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I retired from the oil industry after X years (where X is a large number). Retirement means no more trips to exotic places . . . recognizing that oil is rarely in exotic places. But, retirement means more time to do all those things I always wanted to do but never seemed to have time to complete – delete the website (update was getting tedious); experiment with focus-stacking for a macro shot of a hibiscus flower; stir from bed early enough to capture the sunrise offshore Galveston and wander around Houston capturing that skyline and downtown. The images in this gallery all caught my eye or fired my imagination. However, what the camera actually captured was rarely what I imagined or anticipated. Today’s digital cameras are so capable that there is no point in “blaming the tools”. All weaknesses here are all the fault of the operator.
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  • In Profile by Owdman

    Beautiful image and fascinating processing. Monochrome for me.
    • 4 Apr 2022 2:57AM
  • #28Bradley by rickie

    Great timing and capture. [and a great image to spend my "Award"]
    • 12 Dec 2021 11:49PM
  • Burmese kitten by loves2travel

    Wonderful shot already displaying who is boss. We had an 8-pound chocolate hellion who led a 50-pound pit-bull a dog's life.
    • 30 Jul 2021 2:54AM
  • Mill Pond by blrphotos

    Great shot. I keep looking at that sign with the duck. Triangular signs are normally warnings. Is this a warning against vicious ducks, or a warning that the ducks here have predatory habits?
    • 22 May 2021 11:57PM
  • The Beauty of Maude Fealy (1883-1971) by Robert51

    Beautiful and inspirational . . . . I have an old album full of similar images of my ancestors. The only thing missing is time . . . and of course . . . . .the skill to emulate this example SmileSmile
    • 25 Apr 2021 4:14AM
  • The Mighty Vulcan by woodini254

    Great shot of a wonderful aircraft. I suspect that photos of this plane are going to be attracting votes and awards for another 10 (or maybe 20) years.
    • 2 Apr 2021 2:44AM
  • I'm bored! by mikekay

    Wonderful portrait. I've seen that expression in my kids and grandkids! SmileSmile
    • 19 Mar 2021 1:53AM
  • Upload / Display resolution

    """Parsimonious" " Isn't that a small orange fruit?" Neither is an Orangutan. :):):);)
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  • User Awards

    Thanks . . . . that worked!! G
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  • Program Mode

    What a good idea from a member of epz .... I could flog the lot, travel the world with the proceeds or just invest in a hedonistic lifestyle until the money runs out and ...
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  • what lens to take on holiday

    "get yourself something like a canon g12 " Colin, I suspect that my wife and grandkids have alternative suggestions for the funds required for a new camera. T...
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  • Posted on: A Practical Guide To Buying Cheap Cameras From eBay & Second-Hand Shops

    Great article and it keeps raising additional thoughts.
    I am a fan of old Yashica cameras. (I had the Yashica Minister II as a teen in the 60s and a couple of those photos are posted in my portfolio). Yashica rangefinders are more reasonably priced [cheaper] than the Canon/Nikon/Pentax SLRs and the lenses are good. The TLRs like the Yashica Mat can still be expensive but for some reason, the 45 which is a TLR with fittings to allow it to shoot 35 mm film remains cheap - probably because it doesn’t appeal to purists. Like many old cameras, the snag is that most don’t have built-in light meters and we've become lazy. Even those with silicon meters have long ceased to function. So, we need to read the guidelines that come with the film . . . . and remember the sunny 16 rule.
    • 14 Dec 2019 1:33AM
  • Posted on: A Practical Guide To Buying Cheap Cameras From eBay & Second-Hand Shops

    Quote:M42 screw lenses can be used on Pentax k bodies with an adapter, and keep infinity focus. I have such an adapter in my box of bits, and they are
    available on ebay

    Caveat emptor when purchasing those M42/P-K adapters on eBay. There is a great variety and an wide range of prices. However, this is a precision piece that must meet three functions: maintain focus at infinity, easily attach to the lens, and most importantly, secure to the body but easily detach from the camera body without need to resort to screwdrivers and pliers. The Pentax official adapter is recommended - even if it is harder to find and does cost many times the price of the other bands. Grin
    • 13 Dec 2019 2:47PM
  • Posted on: Bridging The Gap - Top Tips On Photographing Bridges From John Duder

    A fascinating essay - and the illustrations remind me that you can't appreciate bridges properly if you only look at them through the windscreen as you drive over them. Thanks John.
    • 23 Oct 2019 3:54AM
  • Posted on: Infrared Photography: A Guide To Getting Started & A Brief History Lesson

    Great article. Converting an old digital camera to IR adds a new life to it. Regarding channel swapping. I use that useful program, exiftool to make the change. The little DOS batch file below makes the change and writes the changed file and original files with different names. I then import both files into Lightroom for “development”.
    The changed CFA pattern {2 1 1 0} is for my old Pentax K10D. Just change this to the Bayer patter for your camera. Also, I convert my files to DNG format in the camera. I haven’t tried this on original RAW files. Lightroom initially reads the original thumbnail in the changed file but updates and stores a new swapped thumbnail when creating the previews.

    ## Comment - Call EXIFTOOL to make the change. Write the changed file with the original name
    ## Comment - into directory C:\00Exif
    ## Comment - Exiftool keeps and renames the original by changing the extension

    C:\Data_files\Software\Exiftool\exiftool.exe -exif:cfapattern2="2 1 1 0" C:\00Exif -ext dng
    cd \00Exif

    ## Comment - Rename the original file back to a DNG so that both can be read into Lightroom
    rename *.dng_original A_*.DNG
    ## Comment - All done . . wait for a keystroke
    • 1 Aug 2019 3:27PM
  • Posted on: SMC Pentax-M 75-150mm f/4 Zoom Review

    Great review. I need to look out for this lens. I have the M 135/f3.5 and it is one of my favorites. It is small, efficient and a joy to use. Given the price of these lenses today, they truly are overlooks gems.
    • 26 Jun 2019 2:30PM
  • Posted on: Pentax K-1 Owners Can Transform Their DSLR Into A Pentax K-1 Mark II

    An interesting concept which might make sense for some folks. But, comparing the current NY price of the K-1 and the early order price K-1 II, the upgrade cost (assuming it is similar in US) seems to reflect a lot of labour rather than different hardware. Perhaps that is not unreasonable given electronics keep getting cheaper. Still, as I'm still debating the need to upgrade my K-5, I don't suppose I'll be utilizing the service.Grin
    • 23 Feb 2018 3:53AM
  • Posted on: 3 Essential Pentax Lenses For Wildlife Photos

    Since we're on the Pentax forum why not take advantage of that "backward compatibility" that makes Pentax different from so many other makers? That allows those on modest budgets to investigate lenses like the KM-300 f/4. Granted, it won't do much for advertisers selling new equipment but it will help readers!!
    • 5 Mar 2016 3:37PM

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  • Posted on PMWilliams's profile

    A wonderful portfolio that has all the places I remember from childhood! Smile But where is Inch Abbey? Has it escaped your eye?
    • 1 Jun 2016 11:57PM

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