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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    I agree with Yildiz and Sury. IMHO if it were my image I would get rid of the highlights in the top left corner. My eye gets drawn there and I find them distracting. OssieStatistics: Posted by Ossie — Mon May 25, 2015 9:18 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Birds 2015 May 25, 2015
    Lovely images all.Sury I particularly like the shot of the Coot. I find trying to get detail in a bird that has black plumage a real struggle but you have caught the bird beautifully.OssieStatistics: Posted by Ossie — Mon May 25, 2015 9:12 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    I agree with Yildiz's assessment. The slightly wind blown hair adds to the natural look and feels more like youcaptured the moment than took a posed portrait. The overall softness adds to the tenderness conveyed by thephoto. Personally I am not a big fan of vignetting but it certainly worked in this case.One suggestion, if […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Hi Jeff; I think that you've done nicely. The focus is on the lovely smile and face. The fact that the your subject also sports a neat hairdo and a deep blue sweat shirt creates an uncluttered portrait. The effect of the breeze is not visible and the darker background brings out the subject's features […]
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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #56:"Spring Patterns"-Winner Announced May 25, 2015
    Congratulations, Birma! Nicely observed about ferns indeed; they are truly ancient plants dating back even before the dinosaurs walked the face of the earth. Their survival story is a testimony for using the Golden Ratio as the efficient design to perpetuate the species. " Ferns are a very ancient family of plants: early fern fossils […]
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Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland

This video was made on December 23rd using the Alpha 55 (AVCHD recording) hand held, with SS enabled, and the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm zoom. This video has been uploaded in full 1080p HD and can be viewed at high resolution if you have a fast enough connection. The soundtrack is a classical guitar piece I […] . . . → Read More: Alpha 55 1080p HD video – snow in Scotland

CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile

Continuing to make profiles when time permits, here is a reasonably detailed profile for the Sony DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss zoom (2007) created using the Sony Alpha 550 14.2 megapixel camera using Manual Focus Check Live View at 14X to set the lens focus and ensure the chart is positioned to use 100% […] . . . → Read More: CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile

CZ 24mm + 35mm and 85mm SAM lenses arrive

Sony is expanding its line-up of over 30 A-mount lenses with new models that will appeal to seasoned photographers and those new to DSLR cameras alike – a 35mm f/1.8 DT (APS-C) SAM, an 85mm f/2.8 full frame SAM, and the long-awaited 24mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2 for full frame with SSM […] . . . → Read More: CZ 24mm + 35mm and 85mm SAM lenses arrive

Which Sony Alpha kit lens?

This article was originally published in Photoworld magazine April 2008. It discusses the reasons for choosing between the 18-70mm, 16-105mm, 16-80mm, 18-200mm and 18-250mm kit lens choices for the Sony Alpha DSLR system and has been updated as necessary from the original text. . . . → Read More: Which Sony Alpha kit lens?

Zeiss announce 18mm f3.5 – not for Alpha

The parallel development of Carl Zeiss lenses for Sony (AF lenses in the Alpha mount) and independent manual focus lenses for other makes continues. The latest CZ design is a revision of the classic 18mm Distagon last seen in the Contax system, optimised for colour balance and reflection supression with digital SLRs. . . . → Read More: Zeiss announce 18mm f3.5 – not for Alpha

Sony Carl Zeiss SAL 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 T* ZA DT

A review by David Kilpatrick from Photoworld Spring 2007 with additional updates MY SONY Carl Zeiss 16-80mm “superzoom” arrived from Warehouseexpress – the best price I could find and one of the very best dealers in terms of service – packed rather minimally for a £465 purchase. . . . → Read More: Sony Carl Zeiss SAL 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 T* ZA DT