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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Hours Ago  
Switch from the 55-300 PLM to the DA300?
Posted By gump
Replies: 14
Views: 295
I have considered the same thing. Aside from the $$$, the versatility of the zoom is important to me. I am currently in the Black Hills and wildlife opportunities are overwhelming. The major drawback of a fixed lens in this situation would be changing my location to adjust the composition. The terrain can be a challenge, or even dangerous, and the subject is not usually cooperative. If shooting from a blind or similar fixed location I would think the prime would shine. As for IQ degradation of the PLM at full focal length, I extend to 300mm but then back off slightly to +/- 275 and get acceptable results. The speed of focus is a gift. As always you need the proper tool for the particular job.
Forum: Photographic Technique 4 Days Ago  
Movies and still photography
Posted By gump
Replies: 15
Views: 593
Barry Lyndon was supposedly shot using only "natural" light. Would the technology of the time allow it?
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 4 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge #582 - Scenic Nature Landscape
Posted By gump
Replies: 9
Views: 335
Back road, Wind Cave National Park
Forum: Photographic Technique 4 Days Ago  
Movies and still photography
Posted By gump
Replies: 15
Views: 593
We watched Carol Reed's, The Third Man, earlier this week and it was the first time since I became half-way serious about photography. What struck me was there were few straight-on shots, cityscape or human portrait. Perhaps it was particularly noticeable in black and white. It was (almost) too much but said wake-up and think. This recalled The Duelists for color and contrast as an example of sets the mood. My background is dealing with history so there may be a bias. Of course, John Ford is a constant lesson in composition, especially "where is the horizon."

Please suggest other movies that are photography lessons. I find that repetition in a film get through to me better than looking at photographs.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-21-2022, 02:15 PM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By gump
Replies: 2,385
Views: 228,072
Hwy 87 Blue Bell area, Custer State Park, South Dakota. Many of the bridges in the park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. This bridge and the pig-tail bridge above were probably from that time, with multiple repairs and updates of course.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-20-2022, 03:10 AM  
Caption Contest CAPTION CONTEST: Open Jun 20th through June 27th 2022, 12PM NZ Time
Posted By gump
Replies: 7
Views: 330
There is an unconfirmed report that the local whiskey distillery accidently discharged into the lake.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-17-2022, 05:21 AM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By gump
Replies: 2,385
Views: 228,072
Pig-tail bridge in The Black Hills, South Dakota. When you pass under you continue on a tight curve to the right and pass over the bridge (one lane-two way traffic).
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-14-2022, 02:59 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #581 -- Grass
Posted By gump
Replies: 16
Views: 583
The Black Hills, South Dakota
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-14-2022, 06:29 AM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By gump
Replies: 2,385
Views: 228,072
Blue Bell Area, Custer State Park, South Dakota
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-10-2022, 02:00 PM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By gump
Replies: 2,889
Views: 278,228
TATONKA, The Black Hills, South Dakota
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-08-2022, 01:32 PM  
Thematic Sunsets
Posted By gump
Replies: 3,307
Views: 242,031
Often I like images but less often do I say, "I wish I had taken that." Outstanding.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-08-2022, 01:23 PM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By gump
Replies: 2,385
Views: 228,072
Beaver Creek Bridge (single lane), Hwy 87, The Black Hills, South Dakota
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-25-2022, 06:52 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #579 - Perfect imperfections
Posted By gump
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Maybe a few small repairs before winter.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-24-2022, 11:10 AM  
Weekly Challenge WINNERS- #578- I spy something beginning with .... M
Posted By gump
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Noel,

Thanks for the HM and kind words. I have attached a "mostly unedited" color version of the mission church per your request. Ansel Adams shot here a wee bit before me.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-24-2022, 04:51 AM  
Caption Contest CAPTION CONTEST Now through to 17:00, 31st May 2022, NZ time. (30th May in the USA)
Posted By gump
Replies: 14
Views: 534
“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.”

Mark Twain
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-17-2022, 11:32 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #578 - I spy something beginning with ... M
Posted By gump
Replies: 15
Views: 636
Mission Church, San Francisco de Asís, Rancho de Taos, New Mexico
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-16-2022, 02:42 AM  
Caption Contest open now closing at 8 PM US Central time zone May 23 2022
Posted By gump
Replies: 13
Views: 481
Another 500 foot drive, 250 up, 250 down.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-08-2022, 09:14 AM  
Caption Contest Caption Contest - 8th May to 15 May 2022, NZ time.
Posted By gump
Replies: 14
Views: 469
My agent says this gig will get me a screentest for the next Tim Burton movie.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-06-2022, 11:10 AM  
Overseas KP purchase
Posted By gump
Replies: 14
Views: 927
I "window shop" cameras and lenses as a way to waste time. Recently, Amazon had a used KP for 900 usd. By that measure the deal you have (with grip) is good. The lack of KPs in the used market makes a meaningful price range impossible. I bought a Ks2 as a backup for my K70. It arrived with aperture block so it was returned. I immediately liked the ergonomics and was sad to see it go. As there were many similarities to the K70 I thought it a good 2nd camera. Bought the KP when it was 700 and to answer you question, absolutely no regrets. Is it a meaningful upgrade? I would think so. I believe you will get better images and the bells and whistles are convenient. I would add some weasel words. I shoot landscape and man-made stuff associated with it. The KP is fine if not outstanding. As you will see in all reviews the K3 III is the guy for wildlife and other action stuff. Get the tool that is appropriate for the job.
Forum: General Photography 05-02-2022, 10:18 AM  
Black and White vs Monochrome - so there is a difference
Posted By gump
Replies: 20
Views: 1,364
Indeed! After both eyes are done it is a whole new world.
Forum: General Photography 05-02-2022, 02:11 AM  
Black and White vs Monochrome - so there is a difference
Posted By gump
Replies: 20
Views: 1,364
Prof in grad school was adamant that "Clear speaking leads to clear thinking." In her presence, you were extremely careful to use the proper word/term. Things are, of course, a tad more creative in the real world.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-25-2022, 03:20 AM  
Weekly Challenge CAPTION CONTEST April 17-24
Posted By gump
Replies: 13
Views: 669
"Scots, wha hae. . . ." Kerrowdown wins. Note to Jumbleview, this is in The Painted Desert. Ain't it just like a Pentaxian to shoot B&W.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-22-2022, 04:34 AM  
Rokinon FE14M-P 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens - Amazon Warehouse $90.70
Posted By gump
Replies: 4
Views: 584
This appeared in the morning (US EDT) for $85. I would have not hesitated but for having a Rokinon 16mm. The positive reviews for these lens are IMO accurate.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-21-2022, 10:04 AM  
Hello from Michigan's UP.
Posted By gump
Replies: 6
Views: 230
A Yooper, eh. Welcome. Did ya get your deer?
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-17-2022, 10:28 AM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest - April 11 to April 17, 2022
Posted By gump
Replies: 19
Views: 787
OK it's up. No grass on this one!

CAPTION CONTEST April 17-24 - PentaxForums.com
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