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  1. 4 points
    Last night we took a trip to the cricket. As I didn't take a big bag of gear, the game itself wasn't much of a photo opportunity. Export-0 The journey home provided more photo opportunities. Exit Stair case leaving the stadium Footbridge (I think I may have shot this one before - can't remember if it was day or night). Monague St Flyover - I've definitely shot several around here, but this might be a new angle! All shot Fuji X-E3 with 27 f/2.8
  2. 3 points
    Northern Cardinal (Female) Yes, yes I will offend a lot of real bird photographers who spend hours and involvement to their beautiful art of illustrating birds in their habitat. But since I am only a kind of spontaneous photographer my purpose was only to demonstrate how versatile and rewarding it can be by simply using the Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8R LM OIS zoom lens. For sure you need some kind of preparation such have a good place like my backyard and possibly install a few bird feeder to attract them. After that you need to observe the result and be prepare to take pictures in a discrete manner. For those you this can be interesting I am located near a river on the north shore of Montreal, Canada. So here are some flying neighbors visiting my backyard: Black-capped chickadee Northern Cardinal (Male) Slate-colored Junco Hairy woodpecker (Female) Black-capped chickadee
  3. 3 points
    Took this at the Salton Sea in California last night. Anything I can do in post to make it better? It just seems a tad plain to me (but I am interested in your take). Gb
  4. 3 points
    In typical fashion, launch day of a new photography product sees the internet awash with all the self-proclaimed "experts" having their say about how camera X (mind the pun) doesn't do this or that, or isn't up to the mark set by camera Y, etc, etc. What so few of these fault finding pundits do is actually use these tools in a productive manner and provide genuine insights into how a particular product when used with purpose can improve your output. They are all mostly looking for the flaws, not the strengths. So... I pay them little heed. What I tend to do when I am considering any gear upgrade is head over to Flickr and search for images made with the item I am interested in. Seeing the results of practical use is the only thing that really matters to me. I can work around flaws in design, provided I know that the product is going to make my life as a photographer easier. From the (very) limited reading and watching I done on the E-M1X today, I come away with a few things: 1. The camera is not for me because it is too big for what I do (or why I went with MFT in the first place). 2. It is good to see Olympus pushing the envelope with technological innovations in their cameras. 3. The autofocus improvements are welcomed. Hopefully they will filter through to less expensive models. I'll probably do more digging over the weekend, but for now I shall continue shooting for money with my surviving 1st generation E-M1. Tomorrow it's back to product work in studio. No amount of in camera wizardry is going to make that job any easier...
  5. 3 points
    Another angle.
  6. 2 points
    Pelicans are a common occurrence along the Gippsland Coast #1 - Lone Pelican Pelican Couple #3 - Incoming #4 - Landing #5 - Formation Some Gulls from the same trip can be seen here
  7. 2 points
    Taken at Weymouth in August last year. I'm an inexperienced landscape photographer and I would like to know what others, who are more experienced, think of this. An unmodified, except for the removal of half a dozen navigation buoys, sooc jpeg taken with my then new X-H1, and the 16-55 f2.8 zoom.
  8. 2 points
    Even in the depths of winter my Rhubarb is already pushing up despite the snow augering lots of Rhubarb Crumbles, yummy. Lumix G9 + Summilux 12mm 1.4. @ 1/60 f5.6 ISO800 I’m beginning to fall in love with this Summilux lens, bloody expensive but so good.
  9. 2 points
    There is no doubt that fotozones is the most modern looking and most comfortable photo community I know. There is no doubt either, that a very friendly and international community meets here. These are the two reasons keeping me coming back (and reading your newsletter mails, @Dallas). Things lacking: For some time fotozones contained so many features that it was impossible for anyone to provide enough content for all these categories available.You already trimmed down the focus, but some categories like the gear section still feel quite empty. So my advice would be to focus on sections which don't appeal to "completionists": E.g. Why is xyz gear not reviewed in this section? Photographic experiences, photos (!), and advice on how to make them are always appreciated. Speaking about myself: I still feel like a mediocre hobbyist, so I rather consume information, but I am not the best of advisor. Such advice should imho only be provided by people "in the know", not by intermediate hobbyists like me. Our answers tend to fall in two categories: either renarrating reviews from some test site, or our own limited amateurish experience. You mentioned that you ponder focussing on one's gear and how to enjoy it. I'd certainly be part of the audience you aim at. But then there is the question of who will provider high quality content: Things to strive for, to improve one's photography.
