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    Now, this guy is interesting because he is an Orthodox Jew who bikes and runs wearing his tallit katan (the garment with the black stripes) with the tzitzits swinging wildly beside and behind him. This young man participates in most of the local triathlons that are held on Sunday (Saturday is Shabbat), and he always wears the tallit katan. Thank goodness they are now made in cotton.

    I have no idea who the guy is or where he prays. When I find out I will send him the photo.



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    Good for him. Nice pic too.

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    Shot with the a900 and ZA 85/1.4 which double bounced on the pavement outside of a Krystal burgers in Starke, FL. The unrepairable lens is sitting on the floor of my car.

    Key Biscayne, FL, summer 2012. Last guy warming up before the rain hit.



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    Some shots from water polo practice today. Used the Sony a900 and the Sony 70-200/1.8 G.

    I don't get something - why is it that few people here in the Sony forum rarely post anything anymore, except in the Nex subfora? The Leica guys and gals aren't afraid to post photos but it seems as if nobody on the Sony forum, especially those that use the 850, 900, and a99, cares to post. Is your stuff that bad? It can't be any worse than mine, that's for sure.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    I don't get something - why is it that few people here in the Sony forum rarely post anything anymore, except in the Nex subfora? The Leica guys and gals aren't afraid to post photos but it seems as if nobody on the Sony forum, especially those that use the 850, 900, and a99, cares to post. Is your stuff that bad? It can't be any worse than mine, that's for sure.
    Mikal, you're right and let me also say I always like your shots so no need to talk yourself down. They might not be pullitzer masterpieces but always worth looking at.

    I've been extremely busy with some home maintenance and my work is currently killing me, taking over a new job but no replacement yet for my old one. So little time for photography and forum activities. I know it's a feeble excuse, but at least it's an excuse

    Early May I took 5 days off for a short trip with some photo friends to Wroclaw (Poland) and here's some fishy stuff with my A850 of and from the Cathedral:









    Hope this inspires some others as well to start posting here again.
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    I've been working on a series of nautilus shells (homage to Edward Weston). I think I'm finally getting close to the image in my mind's eye. Printed on Museo Silver Rag it looks quite nice!

    a900 - 100mm 2.8 macro



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    Rand - terrific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Rand - terrific.
    Thank you.
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    Early May I visited Wroclaw with some photo friends and one of the day trips we took was to the former concentration camp of Gross Rosen. A depressing place with an even more depressing history. It's good to keep these kind of memorials in place to remind us of the gruesome things people can do to each other. We see it on TV still every day, but it has unfortunately been of all times. I think I let my mood influence my PP a bit, hope you don't mind. Part of the mood was also helped by the grey and rainy weather that day.

    1: Memorial stained glass at the museum


    2: "ARBEIT MACHT FREI", but not for the poor people who entered through this gate


    3: Camp dress


    4: Gallows field


    5: Kitchen and tree


    6: The monument


    7: Once you passed through the gate, it was a long, too long, way to get out


    8: But these days the barbed wire is symbolically cut, to allow the souls to escape this place that ended the lives of too many people


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    P - riveting stuff, especially the cut barbed wire, even though the cut was symbolic.

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    Plus one from me. Sobering.

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    Gulliver Water Polo. Shot yesterday with the Sony a900 and Sony 70-200/2.8 G. I used the 1.4x some yesterday but I don't know which shots here I used it on. Little kids are practicing with the big kids now. The young lady shooting the ball is on the first county miami dade team. The little boy is my son Ivan - one photo was taken while he was running through a rain storm, and the other photo was taken from about 30 meters away and then cropped.


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    Nice work, Mikal.

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    Hate to bore you ladies and gents with the same old stuff, but it is summer and water polo practice is in high gear. Sony a900 w/ Sony 70-200/2.8 G. Some shot with the 1.4x extender, which I believe tends to make the images a bit soft. Some of the shots were shot from at least 35-40 meters from one of the balconies above the pool, while others were shot from the deck. Not Pulitzer material but.....


