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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 9,476
Views: 748,706
A cat with a snowball.... that's a terrifying notion. Nice shots too!
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 30,583
Views: 2,771,103
IMGP9220 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Sigma 150-500 on a K5ii
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Night Time is the Right Time! Post night shots here.
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,110
Views: 99,200
IMGP9194 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

smc PENTAX-F 50mm F1.7 on a K5ii
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
The 50mm Lens Club
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,408
Views: 199,671
IMGP9194 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
smc PENTAX-F 50mm F1.7 on a K5ii
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Show me your ......MOON !
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 553
Views: 42,343
IMGP9194 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Three planets and the Moon over Sparks, Nevada
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 30,583
Views: 2,771,103
Beautiful series.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature Birding with a 'macro' lens
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Thank you. The birds are entertainment while I wash the dishes. I have an automatic dishwasher but I like washing dishes. (I know. Weird. Don't worry, I'm not dangerous.) The birds just got used to me standing there so now I can use a macro lens on them.
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 3,301
Views: 431,938
Northern flicker
IMGP9388 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9380 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Downy woodpecker
IMGP9465 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Yellow-rumped warbler
IMGP9266 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9363 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5 on a K5ii
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature Birding with a 'macro' lens
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 7
Views: 201
I put the bird feeders outside the window over the kitchen sink. With a little patience, the birds become accustomed to me standing so close.
Northern flicker
IMGP9382 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9391 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Downy woodpecker
IMGP9466 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9458 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


Audubon's (yellow-rumped) warbler
IMGP9352 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9417 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5 on a K5ii
Forum: General Photography 01-27-2019, 09:30 PM  
there is a lunar opportunity that won't come around for a while if you miss it
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 54
Views: 2,023
Wow! Congratulations. For what it's worth, you can add a square around the meteor strike and add a label in Flickr to highlight some part of the image. Open the Flickr image and put your cursor over the image. The cursor will turn into a magnifying glass. Move the cursor/magnifying glass near the part you want to highlight. Left click and drag and a square will appear. When the square surrounds the part you want to highlight release the mouse button. A box will appear below the square. You can type the description in that box. If the square around the highlighted object is the wrong size or place, you can change it by "grabbing" the box and moving or resizing. When you're satisfied with it, just click the "save" button. Now when someone hovers their cursor over the object, the square and description will appear.
Forum: General Talk 01-27-2019, 09:16 PM  
What book on your table now
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 180
Views: 9,925
Let's see... I just finished Kaboom by Matt Gallagher. An inside view of the Iraq war. Interesting view fortunately not heavy on the blood and guts. The Education of a Coroner by John Bateson. OK but not great. Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman. The daughter of Tony Hillerman. She's not a bad writer. I liked her father's stories better but it wasn't a bad read. The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter. another of the Star Wars series. It was a little disappointing but readable. Now I'm on to The Stainless Steel Rat goes to Hell by Harry Harrison, Retribution by Max Hastings and Starship Mercenary by Mike Resnick.

"Killers of the Flower Moon" was a good read. I'll second the recommendation.
"The Stand" was good. I don't read much Stephen King. I get enough horror looking in the mirror. I can't see paying someone to frighten me.
"Two of my favorites! love Dorsey's dark view of Florida!" If you like the humorous stuff, Carl Hiassen does some fun Florida stuff. I'd also suggest Terry Pratchett and Janet Evanovich for laughs. Some post-apocalyptic suggestions are Alas Babylon by Pat Frank, Swan Song by Robert McCammon, Pulling Through by Dean Ing and my favorite post-apocalype The Postman by David Brin. Do not waste time and money on the movie! I was so pissed at what Kevin Costner did to the story that I haven't watched a Costner movie since then. Book good. Movie sucks.
Forum: General Photography 01-19-2019, 08:29 PM  
there is a lunar opportunity that won't come around for a while if you miss it
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 54
Views: 2,023
Leave the camera outside but take the battery out of the camera and keep it in your pocket when you go in. When you're done for the night wrap the camera in a plastic bag until it reaches indoor temperature. For the shooting session, set a gallon jug of water on the ground under the tripod and hook it to the tripod with a bungee cord or some stout twine. I do that whenever I'm shooting at night. It keeps me from accidentally knocking over the camera and helps minimize camera shake from any breezes. Water is cheap, easy to dispose of when the shooting session is done and if the truck breaks down, it's extra water (always handy out in the desert)
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-17-2019, 12:01 PM  
Getting started in astrophotography (ultra-small budget!)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 31
Views: 1,434
It "sort of" records the orientation of the camera. In Lightroom (I don't know about other programs) select the image you want. On the upper right corner select "Map". The view will change to a map showing location and the metadata panel will open on the right side. The direction will show in that panel but will just be a general direction i.e. "south". southeast. etc. Since you have Stellarium, you can get more precise info. Turn on the azmuthal grid (The switch is in a popup window in the bottom left of Stellarium.) Enter the date/time you took the image. If you know the name of the object (M42, Venus, etc) you can do a search. If you don't know the object's identification, you should have a good idea of the direction you were aiming and just try to match the Stellarium view to the image and get the azimuth/elevation that way.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-15-2019, 06:16 PM  
Thematic A horse, of course
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 80
Views: 4,548
IMGP8354 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


