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Title: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 01, 2020, 11:44:41
Post your "blog" contributions here  ;D

No theme (other than what the passage of time creates), no contest implied, a maximum of one picture per day in the actual month and no more than 4 images per month for NG members, up to 30(31 )for Supporters. You can distribute the contributions as once per week if you so prefer.

The posted picture(s) must be taken within the designated time period. However, don't take any chances, keep your distance, and remember being a photographer does not make you immune to Covid-19 :(
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 01, 2020, 12:01:31
April 1

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(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49722713518_9fd558dd7c_o.jpg)

D850 - 300mm f/4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 01, 2020, 12:52:30
Quote from: "Ashlandish,   NG Supporter Re: March 2020
« Reply #509 on: Today at 06:13:15 »
I hardly ever post, but I've been enjoying the constant motion in and out of this nest in my back yard, so thought I 'd share.

I really appreciate all the wonderful images others share, always hesitate to share my own, but am feeling like breaking social distances...

Phantastic shot, just the right amount of motion blur!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 01, 2020, 14:36:25
Quote from: John Geerts
Thanks.  No extension ring.  This lens works surprisingly the best with the Nikon Close-up attachment lens 4T.

Thank you, John, for details.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 01, 2020, 16:40:02
You are welcome, Akira.

Same setup as yesterday (Z7-FTZ-4T-5.8cm).  Still sunny, cold freezing nights, however, minus 4.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 01, 2020, 16:42:03
Phantastic shot, just the right amount of motion blur!
Yes, agree. Lovely shot.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Ashlandish on April 01, 2020, 19:45:41
Frank and John, really appreciate your encouragement...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Tom Hook on April 02, 2020, 02:13:59
Coltsfoot
Z 7. 400 2.8G 64 iso, 1/250 f/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 02, 2020, 14:08:03
April 2

girl with dog in empty streets

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49727116976_e440b9c0ec_o.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 02, 2020, 15:21:11
Nice Fons, but something went wrong in the upload. ???
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 02, 2020, 15:52:30
Nice Fons, but something went wrong in the upload. ???

Oh maybe like this,

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 02, 2020, 16:48:20
Dutch Spring 2020

D800E   24-70/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 02, 2020, 17:21:06
C-19 quarantine, hail storms, strong winds, and life could do with an improvement. Today, I got the much awaited printed version of my treatise on Norwegian duckweeds. That is a milestone at least. Now, were summer to arrive and I be outdoors hunting for duckweeds and other fascinating stuff. One can only dream on.

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 02, 2020, 17:29:06
Seeing people outside is so nice. Spain has everyone inside and it is raining. Feels like a different country.

  Birna, congratulations! I love the images you share here, I´m guessing some of those end up in the book? I like you choice of image number too  ;D

  Still at home. News today are talking about an stabilization on the number of new people infected. That is better news.
  Photography wise I haven´t been active lately but today we get to play with a godox ad-200 and a beauty dish.
  Nikon Z6, 24-70 f4s, godox ad200. One light portrait
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 02, 2020, 17:33:15
"That was unconsciously done", Paco. Glad you liked it :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 02, 2020, 19:07:06
C-19 quarantine, hail storms, strong winds, and life could do with an improvement. Today, I got the much awaited printed version of my treatise on Norwegian duckweeds. That is a milestone at least. Now, were summer to arrive and I be outdoors hunting for duckweeds and other fascinating stuff. One can only dream on.

Congratulations Birna!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 02, 2020, 19:15:24
Seeing people outside is so nice. Spain has everyone inside and it is raining. Feels like a different country.

  Birna, congratulations! I love the images you share here, I´m guessing some of those end up in the book? I like you choice of image number too  ;D

  Still at home. News today are talking about an stabilization on the number of new people infected. That is better news.
  Photography wise I haven´t been active lately but today we get to play with a godox ad-200 and a beauty dish.
  Nikon Z6, 24-70 f4s, godox ad200. One light portrait
Very nice portrait, I like the B/W conversation.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 02, 2020, 19:16:55
C-19 quarantine, hail storms, strong winds, and life could do with an improvement. Today, I got the much awaited printed version of my treatise on Norwegian duckweeds. That is a milestone at least. Now, were summer to arrive and I be outdoors hunting for duckweeds and other fascinating stuff. One can only dream on.
Congratulations, some good news in troubled times.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 02, 2020, 19:26:04
Seeing people outside is so nice. Spain has everyone inside and it is raining. Feels like a different country.

  Birna, congratulations! I love the images you share here, I´m guessing some of those end up in the book? I like you choice of image number too  ;D

  Still at home. News today are talking about an stabilization on the number of new people infected. That is better news.
  Photography wise I haven´t been active lately but today we get to play with a godox ad-200 and a beauty dish.
  Nikon Z6, 24-70 f4s, godox ad200. One light portrait

Splendid portrait en-profil Paco.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 02, 2020, 20:18:36
C-19 quarantine, hail storms, strong winds, and life could do with an improvement. Today, I got the much awaited printed version of my treatise on Norwegian duckweeds. That is a milestone at least. Now, were summer to arrive and I be outdoors hunting for duckweeds and other fascinating stuff. One can only dream on.

Congrats, Birna!


Seeing people outside is so nice. Spain has everyone inside and it is raining. Feels like a different country.

  Still at home. News today are talking about an stabilization on the number of new people infected. That is better news.
  Photography wise I haven´t been active lately but today we get to play with a godox ad-200 and a beauty dish.
  Nikon Z6, 24-70 f4s, godox ad200. One light portrait

Cool shot, Paco!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Ashlandish on April 02, 2020, 22:11:34
Everyone, love all the flowers, actually all the images, looking forward to more...

Birna, milestones are sometimes wonderful, congratulations...

Paco, splendid portrait indeed, not surprised you noticed the number on Birna's image...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Hugh_3170 on April 02, 2020, 23:14:28
Congratulations to Birna on this body of work or oeuvre - and congratulations on so many levels involving many many field trips, botany, science in general, and photography!

Will it be published in English?

And Image 13 is posted here on Reply #13 as well - a double 13!  ;D

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 02, 2020, 23:40:29
Thank you all for the nice words. 

   So my reply to Birna´s 13 is in the 13th place...go figure!  ;D ;D ;D



 
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 03, 2020, 00:34:48
Must be something in the greater scheme of things to make this happen :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 03, 2020, 01:11:17
You are welcome, Akira.

Same setup as yesterday (Z7-FTZ-4T-5.8cm).  Still sunny, cold freezing nights, however, minus 4.
magically poetic
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 03, 2020, 01:12:13
April 2

girl with dog in empty streets

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49727116976_e440b9c0ec_o.jpg)
great composition
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 03, 2020, 01:13:46
C-19 quarantine, hail storms, strong winds, and life could do with an improvement. Today, I got the much awaited printed version of my treatise on Norwegian duckweeds. That is a milestone at least. Now, were summer to arrive and I be outdoors hunting for duckweeds and other fascinating stuff. One can only dream on.



is it available ?
ship me one with bill.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 03, 2020, 01:15:19
Seeing people outside is so nice. Spain has everyone inside and it is raining. Feels like a different country.

  Birna, congratulations! I love the images you share here, I´m guessing some of those end up in the book? I like you choice of image number too  ;D

  Still at home. News today are talking about an stabilization on the number of new people infected. That is better news.
  Photography wise I haven´t been active lately but today we get to play with a godox ad-200 and a beauty dish.
  Nikon Z6, 24-70 f4s, godox ad200. One light portrait

daring shadows. Yes!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 03, 2020, 12:12:17
April 3.  Dusk color.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 03, 2020, 13:09:34
April 3

green



Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 03, 2020, 13:44:41
April 3

green

Haworthia?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 03, 2020, 14:02:02
Akira i think so Haworthia
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 03, 2020, 14:30:57
Akira i think so Hawortia

Fons, I have two pots of haworthia, but they have grown to look fairly wild.   :o
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 03, 2020, 15:17:09
Fons, I have two pot of haworthia, but they have grown to look fairly wild.   :o

They are easy to propagate, take the best parts and repot them in fresh soil, water them once thoroughly, and put them away out of direct sunshine.
They dont grow that fast and they flower best when left alone, water them well every now and then, let the soil dry out intermittently, then they dont like bright sunny spots, shade is better,
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 03, 2020, 16:54:12
Apple blossom

Z6  Sigma AF-S  20/1.4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Mike G on April 03, 2020, 18:22:54
Seems we are having a blossom fest!  Good oh.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 03, 2020, 20:00:15
https://youtu.be/l_K9ihqN7kk
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Mike G on April 03, 2020, 20:03:08
Here Here too true
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 03, 2020, 20:57:19
They are easy to propagate, take the best parts and repot them in fresh soil, water them once thoroughly, and put them away out of direct sunshine.
They dont grow that fast and they flower best when left alone, water them well every now and then, let the soil dry out intermittently, then they dont like bright sunny spots, shade is better,

Thank you for your advice.  Yes, they are apparently so.  I've had them for about twelve years or so, and they have bloomed only once.  I water them well but sporadically.


Apple blossom

Z6  Sigma AF-S  20/1.4

Delicate translucent petals.

