Featured: 'Nikon V3 and 70-300cx excels at Surf Photography' by The Smoking Camera

Dec 14, 2014 - 7:58 AM - by The Smoking Camera

The Nikon V3 and 70-300cx lens may be the ultimate lightweight surf photography combo.
This combo gets me to 800mm without a tripod or monopod.
Works best in good light, but does OK under less than ideal conditions.
Today I took a few photos at the Billabong Pipe Masters on the north shore of Oahu.
This is the final leg of the Vans Triple Crown surf competition in Hawaii.
Started off cloudy but as the day progressed the sun came out and the waves become larger and larger.
Waves become so large and wind picked up so competition was suspended.
Lots of broken surfboards but surfers unharmed.
Here are a few photos from round 2.

Joe, The Smoking Camera
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Important Information Concerning the CCD Sensors of the Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom / M-E

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:52 PM - by Lightmancer

This just in

In some cases, particularly when using the camera models Leica M9, M9-P, M Monochrom or M-E with smaller apertures (5.6-22), effects caused by corrosion of the sensor glass may be encountered. Leica offers a free replacement service for the CCD sensors of cameras affected by this problem as a goodwill arrangement. This goodwill arrangement applies regardless of the age of the camera and also covers sensors that have already been replaced in the past. Customers who have already been charged for the replacement of a sensor affected by this problem will receive a refund.

We have now identified the problem and are currently concentrating our efforts on finding a permanent technical solution. The marks on images mentioned earlier are related to the properties of the CCD sensor. The sensors are equipped with a specially coated IR filter cover glass to ensure optimum imaging performance. Should this coating layer be damaged, corrosion effects that alter the filter surface may begin to appear after several years.

The effect described does not affect the CMOS sensor of the Leica M (Typ 240). Should you be considering an upgrade from your camera to a Leica M or M-P (Typ 240), Customer Care would be pleased to make you an attractive offer following a check of your camera and under consideration of the model and its age.

If the imaging quality of your camera gives cause for complaint in this respect, we recommend that you send it directly to Leica Customer Care or the authorized Customer Care department of your country’s Leica distributor. As longer waiting times may otherwise occur, the camera should only be sent to Customer Care after prior arrangement.

Contact: Web site: http://en.leica-camera.com/Service-S...ir-Maintenance. E-mail: Customer.Care@leica-camera.com. Telephone: +49-6441-2080-189.

For us, it is important that we offer only technically faultless products. We are therefore particularly sorry if the imaging quality of your camera should be adversely affected in any way. We hope that the goodwill arrangement we have decided upon will allow us to remedy the problem as soon as possible and rebuild and maintain the trust you have always placed in our brand.

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Bill Palmer
Gentleman Amateur

I'm not going grey, I'm going monochrome...

Me on ipernity - images shown like they should be
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Featured: "a thousand shapes are at your side": All Hallows Eve in Ashland

Nov 12, 2014 - 8:31 PM - by MiguelATF
Almost 200 years ago, an American clergyman and writer, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, wrote a poem about the ritualistic aspects of All Hallows Eve aka Halloween - in the poem he wrote that on Halloween "a thousand shapes are at your side and also that there were "a thousand hellish demon sprites. My experience on the streets of Ashland, Oregon - known for its theater (the Oregon Shakespeare Festival) - was that there were a thousand different and tantalizing images for an enterprising street photographer.

There were memorable masks -

Rabbit & Eagle
by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

Ranging from the elegant -

by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

To the grotesque -

by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

The exuberant -

Feather Mask
by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

And the whimsical -

Halloween Bart
by La Chachalaca Fotografía, on Flickr

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Somewhere in the wilds of southern Oregon.
My current cameras: two Lumixes, a GX1 and a GX7. Assorted 'native' lenses, a classic Pentax 'legacy' 50mm, a Rokinon fisheye and a Sigma 30mm 'A(rt)' lens. A Canon EOS-M with the 22mm pancake. And occasionally my iPhone.
My flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/migueltejadaflores/
My blog: http://migueltejadaflores.wordpress.com/
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Trains and Bikes to the Beach

Nov 10, 2014 - 1:58 PM - by KillRamsey
Every Fall a group of us meet up at North Station in boston on a sunday morning, hop the trains with bikes to Ipswich MA, then go to an orchard and a beach before coming back home. The orchard does a fruit wine tasting event, with 30ish different kinds of fermented goodies... gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, mulberries, dandelions, ginger, and of course apples and pears. All but the ginger are grown on-site. They send you through 4 rooms during an hour, pouring little samples and explaining everything. There's a barn with animals, and snacks, and cider donuts, and live bluegrass... My wife's been out of town for a week, but the daughter and I still went happily. Some shots...

SOOC on our walk down to the beach
Crane beach and raspberry wine. A lovely Sunday. by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX8778 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

KBRX8695 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Thought I was about to witness a de-fingering, but all turned out well. Twasn't my kid, and his mom was right behind him.
KBRX8572 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

Handheld 1/15 as the train came in
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The best camera you have is the one you actually brought with you.
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Featured: 'Australian Motorsport Images (V8 Supercars)' by Luckypenguin

Nov 01, 2014 - 1:13 AM - by Luckypenguin
Last weekend I had a chance to attend the V8 Supercar event at the Gold Caost, Australia courtesy of my sister and her working relationship with an event sponsor. The V8 Supercars are an Australian form of Touring Cars that evolved from the international Group A category that was diminishing in popularity in the early 1990s. In the beginning of V8 Supercars the category was limited to production based racecar versions of the Australian made Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore, but in the last few years it has changed to allow entry from any manufacturer who can source a four door sedan and a production based V8 engine. Nissan, Volvo, and AMG Mercedes now bring the number of manufacturers to five, albeit with the latter not enjoying any factory backing.

