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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-20-2020, 08:52 AM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
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BELFIES. (Selfies with a rear view. :D )

Spindles by Sara Ream, on Flickr

Mine is 5 years old, I should probably update it...

I did miss a day and I'm way behind in processing/uploading/commenting, but I swear I'll catch up.

In the meantime, my shot of the dogs in the dark made Explore!

watchful dogs by Sara Ream, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-13-2020, 07:55 PM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
I'll allow it. ;-)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2020, 05:35 PM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
I always have a neck strap on the camera. I loop it around my wrist in a basic scenario, but crossbody if I'm just walking around. I got one of the slings and it's excellent, but bulky. If I'm going on an outing, to the zoo or hike, I'll use it.

I DO HAVE SHOTS for all days, I'm just miserably behind in processing. I will catch up! I have a little quarantine depression. :fedup: It's becoming a constant battle. :cool:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-10-2020, 06:27 AM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
WHEW!! That is terrifying! I owned my K-1 for about 2 weeks before it fell off of my lap onto the asphalt while I was stepping out of a car. It was not OK. Had to send it in to Precision for repairs, but they were fast and it has worked fine ever since.

I am a couple days behind in processing and posting, but I have shots! Stay tuned!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-05-2020, 01:22 PM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
Never too late to join in!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-04-2020, 06:30 AM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
I don't know if the price/structure has changed since Flickr was sold (maybe I am grandfathered in to some features...), but $50/year is tough to beat for ad-free browsing and unlimited storage (of full resolution images), plus hosting, not to mention the aesthetic presentation and community features. I'm a big fan of Flickr Pro!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-02-2020, 12:20 PM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
I think it's a great story and you should just keep it as is. :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-01-2020, 04:29 PM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
I almost NEVER plan ahead. I generally try to use my photography as a visual journal, so I take a picture of something that will trigger a memory of an event or emotion from that day.

I'm gonna ask everyone to participate in selfie day, though. C'mon. :rolleyes: I've been working from home since St. Patrick's Day and I need to SEE PEOPLE'S FACES.

---------- Post added 06-01-20 at 06:30 PM ----------



Let 'em have it!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-27-2020, 06:41 AM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
If I could like this twice, I would.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-27-2020, 06:09 AM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
Don't let mean ol' Sandy bully you! I think the 20mm perspective on APS-C will be valuable to the conversation and I'm interested and please use it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-26-2020, 08:07 PM  
Game Single In June 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 368
Views: 9,430
Assuming the FA* 24/2.0 makes it to me before the first, that will be my sweetheart for June. <3

Also we need to do some horizon correction in that image in the initiating post. LOL
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-26-2020, 06:36 AM  
Game Single in May 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 143
Views: 4,338
My shot from Saturday hit Explore!

an evening, and an afternoon by Sara Ream, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-25-2020, 07:15 AM  
Game Single in May 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 143
Views: 4,338
That's gonna make it tough! :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-25-2020, 06:41 AM  
Game Single in May 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 143
Views: 4,338
I could join with the A70-210/4 in July, too. I've barely used it on the K-1...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2020, 04:06 PM  
Game Single in May 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 143
Views: 4,338
Y'all lens addicts have me inspired. I just bought my very first, one and only star series lens (FA* 24/2) on eBay. Should be here in time to Single in June. :-)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-21-2020, 04:07 PM  
Game Single in May 2020
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 143
Views: 4,338
Surprise! It's me! Here I am, you can stop wondering now!

I'm going to do this. Now is the time. Send me good vibes, please. <3

SELFIE DAY.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-02-2019, 05:27 AM  
Game Single in December 2019
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 214
Views: 6,774
Great images! Congratulations!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-29-2019, 08:21 AM  
Game Single in December 2019
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 214
Views: 6,774
Wow, look at all you people still at it! :-)

I took a little break from photography to handle some heavyweight personal life changes. I'm an open book and I won't make anyone wonder or ask: I left my husband, sold the house and moved to an apartment. I'm still not totally settled, but I'm unpacked enough emotionally and physically that I think I can take part in the time-honored Bokehcember tradition. I tried last December with the m42 Sears 55/1.4 and never saw it through (although I think I actually did get the photos...). I figure a nice, normal focal length with bokeh encouragement is a perfect way to ease back in to the game. :-)

