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Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-21-2016, 07:55 PM  
Landscape Mammatus Clouds at Sunset and Double rainbow
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Thank you! We are building a cottage in the foothills and maybe we will get to see Mammatus clouds frequently!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-20-2016, 10:00 PM  
Landscape Mammatus Clouds at Sunset and Double rainbow
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 3
Views: 744
Post storm fisheye view from the GF slab of our under construction cottage in Himachal; the already set sun lighting up and drawing attention to rare Mammatus clouds, which unlike cumulus clouds form in sinking air.

Mammatus clouds most frequently form on the underside of a cumulonimbus, but can develop underneath cirrocumulus, altostratus, altocumulus and stratocumulus.

Minutes earlier I had captured a double rainbow.

Both captures are lifetime firsts!

I like the contrast and saturation rendered by the DA 10-17 fisheye.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-17-2015, 04:39 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #107 (Just Waiting - June 2015)
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 78
Views: 10,598
Beautiful photos all! #5 gets my vote.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-24-2015, 06:51 AM  
Pentax lenses in sri lanka?
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 7
Views: 829
I have bought used Pentax lenses from

What lens are you looking for?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-07-2015, 06:21 AM  
Cityscape Monsoon Moods
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 0
Views: 539
Monsoons rains provide a welcome respite from the searing (40-46 deg C) summer heat in North India. Monsoon clouds are always welcome, more so when they look ominous, because they bring just rain, no strong winds.

Met has forecast a weak monsoon this year, but so far the rain has been plentiful. (As always, met will have a good explanation why their forecast has been off the mark for a months now!)

The monsoon system revived after a two week lull yesterday, bringing relief from the oppressive heat and high humidity from the earlier monsoon spell. The clouds came in from the east laden with moisture from the Bay of Bengal.

I clicked the shot below using multiple exposures.

Today evening the clouds came from the west, as the monsoon trough linked up with a Western Disturbance. The shot below was taken with the camera handheld, and isn't the sharpest. My wife alerted me to the drama while looking out of our kitchen window and I rushed to the roof top with my camera to click the magical lighting condition. I was perhaps a few seconds late, but the shot is good enough.

Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 07-01-2015, 06:17 PM  
Anyone using a Teleconverter with K30?
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 10
Views: 1,453
I use the converter with my K-30 for birding and am extremely satisfied. The drop in IQ, if any, is minor.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-24-2015, 06:32 PM  
People DIY-the-forum-may-never-be-the-same
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 33
Views: 2,857
If you guys actually start the forum, I would be interested in reading a post titled - Selfie Tips & Tricks for Folks with Handsome Noses!

BTW, I just added 'Selfie' to my Kindle dictionary in eager anticipation of the forum launch.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-27-2015, 07:47 AM  
People Andressa (natural light portrait)
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 25
Views: 3,004
Love the playfulness suggested by her bunched shoulders, as if squeezing into the frame, matching playful expression. Good model, good shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-16-2015, 04:22 AM  
People Portrait
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 5
Views: 722
I like how your daughter is communicating through her eyes, despite the slight stiffness in her pose. I would have cropped the photo differently...
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-02-2015, 06:42 PM  
K-30 AF Fine Adjustment
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 8
Views: 2,133
Focus is generally much sharper when the subject is brightly lit. Try the camera lens combo in bright light. If you achieve sharp focus, you don't have a real problem :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-22-2015, 08:55 AM  
Nature Female Asian Koyal Picks a Mate
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 2
Views: 1,391
I want to tell you all a story. A female Asian Koyal came and sat on the Gulmohar tree next to our house this evening and made a mating call. Kuk, kuk, kuk...

A male Koyal flew in immediately and displayed his plumage to good effect.

The suitor groomed himself continuously as the female Koyal watched, hidden amid thick branches.

Lo behold! Another suitor flew in looking fierce.

The female Koyal wasn't impressed by the second suitor despite his fierce looks. She flew off with first suitor. It could be because the second suitor's left claw was deformed. Or maybe the female preferred good grooming over fierce look?

Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-14-2015, 05:24 PM  
Nature Purple Sunbird Gives its Juvenile a Nectar Fix
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Having remained immersed in the joy of clicking with my new DA* 300 + HD 1.4x combination for months now, I decided to return to normal life, which includes posts on Penaxforums, by sharing this handheld shot.

Could someone please tell me if the juvenile has a deformed beak? In which case its life span is going to be very limited :( Perhaps the beak is still forming?
Forum: Photo Critique 12-22-2014, 02:09 AM  
People Low Key Portrait First Attempt - Need Guidance
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 15
Views: 2,840
Wow! As goes the adage, a picture is better than a thousand words.

I guess the trick is to choose the degree of under exposure, not strve for correct exposure?
Forum: Photo Critique 12-22-2014, 12:51 AM  
People Low Key Portrait First Attempt - Need Guidance
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 15
Views: 2,840

Luckily I will have her over for another shoot with a dark colored top! Thanks for the posing tips. This time I will be sure to try B&W also.

One of the challenges that I am facing is on account of low lighting in such photography. How do I get a sharp focus on the full face with the shutter as wide open as required to ensure shutter speed doesn't drop below 1/30 resulting in motion blur from the model's breathing and balancing in a standing posture. I just have FA 50/1.4 and FA 35/2.0 in my lens bag so far.

