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Forum: Lens Clubs 7 Hours Ago  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By scratchpaddy
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I took the Industar 61 on a bike ride this morning. I'll leave it on my camera at least until I can catch something more interesting.


Forum: Lens Clubs 6 Days Ago  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 3,999
Views: 984,202
Nice Industar-50 shots, Aaron!

I'm glad you posted this. I bought one years ago ($21, why not?), used it once, and forgot about it. I need to give it another chance, because, as you show, it can take some nice pictures.

I stuck to the Helios 40 at the park this morning, which is six times heavier than that lovely little Industar. :confused:




Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 11,766
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Pretty dusty at the park this morning. For the first time in this pandemic, I was happy to be wearing a face mask. Taken with the Soviet hand grenade, Helios 40 85mm f/1.5.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-09-2021, 11:39 AM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 5,802
Views: 482,611
The company I work at prints a purple "No Tresspassing" sign, and I wondered why. It seemed like an odd color choice. I've since learned that purple paint markings are legally equivalent to a "No Trespassing" sign in a few states, including North Carolina.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2021, 06:22 PM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,552
Views: 144,091
I'm not well traveled, so I gave up and saw you had the answer in the filename. I was helpless without the Opera House in the frame. :o I had fun looking at the map to see where you were, exactly. The InterContinental hotel?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-02-2021, 07:47 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,315
Views: 349,794
Old American luxury cars are a great choice for car buyers on a budget. Old school comfort without much tech to fail, they were mostly bought by elderly folks who took good care of them, and put in very few miles.

The funny thing about those Panther-platform cars is, thanks to the truck-like body-on-frame construction and extra long trunk and hood, they're surprisingly cramped on the inside. A previous-generation Nissan Versa sedan has the same rear-seat legroom as a Grand Marquis, despite being three feet shorter overall, and weighing nearly half as much.

They were not the last, though. Chrysler continues the tradition of massive body-on-frame, V8 dinosaurs with the 300 and Dodge Charger. They're even heavier than the Panther cars. The sad thing is that they are nearly the only cars made by the traditionally American "big three" car makers. All of the more sensible cars have been discontinued: 200 / Dart, Taurus, Fusion, Focus, Impala, Malibu, Cruze... all gone. Crossovers are much more profitable.

Edit: the 300 and Charger are unibody. They're just so darn heavy I assumed they were body-on-frame! Their platform is based on the W210 Mercedes E-class, from the late '90's, a relic of Daimler's brief ownership of the company.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2020, 01:21 PM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,972
Views: 224,944
Thanks, Paul. It's bath time!

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2020, 11:36 AM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,552
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Excellent winter scenes! I enjoy being able to see them, instead of feel them. Our weather is a little cooler than normal right now. High of only 61 today. Plenty cold enough for us, thanks. :o

From yesterday's walk in the park:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-30-2020, 07:02 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 11,766
Views: 989,907
Ha ha, yes! I have a flashlight with a sort of zoom lens on it that can focus the beam down to a tiny square of light. She comes running if I press the button on that flashlight. She comes alert whenever I pick up anything that might trigger a spot of light: e-reader late in the afternoon when the sun hits my recliner, camera under the dining area light, etc.

Skippy couldn't care less about any of it. Very little prey drive in her.

---------- Post added 12-30-20 at 07:15 PM ----------

Her eyes are so big! Incredibly cute.

I've read that big eyes are one of the factors in what we perceive as "cute," because babies have proportionally large eyes. Anything with big eyes makes us feel affectionate and protective. It's instinctive.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-30-2020, 03:27 PM  
Thematic Post your Telephoto Landscapes!
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 506
Views: 39,126
I took a hike with the dogs in South Mountain park this morning. I took only the CZJ Sonnar 135/3.5, to force myself to be a little creative with the framing.

Forum: Lens Clubs 12-30-2020, 03:20 PM  
135mm lens club
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,005
Views: 472,992
Another morning with the zebra Zeiss, this time at South Mountain park.



Caught the moon ahead, and the sun behind...



...with the city in between.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-30-2020, 01:18 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 11,766
Views: 989,907
Tasi waits for another spot of light reflected off of my camera to appear, so she can hunt it down. She understands that they can't be caught, but the joy is in the chase.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2020, 12:07 PM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,972
Views: 224,944
I appreciate the compliments. My other three bikes are steel, but this one (except for the steel fork) I confess is aluminum. It's made from one of Columbus' earliest aluminum tubesets, Aluthron, which they introduced around 1997.

