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Jul 21st, 2004, 12:56 PM
The bloom of Impatiens Glandulifera;




Jul 21st, 2004, 02:35 PM
Cloud sumi-e.



Jul 21st, 2004, 05:53 PM
View of Carbon Computing on Queen St. in Toronto during a
recent Movie shoot, I was in the neighbourhood buying something.



Dave :cool:

Jul 21st, 2004, 06:45 PM

I love Ye Olde clunkers.


Jul 23rd, 2004, 12:15 PM
Before & After.

Not quite Peterborough, but impressive for a 1 hour downpour.



The Doug
Jul 24th, 2004, 08:20 AM
Wet t-shirt alert!

Warning: this (http://srv.fotopages.com/2/1804766.jpg) picture, which I took this morning, may be quite offensive to some...


The Doug
Jul 24th, 2004, 05:14 PM

Jul 24th, 2004, 09:32 PM
here are a few that i've enjoyed taking through the years...

taken from stanley park (i think) during a trip out to vancouver a few years back:

driving out to newport beach from corvallis, oregon:

our dog ruby looking all cute (you can almost smell the doggy breath!):


Jul 25th, 2004, 03:07 AM
I hope this image has enough cliches to suit everyone... graemlins/lmao.gif

Let's see...it has a boy and his dog, a dock...he*l, it even has a canoe! The fishing rod is, unfortunately, off camera. graemlins/heybaby.gif


Jul 26th, 2004, 11:09 AM
A really old picture I took in the early '70s. It's a cop car with the old style single "cherry" going through a snow covered intersection.

Taken with a fully manual (WW2 vintage) Contax SLR camera/50mm Carl Zeiss lens.


Jul 26th, 2004, 12:04 PM
Nasal cavity of a badger [Taxidea taxus].

Brought to you by the mushroomy badgers:



Jul 27th, 2004, 09:53 PM
wow, great pics, guys!
i'm a semi-pro photogrpher and still working on my craft.
and this is picture from Mongolia Trip last year.
here it goes~


35mm Horizon panoramic camera
Fuji Provia
Imacon Scanned

[ July 27, 2004, 10:59 PM: Message edited by: imgmkr ]

The Doug
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:59 PM
Ooh wow, Imgmkr, that's a fabulous shot. Keep 'em coming!

And... welcome to ehMac!

Jul 28th, 2004, 12:02 PM
thx The Doug~
maybe a coupple more photos...


Horizon 202
Fuji Velvia

Rest Stop

Horizon 202
Fuji Provia

Jul 30th, 2004, 09:01 AM
I would like to add another lens to my camera arsenal.

My question is what type of lens should I get?

I have a Minolta Maxxum 450si and a Minolta Maxxum 70, with a 28 -80 mm and a 75 - 300 mm lens. I was thinking something along the lines of a more powerful zoom, but I am still not sure. What additional lens would round out my equipment?

Any suggestions for other equipment? Flash, Meters, Filters?

Jul 30th, 2004, 10:50 AM
go with a 50mm 1.7. I put away all of my zooms and used my 50mm for over a year and was quite happy and challenged by it. It makes you think a little differently about how to get the shot you want.

Jul 30th, 2004, 11:28 AM
I'm still learning about the different types of lenses and what the numbers mean so please excuse my ignorance.

By 1.7 you are referring to the aperture of the lens. Correct? I was thinking about something like that but I was told that when you get into the faster lens, the price goes up considerably. It's something that I cannot afford right now. Down the road........... :confused:

Jul 31st, 2004, 04:28 AM
A 1.7 aperture lens that is also a 50mm would be a very fast and sharp lens with a moderate cost. Coupled with fast (200ASA+) film, you would be able to take good looking pix at almost any light level and still keep them sharp.

Many photo journalists use just this sort of rig for their prime photo assignments.

I spent many years in South America, and was never without my manual F2 Nikon. I took some startlingly good photos during that time and many of them ended up in magazines or on calendars.

I used a fast 28mm wide almost exclusively, during that period. Using a single focal length lens...and making do with what you have..along with a manual-only camera body...will make you into a pro-grade photographer faster than anything else I can think of.

It forces you to learn about how everything works...and how to make it all work for YOU ..under any conditions.

Until I switched to digital video, I used to take all of my dragracing photos with one single fast Nikkor 50mm lens on my trusty F2. And folks still rave about those shots. They are posted on everyone's walls, around here.

I've got several long zooms and more than a few telephoto lenses in my arsenal.

But I hardly ever use them.

Nothing like a fast 50mm or a quick wide (28 or 35mm) to grab the shot that ends up being the keeper of the bunch.

And a sharp 28mm is almost ALWAYS in focus. No matter what you do!

Something to think about.

The Doug
Aug 1st, 2004, 12:54 PM

Aug 2nd, 2004, 06:17 PM
Here's a partial shot of the crowd at the Big Valley Jamboree last night at dusk. The line of VIP tents reminded me of a mountain range.




Aug 3rd, 2004, 05:42 PM


The Doug
Aug 3rd, 2004, 06:58 PM
Ah, Campanula! Nice shot.

Aug 3rd, 2004, 11:17 PM
I'm afraid to report that we had the Campanula for salad, later on. :D


Aug 5th, 2004, 11:37 PM
Martians DO walk amongst us!



Aug 6th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Kinda Tim Burton-esque

Aug 6th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Very interesting photo! Looks like it was a scorching landing.

old dawg
Aug 6th, 2004, 12:50 PM
I love PhotoShop as it can lie to me as smoothly as my memory does. Here's a photo from my wife's garden.


Aug 6th, 2004, 01:29 PM
I still love the Cosmos plant. It gives the illusion of the blossoms floating in mid air.




Aug 6th, 2004, 08:46 PM


The Doug
Aug 6th, 2004, 08:47 PM
Baby Martians are so cuuuuuuute! tongue.gif

(Nice shot, btw...)

Aug 6th, 2004, 09:12 PM
Methinks this is a young triffid.

Thanks Doug. Yes, you have spotted a bulbous trend. :D


Aug 7th, 2004, 11:00 PM
Not only have the Martians landed and spread themselves along our streets, but now they are also setting up shrines to their gods in our ravines.

Martian God. Found in the creek today.



[ August 08, 2004, 01:04 PM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Aug 8th, 2004, 02:12 AM
In July I found these two aliens lurking on the deck of the ferry to PEI.


Aug 8th, 2004, 01:03 PM
Ah! Betelgeusians!

They used to come to Earth more often in the olden days, but now find it too smelly.


Interesting. The depth charge launcher looks very similar to the raft launcher. I hope they don't get them confused, some day. :D


Aug 8th, 2004, 09:42 PM
Cichorum intybus in the evening.



The Doug
Aug 9th, 2004, 08:29 PM

GraphicConverter Fun

The Doug
Aug 9th, 2004, 09:29 PM
Your gramma's favourite country cold remedy: Echinacea Bloom with Black Ant


Aug 9th, 2004, 10:39 PM
So I'm sitting in rush hour traffic today and what do I see...a mobile "doggie wash" graemlins/lmao.gif


The Doug
Aug 10th, 2004, 09:05 PM
Looking East

Looking West 1

Looking West 2

Aug 11th, 2004, 11:49 AM
At my mom's house, a wilting vase of gladiolas in the kitchen caught my interest. I covered the flash on my Powershot a70 digital compact zoom with my finger, and got some sexy lighting. This version has been cropped to a 4x5 ratio and I increased the gamma.

The Doug
Aug 13th, 2004, 06:50 AM
A Summer-blooming Oncidium orchid.

Aug 15th, 2004, 12:19 PM


Aug 15th, 2004, 05:24 PM
Sometimes, portraits come out just right
(my daughter, aged 7)

[no, I don't have a clue on how to reduce picture size!]

[EDIT: Thanks KPS! What Photoshop tweaking did you do - outside size reduction?]


[ August 16, 2004, 03:57 AM: Message edited by: Moscool ]

Aug 15th, 2004, 09:07 PM
Very pretty young lady, Moscool.

