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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 2 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge #422 - WINNERS - Rural Landscape
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 13
Views: 411
Congrats to the winners. I forgot that it is only one entry, unlike the caption contest.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 3 Days Ago  
Leaving for Europe a week from today... Any last minute suggestions?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 32
Views: 614
You have the 15, 35, and 70 (and 100? ) with you. You should either A) Time your lens swaps better, or B) Find a shot with what you have on the camera at the time.

Sometimes you can walk around with one lens, then re-walk around with another, looking for different shots.

If you truly bought the 16-85 specifically for the trip then you could leave your 15, 35 and 70 :-)

I had an 8-day vacation in New York City with only the 10-17 FE, 12-24 and 17-70. Of course that city is very compact but I only "wanted something longer" about once.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 4 Days Ago  
Leaving for Europe a week from today... Any last minute suggestions?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 32
Views: 614
I would skip the 16-85, 300, TC, tripod, filter and shutter release.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 6 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest- May 21 to May 28
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 8
Views: 312
They said "go fly a kite". I have something better.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-20-2018, 12:59 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #422 - Rural Landscape
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 30
Views: 2,823
Halfway between Ririe and Swan Valley, Idaho, about 1,500 feet off the main road, though it is about 1/2 mile away on my diagonal view. It is actually 2 rows of 8 silos with a road between them, hiding a few buildings on the other side.

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-18-2018, 08:39 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #422 - Rural Landscape
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 30
Views: 2,823
7 AM, between Indian Wells and Bradys CA, on Hwy 395.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2018, 07:26 PM  
Machinery Lyon air museum
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Several year ago I flew in a B-25 named the Executive Sweet, which had appropriate nose art :-)

Not really built with comfort in mind.


A bit windy as "Tailgun Charlie".


This location is right between the engines and very loud. Due to the orientation of the engine exhaust, many B-25 crew suffered hearing loss. WHAT?!


You have to slide through this tunnel, next to and below the pilot, to get to the nose.


Nice view, though.


You have to get over this bomb-bay space to go between the front and rear. In wartime I think it was not covered.


Standing up in the turret.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-15-2018, 08:32 PM  
Sigma 70mm 2.8 Macro
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 22
Views: 494
I used a sidewalk with a crack full of grass to calibrate a Sigma 30. Took about 10 minutes of shooting a series and checking on the computer a couple times. One body was +5 and the other +3. Of course I did this after shooting a family get-together in which every shot was backfocused about a foot...
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-15-2018, 08:27 PM  
Sigma 70mm 2.8 Macro
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 22
Views: 494
The 12-24. I have recommended it in every "What lens to take to...?" thread. People complain about the size, which is mostly hood.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-15-2018, 06:39 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #422 - Rural Landscape
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 30
Views: 2,823
This is 9 or 10 miles west of Glide, Oregon, from the road that parallels the Umpqua River. I saw it from a distance when traveling down a long straightish portion of the road. The sun had come out though there were the rain clouds in the distance. The sheep were a bonus.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-14-2018, 09:32 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #140 - Poll (Boats - April 2018)
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 56
Views: 5,312
This is the first contest in which I really like most all the entries. I voted for XX because of this and that.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2018, 07:10 PM  
Machinery Lyon air museum
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Mother's Day at the Lyon air museum at John Wayne airport in Orange County.

The Collings Foundation was out with some planes you could fly in, though not cheaply.


Lots of photo ops.


A maintenance man with yellow pail is looking for the oil leaks. All these older planes drip oil and usually have some type of drip pan when parked.


The A-1 Skyraider missed the end of WWII but found great success during the Korean and Vietnam wars as a ground support plane. It could carry armament such as rockets under the wings.


More checking, this time on a B-25 Mitchell. The Mitchell was named after Maj Gen Billy Mitchell, an early proponent of "air power". Sixteen B-25's famously flew off the Hornet aircraft carrier and bombed Tokyo in "Doolittle's Raid" on April 12, 1942. It was the first US attack after Pearl Harbor.


The B-24 Liberator had an efficient shoulder-mounted, high-aspect ratio Davis wing which gave the bomber a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. It flew everywhere during WWII.


Next door at Martin Aviation is a Canadair CL-600-2B16.


A little line for the B-17 Flying Fortress tour. The B-17 was the USA's main heavy bomber during WWII.


Nose art. Many planes in WWII had some name applied to them, often a sexual double-entendre with images of scantily clad women. This plane was too late to see service in WWII, but was a spectator for 3 nuclear tests, and flew as transport before being sold to the Collings Foundation, which restored it back to its original form and named it “Nine-O-Nine” in honor of the 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Squadron plane of the same name which completed 140 missions without an abort or loss of a crewman.


Pushing an L-5 Bird Dog. Bird Dogs were often used as observation aircraft.


Fueling.


Posing for a photo by mom.


This sergeant was a ball-turret gunner.


The P-51 was arguably the best fighter to come out of WWII. It had a long range and could escort the bombers deep into Germany, had excellent handling, and was fast. For $2,200 you could be "the guy in back" for 1/2 hour in this 2-seat TF-51 version.


Fueling the B-17. The man with the dip-stick had just measured the starting amount of fuel in the tanks.


