted.
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  10. One of the outings from my recent trip to Townsville, was a day trip to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island from Ferry - actually departing rather than arriving. The first part of the day was spent visiting some WWII era fortifications built to protect the approach to Townsville. Fort This provided spectacular views across some remote beaches below. Beach #1 Beach #2 Finally we headed down to a beach ourselves. Beach #3 On a quieter corner of the beach were these fascinating sand ball patterns created by miniature crabs. Sand Balls
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  11. Had a few days away in Townsville over the holiday period. Visited some old friends and did a few day trips to the surrounding areas. Magnetic Island, named by James Cook on a day his ships compass played up. Located just off the coast of Townsville and reached by a 20 minute ferry ride. Inland, the Townsville landscape is dominated by Castle Hill, which sits in the middle of the city. Castle Hill The views from Castle Hill are wonderful. View from the top There were some nice beaches right in town... Beach But despite the accessibility, warm water and sunshine, they were often deserted...... This time on year they are prone to jelly fish and crocodiles. There are probably a few sharks out there too. Given the bright sunlight, a circular polariser was mounted on my camera most of the time.
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  12. Alex, Dallas, Anthony, Fons, Thanks for the comments I have visited this place every 1 or 2 years since 2010 and I do not get tired of it Here is some detail from the fascinating roots
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  13. A series of images from my serious outing with the Panasonic 8-18mm. It took me some time to get used again to real wide-angle perspective but I like it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
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  14. Not much to look at initially, but a sight rare enough for a neighbour to drive 1km over to my place to get me to photograph. These are a pair of wood moths mating, again, nothing unusual until you realise the larger female of the pair is 100mm (4") long in the body - so about the length of the palm of an adult human hand. While there is some movement in this rather hurried hand-held stack of 7 photos, they did remain still enough for a result in the stiff breeze while hanging on to the wall of a house. As they showed no signs of fleeing, I then got my tripod out of the car and try a few more comprehensive stacks involving around 40 photos each, but that was too ambitious and their movement in the breeze had those stacks fail. X-T2, Zeiss Touit 2,8/50 Makro, f/8.
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  15. Last few shots from my Townsville trip. A day out at the local wildlife park. To avoid overloading a thread with images, I've split it into mammals, birds and reptiles. Death Adder (through glass - thank goodness for the polarising filter!) D7E_0015 Croc - the only one of these three not shot through glass!
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  17. This was shot in 2002 at an American Civil War Re-enactment at Black Creek Pioneer village, here in Toronto. In addition to the actual battles being fought, there were demonstrations and displays of various crafts and skills of the period. The firing of one of the field pieces took place in a large open patch of ground and I used a motor-driven camera and wide lens to grab this shot. motorized Nikon FA Nikkor 24 2.8 AIS manual focus Fuji 100 ISO colour slide 5.6 @ 1/1000th
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  18. Image shot during a cold walk on a clear winter day.
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  19. "We'd like you to take a few photos of the artist with her work for an exhibition she's putting on." That's it. That's all I got from the publicist. The artist in question also happens to be a client of mine who's work I have photographed for use online. The original idea was for her to come to my studio so that while I was photographing her most recent pieces for this exhibition I could also squeeze in a few shots of her with the work. I knew that wouldn't work at all for two reasons, firstly my studio is a photography studio and there is no context between it and the art works. Secondly I couldn't think of anything creative to do here that could even remotely incorporate both the works and the artist. So, plan B was to do the shoot at her studio which conveniently happens to be about 3km from my house. Add to that the fact that her studio is a much kinder place to shoot as it has been designed with a skylight smack bang in the centre giving the room some wonderful natural light. It didn't help that it was an overcast day, but I had a plan for that in the form of a couple of speedlights. I placed Bernice on one corner of the table and used a wide angle to give some prominence to the drawings in the foreground. The test shot without her looked like this. With the two speedlights firing into the ceiling it got much nicer with soft light. I also had her turn on her studio overhead lighting which contains daylight balanced tubes. This is what we got. She was a little small in this shot so we tried something else from the same position. And then for good measure from a different angle with the French doors to the outside garden opened. Everybody was happy with the results.
