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06-04-2014, 09:14 AM   #2881
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QuoteOriginally posted by formercanuck Quote
As a note - make sure you bring some fresh Energizer lithium AA's
You make a good point, however, I have sufficient NiMH rechargeables for both cameras and four flash attachments, plus I have extra batteries. I'll be staying with a son and daughter-in-law where I can recharge with my Ray-O-Vac one-hour chargers (3 of them) which charge each cell indivudually. I don't anticipate a shortage of power for anything. Thanks for the tip.

On a different note, any suggestions for photo ops in and around Anchorage would be appreciated. Although my son and daughter-in-law have been there for almost a year and a half, they may not have the same ideas as some of you professionals (and amateurs) on the forum. They are not extremely avid photographers, though they do take a significant number of photographs.

Thanks in advance for ideas.

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If you look at old Beatles stills photos you will see all of them with Pentax cameras hanging around their necks in lots of shots. They were all into photography as well as music in the early to mid 60's and possibly influenced by the daughter of the founder of the Eastman Kodak company who was a photo-journalist at the time and hung around with the band. That lady was Linda Eastman who went on to become the first Mrs. Paul McCartney.
This might be of interest: Act Naturally: The Photography Of Ringo Starr | MOJO
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Due to some uncertainty in the employment arena for the spousal unit after our return
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06-04-2014, 05:08 PM   #2884
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Huh? You lost me......
Translation -> His wife lost her job or needs to find a new one, thus finances could be better.

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Translation -> His wife lost her job or needs to find a new one, thus finances could be better.
That clears things
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On a different note, any suggestions for photo ops in and around Anchorage would be appreciated. Although my son and daughter-in-law have been there for almost a year and a half, they may not have the same ideas as some of you professionals (and amateurs) on the forum. They are not extremely avid photographers, though they do take a significant number of photographs.

Thanks in advance for ideas.
There is a wide spot in the road up to a place called the Arctic Valley Ski Bowl Area. The road on the map is “Arctic Valley Road” but the locals call it “Ski Bowl Road”. On a clear day you can see all of Anchorage, the Air base and the Army Fort. There is a mountain behind (as you are looking at the valley) and more mountains on the other side of the valley. If the weather is good the sun sets can be a treat. The problem is if you go in the summer the weather may be good but it will be very late at night until the sun sets.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Photos-by-Chas Quote
You make a good point, however, I have sufficient NiMH rechargeables for both cameras and four flash attachments, plus I have extra batteries. I'll be staying with a son and daughter-in-law where I can recharge with my Ray-O-Vac one-hour chargers (3 of them) which charge each cell indivudually. I don't anticipate a shortage of power for anything. Thanks for the tip.

On a different note, any suggestions for photo ops in and around Anchorage would be appreciated. Although my son and daughter-in-law have been there for almost a year and a half, they may not have the same ideas as some of you professionals (and amateurs) on the forum. They are not extremely avid photographers, though they do take a significant number of photographs.

Thanks in advance for ideas.
NIMH batteries can have problems in the cold though. When I was in Finland I had NIMHs that could usually get around 150 shots perhaps (they were a bit worn out). But on a cold day in Helsinki outside I got maybe 10 shots out of them...
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I assume that the stuff you saw was HOYA stuff.
Very possible, but I didn't see Hoya's name anywhere. Could have been on the plates/decals on the back, but I didn't muscle the machines around to look But for sure, it was the familiar red logo, so people seeing that logo would (I hope) recognize it later.

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The Pentax name is split among four different corporations now I think. Ricoh for cameras, Hoya for medical, another one for surveying, and another one for eyewear optics (I think it is).
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Translation -> His wife lost her job or needs to find a new one, thus finances could be better.
Yep, close enough

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QuoteOriginally posted by DAZ Quote
There is a wide spot in the road up to a place called the Arctic Valley Ski Bowl Area. The road on the map is “Arctic Valley Road” but the locals call it “Ski Bowl Road”. On a clear day you can see all of Anchorage, the Air base and the Army Fort. There is a mountain behind (as you are looking at the valley) and more mountains on the other side of the valley. If the weather is good the sun sets can be a treat. The problem is if you go in the summer the weather may be good but it will be very late at night until the sun sets.


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Thanks for the tip. I looked for that road on googleearth and it appears to be within an easy drive, so I'll check it out. Depending on the clarity of the weather, I may try for a few sunset photos, too.


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NIMH batteries can have problems in the cold though. When I was in Finland I had NIMHs that could usually get around 150 shots perhaps (they were a bit worn out). But on a cold day in Helsinki outside I got maybe 10 shots out of them...

Thanks for the reminder of the cold. I had not really given the temperature much thought, since I'll be there in August. However, I've had pretty good results with NiMHs over the past couple of years. I really do like the Eneloops as they seem to hold their charge very well. Since I have several extra batteries and can have them charged up each day, I feel okay with them. Also, I have a nice little pouch for them which I can keep inside my coat, close to my body for heat. That should help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Photos-by-Chas Quote
I had not really given the temperature much thought, since I'll be there in August.
In Fairbanks in August the temps use to be in the 80's. Anchorage If I remember right was about the same.. So temp should not be much of an issue. It is a beautiful state. We hope to get back there some day.
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I was in Charleston, S.C. for three days not too long ago, and I only saw one other Pentax user and no Olympus users.
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Are we really that sparse out in the world?
Yes, we are. Until yesterday I saw 2 (two) Pentax SLRs; an MX in ~1979 (Venice, Italy) and a K-r (Nara, Japan) in 2011. Yesterday I spotted a K-3 (+DA★ 16–50) dangling from the shoulder of a German tourist in my hometown (Vienna, Austria). I said “Hey, a pentaxian! Rare view those days…” With a big grin he replied “What else?”
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