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Forum: Pentax Q 04-22-2013, 07:02 AM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Steve, I know. It's quite hard to get the moon in focus at these focal lenghts. You really need a significant part of the moon in your frame otherwise the moon will get blown out on the screen. It helps if you use the timer at 10 seconds. Less control over the framing but if you time it right you can get the shortest exposure time (I got to 1/320 and 1/250) and also the best sharpness because the tripod will be the most stable after 10 seconds. After 2 seconds is too short beyond an equivalent of 3000mm. At 4700mm (300mm + 1.4x and 2x) the moon is very jumpy on the screen at even the slightest touch of the camera.

Nice to see the moon the other way around. :D
Forum: Pentax Q 04-21-2013, 02:25 PM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Thanks, using the 1.4x and 2x teleconverter stacked is really pushing the limit of the Q. I hope I will get my 120-300mm f2.8 back soon, should leave more room to use those teleconverters stacked.

Getting a short enough exposure time is also challenging. When I use the focus aid at 4x I can see details of the moon jumping on the LCD-screen. Maybe next time I will try to extend my tripod a little bit less to get more stability, won't change anything about the movement of the moon it self off course.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-21-2013, 01:37 PM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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First two shots with the Q + Sigma 300mm f4 + 1.4X and 2x Sigma TC

last one without the 1.4x TC
Forum: Pentax Q 04-20-2013, 01:53 PM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Thanks, the Q is a little miracle camera. The focus aid at 4x helps a lot to get the last bit of sharpness.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-20-2013, 01:44 PM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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And the night shot, improved a lot considering sharpness and contrast.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-20-2013, 09:15 AM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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A shot of the moon during the day. Lens used was the Sigma 300mm f4 macro + Sigma 1.4x teleconverter.

Will try to get some shots of the moon tonight.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-07-2013, 03:10 AM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Thanks, I have some more shots from yesterday :








The Q + telelens with bright max aperture and good optics is a winner. Can't wait to pair my Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 (Nikon-mount) with the Q. Even brighter max aperture than the Sigma 300mm f4 and even less diffraction. Should be great when I use my 2X TC and try to get some shots of the moon.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-06-2013, 12:56 PM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Thanks. There are only two adapters for Nikon-mount lenses. I have the Kiwi-adapter. Maybe I will buy the Novoflex.

Aperture is f4 for all the pictures, the Kiwi is next to useless for other apterures.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-06-2013, 11:32 AM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Took the Q and my Sigma 300mm f4 APO macro to the Zoo today. Quite hard to focus in the harsh sunlight, next time I take my Viewfinder to place it on the lcd-screen.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-26-2013, 08:14 AM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Thanks, should improve a lot when there is less wind and I try to focus on animals that are moving less than those ducks. Quite hard to refocus on the duck is moving on your screen at those viewing angles.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-22-2013, 06:32 AM  
The "reach" of the Q - images
Posted By EricR
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Finally got my adapter (Kiwi) to use my Nikon lenses on the Q. Today I took the Q + Sigma 180mm macro for a testrun. Effectively a 1000mm lens on the Q.

Took the shots from a tripod and used a red dot sight (did not activate the red dot this time) to track or find the animals. All shots wide open at f3.5.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-25-2012, 02:28 PM  
Nature Kazinga channel, Uganda
Posted By EricR
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Thanks.


Heavy rain, happy I used a K-5. I had to cover my 150-500mm but I could still takes pictures in the pouring rain. Most were hiding on the lower deck of the boat.

The Kazinga Channel was one of the highlights of my trip, wished I could have taken more trips along the channel. So much to see, more than amazing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-23-2012, 06:24 AM  
Nature Kazinga channel, Uganda
Posted By EricR
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The Kazinga channel is a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George in Uganda. We took a boat tour on the channel where we could observe life on the channel and on the banks of the channel. During the trip rain started to pour, the K-5 proved it's use during the rainfall. Still had to protect my Sigma 150-500mm but I could use the top of the boat for at least 15 minutes without people standing in my way.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-14-2012, 11:09 AM  
Nature Nshongi mountain gorilla's, Uganda
Posted By EricR
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#4 is the alfamale of the group also the namegiver of this particular group (Nshongi). Also saw the other silverbacks in the group, the close encounters were with one of the other silverbacks, this group had 5 silverbacks and after a split 3 remain.

