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  1. 4 points
    Melbourne Docklands is always pretty quiet after dark. Docklands by Night #1 And looking in the opposite direction - Bolte Bridge Docklands by Night #2 An alternative view of Bolte Bridge Docklands by Night #3 I tried playing with the colour to bring some warmth to the white lights and add a bit of contrast to the blue lighting. Also amazed by the IS capabilities from the Fuji lenses - this was hand held at 1/5 sec. (the previous two had some barriers to lean on). And finally, the Docklands Wheel. Docklands by Night #4 This time managed handheld 1/2 sec. This sort of night time shooting is something that has always interested me but I've never wanted to be weighed down by a tripod. Finally I've got a set up that can deliver the sort of results I want with the freedom to wander unencumbered.
  2. 3 points
    It's funny how we can take photos and not even process them for 7 years. Joshua Tree California, 2013. It was a bit overcast but I was able to get something out of it via use of HDR. A nice side story is here is put down my camera bag while hiking and paced a bit to get some shots, then couldn't find the bag. I eventually found it, but not until I spend about 20-30 min walking in circles and calling myself an idiot. A few years later I did the same in AZ, only much worse! I will write on that one some other time.
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    Thank you for looking. a1D4S_3659 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    Today's quarentine pp. Thank you for looking. aDFC_9480 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
  5. 3 points
    A random series of images shot today in my hometown Amersfoort in The Netherlands. All images Fujifilm X100 (first version), all but #4 plus WCL-X100 28mm converter. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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    Another one. aaiphone11 Copa 3 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
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    I got my first photography commission for real estate yesterday since the lockdown started on 27 March. What is particularly encouraging is that it is a brand new client and they had no qualms about paying upfront using my new ordering and payment gateway system.
  9. 2 points
    Here are a few tundra flowers. Lately I have spent time taking photos, but have not had much time for editing. So tonight I spent a bit of time editing a few images. I used the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens. A Single-flowered Cinquefoil: A tall Jaob's ladder Flowering Labrador tea.
  10. 2 points
    I finally found an inexpensive bug zapper that works. Only $29 (USD) and it zaps them with a big spark. I do not know how it works, but it even zaps the little "noseeums." And for those that are buzzing around my ear at 2 AM, I have some portable zappers shaped like small tennis rackets. They also serve me well. I never have thought that I am a sadist, but I admit to great satisfaction when I hear a good spark, accompanied by a loud "zap."
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    Processing leftovers. Thank you for looking. Palazzo Pitti aD4S_3824 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr Cathedral (Duomo) aaaaaDFC_9538 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
  12. 2 points
    This is a shot from around about the time I started Nikongear in 2005. I had just switched back from shooting Canon digital for about 4 years and after trading in all that gear I got myself the Nikon D70 and 70-200/2.8 VR. At the time I was still accredited as a photographer for the Sharks rugby team and this shot was from my first outing with the D70 at the stadium. Unfortunately I don't have the original digital files from anything I shot before 2009, but I did find an A4 print I had made of this shot of Sharks player Brent Russell, just before he scored a try. I recall that I had cropped the image quite significantly before printing it, so even from a lowly 6MP sensor we could get decent prints after cropping. I "scanned" the print with an iPhone. A few months after this switch back to Nikon I started the website that has shaped the direction of my life ever since.
  13. 2 points
    Some photos from my first real outings (although they are now a couple of weeks old). escape 1 escape 2 These first two were a local walk not far from home. escape 3 This third was a work outing. Fortunately picked good weather. Also found something good from this current crisis - running late from this outing for a subsequent meeting, so simply found a suitable parking place and logged into the meeting from the car.
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    Thank ye kindly for looking.
