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  1. B&W image of pedestrian tunnel underneath Amsterdam Grand Central Station.
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  2. The thought of owning a Leica M Monochrom happily lived in the back of my head and rarely missed an opportunity to get on my nerves and evoke serious GAS ... In order to get rid of that I booked a 1-day workshop "Experience the Leica M" in Wetzlar where they provide all sorts of bodies and lenses for testing. Just tell them what you want and they happily go to the required lengths to provide it. The idea was to find out that the Monochrom does not speak to me and that this rangefinder stuff is not worth it anyway ... Well ... Part 1 of the plan did work out perfectly. The Monochrom did not talk to me, it's a brick of a camera, I didn't like the sound of the shutter and having to go to the menu to change ISO settings is awful. --> Great! Part 2 was the part that I did not antcipate beforehand.I fell in love with the new M10 which is a wonderful little slim camera. Three elements on the top, five elements on the back, all important stuff readily at hands ... and the shutter sounds beautiful ... --> Damn!! All in all my plan was an epic fail. The good news is that ordering an M10 now means that it might or might not arrive in three months from now and I hate being on waiting lists so I did not order one right away ... The bad news is that in three months it will be still a ridiculous amount of money (btw: I know that it is way too much money considering the specs but this is not what it's about) The future will show whether that little LAS (formerly called GAS) bugger in the back of my head or my boring rational me wins this race ... Below are a couple of images all taken with the M10 and a 1.4/35 summilux ... #6 is the only one taken with a 90mm Summarit ... I struggled a bit with the range finder concept so do not judge critical or whatever sharpness These aren't brilliant images but I thought I share them anyway in case someone is interested ... Chris #1 Leica built a new HQ in Wetzlar not so many years ago ... back to the roots they say ... They did build it very nicely though. This is the main building with direct access to the Leica Store, training facilties, offices. Even the factory can be accessed from there. One could easily spend a day or two just taking images of this place ... #2 taken through a locked glass door ... every bit of that building is apparently designed to be photographed ... all windows and doors were ridiculously clean, etc. etc. #3 the way down from our workshop rooms ... one could spend hours just photographing these stairs ... #4 We were lucky enough to have a rather photogenic workshop participant #5 and we made use of that ... #6 The next one is taken at ISO 6400 and underexposed quite a bit so I had to lift the shadows. There is a lot of noise to be seen that is at least partly due to my incompetence to properly expose. I focused on focussing
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  3. Image of "old school" Russian design cooling towers at a chemical facility in Bulgaria ....
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  4. Had a morning out with my son the other day - kitted him with an old camera and 28-200 lens and we went for a walk around the local duck pond. He got some pretty good stuff, considering the gear I'd given him. Here are a few of mine from that day. 1 - Duck rearing 2 - Pigeon Landing 3 - Ready to Launch 4 - up close 5 - Ready to Launch #2 6 - In the mirror 7 - White faced heron All D7000 with 70-300, so sometimes a bit soft from the lens, also slightly foggy weather so ISOs were creeping up at times, but other problems may just have been my lack of skill.
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  5. So far I like the D5500 + 70-200mm f4 combo. Image shot at 175mm, f5, iso 800, 1/1250sec.
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  6. Another exciting adventure on a magnificent early spring day. The immense cliffs, huge boulders, and wonderful junipers and piñon pines, many gnarled by the strong winds, are infinitely inspiring. 1. 2. 3. We also came upon a group of Search and Rescue workers practicing their skills in the challenging terrain. They offer a great service to hikers and other outdoor adventurers, and we were impressed by their dedication. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Once again, we felt so fortunate to have such wonderful places of unspoiled nature so close to home. And as always, it offered inspiration and hope in these trying times when the fascists are raping and pillaging the Earth. 11. 12. 13. 14.
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  10. A friend is in the process of restoring an 1969 BMW 3.0Si E3 sedan back to as original configuration as is possible, not for concourse or show, but as his daily driver...
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  14. On three (early) mornings we went on a ship that took us just outside the harbour. We did expect sea ice but there was none while were at Hokkaido. Well, we took what we got and it was good. The crew on the boat fed the eagles frozen fish. The good thing was that they fed them whole fish and not just pieces... The bad thing was that a lot of that fish were species like flatfish i.e. fish that typically can not really be caught by eagles Two of the three mornings were overcast, dull and snowy so although we got great images the light was far from being perfect but the third day was just perfect. We saw two types of eagles: Steller's Sea Eagle: Steller's sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae that lives in coastal northeastern Asia and mainly preys on fish and water birds. On average, it is the heaviest eagle in the world, at about 5 to 9 kg (11 to 20 lb), but may be below the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) and Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) in some standard measurements.It is named after the German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller. White-tailed Eagle: White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) are also known as eagle of the rain, sea grey eagle, erne, gray eagle, and white-tailed sea-eagle — is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which includes other raptors such as hawks, kites, and harriers. It is considered a close cousin of the bald eagle and occupies the same ecological niche, but in Eurasia. Most beautiful, impressive and majestic birds ...but now for the images ... I hope you like them Chris #1 A Steller's shortly before grabbing fish ... what a bird ... those claws ... #2 One of those images with a fish ... well ... #3 I tried to catch the moment where the fish is still in a spray of water ... difficult moment to catch ... #4 Look at the face of the bird ... if those eyes focus you ... well ... you're in trouble ... from the perspective of a fish ... and mine ... #5 A White-tailed eagle ... they look distinctly different than the Steller's ... #6 However, I am not 100% sure about this one ... my guess is, that it is a juvenile Steller's ... #7 Titans at work ... especially the juvenile white-tailed eagles specialized in stealing the fish from the older ones ... it was an epic battle and this is the image I like best from a series of 10 images or so #8 At the pier itself it was fun shooting them ... #9 I had to laugh watching this huge guy trying to tiptoe whatever it was that he stalked .. eagle vision ... It is a bit of a pity that he was just about doing his eagle eyes but I like the shot nevertheless. #10 and here is the gull ... I really like that image although it's "only" a gull ... it's nicely isolated from the water ...
