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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Hour Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Epic. Composition, light, everything: just epic.




Ah, but the art of golfistry is a mystery to me. I'm walking around the deserted golf course now because I haven't got much choice, but I can't make any sense of it. The greens are usually only about thirty feet away from each tee, so I don't see how it can possibly be as hard a game as all those blokes in pastel leisurewear make it out to be.

You're right about the golf ball, Paul. If I find one lying around on the fairy way or whatever they call it, I'll redo the shot. (And yes, I do know why the greens are right next to the tees.:lol:)
Forum: General Talk 9 Hours Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Everyone should just stop showering and wear the same clothes every day. Then social distancing will be much easier to maintain. If you're close enough to smell 'em, you're close enough to get infected.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12 Hours Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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It's been a bit of an internal ethical struggle trying to work out how getting out for a walk in my particular location can be reconciled with both the letter and the spirit of the UK lockdown rules. Dartmoor National Park has understandably asked people to stay away, and of course I respect that request and I won't be going up onto the high moor for the duration. But I live only a ten minute walk away from the national park boundary, so with the help of some wise advice from @BigMackCam I've eventually concluded that I can go out walking while still safely maintaining social distancing. So I might still be posting a Dartmoor photo here now and then, and there might even be ponies involved, but I intend to give a clear statement of the circumstances of each shot, to show that it was taken while obeying the lockdown rules that I follow very seriously.

Here's one of Pixie's Cross, which is actually in the middle of Tavistock Golf Course and outside the national park:

Pixie's Cross by David Holland, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Did you take any photography courses?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Purely as a factual correction, and in no way as an invitation to a political discussion that we shouldn't be having here:

I was interested to understand the context of the quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson by dlh above, and it turns out that Jefferson never said it. It's a quotation from a science fiction writer called Robert A Heinlein.

I don't intend to say anything beyond that because it's not what we're here for in this forum, but in this one case I feel that it's a factual correction that needs to made. Moderators, please feel free to delete this comment if you consider it too far outside the forum's remit.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
Did you take any photography courses?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 72
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I have to say (politely) that I find such a conception of politeness chilling; but I won't say any more than that, because we don't do politics here and sadly I doubt it's a discussion we could have without it getting political.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
Did you take any photography courses?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 72
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I had a similar experience in my early twenties with an old retired guy who had spent his career working in the darkroom at one of the big London papers. Being told what worked and what didn't by a guy who knew so exactly what he was talking about was a huge privilege, and it was him who taught me the mantra: "35mm lens, f/8, and wait." I definitely got better, but I also gradually realised that I was never going to be in the same league as any of the photographers whose work he had spent his career printing, and in the end I realised that professional photography wasn't for me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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I love that photo of the trees and stars. That's a sort of photography I've never tried before, but it's definitely something I can have a go at from my driveway while I'm home under lockdown.

Welcome to the club.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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I normally use the term "virtue signalling" about people who I agree with in principal, but who are "talking the talk, not walking the walk". People who make all the right noises and love to be seen as being committed to making a better world but who do almost nothing practical to achieve that goal, while others just quietly get on with doing it.

I'll shut up now, because I'm starting to sound like I'm virtue signalling.:)
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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My sister who lives in New York, whose daughter tested positive late last week, has now developed the classic symptoms herself but can't get tested because they've run out of tests. And her symptoms are already worse than her daughter's, which seems to show the age factor again.

To be clear: I'm not posting this in search of sympathy. I'm posting it to remind everyone that this is not an abstract theoretical discussion. Sooner or later it's going to hit someone you know and love.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Ok, who enjoys a good " cuppa " and what makes a good " cuppa " [ of tea ] any way ?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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This thread has brought back a memory that I haven't thought about for years. When I was a kid we moved around a lot because of my Dad's job, and in those days (1960s to early 70s) removals companies here in the UK used old tea chests instead of cardboard boxes. They still held the aroma of tea leaves, and for a couple of weeks after moving house the fragrance would persist in everything we owned.

I think it was only when we moved to the USA in 1978 that we packed everything in cardboard boxes rather than tea chests.
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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People's reactions out there in the world in general seem to be dividing into two main camps:

1: I need to make urgent changes to my way of life to deal with this while the immediate crisis is ongoing, and then afterwards I'll probably go through a period of considering longer term changes to my priorities in life too.

2: I don't want to make any changes to my own way of life or give up any of my privileges, and if that means that others have to die but I survive then I'm fine with that.

I suspect that many of those in the second group will find themselves migrating to the first group as people who they love start to suffer. Personally I've already had experience of the virus affecting members of my family, so of course I fall squarely into the first category. (And please note: this is a comment about the world in general and not aimed at forum members specifically.)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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You can set it to digital or optical preview in the menu and it looks like yours is set to digital preview, which is definitely a quicker way of checking the histogram than taking a shot and chimping. I've always kept mine on optical preview to stop down for checking depth of field in the viewfinder, but both ways are equally legitimate according to what suits your needs.:)

If you've got a film camera available (and I bet you've got several), you should really have a go at shooting that roll of film. Over the past year I've shot a couple of rolls of ten year expired Fuji Superia 400 just like yours that a friend gave me, and it's been great fun. In fact I've just finished another roll and sent it off to the lab, although of course under present circumstances I'm prepared for a long wait before it comes back. I've exposed the film at ISO 200 to compensate for the long expiry, and the results have been fine except for a magenta colour cast that's easy to fix on the computer. If the K10D Club will forgive some non CCD shots, here's a selection from last year all shot with the Zenitar 16mm and DSLR scanned with my K-S1:

Fuji Superia 400 by David Holland, on Flickr

And another expired Superia by David Holland, on Flickr

More expired Fuji Superia by David Holland, on Flickr

Fuji Superia 400 / Zenitar 16mm by David Holland, on Flickr

Edit: Actually I've just remembered that the third one was shot with the SMC Takumar 28mm/3.5.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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There's a third scenario: we do nothing to stop the spread, and the more people it infects the more chance it has of mutating into an even more virulent and deadly strain.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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One of my sisters, who is a medical professional here in the UK, has been ill with it but is improving. And my sister in New York has a daughter who has just tested positive, so she's assuming that she'll get it too. My sister over here (age 49) says it's a horrible thing to have even if you're not bad enough to end up in hospital: constant coughing and painful breathing, severe joint pain, exhaustion. She says even her skin hurts. Meanwhile my niece in NY (age mid twenties) hasn't suffered anything more so far than a complete loss of her sense of taste and smell.