  15. 2 points
    Some more quarentine processing. This church is in Tiradentes, a very ancient town. Thank you for looking. aaaaD7K_0877 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr aaaaD7K_0879 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
  16. 1 point
    Comparing this this thing with anything else is inadequate - watch this and see if a proven vaccine isn't something to get as soon as it's available (and she's not even bad enough to be in ICU). Having had the 'flu when I was younger I realise it's nothing like Covid-19, but all the same I'll do anything to avoid having it again - a little pinprick in the arm once a year is nothing compared to actual 'flu - the 'real' 'flu (as opposed to the bad cold most people call 'flu) is totally debilitating and bloody awful to experience. It absolutely immobilised me for two full days and had me off work for over two weeks gaining strength afterwards, and I was fit and still under 40 at the time. I have no desire whatever to experience something worse than that at my current stage of life. If that's not convincing enough, check out what ventilation looks like - it's not the lolling about with an oxygen mask that seems to be the general perception, but possibly weeks of highly sedated forced breathing through tubes shoved down your throat, precluding eating, talking or even being fully aware of what's going on. If you get to this stage it's more probable than not that this is how you'll die, naked, face-down, semi-conscious and alone in a bath of bodily fluids.
  17. 1 point
    Amazing shots, and so lucky they come up to your porch - you could almost mistake them for domestic cats playing on the steps.
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    Wow, what a treat, Merlin! Great shots and an awesome experience.
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    The difference is that malaria is not affecting the "wealthier" nations so they could not care less. But now that Covid is shutting down and paralyzing bigger economies it is time for them to put their asses in gear and save the day, which makes me sad, since it is more about money than human life.
  20. 1 point
    I can understand that you have a different view. The concept of lockdown is certainly dangerous if you don’t have a stable government and strong economy. I also realise there are many parts of the world where this virus is no more dangerous than many other diseases and conditions that plague such regions. The WHO says that: In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 405 000 in 2018. Covid still has a way to go to match that. Just imagine if as much attention was put into a malaria vaccine or cure as is currently being put into Covid. And consider measles - Even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available, in 2018, there were more than 140 000 measles deaths globally, mostly among children under the age of five. That is certainly something to consider when people are saying everything will get back to normal once we have a vaccine for Covid. In areas where either of these two conditions are prevalent, there is often a long list of others just as problematic and Covid is just one more thing on that long list. Why worry about a Covid lockdown when there are a dozen other equally dangerous diseases out there that haven’t justified such actions?
  21. 1 point
    Perhaps because the Ponzi scheme of the Welfare State is as Margaret Thatcher once trenchantly observed; that, "the problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money". You shut down the world for a year or more, the GDP collapses, then who will pay for Utopia? Money doesn't print itself. Also a matter of scale; a small population or small geography has an economy of smaller scale where costly high-tech care doesn't need to be reduplicated in every population center. Aside from the politico-philosophical issue, nearly impossible task for a nation of 320 million spread over half a continent if one were to try, and it would ultimately be too unwieldy and cost beyond imagining. Hence, unsustainable.
  22. 1 point
    Saphira & Ventura gallery, based in New York City, is selling my pictures. See the link below. If you are interested in any of them or any other from my website, feel free to contact me. Thank you. https://www.artsy.net/saphira-and-ventura-gallery/works?for_sale=&medium=photography
  23. 1 point
    According to JHU stats there have only been 22 deaths in Victoria from covid19. Does this really justify the need to lock down the entire city again, putting people out of work and potentially at more risk from depleted immune systems through lack of human contact and outdoor activity? Makes no sense to me. My stance is that if you know that you are in a high risk category then it is your own responsibility to take the appropriate measures to protect possible infection. This strong arm stuff doesn't work in countries like mine. And it sure as hell will never stop this virus from spreading. Our case / fatality ratio is currently 1.62%. Lunacy abounds and truth is apparently whatever you want it to be.
