Photography : see what I see . . . nearly

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Part of an exhibit at an industrial museum at Sielpia, Poland
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For some the decrepitude means that the beauty has left, for me it still remains.
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[experimental macro] Study in extreem closeup photography. Shot of the knurled pattern on a metal phono cable connector the single diamond is less than 1mm wide, macro at approx 7:1. Taken with a 10-20mm zoom at 10mm reversed and mounted on a 24-70mm standard zoom
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Another subtle scene from the Niekłan forest. Playing with light and shadow.
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[formal wedding shot] Easy when you've a beaming beautiful bride and groom. Shot into the sun for that lovely backlit delineated and haloed look. Particularly pleased with the veil. Ultra soft front fill in with a main flash Stofen diffused + second flash into a silver/white brolly and a 107cm white light disk.
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Handheld shot at night illuminated by a 500w house security light
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Close photograph
Can someone tell me plant they are?
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Study in close photography. I'm not too sure where I acquired this from but it hangs in my hall. I'm pretty sure it's from some building site where they were mixing concrete and cement on it. Flash bounced from the ceiling to emphasise the roughness of the texture.
Taken from approx 30cm
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[nature] I was lucky to find this wee fellow frolicking in the sun in the woods. He was fairly calm and let me shoot him a couple of times under natural light handheld from about 2m away.
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Another shot of the Maleniec millpond, this time from the opposite bank. Once again a serene peaceful evening scene.
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natural strong sunlight lightdisk diffused handheld macro.
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[macro] Delicate yellow flower with orange stamens taken handheld in lowish light.
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A very late evening shot in such an idilic spot by the side of Maleniec millpond proper. Quietly hiding just out of the way. Beavers really do live there: watch this space for photos.
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Same shed as in COWSHED BY NIGHT, polarising filter used to emphasise such an active sky.
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The fox that lives at the bottom of our garden decided to sun himself in the springtime sunshine.
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Obligatory sunset. Everyone has one of these in their gallery
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[experimental] a close shot through the cloth of a lightdisk of a distant tungston bulb.
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A valley actually called HOPE in Derbyshire UK
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This near ferral kitten found herself a private spot to enjoy the evening sun
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Study with fill in flash and DOF (depth of field)
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a clock that is still continues to tell the time correctly at least twice a day.
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Study in close photography and DOF
The contrast between the shiny almost transparent currant and the rough brown twigs caught my eye
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This cheeky little fellow was taking in the morning rays, I dont think I disturbed his restful state.
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This little goldfish only has a 14" bowl with some water weeds in it to swim in but it still took me a full 2 hours to capture a good enough shot of it!
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The first rays of the sun warm us on the morning of Jan 1st 2006
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These oak saplings had turned from their usual verdant green to leathery red with just the one leaf being the exception!
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You know when autumn in Poland is coming. First one tree turns golden, the rest wait a few days .... then suddenly overnight they all go golden. This was the first one to break ranks
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Breezy day at the Koloniec fish ponds
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View from the main market square in Kazimierz Dolny up the hill towards the main church. Very overcast light.
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Less usual water shot where we have no visual clue as to land or shore.
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Still life study
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Handheld shot at night illuminated by a 500w house security light
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Lightning storms in Poland don't do it by halves!
Four hours of lighting all around with this one striking very nearby
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This was originally presented with some areas desaturated, so I removed the grey :)
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The sun is setting over Kasprowy Wierch (Tatry Moutains : Poland). A storm brews over the high peaks as the last rays of 2005 dwindle. A dramatic finale to the year
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A Welsh seagull caught on the fly
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A 5 exposure (+2ev +1ev 0ev -1 ev -2ev) HDR render composed with the 30 second shot of the sky above the trees. You have to be up at 3am to get shots like this!
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Study in close photography of some leaves.
More of those fantastic mandlebrot-like patterns on autumn leaves
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Just what the caption says!. It's evening and its a big X.
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A different view of the white house on the Maleniec millpond. Had to hold the polariser between my fingers cos its the wrong size for that lens.
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Ultra soft front fill in with a main flash lightdisk diffused + second flash into a silver/white brolly.
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Bonfire Night comes but once a year and tragically someone always gets hurt.
Fortunately this year at our household it was only Mr Pumpkinhead
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a 5 exposure High Dynamic Range natural daylight rendition, note the detail retained in the flowers (highlights) and the shadows (lowlights).
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[macro] These lovely petals were illuminated by the ethereal after shower light of a hazy day. Taken with an auto-everything Casio QV-R40 compact digital camera, proves you dont need hideously expensive cameras to take decent pictures.
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Sometimes it doesnt get any easier than looking out of ones balcony window and simply snapping what's there. Taken the last days of autumn 2005 in Poland
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Don't those eyes and that smile simply melt your heart?
