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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-19-2019, 07:26 AM  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Nass
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Negotiations didn't go well.
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2019, 11:56 AM  
My orphan squirrel "Pip", dedicated to Rupert
Posted By Nass
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Given my runins with Rupe, never thought I'd reach the lofty heights of the Otis seal of approval :)
Forum: General Talk 04-19-2019, 02:20 AM  
My orphan squirrel "Pip", dedicated to Rupert
Posted By Nass
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As a Moderator I occasionally had runins with Rupert - I'm sorry but being old, grumpy and generally over the hill means that I'm afraid there was a limit to the amount of squirrel postings I could handle in any one day period :). But, a couple of years later, I find myself in the supremely ironic position of having been adopted by a 5 week old orphan baby squirrel, which I'm hand-rearing until it is old enough to make its own way into the world. 10 days in she's doing fine, on a diet of rehydration liquids, puppy baby milk formula, nuts, veggies and bread, living in my photostudio with a microwavable hot water bottle as mummy. She's incredibly smart - learned to use the hamster water dropper thingie within one day. Incredibly endearing, whenever I take her outside to get used to that great big warm yellow thing in the sky she comes running straight at me and buries herself under my jumper. Meet "Pip" (name courtesy of my daughter). Rupert, this one's on you :)
Forum: General Photography 03-22-2019, 10:22 AM  
ebook/pdf with photography projects?
Posted By Nass
Replies: 0
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Hi - long stretch, but I remember it being posted at PF in the past, but there was a free pdf or ebook download of digital photography projects a couple of years ago ie long exposure ND110, startrails etc, that used one of my photos in it, can anyone recall what it was and where to get it by any chance? I have a friend who'd like to learn, so seem to remember that'd be a reasonable collection of projects to do with her...

Thanks!!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-20-2019, 11:45 AM  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Nass
Replies: 57
Views: 2,544
haha - man problems :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-20-2019, 02:21 AM  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Nass
Replies: 57
Views: 2,544
Just wanted to say thanks very much for everyone's recommendations, I really appreciate them, and lots to think about. I think I've identified the necessary purchase, now I just have to negotiate with Mrs Nass :fedup::confused::eek:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-19-2019, 08:57 AM  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Nass
Replies: 57
Views: 2,544
Anyone have any experience with M42 MTO-1000A, or another recommendation for vaguely affordable 750mm+ super tele however weird? (for birding, APSC). I can live with doughnut bokeh (I think!). I have the Sigma 150-500 old version with TC but just isn't cutting it for me. I'm not a birder at all but live on property with insane wildlife so stupid not to get a vaguely ok telephoto. I'm sure I saw a review somewhere of maybe a telescope optic used for this with some shot of a pigeon but I can't find the darned piece, grr. Image is example of photo I can't live with :confused:

Thanks!
Forum: General Photography 02-03-2019, 01:22 AM  
Birds in the garden
Posted By Nass
Replies: 10
Views: 930
Don't think it's a huge number (10-30k or so nationally), but Victorians introduced them to their country estates and they've been here ever since, and my understanding is that it's now the most significant group outside Asia. I live in a village in the woods, the sort of habitat they like, where there's lots of shelter under rhododendrons and beech trees for them to forage. I have nestboxes in the trees as well and they breed in them. Should be a good spring next year as I put up 60 boxes of all sorts over Christmas. And ultimate goal, if I can get a kingfisher nesting here then I'll be a happy chappie
Forum: General Photography 02-01-2019, 10:25 AM  
Birds in the garden
Posted By Nass
Replies: 10
Views: 930
Terrible shots, but always nice to feed the birdies in the garden.

