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Title: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 22, 2015, 05:12:04 AM
Matt & KC suggested that it would be interesting, since quite a number of us seem to be passionate about photography, to start a thread dedicated to our very own photos. Well, this is it  8)

And if you want your uploaded photos not to disappear from the thread after a few months, here's a site where you can host them (forever and ever apparently) www.imgur.com (http://www.imgur.com). Matt posted a how-to HERE (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=2338.msg222007#msg222007)

For those of you who would still like to continue discussing photographers and photography in general, posting photos found on the internet, no worries, the thread is still THERE (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=5241.1340)  ;)


I'll do the honors with this shot of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (took it last year with my phone)

(http://i.imgur.com/NxbeX6A.jpg?1) (http://imgur.com/NxbeX6A)


Equipment: Canon G11, Nikon D80 and Nexus 4
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 22, 2015, 06:33:23 AM
Beautiful shot, AB! And thanks for starting us off with this thread. I'm glad to have you back here to talk photography with. I'll post some of mine later tonight. This thread alone will inspire me to get out with my camera more. :)

Tell us about when you started, and what type of photography you love. Do you have any favorite photographers who inspired you? Have you studied, or are you self-taught?

I hope others will join in too. AB's photos may be a few steps above my level, but this isn't going to be about bragging or showing off, it's about sharing the LOVE of photography, and helping to inspire each other to be more active and maybe learn a few tips that would help us be better. 

I was glad to see AB start us off with a camera phone photo, which emphasizes the point that this thread is for everyone who loves taking photos... don't be afraid to post your phone photos too.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 22, 2015, 10:23:46 PM
*Cue Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown"*

So, I spent the weekend in my hometown... Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We're just over the bridge from Philly (plus a few miles). I'll often say I'm "from Philly" because that was our stomping grounds, and where we went once we got our licenses - either the Shore, or Philly.

But, I'm from Jersey. And pretty much everyone I meet outside of Jersey pulls the old "Oh, you're from JOISEY".  And no, we don't talk like that at all in South Jersey. We don't talk like Rocky either (although my parents, who were from Philly, and all their friends did). The South Jersey accent is closer to a Virginia accent -- it's slightly .... very slightly southern.

And another misconception about Jersey is that it's an asphalt jungle, and a sewer. So, I'm about to show you some picture of where I grew up, and you can see if you can reconcile that with your impressions of New Jersey.

It was a quick trip, so I only got out to one landmark to photograph, and I thought of y'all here. I just had a feeling that there would be some fans here of covered bridges. Yes?

This is Scarborough Bridge, but all of us from Barclay Farms (a section of Cherry Hill) just called it "The Covered Bridge", and it is on "Covered Bridge Road".  I walked through it every single day to school. It was so ordinary, that I never thought to photograph it, honestly. It was just as ordinary as your local grocery store or 7-11.  In time, I realized it was special. And this time, I finally photographed it.

I have so many pictures, and I'm still going through them, but I wanted to get a few up tonight...

(http://i.imgur.com/alymTYH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/iBZWIjM.jpg)

Is it as pretty as Roseman Bridge? Maybe not, but this one picture is the symbol of my childhood. Many many days and nights riding my bike under it, walking through it, sitting on the edge, smoking (anything), drinking, and making out here. Now here's the view of the Cooper River from the bridge: 

(http://i.imgur.com/DxkFnTG.jpg)

And here's a little article about Scarborough Bridge (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM8Y0_Cherry_Hill_Scarborough_Covered_Bridge).



Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 23, 2015, 08:59:55 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/51J1Mxp.jpg)

Flew over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this weekend.  O0
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 23, 2015, 09:16:01 AM
Two more from my NJ trip (probably the last from this series)

Like AB, I love B&W photography -- but I couldn't help but indulge in the brilliant fall colors with the barn red bridge. But, it is striking in Black & White also. For this shot, I wanted to get it from ground level, so laid down in the street. In the old days, I would be able to bounce right back up and get out of the street in a second. I realized I'm a little slower now when a car started coming from behind me. Yeah, I've done a lot of dangerous stuff to get the photo I want. Anyway, it was worth it! :)

(http://i.imgur.com/NepC3aS.jpg)

And one more of brilliant NJ fall foliage:

(http://i.imgur.com/ImU3KYV.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 23, 2015, 11:36:09 AM
Love that covered bridge, Matt 8) so cool that you used to walk / ride through it when you were a kid.

For the story I started taking pictures and developing an interest in photography when I was in college, about 8-9 years ago. I was attending journalism classes at the time while some of my friends were taking photojournalism classes (it had to be one or the other).

I'm an introvert by nature so I like observing people and things. It's the perfect hobby. I photograph things that catch my eye. I know some people like to go out with a group and take photos (which is totally fine), but for me photography is something I enjoy doing on my own.

I've always admired concert photographers and their ability to capture and freeze that one moment during a concert when you can feel the intensity of a performance. So messy sometimes, but so beautiful. I do go to a lot of concerts, and whenever that's possible I bring my camera with me.

I like streetart and "urban exploration". I'm a city girl ;D

Favorite photographers? I like Winogrand, Steve McCurry, Lee Jeffries, Jason M Peterson (https://www.instagram.com/jasonmpeterson/ go check home out he does wonder with b&w) Plus there are so many talented street photographers on Instagram right now.

Fun fact: I always (always) hold my breath when I'm taking a picture. Which depending on the subject, can become a real problem :P I'm working on it lol

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 23, 2015, 11:39:23 AM
Fun fact: I always (always) hold my breath when I'm taking a picture. Which depending on the subject, can become a real problem :P I'm working on it lol

I tried for about 20 minutes once to get a picture of two giraffes humping. He never quite made it in. You would have literally died trying to get that shot.  ;D

Just looked up your photographers -- Steve McCurry -- love his Afghan Girl photo. It was one of the ones I was thinking of when I mentioned 'Napalm Girl" in another thread as being an image that is indelibly ingrained in the mind forever.

I'm really diggin' the Jason Peterson photography. That's the kind I love.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 23, 2015, 11:59:04 AM
Yeah. He's very very talented.
Another one that comes to mind is Henri Huet (war photographer, killed during the Vietnam war).

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 23, 2015, 12:00:53 PM


I tried for about 20 minutes once to get a picture of two giraffes humping. He never quite made it in. You would have literally died trying to get that shot.  ;D
Ha! Probably ;D



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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 24, 2015, 07:47:04 AM
This one dates back to 2010. First time I visited Canada.
It was around the end of October / beginning of November.
I decided to go to Stanley Park and walk along the Seawall. Took me about 4-5 hours ;D

And I took this shot. I was lucky to get that seagull 8)

(http://i.imgur.com/eKRw4OH.jpg)

Such a peaceful view. Kinda soothing too.

I realized afterwards that when you look at it from up close the sky kinda looks like a painting...

Btw, I don't like Photoshop and all that, not very good at it either lol, so most of my DSLR photos are unretouched (except maybe for contrast). For this one what you see is exactly what I saw at the time. No toying around with anything.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on November 24, 2015, 07:51:01 AM
The whole thing kind of looks like a painting! Beautiful shot, AB! O0 I'm sure that was worth 4 to 5 hours. :o ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 24, 2015, 02:42:45 PM
It was ::)

Whether I go to a concert or just go out with my camera I'm not happy until I get my "One Shot".
I get very frustrated if I don't get at least one good photo ;D

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 27, 2015, 06:52:19 PM
And I took this shot. I was lucky to get that seagull 8)


I like that shot. I took a few similar shots the other night. I'm visiting my father in Florida, and we went to dinner at a waterside restaurant down the road. I had to leave him at the table for a few minutes -- the sun was just setting and I had about 5 minutes of good lighting. You know the feeling -- the shot is happening NOW *dash*.

I always take dozens of shots, even when I used to shoot with real film. And yeah, if I get that ONE shot, I'm happy.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 27, 2015, 09:31:36 PM
I'm no expert when it comes to photography and I took this photo of a double rainbow on my Iphone last year in Rome.

(http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n186/tgy1/iphone%20166_zpszq0aqwrg.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 27, 2015, 10:36:39 PM
Great photo, SK. I like how the inside rainbow lines up with the candle (or whatever the angel is holding).

As far as I know, there are no experts here, just enthusiasts. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Richard Earl on November 27, 2015, 11:02:22 PM
I am a manager in retail and worked Black Friday today and working the sale after Black Friday. I was about to go to bed and stopped by the board and I clicked on this thread. I am glad that I did. AB, Matt and SK those are pure pictures of serenity. I am going to bed with a smile.  :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 27, 2015, 11:11:56 PM
I like how the inside rainbow lines up with the candle (or whatever the angel is holding).

Funny. I never noticed that. I only saw the angel looking at the rainbow. :-[
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on November 28, 2015, 01:58:31 AM


Nice one SK 8)
And yeah it does look like it lines up with the candle...and that the angel is looking at it ;)

I am glad that I did. AB, Matt and SK those are pure pictures of serenity. I am going to bed with a smile.  :)
Hope you had a good night Richard!

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 12:10:08 AM
Most of the time that I actually get out of my town, I'm visiting someone and not able to do photography -- the time is always too short, and usually indoors. Same as usual, this last trip to Florida. I spent a few days in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., and the only really good pictures I got were on the drive back - going 70 mph through the Florida panhandle JUST south of Alabama, the sunset was amazing. And then I saw two silos, and this swing. So of course I had to pull over and get some photos. I got eaten alive by the Florida state bird while taking them (mosquitos).

Here's one - haven't had time to go through them all yet to see if I have any better.

(http://i.imgur.com/izTJfIk.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 09:12:01 AM

Btw, I don't like Photoshop and all that, not very good at it either lol, so most of my DSLR photos are unretouched (except maybe for contrast).

I wish I could take photos with my camera and get them to be exactly the way I want them. That's where I come up short -- the lighting and the aperture/speed settings. Plus, my camera is pretty low-end DSLR and I notice even when I have the lighting, and it's set on Program mode, they come out darker and flatter than what I saw when I was there. So I play with almost every photo to try to make it match what I saw. My goal isn't to improve the original scene, but to capture the beauty of the original scene.

In the photo above, I had to select the entire structure and use the "Dodge Tool" to remove shadows on the barn to remove shadows, and to brighten the grass. I didn't want to use Curves, contrast, brightness, etc. on the entire picture because it washed out the sunset. Then I wanted to add a bit of "vibrance" because in actuality, the colors were much more impressive than what my camera captured. And just since this is an appreciation AND learning thread, here's the original:

(http://i.imgur.com/mEeL6p0.jpg?1)

I also like to crop my photos, when possible to wide-screen.

Now, I also do darkroom film photography (although I haven't in some time now), and I KNOW that photographers manipulate in the darkroom to get what they want out of the photo. Photoshopping is just the darkroom equivalent for digital media. So, I don't MIND using Photoshop at all, I think it's almost necessary to have the strongest visual impact. But, I personally dislike OVER photoshopping and altering the photo (adding things that don't exist, like the moon, etc.)  And I wouldn't try to create a sunset if there wasn't one, but I think it's fair to do a little dodging/burning, cropping (you'll always do that with an enlarger in the darkroom), and contrast levels.

I don't see it as a cheat, but I DO have a bit of jealousy (or a lot of jealousy) over someone who doesn't need to do that at all.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 09:42:19 AM
Here's an interesting one --

Even though I said above I don't manipulate with photoshop too much unless I'm trying to make the captured image as beautiful as the original subject. Well, then there's black & white.  ;D  Almost everything looks better, IMO, in B&W. 

This photo is an original vs. retouched. It has a LOT of work to it. I'll let anyone interested point out all the stuff I did. :)

(http://i.imgur.com/1U0uSuu.jpg?1)  (http://i.imgur.com/w0pQcr8.jpg?1)
                                                        ORIGINAL                                                                                                                                            EDITED (Final)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 01, 2015, 09:52:20 AM
Yeah, I get you.
But I'm soooo lazy and PS is just too complicated for me ;D

I use filters when I'm taking a photo with my phone and posting it on Instagram. It's so easy. The Arc de Triomphe one I played with the contrast and added a black & white filter. The fog was real ;)

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 01, 2015, 09:53:58 AM


Here's an interesting one --

Even though I said above I don't manipulate with photoshop too much unless I'm trying to make the captured image as beautiful as the original subject. Well, then there's black & white.  ;D  Almost everything looks better, IMO, in B&W. 
                                                                                                                             
Couldn't agree more 8)



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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 09:54:24 AM
The Arc de Triomphe one I played with the contrast and added a black & white filter. The fog was real ;)


The fog is gorgeous on that photo. It really looks like it is a photo from 100 years ago. It has such a timeless look to it. I love it.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 09:58:22 AM
Yeah, I get you.
But I'm soooo lazy and PS is just too complicated for me ;D

I use filters when I'm taking a photo with my phone and posting it on Instagram. It's so easy. The Arc de Triomphe one I played with the contrast and added a black & white filter. The fog was real ;)


Yeah, it's time consuming. It almost ruins the fun of it all because I need to sift through 100 or so photos, pic about 5 of the best ones and then play with each one for 10 minutes.

But, then again... if I didn't do that, I would have photos that also would ruin the fun of photography for me because they'd be so disappointing.

It's a necessary part of it, for me.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 10:00:13 AM
Oh, and if you have Photoshop and want any help with it, I'll see if I can point out some of the most effective tools. Once you get going, it might only take a minute for most photos.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 11:06:53 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/rM6mMKJ.jpg?1)

Sunset untouched -- silos and grass brightened a bit.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 01, 2015, 11:12:50 AM
Nice! ⬆

I use Photoscape by the way, even though I have Photoshop.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 11:17:22 AM
That's the one I suffered for... I didn't grab my tripod and I needed about a 1.5 second lens speed. I had to sit and use my knees as a tripod, which is how I did get the beautiful sunset. Looking through the viewfinder, I knew I wasn't getting the grass and silos bright enough -- and I had to give up because I was getting eaten alive by bugs.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 01, 2015, 11:18:19 AM
Ha. What we do for a shot! ^-^

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 11:49:02 AM
Decided to try a little additional work. I like it better. This would be wall-worthy.

(http://i.imgur.com/2InxN8u.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 01, 2015, 11:54:29 AM
Definitely!
Do you print your photos?

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2015, 12:08:16 PM
I don't usually print them. I only have one that's blown up and hanging up -- I'll post it in the thread eventually. I kinda like these newer ones better.

And I wasn't going to post any more silo and sunset pics, but what the hell... I like this one a lot -- the lighting on the silo looks more natural to me.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ib88X2T.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 06, 2015, 12:46:05 PM
Here's a triptych I put together with photos taken this past summer in San Francisco.
I liked these 3 shots individually and since their common element was the bridge...  :D
No PS at all on any of these.

(http://i.imgur.com/ViI3qzs.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 12:58:23 PM
Fantastic shots!  O0
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 06, 2015, 01:14:30 PM
Oh they're OK I guess.

I really like the middle one for some reason.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 01:19:39 PM
I love photographing bridges. I used to be able to get on job sites during construction and go up in crane baskets to shoot them. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find anything - the engineering firm was able to keep the originals, but I got one or two.

(Pre-digital. I shot on slide film for actual projectors for their town meetings.)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 01:34:51 PM
Here's one during construction of the Bayside Bridge, which spanned Tampa Bay to link St. Petersburg to Clearwater (Florida).

(http://i.imgur.com/X217CI5.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 06, 2015, 01:42:02 PM
oh that's cool  8)

Here's the GGB again.

(http://i.imgur.com/XDIoQ8O.png?2)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 01:44:45 PM
On these, I'm shooting on my decent camera, a Nikon N8008, and whatever slide film I'm using is high contrast... I actually had to tone these down slightly.

But, they've been through a lot. First, taken on punchy slide film.

Then developed to prints (Very expensive process, I believe these were about $75 a shot back in the early 90s).

20 some years later, they're finally scanned (today) ....

Very punchy.  I settled them down slightly with actually removing a little saturation and vibrance. They don't, however, look too good in B&W -- there's too much going on.

Anyway, this pic is cool because you can see one of the crane baskets in the foreground. We were not OSHA compliant in any way, shape or form. Normally, I'd be nervous in one. But you know how it is when you're trying to get that shot, you really can only think of what you've gotta do to get that shot.  I walked beams at that full bridge height without a safety cord, wearing only a hard hat and life preserver, and loved every minute of it.

(http://i.imgur.com/Xc5fuIb.jpg?1)


Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 01:51:19 PM
oh that's cool  8)

Here's the GGB again.


Where are you at to get that shot?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 02:00:58 PM
Last bridge construction shot -- this time I changed it to B&W because the subject was simpler and it worked better. These are the footprints of the bridge -- the pile drivings.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/v9K3OUT.jpg?2)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 06, 2015, 02:33:28 PM
Where are you at to get that shot?
Land's End Coastal Trail (one of my favorite spots in SF) :)

You bridge photos are impressive. Mainly because unless you see this, you don't really realize how much work goes into building these structures. It's one thing to see a bridge, it's another to see how it was built.

How long did it take to build the Bayside Bridge?

By the way, these crane baskets look scary!  :o
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 02:35:44 PM
Land's End Coastal Trail (one of my favorite spots in SF) :)

You bridge photos are impressive. Mainly because unless you see this, you don't really realize how much work goes into building these structures. It's one thing to see a bridge, it's another to see how it was built.

How long did it take to build the Bayside Bridge?

By the way, these crane baskets look scary!  :o

It was a 3 year job. A lot of coastal environmental protection on one side of the bridge to preserve rare species habitats. It made it so a lot of the work had to be done with small crews and not a lot of heavy machinery.

I was giving the foremen heart-attacks because I didn't have any fear at the time, and I remember telling the crane operator to take it higher, and he said it was as high as it went -- he was kinda dumbfounded.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2015, 02:47:49 PM
I've always wanted to get out to San Francisco specifically to photograph the GGB, so I'm jealous.

I found this photo of the completed Bayside Bridge from a somewhat similar angle on Flickr, photo credit to:  "Christopher George".  Placed it beside my construction photo to get an idea of the work that goes into the construction.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZMwILba.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 09, 2015, 09:30:21 PM
I love photographing bridges.

I was going to post this shot last week but thought no one would be interested. It's not a stunning shot but it's a pic of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from underneath. Really only one end of it. I took it a couple of years ago when we were on a harbour cruise and thought it would be cool to show a different side of the bridge from the one everyone sees.

(http://i.imgur.com/urC9BWw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 09, 2015, 09:38:51 PM
I like it. Keep posting, SK. I like to see everyone's photos. Yours brought to mind a really good memory for me. My grandmother took me to NYC when I was 14. It was my first time there. We went on the Circle Line cruise, and I had a little 110 camera (bear in mind this is 1979).  I got so excited by the bridges, that I asked her to buy me more film. And more film. And more. And more. And ... well, I think I shot about 8 rolls of film on that 3 hour cruise. And film on the cruise ship wasn't cheap. She took me on that trip for saving for over a year of her social security payments. I was a troubled youth, and it was the first time I felt really loved by someone. And so your picture, even though it was't the same bridge, reminded me of that earliest excitement of photography.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 10, 2015, 09:38:51 AM
This one was taken from an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades. It's one of the few I've printed and framed for a friend.

(http://i.imgur.com/EUT4X3K.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 10, 2015, 09:51:47 AM
This one is for KC, who likes cute & cuddly. This is a zoo pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/BcjfZR0.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 10, 2015, 10:18:25 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/KCk9s6A.jpg?1)

This is a marina in Gallatin, TN.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 10, 2015, 10:56:11 AM
Here's a fun one....

I was really disappointed with some pics I got from my last trip to Florida. I posted earlier that I was having dinner with my father at a waterside restaurant, and the sun was setting, so I took off to get some pics before the light was gone. When I looked at what I got, most were blurry -- there wasn't enough light. I did get one pic that was clear, but it was horrible. There was no subject, the composition was crap, and it was a throw-away. Sometimes I like to take one like that in Photoshop and just go nuts on it to see if I can make it interesting. So here's the before and after. I like the after... it's more like a painting. It's not a great photo, but it does help with Photoshop skills to do these kind of exercises.

Before:

(http://i.imgur.com/DkoCHKW.jpg?1)

After:

(http://i.imgur.com/vKzNUNn.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 10, 2015, 11:05:20 AM
This thread title sounds slightly elitist. I asked AB to do a thread like this to distinguish it from the thread for great pics we find online. But, this is for ANYONE here to post pictures that YOU take. No matter what level you consider your photography, we'll enjoy looking at your photos.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on December 10, 2015, 08:05:29 PM
This one is for KC, who likes cute & cuddly. This is a zoo pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/BcjfZR0.jpg?1)

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ...! It's a red panda, no? 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 10, 2015, 08:22:24 PM
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ...! It's a red panda, no? 8)

It's a red panda, yes!  Of course you knew that. I wanted to see if you'd know, and you did.  :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 11, 2015, 01:46:07 AM
Before:

(http://i.imgur.com/DkoCHKW.jpg?1)

After:

(http://i.imgur.com/vKzNUNn.jpg?1)
To be completely honest, I don't dislike the "before". It needed cropping for sure. It's not uninteresting.

Oh and I like the previous one in Tenessee. I like the reflection on the water. Very nice.


This thread title sounds slightly elitist. I asked AB to do a thread like this to distinguish it from the thread for great pics we find online. But, this is for ANYONE here to post pictures that YOU take. No matter what level you consider your photography, we'll enjoy looking at your photos.
Yeah. Elitist. I thought the exact same thing. We could always change the title to make it sound a little more welcoming.
Like... *Photographers welcome! Show us YOUR stuff!* or something like that :D

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 11, 2015, 01:53:15 AM
We could always change the title to make it sound a little more welcoming.
Like... *Photographers welcome! Show us YOUR stuff!* or something like that :D


Yes! That would be better. You can edit the first post of the thread.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 13, 2015, 05:00:53 PM
One of my favorite photographers is Clyde Butcher (who studied under Ansel Adams, and you can see Ansel's influence in Clyde's work).  Clyde shoots on large format, but that was way too much for me. When I decided I wanted to expand my photography more into their style, I built a darkroom and bought a medium format Mamiya RB67.

