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The best of plans.

 

i had spotted potential of these protesters as they were about to walk in front of Parliament.  now it's more a funny shot.  (maybe i should add it to the Broken challenge)

 

 

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On 22/09/2020 at 08:01, Bryan said:

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Decided that I needed to update my stock of train photos, since new rolling stock has been delivered recently. Stood by the lineside in lovely sunhsine for about an hour and watched the trains go by. Reminded me of a time more than 50 years ago when I used to watch the steam trains, a good deal more varied and interesting than what you see today! 1/1000 th of a second just about short enough to capture without noticeable blur. Should have taken some blurry shots I guess 🙃

 

The last regular passenger steam train ran on the 11th August 1968 in Britain. Obviously not taking preserved railways into account.

 

Allan

 

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On 24/09/2020 at 01:07, Betty LaRue said:

In a pot in front of my white painted brick courtyard wall. Perfect oof background with mottled whites. I love coneflowers.
 

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I had one of those in my garden just a week ago before the landscapers started work. It used to attract Small Tortoiseshell butterflies (Aglais urticae). I do have photos of it and the butterflies but I think they are not yet on Alamy. The flower is (Echinacea purpurea), 

Allan

 

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F11 1/80s 400mm

 

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F6.3 1/200s 400mm

 

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Playing with my new 100-400mm. I wanted to get some abstract shots of the vineyards around where I live. I waited until near sunset so the sun cast long shadows that really delineated the rows of vines. These were handheld - it's nice you can do that with an IS lens and body, although I might increase the ISO above 200 next time I'm shooting like this to try to get a faster shutter speed.

 

I was interested to note that only a single row of vines is in focus; there's a very narrow depth of field, it was almost like using a macro lens! I'm used to seeing images with long telephotos where you get e.g. a person standing in front of the London Eye, but on the opposite side of the Thames, and they look right next to each other - guess those are focus stacked.

 

Also had a go with split toning on the top picture.

Steve

 

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My wife bought me some extension tubes for my birthday so this was the result of my first 'play' with them:

 

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BTW... if anyone knows what kind of fly this is, please do let me know! 🙂

 

 

 

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Everyone is a photographer these days, like this industrial climber photographing the underside of a railway bridge for inspection purposes. 400 mm from a pedestrian bridge that parallels the railway bridge.

 

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The sumacs have turned autumn colour in Toronto. This shot was taken with backlighting, which has a stained glass effect on translucent leaves.

 

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On 26/09/2020 at 06:38, meanderingemu said:

 

 

 

The best of plans.

 

i had spotted potential of these protesters as they were about to walk in front of Parliament.  now it's more a funny shot.  (maybe i should add it to the Broken challenge)

 

 

protesters-in-front-of-canadian-parliament-with-letter-to-spell-canada-where-one-protester-drops-his-letters-on-pavement-part-of-protest-message-thro-2CTKH9R.jpg

 

 

 

I just realised that you are left with Nothing (nada) once the other guy drops his letter.  (which i should have seen way before, since i many times referred to where i am from  as Que? Nada!)

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On 28/09/2020 at 09:34, Matt Ashmore said:

My wife bought me some extension tubes for my birthday so this was the result of my first 'play' with them:

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BTW... if anyone knows what kind of fly this is, please do let me know! 🙂

 

An annoying, buzzy f**ker?

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On 23/09/2020 at 12:04, Allan Bell said:

Lincoln Railway Station from Pelham bridge

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Absolutely love this shot! 👍

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This made the front page of the local rag, taken with my new 200-500.
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An organised shoot, made the picture diary of the local rag.
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Irish PM (Taoiseach) in Clonakilty, made the Irish Times.
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1 hour ago, Colblimp said:

Absolutely love this shot! 👍

 

Thank you kindly sir.

 

Allan

 

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On 27/09/2020 at 11:44, Steve F said:

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F11 1/80s 400mm

 

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F6.3 1/200s 400mm

 

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Playing with my new 100-400mm.

 

 

I was going to say are you using a 100-400 given you're an E mount user. I recently got the 70-400 being an A mount hold out and I've yet to field test it with the weather being so miserable, fingers crossed it stays OK tonight. Though I have in body IS I still find I need a decent shutter speed to keep the image perfectly still, perhaps my hands are not as stable as they once were.

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20 minutes ago, Cal said:

 

I was going to say are you using a 100-400 given you're an E mount user. I recently got the 70-400 being an A mount hold out and I've yet to field test it with the weather being so miserable, fingers crossed it stays OK tonight. Though I have in body IS I still find I need a decent shutter speed to keep the image perfectly still, perhaps my hands are not as stable as they once were.

 

I was leaning against a fence and holding my breath... 🤦‍♂️ I think I would increase the ISO next time; I was on the limit of being able to get sharp images.

Good luck, I have enjoyed the shots I've got, but you need a certain type of subject unless you just use the 100 end, which seems a bit pointless as you've probably got that covered with your other lenses.

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2 hours ago, Steve F said:

 

I was leaning against a fence and holding my breath... 🤦‍♂️ I think I would increase the ISO next time; I was on the limit of being able to get sharp images.

Good luck, I have enjoyed the shots I've got, but you need a certain type of subject unless you just use the 100 end, which seems a bit pointless as you've probably got that covered with your other lenses.

 

Leaning on something and holding your breath is a perfectly valid way to steady a shot though I usually run out of other options first like increasing my ISO.

 

I've got really into birding lately (I never thought I would to be honest) and while I've "made do" with a Tamron 70-300 that weighs as much as a packet of crisps I found it necessary to upgrade. The problem with the Tammy is while it's a nifty little thing and surprisingly sharp at F/11, you /must/ use it at F/11 to get a sharp image. Any lower OR higher and quality suffers. With "last year's" ISO performance on my kit that constrained me to sunny days only, which for birding is actually less than ideal.

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Rome EUR district, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, now HQ of luxury fashion label Fendi. Originally meant for Mussolini's 1942 World Fair, that somehow didn't take place.

 

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