Braving the exhaust of the Bird Dog.


I learned this was the first day with her new lens.


Not far from the runway...
Embraer 505.


Q-200.


Delta lift off.


This is a museum, after all...
Ralph Smith's Purple Heart. The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by George Washington – then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, hence his image on the medal.


Franklin D Roosevelt and Supermarine Spitfire specs. FDR is the only 4-term president, led the US out of the Great Depression, and died shortly before the end of WWII. (The 2-term limit was installed after WWII). The Spitfire was a British WWII fighter made famous during the "Battle of Britain". Its elliptical wing made it very maneuverable.


I'm guessing this is part of a series of popular hits.


Instructions to all Japanese...


Alaska Airlines 737.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-13-2018, 09:53 PM  
If i take my raw dng and save what does it lose?
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 17
Views: 702
It is the same because you save the manipulated file as a different file.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-12-2018, 04:54 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 911
Views: 448,991
Hillside, Culver City.

Lyricist Jerome Leiber and composer Mike Stoller were songwriting and record producing partners for hits Hound Dog (1952) and Kansas City (1952) and later in the 1950s with The Coasters, creating Young Blood (1957), Searchin' (1957), and Yakety Yak (1958). They were the first to surround black music with elaborate production values, enhancing its emotional power with the Drifters in There Goes My Baby (1958), which influenced Phil Spector, who studied their productions while playing guitar on their sessions. Leiber and Stoller wrote hits for Elvis Presley, including Love Me (1956), Jailhouse Rock (1957), Loving You, Don't, and King Creole. They also collaborated on On Broadway, Stand By Me, Young Blood, and Spanish Harlem. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.


Trudi Marshall was an actress beginning in the 1940s in Heaven Can Wait, The Sullivans, and The Dolly sisters, then Dragonwyck, and The Fuller Brush Man, among others. TV included The Donna Reed Show, Starsky and Hutch, and her last role in Willa. Originally she was a photographer's model, then a popular magazine "cigarette girl" during her modeling days for Harry Conover, as "The Old Gold Girl", "The Chesterfield Girl" and "The Lucky Strike Girl" at different times. Second husband was businessman Philip Raffin, and she was the mother of actress Deborah Raffin.


Deborah Raffin was an actress, appearing in The Dove, Nightmare in Badham County, TVs Foul Play, Noble House, 7th Heaven, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Razzie for Touched By Love in 1980. She later produced audiobooks.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-11-2018, 05:14 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners - Weekly Challenge #421 Coast.
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Thanks for taking the time to comment on all the entries.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-09-2018, 05:40 PM  
Caption Contest May 9th - May 17th
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 11
Views: 734
The smartphone dichotomy: Increasing data exchange while squashing interaction.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-08-2018, 08:57 PM  
South East Asian travel trip
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 11
Views: 460
All I can say is take an ultrawide.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-07-2018, 06:20 PM  
Misc Please help me choose photos for this year's fair
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 14
Views: 442
All very nice. Top Two are 4 and 7.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-06-2018, 09:12 PM  
Misc Please help me choose photos for this year's fair
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 14
Views: 442
I suggest editing your post to put some white space between images, and number them so we are not guessing about which ones we are looking at.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-06-2018, 04:35 PM  
People Wild West Steampunk
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 2
Views: 215
Thanks for looking, and the nice comments.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-05-2018, 09:17 PM  
People Wild West Steampunk
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 2
Views: 215


I am an outsider in this alternate universe.




















The non-taco part of the food truck.




I would not try this at home.








Or this.








Nor any of this.














Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-05-2018, 07:39 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 911
Views: 448,991
Westwood Village, LA.

In the mid-50's as an airline stewardess, Joanne Copeland helped calm a first-class passenger, Howard Hughes, who shortly after arranged a screen test for her at Hughes' RKO Studios. After briefly working there, she later did some modeling in NY before marrying TV's Johnny Carson. After divorcing Carson, she moved back to California, hosted a TV show, and worked with charities. She rented a "writing room" to long-time friend, writer Truman Capote, who died there.


Helen Mack started as a child actress in silent films, moving on to Broadway plays, and touring in vaudeville. She appeared in Son of Kong (1933), The Lemon Drop Kid, and His Girl Friday (1940). Eventually Mack transitioned into performing on radio, and then into writing, directing, and producing radio shows. Later in life, Mack billed herself as a professional writer.


William Wayne McMillan Rogers III was an actor, best-known for playing the role of Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the first 3 seasons of the TV series, MASH. Other appearances included The Invaders, The FBI, Combat!, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Gomer Pyle, The Fugitive, and in the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke. He was a regular panel member on the Fox stock investment TV program Cashin' In as a result of having built a career as an investor, investment strategist, advisor, and money manager.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-03-2018, 09:17 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE and K70 compatability
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 15
Views: 789
Don't do it! Any boat will drain your finances, unlike camera gear.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-30-2018, 08:16 PM  
Caption Contest Caption Contest April 29th to May 6th
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 9
Views: 618
In a galaxy far, far away...the rich and famous try to blend in with the locals...to no avail.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-30-2018, 08:11 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #421 Coast
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 19
Views: 973
Point Arena, California.
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