I hope you don't mind Moscool, but I took the liberty to do it for you...plus a little photoshop tweaking. You may use the smaller(76KB) image to replace your 660KB original.

[duplicate image now removed]


I cropped it a little tighter, removed a blemish or two, blended the colours a little on the right side and removed the darker areas under the eyes.

[ August 16, 2004, 09:08 AM: Message edited by: kps ]

Aug 19th, 2004, 02:39 PM


The Doug
Aug 21st, 2004, 10:59 AM
A better image of the Oncidium I have blooming right now. The colours in this image are more true-to-life than those in the other image I'd posted above.


Aug 21st, 2004, 12:27 PM
Our Tiger Lillies are in full bloom:




The Doug
Aug 21st, 2004, 04:52 PM
The Catananche are in bloom - very nice.

I was lucky to get this shot, while taking pictures of the Catananche. The dragon fly is about 2" long. Very cool little critter. :cool:

Aug 21st, 2004, 06:04 PM
Ah, you got it, while it was avoiding me the whole day. As soon as I had it in focus, it'd flit away in that sadisitic manner insects have. ;)

But here is a fully metamorphosed Seth Brundle. [Texan long-legged fly, Condylostylus sipho]



[ September 15, 2004, 10:29 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Aug 23rd, 2004, 04:14 PM
Doug, regarding the catananche.... You brewin' love potions or sumpin' ? If you also showcase a photograph of a cantharid beetle any time soon, I will be mighty suspicious. :D


Aug 23rd, 2004, 04:19 PM


The Doug
Aug 23rd, 2004, 07:24 PM
...You brewin' love potions or sumpin'...
No, the Cupid's Dart isn't being used in any potion or tonic. However, I wonder what garden plants would make a good emetic, to throw into the noisy neighbours' pool. graemlins/ptptptptptpt.gif

Aug 23rd, 2004, 07:52 PM
Hmmm, you could always go a few steps further and dispense the eau de poison ivy. That will larn 'em!
Maybe they will become altogether hydrophobic. :D

Me, being ambitious, I'd probably pull a stunt like filling their pool full of Portuguese Men-of-War. graemlins/nuts.gif


Aug 23rd, 2004, 08:26 PM
Speaking of poison ivy, here's the antidote.



Aug 24th, 2004, 10:32 AM
Ah Jewel Weed.

Works like a charm (pardon the pun). I had a really bad case of Poison Ivy as a teenager and I was on a family vacation up near Kilarney when the Poison Ivy was at it's worse. Someone told me to use Jewel Weed to get rid of it. Sure enough it did.

Aug 24th, 2004, 11:26 AM
What's fascinating is that Jewel Weed, more often than not, can be found in a close vicinity to poison ivy.

Very thoughtful of Mother Nature to provide the poison and the antidote side by side. :P

And I love the exploding seed pods. :D


Aug 24th, 2004, 11:56 AM
That, or it can be found next to river banks.

Aug 24th, 2004, 12:07 PM
The dragon fly is about 2" long. Very cool little critter. Isn't that actually a damsel fly? I didn't think dragon flies had folded wings.


Aug 24th, 2004, 12:50 PM
Dragon-flies (Odonata) are divided into two sub-groups:

True dragon-flies (Anisoptera)
Damsel-flies (Zygoptera)

As you point out, there are differences in wing structure, but they are very closely related. One can indeed call the damsel-fly a dragon-fly, since it's all in the family, eh?


Aug 24th, 2004, 01:01 PM
Boy, you really are living up to your screen name eh iGeek?

Aug 24th, 2004, 01:14 PM
My ehMac identity had a geek apotheosis, based on my score in the Great Geek Test. Whichever thread was that? The Great Geek Test Thread? I misremember...

Naturally, I do have to live up to the score result, now. graemlins/nuts.gif

My favourite odonate of the month:

Aeshna interrupta

Aug 24th, 2004, 01:16 PM
Thanks for clearing that up iGeeK.
Say, did you take that picture of the Seth Brundle? If so, with what? Thats a great shot.


Aug 24th, 2004, 01:30 PM
Nikon Coolpix 4500.

It's great for what I bought it for, i.e. photographing coins*, but I quickly hit the limit of what it can do outside of the macro range. These small lenses are just too dinky for many things.

I'll be moving to digital SLR as soon as I can.


* - http://axesofevils.com/probvs/R71/R71.v.SER.72.JPG

[ August 25, 2004, 02:55 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Aug 24th, 2004, 01:41 PM
Return of the [Texan long-legged] Fly



[ September 15, 2004, 10:21 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Aug 24th, 2004, 01:52 PM
Actually what is poison ivy and what does it do to you? We were in Nova Scotia last month and saw signs about it but had no clue. What's the French for it? Is it herbe puces?

On this side of the pond we have nettles and their antidote dockleaf (usually grow next to each other). Same but different? tongue.gif

Aug 24th, 2004, 02:03 PM

It's a lil' bit more serious than nettle. Some people can have extreme reactions to it, and uh... die... But typically it gives one very bad rash. Don't go viewing the rash photos if your stomach is easily unsettled.

I've never had the "pleasure". My problems with plants typically involve puncturing my skin in many places because I fell into a thorn bush with my mountain bike. Again.

BTW, since in our global village world plants and things know no borders, poison ivy has found its way to UK, and British ivy is now strangling trees in BC.


Aug 24th, 2004, 06:05 PM

Aug 24th, 2004, 09:17 PM
I have recently been informed, that the tall yellow flowering plant in my back yard is...nettle. :eek:

You mean to tell me I can get a rash from that plant? graemlins/lmao.gif

Aug 25th, 2004, 10:34 PM
So, I show up for work this morning and I find this parked in my parking spot. ;)



I had a busy day and never did ask what it was doing there. Maybe the RAF Freighter is here for the CNE air show, perhaps not. After my late night meeting, I saw it running it's engines and all marker lights were on...so who knows, I didn't ask our flight office.

Aug 26th, 2004, 01:00 PM
Freighters always have a 'certain look'. Not sure what your aircraft is... It's got modern wing tips but the wings are too high up for a commercial model.

Here is another fun looking one (not my pic): Antonov 225


Aug 27th, 2004, 10:52 AM
A cool picture I took several years ago. It's a frozen stream


[ August 27, 2004, 11:18 AM: Message edited by: Clockwork ]

The Doug
Aug 27th, 2004, 11:11 AM
When you have the " http://shw.fotopages.com/2164037.html " page open, Control-Click on the image itself and select "Open Image in New Window" from the contextual menu.

When the new window opens, use that URL to post your image here, not the shw.fotopages one.

Very nice pic of the frozen stream, BTW... :D

Aug 27th, 2004, 11:18 AM
Thanks Doug smile.gif

Aug 30th, 2004, 09:46 AM


Aug 30th, 2004, 11:11 PM



Because Maxpower has arachnophobia, I've changed this from an inline image to a link. A cute fuzzy spider, wanna see it?

Now, let no one say that I'm inconsiderate. :D


[ September 01, 2004, 02:20 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Aug 31st, 2004, 12:25 PM
iGeek. You are officially banned from posting in this thread.

How dare you post a picture of that horrible creature. **shudder** Now I have the willies for the rest of the day.

Thanks. graemlins/ptptptptptpt.gif

Aug 31st, 2004, 03:36 PM
Wait... you mean you wouldn't be excited to see the rest of my spiders? A spider a day keeps the fly away, or... something, something...

Awwwwwwwwwwww... Cute fuwwy spidew fwightens big mean gun totin' Maxpowew?!

My only concern is that the spidey is not as well focused as I would want it to be. graemlins/ptptptptptpt.gif


Sep 1st, 2004, 03:19 AM
White-faced meadowhawk, Sympetrum obtrusum, male.



Sep 1st, 2004, 08:05 AM
Awwwwwwwwwwww... Cute fuwwy spidew fwightens big mean gun totin' Maxpowew?!
Uh. Yeah. Pretty much.

I think God ran out of good ideas when he created these vile creatures.

Sep 1st, 2004, 08:30 AM
Did you take those pics iGeek? They are awsome. smile.gif

The Doug
Sep 1st, 2004, 08:32 AM
Yes, they're great macro pics. I've always liked spiders and never ever kill them.