Frank, yes, indeed.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 03, 2020, 22:43:27
Apple blossom

I love the delicate feel of this John.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Jacques on April 04, 2020, 00:15:04
Unlable to leave home due to age not illness I am depending on family to drop off small amounts of essential foods. Despite being considered vulnerable due to being 73 I am  unable to register with the government as such, the follow up is I cannot register for on line food deliveries because I am  not  on the government list so I am in a Catch 22 situation !
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49732492806_1818a9ccf8_h.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: CS on April 04, 2020, 00:36:57
Unlable to leave home due to age not illness I am depending on family to drop off small amounts of essential foods. Despite being considered vulnerable due to being 73 I am  unable to register with the government as such, the follow up is I cannot register for on line food deliveries because I am  not  on the government list so I am in a Catch 22 situation !

Why would you be forced to "register" just to qualify for food deliveries?   
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 04, 2020, 07:05:02
magically poetic
Thanks Frank

And thanks Akira and Colin. Yes it is delicate.

Absence of the sun makes it easier to register with this light.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: the solitaire on April 04, 2020, 08:34:37
With the D800 file size, compared to those fo the D3, my computer needed an upgrade

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49733109567_b3559e5bcc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iLKbNk)BFK_7174 (https://flic.kr/p/2iLKbNk) by Plan B Photography (https://www.flickr.com/photos/187392422@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 04, 2020, 09:56:21
Nice reuse of a PC   ;D
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: the solitaire on April 04, 2020, 12:48:37
That PC is actually in active duty. I just need a new CPU cooler because the old one was too big
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 04, 2020, 14:17:31
With the D800 file size, compared to those fo the D3, my computer needed an upgrade

you need an USB driven mini excavator  :)
real estate mainboards are the best ones
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 04, 2020, 15:53:08
April 4

Fritillaria meleagris

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49734330618_0ca2b0d575_o.jpg)

d850 - 300mm f/4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: CS on April 04, 2020, 18:53:21
you need an USB driven mini excavator  :)
real estate mainboards are the best ones

 ;D
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 04, 2020, 19:50:25
Social Distancing  (1,5m)

Z7 AF-S 300/4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 04, 2020, 20:40:23
With the D800 file size, compared to those fo the D3, my computer needed an upgrade

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49733109567_b3559e5bcc_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2iLKbNk)BFK_7174 (https://flic.kr/p/2iLKbNk) by Plan B Photography (https://www.flickr.com/photos/187392422@N03/), on Flickr

extremely cool pc design
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 04, 2020, 23:19:56
Very cool pc.

 John, I like your approach to the main story here. Subtle. Smart. It needs to be read. Thanks for sharing it.


  Trying some product images today with flashes, headlamps and what not. This was my uncle´s camera. I tried the lens on the Z6, of course. With the 42m to Z adapter I have it does not focus beyond a few inches.
   Here, Z6 and 105mm F4 ai.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 04, 2020, 23:24:19
You need a shorter adapter. Presumably, m39-Z would provide the usual focus range for the lens.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 04, 2020, 23:34:01
Thanks Birna, I´m looking into it now.  ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: armando_m on April 05, 2020, 05:21:14
another moon
v1 with 200-500
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 05, 2020, 10:04:55
April 5

red tulips

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49737852147_e068e55cba_o.jpg)

d850 - afs 300mm f/4 - pk-13
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 05, 2020, 10:15:28
April 4

Fritillaria meleagris

d850 - 300mm f/4

Beautiful capture of a flower of character.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 05, 2020, 10:27:10
Thanks Akira.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 05, 2020, 16:23:37
Very cool pc.

 John, I like your approach to the main story here. Subtle. Smart. It needs to be read. Thanks for sharing it.


  Trying some product images today with flashes, headlamps and what not. This was my uncle´s camera. I tried the lens on the Z6, of course. With the 42m to Z adapter I have it does not focus beyond a few inches.
   Here, Z6 and 105mm F4 ai.
Thanks, Paco.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 05, 2020, 16:24:29
The Amelanchier has a splendid Spring


Z7  AF-S 300/4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on April 05, 2020, 20:41:20
Yesterday's moon, sky was still in a blue phase

Nikon 1V3, Nikkor 200-500 + TC14e II + FT1, handheld, no stacking, lots of room for improvement!

Ciao da Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on April 05, 2020, 20:52:56
Today's moon

Nikon 1V3, Nikkor 200-500 + TC14e II + FT1, handheld, no stacking, already improved

The 1V3 is a neat little camera, almost the resolution as D500 and D5, has an electronic viewfinder and allows for a burst capture of up to 60 fps (1/2 second)

1J5 has the same resolution as D5 and D500: 5588x3712 px. But no EVF, so I did a little modding and I was able to attach a chimney finder to the LCD screen, and voilà: now my 1J5 has an EVF!

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: armando_m on April 05, 2020, 21:04:51
Today's moon

Nikon 1V3, Nikkor 200-500 + TC14e II + FT1, handheld, no stacking, already improved

The 1V3 is a neat little camera, almost the resolution as D500 and D5, has an electronic viewfinder and allows for a burst capture of up to 60 fps (1/2 second)

1J5 has the same resolution as D5 and D500: 5588x3712 px

Ciao from Massimo
Massimo, those 60fps would make it really easy to do stacking
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on April 05, 2020, 21:12:10
Massimo, those 60fps would make it really easy to do stacking

Will have to look into it! BTW, to attain 60 fps, the shutter turns to electronic mode, so there are practically no vibrations.

The lockdown currently present in Italy is discouraging photographic outings, except for extraordinary reasons (health, food, practically nothing else!). Fortunately the Moon shows up every evening, and the clear sky, even in the normally dust/light polluted Nothern Italy, allows for really good shots of our satellite.

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 06, 2020, 12:37:53
April 6

working from home ;)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49742201451_7f76c1bfcf_o.jpg)

D850 - cv 125mm f/2.5
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: armando_m on April 06, 2020, 15:19:26
April 6

working from home ;)

D850 - cv 125mm f/2.5
Beautiful
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 06, 2020, 15:54:44
Getting candy with granny

Z7  AF  80/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 06, 2020, 16:02:38
Beautiful

Thank you Armando
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 06, 2020, 16:03:31
Getting candy with granny

Z7  AF  80/2.8

Social distancing ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 06, 2020, 16:38:56
I love the rendering of the CV 125, Fons! Wonderful colors
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 06, 2020, 18:31:04
I love the rendering of the CV 125, Fons! Wonderful colors

Wonderful lens indeed, thank you Peter.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 06, 2020, 20:18:38
Social distancing ;)
She is a member of city council.  She takes care of her grand children because their mother works in the hospital treating Corona patients.

Also her mother lives now with them. "It's for the safety for them all. It are strange times."
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 06, 2020, 20:36:07
You captured a wonderful moment, John !
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 06, 2020, 22:33:08
Kissed by the fierce UV sun

Kyoei 35mm f/3.5, Baader U, modified Z6
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 07, 2020, 00:48:03
Kissed by the fierce UV sun

Kyoei 35mm f/3.5, Baader U, modified Z6

best midsummer sun photo I´ve ever seen in april...I like it a lot
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 07, 2020, 01:41:57
best midsummer sun photo I´ve ever seen in april...I like it a lot

Well said, Thomas!  :D

This is one of the typical (but extraordinary) Birna-esque images that I've appreciated over time!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Tom Hook on April 07, 2020, 05:48:44
Titmouse leaving bird-feeder late this afternoon.
Z7 105 1.4, f/1.4, 1/500, iso 64
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Erik Lund on April 07, 2020, 13:03:31
C-19 quarantine, hail storms, strong winds, and life could do with an improvement. Today, I got the much awaited printed version of my treatise on Norwegian duckweeds. That is a milestone at least. Now, were summer to arrive and I be outdoors hunting for duckweeds and other fascinating stuff. One can only dream on.
Congratulations on the duckweeds effort!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 07, 2020, 14:22:52
Well said, Thomas!  :D

This is one of the typical (but extraordinary) Birna-esque images that I've appreciated over time!


  Oh, Birna. Love  the way you see and capture, communicate. Exceptional and inspiring.

  Thanks for sharing so generously.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 07, 2020, 15:32:59
You captured a wonderful moment, John !
Thanks Peter.

Prunus
Z6  AF-S 300/4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 07, 2020, 15:59:32
April 7

I must admit that most of my images are taken on the date while at work, finding a moment with my camera.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49746085771_8e4689a404_o.jpg)

Pyrus communis 'Gieser Wildeman' , a cooking pear.

Z6 - 50mm f/1.8S
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 07, 2020, 17:05:10
Nice blossom images John and Fons.

My image was also shot (in my garden) during a lunch break while working at home.
The Syringa vulgaris only needs a few more days to unveil itself to the world.

Olympus E-M10II + Panasonic 35-100mm f4-5.6

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49745713633_150fa64de4_b.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Ashlandish on April 07, 2020, 18:45:05
On weekends I enjoy hiking old overgrown logging roads, but sometimes the brush is so thick the only vistas I find are on the overgrown road itself.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 07, 2020, 20:41:45
Nice blossom images John and Fons.

