cjf2

cjf2

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On Waves in the A trick of the eye challenge (3 comments in total)

Great picture for this challenge. Despite my brain knowing what is going on it still looks like the waves are hovering above the beach.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 06:48 UTC as 2nd comment
On First ever catch in the Fishing challenge (1 comment in total)

Great photo!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 06:13 UTC as 1st comment
On Solar Impulse 2 in Hawaii in the July Flying challenge (1 comment in total)

Interesting photo of a fascinating aircraft. I wish I'd get to see it fly. Maybe I'll see it in a hangar too one day.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:10 UTC as 1st comment
On THE FAMILY.... in the July Flying challenge (1 comment in total)

I really liked the texture and imposing impression of the smoke trail. Those Italians sure know how to put on a show.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Midnight Train to Georgia in the Photo with a song challenge (14 comments in total)
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RBFresno: That is a terrific image!!! My home town of Omaha, Nebraska was a rail center, and I remember those Steam Engines roaring by very well.I had no idea that those engines were still in actual use, though they are run regularly not to far from where I live, at the Railtown, in Jamestown California. Seeing your beautifully done work, makes me want to get back there and do some more photography.

Thanks!!!

Thank you. Yes I hope you will get out to see steam in action. If you can get over to Colorado you can have a great week's holiday photographing the tourists trains running on the Cumbres & Toltec and the Durango & Silverton Railway. Easily chased in a hire car to give loads of different opportunities.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 19:18 UTC
On Midnight Train to Georgia in the Photo with a song challenge (14 comments in total)
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calson: Overall this is a very nice image. I think it would be stronger with more space to the left of the locomotive. It would give more of a feel that the train is heading off to distant places in the night. It needs more room to run in the image.

The selection of the trestle crossing was a very good choice as the old wood ties in very nicely with the ancient locomotive and this works very well as a B&W image that adds to the old times feel of the image.

Brilliant concept that would be fun to play with, both variations of the shot and alterations to the post processing.

There was actually a tree just off to the left which is a bit of a mess. You are right about the different processing possibilities. I almost deleted an earlier "blue hour" shot without flash which I didn't like in colour but in a brown and white version it's become my favourite. I just need the right Challenge title to enter it into!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 19:15 UTC
On Midnight Train to Georgia in the Photo with a song challenge (14 comments in total)

With regard to the queries about exposure, I've not altered the exif data. It was taken on "B" so presumably the camera measures the time it is left open. It was pretty black when the shutter was opened, the framing and focussing having been carried out before it got dark, and it remained open until three old fashioned flash bulbs were set off along the length of the scene. I don't recall now but I suspect the head lamp brightness was turned down to minimum to reduce risk of it being too burnt out, certainly nothing has been done other than "recovery" of highlights in RAW processing.
The steam is not blurred as all the light is from the flash but it is surprising there aren't three images from the three flashes, perhaps what is seen here is the third one overlaying the other too or the steam was only present during one of the flashes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 12:25 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Midnight Train to Georgia in the Photo with a song challenge (14 comments in total)
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NAwlins Contrarian: Very nice picture, in the style of O. Winston Link. The headlight and lit-up steam escaping from the whistle and/or turbogenerator are a nice touch. Even with the train stopped, 38 s (what's reported above) cannot be the right shutter speed / exposure duration--the lights would be totally blown out, and the steam would look a lot smoother.

(Now to pick nits: the Union Pacific never got anywhere near Georgia, the closest being New Orleans; and by the time GK&tP released the song in 1973, American railroads had stopped using steam locomotives for, depending on the railroad, thirteen to twenty years.)

Oh come on don't let your nit picking spoil it for the non rail enthusiasts! He could after all change trains in New Orleans, probably having been sold a cheap ticket with many changes and stop overs.
Mind you, if you are correct that the lyrics referred to events in 1973, and I don't think we can be sure they do, you'd have to question why he'd only got as far as Utah by 2007!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 12:14 UTC
On Morning Hawks in the Coffee Shops challenge (14 comments in total)

The stand out picture from this challenge. I saw it and decided not to enter my lacklustre effort!
Was it set up or did you chance upon this couple sitting in the light?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:32 UTC as 9th comment
On Early Morning Calm in the Calm - Film, black and white challenge (9 comments in total)
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MichaelIsGreat2: Black and white means dead to me!! It has this false pretense of being artistic but it is not! In many ways, black and white pictures rob us of the reality, as we live in a colorful world, not in a black and white world.

This picture is a good example. We are basically rob of many beautiful colors and shades in the name of the pretentious idea that black and white pictures are artistic when they are not!!

It was a black and white challenge so Steve Throndson had no choice but enter a black and white picture if he wanted to take part. MichaelIsGreat2 on the other hand could have chosen not to look at the challenge if he doesn't like looking at Black and White pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 17:30 UTC
On Early Morning Calm in the Calm - Film, black and white challenge (9 comments in total)

My favourite photograph in these film challenges. Well done Steve.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 05:13 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Pelican Fishing in the Don't blink! challenge (1 comment in total)

Great image. My favourite in the challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 07:13 UTC as 1st comment
On Big bro is watching in the peek-a-boo challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice photo and fitted the theme very well

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 05:29 UTC as 1st comment
On Red-headed Woodpecket in the Birds, Birds, & More Birds challenge (2 comments in total)

Great bird.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 06:13 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Red Kite over Wales in the Birds, Birds, & More Birds challenge (8 comments in total)

Thanks both. It's a wild bird at a farm in Wales coming in to food thrown out the same time each day. It's about to swoop down to pick up food without touching down.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 06:11 UTC as 6th comment
On Follow Me! in the Birds, Birds, & More Birds challenge (2 comments in total)

Great composition and lighting!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 06:06 UTC as 1st comment
On Ready for take off in the Birds, Birds, & More Birds challenge (2 comments in total)

Nice picture. I thought this was a potential winner.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 06:06 UTC as 2nd comment
On six_of_me in the Six of Me... challenge (24 comments in total)

Great work! How did you do the two gripping hands in the middle?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 05:41 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On - Rich Vivid Colours - Painted Buildings (+ Border) challenge (13 comments in total)
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JL BONHOMME: Very surprised to see the two runner up with the same picture, at the same place with two different names ?

Try Googling images of Maroon Bells and you'll be amazed the whole challenge wasn't full of that view!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:07 UTC
On Rainy Porto in the Rainy days challenge (2 comments in total)

Great photo. This was my favourite.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 05:23 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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