(https://chemicalcameras.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/dsc079851.jpg)

And here's some photos from my darkroom.

(http://i.imgur.com/Rewv7Ru.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/32aoS2w.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/w08L9ic.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/L9EZ2x2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Nyuv8RT.jpg)

What's really great about medium format photography is that if I wanted to I could blow any of these up pretty huge without significant loss of detail.  I haven't done that yet - none of these were printed on anything larger than 8" x 10". And as tempting as it is to want to push the contrasts or play with these a little in Photoshop, after all the trouble to develop my own film and print them, using all the cool techniques that I spent many long hours trying to perfect, it doesn't feel right to even pull them up in Photoshop. So these are just scanned directly from the 8x10 prints.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on December 13, 2015, 06:41:38 PM
This one was taken from an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades. It's one of the few I've printed and framed for a friend.

(http://i.imgur.com/EUT4X3K.jpg?1)
I love this shot! But I also find myself searching for any hidden alligators in it! :o
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 13, 2015, 08:35:52 PM
This thread title sounds slightly elitist. I asked AB to do a thread like this to distinguish it from the thread for great pics we find online. But, this is for ANYONE here to post pictures that YOU take. No matter what level you consider your photography, we'll enjoy looking at your photos.

This great topic has had a name change. 8)

The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 13, 2015, 09:17:59 PM
I love this shot! But I also find myself searching for any hidden alligators in it! :o

There are probably a lot of them! If you're on a large airboat, the drivers will bring a bag of marshmallows and throw a few into the swamp. Within seconds, alligators pop up to snap them up.

I was on a small boat for that shot, and it was one of those days when you're aggravated because you don't think you're getting anything. I've been in the 'Glades and have seen Bald Eagles and have always wanted to get a really great shot of one. So it seemed like a failed trip to come home with no wildlife, just swamps. Nothing like what Clyde Butcher would have come home with, I'm sure. But, I too fell in love with the simplicity of the water lilles and the marsh path. It came out beautiful printed and matted and framed.

I lived close to Clyde Butcher's studio when I lived in South Florida, and his studio/museum is spectacular. He does workshops in the Everglades, and I spoke with his wife about signing up for one. I got a little scared at the idea of spending two days in hip boots in the Everglades swamps. I never did it, and I regret that.

Here's a cool article of someone who did just that, and a picture. They're insane. But his photos are worth it.

http://www.tvnewscheck.com/playout/tag/clyde-butcher/

Click here - I made the Google search easy. Now THAT is some beautiful photography:  Clyde Butcher (https://www.google.com/search?q=clyde+butcher&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjRmaPjvtrJAhWG7CYKHX8ZBPsQ_AUIBygB&biw=2560&bih=1467)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 16, 2015, 03:45:03 PM
Wow. It looks like HDR  O0

OK try and guess where this one was taken, who that person is and what is happening ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/jsEnDUQ.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 16, 2015, 04:23:28 PM
I could make up a story, but as for guessing what is actually going on, I wouldn't have a clue.

Is this in Paris?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 16, 2015, 05:14:28 PM
I could make up a story, but as for guessing what is actually going on, I wouldn't have a clue.

Is this in Paris?
Yeah it is in Paris.
The posture of the person could clue you in actually. I think.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 16, 2015, 05:23:58 PM
Can you post it larger? I can't tell.

I do like the photo a lot, though.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 16, 2015, 05:32:11 PM
Can you post it larger? I can't tell.

I do like the photo a lot, though.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/16/a5b902c68380b1c422d857160947ee88.jpg)

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 16, 2015, 05:57:17 PM
Okay I'm going to have to use my imagination because I have no idea.  :P

It's a woman who is just moving in to a new flat, and she has that rolling wardrobe that she has to fit through the door, so she's got a tape measure with her to see if it will fit, but she looks more like she's measuring the floor.

She appears to be standing on her tip-toes? Or she's putting (golf putting). And if that's not a stick of sorts in front of her, then I'm way off. In that case, she is walking backwards, and about to step off the entry. (I don't think she's walking IN with her feet so arched up like that?)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 17, 2015, 12:34:40 AM
Hahaha. Nope. But nice try.

Think "world's oldest profession" ;)

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 17, 2015, 12:43:33 AM

Think "world's oldest profession" ;)

Ahhhhh!  See, my mind is too clean to have gone that direction on its own.  ;)

So she's not barefoot - she's in stilettos.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 17, 2015, 12:56:20 AM
Ahhhhh!  See, my mind is too clean to have gone that direction on its own.  ;)

So she's not barefoot - she's in stilettos.
Bingo. And probably talking to a client.

Taken in one of the red light areas of the city.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on December 17, 2015, 07:52:49 AM
I'm glad I didn't guess it was AB! :o

(I know that would have meant you didn't take the shot, so the guess would have been that you had it set up or something)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 17, 2015, 10:12:28 AM
I'm glad I didn't guess it was AB! :o

(I know that would have meant you didn't take the shot, so the guess would have been that you had it set up or something)

I know what you mean. It had occurred to me, as well. Then I was thinking the door frame was a mirror, and that would mean we were looking at a reflection, and I was looking for evidence of that.  I'm glad I didn't express that thought.

But, my very first instinctual guess was that it looked like Yoko Ono era 1968. So, for whatever that's worth. The woman's legs weren't that thin, but she was hot.

(http://cdn.playbuzz.com/cdn/41370293-8c6a-4ee9-839e-f9c9c6ac8046/68802ba5-dc4b-4ecb-87bc-45f74b53ccd0.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on December 17, 2015, 12:54:00 PM
The mirror thought came to mind too.

You know, in the close-up version of the picture, it almost looks like she's talking to a ninja turtle.

 :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 17, 2015, 12:55:27 PM
I still can't figure out what's in the background of that picture -- but that stick really threw me off.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 17, 2015, 02:14:47 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/gFt2wXo.jpg?1)

This one's for Christopher.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 17, 2015, 02:26:11 PM
This one was at a restaurant in the middle of the Everglades, the Miccosukee Restaurant (it's in a Miccosukee Indian reservation).  They're right on the swamp, and had my dog with me while going down to photograph the swamp. I was warned the dog would make a great snack, and to keep her away from the swamp. Sure enough, this guy came along.

(http://i.imgur.com/Vx8TJyc.jpg?1)

That's as close as you'll get -- I wasn't using a zoom lens, it was my standard 35-70 (14-35). 


Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 18, 2015, 12:45:07 AM
AB, if we just keep posting in this thread, maybe others will join in. I saw that KC has a camera/camera phone in another thread, so we'll get her to post here too.

SK needs to post more as well.

Conan?  Christopher?  Everyone has a camera phone nowadays.

Anyway, this is a through-the-windshield shot of Chicago. I didn't have time on a recent trip there to get pictures (story of my life -- always too little time for photography).

(http://i.imgur.com/9XxvU1R.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 18, 2015, 12:52:29 AM
Decided to go a little moodier with the rain clouds by using the dodge tool. Even though Gotham is supposed to be NYC, The Willis Tower in Chicago really reminds me of Gotham and the Batman movies. And since I was driving through just before a bad rain storm, it was perfect mood lighting.

(http://i.imgur.com/PMX6cLv.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 18, 2015, 01:46:53 AM
Took this one in San Francisco this past summer. With my phone. I have to say I kinda love it.

 (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/18/258d3fd255f6fcc80896dc4dc3f2788f.jpg)

I like street photography. That's the only way I enjoy taking photos of people. Portraits are too intimate for me. Intrusive even. And I like capturing random (but meaningful, at least visually, to me) moments. I like to observe people from a distance.

The way I take my pictures pretty much reflects who I am as a person ;)

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 18, 2015, 12:14:45 PM
I like the way you captured that moment. There's emotion in the shot. Loneliness, age, neglect, solitude (the street, the buildings, the man, all empty and left alone, falling apart), and the juxtaposition at the bottom of the street of the younger group of friends, bright shiny car.  It's a great shot. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 18, 2015, 03:39:55 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/whE8a8B.jpg)

Driving straight across Missouri along I-70E, it was field after field of turbines. Again, no time to pull over, so I was able to snap this out the passenger window while driving. I'm sure it could be better if I stopped, but I was awake nearly 24 hours straight and hoping to make it back to TN before it got too late.  This and the Chicago photo (above) were iPhone photos.  There's a lot of grain. But, I still like it.  (I've since upgraded to a Galaxy S5, which has a better camera.)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 18, 2015, 05:09:13 PM

This one's for Christopher.

Eh hem!  ::)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 18, 2015, 05:15:10 PM
I like street photography.

Not quite the same, I know.

(http://i.imgur.com/vpG4fv3.jpg)

Taken from The High Line in NYC.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on December 18, 2015, 05:31:09 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/gFt2wXo.jpg?1)

This one's for Christopher.

Eh hem!  ::)
Haha I did see this one.

It looks like something lurks in the lower right.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 18, 2015, 05:32:45 PM
Yeah, he's just sunbathing.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 19, 2015, 02:08:23 PM
I mentioned in the Holidays thread about a shot of San Francisco suburbs taken from the top of Mt. Davidson Park. I finally found it last night. Also couldn't post about Mt.Davidson without a photo of the cross.

(http://i.imgur.com/6xOjxN4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jASooXW.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 19, 2015, 03:21:13 PM
 O0 Thanks for those. I'm surprised the cross is as light as it is -- I thought it was brown.

KC's pictures make it look so much darker too, like the movie does:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=3743.msg223492#msg223492
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on December 19, 2015, 09:33:58 PM
The sun may have been on the cross in SK's picture. It was backlit in mine.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 19, 2015, 10:53:59 PM
Another shot from the restaurant in Florida.

(http://i.imgur.com/P17srtK.jpg?1)

I think I've got something that doesn't include a sunset on my hard-drive here too...
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 19, 2015, 11:05:01 PM
Here's one from KC's corner of the world.

(http://i.imgur.com/CRasXsF.jpg?1)

This was a few years back... "Strawberry Fields" in Central Park. I met the man who decorates the Imagine mosaic. He said people often bring him things for his designs, and that day, he got a few bags of bagels, so that's what he used.

This one isn't too sharp... it's a scan of a print. I have no idea if I still have the digital image file floating around. Fortunately, it's one I printed.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on December 19, 2015, 11:19:46 PM
^ Funny, I just passed that monument this evening, shortly after dark. There were still people hanging around, and recently-deposited flowers (though no formal decoration like the above). I was wondering if Matt had ever been there "in person." Matt, I know you probably told us back in the day, but I've forgotten.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 19, 2015, 11:25:29 PM
This was my first time to Strawberry Fields (I had been to Central Park once when I was young), and it was after I left here. So, although you may have forgotten a lot of things (I know I have) that wasn't something you'd forgotten.

I got lucky -- I didn't realize how big Central Park was. I recognized the Dakota, and then wandered to the park, and found it. No wandering around for hours looking for it. It was really special for me.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: higashimori on December 19, 2015, 11:47:28 PM

 Somewhere in the countryside. My last trip in Gers, South of France.

 (http://i.imgur.com/HJnCbrP.jpg?1)

 (http://i.imgur.com/L7YWqdh.jpg?1)

 (http://i.imgur.com/VOxKknZ.jpg?1)

 (http://i.imgur.com/ejeN03P.jpg?1)

 (http://i.imgur.com/YGWLXpq.jpg?1)

 (http://i.imgur.com/HrzhLta.jpg?1)

 (http://i.imgur.com/hwYj7Eh.jpg?1)

 
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 20, 2015, 01:07:12 AM
This was my first time to Strawberry Fields (I had been to Central Park once when I was young), and it was after I left here. So, although you may have forgotten a lot of things (I know I have) that wasn't something you'd forgotten.

I got lucky -- I didn't realize how big Central Park was. I recognized the Dakota, and then wandered to the park, and found it. No wandering around for hours looking for it. It was really special for me.

I was there in May 2014 and it's a beautiful spot in the park. My wife and I just sat on a bench watching people go by and listening to a busker play Lennon songs. I wanted to take a photo from the street of the Dakota building but it was under going renovations and there was a lot of scaffolding around the bottom of the building so this was a much better photo taken from the park.

(http://i.imgur.com/Y95r6Qb.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 20, 2015, 01:36:58 AM
Love that picture, SK.  8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 20, 2015, 01:38:17 AM
Somewhere in the countryside. My last trip in Gers, South of France.

Looks like a beautiful place! And nice to see you and your grandson in the last photos. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on December 20, 2015, 05:44:17 AM
Not quite the same, I know.

(http://i.imgur.com/vpG4fv3.jpg)

Taken from The High Line in NYC.

Cool, SK. Love the High Line. The weather wasn't as nice when I took mine...  ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/xiehaAA.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 20, 2015, 10:18:34 PM
I like this thread and since there's no shortage of images for a while, I'll keep posting. I'm glad to see others jump in here. Keep them coming!

I lived in Florida for 15 years, and had never seen the state capital, Tallahassee, until last year when I took an alternate route from Nashville to the Naples area. I was surprised to not see a city at all, but instead, a beautiful National Forest visible from I-10, which runs straight across the panhandle. I parked and hiked along the highway, trying to find a subject. I got pictures of trees, but I was frustrated because I couldn't find any focal point that really stood out, and I needed to get back on the road. I finally found this little fence, and decided it would do. It was November (last year) and the leaves were turning their autumn colors. I like this picture quite a bit. I wish I had more time to have explored the Forest and gone inside and really spent a few hours there. Maybe next time.

(http://i.imgur.com/wLaPfm2.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 20, 2015, 10:32:39 PM
Like the Golden Gate Bridge, my favorite bridge linking Philadelphia to Jersey is also a suspension bridge, the Ben Franklin Bridge.

I snapped this while driving -- another through the windshield shot.

(http://i.imgur.com/3gXq4TK.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on December 23, 2015, 10:28:20 PM
Taken in May 2014. I can't remember if I took this from the top of The Rockerfella Center or The Empire State Building.

(http://i.imgur.com/eJV31KM.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on December 23, 2015, 11:20:03 PM
I think it must be the Empire State Building (34th Street). The Met Life Tower and the Flatiron Building (23rd Street) are in the immediate foreground. Rockefeller Center is almost a mile further uptown. I imagine you can see Empire State from it, too.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on December 24, 2015, 11:51:15 PM
I posted one photo I took yesterday in the Season's Greetings thread.

Here's a couple more, from Central Park yesterday afternoon:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5724/23849498602_bb5739c643_c.jpg)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5631/23931868686_f8283fb0e8_c.jpg)

The temperature had gotten up 72° F/22° C, smashing the old record for the day! It is still 64°F/17.8° C as I type.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 27, 2015, 02:16:23 PM
This is at Beach Haven, on LBI (Long Beach Island) New Jersey

(http://i.imgur.com/WPHtSsH.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/GvBzWiG.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 27, 2015, 02:46:00 PM
I always hear the Beatles song "Free As A Bird" when I look at this picture.

(http://i.imgur.com/M2xQiQG.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 27, 2015, 03:09:59 PM
You'd never guess (from the palm tree), but this is also from Beach Haven, NJ

(http://i.imgur.com/otkFuoJ.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on December 27, 2015, 09:44:27 PM
We had a full moon on Christmas Day this year for the first time since 1977 ... the next one won't be until 2034. Because it was dreary and drizzly all day, I thought we would miss it in New York City, but as luck would have it, it peeked out from the clouds just as I was coming home from a late movie at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. This shot shows part of the plaza at Lincoln Center with a sculpture by Henry Moore:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5660/23908628592_9e307dc587_c.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 28, 2015, 10:28:12 PM
It's cool that you were able to get the moon just by hand-holding it. That's a great shot.

I knew this thread would inspire me to take more photos. I went out tonight and I got my best photos of Nashville yet. I took them from the Pedestrian Bridge, and this is a shot of the bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/FBnHNKr.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 28, 2015, 10:33:46 PM
And out of about 180 photos taken, I think this is my best one. I still have to spend some more time looking through them, but I'm happy with the lights reflecting on the water, and the cloud were perfect tonight after heavy storms all afternoon.

(http://i.imgur.com/aIkqH3c.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 29, 2015, 06:06:54 PM
My favorite vertical shot from last night.

(http://i.imgur.com/AyVn6dc.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 29, 2015, 09:56:22 PM
Sorry for repeating myself... I learned a few new tricks on Photoshop tonight and I think I've got another new favorite Nashville pic. :)

(http://i.imgur.com/q8SJSAX.jpg)

Those "star filters" are incredibly difficult to do in Photoshop (very easy to do with an actual star filter if you have one).  I never even wanted a star filter, but tonight I thought this picture just needed some extra pizzazz, and alas,the star filter was just right.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: -satu- on December 31, 2015, 08:57:52 AM
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/31/cd2c01135ccf7da6844dd5fbce49cc08.jpg)

I'm no photographer but this is one of my favourites that I took, I think it was one week before Christmas. :)


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on December 31, 2015, 09:56:40 AM
A little envious you had snow around Christmas, Satu. ;)

That is a great shot. Love the color of the sky in the background too.
Title: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: -satu- on December 31, 2015, 09:59:19 AM
That was especially what I loved about this photo, too. Sometimes during the winter the light gets almost magical and mysterious.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 31, 2015, 10:19:41 AM
I love it too! Are those bird prints in the snow?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: -satu- on December 31, 2015, 12:19:34 PM
No, they're my foot prints. And our dog's paw prints. The snow was fresh, wasn't even plowed yet.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 01, 2016, 09:55:26 PM
AB, it's been a while since you've posted a picture. How about it? :)

Here's another pic from the Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville. I put on my long zoom to look around, and there wasn't too much of interest except this church and its twin steeples, and with the sunset colors, it was pretty. (That large thing on the right is part of the Bridgestone Arena, where the Nashville Predators (hockey) play, and a lot of our bigger concerts are held there).

(http://i.imgur.com/mqMbZKR.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on January 02, 2016, 05:21:40 AM
I'm here! I'm here! ^-^

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160102/bbe1645a91d0794a54662d66d253a766.jpg)

This one I took last April in Manhattan Beach (south of L.A.)

I like how I got the wave BUT what bothers me about this shot is that I cropped the mast of the boat. I should have looked up just a little bit more. Oh well.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 02, 2016, 10:00:53 AM
That's beautiful! Thanks for posting it.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 02, 2016, 11:57:57 AM
I'm here! I'm here! ^-^

It's good to see you back. I sometimes post more pics here because I like to see you back on the board to check the thread. So stick around or I'm going to look like a thread hog (and NO ONE would ever think THAT of ME, right?  ::))

I like that picture a lot. I usually struggle with how I want to shoot moving water, whether to freeze it like you did with a quick shutter speed, or a slow speed to show the motion of the water. But I LOVE what you did here. Wonderful shot!  O0
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on January 02, 2016, 12:07:52 PM
You're not a thread hog Matt! ;D

I just had to work during the holidays and that meant less time being on the board.
I work in social media so I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and message boards 8-10 hrs a day, 5 days a week and so when I get home the only thing I usually feel like doing is read a book or watch TV :P

But I get an alert every time you guys post something in this thread so I see your photos. Even though I don't always respond ;)

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on January 02, 2016, 01:10:49 PM
But I get an alert every time you guys post something in this thread so I see your photos. Even though I don't always respond ;)
Oh, what Matt might do with that information. ;D

Or what I might do with that information. >:D ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 02, 2016, 01:19:30 PM
Oh, what Matt might do with that information. ;D


I already knew that! I noticed AB would show up shortly after a post was made in this thread. WHY do you think I have about 50 posts in this thread?  >:D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 02, 2016, 01:21:04 PM
But, eventually, even after 30 years of hobbyist photography, I'm going to run out of photos to post. (Then you'll get the crappy ones.)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 03, 2016, 09:23:36 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/s0Za5RB.jpg)

The thing I like about this photo I took, is the deep blue sky.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 03, 2016, 10:19:12 PM
It's beautiful! And you were closer to the Statue of Liberty than I've ever been. ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 04, 2016, 12:24:26 AM
The thing I like about this photo I took, is the deep blue sky.

That's a great photo!  :)

It's beautiful! And you were closer to the Statue of Liberty than I've ever been. ;)

 :o  You should go.

I mentioned a trip to NYC with my grandmother when I was 14 earlier in this thread. Well, to expand on that story a bit...  (and to realize how special this all was, you HAVE to consider that she lived in poverty, and was a widow for many years living alone on Social Security) she wanted to show me the city, and booked us two tickets on a sightseeing bus. The bus took us to the World Trade Center, and I looked across the water and saw Lady Liberty, and nearly dropped my camera. My grandmother always made fun of me for that for the rest of her life... always remarking on my looking like I was going to fall over when seeing that across the water.  That was the closest we'd get to it on the bus. Then we went to the Empire State Building, and the bus let us off for 15 or 20 minutes to look around. I told my grandmother we had to go to the top! She said we didn't have time to go to the top. I said "But we REALLY NEED to go to the top."  We were only at the very beginning of the bus tour, and she said 'Okay, forget the bus... we're going to the top."  And we ditched the bus, and went to the top. And, as luck would have it, of ALL the many pictures I took that day, I only have this one and it's of her on the roof of the Empire State Building.

(http://i.imgur.com/pGic4L5.jpg?1)

She then hailed a cab and asked me what I wanted to see... we would have our own tour. So I said the Statue of Liberty, and she said "Can't get there by cab."  And my response was, "How do we get there?"  (Do you want to smack me yet? The amazing thing is... she didn't.) 

So that's how we wound up on that Circle Line cruise, which let us off at Liberty Island. And, can you guess what I wanted to do?  "We have to go to the top!"  She said "I can't make it up those steps, but you can go!"  And I didn't want to leave her. I'm really glad I didn't. We just stayed on the island, and I took pictures, which I don't have anymore. But, I've been back a bunch of times. I've NEVER gotten a shot as good as SK's. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 05, 2016, 12:46:28 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/Jj6cQ1X.jpg?1)

Breaking the rules by shooting directly into the sun. The resulting "watercolor painting" look was a natural result.

