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Picture of the Week (POTW) # 488 - Covering period 11 - 24 January 2018:
Posted By: rjbrett, 01-18-2018, 02:56 AM

Welcome to Picture of the Week (POTW) for the period 11 - 24 January 2018. I’m pleased to be again hosting this wonderful and diverse thread, and all are invited to contribute.
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I’ve been out over the last week photographing street and garden trees with my small clutch of Takumars. These fig trees have always impressed me (they’re actually 2 trees planted close together) and from the size of the trunk I’d say predates this suburb, and may have belonged to the homestead that preceeded. The Ivory Curl tree is another favorite, a medium size flowering tree often used on the roadsides and median strips around here. I’d never noticed before but the flowers actually have a strong scent of spiced (cardamom?) honey. Both these trees were photographed using the 28mm Super Takumar f3.5, at f11. The Ivory Curl flower was taken using a Super Takumar 135mm f3.5 at f8.

Practicing with my KAX 2x teleconverter I caught a nice clear shot of a mynah with the Takumar Bayonet 135mm f2.8, and also this grasshopper bedding itself down in the petunia for the night with the SMC A Pentax 50mm f2. Both shots were at f5.6. I’m wondering if the grasshopper is color blind – it’s not very good camouflage.

I picked a rose for mum, and she was so pleased with it I took this photo with the Auto Takumar 55mm f1.8 at f11. I used a piece of black cotton cloth as a backing, but thinking of printing swapped it out for a textured background in Topaz. The software seems to have automatically added shadow and some reflection on the outer petals, not something I’d have thought to do. I think it mostly works. Since then I have cheerfully washed the cloth, and put a nice set of wrinkles through it with the dryer, and am not sure if I can iron them out without wrecking surface. Another rookie mistake to add to my growing list……

Being impressed with the silver gelatin photos I’ve seen on the black and white and monochrome thread I thought I’d try the effect on another gardenia shot taken with the Industar 61 50mm f2.8 at about f8. I used the B & W topaz plugin and Interestingly I got better results from turning the contrast down, rather than my usual boosting of every slider on the screen for B & W.















Yeah I lost count in there somewhere...

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01-18-2018, 01:59 PM - 6 Likes   #2
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Thanks for hosting again rjbrett , i'm loving those opening shots you got there, especially the grasshopper.
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Struck it lucky again with a Jumper


A weaver posed for a minute


Day Lily macro


Playing with flowers and sunsets


Super excited to see my 2nd crab spider, difficult to nab the exposure on this one, as it was directly in the sun.


And it has been hot


I'm following the host in not counting or getting lost with the numbers. The grey matter only sometimes works
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
And it has been hot
From earlier this week, quite the opposite over here.






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That's brilliant Tbone51! I love it! - was it a slow exposure?

We're only having a middling hot summer here Noel, nothing to write home about - those candlesticks look a bit scary. I actually like the blown highlights on the spider shot, it looks almost alien and could well be from Mars. Love the flower in sunset shot, and insects are sharp, colorful, and detailed as always.

I do like good frost and snow shots at this time of year - through the hot summer here I find myself watching films set in Canada and Scandinavia, and documentaries on Antarctica. I could almost reach out and touch the sun in those shots aaacb, it has such a tangible presence. Those very fine light misty tones are so atmospheric derelict, wish I could gauge exposure as well as you two do….

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Great pics, Eva. Once you expose correctly for all the snow, there's beautiful reflected fill light on the subjects from everywhere!
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And underexposing gave it mood - the rim lighting really stands out, BV!
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Nice to see your candid shots Eva - they're always so good! - light reflecting off snow? - thanks for the tip Clackers. Am beginning to think more about light and have been reading into it. The detail on that bird's plumage is phenomenal by the way ....
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QuoteOriginally posted by rjbrett Quote
Nice to see your candid shots Eva - they're always so good! - light reflecting off snow? - thanks for the tip Clackers. Am beginning to think more about light and have been reading into it.
No worries, Rjbrett. Beach sand or a concrete path can act as fill, too.

If you've got two walls in an alleyway, pose your subject in front of the dark one and let them be lit by the light one.

Like the snow, it'll be soft, even, and eliminating shadows - a nice glow to the skin tones.




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The detail on that bird's plumage is phenomenal by the way ....
Thanks, mate. 300 on full frame isn't long, it's like what you'd get out of a 55-200, but if you can get close, captive birds used to people or wild birds from a hide, that's where the detail comes through.

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Stop it ya all, with these fabulous snow pics. The envy is LARGE!
Clackers, what is that last bird with the dangerous weapon behind its ear? Fab shot too!
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Great pics, Eva. Once you expose correctly for all the snow, there's beautiful reflected fill light on the subjects from everywhere!
Thx for tip and comment.Yes somewhere between +1 to +2.... I Forget...I'm not enough on the snow lately.
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