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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Hours Ago  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 12,557
Views: 625,194
"Beulah, peel me a grape!"
I'm ignoring you. by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
How about some stripes?
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
DSLR fun with 28mm: Club for any 28mm lens
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 810
Views: 119,602
I usually close down 1 or 2 stops from wide open for night images. Just enough to sharpen the stars.
IMGP6862 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1994 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8459 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP2024 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


IMGP1352 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Night Some recent lightning
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Nicely done. I like the tower in the images it adds some perspective to the size of the bolts. wind is always a problem when shooting lightning. Set a gallon jug of water under the tripod and use a bungee cord or some heavy twine stretched between the jug and the tripod for stabilization. Cheap and effective. I use this method for all long exposures.
Forum: Lens Clubs 6 Days Ago  
DSLR fun with 28mm: Club for any 28mm lens
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 810
Views: 119,602
Congrats! It's a gem of a lens. The Vivitar 28mm 'close focus' really shines for night landscapes.
IMGP6845 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP2081 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1348 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1982 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1965 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8769 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Panorama Five planets and the Moon over Reno, Nevada by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

It can even be used for wildlife photos!
IMGP6945 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 03-12-2019, 03:46 PM  
A wise person once said to me...
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16
Views: 578
My father told me, "Never follow your wife into the kitchen during an argument. She knows where all the knives are."
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-08-2019, 04:44 PM  
Game Stupid Camera Tricks (and Stupid Lens Tricks)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 59
Views: 1,853
Zoom during long exposure.
IMGP1776 copy by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Mount the camera on a tripod. Figure out the correct exposure and then double the exposure time. Use about half of the exposure time to zoom. This seems to work best with an object that has small highlights like the reflections in this image.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2019, 04:28 PM  
Nature Northern Flicker Sunning, KP and DA300
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Nice shot of a beautiful bird. Flickers are woodpeckers but they feed on ants on the ground. Flickers love the peanut flavored suet blocks. I've got one that's so used to me that I can photograph it with a 100mm macro lens.
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2019, 04:23 PM  
Happy Mardi Gras.
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1
Views: 216
Laissez les bons temps rouler!


It's fenced off now, but we used to be able to dance on Joe Cain's grave.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-02-2019, 12:19 PM  
Nature Anonymous Bug Eater
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 9
Views: 486
It's a Tufted titmouse.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-28-2019, 09:08 PM  
Nature Skimming Duck
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 10
Views: 337
Nice capture! The bird is a Northern Shoveler duck. They can often be found in rafts of dozens if not hundreds of them swimming in a circle. Their webbed feet stir up the bottom in shallow water which trailing ducks feed on.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-23-2019, 04:59 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,414
Views: 84,759
Northern flicker
IMGP9670 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9651 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9552 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-23-2019, 04:54 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,159
Views: 125,998
Audubon's warbler
IMGP9662 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5 on a K5ii
Forum: General Talk 02-23-2019, 01:47 PM  
What book on your table now
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 189
Views: 10,720
Mutineers' Moon by David Weber and I just got a signed copy of Tim Dorsey's latest No Sunscreen for the Dead
A recent trip to the thrift store netted me 61 Hours by Lee Child, Buzzcut by James W. Hall, Enough Rope by Lawrence Block, Wolf Winter by John Connolly, Shotgun Alley by Andrew Klavan and Casino Moon by Peter Blauner. All signed by the authors. I have to go back and pick up a whole stack signed books by Robert Crais
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-14-2019, 04:17 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 9,643
Views: 760,134
A cat with a snowball.... that's a terrifying notion. Nice shots too!
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-12-2019, 11:38 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516
IMGP9220 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Sigma 150-500 on a K5ii
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-12-2019, 11:36 AM  
Thematic Night Time is the Right Time! Post night shots here.
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,124
Views: 100,486
IMGP9194 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