  I needed those, thank you!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 08, 2020, 07:37:34
Full Moon in Tilburg

Z7 300/4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 08, 2020, 09:53:33
Another day working at home.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49748295893_eaa47ee610_b.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 08, 2020, 10:13:43
April 8

Spring foliage of a birchtree

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49748338313_76b0ea1572_o.jpg)

Z6 - 50mm f/1.2ais
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 08, 2020, 12:38:09
Another day working at home.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49748295893_eaa47ee610_b.jpg)

Well organized workspace, the fisheye makes it look smaller and more compressed i think.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 08, 2020, 14:10:01
Well organised, that's me ::) It is a small room (2.40m by 2.40m), one of the two in the attic. My wife has the larger room :'(. No need to feel sorry for me, I've got plenty of space in the rest of the house.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: frankv on April 08, 2020, 15:00:59
Well organised, that's me ::) It is a small room (2.40m by 2.40m), one of the two in the attic. My wife has the larger room :'(. No need to feel sorry for me, I've got plenty of space in the rest of the house.

And qulity loudspeakers for your computer system :-) A must have!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 08, 2020, 15:33:38
Full Moon in Tilburg

Z7 300/4

how did you get it into the city?  :D

good capture
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 08, 2020, 16:36:29
And qulity loudspeakers for your computer system :-) A must have!
:D Aha, so you've noticed the B&W MM-1 active desktop speakers. Excellent sound quality, especially when you bypass the built-in DAC and use a good external one like the Audioquest Dragonfly.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 08, 2020, 17:16:19
:D Aha, so you've noticed the B&W MM-1 active desktop speakers. Excellent sound quality, especially when you bypass the built-in DAC and use a good external one like the Audioquest Dragonfly.

You shouldn't have showed these. Now I want to look for good desktop speakers again. ;-)
I still use seam trendy JBL speakers ;-(
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 08, 2020, 17:17:34
Full Moon in Tilburg

Z7 300/4

Spectacular view! And a nice commercial too ;-)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 08, 2020, 17:26:27
Z7 + 105mm 2.5 K
(https://www.visualcue.nl/img/s/v-10/p3878562312-5.jpg)

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 08, 2020, 17:37:35
You shouldn't have showed these. Now I want to look for good desktop speakers again. ;-)
I still use seam trendy JBL speakers ;-(
Sorry Peter ;) I'll make it up to you with this offer (still 5 days left) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bowers-Wilkins-MM-1-computer-speakers/202958587357?hash=item2f414645dd:g:ztwAAOSwXjxejHXX (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bowers-Wilkins-MM-1-computer-speakers/202958587357?hash=item2f414645dd:g:ztwAAOSwXjxejHXX)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 09, 2020, 08:29:14
Nice room, Luc  ;)

Thanks Thomas and Peter.  Just after the shot, the moon disappeared behind the rapidly approaching clouds. Already some light clouds are seen around the moon.

A lonely walk

D3s  14-24/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 09, 2020, 10:34:04
Keeping distances

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49750444232_0fc16a4616_o.jpg)

Z6 - 85mm f/1.8S
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 09, 2020, 10:58:39
Keeping distances

Z6 - 85mm f/1.8S

excellent shot showingt the actual situation
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 09, 2020, 11:08:04
(https://www.visualcue.nl/img/s/v-10/p3878619390-5.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 09, 2020, 17:35:33
excellent shot showingt the actual situation

Waiting outside the shop for their turn, which looks like a butcher, thank you Thomas, .
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 10, 2020, 10:53:01
April 10

Horsechestnuttree

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49756081971_21283024c4_o.jpg)

D850 - 100-300mm f/5.6 ais
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 10, 2020, 14:00:48
April 10.  The sky is not affected by the chaos beneath it.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 10, 2020, 16:12:40
Normally packed with people

Z7  AF-S 80-200/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 10, 2020, 18:17:39
Home planets

  Z6, 55mm 3.5 macro
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 10, 2020, 18:39:26
(https://www.visualcue.nl/img/s/v-10/p3879775220-5.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 10, 2020, 18:45:18
Sorry Peter ;) I'll make it up to you with this offer (still 5 days left) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bowers-Wilkins-MM-1-computer-speakers/202958587357?hash=item2f414645dd:g:ztwAAOSwXjxejHXX (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bowers-Wilkins-MM-1-computer-speakers/202958587357?hash=item2f414645dd:g:ztwAAOSwXjxejHXX)

Thanks for the link, Luc. I tried the NAIM a while ago and loved it as a desktop system.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Jacques on April 10, 2020, 21:59:30
Start of the lawn overseeding/renovation season
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49757546468_7a0f80624c_h.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 11, 2020, 01:38:05
RGB

  Nikon Z6, 55mm 3.5
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 11, 2020, 04:46:11
Home planets

  Z6, 55mm 3.5 macro

RGB

  Nikon Z6, 55mm 3.5

I love both!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 11, 2020, 08:32:47
Wild garlic , (Allium ursinum) flower.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49758105207_12f9d42c68_o.jpg)

Z6 - Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 handheld shot
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 11, 2020, 08:38:28
Eastern preparations...

D3s  14-24/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 11, 2020, 10:49:16
Start of the lawn overseeding/renovation season
Fantastic image, Jacques!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 11, 2020, 10:51:04
Eastern preparations...

D3s  14-24/2.8
I like your extraordinary photographic observations of "ordinary" scenes, John.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 11, 2020, 14:32:22
RGB

  Nikon Z6, 55mm 3.5

WOW.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 11, 2020, 14:34:36
Spring is here.
Title: Re: April 2020 Happy Eastern
Post by: Alaun on April 11, 2020, 14:35:08
This year, eastern will be slightly different.  ;)



Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 11, 2020, 22:54:51
Spring is here.
Truly excellent image, Frank.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 11, 2020, 22:56:24
An image of my 20 years old Koga-Miyata bicycle against a typical Dutch backdrop.

Nikon Z6 + Nikkor 105mm f2.5 AIs

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49762117301_6f62efc7cf_h.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: CS on April 12, 2020, 03:29:22
Truly excellent image, Frank.

I like it, Luc! I should use my 105 more, but it’s very hard to focus with my AMD.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Ashlandish on April 12, 2020, 06:23:53
Went camping for several days, the butterflies kept no social distance. (Micro-NIKKOR 105 F4 Ai)

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 12, 2020, 08:23:30
I like your extraordinary photographic observations of "ordinary" scenes, John.
Thanks Luc.

Nice colours behind your bike  ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 12, 2020, 08:38:20
Social Distance of 1.5 meters in the Netherlands

Z6  Angenieux 28-70/2.6
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 12, 2020, 10:07:18
April 12

Good morning Easter

D850 - Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 12, 2020, 13:47:19
Christ ist erstanden!!!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 13, 2020, 09:17:47
April 13

Eastermonday

'So so'

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49764133772_e9bfb5ddc4_o.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 13, 2020, 10:04:10
April 13

Eastermonday

'So so'

Very nice, Fons
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 13, 2020, 10:08:39
Blossom on Eastern

Z6 Ang. 28-70/2.6
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 13, 2020, 10:52:03
April 13

Eastermonday

'So so'

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49764133772_e9bfb5ddc4_o.jpg)

magic bullet?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 13, 2020, 10:53:34
Blossom on Eastern

Z6 Ang. 28-70/2.6

dream bokeh!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 13, 2020, 10:54:45
Truly excellent image, Frank.

My friend Elisabeth is in her 90th year and still going strong
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 13, 2020, 10:57:40
I like it, Luc! I should use my 105 more, but it’s very hard to focus with my AMD.

this is my Neonoct 1.4/58G
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 13, 2020, 11:19:25
Thank you guys, so many nice entries from you as well, cheers ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 13, 2020, 21:16:08
Start of the lawn overseeding/renovation season
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49757546468_7a0f80624c_h.jpg)

light looks like summer
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Jacques on April 13, 2020, 22:10:47
Summer light recently has started earlier but falls away in August just in time for school holidays etc. I am struggling to find subjects as I  am not allowed to leave home due to being considered high risk but  I can see me breaking that rule shortly !
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49770102143_0866f588df_b.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 13, 2020, 22:11:01
I like it, Luc! I should use my 105 more, but it’s very hard to focus with my AMD.
Thanks Carl. I understand AMD makes manual focusing for you more difficult, that's a pity. The in-body stabilisation of the Z camera's really helps though.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 13, 2020, 22:13:16
Almost there. Perhaps one more day and this sering in my garden is at it most beautiful.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49770957507_6133852337_b.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: aerobat on April 13, 2020, 22:30:42
Riding the mountains with my son
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 13, 2020, 22:36:40
2/200VR ... I keep it...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 13, 2020, 23:33:44
Luc, that sprinkle water image has a strong and happy dynamic.

Daniel, being stuck at home in Spain makes me appreciate the image even more

Frank, if this image is any reference that lens is a keeper!


   One of my home companions.
   Z6, 55mm 3.5
 
Title: Local Corona walks
Post by: pluton on April 14, 2020, 07:29:27
Corona-aware couple walks past Frank Gehry's house on Washington Ave. in Santa Monica.
Title: Re: Local Corona walks
Post by: CS on April 14, 2020, 07:47:08
Corona-aware couple walks past Frank Gehry's house on Washington Ave. in Santa Monica.

