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Forum: Pentax KP 12-10-2018, 05:59 PM  
Recs wanted, 3rd party D-LI109 batteries & travel charger, memory card
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 17
Views: 620
There is a company that makes 5volt USB powered chargers for camera batteries. I have posted them here before and will try to find the link again. Combine this with a power bank and solar panels, and you're good to go as long as the sun is shining.

---------- Post added Dec 10th, 2018 at 04:02 PM ----------

Here you go: Pentax DLI109 USB Charger

---------- Post added Dec 10th, 2018 at 04:08 PM ----------

And: Pentax DLI90 USB Charger
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-09-2016, 07:38 PM  
post your shots of the airplanes
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 1,233
Views: 165,071
de Havillands, Pika Glacier, Denali National Park and Preserve
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2018, 02:49 PM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 1,653
Views: 123,340
Are we counting individual lenses, or boxes of lenses?🤣
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-04-2018, 02:47 PM  
Landscape Talkeetna Mountains
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Nice shot. I love the light this time of year, and how it can break through the clouds onto the mountains. Mine are the Chugach. Hello from Anchorage.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-18-2016, 09:45 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 30,402
Views: 2,745,519
Willow Ptarmigan, Denali NPP
Early September, and we see the plumage changing to its winter color
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-12-2018, 07:10 AM  
The Just Released $49.99 New/Improved Version Of NIK Collection Is A Rip Off!
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 36
Views: 2,255
All that I can say is that I have a 64 bit system and use the free collection.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-09-2018, 01:24 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #423 - WINNERS - Too close for comfort
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Thanks to everybody for participating. Some really great entries here.

Notes:

aaacb: I love the story this photo tells, especially the background cop.

RGlasel: really captures the theme. Great shot.

Vaskebjorn: no, that kitten does not look comfortable at all! :lol:

Bruce Clark: Great look into the macro world. Predators come in all sizes.

atupdate: Very evocative, even without the background story this is a photo that begs interaction.

Tamia: Thanks for your rescue work! Great photo!

Hattifnatt: Love it! Can't say I would have been comfortable doing that myself! :lol:

jacamar: Great shot! Coyote has a cataract maybe?

sealonsf: Oh my! Yeah, no...not getting me out there like that! :lol:

SpecialK: Looks exciting!

dlneubec: Cute. Very artistic. Very shy.

Terry C: Yeah, I hope not in my bathroom! :lol:

noelcmn: Would not want to be on the receiving end of her wrath!

Honorable mentions:

3rd Place - RGlasel: nice tension between the obvious discomfort and no apparent way out of the situation.

2nd Place: Bruce Clark: terror on a tiny scale!

And the winner is...

1st Place - atupdate: I really like this picture. I find it reminiscent of a painting by Giorgio de Chirico. When reviewing the entries, I tried to imagine them in a gallery with only the contest title as the description. I kept coming back to this shot.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-08-2018, 05:44 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #423 - Too close for comfort
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 22
Views: 1,526
Apologies to all. I was overly occupied with a work project and entirely forgot to follow up with my duty here. I will get this closed this evening.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-26-2018, 06:04 PM  
Weekly Challenge #422 - WINNERS - Rural Landscape
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 16
Views: 1,197
Wow! Thanks! Color me surprised! Thanks for all the comments too.
I'll get the next contest up just as soon as I review the rules to find out what to do. 😃
I also want to look over what's been done recently, as I've been away from the forums a while and don't want to repeat anything.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 05-21-2018, 07:14 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #422 - Rural Landscape
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 30
Views: 7,750
Pipeline
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-27-2018, 10:58 AM  
Lens Reassembly and Clear Nail Polish
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 6
Views: 797
There's also purple, for small screws.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-01-2017, 07:58 AM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 907
Views: 130,565
Along "the haul road" aka: The Dalton Highway, about 140 miles south of Prudhoe bay and 360 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2017, 10:17 AM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 907
Views: 130,565
About 35 miles north of Wiseman, Alaska. Taken shortly before midnight, July 1, 2017.
I used this lens a lot this trip.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-01-2016, 07:54 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 3,772
Views: 811,103
The Alaska Railroad depot at Denali National Park. Looks like I was the first human to visit that day.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-15-2017, 12:55 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 3,772
Views: 811,103
Tundra
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-16-2017, 10:52 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 30,402
Views: 2,745,519
Came across this guy sitting on a post along the side of the road.
He decided he wasn't going to stick around for a photo session.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-02-2017, 05:53 PM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 1,784
Views: 155,523
Falls along Marion Creek, Alaska
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-16-2017, 09:42 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 1,784
Views: 155,523
Horseshoe bend on Marion Creek, Alaska
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-19-2017, 08:43 PM  
Inexpensive light meter?
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 13
Views: 1,666
There are some good apps available for smart phones
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2017, 10:42 PM  
Help me trouble shoot my -DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR at 300mm
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 25
Views: 1,843
Tell us more about your process. Shooting RAW? Processing workflow? Are you using the lens hood? Do you use any front filters? You turned IS off when using the tripod, right?
It is common for lenses to perform best stopped down a couple of stops. At least perform better than wide open.
While I have experienced low clarity/sharpness, I've not seen the glow you describe.
I shoot RAW+JPEG, and mainly use the JPEGs to decide which photos to process.
I've reduced the image size for posting here, but here's an example of a JPEG and the finished picture from the RAW file. Grey, cloudy day. Spent a lot of it shooting in light rain.
Finally, you might want to rent a higher quality long lens to see if that improves your results. Just my off-the-cuff thoughts.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-06-2017, 02:52 PM  
Montreal Photogrrapher refuses to shoot gay wedding - how would you handle this?
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 102
Views: 5,098
It becomes illegal when applied to a class of people. For example: if there were a pattern of these "difficult" clients being black, or Catholic, or disabled, or gay, then you would be in the wrong.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-06-2017, 10:47 AM  
Montreal Photogrrapher refuses to shoot gay wedding - how would you handle this?
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 102
Views: 5,098
"Nip this in the butt at the time of hire and you can save yourself a lot of heat after the fact."

Bud. The phrase you were reaching for is "nip it in the bud."
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-03-2017, 03:27 PM  
Photo book suggestions
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 20
Views: 1,558
Call me simple, but I like Costco.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 01-20-2017, 04:17 PM  
A Young Pentaxian's concerns
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 27
Views: 2,371
Thank you for your considered reply.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-06-2016, 09:44 AM  
Battery grip: yay or nay?
Posted By Quartermaster James
Replies: 106
Views: 13,660
Sorry to hear that.
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