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Forum: Contest Voting 2 Minutes Ago  
Blue Ridge Sunset
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 5
Views: 26
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 23 Hours Ago  
Weekly Challenge #518 Lost or Discarded Objects
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 1 Day Ago  
Basic Photo Software
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 19
Views: 705
I recommend Faststone - it's free, does a lot. FastStone Image Viewer - Powerful and Intuitive Photo Viewer, Editor and Batch Converter
If you really need a catalog, PS Elements has that, and 3 levels of use - basic, guided, and expert (has a lot of sliders to adjust settings). I tried tagging, but it was too much time for little reward for me. Some photos used 8 tags. I just have them in specific folders.
Forum: Photo Critique 2 Days Ago  
Landscape Dry Creek foliage
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 11
Views: 1,218
I seem to frequently crop other's photos for critique. I sort of like the spatial relationship of the foggy background, but I ultimately settled on cropping off the top where the small branches enter the yellowish clump.

I stopped at most of the falls along the Umpqua River 10 years ago. Falls were nice, blown-out sky not so much...
Forum: Photo Critique 2 Days Ago  
Nature Schwarzes Moor
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 239
The color version shows the difference in the plants better.
Forum: Photo Critique 2 Days Ago  
Machinery Lost Horse Mine
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 2
Views: 966
I would increase the contrast to get darker blacks. The crop is a bit tight - I would like to see the edges of the structure.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest- November 18 to 26
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 23
Views: 904
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Caption Contest Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2020
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 12
Views: 530
Contest ends at midnight Dec 5, 2020.

Any forum member may invent and post a caption for the photo as a reply in this thread.

All readers of the thread, including those posting captions are encouraged to vote for any and all of the captions they appreciate by "Liking" them using the Forum's LIKE feature ('thumbs up" turns green when clicked). At the end of the contest period, the host will compare the votes and report who won. In the case of a tie, the Host will break the tie (possibly a third entry), but will not otherwise submit a caption or vote.

The winner will be notified ASAP by the current host by PM and posting the winner in this thread. The new Host should post a link in this thread to the new contest thread.

Submissions should be via text (no video or audio files) - any caption, limerick, motivational poem or verse or prose is permitted - whatever inspires you to describe the photo or catch attention. Contestants may submit more than one entry but it must be in a separate post for voting purposes.

IMPORTANT:

Even if you do not submit an entry, please "like" any postings you feel deserve it as this is how the winner is chosen. If you DO SUBMIT an entry, please also find an entry that you like among your competitors efforts and "like" at least one of them as well. Enter often, vote more often, and most importantly, HAVE FUN !!! Remember, you can 'vote' for more than one entry if you choose to do so.

If the image is too big for you, edit your account "Settings and Options" for a smaller display size.

Forum: Photo Critique 5 Days Ago  
Landscape Driftwood
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 8
Views: 250
I would crop off about 1/2 of the foreground to get the driftwood off the center.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
I got my k-50 on air miles, and know nothing about settings or anything. need help !
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 28
Views: 833
You do not need to read the manual all at once. Read the Getting Started section. Use camera. Reread GS again. Use camera. Read next chapter. Use camera.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 5 Days Ago  
First camera found again 42 years!
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 27
Views: 616
Welcome to the forum!

Photos, or it didn't happen... :p
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-24-2020, 11:01 PM  
Weekly Challenge #517 Architectural Details
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Stairway to heaven at Griffith observatory.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-24-2020, 10:41 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners - Weekly challenge 516 - early / late hours
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Thanks for the second place. That Eiffel tower is the one in Las Vegas, though I have been to Paris as a kid.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-24-2020, 10:33 PM  
Black & White Ta Prohm
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 5
Views: 246
My first impression is that everything is leaning a bit to the right - perhaps it is in real life. Second is that I want to see more of the building, less of the steps - though a higher viewpoint seems unavailable.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-22-2020, 06:40 PM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 982
Views: 560,711
Hollywood Forever.

William Beaudine began as an actor in 1909, and assisted director DW Griffith on The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance. By age 23, Beaudine had directed his first picture, and directed shorts until 1922. In 1926 he made Sparrows, starring Mary Pickford, and Beaudine had at least 30 credits before the sound era. After working in England, Beaudine had trouble getting high-paying work in the US. In 1940 Beaudine was asked to direct an all-black-cast feature for $500 for one week's work. Beaudine knew that if he accepted this job, he would henceforth be associated with low-budget films and would never command his old salary again, but with his finances at a low ebb Beaudine accepted the assignment. Producer Jeb Buell hired Beaudine to direct Misbehaving Husbands (1940), noteworthy at the time as the comeback feature of silent-screen comedian Harry Langdon. William Beaudine became a low-budget specialist, recouping his financial losses through sheer volume of work, including directing half of the 48 The Bowery Boys comedies. Walt Disney hired him to direct some TV projects and the feature western, Ten Who Dared (1960). Beaudine became even busier in TV, directing Naked City, The Green Hornet, and dozens of Lassie episodes. His last two feature films were the horror-westerns Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter. By the end of the decade he was the industry's oldest working professional.


Chris Cornell is best known as the frontman for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Three of Soundgarden's albums would be certified platinum, including 1994's 'Superunknown', which featured "Black Hole Sun", "Fell on Black Days", "Spoonman" and "My Wave". In 2001, Cornell and former members of Rage Against the Machine formed Audioslave. The group released three albums before announcing its split in 2007.
Shortly after burial...

Today...


