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Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Nature Dogwood Blossom
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 8
Views: 221
Actually, after i posted it I noticed I left more space on the left. I also would normally have centred it - and, like you said, to hell with the rules!!!!

Cheers
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Cityscape Kyoto Japan
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 9
Views: 285
I cannot believe how flat and still that lake is!

Beautiful image!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Night Waxing moon
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 4
Views: 312
My mind boggles at "33 images stacked" etc etc.

But it is an amazingly crisp image!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Nature Wild Rose
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 7
Views: 166
I also like this photograph.

As per ToddK's comment, the texture and veining has been nicely captured, with plenty of depth of field to bring it out. Even the little motes of pollen scattered over the petals are nice and sharp
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Nature Dogwood Blossom
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 8
Views: 221
Very attractive flower - and a nice sharp image with plenty of depth of field on the main flower.
Hope I am not being too invasive here - if so, just tell me to butt out!!

But how do you like this crop?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature The Getaway
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Yep - I have seen little Willy Wagtails chasing away huge crows, almost landing on their backs in mid-flight! They often make an angry chattering sound when they do this. Had a pair breed just barely 6 inches below the tin roof of my carport, built their next over the junction of steel cross-struts. The heat coming down from the roof just above their nest must have been tremendous, but they bred every year in this next for about 5-7 yrs in a row. Right above where I usually parked my car:(:(:(:(:(.


On at least two occasions I had to pick up a chick too young to be out of the nest from the ground and pop it back into the nest.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature The Getaway
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Yes, very distinctive call. There was an Australian TV series (Secret City???) in which one of the characters was led to believe that she had been abducted to China from Australia, but wakes up one morning, and hears ....... you guessed it, Magpies. Knowing that she wasn't in China but still in australia Australia lifted her spirits during her imprisonment.

@Toddk, great capture of one of our iconic symbols.

One of my earliest memories is passing over an old wooden railway bridge on an early morning train trip to relatives in the country north of Melbourne, and hearing a chorus of magpie calls
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature Be sure to get my good side
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 13
Views: 301
I think it might be a Brown Thrasher. That is a beautiful capture - excellent detail, background nicely out of focus.
Check out this search result:
https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=medium+sized+brown+bird+speckled+breast
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
New K is out! 2999
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 34
Views: 3,144
I have heard that its AI likes to be spoken to, frequently. And that if you do this nicely, and never allow its battery strength to get below 50% it is capable of over-riding stupid settings, and deliver a perfect picture every time. Even compensates for low light, moving subject, and depth of field probs for macro shooting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 6 Days Ago  
Nature Trading places.
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Beautiful image - well taken!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-31-2020, 06:08 PM  
Nature My Cuckoo's collection
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Well, I think most people know that the parrot group of birds is wildly diverse - but I had no idea that there was such a variety of cuckoos with such variations in colours and patterns.

And all very prettily captured - very nice collection!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-30-2020, 08:44 PM  
Nature Backyard Goings-On
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Thanks Tony. The background "bokeh" is really non-existent - the blade of grass was just a foot away from a yellow colour-bond sheet metal fence!!! Yeh, the focus isn't too bad - I did have the camera on a tripod, and used mirror-lockup and a shutter release cable. I don't know whether this would have been a good time to use the "catch-in-focus" feature with the wind movement - maybe someone with a better over-all understanding of the camera's mechanics could tell me yea or nay on that point.

If you are interested, I have now edited the image to give it a hyperlink to the original .DNG file on my OneDrive. Just click on the pick - you need to give OneDrive a good 15 seconds to fully render the image, and even then, OneDrive does not seem to display images quite as sharply as when you examine a pic from a hard drive on your own PC.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2020, 11:40 PM  
Nature Owner Builder Domocile!
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Thought it was just a leaf caught in a web - but no. It was the spider's home, it seems!

Attachment 491590
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2020, 09:37 PM  
Nature Backyard Goings-On
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 3
Views: 163
The wind kept blowing the everything in and out of focus - it was a case of wait, shoot and hope. Not pin-sharp, but it was all I could do before getting roasted by the sun.