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  20. A bit of a buff and polish, it'll come up OK : Both Kiev-60, Carl Zeiss Jena 2,8/120 Biometar, T-Max 100. At the moment I'm provoking flaws, flare and whatever else to come to grips with what effects I can get on the spot without too much messing around afterwards. I'd almost forgotten how versatile film can be, particularly when using vintage glass.
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  21. OMG an automatic Kombi! Can't agree more than it would be slower than a snail my Dad had one, a 1972 model , 1600cc , 4 speed gearbox I hated riding in the back with the lack of proper ventilation, it could get awfully stuffy back there We traveled extensively and we had our shares or car break downs, most notably the starter motor stopped working on a trip and every time the whole family (with 4 kids under 10) and my Dad had to push the kombi with my Mom trying to get it started, particularly difficult with a cold engine with a carburator, it was fantastic if we were able to find a downhill street to park I learned to drive in that thing before I was old enough to have a license, and still I was allowed to do errands, never got in trouble (while driving the kombi) My Dad used to do his own maintenance on his cars, so I learned car mechanics, and hated working on the kombi with such a small engine compartment We did have the engine off the car to replace piston rings and other stuff it was a fun time Thanks for bringing back such fun memories with your picture I like the tractor image much better than the kombi
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  22. It's a technique largely lost in the digital age, Mike - underexpose to lose darker detail in shadows and drop all but the strongest highlights back to mid-tones, and is what used to be properly termed as 'low key". With digital all you end up with is banding and noise when under-exposing, with B&W film just the grain gets accentuated, and being irregular it isn't so jarring. You can use it to add a mood and atmosphere to a subject which wasn't the case in reality. As I'm again exploring the things film was good at, and knowing that this shot could be repeated at any time, I underexposed by two full stops, shooting 1/60@f/3.5, where 1/15@f/3.5 would have been more realistic given the low lighting towards the back of the shop. Doing this sort of thing also forces you to think ahead and commit to the likely outcome, without the ability to chimp. Also weighing into the 'think ahead' equation is that each frame costs around 50 cents to take. I'm aware that the look is something of an acquired taste, however, and there's no rule that says everyone must like everything!
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  23. Taken a few minutes ago. X-T2, 90mm f/2.
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  25. #1 We watched the New Year's Eve fireworks from the top of Castle Hill in Townsville. We could also make out the display at Magnetic Island from that view point too. #2 Whilst the distance made the display look a little small, the height allowed nice reflections on the water. #3 #4 Generally used about a 5 second exposure, and with the wider shots, it was possible to see the silhouette of other people on the top of the hill. #5 A general night view from the top across to Magnetic Island while waiting for the main event to start. #6
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  26. Part of my recent Townsville trip involved a day out to Paluma, an area of tropical rainforest. Rain Forest Unfortunately the view from the various lookouts were non-existent, but there were a number of picturesque waterfalls on the lower slopes that were also popular for swimming. D7E_0142 D7E_0142 D7E_0142
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  28. Yesterday, jogging fans tripled the holiday run to 2018 meters. I must say that this year frosted fairly. -24 on the street it was. After almost European winter in December, even as the cold felt. At the start of the athletes, I was late, I did not dare to run with them - for this will only be a joyous finish. 1 _DSC3028 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 2 _DSC3034 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr The first runners to the finish 4 _DSC3042 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr On the tablets on the chest, the athletes have the inscription "I'm running and I'm beating" and a promise is written. For example, "Do not promise superfluous" 5 _DSC3043 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 6 _DSC3050 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr The dog also had a promise, did not see it. 7 _DSC3061 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 8 _DSC3069 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 9 _DSC3072 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 10 _DSC3075 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 11 _DSC3086 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 12 _DSC3100 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 13 _DSC3128 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 14 _DSC3130 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 15 _DSC3133 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 16 _DSC3164 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 17 _DSC3183 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 18 _DSC3201 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr Well, where does it go without the cool photos of the feasty January? 19 _DSC3206 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 20 _DSC3214 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr 21 _DSC3264 by Александр Пустоваров, on Flickr
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  29. Great to see Jesse the Great Mime Artist in full flow ! Can you help me identify this bird ? I think it might be the Greater Botswana Brilliant Bee-Eater ..
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  30. X-T2, 100-400, through window, tripod mounted, triggered by Fuji Camera Remote on my iPhone 6.
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  32. A happy and peaceful Christmas to all here.
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  33. Greetings to all for Christmas and the New Year.
