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Forum: Pentax KP 2 Days Ago  
Getting the most out of my KP for landscape photography.
Posted By dlh
Replies: 24
Views: 573
I'm not familiar with the K7, but there's also an automatic horizon correction menu option you can apply in-camera in the K-1 and KP models.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
Hello from East Yorkshire
Posted By dlh
Replies: 22
Views: 759
Howdy from Virginia; I feel an irrational kinship with anyone from your part of the world, since my name is Hawes.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
New Pentax user from WV
Posted By dlh
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Congratulations on the upgrade to Pentax, and of having found the optimum site for good information. Also on having a great camera in one of the most beautiful regions on the planet for photography.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature Has anyone seen anything like this ?
Posted By dlh
Replies: 9
Views: 216
yup; at first I thought, "sure, we got bluebirds in West Virginia and Virginia". Then I saw the artifact.
It looks like an injury to me; and whether wire or stick, it's gotta hurt. biggest risk to the bird is infection.
Forum: Pentax KP 3 Days Ago  
Getting the most out of my KP for landscape photography.
Posted By dlh
Replies: 24
Views: 573
I'd echo @ramseybuckeye as well. I got the KP pretty much just for that purpose. I see that and the K3 as two different functional subsets of the K-1, and the K3 is more optimized for sport/action photography, I thought. As to the tripod, make sure it's good and sturdy, at least as much as you can arrange for, given that you're a hiker and will want to minimize weight as well. One in which the legs fold outward will collapse into a shorter package. Something like the SIRUI N-2205X would be optimal.

Also, look into the use of filters - particularly haze-cutting UV filters and neutral density filters. Lots of good stuff written about the effective use of such things.

Finally, make sure you've got something to your taste to ensure security against slap-and-grab and against drops and falls. All sorts of straps and things out there. And an appropriate bag/backpack, again, wildly varying in style. People have written a lot about what's the "best" of all these things in various threads throught the site; use the "advanced search" feature to find what you want to know.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Reflections, lets see them
Posted By dlh
Replies: 3,315
Views: 254,215
The young lady is clearly being reflective; or was I fooled by mere indecision?

One might argue that "mirrors, water, windows, etc...." indicates a limitation to optical reflections on the theory that "expressio unius alterius exclusio est", but "et cetera" is literally, "and other things". I thought it was a clever addition to the thread.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By dlh
Replies: 3,161
Views: 183,713
Looks like it must be rush-hour.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Jumping back into Pentax - KP, K1, or switch to another brand?
Posted By dlh
Replies: 55
Views: 1,694
And, apropos of that, I get all my lenses in FF (one exception DA* 55, which works pretty well on the K-1), since they will do well on APS-C (and I would say, generally outperform the native APS-C lenses) .
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New Pentax astro-photography video series on YouTube
Posted By dlh
Replies: 53
Views: 3,420
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Jumping back into Pentax - KP, K1, or switch to another brand?
Posted By dlh
Replies: 55
Views: 1,694
Selecting a camera is like choosing an apartment: you either get nice neighbors or a free swimming pool, or plenty of free parking, proximity to shopping, good location for road travel, etc.; you don't get everything. You've got to pick those qualities that are most important to you and optimize your priorities. These are all great cameras, just have their differences. And I see the K3 and KP as different functional subsets of the K-1. I find a good way to make comparisons is to use CameraDecision.com's head-to-head analysis tool. Just be sure that if you use a "click-through" to buy something, you do it off this website (see instructions at FREE Marketplace Access if you shop at B&H, Adorama, Topaz Labs, or KEH - PentaxForums.com).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Your FOOD shots
Posted By dlh
Replies: 260
Views: 16,999
What's left of thanksgivin'
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Courthouses
Posted By dlh
Replies: 12
Views: 340
Very impressive. Looks a lot like the interior of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. Most courts now prohibit carrying cameras into the building, so I expect such pictures will be rare.

