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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-17-2021, 07:46 AM  
Moon shots with K-70
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Remember to use your timer to minimize vibration. Look in your manual for "mirror-up shooting" as well. Also remember both Jupiter and Saturn are pretty close to the moon right now, which makes getting shots of them a little more difficult now, but wait a few weeks and it will be a new moon.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-13-2021, 06:24 AM  
Thematic Insects
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 1,012
Views: 64,117
They never do! I've only got a couple of images of perched Black Saddlebags. We have plenty of them here, they're found anytime people congregate (and draw insects).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-10-2021, 08:45 AM  
Hello everybody !
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Aren't we all?

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-10-2021, 06:43 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 6,438
Views: 474,860
Here's an unusual little moth. Sorry if it looks a bit soft. The flower is a Daisy Fleabane, a very small Aster family plant. Flowers are about 1cm across, including petals. A little breeze makes it difficult!
Alan and I had never seen one of these, they're pretty unusual critters.

Coleophora mayrella Moth- JWP 061920-3 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

Coleophora mayrella Moth- JWP 061920-5 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

And here's a busy girl. A Hoplitis genus bee. I've never been able to get great photos - as soon as they leave the tubular flowers they seem to favor, they take off at full speed. This was pure good timing luck on my part.
Hoplitis on penstemon JWP 061920 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 09-02-2021, 12:34 PM  
First impressions
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 17
Views: 1,453
The trigger is really sensitive! I was triggering rapid fire exposures much too frequently, and had to switch to slower drive. It's really intuitive for focus though I did have a bit of a surprise with that selective focus joystick knocking me off center once. That was confusing.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-20-2021, 06:10 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 6,438
Views: 474,860
Cool moth. We have some Scape Moths which look similar here in N.A.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2021, 07:58 AM  
Black & White Meet Grumpy
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Yeah, you'll start seeing them everywhere once you find them.

Here's what the big girls look like fully grown.
Big Crab Spider P16 072718 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

Small in the spring - the Andrena bees are at most 1cm long.
Crab Spider with Andrena 052518 P15-2 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

I'm not completely sure what's going on on here, but it's probably a female consuming a male.
Crab spider eating spider IP 082517-1 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr

Speaking of mating behavior:
Misumessus oblongus Crab spiders on elderberry yard 063020-2 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2021, 02:20 PM  
Black & White Meet Grumpy
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Female Crab Spiders can get really big. Plus, some species change colors! Nice shot.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-16-2021, 12:58 PM  
DPReview's Best Cameras around $2000 -- K-3 Mark III in the list
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 25
Views: 1,758
I thought Pentax Cameras were always docked points for being so small. "What do I do with my pinky?"
And heavy. So heavy! What is it, a hammer?

I'm glad to see good press, though. Mine's working great. Though I am not such a fan of the touch screen. I've got to figure out how to turn off the automatic screen display - I've accidentally moved focus points a couple of times.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-16-2021, 07:33 AM  
New member from Belgium
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 14
Views: 492
It depends on how you use it. If you're at a park with a platform or blind, manual lenses are not a problem. Same with shooting at home with bird feeders. We used to all get by with manual focus back in the day.

I will still use manual focus on the DA300. In the field the camera often can't figure out what it's supposed to be doing when I'm trying to lock onto a dragonfly or something and the background is very busy. It simply doesn't know what it's looking at, since everything has the same contrast and detail.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-13-2021, 09:56 AM  
Thematic Pollinators in action
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 779
Views: 55,018
Lasioglossum bee on Culver's Root.
Lasioglossum on Culver's Root ED 071720-2 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-13-2021, 09:47 AM  
Post your K3 iii pictures.
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 998
Views: 88,851
Title: Trash Night.

---------- Post added 08-13-21 at 11:51 AM ----------

A Lasioglossum bee (roughly 4mm) gathering the delicious pink pollen from Monarda fistulosa.
f/20, 1/160sec, ISO 200. Manual Flash.
Lasioglossum on Monarda ED 071720 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-13-2021, 09:45 AM  
Digital Camera World Review - K-3 Mark III
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 18
Views: 1,544
Nikon using old sensors? Say it ain't so!
Style over substance and high prices don't deter Fuji buyers, either. While I'm attracted to the old-school aesthetic, I'm highly deterred by the price of entry to the Fuji or Nikon Z systems.

