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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 21,974
Views: 1,621,509
Lake Erie melt by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 2 Days Ago  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 964
Views: 66,241
Port Rowan, on Lake Erie

Fishing wharf by Steven, on Flickr


Lake Erie melt by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,220
Views: 3,571,906
Canvasback and Redhead

Huddle of Canvasbacks and Redheads at the ice edge by Steven, on Flickr

Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans by Steven, on Flickr

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan by Steven, on Flickr

K-3, DA*300mm, DA 1.4x TC
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 21,974
Views: 1,621,509
A scan of a slide taken around 1974 near the Malawi/Mozambique border with my old Mamiya Ranger, processed in Silver Efex.

Land Rover by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 6 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly challenge #526
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 23
Views: 955
From a slide taken in about 1974 with my old Mamiya Ranger. This was near the Malawi/Mozambique border, a long way from the nearest road. The front wheel of the Land Rover had dropped into a gully that had eaten into the trail. Fortunately we had some equipment and we built a little retaining wall, filled the space, jacked the wheel back onto the trail and we were on our way a few hours later. The sort of place where you might expect to find a Land Rover!

Land Rover by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Lens upgrade for wildlife photography
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 61
Views: 2,151
I'm used to having the fixed length and the TC gives a bit of flexibility. I generally crop quite a bit anyway and that lens combination gives you a bit of flexibility to do that. Monkeys and snakes and lizards as well as birds but no really big game on our trip except for a crocodile and you wouldn't want to get too close to one of those!

If you are interested in the natural history and don't have it already I strongly recommend "The New Neotropical Companion" by John Kricher, though the print version might be a bit heavy to take with you.

We would like to visit again but COVID is holding us back from travelling for now.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Lens upgrade for wildlife photography
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 61
Views: 2,151
The DA*300mm goes well with the K-3, and the 1.4x DA TC is a useful addition as well (takes it to f5.6). I was in Costa Rica a year ago with this outfit. It was easy to take it as a carry - on in a Lowepro backpack with a few other lenses, including my old DA 55-300 that I took as a backup. I used the outfit mostly handheld. My only concern with the DA*300mm is the thin foil electical contacts which can bend and break (happened twice to me over 6 years, hence the backup). In Costa Rica while you get bright sun in open areas during the day light levels can often be low in the early mornings (such as in the valleys in the hilly areas) and in the forests, so I often had to juggle a bit to get the best settings
This was in a low light situation, f6.3, 1/400, ISO 3200 (Emerald Toucanet).

Emerald Toucanet by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-27-2021, 07:23 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,220
Views: 3,571,906
Ahah! someone else who has to dig a trench through the snow to get to the barbecue from time to time. Nice Carolina Wren - great that they can get through your winter.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-26-2021, 01:38 PM  
Thematic Buildings past their best
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 420
Views: 22,711
Elsewhere in Toronto - another building that won't be around for much longer

R0001296 by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-26-2021, 01:36 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 964
Views: 66,241
A jpeg incorporating a preset can always be modified further - not as much as a RAW file, but often only minor changes are required. I often do that.

From today (starting from the RAW file, though the paintwork looks like it could have come from the retro setting).

R0001296 by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2021, 04:43 PM  
Two Pentax film cameras on front cover of the last Photolife magazine
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 4
Views: 910
My last issue of Photolife arrived today - this excellent Canadian magazine has, unfortunately, gone out of business. The yellow cover shows two Pentax film cameras discussing the magazine's demise. One of them is a K-1000 (my first Pentax), the other I'm not sure but someone will be able to figure it out quickly.
Here's link to the Photolife website, though it doesn't show a full-size image of the cover.

Home - Photo Life
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-25-2021, 01:10 PM  
Weekly Challenge WINNERS-WEEKLY CHALLENGE #525-Flowers in B/W
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Thanks noelcmn for conductiong the challenge and for the kind comments - a lot of excellent shots here.
The secret to the DOF is the 18mm lens on the Ricoh GRIII camera. As long as the camera's shadow doesn't get in the way it's quite handy for macro shots.
You asked to see the colour version - I like it but I prefer the B&W (I used one of the GRIII presets).