Sep 1st, 2004, 08:37 AM
I think God ran out of good ideas when he created these vile creatures.

BTW, that was not even remotely tarantula sized. More like my pinky fingernail.

Say, do you have an issue with crabs and such? I'm genuinely curious.

As for running out of good ideas, meh... Parasites, viruses and human lower back. These are bad ideas!


Sep 1st, 2004, 09:01 AM
I've always liked spiders and never ever kill them.

Yes. The spider is our friend!

The only arthropods I have serious issues with are roaches, which I absolutely hate.

I don't care if they are my mother. (A buddhist monk once advised me to look at all creatures as though they were my mother, in order to develop greater love for all life. I told him that this would only be a great motivator for killing everything in sight. :D :D )


P.S. yes, these are my photos. It'd hardly do to post Billy Bob's. Thanks for the kind comments.

The dragonfly is a wee overexposed but I had no time to change settings, and the sun came out at an inopportune moment.

The dragonflies seem way more skittish in the city than out in the countryside. [puts on European geezer hat] Ven I vuz a youngk boy in de olt coundry, dey vould come offer ant zit on my hant...

Sep 1st, 2004, 09:16 AM
Morning mist at the cottage smile.gif


Unfortunatly it doesn't give me the option to open in another window. Damed XP. Anyone know how to do it err.

Sep 1st, 2004, 09:29 AM
Very Zen.

I love mist and fog, although sometimes it's a pain in the butt to drive through.


Sep 1st, 2004, 09:40 AM
Everything is Zen, acording to Zen :)They asked a Zen master once, what Zen was and he said it is kicking a ball. When I studied World Religions, I found Zen to be the most interesting and facinating. Even if you have another Religion, you can still practice Zen. It is also very complex some of those Koans.

Sep 1st, 2004, 10:56 AM
BTW, that was not even remotely tarantula sized. More like my pinky fingernail.

Say, do you have an issue with crabs and such? I'm genuinely curious.
Doesn't matter what size they are. A spider is a spider is a spider. They're all the same. Icky, frightening, waiting to kill me at any given time.

Crabs? No, they're delicious.

Sep 1st, 2004, 12:53 PM
Hmmmm, I think there's a higher likelihood of a crab deep sixing you, than a spider. Unless you dance with black widows in the pale moonlight.

I suppose this must be some residual memory from a past life, the fly incarnation, eh?


Sep 1st, 2004, 12:57 PM
Purple sun.



Sep 1st, 2004, 02:26 PM
The last day of holidays. Taking a walk in the Lagoon.
Abcao, Bahamas. Feb 2004.
Taken on a Pentax 3.2 pixel camera.
Note: This small island, Scotland Cay, is right in the path of Hurricane Francas :(
Yea, this is my first pic! More to come

[ September 01, 2004, 02:46 PM: Message edited by: Pylonman ]

Sep 1st, 2004, 02:54 PM
A buddy took this picture looking up at a tree on Seymour Mountain, BC. He used his 3.2 Canon A70 camera.

Sep 1st, 2004, 03:09 PM
Hmmmm, I think there's a higher likelihood of a crab deep sixing you, than a spider. Unless you dance with black widows in the pale moonlight.

I suppose this must be some residual memory from a past life, the fly incarnation, eh?
It's funny you mentioned the Black Widow and are so into spiders, so I have a question: I've heard that the Brown recluse is far more lethal than the Black Widow. Any truth in that? Just curious.

And as ironic as it sounds. I'm really not all that scared of the black widow. Perhaps it's because they don't have that tarantula look to them - all hairy with those mandibles and eyes.

As far as my past life as a fly? Who knows, I still hate the creepy little buggers.

The Doug
Sep 1st, 2004, 08:09 PM
Yes. The spider is our friend!
Most of them are. But Yellow Sac Spiders (http://www.pestcontrolmag.com/pestcontrol/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=42129), which like to live with us (betcha got some in your place right now) tend to bite. I chuck 'em outside.

They're very easy to identify, being a light pukey green, with very long forelegs.

Sep 1st, 2004, 09:30 PM
It's funny you mentioned the Black Widow and are so into spiders, so I have a question: I've heard that the Brown recluse is far more lethal than the Black Widow. Any truth in that? Just curious.

I'm not really into spiders as such, but I'm into photographing them, and other crawlies.

However, I don't think that the Brown recluse venom is nastier than that of the black widow's. There are people who will have an extreme reaction, of course, but there are also people who will have almost no reaction. With black widow venom, I think only Macnutt is hardy enough to walk away without even saying "ouch!". :D


P.S. Nope, no yellow sacs here. They don't seem to like altitude. I have seen them in houses, but not in hi-rises. All we have here are tiny, tiny things that barely know how to spin a web.

Sep 2nd, 2004, 11:01 AM
In the garden at the cottage. I'ts called a Inukshuk. Thanks for the correct spelling.


[ September 02, 2004, 01:28 PM: Message edited by: Clockwork ]

Sep 2nd, 2004, 12:03 PM
Nice shot!

I see more and more of these in small front yard gardens in the city... they add a nice touch to a landscaped or 'natural' environment.

It's actually an Inukshuk

From a quick search I found this...



Sep 2nd, 2004, 01:24 PM
That's why I couldn't find anything about it. There are lots of them if you travel in Northern Ontario. They look cool and are easy to make. The Nephew and his mom and dad made it I think.

Sep 2nd, 2004, 02:17 PM
What's amazing about some of them is that they are so well balanced that they are unfazed by small earthquakes.

When I was in Vancouver, there was a shake which was strong enough to dump a 15" CRT monitor onto my knees (ouch!) off the desk but all the rock sculptures on the beach did not fall down. I was a wee surprised.


Sep 2nd, 2004, 02:24 PM
That one has been standing there for several years in Bracbridge. It stand's through snow, rain, and what ever else goes on when were not there. .

Sep 2nd, 2004, 02:42 PM
Black-eyed Suzie smile.gif I thought it was a sunflower. My wife and her friend told me it was a Black-eyed Suzie. This was at the Toronto Zoo several years ago. Amazing looking flower.


Sep 2nd, 2004, 08:59 PM
Buzzy bee and Jewelweed. I betcha buzzy bees are immune to poison ivy after they roll around in Jewelweed pollen. :D



Sep 5th, 2004, 11:34 AM
[mothballed post]


[ September 19, 2004, 05:44 PM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 6th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Toronto's Distillery District: Musicians, as seen through a gallery window.


Sep 7th, 2004, 09:26 AM
It's too bad there are all the people in that shot.

If the people, tables, chairs etc were not there, it would have made for a really cool shot.

Those elements really distract from the interesting window.

Sep 7th, 2004, 10:27 AM
It's a bummer when one lines up a perfect shot and there's one or more elements that just intrude...

If that leaf just wasn't there, or that other person, or...

However, and I'm not speaking for kps, different people focus (ha ha) on different parts of the photo. For some the window may not be as interesting as looking through it. Although, the window itself may merit being revisited, in order to become its own subject.

I'd post a photo of a praying mantis which was "ruined" by a blade of grass not being where I told it to be, but MaxPower might be afraid of the mantis praying. :D


Sep 7th, 2004, 10:34 AM
Snails seem to be the predominant life-form in my neighbourhood, and quite frankly I want a new subject. If at least there were different kinds!

But I'm gonna keep taking photos of these molluscs until I have a damn gastropodian masterpiece!



Sep 7th, 2004, 10:39 AM
Lots to take pictures of at the historic Distillery District. The shot is "busy" but the idea was to capture the "feel" of the place. The artist stalls, the music, the historic architecture....the art.

The other problem was the polite sign in the gallery..."Please No Photos"... ;)

Sep 7th, 2004, 10:43 AM
iGeek, you shooting digital or film?

That's some pretty good macro shooting...I don't have the patience for that. :D

Sep 7th, 2004, 10:50 AM

Please post photos of the Praying Mantis. Those are some seriously cool creatures. I can handle anything out there, except spiders. Just hate em.

