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Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-10-2019, 08:55 AM  
People A Trend Setter
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 32
Views: 644
Was the circus in town or was she wearing them for a bet? :confused:
Forum: General Talk 02-15-2019, 09:29 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,366
:lol::lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-05-2019, 03:28 PM  
Architecture House of gold
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 11
Views: 343
It IS exactly where you go! :D

I live two towns to the west of Point Pelee in Kingsville, Ontario.

I did a report of my last visit to the point here: A visit to Point Pelee National Park - PentaxForums.com

Our town also holds a festival to celebrate the bird migration every fall which attracts many birders.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-05-2019, 10:17 AM  
Architecture House of gold
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 11
Views: 343
We have literally hundreds of acres of those in our county down here at the most southern tip of Canada. They are essential if farmers want to produce food or flowers during the winter but light pollution is becoming a major problem from all those grow lights. The entire night sky just glows if there is any fog or low cloud around and it's not just a yellow glow either, some farms have been experimenting with pink and/or purple lights as different colours are supposedly better for different crops. It makes it hard to sleep when your bedroom windows are glowing with the reflected light. With all the snow we've had recently it's compounded the issue as there are more reflective surfaces to bounce the light around. I have a medical disability (ME/CFS) and it's vital that I get good, restive, sleep but we had to hang a blanket over our bedroom curtains to make the bedroom dark enough so that I could sleep.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-11-2018, 09:48 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 64,601
Views: 2,232,976
You know, that guy could actually be a help rather than an annoyance!

All he would have to do is rotate his drones (the vertical pipes) through 180 and he could melt the snow on the parking lot while he rode around. The sound of castrated cats could be muted somewhat by dragging the drones through the snow drifts too!

:lol:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-18-2018, 10:56 AM  
Hard case in car, smaller case for field
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 16
Views: 892
I keep my gear in a Pelican case at home (a) to keep it safe and (b) to keep the dust/animal hair off it (I live with 3 cats, a dog, 2 guinea pigs, a wife and a daughter so 'stuff' gets everywhere!). On the odd occasion that I do go out to shoot (I am medically disabled so a bunch of stuff has to align before I can venture out) I use an Ape Case holster (Ape Case ACPRO650 Standard DSLR Holster (Black) ACPRO650 B&H ) to carry the camera and lens (up to 300mm), batteries, cards, etc. which is attached to a police style tactical waist belt I found on Ebay. Any additional long lenses I may want to take are in protective padded bags that also attach to the belt.

I have an 11" Op/Tech Accessory Pack (Accessory Pack | OP/TECH USA ) that carries all my short lenses (in their original pouches), lens brushes and anything else I might need with me. The Op/Tech pack is a fantastic little bag and well worth the money and I would buy another one tomorrow if anything were to happen to this one! I did make some extra dividers to give me better sizing/flexibility for the interior.

I made/adapted a shoulder harness system that attaches to the belt to help carry the weight if it gets too heavy on the hips (I also have osteoporosis) and can clip my camera either to short straps on the harness or to my Op/Tech Sling strap using the same fittings.

The whole system works well for my needs which are non-standard to say the least. ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2018, 08:10 AM  
People Ultimate Selfie
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 10
Views: 443
Whichever camera she used (front or back facing) she's going to have a lot of work to do correcting the horizon line!

:lol:
Forum: General Talk 10-16-2018, 07:48 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,366
Maybe that explains why politicians spend 99% of their waking hours talking out of the orifice that they stuck their head into!
:lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2018, 09:20 AM  
Machinery Caterham 7
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 10
Views: 330
When Lotus decided to stop making the Super 7 they sold the building rights and all the jigs and fixtures to Caterham Cars who then produced the Super 7 as a 'kit car' so maybe your acquaintance started with one of those. Basically you got several boxes/crates of parts and a book of instructions and you built the car yourself in your own garage. You could spec what you wanted from Caterham and then the rest would have to be sourced locally. Usually engines, transmissions, seats, exhaust systems etc. were locally sourced and sometimes body panels were locally made too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-15-2018, 07:58 AM  
Nature My wife is a hummer nurse...
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 15
Views: 664
Being just a bit further south-west than you Norm we have still had hummer activity at our feeder this week but I am guessing that will stop anytime now. We are a last chance to feed before the big water crossing so we tend to leave our feeder(s) up until the first frosts and get them back up as soon as the snow has gone in the spring so there is food available when they return.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-15-2018, 07:27 AM  
People and their cameras!
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 2,361
Views: 245,636
I have the Vanguard PH-10 swivel head but I believe it has now been discontinued which is a great pity as it was a really well built head that was super strong and smooth in operation without being too heavy.



I paired that up with an Oben QRA-R2 quick-release system which is very compact and lightweight. I bought two of the QR systems and have the other mounted on my Vanguard tripod so that I can use either my monopod or my tripod with the same QR plate on my camera.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-14-2018, 07:57 AM  
People and their cameras!
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 2,361
Views: 245,636
I have one of the Lee Valley hiking sticks too and it works great both as a hiking stick and as a monopod. It extends much higher than most regular monopods so less bending to see through the viewfinder but is sturdy enough to support my K-70 and 55-300 PLM plus a swivel head and quick release system.

This is the one we both use: Telescoping Hiking Stick - Lee Valley Tools
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-12-2018, 08:23 AM  
Abstract Clinical Trials 2
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 23
Views: 587
All of KD's lenses are female and usually named so I am guessing this could possibly be a new lady in his harem if it's No.2 in a clinical trial.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-11-2018, 04:08 PM  
Nature All about those Monarchs
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 18
Views: 478
I guess the migration has started Norm, Point Pelee was featured on the Weather Network website recently.