It's a rusted old boat ramp on the Delaware Bay (New Jersey)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 14, 2016, 12:37:02 AM
AB, what's going on in this picture?  It's not photoshopped or edited.


(http://i.imgur.com/ybRmU61.jpg)

And now that I've got your attention.... ehem... you have PMs to answer!  :P
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Americanbeauty on January 14, 2016, 05:31:12 AM
Easy. Skyline / city reflected on a glass ball?

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 14, 2016, 09:02:16 AM
Exactly! It's Cloud Gate (the Mirror Bean) in Chicago's Millennium Park. Here it is, zoomed out a bit:

(http://i.imgur.com/WXmnNlK.jpg)


And here's a better image of it from Chicago's travel website:

(http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dca/Millennium%20Park/cloudgate800.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Rawhide7 on January 15, 2016, 02:59:18 AM
Those are some really cool pictures Matt. Thanks for sharing! 
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 22, 2016, 05:56:45 AM
This is Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville, TN.

(http://i.imgur.com/o3BSo60.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 23, 2016, 06:25:05 PM
I uploaded a couple dozen of the photos I took in the blizzard today to Flickr. I'm sure there used to be a way you could link to a slideshow there, but I can't seem to find it, so I'll post the link to the album. To see the pics as a slideshow, click on the little "screen" icon above the title frame of the album.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157661544486053/with/24487144791/

The first few were taken from my window, then a couple from my building's entrance. Most of them were from safely inside the Time Warner Center. I cropped most of them a bit, but didn't do much enhancing otherwise. A couple I tried it on looked too bright. This was a white-out day.

Here's one, just to have an actual picture in this post:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1522/23941283694_0e3d876c14_c.jpg)

I was going to crop out the arm holding the phone/camera at left and the guy striding out of frame at right, but I decided I actually liked it better this way. What do you think, fellow photographers?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Richard Earl on January 23, 2016, 07:33:40 PM
Nice winter picture KC!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 23, 2016, 08:09:10 PM
Nice picture! I agree not to crop out the people on the sides. The people that are in the blizzard are the most interesting focal points of these pictures.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 23, 2016, 08:23:06 PM
Did you check out the other pics on Flickr, Matt? I'll post a couple more here if there is popular demand. ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 23, 2016, 08:30:38 PM
Yes, I did. Post them all! :)

I can't believe how many people were out there in that weather.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 23, 2016, 09:24:31 PM
I posted a picture of my backyard and antique rustic bench in the weather thread, but I got a better angle today, and the snow finally stopped. So this is the most we got:

(http://i.imgur.com/gmOekG6.jpg)

I didn't leave my property since the snow started to fall. KC is much more bad ass than me. The only focal point I've got is the bench.  ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 23, 2016, 09:41:53 PM
Yes, I did. Post them all! :)

All 26???!!!  :o

Quote
I can't believe how many people were out there in that weather.

I didn't leave my property since the snow started to fall. KC is much more bad ass than me. The only focal point I've got is the bench.  ;D

We're New Yorkers. We don't let anything stop us.

I'll post a few at a time ...

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1609/23941294594_efb746fb5b_c.jpg)
Blizzard, New York City, January 23, 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/CtBoMh) by K CoblentzNYC (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1480/24487153291_3c3cf9f03d_c.jpg)
Blizzard, New York City, January 23, 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/DiR4y8) by K CoblentzNYC (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1503/23942644883_084504be08_c.jpg)
Blizzard, New York City, January 23, 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/CtJjb8) by K CoblentzNYC (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1658/23941282324_17cac92e31_c.jpg)
Blizzard, New York City, January 23, 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/CtBk8J) by K CoblentzNYC (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Those four were all taken from my window about noon today. I went out a little while after that.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 23, 2016, 10:42:15 PM
All 26???!!!  :o


You can if you want, but I guess that is a lot!  :-\

Last photo -- is that guy running, or does it just look that way?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 24, 2016, 03:07:27 AM
A beautiful sunrise over the pacific last week.

(http://i.imgur.com/XMIzW4y.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 24, 2016, 05:24:06 AM
You can if you want, but I guess that is a lot!  :-\

Last photo -- is that guy running, or does it just look that way?

He was running. I bet if I had managed to get into Central Park I would have seen some actual runners out there (fortunately, I always take Saturdays off myself). I also saw a few people on bicycles!

SK, that photo is gorgeous! You can almost feel the texture of the water and the sand. 8)

A beautiful sunrise over the pacific last week.

(http://i.imgur.com/XMIzW4y.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 24, 2016, 10:50:49 AM
Yeah, the sand looks more dense than the beaches that I've been too. Nice shot.

He was running. I bet if I had managed to get into Central Park I would have seen some actual runners out there (fortunately, I always take Saturdays off myself).


 ::)  Why do I think you'll be running today? Maybe you should get some cross-country skis, or cleats. You just be careful.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 24, 2016, 06:59:57 PM
::)  Why do I think you'll be running today? Maybe you should get some cross-country skis, or cleats. You just be careful.

The park was beautiful! The main drive was clear. It may have been a mistake to do the reservoir track, but there were plenty of others out on that bumpy lumpy compacted snow, too. Full sunshine most of the day. I did my usual Sunday jaunt, the six-mile main drive, plus instead of two reservoir laps, a single one and another 1 1/2 miles on the main drive, plus to and from home to total just about ten miles. And the only problem was crossing the streets to get into the park, and out again ... major swampy squishy wet slush, which is OK to navigate in serious boots but not running shoes.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 24, 2016, 07:10:28 PM
Hardcore.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 24, 2016, 07:11:41 PM
^ Sorry about the OT stuff!  :D

Back to topic ... I had "Flickr Mail" today to tell me that I had been invited to add three of my blizzard photos to the group "Snow in the City" ... the first of the four in my last post on the previous page, and these two others:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1695/23942635253_1775ec87a9_c.jpg)
Blizzard, New York City, January 23, 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/CtJgj6) by K CoblentzNYC (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1714/24543273586_0ee59d2a99_c.jpg)
Blizzard, New York City, January 23, 2016 (https://flic.kr/p/DoNGaq) by K CoblentzNYC (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

I'm not terribly active on Flickr, and I know nothing of Flickr groups, but of course I was pleased to have three of my photos selected. And of course I added them to the group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 24, 2016, 09:18:35 PM
I'm not terribly active on Flickr, and I know nothing of Flickr groups, but of course I was pleased to have three of my photos selected. And of course I added them to the group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/

That's very cool. I saw yours in the group. I thought it was all NYC, but then I saw this one, and knew it immediately.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/24474423362/in/[email protected]/

Anyway, congrats on being included in the group's album. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Xichado on January 30, 2016, 08:05:09 AM
Here's one of mine, from 2013, going 'round in Tumblr... which reminds me I haven't taken a photo in months  :o

(http://36.media.tumblr.com/0fcac248281520d8d13ebed8e9172d37/tumblr_mxnibdHOL81rkpyz1o1_1280.jpg)

Greenwich, London
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 30, 2016, 08:41:34 AM
Wow, I love that, Xichado!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 30, 2016, 08:51:25 AM
Beautiful! Are you in London now?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Xichado on January 31, 2016, 08:54:43 AM
Beautiful! Are you in London now?

Yes. I have been in London for awhile now. Finished my BSc Film & TV Production course last June and doing a few bits and bobs in tv (and also as a tv and film extra :) )
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Xichado on January 31, 2016, 09:01:35 AM
Here's another one, this one from October 2015.

My father's hands, he's slicing a chestnut (one from our crops in Portugal).

(http://41.media.tumblr.com/7506a504c497750b9209b8f271ebddc0/tumblr_nzensaX0Zh1rkpyz1o1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 31, 2016, 09:41:52 AM
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c94/Nikovich_/Emoticons/BowNotWorthy-1.gif)

Xichado, this is absolutely amazing. Have you ever done an exhibit?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 31, 2016, 10:24:20 AM
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c94/Nikovich_/Emoticons/BowNotWorthy-1.gif)

Xichado, this is absolutely amazing.

Agreed! Love the bokeh in that second one. (I just learned that word.) (http://link.bandh.com/u.d?I4GjSyOyRSyos-9uQx1bY=4541)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Xichado on February 01, 2016, 08:53:28 AM
 :) Thank you, guys.

Matt, I never thought about an exhibit, I always feel I am under-qualified... and I see amazing photographers with amazing photos and techniques WAY BETTER than mine. I am just trying to capture a (simple) moment and I don't have much of a technique or photographic know-how.

You can see more of my "moments" here (http://jrtorga.tumblr.com/tagged/J.-R.-Torga), that is my only exhibit  ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 01, 2016, 10:12:42 AM
:) Thank you, guys.

Matt, I never thought about an exhibit, I always feel I am under-qualified... and I see amazing photographers with amazing photos and techniques WAY BETTER than mine. I am just trying to capture a (simple) moment and I don't have much of a technique or photographic know-how.

You can see more of my "moments" here (http://jrtorga.tumblr.com/tagged/J.-R.-Torga), that is my only exhibit  ;)

Your gallery is beautiful. Please continue to post the images here in this thread for all of our members to enjoy them. As for not doing an exhibit, if you ever felt like doing one, you should. You're as good as anyone else. You may not know the techniques, but that's like saying Jimi Hendrix wasn't a great musician because he couldn't read music. Sometimes, it's just natural. Do it if you have the interest -- you're good enough.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 08, 2016, 11:31:51 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/iHrCPL6.jpg)

Another bridge in Nashville spanning the Cumberland River.

And Happy Birthday to American Beauty! There's a birthday thread for you elsewhere in the OT forum. Check it out!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 09, 2016, 10:27:52 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/XWRFukg.jpg)

NYC with the Metlife building, which was formally the Pan Am building featured at the end of Coogan's Bluff.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 10, 2016, 01:01:51 AM
Sorry, but I think that's the wrong MetLife building! That one is on Sixth Avenue, across from Bryant Park. The one that used to be the Pan Am Building is a couple of blocks east of Bryant Park.

Did you take that shot from the Empire State Building? Here's another shot from that vantage point that I found on Flickr. On the left is the green building with the MetLife sign ... on the right the "real" MetLife Building.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8712394115_ec1b6ca1a7_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/egTieD)
New York (North facing view of the Bank of America Tower,Rockefeller Center,Citigroup Center,MetLife Building & Central Park,from the Empire State Building) (https://flic.kr/p/egTieD) by Netty 78 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Here's a story on the "other" MetLife building:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-08-28/blackstone-said-to-plan-nyc-sale-for-more-than-2-billion

PS, I like SK's photo a lot better than the one from Flickr. Those colors are way too gaudy!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 10, 2016, 03:00:54 AM
Two Metlife buildings!!

What a shame. The only shot I have of the real one is half of the building on the right. :(

(http://i.imgur.com/0Tf4N1s.jpg)

Taken from the top of the Empire State Building.  8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 10, 2016, 07:54:11 AM
There you go! The Pan Am Building (most New Yorkers still think of it as the Pan Am Building) is on the far right. 8)

A much better shot than Netty 78's!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 20, 2016, 04:17:14 PM
I decided it would be a great day to do some photography. The white flowers only last a week or two before they fall off and become leaves. So here's a few more.

This first is a gorgeous farm across the street from my neighborhood:

(http://i.imgur.com/AOGvufZ.jpg)

This one is along the side of the road leading up to my street.

(http://i.imgur.com/3K0ukd9.jpg)

Then I did a little driving around.... more coming. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 20, 2016, 06:45:15 PM
And here's some Spring colors from Middle Tennessee:



(http://i.imgur.com/QakcYan.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/I6Bdld1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dvw3xnG.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 20, 2016, 07:15:50 PM
Great photos.

I love the pink and yellow colours in the last two.  8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 20, 2016, 07:32:30 PM
Great photos.

I love the pink and yellow colours in the last two.  8)

Thanks! :)  It's always a good day when I get out with the camera.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Holden Pike on March 21, 2016, 05:26:39 AM
Here are some pics I have taken over the past few years or so...

(http://www.movieforums.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=22667)

(http://www.movieforums.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=16177&stc=1&d=1404910821)

(http://www.movieforums.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=13876&stc=1&d=1398284984)

(http://www.movieforums.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=13877&stc=1&d=1398285046)

(http://www.movieforums.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=13879&stc=1&d=1398285135)

(http://www.movieforums.com/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=13878&stc=1&d=1398285087)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 21, 2016, 09:30:34 AM
It's not at all surprising you'd take gorgeous pics with your eye for cinematography. I love that first one. Taken while driving?  Stunning.  I also especially like the last one you posted.

Great to see you add to the thread. Keep them coming. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on March 21, 2016, 07:08:42 PM
Matt took the words right out of my mouth! The third one, the lone tree with the sun shining through it, is another standout.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 02, 2016, 02:05:18 AM
It's gone a little quiet in this thread for over a month. Hopefully I'll get some nice sunrise shots in a couple of weeks. Taking a week off up the coast. Not camping this time. Nice cabin with a bed and a shower I don't have to walk 100 meters to.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on May 02, 2016, 06:57:50 AM
And no crocodiles! ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 16, 2016, 08:37:17 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/gHKjsqx.jpg)

A misty sunrise in Tennessee.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 16, 2016, 08:39:20 PM
That was taken out of the car window with my phone. I'm temporarily without my good camera -- I dropped my sim card down a slot of my computer tower and either have to tear it apart to retrieve it, or buy another.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 16, 2016, 08:51:19 PM
Here's a few more phone photos from an awesome airshow at McGuire Air Force base this past weekend.

(http://i.imgur.com/8ZblJXr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zb5u5sq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2Em57W0.jpg)

(Yes, he's upside down in that last photo.)
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Post by: Gant on May 17, 2016, 10:33:13 AM
St Giles in the Fields..

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13254379_10208516395804056_8235113743197016853_n.jpg?oh=4db1c03e1be833c0ef449684194ee480&oe=57E5C638)

I snapped this beautiful church on my i-phone last night..
St Giles is in the heart of Londons West End..
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 17, 2016, 11:00:23 AM
Love the gothic feel of that shot, Gant.
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Post by: KC on May 17, 2016, 06:40:02 PM
Wonderful, Gant, looks like a painting!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Gant on May 17, 2016, 11:16:21 PM
Thanks... I use my phone a lot, get some quite
Strange results sometimes...
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 17, 2016, 11:31:11 PM
Great shot Gant. Looks like something outta those horror films of the 50's and 60's.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 21, 2016, 09:34:30 PM
A few pics from our week away.

Walking along the beach and I spot this pattern in the sand. Reminded me of Jurassic Park. :o

(http://i.imgur.com/vhIB5Kf.jpg)

A little after sunrise on a cloudy day.

(http://i.imgur.com/OaF2Q3t.png)

Sunrise on a clear day.

(http://i.imgur.com/bXZ2Vxy.png)

I couldn't seem to get a good shot of the moonrise. Always very grainy.

(http://i.imgur.com/0WCjyqa.png)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on May 22, 2016, 07:08:16 AM
Nice, SK!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 24, 2016, 03:26:58 AM
Thanks KC.  :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 25, 2016, 10:12:17 AM

I couldn't seem to get a good shot of the moonrise. Always very grainy.

(http://i.imgur.com/0WCjyqa.png)

I like the shot, but I think the grain is a bit much too, so I hope you don't mind, but I decided to see what Photoshop could do to reduce the grain. Do you like it?

(http://i.imgur.com/az30FlC.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 25, 2016, 12:35:48 PM
I like it best framed vertical:

(http://i.imgur.com/tk5eQMr.jpg)

And here it is with a little extra work to brighten it up slightly:

(http://i.imgur.com/RTrxQLG.jpg)
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on May 25, 2016, 11:31:42 PM
And here it is with a little extra work to brighten it up slightly:

(http://i.imgur.com/RTrxQLG.jpg)

Much better. Great job. (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/Smileys/default/afro.gif)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 26, 2016, 09:00:01 AM
That's your photo! You had the eye and knew what you wanted, so you took it. So, don't feel it's manipulated or not yours now.  If you want a full size edit, email me the full size image. This is fine for digital, but if you wanted to print, it won't work well.

As I've written before, this is how I like to use Photoshop -- to make the images look as good as they do when we take them, not really to alter them. When our photography or equipment lets us down, we can go in and make them right.
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Post by: Matt on May 26, 2016, 10:07:40 AM
Also, for any photoshop users who want to know how that was done:

I tried a few things... removing the grain by using the "Filter" -> Noise -> Reduce Noise, then playing around with the strength settings. This is what I needed to remove grain, but it acts as a blur filter. So the waves lost their crispness.  Then I realized I'd need to select JUST the sky, because the grain wasn't noticeable on the water.  With only the sky (and moon) selected, I did this again, and the grain was gone.

The sky was a little flat.  I added a layer on top of this one, and selected "Filter" -> Render -> Clouds.  This adds a 100% pattern on top of the images of a full clouded sky.  I needed to adjust the opacity so it would just give the slightest look of some clouds in the sky, which wound up being only 1% to 3% (I forget now which), but just so slight.  The cloud layer sitting on top of the full image meant I had to erase the clouds from the water.  I used the eraser tool (a large one), and swiped right across the water section.  The horizon was noticeable, so a very tiny blur brush was used to just softly trace the horizon to remove any noticeable line.

At this point, I like to merge the layers (I usually save an unmerged version) and then use the contrast and brightness (or curves) menus to play around until I'm satisfied with the contrast and brightness. No color filters were used on this one.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on June 04, 2016, 11:57:08 PM
A little stream in NJ:

(http://i.imgur.com/AzCofZQ.jpg)
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Post by: Matt on June 05, 2016, 12:40:51 AM
Sunset at Union Station, Nashville.

(http://i.imgur.com/aq4wzNJ.jpg)
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Post by: Matt on June 12, 2016, 11:06:06 AM
This roo is thinking "Eff off, I'm trying to sleep."

(http://i.imgur.com/ldHivpw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on June 12, 2016, 11:34:45 AM
A Tennessee kangaroo? :o
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Post by: Matt on June 12, 2016, 11:46:58 AM
We have 18 Red Kangaroos in an open area at our zoo where the humans have to stay on a path, but the kangaroos are free to hop all around the area. This one decided to take a nap close to the path.  Here's the same roo in color before lifting her head to shoot me her best Clint Eastwood glare. It was striking how much they seemed like dogs -- the way they sat, slept, and even liked human interaction.

(http://i.imgur.com/D7gkLny.jpg)
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Post by: Matt on June 12, 2016, 07:54:12 PM
For KC, the only person who I've ever known who thought these were cute.... even when they're not wrapped up in blankets.  ;)

(http://i.imgur.com/Bc88T1s.jpg)
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Post by: KC on June 12, 2016, 08:20:12 PM
Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! ;D
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Post by: -satu- on July 06, 2016, 01:16:45 AM
Couple of photos from our wedding weekend. 😊 Americanbeauty came all the way from Paris and she gave me permission to put a photo of us here. Not taken by me obviously, but I thought these would be okay for this thread.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160706/351959912bfd91f81b5aaa212390f87e.jpg)
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160706/b1a94db3196d9dffb209f3cf61272fc7.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160706/eedd64137c93ff1f59a0a75135a719bd.jpg)
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Post by: Matt on July 06, 2016, 06:53:33 AM
These are great photos! Satu, you look gorgeous. And your photographer did a super job - love the way the colors were added into these b/w photos. Or, I guess with digital they do it the other way, and remove the color from everywhere else. In any case, the effect is very pretty.

Is the one with AB your wedding gown?  Did someone stay with you all weekend to change your hair/makeup/wardrobe?  ;D

AB, it's nice to see you here.  :)
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Post by: KC on July 06, 2016, 07:43:03 PM
Lovely photos, Satu and AB! Satu, I wish you much happiness in your married life! :)
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on July 06, 2016, 11:45:15 PM
Great photos Satu.

Congrats and all the best. 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: -satu- on July 07, 2016, 03:57:36 AM
The pink dress was the dress for the official part in the city hall, and for the evening dinner. The party was on Saturday, the purple/white dress is my official wedding dress. Lilac flapper dress was in case the weather got warm.

My friend did my hair on both days, and I did my makeup.  :)

I love these photos too, colorless with a hint of color here and there. Just how I wanted it. The photographer was really good understanding my vision.  8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Aline on July 07, 2016, 08:47:58 AM
Very lovely pictures!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on July 08, 2016, 12:30:46 PM
We have 18 Red Kangaroos in an open area at our zoo where the humans have to stay on a path, but the kangaroos are free to hop all around the area. This one decided to take a nap close to the path.  Here's the same roo in color before lifting her head to shoot me her best Clint Eastwood glare. It was striking how much they seemed like dogs -- the way they sat, slept, and even liked human interaction.

(http://i.imgur.com/D7gkLny.jpg)
I was at the Columbus zoo yesterday and they have the same sort of set-up for the kangaroos. There was one lying off to itself like that, but I didn't get a picture.

And great photos, Satu!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 02, 2016, 02:36:57 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/heS8mFb.jpg)

I took this shot last weekend in Newcastle. Perfect timing as the ship was leaving at sunset.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 05, 2016, 08:09:50 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/STOY59o.jpg)
Through the window shot while driving -- and unfortunately there's motion blur, but I still like it.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 05, 2016, 08:18:44 PM
I like the blur!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 05, 2016, 08:56:06 PM
Thanks. :)

This creek was impossible to get a photo of that was better than this, I went down a steep embankment to get down to shoot it, and then there was a cliff -- so I couldn't get closer, and I really couldn't go side to side much.  It's not even all that impressive, but I like creek-in-the-woods images a lot, so I had to get one.

(http://i.imgur.com/8WaBmKw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 05, 2016, 09:25:10 PM
Over the Delaware Bay in NJ.

(http://i.imgur.com/Wm6yJaW.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Aline on August 16, 2016, 08:37:18 AM
My city Teresina turns 164 years old today. I have been in many wonderful places around the world but this is the one I belong and where I want to be as long as I live.

