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04-25-2010, 06:00 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Hand held shootout-with prize


I've received a great deal in the past from the good people at the Pentax Forum and now it's time to show my altruistic side and gratitude and give something back and have some fun too. We all know how hard it is to capture a decent hand held shot especially when the prevailing conditions aren't exactly conducive to accomplishing that daunting task.That's the assignment Pentaxians.The rules are simple---Submit up to 2 shots--NO TRIPODS ALLOWED--you can brace yourself but the camera or lens can not contact any solid object --anti shake mode is allowed.I will reward the best shot submitter a $100 gift certificate to an establishment that is world wide like--OutBack Steak House--McDonalds-etc or maybe you can choose a place of your own liking if i can find one nearby in the Boston Ma. USA area that i can purchase the prize to send to the eventual winner.
It doesn't matter what the subject is but any adverse conditions such as low light--nightshots--tele shots- etc. will certainly catch my eye as long as you got it hand held.Since it's my money I have appointed myself judge,jury,and executioner.
The pictures that you see here are examples of "hand held shots"The snow-traffic one was shot at 1/20 sec. and made the almost whole front page of the "North Shore Sunday" newspaper just 10 miles north of Boston Ma.The others are hand held of course.Try to include your photo data and above all "BE HONEST"I will let this run for a couple of months depending on the response. OK--have fun--"let the games begin"---charliezap

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Does wildlife count?

I love your snow shot.

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Does wildlife count?

I love your snow shot.
There are no restrictions on subject matter.Just a challenging picture shot hand held.
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I give it a try (somebody has to start anyway):

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40mm, 1/6th:


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Okay, here are two handheld bird shots.

To stop motion I had to set the shutter speed at 1/1000s for the Hawk. The bubble was shot at 1/500s. Both shot with Sigma 70-300mm at 300mm on Macro settings.

Aperture f11


Aperture f5.6


Both at ISO800

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Hi Mar--Thanks for joining in. Good luck---charliezap
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Thanks for hosting this Charlie, that is a great shot with the snowy road! Here's two recent shots, no that great but these challenges are always fun.. I traveled to Tennessee this weekend to visit my son and daughter in law. He coaches a High School Soccer team and they played Friday night. It was dark at the end of the game and while walking to the car I stopped and took this shot of the baseball game going on. The second shot is a Red Tailed Hawk. It was driving on a country road that wasn't too busy and noticed this Hawk ahead sitting on the power line, very unusual, I knew if I stopped and opened the door he would fly. I put down the passenger window, slowed down and turned left into the other lane, stopped and started shooting from the driver's seat out the passenger window. I got two shots of him sitting there and then he took off and I got this one.

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55-300 ED at 230mm, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 200
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Does wildlife count?

I love your snow shot.
Forgive my curiousity but what part of the country are you from?-charliezap

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I'm from and live in Florida Charlie.
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Just another example of "hand held photo" This one was taken @1/250sec @f 5.6 ISO 800. The $100 prize is dangling in the wind waiting for the right shooter to come up with the right picture.
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Grin and Spin! - My slow shutter speed self portrait. 1/8s @f22



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This one was taken with a shutter speed of 1/4 sec. Pretty rough hand-holding that at any focal length.

Model: PENTAX K200D
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/4 sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal Length: 18mm
Flash Used: No

Who says you need a tripod when you shoot macros?

Model: PENTAX K20D
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/180 sec
Aperture: n/a <--f/11 or f/16
Focal Length: 100mm
Flash Used: Yes

No bracing on either.

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One of my handheld macros...
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This one was taken with a shutter speed of 1/4 sec. Pretty rough hand-holding that at any focal length.


Who says you need a tripod when you shoot macros?


No bracing on either.
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One of my handheld macros...
Very impressive photos--hard to believe that a tripod wasn't involved but then again I haven't done many macros in a long time.What was the exif on the macros?If this is an example of the photos that will be submitted I will be hard pressed to pick a winner.--charliezap
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Charlie, mine was made at ISO100, f/16, and 1/180".
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