I would have thought that the local authorities would have found a way to see that Frank had underground utilities.  ;)

Nice one, Keith!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 14, 2020, 08:50:09
dream bokeh!
Thanks Frank.

The bokeh of the 200/2 is also always very nice ;)
Title: Re: Local Corona walks
Post by: John Geerts on April 14, 2020, 08:55:48
Corona-aware couple walks past Frank Gehry's house on Washington Ave. in Santa Monica.
Great shot.  Are you sure they are  a couple?  ;)

I read the Gehry house is famous. A lot of different styles and building materials?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 14, 2020, 10:00:49
dog in petals 2.0/200VR @f/2
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 14, 2020, 11:08:07
Paco: AF is fast but not alway where I want it
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 14, 2020, 12:40:53
dog in petals 2.0/200VR @f/2

Cute shot, Frank!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 14, 2020, 13:42:24
April 14

Tell me where did the flowers go

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49773215412_c02b8a4f78_o.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 14, 2020, 14:12:16
Very cute dog image Frank.

  Do you have problems placing the AF points, with the lens or otherwise?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 14, 2020, 14:26:43
Riding the mountains with my son
Lovely shot, Daniel. Great light
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 14, 2020, 15:32:15
This is a test shot to illustrate the actual difference between a very expensive lens ($5000 +) and another, very cheap one which I paid less than $30 for. Captures are 100% crops from the peripheral parts of the frame, where the performance differs the most.

UV done with my modified Z6 and the Baader U filter. Illumination by 2*800 Ws studio flash and exposure is the same in both cases, thus the UV response level-wise is about equal. Alas this was to be the only comparison shot as one of my flashes literally exploded soon thereafter with a bang that made me deaf for hours. All fuses blew of course. It must be the condenser that failed. Until the studio flash is repaired I have to postpone other testing, or wait until I can break my C-19 quarantine and seek the big outdoors.

It is easy to see the difference here, but do keep in mind the enormous price difference and the fact that also the cheap lens was almost parfocal visible to UV, which is a feature very rarely observed apart from the expensive specialist UV lenses. In case one wonders, yes the infamous UV striping of the Z6 is present as I did not run the NEFs either through a dedicated plugin (Topaz) or a raw converter capable of dealing with the issue (RawTherapee). This was done in Photo Ninja.

I keep the lens identities under wraps for now. Suffice it to say I paid more for the dedicated adapter for it to Z6 mount than for the lens itself :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 14, 2020, 15:58:34
Thanks for sharing the comparison! As you say, a noticeable difference. But only worth 4970+ if it matters for the print.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: PeterN on April 14, 2020, 16:03:33
I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the latest addition of photos to this thread!
Time to add mine for today. If you as "heavy processing?", I have to say "yes"? I don't even recall how many steps it took to get to this result.

(https://www.visualcue.nl/img/s/v-10/p3881754329-5.jpg)


Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 14, 2020, 16:28:22
Climate is better in Luc's garden ;)

Z6  200/2  Ai
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 14, 2020, 17:13:18
Climate is better in Luc's garden ;)

Z6  200/2  Ai
;D Seems my sering is indeed a few days ahead of yours, John.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 14, 2020, 18:27:38
;D Seems my sering is indeed a few days ahead of yours, John.
I replaced my image with another.  ;)
Title: Re: Local Corona walks
Post by: pluton on April 14, 2020, 19:02:13
Great shot.  Are you sure they are  a couple?  ;)

I read the Gehry house is famous. A lot of different styles and building materials?
Thanks, John.  I presumed that they're a couple... they seemed 'together'. Gehry took an ordinary wood house and grafted various structures and protrusions onto it using materials---like corrugated steel sheet--- formerly considered to be for industrial use only. A neighbor told me he still lives there.
Title: Re: Local Corona walks
Post by: pluton on April 14, 2020, 19:21:42
I would have thought that the local authorities would have found a way to see that Frank had underground utilities.  ;)

Nice one, Keith!
Thank you, Carl. Underground utilities cost mucho $$$ compared to poles and wires, and that combined with the lack of severe weather in coastal So. California probably explains why we are cursed with utility poles and wires throughout the area.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: pluton on April 14, 2020, 19:22:53
Riding the mountains with my son
Wow...what a place for a bike ride!  Beautiful color here.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: pluton on April 14, 2020, 19:24:11
dog in petals 2.0/200VR @f/2
Yeah....you are getting good results with the 200/2!
Title: Re: Local Corona walks
Post by: CS on April 14, 2020, 19:59:49
Thanks, John.  I presumed that they're a couple... they seemed 'together'. Gehry took an ordinary wood house and grafted various structures and protrusions onto it using materials---like corrugated steel sheet--- formerly considered to be for industrial use only. A neighbor told me he still lives there.

I've had conversations  with an architect I know about why architects do that sort of thing, and it turns out, they do it because they can!

Is the sidewalk in your shot too narrow for folks to walk side by side?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 15, 2020, 01:13:18
Very cute dog image Frank.

  Do you have problems placing the AF points, with the lens or otherwise?

only with this lens and only sometimes
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 15, 2020, 01:15:49
Yeah....you are getting good results with the 200/2!

AF needs practicing and real work with the lens began 3/4 of a year after I practiced at the Gym three times per week

PS: I miss California
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 15, 2020, 01:32:00
Corona Pandemic makes us a gated community. In usual years ten thousands of tourists fly in for the cherry blossom and Beethoven. This year only the neighbourhood is allowed in.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 15, 2020, 12:11:28
April 15

First flowers of the Wisteria about to bloom, may hope morning frosts stay away now.

Z6 - 200mm f/2

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 15, 2020, 17:35:52
Red Tulips in the Park

Z6  500/8 N
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 15, 2020, 18:47:02
John, Lovely i like that Monet style bokeh here.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Mike G on April 15, 2020, 20:18:13
Very nice John,  a tad of desaturation perhaps
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 15, 2020, 20:37:00
Thanks Fons and Mike.

This Tulip Species has a very specific red.  It is already a bit desaturated but perhaps a bit darker is the solution?

Posted earlier in 2017, the same tulips--
https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?topic=5430.msg91683#msg91683 (https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?topic=5430.msg91683#msg91683)
(https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5430.0;attach=24657;image)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 15, 2020, 21:14:41
Tulips ought to be vibrantly red. Thus John has succeeded.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 15, 2020, 21:21:37
Love the tulip series, John!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 15, 2020, 21:21:48
i had to briefly break my quarantine today to get medicines at the local pharmacy. Using an N95 mask I felt safe enough for this short excursion into the "wild". Operating a camera in a masked state is not easy though, so the little NEX-5N Monochrome came to the rescue. The camera with, in this case, a tiny lens such as the 25mm f/4 Voigtländer Scopar is easy to bring with me in the handbag, but I do have issues focusing such a moderately wide and not very bright lens on this camera despite the focus highlighting. Ironically this would be much easier with an OVF and a split-image screen :(. Perhaps I should take the Df next time although it is not small enough to go into my usual handbag unless I choose a large one.

Anyway, I got an acceptable snapshot. Need this not to let my imagining skills deteriorate faster than they already do in isolation.

A pity the 25mm f/4 is so elusive as it appears to be an excellent performer.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Mike G on April 16, 2020, 07:15:51
Tulips ought to be vibrantly red. Thus John has succeeded.
Yes you are right, but I seem to remember comments made about saturated Nikon reds being overblown in the past?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 16, 2020, 09:39:59
It's very easy to trade detail for red [over]saturation. Not sure Nikons are more prone to this than other digital cameras, though. Much depends on the processing of the raw files.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Jakov Minić on April 16, 2020, 09:53:43
Red Tulips in the Park

Z6  500/8 N
John, John, John!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 16, 2020, 10:15:54
petal snow
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 16, 2020, 11:19:02
April 16

the next day

Df - 105mm f/2.5

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 16, 2020, 11:41:11
Fons, not sure if I prefer the one with the 200mm, some days ago or this one with the 105mm, which is your choice?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 16, 2020, 11:46:23
Fons, not sure if I prefer the one with the 200mm, some days ago or this one with the 105mm, which is your choice?

Yes the 200mm looks a bit thin too digital, if you ask me i prefer the Df over the Z6 (very subjective statement).
Here is one with the 105/1.4

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49776006983_e7670b2139_o.jpg)

from yesterday also on the Z6
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: HCS on April 16, 2020, 12:06:39
Frank, your #175 is absolutely lovely!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 16, 2020, 13:23:42
John, John, John!
Thanks Jakov and Akira
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 16, 2020, 15:52:09
Beautiful tulips John, for me specially the first ones.


   Window sunset
  Z6, 28mm f2 ai
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 16, 2020, 15:59:31
Beautiful tulips John, for me specially the first ones.
Thanks Paco.  To be clear, the second one is a 'quote' from 2017.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 16, 2020, 16:11:39
Feeding ducks in the Park

Z6 500/8N
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 16, 2020, 21:48:56
petal snow

Lovely light & emotion Frank
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 16, 2020, 22:11:17
Red Tulips in the Park

Z6  500/8 N
Beautiful image, John!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 16, 2020, 22:12:45
petal snow
Love this image, very subtle.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 16, 2020, 22:13:39
Yes the 200mm looks a bit thin too digital, if you ask me i prefer the Df over the Z6 (very subjective statement).
Here is one with the 105/1.4



from yesterday also on the Z6
Nice! Excellent use of the 105/1.4.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 16, 2020, 22:23:28
Love this image, very subtle.

