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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-17-2020, 04:17 PM  
Chest harness suggestion that is compatible with tripod mounting
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 9
Views: 677
Yes, along those same lines. On my setup, the camera probably has a little more freedom of movement. My goal was not so much to tightly secure the camera, it was to get the camera weight off my neck still be readily available. It also helps counter the weight of the backpack giving me a more front/back evenly distributed load. Here's a couple of quick pics I made of it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2021, 01:57 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By WPRESTO
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Views: 2,303,331
Trajan's Column, lower section and two details. An extraordinary work of art.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2021, 01:01 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By eddie1960
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Sunset

Untitled by Eddie Smith, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2021, 11:08 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By noelcmn
Replies: 54,377
Views: 2,303,331
Quizzical
Blue Waxbill by Noel Bowers, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-06-2021, 05:06 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By ramseybuckeye
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Morning
Crisp Morning by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-06-2021, 08:39 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By ffking
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Fox (:))

urban fox by Graham Hobbs, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2021, 09:28 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By cartesio
Replies: 54,377
Views: 2,303,331
Upples. :D

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If I am still allowed to propose, I would change to fruit.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-03-2021, 05:06 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By WPRESTO
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Views: 2,303,331
Burr. A focus stack made and posted about six years back, but I came across it recently when looking for another image and thought it was worth reposting. One of the most satisfactory focus stacks I've done.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-04-2021, 12:12 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By timb64
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Leaf

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-04-2021, 11:44 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By noelcmn
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Views: 2,303,331
Karabo, the Cutie pie
Karabo by Noel Bowers, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 06-05-2017, 10:41 PM  
Life pro tips. Don't use rice to dry electronics.
Posted By swanlefitte
Replies: 3
Views: 1,123
Just read this on reddit.
LPT: 15 years Repairing Electronics Here: With Liquid Damaged Electronics, DON'T Use Rice, Instead Use A Fan (explanation inside) : LifeProTips
I've spent nearly 20 years repairing liquid/water damaged electronics. More specifically, cell phones. In the old days, we'd open the phones up, clean the corrosion, resolder, etc. Recently, they've (the manufacturers) moved away from local repairs and moved more towards warranty replacements, swap outs (FRU = factory replacement units) & insurance. Now if you want your electronics repaired locally, you have to visit 3rd party independent people since you can no longer have it done in a corporate-ran store.

I know rice is the go-to recommendation for water damaged phones and other electronics, and it works, to an extent. It will passively absorb moisture. Unfortunately, you don't want to passively absorb the moisture, you want to actively remove the moisture as quickly as possible. The longer the moisture is sitting on those circuit boards, the higher the risk of corrosion. And corrosion on electrical components can happen within just a few short hours. If the damage isn't severe, we'd take contact cleaner (essentially 92% or better rubbing alcohol, the higher the percentage, the quicker it will evaporate) and scrub the white or green powder (the corrosion that formed) with a toothbrush to remove it. If that corrosion crosses contacts, it can cause the electronics to act up, fail or short out. The liquid itself almost never is directly responsible for failed consumer electronics, it's the corrosion that takes place after the fact (or the liquid damaging the battery, a new battery fixes this issue obviously).

Every time I see someone recommend rice I kinda twinge a little inside because while it does dry a phone out slightly better than just sitting on a counter, it really doesn't do much to prevent the corrosion that's going to be taking place due to the length of time the liquid has had to fester inside the phone or whatever.

What you want to do is set the item in front of a fan with constant airflow. Take the device apart as much as you can without ruining it (remove the battery, etc) so that the insides can get as much airflow as possible. Even if it's not in direct contact with the air, the steady air blowing over the device will create a mini vacuum effect and pull air from inside. It's just a small amount but it's significantly better than just allowing the rice to passively absorb the evaporated moisture. True, rice can act as a desiccant, but a fan blowing over whatever is orders of magnitude faster.

I personally will take apart a piece of electronics completely, and put those items in front of a fan, and if you have the relevant knowledge, I highly recommend doing so as well. But if you don't, it's not that big of an issue. What you want to avoid at all costs, however, is heat. Do not put your phone inside an oven or hot blow dryer, heat can damage electronics just as bad as liquid, sometimes more so. Heat, extreme cold and liquid are bad for electronics & cell phones. A fan (lots of airflow) is 99 out of 100 times better at removing moisture quickly than rice. I would say 100 out of 100 but I'm sure there's going to be some crazy situation or exception I haven't thought of that someone will come in and point out. I'd like to remind people that exceptions are just that, they don't invalidate the rule.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-08-2020, 08:37 AM  
The New Kid
Posted By ecuador04
Replies: 1
Views: 85
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-06-2020, 11:13 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By noelcmn
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Views: 2,303,331
Queen of hearts that one.

