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Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature A rainbow shot from a few days ago
Posted By JimS_256
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A few evenings ago I walked out the front door to see one of the prettiest, most complete, rainbows I've ever seen. Grabbed the tripod and camera and managed to get a few shots to put together in panorama. Very much a spur of the moment image.

Forum: Contest Voting 6 Days Ago  
Konrad contest photo submission.
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 35
Views: 330
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 6 Days Ago  
My dog Addy in Attack Mode
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 64
Views: 518
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-06-2019, 02:08 PM  
Binoculars as part of wildlife photography kit
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 30
Views: 1,896
First, you've asked for a suggestion of a specific make and model so here's mine: Nikon Trailblazer ATB Waterproof 8 x 25 (approx. $80). You can get the 10 power version which is exactly the same size and weight for $10 more (although, as other have said, I'd recommend the 8 power ones).

Why did I choose these over the 8 x 40 models? I have a pair of 8 x 40s, they're big and heavy and always left at home. Like you, I'm not really into birding I just want have binoculars with me when I'm out hiking or taking wildlife photos. These are small enough to always take and inexpensive enough that I don't stress about leaving them in the car between outings.

Why did I choose these over other similar, compact, models? Primarily because they had the widest field of view. It's more like looking out a window (with everything made bigger) than looking through two toilet paper tubes (with everything bigger). It's just more enjoyable. They are also good quality and a reasonable price so I was able to buy two pair. One for me and one for my wife. Everyone needs their own binoculars, no refocusing or adjusting between looks...

Probably the best advice I can give is to go to a store that has a good selection so you can hold them, look through them, see how they focus and overall how they work for you. What comfortable for me may not be for you.

Hope that helps.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-28-2018, 02:30 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 31,313
Views: 2,889,826
A couple of downy woodpecker images. These were taken through the glass of a sliding door and are a little soft (I'm blaming it on the door). The feeder is a home made suet feeder based on an idea I got from normhead. Thanks Norm!



Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-18-2018, 01:08 PM  
Nature A Few Eagle Images from Earlier This Month
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 15
Views: 654
Here is a general run down of the settings I use:

For exposure, I usually shoot TAv but for bald eagles I'll often shoot manual. On this day (in spite of what the EXIF is saying) I was shooting TAv. With bald eagles the goal is to get the head as bright as possible without overexposing and blowing out the highlights (expose to the right). I started with an exposure compensation of -.7 and changed that to -1 after a few shots.

For focusing, I'm a confirmed "back button" user. I disliked having focus control attached to the shutter button the moment I got my K-50 back in 2013. It was one of the first things I changed once I realized there were options. With back button focusing I use AF.C exclusively and for focusing area I use "spot". I've tried different settings and occasionally use them depending on circumstances but "spot" is my go to for birds in flight.

With the 300mm+TC I try to keep the shutter speed at around 1/2000. I will go a little slower if I need the light but never below 1/1000.
I usually shoot at F8 but will go wider if I need the light. On this day I used F6.3 and it worked well.
I keep an eye on what the ISO is but mostly let if fall where if falls. Noise can be mitigated in post but motion blur can't.
When shooting at high shutter speeds and moving subjects I usually turn shake reduction off but looking at the camera now it appears I left it on. I think however that when the camera detects panning it automatically disables shake reduction, but I could be wrong about that.

If there's something else you were specifically wondering about let me know.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-16-2018, 02:29 PM  
Nature A Few Eagle Images from Earlier This Month
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 15
Views: 654
Coeur d'Alene lake Idaho just off highway 97 near Beauty Bay. It's a very popular spot with photographers. Lots of people with 500 and 600mm lenses on gimbal tripods the day I was there. I was definitely out gunned with my little 300mm lens and TC but I like to shoot hand held so it works for me. The eagles arrive in mid November and are mostly gone by mid January, peak numbers in mid December. Here is some info from the local paper.



I really liked that too. Here is another one from the same burst:

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-15-2018, 06:51 PM  
Nature A Few Eagle Images from Earlier This Month
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 15
Views: 654
I had a good day and was surprised at how many keepers I got. I did the PP on these with my iPad using Snapseed which is great for quick work but lacks any noise reduction which is visible in some of the images.





Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-14-2018, 01:47 PM  
Landscape Sweet Creek Falls
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Thanks for the nice comments! I've always really liked the wispy, cotton candy, look but it's also often overused and overdone so I try to do it sparingly. I thought it worked well in this case.

---------- Post added 12-14-18 at 12:49 PM ----------



Thank you! I read somewhere that a shutter speed of about 1/30 of a second makes a water fall look natural. Close to what we see with out eyes which is what I was aiming for here.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-13-2018, 06:49 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 1,177
Views: 129,910
A couple of eagle shots from last week.



Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-13-2018, 06:28 PM  
Landscape Sweet Creek Falls
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 5
Views: 350
This is at a small highway rest area with picnic tables and a short trail to the falls.





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-27-2018, 11:18 AM  
Reflections, lets see them
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 3,049
Views: 234,113
Some river reflections.



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2018, 10:26 AM  
72mm CPL recommendation for 16-85mm?
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 13
Views: 713
I posted a similar question a couple of years ago. The information may be a little dated but could still be useful. Here is a link.

I ended up getting a Hoya DMC Pro1 and have been happy with it. It seemed to be a good compromise between price and quality. I posted some some sample images in the other thread.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2018, 10:10 AM  
Landscape Mount Hood
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 26
Views: 881
Great shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 03:37 PM  
Nature Solar Eclipse 2017 - Patience or Procrastination
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 11
Views: 277
That's a great idea! I tried to keep it simple and not focus (pun intended) so much on photography, that I wasn't enjoying the eclipse. Quite a few articles I read recommended (if this was your first eclipse) to just enjoy it and not photograph. I'm glad I didn't follow that advise but I did try to have things set up so I didn't have to do much fiddling other than occasionally re-centering the sun. That was the nice thing about 300mm, there was some room for drift.



