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  1. It reminds me of certain valleys in central Italy, like the Piano Grande (Great Plane; sadly devastated by a recent series of strong earthquakes) near the Monti Sibillini National Park.
  2. Thank you for the clarification. I myself am not a fanatic of focus stacking. Sometimes adjusting the aperture and the relative distances between the camera, the main subject, and the background is all what it takes to obtain the separation I envision between the framed elements. But sometimes it is not, and then focus stacking can help, to some extent (it alone, like any other post-processing technique, can not do miracles and certainly can not turn a so-so picture into a good one).
  3. Jeffrey, this and the following (ranunculus) images are nice, but I particularly like this because of the contrast between the bright yellow of the flowers and the darker and subdued background. I also like the diagonal composition of the flowers and buds. These would stand out even more if the background was a little more blurred. I guess you made a compromise by using f/3.6 to have enough DOF on the flowers while trying to keep the background soft. Maybe another time you can try to use photo stacking at the largest aperture to maintain the subject sharp from front to back while maximizing the softness of the background.
  4. +1 My very same thoughts.
  5. Is it an intentional sculpture of some sort (as I tend to believe) or a fortuitously beautiful piece of scrap? In any case, I like how you rendered it in this image. Particularly the whirls of clouds above and of the water below which mirror and complement the spiraling shape of this mysterious object. Thank you for sharing.
  6. +1 Really a great capture. Thank you for sharing it. And welcome to this forum. I took a look at your website. Fantastic images. You are seriously good!
  7. John, thank you for sharing this portrait. Even if it is not sharp and part of the head is out of the frame, surely you were able to capture this gentleman in a soulful and intensely human moment.
  8. John, what happened to you looks really puzzling. If it were some sort of spill, I would be surprised it would have very uniformly covered the front element and if it did so then I would be afraid some of it could have been adsorbed at the edge of the front element and entered the lens. I am rather wondering if by any chance you have taken the lens in a environment with mist/thick vapors that have coated the front element and, once dried, left a thin film on it. Either way, it looks like you have removed it without damage. So, my two cents of advice is that if the lens works fine and gives you beautiful pictures, then do not worry about this until you need to have it serviced by Fuji for some other reasons. In that occasion you can mention to them this accident and ask them to check, and if necessary replace, the front element.
  9. John, thank you for the update and the sharing of your thought. The good news is that you have your camera back in your hands and, while waiting for the caps to arrive, you can start using it again. Just be careful not to expose the open sync terminal to water or dirt.
  10. Being shot against the sun, this could have resulted in a so-so image. Instead you made good use of the situation to dynamically compose the dark, rocky promontory as jutting diagonally into the brighter surroundings. The rocks in the foreground provide a valuable sense of perspective and three-dimensionality. And the lens held pretty well the challenging light situation. An enjoyable picture for those who can not visit this location themselves as it effectively conveys the feeling of this grand landscape. You can almost feel the breeze and the freshness and crispness of the air! Thank you for sharing.
  11. Ostravaczech, thank you for sharing another beautiful cactus portrait. This is very nice indeed. The needles in the center are crisp and sharp while the out-of-focus ones in the background create a symmetric feathery effect that I particularly like. The contrast between the green and pink colors is also captivating. The only thing I would change is slightly cropping the right side of the image to remove the otherwise distracting out-of-focus elements in the background and to make the image more square which I think would further emphasize and fit such a symmetric subject.
  12. Merlin,it is a pity that the microphone is covering so much of the face which you captured, together with the rest of the body, in a very expressive moment. I also like the contrast between the lit subject and the dark background and its framing/cropping. Thank you for sharing.
  13. +1 Unless you often need really fast AF, the X-E1 is a great little camera. In fact several people find that the first generation X-Trans sensor of the X-Pro1, X-E1, and X-M1 produces photos with a nicer rendition (particularly of the colors) than the successive X-Trans sensors (see for instance ).
  14. Continuing my comment from the previous picture, I prefer the slightly warm B&W rendition of this image to the sepia-toned first one. I have nothing against sepia-toned images per se, but sometimes they look too decisively intended to emulate old pictures (which is OK if this is their real purpose) whereas a slightly warm rendition in my opinion does better justice to B&W. In both cases I appreciate your choice of opting for a smooth yet rich tonal range rather than increasing the contrast.
  15. Jeffrey, thank you for sharing these three portraits. They are good, really good. Of the three this is may favorite, mainly because you well captured that simple and genuine smiling expression which is very telling of the personality of the subject. I also like that, while in color, this is not distracting. In this respect, I think the choice of a naturally neutral background helped quite a lot. The only criticism I have is that, for my taste, the head is placed too high in the frame. I would be tempted to crop the lower 1/6 of the image which would not only position the head more centrally but also reduce most of the red ribbon around the neck thus further reducing color distraction.