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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-07-2019, 05:51 PM  
Spring flowers in the desert
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 7
Views: 68
Nominated.

God subject and interesting composition. ; )
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 07:03 PM  
Snowdonia, north Wales, UK.
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 13
Views: 188
Nominated.

The entries are marvelous, so many terrific views.

But this composition speaks to me. The colours are subtle but deep and rich.

/C
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-13-2019, 04:16 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 1
Views: 257
An Harbinger of Spring.

B.t.w., the nice tree I posted about previously was a casualty of a wind storm last Dec. 20th.

Regards, C.

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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-06-2019, 06:03 PM  
gaudy bird
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 24
Views: 376
wild plumage!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2018, 12:49 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Thank you.

It was a bandwidth problem here, my bad.

The photo was too small to show the frost pattern on the tree leaves anyway.

I'll repost later.

Regards, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2018, 05:37 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Hi -
This is my eucalyptus tree again, with frost edging the green leaves.

Using my new little 35mm lens this time, rather than a Pentax mount lens.

However a change of direction on full frame has seen me choose a Sony camera over the K1.

Both are excellent, but the new mirrorless style suits me quite well; y.m.m.v..

Regards, C.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-20-2018, 04:17 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW Photo Contest #146 Poll (Mirror Image October 2018)
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 45
Views: 5,684
Hi -

Going with number 15. Some truly imaginitive entries, well done as usual.

/C
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-09-2018, 03:05 PM  
A couple of wolves
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 20
Views: 337
Cool photo!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-04-2018, 12:38 PM  
Sunset at Steveston
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 15
Views: 424
Nominated.
The entries are terrific & yet I have to go with my homie.

Also as an honorable mention, 'Moon rise over S. Brighton'
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-04-2018, 12:22 PM  
Night Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Prof Buzz

Thank you!

And yes, colour fringing does make these images tricky.

Regards, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-29-2018, 04:42 PM  
Night Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Messier 45 star cluster in Taurus, 'the Seven Sisters'

Hi -
I took some pains with this one and am pleased with it.
However
1. It doesn't show the density of the cluster and appears to be missing one 'sister', below the frame.
2. Star tracking provided by with certain Pentax cameras was not available.
3. With the cluster rising in the N.E. toward midnight PST, the blue-white reflection nebula is not seen.
Why? See point #2. { ;- 0

I've dropped in to the forum only occasionally of late due to being busy. Who isn't?
Cheers, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2018, 04:07 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 1
Views: 186
Hi -
This is not all that 'special', just a testament to nice ol' vintage lenses whose makers were smart enough to imitate Pentax colour and metal construction. ; )

So it might be a lens testimonial if used on a Pentax camera, and it is new - to me! I'd give it an '8'. This is a manual lens made in Korea.

According to the seller the original marque was Hanimex. And the lens is just as sharp wide open.

Thanks once more to Pentaxforums / reviews for pointing me to it.

The subject is rose hips, which I use in tea. Uncovered in your 'fridge they will last a year and are strong in vitamin 'C'.

Regards,
/C
Forum: General Talk 08-21-2018, 02:17 PM  
Who wants a K-1? (the get us over the line thread)
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 950
Views: 13,042
The K1, both versions, are excellent cameras.

We are not worthy?

Regards, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2018, 02:10 PM  
Landscape Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 1
Views: 213
'Smoke gets in your eyes' department:

Hi - We are experiencing once again, a certain effect of climate change.

Namely there are 600 forest fires burining in B.C., at least one in our valley in plain sight.

This image facing WSW of clouds and haze was underexposed, but looks more dramatic I think @ f22.

(I didn't want too much direct sunlight on my camera sensor).

/C
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-09-2018, 12:36 PM  
Another camp morning
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 9
Views: 248
Just like a nearby ballywick. { ;- )
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-28-2018, 01:41 PM  
Night Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 1
Views: 201
Hi !

Gotta beg your indulgence this time for two reasons.

First the image is a small one of Mars, tiny in fact, although not cropped much & the best I have so far.

We were out just two and a half hours past "opposition" July 27th 12:30 a.m. PST.

Although the closest approach is to be on the 31st July 2018.

The other reason is the lack of Pentax content. ; ) I assembled this kit as much for astronomy as other purposes.

