Nikon Wednesday 2014: #2

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    The cold weather makes the predators a little more visible than usual. The local Coopers Hawk came in to scope our suet feeder in hopes of shopping for a songbird or two. They were onto him, and stayed out of sight. The alpha squirrel queen - who regularly scolds at cats and at us for daring to walk dogs under her tree - decided to run up to the hawk's perch and give him trouble. A brief stare-down ensued, and she decided to give him the rest of his trouble from a little farther away.

    Shot with a D600 at ISO 1600 and 1/400th with a 70-200/2.8 at f/4 and 200mm.

    Photographed any diplomatic tension or other territorial friction? Share!
  2. Hey Matt, love the depiction of the standoff. That's some nerve! Mine is little less dramatic, but there is this teasing going on (almost like "I dare you, spider"....and the fly is ready to rip into air.....even on the tiniest move.
  3. I have a 365 project going on for this year, so I'll try to post three best images from previous week here. If you want you can follow my blog at :)
    - Don't know if advertizing blog is accepted here?
    Here's my first trio (I know, the last one doesn't fit to the set)
    "Cats life"
  4. Winter is still only hoped for in Helsinki. The Lanterns bring light to the darkness.
  5. Frost ferns on my garage window. Temp near zero
  6. Twilight on the cold shore of Lake Michigan last night.
  7. From an outing just before the turn of the year while playing with my new Tokina 12-24 - am really loving this lens so far. Nikon D80, Tokina 12-24 @ 15mm
  8. Ataturk Airport
  9. Great pictures, Matt!
    No territorial friction here, I think—these two are buddies. I shot them during a snowstorm when there wasn't a lot of light. D800E, 24-70, ISO 3200, 1/500 @ f/2.8. 1/500 wasn't fast enough, really—will try again on a brighter day.
  10. Oops! Here's the picture.
  11. And here's Mr. Blue.
  12. Great shots this morning.
    I have been shooting with my old F3 so here are a few in B&W
  13. Frost tipped oak leave
  14. A very foggy fall morning
  15. This is the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue on shore of Town Lake in Austin, Texas.
  16. Last week's hockey game.
  17. View from my way into work the other morning
  18. Greetings from the depths of northern Ontario.
    It was -37C here on New Year's Day morning, -45C on the 2nd and -43C on the 3rd.
    This is what it looks like outside when it's -45C. A temperature inversion (colder at ground than aloft) traps the exhaust from furnaces and cars at ground level.
    This is how Hattie and Harry(top) handle the cold.
  19. Some high-school girls basketball.
  20. It's good to be taller than your defender.
  21. Held ball.
  22. Another Coopers Hawk looking for a meal just before sunset. Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, 1/1250 ss, F/2.8, ISO 800
  23. The temperature was -30 to -35 this week, so I stayed indoors
    A Dali piece at the WAG
  24. A Greek mask at the same gallery
  25. No frosty pictures from Tampa this week Sunday it was in the 70's but it has dipped into the 50's since.It's supposed to start warming back up after today.
    Here is a picture of laundry day at the zoo
    Favorite so far this week Curt's frost ferns
  26. At birds of prey demo
  27. He got his
  28. There you go, Rick. But maybe they're just rough-housing?

    There's a Red Tailed in our area that manages to cause every squirrel to vanish for a couple hours at a time. The squirrels definitely know the difference.
  29. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Few people would use the Df for wildlife photography, but that was exactly what I did at Radio Road in the Redwood Shores in San Francisco Bay. I had the Df on a long lens on a tripod.
    A acquaintance who has photographed with me at that location a dozen time or so came by. He uses a D300 himself so that he is quite familiar with Nikon. He asked me why I was switching back to film all of a sudden, on wildlife subjects no less. I told him that is not a film SLR; it is the latest Df.
    The problem with "only" 16MP on FX is that it is once you start cropping, you are quickly down to not many pixels. In this case I had to cropped out the other bird in the foreground. As a result, my usable image is down to about 6MP or so. And my lens was already a 600mm, so using a longer one wasn't really an option (maybe add a 1.4x TC?).
    Nikon Df, ISO 100, 1/500 sec and 600mm lens @ f5.6.
  30. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Green-winged teal. Just completely by chance, I have a secondary reflection of the eye in the water. I think that is kind of cool. And the only PhotoShop work on this image is adding a bit of contrast, adding the copyright info, and cropping it down.
    Nikon D7100 with 600mm lens, f5.0, 1/1000 sec, and ISO 640.
  31. Some really great shots today ! Matt love the squirrel and hawk, amazing.
    Shun your ducks are gorgeous! Love the reflections especially on the the teal.
  32. Much to my delight we have some hummingbirds that have come south for the winter. They must be very disappointed as it has been very cold here. Their mixture in the feeders has been frozen the past couple of mornings. There has been quite a bit of territorial friction as they chase one another around the yard.
    Here are a couple of shots , not positive on the IDs but think one is a Broadtail and Rufous.
    D800 300mm f/4 with 1.4 TC
  33. Rufous
  34. Last one
  35. Canary Wharf, London.
  36. As someone who can resist anything except temptation I chuckled when I saw this scene in Arrowtown, New Zealand
  37. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Phil Phillips, I was wondering why that ATM looks familiar (not that particular one, but that ATM design with that crown logo in general). Well, I was in Arrowtown for a couple of hours two months ago, on my way to Queenstown in New Zealand.
  38. One of my New Year's resolutions is to finish rating photos in Lightroom, sorting into catalogs, and doing some post processing on the best images. A fine activity when outside temperatures would freeze fingers trying to manipulate a camera. Here are three images from a May 2012 visit to Ely NV and the Northern Nevada Railroad that came out of yesterday's Lightroom session.
  39. Steam crane in the railroad shops.
  40. The cross slide of #93 (steam engine) resting after runs up the grade to the Kennecott mine the day before.
  41. Gup

