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Topic: Photo 150 "2022" - Wetapunga
Posted By: Wētāpunga
Subject: Photo 150 "2022" - Wetapunga
Date Posted: 13 January 2022 at 02:28
This year I'm aiming for three themes in my 3 images per week.

The themes are telephoto, scenic (wide enough in scope to cover seascapes, landscapes, interesting buildings, maybe even the Milky Way), and 'creative' (again, wide enough in scope to include a simple black-and-white conversion up to more elaborate shots, including video).

Week 1: January 4 to 12

In Week 1 I drove out (117km) to the Manukau Heads, partly to take a photograph of the lighthouse and partly to see what the view of the Manukau Harbour is. (For those of you a bit light on geography, Tāmaki-Makarau (Auckland) has two large harbours, the Manukau on the western side and the Waitemata on the eastern. The Manukau is the largest, being 340 square km in size.

So the first shot (telephoto) is of the Lighthouse

a7Riii and Zeiss Batis 135/2.8

I was somewhat disappointed at how much regrowth of vegetation there has been, and the absence of any tracks or paths down from the headland to the sea. I probably won't bother visiting again as there are many better seascape scenes and views much closer to home.

The second shot (scenic) is the best view of the Harbour I could find (really only the channel into it).

a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8

The final image is a video (<3min) of one of my bike rides, so counts as my creative.
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After a serious accident in 2019 that wrecked my bike and gave me a concussion, I use action cameras to record my rides. While it isn't an alpha-mount camera, it is still a Sony (an HDR-AS300). It's not practical on long rides to record the whole trip as a video, as this burns through the battery life and produces hours of footage.

So I've taken to creating time-lapse moves as above. This records a shot every second, is much more economical on battery life, and in the event of a biking mishap, I will have photos of the motorist at fault...

The images are imported into the free Sony Imaging Edge software and used to create a HD movie (with no sound). I then imported the footage into Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), added a title, a freeze-frame and some 'thought bubbles'. I'd recorded the sound of biking on my field recorder 2 weeks ago, and produced some short wav clips that were generic enough. (I taped a lavalier microphone to the back of my cycling jersey pointed tward the chain, and shielded from most of the wind noise). Then this was incorporated into the clip as ambient road cycling noises, and sped up to better align with the cycling movie.

So effectively, a bit over an hour of riding ends up being a movie under 3 mins long.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF



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Posted By: 4paul
Date Posted: 13 January 2022 at 04:43
hee hee I need a guide because I'd be riding on the wrong side of the road LOL. I guess it takes a while to get out of traffic. Do bicyclists get rear-ended much? Here people have dashcams on the rear of the bike in case they get rear ended

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There is a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks. - Schrödinger


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 13 January 2022 at 04:55
@4Paul - there's some routes that have isolated bike lanes but the area I rode in has a lot of traffic to contend with to get to countryside. I appreciate these vids can be disconcerting for people who drive on the opposite side of the road, as I get told this a lot!

Most serious accidents between cyclists and motorists in NZ occur at intersections (like my accident) so the forward mounted action camera is the most important. I have another action camera I want to mount facing the rear (to record dangerous/close passes) but so far, haven't found a suitable action camera mount for the seat-post.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 13 January 2022 at 10:26
I enjoyed the video - good to see you're on the *right* side of the road And you have the problem of cars parked in the cycle lane ...

(I must get myself sorted for the 2022 challenge too.)

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Howard Stanbury https://www.instagram.com/instadelusions/ - Instagram | http://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbury/ - Flickr | http://stanbury.org/ - Web


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 13 January 2022 at 20:40
Week 2: January 10 to 17

It's nesting time at the takapua (Australasian gannet) colony at Muriwai, so you might expect to see a lot of gannet photos in the next few weeks . The last time I tried to photograph flying gannets was with my a700 and 300/4 G lens. That was quite some time ago, and part of the success was picking a time with very strong winds, which meant the birds were slowed significantly. I got some nice shots, but one of the issues with the sensor was its limited dynamic range. I still ended up with blown highlights on the feathers in some areas.

So the first shot from my first expedition to the colony is my creative shot. I'm attempting a Bird-in-Flight image with the a7Riii and Tamron 150-500. The a7Riii isn't really optimised for bird photography (at least, flying birds) and I struggled with the shutter blackout at times.

Basic settings were to use shutter priority at 1/2000s, set the ISO at 400 and let the camera worry about the aperture. I also used a 1-stop reduction in exposure to preserve the highlights in the feathers. I set the camera to wide-area autofocus and had a play. Not a lot of keepers, as the birds were zooming through the field of view very quickly at 500mm, but got some keepers.

#1 (Pic 4) Takapu flying (Creative- BIF)


Out of interest, this is what one of my 2008 shots with the A700 looked like.

There seems to be a definite improvement in sensor technology, and back then I could not eliminate the blown highlight on the leading edge of the wing.

#2 (Pic 5) Grooming the chick (Telephoto)

Obviously with nesting time, there are a lot of gannet chicks. The nests have moved closer to the viewing platforms as the Takapu popuolation has grown, so you have plenty of opportunities. I selected this shot as the chick wasn't passive and cooperated with its parent to get that "hard to reach" place groomed.

For the edits in C1, I used two additional adjustment layers with the magic brush to reduce the exposure on the highlighted area on the dorsal surface, and increase the exposure of the beak.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: 4paul
Date Posted: 13 January 2022 at 22:59
I guess the camera is okay after Gannet splatter?!

In Florida we use exposure compensation down to -2 or more since many sea birds have white, except for black wingtips (apparently the black pigment makes feathers stronger so the flight-critical feathers are black), it's usually better to crush the blacks than blow the whites, but new sensors can recover most of it.

