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Favourite photos in November 18

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Taken yesterday, uploaded this morning and passed Q.C. this afternoon. Like the image, Alamy must be quite beesy in achieving this quick turn around.

Honey bee with pollen sac in flight towards an ivy flower to collect nectar and with shadow.

 

 

 

 

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Autumn colour has finally reached the north shore of Lake Ontario, but the light has been marginal. Went back to the same spot on 3 different marginal light days. I photographed the falcon during a marginal lighting day. Dumb luck.

 

I like to photograph leaves with back lighting or cross lighting and include lots of black objects for contrast. Black tree trunks turned down, so shadows become almost black. The leaves are translucent and seem to glow. It means that I do not have to abuse the vibrance slider as much. With the light coming from behind the photographer, there is no leaf translucence and leaves tend to look less colourful, and therefore dead.

 

Autumn colour in the Carolinian Forest in High Park in fall in Toronto Ontario Canada Stock Photo

Autumn fall colour on the Scarborough Bluffs an escarpment above Bluffer's Park and Lake Ontario in Toronto Ontario Canada Stock PhotoMerlin Falco columbarius probably female bird of prey on the cliff top of the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto Ontario Canada Stock Photo

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bill Brooks said:

Autumn colour has finally reached the north shore of Lake Ontario, but the light has been marginal. Went back to the same spot on 3 different marginal light days. I photographed the falcon during a marginal lighting day. Dumb luck.

 

I like to photograph leaves with back lighting or cross lighting and include lots of black objects for contrast. Black tree trunks turned down, so shadows become almost black. The leaves are translucent and seem to glow. It means that I do not have to abuse the vibrance slider as much. With the light coming from behind the photographer, there is no leaf translucence and leaves tend to look less colourful, and therefore dead.

 

Autumn colour in the Carolinian Forest in High Park in fall in Toronto Ontario Canada Stock Photo

Autumn fall colour on the Scarborough Bluffs an escarpment above Bluffer's Park and Lake Ontario in Toronto Ontario Canada Stock PhotoMerlin Falco columbarius probably female bird of prey on the cliff top of the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto Ontario Canada Stock Photo

 

 

Good pics, and thanks for the tips about photographing backlit leaves.

--Michael

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Bruce Trail in the Niagara Peninsula.  Taken a few weeks ago when the Fall colour was just beginning.

 

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Just off the A5 from Capel Curig to Beddgelert, looking over LLynnau Mymbyr, towards the peaks that make up the Snowdon Horseshoe. A road I've driven for over 35 years, and I'm sure many of you from the UK know this view. Beautiful early winter, early morning light, followed by a hike over the Carneddau and a couple of pints in the Pen-Y-Gwyrd. 

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As you may know, there's an election in these parts tomorrow. Three from a rally in Chicago yesterday.

 

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On 11/5/2018 at 19:00, TABan said:

As you may know, there's an election in these parts tomorrow. Three from a rally in Chicago yesterday.

 

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Great news shots! But...what election?! ;) 

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Choughs are very rare in UK and I have spent hours trying to get a decent image of one doing something interesting. Went for a walk along my local beach in Ireland (now live here) after a storm and virtually knee deep in the little blighters.:):) 

 

 

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56 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

Choughs are very rare in UK and I have spent hours trying to get a decent image of one doing something interesting. Went for a walk along my local beach in Ireland (now live here) after a storm and virtually knee deep in the little blighters.:):) 

 

 

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At least they seem to be ignoring you - I sometimes get the feeling every bird and animal knows exactly what a camera is and exactly what shot I am trying to get - and waits until I am a fraction of a second from getting it then flies or runs away.

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They were far more interested in the sand hoppers and fly lava that the rotting seaweed was riddle with. They are actually not that common in Ireland just this part of the coast has a a good population. Just luck on the day.  

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The Northern Territory Parliament House in Darwin, here we like to call it "the wedding cake"...

Under one of the first storm of the season, approaching...

 

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More steampunk from Toulouse.