Thank you, Hans & Luc & Colin!!!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 16, 2020, 22:24:36
Getting more beautiful by the day

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49782080236_552cddb4c8_h.jpg)
Title: Re: Local Corona walks
Post by: pluton on April 17, 2020, 07:27:45

Is the sidewalk in your shot too narrow for folks to walk side by side?
Standard two-lane residential sidewalk...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 17, 2020, 08:01:10
Thanks Luc

The Lilac has more flowers now ;)

Z6 500/8N
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 17, 2020, 09:18:53
April 17

third day

Z6 - 180mm f/2.8 ais

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 17, 2020, 09:19:28
Nice! Excellent use of the 105/1.4.

Thanks Luc
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 17, 2020, 09:21:49
Corona walk and April are the same thread?!

Corona seat

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49749578953_e7c7939698_o.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 17, 2020, 14:19:13
Kind of self-portrait with my cousin´s assistance.
 
   Z6, 50mm 1.8 S
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 17, 2020, 14:21:12
Kind of self-portrait with my cousin´s assistance.
 
   Z6, 50mm 1.8 S

super idea

1.8 50 Z seems to be the corona lens  :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on April 17, 2020, 15:47:54
Corona walk and April are the same thread?!

Corona seat

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49749578953_e7c7939698_o.jpg)

...and the mask serves to block bad breath, instead of the coronavirus itself...

Nice streetphoto anyway!

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 17, 2020, 17:08:38
cherry blossom series continued
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 17, 2020, 19:20:51
...and the mask serves to block bad breath, instead of the coronavirus itself...

Nice streetphoto anyway!

Ciao from Massimo

Thank you Max
Title: Re: Local Corona walks
Post by: CS on April 17, 2020, 19:29:23
Standard two-lane residential sidewalk...

Thanks, Keith.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: pluton on April 17, 2020, 22:04:50
cherry blossom series continued
IMO, the 200/2 is realizing your shallow focus theme/project better than the 105/1.4. I like it when the OOF stuff is more OOF than the 105/1.4 seems to deliver on similar subjects
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 18, 2020, 11:53:20
Kind of self-portrait with my cousin´s assistance.
 
   Z6, 50mm 1.8 S

Brilliant work, Paco!


cherry blossom series continued

Great tool in great hands.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 18, 2020, 11:54:04
Have seen the rainbow for the first time in quite some tome.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 18, 2020, 13:38:18
box & manhole
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 18, 2020, 16:30:48
April 18

Hopeful

Z6 - 85mm f/1.8S

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 18, 2020, 18:29:24
So cute  ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 18, 2020, 19:21:14
IMO, the 200/2 is realizing your shallow focus theme/project better than the 105/1.4. I like it when the OOF stuff is more OOF than the 105/1.4 seems to deliver on similar subjects

the whole Series is 2/200VR, but it hurts more to use this than the relatively light 1.4/105
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 18, 2020, 19:21:48
Brilliant work, Paco!


Great tool in great hands.

I am honored
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 18, 2020, 19:42:13
April 18

Hopeful

Z6 - 85mm f/1.8S
Yes Hopeful

Z6  500/8N

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 19, 2020, 02:04:09
Thank you all. Very appreciated

  Frank, that shot is very tasteful.
 
  Jhon, I like that shot a lot for reasons I can´t point out. Thanks for the image and for the mystery.

  Today, from my window

   D500, 300mm 2.8 vrII
 
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 19, 2020, 08:22:40
community guard
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 19, 2020, 08:54:32
community guard
Nice light, Frank.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 19, 2020, 08:57:12
Thank you all. Very appreciated

  Frank, that shot is very tasteful.
 
  Jhon, I like that shot a lot for reasons I can´t point out. Thanks for the image and for the mystery.

  Today, from my window

   D500, 300mm 2.8 vrII
 
Lovely colours, Paco.

For me, the ducks in this image stand for Youth, liberty freedom, speed and social cohesion 

(Choosing from 200 images was difficult, the ducks are fast, the 500mm is slow and the photographer even slower ;)  )
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 19, 2020, 09:09:09
Thank you all have nice sunday. :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Ashlandish on April 19, 2020, 18:36:24
So many wonderful images here, appreciate them, all a great antidote to isolation.

Hesitate to share but a flower from my back yard (50mm 1.8 S).
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 19, 2020, 18:37:35
April 19

Beautiful day people escaping lock-downs,
ferry at Cuijk

Z6 - 85mm f/1.8S

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 19, 2020, 19:08:00
Back to the red Tulips in the Park. They are still enjoying the perfect weather.

Z7 24-70/2.8 G
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Imagelover on April 19, 2020, 19:24:24
April 17th, late evening, Kristiansund N. in Norway. Df and 105 f/2.5 AI, aperture f/8.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 19, 2020, 20:58:40
So many wonderful images here, appreciate them, all a great antidote to isolation.

Hesitate to share but a flower from my back yard (50mm 1.8 S).

  Please, don´t hesitate!

   Fons and John, thanks for sharing those beauties.

   From yesterday: a furgo comes daily to sell bread to the neighborhood. Empty streets, full sky

  d500, 10.5 mm 2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Jakov Minić on April 19, 2020, 21:05:56
I must visit this thread more often. i admit i am a heathen. Most beautiful images throughout. Let me just say for the last amazingly colourful one: Paco, Paco, Paco!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 19, 2020, 21:10:18
  Please, don´t hesitate!

   Fons and John, thanks for sharing those beauties.

   From yesterday: a furgo comes daily to sell bread to the neighborhood. Empty streets, full sky

  d500, 10.5 mm 2.8

very cool pic
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Eddie Draaisma on April 19, 2020, 23:47:48
No title
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 20, 2020, 07:23:51
Great shot, Eddie, with those matching colours.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 20, 2020, 07:46:11
2/200VR
Japanese Whispers
great taste in fashion
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 20, 2020, 08:22:18
Blossom

Z7 24-70/2.8G
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Eddie Draaisma on April 20, 2020, 08:52:03
Great shot, Eddie, with those matching colours.

Thanks John!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 20, 2020, 10:29:16
April 20

Local street activity

Z6 - 85mm f/1.8S
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Øivind Tøien on April 20, 2020, 11:43:50
Slowly sliding towards spring (captured about 10 days ago, so we are into breakup now).
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 20, 2020, 11:59:54
Norwegians, in general, have strictly followed official regulations on proper social distancing. Even on their beloved forest and wilderness hikes. The Covid-19 situation apparently is well under control and the country just now is in the first stages of a reopening.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 20, 2020, 14:01:35
So nice to hear Birna. Waiting for the confinement to relax a bit and be able to go out for a walk at least, with proper care. Situation is still very strict in Spain.
 From my window, only nature.

  D500, 300mm 2.8 vrII
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 20, 2020, 14:05:14
Norwegians, in general, have strictly followed official regulations on proper social distancing. Even on their beloved forest and wilderness hikes. The Covid-19 situation apparently is well under control and the country just now is in the first stages of a reopening.

That must be Ruth in shades. :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Jacques on April 20, 2020, 21:20:53
Where I will be spending much of my time for the next 3 weeks minimum, hopefully I will make a substantial attempt at digitising black and white images from the mid 1970's, I hope my memories are not to much rose tinted. Please excuse the state of my desk but it is one of the advantages of having a space that I can leave without getting earache from my wife about tidying up  8)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49799066467_8df15bb219_h.jpg)

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 20, 2020, 21:46:08
That workbench looks lovely. And pretty tidy as photographer's place goes :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 20, 2020, 21:48:18
That must be Ruth in shades. :)

Ruth and her brother .... I'm the required distance away when taking the snapshot.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: CS on April 20, 2020, 21:54:02
Ruth and her brother .... I'm the required distance away when taking the snapshot.

I'm curious as to how you arrived there while still maintaining the required distance during the trip.  ;D
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 20, 2020, 22:33:53
Walking.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 21, 2020, 07:07:11
Great to 'see' you outside again, Birna.
In the Park

Z7 24-70/2.8G
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Imagelover on April 21, 2020, 09:14:42
Last evening shot seen from my house in Kristiansund, Norway, with the lighthouse of the island Grip. Df and Nikkor 400mm ED-IF AI f/3.5, f/11.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 21, 2020, 09:40:26
Nice, and lovely colors
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 21, 2020, 09:41:37
Walking.
Nice to see you out again, but do take care.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Imagelover on April 21, 2020, 10:50:14
Thanks, Bent! Same to you, too. Sitting home, educating through telephone and messenger. (And planning photographic trips!)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 21, 2020, 14:27:03
Lest we forget, the Rodenstock XR-Heligon 100mm f/1.6 is just an "ordinary" lens on the Z cameras. It will focus to infinity and almost any distance closer too.

