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Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
Moldovan photo archive rescued
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 16
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Erie photos with how so many looked like they dreaded the photos being taken. It's also sad reading how his daughter thought of him and the alcoholism that must have developed.
Forum: General Talk 01-16-2021, 12:45 AM  
USPS issues?
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 199
Views: 7,488
I think they gave up on us. 3 days in a row with zero mail delivered, not even junk mail.
Forum: General Talk 01-13-2021, 12:38 PM  
favorite " local " eating estabishments care to recommend any
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 12
Views: 371
I figured, and that wasn't my intent in that post. A hole in the wall place to me is generally an out of the way place, not really in the middle of other restaurants, not part of a chain, and not really advertised except by word of mouth.
Forum: General Talk 01-12-2021, 10:10 PM  
favorite " local " eating estabishments care to recommend any
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 12
Views: 371
In my experience, most hole-in-the wall places have stunk. The food was overpriced and not the quality all the locals raved it to be. I can only think of a couple of exceptions.

Big Mama's House of Southern Cuisine in Pittsburgh, PA. To be honest, I'm not sure if this place still exists, because I only went once before she moved into a bigger location and I hadn't been back to Pitts. Great BBQ. I went with a small group of friends during a convention and found it by accident, more or less. When we got back to the convention place, word quickly spread and she sold out her entire weekend worth of food one that Friday. Oops? XD

The other is/was Joe's Texas BBQ in Green Bay, WI. Stopped in there once and it was awesome. Having grown up in Texas myself, it got my seal of approval. They recently changed their name and now specialize in "hemp infused" BBQ (whatever that means). Never heard of that before, and not sure I want to try it, so I can't say if they are still worth looking at.

If you consider bigger/established places, Prime Quarter has a few stores in Wisconsin and I think one in northern Illinois. It's a steakhouse where you can grill your own. The one in Green Bay has two large charcoal grills where patrons can grill however they want, with various seasonings if needed. The menu is simple, just order a steak dinner and that's about it for food. That includes the salad bar, Texas toast (which you also cook on the grill), and whatever cut of beef you want. They also have fish, and a few other options. If you don't want to grill yourself, they will do so for a nominal fee. The cooks will also help and give you pointers if needed.
Forum: General Photography 01-09-2021, 03:38 PM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 2,193
Views: 91,204
My guess is it's only the case (why assume it has a lens?), and calling it a thermos was simply a lack of better term. I.e. It looks like a thermos shape case.
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2021, 05:49 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
You do know Dr. Fauci lied about masks, right? (Or rather, lied relative to his real opinion on them) Not a simple case of an evolving understanding, but specifically to prevent the public from causing a run on the supply. You may agree with the justification, but it's not the kind of mentality I put much trust in. Considering how quickly other restrictions were put in place, and that some stores reserved their shipments for medical workers, there's no reason he couldn't have been honest about the situation and immediately have an order that masks are to be reserved for medical workers until the supply increased.
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2021, 12:20 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
Doctors getting up close and personal with known sick and cut open patients is entirely different from passing random people several feet away and only with a few seconds of contact. Trying to equate medical personal trained and and practicing proper PPE care is in no way corollary to your average Joe wearing a random strip of fabric over his face and ignoring proper handling.

And to say one person's opinion is valid or not only because of their profession is nothing but deflection and character attacks, not actually debating the issue. I've known people that trust whatever their doctor tells them, even to their own detriment. When the problems are pointed out to them, it's always "doctor knows best," even in the face of worsening health as a result. Recent medical history in the U.S. is rampant with medical malpractice claims and class action lawsuits due to failed drugs. So to simply take them at their word and ignore any evidence or suggestion to the contrary is to exercise a severe lack of critical thinking.

I wouldn't expect a brain surgeon to know how to drive a truck, but if I happen to ask one for directions and he tells me about a truck restricted road to avoid, I'm going to confirm it and avoid the road if possible. I'm not going to ignore him simply because he isn't a trucker.
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2021, 11:04 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
I believe the same would hold true with vaccine effectiveness if such mutations happen. If I'm not mistaken the virus has already mutated at least to some extent. As evidence of that belief, I'd like to point out the abysmal record of the yearly flu vaccines.

I think the best we can do is to improve our general state of health. Cut out junk food like excessive carbs and processed foods, instead focusing on meats, veggies, and other whole food options. Vitamin D has been mentioned a lot when it comes to protecting against it, so getting extra sun or high dose supplements may be worth considering too.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-08-2021, 06:50 AM  
Your Tripods, and how you use them
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 27
Views: 1,169
I have a set of Slik 700DX Pro legs

Slik 700DX Pro Tripod Legs (Black) 615-317 B&H Photo Video

And Manfrotto XPRO pan and tilt head.