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    Hi, Last year I participated in 4 colective exhibitions at the Saphira & Ventura gallery, in New York City. Yesterday I participated in another exhibition in that gallery, but this time virtually. This pandemic is forcing people to become more and more creative. Feel free to visit it using the link below. Thank you. https://www.artsteps.com/view/5ef39a1562117c191f7f93cd?fbclid=IwAR2uFU5Pv0gSyQxHZGJeNgZOEwPHyRBWiPcmowB3dC-pZq0SrOc3mDY1wRM
  25. 1 point
    Whilst Olympus may or may not be looking to get out of camera manufacture, they are still pushing on with their OMD lens development plans: https://shop.olympus.com.au/news/post/lens-roadmap-update?j=38877&sfmc_sub=6336217&l=321_HTML&u=576786&mid=110005977&jb=16&utm_source=Marketing%20Cloud&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=lens-update
  26. 1 point
    Also on my trip to the supermarket, I took a detour to the rooftop car park and tried grabbing a few shots of the light trails from the passing traffic. night 3 I think the location may be a bit too brightly lit and I was probably a bit late in the evening, as the traffic wasn't too heavy. Another variation got some nicer light stars from the street lights. night 4 I had tried this once before, when I lived in Hong Kong. Light Trails That was shot on film and was the view from my apartment's kitchen window, so I remember sitting there for some time counting the traffic light sequence to work out when I would get the most cars, for a single attempt. The more recent ones on digital from a damp car park were more of a shoot and pray. There are another couple of locations that I am thinking of trying for this sort of shot, so if the weather and time permit, I will get out to try them.
  27. 1 point
    And airport car parks! 😀 There was a spell a few years ago when I was flying down to Hobart for day or two every week. There was one day I got back into Melbourne, took the bus to the long term car park and then just couldn’t remember where I had parked. What made it worse was I could find the spot I had parked in the week before and the week before that. After that I started writing the location on my car park ticket.
  28. 1 point
    I’ve done the same, stashing my backpack behind a rock for safety and then struggled to find that safe rock.
  29. 1 point
    As mentioned in Greg's Joshua Tree post, I was scanning through some of my images from the 2013 safari to Namibia and came across this shot of the Deadvlei that I hadn't processed. Shot with Olympus E-M5 and Panasonic 14-45mm.
  30. 1 point
    Oh no, Alan. I hope you get well soon. Somebody I know posted a description on Facebook of decaf as being “joyless brown juice”. I am a bit concerned about @Mike G. He hasn’t been seen since the 9th of June and that is a worry. Hope he’s OK.
  31. 1 point
    Alan, oh bugger. I suffer from atrial fibrillation which I generally have under control and yes too much strong coffee and alcohol are triggers for me. That phase of life I am afraid. My thoughts, and those of others on this site I am sure, are with you with this. Stay well.
  32. 1 point
    Good luck, hopefully this is the start of the recovery for you.
  33. 1 point
    Thank you for looking. 1 a1D4S_3500 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 2 a1D4S_3358 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 3 a1D4S_3636 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 4 a1D4S_3594 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 5 a1D4S_3580 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr 6 a1D4S_3523 by Aguinaldo Tinoco de Paula, no Flickr
  34. 1 point
    That looks like a slick solution--for handling lighting, if nothing else. No, it would take two more people to hold it in place. It would need to be staked down. I think a smaller "shield" or some such thing might work to block the winds from one direction, only. On a positive note, the winds do keep the mosquitoes away. The past three years I have not even used mosquito spray. This year it is sold out. They are making up for the past three years.
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    Not sure if this contraption would be any use in such strong winds as it would probably blow away itself, but I suppose if you modified it with spikes or used rocks you could weight it down and get less wind on the flowers. I have no idea what they are called, but we had a couple of them on our 2013 safari for the wildflowers.
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    In portuguese we have just one verb for these actions. Thanks for clarifying.
  38. 1 point
    Lovely colour in the water.
