*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #4 “Nature”

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Hello all and welcome to our 4th monthly open challenge.  The theme, as chosen by last month’s winner, Nuno Quina (visit him here), is “Nature” which should allow for quite a bit of an interpretive spectrum.

As always, this is open to everyone, and it doesn’t matter the gear you’ve used to capture the image, just submit your best and/or favorite image you’ve captured within this theme.  You can submit an older image, but hopefully, part of these monthly challenges is the inspiration to get out and use this theme to spur your creativity.

Each month, Heather, Mat and I choose our favorites from all the submissions and open that up to a vote. The winner of that vote has their image showcased on our respective websites and is entered into our 6 month giveaway vote where we will vote for our overall favorite from the six monthly winners!

Submit your Nature image to these two flickr threads: TRP Photoblography Group and the Mirrorlessons Group.

Happy shooting,

Tyson

*Congratulations to Nuno Quina, our winner for the May Flickr Photo Blog Challenge, Closer!

“Almost” © Nuno Quina

 

Congratulations Nuno!  Another awesome image chosen from a grouping of great shots.  As the winner of our May challenge, Nuno will get to choose our June theme, and as a monthly winner, Nuno has entered as a final contestant for our 6 month giveaway.  Visit Nuno Quina here to say hello, become his friend and see more of his work.

Stay tuned for Nuno’s choice for this month’s theme!

 

*Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens on sale!

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I’ve been on the fence for years now regarding a moderate/short tele micro 4/3 lens having been pretty happy with my adapted Contax G Zeiss 45mm f/2 Plannar lens, until fate dealt me a debilitating blow last week which saw my trusty 12-32mm pancake zoom bite the dust.  I’ll get into that in more detail later, but looking to replace it, and having a difficult time finding one, I came across the current Olympus Lens Rebates (click here to see them all).  The Oly 45mm f/1.8 lens is largely regarded as one of the best lenses for the system, especially for the price.  Right now, that normal price of $399 is down to $349 as Olympus has issued a $50 rebate which runs through June 14th, 2014 according to Oly’s website.

While I’ll do a more in depth review on this little gem shortly, come on in for my initial thoughts and sale links.

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*Canon EF 55mm f/1.2?

Canon EF 55mm f/1.2

Nope, not a typo.  I have, in my possession a Canon 55mm f/1.2 lens with an EF mount.  How?  Well, many of you may know of Ed Mica, an engineer with a passion for photographic lenses, and lens mounts more specifically.  He has worked to provide many mount conversion kits for older FD lenses, converting them to a more modern EF mount and while Ed has had a conversion mount for the FL 55mm f/1.2, I’d been waiting for an FD 55mm f/1.2 SSC conversion since I’d first heard about Ed’s products a couple years back.  Now, he has a conversion mount for many different FD, FL and FDn lenses including my lovely 55mm.  Not only do I now have an ultra fast semi-standard lens for my full frame Canon cameras, I also need to keep one less micro 4/3 adapter around which turns this lens into a 110mm equivalent lens capable of absorbing light in the near darkness for both formats…  Examples and test shots on the other side…

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*Time to vote! Vote for the winner of our third monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge; Closer.

1. Bee Macro by Art Codron

 

2. A little close… by Alpha Whiskey Photography

3. Almost… by Nuno Quina

Hi All and welcome to our third monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge where our winner gets to choose our next theme and also qualifies for our 6 month giveaway where we’ll pit our 6 monthly winners in a vote for the ultimate champion :)

Vote below, and visit Heather and Mat over at Mirrorlessons to vote there as well.  Get prepared as we’ll have our winner announce the theme for June’s contest in 5 days and you’ll be able to submit your image to our Flickr group threads HERE on TRP and HERE on Mirrorlessons.

Voting lasts through June 5th and June’s challenge will begin shortly thereafter.  Join up with both groups and submit to both threads and in the mean time let us know who your favorite “Closer” image is:

*Topaz Clean, on sale through May

I first stumbled into my relationship with Topaz by way of their edge manipulation and texture smoothing plugin, Clean (on sale through May for 50% off HERE, use “mayclean” at checkout).  Normally $30, you can get it for $15 currently. I had been trying to find a way to replicate the effects of Fractalius, which is a PC only plugin.  Through my exploration, I found my way to Topaz Clean, and the rest is history.  (you can read my Fractalius for Mac post HERE).  While not a perfect substitute, there are ways to utilize the edge manipulation in Clean to get a similar effect and because of this initial review, it began my Topaz obsession which has grown to include DeNoise, ReMask, Clarity, ReStyle, B&W Effects, Star Effects, Detail and Simplify.  Come on in for a couple examples and my thoughts.

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*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #3 – Closer

 

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April’s winner, Othman Kammah (Click here to Visit and see his photography) has chosen the theme “closer” for this month’s challenge.  All you need to do is to submit your image to the TRP Flickr group thread HERE and the Mirrorlessons Flickr group thread HERE.  The submission threads will close on May 31st at which time Heather, Mat and I will choose our three favorites and put them up for a vote which will run for 5 days.  Once a winner from that vote is determined, they will get to choose the theme for June and we begin again!  The winner this month will join Othman and Marco in a semi annual vote which will see one of the six monthly winners voted on to win our first champions giveaway!

So get close, and get shooting.  Enjoy and I look forward to seeing everyone’s submissions!!!

Happy shooting,

Tyson