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It's only money!

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 21 December 2011 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Yeeehaa!!!
I'm back, as quick as a flash, hard disk error found and repaired, boot sector fixed, Windows repair re-installation, all done without any outside assistance. Thanks for your patience, good will messages, comments, and support whilst I was away.

Christmas time and hanging on to money feels as simple as grabbing handfuls of water, it just drains through your fingers!

Just playing around here with an old Takumar Pentax 50mm f1.4 prime lens, hitched to the end of three extension tubes to see how it goes for macro work. The diaphragm can be stopped down and the K100D works just fine in aperture priority, although composition and focus needs to be done with the lens wide open, once you start closing the aperture down it gets pretty dim inside of the viewfinder!

Makes a great 75mm equivalent portrait lens when mounted direct to the body, but you lose aperture ring functionality.

Met up with a fellow photographer from Sydney, Australia, yesterday evening for some night time shooting and a couple of pints, he's originally from South Shields and has been following these pages for a long time now. He's over to see some long lost friends and family for a great Christmas. Pictures to follow shortly.

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Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

excellent idea Curly!!
Happy Christmas from over the big pond too!!
x suzanne:))

21 Dec 2011 5:26am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ahhh . . old lenses . . I have a store cupboard full of old Pentax stuff from an S1A forward . . and in there somewhere is a 15mm SMC Takuma that a guy offered to swap for a kidney once. I didn't need a kidney at the time.

21 Dec 2011 5:52am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Excellent! A great experiment. The detail and DOF is spot on.

21 Dec 2011 6:50am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Nice money.

21 Dec 2011 7:03am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great presentation...

21 Dec 2011 7:21am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice collage , well seen and done , Phil

21 Dec 2011 7:36am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Successful experiment Curly !

21 Dec 2011 8:29am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Terrific montage great idea. Glad your computer probs are sorted, looking forward to the night shots hope you got them before you had a few pints !

21 Dec 2011 8:30am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice macro and excellent arrangement. I'm glad to hear you come back SO soon !

21 Dec 2011 9:25am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Very clever - the only way we can hold onto $$$ at this time of the year - is by taking lots of photographs of them:)

21 Dec 2011 10:06am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

If you want to spend me some money....

21 Dec 2011 10:12am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb presentation .

21 Dec 2011 10:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Crisply done Curly and nicely montaged too

21 Dec 2011 10:47am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Outstanding macro results and great presentation. Might as well use money like this while you still have it!

21 Dec 2011 11:07am

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

Next year you may need a wheelbarrow full of this photo just to buy a loaf of bread

21 Dec 2011 11:22am

tatar@y from france, France

Beau montage, belle présentation)

21 Dec 2011 12:23pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great reading buddy! A good lesson ... A collage of elements in these holidays take us a long time ... Happy days and good photos ... Best regards, Adela

21 Dec 2011 12:26pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I love this, Curly. The isual quality and clasrity is superb and the assemblage of images within the collage is magnificentl. Just a terrific job all around. Curly I will probably be absent quote a lot for the next several days - posting but not able to respond much - so I just wanted to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and thank you so much for all your comments, critiques, and kindness..,.I wish you all the best ;-)

21 Dec 2011 12:42pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What fun with some experimental stuff, and nice to hear about your meet-up. The internet makes for a small world, but it's always nice to have some face time

21 Dec 2011 1:15pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Montage well done ... and interesting details in your text.
Happy you are up and running again w/o too much $$$ sifting through your fingers! ;D

21 Dec 2011 2:04pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I like a lot how you have positioned Darwin giving a hard glance to the queen.

21 Dec 2011 2:58pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

interesting composition. great !

21 Dec 2011 4:01pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice collage there, you seldom notice the fine detail in money, great work.

21 Dec 2011 5:40pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

buena presentacion!

21 Dec 2011 5:55pm

Mandar from Kudal, India

Great

21 Dec 2011 5:58pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great collage with eye-catching colors and graphics! Sounds like you are having a great time playing catch-up with this fellow photographer.

21 Dec 2011 6:56pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

just needs a bit of background music...

21 Dec 2011 7:45pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Welcome back! Great macro...nice to see someone trying to use the old photographic equipment and being so successful at it!

21 Dec 2011 8:11pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

very nice

21 Dec 2011 8:37pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful color and detail. Great collage! Money talks!

21 Dec 2011 9:05pm

franz from Baden, Austria

good to see you back as "your old self" !!
love your way of looking at money, something we all consider "uminmportant, but soothing to have" ... ;-))

21 Dec 2011 9:43pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Amen, brother. Beautiful macros. I just had to replace my computer, too. Nasty.

21 Dec 2011 9:46pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Well done!!

21 Dec 2011 9:57pm

dulang from Santa Rosa, United States

great group of shots. The micro is so clear.

22 Dec 2011 4:31am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Glad you back, must have been a hell of job restoring everything! Great collage of the money, better pounds than euros at the moment ;)

22 Dec 2011 4:51am