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#41 kotmj

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 01:44 AM

View out the bedroom window at dusk
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Posted 28 September 2014 - 10:18 PM

An association of Nat Geo photogs. Highly recommended!
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Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:57 PM

New camera in the house...
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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:24 AM

The whole reason I got into Fuji, the XF 18-55/2.8-4.
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It's a stop brighter than other standard kit zooms, is stabilised, and has a superb build quality. Image quality is very good at the wide end, but hazy on the long end.

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:37 PM

At home, I mostly vegetate. Especially at about this time when dogs are shedding their coat, kotmj doesn't bring me out and about because of the hair issue in the car.
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But just now, we went to the beach!
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In case we've not been introduced, I'm Max the 9-month old Golden Labrador.
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Oh no, now nobody on this forum will buy kotmj's camera, it has been sprayed with sea water all over!
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Posted 30 October 2014 - 08:58 PM

Baby biawak in the apartment block. These things are actually quite smart. Fujifilm X-M1 + XF 18-55
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Posted 26 November 2014 - 02:06 PM

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My Nikon FM arrived. It's a legendary camera from 1977. I've always wanted a Nikon, so it was delicious to be able to baby one in the hand. It feels very good, very precise, like a watch. The lens is really a different league than most other manufacturers. For me, this is the ultimate double gauss normal lens. More recent lenses are not optically better, and certainly not built as well. The normal lenses in recent years have abandoned the double gauss design because of its limitations, so this is the king of an era which has passed.

I bought an adapter to use it on my Fujifilm X-M1. With double gauss designs such as this, open up no further than f2.8 if you want best results.

f2.8. Max always gives me this look in the morning. He wants to get out to urinate and defecate.
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f4.0. Ahhh, relief.
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f2.8
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Posted 27 November 2014 - 07:50 PM

f2.8, Nikkor 50/1.8 AI
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Posted 27 November 2014 - 07:56 PM

Just so you have a better appreciation for how obscenely sharp the lens is, here's a 1:1 crop.
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Posted 04 December 2014 - 10:53 PM

Went up a certain mountain entertainment resort yesterday for biscuits, a coffee and a movie.
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Posted 06 December 2014 - 11:09 PM

Today's dusk over here was particularly photogenic. After a very nice dinner, I walked the dog.
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Well actually, I don't really walk the dog. Too boring. We either play fetch, or if I forgot to bring something to throw, we just chase each other.
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See, without a dog, I would have no reason to go out into nature. I would be in my apartment, watching YouTube.

After the walk, I drove over to the closest McD for a coffee and pie.
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Alas I did not bring along a proper camera. All pictures with the Mi3.

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 04:18 PM

My five macro lenses. The only reason there isn't a sixth is because I feel bad owning so many.
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Macro lenses are needed for photos like this.
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Posted 18 December 2014 - 04:37 PM

This photo looks great.



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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:18 PM

The perfect adapted classic lens for portraits on the Fuji is the Micro-Nikkor 55/2.8.
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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:32 PM

When I post process a photo, I aim for realism. After all, they're supposed to be memories. However, magazines like National Geographic process their photos for visual impact: crazy contrast, unreal saturation, etc. Here, I do a National Geographic on the above photo.

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 06:55 PM

i think the discussion about contrast/saturation is really a grey area (pun somewhat intended).

 

to me, it all depends on what the photographer had in mind, when making the picture.

 

what also goes into this decision-making process is the equipment he chooses to use to make the picture.

 

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this picture was shot with a nikon fm2 and nikkor 17-35mm f2.8, on a roll of rpx 400 (maybe i should be posting this in the analog photography thread).

 

it's clear to see that this is a very contrasty image.

 

while the nikon fm2 doesn't contribute to the contrast, the choice of lens and emulsion did.

 

after all, all lensmakers will tout their products as having good contast. then, there's also the use of such tools like the (circular) polarizer. films with crazy saturation like velvia wouldn't be flying off the shelf without good reason.

 

perhaps,  it all boils down to whether the post processing was done 'tastefully', and hits the spot for the target audience.



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 09:22 PM

Is this Spitalfields market? ^^



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 09:46 PM

joonian, i can't say i'm familiar with london. doesn't help that this picture was taken in 2011.

 

but i believe this is the covent garden market.



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 09:48 PM

Right on... looks like covent garden. 



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Posted 11 January 2015 - 04:03 PM

Stopped by a waterfall today. While the dog amused himself by the waters, I took pictures.

The Wrath of God
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The Fury of Nature
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