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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-02-2019, 01:16 PM  
Focus stacking with hand held shots
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 5
Views: 507
This gives a whole new meaning to running across wildlife while mountain biking or trail riding. The worst I have come across was stopping just 15 feet short of slamming into a large male black bear this past July on a densely forested remote trail. While I didnít have to use it, I was amazed how long it took me to get my can of bear spray out of my pack. I wonder if bear spray would work on the lion :).

Nice job stacking the image. I didnít see the lion until I actually read your post. There arenít many Namib lions as i understand it, so nice capture there too.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-12-2019, 08:28 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13,626
Views: 2,278,434
Nice play on comp colors.

Stephen

PS. Do you live anywhere near the swinging bridge over the Souris? Heard it’s been upgraded since I crossed it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2019, 08:40 PM  
Abstract Yellowstone/Grand Teton
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13
Views: 395
Very nice. I enjoyed these park and Tetons when I lived nearby in the Dakotas. A very good collection of the big mammals in the park. Just missing elk, moose, wolves, foxes, beavers....... That alone will justify another trip back to Yellowstone in the future.

Great post.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-03-2019, 08:48 PM  
Nature Digging in the mud
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Nice capture. Seeing one in native habitat is on the bucket list. They seem so cute but I do know that they have a poisonous spur on the hind legs and they are a little ill tempered. It is amazing that we still have two egg laying mammals on the planet.... and every other mammal is evolutionarily, ex post facto. Isolation has certainly made Australia an amazing biological environment.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-02-2019, 08:44 PM  
People Back in the Saddle Again - A Tribute to My Wife
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 29
Views: 930
Jer,

Great to see your wife back on the bike after recovery. It takes a special kind of courage to overcome trauma of this nature. Especially as we age. I mountain bike myself (just bought a Specialized S-Works SJ last Xmas) because Iím largely untrusting of drivers on the road. While most drivers give you the 4 feet required by law, many donít give you any. On the rare time I use a road for connecting trails I have a high intensity multi colored strobe that grabs a drivers attention from a long way off. Itís worked so far. :)

A great story of grit and courage. My best wishes for you both.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-31-2019, 03:00 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13,626
Views: 2,278,434
Ed, these are beautifully executed images. Iím looking forward to you posting additional images.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-21-2019, 04:22 PM  
Nature Disheveled
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 15
Views: 426
Nice, very nice!

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-21-2019, 01:44 PM  
Nature Before they are Monarchs: Part 2
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 226
Thank you. Enjoy and have success raising your own Monarchs. I had hoped to get this one emerging and documenting the sequence of unfolding the wings but it was already just about finished with that. It was allowing itself time for the wings to harden. Then, like children, they leave and never come back. :)

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2019, 11:58 AM  
Nature Before they are Monarchs: Part 2
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 226
About a week and a half to two weeks ago I submitted a couple of images of a monarch caterpillar feeding on milkweed. I have seen them feeding in past years but never knew where they disappeared to after feeding. I always figured that they were eaten by something even though they are toxic.

I decided this year that I would try to find out where they go after feeding. It turns out, not too far from their latex nursery. I turned over every leaf of nearby shrubbery and found two chrysalis. I documented them photographically and hoped to see them emerge 10-14 days later. Easier said than done. But I did manage a quick image this morning of the second one emerging from a dense thicket of hosta about six inches off the ground.

Picture below are the two chrysalis and the monarch hanging off the chrysalis and drying its wings.








Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2019, 11:32 AM  
Night The Elephant's Trunk
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Nicely done. Excellent image.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-10-2019, 09:47 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13,626
Views: 2,278,434
Tom, this is a very nicely seen and captured series of images. Very beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. Iím a few hours SE of you and most people I know from that area call it Lake Dreary instead of Lake Erie due to the heavy clouds and rain. Itís been that way every time I headed up there. Nice to see, via your photos, that it isnít always that way :)

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-10-2019, 04:47 PM  
Nature A Fern and Water Droplets
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 18
Views: 470
Very nicely done!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-08-2019, 10:51 AM  
Macro Before they are Monarchs
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Thank you for the comments. If I remember from my Field Biology days, way back when......, the species growing on my area is A syriaca. A. Incarnate grows nearby too. I donít recall ever coming across any of the other species, but, I will be on the lookout as I often take field guides for flowering plants when hiking.

Stephen

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At first I was surprised that Monarchs would be in NZ. Then I did some research. I had forgotten that NZ is not an ďislandĒ but the remnant of a continent that still remains above water. Easy for Monarchs to have gotten there in the past. I also see that there is also Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust.

Thank you for opening my eyes to the extent of their range.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-05-2019, 03:30 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13,626
Views: 2,278,434
Mike, this is a wonderful shot. I love this lens myself and know it can be demanding to use at times. This image impresses me more for the fact that it tells a story of the hard and demanding work by the harvesters. His expression says it all, and the lamp above his head stamps a time seal that the work seems to have begun well before the arrival of the sun.