I'm holding my breath until we get sensors with roll-off to protect highlights LOL

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There is a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks. - Schrödinger


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 13 January 2022 at 23:24
@4paul - it turns out the gaskets on the 7Riii are good enough in the short run, to protect the camera from Takapu guano... I did use a lot of Isopropyl Alcohol to clean it when I go back, including a fine painting brush to clean around the buttons and dials. Then added some silicon oil back to lubricate and seal. So far the incident hasn't repeated itself.

With it being early in the morning (I stopped shooting around 10.30am) and the much wider dynamic range of the sensor, I gambled that I could get by with just an exposure compensation of -1. I also used the highlight slider in C1 to recover the detailing in the white feathers. So agree, the new sensors do let you recover a lot of detail that would be lost in older tech (hence why I posted that a700 shot to compare).

The shutter blackout was probably my biggest problem, so much so I've had a look at a9ii prices already this morning...

@Howard_S

Glad you liked the video- I thought it wasn't "too long" for viewing. While I do on occasion run into vehicles in cycle lanes, that isn't the problem here. The problem is the cycle lanes are fragmentary and often disappear (usually at the worst possible spots). So none of the cars parked on the side of the road were in cycle lanes.

I think the logic here, long ago, was that if the Queen of England thinks driving on the left side of the road is appropriate, that's good enough for us to follow...

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 15 January 2022 at 08:39
Week 2: January 10 to 17 cont.

#3 (Pic 6) Setting Sun at Island Bay

This was also my "Day Prime" shot (15mm for 15 Jan).

As noted in the Day Prime post, I was hoping Tropical Storm Cody (downgraded from Tropical Cyclone Cody) would have been stirring up the waves and giving wonderful dark clouds to photograph in some dramatic scene. But it passed too far to the east of us. You can probably tell how calm and clear it became instead. So I set up this shot at Island Bay near sunset instead.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 17 January 2022 at 20:22
Week 3: January 17-23
I think I might be trickling in pics when I have the chance rather than saving it all for a single hurried batch.

As promised, or err threatened, there is more Takapu pics from the colony at Muriwai.

#1 (Pic 7) Flying Takapu, Telephoto theme

and a crop from the same, just for added interest.




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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 20 January 2022 at 05:49
Week 3: January 17-23

I know focus stacking isn't something I'm unfamiliar with, but this time I'm using a Nisi Macro Rail for the first time. It's pretty good. Smooth and precise action in both directions, plus a very useful Arca quick-release clamp.

I've got an LED light below and above the Zeiss lenses on the table.

#2 (Pic 8) Big Zeiss, Little Zeiss (Creative shot)

44 images stacked in Helicon 7
a7Riii and 50/2 Loxia, at f8, ISO 400 and 1/40s.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 23 January 2022 at 02:37
Week 3: January 17-23 cont

For the third shot I'm going with one of my wild cards. I had spotted this gannet with something in its beak, flying toward Motutara Island. I couldn't see what it was on the camera viewfinder, but I did hope it was going to be interesting.

It was seaweed. Nesting material. Ah well.

#3 (Pic 9) Takapu with seaweed (Wildcard 1)


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Miranda F
Date Posted: 23 January 2022 at 09:50
Originally posted by 4paul 4paul wrote:

In Florida we use exposure compensation down to -2 or more since many sea birds have white, except for black wingtips (apparently the black pigment makes feathers stronger so the flight-critical feathers are black), it's usually better to crush the blacks than blow the whites, but new sensors can recover most of it.

I'm holding my breath until we get sensors with roll-off to protect highlights LOL

Yes, The A900 seemed to have a little of that. I find the same issue with swans here. I end up using -3 EV and +3 DRO, then pulling down the tone curve in PP to make the mid-tones look better. I have tried using centre metering but that's so variable. The zebra is a great help.

Brilliant bird pics, though. I'm quite envious! I've never managed to get that close to gannets here. They're usually too far out to sea to see, or too far below me on the cliffs.

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Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 24 January 2022 at 00:13
I'm very impressed by all the Takapu shots. That cropped shot reveals some astounding detail

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Howard Stanbury https://www.instagram.com/instadelusions/ - Instagram | http://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbury/ - Flickr | http://stanbury.org/ - Web


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 24 January 2022 at 01:33
@Miranda_F - thanks, we are quite lucky with the colony at Muriwai. The viewing platforms are roughly on the same level the birds fly at, and the expansion of the colony has brought the nests closer and closer to the fence-line. So while there's a lot of takapu that are still too distant to shoot, a lot come in close enough to the platforms to view and photograph.

Howard- also thanks, I know the Tamron isn't say a 500mm f4 G lens, but I think with the right lighting conditions you can still get some quite good shots with it.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 24 January 2022 at 21:25
Week 4: 24-30 January

Poor weather to start the week here, so I've started by photographing flowers.

#1 (Pic 10) Lisianthus Flowers- Creative theme

This is 72 stacked shots, using Helicon Focus 7. I was using the a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2 and f8 and ISO160. The other addon was a Nisi Macrorail.

This viewpoint I only worked out recently, during the Prime 50 challenge. If you put the flowers in a small vase against the background you want, and shoot overhead, the blossoms conceal the vase beneath them.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 26 January 2022 at 06:09
Week 4: 24-30 January

It's mid-summer here, so I found some sunflowers and some in-season fruit and vegetables, and staged this shot as a still-life. This is 27 shots taken with my Loxia 35/2 and combined in Helicon Focus 7

#2 (Pic 11) Summer Still-Life (scenic)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35/2 at f4, ISO200 and 1/8sec. Each shot was taken with 5 sec timer.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 26 January 2022 at 10:17
Nice focus stacking work, especially the second has a nice old painterly feel.

How dou determine the number of steps needed? When I use a rail I determine the step size by taking somewhere from 25% - 33% of the dof that I calculate with an app on my phone, but when I don't have a rail with me I find it much more difficult to determine how many staps I need by refocussing after every shot.

