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  1. 4 points
    11 aZ6M_1291 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 12 aZ6M_1265 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 13 aZ6M_1202 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 14 aZ6M_1251 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 15 aZ6M_1274 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 16 aZ6M_1297 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Thank you for looking. aD5S_8402 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr aD5S_8377 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Taken yesterday. Thank you for looking. aD5S_8383 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr aD5S_8420 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Revisiting my archives. I visited this awesome place in 2015. 1 aaaDFC_1072 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 2 aaaDFC_0916 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 3 aaa2DFC_0882 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 4 aaaD4S_1789 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 5 aaa1DFC_0954 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    2020....And how things change... Re-reading my article brought back memories of how the magnificent tonal gradation and resolution of the Sigma DP series cameras with their Foveon sensors was a revelation compared to previous results of converting cameras with Bayer sensors to B&W of the typical 12-24 MP resolution at the time. I was convinced that this was my way into a future of using B&W as my main form of expression in photography, but never foresaw what Sigma themselves had in mind for the future. I had assumed that a proper interchangeable-lens mirrorless system camera system would follow with a more developed Foveon sensor of higher resolution or larger physical size (or both). I never foresaw that Sigma would in fact back-pedal with the following sd Quattro sensor to the degree they did. Apparently the volume of data transfer required, along with accompanying battery drain and heat build-up were beyond their ability to control, so what is effectively a hybrid sensor resulted, still with the Foveon three layer sensel layout, but with the two lower layers responsible for capturing the green and red colour components of the spectrum had sensels four times the size of the upper-most layer which remained responsible for the blue and overall luminance information, which in turn meant that interpolation (as in Bayer sensors) reared its ugly head again. I bought an sd Quattro H camera with the intent of using it with vintage lenses as it is easily adaptable to M42 lenses with a simple adapter ring, but the hoped for continuation of the revelations that the DP Foveon cameras had brought to digital B&W reproduction failed to materialise. So.... as can be seen from my later posts, I have now both retired from a working life in photography (which means I have more time on my hands) and returned to using film cameras of various ages, centred around a comprehensive Pentacon Six outfit along with both Olympus OM-1 and Minolta SRT-101 outfits to cover 35mm and 120 formats, and late 19th and early 20th Century field and studio cameras for large formats. I am still using the sd Quattro-H as the intermediate step in digitising the resulting negatives for inkjet prints, but eventually I'll probably be printing larger prints the old way again since my Epson 7800 expired after 12 years of hard use and I couldn't justify a new A1 printer without a commercial workload to make it viable, so I bought an A2 Epson P-800 printer which effectively confines me to a print size of 16.5" on the short dimension, and which is plenty for almost any print needs I can foresee with me now having re-entered "hobby photographer" status after 48 years of being fully involved at a professional level. So, yes, this is a retraction of my final conclusion of the initial article's conclusions, and my darkroom is now actively humming away with the smell of stop bath and fixer permeating the air once more.
  7. 3 points
    Thank you for looking. aD3S_4337 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Taken yesterday at the Botanical Garden. Thank you for looking. aD5S_8365 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr aD5S_8309 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr aD5S_8254 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr aD5S_8276 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
  9. 3 points
    Back in Time , at the Station Haaksbergen/The Netherlands (Nikon Z6, iso 12.800)
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    There are still a few functioning pay telephone booths to be found in and around Toronto, but they are an endangered species, and likely soon to be come extinct. We pass one frequently when we visit our children and grand children, and I thought it would be interesting to take some photos to show the juxtaposition of the old with the new, and employed three of our Grand-daughters to help me. This is one shot of a series that I took. Nikon D3 Nikon 24~70 2.8 ISO 1000 1/3200 @ 2.8
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    Thank you for looking. 1 aD3S_1841 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 2 a1D7K_0101 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 3 aD7K_0151 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 4 a1D3S_1935 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 5 a1D3S_1726 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 6 aD7K_0077 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 7 aD3S_1918 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 8 aD7K_0144 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 9 aD3S_1856 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 10 a1D7K_0166 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Again, revisiting the leftovers from my files. Thank you for looking. 1 a1D4S_4046 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 2 aDFC_9877 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 3 aDFC_0436 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 4 aDFC_9997 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 5 aDFC_9918 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 6 a1DFC_9885 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 7 a1DFC_9831 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 8 aDFC_9988 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 9 aD4S_4072 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 10 aD4S_4235 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    A series of holiday snaps from a recent trip to Sauerland/Germany. It's a beautiful region and only a 3,5 hours ride from my hometown. Covid rules are fairly mild though wearing a mask is mandatory in shops and on public transport. 1. View (through glass) from the Hochheideturm at Willingen 2. Ettelsberg Seilbahn at Willingen 3. Cycling is very popular in this region. The majority of cyclists on luxury e-mtb's 4. My wife, during a photo stop for the next image 5. View on Giebringhausen
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    I've been going through my Lightroom archives and clearing out a lot of old shoots and re-organising my safari images into more sensible order. This is from our 2017 safari to Sabi Sabi. I've previously published different versions of this sighting - still one of my favourite lion encounters. I think this was very close to the Selati camp where we stayed in 2019. Really hoping to get back there next year.