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  34. Kiev-60, T-Max 100, Carl Zeiss Jena MC Biometar 2,8/120.
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  35. Thanks Mike, in my experience sharpness has no 1:1 relation to sensor size. I’ve shot quite a lot of sharp images with a Panasonic LX3 compact with a small sensor. For sharp images knowledge of your camera and lens is vital. I shot this image at 1/10sec and iso320 which is possible thanks to the excellent Olympus stabilization (knowledge of camera) and I used a very good lens which was stopped down to optimum aperture (choice and knowledge of lens). I used Lightroom for post processing.
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  36. Thanks, Vivion. It caught me off guard - shooting hand-held at 400 ISO 1/900 sec (with 400mm + 1.4x converter on APS-C) wasn't fast enough to stop subject and/or camera movement, even with OIS on. I ended up shooting at 3200 ISO/ 1/6000 sec to get this, and even then the plane wasn't frozen. I was also caught off-guard with how fast I had to pan with the thing in order to keep it in frame and the slightest wobble had everything out of frame and me scanning the sky to find it again. Almost 1,000 km/h is really fast when your tele lens has effectively put you up there with the plane.
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  38. Not taken with an iPhone, but with a camera and film, and not quite a Mini, but a mini-Suzuki nonetheless...
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  39. Until I photographed this I didn't even realise that VW even made an automatic Kombi, and for sure they would have struggled to pull the skin off a rice pudding, let alone accelerate from 0-100km/h in under ten minutes. With a tailwind. Going downhill.
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  40. With wet and snowy weather in the forecast, I went solo today to not miss out on another hiking opportunity. Although quite chilly, the sun warmed things up, and by lunch it was time to peel off some layers. I did some off trail exploring, and discovered rocks, lichens, and interesting trees, but gratefully no people or dogs! The stillness, solitude, vistas, and landscape were inspiring and deeply rewarding. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
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  41. Today, I balk at using a prime lens weighing more than 1,000 grams (1 kg.) unless it is a specialized lens (e.g., Nikkor 200mm f/2.0) In the near future, it is possible that we may hear users complained how heavy their 100 grams lens are. https://www.dpreview.com/news/4657125935/a-new-metalens-breakthrough-will-revolutionize-lenses-as-we-know-them
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  43. They visit me in my backyard
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  45. Interesting series. Nice to see something so frosty when it is so hot here in Melbourne.
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  46. The obstacle course had become a complete puddle because of heavy rain.
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  47. Our off-trail adventure today was much longer than any of the others. It was the 69th hike of the year and our 83rd outing, quite a feat considering time off for two eye surgeries. It was even warm enough for a tee shirt, another surprise. Being able to traverse the entire length of the rock cliffs in the Nature Preserve was an incredible experience, a testament to the beauty of Nature and our conditioning. One can only marvel at these magnificent and timeless examples of Earth energies and forces. Current events, and especially those who would destroy the land, are seen in vast perspective. Hopefully many of us will be inspired to get out and explore places such as this, and work to protect them from the ravages of the greedy and short-sighted. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
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  48. I have been shooting on a daily basis for many years, but this was different because of it being a formal challenge. What was lacking from my challenge was not enough textual complementary stories that would have brought it up to a different plane, people like stories, it seems images are not enough. Has it changed me as a photographer? It probably has, taking a picture a day does not seem difficult at first glance, but in fact it is a job with a deadline, I used to say make ' something out of nothing ' . At times one may wonder how many pictures do we need? And will i recommend it to others? Most certainly, Yes. At this moment for me personally i need to take a break, simply because other jobs need my attention right now. Besides i have to re-organize my backups, need more space. Finally I like to thank you all for the support, and wish you all a creative and successful 2018.
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  49. I found an old primary blue filter while cleaning up the office today, and as the Sigma sdQ-H acts 'properly' with full coloured photographic filters when shot in B&W, I ducked out into the yard for a quick selfie to remind me what 19th Century photographers had to deal with using the predominantly blue-sensitive photographic emulsions of the era when photographing people and their predominantly non-blue spectrum skin. In the process I got a portrait which I'll be sending to the next person who doesn't pay an invoice or sells me dodgy equipment on eBay..... sdQ-H with #47 Primary Blue filter on a 1974 Mir-1 2,8/37 lens @ f/5.6.
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