(http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh205/raissa_2008/potycabana_zpsbiwqpssz.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 16, 2016, 07:26:42 PM
That's a lovely picture! :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 24, 2016, 12:10:00 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/UeDD6Zf.jpg)

Good mornin', America... how are ya?

(It's actually a sunset, but that song was going through my head when I saw this out the window.)

This is just above Nashville, TN.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 24, 2016, 01:40:06 PM
Here's a fun before/after.  This was another through-the-window-while-driving shot while driving through the Pocanos. I wanted one good shot, but driving between two engagements with no time to spare to stop and take a photo. I didn't bring my good camera this trip, so this is a cell phone photo, and the quality was horrible -- the colors were bad, and it wasn't too sharp either. So I decided to play in Photoshop, and I got something I like out of it. Nothing I'd hang up and frame, but there's a lot of Photoshopping on this one to make it at least desirable.

(http://i.imgur.com/RsPVwse.jpg)
Before

(http://i.imgur.com/TpYil1Z.jpg)
After
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 04, 2016, 10:55:40 PM
Here is just one of the pictures I took with my new phone during my weekend in the country last week. It was taken in my friend's garden:

(http://i.imgur.com/l2KcBm6.jpg)

I'd like to post more, but they mostly need cropping and/or some other touchups. When I get time!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 13, 2016, 06:41:23 PM
Tonight's Supermoon.

(http://i.imgur.com/S61djqa.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 13, 2016, 06:49:08 PM
^ Great shot! What did you use to get it?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 13, 2016, 07:03:14 PM
I used a 40-150mm zoom on a tripod, with camera on manual setting and bracketed just about every aperture/shutter speed combo. I took about 60 photos, and got about 5 with depth and shadows. Didn't have to play with this at all in Photoshop (just cropped it). But, I waited too long in the night, the moon was very high in the sky.  Tomorrow should be just as good for getting the shot, and hopefully I'll remember to shoot earlier in the night when it's lower and maybe get to see some craters. 
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 13, 2016, 07:49:21 PM
Tonight's Supermoon.

(http://i.imgur.com/S61djqa.jpg)

Cool. Looks like cloud is going to ruin any chance for me to see it tonight.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 13, 2016, 10:45:50 PM
Without a tripod or a high-powered zoom, and with all of the light pollution in the city, all I could hope to do was show the moon with respect to a known landmark ... in this case the twin towers of the Time Warner Center, as seen from my building's courtyard garden:

(http://i.imgur.com/pDRFz9o.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 13, 2016, 11:40:10 PM
That's a cool shot -- you can see how bright it is. It's like a spotlight.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Gant on November 14, 2016, 01:04:12 AM
I was in Austria this weekend so got a snap of the Danube on my i phone as it flowed past my hotel..

(https://scontent-amt2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15095472_10210111152311972_418639501356652755_n.jpg?oh=7a0566f6d83dd41cf2d0e471c8e10237&oe=58C42BF0)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 14, 2016, 05:21:15 PM
What a moon tonight! I shot it when it was low in the sky this time.

(http://i.imgur.com/gOZGKSO.jpg)
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Post by: KC on November 14, 2016, 11:32:45 PM
Spectacular, Matt!  8)

High clouds here tonight. The best I could do was go for the "atmospheric" ...

(http://i.imgur.com/yCAacYu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5EGAaO4.jpg)

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Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 15, 2016, 01:19:10 AM
Great shots Matt and KC.

Driving to work just after 4am and the clouds parted for a couple minutes, so I pulled over and took this shot with my phone

(http://i.imgur.com/PsOMxr9.jpg)
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Post by: Matt on November 15, 2016, 10:08:18 AM
Very cool.  O0
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Post by: Matt on November 22, 2016, 05:28:10 PM
"Do I know you, Friend?"

Welcome to the CEWB. Keep posting.  O0
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 22, 2016, 09:19:01 PM
Welcome to the board Squint Eastwood. (nice username too)

Great pic. Where was it taken?
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on November 30, 2016, 02:44:11 AM
Hey Squint, what happened to the post where you showed us where that great pic was taken. With my memory I can't remember where it was. Please come by and post some more great pics.  8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 06, 2016, 11:10:46 PM
No matter what trip I plan, there is never enough time to just do photography. Always places to go, people to see, things to do. But, I did manage to steal a few moments.

I'll post more later. This was this past weekend -- very beautiful spot in Boston.

(http://i.imgur.com/I6eH7Mn.jpg)
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Post by: Jed Cooper on December 07, 2016, 06:17:01 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161207/72bcbf27f841a1b3608128d8eb82c933.jpg)

I was at my sisters' place in New Hampshire last weekend.  I noticed this stream from her window and decided to take some photos.  This is just one of them.  Not a great image, but not the worst.  It was a little cold out and on my way to run an errand so I wasn't going to hang around long enough for the sun to get into a better position.   


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 07, 2016, 05:00:45 PM
That's a great photo!  O0
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Post by: Jed Cooper on December 08, 2016, 06:26:51 AM
That's a great photo!  O0

Thanks, man!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 13, 2017, 01:57:45 AM
Just took this one today. :)

(http://i.imgur.com/NIFOuw7.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 14, 2017, 05:59:54 PM
I hope you walked across the bridge to take that photo? 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 14, 2017, 11:48:53 PM
I walked halfway across the bridge. But, I drove up Hawk's Hill (on the Marin County side) to get that shot. I did a little off-trail hiking to be able to get the angles I wanted. Speaking of off-trail -- that Mt. Davidson Park Cross was the biggest pain to photograph so far this trip. I tried to take the shorter hike, but it was just as long, and steep -- and had a few felled trees blocking the path.  And then, the last 50 meters or so were these awesome stairs, ad you can see the cross -- and I literally felt I was on the Stairway to Heaven. And then, standing on top, it was really impressive. Definitely worth the hike. Of course, I took photos -- just don't have time or energy to go through them all yet. I'll post one later. :)
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Post by: Matt on January 21, 2017, 09:05:07 PM
I just finished going through my San Francisco photos. I have quite a few that I'm really happy with.  This was the first trip I've taken in about ten years which was centered around photography. Here's my favorite pics from San Francisco. I was there just for a 23 hour layover, and spent most of it shooting the Golden Gate Bridge. It was my favorite spot of my vacation.

(http://i.imgur.com/Zamw4Gy.jpg)
This was from Baker's Beach, just before a rain storm. I love the clouds and the extra dimension they give the photo. It also keeps the light diffused and the colors warm, and alleviates the harsh shadows that would have been there with a bright sunny day.


(http://i.imgur.com/Lzt29pH.jpg)
I snapped this while walking along the GGB.  I didn't even think it would be one of my favorite photos until later, when going through all of them. I've always only been interested in architectural and landscape photography, but I also try to keep an eye out for those small things that (literally, in this case) say a lot.

(http://i.imgur.com/pEHLYeO.jpg)
On the Marin County side, I had this spot picked out ahead of time as one of the places I wanted to shoot the bridge from. It was a little street with a fishing pier near a children's discovery museum.  I got out of my car and took about 10 shots before the sky opened up with rain. I got back in my car and was about to head out, when I decided to take the road as far as it would go, which wound up being into a private industrial business entrance. I rolled down the window and took a few more. This actually winds up being MAYBE my favorite shot of them all. I didn't make the photo Black & White.... it's actually still a color photo. It was just that void of color in reality. I got lucky with the weather, because I wouldn't have wanted rain on my one day to photograph the bridge, and yet... it added the exact feel that I wanted to convey: Mystery, wonder, and danger, along with incredible beauty.

(http://i.imgur.com/5ds3Rvl.jpg)
From there, I left to drive up Hawk's Hill, and about 3/4 of the way up, is a scenic lookout. It was still raining, so I waited in the car for it to let-up, and once it did, God handed me a once-in-a-lifetime gift. The perfect rainbow, with the perfect backdrop -- just touching Alcatraz.


(http://i.imgur.com/f1f3toY.jpg)
From that point on, there was no more rain -- and I went to the top of Hawk's Hill to get shots of the sunset.

(http://i.imgur.com/DHGGYoy.jpg)
Then, finally time for a break, so I headed off to Chinatown for dinner. And of COURSE there was a perfect full moon that night.

I drove around a bit more, did the curved drive of Lombard Street, and went by Haight-Ashbury where there's now a Ben & Jerry's (and a lot of homeless people), and finally wound up at Coit Tower, where I was treated to this view of the city from the base of the tower:

(http://i.imgur.com/IEMLg2f.jpg)


I should also mention that I started off my trip with a trek up Mt. Davidson Park to see the Cross, but there have been plenty of photos posted of that before, so I'm leaving that visit out of this pictorial.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 21, 2017, 10:34:29 PM
Great photos Matt. Love the Chinatown with a full moon one.  8)
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Post by: KC on January 21, 2017, 10:42:37 PM
Those are all great, Matt! I agree, the lock with "Ich liebe dich" is special in a different way. Are there a lot of locks? I know in some places there have been so many that they've had to remove them.
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Post by: Matt on January 21, 2017, 11:00:53 PM
Great photos Matt. Love the Chinatown with a full moon one.  8)

I really can't believe how lucky I got with that one day of weather. The full moon was there the night before when I was at the Santa Monica Pier also. I haven't even looked through those photos yet.

Those are all great, Matt! I agree, the lock with "Ich liebe dich" is special in a different way. Are there a lot of locks? I know in some places there have been so many that they've had to remove them.

No, there was only a small smattering of locks here and there.
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Post by: Brendan on January 22, 2017, 07:35:24 AM
Those are some fantastic shots, Matt! Nicely done.
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Post by: Matt on January 22, 2017, 02:32:57 PM
Thanks!  :)

Before flying to San Francisco, I did a couple of days in LA. This isn't a town I'd necessarily want to visit or photograph, but I had an old friend that I was meeting up with there.  The only thing I really cared to do was see the Hollywood sign. I navigated my rental car to the Griffith Park Observatory, and drove up... and up... the hills.  I didn't see one glimpse of the sign the entire time. I get to the very top and park, turn around, and BAMM -- there it was! I love seeing iconic things in person that I've always only seen on film. I enjoyed this part of the LA trip more than any other.

(http://i.imgur.com/NIfV17q.jpg)

This one below has been heavily manipulated in Photoshop. I wanted to get a photo of the LA Skyline, and this seemed as good a place as any to get it. But, the smog hovered over the city like a white filter. It's not worth posting photos of the skyline with the smog. I tried to "cut through" the smog in Photoshop, and it sorta worked, but it gives it this really cool 1960's scanned photograph look. I would have preferred a good clear shot of the skyline, but I'll have to be happy with this.

(http://i.imgur.com/cU9Scyc.jpg)

I then walked around Hollywood, saw some characters on Hollywood Blvd., and walked the walk of fame. I guess Clint still doesn't have a star? I didn't see it. I did find this:

(http://i.imgur.com/ZL111yW.jpg)

Also, saw Trump's star, and David Bowie's (which has become a makeshift memorial), and Bruce Lee's (which was one of the most popular for photographs. I thought a fight would break out when someone stepped on his star in front of a die-hard fan).  But, none of this was great photography. So, with hours of daylight left, I headed off to the Santa Monica Pier.

The pier wasn't that special to me, because I grew up going to the Ocean City and Atlantic City boardwalks quite regularly, and it was really similar. But, decided to stick around for sunset and see what I could find to photograph. My favorite photos are probably these two, shooting into the setting sun which had created a golden hue over the water and sand.

(http://i.imgur.com/jGp9fy8.jpg)

I like this one because I imagine the bird is contemplating his life choices:

(http://i.imgur.com/UKaE3NF.jpg)

Then the sun set...

(http://i.imgur.com/PN9d66Z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sUbmFTs.jpg)

And that was it for LA!
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Post by: Christopher on January 22, 2017, 03:45:05 PM
I really like the one with the boat and the other with the bird! O0 And it really does appear to be thoughtful. :D
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Post by: TWOMULES on January 22, 2017, 04:41:02 PM
Stunning photos of San Francisco and LA, Matt. :)
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Post by: KC on January 22, 2017, 08:16:17 PM
More great work, Matt! 8)
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Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 22, 2017, 08:26:02 PM
I love a sunset photo. The colours, the beauty. Just stunning. 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 23, 2017, 04:12:39 PM
Yeah, me too. I can't remember who it was, but someone looked at my beach photos once and said, "Yeah, it's nice. But, I can't really get excited about it because I've been to Hawaii."  Well, now I get it. After going to Hawaii, even I don't really like any of the beach photos I took from California. I'll get to posting some of those photos eventually. Still going through my California photos.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 23, 2017, 07:44:57 PM
I visited a friend in San Diego, and we went to the zoo. Of course, it's known as the best zoo in the country, so I was looking forward to it. Now, I wouldn't tell her this (and I'm safe saying it here), but ... it was a letdown

They take a lot of pride in their zoo, so I wasn't going to say the Nashville Zoo (who no one has really ever heard of) is better. But... to me, it is.  What the San Diego zoo has going for it, though, are rare animals. I feel like I'd seen a Giant Panda when I was a child at the Philadelphia Zoo (maybe they were on tour), but hadn't since. And, even though their two pandas were both sleeping, it was still cool to see them. I believe they're the only zoo in the U.S. that has the giant panda. So, that was special. And, they had four penguins. Not a lot... I've seen a lot more in Tampa at their small but beautiful Lowry Park Zoo. But, it's been a while, so I was happy to meet McKinney (a photo will be coming).  Nashville doesn't have any bears, so seeing this huge grizzly (who woke up and stretched, showing me his huge paws) was kinda cool. And, we don't have hippos or koalas either. But, most of the rest, we did have. And we had in abundance.  But what really bothered me, since I'm usually interested in photographing the animals more than just looking at them, is that nearly every exhibit had animals either behind glass, or behind a fence. These things are extremely rare at the Nashville zoo. Both glass enclosures and fence enclosures make quality photography very difficult. Plus, it's sad to think that these animals are in a cage all their lives. In Nashville, they built the habitats so that each was impossible to cross and leave, with some type of moats, or other natural things. If there are fences, which I believe the Elephants are in, they are in HUGE (yuuuuuge) areas, so the elephants can actually run and play, and not even feel that they're in a cage of any type.

So San Diego zoo, which I was expecting to be the best zoo experience ever, was just not. I'm going to have to get back to the Nashville Zoo soon and visit again -- now I have a new appreciation for it.

Anyway, here's all I got that's worth looking at, after spending the entire day at the zoo:

(http://i.imgur.com/CTqtV2g.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HvSaIPp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VaV5S25.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RxFzR7k.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/iKgAXZJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZwKdyuo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yKOxCB8.jpg)
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Post by: KC on January 24, 2017, 07:39:40 AM
^ That last one ...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 28, 2017, 01:11:25 PM
I'm still going through my pics from my vacation -- this portion of the thread has become a bit of a travelogue, but I think that's useful for photography -- to share all the best places that you've photographed while on vacation. I also hope I don't completely thread-hog this topic. Please -- others jump in anytime. :)

The day after the zoo, while still in San Diego, my friend picked the perfect beach for photography -- The Children's Pool Beach at La Jolla. The beach has an interesting story.  A local philanthropist (Ellen Browning Scripps) built a huge sea wall to break the waves to give families a relaxing beach where children could play without fear of the crashing waves. What they didn't expect, was that they created the perfect habitat for seals, who also enjoy lounging on the beach without the huge waves. The seals eventually took over the beach! On those days when the beach is still open to the public, it might not be the cleanest environment with a hundred or so seals lounging about, but then again, what an amazing experience it would be to share the beach with them! I visited during mating season, so the beach was closed to the public, but the seals were able to have the beach to themselves, and they sunned on the nearby rocks, or just flopped down on the sand -- all together, probably between 80 - 100 seals were there that day.

The first pic doesn't look photographically spectacular, but it should at least give an idea of the area, and the huge sea wall, which is now a perfect viewing point from which to enjoy the seals.

(http://i.imgur.com/BM9LvlP.jpg)

These seals were so comfortable on those rocks, one picture wasn't enough of them (I took dozens) I love the way the brown seal stretches out his little legs (and surprise to me, they are legs, not one big split tail) like he's on a recliner:

(http://i.imgur.com/tXK2wxu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TZgDur5.jpg)

These seals were hysterical. They sat on the edge of the rocks, and waited for the waves to crash, then they'd do that pose (gymnasts would have a name for it), enjoying the water as it splashed on them. They didn't hold that pose, they would relax between waves.

(http://i.imgur.com/c8Iq3TL.jpg)

And here's a closeup of one of them posing with the wave.

(http://i.imgur.com/oX2rmxo.jpg)

And let me tell you, he had the whole wall captivated and laughing at him.

We then took a break, since it was about 2 hours until sunset, and you know I can't miss a sunset over the beach opportunity. So, we found a nearby restaurant (The Living Room) and had a wonderful late lunch/dinner, at the only table with a beach view.

Then, it was back to the beach for photos.

(http://i.imgur.com/IhhHaRy.jpg)

Unfortunately, this beautifully relaxed sunset photo wasn't exactly reality -- my friend was complaining we wouldn't be able to climb back up the rocks to get off the beach if we didn't leave NOW because high tide was approaching. Fortunately, she got an important phone call, and went back up and I was able to stick around and get some cool shots.

(http://i.imgur.com/CQCgPb0.jpg)

Back up the rocks, probably 30 minutes past sunset, it was the reddest sky I'd ever seen.

(http://i.imgur.com/34oJHVi.jpg)

So, if you're ever in San Diego, this is a must-see spot.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on January 28, 2017, 09:08:41 PM
More great pics Matt. (http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/Smileys/default/afro.gif)

Red sky at night, sailors delight!! :D

Can't wait for the Hawaii pics. 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 28, 2017, 10:36:40 PM

Can't wait for the Hawaii pics. 8)

Yes, they'll be next! First, I'll finish up California. This is the last spot for San Diego -- Balboa Park. It's a public park with gardens, museums, live music, shops, and restaurants.

(http://i.imgur.com/S4VPnHB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zgy3wFw.jpg)

This shrub had a spiderweb that had caught the sprinkler water, and it looked like beads of glass

(http://i.imgur.com/SPL4oPd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UIYz3qT.jpg)

I noticed a few things about this park that I haven't seen much of in Nashville -- lots of energy. Lots of people running, jogging, skateboarding, and even a lot of romance. Lots of couples in love, and this young lady was hastening off to her wedding (or her wedding photos).  I didn't see her face, but liked the photo op anyway.

(http://i.imgur.com/RBRbYe9.jpg)

This sculpture is at the entrance of the Mingei International Museum:

(http://i.imgur.com/4gowpO2.jpg)

And, one shot of the beautiful ornate architecture that was everywhere (and man, what a blue sky!):

(http://i.imgur.com/03iRZG9.jpg)

And that's it for my California trip.  8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 28, 2017, 11:28:39 PM
I just found this pic online -- the photographer had used the panorama function to show the entire beach wall that creates the Children's Pool, so you can see that the seals aren't in captivity, they come and go as they please. :)

(http://i.imgur.com/tnsm33c.jpg)

LINK (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32578-d255307-Reviews-La_Jolla_Cove-La_Jolla_San_Diego_California.html#photos;geo=32578&detail=255307&ff=238911182&albumViewMode=hero&albumid=101&baseMediaId=238911182&thumbnailMinWidth=50&cnt=30&offset=-1&filter=2)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 01, 2017, 05:39:41 PM
I found one more group of photos I'd taken while in California, and there's a couple of good ones there, so I'll post those too before getting to the Hawaii pics.

This is from Toes Beach right outside LA.

(http://i.imgur.com/iv1UCkv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/utilUbJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bVfCsiR.jpg)


Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 01, 2017, 10:18:24 PM
That last one I could see in a massive frame in someone's living room. 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 02, 2017, 12:00:07 PM
Funny you should say that. When all is said and done, I'll be picking one photo to do just that. At this point, I might like the one above it though better.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: AKA23 on February 02, 2017, 04:55:04 PM
You are a talented photographer, Matt. I grew up in California and was raised in La Jolla. Your photos make me homesick. I haven't been back to San Diego in more than a year.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Elizabeth77 on February 03, 2017, 03:23:38 AM
Matt, your photos are just spectacular. Being married to a highly skilled amateur photographer, I appreciated your comments about the sunset photo shoot. That sky leaves me without words! I'm not the most patient person in the world when bored, so try to find some way of keeping occupied when hubby decides to take pictures. Before kids came along, I used the camera that my father-in-law gave me (he who had his son trained by a famous photographer in Taiwan) to take pictures of the photographer. I'll have to dig some out and scan them as they are pre-digital by a couple of years. It does lend an element of fun to the waiting. I even learned to take pictures when we weren't out together.

I'm looking forward to more of your artistry in photos.  :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on February 03, 2017, 05:58:08 AM
Nothing great, just a couple of I pics I took while out on my walk this morning.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170203/d2d5f1acb25fa0232ca290119d657dee.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170203/46fb9166340ae118cc67f3f586d97bc1.jpg)


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 03, 2017, 08:30:57 AM
Brian, I love these shots. You prove that sunrises can be spectacular too (I've seen a handful in my lifetime) and there's something special about white birch trees. Keep 'em coming.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on February 03, 2017, 08:48:01 AM
Thank you, Matt.  Glad you like them.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 03, 2017, 08:56:11 AM
Matt, your photos are just spectacular. Being married to a highly skilled amateur photographer, I appreciated your comments about the sunset photo shoot. That sky leaves me without words! I'm not the most patient person in the world when bored, so try to find some way of keeping occupied when hubby decides to take pictures.

I guess you mean the comments about being nagged to avoid certain death from high tide? Haha, yeah. She was probably more than a little bored. She didn't worry about my impending death while she was on the phone.  ;D

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Before kids came along, I used the camera that my father-in-law gave me (he who had his son trained by a famous photographer in Taiwan) to take pictures of the photographer. I'll have to dig some out and scan them as they are pre-digital by a couple of years. It does lend an element of fun to the waiting. I even learned to take pictures when we weren't out together.