I can't help wondering what lens that was, to be able to do so well at ten millimeters. Or was there a lot of distortion correction required?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By dlh
Replies: 763
Views: 39,126
Not at the time I'm thinking of. Fast food restaurants at that time minimized purchasing decisions in the interests of being able to move the stuff quickly. At McDonalds, for example, one's choices were limited to hamburger or cheeseburger, which Coca-Cola product you wanted to drink, and whether or not to get an order of (one size fits all) fries and/or fried apple "pie". Of course, at that time, the hamburger was eighteen cents, and three bucks would buy you a complete fried chicken dinner for four to six people at KFC.

I've never liked their fried chicken, so the last time I was in one of their stores was a long ago and far away. I think I've been kidnapped by extraterrestrials and transported to a different world, when I think back on what things were like then.

And, more apropos of the topic under consideration, I'll add my two-cents' worth: I don't want a new APS-C camera to come out. I may be compelled to buy one (unless, of course, it has a touch-screen or no optical viewfinder, then it can sit and rot for all I care, 'cuz I ain't buyin' one no matter what), and I love the KP just as it is.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Courthouses
Posted By dlh
Replies: 12
Views: 340
That's certainly true, though I don't see it as an inconsistent explanation. Having worked in courthouses for the past thirty years or so and seen the inner workings close up, I think the "dignity and honor" thing is a combination of propaganda and intimidation. It's important that the "just plain folks" take the judicial system seriously for purposes of social control. A professor of mine once explained the system of tort law as a big trick designed to make people stop hacking each other up behind the castle to settle personal quarrels. If they believe they can get "justice" from The System, then they'll be more placid and thus more productive (like sheep).

But that's all my own brand of hogwash pseudo-historical explanation, which matters not a whit. I reckon each of us has his own brand of hogwash and in the long run, none of it is worth the powder and shot required to blow it away. What's important is the pictures. Anyone can look at a picture and see what's there for himself. And, while I'm somewhat cynical about the motives for constructing such edifices, I do admire the architecture.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By dlh
Replies: 763
Views: 39,126
Last time I was in a KFC, there were no fries. The entire menu (other than beverages) consisted of fried chicken, cole slaw, biscuits, mashed potatoes, and gravy.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By dlh
Replies: 302
Views: 12,039
Probably been there for two hundred years; I reckon it'll survive a bit longer - only problem is that it's located in one of those official "historical districts", so it's going to cost the owners an arm and a leg to fix it up - so it may well just fall down so they can build something more useful on the site.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Game Guess what THAT is!
Posted By dlh
Replies: 53
Views: 1,868
Ok, no identification of the mystery kitchen tool. I still don't know what it is.
But try this one on for size - hint - a newspaperman from the 1930's ought to recognize it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By dlh
Replies: 27,090
Views: 2,326,506
World headquarters of the Fauquier Times-Democrat newspaper, established in 1817.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 6 Days Ago  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - December/January - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By dlh
Replies: 178
Views: 1,898
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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Thematic Photographed, as though through a glass, but not darkly.
Posted By dlh
Replies: 53
Views: 1,687
Not particulary "artsy", I suppose. But, y'know... light through glass, eh?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Reflections, lets see them
Posted By dlh
Replies: 3,315
Views: 254,215
Atmospheric.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By dlh
Replies: 527
Views: 33,138
Not so much "bad", as "dreary", I reckon.
Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
SD Card recommendations
Posted By dlh
Replies: 46
Views: 4,476
Probably; my guess is that the computerette that manages writing to the cards is a single-threaded process. But the practical answer is, "not so's you'd notice". I use two cards, and write raw to one and JPEG to the other. Though they never get half-full, my thought was that I could switch them at that point and balance out the memory capacity (otherwise, I'd run out of "raw space" way before I'd run out of JPEG space). I've never had a problem with the time it takes to write to the cards.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Landscape Follow the Old Stone Wall...
Posted By dlh
Replies: 44
Views: 575
Can't do much following on what's left of this one.
I believe the sign indicates that pedestrians are required to walk along the top of it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Thematic books, and the places they reside...
Posted By dlh
Replies: 20
Views: 574
Not entirely on-topic, but I couldn't help noticing the "Red Truck Bakery Cookbook" among those titles - so I felt compelled to post a picture of The Red Truck Bakery, Warrenton, Va.
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