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« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2004, 12:48:14 PM »
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Shooting wide open will minimize the effect of the crap on the plane window. DOF is generally a non-issue for aerial shots.
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« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2004, 12:49:54 PM »
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Hello, how you get the photos here?  
Thaks

Dia if I'm the winer, any cash  for me?  I'm poor I need some cash....So how much I going to be pay?




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« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2004, 01:13:09 PM »
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expression on her face
Mommy, when's this man going away so I can go to the bathroom?
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No, the winner has to pay for the beer for the consolation get together for the losers.

You have to upload pictures to a website and then click the "Image" button in the iB Code Buttons area and paste in the URL for the web page with the image.
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« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2004, 02:17:21 PM »
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Hm... Landscape? Not really, but nature ... somehow ...



I took this picture with a digital camera on some rainy evening when I was going through some older photographs and suddenly wanted to do some shooting without going out in the rain.
Suprisingly enough among all those photographs I made this year this is the one most people like.
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« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2004, 05:22:01 PM »
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I lost my father December 27 of last year, so you have my sympathy--I know what you're going through.  This is the photo that my family selected to put on the memorial cards we sent out in January.  The scene is of the southern Oregon coast near sunset.  I actually shot the photo last year, but it speaks to this year's feelings.  I find it puts me in a very contemplative frame of mind.
John,

I'm with you. I've long had a dream of retiring on the Oregon Cost. Despite the touristy kisch, I have a affinity for Cannon Beach.

Your photo works for me too. Way more interesting than the usual sea stack images.

Thanks,
Bob
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« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2004, 08:09:06 PM »
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The Juanita Bay Wetlands are about 1.5 miles from my home.  Having spent many days here photographing wildlife and birds, I had to be ready for anything that might happen.  There in front of me these two Tree Swallows landed on the top of this snag to mate.  In broad daylight too!  This photo was taken in the spring of this year in what is known as the Beaver Pond.  This is a part of the wetlands that has a beaver dam and large marshy area and a pond created by the beaver dam.  The snag was about 30 feet from the walkway.
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« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2004, 11:01:03 AM »
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Great to see everyone's images so far.  Think this is probably the best landscape shot I took this year



and probably the best photograph I took this year is this one:

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« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2004, 10:34:22 PM »
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Mine isn't either, so don't feel bad. You're in good company!
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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2004, 11:22:49 AM »
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Well, I'm just a novice with a P&S, but this was my favorite photo from 2004....

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« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2004, 12:10:34 AM »
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I can't seem to get the post to work, so if someone could fill me in, then I'll try again. Otherwise, photos are viewable at the following site:
Drangey Photos - Northern Iceland

I would like to offer one photo as my favourite for 2004, but the story behind the photo needs at least two other photos, and two additional stories: Iceland is rich and influential in lore. I spent six weeks in Iceland this past summer, and, since I'm of Icelandic descent, it was an especially amazing experience: I got to meet family there, and it was really incredible to be in my great-grandparents’ homeland, not to mention seeing the places where the Icelandic sagas actually happened. I am also a Master’s student, studying medieval literature, specifically Old Icelandic and Old English. The sagas date back to the 9th century, when Iceland was settled. (They were not written down until 12-13th century.) Because I’m a literature person, I’m afraid I’m going to tell some rather lengthy stories, but I hope they’re worth the read!

