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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 1 Day Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption contest: 3/29/2020 thru 4/7/2020
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Walk, don't run...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 1 Day Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #491 - Isolation - RESULTS
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Thanks for 2nd. Congrats to the others.
Forum: Photo Critique 1 Day Ago  
People Hi guys here a portrait I did, looking for critique
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 8
Views: 338
The lower portion is a bit too much of nothing, so I would lose it. Something like this:

Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
Nature Needs a caption
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 4
Views: 143
Engineering fail, for the birds.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
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Views: 525,943
Forest Lawn, Hollywood.

Ethlyne Clair starred in silent comedies and serials including The Vanishing Rider (1928) and Queen of the Northwoods (1929), and was most popular in Westerns opposite cowboy stars including Hoot Gibson. Unfortunately, her voice did not work well in talkies, which ended her career.


Actor Bob Clarke suffered stage fright in his school stage productions before hitch-hiking to Hollywood. He married Alyce King of the singing The King Sisters in 1956 and, a decade later, appeared on TV and on tour with The King Family - though not a singer, he appeared in their comedy sketches and sentimental readings. Acting roles include Back to Bataan, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, Outrage, Captive Women, The Mickey Rooney Show, Lassie, The Astounding She-Monster, Wagon Train, Perry Mason, Sea Hunt, 7 episodes of Dragnet, 6 episodes of Adam-12, and his last movie The Naked Monster. He directed and starred in 1958's The Hideous Sun Demon, which required wearing a rubber lizard suit. He published his autobiography, To "B" or Not to "B": A Film Actor's Odyssey, in 1996.


Nuta Kotlyarenko, known professionally as Nudie Cohn, was an American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known as "Nudie Suits", and other elaborate outfits for celebrities including Tex Williams, Porter Wagoner, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and Elvis Presley. Cohn was equally famous for his garishly decorated automobiles, typically white Pontiac Bonneville convertibles, with silver-dollar-studded dashboards, pistol door handles and gearshifts, extended rear bumpers, and enormous longhorn steer horn hood ornaments. He famously wore mismatched boots to remind him of his humble beginnings.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 4 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge #492 - New life
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Humans are AMAZING
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 8
Views: 392
This one makes my knees hurt.
















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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-22-2020, 12:07 PM  
Thematic Lonely tree
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Just wants a hug...
Forum: Pentax KP 03-22-2020, 12:17 AM  
New KP owner - where to start?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 13
Views: 488
No. No one can help you as it is your personal preference. Leave it on the factory settings until you have the experience and need to change them. Shoot raw, of course, but that makes many camera settings irrelevant, anyway.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-22-2020, 12:07 AM  
Lots of spots on photos
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 30
Views: 1,068
And don't forget to turn off the camera when changing lenses. This made the biggest difference in my K-100D days.
Forum: General Talk 03-19-2020, 02:17 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 1,445
Views: 28,112
My auto auction job is closed for the month - with pay. I have extra hours at Walmart. Go figure...

For those with time on their hands...In 1968, the Science Fiction Writers of America voted "Nightfall" the best science fiction short story written prior to the 1965 establishment of the Nebula Awards - "Nightfall" is a 1941 science fiction novelette by American writer Isaac Asimov about the coming of darkness to the people of the planet Lagash, ordinarily illuminated by several suns at all times. A skeptical journalist visits a university observatory to interview a group of scientists who warn that civilization will soon end. The researchers explain that they have discovered evidence of numerous ancient civilizations, all destroyed by fire, with each collapse occurring about 2,000 years apart. Learning that the universe is far more vast—and Lagash far more insignificant—than they believed causes everyone, including the scientists, to go insane. Outside the observatory, in the direction of the city, the horizon begins glowing with the light of spreading fires as "the long night" returns to Lagash.

And The Andromeda Strain movie - a team of scientists investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin. "Most of them died instantly, but a few had time to go quietly nuts. "
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-18-2020, 10:36 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 953
Views: 525,943
Holy Cross, Culver City.

Dick Curtis was an actor with over 230 film and TV appearances during his career. In most of his films, he played villains or heavies, though he displayed a comedic touch in some Three Stooges films. With the help of his friend and actor Russell Hayden, Curtis helped develop Pioneertown, a movie set location in Southern California that was used for many TV and film westerns.


Joan Leslie was an actress, dancer, and vaudevillian. Leslie's first credited acting role was in Winter Carnival (1939), using her birth name, Joan Brodel. She also appeared in High Sierra, Sergeant York, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. During World War II, she was a regular volunteer at the Hollywood Canteen, where she danced with servicemen and signed hundreds of autographs. For better of for worse, in 1947, the Catholic Theatre Guild gave Leslie an award because of her "consistent refusal to use her talents and art in film productions of objectionable character." She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and earned a Golden Boot Award.


June Haver was an actress, singer, and dancer. At age eight, she won a film test by imitating famous actresses including Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, and Helen Hayes. She was a band singer in her teens, with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra, Dick Jurgens, and Freddy Martin. Haver made her film debut, uncredited, as a hat-check girl in 1943's The Gang's All Here. In 1946, she starred and received first-billing in Wake Up and Dream, and Three Little Girls in Blue. Once planned by 20th Century Fox to be "the next Betty Grable", Haver appeared in a string of musicals, but she never achieved Grable's popularity. After her marriage to actor Fred MacMurray in 1954, Haver largely retired from acting,
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-18-2020, 09:02 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #491 - Isolation
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 19
Views: 966
Now a recreation area, this used to be the Baldwin Hills reservoir. On December 14, 1963 the dam leaked then broke, releasing 250 million gallons of water resulting in five deaths and wiping out 277 homes.



