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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 6 Days Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Last time I went there I didn't own a camera. I need to go back. The top half of the South Island was our holiday stomping ground when I was a kid. Ferry from Welly to Picton, drive down the Wairau to Murch (relatives there). Occasionally we'd head further west or south Westport, Greymouth (relatives there), even Christchurch once (long day!) then up to Nelson (yet more relatives), then a dash back to the ferry. Two weeks every two years, if I remember correctly. The '73 Triumph 2.5 PI with trailer containing everything including a large, three room tent. Mum, Dad, and 3 kids.


Oh, my! Noo Zilund thou art purty.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-03-2019, 07:30 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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It's a great place to visit. I lived in Auckland for 13 months 2003-2004.

We weren't fans of the climate it got sticky in summer. But the worst of it was that the place simply never stops. We lived on a main road and there was constant traffic for about 18 hours every day. I'm glad we spent the year there, because now we know we don't want to do it again. Also, it's handy now when I visit (later this month for example) that I generally know my way around.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-02-2019, 10:26 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Indeed I do. I know of Radio NZ house two offices ago I was right behind it on Gilmer Tce. These days I'm in lower Willis St.


It might have a feel but it is so diluted over that huge area no-one can tell what it is.


That was taken with my (water resistant to IP67) iPhone. More than once I've gotten wet on the wharves when it hasn't been raining. Here's a photo I did take with my DA 55-300WR...

KP190852 by zkarj, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-02-2019, 02:22 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Not much. That was the weird thing... I was just walking slowly along the beach, taking a photo or two every couple of steps (a technique I learned long ago). I spent most of the time looking at my feet to avoid rocks, and looking through the lens at the bird. It was only just before he flew away I realised how close I actually was.


Very! They will fly close but you have to be ready for them. I lost count of the number of "Oh!" moments as one whipped past from somewhere I hadn't seen them.


Indeed. It's not bad on the bad days, either. :). I walk that waterfront 5 days a week, 3 times a day.


I've got some photos where you can indeed feel the wind. See below...


Why would any city do it otherwise? :lol:
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-01-2019, 02:22 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Speaking of lens reach, this is a massively cropped (2/3rd width) 300mm shot (450mm equivalent) of a Kingfisher who let me get surprisingly close, considering we were both on completely open ground. I reckon I was 10-15 metres away.

KP190874 by zkarj, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-24-2019, 07:43 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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That's some sound logic there. f/8 and be there. :lol:
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-24-2019, 02:47 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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The Kowhai in my photo almost touches the house at the upper story, so they're often at the perfect height. Just as often hiding around the other side, though.

I was up in Rotorua a couple of weekends ago and only heard a couple of Tuis, whereas here in Wellington they are more common than Blackbirds, I'd say. Admittedly at this time of year they're a wee bit more scarce, but I'm sure if I sit at the window for an hour during the day I will see at least a few. In summer they are plentiful.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-23-2019, 09:24 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Well, then, to quote Steve Jobs... "You're holding it wrong!" :lol:

I didn't even have to leave the house for this one. :) (In fact I just noticed what appears to be a reflection from the window straight lines from centre left.)

It's at the full 300mm and probably cropped somewhat. I'll have to check when I get home.

KP170437 by zkarj, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-23-2019, 04:14 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Looks like a bit of a ruffian to me! Great shot.


Don't we all? I shudder to think how I coped with *only* 300mm on my MZ-50 when I think of how many times 450mm equivalent is "not quite enough" now. I'm keen on a 150-450 but my bank account is unlikely to be keen enough in the foreseeable future. :(
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-23-2019, 02:35 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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If you have a Flickr account, when you click Share on the Flickr page, one of the options is for "BBCode". You can copy that code and paste it directly into a post here. That tends to be how I post my photos here. Alternatively you can "attach" photos to a post (see the Manage Attachments button below the text box when writing a post), which will always appear below your text. However space for those is limited. Supporting the site with a donation will increase that space.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-20-2019, 02:09 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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With no tripod, I went for only 1/100 on this shot of Maraetotora falls in Hawkes Bay.

KP170621 by zkarj, on Flickr

I do now have a GorillaPod so must get out and find places to use it to good effect.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-16-2019, 11:56 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Did a bit of a roadie up to Rotorua last weekend and managed to spot THREE trains on what Dad used to call the "disused railway line." All were "dirty diesels" which is a shame, as I rarely get to see the EF electrics. Having just passed one going in the same direction in the vicinity of Hunterville, I was fairly sure I could stop to get this shot of the Makohine Viaduct.

KP190795 by zkarj, on Flickr

My wife asked me about the Mangaweka Viaduct. I have fond memories of Dad stopping on the side of the road next to the now extinct viaduct and him, my brother, and me climbing some way up the hillside to watch a train come past — Dad being prepared enough to have sourced and checked a freight timetable. Last weekend I was too busy passing traffic to remember to check out the remaining pylon foundations that were still visible last time I did think to look.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-05-2019, 11:57 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Mmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmmm. Nice to see a fast mover at the end, too. That place is on my bucket list.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-02-2019, 04:08 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Got my Melbourne photos up now, too. Probably nothing new from me for a while now. 202 photos published from 771 taken over 10 days.