Reed Warbler, hiding from a pesty photographer
Reed Warbler by Noel Bowers, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-06-2020, 09:11 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By WPRESTO
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Views: 2,303,331
What a sweetheart!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-13-2020, 05:29 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By paulh
Replies: 11,776
Views: 991,640
Jeannie checking out the view ahead on the bridge...(Dec. 2014)
dog's eye view by Paul Hensley, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-05-2020, 05:36 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By WPRESTO
Replies: 54,377
Views: 2,303,331
Elegant Egret Energetically Engaged in Enticing an Egg-maker
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-09-2020, 12:08 AM  
The Bridge and the Milky Way
Posted By mariozysk
Replies: 8
Views: 173
Thank you so much, I appreciate the nomination and the nice comment!
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-04-2020, 11:32 AM  
Book recommendations
Posted By Apet-Sure
Replies: 37
Views: 2,526
I read his 'Understanding Composition' field guide. It focuses on developing the art of 'seeing'. An artist starts with a blank canvas and adds stuff to create the image in his mind's eye. A photographer starts with a scene full of stuff and has to remove elements that distract from his intended subject. The book discusses the 'rule of thirds' and how to add impact/interest. Though I didn't agree with everything he said, it was nevertheless very 'eye-opening' (pun intended) and educational. Lots of useful ideas.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-04-2020, 04:46 AM  
Book recommendations
Posted By ehrwien
Replies: 37
Views: 2,526
Since I'm German, I've gotten the recommendation to get Harald Mante's "The Photograph: Composition and Color Design". It won't teach you how to use your camera, but will show the elements of composition and colours. It's well regarded, from its reputation I'd call it a classic, but may be a bit "oldfashioned" and dry, so perhaps not the best for children.

Can't compare it to any other, but Michael Freeman's "The Photographer's Eye" frequently pops up when I see the question.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-02-2020, 05:43 PM  
Book recommendations
Posted By UncleVanya
Replies: 37
Views: 2,526
Here's an interesting list. I don't think I've read more than one or two of these but some appear to be gems.

The 20 Best Photography Books of All Time
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-02-2020, 02:05 PM  
Book recommendations
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 37
Views: 2,526
Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" is an excellent place to start for the fundamentals. Well-written and extremely easy to read.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-02-2020, 06:02 PM  
Book recommendations
Posted By robgski
Replies: 37
Views: 2,526
Your library probably has many great books, as well. A library card is one of the best things any child could possess. Most libraries now have ebooks and audiobooks as well. I mention this because there are far more worthy books out there than any of us could list, and a library card makes them available for free.

Beyond the recommendations for the very necessary technical fundamentals, I recommend books about composition and books presenting great photgraphs. I know Joel Meyerowitz's book Cape Light influenced me quite a bit. Ansel adams, WeeGee, the Westons father and son, many more otheres, both well and lesser known.
You could turn these sirts of books into great father-daughter discussions, too, about what makes a good image or a great image. This in turn would reinforce those technical fundamentals and composition. You could also try a few techiniques out together.

I bought my daughter a used K-30 after she had learned film photography, and had gained some digital experience with my older, but still very pleasing Panasonic Lumix m4/3 camera. We still do photo wlaks when she comes home to visit
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-10-2020, 06:18 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By WPRESTO
Replies: 54,377
Views: 2,303,331
I laid pavers to replace a deteriorating blacktop walkway that approached our front door. The two biggest problems 1) man & wife hauling the gas-powered compacter I rented up slope to firm up the sand under layer. and 2) some #@**%^$ chipmunks who about a year after the job was finished burrowed under and removed some of that sand to make a home, causing a few overlying pavers to settle slightly. I stuffed poison down their entry and put a big rock over it for a week, but decades the later those one or two pavers, just slightly lower than the others, annoy me immensely.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-10-2020, 06:06 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By ramseybuckeye
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Views: 2,303,331
Not on this one I've built decks, but I don't have the patience for pavers not the skills for masonry.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-09-2020, 04:38 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By ramseybuckeye
Replies: 54,377
Views: 2,303,331
Wrong Order, but After and Before
Patio Before and After by Tom Ramsey, on Flickr
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