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Forum: Lens Clubs 08-07-2020, 08:34 AM  
Theory on DA 35mm ltd 'greatest lens ever' (?) tag
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 783
Views: 201,862
In retirement, I have been writing articles (and a book - 101 Classic Firearms, available on Amazon) on classic and historical firearms. I recently took this picture of a couple of Smith & Wesson revolvers that were shipped in my birth year, 1939. I habitually use the 35mm lens for its sharpness - it reveals even small details. It took me years to find specimens that were in near perfect condition, given that they have been around, like me, for 81 years!

John
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-02-2020, 01:17 PM  
Rain ahead!
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Taken on the road between Benson and Tombstone Arizona, approaching Tombstone from the north. A Monsoon storm was brewing over Tombstone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-02-2020, 02:45 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
Taken during the monsoon season in Arizona with the 18-135 and a K-5. The clouds often provide a spectacular backdrop for outdoor subjects.

John

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-02-2020, 02:19 PM  
Pinnacle Peak in Arizona
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 9
Views: 141
This picture was taken during monsoon season in Arizona, when the towering clouds often form a dramatic backdrop for outdoor subjects.

John
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-24-2019, 11:56 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
I took this near Sedona, Arizona with a K-5 and the 18-135. It was in July, during Arizona's monsoon season.

John
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-26-2019, 11:57 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
This is our little street urchin stray that we adopted a little over a year ago. She's probably about a year and a half old. Her intellect and personality are stunning for a dog so young, and we love her goofy face. She's a "Velcro dog" and loves us, too. We lost our eldest daughter in a private plane crash last October, and if it weren't for the positive attitude and support of this little dog, coping with the tragedy would have been a lot harder. Taken on the spur of the moment in natural indoor light, at ISO 3200, using the K-3 and the 18-135, 1/30 sec., f/4.5.

John
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-14-2019, 01:38 PM  
Theory on DA 35mm ltd 'greatest lens ever' (?) tag
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 783
Views: 201,862
I do quite a bit of writing and photography for firearms publications, and I thought this shot of a Smith & Wesson Model 48 (in .22 magnum rimfire caliber) turned out nicely. I used the 35 Macro Ltd, as I routinely do with handguns. This specimen is in excellent shape for being 44 years old!

John
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-02-2019, 08:10 AM  
Red cockpit - 1959 Corvette
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 16
Views: 398
This depicts the impressive cockpit layout of a flaming red 1959 Corvette.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2019, 02:10 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
This sundown shot was taken with the K-3 and the 18-135 at Christmastime from a hill overlooking the Rio Grande river valley in Las Cruces, NM. It's actually a crop from a larger, wider picture so as to appropriately place the mountain at the left.

John
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-28-2018, 11:02 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
I took this shot with the K-3 and the 18-135 just after sundown on Christmas day. We were visiting my daughter and her family in Las Cruces, NM.

John
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-03-2018, 02:39 PM  
Seasonal lights at the Phoenix zoo
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 14
Views: 297
Taken at night across a lake at the Phoenix AZ zoo. Each Christmas season, a dazzling display of lights is provided. This picture was taken hand-held; the K-5 was selected for its excellent low-light performance. The ISO selection was 3200.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2018, 10:38 AM  
Phoenix_zoo_lights
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 15
Views: 513
During the Christmas season, the Phoenix AZ Zoo lights up its area with beautiful lights that are best seen at night. This shot was taken handheld, helped by the camera's shake reduction feature. I used the K-5 for its ability to take photos in dim light; this one was at 3200 ASA. The lights were on the other side of a lake at the zoo, the level horizon assured by the camera's assistance information in the viewfinder. I thought it was a very interesting and beautiful scene.
Forum: General Photography 08-15-2018, 09:31 AM  
Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) not responding
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 32
Views: 3,395
I have had a real issue with PPG lately - I cannot upload a photo. I go through the routine, and then the screen goes blank white. When I re-access the site, my photo data is there, but NOT the photo. I then delete the pointless data. This has been going on for 3 weeks now. I sent a note of concern to the site's keepers, but no response. Has this happened to anyone else??? Color me disgusted.

John
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-06-2018, 09:11 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 11,291
Views: 1,405,324
Great shots - good enough for featuring in Arizona Highways magazine!

