Gary Zerbst

  • Renee,    I liked your yacht regatta photo a lot.  But I nevertheless l played with it a bit in my mind then , believing it to be a viable candidate for my perverse sense of composition, I did a little cropping. as follows:   The horizon in the middle of the frame , while not distracting in this particular photo still makes the scene a little sta…[Read more]

  • Graham:

    The choice of lens was based partly on laziness and lethargy (That lens was already on the camera that I keep on my tripod in readiness for the wild critters that share their space with us humans.  The other considerations were:

    Lens sharpness and closest focusing distance.

    Limited but controlled (F/10) Depth of field     My out of fo…[Read more]

  • Graham,  There were several factors that influenced my choice of aperture:

    1.  I had the camera on a solid tripod so shutter speed became irrelevant.
    2. Even at 210 mm focal length setting on the zoom lens the depth of field was a concern.  I wanted the farthest  fork tine to be sharp as well as the shell texture on the nearest part the lens.  At…

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  • True confession !  I have always had a paradigm that photography must be done just as the scene was found.      I.E. To  move an offending blade of grass from in front of the posey would be photographic heresy.  Contrast that with the concept of fully working the scene to assure that whatever attracted you to the scene in the first place  is f…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the responses.  I respect the opinions expressed and the expertise behind rthe comments.  I tried to “make a silk purse put of a sow’s ear” but  that degree of alchemy was beyond my reach.    The geometry of the scene does not allow for a critter level shot.  The viewing angle is fixed and the sunken garden with raised flower bed in wh…[Read more]

  • Hummingbird bath?

    When I first downloaded this photo it was not clear what the intended subject was.  In post, I selectively sharpened the hummer and added contrast to the bird as well, all  in an attempt to draw the viewer’s eye to the bird,  It now seems to me that when my eye enters the frame it searches for somewhere to light on, then the sharpening and en…[Read more]

  • Beautiful shot. IT conveys a feeling of peace and contentment that everything is as it should be in God’s world. Commdnrts about lightening/ darkening the overall photo reflects individual personal preferences. The correct tonality is what YOU want it to be. IMHO the person makes the photo. When I try to imagine the photo without the person…[Read more]

  • I was revisting  some old photos when I   “stubbed my toes”   on this anomaly.  In addition to the normal shark Tank critique of composition  and  technical aspects, I desire  understanding of what it is in my photo that seems to be growing out of a leaf at right angles to the leaf surface. It’s just to the left of the blossom and a little bit hi…[Read more]

  • I don’t understand the request to limit comments to technical issues to the exclusion of artistic values.  The technical  choices that the photographer makes are dependent on the artistic values that the photographer wishes to convey.  Thus any discussion  of technical issues is meaningless unless it is made with knowledge of  of the phot…[Read more]

  • Sorry!   after I edited the photo and uploaded, I could no longer add any words.

    Your Profile says it’s OK to download  and edit so I did.    I cannot figure out the lighting. overhead overcast?  If the legs and bottom of  the foot are in shadow, why does the body not cast a shadow?  Was this a composite image?

    In Apples very basic editin…[Read more]

  • I rarely see a  photo that I cannot think of some way that I  would do  something different  But  I cannot think of anything that I would do differently with this one.  Print it large  and hang it prominently, I deserves to be seen .

  • Great shot Lenny.  Your creativeness never ceases to amaze me.  I knew right away that there was something that bothered me with this photo but I had to mull it over for a few days before I could put it in words.   It is the shark tank after all so-0-0-0:  I think that if this were my photo I  would crop out the bottom up two steps and/or sele…[Read more]

  • My son (the family biologist)  found this on our beach.  He identified it as a Chiton.  What are the black curly fiber like things coming out of the white meaty part???

  • No one has addressed the direct questions that I asked

     

    “Is there an adaptor that would work seamlessly with  all my lenses?    Would the A7r3 automatically switch to crop sensor mode when an A mount crop sensor lens is mounted on the adaptor.”

  • Gary Zerbst started the topic camera change in the forum General Photo Chit Chat 3mo ago

    I shoot with a Sony A77II crop sensor A mount camera.  I also got an A77 for my wife but she has zero interest ands I can only hold one  camera to my eye at once.

    I have a slowly acquired complement of lenses for Sony A mount cameras:  Tokina 11-16, Sigma 17-70  Sony 70-400 care my most used  lenses  Tokina and Sigma are crop sensor only lense…[Read more]

  • Jeff:     Since this is the Shark Tank:  At the risk of doing violence to your memory of the scene , try flipping the image  right to left.  Then the leading lines from the left would lead the eye into the mountain (subject?) and the tree on the right would block the eye from leaving through the right border.  Might work!  It’s worth a try.

    P…[Read more]

  • Jeff:     Since this is the Shark Tank:  At the risk of doing violence to your memory of the scene , try flipping the image  right to left.  Then the leading lines from the left would lead the eye into the mountain (subject?) and the tree on the right would block the eye from leaving through the right border.  Might work!  It’s worth a try.

    P…[Read more]

  • # 2 &3 at 323 mm f/5.6

     

    #4  720mm@ f/6.3

     

    Photos taken on a tripod with 10 sec shutter delay (to prevent camera movement)

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