One thing I though I wouldn't like on the K3III is the GPS tethering to my phone. Turns out, it's really convenient. I don't have to remember to hit the GPS button when in the field. iNaturalist automatically pulls that information, as does Flickr.
Oh, and sealing is very nice in the field - so is a great viewfinder because full sun and LCD viewfinders often don't play well together.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-13-2021, 06:27 AM  
Digital Camera World Review - K-3 Mark III
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 18
Views: 1,544
The Pentax K-3 Mark III is a good, solid, powerful DSLR, but one with a design that’s rooted in the past and a price tag that just adds insult to injury. If you love the Pentax brand and the DSLR design, you could probably forgive it for all of that, but it’s hard to see how this camera could attract anyone from outside the Pentax fold.

Fair enough. Design consistency within a brand is typically a good thing. Getting people to switch brands with something as expensive as an SLR system isn't likely. Attracting people new to the SLR world is always the holy grail for marketing - and Pentax does lag behind in that range at least in the US.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 08-10-2021, 01:51 PM  
Trying to understand the Q fever
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 103
Views: 16,455
I enjoy the 01 prime lens, it turns the Q into something like a rangefinder. You don't even really need to look at the screen, just point and shoot.
Forum: Sold Items 08-08-2021, 08:21 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 55-300 WR rarely used
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 1
Views: 524 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
DA 55-300 WR rarely used

Asking Price
175.00 USD

Item Location
IL (United States)

Item Description
DA 55-300 WR purchased as a replacement for a damaged lens.
Not long after buying this I purchased a DA300 and this DA55-300 never saw much use.
All items are near mint condition, box and pouch never used past opening. All components are included.

It's a nice lens, but I never use it.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)
Like New

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge

Shipping Services
USPS, Fedex

Accepted Payment Types

Return Policy & Additional Details
If anything is unacceptable return the lens and I will refund as long as it's not damaged from the time it left my hands.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

---------- Post added 08-08-21 at 05:28 PM ----------

Sale Pending.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-04-2021, 01:11 PM  
PetaPixel K-3 Mark III Review
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 44
Views: 2,819
It is ludicrous. Stating limited third-party lenses is valid. Plus, beyond the $5000 lens lineup what's really missing? Practically-speaking, anyway.

OVF is an advantage, not disadvantage. Go out mid-day in July and try to use a mirrorless to do field photography without a big shade around the screen. Give me a real view with a bright prism any day.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-04-2021, 12:23 PM  
New member from Belgium
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 14
Views: 492
The nice thing is you'll get used to guesstimating the exposure pretty quickly. I use my macro setup in the field in manual mode. I know how to switch based on light - and whether I'm using the flash.

I spent a lot more on the DA 300mm... That 300mm is a useful range for critters, for sure - but I'm pretty much spoiled by the autofocus with that lens.
Forum: General Photography 08-04-2021, 12:14 PM  
What is your dream Pentax lens?
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 132
Views: 3,950
DFA 100mm macro with the new PLM motorized focus. As smooth as the motor focus on the 18-135 and reportedly even better with PLM, it would be a pleasure to use.

Maybe even 150mm macro, come to think about it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-04-2021, 11:59 AM  
Questions regarding Pentax-D FA 100mm f2.8 macro
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 16
Views: 842
I'd agree on looking for the older versions if you're going to go all-manual. I use an FA-100 in the field and the lens switch for manual/automatic focus is very convenient.
I shoot f/16 regularly and f/20 occasionally.
If you're not using the autofocus you can get the same optics as a manual lens.

Stop it down, use a flash and you can severely underexpose the background.
Harvesters ED 061221 by Terry Miesle, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-30-2021, 11:32 AM  
Macro recent macro shots 4
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 18
Views: 464
It's nice to see a native ladybug. The asian ones have really taken a toll on our native species.
Pretty sure this is Hippodamia glacialis
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-29-2021, 11:04 AM  
New Pentax owner in NE Illinois
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 37
Views: 1,319
I'll have to get out there. I spend more of my time chasing insects in mesic prairies and savannahs. Occasionally I get to help with walks, bio-blitzes etc.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-28-2021, 11:27 AM  
New Pentax owner in NE Illinois
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 37
Views: 1,319
They all have definitions. And each has sub-types.

You Tube

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-23-2021, 06:25 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 6,438
Views: 474,860
Those Dolichopodidae Long-Legged Flies are great subjects. I've never got one in flight, eve by accident.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-23-2021, 06:21 AM  
Posted By TER-OR
Replies: 14
Views: 455
Welcome from Chicago!
I have a Q and a bunch of lenses which are too often unloved. I should pop the 15mm on and take it for a tour.
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