I'm looking forward to more of your artistry in photos.  :)

Yes, please add yours -- I'd love to see them!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 03, 2017, 09:11:17 AM
You are a talented photographer, Matt. I grew up in California and was raised in La Jolla. Your photos make me homesick. I haven't been back to San Diego in more than a year.

Thanks. I guess you've been to see the seals a few times?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 03, 2017, 03:22:45 PM
Nothing great, just a couple of I pics I took while out on my walk this morning.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170203/d2d5f1acb25fa0232ca290119d657dee.jpg)

No not great. Bloody spectacular pic. 8)
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Post by: Jed Cooper on February 03, 2017, 09:11:57 PM
Wow! Thanks, man!


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Post by: Matt on February 04, 2017, 10:03:36 PM
Next stop was Oahu, Hawaii. I actually wound up going to Hawaii alone. Last minute changes, and I wasn't going to throw away the non-transferable airfare, so just decided to go by myself, and use it as a photography trip. As it turns out, it was really great that way. I didn't bore anyone with my photography, i communed with nature, and I really was able to be like a "real" photographer.... planning the day around where to be to make the most of the daylight, and where I wanted to shoot, etc.

However, there were a lot of events that were already paid for in advance, so I went to them. One was a luau, and of course you have to go to a luau if you're in Hawaii. I just didn't expect it to be so romantic, and sentimental, and sweet. There was one point during the Luau where they asked all the people who had been married for 25 or more years to go up on the stage, and a woman was up there without her husband because he wasn't at the luau, and they did a special song for them. Well, the Chief who runs the luau, was telling everyone to get up and dance with the person who loved you. And there she was, by herself on the stage (along with all the other couples). One of the fire dancers went up to her, and put his arms around her. Then Chief said, "and now, just because you may not have said it for a while, tell him or her that you love them."  And the dancer looks her in the eyes, and says, "I love you".  She laughs, "You love ME?"  "I LOVE you." he replied. And there was no reason to not believe him. In his way, he loved everyone on that island.

It's not a great photo, it's just a snapshot. I used flash -- which I tried not to do all night because it was a live show, but I wanted that photo to come out.  If you have a photo of something, you rarely will forget it. And I wanted to remember how loving that luau was. And if you're ever in Oahu, go to The Chief's Luau because it's rated the best, and I can't imagine a better one.

(http://i.imgur.com/rinbKaD.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 04, 2017, 10:17:18 PM
By the end of the trip, I had a favorite view, and I'll talk more about it later. But, this little uninhabited island, Manana Island (Rabbit Island), was the backdrop for the luau, and I wound up with an incredible sunset view of it later in my trip, which I'll post. But, this is my first photo of it:

(http://i.imgur.com/t4teiez.jpg)

With my flash off, and shooting without a tripod, most of my photos of the show didn't come out well. I would have needed better equipment, and mine is okay, but not pro-level. The girls all came out pretty blurry because those hips don't lie.

(http://i.imgur.com/0mfdBOf.jpg)

And then, there were the Samoan fire dancers:

(http://i.imgur.com/3kRc5x9.jpg)

He didn't come out that great either, but I think the fire looks cool since the lens was open so long and you can see the movement of the flame.

And here's a shot of most of the Samoan dancers:

(http://i.imgur.com/Zajjmiw.jpg)

All of the tattoo work you see on them is authentic. None is painted on. They're all done in ONE sitting, and not with ink, but with charcoal that is pressed into the skin. They do it according to Samoan tradition, and they don't always survive the ritual. 

This was a very authentic luau, and I learned more there about Hawaii, the people, their traditions, and what the island is about than I did the whole trip. I was glad it was my first experience.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 08, 2017, 02:58:36 PM
Oahu turned out to be bigger than I originally thought it was. I spent my 2nd day in Hawaii driving along South Oahu, pulling over to photograph anything that looked appealing. This wasn't expected -- chickens, crossing the road, at their OWN stop sign. There's no cross street.

(http://i.imgur.com/6YOxDtH.jpg)

This is an alcove near Hanauma Bay. Scorpio would love this spot. It feels stalkerish just being up here, watching everyone swimming below.

(http://i.imgur.com/ofssjCN.jpg)

Standing on the volcanic rock floor of this cliff, it looked like a Clyde Butcher/Ansel Adams opportunity. They shoot in large format with film, but with my equipment, this is the best I could do.

(http://i.imgur.com/vzzzTak.jpg)

The Halona Blow Hole, South Oahu. It wasn't shooting up too high when I was there, but some of the people viewing it near me were explaining it can shoot up to 30 feet high or more at high pressure, enough to shoot someone standing over it into the air.

(http://i.imgur.com/b4UgWNl.jpg)

Then, I found my spot for the sunset, getting there an hour or two early. It was a beautiful spot, comfortable on the rocks just sitting, communing with nature, and in a sense, it was good that I tore the miniscus in my left knee just before leaving for California, because I was happy to just sit for a few hours, which I'm sure I wouldn't have done if my knee wasn't killing me.

(http://i.imgur.com/FUX1w8P.jpg)

The sunset always starts out golden and deepens in color:

(http://i.imgur.com/zGFiI9r.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/DzsNXJZ.jpg)

But, this sunset was more spectacular than any, and for the first time in my life, I was considering desaturating the colors because they looked fake, or like Mars -- but, this is real.

(http://i.imgur.com/771WYwk.jpg)

I haven't gone through all the pics for the rest of my Hawaii trip yet, but I don't think I captured a more sensational sunset than that one.






Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 08, 2017, 08:43:15 PM
Great shots, again! 8)

But you didn't answer the question that is on everyone's lips ... WHY did the chickens cross the road? ???
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 08, 2017, 09:44:14 PM
Great shots, again! 8)

But you didn't answer the question that is on everyone's lips ... WHY did the chickens cross the road? ???

Thanks, and yes... you're right! I did solve that ancient mystery...

The chickens crossed the road to go to the Paalaa Kai Bakery! (http://msnsmileys.net/D/Drool/drool-19.gif)

(http://i.imgur.com/KW7wv71.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 09, 2017, 04:50:37 AM
Are they working on the egg-laying force there? ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 09, 2017, 11:48:52 AM
Well, they gotta do something to pay for their blueberry turnovers. They're hen-credible! 
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 09, 2017, 08:17:31 PM
OK, I now know how Matt feels about his vacation pictures!

Here are a few of my "snow day" pictures. All taken today, in Central Park, New York City.

(http://i.imgur.com/9rbpxIsh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VtkonZ5h.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uZ5lFWeh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/X4OqaVqh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/81VgRIxh.jpg)
(This looks crazy dangerous to me ... but they were doing it. Down two flights!)

I'll put a couple more in a new post.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 09, 2017, 08:19:18 PM
Here's a few more:

(http://i.imgur.com/LenQ9sph.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1GRmJYhh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/83JaNayh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/liyJnNRh.jpg)

The last one is the only one not taken in the park. It's in Columbus Circle, looking back at the park.

(By the way, all of these are "as is," without any editing or cropping.)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 09, 2017, 09:06:24 PM
Great shots KC. Do you still run when it's snowing?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 09, 2017, 09:48:50 PM
Yes, but not in the middle of blizzard conditions, which we had this morning. And I won't run on ice. The condition of the streets was still pretty bad when I set out this afternoon. I decided I'd walk my usual park route instead of running it today!

And I'm not going out tomorrow morning ... I'll run, or walk if need be, after work, when maybe they'll have had time to get the streets and the park drive properly clear.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 09, 2017, 09:55:58 PM
These are the best shots I've seen of this Blizzard so far. Great work! I think I prefer the last one best, just because the moon lighting up the sky is so gorgeous.

Is the library closed again tomorrow?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 09, 2017, 10:02:49 PM
Thanks for the compliment! Nope, looks like it's back to business as usual tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 10, 2017, 12:53:37 AM
I posted the above and a dozen or so others on my Flickr page, if anyone's interested:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskNPgYeR

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 10, 2017, 01:13:15 AM
I posted the above and a dozen or so others on my Flickr page, if anyone's interested:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskNPgYeR

It's a Darth Vader sighting!

(http://i.imgur.com/iIrKQ0I.jpg)

(3rd photo in the album.)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 10, 2017, 01:41:03 AM
Ha, I hadn't even noticed that! ;D
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Post by: Matt on February 11, 2017, 03:26:59 AM
Back in Hawaii, started out the next day with a Whale Watching catamaran cruise off the north shore of Oahu.

(http://i.imgur.com/cqDxwSY.jpg)

We were out there quite some time with no sighting of whales. I was shooting some other shots with my wide angle lens when we got a humpback whale sighting, so unfortunately I didn't have the proper lens to get a good close-up.

(http://i.imgur.com/0nMNHbP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ozZzm8o.jpg)

And that was all there was. It was too early in whale season to see a lot of them. The humpback whales migrate down to Hawaii from Alaska to have their babies, and then they bring them back up to Alaska for the summer.

After the sail, I stuck around the north shore, and that's where most of the best surfing conditions are. There were surfers out that day, but the waves weren't too high when I was there. But, I loved the black rock that was everywhere along the beaches.

(http://i.imgur.com/HuizSSg.jpg)

My map showed a beach called "Sunset Beach", so I figured that sounded like the place to be at sunset, and found another chicken! I thought this would be a throwaway shot, but I like it a lot.

(http://i.imgur.com/AJsQ08H.jpg)

And then the sun set on another day.

(http://i.imgur.com/GUy4TfK.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 11, 2017, 09:15:25 AM
That chicken has come a long way since crossing the road! ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 11, 2017, 10:53:49 AM
He has an eggcelent sense of direction!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: TWOMULES on February 14, 2017, 06:01:17 AM
Back in Hawaii, started out the next day with a Whale Watching catamaran cruise off the north shore of Oahu.

Beautiful images of Hawaii, Matt :)

I love Whales, very spectacular but to be honest, I prefer Scotland and Ireland. ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Elizabeth77 on February 14, 2017, 06:26:10 AM
I love Whales, very spectacular but to be honest, I prefer Scotland and Ireland. ;)

Oh, 2M!  ::) :D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 14, 2017, 08:08:06 AM
I love Whales, very spectacular but to be honest, I prefer Scotland and Ireland. ;)

^ Ouch! ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 14, 2017, 10:59:05 AM
With luck, there will be many more photos of whales in this thread -- coming up around early September. :)

Here's some more from Hawaii...

The Byodi-In Temple in Central Oahu is a beautiful temple with memorial gardens that's a replica of the 11th century Phoenix Hall in Japan. While there, I overheard a Japanese tourist saying to his family that this one was more beautiful than the one in Japan.

(http://i.imgur.com/RPIvN0l.jpg)

Inside the temple is the Amida Buddha. I was sitting inside the temple where there are benches to meditate and reflect, when a Japanese woman came to make an offering and prayer for a loved one (I'm not as close as it looks, and there's no flash, so not disrespectful).

(http://i.imgur.com/sauNGB5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uBn0xp9.jpg)

There were a few koi in the lake surrounding the temple.

(http://i.imgur.com/h3VLcWr.jpg)

After leaving the Temple, I explored East Oahu

(http://i.imgur.com/MGvnqoh.jpg)

This was taken from a research pier in East Oahu that offers beautiful views of Mt. Olomana and the surrounding beaches.

(http://i.imgur.com/5ZbJsGP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Xv3t9Xv.jpg)

Sometimes I will steal a subject of another photographer's photo (I was actually very far away using a long zoom.)

(http://i.imgur.com/pdzcQTb.jpg)

I also caught a couple having their wedding photos taken. Their photographer is behind them.

(http://i.imgur.com/9gFfrPK.jpg)

I climbed up to Makapuu Pt, and the view was so spectacular, I decided to stay until sunset.

(http://i.imgur.com/UgN8Rae.jpg)

I have so many photos of Manana (Rabbit Island). It was my favorite subject to photograph in Hawaii. This is the view from my spot on the cliff of Makapuu Pt.

(http://i.imgur.com/F8dKpqt.jpg)

A few hours later, this was the sunset, and my last view.

(http://i.imgur.com/EkJjhXU.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 14, 2017, 11:07:04 PM
That second-to-last one is especially beautiful. Something about the smallness of the island and the bigness of the sky and ocean. And the color of that cloud!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 15, 2017, 02:05:34 AM
Thank you. Since I was up on that cliff for hours, I'd lay back and close my eyes, and  when I sat up and opened them, that's all I saw.  I fell in love with that view. Glad you liked it. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Elizabeth77 on February 16, 2017, 09:36:37 AM
Matt, your pictures are a delight to look at. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: Matt on February 17, 2017, 11:31:22 AM
When I had first arrived in Hawaii, a local said if you want to see the real Hawaii, get out of Waikiki. I took this so literally, that I hadn't seen the beaches of Waikiki at all. Fortunately, I had a helicopter tour booked to see the southern and eastern portions of the island, which seemed like the best way to see it -- far above the tourists and crowds. If you go to Oahu, and you want to get some great photos, I recommend a doorless helicopter tour. The site I booked my tour on didn't offer that option, and the photos would have been so much better without having to shoot through the small windows. Nonetheless, with a little bit of enhancement, the photos came out pretty good.

Here's Diamond Head, which as I've learned is a volcanic tuff cone. Although it looks like a regular mountain from afar, it's a crater, and there's a lot going on inside it. Our helicopter didn't fly high enough to see the full crater, but you can see it HERE (http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/diamond-head-state-monument/).

(http://i.imgur.com/FB2e66h.jpg)

And here's Waikiki with Diamond Head in the background:

(http://i.imgur.com/8CfJ2N1.jpg)

This shot shows the sea wall around an Eastern portion of Waikiki Beach (on the right) to break the waves and make it more child-friendly. Each speck is someone on a kayak, boogie board, jet ski, or just swimming:

(http://i.imgur.com/gmOw9WC.jpg)

This photo shows Hanauma Bay.  I didn't realize at the time how awesome it is. My favorite part of my Hawaii trip was snorkeling there the next morning, but I have no photos of that. The reef is absolutely phenomenal, and full of the same gorgeous tropical fish I used to buy for $75 a pop when I had a salt water tank. Only, these were as large as my forearm, not finger-sized. You can see the different areas of the coral reef from above. You literally start seeing fish about 10 feet from the shoreline.

(http://i.imgur.com/u29tvLo.jpg)

Just north of Hanauma Bay is the almost infamous Manana (Rabbit Island) again. Unfortunately, the Makapuu Lighthouse (bottom right) was under construction, so it's not as picturesque here as it would normally be.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ie956Ez.jpg)

The pilot went around and through the volcanoes of southeastern Oahu:

(http://i.imgur.com/0qZ9MSx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nAT8LLo.jpg)

We then flew over Pearl Harbor. The white structure in the water on the bottom right of this image is the USS Arizona Memorial.  I have a lot of photos of it, but conditions weren't perfect that day. When they are you can see  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Arizona_Memorial) the Ship's remains still lying at the bottom of the sea.

(http://i.imgur.com/asEuHCW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VmPotWX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uNLUYKz.jpg)

That was the end of the tour. It was hours before sunset, and at the time, I wasn't motivated to find another sunset location (though I now wish I had, because I've seen some beautiful pics of Hanauma Bay at sunset since returning home). I would be leaving Hawaii at the end of the next day, and I was ready to go home.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 17, 2017, 01:27:39 PM
Brilliant pics again Matt. I need a holiday after looking at those pics. They wouldn't look out of place in a travel brochure. 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 17, 2017, 05:09:50 PM
It won't be long for you now, will it?

Are you going to Oahu, or a different island?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 17, 2017, 05:12:45 PM
Are you going to Oahu, or a different island?

Oahu. 8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 17, 2017, 05:28:05 PM
Perfect. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to capture a sunrise as beautiful as this one:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lostinkaneohe/8002327682

That's Hanauma Bay. Good luck. We're all counting on you. ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 17, 2017, 07:59:00 PM
I do not think I would care for a doorless helicopter tour! :o

EDIT: I've now read this, and checked out the pictures:

http://www.ohanafun.net/activity/alex_air_doors_off_hana_crater/

Wild horses couldn't drag me onto one of those things. Come to think of it, wild horses would have more sense than to try!  :o
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 17, 2017, 08:44:34 PM
 ;D You're not someone I would think would be afraid of a little thing like a doorless helicopter. They are wearing seat belts, you know.  ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 20, 2017, 12:52:57 PM
At this point, even I am tired of looking at Hawaii pics.  I have this one last day that I just finished going through, and as it turns out, it was my favorite day for Oahu photography, so I'll share.

I started on southern West Oahu, and headed north. The further north I traveled, the more beautiful the beaches became. I especially loved the volcanic cliffs and black lava rock beaches, and the road became so beautiful as I reached Ka'ena Point with all the volanoes right along the road. I drove as far as the road took, which ended near Dillingham Airfield. These are the most beautiful sites I saw along the drive:

I liked this little sea wall. These walls are all over Oahu, and usually there are people fishing off them, or just hanging out. West Oahu was the most secluded coast by far, and even though it was just around noon, almost everywhere I went had no one around soaking up the immense beauty (which is what I like when I'm looking for prime photographic opportunities).

(http://i.imgur.com/gKUcHFS.jpg)

I believe this is Nanakuli Beach Park.
(http://i.imgur.com/1XFcZOO.jpg)

Further north, so probably Mali Beach Park (I wanted to get these posted before I forgot the names of all the places, but it took me a little too long. But, this is definitely in the area of central West Oahu):

(http://i.imgur.com/wvGQyOA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GVvaP83.jpg)

This is near Waianae, and my favorite spot for photography:

(http://i.imgur.com/HK4md9c.jpg)

Ka'ena Point. I was really excited to see this photo when I was going through the pics. I have to work on all my photos in Photoshop because I don't have pro-level equipment, and I have a pro-level eye. So I'm always disappointed. With a little work, I can get them to look great. I was so excited by this composition, that I worked hard on getting it right.

(http://i.imgur.com/GAUX8jy.jpg)

But then, I found this photo with the sailboat, which is nearly the same shot (without the sandy beach showing). Now I can't decide between the two -- they're like my children. Can't choose, so I'm posting both.

(http://i.imgur.com/5lhXNnB.jpg)

This was the last beach I photographed:  Yokohama Beach. I was taking pics from afar, and noticed this interesting mini Stonehedge type thing going on... so I approached it. How nice of someone to leave this behind:

(http://i.imgur.com/r1Y3dcV.jpg)

After reaching the literal end of the road, I turned back to go south, and stopped to get a photo of what the drive on that little road was like. Glad I took it, because I really like this shot.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZPfdguV.jpg)

Because I didn't really know the area and was discovering it as I went along, I wanted one shot for my last sunset that would be spectacular. If I was knew the island better, I would have stayed in Waianae or Yokohama Beach, but it was a few hours until sunset, and I was actually bored and ready to go home (I was flying out that night), so I wanted to start heading back to Honolulu. I figured I could get nearly all the way back in time for sunset, and then go to the airport. I had my eyes on Ewa Beach, which was still "West Oahu", but south, so a quick drive to the airport. Unfortunately, I couldn't have chosen a less inspiring Oahu beach. It was flat, there were no volcanoes to make exciting backdrops, it was so like any other beach ever, and I had no time to get to a better one. I arrived just a few minutes before sunset. There was literally nothing to be the subject of the photo except for this little fence from a beach house, and their trees. So, it would have to do. I was at least lucky to have spectacular colors and clouds to make the shot interesting:

(http://i.imgur.com/VfbAquM.jpg)

And folks, that's it. It took 22 hours to get back home, which was awful. I will probably never go out to Hawaii again, but if I do, I'd love to go to the big island and see the active volcano.

So, for anyone visiting Oahu, my best recommendations:

Chief's Luau (located inside Sea World).  I went to that one because it was the top rated, and yes... I can't imagine a better one. I paid for front table seating, which was nearly double, because I knew I'd want photos. But, if you're not there for photos, you can get by with a regular table. My tour guide made a point of letting me know that this luau is one of the smallest, with "only" 500 people, whereas others have many times that amount. So, every seat was wonderful. If you pay more, you get extra drink tickets, the same food, closer seating, and a different quality of lay.

A doors-off (doorless) helicopter tour.

Do NOT leave Hawaii without snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

If you're there during active whale season (February - April), do a whale watching cruise

Get out of Waikiki unless you're really into crowds or want to rent a jet ski

Without doubt, get in a car and drive along the West Oahu coast.

Good luck, SK. We're looking forward to hearing from you about your trip, and seeing some of your pics. :)


Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 20, 2017, 10:34:00 PM
Thanks for that great travelogue, Matt! And no matter how disappointed you were with the locale, that last sunset pic is truly spectacular!

(But I'm still not going to sign up for a doorless helicopter tour!)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 20, 2017, 11:20:05 PM
Okay, so you don't much like heights. How are you with 2000 degree lava?  ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 21, 2017, 02:05:31 AM
Another great sunset pic Matt. All great pics though. 8)

22 hours to get home? Why so long?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 21, 2017, 02:48:08 AM
I won't check luggage, I just bring a carry-on, and my laptop bag. My carry-on has fit in the overhead compartment of every plane I've ever been on. I flew from Honolulu to LAX, and I had a 1.5 hour layover before my next flight (to San Francisco, which would then fly me to Nashville. But, LAX is a nightmare airport, and 1.5 hours wasn't enough for a connecting flight (it should have been).  They actually made me go through security AGAIN, even though it was a connecting flight. This never happens.  Then, they measured my carry-on and told me I'd have to check the bag and pay $25. This is a con. It's literally a carry-on bag, and it's not oversized. Their stupid measurements are smaller than they need to be so they can bilk customers for an additional $25.  But the problem with the extra security point, and having to check my bag was that I was running very close to boarding time. So I had to go to a kiosk to check my bag, and the lovely kiosk said it was too close to flight time to check the bag. So I got into it with United Airlines, who wouldn't let me on the plane with my bag. They had to book me for a flight to Washington DC, which was a few hours away, as it was the only way to get me to Nashville that day.

