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  1. 4 points
    It is located at the Hudson Yards, next to B&H. Took these yesterday. Nikon Z6 & Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon. Thank you for looking.
  2. 3 points
    Most of the times Friday is my day off and when the weather is ok I visit interesting Dutch cities. Last Friday I went to Kampen, located on a peninsula near the river IJssel and lake IJsselmeer. Kampen is an excellent example of a small Dutch city with a nice historic (medieval) city centre. The inhabitants of Kampen are rightly proud of their city. They were also very friendly, like they stopped their car and waited patiently when I stood on the middle of the road to shoot a photograph. Try that in Amsterdam ... Kampen has put a lot of effort in restoring old buildings and wall paintings making for great photo opportunities! All images Fujifilm X100. 1. 2.
  3. 3 points
    I'm still trying to fully retire, Chris (a few of my old clients refuse to let me complete the process), but after nearly 40 years of centring my business around old photographs, and more lately, after conventional photographic supplies became harder and more expensive to get as everyone got lazy, having switched to digital myself out of necessity rather than desire, now pleasing myself rather than nagging clients has become my main pursuit and I may finally have succumbed to the obvious realisation that in order to have one's photos look like late 19th Century/early 20th Century items (when arguably some of the best photographs ever were made), one has to use the same equipment, and duplicate the materials used as closely as possible in their behaviour, without getting stupid and more complicated than necessary by messing with the generally volatile and poisonous original processes themselves. This is as close as I have now come to doing that, only conceding that any printing will have to be via inkjet, which is the only thing that lets the idea down a bit, although with the right paper and ink tone the result can be convincing at normal viewing distance. The camera gear itself is extremely light given that it is just thin wood, leather, a small lens and a piece of ground glass; I only have two wooden double-dark slides so have to carry a changing bag and a couple of boxes for the paper negs, which is also no real weight penalty although as a whole it is all a bit bulky. The entire camera outfit only weighs about the same as the carbon fibre Gitzo tripod. Between doing this and teaching young people the joys of silver-based photography (and demonstrating the above method to them gives a better idea of the whole process as total darkness is never required and all sensitive material handling takes place under amber safelight, so they can actually see what's happening), my time is pretty much spoken for.
  4. 3 points
    I don't want spend 4k in the new 500mm f/4 PF and it is not available here yet, so I decided to play with my Reflex latest edition. Took these yesterday and the day before. Some with the Z6 and some with the D5. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  5. 3 points
    Bertie having a snooze on the backrest of a sofa, a favourite place I’m told! by my granddaughters iPhone
  6. 3 points
    Thank you Alan for the detailed explanation my 27mm fujinon lens arrived very quickly and with no hassles at all, the camera-lens make a very handy, light and incredibly responsive camera A couple of shots Old train - structure added in capture one, b&w in silver efex A port to nowhere - b&w in silver efex The artisan - heavy crop - classic chrome film simulation
  7. 2 points
    Massey Ferguson 165 tractor, '60's or early '70's vintage, currently used as a mobile anchor for a traveller irrigator, in a field of rape being used as fodder for livestock. Photographed with a circa 1908 Thornton Pickard "Imperial" Triple Extension camera with the original Thornton Pickard lens today, on the first still autumn day this year, finally enjoying some softening of the light after nearly six months of harsh Aussie summer sun. Exposures 15 secs @ f/64 and 6 secs a@ f/45 respectively. Paper negatives again, Ilfospeed Multigrade iV trimmed to half plate, digitised with a Sigma sd Quattro H camera using an adapted Hartblei shift adapter for P6 mount Carl Zeiss Jena 2,8/120 Biometar lens - 9 shots stitched for a 175 megapixel end result. I've also cobbled up an adapter plate made from MDF with three openings to allow screws to pass through the 6 original tripod leg eyelet mounts into the MDF, and an Arca plate attached to a central 3/8-1/4" tripod socket adapter screw glued and screwed into the centre of the circular MDF plate. This has enabled the camera to solidly mount onto my Gitzo CF tripod without altering the actual camera in any way, thus preserving its originality and value. The camera still folds up nicely, although the lens must now be removed before doing so whereas previously it protruded through the large circular hole cut in the base of the camera inside the brass tripod mounting ring. An idea of what used to be the "tripod" attachment - three flimsy, separate wooden legs with short pins passing through the eyelets of a brass ring mounted to the base of the camera and held in place only by pressure from a metal spreader bar forcing the two parts of each leg apart.
