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06-12-2019, 12:11 PM   #31291
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I also have my Tamron 2x TC, which works well on the K-1 with the Tamron 300 2.8 but produces soft and fuzzy on the K-3.
Yes, the sensor of the K1 seems to have a pixel density similar to K5, I hope that the next full frame does not put more megapixels.

I find the K3II a very demanding camera with some lenses, it works very well (but very well) with my tamron 70-200, with the 90 macro, even with modern compromise lenses like the 18-200 sigma contemporary works well. But some slightly older lenses look as if they are not up to this 24 mpx sensor.
It's a pity that some modern lenses from manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron are not available ....

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Newbie shot taken last time - Oriental Magpie Robin shot with K5 + Sigma 500/4.5

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I got to the state duck blind just as a bunch of kids were leaving. They've done more damage to it and left more trash every time I go...The DEC doesn't seem to care that it's being used for hookups and drug dealing.



Secondary runway was being used at the airport. So landing planes were flying over the house I used to live in, and planes taking off were flying over the house I live in now...





























First brood of Robins has fledged...

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we just returned late last night from a " Cubs Destination " trip to Denver [ you get tickets to 2 games, on 2nd day a private tour of the ball park, a lunch and an appearance by a member of the Cubs with ability to get one autograph and a question and answer session ]

unfortunately Monday was a good game but Cubs lost by one and Tuesday they got blown out

this is from the second game, pick off attempt

first, SOOC except for crop

second, crop and pp

from row 35 Section 143 Coors Field
hand held

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
we just returned late last night from a " Cubs Destination " trip to Denver [ you get tickets to 2 games, on 2nd day a private tour of the ball park, a lunch and an appearance by a member of the Cubs with ability to get one autograph and a question and answer session ]

unfortunately Monday was a good game but Cubs lost by one and Tuesday they got blown out

this is from the second game, pick off attempt

first, SOOC except for crop

second, crop and pp

from row 35 Section 143 Coors Field
hand held

K 3 + HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

I am not a pro photographer. I am curious, that since you used aperture priority if there was a reason you chose aperture 6.3 and not a more fully open aperture for a baseball action photo?

We are going to a Yankees-White Sox night game Saturday. Game photos I take have no significant historical value, but if I take my camera, I still want the photos to be as good as I can make them, and am interested in any tips I can get.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mroeder75 Quote
I am not a pro photographer. I am curious, that since you used aperture priority if there was a reason you chose aperture 6.3 and not a more fully open aperture for a baseball action photo?

We are going to a Yankees-White Sox night game Saturday. Game photos I take have no significant historical value, but if I take my camera, I still want the photos to be as good as I can make them, and am interested in any tips I can get.

The DA 55-300 PLM is wide open at ƒ6.3 at the long end. It had to be smaller to accommodate the PLM and to accommodate it's very fast moving focusing module.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mroeder75 Quote
I am not a pro photographer. I am curious, that since you used aperture priority if there was a reason you chose aperture 6.3 and not a more fully open aperture for a baseball action photo?

We are going to a Yankees-White Sox night game Saturday. Game photos I take have no significant historical value, but if I take my camera, I still want the photos to be as good as I can make them, and am interested in any tips I can get.
as Norm indicated, it wasn't a choice on my part, it is the limitation of the lens.

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I just post a lot and do my best to learn and improve

I normally use my Pentax-D FA 70-200mm F2.8 lens for my lens of choice for my attempts to take photos at a MLB game

however, the Rockies do not allow a lens longer than 6 inches into the stadium and the D FA is 8 inches

I was a little worried that the PLM would not be allowed but I locked it down to the smallest size and there was no question about it as I went through security.

I use a zippered clear plastic bag 16 x 16 x 8 inches to carry my stuff into the MLB stadiums

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each club sets its own policy, the White Sox has no limit on size:

" Cameras

Guests are permitted to carry cameras into the ballpark though no oversized or hard-sided camera bags/tripods are permitted."

Guaranteed Rate Field Information Guide | Chicago White Sox

if you haven't done it before, I urge you to look at that guide.

good luck

hope you post a few of your photos


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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
as Norm indicated, it wasn't a choice on my part, it is the limitation of the lens.

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BTW, I am, in no definition of the word, a " pro "

I just post a lot and do my best to learn and improve

I normally use my Pentax-D FA 70-200mm F2.8 lens for my lens of choice for my attempts to take photos at a MLB game

however, the Rockies do not allow a lens longer than 6 inches into the stadium and the D FA is 8 inches

I was a little worried that the PLM would not be allowed but I locked it down to the smallest size and there was no question about it as I went through security.