I woke up at 4:00 that morning to get checked out of my room and for the snorkeling trip. My flight was at 10pm, so I was already tired, and then it was 22 more hours. I couldn't sleep on the plane because Hawaiian Airlines doesn't have moving air above the seats, and it was a bit claustrophobic without it. Plus, my knee was in pain, and the seats are small, and I was in a window seat, and it was pure hell.crammed into a small packed plane with a torn knee and going on 24+ hours without sleep.

I really was glad to be home.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 21, 2017, 08:04:50 AM
Okay, so you don't much like heights. How are you with 2000 degree lava?  ;D

As long as it's being poured on my enemies, just fine! ;)

Sorry for your ordeal on the return trip. Bet there were some folks along the way there you'd have wished the lava on!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on February 21, 2017, 10:18:08 AM
I don't know about the doorless helicopter ride either. I might be freaking out like Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo the whole time. :o

(https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/5338671_f260.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on February 21, 2017, 10:40:54 AM
A few simple shots taken in Maine a year ago today.  All but forgotten until they popped up on Facebook today. 

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170221/d5a3628d9b3cae058d3c066d88638996.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170221/8b3a807024cab9e4882c29bc55041fa8.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170221/447c5b8ef0cd1d0b7aee86bef08e14dd.jpg)


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 21, 2017, 11:33:24 AM

Sorry for your ordeal on the return trip. Bet there were some folks along the way there you'd have wished the lava on!

You wouldn't even believe my troubles with TSA agents. I was nearly arrested once in Boston. I've been really trying to not let them get to me, but it's really ridiculous to fly nowadays.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 21, 2017, 11:34:13 AM
Brian, tell us more about your shots. I can't quite make out what that is on the ice.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on February 21, 2017, 01:38:03 PM
Brian, tell us more about your shots. I can't quite make out what that is on the ice.

Yeah, I'm looking at it thinking, why is there a portaloo there?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on February 21, 2017, 01:43:57 PM
Brian, tell us more about your shots. I can't quite make out what that is on the ice.

Sorry about that.  Not sure of the town, possibly Windham.  I guess you'd call that an "ice house", they were fishing there.  Taken one morning on the way home from my Dad's.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 25, 2017, 11:47:02 PM
I grabbed this with my phone camera while strolling in the 70° weather in Central Park on Saturday afternoon:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3932/32963867602_24183236be_k.jpg)

I was lucky to capture the moment of maximum bubblification.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on February 26, 2017, 11:28:49 AM
What a great picture! Perfect timing, but the little girls and the red balloon make the shot.

So, this guy is a professional bubble maker. Have you seen him doing this before?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on February 26, 2017, 08:08:34 PM
Thanks, Matt! I've seen someone doing it at that spot in Central Park, couldn't swear it's the same guy. Another guy (I'm pretty sure) does it around Columbus Circle in the summer months.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 09, 2017, 11:42:22 PM
Here's a few shots of Center City Philadelphia:

This is from One Liberty Place's Observation Deck. It's 57 floors up, and the highest point for public access in the city. It was fully enclosed, which I was disappointed by -- the glass was dirty, and the colors usually get messed up when shooting through glass. In this pic, you can see City Hall with the bronze statue of William Penn, the famous PSFS building, and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Everything on the other side of the Delaware River is Camden, NJ.

(http://i.imgur.com/fDpNVrG.jpg)

City Hall with William Penn atop:

(http://i.imgur.com/UxA7ZXV.jpg)

The Giant Clothespin, which has been around almost as long as I can remember (built in 1976):

(http://i.imgur.com/tJxESS6.jpg)

The tallest building in Philly is Comcast Center. I liked how the glass building reflected the smaller more ornate buildings around it:

(http://i.imgur.com/NZZQqDi.jpg)

And finally, my favorite Philly Bridge, the Ben Franklin Bridge, as seen from Penn's Landing:

(http://i.imgur.com/t7UQlUM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jjsCg8t.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on March 10, 2017, 07:45:55 AM
Matt, you grew up in Philadelphia, right? I also want to ask about what the story is behind the giant clothespin. :o :D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on March 10, 2017, 03:16:37 PM
Matt, you grew up in Philadelphia, right?

How many times has Matt run up those stairs we see in Rocky, I wonder?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 11, 2017, 11:56:11 AM
Matt, you grew up in Philadelphia, right? I also want to ask about what the story is behind the giant clothespin. :o :D

I was born and raised in Jersey, just past Camden NJ which you can see in the first image. I was doing one of those "You know you're from Jersey if..." surveys and one of the questions was "You say you're from Philly".  I don't really know why, but most of us do that. And yes, SK, I've Rocky Balboa-ed those Art Museum steps a few times.  8)

As for the Giant Clothespin, I'm glad you asked, because I looked into it, and found that the artist likes taking everyday objects and making them huge.  The artist is Claes Oldenburg, and a Google Image Search brings up a lot more of his pop art:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Claes+Oldenburg&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiUwej1js_SAhVH_4MKHd2dAOUQ_AUICCgB&biw=2859&bih=1604#tbm=isch&q=claes+oldenburg+sculptures&*

I particularly like his bike tire:

(https://agmmcdn.s3.amazonaws.com/agmmcdn/2013/01/Bicycle-by-Claes-Oldenburg_hanneorla-Flickr.jpg)

And his ice cream cone:

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/7a/97/9b/7a979b14d0bebe06e45b1000b1bedb38.jpg)

As for our Clothespin, other see some hidden meaning to it... like two lovers embracing, and the 76 symbol (the wire part, which shows the 6 on the side we see, and probably the 7 on the other side. It was commissioned for the Bicentennial, 1976, so that makes sense.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/8f/6b/72/8f6b72e4286fa682ffc670c05878282d.jpg)

Here's another I think is cool -- his three way plug looks like a cannon in the right setting.

(http://www.oberlin.edu/amam/images/Oldenburg70.38.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Gant on March 12, 2017, 03:23:28 PM
Beautiful views of Sweden from my cabin this morning..


(https://scontent.flhr2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17309781_10211260955336329_6656245982366808094_n.jpg?oh=8425d91a68d73cbb53838fff106e6b86&oe=5961140E)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on March 12, 2017, 07:14:31 PM
Oh Gant! You're in my favorite country? (Outside the U.S., and I'm not so sure about that anymore.) Whereabouts?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Gant on March 12, 2017, 11:45:00 PM
Cool, I like it there a lot..  We flew  to Stockholm, then boarded the cruise liner which set out  for the night. My god those Swedes know how to party. Lots of bands performed, we went on last around  2 in morning..

It took most of the day to get back to Stockholm and the views were amazing (forgive my jokey pic) beautiful scenery.
I'm also a fan of their urban landscapes.. I've always liked the place and could almost imagine living there myself...

Most expensive beer in the world tho !!!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on March 13, 2017, 06:35:43 AM
Matt, those sculptures are cool! I especially like the ice cream cone. ;D

Beautiful views of Sweden from my cabin this morning..


(https://scontent.flhr2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/17309781_10211260955336329_6656245982366808094_n.jpg?oh=8425d91a68d73cbb53838fff106e6b86&oe=5961140E)

;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 29, 2017, 12:39:10 AM
Back on page 1 of this thread, I posted some pictures of the covered bridge from my neighborhood growing up. Well, I guess the sign wasn't clear enough -- because a big truck got stuck under it.  Bridge is closed indefinitely for repairs.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/videos/news/2914878195001/5372516564001/
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on March 29, 2017, 01:06:49 AM
That's what he gets for looking back at the woman in the truck following him instead of watching the road signs! :D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on April 10, 2017, 05:15:24 AM
Taken during a walk in New Hampshire yesterday.  Not great, but I thought nice enough to share.  Beautiful weather!

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170410/08c3422544406c4dd15a72bc0481f317.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170410/387ef6e35d27369476e7d358546c6bd5.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170410/7f0ea11d6ac5eb9e8806fc548af79b10.jpg)


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 28, 2017, 05:57:51 PM
Taken in Maine yesterday and today.   Dealing with my dad's cabin.   Back home now, in New Hampshire.   (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/64517fafd2b3772c89977e75bde2fc2c.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/f46eaedf12f1b9d4340d84f2b6fb2f2d.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/c66e43e2a159f1761135a00e6d382e11.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/88869ec90be9e081947ca66d41720492.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/ca294919776308e9b70880de6b50060d.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/14cee1ff93fbd71f19f0d6379f1eff30.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/39b0df158b77d7a715971e8603515e68.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/f41395362144271339915a990c47dabe.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/382a54b3bdcb2db0f44d13ac5696585d.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170529/2ab185bd26194464e4197e6cd806da74.jpg)


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on May 28, 2017, 07:23:01 PM
Looks very peaceful, Brian!
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Post by: Jed Cooper on May 29, 2017, 07:32:01 AM
Yes, it's very nice.  One of these visits I think I'll place a chair in the yard, have some coffee, do some reading and enjoy the sounds of nature.   


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 25, 2017, 08:33:44 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/ENtB07d.jpg)

I bought a new camera and took it up to the Pocanoes for a spin.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 25, 2017, 10:44:28 PM
Great pic! How far away were you?

Are you going to be able to see the eclipse where you are?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 26, 2017, 02:05:18 PM
I'm further away than it looks. I have this quite zoomed in. I'd guess I was maybe 75 yards away.


Are you going to be able to see the eclipse where you are?

No.  >:(  Like a dick, the greatest natural phenomena to possibly ever occur in Nashville, and I'll be in Alaska. I tried to rearrange my trip, and it couldn't be switched to another date. So, I'm going to travel to the next total solar eclipse in the U.S., which won't be too far away:  2024.

Not as grand an image, but I like it anyway. Also from the Pocanoes:

(http://i.imgur.com/OvUTn6o.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 26, 2017, 02:14:03 PM
And I thought the board would auto-censor that word on my post. Oh well. Now I know.  ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 26, 2017, 09:07:54 PM
I guess the name is OK, or there would be quite a few people who could never get a mention around here! :D

I'm wishing I had made travel plans to see the eclipse while there was still time. I did check around a bit, but everything was sold out ages ago, apparently.

Oh, nice squirrel, by the way ... which reminds me of a sight gag from The Naked Gun involving Leslie Nielsen, a taxidermied mammal and a young woman on a ladder.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 28, 2017, 07:40:58 PM
Anyone know what this creature might be? I'm having a hard time finding out with a general Internet search.

(http://i.imgur.com/tJfjSAo.jpg)

It bit me while I was eating lunch under the trees on the plaza in front of the Library today. It is eensy. (That's about a square inch of a paper towel behind it.) Bite itches like crazy.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: TWOMULES on July 29, 2017, 12:31:46 PM
Anyone know what this creature might be? I'm having a hard time finding out with a general Internet search.

(http://i.imgur.com/tJfjSAo.jpg)

It bit me while I was eating lunch under the trees on the plaza in front of the Library today. It is eensy. (That's about a square inch of a paper towel behind it.) Bite itches like crazy.

I don't know but that bug reminds me of a famous line from Major Dutch Schaefer in Predator. :D

Hope you are OK, KC. :(
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 06, 2017, 01:47:04 PM
Beautiful August day in Salem, New Hampshire today, 8/06/17.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170806/8bdec763feaf9e3866fa004ba850e460.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170806/296b6007869a1920aa1918d1c9ca408f.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170806/c7f1d0309065d82bc3b57ea5af040301.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170806/9605e144785384f7ace8fa4b38fc464e.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170806/f32ccbfe5bca0275030e985916ec5c5b.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170806/37543952a02510e96722b43c1c4128a5.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170806/a2dbdffe6f3caaea170829bb40f0fb5c.jpg)


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Post by: Gant on August 06, 2017, 11:38:01 PM
(https://scontent.flhr2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20526206_10212707615461928_5859799004927004036_n.jpg?oh=0eafd0901e5ccbd5d48631b6f23f9265&oe=59F5950B)

Playing Dirty Harry pinball in Madrid, Spain this weekend..
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 07, 2017, 12:20:54 AM
Great stuff!  :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: -satu- on August 07, 2017, 02:25:05 AM
Recent stuff from all around.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/1d19ef99bf1aace18321046331b5b671.jpg) Kemi, Lapland - sunset

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/dea5a408e60a97ba5c1b5258fd11971a.jpg)
Cottage life! Another sunset

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/399a335ce642d599b3ec6c52c72c3971.jpg)
Reindeer, cottage life.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 07, 2017, 07:23:39 AM
Beautiful! What time was it when the first shot was taken?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: -satu- on August 07, 2017, 08:47:07 AM
11:30 pm. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 07, 2017, 10:14:55 AM
Stunning, Satu!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 28, 2017, 10:53:32 PM
I went to Alaska last week, and took a ton of shots. I'll just post a few, and it will be some time between them because I have literally thousands of shots and I only want to post a handful so I don't bore everyone with my vacation photos.  ::)

(http://i.imgur.com/XWF2t3j.jpg)

I had a bucket list of shots I wanted to come home with, and of course one was the bald eagle. They were harder to photograph than expected, because they like to sit at the very top of the tallest tree in the forest, and Alaska has some mighty tall trees. Ultimately, I had to settle for this shot, which would have been much better if the sky wasn't so white (there was very little sunlight last week in the Juneau area).

And here's one of many scenic shots:

(http://i.imgur.com/CW5qDz8.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 29, 2017, 07:09:55 AM
Those are great! Love the eagle. More, please! :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 29, 2017, 06:41:18 PM
When I was taking this, I thought the gulls were in danger. Now I see he's actually looking right at the camera.

(http://i.imgur.com/LatvoU4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Blg1hh8.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on August 29, 2017, 06:45:08 PM
When I was taking this, I thought the gulls were in danger. Now I see he's actually looking right at the camera.
Yikes! :o How far away were you?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 29, 2017, 07:12:04 PM
Yikes! :o How far away were you?

Not far enough.   ;D

Just across the lake. I actually never thought there was danger because I was in a group of people. But, now seeing him tracking me and looking dead in the camera in several shots is a bit of an uneasy feeling.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 30, 2017, 01:15:35 AM
Not far enough.   ;D

Just across the lake. I actually never thought there was danger because I was in a group of people. But, now seeing him tracking me and looking dead in the camera in several shots is a bit of an uneasy feeling.

That bear was hamming it up for the camera ... He thought you could get him a walk-on part in a Clint movie! ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 30, 2017, 09:29:03 AM
Happens all the time.  ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 31, 2017, 02:42:30 PM
This area is the Idaho Inlet, west of Juneau.  Saw some humpback whale spouts, but pretty far off in the distance.

(http://i.imgur.com/MBQBfPM.jpg)


Lots of otter, dolphins and harbor seals. This one poked his head up while we were kayaking. 

(http://i.imgur.com/a0QhopM.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Richard Earl on August 31, 2017, 05:20:21 PM
Nice pics Matt!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 01, 2017, 02:13:15 AM
That seal wants a part in the movie, too! ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 01, 2017, 06:05:58 PM
We spent two days in Glacier Bay National Park. Day one was awful weather. Just cold, rainy and a low mist covered everything. We saw a tremendous amount of otter that first day, and as I'm going through my photos, I'm finding that I didn't get any good shots. The lighting was bad, and I don't think we got close enough, though I can't remember if I tried using my long zoom. But, although I didn't get a good shot of the otter, I do love this scenic shot. All those "bumps" in the water are otter, mostly swimming on their backs with their four feet in the air.  A shot of trivia here -- can anyone say what a group of sea otter are called? :)

(https://i.imgur.com/6d8Lacj.jpg)

Sea otter are now one of my favorite animals. They are so cool.  This article is really interesting, if anyone is interested in learning more about sea otter. Also, you can see some good pics, which are waaaaaay better than anything I got, and a nice video at the bottom:  http://www.alaskamagazine.com/articles/featured/the-rebound-of-the-sea-otter/
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 01, 2017, 06:40:38 PM
That seal wants a part in the movie, too! ;D

This seal really wants a part in the movie. ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/Ui6tFqc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 01, 2017, 07:37:20 PM
A shot of trivia here -- can anyone say what a group of sea otter are called? :)

An otter-bahn?  :D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 01, 2017, 08:52:13 PM
An otter-bahn?  :D

An otterwise great answer, but no. It's a raft of otters.


(https://i.imgur.com/IGJcO1M.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 01, 2017, 09:33:45 PM
This seal really wants a part in the movie. ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/Ui6tFqc.jpg)

He otter be in pictures! :D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 02, 2017, 09:39:59 AM
Ya otter got it, or ya don't. 

(I had to use a Boston accent to make that one fly).
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 03, 2017, 09:17:02 PM
The 2nd day in Glacier Bay was as dark and gloomy, and cold and rainy as the day before. This was a bit disappointing for photography. We were in the midst of gorgeous glacier country, and we could only see what was a few feet ahead of us. This is Marjorie Glacier, which was kind enough to calve just as I was ready to photograph it. That's the big "explosion" you can see at the base of the glacier in this photo:

(https://i.imgur.com/B3eeuAC.jpg)

The glacier itself was about 200 feet tall, and we went out on a skiff to get closer to it than we could in the bigger boat. Without a size reference, it's hard to image how tall these are. But, if you see the iceburg that broke off in the foreground, our skiff would be about half to a third that size, or roughly the height of the small dark area on the bottom left side of the glacier.  Behind the glacier, which we can't see at all, were beautiful, tall peaks topped with glaciers of their own. The challenge, photographically speaking, was keeping the lens dry.

A few hours later, the rain stopped, and though we still had a thick mist, and not much background scenery, I was happy to have enough natural lighting to get some good shots of this small island area inhabited with at least a hundred seals.

(https://i.imgur.com/Vt7I1Pv.jpg)

I have a wider shot of it elsewhere, but I like this one because a flock of puffins flew by just as I shot this. Puffins aren't extremely rare, but they're a lot more rare than the cormorants and seagulls. So I was happy to get them in the shot.

No puffins, but I prefer the composition of this shot. This may be the one I blow up and frame. Still looking for the right photo for that. But there's still lots more to look through.

(https://i.imgur.com/CB1Xx1a.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 03, 2017, 10:15:18 PM
Gorgeous, keep 'em coming.

By coincidence, another friend of mine is in Alaska right now, but the only pictures she takes are with her iPhone. NTTAWWT, but ... yours are better. ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 04, 2017, 12:37:27 AM
It looks like her weather is about as bad as it was when I was there. Is she in the Juneau area?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 04, 2017, 10:38:34 AM
They've been up there for a few weeks ... I had this note from her on August 11:

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Until today (in Anchorage) it was sunny & warm, but now it rains.  The air is good however, the salmon are running (we're watching), and we enjoy ourselves.

And a couple of weeks later, this picture, helpfully titled "Sky, beach, clouds, mts."

(https://i.imgur.com/vbtlqKZ.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 04, 2017, 11:19:10 AM
Nice! It looks like she's on the rails that travel from Anchorage to Denali (and beyond). Some of the people I met on my trip had also been to Denali, and they spoke of the amazing wildlife they saw there. If I go back to Alaska, I'll probably go up to that area. I've complained about the rain, but in actuality, as I've learned, this is the true Alaska. When the sun shines, the locals call it "cloud failure".  Southeast Alaska is a temperate rainforest, so all those pictures of Alaska with the gorgeous blue skies and the striking glacier-topped mountains are anomalies. The week before I was there, the locals spoke of the gorgeous rainless week they had -- bright skies and warmer weather. It was the only nice week they had the entire summer, and they flocked outdoors to enjoy it. It sounds like your friend was there for that week as well.

Here's a wide shot of that island of seals. The pictures don't tell the whole story. They are great communicators, and you could hear them barking far away. Although it looks like they're just lying about, there's always a few sliding down the edge of the island into the water. They're fun to watch, and I did take a fair amount of photos of them.

(https://i.imgur.com/4TYa669.jpg)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 04, 2017, 03:35:24 PM
I like this shot because you get a peek through the clouds, and out of nowhere you see these huge mountain peaks right in front of you, which you had no idea were even there. At first, you think you're just seeing blue sky, and then you realize what you're looking at:

(https://i.imgur.com/ytNdvGN.jpg)

As the sun battled the clouds, trying to negotiate just a few hours of time where it could shine, I took this shot. It looks like it was shot with a blue filter, but it wasn't:

(https://i.imgur.com/0XDvwCl.jpg)

The sun wins the fight with perfect timing. We anchored down for a sunset stroll along the forest trail of Barlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park:

(https://i.imgur.com/cc2BZXT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TEsSNkd.jpg)

Beautiful lush moss covers everything but the man-made pathway. When you walk on it, you sink a few inches with each step. I've never walked through a rainforest, and I thought it was beautiful.

(https://i.imgur.com/2HSt4xz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pGO6f2z.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ebEwTLm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CEGTTvK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FUuT48j.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 04, 2017, 09:55:15 PM
Those are all gorgeous! I love the radiant sun at sunset especially, and the one where the sun won the battle with the clouds.

Could you see any of the eclipse way up there? Of course ... even if you could, it was probably cloudy all through it!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 04, 2017, 10:48:11 PM
No one bothered even trying to look for an eclipse. The day I just posted was the day of the eclipse, which probably happened about the time we were at the glacier shown in that photo with the calving. It was just so thick with fog, we didn't see the sun until (as you see) just an hour before sunset.

How about in NYC? Did you get to leave the library to go outside and see anything?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 05, 2017, 07:30:04 PM
Yes! I had hied over to the local camera emporium B&H the day before (Sunday morning) and queued up for some of the last eclipse glasses to be had in New York City. They only came in five-packs, so I had four extra pairs to share with my colleagues in my office. My appreciative boss sent around an e-mail saying anyone whose schedule allowed it (some people work on public service desks) should take the opportunity to go outside and take a look. In our location, the peak time was about 2:45, which I arranged to coincide with my lunch hour. I got the following shot on my phone by pure happenstance:

(https://i.imgur.com/x5DVdWN.jpg)

You're seeing an office tower just south of the Library, where I was standing on the wide plaza off  Fifth Avenue with a whole mob of other eclipse gazers. When I snapped this picture, the sun was slipping in and out of light cloud cover. You see the actual partially veiled sun at the upper right corner of the tower ... but look on the facade. That crescent spot is a reflection of the sun's reflection, about 70% eclipsed.

