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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2021, 08:54 PM  
Macro on Budget?
Posted By Thagomizer
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The wasps were taken early in the morning, when it was cooler and they were still relatively sluggish. The bee was pretty still too, hanging out on a dandelion head that had gone to seed. It let me take quite a few shots. This one of the two I liked most.

Sometimes the insects do fly or crawl away. Sometimes it's me, sometimes they've got buggy things to do and just go about their routine with no regard for me and my gear at all. I just keep looking around and pluging away. Sometimes I get lucky. Sometimes I miss the shot: I don't often show those!

Timing, persistence, luck. They all come in handy.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2021, 08:04 AM  
Full-frame vs. cropped lenses on APS-C camera
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 184
Views: 6,280
I believe Abraham Lincoln said that. On the internet...;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2021, 09:12 PM  
Full-frame vs. cropped lenses on APS-C camera
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 184
Views: 6,280
What are "lens pixels" and how are they counted?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2021, 01:57 PM  
Macro on Budget?
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 28
Views: 1,103
Lefkowitz's book is an excellent source for macro set-up ideas.

Also, another recommendation for the Raynox achromats. These were taken using a Tamron 90mm f2.8 55BB with a Raynox 250:







Extension can work too, but as noted above, comes at a cost of light loss. Reversing rings also work very well, but aren't as easy to use, as you lose automatic diaphragm and auto aperture control.

Reversed Pentax DA 35mm f2.4:







The above at 100%:





With a reversed zoom lens, you get variable magnification. Here are some of my results from a reversed Pentax DA 18-55 II:










Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2021, 03:09 PM  
Thematic The Circle Game
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 569
Views: 21,832
Circular infrastructure:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2021, 03:06 PM  
Thematic Good as Gold
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 287
Views: 9,641
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2021, 03:05 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 5,834
Views: 488,767
Signs, official and unofficial:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2021, 03:01 PM  
Thematic Seeing Red!
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 391
Views: 13,468
Slumping Rothko:

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-25-2021, 09:36 PM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 2,646
Views: 379,987
Ice abstractions:










DA 55-300
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2021, 09:32 PM  
Thematic The view upward (take part, please...)
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 681
Views: 31,847
Pale winter sun:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2021, 09:26 PM  
Thematic Magical Light
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 569
Views: 26,526
Hooded Mergansers in quicksilver:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2021, 07:52 PM  
Thematic Look down, awaaay down...
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 288
Views: 10,480
Turtle:




Dragon:




Diamond mine:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2021, 07:41 PM  
Thematic Wetness...If the Subject is Water
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 1,965
Views: 146,991
Urban water. The Forks of the Thames, London Ontario:



Originally named Askunessippi (Antler River) by the Neutral Indians, and Deshkan Ziibi (Antlered River) by the Ojiway speaking Anishinabe , then La Tranche (the Trench) by the French, the river was grandiloquently renamed "the Thames" (after the one in England) in 1792 by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, in anticipation of the powers that be following his recommendation that this site be made the provincial capital. That did not pan out, and York (now Toronto) became the capital, which American troops burned in 1813. British troops returned the compliment by burning Washington in 1814, both events taking place during the War of 1812, which both sides claimed to have won. While London hosted a major fire that destroyed 150 buildings in 1845, (1/5 of the total in the town at the time) it was a strictly local affair, with no help from outside armies required.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2021, 07:03 PM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 2,183
Views: 193,881
Underbridge:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-25-2021, 07:00 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 2,215
Views: 157,331
Juvenile Bald Eagle:




Male Hooded Mergansers:




Cleanup crew. Possibly picking up after the subject at the top of this post.

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-20-2021, 06:56 PM  
AI vs Portrait Photography
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 14
Views: 907
Okay.

Now do Picasso.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-10-2021, 02:28 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 2,215
Views: 157,331
Great shots!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-10-2021, 10:46 AM  
Game Stupid Camera Tricks (and Stupid Lens Tricks)
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 257
Views: 17,221
Cool! That second shot looks like an image of aurora taken from Earth orbit!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2021, 01:29 PM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 2,183
Views: 193,881
New pictures of old bridges:










Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2021, 01:21 PM  
Thematic Yer Blues
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 266
Views: 8,281
A lake in the sky:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2021, 01:18 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 5,834
Views: 488,767
Come grab a latte:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2021, 01:13 PM  
Thematic Look down, awaaay down...
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 288
Views: 10,480
Crooked timber, crooked shadow:







Remembering Cratchit:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2021, 01:08 PM  
Thematic The view upward (take part, please...)
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 681
Views: 31,847



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2021, 01:03 PM  
Thematic Ch-Ch-Changes: Before and After
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 21
Views: 953













Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2021, 12:54 PM  
Thematic The Circle Game
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 569
Views: 21,832
My first circles of 2021:




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