img1371 B&W by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9832 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-15-2019, 06:10 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 12,448
Views: 617,157
Those of us of a certain age recognize the art work as Rat Fink by 'Big Daddy' Ed Roth, a very well known custom car designer in the '50s & '60s.

and here's a well... er... dancer um... entertainer at work
IMGP6345 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Let's keep going with working people
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-14-2019, 04:53 PM  
Thematic Whitewater
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 6
Views: 358
IMGP0970 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0734 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP7556 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0638 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-11-2019, 09:22 PM  
Star Trails
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 8
Views: 535
As you surmised, your image is badly overexposed. If you increase the contrast and decrease the exposure in processing, you might be able to salvage it. The biggest problem with your technique is that according to the EXIF you took the shot at 7:16 pm yesterday (the 11th). At that time the Moon was still above the horizon and about 39% illuminated. That is much too bright for 30 minute exposures. Try doing star trails when the Moon is below the horizon. I'd also advise shorter exposures and then stacking them with one of the freeware stacking programs like Startrails. Go out when the Moon is below the horizon and try six 5 minute exposures at 400 ISO and f5.6 as a starting point.

Startrails3 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8769 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Aiming toward the poles will make curved star trails. Toward the equator will make straighter star trails. Increasing ISO or wider apertures will give you more and wider trails. Increasing the exposure time lengthens the trails.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-11-2019, 04:44 PM  
Thematic Whitewater
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Sedate is good. To paraphrase Will Rogers, "Someone has to stand on the shore and applaud!" (That would be me. With 20 years in Search & Rescue, I don't touch anything deeper than a shot glass.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2019, 04:37 PM  
Manual Astro Prime - Wide-ish and Fast?
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 33
Views: 992
My personal favorite is the Vivitar 28mm f2 'close focus'. The Komine made with a serial numbers beginning the the 28 i.e 28xxx. Vivitar (Komine 28xxxx) 28mm F2.0 MC Close Focus Wide Angle Lens Reviews - Vivitar Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database It's sharp and fast, although if you're using some sort of tracking device fast isn't that important. I don't really care for going much shorter than that focal length because the distortion in the corners makes it hard to stitch frames. Here's a few of my night images taken with the Vivitar.

Panorama Five planets and the Moon over Reno, Nevada by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8769 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8745 B&W-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8459 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1965 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP4413 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1994 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Iridium flare by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1348 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP2081 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1353 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

With a little patience (and luck) you can pick one up for about $100.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-11-2019, 01:46 PM  
Thematic Whitewater
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Normhead suggested more kayaking images. So post your kayak, paddleboard, etc images.

Roll another one by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

WPD IMGP9076 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9257 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP7529 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1041 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2019, 05:11 PM  
What book on your table now
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 180
Views: 9,925
I usually have several books going at the same time. Currently:

The Wizards of Odd a sci-fi anthology
Clownfish Blues by Tim Dorsey
Don't Vote. It Just Encourages the Bastards by P. J. O'Rourke
Favorite: Red Star Rogue by Kenneth Sewell and Clint Richmond. Nonfiction. In 1968 the Soviet Union tried to nuke Hawaii. This is one of the most frightening books I've ever read.

Up next....one of these
Untitled_Panorama1 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-08-2019, 04:57 PM  
Thematic Year End Review: Your Favorite Photos of 2018
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 84
Views: 3,568
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2018, 12:36 PM  
Thematic Forwarding Address
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Berlin. A ghost town in Nevada. Established in 1897 largely abandoned by 1911.
1229 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

1225 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

The most popular place in town by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

1222 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-21-2018, 08:47 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 30,107
Views: 1,350,439
I spy a looooong firetruck. Six portrait frames stitched in Lightroom.
IMGP4834-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-20-2018, 08:45 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 12,448
Views: 617,157
Headframe at the ghost town of Bodie, California. The headframe was actually photographed during the day and manipulated in Photoshop, then combined with a shot of the Milky Way to make a 'night' image.
Headframe by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
More historical stuff next.
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