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Forum: Lens Clubs 02-12-2020, 01:16 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Jacamar, love the laughing falcon! You and I seem to live in a parallel universe, frequently overlapping locations. I heard but did not see a laughing falcon on a recent Costa Rica trip.

Here are a few pictures with the K3ii and DFA 150-450 at 450. The Resplendent Quetzal was at a nest site and not close at all. I used a tripod for this shot. The Lesson's motmot was at a lodge feeder setup and the shot was handheld.





An aside here and simply an informative review for >300 shooters... Pentax purists, please skip the following paragraph.

I knew I could not easily bring the 560 on this trip due to the awkward size traveling with what is essentially a telescope. Despite backorder issues, I searched and was able to obtain the extremely small and lightweight Nikon 500 5.6 PF and a D500 to use for handheld BIF shots. The lens is so fast and so lightweight that I ended up using it handheld with an attached extended flash bracket and flash for the majority of the trip. The rainforest is so dark that a crop sensor and 5.6 lens isn't ideal, but the lightweight nature made humid hiking and handhold shooting with this setup a breeze. I didn't even use a black rapid strap and instead carried it by the very secure extended flash bracket, still allowing me to use my binoculars one handed. The price, weight and size of a full frame and/or F2.8 or 4 long lens made consideration of that option prohibitive since this is just a hobby. If I had carried a tripod through the rainforest, I would have missed many shots given the rapid presentation and disappearance of moving flocks. The 500 PF lens focuses very quickly with the only drawback being struggling in extreme low light and low contrast situations. I will never give up on Pentax, but this new setup will be my birding lens for long hikes and BIF photography from now on due to the quick focus and light weight. I don't see switching to a Nikon zoom as the Pentax DA 150-450 is weather sealed and a great lens paired with the K3 or K1. My DA 560 will be used for shots where I know I'm using a tripod (I still love it). I do not plan on posting non Pentax pictures on this site, but thought I'd share my experience as someone who has added to my quiver with an "affordable" long lens with qualities (easily handheld, extremely light weight, rapid focus) that are not yet available in our Pentax line up. The D 500 has some very nice features but the 500 lightweight lens was primarily responsible for my decision. I anticipate the upcoming Knew will bring similar or even better functionality from a camera standpoint. I also want to give a thumbs up to Topaz AI Denoise which I purchased at the holiday special through this site. It cleans up ISO 4000 shots amazingly.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-12-2020, 10:09 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Eyelash pit viper in Costa Rica
K1 and DFA 100 macro WR

Forum: Pentax K-1 02-10-2020, 11:15 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Glass Frog, Costa Rica
K1 with DFA 100 macro WR
Flashlight below, flash on camera

Forum: Ricoh GR 02-02-2020, 10:09 AM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By riseform
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Took the GRiii to Costa Rica and kept it on my belt the entire trip while hand carrying my bigger camera and lens.

Here's an attempt at some astrophotography (five 13 second frames stacked in Sequator). Focus was set at infinity. 13 seconds was a bit too long as there is mild streaking.



And a quick shot of a passing tapir

Forum: Pentax K-1 02-02-2020, 09:46 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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K1 and DFA Macro 100 WR in Costa Rica
Red-eyed tree frog at night

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2019, 08:59 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Evening grosbeak with a Fall color background

Forum: Lens Clubs 11-02-2019, 08:57 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Ash-throated flycatcher, a bit lost for this time of year, in Neah bay, WA
K3 DFA 150-450 at 450, handheld

Forum: Ricoh GR 11-02-2019, 08:53 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By riseform
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Took the GR III out for some fall fishing on the Yakima river (WA state)
The mayfly is a baetis (blue wing olive/BWO),a typical spring and fall season cold weather hatching fly





Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2019, 07:38 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Appreciate the kind comments on the nuthatch photo.
scc, all the data can be seen in the Flickr link.
These shots were set up with a pre focus just off to the side of an active feeder. I had my daughter hold a broom in the air about where I figured they'd be coming in and I focused on that plane. It was then just a matter of waiting for the correct afternoon light (I did use fill flash on some) and hitting the shutter as the speedy little devils entered the zone. I had more misses than hits.