I had no idea I had captured that until a couple of days later when I was looking back through my photos.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 05, 2017, 07:55:59 PM
Yes! I had hied over to the local camera emporium B&H the day before (Sunday morning) and queued up for some of the last eclipse glasses to be had in New York City. They only came in five-packs, so I had four extra pairs to share with my colleagues in my office. My appreciative boss sent around an e-mail saying anyone whose schedule allowed it (some people work on public service desks) should take the opportunity to go outside and take a look. In our location, the peak time was about 2:45, which I arranged to coincide with my lunch hour. I got the following shot on my phone by pure happenstance:

(https://i.imgur.com/x5DVdWN.jpg)

You're seeing an office tower just south of the Library, where I was standing on the wide plaza off  Fifth Avenue with a whole mob of other eclipse gazers. When I snapped this picture, the sun was slipping in and out of light cloud cover. You see the actual partially veiled sun at the upper right corner of the tower ... but look on the facade. That crescent spot is a reflection of the sun's reflection, about 70% eclipsed.

I had no idea I had captured that until a couple of days later when I was looking back through my photos.

Wow, it's spectacular! What a very cool and unique shot of the eclipse. You should find somewhere to send that, to whatever publication publishes photos of it. It's just such a cool perspective.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on September 06, 2017, 10:29:02 AM
I thought I'd share some images I captured with my iPad today.  My finger got into one, but not bad.  A rainy day at home in Salem, New Hampshire.  View around the property.  The Toyota RAV4 used to belong to my dad.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/5243d75fa7c623310884a704d9410b77.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/90bf1f74757603a4cebc432f7819e8b1.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/089e0147aa837d2a1031975484108574.jpg)
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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/bc53c61f709a3594d6a9807b1f65c52b.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/4c796ad45de39133ba44d04321b5c3f6.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/22631484e6d31cadcf6de590786dab76.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/d815703cd25be61d5dccb9a70886f256.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/876ad1c3acb893e1720f451e06dc727f.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170906/32462aab4075d5f5546ef6862b5faacf.jpg)


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 06, 2017, 11:57:04 AM
Brian, did you move from Boston? iPads must have better cameras on them than they used to. My iPad (2nd Gen) has the worst camera of any device I've ever owned with a camera.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on September 06, 2017, 11:59:17 AM
Yeah, I've had some major changes the past couple of years.  I moved to Salem, New Hampshire last April.  Home on short-term disability: left knee surgery so no work until October.  New Hampshire is nice. I like it here.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 06, 2017, 12:18:56 PM
New Hampshire is nice for skiing. Get that knee better and get out there and take some photos. It's beautiful out there.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 06, 2017, 11:52:44 PM
Lots of trees up there, I see.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 06, 2017, 11:53:52 PM
I thought I'd share some images I captured with my iPad today.  My finger got into one, but not bad. 

That's why they call it digital photography, I guess.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 07, 2017, 05:58:34 AM
That's why they call it digital photography, I guess.

 ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on September 10, 2017, 03:36:20 PM
Sunny Salem Sunday

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170910/91e777cc8846926608ab469faaec3604.jpg)

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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170910/c30dd7e8a90c2a3cca479dbb3ec0b1e0.jpg)

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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170910/70215b116f1f903e75720aff6038d9ea.jpg)

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(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170910/dfb34183ed0ea4ffa5aac4c5a66c1260.jpg)


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 16, 2017, 07:46:37 PM
Here's some more pics from Alaska.  So, we're on a 60 passenger ship, much smaller than regular cruise ships, and the reason I wanted to go on this type of ship was for photographing whales. I had seen the humpbacks in Hawaii in January, and left feeling really discouraged that I hadn't gotten a good opportunity to photograph the whales. So, I followed them to Alaska where they migrate in the summer. I have to say that although I got better photos this time, I still feel discouraged because I didn't get a magnificent shot. And that's now my life goal. I'm probably going to keep following humpbacks around the world until I get a shot that I'm satisfied with. And I like that goal a lot, because I'll see some fantastic things trying to achieve it.

Anyway, here's the best shot I got:

(https://i.imgur.com/V6sGJoX.jpg)

Not bad, but not stunning. But, I did get to watch two whales swimming together and diving for about an hour, and that was breathtaking.

This is the same dive, just a half a second later:

(https://i.imgur.com/XtJYcG6.jpg)

Here's a whale diving, in sequence:

First you see them arch their back (and after watching them a bit, you start to get excited when you see this because you know you're about to get a tail sighting):

(https://i.imgur.com/5zVGhWx.jpg)

They lift their tail:

(https://i.imgur.com/AlsBtvo.jpg)

The back of their tail flips up:

(https://i.imgur.com/YPkyeAo.jpg)

The underside of their tail sinks into the water after them:

(https://i.imgur.com/dOGTqi2.jpg)

Here's a shot of the two together. I believe it's a mother and her calf.

(https://i.imgur.com/PdUoDGR.jpg)


One more shot:

(https://i.imgur.com/LdYK7pu.jpg)

And just to break up the monotony, another shot of the sun trying to fight its way through the clouds.

(https://i.imgur.com/kyIob6O.jpg)

We'd see a lot more whales later this night at dusk, but I don't think I got any decent photos -- it was too dark, and they were far away, but I'll post something later anyway even if it's not that good. ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 17, 2017, 09:57:18 AM
Thanks, Matt! Looking forward to more whale pix from around the world!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 26, 2017, 10:33:09 PM
Here's a few more from Alaska.

This one is the base of Baird Glacier, at Thomas Bay.

(https://i.imgur.com/wWa0ZbQ.jpg)

Tongass National Forest around Ford's Terror:

(https://i.imgur.com/5EQHerS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aaMoGmc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zOyntr9.jpg)

It was low tide, and the shoreline was just chock-full of mussels for as far as you could see.

(https://i.imgur.com/G0e2bXB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ysBsRCn.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 27, 2017, 07:18:12 AM
It was low tide, and the shoreline was just chock-full of mussels for as far as you could see.

(https://i.imgur.com/G0e2bXB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ysBsRCn.jpg)

Mussel Beach! :D

Lovely, Matt. Thanks!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 27, 2017, 11:31:44 AM
Mussel Beach! :D


 ;D I should have seen that coming!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on September 28, 2017, 03:37:57 PM
This batch of photos is from the Endicott Arm area. This first photo was taken on a gray/dreary morning and the photo was too flat, but such beautiful scenery. I needed to make it a B/W photo to give it a little bit of pop

(https://i.imgur.com/PIrvDrJ.jpg)

This is approaching Dawes Glacier, and the silt water was perfect for catching the reflection of the mountains and clouds:

(https://i.imgur.com/sbPrZ5R.jpg)

A little later in the day, and there was enough light to see some color:

(https://i.imgur.com/JWrcDZU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gdAyvRs.jpg)

This is a little cave in Dawes Glacier, which partially collapsed from a calving while we were nearby. You can see from this image how tall these glaciers are -- there's a small boat on the bottom left:

(https://i.imgur.com/A9AO7Fb.jpg)

Dawes Glacier again, that little cave from the photo above is on the far left side of the glacier:

(https://i.imgur.com/icAWZqV.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on September 29, 2017, 01:25:49 AM
Spectacular! It's great that you got the boat in the picture showing the cave. It's hard to get a sense of scale in landscape photos sometimes.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 14, 2017, 10:13:50 PM
So, a few more from Alaska. These are more photos from the same day as the first bear photos I posted. We counted fourteen bears in this area, four of which were cubs, and these families fished and lived together in harmony. It was an amazing thing to witness these bears fishing, and from what I can tell -- the females were fishing, and then taking it back to the shoreline where the cubs were waiting for dinner, and they'd eat together. 

This first photo will explain why there were so many bears in this area -- the salmon were plentiful and leaping out of the water.


(https://i.imgur.com/jN0lc2t.jpg)


This cub doesn't yet have that deadly stare in his eyes like the father we saw earlier:

(https://i.imgur.com/i7ClD0R.jpg)


Speaking of the father -- here he is, and I think that's the same cub:

(https://i.imgur.com/vi9tYIz.jpg)


These are all brown bears (Grizzly Bears), but they almost look like two different breeds. This seems to be a female bear, and she has a totally different look from the father bear.  I had my camera on her for a while -- she kept dunking her head under and coming up empty. I knew it was just a matter of time, and then she came up with this:

(https://i.imgur.com/pjIez0I.jpg)

And then took her catch to share with her cubs:

(https://i.imgur.com/rOxREOD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xlRJp9L.jpg)

That's her on the bottom left of the last photo... and as you can see, plenty more bears are wanting to get in on that salmon-eating action.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on October 14, 2017, 10:37:55 PM
Wow, those are terrific, Matt! How close were you to the action?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 14, 2017, 11:19:36 PM
I was on land on the other side of the stream from them. I would guess the stream was about 30 yards wide. At the closest, maybe 15 yards from the action -- they never came more than halfway across the stream.  This photo shows a non-zoomed look at the scene where you can get a better idea of the distance between the camera and subject:

(https://i.imgur.com/V0Fh6EV.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 15, 2017, 11:38:08 AM
I spent a few days on foot in Juneau and it was soggy, foggy, rainy and dreary day and night. They do what they can to make the main strip in downtown Juneau colorful for the tourists.

(https://i.imgur.com/9pLLE8P.jpg)

This is inside the touristy-Red Dog Saloon, where you can order an Alaskan Reindeer Sausage sandwich and of course some Alaskan Ale, which I've been looking for since coming home.

(https://i.imgur.com/9kvQ3ha.jpg)

One of the more interesting land excursions in Juneau is The Shrine of St. Thérèse  (https://www.shrineofsainttherese.org/holy-grounds), where you'll find some really gorgeous grounds owned and maintained by the Roman Catholic Church:


(https://i.imgur.com/fniXb5t.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4sS26L2.jpg)

All these images are from the grounds around The Shrine of St. Thérèse.

(https://i.imgur.com/18IqxMc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/63zjgkk.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VTtNQWo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2PlOOud.jpg)

I think one more post will wrap up my Alaskan trip. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on October 15, 2017, 03:31:31 PM
In the photos of the bears the fish look almost photoshopped, especially in that top picture!

And 30 yards or so just seems so close! :o
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on October 15, 2017, 04:56:08 PM
Thanks, Matt! Did you make your way through that labyrinth in the first picture from the Shrine of St. Thérèse?

I clicked the link you provided and was awestruck at the first image on the site ... a spectacular view of the shrine under the northern lights. Also, I found out that the second of your pictures shows the columbarium there ... certainly a beautiful place for one's ashes to repose, awaiting the Resurrection.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on October 15, 2017, 04:57:15 PM
In the photos of the bears the fish look almost photoshopped, especially in that top picture!

I was thinking the bears looked natural, but the fish looked photoshopped! :D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 15, 2017, 06:02:37 PM
Yeah, the fish does look photoshopped -- I actually agree with you. But, it's real. You can see the wake where he left the water.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 15, 2017, 06:36:37 PM
Thanks, Matt! Did you make your way through that labyrinth in the first picture from the Shrine of St. Thérèse?


That would have been a possibility, except that I was soaked to the bone and tired after having spent the day sight-seeing. I did enjoy it though. It was very beautiful and serene, and I was the only one there because it was pouring at the time, so I liked that I had the whole place to myself, but it was a short visit because of the rain.


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I clicked the link you provided and was awestruck at the first image on the site ... a spectacular view of the shrine under the northern lights. Also, I found out that the second of your pictures shows the columbarium there ... certainly a beautiful place for one's ashes to repose, awaiting the Resurrection.

Oh, I know. I wished we could have seen the Northern Lights, but they're a winter event, mainly occuring September - April.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on October 15, 2017, 07:50:50 PM
I think it's more of a matter of needing dark skies to see them ... The sky is too light in the far north in the summer months. But auroras can occur year-round.

https://www.theaurorazone.com/about-the-aurora/the-science-of-the-northern-lights/the-best-time-to-see-the-northern-lights

I've had thoughts of taking a journey to northern Scandinavia in the winter just to try to see them, but then ... you can never be sure if they're going to show up, and then the sky has to be clear, as well.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 15, 2017, 08:28:56 PM
I just looked over that website, and it's frustrating that they won't give an answer to the question:  How likely am I to see the Northern Lights?  I get that it varies, but there's a statistical answer that they should be able to provide.  They have these tours, and if you pay thousands of dollars to go on one, and go sit in negative degree weather from 9pm to 1am, they should be able to say "65% of our trips have resulted in at least one viewing of the Northern Lights".  Or whatever number.  There has to be a better answer than "We can't say".  And if it was closer to 80%, then I'd think it would be worth trying it.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on October 18, 2017, 07:26:27 PM
“Within Without You” 10/18/17

Views inside & outside a tree in Malden.  I liked the view standing at the base of this tree so I decided to capture some images.  That’s the first five.  You’d think the last six could be different trees but they are one and the same, just different angles.   In one of the images, it appears the sun is splitting the tree in half from the top.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 19, 2017, 12:58:03 PM
“Within Without You” 10/18/17

Channeling some George Harrison Sgt. Pepper's?

Here's a tree pic of my own -- see if anyone can guess the type of baby bird in this image:

(https://i.imgur.com/VFJthHm.jpg)

And my best Puffin photo:

(https://i.imgur.com/Uo1smu1.jpg)

This is Mendenhall Glacier, which is one of the glaciers that's easiest to get to if you're visitng Juneau. There's a visitor's center with parking, and a variety of trails. I missed seeing a bear here, and this was before I saw all the grizzly bears above, so I was disappointed because it seemed I just kept missing them, both here and at Eagle Beach, another great place to spot Eagles, Bears, and spawning salmon.

(https://i.imgur.com/G4c9G4R.jpg)

Here's one more shot of that father grizzly. He almost looks stuffed because he's so perfectly large and foreboding:

(https://i.imgur.com/YAKYiXp.jpg)

These last two are from the flight out of Alaska. I wanted to spend time in Seattle, so chose a flight that would give me a 7 hour layover -- just enough to photograph their iconic skyline.  But, it meant stopping twice between Juneau in Seattle.  First, in Sitka, and then in  Ketchikan. 

Sitka:

(https://i.imgur.com/BZEPGAY.jpg)


Ketchikan:

(https://i.imgur.com/zECEJDH.jpg)

And that's it for Alaska. Next:  Seattle. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on October 19, 2017, 07:38:08 PM
Magnificent, Matt! I love that one of the grizzly, he looks like the essence of bear-ness.

Is that a baby eagle in the top pic?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on October 19, 2017, 08:23:31 PM

Is that a baby eagle in the top pic?

Why yes, it is!  (https://i.imgur.com/F6MC8xq.png)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on October 28, 2017, 07:39:48 PM
Happy Halloween!

(https://i.imgur.com/UV6nUKCh.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on October 31, 2017, 11:00:25 PM
More Happy Halloween:

(https://i.imgur.com/Ft6mKK2h.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HUs3C2Eh.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 03, 2017, 08:42:55 PM
Zoo pics from the Cincinatti Zoo:

(https://i.imgur.com/f7zBBRq.jpg)

The world-famous Fiona with her mother (her father died this week)

(https://i.imgur.com/QTHZsHz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/egNiphv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XyB9BvZ.jpg)

I've never seen this animal in person or online before this trip. Anyone know what it is?

(https://i.imgur.com/GnVg5kS.jpg)

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 04, 2017, 08:15:15 AM
Zoo pics from the Cincinatti Zoo:
The world-famous Fiona with her mother (her father died this week)

(https://i.imgur.com/QTHZsHz.jpg)

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

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I've never seen this animal in person or online before this trip. Anyone know what it is?

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Lycaon pictus, or African wild dog (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_wild_dog), African hunting dog, African painted dog, painted hunting dog or painted wolf. It is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

(I didn't know, but Google Image Search did.)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 04, 2017, 01:09:15 PM
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

Lycaon pictus, or African wild dog (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_wild_dog), African hunting dog, African painted dog, painted hunting dog or painted wolf. It is a canid native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

(I didn't know, but Google Image Search did.)

Yes to all of the above.  Now let's see if you can guess this one (without help from Google):

(https://i.imgur.com/8doIERn.jpg)

If you can't name the animal, then what two animals are his closest relatives? One is more obvious than the other!

And here's a few more pics:

(https://i.imgur.com/RPYHCNa.jpg)

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(https://i.imgur.com/yeIgUGo.jpg)

With zoo pics, I like to zoom in very close or else it looks too much like a zoo pic. I try to avoid showing glass enclosures or fences in or around the area, or feeding dispensers. The one thing that's hardest to get around are the tags they use on some of the animals -- I notice them on all the birds, but not on the other animals.  So shooting Ostriches, Flamingos and Penguins were definitely close-up photos.  I got lucky on this picture, because although there are huge tags around the entire wing of the penguins, they were turned toward me in a way that they weren't shown:

(https://i.imgur.com/MduDaxh.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 04, 2017, 08:08:09 PM
Yes to all of the above.  Now let's see if you can guess this one (without help from Google):

(https://i.imgur.com/8doIERn.jpg)

If you can't name the animal, then what two animals are his closest relatives? One is more obvious than the other!

It's that Irish animal ... an O'Kapi! :D

And they looks like they're half zebra, and half (short and unspotted) giraffe, so I guess that's the answer. I did take a quick peek at Google, but only to see if "okapi" was spelled right.  ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on November 04, 2017, 08:15:05 PM
I haven't been to the Cincinnati zoo since I was a kid. Those are cool shots, Matt.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 05, 2017, 09:22:46 AM
It's that Irish animal ... an O'Kapi! :D

And they looks like they're half zebra, and half (short and unspotted) giraffe, so I guess that's the answer. I did take a quick peek at Google, but only to see if "okapi" was spelled right.  ;)

(http://www.pngmart.com/files/1/3D-Gold-Star-PNG-Picture.png)

You get the gold star for that -- Okapi it is! And Giraffe and Zebra is also correct!

If you're still having fun, how about this one? There's no scale included to see the size, but they are about 2.5 to 3 feet long.

(https://i.imgur.com/3YYXgQS.jpg)

(^ Not a very artistic picture, so here's a few more):

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I haven't been to the Cincinnati zoo since I was a kid.

Are you close, Christopher? I know you're in Ohio, but not sure what city. In any case, it's a great zoo -- and as adults, I think we can appreciate the zoo more than kids, if we allow our inner child to enjoy it.  I don't think kids would get how rare it is to see these animals in person when they're as young as they are. To them, the goat in the zoo's petting zoo is as novel as seeing the snow leopard. But as we get older, we appreciate that some of these animals are near extinction, and that we miss out on how gorgeous our planet is if we don't see them. There's this quote from Rocky, Christopher you may know it -- so I won't quote it yet -- where Rocky is going to take Adrian on their first date, and the local mob boss's bodyguard tells Rocky where to take her and why.  It's a funny quote, and it runs through my mind at least once when I go to the zoo. It's a laughable quote because it's ridiculous, but I think a lot of adults miss out on seeing these things because they're thought to be more for kids. The Cincy zoo has beer and wine sales. So, grab a camera, and go. It's a great day!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 05, 2017, 09:34:51 AM
I'm actually pretty disappointed in that last photo. I thought I got the best shot of Red Pandas ever. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera set with a fast shutter speed for capturing action, and the lens was too slow to capture the playing. It came out with motion blur, and I couldn't tell when looking at it on the little camera screen. I thought I had captured an action shot perfectly, and was really happy with myself.  ::)   To me, photography is like hunting, only you appreciate the animals, you don't hurt them. So getting that "prized shot" is as rewarding as I suppose it would be for Wilson to shoot the elephant.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 05, 2017, 09:57:51 AM
More Happy Halloween:

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I love your street photography. I love the un-posed spur-of-the-moment everyday people shots that you take. I've never done that type of photography. In my photographic world, people don't exist -- it's just animals and landscapes, though sometimes there's a silhouette or city skyline. So I have a good degree of appreciation for this kind of photography, and just capturing people as they are, forever preserved in that one moment.

I looked at the zoo map for your Central Park zoo, and you have some great animals there -- though your photography of the people at the zoo might be more interesting!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Christopher on November 05, 2017, 04:25:04 PM
Are you close, Christopher? I know you're in Ohio, but not sure what city. In any case, it's a great zoo -- and as adults, I think we can appreciate the zoo more than kids, if we allow our inner child to enjoy it.  I don't think kids would get how rare it is to see these animals in person when they're as young as they are. To them, the goat in the zoo's petting zoo is as novel as seeing the snow leopard. But as we get older, we appreciate that some of these animals are near extinction, and that we miss out on how gorgeous our planet is if we don't see them. There's this quote from Rocky, Christopher you may know it -- so I won't quote it yet -- where Rocky is going to take Adrian on their first date, and the local mob boss's bodyguard tells Rocky where to take her and why.  It's a funny quote, and it runs through my mind at least once when I go to the zoo. It's a laughable quote because it's ridiculous, but I think a lot of adults miss out on seeing these things because they're thought to be more for kids. The Cincy zoo has beer and wine sales. So, grab a camera, and go. It's a great day!
I'm a bit north of Dayton so Cincinnati isn't a bad drive--two hours maybe. I've been to the Columbus zoo a few times as an adult (I did go as a kid too). I also went to the Toledo zoo as a kid.

And I think I know the line from Rocky you're thinking about. ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 06, 2017, 12:37:13 AM

If you're still having fun, how about this one? There's no scale included to see the size, but they are about 2.5 to 3 feet long.

(https://i.imgur.com/3YYXgQS.jpg)

I guess no one else is taking this one, so I will, though I partially cheated. I knew I had seen them in zoos myself, I had admired their rectangularity. But I couldn't remember their name, so I looked up "Rodents" in Wikipedia and got to it that way.

They are capybaras (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara), "the largest living rodent in the world," according to Wiki. (And who would want to be confronted with the largest dead rodent?  :o )
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 06, 2017, 12:42:25 AM
I love your street photography. I love the un-posed spur-of-the-moment everyday people shots that you take. I've never done that type of photography. In my photographic world, people don't exist -- it's just animals and landscapes, though sometimes there's a silhouette or city skyline. So I have a good degree of appreciation for this kind of photography, and just capturing people as they are, forever preserved in that one moment.

