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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Featured: 'Scotland, England and Wales - Photos and travel diary' by Matt Everglade

Oct 12, 2014 - 11:35 AM - by Matt Everglade

I am back from a trip through the UK and I would like to show you some of my photos and give some hints about good places for photos. Our predefined route was: Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Lake District, Snowdonia NP, Pembrokeshire Coast NP.

Day 1/2: Edinburgh
I've been in EDI before, so we just walked around for recreation and tried to get some good photos on our way. We tried to explore some more natural spots and found Dean Gardens, which were pretty nice. You can enter them via Mackenzie Pl or Miller Row. Dont try to enter the other side of the creek, it's all private.

Old Edinburgh - Miller Row by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

Squirrel by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

We also walked up Holyrood Park and Calton Hill, the well known spots for tourists.

Holyrood Park by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

Sunset over the castle by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

Day 3: Edinburg -> Isle of Skye
We drove from Edinburgh to the Isly of Skye. Nothing really spectacular on our way, just had a short break here...
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Featured: 'Mingalaba!, Burma (Image heavy)' by Chrisnmn

Aug 30, 2014 - 1:54 AM - by Chrisnmn
Hey guys, earlier this year I did a trip to Burma (Myanmar), and I wanted to share my experience with you,

I’ve been asked a lot: Why Burma? My response is, I don’t know.
My decision on what places to visit, or why, are based on the simple interest of exploring the unknown, the uncanny, personal desires, and basically just having the chance of going to places that I know very little about them.
Visiting the golden land and get lost, with no plans other than simply let encounters and experiences guide me through this country, is my plan.

After 24 hours, I arrive in Yangon. The smells, the dust, and the extreme hot and humid conditions are some of the things that I wont forget very easily. The only way I communicate with people is sign language and when I’m lucky in a very broken english.
Suddenly I realize that people is more interested in me than I am of them. They take my photos as I take theirs. Curiosity is mutual. Not many westerners come here and much less interact with the people, or so I’m told by a local.
Burmese people are some of the friendliest people I’ve met in my life. Curious, always with a smile wanting to share their food or tea or inviting me into their houses.

Everywhere I go, the light is special, and something I have not seen before, long shadows that I follow in the narrow streets, surrounded by old buildings from the English and Portuguese days, I can still see the inscriptions on the walls. Crowded and chaotic streets with food smells, vast landscapes and one way rural roads, makes me think of Burma as a place stucked in time.

I walk more than 13 hours a day, relentlessly, meeting people on every corner, I move by bus, train, boat, cow or anything that takes me across the country. No connection with the world at all, Burma is a place that takes me out of my comfort zone. In every sense. And I love that, just me, my cameras, my notebook and a bag.
Every person that I meet, shares their life story with me, and how to face life from a different point of view. One that I now treasure and feel honored to have experienced.



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