The photos below were taken on the Saturday of the race meet which includes a qualifying session, a Top Ten shootout, and the first of two 300km races through the streets of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. As at pretty much every racetrack now, access to shoot the racetrack through the safety fencing is strictly limited to the press photographers so no shots of the cars jumping kerbs or rubbing panels I'm afraid. The images below were taken of the cars in the pitlane during qualifying and during a gridwalk prior to the race.

1. Holden Commodore

OEM5-PA251345-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr

2. The Nissan V8

OEM5-PA251351-PR Olympus OM-D E-M5 V8 Supercars Castrol Edge 600 Gold Coast Australia by Nic (Luckypenguin), on Flickr

3. Dunlop intermediate tyre (not required on this sunny weekend!)

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Nic (Canonite, Olympian, Panasonian, Samsunite) ~flickr~
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Featured: "Rome - Candid Street Shots" by Petach

Oct 29, 2014 - 10:29 PM - by Petach
Currently in Rome for a week with Mrs Petach and some friends. We have a lovely apartment, close to shops and bars/restaurants about 1k from the Cathedral of Rome (St John/StGiovanni)

Couldn’t decide which camera to take….but BA’s generous 21 kilo hand baggage allowance decided for me. They all came!

The 6d with 85mm L f/1.2 & 70-300L, The GXR with 21mm Zeiss and a Panny FZ200 Bridge.

The Panny has done really well, especially for street work and scenics. I am pleased with it and it is very versatile at 600mm equivalent zoom AND f/2.8 all the way through. In fact, I have enough confidence in it to make it the only one to take if room is tight.

Some Rome street candids (FZ200):

The guy in the cafe

Rome - The Guy in the Cafe by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Rome - Candid (ZZ Top?) by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Candid Rome October to November 2014-13.jpg by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

Candid Rome October to November 2014-1.jpg by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr

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Featured: 'Hells Canyon, Oregon, in June and October' by Tilman Paulin

Oct 26, 2014 - 10:47 PM - by Tilman Paulin
this year we were lucky enough to visit Hells Canyon on two occasions... On June 1st for a day and then a weekend in the middle of October for two days.

Hells Canyon is North Americas deepest river gorge and located between Oregon and Idaho. We stayed in Enterprise on both trips and did day hikes (although it should be a great area for backpacking too - if you're not afraid of rattlesnakes and poison oak... of which we saw neither :) )

On our trip two weeks ago we drove to Buckhorn Lookout on the first day (we had already done this hike in June).
On the second day we drove to Hat Point, which is the high point on the Oregon side.

Gearwise, I used my E-M1 with the Olympus 12-60mm that I'm trying at the moment (after not really "connecting" with the 12-40mm)

The whole set with some more shots on flickr:


Trip to Buckhorn Lookout and hike along Imnaha River Canyon:

Driving across Zumwalt Prairie:

Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

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my flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilman_paulin/
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Featured: 'New York City with the G7X' by Ray Sachs

Oct 24, 2014 - 6:10 PM - by Ray Sachs
I'm in the Big Apple and all I brought was the G7X and the RX1. I'm gonna try to stick to just shooting the G7X as much as possible, although I'll probably bring the RX1 out at night... Anyway, I'm sick of talking about this camera, and defending it from the Sony-loving hoards (of which I am one with the RX1, just not the RX100 - so confusing not having any loyalties!). To me, it's a great camera to shoot with and produces files I'd have died for from a compact until very recently. It won't replace my big guns, but I think it may serve as a really nice alternative to them when I want to travel light...

Here are some shots from this morning. More to come tomorrow and Sunday...

NYC - G7X-67-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-91-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-100-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-109-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-90-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

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We judge photographers by the photographs we see. We judge cameras by the photographs we miss - Haim Zamir

My Flickr Stream of Consciousness
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Featured: 'Some images from the DP3m in Japan' by Boid

Oct 18, 2014 - 4:52 AM - by Boid
For my walk around kit, I usually carry a Ricoh GR and the X100 in a nat geo canvas bag with two pouches.

I hugely enjoyed shooting with the X100 but I needed a wider field of view than 35mm especially for shooting architecture. So I bought a wide conversion lens for the Ricoh GR which takes it's native 28mm fov to 21mm (in 35mm terms).

And I replaced the X100 with the DP3M, because I needed a carry around that could shoot primarily portraits.

As an added bonus the batteries between the two systems are interchangeable, and since one needs a host of batteries to make the Sigma last out a day, this was great.

So far I'm really impressed with the IQ from the DP3m. And I'm finally happy with my setup. For now.

Here are a few images from the DP3m -

Handheld in low light, which the Sigma isn't very good at. ISO200, f2.8, 1/60th

It does pretty good macros as well, which can be improved with a Marumi magnifier

As a portrait camera in good light, I'm really impressed with the colors from the foveon sensor

A 1:1 crop from the same image

A portrait, I think even the blown highlights work for this image

Makes great b&w images as well

Sculpture at the National Museum of Modern Art

If one respects the very narrow parameters that this camera works in, it's possible to make images that surpass one's expectations.

Needless to say, I'm a fan.
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd" ~ Voltaire
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