  39. 1 point
    We have a product here called Kleen Green which removes sticky stuff quite nicely. The coating on my a/c studio strobes also became very sticky for some strange reason, so I sprayed some of this stuff on a rag and while it was a bit of a chore to wipe the strobe down completely, it definitely did the job and the strobe is no longer sticky to the touch. I haven't done the other two yet...
  40. 1 point
    What is wrong with you? Seriously. Just grow up. There are things in the world that your pre-programmed mind will never be able to understand. One of these is that in order for businesses like mine to survive this pandemic we have to operate in areas that are constantly accessible, including social media - which is where I have earned every cent I have made since March 27. I truly regret the day I ever agreed to allow you back onto this platform. You are nothing more than a constant source of irritation. I think you need to see somebody, I really do.
  41. 1 point
    My apartment. Thank ye kindly for looking.
  42. 1 point
    I scored maximum marks in a club competition last year using an A3 print taken with my old D70. I still use it from time to time but the leatherette (?) covering has now become very sticky rendering it very uncomfortable to hold.
  43. 1 point
    Awesome shot! People tend to regard themselves as great photographers if they own the best gear (cameras and lenses). The best equipment is the photographers eye and background.
  44. 1 point
    12th June 2020 - Tasmania now has no active cases, and nil positive tests for nearly four weeks. While the borders are still closed there has been a greater easing of internal restrictions - in fact we've been told to "get off our couches" and travel about, go shopping, start working again. If no further cases or positive tests happen in the next 4-6 weeks, all restrictions (other than Interstate travel) will be lifted. There is a deal being worked on with New Zealand (who also have no cases or positive tests) for flights between NZ and Tasmania should begin (after a 25-year lay-off) in order to stimulate some tourism between the two, and if it comes to fruition this might just be the impetus I need to go for a holiday in NZ if the flights are not over-priced (I suspect the airlines going to go for the deeper wallets in order to gain some revenue flowing again).
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    Thank ye kindly for looking.
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    The little church at the ancient monastic site in Gougane Barra, Cork, Ireland. Thank ye kindly for looking.
  47. 1 point
    I believe I keep intending to post, then fail to do so. I am still overwhelmed by these images. I keep thinking, if these are what you get when you are "killing time," then your remaining work has to be really spectacular. I know it helps to have a good subject, but I do not have any idea how you make these come across to the viewer with such "strength." I really like them. Walton
  48. 1 point
    Atpaula, these are spectacular. I think the black and white works. You can see where the ones with some clouds in the sky are superior to the ones with the plain sky. I get that here in S. Cali in the summer, no clouds and very plain. My only suggestions are perhaps not posting a large number like this, because it takes away from the critique if you can't really concentrate on a single (or maybe 2 or 3) images, and, some of the images have humans or man-made objects in them. Rather than this being bad, I welcome it. It provides scale and shows how the mountains are so dominating compared to them. But my favorite of them, 2nd from the top, feels less than perfect with their backs to the camera. It doesn't provide any connection to the viewer in that regard. Still good, just not a 10/10. GB
  49. 1 point
    Fantastic!! First thru last
  50. 1 point
    I love modular things, which might explain why the SLR camera system became so attractive to me exactly 20 years ago. If I buy something and it can be accessorised I tend to go a bit nuts and of course get as many of the accessories as I can. As far as my photography gear addiction goes that became a very serious problem at one point in the early 00's. I bought way too much gear. In the past few years though I have managed to reign it in and sold off a lot of the stuff I accumulated, but I still have a fairly decent amount of gear that I need to accommodate. So I was looking to get a cabinet or something that I could store my camera gear in and easily access it when needed. I don't like the idea of shelves on a wall to hold my gear, because they have a tendency to collect dust and also if your gear is elevated and you have a bad case of dropsy it won't survive a fall. When I first got the idea I was looking at getting some of those Ikea-like TV cabinets that look a bit industrial. We don't have Ikea in South Africa, but there are some knock-offs available. I looked at this one in particular and came very close to buying it, but then I also saw on