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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-04-2019, 10:52 PM  
Show me your barns.
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 380
Views: 56,553
Taken Tonight
Soybeans by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-26-2019, 03:52 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 871
Views: 259,012
Thanks! (I think! :o)

I also shot a little with the MSN-202 this spring - so powerful! I paired it with a Pentax-M 135mm F/3.5 and it worked pretty well, IMHO. But not easy to shoot, and you need really small subjects - with the lens at infinity focus, the APS-C frame is about 7mm. (And it doesn't change much when you change focus...)


Results (again, reposted from other threads):


Sitticus on a Rock (#1) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Sitticus on a Rock (#2) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Ant Tug of War by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Ant on a Dandelion by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-25-2019, 09:11 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 871
Views: 259,012
A few DCR-250 shots from this spring reposted from other threads - all of these were with the Raynox on the D-FA 100mm WR... Dollar for dollar, the DCR-250 is still my best photographic purchase, bar none.


Bee On Glory Of The Snow by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Hairy Bee Mimicking Fly by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Mining Bee by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Beau Bombyle Botanique by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-04-2019, 07:23 AM  
Unpopular Opinions From Current Industry Professionals
Posted By normhead
Replies: 79
Views: 4,075
The other day in the park I pointed out to (yes a canon shooter) that their lens hood was on backwards... they gave me a dirty look and kept on shooting. For some odd reason, I thought they didn't know and would correct the situation. :D

Silly me. :D

Apparently it's possible to spend the big bucks for a great camera, and not know what the lens hood does for your photography. :D

Having the money to buy an expensive camera doesn't mean you know a damn thing. :D
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-30-2019, 10:22 PM  
Unpopular Opinions From Current Industry Professionals
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 79
Views: 4,075
Two from me.

A "Straight out of Camera" image is NOT inherently superior in any technical, moral or ethical sense, to an image which is post processed.

Auto focus failures are almost always the result of poor technique on the part of the photographer.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-30-2019, 08:00 PM  
Unpopular Opinions From Current Industry Professionals
Posted By Merv-O
Replies: 79
Views: 4,075
Here's Number 30:

Pentax AF is not fast enough for sports photography......
Forum: General Talk 04-13-2019, 03:12 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By robtcorl
Replies: 1,592
Views: 134,648
Forum: General Talk 02-17-2019, 12:02 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bxf
Replies: 1,592
Views: 134,648
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-09-2019, 10:49 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 871
Views: 259,012
Flakes, because they are ice, are mostly transparent. In shots where the flake is perfectly flat to the camera and backlit, it will seem mostly transparent, with shiny edges.

But, just like a glass pane, at some angles they will reflect a ton of light. So, depending on the position of the flash and the camera with respect to the flake, you can get a snowflake to "light up". I call the angle where the flake most lights up the "Komarechka angle", after one of the masters of snowflake photos, Don Komarechka, whose amazing shots pretty much always leverage this fact.

You'll notice that when the flake is lit up that way, it's usually not parallel to the plane of the camera's sensor. This makes it even more essential to focus stack for this type of shot.

The image I have which best illustrates how the look of snowflakes in photos will vary based on the angle that it's lit and viewed from is the following, where I happened to successfully shoot stacks the same flake from three different angles in quick succession. Actually, the three angles are pretty close, but you can see how the look of the snowflake varies significantly from one to the other:


One Flake Three Ways (Collected Flakes, March 15th 2017, #4) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr

Note that this snowflake is also peculiar because there appears to be a "crink" in it, meaning that it's not all in the same plane, which is very unusual. Note also that these shots weren't taken with a Raynox, so they are a bit OT for the thread... Sorry. :)
Forum: General Talk 01-20-2019, 04:46 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By clackers
Replies: 1,592
Views: 134,648
A woman is at a wake for her beloved husband, talking to an old friend.

'It's tragic really that Alf died because no one knew his blood type.' the widow said.

'I'll never forget the inspirational last words he whispered to me: 'Be positive.'
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-05-2019, 07:06 PM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 871
Views: 259,012
Pentax-M 135mm F/3.5 plus Raynox MSN-202. Man, that is one powerful diopter! The frame here is about 6.5mm wide. Pretty deep focus stack... (X-posted to K-3 Sample Shots.)




Big Messy Flake (Collected Flakes, Jan 3rd 2019) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 12-15-2018, 01:56 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By robtcorl
Replies: 1,592
Views: 134,648
A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."
Passenger: "Who?"

Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."
Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."

Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy."
Passenger: "Sounds like he was really something special."

Cabbie: "There's more. He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything.
Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman could do everything right."
Passenger: "Wow, what a guy!"

Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! He never made a mistake No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman."
Passenger: "How did you meet him?"

Cabbie: "I never actually met Frank.
He died and I married his wife”
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-27-2018, 03:24 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By MetteHHH
Replies: 1,213
Views: 135,801
Happiness is: To meet a rare guest - and succesfully BIF it! :)

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-09-2018, 02:11 PM  
Sticky: Attention All Members! ... IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ!
Posted By BigMackCam
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Views: 11,178
A message from Adam and the PF Moderating Team:

In recent weeks and months we have received feedback - primarily from new members, but a few established ones too - regarding unnecessarily harsh, dismissive, rude and/or aggressive responses, especially (but not only) when someone raises concerns, doubts or criticisms of the Pentax brand.

PentaxForums is a brand-specific enthusiast site, and most of us here are Pentax enthusiasts. New members with critical views of the brand have a responsibility to understand the dynamics of the community they're participating in and consider the effect of their posts, and we've updated our Welcome & Forum Rules sticky post to reflect this, with guidelines for new members. Even so, all of our members - new and old - have a responsibility to respect each other's opinions (even when we disagree), remain courteous and friendly at all times, keep an open mind, and avoid jumping to conclusions, making personal comments or name-calling (terms such as "fanboy" or "troll", for example). We each represent these forums whenever we post, and it's incumbent on us to present our community as welcoming, respectful, tolerant and helpful to all.

We might reasonably hope that our most established members in particular would take this responsibility to heart, to ensure the continued popularity and longevity of our community and the brands we all support.

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Thank you very much for your consideration, and - as always - many thanks for your valued contribution to the forums! :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-21-2018, 09:17 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By colonel00
Replies: 1,213
Views: 135,801
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-16-2018, 10:22 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By colonel00
Replies: 1,213
Views: 135,801
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-11-2018, 12:52 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By colonel00
Replies: 1,213
Views: 135,801
Talons
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-29-2018, 06:45 PM  
Show me your barns.
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 380
Views: 56,553
Morning Mist by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-18-2017, 08:08 AM  
Pets High ISO with my K20D
Posted By Czechnotpolish
Replies: 7
Views: 597
I had read a lot of reviews before finally choosing to buy a second-hand Pentax K20D, I could not afford one of the newer Pentax models but I wanted a strong build quality and weather proofing. I have read a lot about how the sensor is bad anything much beyond 800 ISO, I also read reviews again about the Pentax 18-135mm WR lens, a lot of people complained about how soft this lens was unless you stopped it down quite a bit, well I must beg to differ because as the attached photo shows, both the camera sensor and the lens perform admirably. The shot was hand held wide open at f5.6 and for 1/80th sec at ISO 1600. I was well impressed myself:)
Forum: General Talk 08-24-2018, 05:49 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By blumoon722
Replies: 1,592
Views: 134,648
A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas, and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher said, "Okay , but don't go in that field over there.....", as he pointed out the location.
The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!" Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. "See this ****ing badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land !! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear?.... do you understand?!!"
The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores. A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull...... With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified. The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs.....

"Your badge, show him your ****ing BADGE!!"
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-12-2018, 10:54 AM  
The K20D Club
Posted By Trey45
Replies: 487
Views: 73,245
There's a young lady in my camera club whose K1000 has broken and she cannot afford to replace it with a new DSLR. She's got plenty of good glass for that K1000 and is upset that she can't use it anymore, she doesn't know it yet but the next meeting the club has I'm giving her my beloved K20D, battery grip, 4 batteries, new memory card and a case to store it all in. I'll miss having that K20D, but it's my least used Pentax, I use my K7, KS2 and K5iis much more frequently. This way that K20D will still get used and because she's a member of the same club I am I get the benefit of seeing the images that camera produces for her! It's a win/win!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-12-2018, 02:04 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By tmlawes
Replies: 1,213
Views: 135,801
Bird and fish in flight.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2018, 06:08 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By RDP
Replies: 1,213
Views: 135,801
Shot in Maryland over the Potomac. K-3, HD 55-300 (at 300). 1/500, f8, iso 320
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-08-2018, 06:48 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 871
Views: 259,012
Still shooting a lot with the DCR-250, which is almost permanently affixed to my D-FA 100mm WR, a combo to which I sometimes add the DA 1.4X tele-converter. Here are some recent shots, reposted from other threads.


Damselfly Portrait Stack by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Long-Legged Green Fly Close-Up by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Look Up! (Golden Brown Jumping Spider #1) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


High Key Zebra Jumping Spider by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Exiting a Crocus [Explore 2018-04-25] by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-17-2018, 04:23 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,213
Views: 135,801
IMGP4617 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP4603 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP4757 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
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