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Wow! That graduation photo is awesome! How did you keep your background so black??
They were on a stage in an auditorium, and the stage curtains are all black. If you zoom in on that photo enough, you can see the vertical lines from the curtain panels. It did make for a nice effect in how it contrasted so much from the students and made them really stand out.
Based on the information that you provided, I would not keep it. If the seller advertised it as being in better condition than that and without damage, I would start the dispute process about it. I would contact the seller and tell them that the condition of the lens is unacceptable to me, especially considering they listed it as "like new and perfect working condition". They might say that it was damaged in shipping, but from your pictures, that doesn't look like shipping damage. (They might not give you any conflict at all). But I would approach the seller first and claim a grieve status. If they don't want to work with you, I would start the formal dispute process with eBay.
Based on the information that you provided, that is what I would do per your question.
I didn't really do much this year. I am going to do more this next year, and I am going to produce better images. (Not a resolution, but a statement of fact).
This one was one of my favorites.
The "Madame Queen"
Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye
This is one from a company picnic/BBQ. They had a facepainting booth setup for the children (although, a few adults decided to join their children and have their faces painted). This is the daughter of one of the attorneys that I managed to take by surprise before her shyness took over and she hid her face.
(That pink bow was a bit overexposed, but the rest of it came out okay).
This one is my favorite, probably more out of sentimentality than image quality. This was from my granddaughter's high school graduation. I had actually planned to get this image prior to the ceremony. I was able to get the exact angle that I wanted, and due to the small size of the class, I was easily able to get all of the graduates in frame. Their mortarboards even ended up where the "Class of 2016" was able to place right where I wanted it. After the ceremony, I posted it to my granddaughter's Facebook page. She immediately put it as her profile background, and most of her teachers and classmates like and shared it. (It ended up on a LOT of the class's Facebook backgrounds for a while, which is what I had hoped would happen). But it was a great memory and a fun shot.
I realize that this is a holiday week for many people, but I wanted to keep this theme alive during this time for anyone that wanted to participate. (Peter should be back in 2 weeks to resume this thread theme as it is his project).
I only have 3 prime lenses, so I am a bit limited on my selection (other than going to a zoom and just manually setting a particular focal length for a week).
My lens this week will be my 105mm Micro f/2.8 VR. I still wrestle with using this lens well. (Truthfully, I wrestle with using all of my lenses well, but I wrestle more with this one. LOL). I only have 1 DSLR body now (since I gave my D2Xs to my wife), so I will be using my D4 camera body this week.
If anyone would like to shoot a single focal length for a week, please share your results here. Thanks!!
Great set, Nicole!! As discussed in a different thread, those 105mm Micro's have a bit of a learning curve right out of the box, but you sure are turning out much better than I have with mine. I think that is probably why I like my 105mm Micro is that it challenges me more to use it. But once you get it dialed in for yourself, you can really do some cool things with it. (As well exampled by your set here). Nice work!
All of the shots are great, but that snowflake shot is just amazing.
And I want to thank Peter again for another great set of shots of Upsalla. I never get tired of seeing shots like those from other parts of the world. I could just look at photos like those all day.
A shot just before sunset out of my office window (3rd floor, downtown office). That orange glow coming off the horizon is the sun shining through a huge cloud of smoke blowing across the outskirts of the city from a wildfire. (The wind was blowing in excess of 30mph today). I did catch some of the reflection of my office lights in the glass. I probably should have shut off my office lights before I snapped this.