Sep 7th, 2004, 07:35 PM
This orange was meant for a local oriole that used to come around. The Chippy seemed to like it too. smile.gif


Sep 7th, 2004, 07:52 PM
And the standard sky shot! iGeek - I liked your fuzz face picture. Even though spiders scare me, I have always found the jumping spiders kind of cute and you caputured him so well! Anyway, you are just solidifying my desire to get a macro lense! I sense a lot of money getting spent... that or a fish eye for some nice panoramas!


Sep 7th, 2004, 08:15 PM
That last sky picture reminded me to take a look outside - the sky was beautiful tonight!

I took this a few minutes ago.


Sep 7th, 2004, 08:44 PM
iGeek, you shooting digital or film?

Digital. I can't afford film. tongue.gif Since I never really had a camera before, I'm happy to do as much trial and error with the digital as I can, which with film would quickly bankrupt me. I think I'm starting to get it. Next step is digital single reflex, and I may indeed never have to do film, the way the tech is going.

Also, I never fancied messing with noxious chemicals in the darkroom, although much fun can be had that way.

That's some pretty good macro shooting... I don't have the patience for that.

Some of the Coolpix camera quirks can be very annoying with the macro. It starts with perfect focus, and then defocuses, as you go "Nooooooooo!". There are certain tricks I quickly learned, but it'd be nice to do without them and they don't always work either.

Patience I have, now I need way more practice. Am I happy it is already September? No. Could use a few more months of summer, dang it!

MaxPower is only monophobic!
Please post photos of the Praying Mantis. Those are some seriously cool creatures.

OK, some mantises coming up. Also, now that I have found a place whre there's a LOT of them, I should be able, with luck, to produce some good pix of them.

That DON'T require "manhandling" them.

They are pretty skittish too, and are often quite funny in their attempts to get away from the man creature.

This first one is passable, although I'm not too happy with it for fairly obvious reasons. I don't think I will post the one that would have been cool except for the blade of grass which was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The second one... manhandling the insect to show off those fearsome arms.



Sep 8th, 2004, 12:38 PM
Spent most of the day at the thoroughbred sales yesterday. Dang, I wish I had another memory card! Gotta remedy this pronto!

Speaking of intrusive elements, I could do without the sign and the bench. But it was hard to get exactly the shot one would like to have in all the hustle and bustle. Or actually... let's say insanity, for auctions have more than a few nutty elements to them.



Sep 8th, 2004, 01:07 PM
MBD wrote:

Anyway, you are just solidifying my desire to get a macro lense!

What kind of camera do you have? The one I got has a general purpose dinky lens. :D

Anyhow, you might not really need a "macro lens" as such for good close-ups.

As for macro shots, I'd like to be able to get right in there, fill the entire frame with the fuzzy face. This I can't do, right now.


Sep 8th, 2004, 03:25 PM
Anyhow, you might not really need a "macro lens" as such for good close-ups. Very true. My normal 55mm,F1.8 lens is like a macro because it magnifies a lot and has a small minimum focus distance - less than a foot. That's all one really needs for good closeups.

Sep 8th, 2004, 03:28 PM
Cool horse. I went to a Ranch on the long-weekend with my job. Now I get the week off smile.gif The clients and I got to go horse back riding. I haven't been in years. It was great. Here is some of the horses smile.gif


Sep 8th, 2004, 04:47 PM
What kind of camera do you have? The one I got has a general purpose dinky lens. I have a Digital Rebel and I bought the body then added a nicer lense. It is a Canon USM lense that is 24mm-70mm but with the CMOS sensor you need to multiply that by 1.5X so the 24mm becomes 38mm and I can't get very good shots even on the macro setting. :( That's okay though as the camera is very nice and I plan to get a few more lenses for it.

Sep 8th, 2004, 05:12 PM
I'm actually quite jealous, because the DR is capable of something else I can't do with my camera right now, i.e. great tele shots.

So why don't you cover the tele for now, while I cover the macro, eh? :D

No way I can take photos of hummingbirds in the wild with my current camera, but with the DR (when I borrowed it) I've managed some nice ones.


Sep 8th, 2004, 06:20 PM
Yeah it's a nice camera. Very fast and no noise even at 400 iso. It's much cheaper to want a tele (unless of course you go really crazy with one) and I'll probably get a better tele some day too. I'm thinking if I buy a new lense this year, it will be a good tele then wait until next summer for either the macro or fish eye (I really like making panoramas). But, who am I kidding? I'll be yearning for all the lenses next year. :) It's hard to find the macros used too!

Speaking of hummies, here are a couple of hummy pics. The one with the orange is just cute and not the best pic.

This one of the hovering hummy was taken with a Canon Powershot G2.

I think this grosbeak picture is nice too.

Oh and if you really want tele power - hook up your camera to a telescope! The lunar picture is with a cludgy set up of a Canon A20 (my first digital camera) on a tripod looking into my telescope's eyepiece. The telescope is a Meade SCT LX10 with a focal reducer on it (you can't get the whole moon in otherwise).



Sep 8th, 2004, 09:15 PM
I have had the privilege to hold live hummers on several occasions. They are the most special thing in all bird-dom.

Sunflowers can be pretty, too.


Sep 9th, 2004, 08:55 AM

I converted this shot to B&W in iPhoto and have it stretched out for my desktop.

[ September 09, 2004, 11:46 AM: Message edited by: Macified ]

Sep 9th, 2004, 12:48 PM
Someone turned the "root ball" of a tree into a pretty interesting piece of art...stylized just a bit with Photoshop.

I hope MaxPower doesn't think it's a spider. ;)


Sep 9th, 2004, 10:07 PM
With all the talk of spiders...


Our dock spider. She and her hundreds of babies took over one of our deck chairs for most of the summer.

Sep 10th, 2004, 03:04 AM
Spiders. Hmmmm....

When I lived in Venezuela and Colombia we had to deal with "bird-eating" spiders (at least, that's what the locals called them). :eek:

They were as big as a dinner plate when all their legs were spread out. Some kind of mutant South American tarantula, I think. Certainly rather hairy and thick...that's for sure. And a light purple-blue-gray on top.

Not sure what colour they were on bottom. I'd usually flattened em as soon as I saw em, with whatever large object was at hand, before I ever saw the bottom side of these nasty looking critters. :eek:

One of the most disquieting things about this particular breed of large spider was how it hunted for it's chosen prey...

It would wait in large tufts of pampas grass and suddenly leap out onto the back of a bird that had been feeding...before it could get airborne. It would then devour the bird with great relish.

Trouble was...when any of us were walking across a grassy meadow (through the tufts of pampas grass) our swinging arms had hands on the end that seemed to effectively mimic a bird on takeoff. :eek:

So, every now and then, we could expect to suddenly find a one pound purple tarantula attached to our dangling hands when walking across an otherwise safe clearing. Said monster spider would be desperately trying to subdue it's intended prey with it's talons and it's mandibles at about this same time.

The unexpected interface between relaxed strolling human host and a ravenously feeding giant tarantula was not always a pleasant one. Lemme TELL ya! :eek:

The drill was like this:

You are walking calmly across grassy field with several friends. Giant Hairy Spider suddenly appears on hand. It weighs about a pound or two! Flick it off at the earliest possible convenience with a hard shake of said hand (took about half a millisecond, usually)

Freak out and make up brand new swear words at this point, if you care to.(Most of us did this, spontaneously. Go figure.)

This is often accompanied by a loud shriek from all persons present. Especially your girlfriend. tongue.gif

At that point you would usually light out across the veldt at warp speed, directly AWAY from the threat.

You would be doing this with your girlfriend making fast strides several paces in front of you. And she would be pulling away from you VERY rapidly at that point, BTW.

Girls can instantly shatter olympic-class 100 yard dash records when confronted by a large hairy spider that seems to be consuming their boyfriend at the moment. And they can do this while screaming their lungs out, apparently.

Trust me, I know. I've seen it...and it's a wondrous thing indeed.