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 26 January 2022 at 18:48
Thanks Pieter, I don't have much of a system for calculating the number of steps. I just guess. The wider the focal length, the less steps I take.
If I don't have a rail, I just map out a sequence of points in the image to focus on (usually front-to-back) and refocus on each of them. It seems to work most of the time


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 29 January 2022 at 02:50
Week 4: 24-30 January

And now we have a return to the Takapu at Muriwai, with the Tamron 150-500. The birds are a little easier to photograph when they are not flying

#3 (Pic 12) Takapu about to take off- Telephoto Theme

a7Riii and Tamron 150-500 at ISO400, 1/2000s, f8.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 29 January 2022 at 11:19
The Lisianthus shot truely stands out. The whites kept pristine
Same realy for the whites of the bird, what focallenght was used?



Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 29 January 2022 at 21:17
Thanks Maarten,

I don't think I'd have ever tried that Lisianthus photo without focus stacking. I had a couple of LED lights to illuminate the flower and played around with angles until I got a lighting effect I liked. I really like the overall image. I got some other shots using more traditional composition techniques and they didn't have the impact of this.

The Takapu was photographed at the long-end, the 500mm. While they are largish birds and you can get close to their nesting site at Muriwai, being able to reach 500mm is still useful.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Miranda F
Date Posted: 30 January 2022 at 01:03
Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

The Lisianthus shot truely stands out. The whites kept pristine

+1. Terrific picture!

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Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 30 January 2022 at 20:30
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

The Lisianthus shot truely stands out. The whites kept pristine

+1. Terrific picture!


Ngā mihi nui- many thanks Anthony.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 01 February 2022 at 20:50
Exemplary stacking work, Kai, and both have their merits. The colour set in the still life is classical in its sensibilities, and the Takapu in shot 3 captures its moment so well. Good craftwork feeding in to the art all round!

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Howard Stanbury https://www.instagram.com/instadelusions/ - Instagram | http://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbury/ - Flickr | http://stanbury.org/ - Web


Posted By: bonneville
Date Posted: 02 February 2022 at 17:21
Your Takapu shots are great and the last one (take-off) is my favourite so far.

Your focus stacking exercises are certainly going well. I bought a cheapie Neewer focussing rail during one of our earlier lockdowns but haven't really made much effort to use it, other than when it first arrived. It has about 7cm of travel forward and back but half of that left and right. Nevertheless movement is smooth and I haven't yet worked out the best way, or any way for that matter, to figure out the steps

Enjoying following you challenge.


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 06 February 2022 at 01:40
Thanks Howard and Brian,

Appreciate the feedback on the focus stacking. I did have a cheaper one in 2021, but end of year I replaced it with a Nisi version (when they were on sale) and it's much better.

The Takapu have been a good source of photos for this challenge so far.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 06 February 2022 at 01:51
Week 5: 31 January to 6 February

A more challenging week for me this week, as the humid, sticky weather eroded my desire to go hiking anywhere, and the rising Omicron threat created a surge of more work as we tried to adjust to the new reality.

#1 (Pic 13) Alien in a pensive mood (telephoto theme)

a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8
(Where would we be in these challenges without some handy household pets to model for us at times ?)

#2 (Pic 14) Wet flower bloom (scenic theme)

a7Riii with Voigtlander 110/2 lens at f8, 1/125s, ISO125.

#3 (Pic 15) Bloom on Black (creative theme)

a7Riii with Sigma 70/2.8 at f8, 1/125s, ISO2000.

Not my most inspired week really, as I was hoping the stormy weather yesterday would have created the chance today for some dramatic seascapes. All we got was heat, humidity and a still air, with occasional shower. Still, we've made it into the second month.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 06 February 2022 at 15:46
The cat is adorable and from the flowers I like the second best. Both background as well as the slightly deeper dof make it more stand out.

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You can see the April Foolishness 2022 exhibition https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic141325_post1694580.html#1694580 - here Another great show of the talent we have on Dyxum


Posted By: Miranda F
Date Posted: 06 February 2022 at 19:13
Oh, I absolutely love the second Lily. Wonderful picture!

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Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 06 February 2022 at 22:51
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

The cat is adorable and from the flowers I like the second best. Both background as well as the slightly deeper dof make it more stand out.


Thanks Pieter, the cat has moved on from the small thing determined he was in grave danger when he first arrived here. I was not his favourite person as early on, I had to take him to the emergency vet. That required a few wound dressings on me too...

The flowers are tricky as the trumpet petals are spread widely, and choosing a focal point is always about tradeeoffs. (Obviously I went old school here and didn't focus stack).

Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Oh, I absolutely love the second Lily. Wonderful picture!


Thanks Anthony, its interesting how the background to a flower photo can change the way we see the final image. Fwiw, I use the C1 magic brush to create a mask and make the black...blacker.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Harm vb
Date Posted: 07 February 2022 at 06:33
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

The cat is adorable and from the flowers I like the second best. Both background as well as the slightly deeper dof make it more stand out.

+1


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Harm, with A7iv+A7iii plus 6-400mm glass.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/harmvanbeek/ - My Flickr


Posted By: 4paul
Date Posted: 10 February 2022 at 16:01
Agree Takapu about to take off is excellent, action shot, and the tilted hillside adds to the interest.

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There is a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks. - Schrödinger


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 10 February 2022 at 19:57
I like both the flower and cat shot.
I know that getting close makes for better details, but keep wondering what would happen to subject + (background) separation if you would step back just 1 step. Could make the subject POP some more?

Keep it up!


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 12 February 2022 at 07:04
Ngā mihi @4Paul and Maarten. I did like the way the Takapu was starting its run to begin its takeoff.

I'm afraid Maarten I couldn't take a step back with the flower because of the sudden drop behind me. But I take your point.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 12 February 2022 at 07:12
Week 6: 7 February to 13 February

Another suboptimal week for outdoor opportunities, with several days topping humidity records in Auckland (it's been like living under Satan's sweaty ballsack) and the remains of Cyclone Dovi about to hit.

On the plus side, my used Sony a9 arrived, even if my chance to go out and photograph birds this weekend was thwarted by the Cyclone. There is always the cats...

