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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Hours Ago  
Thematic Farming - Agriculture
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 499
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Those are both good, but I really like the second one, I like that curve of the fence over the rolling hills.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 1 Day Ago  
Weekly Challenge 406 - Fire
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Flames, steam, and smoke at a refinery in a steady wind make interesting patterns. K-30 and DA18-135, 30 second exposure at F10.

Smoke and Fire by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 1 Day Ago  
Weekly Challenge 405 - Stick Season Winners
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Congratulations eva, Cosmin, and Noel, all are very good images. Great challenge Matt, thanks for commenting on all of the entries, well done!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Maximum sharpness achieved? or lens not capable
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 11
Views: 629
You are already using a tripod which is the first step. Your equipment should not be a problem unless the lens is damaged. Use, live view, focus peaking, and zoom and your should be able to get there. Of course the wider aperture you are using will really give you a thin focus area, so with the focus zoom and peaking you should be able to pinpoint the focus.

Also another important step, If you don not already have it, get a wireless remote and set your camera to Remote Control (3 second delay), if you don't have a remote set it to 12 second timer, these settings will help you avoid shake from the mirror moving.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-12-2017, 06:26 PM  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 1,749
Views: 99,265
Fabulous long exposure!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-12-2017, 04:23 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 10,190
Views: 493,184
I just took this backlit photo of an old one room schoolhouse a couple days ago
Schertzger School by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

Let see a another school building, old or new
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-12-2017, 04:19 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 36,676
Views: 1,254,156
Here's the missing W: Wavy, now we are ready for Z
Wavy by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-12-2017, 04:16 PM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 658
Views: 29,382
Meadow by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-12-2017, 04:14 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 25,809
Views: 1,082,877
I spy wispy clouds
Sunrise by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2017, 09:10 PM  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 1,749
Views: 99,265
County Road 240 by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2017, 09:03 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 179
Views: 12,239
Here's one of Fester in a pose, and one where's he's lurking in a box, he loves when packages come and patiently stands when we open them by to get the box.
Looking Out the Window by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

Sneaky by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2017, 08:49 PM  
Thematic Public Buildings
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 22
Views: 1,362
Once a public school
Schertzger School by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2017, 08:43 PM  
Thematic Scenics and 'Scapes
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 658
Views: 29,382
I took a long "photo" drive this morning.
County Road 240 by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2017, 08:42 PM  
Thematic Trees
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 2,124
Views: 112,799
This tree caught my eye on a back roads drive this morning
Sunny Fall Morning by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2017, 08:39 PM  
Thematic Farming - Agriculture
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 499
Views: 33,055
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-10-2017, 08:37 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 25,809
Views: 1,082,877
I spy a reflection
Cloudy Skyline by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2017, 07:26 PM  
contemplating a purchase of da300..
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 49
Views: 1,499
Before getting the DA*300 I rented a Sigma 50-500 and used it for a couple of days at Magee Marsh during the spring Warbler migration. My decision was between these two lenses, I chose the Pentax as it is faster and most of the birds I'm after are are in trees in wooded areas, so it's sometimes pretty dark in the forest. The Sigma struggled in some areas. That 500mm is nice if you have enough light, but the Pentax is faster and has excellent IQ. The autofocus could be faster and it would be even better. One thing a lot of the better bird photographers says is get closer. It's true but very hard. I don't think I've helped you much, but technique is probably as important as the lens, and lens selection may be based on the habitats you shoot in, you have a lot more light shooting ducks on a lake than woodpeckers in a dense forest. Here's a few examples, most of my bird photos are cropped, usually a lot.

With the DA*300, the large barred owl was about 50 feet away:
Barred Owl by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

With the DA*300, This northern saw-whet owl was about 20-30 feet away, a much smaller owl and cropped quite a bit:
Northern Saw Whet Owl by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

DA*300: This Golden-Winged Warbler was so close I couldn't fit her in the frame:
Golden-Winged Warbler by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

This Ruby-Crowned Kinglet was shot with the DA 55-300, the bird was only about 10 feet away.
Ruby Crowned Kinglet by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

Da* 300: Palm Warbler, heavy crop
Palm Warbler by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

I have a lot of examples on my Flickr site in albums: Warblers, Birds, Owls
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-09-2017, 07:06 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 25,809
Views: 1,082,877
I spy smoke
Fire & Smoke by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-09-2017, 07:02 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 36,676
Views: 1,254,156
Electrically powered lights
Cloudy Skyline by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-09-2017, 05:24 PM  
For those about Pentax i salute you!
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 15
Views: 409
Welcome, and now that you that K-1, FIRE!. Shoot away and share with us.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-09-2017, 05:17 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 8,326
Views: 631,841
I agree, and you have a photogenic cat also!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-09-2017, 02:59 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 25,809
Views: 1,082,877
I spy a hooved animal in tall grass.
Curiosity by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-09-2017, 02:55 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 10,190
Views: 493,184
Here's a few violins
Hesketh Violins by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr

How about a brass musical instrument
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-09-2017, 02:50 PM  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 1,749
Views: 99,265
Yes, it looks bad, . . . lol


Another view of the same area as my last post in the thread
30 MPH by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-09-2017, 02:38 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 8,326
Views: 631,841
Fester posed this morning while looking out at the sunny day. The F50/1.7.
Looking Out the Window by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
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