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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. +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 ).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. DarkRock, welcome to this forum. Based on your expected use, I would also recommend the venerable XF 18-55 f/2.8-4.0. Optically is not far behind the XF 16-55, it has OIS, it is much smaller and lighter, and costs a fraction of its bigger brother. Most of its users (me included) are initially surprised and then delighted by its overall performance and practicality. It is not weather resistant, but if this is just a plus rather than mandatory then it should not prevent you from considering it.
  9. Vic, I can understand the editorial choice of the local paper. I hope you will have some other "good fog" days during Winter which will allow you to further explore and exploit such magical weather condition.
  10. Vic, thank you for sharing this series of fog captures of which I find this the most interesting because of the curious pose of the canine subject. Pity this dog is somewhat out of focus otherwise I would have suggested to crop the right 2/5 of the image to emphasize it as the main subject. The previous image is also quite nice (in spite of the trash bin), whereas I find the successive ones less so as I am not enticed by the back-captured peoples.
  11. Very nice indeed! It reminds me of Orange County in Southern California where I had the fortune to live for some years.
  12. StockTrader, I find this image chromatically captivating, but less than ideal in term of composition. I guess it is because the road was captured off center which makes it looks somewhat skewed (even if the horizon appears to be level). Also, I think that the image would have benefited by selectively lightening the darker areas (e.g. the grass) as to reveal more of their content. As they are these areas are just murky without being a silhouette.
  13. Rob, thank you very much for your prompt reply and the exhaustive explanation. I believe that emulating the work of other people is quite innate (after all we photographers do this quite often, either consciously or unconsciously). Still, in this case the resemblance of the patterned components covering the two building is quite stunning.
  14. Rob, interesting architecture. This image in particular recalls the Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay of Singapore ( ). Same architects?
  15. Vic, I am glad you are enjoying your new lens. Based on the two bird pictures above, it looks to perform well in term of sharpness. Personally I find its rendition of out-of-focus details somewhat nervous (see the cages in the background but also the foliage in the parakeet image). However, this may be not just because of the lens but also because of the background's distance. Probably smoother results would be obtained with backgrounds further away from the camera.