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    Really like them both. Great colours - reminds me of shooting with Velvia.
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    It has been awhile since I posted. A 2020 morning pic of the Imperial Sand Dunes in SE California. Yes, I did swap out the background with a better one since I didn't find the sunrise lighting very exciting that day. Does this image pop enough? gb
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    Dallas, I understand and quite agree. For what its worth, this shot was made about 15 years ago at an animal rescue facility outside of Toronto, which closed for reasons I'm not aware of a number of years ago. Robert
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    Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, today. Thank you for looking. 1 aZ6M_1320 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 2 aZ6M_1237 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 3 aZ6M_1210 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 4 aZ6M_1221 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 5 aZ6M_1283 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 6 aZ6M_1258 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 7 aZ6M_1244 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 8 aZ6M_1200 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 9 aZ6M_1296 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 10 aZ6M_1178 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Thank you for looking. 1 aD5S_8294 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 2 aD5S_8355 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 3 aD5S_8303 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 4 aD5S_8244 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 5 aD5S_8317 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 6 aD5S_8329 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 7 aD5S_8300 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 8 aD5S_8326 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 9 aD5S_8336 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
  20. 2 points
    At Timanfaya National Park Lanzarote/Canary Islands Olympus E-M10II + Olympus 75mm f1.8
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    People wear costumes or elegant clothes and go out to the streets.... Thank you for looking. amfDSC_0045 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    The sunflowers in Walter's images are probably about 4 weeks away from being ripe - when they are ripe the centres do go black. As Walter has noted, they have yet to turn to seed. A fantastic crop by the way - my brother in law successfully grew them in the North Island of NZ for a number of years, but these are in another class.
  23. 1 point
    My deepest best wishes for you, Mike. I echo the words of Dallas: the world needs more of the kind of man that you are, not less. I am grateful for our brief connection, and for your encouragement. Journey well.
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    Mike - Like others, sorry to hear about your condition. I hope it works out for you. It is always nice hearing your suggestions and all here on the forum. Take care, Greg
  25. 1 point
    For all the South African non-boomers, then, this boomer still has a tickey saved when South Africa went decimal in 1961 (and kept when we left for Australia in February 1964). Photographed on a cm/inch ruler for scale
  26. 1 point
    Thanks Dallas. We still have a number of functioning payphone booths and exterior payphone stations throughout Toronto, and the one in the photo still works. I had to explain to the grandchildren what it was and what it was for, and they were incredulous. Robert
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    It was still hanging around in the garden today. Gave it a bit more space and shot with the extension tubes on the 55-200 this time - I think I'm going to like that combination for backyard safaris. Grasshopper 4
  28. 1 point
    Finally shooting macro on Fuji. Grasshopper Grasshopper 1
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    Aaahh, here he is day 2 .. 👱‍♂️.. recognise the haircut !
