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Old 06-06-2011, 01:18 AM   #91
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Justin Wins at Chicagoland!

Our friend Justin Allgaier won Saturday's Nascar Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Its a special time, when working a race and a friend wins! Congratulations to the Turner Motorsports #31 Brandt/STP Chevrolet team!!


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Old 06-07-2011, 01:47 AM   #92
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A Trip to Chicago's Navy Pier


Navy Pier Childrens Museum Night by Gianna'sPapa, on Flickr


Navy Pier Ferris Night (2) by Gianna'sPapa, on Flickr


Chicago Skyline from Navy Pier by Gianna'sPapa, on Flickr


Chicago Skyline from Navy Pier (3) by Gianna'sPapa, on Flickr

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:45 PM   #93
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Great Shots!!!

Heres one from my daughters dress rehearsal for her recital on Saturday!

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Old 06-10-2011, 01:20 AM   #94
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Great Shots!!!

Heres one from my daughters dress rehearsal for her recital on Saturday!

Very nice, love it!
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:10 AM   #95
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A Visit to My Favorite Ship

U-505, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry


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Old 06-12-2011, 09:34 PM   #96
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Hi,

I do not have any pictures to post (for now any way), but I do have a question about Pentax DSLR cameras. I am looking at getting my first DSLR and I have been doing a lot of research and I think I want a Pentax K-R. Do you think this is a good first camera or will I be disapointed. I do not want to spend a ton of money because I have no idea how to use a "real" camera. I have been using a point and shoot forever. What I want to use it for is my vacation and (this might sound stupid) my furkids. Thanks for any advice.

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Old 06-13-2011, 11:02 AM   #97
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The Kr is a very good upper entry level camera. Pentax introduced the Kx several years back and it was touted as being one of the best entry level cameras. Folks are still buying the Kx today. The Kr was built off the Kx platform and added some things that weren't in the Kx, ie, visible focus points and a few others. I don't think you will be disappointed with the camera. Saying that, I would recommend that you start studying about photography. There is an educational component to learning how to use a DSLR. Yes, you can put it on automatic and use it as a P & S, but why? There are some online tutorials and there is a book by Bryan Peterson, Understanding Exposure, that is very good at explaining the photographic triangle of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Purchasing the camera is only the first step. Have you thought about what lenses you will want? Most everyone starts with the 18-55 kit lens and maybe a kit zoom lens. When I say kit, I am referring to a basic consumer lens that will work well in normal conditions. There are lenses out there called all-in-one's that have a larger range of zoom that don't call for changing lenses (18-135mm, 18-200mm, 18-250mm). These lenses give you convenience, but there is a trade off in that they struggle in lowlight conditions. Sometimes folks will forgo the kit lens and purchase a camera body with an all-in-one.

There are many options out there and all the manufacturers produce quality products. I have used a Pentax slr and dslr for thirty years and am not disappointed in their cameras. My DSLR's are now 4-5 years old in terms of technology and every time I think of upgrading they produce an image that blows me away! I am a happy Pentaxian. Good luck with your research and if you put a little effort into learning about your camera, you won't be disappointed.
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[QUOTE=Daisy14'sDH;41410332]Great Shots!!!

Heres one from my daughters dress rehearsal for her recital on Saturday!

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This is beautiful!
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Thank you so much for your response Gianna's Papa! I have another question, would you go with the K-X instead or the K-R? It is funny that you mentioned reading up on how to use he camera, I work in a library! Before I even started looking at cameras I loaded my Amazon wish list with books. I think I have the one you mentioned but if not I will add it. Thanks also for the info on the lens kit. Hopefully one day soon I will be able to add to this thread.

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:39 AM   #100
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Since its the latest rendition and if the difference in cost is not an issue, then I would go with the Kr. I like the visible focus points which I have on my cameras. I joke that the more I learn, the more I learn I don't know! But it's true, there is always a new technique or twist that you can bring to the table. That's what makes it fun, it's almost impossible to get bored when you are constantly learning and trying new things. Because of the options DSLR's bring to the table, it just opens all different photographic possibilities. Not that you can't do things with a P & S, its just easier. Good luck and have fun!

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Terry,

Thanks again for all your advice.

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Milwaukee Mile Indy Car Race

I'm still working on the race photos, but the first seems to be one of the favorites. I did finish (I think) the garage area images. Below are just a few.


Kanaan Crash Aftermath by Gianna'sPapa, on Flickr


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Winning car being prepped.

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Two Legends AJ Foyt and the "Captain", Roger Penske.

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Wow Gianni! You must be in your glory now that race season is in full swing!

Here is one from last weekends dance recital, its one of my favourites the way the lighting worked really added some depth I think!

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Wow Gianni! You must be in your glory now that race season is in full swing!

Here is one from last weekends dance recital, its one of my favourites the way the lighting worked really added some depth I think!

I agree, I like it!

Yes I am. If we didn't have a wedding to attend this weekend, I would be at our local short track! We are already in the planning stages for our race in September. It will be the first NASCAR Chase race. In addition, we will also have Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series. All that will be a Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoon races. There will be no sleep that weekend!
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