#1 (Pic 16) Hine(Telephoto theme)

Sony a9 and Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 at f2.8, 1/1000s and ISO2500.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 12 February 2022 at 23:07
Week 6: 7 February to 13 February

Well Cyclone Dovi has arrived, roads are closed including the Auckland Harbour Bridge, lots of power outages and Police advising public to avoid non-essential travel. I may not get out to photograph a seascape today.

Definitely won't be photographing Takapu.
So second pic for this week is a more mundane macro shot.

#2 (Pic 17) Sony a9 (Creative theme- focus stacking)

8 photos at ISO 320, 1/3s, f8 with Sony a7Riii and Voigtlander 110/2 macro lens.

You can see from the image I've added a half-leather case (which has an Arca-Swiss base plate at the bottom). I originally got this for the a7Riii but it fits the a9 perfectly. It gives a bit of extra height to help grip the camera and balances heavier telephotos better.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 12 February 2022 at 23:53
That case is a nice touch. Congrats on the new-to-you camera - it’ll be interesting to see results beyond the cat photos when the weather dies down a little.

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 13 February 2022 at 07:02
#3 (Pic 18) Granny's Bay (scenic theme)

Well, as the Cyclone passed I hoped there'd still be enough wave and wind action for an interesting picture. But it calmed down too quickly.This is the best of my attempts at Granny's Bay, the smallest bay in the Long BAy Regional Park.

a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, at ISO50, f8, 0.5s, with 6-stop ND filter



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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 13 February 2022 at 07:05
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

That case is a nice touch. Congrats on the new-to-you camera - it’ll be interesting to see results beyond the cat photos when the weather dies down a little.


Yeah, the case is both practical and a tad stylish (I thought). I stopped using it on the a7Riii to shave some weight of the gear, but with the a9 mounting my heaviest lens, its a bit moot worrying about the weight of the case.

Hope to get some more birding opportunities with the a9 in next couple of weeks.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Miranda F
Date Posted: 13 February 2022 at 22:17
Yes, very nice case. I wouldn't mind one for the Rii. Looked for one a while ago but didn't find one.
Nice pictures too

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Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 14 February 2022 at 20:41
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Yes, very nice case. I wouldn't mind one for the Rii. Looked for one a while ago but didn't find one. ...


The brand is a Korean one, LIMs. They seem to cover a lot of camera models so you might be able to find something on the web.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 16 February 2022 at 20:25
Week 7: 14 to 20 February

Well, I left work a bit earlier yesterday to get some photos of Takapu (gannets) at Muriwai. Some of the motivation was to try out the a9 with Tamron in more testing circumstances.

Biggest mistake I think was my settings. I had widest aperture dialled in and a in shutter speed of 1/1000s in the ISO Auto. That produced far too many shots at ISO50! And left a lot of motion blur in images that could have been eliminated with a higher shutter speed.

The second was having the tracing sensitivity set at 5 (most sensitive). I got a better success rate when I switched to the least sensitive 1 (locked-on). My Youtube advice was wrong...

In terms of the a9, the lack of shutter blackout and its tracking speed certainly helped (better than the a7Riii) but my skill level needs to be worked on.

Anyway, first pic.

#1 (pic 19). Hovering Takapu (Telephoto theme)

a9 with Tamron 15-500mm, at 500mm and f6.7, ISO50, 1/1000s

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 05:55
#2 (Pic 20) Takapu (wild-card)

Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500mm at 500mm, f6.7 ISO400 and 1/2000s

A lot of the time Takapu glide on the wind currents over the sea (and cliffs) which makes sense, as it uses up very little energy. So to get pics of them using their wings works out well.

At this stage of the expedition I'd moved up to 1/2000s shutter speeds, and the keeper-rate improved.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 06:24
Beautiful photo of this hovering gannet. The richness and depth of the head colour and the underside of the wings surprises me, as I remember seeing both of those much lighter and less saturated.
Don't know whether that's you in PP, or whether it's a seasonal plumage thing?
Whatever, it's a great shot.

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Posted By: Hezu
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 07:04
That last takapu picture is very nice, although one detail caught my attention: that spot on the center bottom of the image. Is that a dustbunny? Time to clean the camera sensor?

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 07:31
Thanks Joe- I think the colours reflect a few nudges. There is a bit of colour variation anyway, the yellows look deeper in brighter sun (I don't know what the weather was like when you visited Muriwai), and the a9's auto white balance seems a bit warmer than I expect. I might have to rely getting some grey card readings next time, to see how the bias works. It seems a bit more subtle than I can deal with quickly by sliding the WB back and forth.

And @Hezu, you are correct. I've had the camera for less than a week, and not given the sensor a proper clean. The trip to Muriwai was a bit hastier than I would have liked. I even left my spare battery at home on the charger...

There's a nasty dust bunny on the right edge I've already eliminated, but I missed that one at the bottom. I'll get it fixed and replace the image.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Miranda F
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 15:40
Another terrific picture, with the wings in the perfect position. I'm always impressed by people who can take pictures of white birds against dark backgrounds and still not get the whites saturated!

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Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...


Posted By: bonneville
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 17:47
Bravo I wish! And thank you for sharing the settings comments, especially ref the sensitivity setting.


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 22:50
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Another terrific picture, with the wings in the perfect position. I'm always impressed by people who can take pictures of white birds against dark backgrounds and still not get the whites saturated!


Thanks Anthony- haven't done much in the way of BIF in many years, so trying it all out again has been an interesting challenge.

what I mostly do is underexpose the shot a little bit, up the exposure in the Raw editor but push the highlight slider back down until the feather details are recovered. It seems easier now than when I was shooting with an a700 or a900. The dynamic range of the sensor is much improved.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 17 February 2022 at 23:54
Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

Bravo I wish! And thank you for sharing the settings comments, especially ref the sensitivity setting.


