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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-24-2017, 02:35 AM  
Black & White Dingus on a Fence
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 5
Views: 550
thank you :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-03-2017, 10:36 PM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
Well there are only 12 on sale on the local gumtree listing right now - of which 6 are film cameras. So they are pretty thin on the ground here.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 07:49 PM  
Nature Waxing Crescent
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 9
Views: 695
That is an amazing shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 07:49 PM  
Landscape The Narrows
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Beautiful photo. Lovely bridge. Very atmospheric and moody.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 07:46 PM  
Machinery Dodge Ram
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Very nice.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 07:19 PM  
Black & White Karoo House
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 4
Views: 586


A small Karoo house on the main road of my town. Sadly it is very dilapidated and almost derelict, yet astonishingly there is a family living (squatting?) there. These houses were built from unfired mud brick around the turn of the last century when the town was founded (most of the houses were built between 1902 and 1920 or so). My own house was built in 1914.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 12:13 PM  
Macro Spring bee
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 5
Views: 533
For some reason that bee looks like a cross little old man carrying a yellow shopping bag. A very unusual shot of a bee.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 12:11 PM  
Nature My favorite insect in the whole world.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Tricky little so-and-so's to get a good shot of. Never sit still. Well done. It is so gratifying when you get that shot.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2017, 11:43 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 5,802
Views: 364,249
Camponotus fulvopilosus: Tawny balbyter

This is a large (8mm - 10mm) diurnal species of ant that feeds exclusively off nectar from fynbos. It has the unusual ability to actually see predator movement without the help of a shadow moving over it. If cornered it will squirt formic acid towards the threat. Spotted this beauty feeding on Euphorbia mauritanica or Yellow Milk bush which is interesting in its own right. Yellow Milk bush is reputed to be poisonous and only steenbuck and klipspringer are known to eat it. Bushmen use the latex (sap) solely for its cohesive properties. It has been suspected of causing deaths in sheep, but this is unconfirmed as there is another similar species that does have toxic sap.

---------- Post added 10-03-17 at 11:45 AM ----------

Some stunning images in this thread. I'm quite green with envy :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 11:16 AM  
Black & White Dingus on a Fence
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Ubiquitous (at least locally) enamel tin cups on a fence.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 11:10 AM  
Macro Living smiley
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 1
Views: 414
oh so pretty and new and shiny. Love bugs!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 07:00 AM  
Nature Mushrooms: XG-1 to the rescue
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 10
Views: 759
Love these pics and having tried quite a few 'shrrooms myself I know how tricky they can be to shoot. Tricky little blighters have a cap that is an annoying distance from the stem so you can have stem in focus but cap out of focus or vice-versa. Getting the right DOF / aperture for a pleasing amount of everything in focus is tricky. IMO a good bridge camera outshines a macro / zoom lens in many instances.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-03-2017, 06:43 AM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
I have been through the wringer with cameras. The last time I was as happy as I am now was with a Nikon L100. Stupid me gave it to my mom when I 'upgraded' and have done nothing but search for another 'happy' camera since then. I ended up thinking bigger was better which was how I ended up with the D3100 (still have it actually), with a 90mm prime with macro lens attachments (because macro is where my little heart is happiest, I love all the small things in the world that would otherwise go unnoticed), and while I took some good pictures with the camera I just wasn't excited with it. I ended up practically stopping all photography for the last 2 years. Sold the Canon (the D3100 was supposed to replace the Canon) and had a bit of spare cash and without a great deal of hope went shopping. Found the X-5, it's practically brand new, and was a very good price, absolutely loved the shots I saw online that had been taken with it and decided that I can't possibly do worse than not taking any photos at all. And I'm so glad I leaped. I am SO happy with the camera. I absolutely love taking photos with it. It is everything I want in a camera and produces beautiful richly coloured images that I'm still jumping up and down with joy about.

My daughter has been loving the tone and colour and depth of other Pentax images we've been seeing so now I have to figure out how to buy her a Pentax DSLR, but that is going to take some penny saving as they are somewhat pricey and you guys don't seem to sell your equipment (gee I wonder why LOL I won't be selling either).

If we can make a little corner for our bridging cameras / P&S I'd be more than happy to join in the fun. Leave those guys with their big cameras and bags and bags of lenses to do their thing ... while they are still changing lenses we've got the shot and moved on already :lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-29-2017, 07:52 AM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
It is just sad that there is somewhat of a prejudice towards anything but a DSLR, that any thing other is lesser. Which is a great pity. The test should be the final photo, not what you took it with.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-25-2017, 11:04 PM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
Yes I realised that. Posting late at night without engaging ze brain fully not a great idea.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2017, 02:32 PM  
Macro A Shot with Bite.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 16
Views: 891
That is a beautiful ant. But I bet they have a nasty nip with those big mandibles.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2017, 02:29 PM  
Nature Nice mix of Yellow,Gold and Green.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 4
Views: 472
In a weird twist of fate, the K100D super was one of the cameras I seriously considered buying in the last 2 weeks.

