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Forum: Photo Critique 02-16-2021, 04:29 PM  
Black & White Church Dome, Gu<temala
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 3
Views: 314
An intriguing and challenging composition. I definitely get a sense of vertigo looking at it for any length of time.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-15-2021, 03:57 PM  
Weekly Challenge WEEKLY CHALLENGE #525 - Flowers in B/W
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 18
Views: 1,079
Forum: Photo Critique 02-11-2021, 11:40 PM  
Landscape Panorama
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 6
Views: 472
For my to cents worth, I would go for something between the centre and bottom images as far as colour goes adding a little blue to the sky and water. Secondly I would trim a little of the left where the bright patch of water pokes in from the side. Apart from that well done. The light on the peaks is sensational.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-29-2021, 03:44 PM  
Landscape Cherry Beach Lifeguard Station
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Excellent work.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-29-2021, 03:41 PM  
Nature Wasp - Close up
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 2
Views: 452
Thanks. It was right at the extreme end of conditions, especially high ISO for the K7 which is widely panned for its low light capabilities.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-28-2021, 05:35 PM  
Nature Wasp - Close up
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 2
Views: 452
Saw this bright coloured wasp resting on car roof in garage. Low ambient light, no tripod but rested against vehicle. Processed in Lightroom. The best I could do under the conditions.

ISO 3,200 not 32,000
Forum: Photo Critique 01-23-2021, 08:26 PM  
Landscape Magical place
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 9
Views: 707
I like it too. By all means have a look at the levelling and at the same time remove some of the "dust" spots. Then you will have have a super image.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-18-2021, 06:19 PM  
I have turned my K5 IIs into a paperweight.
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 28
Views: 1,823
Ouch, it still hurts.

I left my much favoured K5 IIs unattended on a tripod for a moment. I was on the end of a pier at Point Lonsdale, Victoria. It was quite windy but the rig felt quite stable. With my attention diverted to other matters for a moment, a sickening crash put a shudder up my spine. Whether a sudden gust of wind tipped it over or one of the many seagulls present, tried to land on it, I don't know. The only visible damage was a cracked and dislodged top screen. While power was on for a minute or two and the rear screen was lit, there was no response to any controls and soon the rear screen died altogether.

I am now licking my wounds and pondering whether of not to invest $55 to have it checked out by CR Kennedy, our Aussie dealer, or attempt to open it myself to see if there is anything obvious such as dislodged connector or just leave it as is as a paperweight on my desk as a reminder.

Thankfully I still have my trusty K7, which at over 60,000 shutter actuations must be nearing it end.

In the meantime I am considering options such as a used K5 IIs, K3 II, or a new K 3 III when available, or go whole hog and get the K1. I might add the "Minister for Finance" is not really supportive of any of these options.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-18-2021, 05:57 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners Weekly Challenge #522 - The Space behind the Subject
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Great challenge, with many interesting interpretations on the theme.
Thank you for the HM and congratulations to the winners.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-11-2021, 03:32 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #522 - The Space behind the Subject
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 24
Views: 1,587
Cloud about to eat a seagull

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-03-2021, 02:50 PM  
Pelican landing
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 39
Views: 286
My favourite of 2020.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-20-2020, 04:36 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest- November 18 to 26
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 23
Views: 1,221
Wait a minute, this does not look like Heathrow.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-20-2020, 12:48 AM  
Weekly Challenge #516 - early / late hours
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 22
Views: 1,348
Moon and Venus over Streaky Bay, South Australia in the wee hours of the morning.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-15-2020, 01:57 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners - Weekly Challenge #515 - Abstract detail
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 4
Views: 504
Well done a clear winner. Thanks for the HM
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-10-2020, 07:37 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #515 - Abstract detail
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 9
Views: 945
Baby mussels forming patterns on rock face.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-07-2020, 04:08 PM  
Abstract Hummingbird
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Agree with othar that the image is underexposed. I suspect due to the bright white of the feeder.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-07-2020, 03:35 AM  
Nature Sister to the Sunset at the lighthouse cliff
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 12
Views: 736
Agree with comments to darken the sky slightly and a slight rotation to the right to include the shore line of the inlet would be nice touches. I am intrigued however by the lighter shading in the clouds shaped like a witched head. Remarkable the more I see it the harder it is to take my eyes off it.
Forum: General Photography 11-01-2020, 03:21 PM  
The PENTAX K-7 Designers’ Story
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 21
Views: 1,427
K7 my first DSLR. Still going strong over 55,000 actuations. I also have K5 IIs which is superior in many aspects but I still find the K 7 produces better sunset and sunrise colours especially pinks.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-28-2020, 03:08 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #514 - Negative Space
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
No one else in sight.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-26-2020, 05:21 PM  
Nature Tell Me Why
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 28
Views: 2,214
I usually crop every image, even if just to level a horizon, more often to achieve a pleasing composition that was just not possible in camera. I am getting older and less flexible and frequently unable to get exactly the framing I want. It also allows me to remove unwanted elements. I don't carry a full range of focal lengths with me. I don't believe the camera aspect ratio is always the best. I know some folks maintain SOOC is the way to go. I am not one of them. I shoot in raw and the crop tool is just one of the many tools available. Cropping affords many alternative compositions that are simply not possible otherwise.

Nice images by the way.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-26-2020, 04:25 PM  
Weekly Challenge WINNERS - Weekly Challenge # 512- Twins (two of a kind)
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 16
Views: 843
Excellent, well run challenge. Congrats to winners.
Forum: General Photography 10-25-2020, 01:27 AM  
A Halloween Horror Story in One Photo
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 19
Views: 1,234
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-23-2020, 03:33 PM  
Sigma APO 150-500mm DG OS HSM focusing issue?
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 13
Views: 778
My experience exactly
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-20-2020, 02:00 AM  
Weekly Challenge WEEKLY CHALLENGE #512 - Twins (two of a kind)
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 15
Views: 1,035
"Hot Lips" Salvia.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-16-2020, 10:31 PM  
Still Life vintage
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Agree. A plain black or dark grey would be preferable,
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