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Ducking Ducks by gwynn56

Ducking Ducks

It's down here somewhere.

By: gwynn56

First Tulip by OceanOak

First Tulip

It's looking for a chocolate box. Smile

By: OceanOak

Sycamore by OceanOak


Missed this stage of growth last year, a day makes all the difference.

By: OceanOak



I find the animal tracks interesting. Some look like bicycle tyre tracks but probably snakes pushing against the sand. We used to get a TV programme, here, called the Bush Tucker Man. He was in the Australian army and it was his job to investigate bush tucker and survival methods. He wore a felt hat with a dent low at the front rising to tall at the back like a shark fin in profile.

You don't appear to be short of light to make your photos. Smile

Thanks for sharing the local information.


Chrysler Building  with Parachute. by OceanOak

Chrysler Building with Parachute.

The seeds look like skyscrapers a little like the Chrysler Building with its ridged upper floors.

By: OceanOak

Spring Bee by MetalMickee

Spring Bee

Good job. I use this lens too. It will take a full set of extension tubes which doubles the magnification. A problem with the extension tubes is that there is no exif information when you come to check the photos later so it is impossible to know when they were used unless there is some scale in the view. A notebook or a voice recorder might be the answer. I need to check if an initial flash will stun a insect long enough to take a second shot, bees never stay still long enough and mostly have their heads down. This is a great face to face shot. I use a flat sheet of expanded polyethylene closed cell foam A4 size fixed to the SB900 flash with a couple of elastic bands. With the flash pointing forward this slightly floppy sheet acts a canopy and deflects the flash down beyond the lens thus avoiding lens shadow on the subject. It is all very portable.

By: MetalMickee

Shrove Lighthouse by OceanOak

Shrove Lighthouse

Usually think of wide angle in terms of landscape panorama in the horizontal sense but there is also a vertical sense which is great for skies with attitude and for lower picture detail such as breaking waves.

By: OceanOak

Chicken but no chips. by Drighlynne

Chicken but no chips.

Cloak and dagger.

By: Drighlynne

Foyle Peace Bridge by OceanOak

Foyle Peace Bridge

Try to remember to have the compact with me. On full auto so no need to think. Some clouds but the day was generally sunny and dry. Compacts can give some good close-up and macro results.

Slight cropping and border shadow added in Photoshop.

By: OceanOak

African Sky by OceanOak

African Sky


By: OceanOak

Kiss me quick by Derek_Fearn

Kiss me quick

Nice against the reflection of green on the water.

By: Derek_Fearn

Tanzanian Landscape by OceanOak

Tanzanian Landscape

No telephone or electricity poles. No pylons, masts or buildings.

By: OceanOak

Manyara Baby by OceanOak

Manyara Baby

I used Akvis Sketch for the basic conversion to a drawing and saved it as a jpeg. Then I opened the jpeg in Photoshop to finish the rendering with a little HDR and attention to various levels like contrast. It is not necessary to come into PS as there are many controls in AS, I was just playing to see what might happen. I have a bought version of AKVIS SKETCH but fist downloaded a trial version and liked the results. Thanks for the votes.

By: OceanOak

Winter in Wisconsin by handlerstudio

Winter in Wisconsin

Some photos just make the effort of getting out there in the cold worthwhile. Dare I say, "Cool." Great colour.

By: handlerstudio

Dog Walking by OceanOak

Dog Walking

Thanks. I downloaded a trial copy of Akvis Sketch a couple of years ago, liked the results and bought. Loads of variables that can be changed or adjusted, great fun Smile. Works well for buildings and structures. Results are almost instant with little or no changes to the default settings.

By: OceanOak

Digital Apple by OceanOak

Digital Apple

One of my one-a-day. Just starting with digital art, so far from perfect and lots to learn.

By: OceanOak

Bogside Night by OceanOak

Bogside Night

Nikon lens wide angle.

By: OceanOak

This Way Please by tonyng

This Way Please

Nikon 600mm F5.6 MF plus teleconverter or crop factor (1.5) to 900mm, some sharp shooting!