I moved to a new house 1 year ago and my cunning plan is to feed them so there's plenty of photo opps moving forward
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-20-2019, 12:33 PM  
Automated focus stacking
Posted By Nass
Replies: 24
Views: 3,068
:) Great stuff
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-11-2018, 11:39 AM  
Flickr is going back to limited free accounts
Posted By Nass
Replies: 165
Views: 7,735
Agree, and I'd rather pay than have my data sold. Glad to hear they're improving service, was very much the weak point for me
Forum: General Photography 11-18-2018, 11:14 PM  
Cutest Pentax Wildlife Photo Shoot (if you don't mind mice)
Posted By Nass
Replies: 10
Views: 968
Ahh nice. You're right, I hadn't looked at the vid :)
Forum: General Photography 11-18-2018, 10:27 PM  
Cutest Pentax Wildlife Photo Shoot (if you don't mind mice)
Posted By Nass
Replies: 10
Views: 968
Cute, but can't see it has anything to do with Pentax?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2018, 12:46 AM  
Abstract Take me to your leader
Posted By Nass
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Striking shot :cool:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-08-2018, 12:56 PM  
Canon starting to butcher Sony in FF mirrorless (as predicted)
Posted By Nass
Replies: 54
Views: 3,602
Not remotely surprising considering the millions of Canon users that exist.

Not a great omen for consumer choice 3 years into the future :(
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-08-2018, 09:43 AM  
What does the ideal macro flash diffuser look like?
Posted By Nass
Replies: 37
Views: 3,407
Come to think of it you could combine shapelock with something else to keep the something else rigid :cool::)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-08-2018, 09:40 AM  
What does the ideal macro flash diffuser look like?
Posted By Nass
Replies: 37
Views: 3,407
Shapelock offers an interesting potential, because it is mouldable, rollable and white. Bottom line make any shape, any thickness by dunking it in hot water and it goes soft => mouldable, rollable with a kitchen roller. Something I meant to try and make a diffuser from but a) life intervened and b) I had trouble getting even thickness
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-07-2018, 07:20 AM  
What does the ideal macro flash diffuser look like?
Posted By Nass
Replies: 37
Views: 3,407
Some of my experience at Spreading the light with extreme macro diffusion - also look at related links at the bottom.

Often it's a compromise between maximum area from the pov of the specimen and being able to manouevre the dam thing into small spaces.

This worked really well for me for field stuff. The point is actual size doesn't matter, what matters is light breadth relative to specimen. Small, close is same as large far away, so for manoeuverability I went with small

Forum: General Photography 11-05-2018, 10:25 AM  
Photography Drones
Posted By Nass
Replies: 22
Views: 1,655
I have the company DJI Phantom sitting in my room 2 feet away waiting for me to learn how to fly it. Willdo this week and let you know what I think of it
Forum: General Photography 10-14-2018, 11:23 AM  
What's the mirrorless winner - need your help please!
Posted By Nass
Replies: 28
Views: 1,606
Yes, thankyouverymuch for your advice about how to choose a camera system - I'm not entirely unfamiliar with photography. But, I'll be honest, it's not terribly helpful - not what I'm asking or why.

I do completely appreciate it's crystal ball gazing and that's tricky and a bit of a stretch. But if folks could give their informed opinion relating to the actual question that would be helpful
Forum: General Photography 10-14-2018, 08:15 AM  
What's the mirrorless winner - need your help please!
Posted By Nass
Replies: 28
Views: 1,606
Hi,

I was hoping to canvass as wide a possible opinion base on which brand/model looks like it's winning the race to become THE mirrorless leader of the next 5/10 years. Investing in a new/unknown system is a big investment and I'd like to make sure I get it right for the medium term. If you could also explain why then that'd be really great

Thanks!!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2018, 11:39 PM  
Pets Portrait Lens
Posted By Nass
Replies: 10
Views: 470
yes! Wonderful portrait, nice blurry background, it's a winner :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2018, 11:38 PM  
Machinery Face to face...
Posted By Nass
Replies: 15
Views: 627
decent angle, and the reflections are cool too bravo :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-29-2018, 12:15 PM  
Fixing Baader-U with crack
Posted By Nass
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Thanks, I'm quite pleased, should be exciting having the opportunity to work with expert filter makers :)

This is their site baader-planetarium.com/en/filters.html, they do good stuff :) :) supernerdy!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-28-2018, 10:02 PM  
Fixing Baader-U with crack
Posted By Nass
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Yes, I put a clear glass filter on before for that reason :)
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