Thanks Brian, I kind of like the semi-blog format of this challenge, so adding in some thoughts seemed appropriate. Tracking sensitivity wasn't something I had to think about before, as most of my shots in the last few years have been landscapes. They don't jump around much. Even here with the earthquakes. Plus I manual focus a lot.

One of the YT videos I saw recommended a tracking sensitivity of 1 for sports, but 5 for flying birds. But all that happened at 5 is the camera kept jumping around with its focus, rather than track the bird I had in my sights. It might work if there was a flock of birds overhead and you just wanted to grab every opportunity you had to get the closest bird, but not here. All good to know for next time.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 19 February 2022 at 00:29
Congratulations on getting photo #2 into the weekly gallery - well deserved.

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 19 February 2022 at 22:30
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

Congratulations on getting photo #2 into the weekly gallery - well deserved.


Thanks Howard- I think getting that a9 was the smart move. It makes my telephoto lenses a lot more lively.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 19 February 2022 at 22:33
Pic 3 (#21)

I thought this dead Pohutakawa on the beach at Long Bay would make for an interesting photo. I don't think I really captured its impact, but it means I can close out Week 7 with a combo scenic/creative shot.


Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 21/1.8 at f8

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 22 February 2022 at 13:19
Sorry for being a bit tardy commenting, too busy with all kind of other stuff (like helping our daughter renovate a house)

Wow on the Takapu, very nice shot with the bird perfectly exposed and separated from the background!

The B&W tree trunk is great natural sculpture!

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 23 February 2022 at 08:55
Week 8: 21 to 28 February

I left work again a bit earlier today, so I could get some time in at Muriwai. Nesting season is almost over and the majority of the chicks remaining have fledged.

I changed a few settings based on last week's trip. This time I cranked the aperture to f8, and set the Auto ISO to a minimum of 1/4000s. There's plenty of light so I felt I could take advantage of that with the settings.

In fact it was too bright and I shot with a -2 EV adjustment to prevent the white feathers blowing out. I also took a gray card with me to get a White Balance reading to adjust everything later.

#1 (Pic 24) We have company (Telephoto theme)

a9 with Tamron 150-500 at 500mm, ISO 250, 1/4000s and f8.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 23 February 2022 at 14:47
Something about the tonality with the 21 loxia in B&W. I like it

Wow, A9! Concrats. Surely it makes light work of following birds in flight?
If been eyeing one since first launch, but the price has never gone under 2000 SH. Slowly getting there, but not just yet. One day though


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 23 February 2022 at 20:42
Thanks Pieter, totally understand about your slowdown in comments. It sounds like you were doing something far more important. Students are all back next week so I doubt I will have quite the same flexibility to photograph takapu for a while. But it's been good practice with the a9 and telephoto lens and I've got some shots I like.

Agree Maarten that the Loxia 21/2.8 is a verstaile lens that works well both in colour and black and white. It is one of the lenses I'm mostly likely to bring, well, anywhere.

I was hoping to pay less than $NZ 4000 for the used a9 (about 2200 Euros) but got one for 3000, with a grip. That's about 1800 Euros. I don't think I could have justified a more expensive, modern camera. I don't make a lot of sales with birds and wildlife, more with my landscapes. But having a second camera also makes events a little less worrying.

The a9 is very good at focusing on and tracking birds-in-flight. The lack of shutter blackout is key. With the a7Riii it was just noticeably slower to focus on a speeding takapu, and the shutter blackout meant you lost the bird every time you tried taking a shot.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 28 February 2022 at 07:49
Week 8: 21 to 28 February

For my second shot of Week 8, I've decided to use my 'third' wildcard, and post another Takapu photo. Here the bird has turned its head and there's a spray of droplets coming from its beak. Don't know if you will be able to see them at this size (they look a bit like sensor dust) but maybe you can...

#2 (pic 25)Better out then in (wild-card no. 3)

a9 with Tamron 150-500 at 500mm, exposure f8 & 1/4000s.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Hezu
Date Posted: 28 February 2022 at 08:26
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Week 8: 21 to 28 February

For my second shot of Week 8, I've decided to use my 'third' wildcard, and post another Takapu photo. Here the bird has turned its head and there's a spray of droplets coming from its beak. Don't know if you will be able to see them at this size (they look a bit like sensor dust) but maybe you can...
Now that you mention that, I can see the drops. However, one thing that I don't see in this photo is the tip of bird's tail, which bothers me a bit...

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Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 28 February 2022 at 08:31
On my iPad I can pinch out the photo and see that detail - remarkable! The underside almost seems lit from below, which is an attractive feature of the plumage, I imagine.

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 28 February 2022 at 22:14
Originally posted by Hezu Hezu wrote:

Now that you mention that, I can see the drops. However, one thing that I don't see in this photo is the tip of bird's tail, which bothers me a bit...


Yeah, takapu really test my skill at keeping the birds in the frame. They're fast, and their speed keeps changing. Hit a good updraft by the cliffs and they slow down to float upward to gain height, get a good tail wind and they put on an extra spurt of speed. They like these cliffs because of the wind currents.



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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 28 February 2022 at 22:20
Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

On my iPad I can pinch out the photo and see that detail - remarkable! The underside almost seems lit from below, which is an attractive feature of the plumage, I imagine.


Thanks Howard, it was an interesting detail that became obvious when I had the photo blown up to 100% on my monitor.
I'm pretty pleased with what a camera from 2017 and a 'slow' 3rd party telephoto can achieve.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 01 March 2022 at 06:17
Week 8: 21 to 28 February

I'm still sticking to 'focus stacking' for my creative theme, and this is 28 photos of some gerberas.
#3 (Pic 26) Gerberas (creative theme)

a7Riii and Sigma 70/2.8 Macro, at ISO400, 1/125s and f8

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 08 March 2022 at 02:49
Week 9: 1-6 March

Lecturing resumed this week, and combined with the sweeping Omicron wave here, meant photography was harder work. The images here are not my most inspired.