    Gup Gup

    It was suggested that maybe I should BBQ some steaks tonight. It's not happening :)
  42. Gup

    Gup Gup

    So here is the reason...
  43. I missed our coldest day, but Tuesday was pretty cold too!
    D3000 and 35mm f1.8 lens
  44. I recently lost my lovely wife of 43 years to a rare type of cancer called Myeloma, and this is my little tribute to her.
    The first one is from over 30 years ago, holding our now grown up daughter. Taken with a then newly-acquired Nikon FE.
  45. This next one is much more recent, taken just before her 60th birthday on a D700.
  46. Beautiful indeed, Rodeo. So sorry, but so glad, too.

    I must go make some more family photos. Thank you for that powerful and poignant reminder.
  47. Yes Matt, you can never have too many happy memories saved up for potential bad times.
  48. "Sugar" coated leaves, Yosemite NP
    We allways "skip" family images, then later we regret. Sorry for what happened Rodeo. Beautiful warm pictures
  49. Thanks for sharing, Rodeo. Very nice and meaningful photos.
  50. Mirza, to be displayed in thread, your pic should be resized to no more than 700 pixels horizontally as well as vertically.
  51. Lovely pictures everyone. Sorry to hear of your loss Rodeo.
    It's been very stormy here in the UK and I've been very busy at work playing my part in co-ordination of our flooding response. After a long shift in the incident room I stopped off to document a particularly high tide and came across these two on the harbour wall. I hope no-one here is taking risks like this!
  52. Rodeo Joe--so sad to hear of your wife's passing.
    The best to you.
  53. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Rodeo Joe, I am very sorry to learn about your loss.
  54. Sorry. Here is smaller version
  55. There are no words that can comfort enough, but we do our best... Rodeo Joe, my heartfelt sympathy on your loss. It's always the pictures of our friends and loved ones we cherish, not the waterfalls or rocks, the peeling paint, the wonderful sunsets. Today I vow, to take a picture that I know will mean something twenty years down the road.
    I wish you well.
  56. Rodeo Joe,
    My most sincere condolences for the loss of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Thank you for sharing those photographs. They are lovely.
    John Pender
  57. Rodeo Joe: So sorry for your loss; the photos are a tribute.
    Roy Ramavarapu, 08 Jan 2014
  58. Nikon Buddies,
    Thanks all for sharing. Shout outs to John P. and your oak leaves, Rodeo Joe and your sweet memories, Shun and your teal.
    We spent the last few days before Christmas in NYC.
    1. Here are some decorations outside our hotel.
    2. The Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn side. In the rain.
  59. Manhattan skyline pic.
  60. Rodeo Joe, my sincere sympathies for you and your family. So very sorry for your loss .
  61. Rodeo Joe, I'm so sorry for your loss. Those portraits are beautiful!
  62. Ray House

    Ray House Ray House

    Rodeo Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. This is my wife taken 31 years ago with a Nikon F. As I write this she is right behind me in a hospital bed in her final hours. May peace and comfort be with you brother.
  63. My son's impression of "The Wolverine"
  64. Rodeo Joe, so sorry. Beautiful pictures.
  65. erik_christensen|3

    erik_christensen|3 Self-employed

    My most sincere condolences for the loss of your wife
  66. Nikon V1, 10-30 VR
    And he hath cut those pretty fingers off,
    That could have better sowed then Philomel.
    O, had the monster seen those lily hands
    Tremble, like aspen leaves, upon a lute,
    And make the silken strings delight to kiss them,
    He would not then have touched them for his life.

    --Titus Andronicus
  67. Sorry Rodeo Joe for your loss. Great pics!! Each day is so precious.
  68. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Ray House, sorry to hear about your family's situation too.
    Since Rodeo Joe mentioned his FE, I also have some images captured with my FE when it was new back in 1979. This was our niece on her way home, after getting picked up from kindergarten. A few years ago, I photographed her wedding, and she is now the mother of a little boy, a bit older than she was in that image.
    Today, I still own that camera and lens. Maybe it is time to get some film and take pictures of her son with them.
  69. Shun, I really enjoy photos like that. I don't even know why. I spent an hour or so with my mom last night going over some of her photo scrapbooks from the 1940s-'50s and found myself wanting to emulate that look. I'd like to dig out the Yashica TLR or Agfa Isolette and make some contact prints. I already have one or two Fiskars scissors for making deckled edges.

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