Here's a mountain chickadee, also K1 and DA 560.

Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2019, 08:39 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Red-breasted nuthatch
K1, DA 560

Forum: Pentax K-1 09-29-2019, 05:26 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Back at it with the camera trap this weekend, using the K1, Rokinon 24mm, Sabre trigger and two remotely triggered Nikon flashes
Striped skunk this time. I still can't time it right with the occasionally visiting bobcat.

Forum: Lens Clubs 09-24-2019, 10:06 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Parasitic Jaeger from the weekend, K3 DFA 150-450 at 360 mm
Handheld (pelagic trip)

Forum: Lens Clubs 09-23-2019, 07:38 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Black-footed albatross from a weekend pelagic with the K3.



Forum: Pentax K-1 09-02-2019, 08:37 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Still trying with my camera trap and fabricated summertime remote watering hole, posting a deer photo before but really hoping for a bobcat.
I've picked up the bobcat occasionally visiting the watering hole on my trail cam (which is monitoring I'm not around) and with a three day weekend I thought I had a chance to capture it with the K1.
I took advantage of the new moon to program the trigger to set off the camera and immediate flashes while keeping the exposure open for an additional 13 seconds to catch the starry sky above and behind.
Unfortunately, I got a 3 am domestic cat (not sure what it's doing out at this semi remote location) rather than a bobcat. My other catches this weekend were a nocturnal rabbit and a moth.
I'm getting frustrated and am just going to call this guy "Bob, the cat"
Thought it was worth sharing given the exposure and stars even though the subject isn't exactly my target animal.
K1 Rokinon 24 mm, Sabre trigger, Two NIkon Sb28 remote flashes with camptraptions wireless triggers.

Forum: Lens Clubs 09-02-2019, 08:17 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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California quail
K3ii DA 560

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-27-2019, 07:03 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Male and female white-headed woodpeckers from the weekend. K1 DA 560
It's been a treat to have them around this year as they're not always present.
They're regularly visiting a birdbath on our deck as well.



Forum: Lens Clubs 08-25-2019, 07:11 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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White-headed woodpecker and Steller's Jay stare down
K1 DA 560

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-18-2019, 02:53 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Black bear in Ucluelet, BC Handheld with the K3 at 450 (f 5.6)





Forum: Lens Clubs 08-17-2019, 10:36 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By riseform
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Taking advantage of the DA 15 starburst, no matter how subtle.
K3ii and SMC DA 15
Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet, BC

Forum: Pentax K-1 08-03-2019, 05:48 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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A lot of preparation went into creating a watering hole and camera trap set up this spring hoping to capture the bobcat that I occasionally see around the property. Despite bobcat lure and catnip, I'm still a failure in that department. The number of mice, squirrels, lizards and birds visiting the hole however (I have a trail cam on it when I'm not present) has been impressive.


When at the property, I've been setting up wtih the K1 and Rokinon 24 mm with a trigger and two remote flash setup. Here's a shot of a mule deer (focus was at the water's edge) and a covey of quail. One of these nights, I still hope to get the bobcat.




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Forum: Pentax K-1 07-10-2019, 08:47 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Red crossbill DA 560

Forum: Lens Clubs 07-10-2019, 08:44 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Rufous hummingbirds in the afternoon sun (Male and Female) K1 DA 560



Forum: Lens Clubs 07-09-2019, 06:35 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Views: 293,229
Williamson's sapsucker (juvenile male) I don't get to see these too often.
K3 at 450 mm, ISO 2000 Handheld at 1/200

Forum: Pentax K-1 07-04-2019, 07:54 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By riseform
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Black-headed grosbeak
K1 and DA 560
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-25-2019, 01:39 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By riseform
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Views: 3,165,601
House wren with food
K1 and DA 560

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