Lovely vibrant shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2017, 02:28 PM  
Nature Squirrel wants nuts, cat wants...
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 3
Views: 529
It's a mexican standoff! Great pic.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2017, 02:26 PM  
Machinery Motorcycle with side car
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 3
Views: 569
Converted to B&W, applied a mild Orton effect. Original colour wasn't anything to write home about as the local veldt looks very bleh in bright midday sun. Should have taken them in in B&W in the first place, but still getting used to the new camera. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-23-2017, 02:05 PM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
Thank you all for the warm welcome. I had an awesome day today shooting pics at a model aeroplane show. I am in seventh heaven.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-22-2017, 11:14 PM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
The X-5 is discontinued, and even with our considerable delay in getting new models here it is no longer available new but I have found a secondhand one that is barely used - shuttercount is 2560 and the camera itself looks absolutely brand new. But the age of the model isn't important - once I settled on what I was looking for - decent but not insane zoom that can still be handheld at the far end, and a decent macro at the other end - I knew that I was looking for an older model camera because all the new ones are superzoom crazy. And it's just crazy. Even with the stabilization they cram in to try fix the handshake problem it is just physically impossible to hold the camera steady at more than 400mm and even that is pushing it. Not to mention that between the overcrowding of the sensor with gazillions of mega-pixels and the loss of light at that level of zoom - you are looking a fuzzy pics anyway. Sometimes I think the camera companies aren't doing anyone any favours by catering to the demand for more. But that is a whole other discussion.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-22-2017, 10:26 PM  
Nature Prettiest Little Rose.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 3
Views: 420
That is a lovely rose indeed. Love the light in this photo.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-22-2017, 10:25 PM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
LOL yes sorry total brainfart last night. I did mean P&S ... no idea what I was thinking.

The 'problem' as I have discovered is the way I take photos. I go for a walk. I see an interesting flower ... ooh, I see a bug on the flower ... double ooh, but then behind me I hear a bird call ... whip around ... oh wow isn't he pretty .... no time to change lenses and fart about adjusting things. I need to be able flick a button and zip over to zoom to snap the bird before he flies off, and then turn around and finish getting nice macros of the bug before it does the same thing. I also live a semi-arid region - lots of dust! Messing about with changing lenses while out and about NOT a good idea. I have valiantly tried for 3 years now with the D3100 - yes I like the slightly better quality pictures of the DSLR. I might actually miss the 90mm prime which took superb macros (Horrible DOF but hey you can't have everything) but I won't miss struggling with the narrow depth of field to keep the right bits of the bug in focus while trying to keep my balance in some awkward position bum up, head down, twisted round to get under the bush at the right angle.

At the end of it all I want to be free to take photos, the kind of photos I like, and I am tired of the stress of trying to make equipment work for me that just doesn't do what I need the way I need it. I haven't taken any photos in the last year, and very few I liked enough to keep in the two years before that, last night - in horrible light and a roaring gale I took 2 photos of my dog that I like, and 2 photos of random flowers in my garden that I like, and one that made me smile so wide with sheer joy ... I haven't taken anything like that in so long and I am looking forward to going out today with my camera so much.

And that is really what it is all about isn't it - ENJOYING taking photos.


This is the photo I took last night that made me so happy. Given the conditions - just being able to get to this point on about my 10th photo with the camera - I'm a happy chappy!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-22-2017, 11:19 AM  
Ditched the Canon, bought a Pentax.
Posted By GummyBear
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
So not to bore you with the long saga, but I've been around the mulberry bush for some time now looking for a camera that 'fits'. Had a Nikon, outgrew it, replaced it with a Canon - NOT a good choice - went back to Nikon and bought a DSLR and discovered that I passionately hate the hassle of changing lenses and somehow you never have the right lens on the camera for the photo that presents itself. No time to open the bag, get the new lens out, take the old lens off, put the new lens on, put the old lens away, without dropping anything, getting dirt / sand / dust / whatever in or on anything important in time to take the photo - bird, bug, whatever has moved, left, gone, died ...

Soooo decided I needed to actually go back to a POS (yeah I know but it SUITS me and that is the important thing) BUT all the new POS cameras have disgusting zooms which you can't use because you can't handhold that much zoom and at the other end the macro goes for a loop because you can't have good macro and 40x / 50x / 60x zoom in the same lens. Soooooo that leaves me looking for an older camera, not much used, that has a reasonable zoom and a decent macro because I want to be able go from that bug on the ground to the bird in the bush with some speed and be able to get both shots before I turn old and grey. (Ok I am already grey but that's my secret and I ain't telling).

MUCH searching later ... much, much, much, much searching later ... I found the X5, actually hadn't even considered a Pentax as I thought it way out of my price range and didn't know they made a POS type camera - hey ho you live and learn - and it was ... reasonable zoom, decent megapixels - enough to be an improvement on what I have without being ridiculous and over-crowding the sensor - and from what I can see a really decent macro and super-macro function.

Only just got it and played with it enough to know I like what I've seen so far. Hopefully will be posting some pics soon.
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