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Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-25-2011, 06:17 PM  
Misc K-r spotted in the wild (sorta)
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 2
Views: 1,454
(Not really a proper pentax photo, but it is related, I swear!)

Welcome to Japan, the land of all things kitschy and aimed at having us spend ridiculous amounts of money on said kitschy things related to our hobbies.

Yesterday, I was walking along an area here in Kobe where all of the hobby/figure/anime/trading card/comic shops are.

Here, also, there are "Gachagacha" (or "gachapon") machines - an onomatopoeic term for capsule toy machines. (You know, stick in your money, turn the handle and a plastic ball with a toy inside pops out). As I was walking by, the Pentax logo caught my eye. There they were! Mini K-r's!!! I had to have one!



400 yen later, and two tries later, I was the proud owner of a blue and pink mini K-r and the one I really wanted, a white mini K-r to match my white K-x.



There's actually a spot on the bottom of the toy so that you can mount it to your hot shoe (which is how I took the second photo. I dont know why you would really want to do that, though, but hey, to each their own)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-08-2011, 07:18 PM  
Nature Shots from Nunobiki Herb Garden
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 2
Views: 1,690
Thanks! I'm hoping to go back up there once things are a bit more in bloom. The lavender fields are one of my favorites. A sea of purple <3
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-08-2011, 07:15 PM  
Nature 2011 - Williamsburg Garden Tour
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 2
Views: 1,346
Gorgeous! The second photo is by far my favorite. And I adore how the last tulip looks like satin
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-08-2011, 07:33 AM  
Nature Shots from Nunobiki Herb Garden
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 2
Views: 1,690
The weather was gorgeous this past weekend here in Kobe, so I decided to take the cable car up the mountain to Nunobiki Herb Garden (布引ハーブ園) with the intent of taking some photos. I'm still pretty much a novice and I haven't had the chance to go out picture-taking for a while. While things aren't blooming quite like they will be in a month, it was still a nice day to be constantly surrounded by the smells of various herbs. Everytime I brushed up against a bush of rosemary or thyme, the smell followed me around for ages!


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As always, the photos link to their respective flickr pages. Comments, criticism and suggestions are more than welcome!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-08-2011, 01:32 AM  
Landscape Waterfalls
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 5
Views: 1,364
I like the slightly closer crop in the second pic a lot. I'm always jealous of people who can get such silky-smooth water shots
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-07-2011, 09:20 AM  
Landscape A Room with a View
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 19
Views: 2,817
Gorgeous! I love how well-framed it is
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-07-2011, 08:36 AM  
Misc Fragrance Bottles
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 0
Views: 1,181
(click for flickr page and larger versions)

After a very, very, very long hiatus, I'm back and plan on trying to post more. Made it out with the camera for the first time in ages. Taken in the fragrance exhibit at Nunobiki Herb Gardens here in Kobe.

Comments, criticism and suggestions are always welcomed!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-28-2011, 02:36 AM  
Cityscape A World in Vertical (Osaka, Japan)
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 13
Views: 2,100
Thanks for the comments, everyone! I appreciate it. Reminds me that I have a ton of stuff I have to finish PP on and maybe get up the courage again to show stuff here. (I'm always overly self-critical. Combined with shy, this makes for hiding)


It's a Kenko Pro1D C-PL . I've gotten some great shots using it!



That lamp drives me insane. I didn't really notice at first until after I had posted this. I've gone back and edited it out in the file I have stored on my computer but never replaced it on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-27-2011, 12:56 AM  
Cityscape A World in Vertical (Osaka, Japan)
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 13
Views: 2,100
I used a CP Filter, but I don't recall using any praticular settings. I think I did minimal post-processing as well. Now that I remember, I think I might have added a very very slight vignette in PP
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2010, 06:32 AM  
People Sunset on Maiko Beach
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 2
Views: 1,768


It's been a while since I've shared anything! I've been so busy with preparations for the new English teachers coming. This weekend we took a ton of the new people to Maiko Beach here in Kobe and I took the opportunity to run wild with my camera.

I snuck this shot as a few friends watched boat traffic on the Osaka Bay crossing under Awaji Bridge as the sun set. Hardly a work of art, but I loved the way it turned out so figured I might as well share it.

Comments and criticism are always more than welcome!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2010, 08:43 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 6,202
Views: 944,943
Had my second one accepted today <3 I honestly didn't expect this one would make it through

Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-30-2010, 11:26 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 6,202
Views: 944,943
I had my first photo make it in <3

Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-17-2010, 04:13 AM  
News New Site Features: One-click thread rating, member map, navbar button, reputation
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 29
Views: 2,770
Same here! Would love to add myself if Japan is added in!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-13-2010, 07:25 AM  
People Pensive Stranger
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 8
Views: 3,560
Thanks again for your kind words and your advice , you guys, I really appreciate it! <3<3
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-13-2010, 07:08 AM  
What was your first camera and why did you get it?
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 84
Views: 16,344
I almost completely forgot about it, but my first camera was technically a hot pink Kodak Micky-matic 110 camera. I got it for Christmas in 1988, so I would have been 7 years old at the time. I remember being so amazed by the flash bars

I think a year or two later, I got a polaroid camera.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-12-2010, 06:56 AM  
Black & White Beautiful Frangipani in Reverse
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 3
Views: 1,159
I really love it reversed! It almost looks as though the flowers have been lacquered . Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2010, 02:32 AM  
Those of you with a white Kx -
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 46
Views: 9,433
I got my white K-x not long after their release here and I don't regret it at all. Yeah, DO you stand out a bit from all of the black cameras (especially when it seems like everyone and their mom in Japan has a Nikon). I actually think it's almost elegant looking!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2010, 07:31 PM  
People Pensive Stranger
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 8
Views: 3,560
She stood there in that same position, just looking out the window, for a good 15 or 20 minutes so who knows!

Thanks for the advice!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2010, 06:23 AM  
Landscape Glazier National Park
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 18
Views: 3,002
I'm in love with the colors and composition in the first shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2010, 05:48 AM  
People Pensive Stranger
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 8
Views: 3,560

(Click for Flickr page)


This young woman stood there, gazing out the windows of Kobe Port Tower's observation deck for the longest time. I couldn't help but wonder what was weighing on her mind.

Comments and criticism are always welcome! <3

(I wish I had changed my settings, but since I was trying to take a quick and stealthy candid shot of a complete stranger, I didn't get the chance)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-07-2010, 07:05 AM  
Night Jul-03 Fire works @ Penn's landing River front , PA
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 4
Views: 2,418
Man, making me miss home! I loved living in Philly around the 4th. Fireworks all the time. When I lived down in South Philly, we used to go out and sit on our roof to watch the Phillies fireworks.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-06-2010, 03:14 AM  
Landscape The Entrance Pool at Dawn
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 6
Views: 1,568
Wow..... I think that's all I can say. These are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-05-2010, 02:31 AM  
Architecture Vigil (Architectural Detail)
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 3
Views: 1,185
Thanks! I appreciate it
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-05-2010, 02:29 AM  
Nature Yellow Flowers on Green
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 2
Views: 1,586
Thanks for that! It's kind nice to have a vote of confidence when you're just starting out. The bold yellow is what attracted me to them at first!

I'm really glad I got this shot because the next day, some storms came through and knocked most of the flowers off the bushes!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-05-2010, 02:22 AM  
Landscape Falls 2
Posted By zephyrsky
Replies: 8
Views: 1,773
I agree with Adam. The composition, sharpness and smoothness of the water in that first shot is great!
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