Here it portrays the first leafing stage of a Bird Cherry Prunus padus. Taken with the 100/1.6 Heligon on my Z50.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 21, 2020, 17:16:20
April 21

wild tulips

Z6 - Voigtländer 90mm f/3.5

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 21, 2020, 18:12:18
April 21

wild tulips

Z6 - Voigtländer 90mm f/3.5
Interesting, we looked for them in Crete when Nikongear was there some years ago, and this year we would have tried again, but then something happened  :(
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 21, 2020, 18:28:04
The species is a botanical variety obviously they have been planted, Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac Wonder' i think. I corrected the species.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 21, 2020, 19:36:27
We have nice tulips in the middle of the road ;)
Z6 and AiS 50mm f1.2 (not at f1.2)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Ashlandish on April 21, 2020, 19:54:33
Oh my, lovely colors, lovely image...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 21, 2020, 20:33:07
Thank you Tim
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Imagelover on April 21, 2020, 20:43:14
I agree with Ashlandish. I really like the red color in tulips during springtime.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 21, 2020, 23:09:16
Lockdown Lama with attitude
(I'm sure there's a Robert de Nero quote for this look)

(https://pbase.com/celidh/image/170641616.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 22, 2020, 00:12:52
In Spain, since the beginning of the lockdown, people all aorund the country comes out to clap for the healthcare workers.

  Nikon Z6, 50mm 1.8 S
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 22, 2020, 06:02:20
A great image, Paco.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 22, 2020, 06:03:05
Still not many people in the shopping street

Z6  55/1.2
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 22, 2020, 12:20:54
Thanks John, it is one of the few things we do together, everyday at 20:00.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 22, 2020, 15:50:10
April 22

Df - 105mm f/1.4

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 22, 2020, 23:48:20
Spring has, finally, arrived in my neighbourhood as well.  I have a very restricted action radius and need to be well away from other people, but my little red car can deliver me at favourite spots nonetheless.

I was shooting false-colour infrared emulated "film" today, and snapped this documentation of the setup. The lens is the 200-400 mm f/4 ED Nikkor AIS (not IF), which is one of my favourite landscape weapons of all times. The main point I'd like to underscore here is that I used the Rodenstcok XR-Heligon 100 mm f/1.6 lens on my Z7 to capture this. On the Z systems, this former "exotic" lens becomes almost mundane as it focuses from near to infinity just like any ordinary lens.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 23, 2020, 00:02:05
I went shopping to support local small businesses
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 23, 2020, 00:04:46
That bow tie really suits you, Frank. Nice to see such a happy smile as well.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 23, 2020, 00:08:15
That bow tie really suits you, Frank. Nice to see such a happy smile as well.

These images on my shoulders ... are they real?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 23, 2020, 00:09:57
Spring has, finally, arrived in my neighbourhood as well.  I have a very restricted action radius and need to be well away from other people, but my little red car can deliver me at favourite spots nonetheless.

I was shooting false-colour infrared emulated "film" today, and snapped this documentation of the setup. The lens is the 200-400 mm f/4 ED Nikkor AIS (not IF), which is one of my favourite landscape weapons of all times. The main point I'd like to underscore here is that I used the Rodenstcok XR-Heligon 100 mm f/1.6 lens on my Z7 to capture this. On the Z systems, this former "exotic" lens becomes almost mundane as it focuses from near to infinity just like any ordinary lens.

the separation is extraordinary
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 23, 2020, 05:49:14
A late magnolia...

Z6  55/1.2 Ai
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 23, 2020, 05:50:30
Spring has, finally, arrived in my neighbourhood as well.  I have a very restricted action radius and need to be well away from other people, but my little red car can deliver me at favourite spots nonetheless.

I was shooting false-colour infrared emulated "film" today, and snapped this documentation of the setup. The lens is the 200-400 mm f/4 ED Nikkor AIS (not IF), which is one of my favourite landscape weapons of all times. The main point I'd like to underscore here is that I used the Rodenstcok XR-Heligon 100 mm f/1.6 lens on my Z7 to capture this. On the Z systems, this former "exotic" lens becomes almost mundane as it focuses from near to infinity just like any ordinary lens.
Very clean shot with a very nice bokeh ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 23, 2020, 10:52:22
These images on my shoulders ... are they real?

Well the boy's hair looks like it was very windy, so I'm surprised your hat stayed on.
(unless they aren't real....!)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Erik Lund on April 23, 2020, 11:03:57
Last evening shot seen from my house in Kristiansund, Norway, with the lighthouse of the island Grip. Df and Nikkor 400mm ED-IF AI f/3.5, f/11.
Very nice smooth tonation, very saturated :)
Framing is very straight on, could have been off set more I believe but that is personal opinion ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 23, 2020, 12:46:21
If you're lucky enough to be able to walk along country lanes, the ones in the UK have a lot of "Jack by the Hedge" (Alliara petiolata) in full growth at the moment.

I believe this plant is treated as an invasive pest in the USA.
The upside is that the leaves taste of wild garlic and mustard & go nicely in a salad

This ladybird seems to like the taste of them too
(https://pbase.com/celidh/image/170641614.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Ethan on April 23, 2020, 14:30:24
This is a test shot to illustrate the actual difference between a very expensive lens ($5000 +) and another, very cheap one which I paid less than $30 for. Captures are 100% crops from the peripheral parts of the frame, where the performance differs the most.

UV done with my modified Z6 and the Baader U filter. Illumination by 2*800 Ws studio flash and exposure is the same in both cases, thus the UV response level-wise is about equal. Alas this was to be the only comparison shot as one of my flashes literally exploded soon thereafter with a bang that made me deaf for hours. All fuses blew of course. It must be the condenser that failed. Until the studio flash is repaired I have to postpone other testing, or wait until I can break my C-19 quarantine and seek the big outdoors.

It is easy to see the difference here, but do keep in mind the enormous price difference and the fact that also the cheap lens was almost parfocal visible to UV, which is a feature very rarely observed apart from the expensive specialist UV lenses. In case one wonders, yes the infamous UV striping of the Z6 is present as I did not run the NEFs either through a dedicated plugin (Topaz) or a raw converter capable of dealing with the issue (RawTherapee). This was done in Photo Ninja.

I keep the lens identities under wraps for now. Suffice it to say I paid more for the dedicated adapter for it to Z6 mount than for the lens itself :)


Why is one image 255mb and the other one 140mb?

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 23, 2020, 14:45:52
No idea where you got those numbers from? Images taken with the Z6 which is 24MPix and delivers approx. 140 MB TIFs (16 bit).

Oh, I see now where they are from: the presentation images are cropped slightly differently, as I did keep the perspective with a stationary camera. As there was signs of moiŕe on the image taken with UV 105, this means that lens had higher resolution and the slight adjustment in cropping didn't remove that. impression. My main focus was to show how close the cheap lens came in practical terms. The periphery does show the Petri has field curvature, coma, and spherical aberration not seen with the UV-Nikkor. Given the enormous price difference, not surprising.

I still fail to see the relevance for the intended comparison.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 23, 2020, 18:11:41
April 23

It is all about distance

Z6 - zf28mm f/2
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: BW on April 23, 2020, 20:09:43
Taken two days ago. We tried to cross the ice with snow scooter to our cabin 10 km away. Had to check roof to see if all the snow had made it collapse. But the ice would not let us. 30 cm of slush proved that the scooter is not amphibious...
But the coffe was equally good at the starting point.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 23, 2020, 20:52:31
Genuine [off season]  Easter mood the Norwegian way - in IR Very nice use of IR and for once the near monochrome red hue suits the final image.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: BW on April 23, 2020, 21:51:10
Thanks Birna! Easter was kind of crippled with the cabin prohibition. Instead we got «cabin fever» staying home. A small price though :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 24, 2020, 01:34:18
Hand-held fisheye UV photography is not for the faint of heart. However, with the Sunex 5.6mm f/5.6 at least it is possible if you can keep the camera still for a few seconds ...

I had planned on using the D3200 for this as it has the required Baader U filter built-in, but being absent-minded I found myself at location only with the modified Z6 and a rear filter box, not optimised for the Sunex at all. Only a small part of the frame is covered by the Sunex, but the loss of pixels probably didn't matter much when I was holding the camera :(. Besides, the adjusted session focus for the Sunex (a fix-focus optic, but can be trimmed  if required) was for the D3200, not my rear filter so focus was off. Oh well.

A pine tree and some Wood Anemones made a decorate subject for my today's UV foray.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 24, 2020, 07:27:34
Not an 'everyday' image, Birna ;)   

'Bus-stop'

Z7 300/4.5 ED

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 24, 2020, 11:40:20
D500
300PF
TC14E3
whacky edit ...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 24, 2020, 13:02:31
April 24

Admin day

Here is one from last sunday, Mookerplas.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49806468566_479af4c236_o.jpg)

Z6 - 85mm f/1.8S
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 24, 2020, 23:05:45
Morning scene on April 24.  Ironically, even the polluted sky over Tokyo has become increasingly clear and beautiful, since the human activity had been restricted.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 24, 2020, 23:22:51
Current state of my desk. Pictures, school work, sound and drawings for good measure  :)
  I have been having a lot of fun printing this days at home. My walls are way nicer than they use to.

   Z6, 10.5mm 2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 24, 2020, 23:43:46
Current state of my desk. Pictures, school work, sound and drawings for good measure  :)
  I have been having a lot of fun printing this days at home. My walls are way nicer than they use to.