In the Saga of Grettir the Strong, Grettir - a rather invincible “good” outlaw who regularly does battle with supernatural beings because he’s too strong for mere mortals - ends up taking refuge on Drangey Island, pictured in my photos, in Northern Iceland. He and his brother choose this location because it is very easy to defend, the only way up being by ladder, and, from experience, I can tell you that the ladders themselves are no easy ascent, and certainly not for people who don’t like heights! In Grettir’s saga, the locals are not happy with his presence because they leave their sheep on the island to eat the grass, and they collect eggs from the puffins there too. Food and livestock being very precious and hard to maintain in Iceland, Grettir’s consumptive and illegal presence is not well received: several unsuccessful attempts are made on his life. Yet another plot is hatched to kill him, this time involving a cunning, if rather simple, distraction tactic: one guy will talk to Grettir and his brother from the small shore down below the cliffs, while an exceptionally skilled climber will scale the cliffs at the opposite end of the island, surprise Grettir from behind, and hopefully inflict a fatal wound in the process. Things go well to begin with: Grettir is distracted, and the climber successfully mounts the island. The climber, who is named Hæringur, pulls out his axe and begins running quietly at Grettir and his brother from behind. Grettir’s brother, who is named Illugi, looks over his shoulder and sees Hæringur approaching quite aggressively. Illugi turns to Grettir, and says “Brother, there seems to be a rather disgruntled Icelander on our island: what would you like me to do about him?” Grettir looks over his shoulder at Hæringur, and he says “Would you please kill him.” Illugi arms himself and begins to run after Hæringur. Upon seeing that Illugi is coming after him, with arms, Hæringur promptly does an about face, and flees down a small hill towards one of the promontories on the island, where he jumps off the 140M cliff to his death. This promontory was then, and still is, called Hæringur’s Leap/Jump.

My friend Ainsley is sitting on the edge of Hæringur’s Leap: the white specks by her feet are seagulls, and you can also see the rocks below the surface of the water, over 140M down! Just four weeks earlier Ainsley and I were climbing a mountain outside of Reykjavík, and, during a particularly treacherous part, Ainsley swore that she’d never, ever do anything like this again: I guess she either lied, or changed a lot during our time in Iceland. When she heard the story of Grettir’s Saga, she said very plainly and conclusively “I’ve got to go sit there.” So she did!

I took all these photos on my sister’s Digital Pentax Optio WR – there was a flaw in the something called the CCD processor at the time, which is why there is a distortion in the upper left corner of some. (I’m not a digital person yet: still love my Pentax K-1000 and my MZ-5N.) I fixed it on photoshop, but I don’t have all my CDs with me right now, nor do I have my film shots with me, or I’d post some higher quality shots: I’m at home for the holidays, and left a lot of my stuff behind. Still, I was very impressed with how that little camera worked: the field depth in these shots is particularly amazing. In the close-up of Ainsley I was standing just beside her (a rather precarious situation) and holding the camera at arm’s length at about a 45 degree angle vertically: the camera couldn’t have been more than four feet from Ainsley’s face, and yet the focus on the birds and sub-surface rocks is quite good. I probably could have done that with my 20-35 on my SLR, but the instant feedback of the digicam was helpful, and in the wind I wasn’t even going to risk taking my SLRs out on the edge like that: I may fall to my death with Hæringur and my sister’s p&s digicam, but my film shots are bloody well going to survive!
   
Another story about Drangey: in the wider shots you can see “The Old Lady,” the rock pillar. There used to be another pillar, called the “Old Man,” but apparently older men have a hard time staying up . . . Anyways, the story is that two trolls, the married couple, were walking their cow, i.e. the island, across the sea to better pastures. The sun came up and turned them to stone, and so there they sit to this day, less the Old Man: guess there wasn’t Viagra available at the time. The locals would, and still do, hunt the puffins and their eggs on Drangey and on The Old Lady. The Old Lady is a particularly treacherous but wealthy place for getting eggs – very hard climb and very dangerous, as you might well imagine. Our guide told us that the Old Lady is, and I quote, “the oldest and biggest woman in all of Iceland, and the hardest to get on top of.”

Have a great Christmas! – Leif

p.s. if you’d like to see some of my favourite landscape shots of Iceland, check out my "Things Icelandic" 2005 Calendar
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« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2004, 11:30:36 PM »
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Okay! I'm going away for a few days over Christmas, so I thought I'd make a comment, tongue in cheek, if you like.

And the winner is ...... Vihta's sunset shot[/i].

Sunset shots are easy subjects for the amateur because sunsets are often spectacular events. You can't go wrong. But Vihta has composed this image in a way that is very strong. The sky represents about 1/3rd of the image (not necessarily conforming to the rule of thirds, but reinforcing the validity of the rules of thirds).

The long, diagonal jetty, emerging out of the darkness in the lower right corner, is like a highway to heaven, to the setting sun. (Although there may be a contradiction here, because it's really as hot as h e l l).

The general tone of the image is one of total stillness and tranquillity at the end of the day. A time for contemplation, reflection and meditation.

