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Forum: Pentax Q 04-04-2015, 04:59 PM  
Sticky: Adapted lenses tested on the Q : the reference thread
Posted By Pooky125
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Mine came stock with an extension tube. Decided to test it out at the gardens today. All taken with a Pentax Q.

Stopped down to probably f2.8ish?



Stopped WAY down, maybe F22?


These are all straight out of the camera.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-29-2008, 02:41 AM  
Post your best flower shot 2008
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 67
Views: 9,599
I'll say this one...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-18-2008, 05:51 PM  
Photo sorting software
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 16
Views: 4,483
I use MyPhotoIndex ( The free digital photo sharing organizer | My Photo Index ) Not sure if it's compatable with Vista, but definitely is with XP, reads PEF files just fine, and, after the initial load time, opens and runs pretty fast. Don't know what I'd do without it.
Forum: General Talk 12-18-2008, 05:16 PM  
Your OTHER cameras
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 38
Views: 9,962
Canon Powershot A540
Nikon Coolpix 5700 (on occasion)
Forum: General Talk 12-18-2008, 05:14 PM  
K100D For Cheap!
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 4
Views: 1,234
Agreed, I've purchased from them too. No complaints here what so ever. And for less then 250 shipped, it's well worth it if you know an aspiring photographer who has camera envy.
Forum: General Talk 12-18-2008, 05:14 AM  
K100D For Cheap!
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 4
Views: 1,234
On sellout.woot.com. Selling for 239.99 for a refurb. Worth checking out if you're in the market for such a thing.
Forum: General Talk 11-03-2008, 01:17 AM  
Cheap Pentax's On Woot Today
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 3
Views: 2,177
Woot : One Day, One Deal (SM) - Today only, ends at 10pm pacific time. Get them now, while they're a bargain!

Seriously though, they're a pretty reasonable company to order from, and hey, for 95 bucks, toss it in your glove box just so you always have one.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-18-2008, 04:45 PM  
DCL (dirt cheap lens) Club
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 173
Views: 66,369
Hmm, just last week I picked up an M50 f1.7, a Focal MC 135 f2.8 and a Gemini MC 28 f2.8 for a whopping 61$ shipped. I was pleased.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-08-2008, 04:36 PM  
I need a shoulder bag. Recommendations?
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 30
Views: 7,027
Yes! I have no worries about clunking it around when I'm out shooting around, and I'm not easy on it.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-08-2008, 01:21 PM  
I need a shoulder bag. Recommendations?
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 30
Views: 7,027
Have you looked into Crumplers? A 6 million dollar home might be just what your looking for.

Domke is also good, though I'm not familiar with their sizing, maybe someone else can help you out there.

What about going creative and picking up a nice messenger type back of your choice, and then getting some Domke inserts for it?
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-07-2008, 03:48 AM  
Portland/Seattle folks - trip in October
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 23
Views: 4,173
What about the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport? That shouldn't take you to long, would give you plenty of time for pictures at the beach, and a trip to Alsea Falls on your way back to I-5?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-02-2008, 09:18 PM  
Post Your PPG Rejects
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 1,115
Views: 131,452
Ooh, I'll play.


Forum: Photo Critique 05-12-2008, 02:19 PM  
Blue Mandarin Dragonette
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 3
Views: 1,928
Beautiful! Nice sharp little fish, although the picture looks a touch on the blue side to me.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-29-2008, 08:16 PM  
Potw #8
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 86
Views: 12,724
Thanks!




Thanks! That was with a Tamron 75-300mm at 75mm, and probably about 5 feet away.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-27-2008, 06:31 PM  
Potw #8
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 86
Views: 12,724
Here's mine. Taken yesterday.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-09-2008, 10:01 AM  
Flowers and Stuff
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 3
Views: 1,198
My attempt at an HDR, personally, I think I failed:






Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2008, 10:44 PM  
You won't believe what I "Bought"
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 77
Views: 10,380
Thanks! It's one of my favorites.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-25-2008, 10:41 PM  
What makes a good flower shot?
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 37
Views: 8,916
I tend to think interesting composition, is perhaps more important then color, shape, or quality of flower. One of my favorite flower shots, is of a dying daisy.




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2008, 12:36 PM  
You won't believe what I "Bought"
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 77
Views: 10,380
I have the 75-300 version. Little older, and macro only 1:4, but for the 130 I paid, Ii found it to be quite a little performer when asked of it.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-15-2008, 12:35 PM  
Point & Shoot Contest #4
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 22
Views: 8,705
My entries:

Taken with Nikon Coolpix 5700 at the Como Zoo Conservatory in Minnesota


Taken with the 5700 in Joshua Tree National Park in California

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2008, 10:44 PM  
Taking Pics of Fish
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 19
Views: 4,071
Youre quite welcome! The pics look great, especially the one of the cories! It could stand to be lightened up a bit, but otherwise its great! Show us more!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-02-2008, 02:09 AM  
Taking Pics of Fish
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 19
Views: 4,071
For inspiration only, you might want to head over to the aquatic photography forum. There are some incredibly talented photographers over there, with lots of great advice to help you out.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-01-2008, 09:31 PM  
Taking Pics of Fish
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 19
Views: 4,071
Because fish scales are often so small and delicate, the high ISO stands more of a chance of mushing out all the details. (keep in mind, I shoot a DS, so I'm not to sure how the newer models handle low light, and high iso situations...)

I keep the lens wide open a) because you'll have a faster shutter speeds, and as a general rule, with as little lighting as most aquariums have, you'll need every bit of it, and b) because the background plants and fish can make the picture more distracting then just having one, in focus fish.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-29-2008, 07:25 PM  
Taking Pics of Fish
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 19
Views: 4,071
I have a couple quick pointers for yeah.

Turn off all the other light in the room except the aquarium lights.

Fill the tank to the rim, so there's no light seeping between the water, and the hood. If you can't, a towel or a piece of black plastic will be your best friend.

Turn off your flash.

Close your blinds.

Shoot at night, but after the lights have been on for atleast an hour.

Don't try and follow the fish. Just pick a spot and wait for the fish to swim into it.

I'd move yor light source right up to the front of the tank, to illuminate that part the most, and cut down on shadows on the fish.

If you have an external flash, get a wireless controller for it, and set it up above the fish tank. It would be best to set it off a few times, so your fish don't panic, and let them get used to it before you try and take any pictures.

Have lots, and lots of patience. They can be stubborn creatures.

If at all possible, I'd drop your ISO as low as possible, and open your lens up to atleast 5.6. If you can get it to 4, it's certainly not going to hurt it any. You might have to bump your ISO up if you have fast moving fish, but I'd keep your aperature as open as you realistically can.

And, most importantly. Show us some pictures, to see how you're doing!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2008, 12:34 PM  
First Anniversary
Posted By Pooky125
Replies: 18
Views: 2,827
The first one, is quite nice. Not much else to say on that one.

The second one is quite lovely, and I don't find the tilt distracting at all. I'm still trying to figure out how you managed to take it in the first place.

I'll agree with Peter on the third shot. It's quite lovely as it is, but I think losing the bird could really make it pop.

I'm not much for PP, so I can't help you out on Watercolours, but it does seem to me that there might be a little something missing from it.

Due home is another lovely shot. Hope there's enough of it there for a nice print. Altough, the horizon looks a touch off to me...

Scullers' Rest I love, though it seems a touch on the dark side?

I think you're right on Morning Stroll. It would benefit from being in black and white. I don't find the lamp posts to be distracting at all, they just add another layer to the repetition.
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