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Forum: General Talk 01-10-2020, 04:54 PM  
What's the origin of your PF Username?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 136
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This sounds like what someone on the run pretending to be dead would say... :D
Forum: General Talk 01-10-2020, 04:48 PM  
What non-photography YouTube channels do you watch?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 49
Views: 2,287
Not watched him but just suddenly had flashbacks of watching This Old House as a kid with my grandfather. Watched a couple other similar shows with him as well.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-08-2020, 07:06 PM  
PENTAX Q-S1 Discontinued
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 45
Views: 2,297
Just to make BigMackCam happy...

There's probably a new Q-T3.14 camera coming down the line that improves on the low-light capability and focusing of the Q-S1 and goes back to the Q7 form factor. Also will be coming in a whopping 53271 different color combinations with 3 brand new lens options...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-07-2020, 07:10 AM  
People Marina is moving away...
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 68
Views: 8,957
Here I was, going through and enjoying all of these lovely photos of Marina, and you had to say this. All I can say is...

Alice? Who the .... is Alice?

Now the song is stuck in my head too...

Back on topic, these really are beautiful shots of a very lovely model.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2020, 09:19 PM  
Machinery Military vehicle
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 9
Views: 145
The DUKW, or Duck, was a version of the CCKW. Don't recall much more than that. (Only remember that much because I noticed it when looking up when the CCKW was made.) Believe the M35 also had an amphibious version as well, but I can't recall.

I've never gotten to ride in an amphibious vehicle, though I've seen some over the years. Want to say maybe down in the south there was a tour company that used them when I was a kid. I've always thought they were pretty darn cool.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2020, 07:01 PM  
Machinery Military vehicle
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 9
Views: 145
Quick search:
The name CCKW comes from GMC model nomenclature:

"C", designed in 1941
"C", conventional cab
"K", all-wheel drive
"W", dual rear axles
"X", experimental chassis / non-standard wheelbase (first 13,188 units)

Find it somewhat funny they kept the stylized badge for the military vehicles, but it was probably cheaper to use the existing stamps/molds/whatever than changing it. And then once the Army places a contract, it's something like a minimum of a 10 years and requires everything to stay (mostly) the same (there are variants and sometimes backwards compatible upgrades) so they don't have to stock multiple parts.

Does give it a rather unique and cool look though.

(Also, not really sure how it gets a designation of designed in 1941 when the Army started buying them in 1939?)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2020, 09:46 AM  
Machinery Truck and gun
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 4
Views: 138
Love the vintage look to the photo. Have a similar cannon on permanent display at the entrance to our local community park, though I think possibly a slightly older model. Often end up having idiotic kids (of course, never myself...) put bottle rockets or other firecrackers and what not in the barrel. At least, they use to back when I was a kid.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2020, 10:00 AM  
Machinery Military vehicle
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 9
Views: 145
Looks like the GMC CCKW, the original "Duece and a Half," that was replaced by the M35. Never seen one of these in person, though the M35 is everywhere. M35 started being produced in the mid 50's, so these were all phased out probably by the late 60s, maybe early 70s.

EDIT> Just realized you're in Aus. So I could be completely wrong. Does look like a GMC logo on the front though, so guessing I'm right on the model. And while the US phased them out in that time frame, it's quite possible that we sent them along to allies and they could still be in use. (I know the National Guard in the US is still using M35s despite the army no longer using them. And some old WWII bombers were still being used as cargo planes in less developed areas well into the 90s even.) I'm not a huge military buff, nor know a lot about military vehicles, but the knowledge I do have tends to be centered around American vehicles.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2020, 10:07 AM  
Machinery Communications truck
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 4
Views: 121
No idea what this vehicle is, but it's one I'd definitely be interested in. Being an amateur radio operator, I always find these mobile units fascinating. Love the photo.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-05-2020, 12:55 PM  
Nature Superb Fairy-wren
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18
Views: 224
Very nice shot. Love the color as well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-02-2020, 03:48 PM  
Landscape some nacreous clouds today (pixelshifted, against all odds)
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 28
Views: 464
I've not heard of these clouds or seen them before. Those are quite amazing looking.
Forum: General Talk 01-02-2020, 09:08 PM  
What's the origin of your PF Username?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 136
Views: 15,053
I needed a name for a RPG back in 1995 and this is the name I finally decided upon. In hindsight, I think it's a subconscious bit of a mix of Tolkien (I am a huge Tolkien fan) and Eddings (I had recently read/was reading the Belgariad series of books at the time) that got combined somewhere in my head. At the time I was sitting around for a while until finally this popped into my head and I thought it sounded cool. I've used it ever since. It use to be that every Gorgarath that you would find online would be me, but I've since found that it has popped up in a few other places that aren't me. I couldn't even get Gorgarath as a username for Google.

