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    Ok, so it was windy today, but I set up the tripod and looked for something that did not move (or move a lot) to shoot.

    and decided for the birdhouse at the back of the grandparents garden
    Full manual (apart from ISO which I forgot to take off auto, sorry)

    I used the Minolta AF 75-300 and the SEL55210, I took a shot at 300mm and then at about 210mm on the Minolta, and at 210 on the SEL55210.
    The EXIF data says I got it exactly at 210, however the FOV does not look the same. Maybe the tripod was moved slightly whilst I went away to change lenses or is there a FOV difference between a Full Frame lens and an APS-C lens on an APS-C camera at the same focal length?

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    Minolta AF 75-300 @ 300mm (450), F/14, Exposure time, 1/60, ISO-1600

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    Minolta AF 75-300 @ 300mm (450), F/14, Exposure time, 1/3, ISO-160

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    Minolta AF 75-300 @ 210mm (315), F/5.6, Exposure time, 1/320, ISO-1600

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    Sony SEL55210 @ 210mm (315) F/13, Exposure time, 1/40, ISO-1600

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    Sony SEL55210 @ 210mm (315) F/6.3, Exposure time, 1/160, ISO-1600

    Sorry for the sheer number of pictures of the same thing
    I used to own stuff

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    Santuario de Chimayo.



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    A6000 : Sigma 90mm Macro f/2.8 : 90mm : f/2.8 : 1/125sec : ISO 100



    Flowers in the front garden II~Dragion Designs


    by William Fong, on Flickr
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    A6000 : Sigma 90mm Macro f/2.8 : 90mm : f/2.8 : 1/320sec : ISO 100



    Lilly~Flowers from the front garden~Dragion Designs


    by William Fong, on Flickr
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    A6000 : Sigma 90mm Macro f/2.8 : 90mm : f/5.6 : 1/40sec : ISO 6400



    Bloom'd!~Dragion Designs


    by William Fong, on Flickr
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    SEL1018 : SELP18105G : SELP1650 : SEL55210 : SEL50F18 : SEL35F18 : SEL30M35 : SEL20F28
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    Fotodiox PRO NIK(G) - NEX D-Click Adapter
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    HVL-F20M
    LIM'S LE-HCA6000BK Half Case
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    eewer Vertical Battery Grip

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragion View Post
    A6000 : Sigma 90mm Macro f/2.8 : 90mm : f/2.8 : 1/125sec : ISO 100



    Flowers in the front garden II~Dragion Designs


    by William Fong, on Flickr
    That shot is exquisite! Love the blending colors and surrealist style.

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    Sony A7, 16-35mm Zeiss @ 20mm f/4, ISO200, 1/1600sec.

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    Looking through & there are lots of shots, since last in this thread.

    Jtimmer, really like your butterfly shots.

    Mike, great sense of motion in your creek shots. Something I need to try to play with more in water shots.

    Jay, like those macro shots - like the one with the ant on the wood and that lens really worked well with the portrait.

    Stef, like the shot looking toward the little garden through the arch - nice light.

    Tikcus, interesting comparisons. Think that the sony lens is producing more contrast (though doesn't seem like there are exact settings to compare) & my take with zooms is based on the different construction and using manual settings to zoom, you never get exact apples to apples focal lengths. What surprised me was similarity in color rendering, as I generally think I can detect different lens brands causing subtle variations in color.

    Lu, gotta say I'm enjoying your auto shots, really like the '48 chevy a lot - keep them coming.

    Lucille, naturally, dig your auto shots as well - keep the competition going! I really love your shots of old churches and buildings - your style stands out.

    Dragion, great macro/close ups of the flowers. Like what you're doing with that sigma 90mm.

    Some of my manual shots. All manual settings with old manual lens. Been raining a lot here, so started with my own experiment on shooting a coin to pass the time. Don't have a macro lens, but the zoom @80mm does pick up a fair amount of detail - not comparable to a macro, but with some cropping, thought it was ok. Just put it against a sheet of white paper, folded at a 90 degree angle under a table lamp (so white balance could use some correction).

    dime06785
    by Willie, on Flickr
    ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/80 sec

    Then, between the showers, some flower shots from this a.m.

    frangipani06770
    by Willie, on Flickr
    pentax 35-80 @ 75mm, f/5.6, iso 200, 1/60 sec

    Shot below, same settings as flower above, but I stopped down aperture about 1/2 stop.

    frangipani06772
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    Then a shot of what I believe is called a firebush. We have several shoots coming over from the neighbors yard. this with same lens at 75mm, and iso 200, but back to f/5.6, 1/500 sec.

    firebush06779
    by Willie, on Flickr

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    Did a 'quickie' processing for this one.
    Shot this three shot series, mergered it with PhotoMatix, and then a quick Litghtroom 4.4....did I mention this was a 'quickie'?

    The Flume, a big attraction in the state of New Hampshire. I love going to see this everytime I get into the New England area. It is almost impossible to get any frames without 'people', so you pretty much get what you get, and then live with it.



    By the way, I shot these three photo's off a Manfrotto monopod. And there was hardly any alignment issues(I got lucky there)!


    Thanks for looking!





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    @ Willie : the "macro" coin shot is not bad at all for a zoom lens. The flower with water drops is also very nice; lovely colors and bokeh on that vintage pentax optics.

    @ Scott : really cool picture and processing. At first I did not appreciate the size of the subject until I saw the person and the trail. That place looks straight out of a jungle! A place to put on the visit list...

    Cheers!

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    I took a variety of manual shots over the last few days. A selection is displayed at my Flickr location, including other birds at golden hour from my recent vacation and several vegetation close ups.