#1 (Pic 27) Dozing takapu (telephoto-theme)

The bit that appealed here was the blue fleshy part of the eye, protecting the closed eye
Taken with Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500

#2 (Pic 28) Alien strolling (Black and white, creative theme)

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 at f2.8

#3 (Pic 29) Fruit and Gerberas Still Life (scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii and Sigma 70/2.8 macro

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 13 March 2022 at 02:32
Week 10: 7-13 March

This week I had hoped the clouds and sunset at Island Bay would make for a wonderful sunset. That didn't happen, so you get to see what I photographed instead.

#1 (Pic 30) Herald Island Wharf (Scenic theme)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35/2 lens, and Nisi 3-stop reverse grad.

#2 (Pic 31) Island Bay (Creative theme- Panorama)

a7Riii with Voigtlander 15/4

For this panorama shot I wanted to test out the functionality of the C21 panorama. I should have set up and calibrated a proper panorama head however. I had to crop away a lot of the image to the left hand side.

From the light conditions you can see I photographed this an hour before the shot above.

#3 (Pic 32) Takapu (Telephoto shot)

Nice crisp detail in this shot, taken with the Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500. At 500mm of course...


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 14 March 2022 at 11:39
I like the wave patterns in the first photo; they give a quiet scene a gentle dynamism. Your takapu gannets are always a treat, and this is no exception. Is that beak really green, or is it the way the shadow works here?

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 27 March 2022 at 04:42
Week 11: 14-20 March

I have not quite fallen behind on the taking photos side of things, but finding time for processing is a challenge.

(Howard- the beak is just how the shadow works in the Week 10 shot. I used a gray card to get the WB right at the shoot)

My hope that last week would be a good week for seascapes started well. I drove out to Te Henga for the first time since the road had been closed due to washouts. The strong winds hinted at some good offshore swells. I was severely disappointed. The sea was calmer than I'd ever seen it before, and the low tide meant little action on the rocks. Didn't really capture anything that justified the trip.

#1 (Pic 33) O'Neil Bay in Black and White (Creative)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 50/2

#2 (Pic 34) Takapu (Telephoto)

a9 with Tamron 150-500mm

#3 (Pic 35) Waves (Scenic)

a9 with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 27 March 2022 at 12:32
Waves shot is impressive


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 04 April 2022 at 09:26
Week 12: 21-27 March

Still trying to find time to process a bunch of photos!, so to keep things moving I'll add some archive shots.

#1 (Pic 36) Miao Bride from near Hekeu, Yunnan(2008) - wild card 4

a700 and CZ16-80. Back then this was a potent combination. I regard the CZ16-80 as one of my all time favourite travel lenses.

I was in China at this time doing some field research on tiger-part smuggling. Hekeu was a small Chinese town on the border with Vietnam. We passed through this Miao village during the wedding and stopped. I managed to persuade the bride to pose for a pic.

#2 (Pic 37) Takapu (telephoto theme)

a9 with TAmron 150-500

#3 (Pic 38) Tamron 15-500mm (stacked photo, creative theme)

a9 with Sigma 70/2.8 at f8

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 04 April 2022 at 09:26
Week 13: 28 March to 3 April

Last week I went to Maungauika to get some pics and now, am actually processing them.

#1 (Pic 39) Karoro (Telephoto Theme)

This was a snapshot taken of the gull (karoro) as it flew overhead with the a7Riii and Zeiss Batis 125/2.8. I was surprised I got it in one attempt!

#2 (pic 40) Waves on Rocks (Creative Theme- Long Exposure)

a9 with Zeiss Batis 50/2, Nisi 10-stop filter to slow the shutter to 1 sec

#3 (Pic 41) Sunset (Scenic Theme)

a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 and Nisi 3 stop reverse grad.

Again, not a very inspiring series of shots for this week, but I got to see some nice scenery.



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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 10 April 2022 at 21:34
The Miao bride has a very contageous smile, glad the photo made it to the exhibition last week.

From last week the waves on the rock is my favourite, the exposure was the right time to still give some structure and movement in the water.

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 10 April 2022 at 21:40
Week 14: April 4 to 10

This week I got hold of a second-hand (used only once) SeaFrogs waterproof casing for the a7Riii so wanted to get more experimental with water. Unfortunately while my Loxia lenses fitted easily into the lens port, they're too narrow in diameter to engage the casing's focus mechanism.

So with low expectations, I just put the Loxia 35mm into manual settings at the minimum focal distance, and gave it a test run.

#1 (Pic 42) Waves (Scenic Theme)

Sony a7Riii and Loxia 35/2 with SeaFrogs housing

For the second shot I used an ND filter to slow the shutter to 1s and drag the camera from left-to-right for an abstract look.
#2 (Pic 43) Long Bay Waves (Creative Theme)

Sony a9 and Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 with Nisi CPL/6 stop ND filter

Some days I take a walk through a local park to reach a bus stop to get to work. I've started taking a camera on these walks. There are usually Pūkeko in the park.
#3 (Pic 44) Pūkeko (Telephoto Theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500mm

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 10 April 2022 at 23:31
I would not identify the waves photo as waves unless told. There's something like crocodile skin going on there! The second shot is pleasing with the abstraction of the surface going on, and your pukeko looks like a moorhen to this European. I expect they are related!

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 10 April 2022 at 23:47
Ngā mihi Howard- thanks for those comments.

The underwater housing is taking some used to, especially as for these I couldn't frame the scene with my eye. I just pointed the camera at the waves, partly underwater, and clicked a lot as the sea swirled around me. But I think it should be able to generate some interesting scenes.

Your moorhen is in the same family as the Pūkeko but they're different genera (and species of course). One of the interesting reversals in language flow, is that the Pūkeko is also found in Australia and it is becoming more common for them to call it a Pūkeko also. They're borrowing a Māori word for one of their birds.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 16 April 2022 at 06:10
Week 15: April 11 to 18

I've found a beach with larger rock pools to try out my underwater housing. Have noticed still that water does not transmit light as clearly as air, so you need something rather close up.