Some of this I think is from people misspelling a (I believe they're from here, it's been a while since I've looked up the info on them) Norwegian metal band that is hugely into Tolkien as well.

For those that don't know, the Plains of Gorgoroth are what lead into Mordor. Belgarath the Sorcerer is one of the characters in The Belgariad. I may have subconsciously combined the two, or I may have spent way too much time in later years trying to figure out how I came up with the name. Both are plausible.
Forum: General Talk 01-02-2020, 05:54 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,573
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These are the latest acquisitions I was finally able to pick up from the post office.

A Pentax-F 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6. The AF hunts a bit in the little bit I tried to use it, but being faster at the long end, it should compliment the 28-300mm lens I received the other day. Time will tell which will get more use.

A 72" Opteka monopod. Was very cheap, but as it's a monopod, I'm not that worried about my equipment getting damaged if it can't hold up as I'll still be holding my equipment. Just hoping it can help steady my shots, especially with the long zooms. Going to keep looking for a higher quality one as well as a tripod. Or at least, measure the tripod I acquired a while back that doesn't have the quick release plate so I can find a matching one.

And lastly, I also received my actual Pentax m42 to K mount adapter. While I don't have any screwmount lenses yet, and I don't know if I'll end up going down that route, I now have the capability of using any I might come across.

Other than the m42 adapter, these all actually arrived on Saturday before we left for the in-laws, but because my wife was a bit slow getting ready for a party on Saturday, we got to the post office 15 minutes after they closed the office. While I could get to my PO Box and the slips saying I had items waiting inside that I could pick up, I couldn't get them until today.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2019, 03:03 PM  
Rokinon 28mm 2.8?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 6
Views: 434
I almost just bought one of these. I got outbid by 50 cents in the last couple hours, but I was rather relieved about it as I had a forum member offer to send me a different 28mm. Let us know how it turns out.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 12-28-2019, 08:24 PM  
How many Welcomes result into long-term participation on Pentax Forums?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 48
Views: 1,297
I'm one of the curve breakers on this sort of question. I apparently joined on Valentine's Day in 2012 and posted in Welcomes and Introductions. I then posted one more time a few days later. Jump forward to November of 2019 and that's when I actually really started participating in the forums.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-28-2019, 08:16 PM  
Abstract Dark and Moody
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 7
Views: 185
B&W can make a lot of photos looks dark and moody, but this one looks like even in color, it would still have the same feel.
Forum: General Talk 12-27-2019, 01:48 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
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Views: 1,279,552
My LBA has managed to acquire a Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical IF Macro 185D lens. Also included the hood and a Promaster UV filter. While it is a bit slower at the long end and hunts for focus a bit in low light, I think it'll work out fairly nicely for a few different situations. Haven't had much chance to really test it out but it will give me some nice reach come soccer season. Definitely will be a bit easier to manage at the long end when I receive my monopole. Unfortunately, it looks like it's arriving on Monday, so I won't be getting it until after the new year as we leave on Sunday for the in-laws in NJ. Will be a bit exciting when I get back as I'll have at least 3 items sitting in my PO box waiting for me.