Really beyond describing. I've been interested in astronomy since I was a teenager and always wanted to see one. I missed the last one that came near my home in 1979 and I've always regretted it.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-31-2018, 03:18 PM  
The M Club!
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 7,254
Views: 1,073,299
I bought a M100mm F4 Macro from a member here in the Marketplace some time ago and finally had a chance to try it out. I've always been interested in macro and this makes me want to try more.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 01:33 PM  
Nature Solar Eclipse 2017 - Patience or Procrastination
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 11
Views: 277
Thanks! Hindsight and all that I should have used the 1.4 TC with the 300 but still these came out far better than I ever thought they would.

It was a series of two videos by Russell Preston Brown from Adobe. It does require Photoshop CC (and I used Lightroom instead of ACR) something I've been paying for but not using much so it was nice to get some benefit from it.
















You Tube


















You Tube



Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 12:26 PM  
Nature Solar Eclipse 2017 - Patience or Procrastination
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 11
Views: 277
So when I photographed last years solar eclipse I had the camera set up to bracket exposures. Each time I pressed the remote I got 5 raw images 2 stops apart. I knew there was a way to combine them but all the tutorials I looked at seemed too complicated. I finally found a tutorial that made sense to me, followed it and came up with this.

Not a perfect image, I can see some vertical and horizontal banding but it far exceeded my expectations.

Eclipse_3A by Jim Spearman, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-28-2018, 01:17 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 11,227
Views: 1,863,216
We've camped there several times and know the spot well.
Forum: General Talk 07-28-2018, 01:13 PM  
My Personal "Top 10 Westerns of All Time."
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 90
Views: 2,635
I enjoyed both The Homesman and Wind River but The Homesman was definitely the better movie. Wind River had a lot of action but a little too much (gratuitous) violence and a simple story line.

It's been fun seeing everyone's likes (and dislikes). I've been reminded of a few actors I haven't thought of in years. Glenn Ford for example had a couple of good westerns and Bruce Dern played a great bad guy .

For TV shows, I'm I the only one that remembers The Cisco Kid (with Duncan Renaldo)? One of my favs as a youngster.
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2018, 03:30 PM  
My Personal "Top 10 Westerns of All Time."
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 90
Views: 2,635
You're half right. Paul Newman said it, but he said it to Richard Boone (Grimes) not the Mexican. One of my favorite movies too, with a lot of good quotes.

My top 10 is similar to yours but would have to include High Noon (Gary Cooper), Shane, Conager, and Stagecoach (the remake with Van Heflin, yeah I know, I'm probably the only one that likes this better than the John Wayne original).

Also, thanks for the tip on "The Homesman". Netflix and Amazon Prime are about the only TV we watch.
Forum: General Talk 04-10-2018, 10:18 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is upon us.... for camping.
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 80
Views: 4,987
I'm envious, old age and bad knees (from many miles on the trail) mean I don't do this much anymore. Based on my past experience I have to agree with Matt123, I'm seeing a lot of heavy, and unnecessary, things on your list.

Kelty Yukon 48L external frame pack
2 person dome tent (fits inside pack)
small folding chair and folding table (both fit inside pack)
2 small tarps (one for tent footprint and one for over tent in case of rainshowers
folding mesh fire stand (needs to be strapped to pack)
camp cookware (standard 2 person kit found at any walmart/outdoor shop)
folding isobutane burner (fits in a pocket of the pack)
folding firepit/grill (about size of a 7 in tablet when folded up)
isobutane canister (consumable supplies)
2x aluminum water bottles (34 oz each)------- In my area, North Cascades and Canadian Rockies, I found 1 bottle was plenty. These days I would suggest a water filter or some means of purifying.
lots of 8cm carabiners for attaching small items to pack----I personally find stuff dangling from the outside of a pack tends to get caught on things and is generally annoying. The kelty is a big back, (other than sleeping bag and pad) if it won't fit inside I'd leave it at home.
compression straps to attach items to pack
rain poncho (already had)
hatchet (already owned)
peg mallet (already owned)
sleeping bag (already owned)-----You'll need a foam pad for under the sleeping bag.


Maybe but lightweight nylon backpacking gear, down coats, tents, etc. can easily be destroyed by the embers from a fire. I found the more I backpacked the less I built fires, or at least I built small fires...:D

In any case enjoy your adventures and be safe!

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-18-2018, 07:48 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 1,177
Views: 129,910
A few more eagle shots from a couple of weeks ago. Sadly it appears they have moved on and "eagle season" is over for this year.









Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-16-2018, 01:34 PM  
BIF Photography
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 1,177
Views: 129,910
@MetteHHH Thanks for all the helpful information! Much appreciated! I can't imagine carrying the 300 and 500 at the same time, Yikes. My biggest challenge is definitely getting good focus and I struggle with the DA*300. It's better than my old 55-300 but I still end up with more out of focus than in...

Here are some from the last couple of days ago.

Merganser fly by. These guys are fast. Usually by the time I'd see them it was too late.



Practicing a touch and go.





A rare, for me, face on shot.

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-16-2018, 12:56 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 31,313
Views: 2,889,826
After a couple of disappointing years the eagles have returned to my favorite viewing area. Now if the weather will just cooperate...


DA*300 + 1.4TC
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