#1 (Pic 45) Rock-Pool at Milford (scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35.2 at f8. With SeaFrogs underwater housing.

If I take the bus to work at least once per week, I can walk through a large park where pūkeko and other birds can often be found. So bringing along the a9 with Tamron 150-500 is a convenient way to get in some shots.
#2 (Pic 46) Pūkeko at Park (telephoto theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-400 at ISO1600, f6.7 at 500mm.

Part of the defences of the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, was the 'South Battery' at Maungauika(an extinct volcanic cone at entrance to the Harbour). The defences were built up over decades. The main piece of this battery was an enormous, disappearing gun. Lighter pieces, such as this 6-inch piece, were also included. They were never used in the decades they existed against a foreign combatant.

#3 (Pic 47) 6 inch Gun (Creative theme- black and white)

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 24 April 2022 at 01:01
Week 16: April 19 to 25

Still seem to be struggling a bit with finding time for photos when it isn't raining...

#1 (Pic 48) Wave at Milford Beach (scenic shot)

Shot with a7Riii, Zeiss Loxia 35/2 and SeaFrogs Underwater housing. This time I took the shot with the lens-hood still attached and this prevented catching reflections from the housing's lens port.

#2 (Pic 49) Garden Flower (Creative shot)

Sony a7Riii with Voigtlander 110/2 and Nisi +5 Achromat Filter

#3 (Pic 50) Takapu coming into land (Telephoto shot)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500mm

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 01 May 2022 at 04:35
Week 17: April 25 to May 2

#1 (Pic 51) Alien (Telephoto Theme)

The combination of the a9 (silent shutter) and the Zeiss Batis 135mm telephoto lens has been an effective way to photograph this cat. He can't hear the shutter or the lens focusing.

This week I tried out some product shots with my Muhle R89 razor. I adopted the traditional safety razor a few years ago to save money, get a better shave, and to reduce plastic waste. These metal razors are also aesthetically, quite pleasing.

#2 (Pic 52) Muhle R89 B&W (Creative theme- stacked image convereted to black and white)

Sony a9 with Sigma 70/2.8 macro, and Nisi macro focusing rail.

#3 (Pic 53) Muhle R89 Rose Gold Handle (Scenic theme)


#4 (Pic 54) Muhle R89 Colour (Scenic Theme- bonus shot)



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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 08 May 2022 at 04:49
Week 18: May 3-10

For this week's creative shot, I aimed for an Edward Weston inspired black-and-white photo. I found an heirloom tomato and set the shot up on a black cloth. The image was composed by stacking multiple shots taken with my a9 and Sigma 70/2.8

#1 (Pic 55) Heirloom Tomato (creative theme)


I was less inspired with the telephoto shot this week, so it's back to my favourite feline subject.
#2 (Pic 56) Alien (telephoto theme)

a9 with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8

The scenic shot was taken when a wave had crashed over my a7Riii in its Underwater Housing
#3 (Pic 57) Bubbles (telephoto theme)

a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 35/2

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 12 May 2022 at 22:28
Week 19: May 10-17

I'll start this week's series with an HDR moon image. I mounted the camera on my Induro CF tripod, attached a cable-release to the camera, manually focused in on the moon and set the exposure manually.

Then I took 5 photos at different exposures and combined them in Capture One 22. Partly to test its capabilities, I know it doesn't work on seascapes as it can't cope with movement in the water. It is supposed to align the images and I know that in any sequence of photos, the moon does 'move'. The alignment seemed to work extremely well.

#1 (Pic 58) Marama (Creative Shot)

a7Riii with Tamron 150-500 at 500mm and f11

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 14 May 2022 at 04:50
Week 19: May 10-17 cont.

One of the merits of the Tamron 150-500mm is it's just light enough for me to take in case I spot something interesting. And I'm in the habit of walking part way to work through a park with some trees, ponds and streams. (I then catch the bus the rest of the way).

So on Friday, the encounter was with some Pūtakitaki (Paradise Shelducks) and Pūkeko. So that leads into this week's telephoto shots.

#2 (Pic 59) Pūkeko 1 (Telephoto Theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500

#3 (Pic 60) Pūkeko 2 (Wild Card 5)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500

These hikes also establish the value of my Gitzo backpack as it distributes the weight of camera gear, laptops and tablets very well


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Jozioau
Date Posted: 16 May 2022 at 14:41
Great shots of the Pūkeko, known here as Purple Swamp Hens. Beautiful colour and detail.

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 16 May 2022 at 23:45
Thanks Joe- I was a bit concerned that by going from a Minolta prime G lens in A-mount, to a slower Tamron telephoto in E-mount, that the image quality would be a step down. It hasn't been the case. (Plus I have more reach).

I have to say Purple swamphen isn't the most creative of names . It's a bit literal.

What has interested me though, is that I've noticed some Australians have begun adopting the name Pūkeko instead. Which would be a Māori loan word entering Australian English.


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Howard_S
Date Posted: 17 May 2022 at 00:15
I like the moon shot; that came out well - did you get a chance to shoot the lunar eclipse? Or was that ruled out in the southern hemisphere? We had clouds here in the UK.

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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 17 May 2022 at 00:55
Thanks Howard, I'm not sure that I needed to do the photo as an HDR shot but the final result seemed worth it. Alas we had cloudy skies and light rain for the lunar eclipse so my tentative plans to photograph that was also thwarted

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 19 May 2022 at 15:24
I see some shape similarities between the moon shot and the Pūkeko shots
Nice series this past week.

Based on your review of the Tamron 150-500 I finally decided to get one as well, I thought long about the Sony 200-600 or the Sigma 150-600 but in the end size and weight swayed me to the smallest of the three options. Looking how big and heavy this one already is I'm glad I did, the other ones probably would leave the house seldomly while this one is still manageble and just fits in one of my standard bags. And as your three images show the optical quality leaves little to complain about.