    In particular, I dusted off the Minolta Rokkor-X 50mm/1.4 MD for some evening and night shots. I went back to the local park and fountain. It's pretty amazing what can be done with fast optics, shooting hand-held and high-speed at night for example without killing the ISO, such as:


    Fountain by Stef, on Flickr
    Taken with an A6000 and vintage 50mm @ f/1.4, 1/640 and ISO 3200.

    I was also able to capture the street glow during rain at 5 a.m. with reasonable details.


    Golden street by Stef, on Flickr
    Taken with the same camera/lens, hand-held at 1/40 and ISO 1600.

    Finally, after the rain, I went to my favorite local forest with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 vintage macro lens this time. The light was a bit gloomy and the wind made the following image hard to pull in. I worked at f/8 in order to get a reasonable focus DOF and 1/400 to freeze movement (both my stance and the subject). This required ISO 3200 which is pretty acceptable on the A6000. This is one case where I would have liked to try the new FE 90mm G macro lens auto-focus and OSS...


    Water universe by Stef, on Flickr

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    JTimmer, those butterfly shots are great. Love the color and detail.

    Classic shot of Sanctuario de Chimayo, Lucille. I was sort of wondering when you might post one. Very nice

    I share Stef's preference and opinion on those flower shots, dragion. Beautiful!

    Good job with the raindrops on the Frangipani, Willie. But, I like the firebush best.

    That flume place looks really impressive, Scott. I'll have to put that on my places to go list as well.

    I particularly like that street glow shot, Stef. It is really cool how you caught the rain by the light glow and the reflection of the light in the wet street, set off by the dark trees and blue sky.

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    Scott, Great waterfall shot and really enjoying all your NE shots, particularly the Maine coast. Bet the weather was great break too.

    Stef, Great night shots - the rain in streetlight came out very well, surprised you could get that sharp a shot for handheld @ 1/40 w/out IS. Also like the water universe macro. Love droplets with reflections and refracted light - truly a universe there.

    Willie

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    I really love your shot. You all did very well. And I laughed a lot about the Lu&Lu conversation (and for sure was impressed from your pics).

    Happy that I found this awesome forum

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    I thought this month would free up time for me, but that hasn't been the case. I've traveled and am still learning the ropes at work, so photography has suffered. My flickr acct hasn't seen much lately, either. I used to post a shot every day for years and years. Sigh.

    I just scanned through the thread. The back and forth banter cracked me up. It really infuses something extra in this month's series. And the photos here are great (Lucille's Tome Hill is my favorite, I think). I particularly like seeing some macro shots and the even the new FE 90 (sharpest lens ever tested at Dx0Mark - at least AF). Cool it's only for our cameras.

    Here is one of my dog from tonight . . . fresh from the groomer (I always have that done before picking him up after a trip):

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    He looks like a big version our the wifes little terrier.
    Very good photo by the way.
    CC is always welcome, the good and the bad. I promise not to take it personal as I know it wasn't meant that way.

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    Great portrait, Sean. Such soulful eyes. I hope your work eases up, and that you get more family (including your pup) and photography time soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikcus View Post
    Ok, so it was windy today, but I set up the tripod and looked for something that did not move (or move a lot) to shoot. (snip)
    Sorry for the sheer number of pictures of the same thing
    JMHO, the one you have labeled 'Sony SEL55210 @ 210mm (315) F/13, Exposure time, 1/40, ISO-1600' is the most pleasing. But, why such a high (same, discounting the presumable 160 typo) ISO on all?
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    Nice shot of the doggie Sean!
    the HepKitty from Hepcat City.

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    San Acacia New Mexico.


    Sony Rx100 mIII, 27mm f/4, ISO125, 1/80sec.
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    Fantastic additions everybody and I will comment individually asap

    Jay
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    Sony A6000 with the Kit lens F4, ISO 100, 4 second exposure with a ND filter.

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    You always get me with your cemeteries, ghost towns, and tumble-down buildings, Lucille. yeah, I know I have a weakness for such things, but you do such a fine job at capturing them...

    That looks like a really pretty spot, JTimmer. Good job capturing the water falling!

    I was admiring the sunset this evening on my way home from Questa, and (just) had a wee window of opportunity to take a couple of snaps. Sadly, all work and no play whilst up North, and the Big-I (40/25 crossing) was in my way...



    a6000/SEL55210@77mm f/5 1/2500 ISO 640

    alt. version:


    f/4.5 1/2000 ISO 400
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    Sony Rx100 mIII, 24mm f/10, ISO320, 1/4 sec.
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    Awesome new pictures, guys.

    My new one is inspired by Lu+Lu And, yes, Lucille, your right, it is all about the light. Poorly my object crossed my eyes close to noon.

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    A7, Minolta 50 1.4, 1/3200, f4 (I guess)

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    I dig it Phil!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_the_German View Post
    Awesome new pictures, guys.

    My new one is inspired by Lu+Lu And, yes, Lucille, your right, it is all about the light. Poorly my object crossed my eyes close to noon.

    That is cool that we can be a source of inspiration. We love shooting, and cars are so much fun. I hung out with Lucille tonight, and captured this image:



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    My most recent idea... out of the blue using a Minolta Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.4 MD mounted on an A6000.


    Window to the world by Stef, on Flickr

    A bit of fun to compose, 1/1600 at ISO 100, approximately f/2.8.

    Cheers.

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    Great idea and realization, Leuius.

    Hot image, LuSan. Will you two join Detroit's Dream Cruiser show in August?

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    Lots more great shots, but Stef, yours takes the prize for today. Cool idea and nicely executed. Very creative.

    Willie

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