Thanks! I love street photography, but I'm too shy to do much of it. When I took the Halloween pictures, though, everyone was happy to have me do it, so maybe I'll be encouraged to do more in the future.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 06, 2017, 01:11:06 AM

They are capybaras (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara), "the largest living rodent in the world," according to Wiki. (And who would want to be confronted with the largest dead rodent?  :o )

Correct, of course. That link you posted had some interesting information. Apparently, capybara sightings are common in Florida (never saw one in all the years I lived there).  Another interesting factoid -- they're pictured on a Uruguayan coin, which has to make them the only rodent featured on currency.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 06, 2017, 08:25:25 AM
Correct, of course. That link you posted had some interesting information. Apparently, capybara sightings are common in Florida (never saw one in all the years I lived there).  Another interesting factoid -- they're pictured on a Uruguayan coin, which has to make them the only rodent featured on currency.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 06, 2017, 09:12:54 AM
 ;D Rats!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 26, 2017, 04:32:49 PM
This is one of the best, most interesting off topic threads here on the CE Forum.  Lots of great images.
I haven’t been to Maine since August and stopped to take these in Windham.  The weather was nice, a little cold.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 26, 2017, 10:51:01 PM
You live in a really picturesque area, so you're really lucky to have so much opportunity for great photography. I do like these pics a lot, but I notice that when you zoom in, you see more grain and they're a bit out of focus. Are these taken from the iPad, or your phone?  Maybe you could put a camera on your Christmas list. I'm not criticizing at all, or I hope it doesn't sound that way. But, a camera will really help you develop your eye and you'll get better results too.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on November 27, 2017, 01:02:32 PM
Thanks, Matt.  No, man, no offense taken, none at all.  I use my iPhone so yeah, maybe I’ll try keeping my iPad handy going forward.  Thanks for the advice.  Glad you like the pics.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 27, 2017, 09:37:56 PM
Does the iPad have a better camera than the iPhone? ??? I suppose it would depend on the model for each.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 27, 2017, 09:40:35 PM
Quality probably isn't going to be much different between iPad and iPhone. What I meant to say to Jed Cooper is that since you like photography, and you live in such a beautiful area, get a camera... not one connected to a phone or tablet. Not only will it help you develop your eye just by looking through the lens, but you'll get better results. If you go with a DSLR, you'll be able to get extra creative with your camera. But, even just a point-and-shoot camera will give better results.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on November 27, 2017, 10:24:24 PM
On my way back from Alaska, I had a few hours layover in Seattle. I only had a few hours, and there wasn't much time to explore the area, but I knew the spots I wanted to hit, so stuck with those. Seattle was beautiful, and I'm convinced that I was there on the most beautiful day Seattle ever had, and the most beautiful sunset anyone there has ever seen. It was pure luck, and it will go down as one of my favorite photography days ever.


This is from Kerry Park, the best vantage point to view two iconic figures in one shot: one man-made, the other not:

(https://i.imgur.com/vAS20I4.jpg)

The only thing I could have wished for on this little layover was that the crane ruining my shot wasn't there that day. But, oh well...

This view was from the highway where there was a traffic jam. With traffic completely stopped, I had time to get a few shots of the Great Wheel.

(https://i.imgur.com/ESU2ZAF.jpg)

Mt. Rainier from Seacrest Park:

(https://i.imgur.com/xwp1MwX.jpg)

I'll save a few for another post. I'm running low on photos to share.  ;)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on November 28, 2017, 02:37:24 AM
No, no, the crane in that first shot is great! It provides a pure horizontal to contrast with all the verticals, and helps organize the composition between the natural (trees in left lower foreground, mountain in right middle background) and the man-made (the cityscape proper). It's a great photo.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 01, 2017, 07:09:00 PM
No, no, the crane in that first shot is great! It provides a pure horizontal to contrast with all the verticals, and helps organize the composition between the natural (trees in left lower foreground, mountain in right middle background) and the man-made (the cityscape proper). It's a great photo.

 :)  Thanks for your unique viewpoint and your artistic and intelligent way of looking at this shot (a great combination). You've helped me like it a little better.

This is the same park (Seacrest Park) as the last photo in the post above. I had these two spots in mind for photographing the skyline and wanted to shoot both spots in day and night lighitng. So after getting Kerry Park in daylight, I came back to Seacrest Park for day shots, and stayed until the city lights came on. As I wrote above, I saw the most beautiful sunset I believe Seattle has ever had.

(https://i.imgur.com/2jX8MIk.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dx2TW1D.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dhnz1tU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xRRUSGm.jpg)

A couple more shots still to come...

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on December 02, 2017, 07:45:45 PM
That was a gorgeous sunset! And the silhouetted guy with the pipe in the next to last shot makes it really special.

One more thing about the shot with the crane in it: It ties that view to a specific moment in time. Nowadays practically any photograph of a recognizable scene is like thousands of others that thousands of other people with cameras have shot over a period of months or years or decades ... in the case of natural features and the world's great man-made monuments, centuries even. Well, no more than a century and a half or so, if we're talking photographs, but you get the idea. That view of Mount Rainier from Kerry Park, for instance ... without half trying, I found these:

View of Mt Rainier from Kerry Park (https://www.google.com/search?q=view+of+mt+rainier+from+kerry+park&num=100&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5wen75-zXAhUJPN8KHWkCCu4QsAQIJg&biw=1439&bih=914)

But that crane was lying athwart that view only for a brief moment of the historical record. And you captured it.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 10, 2017, 03:51:43 PM
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Naples, Maine.  Earlier today.  First time using my iPad to take photos.  Not sure how much space these would take up, I chose the smallest size when posting.  This is where my dad spent his last days and I’m in the process of selling. 


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on December 13, 2017, 11:20:29 AM
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I think this is your best shot yet. Nice composition. You have an interesting subject (the cabin) and good focus. Nice framing with the snow flocked trees.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on December 13, 2017, 05:01:18 PM
Thank you. 🙂


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on January 02, 2018, 02:06:42 PM
I think it's more of a matter of needing dark skies to see them ... The sky is too light in the far north in the summer months. But auroras can occur year-round.

https://www.theaurorazone.com/about-the-aurora/the-science-of-the-northern-lights/the-best-time-to-see-the-northern-lights

I've had thoughts of taking a journey to northern Scandinavia in the winter just to try to see them, but then ... you can never be sure if they're going to show up, and then the sky has to be clear, as well.

KC! I've got great news for you! :)

From an email I got today:

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on January 02, 2018, 09:39:47 PM
KC! I've got great news for you! :)

From an email I got today:

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Exactly what is needed:   A guarantee! Do it!

Tempting. But summer would be the best time to plan it. Right now, with temperatures in NYC in the single digits and teens, and a "Nor'easter" snowstorm coming in a couple of days ... I'm not sure I want to go on a wintertime cruise, even with Northern Lights! :o
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on February 16, 2018, 06:45:02 PM
The morning of February 14, 2018 finds me at a doctor’s appointment across the street from Revere Beach.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on March 21, 2018, 07:35:05 PM
A few quick phone camera pics from our Snow Day in New York City today:

Maison Kayser, the French bakery café where I took a break (inside) when I was going stir crazy ... They may have been a bit overly optimistic about the weather on the first full day of spring:
(https://i.imgur.com/DbTV5sV.jpg)

Pigeons have to make a living too, and they don't get a Snow Day:
(https://i.imgur.com/23uA2H4.jpg)

The witch hazel in my building's front yard has been blooming for a while now. Today it was probably asking itself "Why?"
(https://i.imgur.com/KpDOH6U.jpg)

My building's private garden ... across the courtyard is our sister building. This was taken at about 4 PM today.
(https://i.imgur.com/IGJWIwh.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on March 23, 2018, 04:42:27 AM
River’s Edge, Medford, MA.  March 23, 2018.  Spring battles through the final moments of winter.

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on March 23, 2018, 11:41:11 AM
So much snow! Meanwhile in Tennessee

(https://i.imgur.com/l6dpIvF.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on March 23, 2018, 06:34:36 PM
^ I hear them calling in Central Park, even in the snow, but haven't managed to glimpse one yet.

Great photo, Matt! :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on April 07, 2018, 01:41:08 PM
Look who I caught wandering through my backyard this afternoon... 

(https://i.imgur.com/wLxl56U.jpg)

She had a mate hanging back in the woods a bit -- couldn't get a good pic of him.

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on April 07, 2018, 01:58:33 PM
Here's her mate:

(https://i.imgur.com/wtKy3Q1.jpg)

It was snowing in Tennessee today, so that would make this a.....
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on April 07, 2018, 05:10:45 PM
Great pics!

It was snowing in Tennessee today, so that would make this a.....

??? Snowy day in Tennessee? Snowy turkeys in Tennessee? Early Thanksgiving weather in Tennessee?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on April 07, 2018, 05:50:38 PM
C'mon, it's too easy!  Someone help her!  ;D
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 07, 2018, 06:34:30 PM
Snowbird ???
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on April 07, 2018, 07:58:55 PM
 ???

Temperature's risin....

Fever is high.....

Can't see no future....

Can't see no sky.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on April 08, 2018, 12:34:37 AM
???

Temperature's risin....

Fever is high.....

Can't see no future....

Can't see no sky.

Cold turkey has got me.... on the run

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: The Schofield Kid on April 08, 2018, 03:47:03 AM
Ahhh, of course. 😎
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on April 08, 2018, 09:30:56 AM
Cold turkey has got me.... on the run


Give that man some

(https://img.thewhiskyexchange.com/540/brbon_wil25.jpg)

And that cold turkey did have me on the run.... to get my camera before they scurried off.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on April 08, 2018, 04:31:49 PM
Pah, a pop culture reference. Can't expect me to get those.

Though, of course, the expression "cold turkey" is not unknown to me in other contexts. I really should have gotten that one ... might have, if you had said "It's 33° in Tennessee today," or something of the sort. I kept envisioning snow-covered turkeys.

(https://i.imgur.com/MtPx0Y9l.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on April 08, 2018, 05:58:12 PM
That is one sad looking... and cold... turkey.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 08, 2018, 08:32:16 PM
This House Finch family has built their nest on the top of one of the columns on my front porch. This spot houses a nest every Spring, but this is the first time the birds haven't been too skittish for photos at feeding time.

(https://i.imgur.com/08HLYId.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/eBAMyWw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EVTarXn.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on May 08, 2018, 08:43:24 PM
Awwwwwwwwwwwww! :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 19, 2018, 04:08:38 PM
A couple more from outside Dad’s cabin in Naples, Maine recently, April 27.  I took more but only wanted to include the best. 

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on May 19, 2018, 05:41:32 PM
Looking good, Jed.  I haven't traveled anywhere lately to do any special photography. But, there's so much to photograph without even leaving town. I photographed the birds in my front porch nest every morning to see the changes each day brings. They left the nest this morning. I had just taken this last one yesterday -- testing the wings.

(https://i.imgur.com/ztLEuOM.jpg)

Now that they're gone, I was going to pull the nest down and clean that area. But, a friend said the breeding Finches may not be done for the season, so I'll hold off until Fall.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 19, 2018, 06:25:24 PM
Thanks, Matt.  I’m curious to see more of those birds.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on May 19, 2018, 06:33:37 PM
Sorry, I didn’t realize you had posted others of those birds.  I just scrolled back a little and saw them.   Very nice.


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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on June 01, 2018, 05:56:33 PM
Revere Beach.  Wednesday, May 30, 2018. 

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 01, 2018, 10:31:19 PM
Here's a shot I took tonight in the garden of my building with my phone camera. I find I can get much better pictures with it by using the Pro mode. There are only a few settings you can adjust, but they really help. (I have a low-level Samsung Galaxy.)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/TUmzfoApkiXTIHTiDoKsCyg47OQwXXNoarDZmTnrNtFaA2AT5cTkNmsPBIWHdJvuyU7n6sKX_SAe-5VhDx25zE2UTE79hLque6SLd8SiKK3UhCsz3L7pu2kWT6R3S8eI4abW5OZ5Ag=w2400)

Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on July 03, 2018, 07:50:18 AM
Say hello to Scooter Cooper.  We adopted him for a friend of Tina’s yesterday who’s moving and didn’t want him placed in a shelter.  He’s hypoallergenic so that’s perfect for me since I’m allergic to cats & dogs.  I took these yesterday with my phone. 

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180703/462f52769ef5d339c6d9690c4e36fccf.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180703/528a58e64eab8be5fc7ced67a7f4b5ce.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180703/22f9655d60f1ea523ebdb41919796a67.jpg)

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 03, 2018, 01:43:30 PM
Here's a shot I took tonight in the garden of my building with my phone camera. I find I can get much better pictures with it by using the Pro mode. There are only a few settings you can adjust, but they really help. (I have a low-level Samsung Galaxy.)


Very nice! I never played around to find there's a pro mode (I have a Samsung Galaxy also).  I'm sure that will help -- I've always gotten pretty sub-par photos with my camera. Great tip.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 03, 2018, 01:48:50 PM

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180703/22f9655d60f1ea523ebdb41919796a67.jpg)



These little terriers always look so happy. Maybe that's because God loves a terrier.

https://www.youtube.com/v/yC8rZq3oKuI

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 03, 2018, 09:45:03 PM
Very nice! I never played around to find there's a pro mode (I have a Samsung Galaxy also).  I'm sure that will help -- I've always gotten pretty sub-par photos with my camera. Great tip.

Thanks, Matt. Here's a couple more phone cam pix I've gotten lately:

"Manhattanhenge" effect on June 12, near Columbus Circle:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vswI7oiAFzTyfGIyumiVlOuOqq2taf67l7jE7XfZMIT8K7CGq5JXo1_qhMapd9eYp6q2TH6uo9T02ljBtKpnaavrp52aWea952g70JqcXiWjbBmupJ5uL-mwMIRgGvcJPbK8C9FS6A=w2400)

A bit past the peak Manhattanhenge days, on June 25, West 40s:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/9cumeSVtUwuXr1J5ess66BHABrOH5E4Zczv8KNIaIDAewbK-Vp7JJHGhJ5jXgMgzFX4Icoah28fKu2TUixEQVi7_zcTslM8XPVi3PIib7z8JPS3SVw1fi336XnjzwiAlRXw2RUQ7pg=w2400)

Midday, overhead shot in Union Square Park, June 16:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/mCktO9FOG7sir4j1Jmw0eDlsBazwgNOqc3miGACccQdLF2NvfS8sT-JvTmdW1uGszxWpBNnBGitekMgIz0dB3lvrAEyt8qIMfK4m0uCvGJNnhG87wMtJxR-wjo6x1YrlUYlUgbxtaA=w2400)

Finally (no pro effects on this one) ... what could be cooler than a pit bull in shades? (Today, Seventh Ave. and 51st)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KXhZyLPpR5FQPmYT7YcWOnjbI5avzUkHjtAxIT23UoGiR0DJgQPuqxphZMh2480pmuBhr735DLjGDAXXrt6iou-zG-EHT-qrct0tXKM0Yn4ntvI9hkS5ppfVv-iJ7mCC0atNIVzguQ=w2400)


PS, that reminds me ... Cute pup, Jed. :)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 11, 2018, 10:02:40 PM
Love these, KC.  The Manhattanhenge photos are spectactular.

Been traveling, and this was yesterday at the New River Gorge Bridge, WV:

(https://i.imgur.com/1YSvviy.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/P0zkHKo.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 12, 2018, 07:29:30 AM
Nice! That last one reminds me of when my mother (an art teacher) was teaching me about perspective.  Not much traffic on those tracks, I reckon?
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 19, 2018, 03:44:15 PM
Bridges are my favorite thing to photograph, and there's a lot of pics that I've posted here in this thread of different bridges.  I have a few more of the New River Gorge Bridge, now that I'm home and have gone through all the photos.  If anyone is interested, the New River Gorge Bridge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_River_Gorge_Bridge) was the longest single span bridge in the world when it was built, but is now the fourth longest.  It's also one of the tallest (#3 in the U.S.).  On October 20th, if you want to base jump off the bridge, it's closed to vehicles for just that. Somewhat tempting to go back to photograph that, but I wouldn't be jumping off. It's a long drive though from middle Tennessee.

(https://i.imgur.com/tPA2zuY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CbSqlvc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Aline on July 19, 2018, 05:33:30 PM
As an art lover, I am studying theater/cinema and last week we filmed a movie here in my city called "Intolerância" (Intolerance). It is a bold script written by our teacher that is independent movie maker. He chose the subway tracks as the set. It was great to take part in this.

(https://i.imgur.com/2mJQBt6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/eoYCRau.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PFAqIwK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/I3m6Oqa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/s9ywO3w.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Emjwsod.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2pDEWNg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cHJwn1n.jpg)






Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 19, 2018, 10:05:56 PM
Terrific, Aline!  8)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on July 19, 2018, 10:07:04 PM
Bridges are my favorite thing to photograph, and there's a lot of pics that I've posted here in this thread of different bridges.  I have a few more of the New River Gorge Bridge, now that I'm home and have gone through all the photos.  If anyone is interested, the New River Gorge Bridge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_River_Gorge_Bridge) was the longest single span bridge in the world when it was built, but is now the fourth longest.  It's also one of the tallest (#3 in the U.S.).  On October 20th, if you want to base jump off the bridge, it's closed to vehicles for just that. Somewhat tempting to go back to photograph that, but I wouldn't be jumping off. It's a long drive though from middle Tennessee.

(https://i.imgur.com/tPA2zuY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CbSqlvc.jpg)

These are great, Matt!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on July 28, 2018, 07:26:59 PM
The first post on this page is of the nest of baby Finches. Today I noticed one of the babies is grown and returned to hang out on my front porch. I know this is one of the babies because the mother bird fed him beak-to-beak like she did when he was a baby. I guess he's not fully adept at finding his own food yet. I went to get my camera, but she'd flown off. He stayed for a while longer.

(https://i.imgur.com/dWnaOUD.jpg)

And a few pics from my road trip. I drove through West Virginia up to Pennsylvania, stayed a few days in the Pocanoes, then visited my dad at his picturesque home on the Delaware Bay in NJ.  This is the night of the All Star Game:

(https://i.imgur.com/xqaOXIm.jpg)

And this was the next morning, just before a good storm:

(https://i.imgur.com/APECj6H.jpg)
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 11, 2018, 08:24:44 PM
Does anyone recognize this critter ... snapped on a sunflower at the Greenmarket today?

(https://i.imgur.com/kv7HzSQ.jpg)

I have more pix, if it would help.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 13, 2018, 10:22:34 AM
That is a really great pic.  O0

I have no idea what that is though.
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 13, 2018, 10:12:05 PM
Thanks, Matt! :)

A gardener friend couldn't identify it either.

I meant to add a comment to the first of your three lovely photos in your previous post, above: When you see two grown-up birds acting like mother and baby (one begging, the other occasionally passing him a tidbit), it's not necessarily so. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allofeeding

But in your case, it probably is one of "your" finches ... come back to hang out on his very favorite front porch!
Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 18, 2018, 03:57:00 PM
Hot August Day 8/17/18

Hawes Pool/edean Recreation Area in Norwood, MA

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 18, 2018, 04:03:23 PM
More...

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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 18, 2018, 04:05:05 PM
Not quite finished yet...

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180818/f90e250603a779a4dca341e15471d5c8.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180818/1524274ad2ff1c4dd51f340cb41a7bd6.jpg) (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180818/402ef9509f55a1a738287ca58656c666.jpg)


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Title: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Jed Cooper on August 18, 2018, 04:15:30 PM
And finally, last but certainly by no means least... the world-renowned photographer (not!) with his soul mate, Tina.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180818/2d86fdf291eb920d05161817972e050d.jpg)

Tina’s son got us tickets to the Patriots/Eagles preseason game Thursday night.  Not wanting to travel all the way home, we stayed overnight.  Tina spent the first part of her childhood growing up in neighboring Norwood, so we stopped by so she could show me places she and her family lived and where they went to school.

In the first set of photos, I couldn’t resist capturing images from the middle of the creek.  The next set of photos represents my fascination with a couple of old trees we passes by.  Afterwards,
I had to take a few landscape images.

Tina had a great time revisiting her old neighborhood and I enjoyed all the stories she lovingly shared with me. 



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Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: Matt on August 29, 2018, 07:23:29 PM
I just got back from a trip out to San Diego and Tijuana.  I didn't do much photography on the trip, but found the border wall an interesting subject.

(https://i.imgur.com/KLkRoR2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/y7EGasW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/W41Tr9L.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/RZ4QFeO.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4ucBAfX.jpg)

I saw on the Travel Channel that the Caesar Salad (http://tps://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/11/where-was-the-caesar-salad-invented_n_6839542.html) originated in Tijuana, so tracked down the famous restaurant. They still roll the salad cart around and make the salad tableside. It was great. Actually, all the food I had in Tijuana was excellent.

(https://i.imgur.com/mmw8IqK.jpg)

The beach was crowded, lots of vendors walking up and down the beach selling toys, clam juice, or corn.  The most memorable thing about the beach was that there were gold specks mixed in with the sand and water -- I took a photo, but it's a pretty boring shot. So, I'll share this one instead -- I find humor in it:

(https://i.imgur.com/XChMXUG.jpg)

Leaving the beach, you walk up about 50-60 steps, and on one of the landings a man serenaded his sweetheart. I hoped for a candid shot, but looks like I was caught.

(https://i.imgur.com/07LJUxz.jpg)

Here's a night street scene:

(https://i.imgur.com/1kcKz3P.jpg)

One of the more interesting things to see walking along the strip in downtown Tijuana was milk jug art:

(https://i.imgur.com/EdkJOLd.jpg)

The residential scene:

(https://i.imgur.com/WHXPibq.jpg)

For a Clint tie-in, our hotel was on Agua Caliente. Who can name the movie in which this name appears?




Title: Re: The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
Post by: KC on August 30, 2018, 07:30:11 AM
If that's what it looks like 150 years later ... Agua Caliente hasn't  changed much! ;D