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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Announcing the Pentax K-3 Mark III eBook & introductory special
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 32
Views: 7,380
Yes, it's definitely not obvious. You have to scroll all the way down and look for a little box, before going to the payment page (where you would normally expect to see a coupon box).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-14-2022, 07:25 PM  
Champagne Bottle at Ranch Estate Sale in Texas
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 3
Views: 58
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-01-2022, 08:38 PM  
26 Federal Plaza
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 13
Views: 95
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: General Talk 10-18-2022, 07:06 PM  
what got you into your career?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 69
Views: 4,478
Hopefully Vancouver universities are different than in the U.S. as medical school bills and a writing income could be a very bad move financially!

I am decent at English & writing, but as an engineer, the people around me treat writing as a means to an end. Spelling errors and minor grammar errors are common and tolerated in everything but sales documents. If I point out errors, that's typically seen as being "nitpicky", and I should only focus on the technical content of the document. It's frustrating.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-15-2022, 07:39 PM  
Little blue stem (native prairie grass) in seed
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 3
Views: 40
I wouldn't have thought to take this picture, except for the monthly photo contest, but I'm glad I did.
Forum: General Talk 10-15-2022, 07:27 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
The closest we had was the Smart car, no longer for sale. U.S. sales dropped steeply after 2016, not sure if they were ramping down production or what.
I looked at that car, but the gas mileage wasn't great, and for the price you could get something much roomier. It only made sense if you had to deal with tight city parking.
Forum: General Talk 10-10-2022, 07:54 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
Agreed. My parents lived by a big wind farm in SW Minnesota, I've walked several times under the operating turbines. Kinda spooky hearing the woosh as the giant blades spin right above you. But no birds on the ground, and I asked the farmers (the towers are built in corn fields and cow pastures that are leased from the farmers), they didn't notice any dead birds.

Some wind farms out west are in areas where birds migrate, so it might depend on the season. But if you look at the numbers, windmills kill about 1% of the birds that power lines do, which kill about 1% of what high rises do, which kill about 1% of what domestic cats do. So relatively speaking, they're not the big problem some people make it out to be.

That's all I'll say on the topic, I just had to get that off my chest.

Saw my 3rd Rivian truck today. They're making deliveries, but the wait list is >9 months currently, according to one owner I talked to. And they already got their first recall, but for a brand new design, I guess that's to be expected. Pretty cool though, lots of space. This owner went to a car show with his wife and 3 kids and a dog and car parts in the back.
Forum: General Talk 10-09-2022, 06:59 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
Lithium battery technology is improving about 10% a year. That means after about 7 years the performance has doubled with the price staying even or going down. That wouldn't happen without large numbers of EVs being sold, putting sales dollars into R&D.

There are always promises of dramatic new batteries, including solid state. But we can't wait for that to happen, who knows if it really will happen, and when. I've been reading about them for years and none of them have become practical for the demands of a moving vehicle so far.

Yes, there are drawbacks with batteries, with solar, wind, etc. A lot of mining involved, how to recycle end-of-life products, etc. But fossil fuels obviously have their own set of problems too, things that don't get a lot of attention, like coal fly ash storage and thousands of small earthquakes happening in areas where fracking is happening. Then of course the big problems like the Horizons oil spill killing untold millions of birds and fish, and that whole global warming thing, which is probably a topic for a different day. I kinda like the idea of putting solar panels on my roof and powering my own vehicle so I'm not beholden to anybody.

(Disclaimer, I still drive a straight-ICE machine (the Mazda 3), even though I thought my 2006 Prius would be the last car that I would fill up with gasoline... but my next car will be an EV, for real).
Forum: General Talk 10-09-2022, 06:18 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
I haven't read anything about this, but they are hauling ore from a mine to a port. I assume that's a heavy load downhill, and empty going back up, so the trucks might be able to run without recharging (other than regenerative braking). Of course, there's power involved at the top, loading up the trucks (which would happen anyway).

Anyway, that's my guess.

