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Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2019, 06:02 AM  
Machinery 69 Mustang
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 6
Views: 193
I went to a car show n' shine yesterday, and saw this beauty in the carpark outside. I would've liked to zoom out a little, but I couldn't allow another parked car on the right to spoil the shot.

Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-20-2019, 07:13 AM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - October - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 458
Views: 10,682
One raffle ticket. Thanks.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-19-2019, 08:52 PM  
Machinery Classic Car Meetup
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 9
Views: 202
Cheers. Yeah, I was trying to be slightly 'artsy' with that one. I figured people might look at the thumbnail and wonder 'What the hell is that?' :D



Yep, we had 245ci and 265ci straight six hemi's available as well as the V8's. Were the hemi sixpacks not a thing in the US? I honestly don't know all the in's and out's between the US and Oz regarding Mopar.



All very true, sadly. I couldn't wait to get my drivers licence as a kid. So much so, that I started driving at 12, lol (where it was safe to do so, of course)



Definitely the Dodge Charger. It's right up there with the 69 Mustang - absolutely gorgeous cars.





Sweet! There were a few at the meetup last night. They're getting rarer every day. So, much respect for your son-in-law for keeping them alive a bit longer.





Thanks for the comments, everyone. It was difficult selecting just 6 photos for the original post :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-19-2019, 06:53 AM  
Machinery Classic Car Meetup
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 9
Views: 202
A mixture of Australian and American cars from a meetup that I attended earlier this evening.











Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2019, 07:37 AM  
Macro Water Bead On A Rose Leaf
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Thanks! I went in for the roses, but ended up preferring the silver beads on the leaves below it.

I might as well post the actual flowers, too for a sense of completeness :D

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-15-2019, 09:25 PM  
Macro Water Bead On A Rose Leaf
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 4
Views: 141
The reflected grey skies gave the water bead an almost quicksilver appearance.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-05-2019, 04:16 AM  
Architecture Hart's Mill
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 5
Views: 173
True, I probably should've said 'one of many old buildings' :)

And, I agree. The playground is very stark in contrast. I got a shot of it from the other side on a different day, but the sky was just boring old blue :D

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-04-2019, 04:07 AM  
Architecture Hart's Mill
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 5
Views: 173
One of the few heritage buildings in my local area - Port Adelaide, South Australia.

Hart's Mill (built in 1889)

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-04-2019, 03:34 AM  
Is this sharp? - Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 31
Views: 1,660
It's come along way since those days. Mostly in terms of ease of use and durability, but LiPo batteries, brushless motors and 2.4GHz radios have removed a whole lot of headaches, although some things never change :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2019, 07:55 PM  
Sports RC Buggy - Mid Flight
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 6
Views: 136
I manually focused on the area where I wanted to catch the cars mid-air, then tracked the cars on their approach and pressed shoot with the camera moving when I felt they were in the right spot. A bit hit and miss, but when timed right it works well.

Cheers for the positive comments, everyone :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2019, 09:21 AM  
Sports RC Buggy - Mid Flight
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 6
Views: 136
It can be quite challenging to shoot these radio controlled cars. They're only about a foot long and travel surprisingly quick.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-02-2019, 06:31 AM  
Is this sharp? - Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 31
Views: 1,660
Yes, I'm coming to grips with a much longer lens than I'm used to, and I've had a bit of a chance to test it in the environment that it was intended. Small, fast moving radio controlled race cars.

I still have some work to do, but I'm happy enough with the sharpness.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-15-2019, 07:50 AM  
Is this sharp? - Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 31
Views: 1,660
Thanks for the input, everyone. It probably is just a case of me needing some more time to come to grips with this longer lens. Getting a sharp image from my Sigma 17-50mm was so easy. Plus, I'm still getting familiar with my K5's auto-focusing coming from a 100D.

I'll try bringing it back from 300 a bit with some different apertures and go back to manual focus. I don't normally use auto, but after getting some soft images at 300mm manually, I thought I'd try relying on the camera's focus and thought that f11 would have deeper DoF.

