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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 15 Hours Ago  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Des
Replies: 40
Views: 918
As a regular in the long lens thread, I'd say @marcusBMG has tested for us just about every budget long lens option there is. Follow his advice.

Smaller sensor like the Q looks to me the way to go, with the best tele lens you have.

Some fill flash would help a lot to bring out more detail on the subject. You could use a flash extender if the distance is too great - MagMod Magbeam is good but heavy and a bit pricey; the JJC one is flimsy but cheap and effective. If your birds turn up at a regular spot you might be able to place an off-camera flash near it and fire with a radio trigger. If it's close enough use some kind of diffuser. A suitable gel on the flash would be worth trying.

Incidentally @Nass I love your macro contributions and your great site.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 16 Hours Ago  
Help with what can be achieved with Jpeg processing
Posted By Des
Replies: 14
Views: 371
A belated but warm welcome to PF.

See this guide about different jpg settings: How do you optimize the finishing-touch settings for portraits? / Beautiful Photo-life | RICOH IMAGING

BTW, I like your work. To pick up your first DSLR and shoot like that shows a lot of film skills and experience.

FWIW I'm with those who wouldn't crop the first image and I agree that it needs very little processing. With the second one (City of Limerick Pipe Band) I would try a 16:9 crop to take out the distracting signs at the top and adjust the tone curve for a little more contrast.

One more suggestion. Try a few different RAW processing programs to see which you like, then make a choice and stick to it. It helps to get very familiar with one program. I use DxO PhotoLab and find it quite capable and user friendly, but we all have our own preferences.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,784
Views: 2,801,587
Thanks Mike. I have a soft spot for the unloved ibises, even the humble AWI ("tip turkey"). The Glossy does have lovely plumage - as usual, capturing it is just about good light.


Thanks very much. I gather there are quite a few species that are called by the same name.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Lighthouses
Posted By Des
Replies: 123
Views: 5,102
Actually I did. :-) That's what comes of Celtic skin. Thanks Rod.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Lighthouses
Posted By Des
Replies: 123
Views: 5,102
More from a cruise past the lighthouse on Wilson's Promontory NP (see post #115), South Gippsland, Victoria.

Going around South-East Point. K-S2 + DA 18-135




Humpback whale. K-3 + DA 55-300 PLM at 210mm.
Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,101
Views: 115,778
2500 ISO is the new 1250.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
How to post photo without it becoming blurry
Posted By Des
Replies: 40
Views: 1,466
Happy to help. I found it all mysterious when I first started posting from Flickr a couple of years back.

I should add that some of the advantages of posting this way (rather than through an attachment or embedding the image) are:
1. Flickr does a better job of downsizing than PF does or indeed than I have been able to do myself.
2. A viewer can click on the photo posted on PF and be taken straight to the full-size image on Flickr. There they can (usually) see the date it was taken, the camera used and EXIF data like shutter speed, aperture and ISO, your description and any comments. If they have a Flickr account they can Fave the photo or comment on it. They can also take a look at your other photos on Flickr.
3. One of the rules in the Flickr Community Guidelines is "Flickr makes it possible to post content hosted on Flickr to other web sites. Pages on other web sites that display content hosted on Flickr must provide a link from each photo or video back to its page on Flickr. This provides a way to get more information about the content and the photographer." Using the BBCode to post would seem to fulfil this requirement.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,784
Views: 2,801,587
Bingo. The pond on the heathland trail for the ducks and the swamphens. The ibis was on a quick stop at the carpark on the Governor Road end. Yes the plumage on the ibis is really beautiful.

The visit was really just a short recce on the way back from a medical appointment. But it made me want to go back.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By Des
Replies: 402
Views: 23,102
A moody Wilson's Promontory. K-3 + DA 55-300 PLM
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,784
Views: 2,801,587
+1. Tough act to follow.

Some recent water birds. The first three from Braeside Park, Melbourne (thanks to Craig for showcasing the place); the tern is from Wilson's Promontory NP.

Straw-necked Ibis, . KP + FA*300 f4.5 + Kenko 1.5x pz TC


Purple Swamphen. KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm.


Pacific Black Ducks (a misnamed species). KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm.


Crested Tern. KP + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm.


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
BIF Photography
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,159
Views: 125,805
Crested Tern, Wilson's Promontory NP, Victoria. KP + DA 55-300 PLM
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals
Posted By Des
Replies: 218
Views: 10,748
Looking particularly handsome with his winter coat. Why is he licking the fence wire?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Ee-i-ee-i-oh! - Farm animals
Posted By Des
Replies: 218
Views: 10,748
Both lovely shots Pam. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see more.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
How to post photo without it becoming blurry
Posted By Des
Replies: 40
Views: 1,466
This is what most of the regular posters do.

