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Jolly Beach

Jolly Beach

27mm @ f/10 - Post processed with Nik Color Effex & Adobe Lightroom. Hand held in a few feet of water. Larger here.

Feel free to comment, critique, etc here or in chat :)

Original version that was noted as "tilted" here.

  • The horizon is slightly (say about 2px) tilted to the left I think... or its just me? :( – fahad.hasan Aug 9 '11 at 15:29
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    Thanks for the comment. I checked and it looks like it is just a bit of an eye trick. I drew some horizontal lines for reference in this version - i.imgur.com/QXili.png – dpollitt Aug 9 '11 at 16:06
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    Interesting -- I saw the same thing. Is it better to have the horizon perceived level or actually level? Too subjective for a "real" question, I think. – D. Lambert Aug 10 '11 at 16:46
  • @DLambert Assuming the perception is consistent, then perceived I would think. – rfusca Aug 10 '11 at 23:16
  • I've been struggling with this question myself, lately. I've been going for absolute level, but it's often coming out perceptively off... which irks me. My OCD says it's technically right but looks wrong. Gah! :) – jaxxon Aug 11 '11 at 21:51
  • The applied effect makes the picture loses a bit of naturalness. The mountains are very dark, and the clouds very smothed. – pacoespinoza Aug 12 '11 at 16:23
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    @pacoespinoza - I agree! I wanted a more dreamy look, the location is pretty much out of a dream already, but I think this gave the effect to the image as well. – dpollitt Aug 12 '11 at 17:35
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    If you're going for 'dreamy' on this picture, I think the effect is exactly that. And it works well, +1. – rfusca Aug 12 '11 at 22:42
  • I enlisted a bit of lens correction, and tilted 'her to the right a few px. Comparison i.stack.imgur.com/B3nkC.jpg and i.imgur.com/xA5Vb.jpg Should I replace? Vote me up a few and I will replace it. – dpollitt Aug 13 '11 at 15:58
  • @dpollitt - Btw, is this processed through the 'Orton effect'- asked about in a recent question? It looks like it. – rfusca Aug 13 '11 at 18:17

A perfect model

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Larger version in Flickr

With a swam of bees flying around me and after a lot of tries and with a lot of patience I met this result, using the macro function of my Canon SX20 IS and to one centimeter of the bee model.

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    Nice. Do you have a larger version? – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Aug 9 '11 at 13:17
  • Yep, I have added it... – pacoespinoza Aug 9 '11 at 13:36
  • Is that a cup, bowl... ? – dpollitt Aug 9 '11 at 16:08
  • is a cistern of 200 liters of water... – pacoespinoza Aug 9 '11 at 16:38
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    +0.75 for the photo, +0.25 for coining the word 'dotation'. – ElendilTheTall Aug 9 '11 at 17:05
  • jejeje... sorry for the new word 'dotation', I don't speak english... endowment is the correct word? – pacoespinoza Aug 9 '11 at 17:31
  • "Dotation" is a real English word; it's just very obscure. OED says "The action of endowing; endowment", so I can see why you went with that next. That wouldn't be the normal choice of an native speaker, I don't think. In English, patience isn't usually considered something that we give or spend (or therefore endow) — it's something we have, or practice, or are given (by God, in the usual idiom). Probably one would normally say just "after a lot of tries and with a lot of patience", unless one was being poetic, in which case I vote for "dotation" after all. – mattdm Aug 10 '11 at 2:13
  • This totally off-topic, but now I'm curious. In English, patience is basically a property of a person — you can have a lot of it, but you don't do anything with it. It's like a layer of armor which protects you from getting bored. When you're at your limit for something, your patience "wears thin", and you might "run out of patience" or lose it altogether, getting angry. Or you might "summon some more patience" from your reserves (or, pray for more). Is it this way in Spanish, too, or is, as your sentence implies, something you can actually actively use? – mattdm Aug 10 '11 at 3:40
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    Great shot, but we have had so many bugs and or macro shots here. – dpollitt Aug 12 '11 at 15:37
  • here where?, upload a good photo of another category. Personally, I'm fan of this kind of pictures. – pacoespinoza Aug 12 '11 at 16:21
  • @dpollitt: in the hall of fame there's a very different bee image three weeks ago, but that's the only other "bug" shot. I don't think there's been an overwhelming history of macro shots winning here. – mattdm Aug 13 '11 at 13:37
  • @mattdm - I'm a pretty new user, so I just have the past two months in my mind or so, and from the hall of fame I see a green macro water shot, bees, water drop, and colored pencils. Not saying this shot isn't awesome, but I like some of the older landscape shots! – dpollitt Aug 13 '11 at 15:45
  • @dpollitt - its been a pretty recent macro trend - I think its just been a function of the talent of the photographers that have been consistently submitting as of late. – rfusca Aug 13 '11 at 18:12


