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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-13-2015, 07:22 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By scratchpaddy
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End of the road.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-07-2015, 06:16 PM  
Post your "Park Bench" "or "Picnic Table" images
Posted By scratchpaddy
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They sure picked a good spot to put the center of town, then. :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2015, 06:01 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Love that last one. Nailed! :lol: Great series. But, 30? I have to wait until sunset to go out, when it starts to get down to 40C. :(

They do okay, as long as there's plenty to drink. :)

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-28-2015, 03:33 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Somehow, I wound up getting another dog. She belonged to one of my coworker's sons, who just wasn't taking care of her. She was constantly bored and chewing things up in the house. She escaped from their backyard twice. The first time, she was recovered by an old lady two miles away. The pound got her the second time, who required $300 "bail."

She's a good dog, though. Tasi's 11 months old. Her name means "ocean" in Chamorro, the native language of Guam. That's where her previous owners are from. She doesn't chew on anything she's not supposed to as long as she gets some exercise. She's still not entirely housebroken, but we'll get there eventually.



I happened to bring Tasi home on Skippy's fourth birthday. She was not so sure about this birthday present. :hmm:



...at first, anyways. They get along really well now. :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-20-2015, 08:38 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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It's been in the mid-110's here for the past week. Some kind soul donated a kiddie pool to the dog park, and it's a big hit.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-25-2015, 04:14 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Awww. Just one puppy this time?

Ready to go home after a hike. She seems to like this car. It has air conditioning! :eek:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-25-2015, 03:57 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Oh good, Paul hasn't floated away yet! :eek: I heard you got even more rain this weekend. Crazy stuff, man.

I love that "Do Not Enter" sign waaay out there. :lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2015, 01:46 PM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By scratchpaddy
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I'm actually using an A7r now, so it was just focus peaking. It works about as well as the Katzeye split prism I used on my K-5. For quickly-moving subjects, I pre-set the distance and use burst mode when the subject gets there. Aperture, I kept at f/2.8.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2015, 10:44 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Thanks! :)



That's a bath right there. I don't see a problem... :rolleyes:

She wasn't the only one getting a bath yesterday. (Also with the Helios 44)





Forum: Lens Clubs 05-16-2015, 07:13 PM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Industar-61, at f/4 or so.



And one with the Helios 44 at f/2.8. I still like the Helios lenses best. :)

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-16-2015, 06:59 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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This is Snickers. "I always think she's about to run into me," her owner said. "But she never does."



It rained last night, strangely. It doesn't usually rain in May. It wasn't enough to flood the park again, but it was enough for some mud puddles.



Gotta shake off afterwards, as close to people as possible. ;)

Forum: Lens Clubs 05-15-2015, 04:11 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Nice! I like that second one, of the exoskeleton. Do you have any idea what kind of spider that is in the last one? I used to have to pick those things out of my hair after my morning dog walk when I lived in Georgia. :fedup:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2015, 04:07 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Gotta love that Old West authenticity. :lol: I guess they used to store all their tools on the roof back in the day, too. :confused: I see their padlocks were way ahead of their time, though. ;)

Anachronisms aside, that's a beautiful location. Southeast California?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2015, 08:08 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By scratchpaddy
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That's funny, my mother always refers to big American sedans like the Town Car in your picture as "boat cars." That boat looks like it's ready to set sail. :lol:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-10-2015, 05:16 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Views: 632,423
Dexter always makes me laugh, too. He always seems happy. He was actually giving himself a back rub, rolling around in the grass. I was trying to sneak up on him, but that picture was just as he spotted me. He immediately stopped and came closer so I could pet him. He's half French bulldog, so he looks goofy no matter what he's doing.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-09-2015, 07:12 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Views: 632,423
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-15-2015, 04:29 PM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Views: 796,656
I agree with the others, a fine image, yasik!



This lens has a very abrupt transition from in- to out-of-focus, even when stopped down some, which compounds the difficulty of the shallow depth-of-field. Other lenses are more forgiving of a slight mis-focus, but with the Helios 40, it's either perfectly in focus, or obviously blurry. The lens makes you feel like you missed a lot worse than you really did.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-10-2015, 05:27 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Nice action capture, Bob!


I missed my first shot of Lucy the mastiff, but a split second later I got Skippy in hot pursuit.



That was with a Helios 40 at f/2. I should stop it down more to make things easier, but then it wouldn't swirl! ;)

One more of Lucy, in focus this time.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-10-2015, 04:36 PM  
Post your "Park Bench" "or "Picnic Table" images
Posted By scratchpaddy
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"Algonquin Chair"?? Where I come from, we call them "Adirondack Chairs"! :confused: They are, IMO, the pinnacle of chair technology. I wish every chair were an Adirondack chair, or Algonquin chair, or what have you. :cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-10-2015, 04:11 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Views: 171,429
@r0ckstarr , nice capture on the marquee on the front of the train. Even with the rails, it's not quite sure where it's going. "Uh... Downtown!" :lol: Looks like our cities are homogenizing. So, Dallas has the DART, and the Bay Area (San Francisco) has the BART. People like to call the Phoenix line the "PhART," though the city doesn't approve of this name.



Looks like we got the same Kinki Sharyo railcars as Houston. The company is based in Osaka, but they assemble the cars on site in what ever city they'll be used in.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-21-2015, 06:26 PM  
People and their cameras!
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,162
Views: 212,696
Give it a few years, and the industry will catch up. :)

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-21-2015, 06:02 PM  
People and their cameras!
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,162
Views: 212,696
Well, that cleared up fast! The last time I saw snow where I lived was when I still lived in Georgia, years ago. I stayed up all night to get pictures, but the snow lasted almost a week afterwards.

One large camera.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-17-2015, 06:10 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 8,330
Views: 632,423
These two were glued together for a good ten minutes.





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-15-2015, 09:02 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 10,190
Views: 493,527
I think Charlie is pretty large. I bet you could put a saddle on him.



How about something wet?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-15-2015, 05:19 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,031
Views: 303,212
Thanks, Tom & Jean! I might not have plugged it in if my friend wasn't there, encouraging me. We were scouting out potential locations for a shoot the next weekend. He tried to frame some shots of it, too, but his 85mm lens made it awkward. ;)



To keep this post relevant to the thread, here's a sign from an abandoned produce market nearby.

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