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Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-02-2020, 11:58 AM  
Misc Thank you, Captain Obvious!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 10
Views: 225
I'm glad you all got a laugh. I wish I could take credit for the caption, but it's actually the punchline of an old joke. The image was taken at the National Championship air races in Reno, Nevada this year. This year STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) drag racing was added as a category. Here's a description from the air race web site, "The rules are simple. The two aircraft fly side-by-side as fast as they can down a 2,000-foot straightaway, land on or after marker and must come to a complete stop on heading before turning around. They turn around, fly back down the track and must land on or after the marker and come to a complete stop on heading at the start/finish line. The first pilot that comes to a complete stop wins the heat. Racers who donít come to a complete stop with the tail down before they make the 180-degree turn, while staying within 10į of heading are disqualified. Further, race pilots who touchdown or land before the marker on either the turnaround or finish are disqualified.Needless to say, itís not about altitude or even graceful maneuvers. It all comes down to pure speed. The race pilot must be an expert at both gaining speed and dropping speed as quickly as possible." The pilot in the picture is skidding the plane to bleed off airspeed to shorten the landing roll.

STOL videos stol racing - Bing video
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-01-2020, 03:16 PM  
Misc Thank you, Captain Obvious!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 10
Views: 225
IMGP0277 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


Pilot: "This has got to be the shortest runway in the world!"
Copilot: "Yeah. And the @$^@&^ thing must be a mile wide!"
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-30-2019, 11:03 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
That is sort of a hard one.
IMGP9976 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
So let's keep it dark. ISS not necessary.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2019, 06:42 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
IMGP0063 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0117 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Anyone got the International space station?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2019, 04:05 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
Iridium flare. My understanding is that the Iridium satellites have all been deorbited and the replacement satellites aren't on a predictable orbit.
IMGP6862 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Anyone got some lightning?
Forum: General Talk 12-06-2019, 04:18 PM  
Just in time for the Holidays - what not to try to get by TSA ( food related )
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 9
Views: 592
I tried to take an emotional support stripper on a flight with me once but her dancing pole wouldn't fit in the overhead bin.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2019, 02:09 PM  
Swan Princess
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 9
Views: 97
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2019, 02:05 PM  
Theme Immature Red-Shouldered Hawk
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14
Views: 114
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2019, 02:05 PM  
His Majesty Zed.
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 8
Views: 86
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-05-2019, 01:58 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
The fish is a wolf eel.
Since the next request is for something "tall and slender", I won't be posting a selfie. How about a pencil?
IMGP2906 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
It's actually a hot air balloon named "Pencil Boy". How about a picture of something flying?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-28-2019, 10:40 AM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 9,865
Views: 462,895
Maybe that turtle wants to borrow your lawnmower?
Forum: General Talk 11-26-2019, 09:12 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 2,018
Views: 166,112
I like spending quality time with the Spanish knight Sir Veza.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-26-2019, 09:08 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
IMGP0820 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

or
IMGP0356 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Next up...bubbles
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-19-2019, 07:03 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
One wall of my living room. The other walls, the floor and the furniture were all done by the same decorator.
IMGP6306-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
How about a ball? Pool ball. Football. Hairball
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-18-2019, 09:02 PM  
Milky Way lens?
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 33
Views: 1,540
All you need is a camera, a lens, and a tripod. Minimum gear to do it right would be adding a fast/wide lens, a remote shutter release, and the Astrotracer. If you really find that you enjoy night photography there are a lot more things in the night skies.
The Moon
The Moon and Mercury over Sparks, Nevada by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Eclipses
Blue blood supermoon by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Planets
Panorama Five planets and the Moon over Reno, Nevada by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Meteor showers
IMGP9558 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Selfie by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

The International space station
IMGP9976 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Iridium flares
IMGP6862 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Star trails
Fort Churchill startrails by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Lightning storms
IMGP7967 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0117 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0063 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

None of these images require any special equipment. Before you start shooting the Milky Way, you should also take a look on Youtube for instructions on post processing the Milky Way. Post processing is an important part of getting the images you want.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-18-2019, 07:13 PM  
Milky Way lens?
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 33
Views: 1,540
Snow camping will be a waste of time for the Milky Way. Unless you like snow camping. The galactic center (the brightest part) of the Milky Way is below the horizon until about mid-May. It will be at its highest point around mid-July and will sink below the horizon around mid-October. As for lenses, wide is good. Fast is good. Fast and wide is goodest best. The smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR is wide but slow..
IMGP1364 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

The A50 1.4 is fast but narrow. Stitched panoramas are a way around that.