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I grew up close to the 49th parallel. We would get to -40' (C or F) regularly. During the oil shortage in the late 70's, early 80's my parents got a diesel Ford Focus I think it was. A little commuter car that got great mileage ... but in the heart of winter, my mom had to go outside every hour when at work to run the car and warm up the engine. At home I assumed they plugged it in, and it was in the attached but unheated garage. We only kept it one or two winters and it was gone. We got a 1981 Mazda GLC, and that thing started up no matter what. I drove it in college, and it could start immediately at -20' F after sitting all week.
Forum: General Talk 10-05-2022, 07:50 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
Ah okay, a boat. And traveling to pipelines. Now it makes more sense :)
Forum: General Talk 10-04-2022, 06:29 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
Seriously? You need a pickup truck with 5.7 liter engine giving nearly 400 HP to haul around your cameras?
I fit more than I need in my Mazda 3, with a 2 liter engine. It goes as fast as I need it to and I get 38 mpg on each tank of gas typically. It got 46 mpg on my commute today.
That's my gas guzzler, used to have a Prius (10 years). Next car will likely be an electric, when a reasonably-priced one comes around. I'm looking at the Hyundai Ioniq 6 as a possibility, will be coming to market in months. I only drive more than 100 miles in one shot about 2x a year. Otherwise I would charge at home and skip the gas stations altogether.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-02-2022, 08:07 PM  
Caption Contest Caption Contest 26th Sept-2 Oct 2022
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 16
Views: 530
Did you notice the name of the boat? Seems a bit presumptuous ...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-27-2022, 08:29 PM  
Caption Contest Caption Contest 26th Sept-2 Oct 2022
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 16
Views: 530
I told you it was a bad idea to put jet-ski seats in a fishing boat!
Forum: General Talk 09-26-2022, 07:25 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
We had a catamaran growing up, it was a lot of fun. As I recall, my dad passed on the Hobie for a regular catamaran - the Hobie Cat is a little faster, but higher center of gravity, so it's easier to capsize. I kind of wish I had a sailboat now, but have no place to store it.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-15-2022, 05:16 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #192 Poll (Dramatic Sky - August 2022)
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 35
Views: 3,224
That's good in theory, but many pictures right off the camera seem to be slightly under-saturated and images on the computer don't match what I saw with my eyes. So I do some mild changes in contrast, saturation, color balance. The line between how you recall the scene and intentional dramatization is fuzzy, and depends on the editor, and viewer. Case in point - I thought #1 was more heavily edited than most.

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I agree. I was scrolling down and said to myself, this is the winner. Then I'd scroll a little more and find the next winner. Then scroll a little more.
I'm going to have to come back to this.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-06-2022, 07:08 PM  
Announcing the Pentax K-3 Mark III eBook & introductory special
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 32
Views: 7,380
I like the sample. I have a K-70, not a K3-III, but there might be relevant portions in there for me as well. The original manual from Ricoh is not enough for serious study. The manual from Yvon Bourque was very informative and showed his personality, but it also kind of rambled. The contents alone take 10 pages, the "quick-start" guide has 12 pages before you can take a picture. You seem to be striking a good balance.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-06-2022, 05:46 PM  
Viltrox Says Canon has Demanded They Stop Selling RF-Mount Lenses
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 113
Views: 4,104
I found this part interesting "we will not release RF-related information on the official website"
Sounds like they may have firmware updates available, but for private customer requests only. You have to read between the lines.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-27-2022, 12:23 PM  
A spooky kind of drama
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 3
Views: 88
A different kind of drama going on at the Lake Superior shoreline. We really don't know where the sky starts.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-23-2022, 08:53 PM  
Camera charging in national parks
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 33
Views: 1,381
Restricting heavy equipment, lighting, film crews walking around on rare flowers or possibly damaging rock formations that visitors come to see. Doesn't sound so bad to me.
Disneyland resorts have their own restrictions on photography inside or near their parks.
Also, several countries in Europe don't allow you to take pictures of buildings from a public street (the building design is considered copyrighted material).
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You have to pay extra for a campsite with electrical hookups. Not available in all areas.

Also, I don't think it's been said, but hopefully Lukasabs knows that North America has different style plugs, and runs on 110 - 120V, not 220. Most electronics can handle it, but it's worth checking before you plug it in.
Forum: General Talk 08-20-2022, 06:38 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2,805
Views: 192,069
My car colors: red, red, blue, black, green, silver (not by choice), red.

Basically, I like an actual color - anything but the ubiquitous white, silver, grey, & to some extent, black.