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Atmospheric evening shot of an old peasant finishing the days work.
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Stroke this one for good luck and polish his nose :-)
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Study in peace and stillness. An easterly view of Maleniec mill pond just after the sun has set BEHIND the camera. The reeds in the foreground have only just been harvested
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[fisheye] a 180° corner to corner crop of a shot of the evening sky through the canopy of the forest in Tama, Poland.
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Ingreedients of a impending curry mmmmm TASTY.
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A view from the bridge on the only road to Tama, Poland. It is such a remote place and that's the beauty of it :)
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Study in close photography
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[experimental macro] Shards of broken glass form the subject of this shot
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Sielpia is a tiny respite resort on the shores of a small lake in the Kieleckie Wojewodship in Poland. The surrounding forests ponds and rivers are an amazing natural resource. Long may it survive.
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A slow exposure panning shot using motion blur to catch the power and movement of this powerful team, man and beast. Long shadows cast by the warm evening sun set a twilight scene of both this very day and the old man's 75 years. An autumnal sight which in Poland is sadly slowly passing into history. Only he old peasants still perform this noble labour manually, such is progress and modernisation. More's the pitty.
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The amazing differentiation in colours during the Polish autumn are most evident early in the season when most trees are still deep green while this individual was most definitely not going to conform!
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A close soft focus photo of a dreamcatcher made of leaves
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Sunset shot at Sielpia. Perfectly still and quiet waters.
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Going through one of my BnW phases leaving just a hint of colour to gain a slightly ethereal look to this traveller of the sea
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[experimental macro] Shot of some bubbles in a perspex light rod. I'm guessing macro at approx 7:1. I like that the bubbles look like they are moving and that the whole lot is swirlling. The largest bubble is barely 1mm in diameter and the whole picture encompasses about 4mm width
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[experimental] I don't have a true macro lens so I just reversed my wideangle used masking tape to attach it to my standard zoom and hey presto relatively decent macro ... I'm guessing that this is shot at about 5:1
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[macro] Handheld macro of this 'shroom using available low light conditions, f8 to get as much DOF as possible but it's always a compromise vs shutter speed and risk of camerashake. 'Shrooms live in dark places!
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Glass smooth waters of Maleniec millpond. It doesn't get any more perfect with the moon recently up and the mist rising from the water. 25 seconds 24mm @ f11 iso800
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[macro] Handheld using natural light + a reflector to direct some fill in the spider's body is about 3mm long.
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Night time photo with basic flash. Muchomor: Fly Agaric
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Small forest clearing with the self seeded saplings coming up. The variety of trees in Poland's woodlands is fabulous lending itself to opportune shots like this one. The mists were hanging in the treetops not quite reaching the ground.
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National College, Whalley Range, Manchester
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Oh the look of evil on the face of the only casualty of Bonfire Night 2005
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A perfect summer evening lying relaxing in the long meadow grasses
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Similar shot to ZAKOPANE SKIES except this time shot with a Belorus made Peleng 8mm Circular FishEye lens. Of course the Zakopane countryside inspires completely
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[macro] Unusual shot of a non iridescent dragonfly in its autumnal camoflage. Handheld 70mm f8 @ 1/60th Late sunset light providing the warm colours.
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Study in long exposures
30 second exposure of Tama, a rustic village in the depths of a forest in Poland. Illumination merely by village lights and full moon behind the clouds
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Can you feel the cold? -25°C!!!
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Study in close photography of a leaf. Mathematicians think fractals are their invention??
Nature was doing it for far longer than humans
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A glider just after take off with some very active evening skies coming in from the west. Nearly fully desaturated leaving a somewhat duotone look
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Simply beautiful colours and shades of the start of the Golden Polish Autumn
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Japanese Lanterns, natural evening sunlight through a venetian blind
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A quiet contemplative shot at the chruch on the hill in Kazimierz nad Wisla
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Egremont the Second, all warm and cuddly
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The Golden Polish Autumn is late this year. Better late than never. Late evening sunset light shining off these polished leaves.
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A perfect winter morning in Zakopane (Poland)
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The chill of the evening has set in, get ready for another cold night! Do you recognise that BURNING TREE? Same tree, same beautifully rustic remote village in Poland
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The setting is a tiny rustic one horse village in Poland, winter has set in and the firewood is ready. Its -20°C in this picture!
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Shot through a broken window of a historical building in Kazimeirz Dolny. Historical restoration contiues. Tritoned to give it that aged look.
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[experimental macro] The Royal Eagle's head on a 1grosz piece ... the crown is 1mm high
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SECRET: this is a composite of two real photographs.
Photo optics are not ideal for stellar or moon photography but this shot is a pleasing result with the stars of Cassiopeia nicely visible
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Five days old and already the most beautiful girl in the world :-*
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Found this chap eeking and an existence in a crack in some rocks.


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