Video Gallery - The Weather Network

Those are just a tiny fraction of what is to come. Almost all the trees in the park will end up covered in butterflies as they rest up while waiting for a favourable wind to carry them across the lake to Ohio.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2018, 08:55 AM  
NEW or USED gear... What's in your bag?
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 82
Views: 2,341
I seem to be like most others here and have a mix of old and new. The DSLRs were bought new (online) but all my film cameras were bought used from bricks and mortar stores (remember those!)

The lenses are mostly used (Ebay and the Marketplace) except for the latest edition of the 55-300 (the PLM) and the nifty 50 which was bought new when they were on sale for a crazy low price a year or so ago. The Sigma macro is a bit of an odd-ball as it was discontinued stock from a store that was closing down so it was still new (and came with a bonus 7 year warranty) but had been discontinued by Sigma (at least in K mount format), as a result I got it for less than half of the MRSP!

Bags, tripods, batteries and SD cards I buy new but anything else can be a mix of new or used.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-03-2018, 07:46 AM  
Abstract North Bay Mall
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 6
Views: 279
I do remember record stores Norm, not only that I still have my record collection (albums and 45s) and a device on which to play them although it's been a few years since I last played one.

In my teens I used to visit second hand stores and pick up vinyl for little cost and some of those finds are worth quite a bit now.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-21-2018, 08:31 AM  
Nature All about those Monarchs
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 18
Views: 478
Glad you have lots of them up there Norm as it means there will be lots of them down here in a few weeks time. The local National Park (Point Pelee) is a major stop-over on the Monarch migration route to Mexico. At the height of the season the trees literally turn orange and black as tens of thousands of them roost before making the crossing across Lake Erie as they have to wait for a favourable wind to assist their passage. The Park usually organizes groups of volunteers to do a butterfly count too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2018, 08:09 AM  
Machinery Caterham 7
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 10
Views: 330
25+ years ago when I still lived in the UK I had a good friend (who was also my dentist) who had a Super 7 as his daily driver on nice days. He drove an M series Beemer on rainy days.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-31-2018, 06:13 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 64,601
Views: 2,232,976
It's obviously an image of one of Slartibartfast's colleagues. Slarti won an award for his work on the Norwegian fjords and I guess this guy was allowed to build his likeness into the landscape of the PNW.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-29-2018, 08:21 AM  
Machinery Rabid Rabbit
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 3
Views: 161
If 'Rabbit' was the NA name for the VW 'Golf' then the GTi version was very quick indeed (for a number of years and model variations too). It was a popular model in many forms of European car racing both on and off road.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-15-2018, 02:14 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #142 Poll (Rivers and Fjords - June 2018)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 77
Views: 5,431
OMG! How are we supposed to pick one from all those stunning shots!

:confused:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-15-2018, 09:06 AM  
People and their cameras!
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 2,361
Views: 245,636
Duh, the kid of course! Cameras are expensive while kids cost nothing to make!

:lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-15-2018, 08:43 AM  
Machinery Civil Air Patrol
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 3
Views: 197
It could be a camera mount (side scanning probably) as CAP is a group that are involved with search and rescue operations as well as US border patrol duties. The camera would scan to one side of the aircraft or the other while an on-board operator would view the real-time video images on a monitor. For example, if the aircraft were flying west along the southern US border (on the US side) then the camera could look to the south (into Mexico) for any signs of (potential) border incursion activity.

The same principle could also be used to search for lost hikers or for spotting wild fires etc.
Forum: General Talk 07-03-2018, 08:04 AM  
How many of you are Hams (Amateur Radio Operators)
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 14
Views: 603
I was first licensed in the UK in the early 80's as a Class B operator and was an active member of RAYNET (the UK's volunteer emergency communications network) for several years. I was also a Civil Defense volunteer and used to operate the communications equipment from within the local nuclear operations centre during their monthly drills.

When I emigrated to Canada in 92 I had to sit their exam(s) as there was no reciprocal licensing agreement in place and while I was at it I also qualified as a Class A operator with 25 wpm Morse. Once it became known that I was a former RAYNET member I was invited to set up a local ARES group (ARES is the NA emergency communications group) and I eventually became the County Controller with four local ARES groups under my command. During this time I was also the liaison officer with the local branch of the Canadian Red Cross and was a management level volunteer on the Red Cross Regional Emergency Response Team (RERT) and was prepared to deploy to natural or man-made disasters at a moments notice.

I was active on HF, VHF, UHF and packet radio for many years until ill health forced me out of work and onto a disability pension, which also curtailed all my activity with ARES and the Red Cross. I had to sell my HF equipment to make ends meet but I still have most of my VHF and UHF radios but no longer operate as I am not able to erect any antennas here (health reasons prevent me climbing onto roofs now plus I live in a rented house and the landlord may not appreciate antennas mounted on their property).

Mike, I will have to check out your link as I do use TeamSpeak and have used a similar system in the past which allowed me to hook up to a local repeater in my home town in the UK and talk to old friends.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2018, 07:24 AM  
Machinery Noto sure what it is but what a beauty!
Posted By Tako Kichi
Replies: 12
Views: 377
I think you might be confusing Hudson's with Holden's, the latter was an Australian car maker (part of GM for many years I believe).
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