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Larger Version

Playing with flash and aperture during a mid-day thunderstorm last week.
Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM, 1/160, f/1.8, ISO 400, Flash

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    Super cool shot! – dpollitt Aug 9 '11 at 16:07
  • thank you @dpollitt.. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Aug 9 '11 at 20:06
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    Oooh.. I like this one. It's fairly abstract! ;-) – jaxxon Aug 11 '11 at 21:38
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    "fairly abstract" i like that. @DiAlex suggested I turn the image upside down. Too late now but it does look better up side down. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics Aug 11 '11 at 22:31
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    Is it wrong that I just turned my laptop upside down to check...lol. – rfusca Aug 13 '11 at 18:15


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  • Very nice forms and composition! – jaxxon Aug 11 '11 at 21:40

Beach Colors


Taken at f/7.1 @1/800 with a Sony-H2. It was a sunny day and the contrast of the saturated blue sky with the bright sand caught my eye. Bigger size available at my flickr page.

  • Like the colors and composition. I'd try to make it a little bit stronger by saturating the colors. – ysap Aug 12 '11 at 8:45
  • I usually increase the saturation/vibrance but nowadays a try to be more restrained, so the photos don't look too much photoshop'ed. But your right, it's a summer photo it could use some more sat. Thx for the tip! :) – dialex Aug 12 '11 at 10:07

DAMN!! Who took my flower??!!

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Larger version HERE

  • -1? Com'on that's a good picture! :D And read the rules too! – fahad.hasan Aug 9 '11 at 8:11
  • Ya, we've got a few rogue negative givers, but its been severely toned down and tends to only happen at the very start. – rfusca Aug 9 '11 at 14:45
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    I think the rules posted on the top of this thread should be scaled down a little bit. Its too long to read for most of the people I guess. But yes, I agree, recently the tendency has been toned down heavily. – fahad.hasan Aug 9 '11 at 15:23
  • The intention several weeks ago was to make it long and different enough to make people notice that there was something different enough about it to make you stop and notice the new 'rules'. We can probably scale it back a bit now. – rfusca Aug 9 '11 at 15:34
  • Can you use color to help emphasize new rules? – jaxxon Aug 11 '11 at 21:40
  • @Jaxxon - I don't believe you can use color in any SE posts...at least not that I'm aware of (and I've looked). I'd love for somebody to suggest/prove otherwise though. – rfusca Aug 12 '11 at 22:43
  • And I just tried an html font tag with a color attribute, it just gets ignored. – rfusca Aug 12 '11 at 22:47

