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Fun with MF images


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A few weeks ago, I posted a question here about the Mamiya SF C 145/4 soft focus lens, but I got no answers ...
So I decided to do a "blind buy" .. anyway the lens was not expensive at all ...
Today I started some test shots in the garden, with different settings of the softfocus ring (goes from blue, minimal sf to orange, very strong sf) for the recommended opening of f8

I found the effect of the orange, white and red position on the SF ring far too strong, so I will concentrate on the blue and green position for the time being ...

Here you have some examples ...

blue dot, least SF : yellow blossoms
green dot, a little more SF : camelia

C U,




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Longtime lurker here and I am happy to finally be a member so I can post a few of my own images. There are so many excellent images posted in this thread by some very talented professionals I hope to get to your level someday.

Just a few of my own with the 645D, a "selfie" lol and a hot air balloon shot as the sun was setting.

IMGP9883_BW by RickZPhoto, on Flickr

IMGP9320 by RickZPhoto, on Flickr


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"Wrinkles in Time". Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Pentax 645D; FA 120mm f4 macro

It's Cherry Blossom time in our Nation's Capital and like many living things, with age comes wrinkles. This section of a side view of the trunk of a ancient Yoshino Cherry Blossom tree, one of the oldest (over 100 years old) and original trees bequeathed as a gift from Japan to the U.S. in 1912, still blooms along with a few of it's brethren from the original group, even though in human years, these old trees approximate 160+ years old. It's a testament that with age comes both dignity and reverence and a reminder that although their appearance has changed, they are as beautiful as ever.

Dave (D&A)


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Nine hours of driving yesterday (round trip) into Arizona's northern National Forests for less than two hours of shooting seasonal spring melt waterfalls but it was so worth it....

GFX-50S, 32-64mm @ 36mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 2s