Night_Panorama by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

My personal favorite is the Vivitar 28mm f2 'close focusing' with the Astrotracer.
IMGP1348 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

For the Milky Way you want to be away from lights and the camera aimed to the south. The Moon needs to be below the horizon or it will overpower the Milky Way. There are a lot of how to posts on the Forums here and you have plenty of time until May to learn and practice.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-16-2019, 04:00 PM  
Thematic The view upward (take part, please...)
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 570
Views: 21,098
IMGP0990 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0989 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-14-2019, 09:40 AM  
Thematic books, and the places they reside...
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 27
Views: 777
Now you've done it.
IMGP0540 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0864 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP6306-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr


When I don't want to sit at home...
FoL panorama_ by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0845 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

I volunteer with the local Friends of the Library. We take in donations of used books, clean them up and resell the books and the money is used to help the library budget.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2019, 04:38 PM  
Airshow lens advice
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 47
Views: 1,358
I love airshows! I carry two bodies (a K-r and a K5ii), a long zoom (Sigma 150-500), a couple of primes (an FA 100mm macro f3.5 and a Super Tak 200mm f4) an F 50mm f1.7 and a Vivitar 28mm f2 close focusing. Don't forget lots of batteries! And ear plugs. Thing happen fast at airshows and you don't have a lot of time to swap lenses. I seldom use the macro or close focus function but the lenses are sharp so I use the 100mm and the 28mm a lot. If you aren't familiar with airplanes the macro or closeup function might be useful for shots of engines, or instruments and such on static displays. I don't use a tripod or a monopod. They get in your way and they get in other spectators way. Someone will trip over them. I'm going to commit heresy here but at airshows I shoot jpegs only. Things are happening so fast that the camera buffer will quickly fill up with RAW images and you'll miss shots waiting for the buffer to empty. As TwoUptons mentioned there are two aspects of the airshows. For teams like the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels use a long zoom. For individual aerobatics you can use the longer prime. For static displays I like the sharpness of the 50mm and the 28. Stitched panoramas also work well for static displays.
The Bue Angels by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0635 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1767 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Precision flight by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0583 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Sigma 150-500

IMGP0197 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0257 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
FA 100mm macro f3.5

IMGP0089 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0092 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
F 50mm f1.7

IMGP0093-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP0106-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

air races pano 8 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Stitched panoramas
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-08-2019, 02:32 PM  
Astro A beginners guide to Astrophotography
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 67
Views: 6,855
In your neck of the woods Orion will rise about completely above the horizon at around 11:00 pm. A 50mm lens is good for Orion because it just about perfectly covers the sensor. If you're looking for something else astro to shoot, the Pleiades cluster in the constellation Taurus rises above the horizon at about 6:00pm and is visible all night.

IMGP0292 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
I'd suggest a 200mm and the Astrotracer function.

There are three meteor showers coming up between now and February. The Leonids peak on November 17-18. The Geminids peak on December 13-14. The full moon is Dec. 12th so it isn't an ideal time but it's a big shower. The peak of the Quantarids shower is January 3-4. It could be a pretty good show.
Perseids meteor shower by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8147 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
I'd use a 50mm or a 28mm for meteor showers.

There's also the International space station.
IMGP9976 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP1982 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
and Iridium flares.
IMGP6862 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Iridium flare by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Shedules for the ISS and Iridium flares can be found here Heavens-Above
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2019, 01:19 PM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
Unopened?
IMGP1525 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

or open?
IMGP1568 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Anyone got an umbrella? open or unopened.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2019, 08:07 AM  
post your shots of the airplanes
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 1,628
Views: 192,861
Separated at birth!
IMGP1808 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-05-2019, 08:04 AM  
PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - November - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 400
Views: 8,723
I'm over here!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-05-2019, 08:03 AM  
Photo Scavenger Hunt Game Continued - Part II!
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 14,260
Views: 713,945
Six frames stitched in LR.
IMGP4834-Pano by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
How about a ladder?
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-04-2019, 01:30 PM  
October, 2019 Third Place: Conehead Mantis
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 53
Views: 1,420
I would like to nominate this photo
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