Ahhhh....the good old days. :cool:

[ September 10, 2004, 03:22 AM: Message edited by: macnutt ]

Sep 10th, 2004, 08:54 AM
Generally Spiders don't freak me out, but man-eating Spiders? I am pretty sure I would shatter a few records. graemlins/scream.gif

I quite like the visual you have painted. graemlins/lmao.gif

Sep 10th, 2004, 09:40 AM
Oh gross macnutt! Here I am slacking off at work on a Friday and I read that. Shudder! The skin on both my hands is twitching! Ewwwwwww!!!! :confused:

Sep 10th, 2004, 10:49 AM
What's really quite amusing is that a pet shop owner was recently intercepted at a Canadian airport, trying to smuggle in several dozen of these hairy babies.

While the customs officials were rifling through his baggage, they inadvertently relased some of the spiders, so that Olympic records may yet be broken by people who planned having a calm and leisurely trip to visit their relatives in Albuquerque, or whatever.


[ September 10, 2004, 12:39 PM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 10th, 2004, 12:51 PM

I'm really glad I didn't read that before I went to bed. I wouldn't have slept a wink. :confused:

Shattered records? I would have shattered the Olympic Records. And it would be a Very long time, well after we are all dead before some genetically altered being would ever marginally break the record. Trust me on this.

Sep 10th, 2004, 04:36 PM
Forgive me if this was mentioned already; I can't recall.
Here's a nice presentation (http://www.photo.net/photodb/presentation?presentation_id=188714) on digital macro photography of bugs by Mark Plonsky at photo.net where he talks about all the adapters he used on a Canon G3.

Sep 11th, 2004, 10:18 AM
[mothballed post]


[ September 19, 2004, 05:41 PM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 12th, 2004, 09:03 PM
Found this little guy in a scrap pile we were clearing. We had to relocate him for his own safety. He got a little squeel out of my wife when all she saw his spotted tail sliding under some wood.


The Doug
Sep 12th, 2004, 09:15 PM
That's a Spotted Salamander (http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/narcam/idguide/ambymacu.htm) - interesting pic!

Sep 13th, 2004, 09:58 PM
Wasps invented paper long before the Chinese did, yet everyone fails to thank them for it. And that's why they are so buzzin' mad!

Home, sweet home.


Sep 14th, 2004, 08:01 AM
That's a small nest compared to the one I had to deal with a couple of summers ago. Almost three times the size. Eventually it broke in half because of it's weight.

Surprisingly this was the first summer where I didn't have to deal with wasp nests.

Sep 14th, 2004, 11:02 AM
I know where there's a significantly larger nest, but I'm not adventurous enough to approach it, as it is inhabited by a particularly nasty and aggressive species of hornet. Compared to these, the paper wasp which lives in the nest above is practically a dopey pacifist, posing languorously on the couch of goldenrod. The hornets are hopped up on some insect meth, flying like crazy, scaring the placid bumblebees, disobeying traffic signals. I have only managed to photograph blurs, and haven't even got a clear look at them.

This metallic sweat bee, Agapostemon virescens, builds very interesting nests, but they are underground, so getting to see one isn't easy.



The Doug
Sep 14th, 2004, 07:53 PM
We have a large wasp nest growing up high, under the eave of the carport. The nest is full of colour, and is quite beautiful. It's about the size of someone's head. I won't say whose.

I don't mind wasps - it's live and let live. Late in the Fall the nest will become vacant. That's when I will take it down. If it's in good enough shape, I might consider keeping it. I'm sure it would sell on eBay too. tongue.gif


Sep 14th, 2004, 09:16 PM
If it's in good enough shape, I might consider keeping it. I'm sure it would sell on eBay too.

Yes, and I'd likely buy it, too! :D

Must-not-buy-another-wasp-nest-today.... Awww....

End of lifecycle for this long legged critter...
Dropped dead right in front of the lens...



Sep 14th, 2004, 11:20 PM
Snowshed - Trans-Canada Highway - Rogers Pass, BC.

They build these over the roadway to allow avalanches to pass without capturing some unsuspecting motorist and sweeping them into oblivion.


Sep 15th, 2004, 09:09 AM

What are those flies that you just took the picture of?

We are infested with them. I have no idea what they are.

Mrs. Furley
Sep 15th, 2004, 09:20 AM
iGeek, I am thoroughly enjoying all your photos...even the spiders! They're beautiful pictures.

And so are everyone else's. Keep them coming!

Sep 15th, 2004, 10:14 AM
What are those flies that you just took the picture of?

It is a crane-fly, the exact species I'm not sure of. The adults are entirely harmless, if annoying, especially if present in large numbers. The larvae can be a problem in the garden.

iGeek, I am thoroughly enjoying all your photos...even the spiders!

Thank you! Just for that, you can go and see another spider. It is really quite pretty.


This one I was going to post right after Mr. Fuzzface, but since MaxPower fell out of his chair because of him, it was languishing:


Yes, pretty please, more photos from everybody! I don't really want to turn this thread into "iGeek's Photofile", but I will, if I must. :D

Straight from Mother Nature's Horror Show, I'm pleased to present the Spiky Terror, the Rapacious Devourer of Aphids, the Lady Bug Larva:



[ September 15, 2004, 10:38 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:17 PM
You know, I had completely forgotten about Canada's Coat of Arms or whatever this is. It is quite a piece of work. Perhaps someone in ehMacland could inform us of the significance of the beasts, armour, pennants, and things....

Summit, Rogers' Pass, Trans-Canada Highway, BC

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:48 PM
Well, most of the heraldic doo-dads are British, unsurprisingly. The Latin motto is "From sea to sea" which is derived from Psalm 72:8, "Et dominabitur a mari usque ad mare, et a flumine usque ad terminos terrae" (He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.) Officially only used since 1906, in the coat of arms since 1921.

Lions and unicorns, hum! We should just have a great honkin' beaver, carryin' a 24, eh?


Sep 15th, 2004, 11:48 PM
During one of my many "off" periods from the oilpatch, I used to work for a company here on Salt Spring that did coats of arms and scottish clan badges. We mailed em out to the whole world, and business was brisk around the time that "Braveheart" came out.

I don't know this stuff outright, but I'll take a stab at decoding it for you. Here goes:

The central shield has four separate devices in it. THe three 'fleur de lis" would mean France, I believe. the "Lion Rampant" (standing lion) would be Scotland, The Harp would be Ireland, and the multiple lions is usually an English device.

This pretty much makes sense when you consider the original founding countries that made up Canada.

The British flag is on the upper left, and the French pennant is on the upper right. Framing the whole thing are the two standing beasts on either side. I'll take a wild stab in the dark and say that the lion is England and the horse is France.

The armored knights helmet above the central shield is pretty much a standard coat of arms device. It means "this is an official coat of arms" or something like that.

The banner below reads "MARE USQUE AD MARE" which is latin for "FROM SEA TO SEA", I believe.

Pretty much all of the rest of the fillips and flourishes are just baroque decoration. To give it greater importance, as was the fashion of the day.

Hope this helps. (Hope I'm right about most of it). :confused: :cool:

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:49 PM
OOPS...double post. I have a new mouse....and it doesn't need the hard smack that my old one did. (Must be gentle Gerry...lest you spook the critter. There's a good lad.) ;) graemlins/lmao.gif

[ September 16, 2004, 12:02 AM: Message edited by: macnutt ]

Sep 15th, 2004, 11:53 PM
Macnutt sez:


There ain't no Shinning here, Nutt. Go back to your redrum. :D



Sep 16th, 2004, 12:01 PM
DARN...you caught that before I could edit it out! tongue.gif

My latin is sparse. Nonexistant, actually. I was working from the tattered scraps of memory that I still have left...

What were we talking about again? tongue.gif ;) graemlins/lmao.gif

Sep 16th, 2004, 12:03 PM
Here we go, fillip by fillip:

"The design reflects the importance of the four founding nations. The shield of the Royal Arms of Canada features the three royal lions of England, the royal lion of Scotland, the royal fleurs-de-lis of France and the royal Irish harp of Tara. On the bottom portion of the shield is a sprig of three Canadian maple leaves. The Coat of Arms is supported by the lion of England holding the Royal Union Flag and the unicorn of Scotland carrying the flag of Royal France. The crest is a crowned lion holding a red maple leaf. At the base of the Royal Arms are the floral emblems of the four founding nations of Canada: the English rose, the Scottish thistle, the French fleur-de-lis and the Irish shamrock. "

Since 1994 also includes a ribbon reading:

Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam (They desire a better country).


