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David Recht

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More Jelly Please -
A shot from a few years ago at the fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium jellyfish display.
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Very beautiful, regardless....  :-)
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David Recht

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Killing Field -
Old stumps of giant Sequoia trees in "Stump Meadow" in Sequoia National Park. Some of these stumps were the bottoms of trees over 200 feet tall and over 1200 years old. This area, logged in the 1890, is a bit of a sobering hike after seeing the relatively few giant Sequoias that still exist.
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Agreed! I think that they knew not what they did.... sadly.
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David Recht

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Mama Bear -
Shot her in Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park. She had two cubbies with her but couldn't get close enough to work them into the shot. Actually, there were so many marauding tourists charging Mama bear that she went away pretty quickly. People are crazy - this is dangerous stuff but many don't understand.
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In Clover Cover
My latest phone book cover is out today. I Chose to show the version without the big Injury lawyer ad. A cover is a cover and these hang around a long time!
Westmoreland New Hampshire
Jeff Newcomer, NEPG
partridgebrookreflections.com
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Jeffrey Newcomer

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Sugar Hill Dawn: Up-coming Photography Classes
Two weeks after my hip replacement I'm beginning to move better and I actually drove today!
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To stave off the boredom, I have been working on the plans for my up-coming digital photography courses, for this fall and winter. I'll be revisiting (and hopefully refining) my introduction to digital Photography course and my Lightroom classes. I'm also adding a fall foliage workshop for the weekend after the Columbus day, usually a prime time for foliage. Check out the schedule and let me know soon if you want to be on the list. I'm planning small classes for the best personal attention.
Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Jeff Newcomer, NEPG
partridgebrookreflections.com
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Jeffrey Newcomer

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Purple Walk
Flowers along Keene's Main Street
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Keene, NH
Jeff Newcomer, NEPG
partridgebrookreflections.com
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Jeffrey Newcomer

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Post Hip Peony
Another "One and Done" this time by necessity.
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My first picture on my new hip, obviously taken as I hobbled down my driveway. Can't complain, I am just over one week and I am already walking only with a cane. Keep all those great Lupine images coming. You are driving me CRAZY!
Spofford, NH
Jeff Newcomer, NEPG
partridgebrookreflections.com
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Steven Weinberg

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Steve, amazing macro shot!!

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David Recht

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Merced Flow -
The Merced River flows past Valley View (a much photographed location) in Yosemite Valley. El Capitan looms over the scene with Ribbon Fall at the left. www.davidrecht.net
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The place to connect, share and interact with the DPExperience community at large as well as with +Rick and Juan.
 
Upright Silos
The Latest Lightroom CC update includes improvements in perspective controls.
http://bit.ly/290Ujy2
Among these is the Guided Upright Tool which allows better control of upright transformations to correct distortions, such as the "key-stoning which initially afflicted this image of silos in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Check this weeks blog for more info and examples of this powerful tool.
Jeff Newcomer, NEPG
partridgebrookreflections.com
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Excellent perspective control Jeffrey! I like the gritty look to the tractor, suits the image.

By the way, how's the new hip holding out? Mine is almost healed now, and I'm grateful for modern medicine.
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David Recht

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Moro Rock Pano -
In Sequoia National Park you can hike up to Moro Rock for a view of the central Sierras. The hike up is pretty awesome given the sheer drop and the narrow passages through the granite rock. I held onto every handrail I could.
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Jeffrey Newcomer

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Marshall Point Glow
A client is looking for images from the Maine coast in autumn. Its a great excuse for a gimp to troll for unrealized images from my archive. I love the view through the columns of Marshall Point Light at sunset.
Marshal Point Light, Port Clyde Maine
Jeff Newcomer, NEPG
partridgebrookreflections.com
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Steven Weinberg

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Chuck Kopczak

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TINY TENTACLES
Of all of the species of marine organism that possess stinging cells used for immobilizing prey, sea jellies are likely the most well-known. Drifting placidly with the currents, collecting food along the way, jellies have come to fascinate visitors to aquariums displaying them. But there are many other species in this group of animals we call cnidarians (nye-dare’-ee-ans, the letter c is silent).