   Z6, 10.5mm 2.8

Another fine looking workspace! ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 24, 2020, 23:46:03
 
Another fine looking workspace! ;)

   ;D Thanks Fons!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 25, 2020, 07:07:12
The blossom of the Lilac is very strong this year.   

Z7  300/4.5 ED
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 25, 2020, 08:47:59
The DandeBokeh were out in force at sunrise today

(https://pbase.com/celidh/image/170650712.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 25, 2020, 11:08:00
April 25

double expose

Df - 105mm f/2.5



Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 25, 2020, 11:28:10
Verifying that the legendary Rodenstock XR-Heligon 100mm f/1.6 really reaches infinity focus. Here a snapshot on the Z7 to prove the point. The background conurbation is about 4.5 km away, and the background hills some 10 km from the camera standpoint.

Although the lens does focus to infinity, and with excellent sharpness of detail, the usable image circle just fails to cover the entire FX format. This photo hence is slightly cropped, corresponding to something like 24x32mm format.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 25, 2020, 15:04:21
April 25

double expose

Df - 105mm f/2.5





lovely
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 25, 2020, 15:05:48
Current state of my desk. Pictures, school work, sound and drawings for good measure  :)
  I have been having a lot of fun printing this days at home. My walls are way nicer than they use to.

   Z6, 10.5mm 2.8

do you see a hole where a picture of me should be???

https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?topic=7423.msg120697#msg120697
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 25, 2020, 15:08:42
I cleaned my desk after weeks of working like crazy
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 25, 2020, 15:56:53
I cleaned my desk after weeks of working like crazy

That's the second NG user's workspace I've seen in the past few weeks with some inviting looking speakers
Your food photography looks good printed large too Frank
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 25, 2020, 17:09:00
do you see a hole where a picture of me should be???

https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?topic=7423.msg120697#msg120697

  Actually you are in the big wall, from NG meeting in Den Haag with the amazing otus 135 f2 on the Z6. Looking good! Birna is in front of you and...more to come  :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 25, 2020, 17:17:26
Paco: I am honored.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 25, 2020, 17:21:52
That's the second NG user's workspace I've seen in the past few weeks with some inviting looking speakers
Your food photography looks good printed large too Frank

These are ESI Near08 Active Studio monitors for the near field but their power can easily deliver dance floor decibel. I guess my cables are Broken and the NAD pre amp is not the best money can buy ... Alas. More than good enough for Youtube and Netflix ... hahaha
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 25, 2020, 17:23:54
Thanks Frank for 'Lovely';

It's the thing clean neat workspaces, moment in time i suppose, the eye of the storm ;D
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 25, 2020, 17:41:00
These are ESI Near08 Active Studio monitors for the near field but their power can easily deliver dance floor decibel. I guess my cables are Broken and the NAD pre amp is not the best money can buy ... Alas. More than good enough for Youtube and Netflix ... hahaha
  Usually there are a couple of Krk rokit 6 g2 self amplified speakers on my desk but for the time being they are in the living room  :)

Paco: I am honored.
   It is my pleasure.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 25, 2020, 18:57:06
Oh dear -- how tidy work spaces our NG members and friends show us. I am envious.

Hmm. Paco, where is Number '13' on your wall? I only see '40'.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 25, 2020, 19:11:09
1+3=4
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 25, 2020, 19:12:14
Oh dear -- how tidy work spaces our NG members and friends show us. I am envious.
Same here. 
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 25, 2020, 19:50:24
Oh dear -- how tidy work spaces our NG members and friends show us. I am envious.

Hmm. Paco, where is Number '13' on your wall? I only see '40'.

  Of course it is! But you can only see it in the desk picture from yesterday. In the right hand side you'll see this image in black and white: https://nikongear.net/revival/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2610.0;attach=31437;image between the nipple and a IR rendition of a tree in Sacromonte  ;)

 
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 25, 2020, 19:51:16
I try to keep my work space tidy...and fail constantly  ;D
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 26, 2020, 09:42:17
Not easy, that social distancing...

Z7  AF-S 80-200/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 26, 2020, 09:58:21
April 26

Talking of cheap lenses, 100mm f/2.8E on a D850
from this morning Alliums about to flower.

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on April 26, 2020, 11:05:31
Fatty Rhodiola rosea leaves, Sedum compressum in background

Nikon 1J5, 30-110mm 1-Nikkor + Meike 16mm ext.tube

I am falling in love with the Nikon 1 series cameras, very good even for macro work, in addition to the Moon!

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 26, 2020, 11:09:35
I still have a 1V1 and an aw1 also unfortunately with the v1 i cant adjust the aperture anylonger a shame since its pretty neat lil cam.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Øivind Tøien on April 26, 2020, 12:36:11

Squirrel enjoying the breakup in Fairbanks.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 26, 2020, 20:03:34
April 26.  5-stitch pano.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 26, 2020, 22:12:46
Today I tried the d300 all the way up his iso capabilities just to see how it performed. I like a lot the way it prints at A4 size. Even tried a 100% view on paper and it looks good too!
   Nikon D300, 58mm 1.4 at f2.8, iso 3200
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 26, 2020, 22:37:38
Paco, Paco, Paco a very nice portrait, very nice B/W conversion.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 26, 2020, 23:05:25
Thanks Bent! I've spent some time trying to mimic the bw conversion in camera with lightroom preset. This is as close as I have managed. Happy you like it.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 26, 2020, 23:08:33
daisy with no artistic claim but with a lock

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 27, 2020, 08:43:14
Today I tried the d300 all the way up his iso capabilities just to see how it performed. I like a lot the way it prints at A4 size. Even tried a 100% view on paper and it looks good too!
   Nikon D300, 58mm 1.4 at f2.8, iso 3200

a very beautiful women. My weak heart jumps when I see her. Wonderful portrait!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 27, 2020, 08:45:01
My second workspace needed a clean up too:
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 27, 2020, 09:47:52
One of my 'workspaces' in the attic

D3s  16/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 27, 2020, 16:07:34
One of my 'workspaces' in the attic

Ok, after seeing Frank's office and kitchen, I think I can relate to your style of working better John.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 27, 2020, 17:26:03
One of my 'workspaces' in the attic

D3s  16/2.8

You are on the "right" track so to speak. Just a little more chaos, bits and pieces, and you are all in.:)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 27, 2020, 17:28:15
Ok, after seeing Frank's office and kitchen, I think I can relate to your style of working better John.
I am not sure. ;)  My desks for work, study and photography are my own personal chaos, but my kitchen is pretty clean. That is necessary for cooking. Also the photo studio needs a clean approach
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 27, 2020, 17:36:54
Raining heavily today, so staying indoors the C-19 way was not difficult. I collected some dandelion heads yesterday and decided to give them a make-over with proper UV macro treatment. In this case, the Coastal 60mm f/4 APO reversed on extension to give m=2.52X. Camera D600 full-spectrum, filter Baader U, focus stacking N=59 frames in Zerene.

The CO 60 did make a slight hot spot in this configuration thus I have designed a better hood for it to mitigate the potential flare issue. However, sharpness and detail rendition are both excellent. This is a small 100% crop of the frame. Dandelion pollination biology is entertaining stuff on several levels. The plants simply don't need any pollinators at all, yet provide lots of goodies for all the pollinating insects eagerly attracted to these flower heads. The style is designed like a chimney sweeper's brush and push through the tube of fused anthers on their way, thus getting a good dusting of pollen grains. Afterwards, the style front splits into two revealing the receptive stigmatic areas inside, which are purely superfluous as the flower already is self-fertilised. A true unrequited love affair.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 27, 2020, 18:16:54
One of my 'workspaces' in the attic

D3s  16/2.8

I will not show mine ;D
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 27, 2020, 18:18:17
Blocked border, even family is separated.

Z6 - 85mm f/1,8S

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on April 27, 2020, 18:42:38
I will not show mine ;D

Neither will I: too scary to show, and then I don't want to divulge my secrets for having a PRO messy workplace (PRO is meant for the MESS :) )

A simpler IR work, from my window facing S, the sky minutes ago was really pleasant!

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 27, 2020, 19:23:18
silly prank
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 27, 2020, 21:17:29
daisy with no artistic claim but with a lock

The DOORS used to be a band I really liked...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 27, 2020, 22:43:36
The DOORS used to be a band I really liked...

agreed, the Doors were a great band
why do you see a relation between them and the pic?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 28, 2020, 00:05:55
Thanks Frank.  :)
One of my 'workspaces' in the attic

D3s  16/2.8
That is ...good ;D

  Birna, that image is fascinating along with the story

  Today I got some images from the phone. The sidewalk was full of marks I have no explanation for. They look like the creation of a mad artist.

 
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 28, 2020, 07:25:38
Guitar

Z7  AF-S  80-200/2.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Thomas Stellwag on April 28, 2020, 10:36:50
Paco and John, both pictures are great
John are you training for a Magritte thread?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 28, 2020, 12:08:28
Yesterdays delicious paella lunch :) Smartphone (Poco F1) image.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49829100321_948d781786_h.jpg)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 28, 2020, 12:32:34
Why am I experiencing this sensation of hunger??  :D

This looks invitingly delicious.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Mike G on April 28, 2020, 13:46:23
Blocked border, even family is separated
Fons is that the Nl - Belgian border?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 28, 2020, 14:05:21
Fons is that the Nl - Belgian border?