[ September 16, 2004, 12:13 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 16th, 2004, 12:10 PM
DARN...you caught that before I could edit it out!

And it's good that you did, as that's patriotic, eh?

"from sea to shining sea" is a line from "America the beautiful".

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea! etc...

It's hard to keep all these "sea to seas" orderly in one's noggin. :D


Sep 16th, 2004, 12:22 PM
Speaking of DARNing, here's a professional darner:

Shadow darner (I think), Aeshna umbrosa. These dang Aeshnids are hard to tell apart.



Sep 16th, 2004, 12:55 PM
That abdomen must be the USS Enterprise of the 6- legged world.

Thanks for the arms information. I am relieved to see someone has remembered that stuff.

Sep 16th, 2004, 01:43 PM
Landscape near Warkworth, Ontario.

Sep 16th, 2004, 09:28 PM
In every population, there's one member out-of-line. ;)

Bull River Road, East Kootenay, BC

Cynical Critic
Sep 17th, 2004, 04:14 AM
I like all these here purdy pictures. They sure is nice and a lot less frightenin' than those movin' pictures. :D

Seriously though I'm impressed. Keep on posting!

Sep 17th, 2004, 04:04 PM
Hagens's bluet, Enallagma hageni, male.

Of course the battery had to die after this shot, and the subject was not patient enough to sit while I was switching to another one. Why does this always happen?



[ September 17, 2004, 04:28 PM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

The Doug
Sep 17th, 2004, 08:06 PM
It's still a great shot. Now go buy more batteries.

Sep 17th, 2004, 10:14 PM
Now go buy more batteries.

I got the batteries, it's the running out of juice or card space at the most inopportune moment that bugs me.

In any case, it started raining seconds after that, so I would have maybe had an opportunity for 2-3 more frames. Another day for bluets will come. They fly until October.

If this thing weren't so tiny, I'd be afraid of it. An ambush bug with chameleon eyes...



[ September 17, 2004, 10:26 PM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 17th, 2004, 11:42 PM
Awesome pics iGeek...love 'em! :cool:

Sep 18th, 2004, 08:14 AM
I like that ambush bug! I've never seen one and I think it is very cool.

Sep 18th, 2004, 09:27 AM
I like that ambush bug! I've never seen one and I think it is very cool.

Most of them are very small. Fortunately. I knew it was a true bug when photographing it, but didn't really see what it was until I got home and looked at it on the screen.

As this fella is predominantly yellow, he usually escapes notice on goldenrod, where it is apparently mostly found.

This one rather stood out on top of the thistle bud.

More stuff about ambush bugs:


"The Stokes Guide to Observing Insect Lives says they can be picked up, though I personally can't bring myself to disturb a bug with such a fanatically determined expression."

You will enjoy his photos. Personally, I'm inspired.

Cute leafhopper:

There's no stoppin' the leafhoppers from hoppin'
You gotta keep it beatin'
For all the hoppin' leafhoppers

leafhoppers wanna hop some more


iG/<, with apologies to the prematurely departed Ramones.

Sep 18th, 2004, 10:48 AM
Oh yes, I love the little hoppies too! This is what sucks about winter, no cool bugs and cute toads to photograph. :(

The Doug
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:14 PM
Two of my favourite things.


Quartz Crystal

I have another, totally different kind of quartz crystal laying around somewhere - I'll have to find it and put up a pic.

Sep 18th, 2004, 04:19 PM
In mineral-rich Brasil, they make ashtrays out of geodes. They look really cool. I still have one on my coffee table. My mom has a set of thinly sliced coasters and a set of nifty bookends made from geodes. The crystal interior is sooo startling compared to the rough stone exterior. Breaking one open is like Christmas morning. You never know quite what to expect. :cool:

Sep 18th, 2004, 04:32 PM
Rats...I'll try again.

Sep 18th, 2004, 04:38 PM
Here are a couple of photos I took while I was working down there:

This one was taken at sunset from the deck of the offshore rig. Which was parked two hundred miles out in the South Atlantic, directly east of Rio http://srv.fotopages.com/2/2392458.jpg

This is Rio de Janeiro, circa 1978. Taken from Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf mountain)

Sep 18th, 2004, 09:40 PM
Congrats macnutt.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but are those not the first pics you ever posted successfully?

Well done Laddie!



Cynical Critic
Sep 18th, 2004, 11:53 PM
Hey if anyone of you have links or can otherwise post desktop quality images of a few of your favourite pictures, I'd absolutely love to add them to my desktop. That is if you don't mind me using them as such.

Keep up the good work!

Sep 19th, 2004, 02:17 AM
Feel free, CC. :cool:

And, yes SINC, old buddy...those ARE the very first pix I've ever been able to post here without any major problems.

I guess the planets lined up or something. tongue.gif ;)

Two down...ten THOUSAND more images to go! graemlins/heybaby.gif graemlins/lmao.gif

Hope you guys aren't doing anything for the next four years or so. If you thought I was "long-winded" when I was typing....then wait until you get a load of me with easily-posted photos! :cool:

YEEE-HAWWWW!!! graemlins/lmao.gif

The Doug
Sep 19th, 2004, 05:22 PM
I found my other quartz crystal (more of a clump, really). It measures about 5 x 6", and is about 2" thick.


The back of the clump is equally interesting. There are more quartz deposits of a different kind, and other things I can't identify.


Bonus pic! This is an unfired clay skull that I did in a sculpture class in my final year of CEGEP... in 1980.


Sep 19th, 2004, 05:38 PM
Bonus pic! This is an unfired clay skull that I did in a sculpture class in my final year of CEGEP

Holy zygomatic processes, Dougman! ;)


The Doug
Sep 19th, 2004, 05:52 PM
Holy zygomatic processes, Dougman!
Thickish there, yes. smile.gif

Sep 19th, 2004, 05:55 PM
Oh yes, I love the little hoppies too! This is what sucks about winter, no cool bugs and cute toads to photograph.

Although I very likely would have agreed with you a year ago, now I will just say that winter offers up a different, equally rich subject matter to photograph.

I'm planning to jump right into the snow with the camera this time around.

To that end, I'm knitting it a little sweater and a pair of mittens.

However, if someone kidnaps me to Costa Rica in the middle of January, I shan't be protesting! :)


Sep 19th, 2004, 07:09 PM
Uh, OK... If you put it this way... I have a better use for my garage also! graemlins/ptptptptptpt.gif



Sep 19th, 2004, 08:31 PM
This is not my pic but I thought it deserved a posting. This is a shot taken at the scene of a fire last Sunday in my home town of Brantford ON. The fire was right next door to the Sanderson Center which was formerly the Capital Theater were I saw Star Wars in its theater days.

Sep 21st, 2004, 04:01 PM
Plane catcher.



Sep 22nd, 2004, 02:35 AM
You have a truly artistic eye, igeek. :cool:

I mean it. Outstanding stuff. ALL of it. :cool:

Sep 22nd, 2004, 09:56 AM
MacNutt is in a praising mood:

You have a truly artistic eye, igeek.

Thanks. It's just the magnification, 's all. ;)



[ September 22, 2004, 10:16 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 22nd, 2004, 10:30 AM
Ghost building site, East-end 'tranna.


Sep 22nd, 2004, 11:58 AM
By the way iGeek, I wanted to tell you how awed my gal and I are by your photographic abilities. We were going over this very thread the other day and we just kept being floored by your stuff. Your floral and insectile subject matter are often so artfully captured it's sheer poetry. Lots of folks shoot similar subject matter but few possess the kind of keen eye you do. Bravo, man! I'd love to see some of those shots blown up to wall-size... that would be a real trip.

Sep 23rd, 2004, 02:49 AM

Maple, Cranbrook, BC - Autumn 1, 2004

Sep 23rd, 2004, 07:49 PM
Max joined Macnutt's conspiracy to swell my head!