  31. 1 point
    Since moving to Fuji, I've been uncertain what lens to buy to take over the role of my Tamron SP90 that I've been using for over 20 years on various Nikon cameras. Whilst the Fuji 60mm is quite small and suits the objective of my Fuji system to be light and compact, it isn't a perfect solution as it only goes to 0.5x magnification. On the other hand, the 80mm, which does go to 1x magnification just looks too big and heavy to go with an X-E3 based system. There are some third party options - a Zeiss 50mm, which left me a little nervous about the short focal length and working distance; the final option I've looked at is Laowa 65mm - it goes all the way to 2x magnification, but is manual focus only and no electronic connections. So my decision.... Extension tube. I realise that it is a compromise in a lot of ways but it also offers a lot of flexibility. It offers full autofocus and electronic connection with Fuji lenses. The two main things I wanted some macro capability for are bug hunting and scanning negatives ( I know I said I'd finished, but I found some I'd missed). Magnification on my 18-55 ranges from just under 0.5x at 55mm to nearly 1x at 18mm. The 0.5x magnification at 55mm gives a little bit more resolution with my setup after cropping on the 24 Mpixel X-E3 than I was getting from the 16 MPixel D7000/Tamron SP90 set up (I was being a little bit conservative with framing to allow for straightening). However, there is noticeable barrel distortion from this Fuji setup - I might get away with it where there is not obvious straight lines in the frame. As for bug hunting - see here for some examples. At 18mm, the working distance from the front of the lens is only 4mm! However, going wide and getting up close does give an interesting perspective and appears to give more depth of field. I guess that is why Laowa are making things like the 24mm 2x macro probe and the 25mm 2-5x ultra macro. The other lens I have to play with is the 55-200. The 16mm of extension gives a magnification in the range of 0.28x - 0.35x, which isn't a big jump at the longer end, but does bring the minimum focus distance down to what I feel is a more useful range when wanting to shoot bugs and flowers. I haven't played as much with this lens yet, but do think it will be useful when I want a bit more magnification, but want to keep some distance too. I'll update once I've shot some more with this. Overall, I think I will get some use from it - it is small and light enough to stick in a bag or pocket when out and about, although it doesn't come with any end caps, so I'll have to give a bit more thought about how to pack it to keep the mount and electrical contacts clean. I found mine a little stiff on the lens side. Oh, and there is a 27mm that I haven't tried yet either, but I'm not expecting that to be a set up I will use.
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    They have incredibly good, almost 360º eyesight, and also have a camouflage-like ability to change their colour to more closely mimic the vegetation they are in. The optic receptors (small black dot in each eye) travel around behind their array of fixed micro-lenses, firmly set on you when photographing them, indicating an awareness that you are something other than vegetation or prey and therefore a possible threat. When looking directly at you they definitely have 3-D vision. I've long been fascinated by them, from their swaying, back & forth gait to mimic vegetation in a breeze, to the lightning-fast attack-and-grab of their prey once in reach of those powerful, toothed, scissor-like front limbs. Here's one I photographed in a dried-out bush with it's colour having changed to reflect that, and its 'eyes' fastened firmly on me:
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    I did try getting hold of one - the story is in the lock down gear thread. But after looking more closely at stock levels for the second attempt, I went for the extension tube. Whilst not as good as a dedicated macro lens for the scanning of film, I think it will be quite fun in the garden safari giving the flexibility of getting right up close at wide angles for creatures that will tolerate that to shooting from further back for those that won't or that I don't want to get too close to. One challenge I have found with the extension tube is getting used to working out if I am too close or too far away, particularly at the wide end of both lenses. At the long end, if I can't get focus, I'm usually too close, but I just can't get the feel for the short end yet.
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    Yes, you are correct. Whilst I love finding and photographing these little creatures, I'm not that good at identifying them. I think this one was just taking advantage of the bugs on the cabbages.😀😀
  35. 1 point
    I bought a studio stand, Manfrotto Super Salon 230-809. Bought it used, of course, and saved quite a bit of money. What a joy has it been to shoot using this beast.
  36. 1 point
    Finally got round to making some lockdown gear purchases. Turned out to be quite a challenge. My first attempt was a Fuji-Nikon adapter - I cancelled that after about 6 weeks when the dealer still couldn't tell me when they would be able to dispatch it. The second attempt was nearly as bad - despite the online postal tracking, things almost went awry with my purchase taking over a week just to get across Sydney (which isn't under lockdown) before taking another two weeks to finally reach me. It might have taken even longer if I hadn't submitted a lost parcel complaint and some customer feedback questionnaires with scores of 0. As my long term objective has been to get some macro capability for my Fuji system, my new purchase was the Fuji MCEX-16 extension tube. Now time to play!
