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Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
Yashica Lens Club
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 52
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Pink geranium & early morning lichen on Frangipani trunk (cropped), Pentax K5 & Yashinon DX 50mm f1.7 (with 11mm ext tube for geranium);

IMGP4787-Pink Geranium by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP4829 Early morning Lichen on Frangipani by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 4,412
Views: 261,642
I was pretty sure these were Ladybeetle larva when I took the photos over summer, but not certain what species. I sent the pics into the Queensland Museum who got back to me just a little while ago to confirm that these were the larva of Coelophora inaequalis of Family Coccinellidae, or Common Australian or Variable Ladybeetles;

IMGP7410 Variable or Common Australian Ladybeetle larva by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP7771 Variable or Common Australian Ladybeetle larva by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-16-2018, 05:45 AM  
Yashica Lens Club
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 52
Views: 23,432
Camelia just opened, and Beenleigh courthouse balcony, Yashinon DX 50mm f1.7 on K5 (11mm ext tube for Camelia);

IMGP4434 Camelia by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP4603 Beenleigh Courthouse Balcony by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-16-2018, 05:19 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 15,333
Views: 1,040,321
A bee feeding on a mass of LillyPilly blossom taken with Industar 61 50mm f2.8 macro - that's a small shroud of pollen dust following it;

IMGP9006 Bee feeding on LillyPilly by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-16-2018, 05:09 AM  
Picture of the Week Picture of the Week (POTW) # 505 - Covering period 4 June to 25 June 2018
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Thank you for hosting again Eva, and starting us off with those hunting pics. I do like your grassy shot Noel! - I also have a hunting pic to start with, albeit on a smaller scale. My first photo is of an Australian Tiger Dragonfly eating - I'd been watching it through the viewfinder with a Takumar Bayonet 135mm f2.8 on a KAX 2x Tc, and taken a few shots, then realised it wasn't there anymore, and then it was again, with an insect it had just jumped up and caught on the wing! The second photo is of a Green Jewel Bug, and the third a Meadow Argus Butterfly, both with the SMC Pentax DA 55-300mm f4-4.8.

The ducky shot was taken with a new lens, a Yashica Yashinon DX 50 f1.7, as was the last of the balcony of the very busy little Beenleigh courthouse. The umbrellas were hanging upside down in a vacant space in a local mall to hide the ugly air-conditioning ducts, and having nominated the Cosina Cosinon S 50mm f2 as my lens for the single in challenge I had that on my camera and used it for this photo.

IMGP4467 Australian Tiger Dragonfly feeding by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP8552 Green Jewel Bug by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP8492 Meadow Argus Butterfly by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP4524 Duck by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP4215 Ceiling Brollies by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP4603 Beenleigh Courthouse Balcony by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2018, 08:48 PM  
Game Single In - June 2018
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 56
Views: 1,482
I'm using Chrome on windows, and it's now rare I get through. Have now joined Single In group, and will work with that as OzzRod suggested.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2018, 03:57 PM  
Game Single In - June 2018
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 56
Views: 1,482
Sounds good OzzRod - just applied to join. Apparently by invitation only;



I then add pics as I upload to Flickr?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-08-2018, 09:12 PM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 4,772
Views: 395,401
Budget version, cheap and cheerful :) - found this morning while culling my files. K5 & SMC Pentax DA 55-300mm f4-5.8 @ 210mm & f8 (default processing XnView);

IMGP8637 Australian Tiger Dragonfly in flight by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-08-2018, 01:42 AM  
Yashica Lens Club
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 52
Views: 23,432
Autumnal Crepe Myrtle @ f5.6 & Zygocactus flowers @ f2 - Auto Yashinon DX f1.7 on my K5; - the photos are embedded flickr links so click on them to go to a bigger picture.

