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Days' Cottages

Days' Cottages

Days' Cottages are a venerable Outer Cape Cod image. All artists paint them, photographers shoot, and of course families vacation in them year after year. I had thought long and hard about how I want to represent them and I have to thank my girlfriend for this shoot. She was heading into work and called me. "Go out and shoot, the sky is gorgeous." I knew I had very little time to get to any destination before the light changed (and indeed, she says the sky was much better when she called me than in this shot.) So I took off down to the cottages and shot for about 20 minutes up near the buildings.

And then I decided to walk down to the water and I liked the composition even more. And so then I went into the water. It was in late December but fortunately I had my waterproof Sorels on!

The shot was taken with a crop body Canon 40D with a 17-40mm f4 lens on, all mounted on a Manfrotto tripod. It is an HDR shot, consisting of 3 exposures of 1, 1/4, and 4 seconds all at f8, the lens was at 17mm. Manually focused. Processed in Photomatix Pro.

Oh, and in case you want to see how deep I got in the water, check this out. Notice the seaweed on the tripod.

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    Wait, wait.. you walked INTO the water of the outer Cape on late December??? +1 for that...
    – ysap
    May 14, 2012 at 20:53
  • uh, yeah. To get the shot. Crawled across ice and waded through knee water with ice floating in it to get another shot 2 winters ago... May 15, 2012 at 1:41

Brooklyn Bridge at Night

Brooklyn Bridge at night

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  • ________good one! May 15, 2012 at 15:13
  • @jakub thanks jakub
    – K''
    May 15, 2012 at 18:05
  • +1 Nice colors. I would aim the camera more to the left though. There seems to be more interesting buildings and the pillar with the tallest scyscraper won't be in the middle of the image :) May 21, 2012 at 12:09

The Unswing Bridge

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2000 years!

Bronze horses, Xian - utterly superb.

Most of their stable mates are terracotta.
Most metal has long since been pillaged from the site.
Two teams of bronze horses managed to avoid the depredations of tomb raiders and have been returned to the world after 2,000+ years of darkness.

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Somewhat larger view here - less cropped as does not need to fit the 375 x 210 form factor.

This photo is one of my personal favourites, no doubt as much for the memories as anything else.
As well as viewing the overall image, examining the detail in a closeup 100% view of the original gives me a feeling of having a degree of "connection" with the unknown craftsman who, over 2000 years ago, crafted this masterpiece. For 12mp original click icon 2nd from right at top right of the above photo.
This shortcut to the hi-res image works when provided but may stop at some stage but may be a dynamic address. [If viewing full res image be sure to click after opening to expand to full size to see how well the workman knew what he was about].

It's hard to do justice to the awesomenness of a visit to these creations from so long ago.
Security is, at least visibly, greater than for the British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.
You walk along a series of corridors with guards at the occasional doorways, take a guarded lift to a darkened room with these marvels and their two associated 'chariots'.
The displays are in large glass floor level cases.

The light level can be judged by this being a 0.2 second, ISO200, f/1.8 exposure.
[Sony 50mm, f/1.8. Sony A700.]

FWIW this is the sort of situation that you buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens for.
That's more obvious from looking at the highest resolution version, which is worth a look [not because it's my photo :-) ] due to the awesome subject material. It's amazing to take a close up look and to think that this is 2000+ years old.

While travelling on business I carry a wide range zoom, a 500mm mirror lens and the 50 mm f/1.8. The wide range zoom lives on the camera and gets used 98%+ of the time. Even in low light situations such as street markets at night * [roll images, don't click] where you don't want to be too too obvious and want good low light focusing, long practice shows that it's easier to brace against a wall and use the zoom at its f/3.5 best ( 4 x less light) than to use the f/1.8. But when the subjects are not going anywhere and small depth of field is very much part of the shot and light levels are low and you want best quality and ..., the f/1.8 comes into its own.

·* - "A walk through Mongkok".

  • Very nice capture. I am amazed that someone did this around beginning of our era! How big are those horses? The only thing I see a little bit distracting in this image is the horse on left that is cut and the blue bokeh of some security light :) Btw I have 35mm/f1.8 on crop and I am using it most of the time. And I have the 18-105 f3.5-5.6 zoom.. You can always make the 35mm f/3.5 if you want, but not vice versa ;-) May 21, 2012 at 12:25

Butterfly sitting on a leaf

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Aaaagggghhh! A bug, a bug! Kill it! Kill it!

Aaaagggghhh! A bug, a bug! Kill it! Kill it!

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