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    No water polo shots today. Maybe tomorrow. These four are from the twice monthly food truck fest in the Wynwood section of Miami. Shot with the a900 and 70-200/2.8 G. My favorite is the girl with the yellow purse and high black boots.


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    5 weeks young "Ferrari"
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    Mother and son. Mom is a daughter of "Monsun".

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    My son Ivan getting out of the pool after water polo. Shot with the a900 and Minolta 35/2 which Show Performance grudgingly sold.

    For you purists, yes, the photo was cropped a bit.




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    mike,

    if you can gets your hands on a 300 2.8, try that for water polo. i shot the olympic teams using a 400 and it worked well but tight. the 70-200 is a tough one to use.

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    fulton, i have a 1.4x extender for the 70-200/2.8 but I think it softens the photos too much. I would love the opportunity to shoot the Olympic team in action but with kids ranging from 12 down to 6 it would be tough, if I could get access.

    Do you have any recommendations other than using a slower lens in a mount? I can't switch systems.

    I am an attorney by day who just happens to be able to shoot his son's practices and games. I love it. It is far more photo friendly than swimming.

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    Sometimes you hear complaints that the Sony stores don't stock up on a lot of gear and then usually not the top end. Well, last week I found not so in Shanghai. They now have a shop on Nanjing road which basically has all cameras on display and ready to be tested. Several A99's (with CZ 24-70 and 70-200), A77's, 5 and 3 series. Also a good collection with RX1's, RX 100's, all the NEX's with different lenses etc. etc. All with loaded batteries and cards and then a big model display in the middle you can shoot. Prices were in the same order of magnitude as here in Europe. I wish they had something like this closer to home.

    Here's some impressions from this impressive shop:








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    Missed this 85/1.4 ZA on A850

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    Mark, lovely shot and great colors. My ZA 85/1.4 is sitting in bubble wrap on the back seat of my car after it fell off of the a900 and bounced 2x on the sidewalk.

    Glad to see someone else is still using the 850/900. Please post more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Mark, lovely shot and great colors. My ZA 85/1.4 is sitting in bubble wrap on the back seat of my car after it fell off of the a900 and bounced 2x on the sidewalk.

    Glad to see someone else is still using the 850/900. Please post more.
    On the contrary ... I'm still shooting the occasional wedding with the A900 and A99.

    Here are a few from the last one we did on June 21st. It was a "Wicken" ceremony, so I got into the spirit of the day, and did a couple of conceptual images.

    Damned Dragon almost fried my camera bag ... the groom rescued his Princess Bride ... but knew better than to bring a sword to do a fire extinguisher's job

    The two color candid portraits were shot with the A900 ... without looking at the exif info, can you guess which lens was used?

    The pano was with the A99 ... ZA16-35 @ 16mm ISO 3200 ... lots of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Mark, lovely shot and great colors. My ZA 85/1.4 is sitting in bubble wrap on the back seat of my car after it fell off of the a900 and bounced 2x on the sidewalk.

    Glad to see someone else is still using the 850/900. Please post more.
    I gave my 850 to my cousin..so exactly in the same situation ...and I hope I can skip a99 to wait for next FF camera. This one was shot last year...I really miss my ZA lenses

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    Marc: thank you for posting....I have sit tight and keep locking my A mount lenses up till the next body comes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark K View Post
    Marc: thank you for posting....I have sit tight and keep locking my A mount lenses up till the next body comes...
    I've found that the A900 and A99 compliment one another quite nicely. Files are very similar, except the A99 is maybe a stop better in ISO performance.

    There are two things I don't like about the A99 ... the review situation where you have to shut off both the Viewfinder and LCD display ... and some smearing/streaking when in low light and the subject is moving.

    Other than that it is a great camera ... the articulated LCD is very helpful (you have to get used to it so you know which way to move the camera); The Pano function is also quite good and I used it a number of times when even a 16mm wouldn't work without horrible distortion.

    So, when an optical viewfinder is the better solution, I just grab the A900.