  10. 2 points
    It is always sad to learn that a nice web site has been transformed in a controversial plate-form simply to deserve very personal and narrow minded views especially over manufactured products. This has polluted the entire Web communuty with the high expense of many very dedicated people who use to work hard for creating interesting photo contents. Now we are entering into a kind of slow recoveryof all these volontary effort to (re)conciliate people that share the passion on photography in particular. As I have said earlier it is not the the frequency of posting of each member of this community that really care but the sincerity of all to offer an open view on photography.
  11. 2 points
    You can continue to follow Bjørn on Nikongear.net. I have no hard feelings about what happened. Unfortunately we both let egos (and other people with less than altruistic motives) cloud our respect for one another. Thank you, Daniel. You're quite right, without a specific focus it is difficult to maintain audience interest. I have adopted the "recreational photographer" as the ideal target and hopefully this is the kind of person who sticks around here and continues to share inspiration and honest advice with peers, regardless of the type of camera used. You know, I was just thinking to myself that the site's mission statement should be something along the lines of "so you bought a camera, learned how to use it, now let's enjoy it together".
  12. 2 points
    Many interest interventions here as for your introduction on the subject Dallas have pointed out what is happening to most Internet community of general and more specific interests. The instant curiosity factor has decreased steadily in the last few years and has been partly replaced by more focused community on subjects or even photo equipment. Another factor that didn't also help is the constant war between the different (manufacturer) photo equipment users that has been degenerated to hard conflict and recurring trolling into what used to be instructive forums. Many people simply disengage themselves (like myself) and are avoiding these none constructive discussions. The photo equipment continuous arguements have completely surpass the basic photo creative motivation. But at the end I think there is still a strong place for photo communities based on generosity, respect and share of ideas and...pictures. It is not the number of participants or "like" that are the most important, it is the quality of everybody exchanges. Thank you Dallas for maintaining the spirit of this beautiful photo web community of FOTOZONES.
  13. 2 points
    My interest has shifted back to B&W film and darkroom, which means there's not much interest for me anywhere on the Internet with regard to photography at present. I'm about as experienced and proficient in that field as it's possible to get having spent my entire 48 year career (bar the last few miserable digital years) full-time with B&W film & manual larger format cameras, as well as being in the B&W darkroom on a weekly to often daily basis, so I don't need help or information on how to do any of it, and there's little point showing B&W film work via the Internet for display on unknown monitors. To look at a photographic B&W silver bromide print side by side with the same image on a monitor is your literal chalk and cheese; the two look nothing at all alike save for the image content itself, so the usual comments I have received when having posted such online which judge such things as excessive grain, tone or even contrast are pointless as the photographic print itself will show none of these concerns at all. I continue to read forum photography posts, but these days I'm as often as not looking at medium and large format film gear for sale or trade as the stuff is not, and probably never will be, made anymore. Collecting a backstop of viable, excellent condition cameras is not so easy as most of the stuff I'm interested in is by default 25 or more years old and as demand rises and supply diminishes, "finds" are getting very scarce indeed. As I have no interest in becoming an eBay dealer and will actually use what I buy, the escalating prices make things even more difficult as I'll never recoup any investments. I'm also constantly researching repair procedures as the knowledge base there is shrinking as well, and as for spare parts, they're only available as reclaimed from not-working old gear themselves and they, too, are getting increasingly expensive. A Pentacon Six TL in "for parts, not working" condition now costs what a fully functional one in very good condition cost only 18 months ago. I can't ever see me shifting back to digital, though - my heart always was in B&W photography, and as I have noted on many occasions, I think the digital implementation of B&W totally sucks. Compared to a good photographic B&W silver bromide print, it sends my crapometer meter off the scale, as does any attempt to print a digitised B&W negative on any modern inkjet printer. As a consequence I consider the new Epson P800 I was forced to buy in December 2017 (after my Epson 7800 failed) in order to complete the six months of work I had to go before I could retire in July 2018 as having been a total waste of money. I might be able to use it as a teaching aid, but exactly how to implement that I have yet to work out. As I still have my Fuji-XF gear I guess it's a backstop for the unlikely event of me needing to do some colour prints, but that's going to be an erratic thing at best, and is certainly not a current interest of mine any longer.