John
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-29-2018, 11:05 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
Since she was a stray, we have no idea as to her parentage. She has the long body and short legs of a Dachshund, but the face of a terrier of some sort. I suspect some of both!

John
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2018, 04:32 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
Our superdog, Joe, passed away from cancer this May. We were truly in mourning, reluctant to get another dog. Well, Corey happened to us last week, and I thought I'd share this photo taken with the 18-135 - natural light. She's a little jewel!

John
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-15-2018, 07:17 PM  
Theory on DA 35mm ltd 'greatest lens ever' (?) tag
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 783
Views: 201,862
This is a pic of my recently-deceased superdog, Joe. He was then basking in some sunshine on our back patio. He was a wonderful dog - loving, caring, and supportive in every way. I miss him greatly - he had cancer, and we finally had to put him to sleep about a month and a half ago. It was gut-wrenching.

K-3, 35mm Macro Ltd, f/2.8, 1/8000, ISO 320. This fine lens did a great job again.

Forum: Pentax K-3 06-15-2018, 10:12 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 11,291
Views: 1,405,324
This is a pic of my recently deceased super-dog, Joe, basking in the sunshine on our back porch. K-3, SMC-DA 35mm Macro Ltd, f/2.8, 1/8000, ISO 320. Joe was a beautiful, loving, caring and supportive dog who always did what he was asked. He was suffering from cancer, and about a month and a half ago, we had to put him down to stop his pain and ours. We are still missing him a lot. This is one of my favorite pictures of him, and the lens, as usual, did a great job.

John

Forum: General Photography 05-22-2018, 12:31 PM  
Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) not responding
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 32
Views: 3,395
Well, good news! Yesterday I contacted Adam, and he said he would e-mail Pentax to see what gives. Lo and behold, the PPG site is back online again today! However, they still have not acted on pending submissions for months - very frustrating. It would be nice if Pentax paid better attention.

John
Forum: General Photography 05-21-2018, 11:21 AM  
Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) not responding
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 32
Views: 3,395
I'm rather proud of the images I have up on the Pentax Photo Gallery, and had my specific web address there on my business cards (as below). I have noticed that I have had images up for approval for a very long time with no posting. I recall something similar happened not long ago because somebody at Pentax did not renew something or other, and then it got back up again. Is there any chance the moderators here can contact Pentax and find out what is going on?

John
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-12-2018, 02:05 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 11,563
Views: 2,015,370
One of the things I really like about this lens is that it gives very creative distortion when you get up really close to something. As an example, I shot this 1951 Studebaker Commander some years ago with it, and I enjoyed the result. You already know about the starburst capability, I suspect. You hardly need to focus it at all for most shots, just set it at the hyperfocus point and fire away. There will be some purple fringing at the edges of photos where there is high contrast, but that is a minor annoyance, solvable in post.



As a writer-photographer for firearms publications, I find it handy for photographing longer subjects where my photo distance is limited by a tripod, and it gives sharp and practically distortion-free results, as you can see here.

I think you will really enjoy your new toy - I love mine.

John
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2018, 01:53 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
Rayallen - very nice shots that demonstrate the amazing versatility of the 18-135WR. Mine is semi-permanently attached to my K3, ready to go for virtually any target of opportunity.

John
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-01-2018, 12:06 PM  
Weathered
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 9
Views: 349
In the now defunct old copper mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, I encountered this elderly gentleman on the covered outer porch of the century-old Copper Queen hotel. He was in the process of drinking a cup of black coffee and rolling his own cigarette. He had such a classic face that showed years of life experience. I asked him if he would mind if I took a quick picture of him. He consented. Yes, he looks weathered, but I suspect he earned that in the school of hard knocks. I have kept this image for a long time - it haunts me as I wonder about his personal history.

John

Forum: Pentax K-3 02-09-2018, 01:31 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 11,291
Views: 1,405,324
Taken with my K-3 and the 18-135 WR yesterday at a local graveyard.

John
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2018, 01:26 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By PALADIN85020
Replies: 3,425
Views: 558,927
Taken with the K-3 and the 18-135 yesterday at a local graveyard. Vignetting added in post.

John

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