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The creative shot for this week, is a long exposure (30s) of Motutara Island.

#2 (Pic 100) Muriwai Seascape (creative theme)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 30s exposure.

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And the telephoto shot this week is of a takapu, also at Muriwai.
#3 (Pic 101) Takapu (telephoto theme)

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Edited by Wētāpunga - 13 August 2022 at 04:33
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Ngā mihi Hezu - I used to have an app for my a7R that would do that but haven't figured an easier way to do that in C1, so have gone back to filters.

And ngā mini nui Howard- I think for waves especially a shorter shutter speed (but still long exposure) works quite well to capture the movement and turbulence of the water. The sea and its waves are very much more dynamic than say a stream or waterfall. Retaining the structure of the water, as well as capturing a sense of how the water is moving, seems to suit my shooting style.

For waterfalls I tend to experiment a bit with shutter speeds but these do tend to be a bit slower than waves.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 August 2022 at 16:16
The Motutara long exposure misses a bit of daynamic as found in the first one you posted this week, but the composition is very nice and the takapu colony is an added bonus.

The Takapu in flight is a splendid shot
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Thanks Pieter for that feedback.

The seascape seemed to suit the long exposure- at the height and distance I was from the waves, and the wide angle lens, you didn't get much of the dynamic effect of the water anyway. (It was also a chance to try out the layering, masking and advanced-colour editing tools of Capture One).

I did like the clean look of the takapu also against the sea.
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Week 33: August 15 to August 22

A somewhat harder week for photos as the country was hit by some torrential rain most days.

I'll begin with the telephoto shot, taken on a particularly foggy morning. This made the local orbwebs standout. What appealed here was the way I could frame 3 of them in the shot.

#1 (Pic 102) Orbwebs (telephoto theme)

Sony a7Riii and Sony 24-105mm, at 105mm (and f8). Vignette added afterwards in C1.

The second shot is at Muriwai Beach and is my scenic theme. Post-processing consisted of of different layers for masks for the sky and rocks in foreground, to even to the exposure. (Sky was too bright and rocks too dark).

#2 (Pic 103) Early Evening at Muriwai (scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8

The last shot is my creative. The shot is Takapuna beach with the moonlight on the water, and Rangitoto Island in the background. The problem here is the moon was too high to be included in the photo. So I took one shot of the main scene, then captured the moon on a longer telephoto lens. The moon was then isolated in Pixelmator pro (the remove background function works perfectly here) and added to the main shot. I used the longer focal length because, well, at 21mm the moon would just be a tiny white dot in the sky.

#3 (Pic 104) Moonlight at Takapuna (creative theme)

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The spiders’ webs works very well, Kai. I had not come across the term orbweb before, but I have now sorted that.

That sea view is strong and dramatic, and you have a great location there. The picture seems a little soft towards the horizon - is that due to your focus point or the slow shutter speed (the latter works well for the shore line).

I like the moonscape too, and it’s interesting to see how you constructed this - thanks!
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Thanks Howard- I think the softness on the horizon is a function of making the foreground pin sharp.

The moonscape shot isn't quite right- in the end I don't think having all that light on the right side of the frame gives it the right balance. But I still liked it. And it was a good learning experience with Pixlemator Pro.
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Week 34: August 22 to August 29

Well, could be struggling in next 3-4 weeks to keep up with the challenge. Just a lot of additional work on. So subjects may be closer to home.

First, a creative shot. Part of my system of going back into old LR catalogues and redoing photos in C1. Here's a black-and-white conversion of Radcliffe Camera, taken in Oxford in 2018 (with a77ii and Minolta 20/2.8)

#1 (Pic 105) Radcliffe Camera


#2 (Pic 106) Iris (scenic theme)

a7Riii and Voigtlander 110/2 at f8, 1/250 sec, Sony HVL-MT24AM macro twin flash

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And nothing is quite as close to home as the cats in the house. They're not bothered by the a9 with its silent shutter setting.
#3 (Pic 107) Whose got the cat's tongue? (Telephoto)

Sony a9 with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 at 1/2000s, f2.8 ISO5000. Cropped to 5x4 aspect ratio and also edited in the On1 No-Noise plugin

Edited by Wētāpunga - 31 August 2022 at 09:45
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Well, I heartily approve of the RadCam, of course, and it is good to see it grace these pages. This off-centre view brings in All Souls in the background while being wide enough to provide a glimpse of the Bodleian at rear left. This low-key treatment with darkened sky gives a lot of drama.