  14. 2 points
    At the Universal Islands of Adventure. Manual focus with a Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 Distagon with a cpl filter. I really don't like the absence of the green dot focusing aid. Other than that, the camera is a pleasure to use. Battery lasts for 300 pics (RAW + jpg fine) with camera always turned on in viewfinder priority mode, so I'll need to carry 2 or 3 batteries for every photo session with it.
  15. 2 points
    No problem with that Mike but at the moment it is all hypothesising. There are one or two reviews out there but so much of the internet chatter is from revenue seeking websites and fanboys of one brand or another, which is pointless. When some real world usage reviews are out there from unbiased sources I'll happily join in but at the moment we are not there. Your reports on the G9 are of far more value to me than than those on DPR.
  16. 2 points
    What we should be celebrating here is more choice. If it's just what we have been looking for and the price fits, buy it. If it isn't move on. Where's the problem?
  17. 1 point
    I follow education and discussion wherever that may be. The community here is terse at best, except for a few past glowing exceptions. Burn out or the overall toxicity encountered online may be the cause, or it may be that I do not take time to find those members to interact with any longer. Thus, is it the site and discussion board or am I the problem? I'm willing to ponder either, but I will also add this is the only photography discussion board I post on at all. And I believed enough in what the group and Dallas were doing years ago to join as a lifer. My hope is that as social media fades away, valuing discussions outside of echo chambers will become a pillar of online communication. In other words, I certainly would like to see things grow, change, progress for another 7 or 8 years.
  18. 1 point
    I think this right here is the source of your competition .. social media like FB where people log in once and use their mobile app for everything. They connect with family, friends, co-workers, AND people with common interests via FB groups. I own TravelPhotographers.net (TPN) which was once the #1 travel photography site on the internet. We had world renowned photographers among our members who contributed regularly. We held photo challenges with different themes and weekly selected winners were featured on the site cover page. Our world renowned photographers and amateurs contributed articles. We had photo galleries for critique where people really appreciated the honest, tough feedback that helped them grow. We had free and paid content. TPN membership was in the thousands and the site had millions of hits a month in web stats. Once FB came along and all the adults in the world started going there, they stopped going to TPN. FB is a silo ecosystem where people enter and never leave. There are a few successful "community" websites that seem to continue to thrive – Nikon Café, Nikonians, Fred Miranda, Photo.net are ones I know, and perhaps fotozones has a sizeable enough active membership to be among them. The social media sites are hard to compete with. Even Google tried to compete against Facebook with Google+ and is now pulling the plug on the public free service and taking it entirely enterprise as part of the G-Suite paid service. I also wonder if the number of "media" sites – fstoppers, petapixel, dpreview, etc – has diluted the audience. Many of them encourage "guest" articles and make their money on advertising via Adwords and other similar services. These sites make money based on visitors without having to pay authors for their content. I believe this is also what kills traditional magazines. Anyone can start an online magazine. TPN was called Travel Photographers Online Magazine until all of the really good contributors got so successful they could not afford to spend time on articles for the site. When they left, it starting getting harder. Then Facebook came along and killed it altogether. I don't know how one competes with FB or the well known guest-author sites. If you have a solid community of people who really like your site and continue to feed it, then it will be successful. Nikon Café is one example I can point to that has a really loyal membership. FredMiranda.com, Photo.net, NaturePhotographers.net, NatureScapes.net are others that seem to retain a very loyal community. Fostering that sense of community may likely be the way to keep it going. I started a TPN FB group and many of the former active TPN members have joined it so TPN has made a sort of transition and adapted to the changing tides. I wish I could have made the TPN site itself retain the sense of community it once had. I hope fotozones can do that.