 

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A coupl eof uploads which I could easily enter into the November photo competition.. too many choices! :D

 

A market in Busan South Korea

 

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Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea

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27 minutes ago, Matt Ashmore said:

A couple of uploads which I could easily enter into the November photo competition.. too many choices! :D

 

 

 

Same here, good idea.

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Beef cattle competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto Ontario Canada.Stock Photo

 

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1/25 sec F2.2 ISO 400 20 megapixel original Sony X100 reduced to 12 megapixel to tighten up ISO 400 noise.

 

Small size of RX 100 just makes you part of the crowd and almost invisible. Just set on wide angle, quickly move in, point in general direction of action, quickly try for decisive moment shot, and then quickly move away. Henri Cartier-Bresson I  am not, but that was his technique with a small Leica.

 

To quote Cartier-Bresson:

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

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Bill,

 

I normally really like your images but I can't see the attraction of that one - everybody seems to be looking outside the frame at something more interesting.

 

No offence meant.

 

Ian

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I have watched the development of this ship conversion of MV Fingal (previously MV Windsor) into a luxury floating hotel over more than two years. It started off as an artwork dazzle ship in 2016. It has then been undergoing a significant refit including adding an extra top deck. This used to be a lighthouse tender, servicing lighthouses around Scotland’s coast. In January 2019 it will open as a 23 bedroom hotel operated by Royal Yacht Britannia.

 

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R0X7WE.jpgI took this one a couple of weeks ago - it fascinated me at the time and it still fascinates me - the juxtaposition of the thrown away abandoned bike with the word future just grabs me.  I am not sure what others will make of it but I like it.

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ee by gum what a catch, sorry I was close to the Yorkshire border. Black Header Gull catching a earth worm in flight.

 

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Off on my modernist kick again in Toulouse.  Cité du Port-Garaud by Joachim and Pierree Génard, 1958. Cubist reliefs by a sculptor I can't identify- I don't suppose anyone here.....?

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TV cameraman at the Stade Toulousain v. Bordeaux-Bègles match on Saturday evening- result 40 nil. Allez Stade!

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Divers always love to see Blue ribbon Eels, but to find 2 sharing a hole is extra exciting

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6 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Off on my modernist kick again in Toulouse.  Cité du Port-Garaud by Joachim and Pierree Génard, 1958. Cubist reliefs by a sculptor I can't identify- I don't suppose anyone here.....?

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Pretty interesting. Must have walked past it without looking properly.

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The only place that names 2 of the sculptors so far. Just not the one in the picture on the left.

But delving some further with those names might get you there.

(Searched for bas-reliefs and then one or two street names.)

 

My favorite bas-relief is also in Toulouse (fittingly this time of year and this year particularly) is in that brochure too: #38, which is not the most interesting part of it.

It's the local Arc de Triomphe honoring the fallen soldiers of WW1. The Monument aux combattants de la Haute-Garonne (1928). However the main relief opposite that healthy but wary, real woman, lady Victory, depicts the homecoming of the survivors: totally elated, partying, grabbing their wives or girls. Extremely powerful. One of the best war monuments ever. imho. Worth a journey, not just a detour. The sculptor: Camille Raynaud. Some in Toulouse still hate him it seems.

 

From his wikipedia page: Camille Raynaud est surtout connu à Toulouse pour être l'auteur de deux bas-reliefs ornant ce monument, notamment celui de La Victoire, figurée par une femme à la physionomie lourde et fatiguée par les années de lutte : elle provoqua une controverse en son temps, critiquée par les associations d'anciens combattants mais défendue par Vincent Auriol, alors député de la Haute-Garonne, pour le choix d'une représentation politique de la victoire après le traité de Versailles, à savoir la victoire « telle qu'elle était et non pas telle qu'elle aurait du être ». Les contraintes budgétaires mirent d'ailleurs un terme au débat et l'œuvre de Raynaud ne fut pas modifiée. Avec son second bas-relief, 1918, il compose une scène de liesse et de retrouvailles durant l'armistice dans un cadrage original resserré sur une foule mouvementée dont il ne montre que les têtes et les bras.

 

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