KP190730 by zkarj, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-30-2019, 02:18 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Looks like a Harrier to me. As for "sitting around looking at you" I recall on a trip up to Hawkes Bay many years ago, encountering one sitting on a roadkill about 1/3rd of the way into the lane from the side of the road. My brother, the driver, said "he'll move." Nup. The bugger was not giving up that roadkill. He stood up tall and spread those HUGE wings wide and we sensibly crossed the centreline to avoid him! When you're a couple of feet away from one with wings spread, you realise just how big they are!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-30-2019, 01:53 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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After spending (exactly) a month tagging all my photos from Singapore, I finally got to the fun part of select, edit, publish. I've pushed out well over 100 photos in the last few days. I think that's the last of the photos for that album the Changi Airport stuff still to come will get its own, I think. Then there's Melbourne to do. :eek:

KP190122 by zkarj, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-19-2019, 05:04 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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I'd be interested to try out video on a "non-video" camera. I bought a $900 "video camera" a few years back and ended up selling it almost right away (at a significant loss of course) because it was completely unusable for my purposes. The darned thing was so small it was impossible to hold steadily, but the image stabilisation was too heavy handed so I could not do a slow pan without a delay and initial 'rush' for it to catch up.

People have remarked on my tracking abilities for stills before, and that's based on a solid lump stuck on my face, so I bet that's the answer to video for me. Only thing is it's way, way down my spending list at this stage. Would be nice if Pentax could do it with software updates.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-18-2019, 10:54 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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There are some in Canterbury & Marlborough areas who might disagree about the speed of landscape. ;)

I think you were wise to just make the decision now because, in all likelihood, you'd just make the same one after Pentax announces their next. I don't think anyone here is holding their breath for state of the art video capability in a Pentax SLR body any time soon.


It does, doesn't it!? I'm actually reminded slightly more of my Cosina. But... perhaps they are all just copying Pentax in the first place. :D
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-29-2019, 02:26 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Thanks. No, not with the camera. It rarely got used straight away on arriving anywhere. The missus did have a problem with her glasses, though. We waited in the heavily air-conditioned hotel lobby one morning for a bus and the moment she stepped outside foop! she couldn't see a thing. It only took a minute or two to clear, though.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-28-2019, 03:08 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Had a grand time in Singapore. I didn't spend nearly as much time behind the camera as I had imagined I would, but still came away with nearly 800 photos they'll take me quite some time to keyword, sift, process, and publish. I did get a few out while I was still away (through a convoluted process involving an iPad, cloud storage, and a Mac back at home). This is my favourite.

Garden Rhapsody by zkarj, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-10-2019, 01:35 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Most locations will be at least 10-15 minutes away from the hotel so hopefully that will solve most of the problem. But, as Rich said, careful observation of the camera on first use will be the key one advantage to TTL is that most of the elements concerned will be visible simply by looking through the viewfinder at a suitably contrasty scene. I guess the sensor could even be checked by whipping the lens off, though I tend to keep that exposed to the outside world as little as possible. And I would also assume that a hunting auto-focus where I wouldn't expect it would be another sign that something is amiss.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-09-2019, 06:54 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Thanks guys. Class A, I did wonder about the camera bag in the equation. I'm thinking if I don't expect to use the camera inside, then bagging it before I go in is probably the wise move, and I suppose the reverse. In fact... bag it before any transition to give it that acclimatisation buffer. Rich, I will use that 30 minute mark as a rough guide mostly to temper my expectations. :lol:

With a sealed body (KP) and WR lens, will the condensation occur on inner elements? I know it is to prevent liquid water and dust ingress, but will it be "air tight" or sufficiently so? I suppose as soon as I need to change lens I'm letting it in anyway, but I suspect the 18-135WR will be on the camera most of the time.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-09-2019, 02:27 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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Dumb question time. If I am carrying my camera frequently between hot, humid and air-conditioned, am I going to have condensation problems? My logic says if the camera is cool from an air-conditioned space and then I go outside, the moisture may then condense on it. Do the travellers here have any tips, experience? Location is Singapore 32 and 90% outside.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-06-2019, 12:47 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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I've barely picked up a Pentax this year. Hopefully that will change shortly as I jet off to warmer climes for a break. Meanwhile, I've been playing with Skylum's "new" release Luminar Flex. It's basically just Luminar 3 re-packaged for plugin-use in any of Apple Photos, Photoshop and Lightroom Classic. Seeing as I have ditched Adobe in favour of the full-blown Luminar, I've got this running in Apple Photos. In general I'm finding it integrates really well and gives me all the Luminar goodness I am used to now.

However, as all I have in my Apple Photos library is HEIC images from my iPhone, there's only so far I can push the images. It's a great lesson in the flexibility of RAW!

IMG_1396 by zkarj, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-25-2019, 07:08 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By zkarj
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There was a bit on the telly the other night where a Muslim chap was addressing a crowd and he said "We eat fish and chips with tomato sauce." Nothing quite says it as succinctly as that, but I wholeheartedly agree with all you have said. I think that's a great idea. I have a huge "pool" of opportunity on the Wellington waterfront each day, though I am also a bit shy about photographing people. I have taken pictures with people in them, but not of people in a public setting.

Speaking of which, I must pluck up the courage to engage a chap I see often on the waterfront. As best I can make out he's there every single morning around 7:30-ish taking photos. Old fella who looks like he's seen a few things. I bet he has a story worth telling.
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