IMGP4296 Autumnal Crepe Myrtle by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP4271 Zygocactus by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP4284 Zygocactus by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-08-2018, 01:22 AM  
Picture of the Week Picture of the Week (POTW) # 504 - Covering period 25 May to 9 June 2018 Read more
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 6
Views: 524
A late post from me - thanks for hosting Eva - that swirly rose is really something! - and they're the same stocks I've been growing by the front door here. Good value. That's some nice color your pulling from those badlands SD_Bob!

My first photo was taken with a Cosina Cosinon S 50mm f2 on my K5, taken as part of the Single in June challenge, the second using an Industar 61 50mm f2.8 macro, the third and fourth with the Cosina 50mm again, the fifth with a Cosina 24mm f2.8, and the last with a Super Travernar 28mm f2.8.

IMGP3381 Crepe Myrtle Seeds & Pod by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP9120 LillyPilly flower by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP3763 Scaffolding by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP3728 Yucca flower by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP1380 Unknown red flower by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP8690 Bromeliad flower by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-04-2018, 06:23 AM  
Yashica Lens Club
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 52
Views: 23,432
Rose Wisley at f5.6 & f2.8. Near MFD.

IMGP3948 Rose Wisley @ f5.6 by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP3942 Rose Wisley @ f2.8 by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-03-2018, 12:58 PM  
Game Single In - June 2018
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 56
Views: 1,482
Pentax Forums seems patchy here, and I'm getting the intermittent Flickr can't find the page message, but have gotten through only by trying again and again. No other websites seem to be affected. Didn't know you could e-mail?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-01-2018, 11:24 PM  
red Brolly
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 49
Views: 466
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-01-2018, 11:23 PM  
Medina shadow
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 16
Views: 205
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-01-2018, 01:37 AM  
Game Single In - June 2018
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 56
Views: 1,482
I'll give the Cosina Cosinon-S 50mm f2 a go. For real this time.... I got it out in daylight and it's on the camera now :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-01-2018, 01:24 AM  
Yashica Lens Club
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 52
Views: 23,432
Mine came on a TL Super. Condition looks good enough to almost tempt me back into film! - I'll try and post a few pics over the coming month from K5. Have a few in mind already...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-01-2018, 01:17 AM  
Interpretations of „The Truth“ - SOOC vs. PP and more
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 15
Views: 898
That is really interesting, and other articles on your Blog there look good too. Is there some way of setting up automatic e-mail notification of new articles?

Richard
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-01-2018, 12:18 AM  
Game Single In - May, 2018
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 82
Views: 2,643
I've had a good month with the Cosina 24mm, and like and am pleased with many of the photos I took. Thanks all for your interest and comments, I do take them on board, and I do think both my photography and processing have improved over the month. Of course there is always room for more improvement :). I also think I was lucky in coming across so many self-selecting subjects, as often as not while I had camera in hand. I am certainly getting to know this lens better.

I think this lens has a number of good qualities, not least its versatility. It was usually sharp enough, gave good natural color, capable of interesting and tasteful bokeh, and, as Sandy noted, good subject isolation through selective focus at wider apertures. The coatings did flare if you worked at angling it towards the sun, and it was fun trying to use that. The flare did catch me out a couple of times but I have found in the past a generic $5 aluminium hood will work. The wide angle was good for land or city-scape, architecture, and surprisingly, street photography. Close focusing ability was good, at 20 or less cm, and while the wider angle was wasted on a number of smaller subjects, even with close up filters, I was very happy with the greater apparent depth of field, and it did also help in environmental portraits. I found it a small and handy lens on the camera, with a focal throw that left me a little lost at times, but probably helped me find that finer focus at shorter distances that was such a feature of the lens. I was also surprised, though it should have made sense, at how easy it was to pan with a moving subject with the wider field of view.