You can see a video here.















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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-17-2020, 11:24 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners - Weekly Challenge #490 Birds
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Nice choices - thanks for 3rd.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-15-2020, 10:24 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 953
Views: 525,943
Inglewood.

Lurline Uller, as actress Carol Adams, appeared as a flower girl in 1923's "Navy Blues". then in several Our Gang, Mickey McGuire and Buster Brown silent shorts. She entertained in the vaudeville circuit in California. She was "rediscovered" at age 18 by Paramount, renamed Carol Adams, and appeared in 30 films including Rose of Washington Square, then came larger and credited roles in Sally, Irene and Mary; Dancing On A Dime; Ice Capades and Sis Hopkins. By 1941 she was starring with Gene Autry in Ridin' on a Rainbow, and Roy Rogers in Bad Man of Deadwood. During WWII she performed in the USO. At age 26 she married Richard Pearl, a studio exec, and retired to raise a family.


Wally Berger was a MLB outfielder who played for four NL teams, primarily the Boston Braves. Berger was the NLs starting centerfielder in baseball's first All-Star Game. One of the league's top sluggers of the early 1930s, in his initial 1930 season he hit 38 home runs, a record for rookies which stood until 1987. He also led the league in HRs and RBIs in 1935, and went on to become the seventh NL player to hit 200 career home runs.


Alfred Cowens, Jr. was a right fielder in MLB from 1974-86. He played for the Kansas City Royals (1974–79), California Angels (1980), Detroit Tigers (1980–81) and Seattle Mariners (1982–86). His best season was 1977, batting .312 with 23 HRs and 112 RBIs, earning a Golden Glove, and finishing second to Rod Carew for the American League MVP. In 1979, Texas pitcher Ed Farmer hit Cowens, breaking Cowens' jaw and several teeth. Cowens would miss 21 games. The following year, Cowens hit an infield grounder against Farmer. As Farmer watched the infielder make the play, Cowens ran to the mound and tackled Farmer instead of running to first base. Cowens was suspended for 7 games. He later was a scout.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-10-2020, 10:45 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #490 - Birds
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 21
Views: 886
Forum: General Talk 03-07-2020, 08:35 PM  
Accents and Communication
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 51
Views: 1,905
Y'all talk weird. I verbless!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-07-2020, 12:19 AM  
Want to try (more serious) telephoto, DA 200 or Tamron/Sigma 70-200?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 24
Views: 1,096
I had the Tamron 70-200 and loved it. Gets heavy pretty quickly, so I frequently used a monopod. A bit noisy but pretty good focusing, including a close focus capability.


Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-03-2020, 12:07 AM  
Weekly Challenge 489 Time
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 17
Views: 968
Sundial at Griffith Observatory.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-01-2020, 07:59 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 953
Views: 525,943
Merced Cem, Merced CA.

Steven Stayner was kidnapped at age 7 on December 4, 1972 by child molester Kenneth Parnell, who told Steven his parents could not afford him and did not want him anymore. He lived with his abductor until he was 14. At times he was left alone and unguarded, and could smoke and drink. He was returned to his family after he was discovered while bringing another of Parnell's victims, Timothy White, to the police. In 1985, Stayner married 17-year-old Jody, and they had two children. In his final years, Stayner talked with child abduction groups, spoke to children about stranger danger and granted interviews about his kidnapping. In early 1989, a TV miniseries based on his experience, I Know My First Name is Steven, was produced. Steven had a non-speaking role as a cop. The title is from Steven's written police statement. He was killed on a rainy night riding his motorcycle home from work.


Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside CA.

Paul Graham was a Marine and served as platoon commander on Guam and Iwo Jima. After WWII, he instructed at the US Naval Academy until 1951. Rising through the ranks to BGen, he became Commanding General of Camp Pendleton. In April 1975, he became West Coast Marine Corps Coordinator, to accept and process over 50,000 Vietnamese and Thais refugees. For meritorious service in the resettlement of Indo-Chinese refugees to the US, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from President Gerald Ford.


Joe Feeney was a tenor singer who was a member of The Lawrence Welk Show on TV. He also has the distinction of singing for five US Presidents and performed at Carnegie Hall three times. In 1975 he sang for Pope Paul VI at the canonization of Mother Seton.
Forum: General Photography 02-29-2020, 07:16 PM  
Corona virus prevention on cameras and lenses
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 209
Views: 7,280
I'm not worried about it - Surgeon General Limbaugh says it is just the common cold.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-29-2020, 12:20 AM  
Zoom best focal length
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 537
Zooms are generally sharpest in the middle of their range. Not sure that relates to "distortion".
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-23-2020, 08:03 PM  
Machinery Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 3
Views: 274
My friend was a guard at the dome when the Spruce Goose was in Long Beach. I
will say no more :-)

Unimproved scans...




Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-23-2020, 07:51 PM  
Thematic Classic motorbikes and cars thread.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 537
Views: 34,044




Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-23-2020, 07:50 PM  
Thematic Classic motorbikes and cars thread.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 537
Views: 34,044




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