    - Marc

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    Some pics from July 4 using the a900 and Minolta 35/2. Shot at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. I don't like to take pics of the fireworks but I enjoy taking pics of my kids watching them. The last photo was taken while we were waiting to cross the street in a driving rain storm. It was shot at 1/30 at f/11 and 6400. I was trying to protect the camera from the rain so the settings were off. The police office directing traffic had us wait in the rain while he let cars pass.


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    Mika Very nice collection

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    Despite my love for all FF cameras...there is one camera which I loved so much..the Minolta 7D...with this amazing 200/2.8 lens...sharp with a teleconverter
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    These were shot at a Roberto Cavalli spring preview in Miami Beach a few years ago. Shot with the a900 and 24-70/2.8 which I since sold and which I kind of wish I still had. Kind of. My wife had a fashion blog at the time and since I didn't have a photographic head to hang my hat on, we were paying guests. During the show, I sat off to the side, not wanting to be a part of the photographic scrum at the end of the runway. Besides, I probably would not have been welcome anyway.

    At the end of the show, security came over to me and asked me who I shot for. I told him I was shooting for my wife who was sitting at one of the tables to my right. He then told me to move.

    Very little touching up on the photos though most were cropped a bit:


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    A bit of the end of the summer fun. Ivan and Lola having a bit of fun.in the backyard. Sony a900 and Minolta 35/2. Yes, the photos are cropped.


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    EndOfSummerFun-4 by MikalWGrass, on Flickr

    DO NOT GET THE CAMERA WET!!!!


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    Mikal, these are great!

    However, they do make me feel all that much older seeing how grown up your son has become. Kids have a way of doing that don't they?

    - Marc

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    Marc

    Thank you. Those two were born after the wedding that you shot. The older boy is being bar mitzvahed in early January. He is at the age where he doesn't like pics taken.

    Yes, time flies.

    How are the knees?

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    A few shots from last night's bday dinner on South Beach. It was my wife's bday. She seems to get younger and more beautiful as the years go on. Taken with the a900 and Minolta 35/2, which I am beginning to really like for shots like these.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Mark, lovely shot and great colors. My ZA 85/1.4 is sitting in bubble wrap on the back seat of my car after it fell off of the a900 and bounced 2x on the sidewalk.

    Glad to see someone else is still using the 850/900. Please post more.
    I regrettably let my cousin to have a850 but....I do not really like A99. Still waiting for my nex Sony FF camera.
    Currently using Nex for shooting underwater


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    Mark,

    Nice shots. What housing are you using for the Nex?

    These were shot with the a900 and ZA 135/1.8. I fiddled around with the RAW files by using VSCO presets and LR4. I like the greens in the pic of my son but I had a hard time getting the colors correct on the skater because it was a flat, rainy day at the skatepark. The skater is not my son.


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    Mika
    nice shots....135 ZA is my favourite lens.
    I had a cheap Meikon housing for Nex5n which was unfortunately flooded. I bought a 10Bar for 5r...

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    We took a family vacation to Iceland this summer.
    Due to weight and size constraints I only took a small NEX set (5 + 6) and 5 lenses (10-18, 16-50 PZ, 18-55 kit, 30 macro and 55-210)

    Had lots of fun, and hereby a few impressions:

    1: Country road


    2: Off the coast of Husavik


    3: Sulphur field


    4: Thermal energy plant


    5: Ants


    6: Dettifoss


    7: Litlanesfoss


    8: East Fjords


    9: Stokksness


    10: Vatnajokull


    11: A small one escaping from the blue monster


    12: Öraefajökull


    All exif inside, C&C welcome.
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Here's some more from the second week of the trip

    13: A great Skua on Ingólshöfdi


    14: Cliff


    15:Lonely Lava Beach


    16: Remains of a whale


    17: Solidified lava covered with Icelandic moss


    18: Not much of a cave when you look into it


    19: But pretty big when you walk to the back wall and turn around


    20: Coast line


    21: Puffin


    22: Skógafoss


    23: Seljalandsfoss


    24: and let's end with a splash: Strokkur exploding


    TFL and C&C welcome
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    This past weekend I was asked to shoot a Hip Hop Kidz group that was performing at halftime of the Dolphins - Falcons game here in Miami. It was my first time on the field. While on the field I snuck a few shots of the Dolphins quarterback running a play. The pro photogs were using lenses longer than m right arm. I took a lot of the kids group but because they are young I can't post too many of them. I will post photos of the older kids at a later date. Sony a900 and 70-200/2.9G. Could have used the 1.4x. Photos cropped and toned a bit in VSCO.