Manfrotto XPRO 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 200PL-14 MHXPRO-3W

It's a heavy setup at about 10 lbs, but that was my intent (that the legs are quite tall is also a bonus). I wanted stability for long exposure work, and this setup does the trick with no need for a weight bag. I thought about adding a hook on the bottom of the center column, but I simply haven't needed it so far. The legs hold rock solid, and my only complaint is the tilt limit of the head. I would've liked the ability to tilt the camera up more, but that usually isn't much of a problem in my uses.
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2021, 06:35 AM  
USPS issues?
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 199
Views: 7,488
You mean they aren't sorted by hands? :p
















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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-08-2021, 06:27 AM  
Need Tripod Suggestion
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Do you notice any stability differences between your 3 and 4 segmented tripods? I've heard that additional leg segments can reduce stability due to the thinner legs at the bottom.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-07-2021, 09:02 AM  
Need Tripod Suggestion
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 18
Views: 754
I have the Slik 700 Pro DX legs (with Manfrotto head, so can't speak to the Slik heads) and it does the job well. My version is a rather tall and metallic alloy giving it a fair bit of weight that would make it less suited for hiking. I personally like that aspect because I do a lot of long exposure work, and the weight keeps it solid without needing to add a weight bag or anything to it.

The center post is sturdy even at full extension due to a double lock. There's a twist locking collar at the top, and a second tightening knob on the side. I will say if you don't lock both down, there may be a risk of it sliding down unexpectedly with your camera on it. On the other hand, doing that will also leave the post a little unstable. If it's wobbly, then it'll clue you in that one is them isn't fully tightened.

The leg angle limiters seem a little on the weak side from a design standpoint because they don't lock anything in place, and are themselves not able to be fully secured from accidental movement. They pull out to adjust for a wider stance, and there isn't a way to lock them in place. In practice, this hasn't been a big issue. I just have to make sure the legs themselves are up against the angle adjustment limiters during setup. They failsafe to a narrower angle, so once set up, everything does remain in place with no issues

I've had it about 6 months with light use, and no problems so far. I don't know how accurate the load capacity rating is, though. Mine is rated at 15 lbs, but I don't come anywhere near that with my gear.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-06-2021, 04:47 PM  
Monitor for photo editing?
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 55
Views: 2,197
No offence taken, only clarifying the point I was making regarding the need for a chosen color gamut (point taken on possible scaled text issues). My first comment here was a general reply to the OP in the context that our usage is fairly similar. If someone wishes to go with a better monitor, by all means have fun with it. I thought it was clear in my initial comment that bertwert specifically didn't need to worry much about it due to what he has said about not printing much.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-06-2021, 02:35 PM  
Monitor for photo editing?
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 55
Views: 2,197
Re-read my post, especially this part:



In other words, I print only on occasion, I have no paid clients, I'm working on a budget, etc. similar to bertwert. So what if Adobe RGB is superior for printing if your budget doesn't allow for a monitor capable of decent coverage and you don't plan to print a lot. There isn't enough justification, at least in my case, to spend the extra on a higher quality monitor. At some point down the line that may change, but it isn't a goal of mine to be concerned with.

Also, my "lab" didn't funnel me anywhere. I needed a quick print for a gift, so I got one there mostly for convenience. The photo turned out well, so there you have it.
Forum: General Talk 01-06-2021, 11:25 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
Which I addressed, in perhaps a roundabout way, in my comment giving what I saw as a best case scenario.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-06-2021, 10:35 AM  
Monitor for photo editing?
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 55
Views: 2,197
I just got this one for Christmas and I love it.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-27ul600-w-27-ips-led-4k-uhd-freesync-monitor...?skuId=6329956

I asked similar question not long ago, and got a lot of cautionary replies about 4K being overkill and text being too small. That wasn't the case. There have been a few times where a dialog box will open with small text, but I think that's just some minor glitching. Text and icons are fine 99% of the time, and the amount of extra viewing space at 1:1 editing is awesome.

I'm not a pro by any means and don't print a lot, so the sRGB coverage is plenty for my needs. I have printed a few times from Walgreens, and they come out rather nice anyway, so I think the higher end models would be overkill.

I was also worried my ancient laptop with integrated graphicswould be able to push 4K, and my original plan was to run it at 1080p and scale it up in the monitor settings. When I first connected it, the laptop sent out a 4k30 signal without issue, so I'm sure yours will do fine.
Forum: General Talk 01-06-2021, 10:13 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
I can't speak to how other countries are presenting this, but here it has been presented as being highly contagious. To the point that my personal opinion is that, in keeping with the above example, the risk isn't really reduced because an infectious cloud is an infectious cloud regardless of how dense it is. After seeing how so many restrictions and lockdowns have had little effect on the spread, I've pretty much resigned myself to the belief that we are going to catch it no matter what. It's simply impossible to live in the necessary sterile environment needed to kill it off. Even giving the restrictions the benefit of the doubt and infection rates plummet, they will never be zero. So in the best scenario, the virus will still be hiding out there until things open back and it'll start to spread again.

