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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 17 September 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

NEW MEMBER - My friend, Bill Laing, joined Am3 yesterday. I commend his work to each of you. He is a fine photographer.

BUMMED OUT. Three weeks ago, I sent my incredible Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens to Nikon service. It was binding when I turned the zoom ring; you can see striation marks on the extended barrel. Yesterday afternoon, I got it back. If anything, it is worse. I am really bummed out. Our photo guild has a major trip to Eastern Oregon the middle of October. I fear I may still be dealing with this.

NIKON D700 1/400 second F/9.0 ISO 200 70 mm (35mm equiv.)

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

excellent shot with vivid colours and great selective focus..

17 Sep 2009 5:07am

masoud from tehran, Iran

warm and lovely macro ,well done

17 Sep 2009 5:49am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, you caught the essence of these thistles. Beautifully done.
I will check out Bill Laing.
Sorry to hear about your camera. Sad news and frustrating for you !!!

17 Sep 2009 5:57am

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Beautiful bright colors!

17 Sep 2009 6:15am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

amazing how something so common can be so beautiful. Good luck with the lens

17 Sep 2009 6:50am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe couleur !

17 Sep 2009 7:48am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Lovely shot! Great light and colours.
Good luck with the lens.

17 Sep 2009 8:14am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Some nicely captured detail here

17 Sep 2009 8:20am

Mhélène from Paris, France

So beautiful colors and light in this composition !

17 Sep 2009 8:38am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

A beautiful picture..lovely pink!
Sorry to hear about your camera...hope you can get a resolution to it soon..
Right, now I'm off to visit your friend's site!

17 Sep 2009 8:59am

Sriram from Chennai, India

beautiful composition.. great shot!!

17 Sep 2009 9:15am

Manel from Girona, Spain

Nice tones of colour. Exellent macro and compo

17 Sep 2009 9:27am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Gorgeous flowers!

17 Sep 2009 9:45am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

Lovely light and colour.

17 Sep 2009 10:21am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Nice capture. My friend had similar problems in Malaysia and they replaced a new unit for him. Brand spanking new. You might want to make more noise to Nikon.

17 Sep 2009 10:44am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Hope you get more joy from Nikon, this is an excellent shot.

17 Sep 2009 10:57am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I adore this fuschia coloured Thistle, the entire compo is a beautiful work of art, bravo Jack...I'm on the way to visit your friend :)

17 Sep 2009 11:24am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I was thinking about those flowers seeing your previous picture. I hope you get your lens fixed soon...

17 Sep 2009 11:30am

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendide colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 Sep 2009 12:08pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful composition with vivid color and great detail! Hard to believe it's a weed.

17 Sep 2009 12:21pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Amazing warm colors, great bokeh too.

17 Sep 2009 1:29pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful, almost Autumn colors :))

17 Sep 2009 1:37pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

so colorful

17 Sep 2009 1:38pm

MJ from Delaware, United States

beautiful colors and great close up.....

17 Sep 2009 2:25pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Lovely shot with wonderful colour but, more importantly, I hope you get your lens sorted out.

17 Sep 2009 2:56pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful and intense colors!

17 Sep 2009 2:58pm

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Ces couleurs.... Superbe !!!!!

17 Sep 2009 3:01pm

Don from spokane, United States

I like how the blossoms play off each other in the frame. Wonderful color and detail. Thanks for the recommendation on your friend's site. I wouldn't expect that from a Nikon lens... sad to have a continuing problem.

17 Sep 2009 3:03pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

nice color picture. i love it.

17 Sep 2009 3:20pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Very lovely shot. I love the richness of the colors.

17 Sep 2009 3:55pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

The golden glow is magnificent! The clarity is superb!
I'm looking at buying the D700 in the near future - do you recommend? I'm also looking at the Nikon 70-200 mm lens - how do you like it?

17 Sep 2009 4:47pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That's really beautiful. I like that splash of magenta.

17 Sep 2009 5:21pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautiful details, Jack!

17 Sep 2009 6:15pm

Connie from Downingtown, United States

Outstanding shot. Lovely colors and details.

17 Sep 2009 6:38pm

alex centrella from California, United States

clean and crisp..great colors..

17 Sep 2009 6:49pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Amazing how you keep finding such beautiful flowers.

17 Sep 2009 6:54pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Beautiful, Jack ... and so sharp. Thanks for reducing Bill to us.

17 Sep 2009 8:08pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Splendides couleurs!!! Très belle macro!

17 Sep 2009 8:23pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

superbes couleurs

17 Sep 2009 8:48pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

That color is just splendid!!!! gotta go check out your pal!!

17 Sep 2009 9:59pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Terrific capture Jack - what spellbinding colours!

17 Sep 2009 10:38pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Beautiful saturated colors

18 Sep 2009 12:16am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Absolutely stunning. The colors are rich, the clarity outstanding. Very beautiful image, Jack.
I can thoroughly understand your disappointment about your lens. I agree with Nicholas, make more noise. It may get better results.
You've given me inspiration to post some B&W, I hope you don't mind I've added a link to your blog on my Friday's post. '

18 Sep 2009 4:36am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Wonderful bad for the lens..but if you are really stuck chack out got a fine selection of used lens...very good quality...i bought one and never regretted it...

21 Sep 2009 4:28pm

@StarCosmosBleu: The lens, which is very expensive, is under warranty; so they will need to either fix it or replace it. I feel certain that it will get resolved, but I am impatient.