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Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-23-2017, 09:20 PM  
Nature Juvenile Bald Eagle lunch
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Juvenile Bald Eagle

It's not often I get decent shots like this one, so it's time to share it when I do.
Near Delta, BC the eagles gather around this time every year - this year many more than usual. It provides some interesting photo ops.
This image of a juvenile Bald Eagle eating a piece of meat was taken with a K-5 and DA* 300mm f4 lens with F 1.7x AF adapter all on a tripod. ISO 320, 1/400s, f8.
The image is edited and cropped only, but not resized.
EDIT : Click here for the full size image https://www.flickr.com/photos/bossies/32930574981/sizes/o/
Forum: General Talk 04-04-2015, 11:23 PM  
My Close Shave!
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 28
Views: 2,290
I rediscovered DE shaving about eighteen months ago and have been enjoying the traditional wet shaving experience since then. It gives me the best results short of using an SE or straight razor, both of which I feel would not be good in my hands. Here's a picture of a razor the same as my most aggressive yet best shaver, the Mühle R41, legendary blood letter. The motto is to do what works for you, enjoy it, and don't let anyone tell you differently. :)

Forum: Photographic Technique 08-01-2014, 09:29 PM  
Macro O.K., my first serious attempt at macro bugs!
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 9
Views: 1,091
Wow, that's a great start!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-01-2014, 04:08 PM  
Landscape Alone
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 27
Views: 2,236
I nominate this photo. If you've ever been to that continent you'll understand why.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-01-2014, 04:07 PM  
Cityscape Strossmayer
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 32
Views: 4,425
I nominate this photo. An excellent cityscape!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-01-2014, 04:06 PM  
Architecture Stare Case
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 70
Views: 4,212
I nominate this image. Artistically and technically wondrous!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-01-2014, 04:06 PM  
Night Havasu Falls
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 7
Views: 882
I nominate this image. Fantastic night shot!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-01-2014, 04:05 PM  
Landscape Time Is A Wave
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 33
Views: 2,509
I nominate this photo. A beautiful and serene image masterfully captured.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-01-2014, 04:04 PM  
Architecture Old Galt City Hall
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 1
Views: 528
I nominate this photo. Beautiful image and well executed on the exposure.
Forum: General Talk 05-28-2014, 08:27 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By kcmadr
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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-22-2014, 09:50 PM  
Hello
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Welcome from your fellow shaver!
Forum: General Talk 05-21-2014, 07:17 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By kcmadr
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Youtu.be



Forum: General Talk 05-20-2014, 04:06 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By kcmadr
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Views: 519,113















Youtu.be



Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-05-2014, 11:15 PM  
Hello from BC, Canada
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 16
Views: 1,033
Welcome! I'm in Tsawwassen.

For camera gear, try Broadway Camera. Also The Camera Store in Calgary are excellent for pricing and deliver within 2-3 days. And if you're Downtown, go to Gastown Photo in Waterfront Centre close to the food court.

London Drugs is pretty good, and I believe they will price match . . . possibly even after the fact.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-27-2014, 07:37 PM  
Machinery Chino airshow
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 23
Views: 6,233
Are you going this year? I have made arrangements.
Forum: General Talk 12-31-2013, 12:12 AM  
Nellis Air Force Base
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 14
Views: 1,554
Hey Bud.

I have done the research already for my next Vegas visit. Do some Google research and you'll find all you need to know.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-14-2013, 09:44 PM  
Southern Arizona photo ideas?
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 31
Views: 2,602
Well, inside of the Imperial Palace is the Auto Collection. If you like cars, maybe check it out? Admission is $2 I think, but all four times I went I never paid because I had a coupon from their website that gets you in free of charge (One FREE Ticket - Redeem at The Auto Collections).

The Auto Collections - Las Vegas, Nevada
Forum: Sold Items 12-12-2013, 02:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax DA* 300mm f/4
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
This is indeed a mind-blowing lens.

My first six photos with it were absolute keepers!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-11-2013, 10:44 PM  
Southern Arizona photo ideas?
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 31
Views: 2,602
I don't know much about the area, but check out:
- Saguaro National Park in Tucson (we did Saguaro National Park West and so cannot vouch for East)
- Pima Air and Space Museum (you'll love it - large collection and amazing variety)
- Davis Monthan AMARG (boneyard). Bus tour. Worth seeing at least once in your life.

Also:
- Titan Missile Silo
- San Xavier del Bac mission.
Forum: General Talk 11-30-2013, 09:29 AM  
Pentaxforums is a swear word
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 52
Views: 4,471
Read my post #16
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-29-2013, 11:52 AM  
I made a mistake - i touched the K-3 - now i need advice
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 85
Views: 10,220
Well, if you go for the DA* 50-135mm f2.8, then pair it up with the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8.

That should cover your bases very nicely.
Forum: General Talk 11-29-2013, 11:11 AM  
Pentaxforums is a swear word
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 52
Views: 4,471
I agree with you completely.

I was thrust into Pentax when I was 14 yrs old, but have stayed with them for numerous reasons most of which are good.

Now having spent the time and effort choosing the brand, when someone criticises me for it, my last resort is to say it was a gift and I'm happy with it. This would be directed at folks who cannot and will not hear or listen to anything other than their own pre-formulated opinions. It's a way of directing their unpleasantness toward some fictional third party while still standing your ground. Remember, "Dumb is smart, and smart is dumb" - it removes competitiveness.

But I refuse to hide the brand with black tape or marker pens - I draw the line at that! :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-29-2013, 10:15 AM  
I made a mistake - i touched the K-3 - now i need advice
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 85
Views: 10,220
Sir,

Now that you have decided on the kit with 18-135mm lens, I would suggest your next purchases of quality lenses to be one lower focal length with a fast aperture and one higher length also fast aperture. Faster than f2.8 which rules out a zoom lens. Perhaps go immediately for the DA 35mm f2.4 and the DA 50mm f1.8, and after some use you will figure out what your common focal length is and spend more on a Limited like the FA 31mm f1.8, FA 43mm f1.9, FA 77mm f1.8, or DA 70mm f2.4.
Forum: General Talk 11-29-2013, 10:06 AM  
Pentaxforums is a swear word
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 52
Views: 4,471
Why? Just say it was a gift and you're happy with it.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-27-2013, 12:40 PM  
I made a mistake - i touched the K-3 - now i need advice
Posted By kcmadr
Replies: 85
Views: 10,220
I agree with Normhead. Save money on the body. The K-5iis will be very close in performance to the K-3. The 18-135 is a great outdoor lens. If you prefer zooms to primes, the Tamron 17-50 is also a good choice, as is the macro. If you need low-light performance, though, you might want to look at one of Sigma's f1.4 offerings. I would probably go with the 18-135 combined with the Sigma 50mm f1.4. Just a thought.[/quote]

I agree with both these posters. Get a K-5IIs with the 18-135mm WR lens. Add to it the DA 50mm f1.8 and you'll be well set up. Since this is your own first DSLR then going for the K-5IIs should not hold you back in any way and should fill your needs for at least a few years.

If you've already tried the K-5IIs and truly prefer the K-3, then I suggest a K-3 with the 18-135mm WR and the 50mm f1.8.

EDIT: Or if the longer focal length is an issue for your low-light needs, look at the DA 35mm f2.4 instead of the DA 50mm f1.8.
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