I know that sounds pessimistic, but that is what seems the most realistic to me based on what I'm seeing in the numbers and from those in charge. Eventually we will reach herd immunity and it will pass.
Forum: General Talk 01-06-2021, 06:55 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
What you said is true, but I'll connect the other dots.

Here in the U.S, social distancing is considered 6 feet or more spacing. If no one is moving, then coughing without a mask is potentially a greater issue (though a large number of people cough into their sleeves and such, mitigating the mask issue). In the video, they go to great lengths to show this and also make a point to show the droplets actually linger in the air for several minutes and travel much further than 6 feet. That calls into question the 6 ft recommendation.

When time to show the masked demonstration, they only show a single "cough," which lasts all of about two seconds. They refer to it as a properly worn and effective mask, glossing over the cloud of droplets that escape around it (as shown in the attached screen shot).

They don't remind you that those droplets will linger just as long as an unmasked cough. That's inconsistency 1. They dismiss it as being a less dense cloud that isn't as infective, but they caution that the less dense cloud of the unmasked cough (at the longer distances) are still dangerous. That's inconsistency 2. That means when you are following someone at 10, 15, even 20 feet back and they cough, you will still be walking through their infectious cloud regardless of if they had a mask or coughed unobstructed. That's inconsistency 3. (Side note, some stores here tried making their aisles one way to promote social distancing, but hopefully you see how that could be more risky, and the practice was largely ignored and ended.) The only way this news story can be taken at face value is if the demonstration assumes no one is moving about, and there is no air movement. Transfer these results into a real world setting, and the results change drastically.
Forum: General Talk 01-05-2021, 08:48 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
No, I'm basing my views on what I'm seeing from the medical community and media trying to advocate various lockdowns and restrictions in general, and finding holes in their arguments. Sometimes major holes. My original reply to you got too political for the forums, so I'll just present this video trying to show masks being effective as an example. The actual demonstration shows the opposite when you consider what they say and how they edited it.
















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That isn't from some hoax propaganda site or conspiracy theorists.

Another question my wife brought up today was the issue of viral shedding from the vaccines. She was trying to look up info on how they work and if there's any risks associated with viral shedding as can happen with live virus vaccines. Her parents are being scheduled for it, so we are trying to find out if we need to be mindful of that with her parents or others that are being vaccinated. She hasn't been able to find anything on this, which in itself is somewhat concerning. If anyone here happens to have any articles or whatever on that topic, we would love to see it.
Forum: General Talk 01-04-2021, 05:55 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 229
Views: 8,181
I'm a trucker and there has been some speculation that they could tie the vaccine to our medical cards (required to maintain a commercial driver's licence in the U.S.). I, and a large portion the trucking industry are ready to give up our licences if forced to take it. If you want to take it by choice, I have no issue with that. For me, there is just too much spin and misinformation from the medical community and media for me to be willing to be one of their guinea pig's on such a new drug. My wife and kids won't either due to a history of severe reactions to other vaccines (including being hospitalized as a result).
Forum: General Photography 01-04-2021, 10:51 AM  
What's Your 2021 New Years "Photography Resolution" ?
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 50
Views: 1,673
I'll try to get out more and develop a style, rather than just doing whatever.

I'm also going to work on my editing skills now that I have a decent monitor to do so. Looking for not only better, but consistent results. I was just thinking last night that I want to re-edit an event I shot last year.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-03-2021, 09:38 AM  
What is this magic? (sharpness editing Q)
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 12
Views: 926
What I meant was that RT wasn't previewing correctly even when zoomed in to 1:1 like it's supposed to. I didn't zoomed in more than that.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-02-2021, 04:33 PM  
What is this magic? (sharpness editing Q)
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 12
Views: 926
And as I said at the start of that post, I was working at 1:1.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-02-2021, 09:58 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 11,661
Views: 2,052,012
Ticked off one from the bucket list, spinning steel wool at a frozen waterfall. The shoot went well, but the editing gave me fits, which you may have read about in this thread. I swear this lens is my go to for all things light painting.

Pentax K3 II
SMC Pentax-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
ISO 400
f/8
8-10"

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-02-2021, 09:51 AM  
What is this magic? (sharpness editing Q)
Posted By Mooncatt
Replies: 12
Views: 926
This turned out to be the underlying issue.

I was editing the DNG's, not jpegs, and was working at 1:1 zoom. What I found out after fussing with it for about 5 hours was that, for whatever reason, RAW Therapee wasn't previewing sharpening correctly even when zoomed in. Using RL deconvolution eventually got me where I needed on the purview, but when i exported to jpg, it over sharpened to the point of distraction. I had to dial it back to where it still looked a little blurry in RT, and test the final results with multiple exports for fine tuning.

On the other hand, loving how much I could push the shadows from the K3 II without noise being too distracting at ISO 400.
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