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Forum: General Talk 02-07-2021, 03:45 PM  
Origin of Covid virus.
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 18
Views: 858
A "a Tampon 18-300 mm lens"? I think you're trying to string us along with a story like that.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-30-2021, 06:15 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 54,877
Views: 2,345,326
Z is for candy bar.
IMGP2386 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2021, 06:55 PM  
What Are Your Experiences with 28mm Lenses?
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 119
Views: 5,339
I have the Vivitar (Komine) 28mm f2 Close Focus and it's a keeper.

At f2 it's pretty fast for night work.
Panorama Five planets and the Moon over Reno, Nevada by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fort Churchill startrails 2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9934 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1348 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Good with closeups
IMGP6814 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Jinx by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

fuschia by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Landscapes
IMGP6728-Pano dark by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8745 B&W-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0010 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP2898 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

It's probably my most used lens.
IMGP7872 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0117 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fishy by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fort Churchill pano 3 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2021, 10:41 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 395
Views: 15,134
OK. I'll stop saying things that you don't want to hear but I'm keeping the anti social misfit's decoder ring.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2021, 04:13 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 54,877
Views: 2,345,326
Zombie
IMGP6186 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Take that, zebra!
Forum: General Talk 12-31-2020, 01:49 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 395
Views: 15,134
Wear a mask... wash your hands.... social distance....I don't do any of those. Instead, I wear a foil hat, drool, mumble about aliens, and don't wash anything for a few days. It helps if you cough and sniffle once in a while. I call it "antisocial distancing". It's very effective. I often have the whole store to myself. No waiting in line. Even the cops keep their distance.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2020, 06:22 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
It ain't a party if there's no dancing pole!
IMGP6931 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
I'm in the mood for more party!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-25-2020, 10:26 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
I'll never smoke catnip with Willie again.
Oh, what a night.... by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Tis the season. How about some partying?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-15-2020, 04:17 PM  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 3,956
Views: 262,105
"Turn right at the next intersection and follow the road for about 135 miles. You can't miss it."
Project Shoal by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 12-14-2020, 05:40 PM  
What photographic opportunities do you have access to.....because of where you live ?
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 86
Views: 3,651
I live in the "Big Empty" (aka, the Great Basin), the region between the Rocky mountains to the east and the Sierra Nevada range to the west. It's a harsh environment with numerous ghost towns and lots of landscape.

1235 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Unionville, Nevada cemetery by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

The Needles by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0468 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Project Shoal by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


It's high desert with about 7" precipitation annually. The scarcity of water concentrates the wildlife around the few lakes and rivers.

Mustangs by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Wild horses in black & white by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

1403 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

1521 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Golden marmot by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9964 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Ruffled feathers by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

26197845654_248f7110b3_o by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1780 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Bald eagle by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


The population is largely concentrated in (depending on how you count) two metropolitan areas. Las Vegas and Reno. Three of the four largest cities in the state, Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas (and some smaller cities) make up the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The cities of Reno and Sparks comprise the other major metropolitan area. The seventh largest city in the state has a population of less than 20,000 people. A thirty minute drive gets me far away from any light pollution. A sixty minute driver gets me a camping spot that lets me avoid any human contact for days at a time. That sparse population along with the dry air and 252 sunny days per year, think night photography.


Night_Panorama by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1348 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1348 night-2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Lightning over Lahontan by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Fort Churchill startrails 2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0084 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Pyramid lake Startrails by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-14-2020, 05:06 PM  
Thematic The year that wasn't
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 3
Views: 499
Inspired by threads by lesmore49 What photographic opportunities do you have access to.....because of where you live ? - PentaxForums.com & timb64 Monthly Favourite from your local area - PentaxForums.com

This was the year that didn't happen. Lots of local events simply didn't happen this year. I didn't include events that occur everywhere like New Year's Eve or that I don't attend like Burning Man. These are the ones I missed this year.
River Festival
IMGP0767 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

WPD IMGP8616 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Reno Rodeo
IMGP0638 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0685 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Artown (a month-long celebration of the arts)
IMGP5768 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP5447 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP6940 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP3744 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Can I light that for you? by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Hot August Nights
HAN2010_pan2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMG_0005 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Balloon races
2010 balloon panorama by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Dawn Patrol by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

2010_balloon_races_pano_1 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP6295 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Air races
IMGP1494 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1767 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Precision flight by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0583 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

29666182541_0c8e4b43fd_o by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

29120892584_dda24800d2_o by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

29120895164_8ea6552f70_o by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Street Vibrations
IMGP7903-Pano deep 2 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP3642 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP3595 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP3650 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-12-2020, 12:13 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
Here's a Cooper's hawk with a pigeon it has just taken.
Cooper's hawk by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Keep hunting.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-11-2020, 09:30 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
IMGP3029 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
That was fun. More hunters!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-10-2020, 10:15 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
That made me laugh.

IMGP1300 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
My choices were either this turkey vulture or one of our local politicians scavengers and the vulture was cleaner, prettier, and actually useful.
Got any more scavengers?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-08-2020, 09:22 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
Sleep?!?!? It sounded like the hotel was in a war zone last night!
IMGP1525 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
The Nugget hotel/casino in Sparks, Nevada on July 4th.
Let's see another hotel if you have one.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-07-2020, 09:27 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
Sorry. The elevator is out of service.
IMGP3029 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP5504 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Actually, the east side of the Whitney Peak hotel in Reno, Nevada is a climbing wall. The elevators work fine...
IMGP8882 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

33418142523_0bc57a0065_o by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Let's see more lodgings!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-05-2020, 01:10 PM  
Thematic "Wing Span" (found in nature)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 200
Views: 16,781
Yellow headed blackbirds. (You do not try to eat a sandwich here!)
IMGP1819 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1739 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1468 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 11-29-2020, 04:04 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 3,740
Views: 308,535
My advice to my nephew on his wedding day. "Someday your wife is going to ask you what you think. Don't fall for it. She doesn't want to hear what you think. She wants to hear what she thinks, but in a deeper voice."
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-29-2020, 03:56 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 34,122
Views: 1,798,777
Binging on Bela Lugosi lilies.
IMGP6827 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Yes, the colors are real.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-29-2020, 03:47 PM  
Abstract Red
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 8
Views: 257
I know what it is. But i didn't know that they could be colored.
Forum: General Talk 11-21-2020, 07:35 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 3,740
Views: 308,535
Mary had a little sheep
and with this sheep she went to sleep
the sheep it was a little ram
Mary had a little lamb.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-21-2020, 05:45 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 54,877
Views: 2,345,326
Neowise
IMGP2161 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-21-2020, 05:40 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 34,122
Views: 1,798,777
I spy Art Deco
IMGP7955 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-14-2020, 03:57 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 16,321
Views: 881,645
Looking up at a Ford Trimotor overhead.
0131 B&W by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Looking down from that Ford Trimotor
IMGP0014 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Keep looking up or down. I'll be here all week. Bring your friends!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-13-2020, 09:23 AM  
Misc Smoking? Or nonsmoking?
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 4
Views: 302
This is the usual view from home...
IMGP1237-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

This is the view for the last several weeks....
IMGP2334-Pano-3 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

This is from the fires on the west coast. And I don't live in Washington. Or Oregon. Or even California.
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