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Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-07-2019, 04:31 AM  
Machinery Wings Over Illawarra 2019
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Damn. I forgot this was on. I wasn’t far away either.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-29-2019, 04:39 AM  
Macro Any guesses where this came from?
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 4
Views: 296
I’ll tell you for $10.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2019, 03:35 AM  
Landscape Bombo Quarry
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 4
Views: 278
I first heard of Bombo when I worked in the railways; Bombo dust was a term used to describe fine crushed ballast used in the far central west wheat lines and Bombo supplied ballast for track works (still does I think from the quarry slightly further inland). This particular section is now preserved for geological reasons. I hadn't heard of this bit until my next door neighbor showed me a photo he took on a holiday. It's an interesting spot, but if you're going in dark, be organised and take a Maglight.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-18-2019, 02:18 AM  
Pentax Australia 15% Easter sale
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Yeah, dunno about these. Last time I made a purchase, entered the discount code and got charged full price. No response to follow up e-mail. Was only $30 so I let it go.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-17-2019, 03:06 AM  
Landscape Bombo Quarry
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 4
Views: 278
One of those situations where you make the most with what you've got.

Never been to Bombo before, probably won't get the chance to return. Woke up early, drove 30 mins in the dark, walked through some scrub in the dark, set up the tripod and camera in the dark on a sloped rock next to the channel, stuck an ND filter on, manually focused and hoped the clear sky didn't blow out the image.

Well, the sky did blow out (even with stacked filters), the swell was flat and the sun was concealed by featureless cloud in an otherwise annoyingly clear sky. Not much went the way I'd hoped. A few days later going through the 40 or so captures, it turns out the first one was the best one.

Working in the dark in a difficult spot, being able to set up the User Defined dial functions the night before makes a world of difference, eh?

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2019, 02:57 AM  
Peak foliage time in Maine: A detailed landscape
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 59
Views: 1,043
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2019, 02:57 AM  
River in the red
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 59
Views: 580
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-24-2019, 02:45 AM  
Pastell Haze
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 8
Views: 118
Submission for Contest 151.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-18-2019, 02:50 AM  
Cityscape Melbourne Skyline, along the Yarra River
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Nice image. I'd crop the left and take a bit off the top and bottom to really bring out the skyline. The other thing I'd suggest is brightening the treeline and water to balance it out with the sky a little bit. I played around with it in LR per below. Being trees you can get away with a little bit more noise than on clean surfaces.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-13-2019, 12:34 AM  
Crumpler King Pin Pro Full Backpack Question
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Thanks to all. I looked into the suggestions and took the punt on the Crumpler. Very happy. Crumpler do themselves a disservice with their advertised external dimensions as they’re the expanded/stretched dimensions when the top is undone and filled like a stuffed pillow. When loaded up and clipped down in normal configuration it’s within carry on sizing without need to crush down or force into shape.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-08-2019, 10:47 PM  
Crumpler King Pin Pro Full Backpack Question
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 4
Views: 517
I've been looking at a Crumpler King Pin backpack to replace my now ripped Kata (vale, was a fantastic bag.)

Can anyone comment as to whether the bag 'crushes down' to airline carry on baggage limits with some sections left empty?

The published external dimensions are well over the standard carry on allowance but I'm wondering if leaving the top or bottom empty would bring it back down.

Also wondering of the published dimensions are counting the top section being pulled out and filled up.

Thanks in advance.

NB: I'm after a backpack that doesn't scream camera bag. Also after something with decent internal padding etc. The Lowepro/Manfrotto offerings i tried today weren't overly appealing to me. Open to suggestions.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-21-2019, 12:52 AM  
Crop to split panorama into 3
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Good call. The appeal of your image lies in the flowing lines.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-19-2019, 08:31 PM  
Crop to split panorama into 3
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 15
Views: 859
I suspect the answer is 'whichever best pleases the eye.' If you perfectly split them the diagonal curves will look like they have a step across them. If you remove the covering gap to give the appearance of looking through the frame the lines will flow but you'll lose the width of the two frames. If it was in my house, a prefect split would irritate me (for this particular image.)

Great image btw.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-15-2019, 01:22 AM  
Landscape First play with an nd filter
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 5
Views: 572
Nice. I downloaded and played around with it in LR and suggest getting a little bit more exposure on the rocks. I'm guessing you'd need to wait a few more minutes for the sun to go down some more to achieve this or a slightly darker ND.

I like the exposure on the white tips. They're not as silky as other seaside images but you've achieved a nice 'dusting' effect IMO.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2018, 05:29 PM  
Machinery Gun Kill
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Somewhere around 400kts I believe.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2018, 02:32 AM  
Machinery Gun Kill
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 4
Views: 416
.An RAAF Hornet pulling a maximum rate turn.

Forum: Photo Critique 10-08-2018, 02:25 AM  
Landscape To Crop or not to Crop?
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 11
Views: 1,150
Try a panoramic profile. Bit off the top, bit off the bottom, bit off the RHS, couple of tweaks in Lightroom., etc.

Nice image btw. Always tricky facing the sun.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-05-2018, 11:47 PM  
Between the Moon and NY City.
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 28
Views: 423
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-15-2018, 07:17 PM  
You Screwed up my login
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,043
I can emphasize with his frustration. I had a recent experience with a large internet shopping platform that did my head in to the same extent. A complete circular loop of nonsense where apparently my city of birth has been wrong all my life.

I just hope he hasn't fired this off and then realized that annoying little light on the corner of his keyboard is called shift lock. (I may have done that once also...)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-02-2018, 04:07 AM  
Darkness Awaits
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 9
Views: 169
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-27-2018, 03:47 AM  
Machinery UPS MD-11 after take off
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 13
Views: 359
Very sharp.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-27-2018, 02:12 AM  
Machinery UPS MD-11 after take off
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 13
Views: 359
Nice. How heavily cropped is this?
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-22-2018, 02:12 AM  
Action Autofocus - Just Not Getting It
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 23
Views: 1,158
I've always used 20x. Read it somewhere years ago and works pretty well.

(I use a metal chess board standing up with a steel ruler clamped to the side, so my target is a little bit bigger than most.)
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-20-2018, 03:31 AM  
Action Autofocus - Just Not Getting It
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 23
Views: 1,158
For the reasons outlined in previous post's I use manual focus when it really needs to count also. As an aside, I was recently asked to shoot a dance comp using someone else's DLSR; a Canon in similar thin DoF conditions. I was curious as to how it would go in AF and after ten minutes and all the reasons outlined in previous posts had to revert to manual focusing.

That said, my FA77 needed +8 on the AF calibration scale so check that out.. Your posted image reminds me of the pre-calibration AF on my own copy.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2018, 03:41 AM  
Landscape Kingdom of Ice
Posted By jawsy
Replies: 8
Views: 247
This area was cleaned out by a bushfire this year so there's no foliage on the trees just yet. The snow and wind have formed thick under-slung ice which for a day turned the entire mountain into a forest of white crystal trees. It's really rare to see this in our neck of the woods.
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