My current car (Mazda 3 Sedan) isn't what you would normally call an off-road vehicle, but this is a picture from last week.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-10-2022, 06:12 AM  
Expired Theme Contest #192 - August, 2022 (Dramatic Sky)
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 2
Views: 1,498
Relevant to this month is an article I just came across, Doris Mitch does time-lapse photos of bird tracks in the sky. She created a series called "Locked down, looking up".
Photographer Captures Flight Trails in "Locked Down Looking Up"
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-02-2022, 05:35 PM  
Zoom lens for Pentax K-70
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 44
Views: 1,702
This is an interesting thread for me, as I also have a K70 and just recently bought a 55-300, so I'm glad to see people in general view it favorably. I haven't had a chance to try it out a lot yet.

I'm not a camera expert (compared to the people here), but here are some things to keep in mind about the national parks:
1) hopefully you already have the reservations, because camping space or hotels are generally reserved many months in advance. Some places like Zion have daily limits on cars.
2) If you haven't driven in the U.S. make sure you give enough time for driving - this isn't the auto-bahn, and distances are in miles, not kilometers. It can take all day to get from one national park to the next.
3) If you see a bunch of people pulled off to the side of the road in some random spot, they're probably looking at some wildlife. I hate being the tourist and joining them, but that is the easiest way to find some of the rarer wildlife.
4) most of your pictures, unless you're a serious naturalist, will be of the mega-fauna. It should go without saying, but you never know, so: use your lens to get close, not your feet. It doesn't matter if it's a herbivore or not, they can all be dangerous and they all run faster than you.
5) more on that point - if you aren't familiar with the major animals, maybe spend some time identifying them in pictures. Last year I was in the Big Horns (national forest in Wyoming). I was taking pictures of a big field of flowers when a guy driving my way pulled over and told us that there some moose around the corner. This kind of surprised me since this was not moose habitat, but we thanked him and he went on. So we drove around the corner and kept an eye for moose. DIdn't see any, but there was a big herd of domestic cattle down the slope a ways. I guess he was thinking they were "mooo's"?
5) Good news: pretty much nothing is venomous. Snakes are over-rated, rattlers are fairly rare and generally calm. If you do actually see a snake it's probably not a rattler. There's only a few dangerous spiders and those like to stay in quiet places. Ticks can be a problem in the spring if hiking in tall grass, but shouldn't be a problem while you're there.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-20-2022, 08:18 PM  
Nikon ceases all further DSLR development
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 227
Views: 7,397
There are people like that (always have been), but there are also a lot of articles out there on how to get better pictures with your iPhone, using reflections, different angles, etc. Just because you take pictures with a smartphone doesn't mean you aren't interested in improving your photography skills.

I got into bigger cameras because 1) I am used to larger cameras because I used film SLR cameras back in the day, and didn't have the option then. 2) I really needed zoom telephoto for the nature photos I want to take.

People under 30 aren't used to carrying large cameras, and I'm not even sure 2) will be much of a draw in the long run. You can get telephoto lenses that clip onto a cellphone now. I'm not sure how well that works, but we know it will improve every year. We have to accept the market is still changing, but it's not entirely bad news for photography - people are taking more pictures now than ever before, and more of them are in focus with good exposure.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-19-2022, 08:15 PM  
Nikon ceases all further DSLR development
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 227
Views: 7,397
Good article. So if Canon, Sony and Nikon are not making new DSLR cameras, then for better or worse, it seems that Pentax will have that market to itself if you want something new. But like the VHS/Beta war, being by yourself is not always a good thing.

I'm a fairly new convert to Pentax, coming from mirrorless Nikon, but this doesn't concern me. I do mostly nature landscapes, my previous camera was fine, and portable, but I really needed a screen I could see in the bright sun. I'll keep this camera for years, hopefully, but that doesn't help Pentax much as I'm too cheap to buy the high-end lenses.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-19-2022, 07:42 PM  
Nikon ceases all further DSLR development
Posted By bogwalker
Replies: 227
Views: 7,397
Youtubers who spent real money on cameras were a drop in the bucket. My son did quite a bit on youtube. He spent maybe $250 on a camera & lens. A bit for 3rd party extras (mike, tripod). That was all he ever spent, and his story is probably pretty typical. He more than made his money back on ad revenue, that may not be typical. Now he's on Tik-tok using video he takes with his iPhone. (His real job is in software).
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