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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-30-2020, 09:02 PM  
Picture of the Week POTW #584 - Covering period 20 January - 2 February 2020
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 11
Views: 439
You have some great photos this week but I particularly like the weevil! I expect it's destructive...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-27-2020, 08:28 PM  
Picture of the Week POTW #584 - Covering period 20 January - 2 February 2020
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Hi all!

I managed to get out a bit in Hong Kong yesterday. Part of Hong Kong I've never visited. Both of these were taken with my K-1 Mark II and my 43mm limited...

God and Buddha statues in Wah Fu (there are hundreds of statues; tradition says a graveyard was moved and some people drowned nearby afterwards so people started placing statues to sooth the spirits):

IMGP5450 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Hong Kong Post Office sign. I've been meaning to take a photo of one of these for a couple of years now...
IMGP5478 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-26-2020, 01:22 AM  
The Sounds of New York City
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 3
Views: 358
The New York Times sent four photographers to capture the sounds of NYC (in images). Some great photos: Sounds of the City - The New York Times
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-11-2020, 06:39 PM  
Nature Ibises - A Rogue's Gallery
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 12
Views: 276
Beautiful shots. I especially like the isolation in #5, but all are lovely. I was admiring the shots and had to scroll back up to see what lens you used. Not at all surprised! I have some ibis shots that I took in Florida with my DA*300. What a lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2020, 03:44 PM  
Travel A trip to Myanmar
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 13
Views: 193
Thanks for all the comments!

There are certainly plenty of mobile phones there now! But I agree that people should be required to travel outside their home countries. Maybe before they're allowed to vote!

Some do, though they aren't as strict with the number of rings (which used to be fairly regimented).

I created an album in my Flickr account. You should be able to see it here: Myanmar | Flickr
Otherwise just navigate to my account (xtimwilsonx) and you'll find it there.

Have a great weekend!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-08-2020, 04:02 AM  
Travel A trip to Myanmar
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 13
Views: 193
I visited Myanmar over my Christmas/New Year's break. Lovely place - friendly people, good food, beautiful scenery etc. I took a lot of photos. Here are some of my favorites. For anyone thinking about a trip there I highly recommend it. As usual I agonized over which lenses to bring and in the end I brought my 15mm Ltd., 43mm Ltd., 70mm Ltd., 100mm WR Macro and DA*300 (no zooms!). I used all of them and didn't regret any of my packing decisions!

Monks in Mandalay:
IMGP2316 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun:
IMGP2748 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

On a boat on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River:
IMGP2815 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Sunrise over Bagan (I know, it's a bit of a Myanmar cliche):
IMGP3306 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan:
IMGP3665 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Smoking a big stogie in Bagan:
IMGP3942 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Drying peppers near Kalaw:
IMGP4132 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Padaung Heartbreaker, Inle Lake:
IMGP4740 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr

Taking a break from fishing on Inle Lake:
IMGP4505 by xtimwilsonx, on Flickr
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-07-2020, 10:29 PM  
How to fix DA* 16-50 without PKtether
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 18
Views: 774
User Blacknight659 has a great post on this site about screw-drive conversion, and the post also includes a link to PKTether via a Google Drive. I downloaded it from there about 3 weeks ago and successfully modified my DA*300. It was very quick and easy.

How To: Convert SDM to ScrewDrive + Video -
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 01-05-2020, 09:30 PM for a resource
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 1
Views: 249
I belong to a Meetup photography group in Hong Kong (and some hiking ones as well). Great tool for finding activities, people etc. I've gone on Meetup photography events with people who are in Hong Kong for a weekend and just happened to check out the local Meetup scene...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-05-2020, 03:39 PM  
Picture of the Week POTW #582 - Covering period 30 December 2019 - 12 January 2020
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Hi all. I spent 10 days in Myanmar over the Christmas/New Year break and took a lot of photos. Still going through them, but here are a few from the Inle Lake area.

- The first photo is of a young Kayan woman. The rings on her neck are actually a single, solid coil made of brass. It is shockingly heavy! I think a full set weighs something like 10kg.
- The second photo is a monastery on Inle Lake.
- The third photo is of some people riding a long-tail boat in Nyaungshwe (connected to the lake by a long cut). The boats are long and narrow and are usually powered by an old and extremely loud Chinese diesel engine. The ones made for tourists feature chairs, life vests and blankets, but the locals sit on the floor of the boat...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:15 PM  
Footprints in the Sand
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 32
Views: 408
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:15 PM  
Oklahoma Supercell
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Replies: 53
Views: 521
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:15 PM  
Me & my kids.
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Replies: 26
Views: 307
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:13 PM  
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Views: 317
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:12 PM  
Rooty fisheye
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 37
Views: 367
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:12 PM  
Rock Hopper Discussion Group
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Replies: 23
Views: 172
Forum: Winners' Showcase 01-02-2020, 08:11 PM  
December, 2019 Runner-up: Killing time at Baker Street Tube Station
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 52
Views: 735
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:10 PM  
Two worlds (Topsy-Turvy Granddaughter)
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 29
Views: 223
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2020, 08:09 PM  
My submission constest 160 - open theme
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 11
Views: 113
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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-29-2019, 03:45 AM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - December/January - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 385
Views: 10,096
I'm in!
Forum: General Photography 12-17-2019, 10:29 PM  
Dogs... my scourge when taking pics at the park.
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 51
Views: 1,812
I visit a nature preserve in Florida once or twice a year as it's a fabulous place to get pictures of ospreys, ibises, roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets etc. For me it's a special experience, but for many people it's just their normal dog-walking, biking and jogging park and they pay little heed to the birds, crabs, lizards etc. Quite often while I'm enjoying the peace and quiet and watching for birds a pair of joggers will run by yakking at a high volume and seemingly oblivious to their surroundings. It's a bummer, but it's a multi-use park and at least it isn't a parking lot or a trailer park or a vacant McMansion...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-17-2019, 10:13 PM  
Hello from Buffalo, NY
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 26
Views: 680
That is a stunning photo of the frozen falls!

