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January 2020 Challenge

05 January 2020 - 07:17 AM

The Challenge this month is an easy, but difficult one. Pick your 5 best images for 2019 and shown them off in a post. Any camera, any lens.


The Last Ride

29 December 2019 - 09:06 PM

Today was the last day for the Toronto Transit Commissions CLRV vehicle.  It is a 42-year-old streetcar, they retired the fleet, all 196 regular and 52 articulated vehicles. They are replaced by trouble-prone and storied history on late deliver and bad workmanship Bombardier vehicles.


TTC was offering free rides from 10-2 today on these models on one small stretch of road in the downtown area.

I took a picture of the streetcar as it was going by and later noticed the woman blankly looking out the window.  Made me wonder what she was thinking.....


- thanks for the free ride, suckers?

- dang, its raining?

- wow, where did 42 years go?


Anyway, I was intrigued by her facial expression and decided to crop it into a street photography type print. There is an even more haunting face in there, I wish I could have brought that out more!


Feel free to offer your own comments.


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Portrait in very low Light

25 December 2019 - 12:34 AM

Took a picture of my daughter with no flash.  Going to have to retry this with proper lighting if I can get her to pose again.


PP in NIK Color FX.


Nikkor 24-70 @70mm


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Cemetery + Squirrel [500mm PF]

13 December 2019 - 02:08 PM

Herman, I was thinking of you this morning!

I passed by the Cemetery again today.  The light today is hazy, a thin hazy, actually.  No real blue sky, so perfect diffuser! 

I went and found the trumpet, bronze statues.  Sun was not in the perfect spot as when I had the 300mm and it was noon.  So, a miss on both parts.  See the images below!


This angel was shot with the 500mm f5.6 PF lens, handheld, from roughly the same spot I took a similar image with the 300mm f2.8.


All I did was sharpen and crop in Capture NX-D.


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This is the image I put up before using the 300mm f2.8. This image was taken in late daylight and is warmer.


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This squirrel was taken in the shade!


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and so was this monument of sorts ....

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I did a minor Glamor Glow in Color FX on the Angle, just to get it closer in color to the 300mm version:


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Downie vs Hairy ... know your Pecker [500mm PF]

10 December 2019 - 11:47 PM

On FB, I just realized after all these years, I still can't tell the difference between Downie and Hairy Woodpeckers without referencing...

Since I was in the middle of a Woodpecker convention while I was out shooting with my new toy, here are my two best examples of the little Peckers!

The difference is obvious in these two images.....


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Hairy is on the left [or top image], Downie is on the right [or second image]!


Look at the beaks.  One is long and slender, the other short a more delicate.


And, now you know your woodpeckers.


Sorry Dennis.