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02-11-2018, 04:52 PM   #27526
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ron Boggs Quote
And no Canadian Rockies, no fight-back from any side whenever I've indulged myself! That's why I've owned whatever Pentax gear I've desired...no moderator! Just the bank account remorse!
Lucky you! Some of us aren't quite so lucky. Mind you, the budget in our house doesn't result in too much temptation in any event ...

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Lucky you! Some of us aren't quite so lucky. Mind you, the budget in our house doesn't result in too much temptation in any event ...
Try not to have luck be a requirement to own the goodies I crave. Not always a budget issue. My business required quite a bit of photo work through the years and IRS audits agreed that I could buy photo gear for the biz (in my prior life I wrote fishing books and hundreds of magazine articles and commonly needed nice illustration images as well as those horrible victory shots of "angler holding fish"). I ain't proud, there's worse work out there! Also did lots of speaking engagements all over U.S. and Canada (more than 450 paid gigs). I made sure to have nice images flashing up there on the screen while I railed on about fishing or boating or even motivational/sport psychology (hunh? 8 years coaching a pre-Olympic wrestling program) so had to have quality photo gear. And gee, all those travel days...maybe ought to stay an extra day or two to shoot photos!

This wasn't a lucrative career, though comfortable, and certainly didn't set me up for a lush retirement. But I've always been a dream chaser and find a way to get by doing it. So wife for over 20 years didn't look over my shoulder...it was part of the business and legitimate! Though I'm glad to be divorced, she was great in that she never squelched my dreams or our son's dreams...best spousal gift ever! Been single for about 5 years so my terrible fiscal policies dictate which killer fishing reels I can find in Japan or what esoteric Pentax star lens I choose to shoot with and whether I'd rather follow a photo subject or try to catch some really fun fish. Note that all the photo gear has held value quite nicely, thank you...so what may have appeared to be a rash and childish expense was actually pretty sane. Wish I'd bought a half-dozen FA*200/4 Macro lenses! They are currently fetching 3-4 times the original new price! (and I am not selling!)

BTW this was not about me, but a cheerleading session...GO DO THE THINGS YOU LIKE DOING! I like Pentax...is that so wrong?
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I regret to hear that, dadipentak. I know what I would do: plant couple of new trees (or more). That's generally what I do over the past 20 years. Just imagine there was an empty green field 20 year ago...



QuoteOriginally posted by Ron Boggs Quote
Nice pics Ducatigaz...just sold my FA*600/4 to a forum member in Australia. It just cleared customs and he should get it tomorrow!
Congratulation to the new owner and I hope that he'll share some of his photo work (done using this lens-gem) with us rather soon!

QuoteOriginally posted by Ron Boggs Quote
Wish I'd bought a half-dozen FA*200/4 Macro lenses! They are currently fetching 3-4 times the original new price! (and I am not selling!)
As long as there's no adequate modern replacement, these old lenses will pricewise reach the sky.


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K-3 and Tamron SP AF 300 2.8 LD [IF] and HD DA 1.4 TC, 420mm ƒ4.
400 ISO, ƒ8, AV

O.K. then, I went out for a bit today, the roof is totally off my blind and it's completely ineffective... I did manage a few shots.







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pentax q with sigma 500mm 4.5ex...rainy saturday








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K-3 and Tamron SP AF 300 2.8 LD [IF] and HD DA 1.4 TC, 420mm 4.
400 ISO, 8, AVO.K. then, I went out for a bit today, the roof is totally off my blind and it's completely ineffective... I did manage a few shots.
Well, the blind might be "completely ineffective", but you still got some really nice shots!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by pearsaab Quote
pentax q with sigma 500mm 4.5ex...rainy saturday
Might have been rainy, but you got some great shots!!

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A below zero day here, but bright & sunny, so I got out to get a few photos with my K3, Sigma 300 F4, Tamron 1.4xTC.
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My favorite female cardinal, "Broken Toe", always is near when I load the bird feeder but lately she wants dog food.....
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My favorite female cardinal, "Broken Toe", always is near when I load the bird feeder but lately she wants dog food.....
Nice portrait of a beautiful lady!!
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Might have been rainy, but you got some great shots!!

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Thanks Chip!

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My favorite female cardinal, "Broken Toe", always is near when I load the bird feeder but lately she wants dog food.....
what kind of dog food...might be cheaper than bird seed
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My favorite female cardinal, "Broken Toe", always is near when I load the bird feeder but lately she wants dog food.....
Dog food has become a regular part of my "Algonquin Park feed mix." Many birds like a bit of it every now and then. I don't use it in my back yard, wolves, foxes and Pine Martens and stray dogs like it too. I don't mind those animals in the park, in my back yard? Not so much.
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My first ever snowy owl seen this weekend. Bright morning and not much luck getting an open eye shot but what an amazing bird.
K3ii DFA 150-450 at 450 on a beanbag

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My first ever snowy owl seen this weekend. Bright morning and not much luck getting an open eye shot but what an amazing bird.
K3ii DFA 150-450 at 450 on a beanbag

Among the raptors, the really amazing species is the barn owl. Their ears are majorly asymmetrical and extremely sensitive, so much that they can hear and successfully pounce on a mouse in complete darkness. More or less a bat-bird.
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