Welcome to the forum. I have a similar story. I bought a Ricoh KR-5 in 1980 or 1981 (wish I still had it). My wife bought me an Olympus Camedia C-700 for Christmas in 2001. We went to Tuscany that spring and my son was born in the fall, so the camera got quite a lot of use. In 2008 I was ready to upgrade and bought my K200D at a duty-free shop at Incheon airport in Seoul. Upgraded to a K5 in 2012 and a K-1 Mark II in 2018.

This forum is a fantastic place to learn about photography, cameras and lenses and to just share photos and experiences with people around the globe. It's probably largely responsible for getting me hooked on photography and Pentax.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-17-2019, 03:45 AM  
How To: Convert SDM to ScrewDrive + Video
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 196
Views: 30,988
My DA*300 stopped focusing back in March. I had it repaired by the local authorized Pentax repair shop (Jebsen, in Hong Kong) and it worked for about 6 months and then died. I used the lens only lightly during that period and the lens has been treated well. I think the repair was not up to snuff and I've contacted Jebsen to see what, if anything, they will do for me. In the meanwhile, I have a trip to Myanmar coming up and couldn't stand the idea of having to manually focus (the last failure was just before I went to Australia for two weeks - splendid timing!). I followed the steps here (using my K5) and am happy to say that in about 10 minutes, and with no wrong turns or "oh shit" moments, I successfully converted to screw-drive. The lens is shockingly loud (well, I'm used to it being silent) but it works like a charm. Thanks to Blacknight659 and all the others who contributed to this long, informative thread!

By the way, the site is current non-extant so I downloaded from the Google drive provided in the original post. I also used the Notepad program already resident on my PC (I have a Windows 10 PC).
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-16-2019, 02:57 AM  
Picture of the Week POTW #579 - Covering period 9th December - 22nd December 2019
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 8
Views: 549
Welcome to the 579th edition of Picture of the Week (POTW), covering 9th December - 22nd December 2019. Let's see what you have been shooting these past two weeks. POTW is a great spot to show off six or fewer shots you take or are editing within the thread's date range. In other words, you can post your shots from this week AND last week.

To post your great photos, just hit reply and attach away. Feel free to start immediately.


consider including in your post any special circumstances or tips on technique or equipment which might be interesting to others.

identify your camera and lens if that information is easily available to you.

And please invite other Pentaxians to join us.

Some rules:
1) No theme, just post your favorite pix
2) Six or fewer images per person per thread to prevent thread bloat
3) Any Pentax, Ricoh or Samsung camera, film or digital

The current host will invite a new host via Private Message (PM), but if you are interested and willing to host POTW, please send me a PM, before I contact others.

If possible, the new thread will be linked to the previous one. If the thread doesn't start, please contact the host, via PM. Here are the records of recent POTW thread hosts: 390-406 smf, 407-408 ramseybuckeye, 409-411 stubyles, 412-423 SD_Bob, 424-427 dave kitson, 428-451 smf, 452-454 StephenHampshire, 455 Aslyfox, 456 StephenHampshire, 457-466 noelcmn, 467 Aslyfox, 469-470 aaacb, 471-472 Madmathmind, 473 Eva, 474 rjbrett, 475 Aslyfox, 476 - 485 noelcmn, 486 - 488 rjbrett, 489 clackers, 490 - 498 rjbrett, 499 StephenHampshire, 500 smf, 501 StephenHampshire, 502-505 Eva, 506-525 Vaskebjorn, 526-538 noelcmn, 539-547 aaacb, 548-563 Eva, 564-571 noelcmn, 572-578 nosliwmit

See last week's thread at: POTW #578 - Covering period 2nd December - 15th December 2019 -

---------- Post added 12-16-19 at 04:58 AM ----------

Like last week, I won't have anything to submit this week until the weekend, if at all...

Will someone please volunteer to start next week's POTW? I won't be able to...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-16-2019, 02:38 AM  
Christmas Colors!
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 9
Views: 76
Taken outdoors in Hong Kong Park yesterday. A ring flash allowed me to hide the background and isolate the flower. Some finishing touches in Topaz Detail.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-15-2019, 06:54 PM  
Streets Evening Stroll Photos
Posted By nosliwmit
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Nice series. #4 is so "Seattle"...
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