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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 23 Hours Ago  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 905
Views: 437,766
Forest Lawn, Hollywood.

Eddie Fetherston appeared, mostly uncredited, more than forty times on the screen as a reporter, a newspaperman, a news or cinema operator or photographer - though he started in vaudeville comedy. Over 200 appearances include 13 Three Stooges films, True to the Navy (1930), Scarface, Charlie Chan at the Race Track, Kid Galahad, Topper, Flying G-Men, Meet Boston Blackie, Meet John Doe, It's a Wondeful Life (1946), The Babe Ruth Story, and his last role as a townsman in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960).


Duke Green has 61 acting credits, including minor roles in King Kong, Call of the Wild, Bringing Up Baby, Beau Geste, Perils of Nyoka, They Were Expendable, Mighty Joe Young, Earth vs the Flying Saucers, and Donovan's Reef. He has 78 credits as a stunt man, including in Don Juan, King Kong, Call of the Wild, Dick Tracy Returns, Submarine Patrol, Dodge City, Wake Island, Drums of Fu Manchu, They Were Expendable, Joan of Arc, and The Great Race.


Mike Lally was an actor, mostly in small supporting roles, with 340 credits including Citizen Kane, Singin' in the Rain, Kid Galahad, The Ballad of Josie, The Sting, and Coma. On TV, he appeared on The Twilight Zone, Twin Detectives, Future Cop. He was in 24 episodes of Columbo in various bits such as crime-scene photographer or cab driver, but also had some speaking roles.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 23 Hours Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest 17 Feb - 23 Feb 2018
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 218
Yes, our parents dressed us.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
55-200, 55-200 WR, 55-300, 55-300 PLM, etc, which telezoom I should get?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 62
Views: 2,998
55-300 better IQ than the Sigma/Tamron 70-300, or Pentax 50-200.
50-200 more compact.

I had the Pentax 50-200 and Sigma 70-300 and the IQ was essentially the same. A noticeable improvement with the original Pentax 55-300.
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Favorite movie "scene"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 211
Views: 10,733
I did read it, but all I remember is "Où sont les Neigedens d'antan?"
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Favorite movie "scene"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 211
Views: 10,733
1970's Catch-22 is a beautifully filmed WWII satire following the exploits of pilot Capt. Yossarian (Alan Arkin) based on Malta.

There are so many good scenes and quotes I can't post them all.

This is the definition of Catch-22.















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The opening scene sunrise/planes, merged with the first afternoon take-off. Col Cathcart (Martin Balsam) has just reminded the crew that Gen Dreedle (Orson Welles) likes a "tight bomb pattern".















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Yossarian discovers he has no parachute.















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Bombing the water.















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Yossarian gets a medal from Orson Welles.















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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #415 - Rule of Thirds
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 11
Views: 422
Forum: Contest Voting 3 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #137 Poll (Cityscape, Framed Within a Frame - January 2018)
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 38
Views: 2,240
All great shots. I voted for number x because of the foreground and background.
Forum: Photo Critique 3 Days Ago  
Landscape First time editing RAW over JPG :)
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 4
Views: 364
Kind of nice as-is, but I might try lightening the shadows to see a bit more foreground detail.
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
Lens and gear selection help and sightseeing help for Europe trip
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 8
Views: 400
The 100 over the 70, and the other 3 should do it. I would be leaning toward the 10-20 the most.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Pentax 28mm Shift vs Rokinon 24mm TS
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 18
Views: 568
I would go for the wider Rokinon which has tilt. I have a 17mm TS that I would tilt more often if I had focus peaking. In a plain viewfinder the line of focus is mostly hit or miss.
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Favorite movie "scene"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 211
Views: 10,733
Casablanca was on TV, no commercials, just the other night.

All the President's Men was excellent. You might need to turn up the volume for this one. Jason Robards as editor of the Post won a supporting oscar. This movie, Taxi Driver, and Network lost best picture to... Rocky.















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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-11-2018, 11:18 AM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest- February 9-16- 2018
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 9
Views: 396
"Attention guests, attention guests: We have two sudden openings - no waiting!"
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-10-2018, 06:49 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #414 - "Clouds"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 1,157
After work in Long Beach CA. From a series of about 25 shots. Started off puffy white and blue sky, to waterlogged dark gray.

Forum: Contest Voting 02-08-2018, 09:53 PM  
Schloss Nymphenburg
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 22
Views: 269
Very nice. Nominated.
Forum: General Talk 02-08-2018, 08:00 PM  
Favorite movie "scene"
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 211
Views: 10,733
1996's Sling Blade was directed by, written by, and stars, Billy Bob Thornton as Karl, a murderer who has been released from a mental hospital. It earned a best writing/screenplay oscar, and BBT was nominated for best actor. In many cases where one person has all the control it does not work well. This one does.

Excellent acting, and realistic and non-PC dialog which has a fair amount of profanity throughout.

Dwight Yoakum was perfect in the role of Doyle, the abusive boyfriend of Karl's friend. Also Mickey Jones (who died yesterday) was good, as always.

