***This week with your a7x/a9x/a1, July 30th - Aug 5th, 2022***

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rogerjosem
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***This week with your a7x/a9x/a1, July 30th - Aug 5th, 2022***

This weekly topic serves as a place for forum members to share recent work with our Sony Alpha full frame cameras. It's OK for a7x and a9 camera owners to dazzle us with images made with other cameras, but the idea is to allow owners with similar cameras to compare notes, chops, and sensibilities.

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rogerjosem
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Snaps
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VisionLight
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One week, only one lens, the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G
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From time to time, I choose to concentrate on photographing with only one lens for a week or so. It not only makes life simple, but also gives a chance to re-acquaint myself with the lens' character and use, fine tuning my technique. Yes, sometimes one does miss some photo opportunities better caught with other focal lengths, but that's OK, those opportunities will reappear again. The lens this past week was the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS and here are some examples from a single afternoon around Westmoreland Sanctuary:

Damselflies gather to pay their respects at a wake on Bechtel Lake.

The classic heart shaped pose of damselflies mating. I did have an angle that clearly showed the actual eggs in the female's Ovipositor, but single frame DOF made all other details much too soft at this magnification. I'll have to continue to work on that, if I can get the damsels to sit still long enough.

An Emerald Damsel was kind enough to pose while keeping his wings extended in flight position.

The biggest success in capturing these images was not falling headfirst into the lake. I had to knell at the shoreline and bend all the way down to get close enough for these magnifications. I had to stop just in time to not find out how water resistant the camera and lens were. 

A couple other insects were easier to capture:

A Hummingbird Clearwing Moth hovered around the Sanctuary gardens  .  .  .

.  .  .  joined by a Silver Spotted Skipper.

Now I have to think about what the next candidate will be for the next "one week, only one lens".

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome.

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John Borrelli
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Boardwalk and seaside views, after rainfall
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May have rushed the processing a bit. All the best, john

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Derek Dean
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Re: One week, only one lens, the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G

I like the idea, and your results speak for themselves, but how do you manage to get so close without scaring those little critters away?

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Derek Dean
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Re: Boardwalk and seaside views, after rainfall

It's hard to pick a favorite from that group.

One of things I enjoy about shooting with a larger sensor is the greater latitude and ability to record minor variations in color, and your seascapes showcase that ability quite nicely.

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Derek Dean
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The Emerald Sea
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I was going through some old files this week and found this image that I hadn't processed and thought I might as well give it a go.  Shot early in the morning at Lover's Point in Pacific Grove, CA.

Comments and suggestions always welcome : )

The Emerald Sea ©2021 Derek Dean

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John Borrelli
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Re: Boardwalk and seaside views, after rainfall

Thank you Derek, much appreciated. i like your seascape very much.     All the best, john

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WhistlerNorth
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Bears still in progress
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This years new born black bear cub

Younger Grizzly

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VisionLight
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Re: One week, only one lens, the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G
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Derek Dean wrote:

I like the idea, and your results speak for themselves, but how do you manage to get so close without scaring those little critters away?

Thank you Derek. When I find the reeds where they are flying around, I just quietly sit or knell down and wait patiently as they get used to my presence. Damsels as well as dragons will then usually become very social if they do not perceive a threat. When then getting close to them to capture the image, I don't make any sudden or erratic moves - unless it's to stop myself from falling into the water.   Many times I will then find them landing on me, usually on my face or arms. Besides being social, they are also very curious. Odonata are definitely my favorite Order in the insect world. Ed

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VisionLight
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Re: The Emerald Sea
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When I saw the image, my first impression was that it was a beautiful Winter seascape and you caught a very refreshing respite in the heat we are all going through. Then I read your intro and looked at the EXIF and it WAS Winter. So thanks for sharing this beautiful moment, it is much appreciated.

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richj20 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,755
Re: One week, only one lens, the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G

VisionLight wrote:

From time to time, I choose to concentrate on photographing with only one lens for a week or so.

That's a great project.

Nice poses for the damsels!

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richj20 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,755
Re: The Emerald Sea

A very captivating scene with the foggy background.

I've never seen water that color. The morning light's effect on the water?

The Emerald Sea ©2021 Derek Dean

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Landscaping and Flags
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I have two on-going projects: interesting houses with landscaping other than grass (lawns). There is a big push in California due to the drought, for homeowners to remove their lawns and replace with plants.

The other is interesting looking houses displaying a flag.

Sometimes I get both in the same scene!

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barnyz Contributing Member • Posts: 729
Re: ***Beauvais France and its epic cathedral***
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Beauvais,  a small city near Paris that contains one of the most awesome pieces of medieval architecture in it's stunning half finished cathedral. Filmed on a7iii with Samyang 18mm f2.8 which is a great combo for cities and architecture

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Re: The Emerald Sea

Wonderful shot, the crashing waves, sea colour and atmospheric weather combine perfectly.

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Derek Dean
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Re: The Emerald Sea
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richj20 wrote:

A very captivating scene with the foggy background.

I've never seen water that color. The morning light's effect on the water?

The Emerald Sea ©2021 Derek Dean

Thanks.  That's one thing I love about living near the coast, the color of the ocean is constantly changing, and is a combination of sky color, depth of water near the shore, and wave action.  It's always different, but never boring.

Here, I was just on the edge of that fog bank, with the sun rising in a clear sky behind me, helping accentuate that beautiful green color.

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Derek Dean
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Re: ***Beauvais France and its epic cathedral***
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You really captured the grand majesty of that cathedral.  What a stunning building, inside and out.  Another masterfully crafted and beautifully photographed adventure.

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mikedelderfield
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Just a bee!
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Sony A9 with 90mm Tamron manual focus macro lens

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Still looking for the artistic bone that must be somewhere in my body....
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Snowfella
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Sunday morning birding walk.
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Between work and weather there's not been much opportunities lately so took the opportunity last week when I got a chance.

Didn't even make out of the carpark before my fist subject turned up, Laughing Kookaburra.

Eastern Yellow Robin

Female Superb Fairywren's having some preening time.

Lewin's Honeyeater

Eclipse male Superb Fairywren

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