Yes, Mike the Dutch - Belgian border here at a local road but even smuggle tracks through the woods have been closed also, all borders within Europe have been closed aik, the penalty for offenders is steep, only those with special permits may cross borders.
Next step is to curb peoples freedom by law, which is presently being made for which constitional laws need to be altered.
Covid 19, an excuse for a severe crackdown, outrage!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 28, 2020, 14:38:49
April 28

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Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 28, 2020, 17:42:46
Yesterdays delicious paella lunch :) Smartphone (Poco F1) image.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49829100321_948d781786_h.jpg)

very fine food and shot
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 28, 2020, 17:47:05
Paco and John, both pictures are great
John are you training for a Magritte thread?
Thanks Thomas.

Magritte is in our daily life, especially now ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 28, 2020, 17:47:45
very fine food and shot
Delicious, Luc!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Luc on April 28, 2020, 19:38:15
Delicious, Luc!
Thanks Frank and John, it tasted very good :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Bent Hjarbo on April 28, 2020, 20:45:02
In spite of the Covid-19, in the fields life is still ongoing.
Scottish Highland Cattle just outside Copenhagen.
(D500 300mm f4. PF @f5.6)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 28, 2020, 21:33:25
Paco and John, both pictures are great
John are you training for a Magritte thread?
  Thank you Thomas
Yesterdays delicious paella lunch :) Smartphone (Poco F1) image.
   That looks delicious :)


    Today I did my first try at focus stacking with the d850, 60mm 2.8 micro and the automated focus stacking option in the menu. After a couple of not so successful attempts, this came out. 51 images, halfway steps size, silent shooting, 1" between shots, zerene stacker. Even if this is very simple and uneventful compared to works shown here, it feels like magic!

   Sunglasses :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 28, 2020, 22:30:27
Congrats Paco -- be warned, stacking is addictive.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 29, 2020, 00:17:31
Thanks Birna! I can see why...
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on April 29, 2020, 02:42:04
In spite of the Covid-19, in the fields life is still ongoing.
Scottish Highland Cattle just outside Copenhagen.
(D500 300mm f4. PF @f5.6)

I was wondering how many legs that animal had, only to realize it was TWO animals! :)

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 29, 2020, 07:02:09
  Thank you Thomas    That looks delicious :)


    Today I did my first try at focus stacking with the d850, 60mm 2.8 micro and the automated focus stacking option in the menu. After a couple of not so successful attempts, this came out. 51 images, halfway steps size, silent shooting, 1" between shots, zerene stacker. Even if this is very simple and uneventful compared to works shown here, it feels like magic!

   Sunglasses :)
  Very nice, Paco. You have not tried in on the Z6 yet?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 29, 2020, 07:03:11
Margritte  Part II   ;)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 29, 2020, 09:03:09
Margritte  Part II   ;)

I'm enjoying this Magritte series.  :)


Cityscape below 900nm.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 29, 2020, 09:54:48
  Very nice, Paco. You have not tried in on the Z6 yet?
No, not yet. It just happen that the d850 was on the tripod when the idea popped. I'll gess the menu and function will be the same?
The files from the d850 are spectacular. I'm curious now. Lets try

 One more fan of your Magrittes   :)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 29, 2020, 10:05:43
April 29

This morning front garden flag

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 29, 2020, 15:46:39
  Very nice, Paco. You have not tried in on the Z6 yet?


   Tried. Working with natural light, silent shooting and the 50mm 1.8 the shooting itself was very easy and fast. Using the Zerene program is going to take much longer. This is an image without retouching. I did use photoshop for contrast and exposure adjustments.
 
    The camera arrived today by mail. I couldn't help myself. A few quirks but definitely usable and a joy to play with.

    Z6, 50mm 1.8S, zerene stacker, in camera focus shift function   
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 29, 2020, 16:17:15
Elektroline
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 29, 2020, 18:01:27
Thanks Akira and Paco.


   Tried. Working with natural light, silent shooting and the 50mm 1.8 the shooting itself was very easy and fast. Using the Zerene program is going to take much longer. This is an image without retouching. I did use photoshop for contrast and exposure adjustments.
 
    The camera arrived today by mail. I couldn't help myself. A few quirks but definitely usable and a joy to play with.

    Z6, 50mm 1.8S, zerene stacker, in camera focus shift function
Nice, nice.  Have fun with the D2x   So tempting always to use other (new) camera's  ;) 
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 30, 2020, 00:32:54
Thanks John, I love the feel of the big bodies. This "Pollock" was taken using the D2X and the 55mm 3.5
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: John Geerts on April 30, 2020, 07:50:18
Got an old(er) B4 (Mount) Broadcast lens from Angenieux  15 (times zoom)  8.3-125mm  f/1.7 and testing it on the Nikon Z6. The lens also includes the servo-motor for automatic zooming and focus. Figuring out how to contact it to a battery and get it working.  But nice results (in DX mode)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 30, 2020, 08:14:59
Interesting lens John, looking forward to the results
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Fons Baerken on April 30, 2020, 09:54:16
What?

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49836760122_baec575a98_o.jpg)

D850 - tamron 45mm f/1.8
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 30, 2020, 11:46:47
This "Pollock" was taken using the D2X and the 55mm 3.5

As in "a bit of a Jackson"?
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: ColinM on April 30, 2020, 11:48:56
In the cool, dim depths of a tree-lined river valley using this lens was ambitious
It's been a long time since I shot with it, so it was novel to hear the screwdriver whirring.
But I loved some of the shots I got
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frode on April 30, 2020, 12:58:53
A walk in the "neighborhood" with D850 and AIS 28 2.8.

Edit: only 1 image per day, please.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 30, 2020, 13:10:12
In the cool, dim depths of a tree-lined river valley using this lens was ambitious
It's been a long time since I shot with it, so it was novel to hear the screwdriver whirring.
But I loved some of the shots I got

great three domensional effect
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 30, 2020, 13:33:46
As in "a bit of a Jackson"?

  That´s the idea  ::)
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Asle Feten on April 30, 2020, 16:07:32
With the higher temperature of april, the snow begins to melt, and some of it will even freeze again.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Birna Rørslett on April 30, 2020, 19:36:54
Dandelions are free -- at last. Thus time to capture them, with a fisheye lens in UV :)

Hand-held so sharpness isn't perfect, but I for one don't care. The dandelions weren't asked.

Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Akira on April 30, 2020, 20:09:12
With the higher temperature of april, the snow begins to melt, and some of it will even freeze again.

Asle, I'm not sure where you shot the image, but your description would prove the crazy climate.

Dandelions are free -- at last. Thus time to capture them, with a fisheye lens in UV :)

Hand-held so sharpness isn't perfect, but I for one don't care. The dandelions weren't asked.

Your dandelions images are familiar to me, but are always inspiring.  The pattern of the clouds give a mysterious touch to this image.


And here's my take for today.  During the 10,000 step walk for the first time in a month!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: golunvolo on April 30, 2020, 22:53:41
Kids are semi-free to walk around with care
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on April 30, 2020, 23:49:16
Australia is best in Music worldwide
Karnivool is best in Australia
Maibaum sales are strange today in Germany
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on May 01, 2020, 08:36:38
Wild lettuce in one of my terrace vases. A flying seed landed and grew up quite quickly.

Nikon 1V1 + FT1 + Meike 16mm tube + AFP-DX Nikkor 70-300 mm @175mm. In 35mm talk, it's 472mm (*)

Ciao from Massimo

(*) Found out a nice field in the EXIF data:  -ExifIFD:FocalLengthIn35mmFormat 
That saves one to have to multiply by 2.7 the focal length to get the 35mm equivalent

The Nikon 1 has also a double actuation counter:
1) the regular shutter counter, that is  -nikon:ShutterCount    (Every camera from D70 onwards has this one, D1, D1H, D1X and D100 didn't have it)
2) The mechanical shutter count, that is  -Nikon:MechanicalShutterCount

Difference between the two is the number of electronic shutter actuations.

Nikon Z6 and Z7 have them too.
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on May 01, 2020, 08:40:48
mai
baum
verkauf
30.4.2020
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on May 01, 2020, 08:41:40
Kids are semi-free to walk around with care

supershot, paco!!!
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on May 01, 2020, 08:58:02
Life goes on: a newly born borlotti bean

Ciao from Massimo

Nikon 1J5, 30-110mmVR + Meike 10mm ext.tube, @61mm
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Frank Fremerey on May 01, 2020, 09:17:34
Life goes on: a newly born borlotti bean

Ciao from Massimo

Nikon 1J5, 30-110mmVR + Meike 10mm ext.tube, @61mm

is this for April or May?
If May, start a new thread
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: mxbianco on May 01, 2020, 09:25:08
That's still April (look up the exif)
and this one too

Snapdragon (Anthirrinum sp.)

Ciao from Massimo
Title: Re: April 2020
Post by: Øivind Tøien on May 01, 2020, 10:46:49

No plant life here yet, just Typha from last year (direct conversion with 300PF on D500):