Yet more pictures to enjoy

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An excellent collection of images titled “Best Pictures of 2003” (sample on the left) is here. Few images, but very spectacular.

Earth Science Picture of the Day – daily updated web site with high quality images devoted to Earth’s nature wonders (sample on the right). Archives are available upto year 2000. Much to see.

And in order to desaturate some of those excellent colors, here is a website devoted to black and white photography of New York and London.

Enjoy.

WRC 2004 Cyprus stage pictures

Special Stage 3Special Stage 5I’ve just uploaded pictures from the two special stages that I’ve been to today. Enjoy – Special Stage 3 and Special Stage 5

I was shooting cars in aperture priority (Av) mode with aperture set to 8.0 or 9.0. After closer inspection on the big screen it seems that these aperture values are a bit too small. I will try with a slighter bigger settings tomorrow.

I also have both B&W polarizer and lens hood on. Polarizer does improve the images a lot. Lens hood protects mostly from the dust which there is an excess of. :) Light conditions still seem a bit tough to me. Even the afterlunch sun is very bright giving harsh shadows. Shadows from trees along the stages make it look kind of stripy (shadow, no shadow, shadow, no shadow…). On-camera flash is not strong enough to fill the shadows around the car and good viewpoints are hard to come up with considering the safety guards, spectators, stage track shapes and locations, and my ignorance. :) More to shoot tomorrow…

WRC – Cyprus Rally 2004 photos

Safety carI’ve started the photoalbum where I’ll post all the pictures from WRC 2004 Cyprus Rally. Check them out here. There isn’t much yet, since the rally opens in two days from now. But there will be. I will aslo split pictures into subalbums for your convenience. :)

Meanwhile, I’ve got a Rally Pass for myself. :)

Photojournalism

I’ve stambled across an interesting site – DigitalJournalist.org/. It is a monthly web magazine about digital journalism. There are a lot of articles and photographs to enjoy. I particularly liked this article from a September 1999 issue about Russian photojournalism of today. There are some nice comparisons to the Soviet era and interesting parallels with American photojournalism.

There are also a bunch of journalism photographs at AmercianPhotoJournalist.com, but the site requires registration for almost any action. Still it is possible to see profiles of registered users with their pictures. Nice.

The lens is here!!!

Finally, after waiting for almost a month my order had arrived. It has been through all possible problems. At first, there was a long timeout until Digital Photo Club realised that they are out of stock and that they need to backorder the circular polarizer. Somehow we managed to substitute the Canon PL-C with B&W alternative. After they’ve shipped the package, Cyprus joined the EU. That caused a change of custom regulations and noone knew how to proceed with clearance. Today, after laying in customs office for more then a week, the package finally got delivered to Limassol. Luckily, local FedEx doesn’t care about personnal identity and anyone who is ready to pay the tax for the package can claim it. I’ve paid 73 CYP in cash (roughly $150 USD) and ran home. :)

I’ve made few shot around and I am looking at results while I’m writing this. Belicimo! :) When the lens is in 300mm zoom it is about twice as long compared to 75mm (the one on the picture). I can finally shoot subjects without stepping on their toes. I’ve made a picture of an old woman from across the road and she didn’t even see me. :) Finally, I can focus on one particular subject leaving everything else out of the frame, which is rather difficult with a wide angle lens. I’ll be posting some pictures pretty soon, I guess. :)

Both lens hoods that I’ve got now are plastic and light. B&W polarizer has metal base and is rather heavy. It has a sign on the side saying “Made in Germany”. Not China. Germany. By “ze Germans”.

I’ll stop here, since I am a little bit overwhelmed and overexcited. :)