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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-04-2017, 05:09 AM  
Guardian Angel
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 0
Views: 76
This is a tombstone in the graveyard at Waikaraka Park Cemetery. Established in September 1890.
Its such a peacefull place where i used to go for my lunch break.
Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand, 1990
Kodak Technical Pan film @ 12ASA.
printed onto Ilford fibre based multigrade paper, bleached and kodak sepia toned and then with Agfa Viradon to give more depth to the shadows.
Kodak sepia produces a yellow/brown tone all over.
Agfa Viradon tones the darker parts a darker red/brown, the longer its processed the darker it gets.
This print is mounted in a gold frame rescued from the tip and restored, has been on display for 20 years and has not faded at all due to the achival treatment in processing.
This is real black and white,shot on film, developed in chemicals, printed on paper in darkroom, toned twice in chemicals, not digital converted to b&w and messed around with Photoshop.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-08-2017, 10:46 PM  
Little waterfall
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 4
Views: 167
thanks Dave, spent the whole day there getting lots of shots and trying out different things
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-03-2017, 07:16 PM  
Little waterfall
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 4
Views: 167
thanks, is a excellent spot to chillout for a day.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2017, 06:05 PM  
Little waterfall
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Little waterfall in the Warren River, Moons Crossing, between Pemberton and Northcliff, SW Western Australia.
set lens to closest focus and moved in till sharp, held my breath for the 1/4sec exposure. had to wipe water off the lens.

Model PENTAX K-3
Shutter Speed 1/4 s
F-Number f/29
Exposure Bias Value 0.00 eV
Metering Mode Pattern
Flash Off, Did not fire
Sigma 18-200
Focal Length 200 mm
Date/Time Original 16/02/2017 6:22:24 PM
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2016, 10:58 PM  
Westfield Heron Reserve IR
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Thanks for the comment, and it must be a work cos i seen it on the internet.

The k10 is getting a bit old having done well over 20 000 IR photos and 10MP is small compared to modern cameras.
The converted camera has been so much better than IR filters and am planing to do the same as you with the k3 in the future.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-02-2016, 06:08 PM  
Westfield Heron Reserve IR
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Westfield Heron Reserve in Kelmscott, Western Australia. On my afternoon walk with the dog and camera.
Shot with an infrared modified DSLR camera, 1RAW HDR in Photomatix pro5
Have a look at the ‘Electro-magnetic spectrum’ there is only a tiny slice that we can see.
Visible light is 400-700nm and my camera ‘sees’ in the 650-1000nm range and then converts it to a suitable range for our eyes. As chlorophyll reflects IR it will show up bright.

Model PENTAX K10D IR680nm
Lens Pentax DAL 35 mm f2.4
Shutter Speed 1/400 s
F-Number f/8
Exposure Bias Value 0.00 eV
Metering Mode Pattern
Flash Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
White Balance Manual white balance
Date/Time Original 12/10/2014 3:59:14 PM
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-08-2016, 03:10 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 1,825
Views: 51,927
this will match my user name perfectly
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-06-2016, 04:59 AM  
Storm off Point Perron, Western Australia
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 12
Views: 434
Never had a problem with the K20 in low light, its easier to use than the K3.

---------- Post added 08-06-16 at 08:01 PM ----------

Didn't get cold till I got rained on soon after this shot.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-06-2016, 08:21 PM  
Storm off Point Perron, Western Australia
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 12
Views: 434
Point Perron after sunset with the moon giving some light, it was getting too dark to shoot and even a bit dodgey walking around on the rocks. Rockingham, Perth, Western Australia
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-09-2011, 10:51 PM  
Birthday Giveaway Discussion/Questions
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 174
Views: 20,384
generic batteries usually have more power than original pentax eg, my X70 original is 925mah the generic is 1500mah and gives me twice as many shots, so check power rating on your batteries.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-28-2011, 11:40 PM  
Birthday Giveaway Discussion/Questions
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 174
Views: 20,384
the times to enter say EST
what time zone?
EST usa?
EST Australia?
more info please
Forum: Pentax K-r 08-27-2011, 07:01 PM  
question regarding cheap battery of ebay
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 20
Views: 5,754
i have K10 and k20, 2 pentax batteries and 5 generic cells and a 'Travor' grip.
the generic cells now hold more charge than pentax cells and were 1/10th the price.
Camera house in Perth wanted $88 for a pentax cell and $280 for pentax grip.
generic parts from ebay = $8 per cell and $64 for grip with 2 cells.
the generic charger also works in the car from cigarette lighter when im travelling and can charge off my solar cell.
Genuine pentax ir remote cost $45 and failed after 3 uses, generic 1 still going after 3 years $12.

For the K100 I have even got the Travor grip with a 6v 2200mah Li-ion battery instead of using 4x AA's and it is brilliant, 800 shots miniumum between charges.
that can also charge in car.

Nicad's and NiMH are so last century, under powered and obsolete.
Im now making LED lighting for macro with 14500 Li-ion AA cells and using same system for camping lights and underwater camera lights.

Im very pleased with the ebay parts.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-17-2011, 05:42 PM  
Getting my lens lineup under control
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 20
Views: 2,785
Downsizing is such a dirty word!
ive sold my istDL to a friend with a 18-50 but still have 3DSLR bodies, K100, K20 and a infrared dedicated K10 and a X70 cos its light. Olympus underwater pocket camers for snorkelling. too many lenses to count from 8mm to 2600mm.
standard kit would be a Sigma 18-200 zoom, 8mm fisheye, Pentax 50mm f1.4, Tamron 90mm macro. swap bits when i need. maybe the sigma14mm f2.8 on the IR camera as well.
got 100's of cameras, lenses and bits in collection going back to 1912 1/4 plate camera.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-03-2011, 04:59 PM  
Theme Contest #55: March, 2011 (Spring)
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 16
Views: 10,930
spring and autumn dont mean much here in Perth.
we have had the last couple months above 30 C.
first rain for several months last week for 1 hour.
cyclones coming down the coast all wind and no water.
the trees dont change colour and drop their leaves.
summer looks like winter.
i'll wait till theres a subject that means something.

wouldnt mind a bit of your boring Irish weather.
send us some of your rain please.
Forum: Sold Items 01-31-2011, 04:04 AM  
For Sale - Sold: All my Pentax gear: K-7, K10D, 10-17mm, Sigma 30mm 1.4, FA50mm 1.4 , more. (C
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 19
Views: 8,125
im interested in the K10 and the flash gear.
will you post to Australia?
ive had other gear from USA at reasonable rates.
Forum: Sold Items 01-31-2011, 03:38 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-FA 50mm f1.4 (Worldwide)
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 2
Views: 2,330
im interested in the 50mm f1.4.
is it still for sale and how much to post to Perth WA.
email me at
thanks Mark
Forum: Sold Items 12-10-2010, 09:11 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax goodies for Sydney Australia (AUS)
Posted By BigAndRed
Replies: 15
Views: 5,316
im interested in the flash.
does it work full TTL on the K10?
if so, how much?
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