Cheers, C.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 07-25-2018, 01:06 PM  
June, 2018 Winner: Cola, India
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 81
Views: 2,112
Hi -

The June 'rivers and fiords' winning photo is beautiful, altough I voted for something else.

The field was crowded with wonderful entries, I think a finalist was from near my home, the Howe Sound photo.

Regards, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2018, 02:18 PM  
Night Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Hi -

About seeing Mars from Ireland... you are six or seven hours ahead of Vancouver time.

So I would guess about 10 p.m. and further to the west, maybe south-west?

Given clear weather there is a window of a couple of weeks. But you might consult astronomy software.

On Android I have SkyPortal (from Celestron).

And on the desktop (even w/o a network hookup) I have 'Stellarium'. It should be 'cross-platform'.

Stellarium has support from the gov't of Austria.

Good luck. Cheers, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-16-2018, 01:37 PM  
Night Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Conjunction of the new moon (15%) and the planet Venus (64%).

Hi -

First, congrats to the K1 camera winner. I have had input to the June photos contest only, lately.

I noticed this pretty conjuction after eight p.m., Pacific time.

The photo was taken at 9:45 p.m., + 2/3 e.v. and hand held, after a few 'Mulligans'!

Then I raised the ISO a bit. ; )

The event was predicted but I had not remembered that.

Please note that approaching July 31st we have the chance of a lifetime to see Mars more clearly.

That will be at 3 to 4 a.m. Pacific time though... and due south at about 25% elevation.

Regards, /C
Forum: Winners' Showcase 07-10-2018, 05:16 PM  
June, 2018 Third Place: Sunset on Castlebar River
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 40
Views: 1,467
In a field of terrific entries, this is something special.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-28-2018, 05:50 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Thank you!

It's strange to say on a photo blog, but pictures don't do that spot justice.

You are in Golden? Another beautiful place, lots of snow in winter of course.

Regards, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-28-2018, 03:15 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Stamp River, B.C.

Hi -
This is a 'location' shot of scenic standout. By accident I had the camera choose the aperture for me.

It got it right. { ;- 0

Again no Pentax content this time. A nice day, having a look around rather than making technical calculations.

I am not online all the time, but I see the K1 contest is getting close to the required no. of posts.

Down to the wire I guess.

Cheers, C.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-27-2018, 12:16 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Eucalyptus, a fairly iconic tree species on Vancouver Island

Hi -
This is my tree in the evening light, not quite 'the golden hour' but close. I added 1 1/3 e.v. compensation for the back light, and shaded the lens with my hand. (It's an elegant but 'experienced' lens made by Kobori I understand). ; )

We are getting close to the K1 posts total, best keep 'em coming...

/C
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-26-2018, 12:16 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Hi bertwert -

Thank you for the nice comments.

And in general, please excuse any typos. I wear glasses, use a small screen device and some days I just can't handle the flourescent lights. They can't be replaced with LEDs soon enough!

Cheers goldenhr18

---------- Post added 06-26-18 at 12:27 PM ----------


Hi pichaser -

About the Rokinon 16mm f2, yes it is a marvelous lens (I also have the 85mm f1.4 in Fujifilm X mount). I get crazy fast shutter speeds in daylight at f2 on the 16mm which is a well-balanced if large piece of glass and aluminum, and landscapes look terrific.

O.T. - One additional advantage to the Pentax mount, besides handling a Pentax (!), is that Fotodiox and Kipon provide extra value adapters.

Fotodiox has a macro-focusing one with filters, and also a shift adapter, for instance. Of course that depends on whether you have double-duty camera systems including mirrorless. Just sayin'.

Samyang has a shift lens too and so does, or did, Pentax. But those are pretty expensive.,

Regards, goldenhr18
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-25-2018, 01:44 PM  
Nature Photos from the N. American west coast
Posted By goldenhr18
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Lilac

Hi ; )

This is partly an informal lens review (since no testing was done on a Pentax camera).

Please note that the manual lens line from Elite Brands: Rokinon, Samyang, Bower etc., includes several for full frame. Also that the Pentax versions have an 'A' setting, which I specified for the 16mm f2. That one is an APS-C lens, good for landscapes wide open.

My wall test from three metres show it to be seriously sharp one stop down, at f2.8.

Cheers
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