The isolated iris flower gives a lot of emphasis on its beauty, a nice treatment here.

The cat looks purposeful, in its own world, not ours. An attractive completion of the set this week.

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Week 35: August 29 to September 5

Thanks Howard, I didn't realise at the time I had the camera set on my bird photography setting, so was shooting at a minimum 1/2000s. But it caught the tongue flick perfectly! Thought you'd also like the low-key Radcliffe Camera shot. What I also liked here was timing it so there weren't a lot of people about.

Another tough week on the photography side, and will be for the next 2-3 weeks. So I'm not being very ambitious with my shots.

First up is the telephoto shot of the older rescue cat we have. You have to like the eye-detection algorithm in the Sony E-mount cameras...

#1 (Pic 108) Cat Portrait (telephoto theme)


And as I'm reworking some older shots in C1, here's Karekare Falls as my creative shot
#2 (Pic 109) Karekare Falls from 2016, long exposure (creative)


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And a wild card shot for my 3rd of the week. A takapu from earlier in the year. Unusually it had its beak open.
#3 (Pic110) Open beak (wildcard 8)


Edited by Wētāpunga - 04 September 2022 at 03:50
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Let me catch up commenting, I've been too busy with other stuff but I keep following the 150 challenge partcipants, which is not a big job anymore since it's just Howard, you and me left

For week 33 the orb webs is the absolute winner but the moonscape is a close second. For week 34 have you considered a perspective correction of the Oxford shot, at this moment I find the keystone effect not enough to be spectacular and too much to be neglected. The flower came out very nice, the black background makes the colours really stand out.
Week 35 the reworked waterfall is very nice, normally I'm not a big fan of "milkfalls" and like to see the texture of the drops but in this case the many small streams across the rocks in the lower part still provide an attractive texture. The Takapu shot is also nice, did it just open its beak for a short time or was it open for a longer time. I've heard that an open book is the only way a bird can cool itself when it gets too hot in warm weather.
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We press on, Pieter, press on!

I hope you used Animal Eye AF for the cat portrait, Kai, though I would be impressed with manual focus. Your takapu shots are always impressive, and this is a good example. Your waterfall could stand as a backdrop to a family tree, with every streamlet seemingly representing a new generation.
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Thanks for the feedback Pieter.

I did try a perspective correction of Radcliffe Camera, but it ended up with too much cropping of the image. The problem of using an APS-C Camera and a 20mm lens. I need to return with my E-mount cameras and my 21mm Loxia I think (or even my 15mm). Not that I expect this will happen any time soon...

I like Karekare waterfall because it isn't just a sheet of water flowing and has a lot of natural structure. Agree I did overdo the shutter speed then.

The open-beak takapu was for a very short time- I did not notice it at all at the time, until I got the images up on my computer

And yes Howard, I had the Animal Eye AF on. It's a great feature on the a9. I'm really impressed at how technology has progressed since those early days of the a100 and a700.
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Week 36: September 5 to September 12

So I'm still in a peak work period and have had little time for photography. In theory, I just have one more week (after this week) before I can start getting more creative again.

The new shot is of the Spur-Winged Plover (from Australia). It's only been in NZ since the 1950s, from some survivors that made their way across the Tasman Sea.

#1 (Pic 111) Spur-winged Plover (telephoto theme)


For the scenic shot I've converted an older waterfall photo to black-and-white. I thought the scene had enough textures to try.

#2 (Pic 112) Waitangi Waterfall (scenic theme)


And for the creative shot, I've got an older flower shot that I've replaced the background with black.

#3 (Pic 113) Flower on black background (creative theme)
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