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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Sunsets
Posted By RobG
Replies: 3,351
Views: 244,580
The colour is real, believe it or not.


Purple skies
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Nature Pale-Headed Rosella
Posted By RobG
Replies: 8
Views: 190
Excellent! Definitely a good investment.



I'd completely forgotten about that feature. I should try it more often. :lol::o
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Machinery Shiny Relic
Posted By RobG
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Shiny Relic
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

A bright memory of a time when pride in creations led to the inclusion of beautiful logos. NSWGR, the NSW Government Railways logo.
NSW Rail Museum, Thirlmere.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature Curiosity
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 205
Great shot, Todd! It's a pose which adds personality to the bird. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature Pale-Headed Rosella
Posted By RobG
Replies: 8
Views: 190
Great shot! Pale-headed Rosellas seem to be much more skittish than Crimson Rosellas, probably more like Eastern Rosellas which they are more closely related to. It's nice that you captured the grevillea for context as well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Nature Smoky Mountain Bears
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 193
You're welcome! :) I find it hilarious that folks from the USA find Australian wildlife scary when the USA has so many dangerous large animals. When hiking at Mount Ranier, I was told "if you come around a corner and find a bear very close, try backing away carefully. If it doesn't move away or follows you, drop on the ground, curl up into a ball and put your hands behind your neck. The bear may come up and poke at you. Just stay very still and it will lose interest". I'm glad that I never had to try that out. The only large animals we saw were Hoary Marmots and Mountain Goats. :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Nature Smoky Mountain Bears
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 193
:lol: Which reminds me of the line about wearing bells to scare the bears away; how to you tell the difference between black bear dropping and grizzly bear droppings? The Grizzly bear droppings are the ones with little bells in them... :confused:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature Smoky Mountain Bears
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 193
Interesting shots! You must have been close indeed to get those with a 100mm lens. Bears were something that I did and didn't want to see when I was hiking in the USA. This demonstrates why climbing a tree to escape a bear isn't necessarily worth trying. I think Grizzly bears can't climb?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Machinery A visit to Sydney Airport
Posted By RobG
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Thanks! I was mostly using the same user settings I configured for birds, except that I changed the AF area to the centre block instead of the centre cross on the K3iii. The centre block should allow the AF to use subject recognition. Please check the full set on Flickr! There's more, but I included one of each aircraft type. The other unusual sighting which I will post later was one of the Virgin 737-800 aircraft which has been fitted with 737-Max style double-scimitar winglets. I have a question about something I spotted on the tail of an aircraft, but I'll save that for the aviation forum rather than here. :)

---------- Post added 08-08-22 at 10:52 AM ----------

PS I was surprised to see several A350 aircraft, given the fuss that Qatar has made over them, but it seems that other airlines are happily flying them. The majority of international flights are being made with the most fuel-efficient aircraft available; mostly 787 and A350, but airlines like Qantas and some others are still operating A330 variants on long haul. One Qantas A330 I photographed was only going to Auckland, but others have been flying to LAX. I think Qantas is using their 787 fleet as much as possible like everyone else, although at least three of the A380s have been brought back from the US desert.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Machinery A visit to Sydney Airport
Posted By RobG
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Thanks Todd! There were so many flights at the time that I didn't have the chance to do screen shots from Flight radar. I had to use the aircraft registrations to look them up later. The only one that I couldn't find a flight record for was the Bombardier carrying casino high-flyers. I saw a good variety of aircraft (lots more in the group link or on Flickr) and was really happy with the results, although I think that spot would be better with the wind from the south-east.

I'd be keen to see your results with the PLM and the 60-250! Hope you get some cooler weather soon.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2022, 08:20 PM  
Machinery A visit to Sydney Airport
Posted By RobG
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Thanks Mike! I didn't have the big lens this time, but the small one seems really good for this situation!
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-06-2022, 05:57 AM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By RobG
Replies: 2,133
Views: 164,691
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2022, 05:25 AM  
Machinery A visit to Sydney Airport
Posted By RobG
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Right at the base of the tower at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport, there's a spot called "Shep's Mound" which is specifically for plane spotting. It has a good view of the main runway (which on this day was operating as 34L) as well as departing planes from 34R.



Jetstar flight JQ406 SYD-OOL
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr


Sydney Airport Tower
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr


Vietnam Airlines flight VN772 SYD-SGN
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr


Qantas flight QF23 SYD-BKK
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

---------- Post added 06-08-22 at 10:39 PM ----------

There's more here:

A visit to Shep's Mound - Aviation! - PentaxForums.com

---------- Post added 06-08-22 at 10:42 PM ----------

I have to say that I was really impressed by the results with the K3iii and HDDA 55-300 PLM. I have tried to delete photos, but they are all good, so I've just tried to eliminate the duplicates. The 55-300 range was quite good for the location, 55mm giving the whole of the aircraft which taxied past, and 300mm getting the planes which were taking off or flying over from 34R.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-02-2022, 07:12 PM  
Nature Focussed
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 205
Thank you Tony! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-01-2022, 05:53 PM  
Nature Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Thank you!



Thanks! They aren't as colourful as some other honeyeaters, but I have wanted a good photo of a Tawny-crowned Honeyeater for years since I heard one singing and mimicking other birds years ago.



Thanks! I liked the shape of the branches and felt that they added interest to the image. :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-01-2022, 05:08 AM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By RobG
Replies: 3,170
Views: 439,593
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-01-2022, 05:08 AM  
Nature Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
Posted By RobG
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-31-2022, 03:20 PM  
Nature Focussed
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 205
Thank you! They have a lot of character. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-27-2022, 06:44 PM  
Nature Quizzical Robin
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 195
Thanks! That's true! The 55-300 is much lighter. It makes a great travel lens - I usually combine it with the 16-85. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2022, 07:54 PM  
Nature Quizzical Robin
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 195
Thanks! It was all in deep shade, so the exposure is reasonably even and the saturation is good. I struggled with the shutter speed though! :o
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2022, 07:52 PM  
Nature Focussed
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 205
Fairy-wrens are much smaller than Jays, but I'm glad you can relate! You're quite right, the little ones tend to move fast. This was after sunset and the bird was backlit, so I have plenty of blurred images. :p



Thanks Mike! The lighter lens might have helped on this occasion. :) DXO smoothed the bokeh nicely.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2022, 04:31 PM  
Nature Quizzical Robin
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 195
Wow, thank you! :)



Thanks!



Thank you Mike! Eastern Yellow Robins are one of my favourite birds, not least because they seem to be as curious about us as we are of them. There has been a Rose Robin in the same area recently, but I haven't seen it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2022, 04:28 PM  
Nature Focussed
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 205
Thank you! I was extremely fortunate that he stayed still long enough for this shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-24-2022, 04:13 AM  
Nature Quizzical Robin
Posted By RobG
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Quizzical Robin
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Eastern Yellow Robin at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2022, 04:08 AM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By RobG
Replies: 12,152
Views: 703,491
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