By: tonyng

Black-faced bunting by Newdawei

Black-faced bunting

Hi Newdawei,

Nice photo, I was guessing a focal length of 300mm but I notice the data shows 400mm. Does this data mean that you used a 2x teleconverter on the maximum focal length of your lens (200mm)? I don't have a teleconverter so I don't know how this shows in the data. I use the Nikon 105mm macro sometimes with and sometimes without a set of extension tubes. It is not possible to tell from the EXIF data if the extension tubes were on or off the lens when a picture was taken.



By: Newdawei

End of Spring by OceanOak

End of Spring

I was experimenting with focus stacking in Photoshop. Always love that moment of pure magic at the end of the process when the in-focus image appears on the screen. I have only tried Photoshop but there are a number of dedicated software focus stackers that may do as good or better. The software can introduce artefacts where it is unable to resolve what is happening in the scene. This can happen on edges where one object is in front of another.

By: OceanOak

Go Forth and Scatter...but not in my garden ! by boov

Go Forth and Scatter...but not in my garden !

Great depth of field in the field. Grin

By: boov

Ladybird II by OceanOak

Ladybird II

Agree about the frame. Doing City and Guilds of London photography level 1 (first year) so frame is for presentation and just to show that I know how to do it in Photoshop. He was running round the rim of an old plastic pill bottle where he lives. He was like a toy train on a track. The camera was handheld and flash was used to freeze the motion. F36 was required to get the depth of field so aperture was just about open and exposure time would have been too long. At the speed he was moving he would not have been recorded without the flash.

I feed him on honey and water. When the sun comes out and the wind dies down I will take him to the garden where I hope to get a few shots before he flies off. The time stamp should read May not April, I had pressed the two buttons to put camera back to the default settings and must have set the wrong month.

Have practiced focusing by eye only by focusing the camera then half pressing the shutter release to check if I got it right. In this sort of situation there isn't time to use the focus indicator and then look to take the picture. Focusing was done by moving slightly back or forward with the focus ring fixed at its best position to fill the frame.

By: OceanOak

Goldfinch on feeder by OceanOak

Goldfinch on feeder

Taken through kitchen window glass.

By: OceanOak

Ruth by OceanOak


Ruth is a biblical reference. Ruth gleaning in the field of Boaz. Although this is not harvest time the story of Ruth came to mind.

By: OceanOak

circus preperations by gwynn56

circus preperations

Don't have much against hosting the Olympics but part of the idea is that there is some betterment, social housing, training facilities etc. but here the turf will have to be lifted again, hardly a Champs-Élysées in the making. Maybe it will go to returf some Council property. Great photo, one for the history books. Assume that grass hasn't been added in Photoshop. Tongue

By: gwynn56

Foyle Footbridge by OceanOak

Foyle Footbridge

Thanks, Nathan, Not quite the Strand Road but very close. Note the railway signal lights towards the bottom of the picture. The only line into the city runs under the bridge on this Waterside bank of the river. I believe that developers would be happy to close this section of line and take this riverside land for building.

By: OceanOak

Bee by OceanOak


Thanks Nathan, Not the best close-up of a bee on a flower, more of a photo of a flower with a surprise. First time out with this camera and the 24-70 so was a little snap-happy. Still it's a close-up not a macro and the little eyes are just visible. Smile

By: OceanOak

Derry City Council Flowers. by OceanOak

Derry City Council Flowers.

Many thanks for your comment. I was surprised by the result given that it was more or less a snapshot with a compact on a day out in the City.

By: OceanOak

May Day 2012... by debu

May Day 2012...

Beautiful image. A land of many cultures and expectations. Just the right shutter speed to detect the movement of the hand towards the brick mould. Good colour and lighting.

By: debu

Shop Sign by OceanOak

Shop Sign

I am told that a pair of shoes suspended like this is a sign that there is a drug dealer operating nearby, a shop sign. Don't know if this is true.

By: OceanOak