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Forum: Pentax K-1 5 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 30,470
Views: 2,739,768
At the last day of September I shot this one in a part of the woods near my home place, just beside some old tumuli (grave hills) dating from the 'Hallstatt' time (about 800 b.C.). It is one part of the forest that didn't suffer from the last (dry) summers that much. Other parts are a pain to walk through and see all the devastation, but that's another story ...

CU
Stephan
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2020, 04:48 AM  
Macro Common Blue in autumn
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 9
Views: 320
... taken from tripod with self-timer (2 seconds) and pixel shift resulotion enhancement. Because of a little wind just one of 10 pictures gave me the desired result. But I'm very happy with it. Regrettably the uploaded picture cannot show the quality of the original photo.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-26-2020, 05:22 AM  
Macro Common Blue in autumn
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 9
Views: 320
This is a small part of the picture from above in full resolution. You may at least get an idea why the Irix 150mm glass is a 'real performer' for me, and why the 24 MP of KP or K70 are enough for my needs.
The new APS-C camera will shurely be a very nice 'sweetheart' but let's be honest: the already existing hardware is really great!

CU
Stephan
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-30-2018, 06:31 AM  
Macro Swallowtail [Papilio machaon]
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 8
Views: 490
After 16 years I was lucky to find one of this species again near my homeplace. Regrettably the way farmers treat the countryside is very contraproductive for those beings to reach a greater population. They are - and will be - endangered.

Taken with the Pentax K-1 full frame camera and the 180mm Sigma macro AF lens from a monopod. Cropped a little bit.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-19-2019, 05:24 AM  
Macro (Not so) Common (any more) Blue [Polyommatus icarus]
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 12
Views: 549
It was difficult to catch this one due to windy conditions. Regrettably the number of butterflies decreases and so they are not so easy to find any more. Thus the thread title :( .
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-06-2019, 09:09 AM  
Macro Crab Spider with its meal: a Large Bee-Fly
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 6
Views: 389
By chance I stumbled upon this scene in my favourite macro grounds. Due to the very windy conditions I had to use a rather high ISO value.

Regards
Stephan
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-23-2019, 05:17 AM  
Macro 'Little Moth'
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 1
Views: 239
I found this little butterfly this morning and was lucky to get 8 pictures from it with different range of sharpness. So I could stack them into this picture. Very fascinating those litte creatures indeed...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2019, 09:54 AM  
Macro Six-Spotted Burnets [Zygaena filipendulae]
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Once again some butterflies. I think, the KP and the 100mm macro lens are a very good team: not heavy, and with a very good quality. The only thing I am missing is a focus stacking function ;) .

Have a nice weekend. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-17-2019, 08:49 AM  
DP Review puts K-1 Mark II as second worst camera of 2018
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 996
Views: 66,787
... not to forget that You have to fork out thousands of thousands to get adequate optics and even more: another thousands for a suitable computer equipment.
It's as useful for most photographers as a "Maybach" for drivers. Nice to see what's possible, but overkill for most of us...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2019, 01:21 PM  
IRIX 150 macro vs D-FA 100 WR macro ?
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 17
Views: 1,936
Due to the internal focusing of the IRIX its focal length decreases when approaching the subject. At 1:1 it's about 120mm effective. Thus the focal length advantage shrinks at higher scale. Adding to this the compactness of the Pentax 100mm, its better performance wide open, the AF and focus shift I know what I would recommend...

But the IRIX isn't bad at all and is a pleasure to use. And after all even the little difference of focal length at 1:1 will help a lot regarding the flight distance of insects for example.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-19-2019, 05:48 AM  
Macro Speckled Yellow (moth) [Pseudopanthera macularia]
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 1
Views: 395
This is a fusion of four pictures, which I have taken with the hope to stack them. Alas, there have been little movements between the exposures so there was the need for some retouching. I am not unhappy with the result but I know it can be done better. Next time ;) ...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-22-2019, 06:13 AM  
Macro Sloe Bug [Dolycoris baccarum]
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 4
Views: 466
This is a stack of three pictures. I was lucky to be there in a calm moment and had a tripod with me ;) .
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-25-2019, 07:42 AM  
Night Lunar eclipse
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 6
Views: 515
I moved to a nice location near my home to catch a bit of the mood during the totality phase of last Monday's lunar eclipse. Finding the correct focus was a problem, but at last I succeeded. Denoising was also difficult. I hope You find this picture acceptable. In the foreground it shows some dark buildings - the so called 'Kreuzkapelle' (Cross Chapel) and a private house nearby.

Regards
Stephan
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-25-2019, 10:52 AM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 1,391
Views: 167,642
Sometimes it is rewarding for macros.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-25-2019, 08:39 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 30,470
Views: 2,739,768
Nothing compared to real nordic temperatures, but -10C though.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-07-2018, 09:33 AM  
Replacement ist DL
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 9
Views: 863
I would buy a used K-5ii, K-3 or a new K-P. So You can avoid the solenoid failure the K-30 (K-S1, K-S2, K-50, K-70) tend to develop from time to time. The K-P is one of the best (if not the best) APS-C reflex cameras You can get.

Regards
Stephan
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-20-2017, 02:31 AM  
The K20D Club
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 532
Views: 84,312
I still enjoy this old workhorse. Even the LV function comes in handy - despite it's very simple design.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-07-2017, 12:08 PM  
The K20D Club
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 532
Views: 84,312
... taken with the Laowa 60mm macro lens (F11), for me definitely a "winning combination" ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2017, 08:25 AM  
Best of 2016 European Peacock
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 1
Views: 572
At this day everything fitted - except that no dedicated macro lens was 'on board'. Naturally *sigh* .

But what I found out: even with an ordinary super zoom lens you can get quite decent macro photos. And with the numerous attempts in mind, how often I tried to get a really satisfying picture of this species I am very happy with this approach.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-24-2016, 06:42 AM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 602
Views: 69,413
... I found this one. It's always the same: if you are on your way with a superzoom lens you will find subjects where a dedicated macro lens would be preferred.


Sigma 18-250mm zoom lens, MF.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-09-2016, 04:53 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 30,470
Views: 2,739,768
... taken with the Sigma 3.5/180mm macro lens.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-08-2016, 05:48 AM  
Milky Way using K-1 Astrotracer
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 24
Views: 9,612
I can see double star points in the outer parts of the frame. Maybe the stack should be redone on your computer with special attention on this point. Having landscape and (astro-tracked) sky in one frame always leads to a blurry landscape. I would propose to take one additional exposure without astrotracer after the exposures for the stack. In the postprocessing you can achieve a sharp foreground AND sky by using layer masks.


All in all it is nevertheless an encouraging result. Wait to see more ...
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-05-2016, 04:16 AM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 3,694
Views: 690,079
Taken with the DFA 2.8/50mm @ 11, 1 Second. 21 exposures stacked together. Just wanted to try out stacking. The K-01 comes very handy in these situations ...
Forum: General Talk 12-28-2015, 12:47 AM  
Merry Christmas + Post Your Christmas Pics!
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 325
Views: 32,837
The market place of the town near my homeplace.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2015, 02:03 AM  
Replacement Kit Lens? K-3
Posted By forest_bear59
Replies: 22
Views: 2,067
As far as Pentax lenses are concerned, I'd look for the 16-45 lens. It is not too expensive and - provided you get a good copy - can be very satisfying. On the 'con' side there are the maximum aperture of 4 at the 'long' (=45mm) end.
The 16-85mm Pentax lens is a more modern design, but also is a bit slow and will (even the used ones) exceed your limit.
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