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07-24-2016, 02:59 AM - 3 Likes   #2701
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A couple more pixel-shifted shots with the DFA 15-30.

07-24-2016, 05:45 AM   #2702
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Nice shots jva59 and Rondec !
07-24-2016, 05:56 AM   #2703
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
That is too crazy !!!
I know how you did it: you caught those birds (God knows how, though...) and anesthetize them and then you planted them on a branch so you could take your time to get such wonderful images ... right?
Cracking shots !!

'Ee's not dead. 'Ee's just restin'." " 'Is bloody feet are wired to the perch. Ee's a dead parrot, a deceased parrot, a gone west parrot. Ee's kicked the Bucket, turned in his chips, breathed 'is last, passed away, gone down for the count....................etc. etc. etc"
07-24-2016, 06:15 AM - 5 Likes   #2704
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
LeRolls.......Otis sends his everlasting gratitude for the few days you loaned him your lovely models, and cannot express the thrill he had shooting them! Even though he discovered his camera was out of film he will forever have the memories etched in his Big Brain.

For this once in a lifetime opportunity he thanks you by upgrading your PF membership to Site Supporter and wants to express his gratitude with his very highest award....your wonderful work here has thrilled billions of little squirrels worldwide as well as the members here that admire that wonderful work!

He would have done this earlier but his PayPal account was frozen for a few days while they investigated some of his recent purchases that seemed a little extravagant.....I think he treated your girls very nicely!

Best Regards! & we all look forward to more of your great shots.......of the girls, of course!
Haha very funny! I don't think the girls will ever be the same...

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QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
As Hubble says........ Rack Off, This is my Turf!
Handsome as ever! Pretty obvious he is still the boss around your place! You can post more of his shots anytime, the squirrels love a distance, of course!

No doggie or kitty here...just all those squirrels and a family of raccoons that come around every night...and have for over 10 years. I knew the mama & daddy raccoon of the 4 current cubs when they were cubs themselves. Four cubs this year.

Last night as I was locking up my shop I decided to see if I could snap a few with the Bigma in the near total darkness. I was surprised that even though I could not see them in the dark viewfinder, the K1 quickly locked focus and when I heard the beep I snapped.
The IQ is poor.....not unexpected with no flash and in such a dark environment...but at least I got a few shots and learned that the K1 will indeed focus in very poor light. Had I mounted my 540 flash unit and the Tamron 70-200 2.8 these would no doubt have been decent shots......maybe tonight I will do just that?

Mama waits on the fence above while the cubs eat leftovers and dry dog food. They are very protective of their young, and not much of anything wants to tangle with an angry mama raccoon...and for certain not a big daddy that can weigh over 40 pounds and has sharp claws and razor sharp teeth. Since they know me well, they have no problem with my presence, even up close but I seldom get too close....the very musky smell is a little too much on a still hot and humid night!
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One of the cubs ...."Where's the beef?"

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I stayed out there a while, it is fun to watch them. Several fights broke out and mama had to get down and break them up. Not a lot different than human siblings....they do get into fights very often. Very interesting critters.....and with their very agile and human-like hands they can do amazing open my shop door if it isn't locked and go in and raid all the animal feed stored in has happened more than once. Give them a jar of peanut butter and they will have the lid unscrewed in no time.....they are pretty smart animals.

For reference here are some shots from over the years in their Family Albums


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Haha very funny! I don't think the girls will ever be the same...
Neither will Otis......

07-24-2016, 07:16 AM   #2706

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QuoteOriginally posted by johnc Quote
Sunset walk the other evening - All from the D-FA 15-30, except for the fourth (DFA 24-70mm). Handheld (I am the laziest and wouldn't take the tripod out!).

Both performed great and I am slowly getting used to the size and weight!

Edit: those asking for the location, these are taken at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester, UK. Really a great place for a few pics in the evening! I'll share some more of this location

By the way - Thanks to Adam for agreeing with my proposal for a lens club for DFA 15-30, I hope to see you all there too!




I like it how you exposed for the important stuff.

QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Most of my life is actually composed of stuff outside of the forums. I have four kids between 15 months and 9 and a half and between them and work, I don't have a bunch of time to sit on threads. Posting a couple of photos in the morning before my family arises is about the sum total of it. I try to help out here and there and I do enjoy photography -- its a lot of fun for me -- but I hope it doesn't discourage others if I just hit like on a photo or two before going off to doing the "really important" parts of my life.
Same for me

I'm finding that I don't want to waste any time getting bogged down in theoretical arguments and make believe lenses/cameras.

Nothing says it better for the K1 and the Pentax lenses than pictures, since one pict is supposed to be equal to a thousand words.
07-24-2016, 07:24 AM   #2707
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QuoteOriginally posted by fs999 Quote
Nice shots jva59 and Rondec !
Many thanks, FS. It's fun trying my lenses one by one on a new full frame. Next I think 31 limited.
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A recent small gig.

The Bella Fontes
K-1, Sigma 70-200 HSM II, /3.5, 200.0 mm, 1/125, ISO 4500

The gig was lit exclusively by magenta LED's , so I had to wash it out as best I could. Pic related:

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K-1 does well with Sigma 105mm f2.8 DG Macro

For me this is a good combo.
Still having to get used to the narrow depth of field.

No. 3 shot straight into the sunlight. Amazing recovery potential with the K-1.
All shots cropped to my liking.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
The gig was lit exclusively by magenta LED's
Stage lights can be a nightmare. We went to a dinner + dance performance in Ireland where they had rotating wheels with four different colored gel-sheets wedges that turned throughout the performance. So green, yellow, red, blue, or 80% red and 20% magenta from one light, 50% green 50% yellow from the other light, for a few seconds at the start of a dance, totally different seconds later. Pretty much converted each image to B&W before posting, but even then some of them looked either bizarre or creatively surreal, depending on your taste. (old maxim: if you missed the focus, framing and exposure, call it "art").
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I did not think I'd use the K1 for birding, but I snapped this today trying out the K1 with the DA*300+HD 1.4x. The very strong backlight really emphasizes the vignetting, but after correction, I only had to remove 2mp to crop out the black corners.

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Nice shots all !

1. FF Mode • 100 ISO • Pentax DA 40mm F2.8 XS • Kenko Pz-AF UniPlus Tube 25 • Metz Flash 52 AF-1 Digital with Ray-Flash Universal L ring

2. FF Mode • 100 ISO • Pentax DA* 200mm F2.8 ED SDM • Kenko Pz-AF UniPlus Tube 25 • Metz Flash 52 AF-1 Digital with Ray-Flash Universal L ring

3. Crop Mode • 400 ISO • Pentax DA* 200mm F2.8 ED SDM

4. Crop Mode • 100 ISO • Sigma Art 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM

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QuoteOriginally posted by ukhozi Quote
For me this is a good combo. Still having to get used to the narrow depth of field.
macro works very well on FF .
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Today, K1 and DA 560 with TC

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Superb shots vcollerp !

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