Summer in Rome

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  • What did you "want to" show with this picture? Summer doesn't appear to be there. – Aquarius_Girl Aug 11 '11 at 1:37
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    That's (one of the) points. Summer in Rome could make think to sunny views of the Colosseo or of Saint Peter's. Instead, there is a lonely flower on an empty, dirty sidewalk (the photo was really shot during summer in rome, otherwise it would be a lie :), and in particular I was in front of the Colosseo ). The other point is trying to play with colours, geometric lines and composition. I suppose that if I have to explain, I wasn't successful :-) – Francesco Aug 11 '11 at 6:46
  • In that case I think, you have chosen a wrong title, I would have titled it Lying to be troddened. Besides, the pic is underexposed. The subject (flower) is lacking all details and doesn't appear to be of prime importance (because of its tiny size in the pic). – Aquarius_Girl Aug 11 '11 at 7:07
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    Btw, according to my eyes and histograms the pic is not so badly exposed :) I see that you don't like it, hope to do better next time ;) The title lying to be troddened is not what I wanted to convey. The flower is not awaiting for its end. It's just that summer in Rome (or in any other place) can be, as we know, hot, sunny and joyful but it can also be tiring and lonely and that flower to me simbolized this (details have disappeared due to the size, it's a real challenge for me to frame a picture which works in the banner size). – Francesco Aug 11 '11 at 7:21
  • "The title lying to be troddened is not what I wanted to convey"I know that, by suggesting that title I meant to tell you what the picture was telling me. :D – Aquarius_Girl Aug 11 '11 at 7:37
  • I really like this one. The composition is great. The lines/forms/shapes. Even the stark contrast of delicate blossom vs. hard-edge concrete. And the challenging title even adds something. +1 all the way! – jaxxon Aug 11 '11 at 21:48
  • thanks @jaxxon it's a very nice compliment and I am glad that you appreciated my search for the contrast. – Francesco Aug 12 '11 at 11:50
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    @Anisha: Simply posting a picture to the PotW thread is not an invitation from the photographer to post criticism. Please re-read the voting rules: "DO NOT use this forum as a place for image critique." This is not the appropriate place to be providing feedback to photographers. – Jay Lance Photography Aug 12 '11 at 16:24
  • @Jay I did read the rules, but didn't understand that we are simply not allowed to talk about the picture in any way. Be assured, I won't repeat this again. – Aquarius_Girl Aug 13 '11 at 1:40

Owl in Patagonia

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Took this one on the Torres Del Paine national park, Patagonia, Chile, in 2003.

The owl stood still for a few seconds, with a serious look on its face. I took two shots with my AE-1, and it flew away. As far as I know, this species is rarely seen in daytime.


  • Owl has got mixed up with the background. – Aquarius_Girl Aug 10 '11 at 16:03
  • @Anisha what do you mean? – Adam Matan Aug 10 '11 at 22:24
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    the owl need more space over his head maybe... some of sky... – pacoespinoza Aug 10 '11 at 23:28
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    Because of the coloured dark background, the owl is not appearing strikingly different. The background and the owl both are competing for my attention. – Aquarius_Girl Aug 11 '11 at 0:45
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    +1 - I like it enough to vote it up :) For me, I think the subject isolation is fine, but my biggest problem is that the arrow points to nothing and my eyes keep trying to follow the arrow. – rfusca Aug 11 '11 at 1:25
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    @Anisha: Simply posting a picture to the PotW thread is not an invitation from the photographer to post criticism. Please re-read the voting rules: "DO NOT use this forum as a place for image critique." This is not the appropriate place to be providing feedback to photographers. – Jay Lance Photography Aug 12 '11 at 16:24
  • @Jay I did read the rules, but didn't understand that we are simply not allowed to talk about the picture in any way. Be assured, I won't repeat this again. – Aquarius_Girl Aug 13 '11 at 1:39

Jumping for Joy

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Original posted here


Mountain at sunrise

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Full version


Buy me three times


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    to the downvoter: please read the rules. "Up votes only" and "Don't like, don't vote". – Francesco Aug 10 '11 at 3:57

Rain Water on Grass

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Taken with Canon Rebel T3 and Canon 100mm Macro Lens

Relevant video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbpTRMUOGfQ

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Water table

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