I wanted to tell you how awed my gal and I are by your photographic abilities

Thanks. I'm glad you have enjoyed my photos, but I don't quite think I have any abilites just yet. Other than point and click. I'm achieving some OK results purely through brute force of shooting 500 frames a day and throwing out 498. ;)

I'd love to see some of those shots blown up to wall-size... that would be a real trip.

So would I. Although I think that the output from Coolpix 4500 can only be stretched to 11x17. I haven't printed anything yet, at any size.

I'm shopping for a good photo printer. Any recommendations?

I'm pretty peeved with Epson because of lack of OS X support for some of their smaller printers (of which I have 3), and unresolved issues with their large format printers. So maybe not an Epson... :P

My friend Paul does not want to help in developing my photo skillz:

"ENOUGH already!"



Sep 23rd, 2004, 09:31 PM
Well, first off, please don't lump me in with that feller Macnutt - we share some ancestral heritage and that's about it!


Secondly, I wouldn't say your stuff is great if I didn't think so. But I do hear you regarding your philosophy about shooting one good one whilst tossing out umpteen mediocre or ****-poor ones. I find that method works for me too - in paintings as well as photos. Law of averages, I guess.

Thirdly, about printers. The way I see it, all these printer companies are in the business of pushing ink onto the addicted masses - that's how they make their filthy lucre. Talk about your licenses to print money... I despair at the thought that I can buy a set of ink carts for about the same price as a new Epson economy-type letter-sized printer... something's terribly wrong with this picture. That noted, I see some wonderful possibilities with the Epson 2200... I expect to be buying this beast, or its successor, by the spring of next year. I am intrigued by the archival quality of the pigmented inks... and I've seen the output; very impressive. I want that calibre of printer because I am interested in selling my images to as-yet unsuspecting customers. We'll see if anyone bites; jury is out on that one.

However, HP seems to have come a long way in the years since I first started using Epson stylus printers. Seems lots of Mac folk are quite happy with recent HP models. Personally, I make do with an old Epson 1270 in my line of work and the sucker keeps on printing stuff just fine... but expose the resultant prints to light on a steady basis and watch the image fade in a hurry. It's fine for my work because the prints only have to look decent for the time it takes to shoot a scene... but seeing the 2200 come down in price over the last year or so, it starts to look like a truly tempting investment.

Feh. Printers. Ya needs 'em but ya hates ta buy into the whole scameroo.

Lastly, cameras... I'm impressed that you do what you do with the model you possess. I hope you stick around to shoot a great deal more; I think you have a real eye for this sort of stuff.

Okay - 'nuff said for now. Cheers, iGeek.

[ September 23, 2004, 10:00 PM: Message edited by: Max ]

Sep 23rd, 2004, 11:06 PM
That noted, I see some wonderful possibilities with the Epson 2200...

Yes, it's a great printer, although it does have some issues too. One thing that has been driving me (and many other people) batty is that it doesn't center the image properly. Epson has known about this for a long time and what are they doing? Sweet nothing.

There's still a touch of metamerism in 2200 prints, although not as bad as with the 2000P, where the black was basically a very dark green. :P



Sep 24th, 2004, 08:15 AM
Sounds like you are higher up on the learning curve than I. Had to look up metamerism to see what it meant.


A pro photographer friend of mine owns the 2200. He's very happy with the printer, but he did spend a great deal of time with the settings, going though a lot of ink and paper, in order to get the quality of output he wanted - you know, appearance on screen = proofed output. He does say that the blacks aren't quite there yet but for most of his requirements, he's quite happy. He hasn't made any comments about the page centering issue you speak of - I may be meeting him for a beer tonight, I'll ask him about it.

As for other printers, I don't know what else there is out there... if you want fairly archival stuff and visual fidelity, the options are fairly slim as yet. Bet that in another year or two, we'll see considerably more choices on the market.


Sep 24th, 2004, 09:23 AM
I do computer support for some photographers/artists who own or owned the 2xxx series Epsons, hence the gripes.

Some people can live with the prints coming out slightly off center, others wanna take a hammer to the printer. :)

This BTW is not only an issue with the OS X drivers. some PC users have been reporting a similar problem.

One has to mess around with custom paper sizes (which are not fully supported either!) to circumvent the problem, and despite that sometimes the printer does what it wants, anyway. :P

Should you buy the 2200, this would be a very useful workaround page to visit:



[ September 24, 2004, 09:33 AM: Message edited by: iGeeK ]

Sep 24th, 2004, 09:33 AM
I've spoken to several professional photographers and ALL recommend the Epson 2200.

Max, you mentioned that the colours didn't match what your friend had on his screen. My guess is that he didn't calibrate his monitor to match his printer. This is a MUST DO when printing. Otherwise you will be disappointed with the results.

Once my money situation improves, I will be making the plunge to purchase a 2200.

Sep 24th, 2004, 10:38 AM
Thanks for the comments, gents. I will see what there is out there come the spring... if no one steps up to challenge Epson, I believe I too will spring for the 2200. I think it's a lot of printer for the money... heck, my 1270 cost about half that a few years ago, and its capabilities are nowhere near what the newer printer can do... I'm also excited by some of the new photographic papers Epson has come out with in recent years... some pretty slick stuff.

But yeah, there's still lots of legit gripes about lacklustre Epson support and printer drivers... those guys are a little too smug, you ask me. That's why I would welcome the intervention of some stiff competition.

Sep 24th, 2004, 03:29 PM
Soft lander.



Sep 24th, 2004, 04:06 PM

Corner, alleyway, River & Labatt area, East-central Hawgtown.


Sep 24th, 2004, 04:19 PM
I absolutely love this type of stuff. Cracked paint, rusted metal, stained concrete...

This photo covers all of that. :)


Sep 24th, 2004, 04:36 PM
Yeah, I'm a sucker for it. too... all manner of deteriorata - empty/abandoned sites, relics of former industry... I could shoot that stuff all day. Matter of fact, I have.


Sep 24th, 2004, 04:36 PM
As a part of our camera club, we host a photography competition yearly at a local fair.
A friend of ours is a professional photographer but printed out her own stuff at home on an epson 1280. There were arguements as to whether her prints entered were developed or computer generated. She now owns an Epson 2200 and loves it. Her stuff is unbelievable and the prints she produces is absolutely wonderful.

The Epson simply required some fiddling with the settings I believe - My partner is buying one soon too. smile.gif ;) smile.gif

Sep 24th, 2004, 04:36 PM

Sep 24th, 2004, 08:49 PM
Max, stop taking pictures of my garage! ;)

I recall a photographer who did a series of nothing but crushed pop cans embeded in asphalt. I think it was in NYC, can't recall the name though.

Sep 25th, 2004, 05:31 AM
Here's a shot of my Dragrace team's Nitro powered Harley (almost 400hp) blasting sideways out of the lauch pad.

"Jungle" Jim Girdlestone (the pilot) has the situation well in hand. He's the best..and fastest...dirt drag Nitro pilot on the planet, right now. Bar NONE!


[ September 25, 2004, 05:43 AM: Message edited by: macnutt ]

Sep 25th, 2004, 05:36 AM
Well...whaddayaknow...it actually WORKED!! ;)

Too cool! :cool: :cool:

The Doug
Sep 26th, 2004, 04:10 PM

Sep 26th, 2004, 10:08 PM
The Doug, that looks like the Harry Potter tree.

Johnny Melano
Sep 26th, 2004, 10:45 PM
Well here are some "shutter effects" taking with my Minolta Z2 Digital. It was taken in Vicenza (Venice), Italy while I was in my cousins car late at night. They're more like tests then actual "pro" photography. It's a wonderful 10x Optical 4mp cam though.


The Doug
Sep 27th, 2004, 01:16 PM
Black Capped Chickadee

Sep 27th, 2004, 02:31 PM
Natur mort, the ghost of a fly.



Sep 27th, 2004, 02:47 PM
Nice to see this thread has legs.


Stonework detail, the Guild Inn, Scarborough.