Attachment 491586
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2020, 09:28 PM  
Still Life Pretty In Pink
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Beautiful image - looks like a painting, the background adding to this effect -although I doubt any artist would have included the mosquito!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2020, 09:22 PM  
Nature Real nature in its purest form. X-RATED
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Lightspeed, you have done it again - astonishing clarity, and you have captured an amazing moment.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2020, 09:18 PM  
Abstract Dreamy flower shot
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Very attractive! An "art-y" approach - works very well here.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2020, 11:27 PM  
"Macro" zooms
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 16
Views: 1,101
My pleasure! Takes me back to the last 20 yrs of my working life, as a class-room instructor, and writing manuals!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2020, 11:19 PM  
"Macro" zooms
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 16
Views: 1,101
At the risk of showing both of you something you may already know ( if so, just call me a silly old fool and pretend I'm not here!!), here is how is to search Pentax Forums for specific lens threads:

1: Forums Home page
(Pentax Forum - Camera & Photography Community - PentaxForums.com)
2: Scroll down to and click on
Lens Sample Photo Archive
3: Click on the "Search this Forum" choice"
Attachment 491484
4: Type in a lens detail - even just "16-85mm" (without the quotes)
5: Click the Go button

If, rather than sample pics and comments you want more details on the lenses, at Step 2, scroll a little further and choose
Pentax Lens and Accessory Review Databases

Then continue with step 3 above.

Hope this was helpful.
Cheers
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2020, 07:10 PM  
Nature Very Vociferous Peewee (Mudlark?)
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 11
Views: 283
My eyes are not as good as they were when I was 20yr old, but yes, I think I can also see that the outlines of the bird's legs are more clearly defined too.

And yeah, we will let you keep you allowance this week......this time!!

And perhaps if I heard how you said some of these statements (ie the tone of voice) - as opposed to just reading the bare words - I might be less critical about your perceived lack of "socialable-ness" (new word!!)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2020, 07:02 PM  
"Macro" zooms
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 16
Views: 1,101
If your question is meant to apply to modern and as well as legacy lense, the Pentax 55-300 PLM can also double as a macro:
See my shots here:
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Page 6 - PentaxForums.com

There are many "macro" shots on this 55-300mm lens thread (most are better than mine!!!)

Depending, of course, on your definition of "macro" there are some quite close-up shots here using the Pentax 16-85mm lens:
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR samples - Page 2 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2020, 06:15 PM  
Nature Very Vociferous Peewee (Mudlark?)
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Gosh,Lightspeed - you are doing it again with this "Y'all are doing it wrong" - not a socially friendly approach. Something like "Hi guys, I have also had a go" would not immediately get people's backs up.

Yes, yours is nicely sharpened too - but it has discoloured the bird's iris - it is too green.

Yes, the bird IS a Magpie-Lark, but - to quote wikipedia (and similar namings are mentioned in many other bird sites):
"The magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), also known as the peewee, peewit or mudlark," (Magpie-lark - Wikipedia) or "The Magpie-lark is often referred to as a Peewee or Pee Wee, after the sound of its distinctive calls." (Magpie-lark | BirdLife Australia).

Oddly enough, despite the name Magpie-Lark, it is apparently not related to either magpies or larks.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-27-2020, 03:27 PM  
Landscape Not Looking To Be A Great Day Ahead
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 8
Views: 247
Is it just my eyes/imagination, or do the clouds also seem a little "cleaner" in the second image? Certainly the green in the foreground foliage jumps out a little more.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-27-2020, 03:19 PM  
Nature Very Vociferous Peewee (Mudlark?)
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Yes, I can certainly see the difference around the eye and the beak, and maybe the demarcation between the black and white areas below the throat and on the chest. Thanks for showing that, Apet-Sure.

Everyone seems to have their own preferred software. Some insist the Adobe suite is the ONLY one, then there are the GIMP or FASTSTONE protaganists. I have,some time ago, downloaded the Ricoh Digital Camera Utility, Irfanview, and Paint.net, but no-one on this forum seems to use those three.

Just on this image improvement theme, has anyone else felt that One-Drive does not display as well as images viewed directly from their own computer storage, or Flickr, even after giving One-Drive plenty of time to complete its rendering? Lately that is how it seems to me viewing my stored .DNG files from One-Drive as opposed to viewing them from my own hard drives.

Meantime, thank you all for your interest and comments.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-27-2020, 01:49 AM  
Nature Portrait of a dragon fly
Posted By K2 to K50
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Actually I did notice that - just didn't comment. There are so many great elements in this shot.
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