R0000102C by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-24-2021, 04:12 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,220
Views: 3,571,906
White-winged Scoter (Velvet Scoter in UK) - a group of about 6 (spending most of their time under water) came in just close enough for a shot today.

White-winged Scoter by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-24-2021, 07:17 AM  
Decoding camera industry trends
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 31
Views: 1,342
I agree with most of biz-engineer's points, but while I print very few of my wildlife shots, my aspirations often exceed the reach of my gear using the full APS - C frame and I do want the ability to do deep crops while still retaining good image quality. I'm often surprised by the ability of my K3 / DA*300mm / 1.4x TC in that regard, and I'm looking to the anticipated improvements in the K-3 III (if I can afford it!).
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-23-2021, 07:40 AM  
Weekly Challenge WEEKLY CHALLENGE #525 - Flowers in B/W
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 18
Views: 1,124
Balloon flowers

Balloon flowers by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-22-2021, 05:45 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 964
Views: 66,241
If the setting for storing images on the GR III is set at RAW+, and you are in a B&W image setting you get two files - a B&W image (which will incorporate the hi-contrast or hard B&W etc. settings) in jpeg and a RAW image that opens in colour (or at least it does in my Photoshop Elements). I can work with the B&W image with Ricoh's settings in Elements or or go to the RAW file and work with the colour image, then open that image in Elements and further develop the colour image or convert to black and white. (I have the Nik Collection/ Siver Efex which was free at the time I downloaded it but isn't now, but it does give you more options than Elements).
I'm not a super-expert, I'm just letting you know what has worked for me so far. Hope this helps - any other questions are welcome.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-22-2021, 01:06 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,220
Views: 3,571,906
Weevil - I checked our Ontario bird reports and there are 3 Double-crested Cormorant reports around the west end of lake Ontario at the moment - so they don't all disappear! If that was an Ontario shot I would have put it down to our Government's announcement of a cormorant hunting season this year - there's no science behind it as far as I know but the anglers and hunters are all in favour.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-22-2021, 07:00 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,220
Views: 3,571,906
I find owls especially hard to locate - especially a Boreal in with such a great pose and background (I heard one at night in Newfoundland years ago!). Well done!
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-21-2021, 06:56 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 964
Views: 66,241
Hi Smolk and Agent L. It was one shot - in RAW+ so I converted the RAW shot to jpeg in colour and provided the jpeg file separately (I know the cropping is slightly different). I have noticed some abberations in the jpeg files like fringing on some of the other shots posted here if you enlarge them (e.g. tree branches against the sky), and the "grain" would be another example. I posted another comparison a few months ago. Still, I'm pleased overall with the hard B&W setting - I do minor adjustments in Photoshop Elements.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-21-2021, 01:04 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 21,974
Views: 1,621,509
Skating party B&W by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-21-2021, 11:11 AM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 964
Views: 66,241
Colour (from RAW) and hard B&W for comparison

Skating party colour by Steven, on Flickr

Skating party B&W by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-15-2021, 02:48 PM  
Thematic Beach walks - scenes, shells, stranded creatures, flotsam and jetsam
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 428
Views: 25,662
Lake Ontario

More snow on its way by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-15-2021, 02:25 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 964
Views: 66,241
Hard B&W setting

More snow on its way by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-15-2021, 02:24 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 21,974
Views: 1,621,509
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-15-2021, 01:28 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 35,220
Views: 3,571,906
All of these are pretty uncommon birds here at this time of year.

The third time I have seen this Hermit Thrush, always in the same tangle of shrubs (with a noisy hockey game going on on a pond a few feet away). Some say this is a Swainson's Thrush but unless there's another thrush around this one has the reddish tail that points to a Hermit.

Hermit Thrush by Steven, on Flickr

Hermit Thrush by Steven, on Flickr

Juvenile Black - crowned Night - Heron. Most of the shallow water is frozen up now so it must be hard for this bird to find food.

_IMG0044 by Steven, on Flickr

Harlequin Duck (with Buffleheads). Saw this same species (maybe the same bird) in the same location last winter. It likely came from Newfoundland. A major crop - just ten percent of the original image area.

Harlequin Duck and Buffleheads by Steven, on Flickr

K-3, DA*300mm, DA 1.4xTC
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