Welcome to the gallery of your favourite photos of June 2023.
Thank you to all who participated. The photographs are presented below in autor alphabetical order. I am again very happy to see so much variety in style and personality, two things I value far more than most. Let us know what you think of this month’s gallery. Onwards!
Port Coon on the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland. Taken one hour after sunset.
Here are a few images from my new Sigma FPL camera, they are all shot with either the 45 or 90 mm Sigma contemporary lenses. I’m still in the process of learning how best to use it and also customizing it to suit my needs. I’m trying to stay away from the bolt on EVF as I think it’s ungainly and spoils the compactness of the camera. I just added a flip screen modification the other day.
It’s a pleasure to use. It reminds me of shooting with my old Rolleiflex. With tired eyes and arthritis in my hands I must admit part way through I was questioning my sanity for taking apart a brand new camera! … four hours later “ eureka “ it worked!
I attach 3 photos from a recent short holiday around my sister’s summerhouse.
My photos of the month of June once again gravitate around water. After nearly 18 months of drought, rain came in May, and became torrential in June, with 4 inches falling in a couple of hours. This small series shows the effect of not enough (the stumps of what used to be 20 meter plane trees) and too much.
I like this final shot, because flood water deposited mud and sediment on the road in a pattern that looks like the shadows of dunes but is actually absolutely flat.
First up, a chance find at Yosemite, one of the more well-photographed parks on the planet. The intent was to find untapped scenes. This shot was taken with Fuji GFX 100s (pearls before swine, really) and its 35-70mm “kit lens.”
The next bunch were shot with the Fuji X-H2 and the Voigtlander 23mm F1.4 manual focus lens (on my first outing with this lens. Manual focusing, by the way was a piece of cake, though I think I’d have a still easier time with peaking rather than magnification — or, perhaps there’s a way to reduce the degree of mag.
First up are two sculptures outside the Blackhawk museum in Danville California. I went there for the classic car exhibit, but found other bits more interesting.
As I moved into position for this shot, I was reminded of a similar point of view from Lina Wertmüller’s farce, “The Seduction of Mimi.” If you know the movie, you know the scene.
A few yards away was this sun-drenched giraffe. I knew the flare would have to be used rather than worked around.
Inside the museum were many artifacts displayed in seriously dim light. I crossed my fingers for this one and the result is not at all what the walkabout viewer saw.
This scene of General Custer doing his thing was irresistible. I cloned out the ceiling spots to make clear what George was ignoring. Of course, this relationship was in my eye, not the exhibitor’s, since the room was dense with all sorts of old west artifacts.
After another uncharacteristically miserable wet month in Knysna with very little sunshine, yesterday turned out to be glorious.
I headed to a local marsh in the hope of getting some interesting bird images but found a single African Spoonbill foraging vigorously for dinner.
Disappointed, I went home but was struck by one of my neighbours gardens – Winter is Aloe season in South Africa and he has a wonderful variety.
Like the person who only has a hammer and sees every problem as a nail, I used the Nikon D500/200-500mm combination to capture some of these beautiful flowers.
In the land of Polyphemus (Southern Crete).
Here are five images from our recent trip to Pasadena. The alleyway Vicki and I discovered very early one morning, the blooming (burning?) bush was on the main street, the succulent was refreshed by the earlier rain, St. Francis was losing his head in a rundown public garden, and I liked the contrast between the dead leaf and the groundcover.
These images are from a cruise in the Kimberley Region of North Western Australia.
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