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    More from the Dolphins / Falcons game this past Sunday. While suffering from sensory overload because it was my first time on the football field and because I was harried from looking for the kids I was supposed to photograph, I completely missed the surprise of a teenage girl being surprised by the appearance of her US serviceman father who was flown in to surprise her. You can see how the phalanx of photographers crowded the family. It was an incredibly moving moment.


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    Great shots Mikal, They tell a great story!

    Yesterday I witnessed a fight. I know on who I will put my money


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    It's hard to believe I last posted here in Nov. 2011, at that time feeling bad over a three month hiatus.

    jcoffin, congrats on adding a son to the family! Must be over a year old by now. No need to be objective there... You've a right to be proud!

    Bill, I love the Arctic photos, especially the fox!

    pegelli, those Wroclaw pictures are outstanding. Lots of other good stuff, but those are special.

    Mark, love the colors on those underwater shots.

    Mikal, sorry to dodge commenting individually but you have posted some nice sports shots.

    As for me, shortly after that last post my life was turned upside down. In a good way. All-consuming but good. My wife and I had started house-hunting and ramped it up to a fever pitch toward the end of November. On Dec. 12 we made an offer -- 2 days before foreclosure -- on a house on 15 acres in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. It was a short sale, ~40% off what it sold for in 2004 and a price that wouldn't even buy a hut in the adjacent Silicon Valley. The next two months prior to closing at the end of February 2012 alternated between packing to move, doing inspections and repairs on the home(to get a good appraisal), and waiting... nail-biting, agonizing waiting.

    After that, it was installing hardwood flooring myself prior to the move, painting the interior, moving, more repairs, cutting trees(one had about a 4' trunk), bringing in 170 tons of rock/gravel for the lane(like a driveway only 1/3 mile long), building a shed, and too many more things to list.

    Here are some of the photos I've taken since my last post. All were taken at home except for the motorcycles.

    Honeysuckle:


    Before/after composite taken with a Sony P&S(Sorry) but it shows some of the tree clearing/gravel work:


    Also taken with the same P&S(Sorry), Sony WX-150 from the "driveway"/"lane":


    We're at a high enough altitude that we can see the Milky Way most clear nights. I need a filter to cut the light pollution from Santa Cruz/Monterey:


    Really should have had my tripod with me...


    This is the view from the front room, the great room, and the master bedroom window/deck above the great room. On a clear day we can see the Monterey peninsula:


    It's even beautiful when cloudy:


    I threw a couple of pounds of California Poppy seeds down the hill beyond the ferns pictured earlier but only a couple of plants grew and bloomed. Will try to plant more this fall:


    Sacramento Mile, July 27 this year. The light wasn't good but I did what I could with it:




    130MPH in the straights, then pitch sideways into the turns -- probably still over 100mph here, feet up, checking traffic...


    Anyone care to guess what my new toy is?


    I cut one of the trees to about waist high, as level as I could then put this big blue ceramic bowl on it for a bird bath. A piece of slate propped in there at an angle makes a ramp so the smaller birds aren't "out of their depth". The first was taken some time back just by sneaking up; the rest were taken from a blind. I need to set up a reflector to manage the light -- will try this weekend.










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    Dave, thank you for the kind comments. Great profile you posted, especially the motorcycle shots. Are you sure the track isn't on your property, what with 15 acres and all? What lens did you use for the bike shots?

    Again, great stuff.

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    Hello fellows
    Some photos from A850:
    Rokkor 58mm f1.2:

    DSC06842 by MrCooler, on Flickr


    DSC06963 by MrCooler, on Flickr


    DSC06979 by MrCooler, on Flickr


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    DSC06841_DxO2_small by MrCooler, on Flickr
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