Here, the band discusses songwriting, and "the medulla oblongata of mankind". The scene continues with Doyle going off on a profanity-laced rant, breaking beer bottles and kicking everyone out.
















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Also surprisingly, John Ritter, who I had always though as somewhat of a boob on sitcoms, gave a masterful performance against type.
















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Forum: Pentax KP 02-08-2018, 07:52 AM  
Using KP: Raw vs JPG?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 34
Views: 920
Not every shot benefits from the same settings. I doubt there is any jpg that would not be improved with some form of PP even if only straightening, cropping and cloning - not counting exposure, contrast, blacks, or other values. Post-processing is the least time-consuming fraction of the entire process - going out, setting up, coming back, chimping, renaming, uploading, backing up, etc. I spend about 15 seconds on the basics.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2018, 06:48 PM  
Next Prime Lens to buy
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 83
Views: 2,224
Between those two I would go for the 35 for the focal length. But as 35 is a bit short macrowise, I might go for the DA 35 and Tamron 90 macro, used, for near the same price.
Forum: General Photography 02-05-2018, 07:49 AM  
Digital Slideshows Suck.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 141
Views: 4,193
Because it ignores the OP. Also they are a bit pricey as gifts for grandma.
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2018, 09:29 PM  
Digital Slideshows Suck.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 141
Views: 4,193
It appears almost everyone is thinking "computer monitor", not a stand-alone photo-frame hanging on the wall or sitting on a shelf.
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2018, 09:11 PM  
Poll: Digital photo frame quick poll
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 692
I thought that was the entire point of the original thread, and certainly a bunch of photographers should not be confused by "long dimension".

So now, you're getting spurious answers that do not address the question of frame format, But have fun - it's your poll. :-)

My Alzheimer-ish mom loved the frame I gave her after her hip replacement surgery.
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2018, 02:55 PM  
Poll: Digital photo frame quick poll
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 692
#1 is like asking if I would buy a Ferrari. If I was buying an expensive sports car - quite possibly. But I would answer no.

I did buy a frame, and I would have bought a square one had it been available, but I have no need for one...now. This scenario does not fit the poll questions.

Should only be 1 question: If you were buying a photo frame, would you want a square format where the image's long side is the same dimension regardless of image orientation, or rectangular format where portrait-orientation images are significantly smaller?
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2018, 02:30 PM  
Digital Slideshows Suck.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 141
Views: 4,193
So, what is the issue? I would have bought a square frame when I was shopping for one. "Wasted space" is of zero consequence in that decision. I also do not care that there are black bars on some TV programs.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-04-2018, 11:20 AM  
First time to Europe this summer - what to bring?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 32
Views: 951
That, plus the 70. I was going to suggest the 100 macro instead, but I don't think bugs or flowers will be high-priority on the trip, and you'll have the 35 macro if pressed.

If you can get the 12-24, that would be good, even instead of the 15.

I took an 8-day vacation in New York City where 70 was the longest FL I had. I only really wanted something longer about once.
Forum: General Photography 02-03-2018, 09:42 PM  
Just Jpg Shooters?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 29
Views: 785
Jpg only? No way. Good luck "getting it right in the camera" on a consistent basis. I doubt there is any jpg that would not benefit from some form of PP even if only straightening, cropping and cloning - not counting exposure, contrast, blacks, or other values. Post-processing is the least time-consuming fraction of the entire process - going out, setting up, coming back, chimping, renaming, uploading, backing up, etc. Some people think shooting raw is the lazy way - I think it is the opposite.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-03-2018, 09:22 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 905
Views: 437,766
Westwood Village.

Jerry Ayres was an actor, known for General Hospital, Mame, and Message to My Daughter. He also appeared in 2 episodes of Star Trek TOS. His last credit was in 35 episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful through 1990.


Walter Grauman was a director of stage shows, films and TV shows. After WWII, Grauman eventually took a job as stage manager at NBC studios, then moved into directing and producing. His TV credits include The Untouchables, The Fugitive, Route 66, The Streets of San Francisco, The Twilight Zone, Barnaby Jones, and Murder She Wrote. He directed the film 633 Squadron. He was a distant relative of Sid Grauman, the theater owner.


Louis Jourdan was a French actor, known for his suave roles, including The Paradine Case, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Three Coins in the Fountain, Gigi, The Best of Everything, The V.I.P.s, Julie, and Octopussy. In 1938, director Marc Allegret hired him to work as an assistant camera operator on Entrée des Artistes (The Curtain Rises). His first film, Le Corsaire in 1939 opposite Charles Boyer, was interrupted by the WWII and never resumed. He spent time in the French Resistance printing and distributing illegal leaflets. After the liberation of France in 1945, he returned to Paris with his childhood sweetheart (and later, wife), nicknamed Quique. He played Dracula in the 1977 BBC TV production Count Dracula, and appeared as a murderous chef on US TV's Columbo in 1978. His last film role was in Year of the Comet (1992). Jourdan has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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