I know that's only a sample of two, but it sort of ties in with the evidence that the older you are the worse it is.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Ok, who enjoys a good " cuppa " and what makes a good " cuppa " [ of tea ] any way ?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Indubitably.

The rest of my family are all tea drinkers and won't touch anything other than Yorkshire Tea, to the extent that my sister who lives in New York used to take home a whole suitcase stuffed with tea bags when she visited. But nowadays she can get it online from an importer in the US, so perhaps it's one you could try in your quest for the perfect cuppa.:)
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Ok, who enjoys a good " cuppa " and what makes a good " cuppa " [ of tea ] any way ?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 103
Views: 1,572
Okay, so the perfect cup of tea:

To begin with you'll need a proper teapot, pre-warmed, and bone china teacups. Now take the tea of your choice, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Lapsang Souchong or whatever, and throw it in the kitchen bin, followed by the teapot and cups. Finish by firing up your espresso machine and making a proper drink.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Many thanks to Mike, Tim and Allen. I think you've convinced me that I can still go for my walk without breaking the spirit of the lockdown rules.:)
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Coronavirus
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Views: 20,106
I'm puzzling over how I should personally respond to the "daily exercise" allowance in the UK lockdown rules. I usually drive the half mile or so up onto the moor proper to go for a walk, to avoid a narrow road that can be dangerous on foot because of speeders, but under the present circumstances that feels just wrong somehow. Perhaps I'll walk it today just to see what the traffic level on the road is like, or perhaps for now I should limit myself to just walking around the farm that I live on? (I'm not a farmer; I just happen to live on a working cattle farm.)

Whatever I decide to do, I'll make sure that absolutely no risk to anyone else will be involved.

I know that I'm very privileged to have a great natural landscape nearby where I can take my daily exercise, but right now I really don't want to be seen by others to be abusing that privilege, or even to feel in my own mind that I'm abusing it. After having been the blithest sort of ethical relativist in my younger days, I seem to have become a fairly strict Kantian in middle age.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 5,649
Views: 539,914
It's always a pleasure to see your work in this thread. And it's always a reminder that I should visit the film threads more often. Especially since I've been shooting the darn stuff again lately.:)



Guess there must have been a really cute lady tree nearby. . .:lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
something to consider if you send your film out for developing
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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I've just sent a roll off to the lab that I use here in the UK, which is called DSCL. Their website says that they are open for business as usual, but of course under the present circumstances I fully accept that things might not be the same tomorrow. It might be a while before I get my negatives and CD of scans back, but in the greater scheme of things I'm not going to worry about it overmuch.

It's symptomatic of a wider dilemma though: how do we support the businesses that are useful to us but not utterly essential, when sending them work means potentially putting their employees at risk?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-22-2020, 01:09 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 5,649
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You can compensate for the tilt by adjusting the focusing screen shim so that the level that you see through the viewfinder will match the actual photo. But it tends to go back out of alignment again after a few months of use, so like others here I've eventually settled for just fixing it in post. That's not ideal, because rotating an image by a degree or two requires interpolation, but in real world use it's never caused me any visible problems. At least not at the sizes I view and print at.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-19-2020, 05:57 AM  
Thematic Silly Coronavirus "Self Isolation" Household images
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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I thought I might pass an hour sorting through my box of random lens caps, hoods and mount adapters. There's even a Phase One cap in there somewhere that I found out on the moor one day. Undoubtedly the only piece of Phase One gear I'll ever own, and probably worth more than some of my actual lenses.


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-19-2020, 03:27 AM  
Thematic Silly Coronavirus "Self Isolation" Household images
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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There's only one possible consequence of self-isolation: looking at bits of old photography gear and thinking: "Hmm, what it if was to . . . ?"

I've got this 1947 Kodak 50mm/3.5 that I converted to K mount a couple of years ago but have only ever used on digital APS-C. The Kodak 35RF that I took the lens off was too damaged to run a roll of film through, and I've never shot the lens on a film SLR until now. So I've decided to mount it on my old K1000 and find out how good that ancient lens really is (and it's GREAT on APS-C).





But it turns out that in the year or so since I last used the K1000 my eyesight has deteriorated to the point where I can't focus without a dioptre, so I've made one using the rubber eyecup from a long-dead *ist and the lens from a pair of cheap plastic reading glasses that I had available. ( Sorry these quick handheld snaps aren't great.)



At the moment I can still go out for a walk on the moor despite the social distancing, so I've loaded it up with a roll of ten year expired Fuji Superia 400 and hopefully I'll get some decent weather to try it in.:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-19-2020, 02:18 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Good to hear you got it working, and that's sure to be useful information for someone else who gets the same problem in the future. It's always a pleasure to meet another member who's willing to take a piece of faulty gear apart, figure out what's wrong with it, and get it working again.:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-18-2020, 04:30 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 5,649
Views: 539,914
Damn, is this what happens when I'm self-isolating from covid and I'm stone cold sober at 11.30 at night? I start being nice to people? Yeuchh!
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