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    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    What's that, 'voice-in-my-head'? I should buy a macro lens just because Jehrot shoot cool stuff?

    Damnit, now I need to stab brain with a q-tip. My doctor tells me I've got to stop doing that.
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    Do it Manglr, do it! The lens buying, not the q-tip thing...
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    Thanks for the sentiments, kind folk. Warms my cockles, it does. You know what else makes them cosy? Macro lenses. Do it manglr. Dooooo iiiiiit.
    Not the q-tip thing.

    This lovely Austrian gentleman below rode his push bike across the globe searching for meaning in his life. He has lived as a Buddhist monk in Sri-Lanka for the last 28 years. He is most excellent and we now exchange emails. His are markedly more interesting than mine.

    Austrian Monk



    The last two have nothing to do with Buddhism at all, unless you're being abstract.

    @The Mighty Foamhead As far as post-processing goes I use Aperture, which is a mac-only photo tweaking type affair. Personally (and I really think these things are uniquely personal, there are so many ways these shots can end up and it's entirely up to you how little or how much you want to tinker) the more I shoot, the more I try and get nice results out of the camera and tweak just a little. Anyone who shoots in RAW format is basically obliged to process, as the nature of the format demands it. Hope that's useful in some way! I'm still finding my feet in the murky world of photography, so know all too well how daunting the whole sordid business can be.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    Thanks for the continued temptation 'friends'...just know that I'll be a risk of being stabbed by something much worse than a q-tip if my wife catches me falling into gear lust. She's been patient enough with my new toys of late.

    And Jehrot - lovely portrait and back story, I can only image how delightful he must be as a correspondent.

    @The Mighty Foamhead - I'm a Lightroom guy as far as post processing goes. I do like to experiment with the software to see how it can offer different expressions of a photograph. It's much more intuitive than Photoshop (although it does lack some of the more robust capabilities of Photoshop as well). That plus Silver Efex Pro gets me all of the nice black and white conversions that I can manage. Thus, I hardly ever use Photoshop. But like Jehrot, I'm really just finding my feet as far as 'serious' photography goes...
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    Any londoners interested in wildlife photography or South African politics, Steve Bloom is giving a lecture at King's Place on June 11th.
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    Should we not start a SUMMER thread? (sorry southern hemispherians!)
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2012 edited
    @Rachael Tyrell

    When Summer actually starts over here we'll call you!
    As moaned about in this article....

    Summer Washout

    Otherwise you start a summer thread, we'll have no "summer" pictures to show you.
    Shout outs from the Northern Hemisphere!


    Lenses !! What Lenses?! Amazing pictures, did you use closeup lenses?
    We must talk technique, they are amazing!

    Heri Mkocha
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    Impala on rims, taken while piloting a pedicab through traffic up Decatur St.
    Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2012
    Shannon, that is such a nice shot! That old Impala looks like it's ready to hit warp factor 5.
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    Taken in a shopping mall in Kristiansand, Norway. I didn't think it was suggestive until I thought about it, and now I can't unsee it.

    In Norwegian, this means "Your Childrens' Hairdresser". Good gods please no.

    Not sure if this counts as something for this thread, but I'll post it anyway: A slightly raunchy mens' magazine from Norway in the middle of World War 2, found at a thrift store in Vadsø, Norway.

    From the previously mentioned shopping mall in Kristiansand: Dystopian, symbolic mannequins.

    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2012
    Blonde by Allana Mayer (allana) on

    Redhead by Allana Mayer (allana) on
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2012
    Clutch by Allana Mayer (allana) on
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    @Alan, it was definitely ready to hit warp factor five; the image does not do justice to that car at all. unfortunately, it was stuck in the sort of traffic that makes a pedicab seem like a sensible mode of transportation, so he was doing good if he made a block every three minutes.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2012
    @The Mighty Foamhead - I think that's a really interesting area for discussion.

    I know the satisfaction of producing an image that's perfect (i.e. finished) when it comes out of the camera, so to an extent I understand why some people make this a philosophy. But, actually, working on photos after I've taken them is one of my favourite things about photography. If I look at a batch of photos and find that there are none that would be better with a bit of work, it's almost more disappointing than if there are just no good photos at all. Which I think is interesting because, while you quite often hear film photographers say that they enjoy spending hours in the darkroom doing this or that with their negatives and prints, in the digital space post-processing is almost invariably a vile burden or insidious corruption of pure photography. I don't know why that should be.

    I also don't know for certain why I like the post-process as much as I do. Certainly I'm more interested in the way that photography doesn't represent reality, and thus has no particular claim on authenticity, which is underscored by taking an image and totally screwing with it (collage, composites, image stacking, combining different exposures, post-texturing, etc.).

    The other side of it might be that the act of taking a photo is extremely time sensitive (blink and you'll miss it), and (in the case of portraiture, which I love most but find hardest) depends on interaction with another person, both of which can be quite taxing. Whereas post-processing is contemplative and solitary. I don't know that I would want one without the other.

    [Can you tell my therapist was on holiday this week?]

    Oh, and for the record: Photoshop CS.
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    @JP Carpenter: Your photos are always so lovely.

    I had a recent fascination with chives. Taken the same time I took photos of the robin's nest, but I haven't really posted them anywhere, so here goes:
    chives 5

    chives 4
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2012
    CHIIIIIIIIIIIVES! I especially love that top one.
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    @dorkmuffin: Thanks! :D I was so delighted to discover that they were both pretty and delicious. And easy to grow on top of that! It's like the trifecta of being a perfect plant for a pretend gardener (like me).