cjf2

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On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Midwest: Someone gave this only 1 and 1/2 stars? This is a really, really good shot.

Thanks. At least the 0.5 marks have been rare of late.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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XVOYAGERX: A beautiful shot, and from the 350d, very well done!!

Allan.

The best camera is the one you have you when something good happens!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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Segaman: Since now you win the contest, will you buy a full frame with all that money?
Joke apart, that is a cool pic.

Thanks. Since the 350D I've worn out a 50D which I loved and then got a second hand 7D to which I've never really warmed. In fact it prompted me to get a 5D Mkiii which was a worthwhile improvement.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 17:36 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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jaykumarr: time and location.
Excellent photo from an excellent camera of the past.

It was a early to mid morning shot as the line is running from north to south here. The date and detailed location are beneath the picture. It was running on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. Despite being "narrow gauge" these are big locos, some being regauged from standard.
Yes I took a lot of pictures on my 350D before it died, many of which I cannot repeat.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:46 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)
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HAMADA Fukusaburo: Very nice railphoto
from a railfan in Japan
Cheers
HAMADA

Pleased to meet you. Have you been to the UK? There are many preserved steam railways here so it could make a good holiday location for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:40 UTC
On photo High Altitude Rocky Mountain Railroad in the On the Rails... challenge (23 comments in total)

I'm glad you like it. It was glorious weather, for a while at least!

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 22:07 UTC as 9th comment
On photo The Critter in the Color - Monochrome challenge (1 comment in total)

I liked this picture a lot and think it deserved a higher placing. Mind you it was a difficult challenge to work out!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:30 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Sleeping Safely In Numbers - Californian Sealions in the Safety in Numbers (Nature) challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: What a great image of sleeping bodies, cjf2, and it has earned you another top place in this challenge. I am amazed at the variations in the colour brown, seen here in these intricately detailed, moulting sealions. I tried counting the bodies, but gave up at eight; none of them look particularly comfortable, but this is an example of safety (and warmth) in numbers. I guess the aroma of sealion was forgettable?
RuthC :-)

Thanks Ruth,
They were a little way off as this is with a 400mm lens and thankfully I could not smell anything. I dread to think what it smells like to the ones in the middle of such a squash. Plus imagine having to wait for a few layers of your tribe to wake up before you can get up and use the loo!

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:11 UTC
On photo Monarch butterflies winter roost at Pismo Beach in the Safety in Numbers (Nature) challenge (3 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, cjf2 on your very well-deserved win in this 'Safety in Numbers' challenge. This is a really spectacular capture of one of nature's amazing phenomena, and you have captured it with amazing clarity, detail, and range of colour. Few of us will have the opportunity to see this migration, but we can all appreciate its beauty through your superb photography.
RuthC :-)

Thanks Ruth,
The roosts in California are occupied from October to February so no use at the moment. I had wanted to see the huge roost from the David Attenborourgh programme in Mexico but it was going to take too long and too much money so this was a more realistic alternative.
Prospective visitors would be best to go in the middle of a warm sunny still day when there is a chance of a number of them being active with wings open to show their colourful upper surface. At rest they show the rather drab under surface and without sun (or in this case flash) they look like a bunch of dead leaves. Take flash and a long lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:07 UTC
On photo 5 Seconds in the Moonlight in the long exposure 5 sec. or more challenge (4 comments in total)
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abiquiuense: Totally zoned! Detail in shadows and highlights. All it needs is a frame and a wall.

Thank you. The detail was brought out with MacPhun Intensify. It is a plug in for Photoshop which allows the details in highlights, midrange and shadows to be varied with sliders independently of each other. The exposure of the highlights and shadows can be adjusted at the same time which is invaluable in a photograph with such a large tonal range. It was taken on RAW to make the best of the single image the sensor recorded. Bracketing and combining more than one exposure would probably have worked even better.
MacPhun, as the name suggests, specialise in software for Macs only. Alternatives for PCs would include the Nik collection which is now available for free has similar capabilities but not so easy to use I find. Topaz adjust is worth exploring too.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 22:48 UTC
On photo Birds in Aldrich Park (1) in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

Black Phobe I think.
http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-phoebe

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 07:32 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Lift to the heaven in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

I withdrew my entry as I was sure this would win! Shows how much I know. Anyway I really like it and although there were some other good entries 14th is way to low a position for this.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:17 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Beauty in the dark in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Great photo. 4th isn't bad but in the right challenge this should win.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 23:15 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Old Stool in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

I thought this was really good and am surprised it placed so badly. Try it in another challenge or show it elsewhere. Maybe it would fit the colour and monochrome challenge that has just been announced.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 00:21 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Bohemian Waxwing eating fruit in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)
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jeffpix: Stunning photo!

Thank you. I fear it will not win though as there are a number of good creative pictures here. I think I'll save it for another challenge.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
On photo unknown in the A Big Year - birds challenge (1 comment in total)

It is a White Breasted Waterhen from South Asia.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 22:45 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Dodge Viper. Born to Run in the Dodge challenge (6 comments in total)
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Jose Olivares: Congratulations!
Great shot

Thank you.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
On photo Dodge Viper. Born to Run in the Dodge challenge (6 comments in total)
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Fishchris: Great shot of an awesome car ☺ In fact, my favorite for many years, but their are just so many amazing cars nowadays, I'd prefer a 20 or 30 car collection 😉

Glad you liked it. How would you ever decide what to drive if you had so many cars?!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
On photo Dodge Viper. Born to Run in the Dodge challenge (6 comments in total)
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Dave: What track is that?

It is at Prescott Hill Climb in Gloucestershire

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
On photo Black-capped chickadee in the Small Birds challenge (2 comments in total)

Great photo of a charming bird. Sadlt these large entry limit challenges can result in good pictures getting lost in the mid field.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 06:57 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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