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    Dallas, When they're fully grown you definitely just let them sleep, but when they're just little big kitties, sometimes you just can't help yourself, and have to wake them up. My mother, son and daughter expressing our cat lover genotype. Robert
  39. 1 point
    Let's hope next year is everything this year is not. Great picture too.
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    I love this lens. I think this lens is a NECESSARY lens for any trip from my house. I use it for landscapes, "macro" (sort of,) and everything in between. I am going to post some links to flickr images in a bit. I think this is really a remarkable lens. Or perhaps I just got a very good copy? Using the 40-150 as something of a closeup lens. These are mountain harebells, about 1.5" long, and maybe 1/2" to 3/4" opening. They have managed to grow through a "thicket" of caribou lichen These are black crowberries. They are smaller than blueberries. And a "landscape lens." If I display the largest version of this image, it still has decent resolution. And this photo of the Yukon River is also fairly sharp... but not quite as good as most of these images. That is an open personal boat in the river. This is a bearberry plant, nestled within a forest of birch trees.... albeit dwarf birch. I have some other images of a village 12 miles distant, and you can see the buildings when you enlarge the image. I will locate them tomorrow
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    Df & Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon. Thank you for looking. aDFC_7236 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Some good luck this year .. didn't begin well tho' ! Back in early June I noticed an unfamiliar bird nesting in the rose trellis alongside the front door, which I thought was a garden warbler. There were at least four small eggs which were bluish white with brown mottling. With the postman and other deliveries, she (assumption) would zoom off, but hatched them all successfully. I consulted a local ornithologist, who identified it as a Spotted Flycatcher, and was very pleased to know about it. Here she is at the nest .. (Z7 / FTZ / 300 2.8 + TC20 iii tripod) However, disaster struck and the chicks were all predated by an unknown culprit. Adult disappeared. For some reason I kept an eye on the nest, a couple of days later there was a new egg, then another 'til there were four. I found myself developing huge admiration for this little bird .. and determined to help her succeed. To cut a long story short, she hatched all four again, and I then decided to protect the nest, using some chicken wire to fashion a dome over the nest. She adapted to this immediately, popping in and out through the mesh. Well, it worked like a charm, much to my relief, and the last one fledged last Friday .. I managed some hand held macro shots while it was doing pre-flight checks .. (Z7 / FTZ / Sig 180 2.8 Macro) Get the size of the chick ! They were somewhat used to me hanging around by then, and I managed to get the wire off without anyone panicking .. they wouldn't have fitted through it ! Nest is a bit empty now .. ;(( cheers, Maurice
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    Landscape near Haría, Lanzarote/Canary islands Olympus E-M10II + Olympus 12-40mm f2.8
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    I guess this is one of those ‘cute’ looking cats that you photographed on your porch a little while back.
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    Wow, great shot, Merlin! With those teeth I don’t think I would be beckoning it closer personally...
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    Such a sad event, especially as it involved someone who had a passion for such animals. I understand your caution with elephants after seeing them up close many years ago in Namibia. Whilst many people would not believe it, they have an amazing ability to creep up on you - I remember waking one morning to find elephant footprints only a couple of metres from my tent! I’m sure Sheldon wouldn’t have wanted to see the elephants harmed, especially if the animal involved was the matriarch of the herd.
  47. 1 point
    Very sad to hear such a young man with so much life still ahead of him is not going to be afforded the chance to experience and contribute all he could.
  48. 1 point
    Hello Mike, I'm so sorry to read about your illness. You've been missed here my friend! All the best wishes.
  49. 1 point
    Mark, It’s a beautiful thing to witness. Watching them grow and yield fruit it’s a miracle that never ceases to amaze me. Have fun and enjoy every minute of it. It’s been a very rewarding experience for us over here.
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    And my "new" gear with its c.1900 body and 1870's lens is now complete, and blow me down if the first shot taken of the bottles on my mantelpiece this morning wasn't perfect. Most pleased with this acquisition and the time being well-spent in bringing it back to life. The last step, after putting a new lining inside and cloth hockey tape outside to render the perished bellows light-tight, was to fashion two bottom brass support brackets and two upper latches (using only the existing screw holes already in the camera body) to adapt on an interchangeable basis my Thornton Pickard ground-glass and darkslide holder back to the camera to replace its missing back. These two steps took a full two days - and helped make this lock-down bearable.
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