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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-07-2021, 04:36 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 57,334
Views: 2,641,399
X is for closed runway.
IMGP2407 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-29-2021, 04:48 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,890
Views: 973,974
Wildlife photography with a Vivitar 28mm f2 'close focusing' lens!
IMGP6911 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
back to cats
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2021, 01:08 PM  
Macro Another Pest
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16
Views: 286
You know, if you get a case a couple of cases of beer and another one of those critters, you can have races!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-28-2021, 03:43 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 6,141
Views: 538,389
IMGP3374 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-24-2021, 11:11 AM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,029
Views: 71,331
Jinxie doesn't like dining alone.
IMGP1254 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

If I remove the mousies from her bowl, she will go find them and put them back.
IMGP0473 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Her favorite tv show is the Westminster dog show.
IMGP0360 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-15-2021, 06:50 PM  
Astro Need advice: Star Trails and Milky Way Wide Field Planned First Attempts
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 26
Views: 1,774
So how did it go?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-02-2021, 05:06 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 34,824
Views: 1,961,965
I spy a moist horse.
IMGP9831 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-01-2021, 05:20 PM  
Astro Need advice: Star Trails and Milky Way Wide Field Planned First Attempts
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 26
Views: 1,774
For an initial set up for wide field Milky Way, leave the high ISO and the long exposure noise reduction on. Turn off the auto focus. I'd start with an ISO of 1600. I'm not familiar with the D-FA 24-70 so I'd set the aperture stopped down 1 or 2 clicks (not full stops, just a click or two) from wide open. With the Astrotracer, I'd start with an exposure time of about 2 minutes. If possible, aim the camera to the South. The galactic center, the brightest part of the Milky Way, will be low in the southern sky and will rise at around 10 pm. Check the exposure. If it's overexposed, I'd decrease the ISO and try again. If underexposed, I'd increase the exposure time first and then increase the ISO if needed. The Moon will rise around 3:30 am and will be about 10% to 20% illuminated. That should illuminate the foreground without washing out the Milky Way too badly.That's a start, but be prepared to make adjustments.
For star trails, I'd start with an ISO of 800. For maximum stars you'll want the lens wide open. Turn off the high ISO and the long exposure noise reduction and auto focus. Aiming the camera north, toward the North star, will give you shorter and more curved star trails. Aiming East or West will create longer and straighter trails. If you are doing 5 minute exposures, the Moon above the horizon will wash out the sky. For star trails, I use a freeware program called Startrails. It's easy to use.
What you see in the sky won't look like the images you take. The camera captures a lot more than your eyes see. The sky glow in the center of my first image is a small city some 30 miles away. The glow isn't visible with the naked eye but shows in long exposures. As you get more practice it will get easier.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-31-2021, 06:40 PM  
Astro Need advice: Star Trails and Milky Way Wide Field Planned First Attempts
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 26
Views: 1,774
The k1 should easily handle an ISO of 3200 or 6400. For the Milky Way, I keep the high ISO and long exposure noise reduction on. Most lenses are soft wide open so stop the lens down stops a couple of clicks to sharpen the pinpoint stars. For a little extra stability (and for safety's sake) set a gallon jug of water under the tripod and use a bungee cord or light twine to tie the tripod to the jug of water. It will keep it from shaking in the breeze or gusts from toppling the camera and it's less likely you'll accidentally knock the camera over in the dark. Been there. Done that. It sucks. Turn off autofocus and auto exposure. I think the camera has to be in the 'B' or 'Manual' mode for Astrotracer to function. Check the instruction manual.
For star trails, I usually do five minute exposures and about a 400 ISO and stack them with Startrails program. Turn off high ISO and long exposure noise reduction. Changing exposure time won't affect the brightness or number of the star trails. It will only change how long the trails are. Lowering ISO or decreasing the aperture will decrease the number of trails and the converse is true. Higher ISO/wider aperture = more/brighter star trails.
For night photography a remote shutter release really is needed. If you don't already have on you can use the two second self timer temporarily. For star trails, an intervalometer like the Shutterboss will let you get consistent exposures longer than 30 seconds. You'll learn how hard that is to do when you start doing star trails.
The next meteor shower isn't until late July so I won't go there yet. There's more that doesn't come to mind right now but I'll try to add more as I remember it.

