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Old Jun 28, 2010, 2:25 AM   #1
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Hi all!
It's been some time, but now HOLIDAYS are here! After a few days of near total inactivity I'm like a helthy Skinner rat - up and doing.
And I've got some new toys. A new, much faster computer dedicated to photo processing (not even Internet connected), but even more important a new HQ screen sold bundled with a calibration kit. This is a gigant step up for me, what a difference!

And even if we don't have the midnight daylight Ned has up in Jyväskylä, it's light enough late in the evening.

Driving home yesterday at half past seven the sunlit old bridge caught my eye, and after dropping off the family at home I went back to take some photos. And of course there was some pp done as I enjoyed my new toys.

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Old Jun 28, 2010, 2:57 AM   #2
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Beautiful countryside - reminds me of home (England) *sigh*

#1 - I like this shot but just find the shadows on the bush on the left a little distracting. It does a great job of bringing out the reflections of the trees on the right and front though. Wonder if a shot on a tripod maybe 30 mins later would have given even coverage ? Just a thought - still a lovely shot !

#2 - now that is a real estate shot ! Lucky people whoever live there. I would call that 'balcony' a 'mosquito buffet area'.

#3 - not sure I would have used a shift lens - I would have liked to see those reflections sharp too.

I particularly like #s 1 & 2. Be interesting to see if others agree with me or not. Congrats on your new Monitor !
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 3:40 AM   #3
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Great looking place, don't know if I would call it a balcony.

I haven't got any experience with a shift lens, but I do like the results.

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Old Jun 28, 2010, 1:38 PM   #4
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Hey Kjell,
Good to have you back! Those are gorgeous photos.
Congratulations on the new computer set up, its amazing isn't it?!
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 11:05 PM   #5
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Lovely shots - I especially like the third one taken with the shift lens, but they are all good. Congrats on the new toys and great to see you back, been wondering if you were still around and shooting stuff.

I wouldn't call #2 a balcony, but it's not exactly a dock either. But it's a lovely picture.
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Kjell,
Those are great! Really like the lighting in 1 and 2 and confirms my desire for the DA 16-45mm.
What are those flowers around the "balcony"?
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Gorgeous water and rich colors all around. Wonderful light on #1. Glad you are having some time to enjoy outdoors & photography too!
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Thanks for the nice comments, all. It's really nice to be back here, I hope for a very photo-active summer.

Jim, the flowers are Rhododendrons

Frogfish, sometimes you have to borrow someone elses eyes to see your own picture. Thanks for pointing out the shadow problems. I have gone back several times at different hours to see how they best can be handled or avoided. Tonight I came there as late as 21.30, just when the sun had set below the horizon. Of course the exposure was longer, but a monopod came in handy.

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I also had one taken the first evening from the other angle, with full reflections of the trees.

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Oooh, I REALLY like that last one, with the reflections of the trees included. Perhaps the bright white frame on the right is distracting, but you could always clone it out with some grass.
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Kjell - Now I really like those new ones so much better ! The colours really pop and the reflections in the water are just great.

I know it's all very personal how we judge a shot (as with art) but those suit my taste perfectly.
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