  8. 2 points
    I finally got my 35-100 F2.0 in. Of course, it was used, off of eBay. Had KEH had one in, I might have gone that route, but they are always above $1000 USD when they have this lens in stock. The good: VERY, very well packaged! I was nervous about this, especially since the shipper used USPS GROUND.... For those who are not in the US, this is just about the absolute cheapest rate for US mail. The bad: 1. The shipper used USPS Ground. It took 18 days to get here. It went from East Coast (Florida) by rail or truck with many transfers to the West Coast (Seattle, WA) then by barge to Anchorage, Alaska, and finally on a plane to here (500 miles west of Anchorage.) I have had other stuff shipped like this that took as much as 28 days, with 10 days or more between getting on the barge, and then clearing the Anchorage facility. Lots of handling and sorting, and beat-to-hell condition when it arrived here. eBay does not keep track of messages included with the offers, and I was fairly certain that I said I wanted to pay for more rapid shipping..... so maybe I only meant to pay for quicker shipping.... I will never know. 2. The seller said it was immaculate condition, with a filter on it since day 1..... It is a beautiful lens, with the hood. But he failed to mention that the filter cannot come off of the lens, and might as well have been glued in place. So a lens some of you say is the sharpest they have ever used, with a cheap BOWER UV filter (one of the THIN versions) wedded to the front of the lens. Of course, it was almost impossible to grip the lens with a filter wrench, as so little of the filter was above the lens. But I tried for a long time. 3. Just to make sure I was NOT doing something from some sort of false memory, I looked up multiple websites for "how to do it" stuck filter recommendations. I had already exhausted the first 3 or four, depending on web site, and I was up to the more serious options. SO.... I froze it over night while in a large ziplock sealed baggie, and left it in a deep freezer at minus 10 F. At lunch today I took it out, and tried again....NOTHING......NOTHING. I left it outside on my porch in the ziplock bag so it could warm up slowly (it was only 25F today, which is warmer than it should be this time of year. 4. I emailed the seller and explained I would NEVER have purchased this from him had he revealed the filter was stuck on the front. Amazing!!! I have still had no answer from him. I would have expected at least a minor protest, with a statement that he did not realize this problem existed. But NOTHING! 5. Before getting out the pliers, saws, files and dremel tool for the next options, I did some more careful thought, and decided I should give it a few more tries with the filter wrench and the flexible rubber pad for removing tight jar lids. Once I went to hack saw, or dremel tool, I could not return the lens (yes, he said no returns, but I figured eBay wouId have honored an appeal based on it NOT being in perfect condition since a cheap filter was stuck on it.) I have found that eBay really does follow up, and I have won four or five appeals with NO cost to me even for shipping (I have lost none at this point.) And you do not often have problems on eBay like in the 1990's. So I tried for another ten minutes with the filter wrench and the rubber pad, and SUDDENLY it turned freely. From stuck to loose in a fraction of a second. It did not slowly come loose, it QUICKLY went to zero resistance. SO, off to the Jobu Jr. Gimbal mount, and a few photos. I am not sure how to evaluate the results. Perhaps you can decide. I shot at 35mm and 100mm ONLY. I was at f10, and only wanted a quick assessment of quality. I clicked of 50 shots or so in a minute or so. What can I say? I was using Nikon View NX-i and I shot in jpeg mode, not raw. The image was difficult to assess when I went to 400% size; maybe the resolution was not good enough for this size, or maybe it was even my cheap monitor (on other posts, Dallas and a few others have told me they could see things I can't see on my own cheap 19" monitor..... Everything less than 400% was VERY SHARP. So, Sarcasm aside, it IS heavy. It is not quite as big as I thought it would be, and every bit as sharp as Dallas and Bytesmiths said. I was glad I was able to get the cheap Bower filter off of it. Unless this guy jammed this on at the last minute to confirm that he really kept a filter on it since he got it, I cannot imagine anyone using a cheap piece of crap $10 Bower filter on the front of a VERY expensive and VERY sharp lens. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have read and seen some pretty convincing arguments and images showing that there is a reason that most cheap filters are cheap. I have gravitated toward using NO filters unless there is an optical necessity (a need to polarize, or need to get rid of UV.) Now, when I do use filters the cheapest I use is a Hoya, made in Japan, and a higher grade they came out with. I have been slowly replacing all of my filters with a few B&W UV and polarizing filters. I use a lot of step up rings to reduce the number of filters I use. Yes, a long story to conclude that Dallas and Bytesmith are right. Now to see if I am really going to use it. I am anxious to try it at F2, and various zoom settings.