It has some of the best, lightest stuff you could put on a bike in the '90's. Technology has improved since then, and I could get a new bike of similar weight and performance for not much more money, but I prefer the aesthetics of two or three decades ago. I love bright colors, chrome, and polished aluminum, and those things have become largely extinct in the past two decades. Matte black just doesn't appeal to me.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-26-2020, 11:48 AM  
135mm lens club
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,005
Views: 472,992
Thanks, Charlie! I would have appreciated a wider aperture for those pictures, but I really like the small size and colors it delivers.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-25-2020, 10:50 AM  
135mm lens club
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,005
Views: 472,992
Another ride this morning with the CZJ Sonnar 135/3.5.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2020, 10:48 AM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,972
Views: 224,944
I'm not spending the day with family this year, sadly, but I made the most of the morning with a bike ride early on the empty streets. Last week, I passed a thousand miles on the "Hot Wheels" bike I finished at the end of August. It's at 1,132 miles now. I love this bike.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2020, 10:39 AM  
Thematic Night Time is the Right Time! Post night shots here.
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,417
Views: 132,540
Crossing the Salt River just before dawn this morning. Very, very quiet out there.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-23-2020, 07:51 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,315
Views: 349,794
Wow, I didn't know the CAF actually keeps their collection in flying condition - not just museum pieces. That's an incredible accomplishment! I'll definitely pay them a visit sometime. Thanks for the introduction.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-23-2020, 07:13 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,315
Views: 349,794
Luckily just a reflection in the lens, as Mom was taking a break behind it. :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-23-2020, 05:41 PM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,552
Views: 144,091
No, but I think the players are the wrong target for anger at the gravy train that is professional sports. They're not even the ones making the most money (see coaches and executives), and their careers tend to be very short (sources vary, average for the NFL is 2 to 4 years). Plus, most come from low-income backgrounds, and have no idea how to handle the money they make during the short time they get to make it. Speaking of the NFL here, four out of five players are broke within 3 years of retirement. They're just the coal that fires the gravy train, burnt up and thrown out the smokestack.


I have no idea how to make a society where people earn the most by doing the jobs we really need. But I do enjoy seeing a pearlescent purple Rolls Royce. :o
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-22-2020, 06:24 PM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,552
Views: 144,091
A five-story parking garage recently went up between some office buildings I pass daily on the way to work, or the dog park. They finished it in March, just in time for all those office workers to stay home. I just realized it would make a nice vantage point in such a flat landscape. I climbed the stairs to the top on my way to the dog park last Sunday, and I got to see my neighborhood from five stories up for the first time.



Lovely, isn't it? :lol:



The thing that looks like a giant pillow on the right is part of the training facility for the Arizona Cardinals. It cheers me up when I'm riding my bicycle home from lunch, and there goes a Rolls Royce Cullinan, a SUV starting at $330,000, wrapped purple. It was black when he first bought it, but that was too low-key for the football player. :lol:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-22-2020, 05:59 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,315
Views: 349,794
Nice photos, Mark! I'll have to visit there sometime. I hadn't known it was there. I could get there on my bike. :lol:

I'm sure that plane wouldn't seem so simple even now if one were to take it apart, but it's true, modern planes are incredibly complex. I love seeing their inner workings, and I had a good time visiting the Evergreen Aviation museum in Oregon two years ago. All the hoses, wires, and actuators just boggle my mind. And all of these planes are at least a half century old!





Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-21-2020, 06:22 PM  
Which $ony body with Pentax glass via Monster AF adapter?
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 23
Views: 1,138
Great point about eye dominance, I hadn't even considered that! But at least the rangefinder layout would provide some distance between the nose and the right hand, if not solving the nose-on-screen problem for left-eye users.

I'm still plodding along with my original a7r. Its enduring adequacy has kept me from upgrading for six years and counting. I would not buy one today if I was in the market, but keeping it is free, so...
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-21-2020, 06:16 PM  
The A Club
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 3,743
Views: 541,599
Excellent! Love the backlighting and fog, plus you've caught the structure at a point where it looks more like an abstract piece of art than something practical and mundane. It looks like a scene from a science fiction film.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-20-2020, 08:13 PM  
Which $ony body with Pentax glass via Monster AF adapter?
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 23
Views: 1,138
The A7C has my interest, too. I love the looks of the silver version, and I really like how the EVF is off to the side, allowing the user's nose to comfortably sit beside the camera, instead of smushed against the back, leaving greasy streaks all over the screen. If that EVF wasn't so small, I'd buy one now.

I really hope other FF mirrorless cameras start putting the viewfinder to the side like that in the future. Of course it had to be in the center for SLR's, but with mirrorless, there's no reason to force the user to smush their nose against the back of the camera anymore, except to satisfy preconceived notions of what a "serious" camera should like like.
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