We know jellies primarily from their floating medusa stage, but they also go through a stage of life as a polyp that is attached to the bottom. And within the cnidarians, there are many species that spend their entire life as polyps attached to a hard surface and never exist in the floating medusa form. Among these are familiar sea anemones, and a group known as hydroids, which are the feature of today’s post.

Hydroids are colonial organisms in which all of the individuals are connected to a common living tube called a stolon that allows food collected by the individual feeding polyps to be shared among all members of the colony. In addition to the feeding polyps, the colonies will also produce polyps specialized for reproduction.

Some hydroids form feathery branches that look for the entire world like a plant or algae. Others, like today’s subject, form less-branched polyps that look like sea anemones with extremely long bases. Regardless of the specific form, all share a common process of feeding and reproduction, and all have stinging cells in the tentacles of the feeding polyps.

The species seen in today’s photo is called the pink-mouth hydroid (Ectopleura crocea). And as described above, the individual polyps in the photo share a common base that allows the flow of materials from one to the rest of the colony. In this case, that common base, or stolon is anchored to the steel structure of an oil drilling platform located off the coast of southern California. Constantly bathed by sea water flowing by, these hungry filter feeders get a never ending supply of tiny planktonic organisms on which to snack. Seems like an ideal habitat for a hydroid.

Today’s photo was taken with a Canon EF100 mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 5D Mk. III in an Ikelite underwater housing. Lighting was provided by an Ikelite DS161 strobe set to eTTL exposure. The exposure was set to 1/45 sec at f/9.5 and ISO 200.

To see more of my photos and blogs, visit www.chuckkopczakphotography.com

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+Bruce Williams thanks. I even make it harder on myself lately by experimenting with extension tubes. I've been using Ikelite since 1980 when I first got into u/w photography. And I've stuck with them through three different cameras since then. I'd highly recommend them based on my experience. I especially like being able to see what's going on inside the housing. And I find their ettl circuitry great at controlling the strobes either automatically or manually. 
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Edward Bartel

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OPA

As seen in the Albright Knox Art Gallery at last night's Party on the Portico...

#m43ftw   #opa   #abstract   #geometry   #angularity  
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David Recht

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Train Guards -
One of the pass throughs in one of the subway stations in Moscow. Each pass through has statures to add to the museum like decoration of the subway station. These walkway "guards" are a throw back to the Soviet template of dedication, sacrifice and strength. www.davidrecht.net
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Chuck Kopczak

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A STRAIGHT ZIG ZAG
Here’s one more black and white composition to complete my recent series of black and white images. Also taken while exploring the banks of the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska, this one was captured at the CenturyLink Center.

As with my last couple of posts, this one was captured on a day that favored black and white compositions of interesting shapes and patterns. Rather than describe what this is, I’ll throw it out as a question to the viewer.

What is it that cast this shadow? And why does the shadow take this shape?

Enjoy.

This photo was taken with a Canon EF17-40 mm f/4L USM lens zoomed to 32 mm on a Canon EOS 5D Mk. III. The exposure was set to 1/45 sec at f/9.5 and ISO 100.

To see more of my photos and blogs, visit www.chuckkopczakphotography.com

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Jim Denham

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MANTEO BOAT HOUSE

I love black and white. Take the color out and an image takes on a totally different feel, more artistic, but somehow more real. I love black and white.

The boat house at the Manteo waterfront.

Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter speed: 123 seconds
Focal length: 30mm
Sony A7MII
Sony FE 16-35mm f4.0
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Jim Denham

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It's likely that all photographers have their favorite combinations of subjects and picture types, like urban exploration and HDR. The HDR just brings out the details and textures of decaying buildings better than any other method. For me, I'm not sure there's a better combination for long exposure than the bald cypress tree. Sure, with wind, they can create problems, but their natural posture just suits moving clouds and water about as good as anything can.

Now, I might be a bit bias as these trees have carved out their very own spot in my heart, and photographic eye. How about you be the judge.

Aperture: f8
ISO:100
Shutter speed: 63 seconds
Focal length: 35mm
Sony A7MII
Sony FE 16-35mm f4.0
Lee Big Stopper
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Brad Wilkins

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women in red rowing across the sound.
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