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Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-04-2020, 06:45 AM  
Nature Making a Splash
Posted By veato
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Taken whilst on a (rocky) boat trip around the Farne Islands in the UK (55.622N 1.628W)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-06-2020, 04:12 AM  
Thematic No rembrandt-Show us your portrait shot-people close-ups,head shots
Posted By veato
Replies: 1,832
Views: 185,924
I can't remember. I'll have to go back and have a look at the exif.

Funnily enough we were looking at their baby photos last night and my 10 year old repeated the phrase "dad, why did you take that!" on more than one occaision :lol:
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-29-2019, 02:02 AM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - December/January - Grand Prize Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By veato
Replies: 167
Views: 5,974
Made it!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2019, 02:02 AM  
Thematic The Very Essence - Show me your abstracts!
Posted By veato
Replies: 1,493
Views: 113,101

Door
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2019, 01:54 AM  
Thematic Everyday Objects
Posted By veato
Replies: 567
Views: 44,908

Pens
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2019, 01:50 AM  
Thematic Zoo Animals
Posted By veato
Replies: 175
Views: 6,342

Zoo_006
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2019, 01:47 AM  
Thematic By the numbers
Posted By veato
Replies: 305
Views: 18,739

WEC018
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Q 12-29-2019, 01:36 AM  
Q Monochrome : Beautiful!! - How to get same settings on K5
Posted By veato
Replies: 9
Views: 2,886
I wasn't previously aware of the bold monochrome setting (not a Q owner) but now I've seen it I really want to try it!
Forum: General Photography 12-29-2019, 01:30 AM  
Dogs... my scourge when taking pics at the park.
Posted By veato
Replies: 51
Views: 2,112
Forum: General Photography 12-29-2019, 01:19 AM  
Striking photojournalism from around the world in 2019
Posted By veato
Replies: 15
Views: 1,728
Some really emotive images there.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-28-2019, 09:07 AM  
Macro Doing Macro on the Cheap
Posted By veato
Replies: 24
Views: 3,258
In which case it's a 49mm to K mount and I got my number wrong :lol:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-28-2019, 09:06 AM  
Thematic No rembrandt-Show us your portrait shot-people close-ups,head shots
Posted By veato
Replies: 1,832
Views: 185,924
I can't remember why she was pulling that face
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-28-2019, 08:58 AM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By veato
Replies: 11,104
Views: 900,105
When he was just a kitten
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-28-2019, 08:55 AM  
Thematic Share Your Pictures of Toys
Posted By veato
Replies: 36
Views: 3,219
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-28-2019, 08:47 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By veato
Replies: 20,391
Views: 1,418,219
Taken on the island of Capri with a Fujifilm Silvi F2.8 and Pan F 50
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-28-2019, 08:42 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By veato
Replies: 51,939
Views: 2,054,497
Burst


Burst!
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-28-2019, 08:35 AM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By veato
Replies: 10,410
Views: 500,253
Someone needs a shave!
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-28-2019, 08:15 AM  
Macro Doing Macro on the Cheap
Posted By veato
Replies: 24
Views: 3,258
I wanted to have a look at cheap, dirty and easy macro. Forget your expensive lenses, magnification ratios and specialist equipment and let's see what can be done with some very modest kit.

First a reference image. This is a Lego brick, roughly 15.8mm x 9.6mm x 7.8mm, taken with a manual Pentax 50mm f1.7 at its minimum focus distance. A similar lens should be able to be found on eBay for around 25.


50mm Lens
by Philip Veater, on Flickr

Not very macro at all! So now let's add a 52mm to K mount reversing ring for around 5, bringing the total cost so far to 30.


50mm Lens Reversed
by Philip Veater, on Flickr

What a difference a fiver makes! I think we can get closer though. Let's spend another 10 on some cheap-as-chips plastic extension tubes. Sure you can spend 50 on some metal mount auto tubes but we're aiming for cheap! Now we've spent, including lens, reversing ring and extension tubes, a grand total of 40.


50mm on Extension Tubes
by Philip Veater, on Flickr

Now you're talking. But we've already bought the reversing ring and don't want to waste it so let's add that back into the mix. Now we have the 50mm lens reversed onto a set of extension tubes. Total cost still 40.


50mm Lens Reversed on Extension Tubes
by Philip Veater, on Flickr

OK so you've got to contend with reduced light as your start adding tubes and reversing, etc but I lit all these photos on a windowsill in daytime with no fancy lighting rig. They were also mostly taken handheld too. For a potential 40 spend I wouldn't complain. Finally for reference here's the same Lego brick taken with a 349 Tamron 90mm Macro lens.


90mm Macro Lens
by Philip Veater, on Flickr

There we go. Macro on the cheap. Sure playing with manual focus, aperture, etc is a little more tricky than a simpler, dedicated, Macro lens but for 309 less not only can we get some macro shots but we can actually get in closer!
Forum: General Talk 12-27-2019, 02:19 PM  
eBay, FB Marketplace & PF Marketplace Feedback a Lost Courtesy?
Posted By veato
Replies: 19
Views: 1,152
I used to leave feedback but don't so much now. I think it was when the system was overhauled maybe?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2019, 04:16 AM  
Thematic Share Your Pictures of Toys
Posted By veato
Replies: 36
Views: 3,219

Mario Kart
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2019, 04:15 AM  
Thematic Finding faces in the strangest places...
Posted By veato
Replies: 39
Views: 1,393

Pareidolia
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2019, 04:14 AM  
Thematic Spiders
Posted By veato
Replies: 896
Views: 61,921

Spider
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2019, 04:14 AM  
Thematic spider webs & dew
Posted By veato
Replies: 30
Views: 1,143

Watery Web
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2019, 04:12 AM  
Thematic Wet your whistle - Breweries | Wineries | Distilleries | Bars & Waterholes
Posted By veato
Replies: 150
Views: 7,412

Mmm, beer!
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-24-2019, 04:11 AM  
Thematic Bigger Flowers
Posted By veato
Replies: 2,440
Views: 128,677

Flowers
by Philip Veater, on Flickr
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