cjf2

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On photo The hole in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Great idea well executed!

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 07:19 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Kingfisher in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 11, K challenge (10 comments in total)
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Alan_W1: Cracking shot,
Clearly a young bird...having both brown feet and white tipped beak.

Thanks for the information. I did not know that.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 06:59 UTC
On photo Kingfisher in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 11, K challenge (10 comments in total)
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barb_s: wow, beautiful - is that the G2 lens?

Thanks, Barb. No it is one of the originals.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 06:58 UTC
On photo Celestial Snooker in the Dark and Light challenge (2 comments in total)

Great photo. I could not vote as I'd entered but I thought this would be the winner.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 06:49 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo "K" is for Kitesurfer in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 12, L challenge (1 comment in total)

Wrong challenge. K was last week, this is L.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 23:10 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Varied Thrush in the Rain in the Nature in the Shade challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Well, cjf2, you certainly chose your ideal location for this picture, which has given you a well-deserved second place in this 'Nature in the Shade' challenge! The bright colours of the thrush lift the image, while your details and textures of the mossy branch, with just a few red leaves enhance the whole picture. Beautiful! (Are you planning a 'Graveyards I Have Visited' book?)
Ruth :-)

Thanks, Ruth. It was nice to have a challenge which fitted this picture. It was the first time I'd seen Varied Thrush which migrates through California. I'd got news from e-bird website and caught them at a couple of sites on my holiday but sadly they were always very twitchy and this was the closest I got with a camera. What is the point in looking that good if you don't want to be photographed?!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 08:57 UTC
On photo White Sky, Still Water in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (4 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, cjf2, on your well-deserved win in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge, with this exquisite monochrome of a river scene, brought down to its simplest, most basic level. But in your skilled hands, we see the details of each and every tree growing along the bank of the river, making this a timeless and beautiful image.
RuthC :-)

Thanks, Ruth. Nice to win one of your splendid challenges. Makes up for a week of rather flat light in the Lake District!

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:09 UTC
On photo White Sky, Still Water in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (4 comments in total)
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MaxBacon: Stunning picture!

Thanks

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
On photo Sevenspot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) . in the Details challenge (2 comments in total)

Congratulations on your first place. It was a hard challenge for which to pick an entry as it was open to so many interpretations.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 16:35 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Bulbul in the Best Wildlife Photo of the Week VII challenge (1 comment in total)

Nice picture. I don't know where this was taken but it looks like a shrike to me.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sea Glow in the Seascapes challenge (4 comments in total)

I agree with fft2000. A very different take on a seascape and deserved to place much better.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 23:37 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Red Breasted Nuthatch on Alert in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

This was my favourite. Great composition and well a nuthatch is always a winner in my eyes. The species that occurs in Britain was the bird that cased me to start birdwatching.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 23:33 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Morning in Jungle Book! in the Large Birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Brilliant picture. To any other viewer, make sure you look in slide show or full size as the small view does not do it justice.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 22:18 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (30 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Would be interested in the planning for this image. I mean, you need to get the right fog in the valley. Did you stay close and saw it or was it a deliberate plan to go there at the right moment?

Sorry to disappoint but no great planning although I obviously knew some of the good views in the park in advance. Scroll down to see my response to NearerNirvana (split into two due to character limits). I arrived before sunset and stayed as long as the clouds and lighting changed to give different photographs. I certainly had no thought of staying until dark as I'd not seen night shots there. The amount of cloud in the valley varied a lot. Here is a link to another challenge I'd entered with a different amount of cloud, cropping and processing.
https://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=884017

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (30 comments in total)
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DHAPhotography: I'd be curious to hear of the processing on this image. Well done.

Mmh. Not sure I can remember exactly. Raw file opened in Adobe Camera Raw and blacks and highlights recovered, cleaned up with Topaz Denoise then treated with Macphun Intensify CK with an increase to texture in highlights and less so in mid tones and shadows and to lighten the shadows. Then I used Onone basic brushes to recover the moon a bit.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 23:48 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (30 comments in total)
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NearerNirvana: Saw this image previewed in the "Finished challenges window" and had to click for a better view.
Absolutely stunning scene and perfectly captured.
The sky has a quality Van Gogh would have wept for.
Would be interested to hear the backstory of your climb/wait/attempts to shoot from this vantage.

Cont... Half Dome and the end of the valley was obscured by cloud but we sat it out and just before moonrise the clouds started to clear and we saw the moonrise. Most people then left but I did not have far to go so I carried on taking pictures mixing wide views like this and cropping into the end of the valley with a 70- 200mm lens. By the time I left it was pretty much black to the eye but the camera and some post processing managed to get a series of different pictures.
Here are a couple of links to guides to photography spots in Yosemite.
If you scroll down the first one to "Tunnel View" you can see a picture of the photographer with his camera o a tripod by a grey stone wall. Tat is pretty much where I was standing.

http://www.findingtheuniverse.com/2015/05/my-favourite-photography-spots-in.html

https://www.colbybrownphotography.com/a-photographers-guide-to-visiting-yosemite/

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 20:07 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (30 comments in total)
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NearerNirvana: Saw this image previewed in the "Finished challenges window" and had to click for a better view.
Absolutely stunning scene and perfectly captured.
The sky has a quality Van Gogh would have wept for.
Would be interested to hear the backstory of your climb/wait/attempts to shoot from this vantage.

I'm glad you and the others like the picture. I'm afraid there is not much of a story of a heroic climb to the spot. It is taken from the viewing area on the edge of a car park at the main road tunnel entrance. It is wheelchair accessible and you could almost get it out of an SUV window!
I only had a day in the park and had called early in the day but it was unattractively misty and not very good in the middle of the day. I decided to call back at sunset only to find that a photographic club were present as the near full moon was due to rise directly behind half dome.
(to be continued)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (30 comments in total)

Thanks for the enthusiastic comments and thanks to Bren for running his challenges. Tunnel view of Yosemite Valley is regularly photographed for obvious reasons. I was lucky to be able to be there as the sun set and moon rose. The daytime pictures were nowhere as interesting but for about 45 minutes the lighting and cloud cover above and in the valley floor varied a lot to give several different pictures without moving the camera.
I had hoped for snow or frost on the trees but that gives me an excuse to visit again some time.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 13:21 UTC as 16th comment
On photo Down In the Valley in the Down in the Valley challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a great photo but not for this challenge as the valley is too small an element of the picture. I'm sure it could win a more suitable challenge in the future but can I suggest you straighten the horizon and lighten the dark rocks and bicycle parts as on my monitor, especially when viewed small, there is a large block of darkness in the bottom right of the picture that unbalances it.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 13:15 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Dockside in the Dark in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 4, D challenge (12 comments in total)
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Boky: Every now and then I see an outstanding work in photography. This is one of those moments. Simply breathtaking.

Thanks for those very kind words. I'm glad you liked it as much as I did. I've been hanging onto this picture for several years waiting for a suitable challenge. The original picture is quite good but I then treated it with Macphun Intensify which gives brings out texture in the shadows and midtones which combine with the lights to make it stand out more.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 17:13 UTC
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