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  15. Taken about 10 or 15 years ago on one of our Excellent Adventures into the wilds of northern Michigan. We were on the shore of a now-forgotten lake awaiting the sunrise, when a lone fisherman in a canoe came into view, and I grabbed this shot. motorized Nikon FA Tamron SP 35~105 2.8 AIS manual focus Fuji 100 ISO colour slide converted to black and white in Photoshop exposure long ago forgotten
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  16. Hi Luc, nice image of "posing" deers.
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  17. I took a weekend trip to the Davis Mountains this weekend...This is probably my favorite shot of the bunch took. I'll get some more on here tomorrow. EDIT: I'm typing this edit from my phone, my keyboard is officially dead (I typed the above with the onscreen click keyboard, hence the blandness that comes off in it's tone lolol) I got in not long ago and still processing a few others, can't wait to get em posted!
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  18. That M10 is indeed tempting but I haven't lost the fight yet although I do not have high hopes in the long run ... oh well ... Mike, Leica marketing claims that the viewfinder is improved and other $marketingbla ... Here is a thread covering that topic in the Leica User Forum, it seems to be a bit better than before but the opinion of individuals vary ... Alan, "Leica certainly does pluck the heartstrings of some people in mysteriously addictive ways." Oh yes ... I now understand why you would appreciate a Monochrom Dallas, "Ah, I'm afraid that from this infection there is seldom recovery, Chris" ... I am afraid you're right ... I will wait at least another couple of weeks and then decide ... see whether I get some tax back ... Fons, me no like Porsche Honestly, staying away from expensive cars (and a certain kind of woman) puts me into the position to at least think about the M. My trusted old Volvo hopefully transports me from A to B for another decade ... Pluton, Noct ... It is an incredibly attractive camera, not much to add to what you wrote ... the reduction to what you need for a slow pace of photography is s.th. I'd like to go for (not talking about wildlife photograpy which is and will remain my passion) Use that thread as you wish Dallas ... The Pen is an interesting and fascinating camera so go ahead and share your thoughts thanks for your comments and opinions everybody! Chris
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  19. Nikon D810, Printing Nikkor, Zerene Stacker
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  21. Taken about 14 years ago with a buddy who put together a whole rig to shoot thin soap films. The results are strangely beautiful abstract creations that in many ways mimic the clouds of Jupiter motorized Nikon F2AS micro-Nikkor 200 f4 AIS manual focus Ektachrome 100 ISO colour slide exposure information long forgotten
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  22. Thursday lunch-time, High Street, New Norfolk. (Sigma DP3 Merrill).
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  23. He was quite fascinated - flitting from car to car trying different mirrors.
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  28. The Passenger Terminal Amsterdam was built in 2010 to accommodate the increasing number of cruise ships visiting Amsterdam. I like to photograph modern architecture and this building and the surroundings are a favourite of mine. I was there on Friday and waited till late afternoon as the weather forecast promised sunny weather after about two weeks of dull grey weather. Obviously most tourists were ashore visiting the Keukenhof or somewhere else in Amsterdam All images Olympus E-M10II + Olympus 12-40mm f2.8. 1. 2. 3.
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  29. Another big thanks to you Fons for keeping on providing us with your wonderful images!
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  32. No, not a Nikon F100. A Fokker F100 airplane on display at the Panorama Terrace of Schiphol Airport. Images shot with an Olympus E-M10II + Panasonic 12-32mm, in Dramatic Tone "Art" mode. Jpegs with minimal post processing.
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  33. FIFPro Headquarters, Hoofddorp/Netherlands. FIFPro = Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (English – International Federation of Professional Footballers) But that's not what this image is about
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  34. On 15 April I was photographed the British Canoeing Team Selection Races at the Lea Valley Olympic Course. Here are some of my images. Please click to view large.
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  35. Sometimes it is worth looking into the other direction. Busy shooting a completely different matter, I looked up, couldn't resist to take this picture. Luckily the right lens was attached.
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  36. April 14 young peppers to go into the greenhouse Df, Voigtländer 90mm f/3.5 Have a nice day!
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  38. On Saturday I attended a workshop at the Nikon School in London. The subject was Urban Dance photography. Here are some of my results. Please click to view large.
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