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Week 37: September 12 to September 19

I'm coming down the peak workload so could put more time behind the camera. Still don't have quite enough time with the processing but hey, I'm sure things will improve.

So the first shot is for my telephoto theme. We have a bird feeder in the garden, but the little feathery guys are still timid around people with cameras. I took some shots through the glass of the ranch slider closest to the feeder.

#1 (Pic 114) Feeding Sparrows

a9 with Tamron 150-500.
I was shooting at ISO6400 through glass here, so optically, the image was a tad soft and noisy. Having invested recently in the On1 1 Nose Reduction AI plugin I ran the photo through that plugin, and it resulted in a much nicer image. I am impressed with this plugin!
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continuing the Week 37

The scenic shot is a closeup of Raupo Taranga (Poor Knight's Lily). The distinct flowers appear over Spring and Summer. This species is only found in NZ and then, originally on the Poor Knights Islands. It has one relative found in New Caledonia.

#2 (Pic 115) Raupo Taranga (scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii with Voigtlander 110/2 and Sony HVLMT24AM macro flash with adapter.

The last shot is of some local forest, centering on a rimu tree. I've converted it into a blue-yellow duotone style shot to fir the 'creative theme.

#3 (Pic 116) Rimu Tree and forest (creative theme)

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Week 38: September 19 to September 26

I went back to Fernglade to get some more shots.

Because this was taken with my Voigtlander 110/2 it will have to do as my telephoto shot.

#1 (Pic 117) Raupo Taranga (telephoto)

Sony a7Riii and Voigtlander 110/2

For the scenic shot, a Pikopiko fern. It grows fernlets on its fronds, which I've shown in this shot.

#2 (Pic 118) Pikopiko fernlet (scenic)

Sony a7Riii and Voigtlander 110/2

And for the creative shot, a black and white scene at Te Haruhi Bay.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 September 2022 at 08:53
Some nice additions on this page Kai, the sparrows came out well despite shooting through a window and I like the half hanging/half flying pose of the one on the right. I like your second Raupo Taranga shot better than the first, more natural lines and the sharpness distribution looks more pleasing to my eye. But I think the Te Haruhi Bay shot is the winner here, great foreground interest (very important with such a short lens) and a nice view to explore the background further. The only thing you could have wished for is a bit more dynamic light but that's maybe a good reason to go back there again.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2022 at 06:12
Many thanks Pieter. I was quite pleased with the sparrows as I was not optimistic the glass would give me good images. The One1 Ai noise reduction however, led to a visible improvement.

I agree that the second Raupo Taranga shot is a better composition. I was hoping the weather at Te Haruhi would be dramatic, but it seemed to calm down the closer I got to it. I was really hoping for more dramatic skies. I'll try again of course

So now on to Week 39
Week 39: September 26 to October 3

The scenic shot this week is taken along the Whangaparoa Peninsula. Again, the sort of scene I had hoped the skies would be doing something more dramatic, but, well, it was not to be

#1 (Pic 120) Whangaparoa Seascape (scenic theme)

a7Riii and Voigtlander 15/4mm with 6-stop filter.

Then as it's been mostly rain this week, I stuck to an indoors approach. Tulips are in season now.

#2 (Pic 121) Red Tulips (creative theme). This is a stacked shot of 18 photos.

a7Riii and Sigma 70/2.8 macro

...and because 70mm is just long enough to count as a 'short telephoto', a straight shot

#3 (Pic 122) Tulips (telephoto theme)

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Edited by Wētāpunga - 10 October 2022 at 21:04
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Week 40: October 4 to October 10
It's Week 40. It feels like quite the milestone.

I'll start with a shot of sparrows at the bird feeder for my telephoto theme.

#1 (Pic 123) Sparrows

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500

Then on Sunday I went out to Te Henga. Unfortunately the cloudy skies meant I didn't bother with any sunset pics, and the low tide and light winds meant some seascapes were unlikely to satisfy.

So I went to the nearby sand dunes at Wainamu. Followers of the 90s dramas Hercules and Xena Warrior Princess might recognise these. Many "desert" scenes were filmed there.

#2 (Pic 124) Pīngao on the dunes (scenic theme)

a7Riii and Loxia 21/2.8. This was I think, my favourite shot of the trip.

#3 (Pic 125) Dunes (creative theme)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2022 at 21:47
I like the latter two, although #2 (Pic 124) would been even better if there was tiny bit of space between the grass and top of the picture.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 October 2022 at 00:36
@Hezu- thanks, I agree the Wainamu shots are better. The first was really to make up my 'quota' of 3 shots and fit the telephoto theme. On a minor point, Pīngao is a sedge not a grass . I must admit I was concentrating more on the foreground than the top of the plant.


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Looking over the photos since I last commented, the spur-winged plover in week 36 is rather splendid - the buttery yellow face sits very well against greenery in the background. It's my favourite of that week.

Week 37 gave us the feeding sparrows and the rimu tree and you revisited the Raupo Taranga in week 38. I'd vote for the sparrows this week, but I am intrigued by the Raupo Taranga; I have no sense of scale or how this patch of red fits into the wider anatomy of the plant.

Also in week 38 there's the Pikopiko fern, and the setting against a dark background gives the image some drama as well as a feel for the wider form.

Week 39 gives us another great seascape with lovely movement, and two shots of the tulips. The last item with a more varied background works very well.

And finally, this week a pair of shots of dunes; the colour version works for me with the patch of light highlighting the grassy base and providing a foundation of drama to the picture.



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Those red stacked tulips really jump off the screen, I like it allthough I wonder if some detail in the petals is lost due to the high (over?) saturation.

The Pīngao on the dunes is a great shot, very attractive light and well captured. I find the Dunes a bit dark and therefore a bit too sombre for such a nice landcape.

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Week 41: October 10 to 17
Thanks for the feedback Howard and Pieter.

I've tried redoing the dunes pic to lighten up the sand. It took some work with masks. But I think it's a better shot.


I've had to go back and redo some photos from my back catalogues. These have now been processed with Capture One and not LR.

The first is a my creative theme- a long exposure (3min 30s) exposure at Waiake taken with my a900 and Minolta 20/2.8, from 2015

#1 (Pic 140)


The second is a rework of the Omeru Waterfall, from north of Auckland. So it'll be my scenic theme. Again, from 2015 with a900 with Minolta 20/2.8.

#2 (Pic 141)


The third is a rework of a flower photo, taken with the a900 and Minolta 100mm/2.8. So qualifies as my telephoto shot.

#3 (Pic 142)


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That's indeed a vast improvement of the sand dune photo, well worth the time and effort you spent on it. From this week I also like your rework of the Omeru waterfall, it has a lot of depth and the pattern in the foreground pool is a nice bonus. The others are fine but #2 takes the cake.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2022 at 22:28
Many thanks Pieter- appreciate your opinion on the sand dune pic, and Omeru waterfall.

Well, I have been taking photos but not really finding much time to process them. So I should post some of what I've done anyway.

Week 42: October 17 to 24

The first is my creative shot. There is a very nice carving over the entrance to the Takapuna Library. So the first thing I did was take 4 shots (hand held) and then stitched them with Capture One. (This is the first time I've tried the panorama tool in C1).

Then I decided the background was really rather distracting, so I tried converting the background to black to isolate.

Here's the 'before shot'


And here's the 'after'.
#1 (Pic 129) Māori Carving.

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The black background changes it completely - great image!
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