I think Vihta owes us all a drink, including those who didn't submit an image. What! You disagree! How dare you!  Cheesy
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« Reply #31 on: December 23, 2004, 02:17:28 PM »
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Hu, i really cant decide, excuse me for showing three shots:

http://www.deviantart.com/view/13015973/
Rather funny, this one was taken by chance. My dog waked me, and i saw this inscredible scene. i normally dont like sunrise shots, but the composition with the venus and the moon made this one special for me.

http://www.deviantart.com/view/13133372/
I was really disappointed by the reaction of the poeple viewing this shot. It actually shows a branch inside an icicle, but hardly anyone seems to notice it, without being told what they see.

http://www.deviantart.com/view/12910356/
This one was taken on a rather misty day, i was fascinated by the feeling of it, also by the road...


thanks for looking : )
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« Reply #32 on: December 24, 2004, 12:09:57 PM »
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Here are mine, one landscape, one not.

The first was taken on a back road in the Uncompahgre National Forest in Colorado in late September:




The second is at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, taken in April of this year:




Best,

Paul
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« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2004, 12:35:03 AM »
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I like that picture ddolde. My two questions are where is that and did you intentionally place that boat there or was it by chance? (or does chance simply not exist in the photography world).
Point Dume in Malibu, California.  The boat was there, but I did not see it until I had the 405 transparency drum scanned.
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« Reply #34 on: December 25, 2004, 09:50:02 PM »
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uhhhhhhh ..... ohhhhhhhh!

I wanted to see the  black teardrop shape as an island in the sea.  My mind was just stuck there.  Of course this made the rest of the components of the possible image impossible.  It's like one of those 'where's Waldo' pictures.  When you finally see it you  can't believe you couldn't see it before.
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« Reply #35 on: December 26, 2004, 07:55:19 PM »
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PaulS -

Congratulations on winning the LLVJ's assignment this issue! I just watched the DVD for the first time and saw your photo just a half hour ago.

Sheldon

PS. Credit goes to my wife for buying my best Christmas gift, a 1 year LLVJ subsciption!
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« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2004, 12:55:15 PM »
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This image had a slow start for me. When I first made it, it just sat there as a castaway. I lost my father this year. There is an emptiness that I have not dealt with because I am dealing with the lawyers, doctors, and leaches. Recently, I converted this to monochrome and tinted it. I speaks to me. I call it "Vanishing Point". This image is about the year 2004. It helps me connect with my inner self.

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« Reply #37 on: December 13, 2004, 07:20:48 PM »
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That is to much work...So I lost where is the beer?

Thak You anyway....When I get my webside running you can pic one in do it for me,,,But go to url and then traying to find what do i can just drink the beer free,,,Anyway Jonathan Wienke going to win...So let see how we all get the beer from him...


I put some pic's and I have the webside...You can go to slovakia, USA, and China,,,Maybe Australia and look some photos.

at BMRWorldPhotos.com

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« Reply #38 on: December 14, 2004, 04:51:57 PM »
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I was in El Salvador earlier this work being a geologist and mapping roadcuts on the main highway (which was under construction). I spied this icecream seller walking down the road.  I took this photo fromthe top of a roadcut looking down.  It's my favorite photo for this year

Steve


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« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2004, 10:40:10 PM »
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Lisa, your first Alps picture makes me really champ at the bit to get out and try my high altitude Sierra winter backpacking thing.  That's a wonderful pristine impossibly "pure" scene and the snow and clouds really work together.  

Hi Didger -
The funny thing is, that photo is of a world-famous tourist attraction.  The structures in & on the spire on the right are swarming with hundreds, probably thousands, of tourists.  Not so pristine and "pure" in reality.  :laugh:   But when you go about a half-mile up the trail across the glacier, where the photo was taken from, there's almost noone else around.  It's amazing where a little easy walking can get you.  (But you know that...)
And a cautionary tale about winter camping:  Just don't ever leave your backpack when snow-camping - I know someone who did that (to climb a hill to get her bearings) and couldn't find it again until the next day, and spent the night in a hollow tree covered in leaves to stay warm.  Something to avoid if at all possible.

Drew - Gorgeous Taj Mahal photo.   I'm envious.  Smiley

Lisa
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