  19. 1 point
    I sense that the photographic retail sector has slowed down - many of what some call "high street" stores are offering massive discounts to keep thei new gear moving. This signals that the buying population are less ready to open wallets. Whether that translates to a falling interest in in photography and thus accessing photographic websites I am not sure, but I have a gut feeling that the two are connected.
  20. 1 point
    Hi -- to be honest, this is the first time I have been to Fotozones in a long time. I agree with your observation about traffic on photo sites. I can only speak for myself, but my interest photo sites has dropped off because I'm not searching information on how to build out my kit anymore. I have a camera and lens collection that really doesn't limit me in anyway. The technical limits that remain to be conquered by gear only come up ~0.1% of the time (e.g., maybe I'm concerned with noise in a single frame 15 minute expose of the Milky Way or something like that.) So that means the only time I'm going to go to photo sites is for (1) inspiration, and (2) learning technique. I suppose I would also seek out info on photo locations or trip planning or something like that. Just so much of the traffic was driven by gear reviews, which just aren't that relevant anymore. This is the same reason that people are buying cameras less frequently -- the one they have works well enough. I really hope that you can find ways to drive more traffic to your site, because I still love photography and I come to site to get inspired. Photographers like anyone else get in ruts and seeing others work is a great boost. Best of luck to Fotozones!!!
  21. 1 point
    Ahhh, the minefield of apostrophes before/after/none concerning the letter "s" in the English language.
  22. 1 point
    Interesting angle there Yes, believe I have seen these beasts in aquariums. The Alaskan King Crab's right up there with them in shock value, just bigger than you'd expect them to be.
  23. 1 point
    Not bad. Decent side pattern, fun doggies. I wonder if the 'canceled' mark would be a little less perfect in the real world, but OK. I also wonder if the dogs should have a tad more negative space around them and the sides. Gb
  24. 1 point
    Hugh, what prompted me was lock ups, freezes and sudden factory resets for no reason of my X-T2 + X-H1. Plus the lack of response or acknowledgement from Fuji regarding these problems. Also the way the lenses were inconsistent in the way the lens controls such as aperture ring inconsistent feel! Higher battery performance of the Panasonic And so I splashed out on a Lumix G9 + PL 12-60mm lens. To my eyes the G9 in the hand beat the X-H1 hands down, and I don’t see any difference in the IQ. I don’t do video at all, and there are a number of little points such as a superior IBIS functions and a viewfinder to die for. Also I prefer the 4*3 format, and the size of the optics is generally smaller although not necessarily cheaper. Focusing is equally as quick as Fuji cameras and more versatile in the AF options available! The bits and pieces were the last knockings of my Fuji gear, and all I have left now are the 16mm + 23mm Fuji square metal lens hoods! YMMV
  25. 1 point
    In the past couple of weeks I discovered that a Long Beaked Corella chick had been hatched in my oak tree and had started to walk around the yard grazing on seeds (as its close cousins the cockatoos do) as it still couldn't fly. It had no trouble climbing into the tree, where its mother would drop in twice a day to feed it, regurgitated from her crop. The youngster had woken me up each morning with its simple, but loud two-notes call, but this morning it didn't. Having seen it cross the road before, I thought it might have been run over, but walking into the sun-room a while later showed a more grizzly scene on the other side of the fence. The chick had become breakfast for a Brown Falcon, which took off too soon for me to get outside and try to sneak up to get a clear shot, so the one above taken through the glass of the window and the fence in between will have to suffice. I found it interesting that the falcon had decapitated the corella to kill it (the head was a couple of feet away), and had totally eaten out the body cavity but left the drumsticks untouched with feet still attached.
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