No breaking of branches but I got in the way of one of the silverbacks (Bweza most likely) and I had to make way to let him pass. Looked him in the eyes by accident but quickly turned my back and stepped aside to let the silverback move on his path. Less than a meter between us.

I only got the back of this silverback, he stopped to block the path in front of us but moved along after a short moment. Getting shots of the juvenile and female gorillas is easier, the silverbacks are more protective and moving all the time. Also saw some infants but could net get a good shot of them.

At the end of the juveniles (most likely Ruheruka) put on a little show and walked over a branch within 2 meters of us. We had to move back a little bit to make room.

Got the names from :

Friend a Gorilla (not updated with the latest info because Mishaya formed his own group)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-13-2012, 12:25 PM  
Nature Nshongi mountain gorilla's, Uganda
Posted By EricR
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You have to keep a distance of 7 meters but sometimes the distance is smaller because the gorillas move to you. A few times the distance was less than one meter but you have to back up when the gorillas move too close. They share most of our DNA and one flu or common cold could be disastrous for them.

The twig fell on his head, it was an odd sight to see this majestic animal with an improvised crown on his head. The ranger told us this was the alfamale (Nshongi) so the crown was in place.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-13-2012, 12:09 PM  
Nature Nshongi mountain gorilla's, Uganda
Posted By EricR
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Thanks.

I almost stayed at a lodge close to one of the gorilla families. It was not finished during my holidyay but a few days before we made our trip to the gorillas another family visited the campsite of the lodge. On the day we visited the gorillas it was close to another lodge still under construction. We only had to scramble a few minutes before we saw our first gorilla.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-13-2012, 11:10 AM  
Nature Nshongi mountain gorilla's, Uganda
Posted By EricR
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Visited the mountain gorilla's in Uganda last month while I was on holiday for three weeks. The experience of a lifetime and we were lucky we encountered the group quite early in the morning. Later in the day the light is more harsh and the gorilla's are also more active in the morning.

We had some close encounters, two silverbacks crossed our paths and one of those encounters one of the silverbacks came within half a meter from where I was standing.

A recommended activity when you plan to visit either Uganda or Rwanda in the near future. It 's get more expensive every year now but it's still more than worth the steep price to see those gorilla's for an hour.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2012, 01:54 AM  
Nature Great white egret above Victoria Lake (Uganda)
Posted By EricR
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Victoria Lake is a fantastic place for bird watching. Youi can observe ibisess, hammerheads, all kinds of egrets, eagles, king fishers and many more species. It was quite hard to switch between exposure compensation for those all white egrets and much darker species like eagles or other birds.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-30-2012, 04:16 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By EricR
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Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Not a HDR-shot although I used two exposures to fix most of the overexposure in the sky.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-24-2012, 03:13 AM  
Nature The Eagle lands
Posted By EricR
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Shot at Lake Mburo, Uganda. The lake has quite a big population of fish eagles but it's still quite hard to capture a flying eagle from a moving boat with a roof that's more of a nuisance. Did not get the landing because the roof got in my line of sight.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-20-2012, 02:51 AM  
Nature Black tailed Godwit
Posted By EricR
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His shrieking sound caught my attention, could get quite close and it seemed he did not notice me at all.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2012, 11:32 AM  
Nature 'Hey now what's that sound'
Posted By EricR
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2012, 03:38 AM  
Not Work-Safe Hollywood...1970's
Posted By EricR
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Controversial or not, those are great pictures.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-12-2012, 02:04 PM  
Nature Imposing Mandrill
Posted By EricR
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Forum: Lens Clubs 05-05-2012, 09:01 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By EricR
Replies: 5,479
Views: 833,172
Great shots Arijit
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