IMGP2963 Looking down George St Beenleigh by Richard Brett, on Flickr

---------- Post added 06-01-18 at 12:48 AM ----------

As Ismo said, thanks everyone else for keeping on and posting, it's been interesting to see what you're doing and the qualities of the lenses, and I really enjoyed the pictures. I looked that Venus up, and it was also interesting to see the three 200's lined up - each seemed to have its' own strengths. I'll think carefully before taking anything of that length on in this challenge though! I have also started, cautiously, looking at projector and enlarging lenses. Maybe one day.

I'll be trying the Cosina 50mm f2 in the June round, and hope I'm happier with it than you were with the M Ismo, as they play a similar role in their respective lens systems. I haven't yet used anything faster or fancier, so perhaps I will be. Too late to help with LBA though, I've already received a Yashica 50 1.7, and have a Cosina 50 1.8 on the way.... I'll just have to be disciplined and try not to peep too much till I'm done... :) .... knew I should've started with the 50 .....
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-31-2018, 06:55 AM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 4,772
Views: 395,401
Promura 135mm f3.5 & 11mm ext tube, and the ISCO Isconar 105mm f4.5 with ext tube;

IMGP8006 Promura Marigold by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP8023 Isco Isconar Marigold by Richard Brett, on Flickr

Think I have a marginal preference for the Promura.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-31-2018, 06:45 AM  
Weekly Challenge Picture of the Week (POTW) # 503 - Covering period 21 May to 3 June 2018
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Wonderful pics as usual Noel, and I like those library ideas too. Must be warming up in Warszawa :)

I've still got summer leftovers to process, and two new shots from the last week. The first, and orange Cosmos, is with the SMC Pentax A 35-70mm f4, the second two are of a Golden Native Drone Fly, the fourth is a Marigold taken with a Promura 135mm f3.5 preset. The last two are with a Cosina Cosinon W 24mm f2.8 - I also posted the Rosemary for the Single in challenge.

IMGP0139 Orange Cosmos by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP9298 Golden Native Drone Fly by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP9308 Golden Native Drone fly by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP8006 Promura Marigold by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP2963 Looking down George St Beenleigh by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP3026 Rosemary flowers by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-29-2018, 06:10 AM  
Yashica Lens Club
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 52
Views: 23,432
quick desk test at 11:00 pm. DX 50 f1.7 @ f1.7 - this might be a bit special?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2018, 05:45 AM  
Auto-Sankor M42 lenses, are they worth anything?
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Bui I have a Tokunon 135mm f3.2, and 3 Promuras, a 35mm f3.5, a 135mm f3.5, & a 200mm f4.5, all presets. These brands are all linked to Sankor in that MFlenses thread - I knew about the Tokunon, and suspected the Promuras. I think very well of these lenses, and am fond of their rendering, and think each quite sharp. I don't think I paid any more than $20 or $25 Aud ($17-20 US roughly) for any of them. They come up at these bargain prices from time to time. From what I've seen online the auto versions of the Promuras look equally interesting. As fond as I am of these lenses you might be best off just looking for copies in better condition if you think you'd like them.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2018, 01:54 AM  
Thematic Bigger Flowers
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 1,463
Views: 72,734
Bottlebrush (Banksia) flowers, taken with similar photos for single in May challenge;

IMGP1680 Bottlebrush (Banksia) Group by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP1676 Bottlebrush (Banksia) profile by Richard Brett, on Flickr IMGP1683 Bottlebrush (Banksia) small by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2018, 01:42 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 15,333
Views: 1,040,321
Golden Penda berries (also posted in bokeh thread) & a snail on a brick wall;

IMGP1706 Golden Penda berries yellow green filter by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP2136 Snail on brick wall by Richard Brett, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-23-2018, 01:37 AM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By rjbrett
Replies: 4,772
Views: 395,401
Some photos taken with a Cosina Cosinon W 24mm f2.8 for single in May challenge (the second with a close up filter, the third a yellow green filter);

IMGP2596 Cosmos 4 by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP1661 Crepe Myrtle berries by Richard Brett, on Flickr

IMGP1706 Golden Penda berries yellow green filter by Richard Brett, on Flickr
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