smc PENTAX-F 50mm F1.7 on a K5ii
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-12-2019, 11:34 AM  
The 50mm Lens Club
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,426
Views: 202,989
IMGP9194 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
smc PENTAX-F 50mm F1.7 on a K5ii
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-12-2019, 11:32 AM  
Thematic Show me your ......MOON !
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 604
Views: 44,586
IMGP9194 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Three planets and the Moon over Sparks, Nevada
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-11-2019, 06:33 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516
Beautiful series.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-11-2019, 06:30 PM  
Nature Birding with a 'macro' lens
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Thank you. The birds are entertainment while I wash the dishes. I have an automatic dishwasher but I like washing dishes. (I know. Weird. Don't worry, I'm not dangerous.) The birds just got used to me standing there so now I can use a macro lens on them.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-11-2019, 06:24 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 3,323
Views: 437,150
Northern flicker
IMGP9388 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9380 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Downy woodpecker
IMGP9465 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Yellow-rumped warbler
IMGP9266 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9363 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5 on a K5ii
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-11-2019, 06:19 PM  
Nature Birding with a 'macro' lens
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 7
Views: 250
I put the bird feeders outside the window over the kitchen sink. With a little patience, the birds become accustomed to me standing so close.
Northern flicker
IMGP9382 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9391 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Downy woodpecker
IMGP9466 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9458 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


Audubon's (yellow-rumped) warbler
IMGP9352 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9417 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5 on a K5ii
Forum: General Photography 01-27-2019, 09:30 PM  
there is a lunar opportunity that won't come around for a while if you miss it
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 53
Views: 2,266
Wow! Congratulations. For what it's worth, you can add a square around the meteor strike and add a label in Flickr to highlight some part of the image. Open the Flickr image and put your cursor over the image. The cursor will turn into a magnifying glass. Move the cursor/magnifying glass near the part you want to highlight. Left click and drag and a square will appear. When the square surrounds the part you want to highlight release the mouse button. A box will appear below the square. You can type the description in that box. If the square around the highlighted object is the wrong size or place, you can change it by "grabbing" the box and moving or resizing. When you're satisfied with it, just click the "save" button. Now when someone hovers their cursor over the object, the square and description will appear.
Forum: General Talk 01-27-2019, 09:16 PM  
What book on your table now
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 189
Views: 10,720
Let's see... I just finished Kaboom by Matt Gallagher. An inside view of the Iraq war. Interesting view fortunately not heavy on the blood and guts. The Education of a Coroner by John Bateson. OK but not great. Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman. The daughter of Tony Hillerman. She's not a bad writer. I liked her father's stories better but it wasn't a bad read. The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter. another of the Star Wars series. It was a little disappointing but readable. Now I'm on to The Stainless Steel Rat goes to Hell by Harry Harrison, Retribution by Max Hastings and Starship Mercenary by Mike Resnick.

"Killers of the Flower Moon" was a good read. I'll second the recommendation.
"The Stand" was good. I don't read much Stephen King. I get enough horror looking in the mirror. I can't see paying someone to frighten me.
"Two of my favorites! love Dorsey's dark view of Florida!" If you like the humorous stuff, Carl Hiassen does some fun Florida stuff. I'd also suggest Terry Pratchett and Janet Evanovich for laughs. Some post-apocalyptic suggestions are Alas Babylon by Pat Frank, Swan Song by Robert McCammon, Pulling Through by Dean Ing and my favorite post-apocalype The Postman by David Brin. Do not waste time and money on the movie! I was so pissed at what Kevin Costner did to the story that I haven't watched a Costner movie since then. Book good. Movie sucks.
Forum: General Photography 01-19-2019, 08:29 PM  
there is a lunar opportunity that won't come around for a while if you miss it
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 53
Views: 2,266
Leave the camera outside but take the battery out of the camera and keep it in your pocket when you go in. When you're done for the night wrap the camera in a plastic bag until it reaches indoor temperature. For the shooting session, set a gallon jug of water on the ground under the tripod and hook it to the tripod with a bungee cord or some stout twine. I do that whenever I'm shooting at night. It keeps me from accidentally knocking over the camera and helps minimize camera shake from any breezes. Water is cheap, easy to dispose of when the shooting session is done and if the truck breaks down, it's extra water (always handy out in the desert)
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