I’m exhausted just looking at the prospects of filling those boxes. I’ll go back to bed instead.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-05-2019, 12:20 PM  
Macro Before they are Monarchs
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 8
Views: 350
While Monarch butterflies are said to be falling in number, various agencies ask people to plant milkweed in order to provide a "nursery" for the larva. I have a section of land that I allow the milkweed to grow every year. Here are a couple of images of what Beautiful Monarch butterflies look like before metamorphosis.




Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2019, 12:38 AM  
Landscape Hector Falls
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Thanks and appreciation for your response. I have heard of this technique, and years back think that I have seen an example of it on the forum. I had often thought about using it but lack of time, work, and field practicality vs NDs made me put this mode aside. Usually, I prefer waterfalls, in my area anyway, that are in deep forested ravines where sunlight is minimal or absent altogether. I can usually get down to or below a second quite easily and prefer about .25 -.7 second exposures. Though each waterfall seems to have a personality which can dictate what looks best. One thing I have noticed is that water never seems to spray in the same pattern over rocks from image to image when examined closely. And i have always wondered whether this factor might work to soften the silk effect even more. Nonetheless, this is a worthwhile skills set to plumb further.

Your last sentence hits the nail on the head however....:) worth practicing upfront. Now that I just retired I should hopefully have more time to dwell into the depths of this technique.

Again, thanks for taking the time to write and share the technique. Without a doubt, testing and perfecting ahead of time is the key.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2019, 08:07 AM  
Night Salvatierra's Castle - Milky Way
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 9
Views: 387
You pulled a number of techniques together that, in and of themselves, are complex enough when used by themselves. To meld so many techniques together in one complex image is a skillful employment of artistic photography. Beautiful image.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2019, 07:52 AM  
Landscape Akron Falls Park, NY
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 168
As a waterfall junkie I appreciate the beauty of your image. Nice post.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-02-2019, 04:37 PM  
Landscape Hector Falls
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Last week I took a drive up to Lake Seneca wine country with my wife. I happened to bring my K1ii with me and only felt motivated to take a photo of Hector Falls. This region drains water quickly after heavy rains and rarely have I been able to see this waterfall flowing with any appreciable amount of water.

It was challenging to shoot at the time of day I captured it. Late afternoon, high contrast and full sun falling directly on the falls and the winds were ferocious. I used the DFA 24-70 @ f16, and a 4 sec exposure. I needed to use a polarizer and a 100mm Kase Wolverine 6 stop ND filter to slow the water ( it looked terrible @f22, 1/50 sec.) to silky texture. Perhaps too much, but time was short and I had to get moving.

I think this portion of the falls is about 75 feet high.




Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-02-2019, 07:08 AM  
People Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 9
Views: 438
Thanks for the heads up on the parade. I moved out of the city in 1979. If the puffer head, and I looked at it a little closer after you brought the paint chip issue up, was paint chips, perhaps he should contact Sherman-Williams and audition for one of their fantastic TV commercials. It really was nicely done.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-02-2019, 02:58 AM  
People Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 9
Views: 438
Very interesting series of captures. Looks like the puffer-head dude put some real effort into the headpiece. Love the capture of the young woman too. Looks like she borrowed Queen Stormborn’s hair from GOT. Very nice street photography.

Is this a long running annual event? I grew up and went to college and grad school in NYC and never heard of this parade, then again, rarely ever went to Coney Island. Also, those visits CI were many, many years ago.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2019, 04:40 PM  
Travel Breakfast time
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 9
Views: 358
Are those quail eggs or is that the “mother of all frying pans”?

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2019, 04:38 PM  
Nature Red Admiral butterfly
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Nice capture. They are very common here this year where I live. I have not seen them very often before. Now I know their names. Thank you for posting.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2019, 04:08 PM  
Abstract Fawn in Jewelweed
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 9
Views: 398
Thank you for your comments. It is much appreciated.

Stephen

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Thank you.

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We had seen the fawn in the same exact spot earlier in the week. I didnít disturb it then as it was only about a week old. I was surprised when my wife told me it was there again. It was standing this time. So, I hoped to capture at least one image before it bounded away.. I had not used the lens for years but it was ready in the drying cabinet and on it went. Lens is razor sharp wide open and mercifully focus was spot on on the eyes.

Thank you for the positive feedback.

Stephen

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Thank you.

Stephen

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Thanks troika. They are beautiful. We also get bears, bobcats, foxes, dozens of turkeys. The turkeys are surprisingly beautiful when lit up in the sun. But they move through our acreage too swiftly to get images the way Iíd like to capture them.

Stephen

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Glad you feel that way😀. But ,most of the credit probably goes to the fawn for the fawn giving me enough time to crank up the iso to get a sharp image in the shadows of the woods.

Stephen

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Thanks Susan. I wish I could have used a lower iso, but the situation dictated it be higher. Nonetheless, the K1 II does a pretty good job of holding the image together. Thank you for your kind words.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-30-2019, 01:43 PM  
Nature Family gathering
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 20
Views: 533
Nicely done. Really enjoyed the image.
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