I use a zippered clear plastic bag 16 x 16 x 8 inches to carry my stuff into the MLB stadiums

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each club sets its own policy, the White Sox has no limit on size:

" Cameras

Guests are permitted to carry cameras into the ballpark though no oversized or hard-sided camera bags/tripods are permitted."

Guaranteed Rate Field Information Guide | Chicago White Sox

if you haven't done it before, I urge you to look at that guide.

good luck

hope you post a few of your photos
Thank you for your post, both camera setting-wise, and game-wise!

I am a long-time White Sox fan going back to the 1960s (but while I was in grad school and shortly after I drove a tour bus out of Dubuque and attended Cub games about every weekend the Cubs were in town - drivers got in free - standing room only pass); we now live about 240 miles out, and only see a White Sox game every 3-5 years. We have done some RTs in a day but I am too old for that now, so we booked an interesting B & B in Bridgeport, at the Polo Inn. I urge you to check it out. I was going to take the fam downtown and take the Redline to the park, until I started exploring online for neighborhood options, and this looked interesting and possibly better, and more economical with free parking and free breakfast and 5-star Trip Advisor user hotel reviews and 5-star Trip Advisor restaurant reviews.

I have a Tokina 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, but it hunts a lot with my K-5. I am keeping the lens in case I upgrade my camera body, but seldom use it. I have a Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5. So I am conflicted over which lens to take. After all it is baseball and if one focuses on the batter, it is a static focus. Hunting shouldn't be a factor. We are in club seating (I would call it mezzanine level) just about where the outfield grass starts on the first base side. The game is a near sell-out which is not the norm on the South Side. This team is young and becoming interesting. They beat those damned Yankees, tonight after being in a hole 4-0.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mroeder75 Quote
Thank you for your post, both camera setting-wise, and game-wise!

I am a long-time White Sox fan going back to the 1960s (but while I was in grad school and shortly after I drove a tour bus out of Dubuque and attended Cub games about every weekend the Cubs were in town - drivers got in free - standing room only pass); . . .

I have a Tokina 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, but it hunts a lot with my K-5. I am keeping the lens in case I upgrade my camera body, but seldom use it. I have a Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5. So I am conflicted over which lens to take. After all it is baseball and if one focuses on the batter, it is a static focus. Hunting shouldn't be a factor. We are in club seating (I would call it mezzanine level) just about where the outfield grass starts on the first base side. The game is a near sell-out which is not the norm on the South Side. This team is young and becoming interesting. They beat those damned Yankees, tonight after being in a hole 4-0.
some thoughts:

I have found some comments in these articles to be helpful:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/photo-articles/dslr-sports-autofocus-settings-guide.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/photo-articles/sports-shooting-focusin...se-racing.html

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focusing on home plate you may have to deal with the safety netting.

it can either be mildly distracting or a major pain for photographers.

I tend to focus on plays on the bases if I can, very dependent on game action of course, attempts to advance, stretching singles to doubles etc. or photos of the pitcher as he delivers his pitch.

If I can, I prefocus on the base and let the action come to me, if you understand what I am trying to say

shutter burst can help but drains the batteries of course so make sure you have extra with you

the worse thing about photography at a ball game is that you lose the game concentrating on the photography so be aware of that.

" what happened ??? " when you are looking the wrong way

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take both lenses and make a decision at the game, perhaps switch on and off

good luck from a " pre69 cub fan " who grew up in Le Roy, IL before moving to Iowa and then Kansas

have fun

[ Yu Darvish , crop and pp, selected from a series taken with shutter burst of his delivery ( darn cable holding up safety net ) ]
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I watched the heron go for this turtle for about 20 minutes before giving up. I hope he ended up ok after being attacked for that long...

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote

good luck from a " pre69 cub fan " who grew up in Le Roy, IL before moving to Iowa and then Kansas

have fun
Thank you! But I must confess to this.

Chub fans in Dubuque in 1969 were so bombastic from June through August they didn't realize it, but they were difficult to tolerate. September was a relief from the bombastic-ism when the inevitable Cub collapse arrived past its usual schedule.

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The airboat, the heron vs. turtle, the humming bird. How do you do this? These are stunning photos.
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The heron with turtle (last image) is a great incident-in-Nature shot, but the skimmer in flight is startling, a real eye-stopper!
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The heron with turtle (last image) is a great incident-in-Nature shot, but the skimmer in flight is startling, a real eye-stopper!
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