Cheers.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-15-2019, 03:33 AM  
Is this sharp? - Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 31
Views: 1,660
Wow, this is all very interesting. Thanks for the replies everyone.

You're right. Sorry the images aren't better suited for testing purposes and/or under exposed. It was a bit random this afternoon. Here's a couple more at closer range though (more like 6' instead of 25'). All of them were focused on the centre spot.





I'll try to get some better ones tomorrow.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-14-2019, 11:44 PM  
Is this sharp? - Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 31
Views: 1,660
I recently bought a DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR lens, but I'm not 100% sure that I've ended up with a good unit. I've read the reviews for this lens on the forum and I've noticed some people saying that they ended up with a dud lens that wasn't very sharp at 300mm. And after my first test run (just in the backyard) I wasn't satisfied with the images that I was getting. I thought maybe I just wasn't holding it steady enough (I'm more used to my Sigma 17-50mm which I'm really happy with).

So, what I've done here is zoomed the lens all the way to 300mm, sat it on a table, set it to a 2 second timer (stabilization off), auto focused on a K5 at f11 and took some shots of various objects in my yard with detailed textures as a test.

I'd love to get some opinions on the sharpness of these shots below. I'm not sure if it's just my eyes, or I'm expecting too much. I've uploaded them unedited to an image hosting site, so you'll find them to be clickable to see the original resolution.

I'm no photography expert, so if anyone has suggestions on a better way to test the lens, I'm all ears.





Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-06-2019, 03:16 AM  
Macro Garden Orb
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 1
Views: 175
Just a view of my backyard through a garden ornament with an SMC Pentax M 80-200mm f4.5

This is my first post in this section of the forum, so I hope hosting the image elsewhere and using a linked thumbnail is acceptable.

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-09-2019, 07:19 AM  
Rll bmw m8 gte
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 21
Views: 514
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-05-2019, 09:03 AM  
G'day From South Australia
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Thanks for the warm welcome. It's good to see such an active forum here in 2019. I'll post a couple more shots, but it's mostly models for now. I hope to expand my photographic sense now that I've just picked up a K-r coupled with an SMC Pentax M 50mm 1.7 :)







Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-04-2019, 10:52 PM  
G'day From South Australia
Posted By Vital-Blurs
Replies: 9
Views: 436
Hi all. My name is Travis and I'm from Adelaide, South Australia.

First off, I must say that I'm extremely impressed with the photographs that I'm seeing on this forum. You guys and girls are true artists creating some incredible works that belong in a gallery!

To be honest, photography isn't my main hobby, but it has pervaded my other hobbies which include racing off road radio controlled cars and building japanese model kits (mostly Gundam).

I started out about 6 years ago with an *IST DL with some cheap Sigma lenses as my RC club was just starting out and I figured photos would be a great way to promote it and gain some visibility on social media. It turned out to be quite fun and fellow racers seem to really enjoy having images of their car in action. I still have a lot to learn, but I can say that I've had a lot of practice shooting small, fast moving objects.

A couple of months ago I decided to invest into a better lens and went with a Sigma 17-50mm F2.8, only to discover that my old *IST DL couldn't handle HSM lenses. So I started looking for a new Pentax body and I believe I scored an amazingly cheap deal with a K100D Super that was wrongly listed on ebay as 'for parts / not working'. The issue was that the LCD live view apparently didn't work. Thanks to the research I'd done, I knew that live view wasn't actually a feature of the K100D Super, so I ended up only paying $29 for it and as far as I can tell it works perfectly. The shuttercount was only 300, too! Crazy for such an old camera.

Anyway, I should share a few photos and see how hosted images display on this forum while I'm at it. Thanks for looking and I look forward to learning what I can from the wealth of knowledge here.

*IST DL with Sigma 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 II Macro








And a couple with the K100D Super with the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8


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