A Photo A Week Challenge: Golden Hour

In response to Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge Golden Hour.  My photo was also taken in Hawaii from Kaanapali Beach, where I am lucky enough to be visiting right now!



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In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Evanescent.

ev·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

 The Supermoon lasted only a night, and then it began to wane.

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My New Lens

For the past several months I have lusted after the sharpness and detail that other photographers seem to be able to achieve, but that has escaped me.  I studied their work and arrived at the conclusion that it might be time to take the plunge and invest in a better quality telephoto lens.

I settled upon two possible lenses, and decided to rent both of them for a week from http://borrowlenses.com  before making the sizable investment that buying a lens was going to entail.  It turned out to be a smart thing to do, and at the end of the rental week I had decided to order the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm 2.8 PRO lens with a 1.4x Teleconvertor.

My lens arrived a few days before I left on my Hawaiian vacation. It is bulky and heavy, but that’s the trade-off for picture quality that I have not been able to achieve until now. I am very happy with my lens and can take more time thinking about what I want my picture convey and less time changing lenses and settings.

Below are a few shots from paradise, taken with my new lens.  I have included shooting data. I have done some cropping and adjustment of whites,  blacks and shadows in Lightroom. The sunset photo has a few tweaks in Google Nik Vicenza.

1/160, f 11, ISO 200, 200mm

1/1000, f 5.6, ISO 200, 210 mm

1/200, f 3.5, ISO 1600, 95 mm

1/250, f 2.8, ISO 1000, 150 mm

1/800, f2.8, ISO 1600, 150 mm

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Macro Moments Challenge #38: Catkins

Congratulations to Nora of  https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/ for submitting the winning entry to Challenge #37.  I love her capture of a drop of water with a surprise starburst; “Water” being the theme of the challenge https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/macro-moments-week-37-topic-water/   Please pay Nora a visit to view more of her work.

Nora, as our winner, you get to choose the theme for the next challenge.  You can contact me via my email address, listed on the “Contact Me!” page, on this blog to let me know what you have chosen.

The winner of our last challenge, Nicole Pottier of  https://photopoeme.wordpress.com/ has chosen an interesting theme for this challenge, “Catkins”.  I must admit that I wasn’t sure what Catkins were so, of course, I googled the word.  Here is a link to a description https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catkin  I also didn’t see any Catkins among the beautiful flora here on Maui, Hawaii, where I am vacationing, so I am posting a photo which I found online taken by Bill Larkin.  I look forward to your entries, still staying within the genre of macro or close-up.

Picture: Bill Larkin

This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other.  Please join in!  A new challenge begins on the first and third Wednesday of each month and I announce the winner from the previous challenge when I  post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be used as the banner in the announcement for the next challenge, unless I am requested not to use it.  The winner will also get to choose the theme for the next challenge.

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro or close-up photo from a recent shoot or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments Challenge: # (insert the challenge #)”.
  • Add the photo to your post and a brief description. I would love to know, as I am sure others would, too, what camera and lens you used and your settings.
  • You may submit more than one photo, but submit each in a separate post if you want to be included in the judging.
  • Deadline for submitting your entries is 8:00 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, Pacific Time.
  • Create a * pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section.
  • Tag your post Macro Moments so others can find it.

If you’re not sure how to create a pingback,  Here are instructions

The following bloggers also submitted entries to Challenge # 37.  A few did not meet the criteria of macro or close-up, but I did include them anyway.  Please pay them a visit to view their work.











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This week Dutch is challenging us to submit a photo depicting Street.  Amsterdam is a beautiful city where many of the “streets” are her famous canals.


A Street in Amsterdam





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We Should Be Ashamed

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Heritage.  This past week I visited Angel Island, in the San Francisco Bay, where immigrants entering the U.S. between 1910 and 1940 were detained and interrogated.  Many of the immigrants, particularly the Chinese, were not welcomed to the United States and were not treated well.  The goal was to deport as many of them as possible.  This is an ugly part of our heritage and I believe that we must not allow it to be repeated.

This picture shows Chinese characters carved into the wall, probably a poem written by one of the detainees.


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A Serene Spot to Reflect

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Reflecting.  Captured on a hike to a local nature preserve a couple of weeks ago.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: “Failing” Water

In a play on the challenge topic “Falling Water”, I am entitling my submission to the Tuesday Challenge, “Failing Water”  https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2017/05/09/tuesday-photo-challenge-falling-water/

We awoke this morning to no hot water!  We tried to light the pilot with not success.  Our wonderful plumber was able to come out right away and diagnosed a failed thermocouple.  It is replaced, the tank has been drained and refilled, and we are back in business!

I am experimenting with a rented lens this week, assessing whether I want to upgrade to a pro level lens to improve the quality of my photos.  I love the sharpness and will probably buy one soon!  It is an Olympus 40-150 mm Pro to use with my mirrorless Olympus body.




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A Job I Couldn’t Do!

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Danger!.  These men were atop a very tall building which was under construction.


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Macro Moments Challenge #37: Water Schedule Change

Due to my travel schedule, Macro Moments Challenge #37:  Water, will post on May 24th instead of May 17th .  This means that participants will have an extra week to submit entries.  The deadline for submission is Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

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