Oh! I know. There's a lot of post processing videos on YouTube that will help with after you get the images. just search for the keywords "Milky Way" and "post processing"

IMGP9719 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Night_Panorama by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


IMGP1353 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fort Churchill startrails 2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Startrails2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Startrails3 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-31-2021, 05:29 PM  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 188
Views: 6,577
Look what followed me home! Can we keep it?
IMGP8999 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-22-2021, 07:20 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,890
Views: 973,974
An electronic cigarette lighter.
IMGP9811 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Keep shocking us. (Electrically speaking, that is.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-21-2021, 06:01 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,890
Views: 973,974
IMGP0090 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Keep shocking with electrical!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-19-2021, 07:52 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,890
Views: 973,974
Halibut cheeks!
Halibut cheeks by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Now, how about someone show a drink to wash down the grub?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-16-2021, 06:46 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,890
Views: 973,974
Some seats last forever. This is an old horse drawn buggy occupied by her majesty.
The Royal Coach by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Let's keep picking our seats!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-08-2021, 03:33 PM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 6,141
Views: 538,389
I think it's the international symbol for, "Warning: Ty-D-Bol ahead!"
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-03-2021, 03:51 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,890
Views: 973,974
Few people recognize what this is for.
Project Shoal
Test well at Project Shoal by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
What's strange in your neighborhood?
Forum: General Talk 03-21-2021, 04:01 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 4,251
Views: 369,960
I'd like to see Hi Jolly's grave someday. An excellent book on Lt. Beale and Major Wayne and the U.S. Camel Corps I'd highly recommend is The Last Camel Charge by Forrest Bryant Johnson. Camels are/were superior to horses in every way. The only thing the camels failed to do was eat the hay they carried for food. It turns out that the camels much preferred eating the desert brush and scrub so the animals didn't even need to carry fodder. Two things actually doomed the Camel Corps. 1. the U.S. Civil War disrupted the experiment and 2. the same thing that doomed the Pony Express. The Transcontinental Railroad.
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2021, 07:35 PM  
Walker ‘stunned’ to see ship hovering high above sea off Cornwall
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 12
Views: 1,115
Interesting. But no big deal compared to some of the things I used to see in my stoner days....
Forum: General Talk 02-07-2021, 03:45 PM  
Origin of Covid virus.
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 18
Views: 1,333
A "a Tampon 18-300 mm lens"? I think you're trying to string us along with a story like that.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-30-2021, 06:15 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 57,334
Views: 2,641,399
Z is for candy bar.
IMGP2386 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2021, 06:55 PM  
What Are Your Experiences with 28mm Lenses?
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 148
Views: 8,256
I have the Vivitar (Komine) 28mm f2 Close Focus and it's a keeper.

At f2 it's pretty fast for night work.
Panorama Five planets and the Moon over Reno, Nevada by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fort Churchill startrails 2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9934 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1348 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Good with closeups
IMGP6814 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Jinx by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

fuschia by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Landscapes
IMGP6728-Pano dark by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8745 B&W-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0010 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP2898 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

It's probably my most used lens.
IMGP7872 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0117 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fishy by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fort Churchill pano 3 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2021, 10:41 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,491
Views: 62,327
OK. I'll stop saying things that you don't want to hear but I'm keeping the anti social misfit's decoder ring.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2021, 04:13 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 57,334
Views: 2,641,399
Zombie
IMGP6186 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Take that, zebra!
Forum: General Talk 12-31-2020, 01:49 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,491
Views: 62,327
Wear a mask... wash your hands.... social distance....I don't do any of those. Instead, I wear a foil hat, drool, mumble about aliens, and don't wash anything for a few days. It helps if you cough and sniffle once in a while. I call it "antisocial distancing". It's very effective. I often have the whole store to myself. No waiting in line. Even the cops keep their distance.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2020, 06:22 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,890
Views: 973,974
It ain't a party if there's no dancing pole!
IMGP6931 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
I'm in the mood for more party!
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