But for only $25 including shipping, I can't really complain too much at this point.
Forum: General Talk 12-09-2019, 10:22 AM  
What book on your table now
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 420
Views: 22,761
Currently sitting on my side table at work is "Night Photography - From Snapshots to Great Shots" by Gabriel Biderman with Tim Cooper. We have a local guy that does a lot of recycling for businesses, colleges, universities, k-12 schools, etc. and gets some rather interesting things in at times. We will take random trips down to his warehouse just to see what he's got and do a little "shopping." (We just got about 30 of the digital phones we use here that he was just going to break down into scrap.) But for whatever reason, this book was in the pile of stuff he got in from somewhere. Haven't gotten to read more than the cover, but figured it might be neat to look through and hoping I can pick up a few things as well.
Forum: General Talk 12-27-2019, 01:54 PM  
What book on your table now
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 420
Views: 22,761
For Christmas, I received "Ghost in the Wires" by Kevin Mitnick, which I had picked out while thrift shopping a few weeks ago. Haven't started reading it yet as I've also got 2 books (the first 2 volumes of the Dragonwatch series that continues the Fablehaven story which I rather enjoyed) from the library that I'm going to read while visiting the in-laws.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2019, 10:13 PM  
Macro Stairway Details
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Sorry to hear about your friend. Very nice shot of some interesting railings.
Forum: General Talk 12-21-2019, 04:32 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,573
Views: 1,279,552
Also another item that also arrived was a Gemini 28mm F2.8 lens. It has an auto setting, but I didn't look close enough at the pictures to realize that despite being listed as for a K mount, that it isn't a K mount. Haven't tried contacting the seller yet, though I should see if they're willing to work anything out. I was rather excited for this one, but it's probably a total bust that I won't get anything out of.
My Phoenix/Samyang 70-210mm F4-5.6 lens also came in though I've not had a chance to really test it out. Did a quick picture inside to verify the lens was working, but haven't been able to take it outside to see how the zoom handles.

I had a bid on a Pentax-A 50mm 1.7 in great condition but had bid on it when I first started looking and didn't realize how hard those were to find. (I also wasn't sure if I wanted a prime lens or if 50mm would actually be as useful as everyone says.) So it was only a low max bid that was still holding as we got a few hours until auction end. I should have just raised it when I checked on it, but I decided to wait until closer to auction end. Then I got busy and forgot about it until an hour after auction and lost at a very low price that was under what I was going to raise my bid to. Thankfully, I still have my Pentax-M 50mm 1.7 that just requires a bit more work to use and doesn't record the aperture in the EXIF (I'm terrible with taking notes so I've generally no idea what I took the picture at) but I'm getting the hang of it and rather like it's results. Maybe I'll check out the camera shop in Philly that I've seen listing some Pentax glass on eBay while I'm in NJ visiting the inlaws. Also let a DA 50mm F1.8 lens slip through my fingers the day after or before, I forget which now.

Sorry, suppose to be a list of acquisitions, not regrets. lol
Forum: General Photography 11-11-2019, 09:04 AM  
What is the actual benefit of mirrorless?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 207
Views: 8,248
I only saw one comment in the thread that seems to have been missed/ignored, and I know with LV you can do this as well, but IR/UV photography seems very well suited to mirrorless cameras. As this is an area I'm rather interested in getting into, I'm always looking for more information on this.
Forum: General Talk 12-11-2019, 03:48 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18,573
Views: 1,279,552
Latest purchase that arrived today is a battery for an HP ProBook 450 G3. Cost $20 with 2-day Prime shipping for a grand total of $20 put into this laptop with it's 256GB m.2 drive, 8GB of RAM, and standard battery. (We had acquired 3 of these laptops and an older model at work for free from another school district. The older model was pretty beat up and the 3rd of this model had no display. So I cannibalized the laptops to beef up the one laptop that I claimed for myself with 16GB of RAM, backlit keyboard, 256GB m.2 drive, and a 512GB 7200RPM hard drive. Had to buy a battery and got the extended capacity battery for it. I was going to get work to buy the battery for this laptop and use it for work, but giving it to my wife works out better.) It's nothing too fancy, but with 512GB of RAM dedicated to the Intel graphics, it can do some light-to-medium gaming without much trouble. At some point, I might look at picking up a hard drive caddy for it to expand the storage, but it's fine for now.

My wife wanted a laptop to take to her parents over New Year's as the one I managed to get for her before just isn't holding up with everything she needed it to do. (It was a laptop a co-worker had let his daughter use when it died, couldn't get it working at first and he bought a new laptop for his kid. Came back to look at it again before sending it off to be recycled and got it working with a new hard drive, so really can't complain as it was free and actually has dual hard drives. Popped a SSD in one bay to replace a failed drive and kept the 500GB drive in the other for her music collection so she can use it for DJing online when not at home.) So, while this one doesn't have the storage capacity, we can take both laptops and she can use the older one to DJ a New Year's party while using the new one to play her games online. Not bad for only $20.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2019, 08:06 PM  
Nature Hi there
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 7
Views: 327
This is a rather fun picture, he looks huge in it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2019, 07:34 PM  
Abstract Light Paint photography
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Very nice capture. Love the color.
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