The Doug
Sep 27th, 2004, 04:38 PM

Sep 27th, 2004, 06:10 PM

Reflection of Sunset, Bull River, BC 3 Autumn, 2004

Sep 28th, 2004, 02:34 AM
Homes built on sand dunes and Hurricanes don't mix
Here's a good picture to show the power of Hurricane Jeanne. The picture is of a neighbours home on Scotland Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. What happened, was the ocean had a storm surge of over 8 feet and it continued to pound underneath the foundation/cistern and the house just fell over. This house is located on the ocean side (North East) of the island. It was taken on the weekend, just a few days after it was safe to come out. My folks home was lucky, it lost a few shingles and stairs to the beach.

Big photo found here (1600 x 800) (http://homepage.mac.com/scottsymmes/ehmac/jeanne.jpg)

[ September 28, 2004, 11:41 AM: Message edited by: Pylonman ]

Sep 28th, 2004, 07:21 AM
Cool pic. Next time downsize it, OK? Pain in the butt to have to scroll sideways. Besides, not everyone has broadband.


Sep 28th, 2004, 11:45 AM
Sorry guys/gals about the big file. I was so excited about sharing the pic and forgot to down size it.

Made it smaller.

Sep 28th, 2004, 12:12 PM
Thanks, Pylonman! Cheers.

The Doug
Sep 28th, 2004, 09:56 PM

Sep 28th, 2004, 10:01 PM
It sucks being solitary and nestless. All tuckered and tucked in for the night.

I'm glad I don't have to hang by my teeth while sleeping.



Sep 28th, 2004, 11:41 PM

Summit Monument, Highway 1, Rogers Pass, BC

Sep 29th, 2004, 04:00 AM
Sunset on Eastern, Toronto

Sep 29th, 2004, 02:49 PM

Final Flare



Sep 29th, 2004, 04:18 PM
OMG that little bee is so cute!

I never thought I would find a bee cute.

Mrs. Furley
Sep 29th, 2004, 04:23 PM
I've always thought bees were cute - I've even been caught speaking to them before in a childlike tone.

iGeeK made it even cuter though with his description! I think he should caption all his insect photos like that and put together a book for kids or something.

Sep 29th, 2004, 06:35 PM
I noticed that Monster Cable (http://www.monstercable.com/Photo/) is having a $10,000. Photo contest.
Maybe I should enter a few in there, I could use the money.

Dave :cool:

The Doug
Sep 29th, 2004, 07:22 PM

Sep 30th, 2004, 01:19 AM

Maximum Talus, Matthew Creek headwaters, Kimberley, BC

Sep 30th, 2004, 08:31 AM
The Doug, you are gonna make MaxPower faint again.

Quoth Mrs. Furley:

GeeK made it even cuter though with his description! I think he should caption all his insect photos like that and put together a book for kids or something.

Cute bug books are not just for kids, dammit! ;)

Some kinda book thing will eventually happen, but I yet have a far, far road to travel in developin' my photo skillz. While that bee may be cutely hanging on with its mandibles, I'm not even 80% satisfied with the photo. I could have done better. Although the freaking glare was a pain... I need to geet a hoodie for my LCD.

It'd be cool to have a head mounted LCD for the camera, cuz in some light conditions it's just impossible to see the monitor.

I never thought I would find a bee cute.

It's these big eyes, and how it's huddled up. Completely neotenic and vulnerable. I wanted to hug the bug, but it was a wee to small for that and would not care for it anyway.

And its little wing is all torn up...



Sep 30th, 2004, 08:51 AM
More cute insect stuff for the kids sugar table book (they don't drink coffee, but they snort sugar) :

"Mama Mantis has eaten all her husbands and now in October she is ready to lay her ootheca, so her belly is all swollen up and rarin' to go. In the Spring there will be hundreds and hundreds of cute tiny praying mantises hopping around from leaf to leaf."



Oct 1st, 2004, 10:44 PM
The Olympics of Verboten.

From the local library, where indeed no one wants to see rollerskating attack doxies having lunch while smoking bicyclists compete in the spelling bee pentathlon.

Well, I find it funny:



Oct 1st, 2004, 11:29 PM
No, no.

It means no smoking allowed while your dog is eating, even if you rode your bike or roller bladed to the library.



Oct 1st, 2004, 11:33 PM
It could mean the librarian forbids roller skating cigarettes from chasing bicycle riding dogs around the stacks with a knife, fork or spoon.


Oct 1st, 2004, 11:38 PM
Hmmm, so it could!



Oct 1st, 2004, 11:57 PM
It "depends".

Oct 2nd, 2004, 12:01 PM
Yeah, but NOT in this thread!



Oct 2nd, 2004, 09:39 PM
I think y'all will get a kick out of this.

The quality sucks due to the fact these were taken at night with a Sony cell phone. To be more specific, my girlfriend took them with her phone as we lined up at a Tim Horton's Drive-Through.

Check out the guy on the bicycle patiently going through. graemlins/lmao.gif




Oct 2nd, 2004, 10:03 PM

Oct 3rd, 2004, 12:16 PM
Late night baseball fanning.



Oct 3rd, 2004, 12:30 PM
Not as good as some previous posts on this subject but this was my first go with totally ameteur equipment.


While there is a debate as to the actual age of the moon, experts say between 1.5 and 4.5 billion years, it always amazes me that we get a new moon every month or so. This moon is only a couple days past full.

Don't forget the lunar eclipse on October 27th. The entire United States and Canada experience a total lunar eclipse on the 27th, with the umbral phase starting at 9:14 p.m. and totality beginning at 10:23 p.m. at which point the Moon should turn coppery red.

Oct 3rd, 2004, 09:58 PM
The colour that never turns off. It never forgives. It never forgets.



Oct 6th, 2004, 12:15 PM

Kootenay River/CP Rail, Fort Steele, BC 8 Autumn 2004

The Doug
Oct 6th, 2004, 09:32 PM

Oct 7th, 2004, 09:39 AM
For those of you who shoot film:

The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. -Ansel Adams

Someone better come up quick with some quotable stuff for the digi photographers!


Oct 7th, 2004, 12:22 PM
A mud tachisme, for Max:



Oct 7th, 2004, 03:49 PM
Cool, mister. Raise you one!


Cop on horseback, Unwin Street, 'tranna.

Oct 7th, 2004, 04:20 PM
Railway "lands"...also in Tranna.


Oct 7th, 2004, 04:24 PM
Horse behind bars (For drivin' without windshield wipers), Woodbine Horse Jail, Tranna.



Oct 7th, 2004, 04:27 PM
Dammit , kps, you spoiled my equine segue! :D


Oct 7th, 2004, 05:11 PM
Cool track shot! Looks like MacMillan Yard, up in Vaughn. Used to work up there in a signals gang once upon a time. We called it Mac Yard for short... this was before the Mac itself existed. Kinda funny, that. I played a lot of banjo that summer... a banjo on the railway is a spade; dug a lot of track-side ditches. Nice that I don't do that anymore.

Keep it up, guys! Go equine or go (rail)way out. Or switch it up again. This be fun.

Oct 7th, 2004, 07:00 PM
Sorry, iGeek...I thought the theme was "tracks"... ;)

Not the Mac yard at Keele & 7 Max, that shot was taken from a bridge between the CNE and Ontario Place. Looking E toward Spadina with a 200mm lens

Oct 7th, 2004, 07:24 PM
Here's another shot of some urban trails... ;)


Oct 8th, 2004, 12:52 PM
More trax.... looking West, on top of the overpass, Jones Avenue, 'tranna.

Oct 9th, 2004, 09:55 AM
A hint of dawn, 7:45 a.m., October 9, 2004:




Oct 9th, 2004, 10:00 AM
Near dawn, 7:50 a.m., October 9, 2004:




The Doug
Oct 9th, 2004, 06:32 PM


Oct 10th, 2004, 11:41 AM
Leafhopper frottage for Macnutt, who seems to be a connoisseur of such stuff. };)



Oct 10th, 2004, 12:48 PM
I am not sure why, but our sunrises have been spectacular these past few days. This morning for example:




Oct 10th, 2004, 08:43 PM
I hear Oliver Twist asking for more... ;)

Dickensian imagery in Toronto.