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Welcome to the 40th installment of The Week That Was! I thank Jimbo for his tremendous job hosting last week: friendlyphotozone.com/forum/52-TW3/9594-...2011-Hosted-by-JIMBO , and for choosing my iceplant photo. :-)

Even the tundra areas of the world are seeing signs of life this week, so I expect there will be opportunities to enjoy our precious planet...and do some shooting!

Please read THE RULES:

www.friendlyphotozone.com/forum/52-TW3/1...s-or-TW3-%28Rules%29

I'll put up a couple to get us going. I bought one of my "dream lenses" (Pentax 43) a couple weeks ago and realized that I hadn't gotten around to using it :o , so I took it out yesterday to the riverfront and to the park with my kids:

Waterfront


[Mono version]


playground




...and if you are a first timer to TW3 or it has been awhile since you participated, please consider giving it a go this week - Welcome Everyone!


Today is 4/18, so I shall take submissions up until midnight YOUR TIME on Monday, April 25th.

Good luck and have some fun!
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Re: TW3.40 April 18th, 2011, Hosted by mikeSF 6 years 7 months ago #2

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Ok, I'll start if off. More wildflowers!

Blue-eyed Grass

IMGP9344 by blackcloudbrew, on Flickr

Shooting Stars

IMGP9332 by blackcloudbrew, on Flickr

Douglas Iris

IMGP9339 by blackcloudbrew, on Flickr
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Re: TW3.40 April 18th, 2011, Hosted by mikeSF 6 years 7 months ago #3

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BCB, thanks for kicking off the week with a burst of spring colors; that macro lens of yours is getting put to good use all month. Nice framing and use of shallow DOF to isolate the subjects. Carry on, sir! :D
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Mike, shame on you for not busting out the FA 43 until now! Shame on you, Sir! :|

BCB, each one of those shots is gorgeous. I think "Shooting Stars" is my favorite. I don't recall seeing flowers like that before, and I think I would have trouble photographing it in an appealing way, but I think you nailed it.
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Nice start yourself Mike. I like the pier and the PP treatment. It's very filmish and nice. Miles looks like he was having fun in that shot too.

I'm giving my 100mm macro a workout this month and the ring light too. I'm almost getting tired of shooting flowers, not!

On another note, I'm wondering what is the specific fascination with the FA 43 and FA 31 lenses. These aren't one's I'm interested in but I know some really like these a lot. What's up with them?
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lostminstrel wrote:
BCB, each one of those shots is gorgeous. I think "Shooting Stars" is my favorite. I don't recall seeing flowers like that before, and I think I would have trouble photographing it in an appealing way, but I think you nailed it.

my eye really likes the combination of pink with that brown background.
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blackcloudbrew wrote:
Nice start yourself Mike. I like the pier and the PP treatment. It's very filmish and nice. Miles looks like he was having fun in that shot too.

he was justed busted trying to bury his little sis in the sand, so was trying to get back on daddy's good side. :D

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Mike, shame on you for not busting out the FA 43 until now! Shame on you, Sir! :|

well, i've been so drawn to the 15mm shooting of late and probably hesistant to "learn" a new FL. Also, it didn't help on the day i got it, Mr Pink had lent me his DA40 which i did shoot a bit (those windmill pics last week), and found it to be a stunning lens. [didn't want to have buyer's remorse, methinks] :wth:


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On another note, I'm wondering what is the specific fascination with the FA 43 and FA 31 lenses. These aren't one's I'm interested in but I know some really like these a lot. What's up with them?

hmmm, well the wide open sharpness (f/1.9) is amazing! I see myself using this lens wide open for candid and walk around type shooting, so this is very appealing. Also, this is my first auto-aperture/autofocus prime lens in this normalish range, so wanted to fill a gap with something i could just pop on and shoot quickly, like moving kids at a birthday party, where I can't presently track them fast enough with my takumars or helios and green button. It will take me some time to know the lens well, but my initial impressions are very good. I can see why people love it.
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blackcloudbrew wrote:
On another note, I'm wondering what is the specific fascination with the FA 43 and FA 31 lenses. These aren't one's I'm interested in but I know some really like these a lot. What's up with them?
That's easy... they make even bad photographers better :lol: And I need all the help I can get!
Photons are your friends! :-)
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Another 3 from the Maple Festival, and then the rest of those will go in their own thread:

That Damn Photogenic Kid Again


Service With A Smile


The Next Hanson Brothers Generation... not
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blackcloudbrew wrote:
On another note, I'm wondering what is the specific fascination with the FA 43 and FA 31 lenses. These aren't one's I'm interested in but I know some really like these a lot. What's up with them?

Aside from the optical qualities that users rave about, I think a large part of their appeal is that they are uniquely Pentax, due to the "in-between" focal lengths.
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Friendly Photon wrote:
blackcloudbrew wrote:
On another note, I'm wondering what is the specific fascination with the FA 43 and FA 31 lenses. These aren't one's I'm interested in but I know some really like these a lot. What's up with them?
That's easy... they make even bad photographers better :lol: And I need all the help I can get!

Tim, change my answer to this one too, haha.
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I think those last 2 shots, Mr. FP, are really good. Sharp, great exposure and well-composed.
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My 1st batch for the week...

Robin


Spring is Only 500mm Away


Common Grackle
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FP - nice job covering the Maple Fest...the other thread is great too. I like this set, especially the #1 boy photo because of the way you captured the row of people watching the parade (or whatever event was going on). And go SOX!

The soldier photo jumps out at me because the amber shade of his glasses echoes in the amber lights of his HMMWV. clever! Interesting low viewpoint too.
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LM - I'm liking that Robin shot a lot. Love the title of the spring one too - LOL.

FP - nice series and that kid is quite photogenic for sure. Well done.
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