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  10. 2 points
    This actual aircraft was delivered ex-factory to the Irish Air Corps. After restoration to flying condition it is now painted in totally bogus RAF colours. The aircraft never served with the RAF. Photo taken by me at Duxford.
  11. 2 points
    Taken yesterday here in downtown Toronto at a very busy intersection. While waiting for the light to change noticed the advertising across the street and the two construction workers lounging against the wall, and seeing the humour in the situation grabbed this shot. Nikon D3 Zoom-Nikkor 24-70 2.8 G ED AF 5.6 @ 1/2000, ISO 200
  12. 2 points
    In a scene like that using an APS-C camera I would focus on the tree on the left and set aperture to f8/f9 to achieve maximum dof.
  13. 2 points
    From Wikipedia: The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, province of Utrecht. Completed around 1425, it combines land and water-gates, and is part of the second city wall of Amersfoort, which was constructed between 1380 and 1450. The gate was built between 1380 and 1425 as part of the second city wall. The whole wall was completed around 1450. The gate was attacked in 1427 during the siege of the city. This attack was repelled. The gate was opened and closed every day by the appointed raddraaiers, "wheel-turners". A minimum of twelve wheel-turners were collected morning and evening by several guards. It was an extremely dangerous task; if they did not begin walking simultaneously, then one could fall, dragging the rest along with often fatal results. Before the gate could come down, it had to be raised, to pull out the iron pins that held it in place. Only then could it come down. While the gate was going down, walking in the wheel grew ever easier and faster, and many people stumbled and broke their limbs. The koppelpoort was also never breached. The Koppelpoort was given its current appearance during the restoration by Pierre Cuypers in 1885 and 1886. Among other things, Cuypers removed a step between the two gates and replaced it with a slope. From 1969 to 1993 a puppet theater was situated in the gate. The latest restoration was completed in 1996. It was carried out very cautiously, and with respect for the old building materials. For this the town of Amersfoort received the Europa Nostra Award. Fujifilm X100
  14. 2 points
    Dog, with the nikon 105 f2.5 ais Moon with the 70-300AFS zoom, @300mm wide opened, 100% crop , surprised by the amount of detail I was able to obtain Director, shot with the nikon 50mm f1.8 E series, shot at f2.8, heavy crop, again surprised with the detail, beautiful skin tones, and very pleased with the manual focus aids All processed from the RAW file using capture one
  15. 1 point
    Aaaah ok then. I thought postage would be possible.
  16. 1 point
    As much as I enjoyed the Spitfires this shot of the Harvard is my favourite from the day.
  17. 1 point
    Thank you Luc, for your kind appreciation. I didn't really intend to present a specific photo project but a short view of the place (as I modestly interpret it ...) Back in 1992 I have seen the same phenomena as described by your wife with german male tourists over the Playa del Este (Santa Maria del Mar) located near La Habana.
  18. 1 point
    Teekay. Tasmania, 27th February, 2019. Paper negative (2004 expired Ilfospeed 1.1M paper), Neue Görlitzer Camera Werke half-plate studio camera (c.1920-25), Voigtländer Heliar 4,5/240 lens @ f6.3, total 2,250 joules with three flash heads, softboxes & brolly. (Spots, edge fog and other paper-ageing artefacts left on image for effect.)
  19. 1 point
    Spring is here! (In the UK)
  20. 1 point
    That looks like a very, very relaxed dog 😁
  21. 1 point
    Thanks Anthony, It is certainly an adjustment coming from the D800 Luc, I started reading the manual, there are 50+ parameters that can be displayed on the screen ! Backyard roses with adapted sigma 150mm macro fmount
  22. 1 point
    These are images shot inside the building to the left of the cherry blossoms. I had to rotate both of these images very slightly in order to compensate for the slight tilt.
  23. 1 point
    Nice image Mike, maybe add some Whites in Lightroom to add a little pop.
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  25. 1 point
    What a great piece of art. The metal shards can be taken to symbolise prison bars. Mandela was amazing in that prison did not embitter him; on the contrary, he emerged a better and more complete human being.
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