Richard Monsour, known professionally as Dick Dale, was a left-handed rock guitarist. Dale's performances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa in 1961 are credited with creating the surf music phenomenon. The instrumental "Misirlou" (1962) is a surf-rock version of a folk song considered as Dale's signature single. He learned the piano when he was nine, was given a trumpet in seventh grade, and later acquired a ukulele. His uncle taught him how to play the tarabaki. Dale worked with Leo Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers which pushed the limits of the technology. Dale and the Del-Tones performed both sides of his single, "Secret Surfin' Spot" in the 1963 movie, Beach Party, and performed the songs "My First Love," "Runnin' Wild" and "Muscle Beach" in the 1964 film, Muscle Beach Party. "Misirlou" was featured in the movie Pulp Fiction. In 2009, Dale was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, and in 2011 into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, in the Surf Culture category.


1927 recording of the original folksong, Misirlou.















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Dale and the suit-and-tie Del-Tones, taken from the film "A Swingin Affair" released in 1963.















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Better sound, with Pulp Fiction clips.















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Excellent 1995 version, but distracting video.















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Interview with details of making amplifiers.















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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-19-2020, 11:40 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest- November 18 to 26
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 23
Views: 904
Coming in for what seemed to be a perfect 4-point landing, the gopher hole would claim another victim...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-19-2020, 11:36 PM  
Caption Contest Nov 11-18, 2020
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 893
And if you are ever near Oatman, keep an eye out for these semi-tame burros. They may be in the middle of the road outside of town, and you will need to nudge your car past them. They also will literally bump into you downtown, hoping you will feed them hay pellets you can buy in that store.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-19-2020, 04:53 PM  
Caption Contest Nov 11-18, 2020
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 893
And @BigDave gets 5 votes for the win. Thanks for playing!
Forum: Photo Critique 11-18-2020, 11:54 PM  
Landscape Moonrise, Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 17
Views: 483
I would crop off a bit of the bottom - maybe 1/3 of the space below the building. The foreground does nothing for the image.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-17-2020, 12:11 AM  
Thematic Celebrities Graves
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 982
Views: 560,711
Eden, Mission Hills.

Samuel "Buck" Ram was a songwriter, popular music producer, and arranger. Though he graduated from law school and passed the bar, he never practiced law. He taught himself the violin, moved to New York, and became a music arranger. He wrote "The Great Pretender," "Only You (And You Alone)," and "Magic Town" for the Platters and produced all of their recordings. He also wrote, produced and arranged for the Penguins, the Coasters, the Drifters, Ike and Tina Turner, Ike Cole, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and Ella Fitzgerald.


Catya Sassoon was an actress, singer and model. Her father was Vidal Sassoon. She dropped out of high-school to model and eventually was a top teen model and on the covers of Seventeen, Brides and Cosmopolitan. Sassoon met 18-year old Luca Scalisi, who proposed marriage. Vidal Sassoon consented on the condition of a Jewish ceremony at his home. She made her film debut in the 1985 drama, Tuff Turf. Her subsequent divorce and ongoing drug habit caused her to enter rehab, and she had a drug-induced heart attack during treatment. By 1990, Sassoon was sober and in episodes of Hardball, Bloodfist IV: Die Trying, Secret Games and Dance with Death. In 1993, she landed the lead in Angelfist. Her last screen appearance was in 1995's action film, Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero. Sassoon was lead singer in an all-female group, Feline Force. She had two more marriages and three children. Sassoon died from heart attack caused by a drug overdose at a party.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-15-2020, 11:17 AM  
Weekly Challenge #516 - early / late hours
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 22
Views: 1,025
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-13-2020, 09:27 AM  
Caption Contest Nov 11-18, 2020
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 893
Temporary airbrush tattoos that last forever...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-11-2020, 11:48 PM  
Weekly Challenge Caption Contest: open, ends at November 10, 2020 at 8 PM ( 20:00 ) US Central Time
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 19
Views: 1,062
Thanks! New contest here.

Nov 11-18, 2020 - PentaxForums.com

Cheers.
~K
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 11-11-2020, 11:46 PM  
Caption Contest Nov 11-18, 2020
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 20
Views: 893
Contest ends at midnight November 18, 2020.

Any forum member may invent and post a caption for the photo as a reply in this thread.

All readers of the thread, including those posting captions are encouraged to vote for any and all of the captions they appreciate by "Liking" them using the Forum's LIKE feature ('thumbs up" turns green when clicked). At the end of the contest period, the host will compare the votes and report who won. In the case of a tie, the Host will break the tie (possibly a third entry), but will not otherwise submit a caption or vote.

The winner will be notified ASAP by the current host by PM and posting the winner in this thread. The new Host should post a link in this thread to the new contest thread.

Submissions should be via text (no video or audio files) - any caption, limerick, motivational poem or verse or prose is permitted - whatever inspires you to describe the photo or catch attention. Contestants may submit more than one entry but it must be in a separate post for voting purposes.

IMPORTANT:

Even if you do not submit an entry, please "like" any postings you feel deserve it as this is how the winner is chosen. If you DO SUBMIT an entry, please also find an entry that you like among your competitors efforts and "like" at least one of them as well. Enter often, vote more often, and most importantly, HAVE FUN !!! Remember, you can 'vote' for more than one entry if you choose to do so.

If the image is too big for you, edit your account "Settings and Options" for a smaller display size.

Touristy Oatman, Arizona.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-08-2020, 11:06 AM  
Abstract Hummingbird
Posted By SpecialK
Replies: 7
Views: 359
The framing is a bit tight at the bottom and loose at the top. I would crop a bit off the top and right for balance.
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