I hope I remember which buttons to press! (Just kidding. I have still been taking headshots and event photos voluntarily for my law office job - I'm not totally out of practice.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-09-2019, 06:40 PM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 118
Views: 5,139
Holy moly, I've just realized a failure. I put in my card to import the RAW images to Lightroom and was a little confused at first because the file numbering started over (9999+). I imported the new 000X files, but forgot to look at the tail end of the 999X files, so I lost the shots I took on the 3rd. :o

Luckily, the subject matter for that day is a large and immobile county feature, so I've decided to allow myself to go back and re-shoot it.

Technically, for Single In Challenge purposes, it's a miss, but spiritually I'm going to be at peace with it. :cool:

Please learn from my mistakes.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-09-2019, 12:31 PM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 118
Views: 5,139
I'm super late to the posting party, but I have pictures. (I settled on the Rokinon 14/2.8.)

Here I come!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-01-2019, 07:04 AM  
Game Single In - May 2019
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 118
Views: 4,785
I also still have a few days to catch up on, but I'm ready to review and see what next month gets me. :-)

For May I used the Tamron 28-105/4-5.6, which is a replica of a lens I had under the Promaster badge, and apparently is a clone of the Pentax FA of the same suit, because that's what Lightroom recognizes it as (and what shows up on the exif data in Flickr).

The good:
  • Zoom range

  • Fast focusing

  • Lightweight

  • Ability to use aperture ring

  • Sharp enough


The bad:
  • Large/bulky

  • Slow

  • Vignetting

  • Dreadfully short focus throw (if wanting to use manual focus)


The lens also probably would benefit from a hood to prevent haze and boost contrast, although flare wasn't too intrusive. Minimum focusing distance was very workable, although I almost always want every lens to be able to get closer - that's my own obsession. :-)

It's a cheap, lightweight lens that's perfect for, say, walking around at an event. It's extremely versatile for outdoor scenes, but a little slow for indoors. The bokeh's/isolation abilities aren't great, so it's not a super artistic lens, but sometimes its good to just try to "see" interesting things with a lens like this. That's something I'm still trying to work on getting back into the Single In Challenge.

Here's the link: Single in May 2019 | Flickr Hopefully I'll get the rest uploaded today!

I'm looking forward to next month!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-26-2019, 07:24 AM  
Game Single In - June 2019
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 118
Views: 5,139
I'm on a roll! I'll join June for sure, and I even went ahead and put in the theme days as reminders in my phone's calendar. As prepared as that sounds, I'm not at all sure what lens to use....

I'd like to get to know the Rokinon 14/2.8 a little better.

But I also have some old, off-brand, constant aperture zooms that I used to have a lot of fun with (I remember being in love with this one: Kalimar 28-85/3.5 | Flickr), and one that's never been Singled on APS-C or full frame! Kalimar 35-135/3.5 | Flickr

I've still got a few days to decide, so I'll keep an eye on what everyone else is doing. :-)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-22-2019, 04:24 PM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 979
Views: 119,712
Honestly it was just luck. I took several photos with this general pose and the lens seemed to like the glasses better than my face anyway, I think just because they were a closer object, and kind of blocking my features to discourage any facial recognition...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-21-2019, 08:18 PM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 979
Views: 119,712
how'm sposed to see anything?? by Sara Spaedy, on Flickr

It's selfie day!

K1, Tamron 28-105/4-5.6, Vivitar DF 383 flash
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-19-2019, 12:55 PM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By severalsnakes
Replies: 979
Views: 119,712
On my 35th birthday in April (K1, M135/3.5 with interval timer)

birthday selfies, age 35 by Sara Spaedy, on Flickr

Something fun from this month (K1, Tamron 28-105/4-5.6, Vivitar DF-383 flash, timer and remote)

i look good in green by Sara Spaedy, on Flickr

You all should consider joining the Single in Challenge - we shoot selfies every month on the 21st! May's almost over, but June's coming up!

Single In - May 2019 - PentaxForums.com
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