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Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 19 May 2022 at 22:38
Ngā mihi nui- thanks Pieter. Yeah, the pūkeko looked rather spherical. I wanted to get a shot of the head side and it obliged me with that pose.

Glad you found my review useful. The Tamron 150-500 has really surprised me with how good it is. Obviously it would be preferable if it could reach 600mm. But like you, I begrudge the extra size and weight that would entail.




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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 26 May 2022 at 03:32
Week 20: May 17-23

Running behind somewhat on my processing at the moment, so have a bit of catching up to do.

Will begin with a creative shot, in the sense I used my mobile phone to help compose and take these selfies.

#1 (Pic 61) Selfie (Creative)

a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 85/1.8 at f1.8

#2 (Pic 62) Rock Pool (Scenic)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35/2 in Seafrogs underwater housing

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 31 May 2022 at 06:56
#3 (Pic 63) Zeiss Lens (telephoto)

Sony a7Riii with Sigma 70/2.8mm (70mm also qualifies as a short telephoto lens...)

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 31 May 2022 at 07:01
Week 21: May 24-30

Still under pressure with the processing and event photography this week, but the local birdlife is still obliging.

#1 (Pic 64) Browsing Pūkeko (Telephoto theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500mm, at 500mm, f6.7, ISO5000.

I am genuinely blown away at how good these shots are even at ISO5000. I was reluctant to go over ISO400 with my a100, and for my a900, ISO1600 was close to my limit. And the detail and lack of noise was never as good as these.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 31 May 2022 at 21:57
#2 (Pic 65) Patterns (Scenic theme)

Surface of a planter, photographed with a7Riii and Zeiss 85/1.8

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 03 June 2022 at 06:25
#3 (Pic66) Beercan (Creative theme)
This is a stacked image (4 photos) taken with my a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 85/2.8 at f5.6 1/13s ISO100


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 06 June 2022 at 02:06
Week 22: May 31- June 6

Photographic time was eaten up by shooting an event one evening (and processing photos) but it was honestly good to get a paid gig again. Covid19 has not been kind

#1 (Pic 67) Takapu Pair (telephoto theme)

a9 with Tamron 150-500
These two birds were for a few moments, flying across the shadow area of Motutara Islan, which generated this stark background

#2 (Pic 68) Mynah

Yup, a9 with tampon 150-500.
Photographed on my weekly meander through a park to get to bus stop

#3 (Pic 69) Pūkeko - Bonus shot

And again, a9 with Tamron 150-500.

#4 (Pic 70) Wetland at Catalina Bay (scenic theme)

a7Riii and Sony 24-105/4 G

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 10 June 2022 at 04:27
Week 23: June 7-13

More close-to-home shots this week .

#1 (Pic 71) Weekly Pūkeko (telephoto theme)

a9 with Tamron 150-500mm

#2 (Pic 72) Brick Building (creative theme)

a7Riii and Sony 24-105mm

...one more to come

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 13 June 2022 at 07:30
#3 (Pic 73) Children's Slide (Scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii with 24-105/4 G

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 18 June 2022 at 04:55
Week 24: June 13-20

I'm making an effort to have a camera with me more often and trying to take pictures around me. I'm hoping the weather will cooperate in the next week or 3 so I can indulge in some more interesting expeditions, but at the moment, I'm sticking close to local scenes.

One my jaunt to Catalina Bay I did spot a Kāruhiruhi, but only had my Sony 24-105mm with me. So it was a job of showing at 105mm and then cropping.

Fortunately it was content to pose on the iron bar in the concrete block in the water, so never really tested the camera or lenses capabilities.

#1 (Pic 74) Kāruhiruhi (telephoto theme)

a7Riii and 24-105/4 G, at f4, 1/1000s, ISO125.

#2 (Pic 75) Auckland Ferry Building (creative theme)

I used a split-tone effect on the original art-deco designed building at the Auckland wharf. Shot with a7Riii and Sony 24-105/4 G

And here is a shot of the front of the building as a colour image instead
#3 (Pic 76) Ferry Building (scenic theme)


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 22 June 2022 at 03:43
Week 25: June 21-27

And we start this week off with the telephoto shot.

#1 (Pic 77) Takapu against surf (telephoto)

As you'd expect, the Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500mm at 500mm.

#2 (Pic 78) Takapu in flight (wild card 6)


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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 27 June 2022 at 08:25
I had a wander in my lunch break, and liked the way the backlit branches of this tree, were almost in silhouette form. It is somewhat convenient having a small holster-style camera bag with the a7r3 and Zeiss Loxia 50/2 lens with me, and is compact enough to take on my bike ride to work.

#3 (Pic 79) Winter Tree (scenic theme)

A7r3 with Zeiss Loxia 50/2 at f8, 1/1600s, ISO200

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: onsplekkie
Date Posted: 27 June 2022 at 12:47
Nice tonality in this B&W image


Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 30 June 2022 at 22:55
Week 26: June 27 to July 4

I took Kid 3 with me on an expedition yesterday to explore a protected reserve, in the Tāwharanui Regional Park. One of the highlights was spotting a pōpokotea. This is a rare NZ forest bird. It has vanished from Northland and numbers pick up only much further south of Auckland.

The European name is the unimaginative whitehead, while the scientific name is Mohoua albicilla

You can learn more about this species at https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/whitehead-popokotea/ - https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/whitehead-popokotea/

So this will be my telephoto shot for this week
#1 (Pic 80) Pōpokotea

Unsurprisingly, this shot was taken with the Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500mm at 500mm. And cropped. It is small.

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α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 03 July 2022 at 21:48
After a long absence I'll try to do better commenting on my co 150 challenge participants

Your bird pictures are always impressive, we now use the same lens but there's still a lot I need to learn to get anywhere close to this quality, especially the ones in flight but also the grounded ones.

Another top shot for me is the tree silhouette on the previous page, well composed and interesting to look at.

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