A bright portrait lens with adequate telephoto would give me more wiggle room, but I am sure I have a lot to learn before yielding to my lust for another lens.

---------- Post added 12-22-14 at 01:53 AM ----------

I messed around with the exposure on the top in PP to subdue the distraction. :)

---------- Post added 12-22-14 at 02:09 AM ----------

You are right! I wanted rim lighting based exposure but, as I explained in another post, couldn't do it with my lowly FA 50/1.4 dealing with a standing breathing model! Shutter speed would be too low.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-15-2014, 02:41 AM  
People Low Key Portrait First Attempt - Need Guidance
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 15
Views: 2,840
@Kerrowdown, I see the lack of balance! Thanks! @drypenn I have learn't a lot from my first shoot mistakes and I am ready to make more! Thanks! @Macario Hopefully in the days ahead I will let my eye and mind control the exposure, not the camera! Thanks!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-13-2014, 01:53 AM  
Nature Blue Heron in Flight
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 3
Views: 1,026
Delightful captures!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-12-2014, 11:04 PM  
People Low Key Portrait First Attempt - Need Guidance
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 15
Views: 2,840
Thanks az1895 for the useful tips!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-12-2014, 10:34 PM  
People Low Key Portrait First Attempt - Need Guidance
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 15
Views: 2,840
I recently setup a spartan home studio - Two white umbrella lights and some backdrops.

The low key portrait below was taken using a battery powered LED light with a white umbrella as modifier, and a black muslin backdrop.

I wonder if the white colored top was a good idea for a low key portrait? Or the pose? Does low key photography work best with darker poses?

I couldn't get a sharper focus with my FA 50 f/1.4. The camera was on a tripod and I used IR remote for shutter release, but the shutter speed was 1/15s, which could well have been the reason for reduced sharpness.

What else is wrong, or perhaps right with the photo?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2014, 12:41 AM  
Abstract Just another sunset
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 5
Views: 827
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-22-2014, 05:43 PM  
K-30: No Photo captured when using viewfinder HELP
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 32
Views: 7,327
I have had this issue for months. Others have experienced the problem which has been discussed several times on the forum.

Bad News: This is a K-30 manufacturing / software issue. which you will have to live with!

Good News: You can live with the problem to some extent. Here are some tips on doing so

The metering

Appears to get better with continuous use. If you keep clicking away, the number of "dark" captures start to reduce.
"Dark" captures completely disappears in bright light with continuous use.

The reason why I suspect the problem could be in the software is because people across the world started reporting it around the same time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-02-2014, 05:25 AM  
Nature Rare Pelican Sighting of Juvenile Getting Flight Lessons
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 1
Views: 752
Monsoon isn't the best season to visit a bird sanctuary, but we have one that continuously tempts us with its proximity, the Okhla Bird Sanctuary (OBS). Yesterday morning was clear... and the breeding season for many birds ends in September, so there was a good chance of juvenile spotting. We decided to venture out.

It turned out to be our lucky day. Pelicans are rare to sight; the species being near endangered. We hadn't seen a Pelican earlier at OBS and rampant encroachments of sanctuary land by politically backed builders makes a Pelican sighting there highly unlikely. But we spotted a Pelican family of three and observed them for an hour, in between munching on a egg sandwiches that the wife and quickly made before we ventured out.

We had just finished washing down the sandwich with some iced tea, when it happened! The Pelican family took to the air - it was time for the juvenile to get some flight lessons. In this particular case - how to locate and ride a thermal to gain height.

The parents flew ahead and behind, perhaps aerodynamically assisting the juvenile in the center. I am not an expert on birds, so I could be wrong. They flew in wide lazy circles drifting northwards for almost 5 minutes before they caught a thermal and rode it to a good height and then disappeared northwards. All this happened before our eyes! Amazing!

In the photo below the Pelican family is seen with the Lotus Temple, a New Delhi landmark, in the backdrop. It's a long shot with a very modest long lens so please don't thin IQ.

They didn't come closer than around 500m and this is the sharpest shot that I managed with my 55-300

Still gaining height they have climbed well above the Lotus temple in the photo below

They were finally riding a thermal...

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-10-2014, 07:22 PM  
K30 metering problem?
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 23
Views: 2,612
I had the problem. At the suggestion of a forum member responding to an earlier post about the issue, I wiped my lens mount and contacts and removed a surprising amount of grime! The problem hasn't recurred.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2014, 01:47 AM  
Nature Waterton....a few more birds
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 12
Views: 692
Breathtaking photos that rest the eyes! Thanks for sharing them, and the story in the earlier post.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2014, 01:43 AM  
Nature Lesser Kestrel on the Rampage - A Picture Story
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 8
Views: 1,087

Thanks! Strangely, I haven't spotted the Kestrel since then. I was hoping to, for a followup story :-(

Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-08-2014, 07:54 AM  
Nature Lesser Kestrel on the Rampage - A Picture Story
Posted By Inexorable
Replies: 8
Views: 1,087
Thanks @robjmitchell

Quite true about the fierceness in the juvenile's eyes, despite the overly relaxed demeanor.
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