Facebook Marketplace that somebody who lives very close to me was selling a 16U server cabinet with a tempered glass door. I went to have a look, liked it and made an offer there and then. The seller accepted and I had it back at home a short while later. What's really cool about server cabinets is that they are completely modular. On this one the doors and sides clip off easily and you can insert purpose made shelves into the standard size cage using "cage nuts". My cabinet is quite deep at about 700mm and it stands exactly 900mm tall, which made it a perfect height to act as one support for my makeshift standing desk, the other being a wooden trestle I have had for years. I bought two 700mm shelves for the cabinet from a local supplier and while I had a bit of a problem getting them to fit the standard width (so much for modularity, eh), I got around this by cutting a few wooden shims that I could use to fill the gaps that these shelves had. The cabinet also came with a pair of sliding rails that were originally made for sliding out servers. Each rail has 4 screw holes where whatever they supported would be able to slot into them easily enough. I thought it would be really nice to have a deep drawer that I could slide out and keep all my lenses and camera gear in. The problem though was that it would be very difficult to build a drawer to the exact specification of where those holes are and then get them to line up on the rails. 1mm out and the whole thing wouldn't be able to open and close. So I had another idea. I bought a piece of 20x20mm pine and cut two rail extensions to the right length, then using some appropriate sized screws I managed to fit them on and the rails still opened and closed. Hooray! Now I could make a drawer and secure it to the wooden rail extensions. I was having a conversation with one of my website clients who also happens to be a cabinet maker and he said he would be able to make up the drawer for me, no problem. However, while I was waiting for him to make this up (he's a busy guy), I also ordered my first powered saw because I could see myself getting into this woodworking stuff a bit deeper. Then one day when I was out doing my regular photography work I came home to this sight. The tempered glass cabinet door had pretty much exploded into a million pieces all by itself. Crikey! I have no idea how that happened, except to say that this now presented me with a bit of a problem. How was I going to make a fancy looking cabinet without a glass door? I was pretty dejected, considering how much time I had devoted to re-purposing this old server cabinet. My friend finished the drawer part of the project and I picked it up on the weekend. I then had to figure out how I was going to secure it to the wooden rails. Hmmm. Not as easy as I had hoped because the drawer had been made with an inset bottom using thinner plywood. I had intended screwing it onto the rails from above, but obviously that wasn't going to work, so I had to lay the cabinet on its back and secure the drawer by driving screws in from below. The problem is that those rails when extended fully don't like to sit straight, they tend to bow inwards slightly, so this became a very tricky thing to get right. Get the measurement wrong and you won't be able to close the drawer. Anyway, long story short, I managed to secure the drawer and it slid in and out perfectly. Phew! The job wasn't done yet. I still needed to make a fascia board for the front of it and find an alternative door. My circular saw arrived and I got myself some reclaimed plywood from a local supplier (no point in getting good stuff for your first project). Cutting the fascia was easy, but finishing it wasn't. These boards were full of holes from crate screws, motifs and other wording stencilled onto them, etc. I filled the holes, sanded it all down, painted it with my new favourite paint (Rustoleum Flat Black), screwed it onto the front of the drawer, added a pull tab handle and Bazinga! I have decided to use the rear door for the front in the interim while I try to find a supplier who can replace the shattered glass for the front door. I'm thinking though that a perspex front would be much better. Imagine if the glass had shattered while all my lenses were inside... One of the things I wanted to do was keep the lenses in this drawer with a light constantly on so that no fungus will be able to survive in there, but the problem is that now that I don't have a back door, dust ingress is a real issue so I can't leave the lenses with their caps off until I tackle that problem. What I might do if I get a perspex front door is also have a lid made for the drawer. That way no dust will get in and the light will still reach the lenses. So that's my gear cabinet. The other shelves I am currently storing my most used camera bags on, but I will have to re-order the shelves and put the drawer at the top because that's where the light is and the bags block it completely. Good thing it's all modular!
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