Incidentally, your image from Flickr is showing here as an attachment. That a roundabout way to do it. Here's a simpler way:
1. In Flickr, open the image you want to post.
2. In the bottom right corner of the image you'll see an arrow pointing to the right, like this (circled in red):

3. Click that button and you get a box saying "Share 1 photo to:". Select the tab "BBCode". Like this:

4. Choose the size you want from the drop-down box. (Try 1024 as a good compromise.) This generates the relevant BBCode in the line above the size box (highlighted in yellow in the image above).
5. Copy the BBCode from the box. It's in three parts. The first starts "[url= ..." and ends with the first close url tag ("/url]"). This is the link to the image itself. The second is a text hyperlink to the photo on Flickr. The third is " by {user name} on Flickr". Most people just copy the first part.
6. Go the post you are creating on Pentax Forums. Paste the code into the post. (You don't need to use the "insert link" or "insert image" buttons.) It will appear as text at first, but you can see how it will look by clicking the "Preview post" button.
7. Submit the post and voila!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,800
Views: 455,672
I guess that was rhetorical musing, but it's interesting to answer literally. @Tomm, the OP, did get the 18-135 and liked it (DA 18-135 review - Tomm) but last we heard (2013 thread by Tomm) he was considering going to Nikon for FF. Tomm's lasting legacy is nearly 2800 posts of people enjoying the lens, which must have convinced a lot of people to buy it or keep it. It did me.

Enjoying your Namibia shots @Basie; the shot from the balloon is amazing.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,412
Views: 84,490
Thanks very much.


Another good one. One of the things I like about the PLM is that, while the aperture is a little slower than the screwdriven 55-300 models, it is good wide open. With the DA-L 55-300 I tried to stop down wherever possible; don't feel the same imperative with the PLM.
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,784
Views: 2,801,587
Thanks very much. Yes we are blessed with an abundance of wildlife here.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,412
Views: 84,490
Some recent ones with the K-3 + FA*300 f4.5. (X-posted from the 300mm+ thread)

Little Wattlebird sunbathing. K-3 + FA*300 f4.5


Lewin's Honeyeater. K-3 + FA*300 f4.5.


Laughing Kookaburra. K-3 + FA*300.


(Fill flash on the last two.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,412
Views: 84,490
Nice example. It's an amazingly capable combination.

Some recent ones of mine with the PLM. A little fill flash helped a lot.

A vocal Lewin's Honeyeater. K-S2 + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm


Little Wattlebird (190mm)


Red Wattlebird (260mm)
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Des
Replies: 30,784
Views: 2,801,587
Little Wattlebird sunbathing. K-3 + FA*300 f4.5


I used a little fill flash in each of the next three.

A vocal Lewin's Honeyeater. K-S2 + DA 55-300 PLM at 300mm


More contemplative this time. K-3 + FA*300 f4.5.


Laughing Kookaburra. K-3 + FA*300.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-10-2019, 02:53 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,101
Views: 115,778
Superb image - great colours and composition. I like the processing too. Looks like you've added some vignetting - that was inspired I think.


A marriage made in heaven.


B&W. The strength of the image is in the shapes and lines and contrasting "textures" - the monochrome brings them out well. The colours don't stand out because of the dull conditions.

Seeing these side by side makes me think I should do more B&W conversions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2019, 06:18 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,800
Views: 455,672
Thanks Ray. The whole of the Anthony Road is a marvellous drive - highly recommended if you get the chance.


Another great series Matt.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2019, 03:35 AM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,368
Views: 59,588
The spectacular Anthony Road skirting Lake Plimsoll and the Tyndall Range, western Tasmania. K-2S + DA 18-135 (X-posted from 18-135 thread)


Lake Plimsoll and the Tyndall range again. K-3 + DA 12-24
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2019, 03:31 AM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By Des
Replies: 1,368
Views: 59,588
Glacial lake and Tyndall Range, western Tasmania. K-S2 + DA 18-135 (X-posted from 18-135 thread)


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2019, 03:27 AM  
Reflections, lets see them
Posted By Des
Replies: 2,969
Views: 225,634
Glacial lake and Tyndall Range, western Tasmania. K-S2 + DA 18-135 (X-posted from 18-135 thread)


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