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Alkarii wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 11:34 pm Ha! The canteen pouch I ordered arrived. While it is certainly different from the canteen pouches I was issued in basic, it will hold the metal cup with the older metal canteen (not sure how old, but it definitely predates the plastic ones with the drinking valve that connects to a gas mask), and I'm quite certain I could even get one of the old stoves that would fit with the cup and canteen in the pouch. The pouch also has two pockets on the sides, and while I'm not exactly sure what they were intended for, I'm going to put some water purification tablets in there (which is what I suspect the purpose of those pockets to be). I'm not sure if I should get a second canteen pouch, as I have two hydration packs, plus a 3L hydration bladder that is going to go into my rucksack. The only reason I might get a second is because I had been issued two in basic, along with a cheap version of a Camelbak (it was actually called a Hydramax; one of the packs I have at the moment is one of those).
I was poking around in a military warehouse in Germany and found some old ones that were made out of coconut shells. Maybe you can find one of those to add a bit of variety from the plastic and metal ones.
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Catawampus wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 2:27 pm
Alkarii wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 11:34 pm Ha! The canteen pouch I ordered arrived. While it is certainly different from the canteen pouches I was issued in basic, it will hold the metal cup with the older metal canteen (not sure how old, but it definitely predates the plastic ones with the drinking valve that connects to a gas mask), and I'm quite certain I could even get one of the old stoves that would fit with the cup and canteen in the pouch. The pouch also has two pockets on the sides, and while I'm not exactly sure what they were intended for, I'm going to put some water purification tablets in there (which is what I suspect the purpose of those pockets to be). I'm not sure if I should get a second canteen pouch, as I have two hydration packs, plus a 3L hydration bladder that is going to go into my rucksack. The only reason I might get a second is because I had been issued two in basic, along with a cheap version of a Camelbak (it was actually called a Hydramax; one of the packs I have at the moment is one of those).
I was poking around in a military warehouse in Germany and found some old ones that were made out of coconut shells. Maybe you can find one of those to add a bit of variety from the plastic and metal ones.
I'll begin-

I was under the impression that coconuts are tropical...
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Hansontoons wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 3:10 pm
Catawampus wrote: Tue May 11, 2021 2:27 pm
Alkarii wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 11:34 pm
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I was poking around in a military warehouse in Germany and found some old ones that were made out of coconut shells. Maybe you can find one of those to add a bit of variety from the plastic and metal ones.
I'll begin-

I was under the impression that coconuts are tropical...
Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?

/puts a coco de mer in the pun jar/

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I stand corrected about Kee Bird. Close but no cigar on that recovery.

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FreeFlier wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 7:58 pm
We used to use the reciprocal of the lens length . . . for a 200mm lens, 1/250th or faster (when hand-holding).

I could usually go a couple of steps lower if I had a good position, and even slower with a rest.
I dunno - i used to get decent results blown up to 8 x 10 {defined as shots i'd be happy to show off} with a 210mm zoom, back in my full-frame 35mm days, at 1/125 or 1/60. {Of course, i was fifty years younger then.}

These days with my APS-format Nikon D5300 with the VR lenses, i can get decent shots my 200mm zoom handheld down to about 1/30.

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Damn, i wish i still had copies of the shots my folks used in the print ad covering the opening of a new bank in Cape Fear NC that they were doing PR for - about 1970.

They had hired a local pro to shoot the opening; Dad {who had, at one time or another, been a semi-pro photographer himself} took one look at the guy and working asked me what i had in my Olympus PEN FT {half-frame SLR} - which happened to be Plus-X {ASA 125 B&W, for those not familiar with it}. He told me to sort of hang out in the bank lobby after the ribbon-cutting and take all the available-darkness candida i could and he'd pay for processing and take any that he thought they could use.

As it turned out, the full-page - maybe double-page? - ad that they took in the local paper later that week used several of my shots from inside the lobby {including one Little Old Lady i stalked for several minutes before i got the Perfect Shot} ...and the only shot they used from the local pro was an exterior shot of the ribbon-cutting.

Not that i'm saying that i was better then he was, but i was shooting without flash with a small camera, so i was able to get shots of people actually looking around or doing business ... and he had a Pentax with a strobe that looked like it belonged on the Yellow Submarine's coning tower - a Strobonar, as i recall - and people tended to spot him and either duck or pose.

I was working with a 50 - 90mm zoom on the FT - the equivalent of 70 - 125mm for full frame.
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Not sure whether i got this with the Olympus E620 Four-Thirds with the 40 - 150 zoom ... or with the Nikon D5100 i traded the Olympus in on, with the 80 - 200 mm.

When i first shared it online i called it "Natural and Artificial". Some got it immediately, some took a while longer.
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AnotherFairportfan wrote: Wed May 12, 2021 3:22 am
FreeFlier wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 7:58 pmWe used to use the reciprocal of the lens length . . . for a 200mm lens, 1/250th or faster (when hand-holding).

I could usually go a couple of steps lower if I had a good position, and even slower with a rest.
I dunno - i used to get decent results blown up to 8 x 10 {defined as shots i'd be happy to show off} with a 210mm zoom, back in my full-frame 35mm days, at 1/125 or 1/60. {Of course, i was fifty years younger then.}

These days with my APS-format Nikon D5300 with the VR lenses, i can get decent shots my 200mm zoom handheld down to about 1/30.
It depends on your steadiness . . . I have gotten good results at 1/8th with a 135mm*, but the reciprocal rule is easy to remember and good under most conditions.

It's like Sunny Sixteen that way.

(*Of course, I was 40 years younger then, and in practice.)
AnotherFairportfan wrote: Wed May 12, 2021 3:22 amDamn, i wish i still had copies of the shots my folks used in the print ad covering the opening of a new bank in Cape Fear NC that they were doing PR for - about 1970.

They had hired a local pro to shoot the opening; Dad {who had, at one time or another, been a semi-pro photographer himself} took one look at the guy and working asked me what i had in my Olympus PEN FT {half-frame SLR} - which happened to be Plus-X {ASA 125 B&W, for those not familiar with it}. He told me to sort of hang out in the bank lobby after the ribbon-cutting and take all the available-darkness candida i could and he'd pay for processing and take any that he thought they could use.

As it turned out, the full-page - maybe double-page? - ad that they took in the local paper later that week used several of my shots from inside the lobby {including one Little Old Lady i stalked for several minutes before i got the Perfect Shot} ...and the only shot they used from the local pro was an exterior shot of the ribbon-cutting.

Not that i'm saying that i was better then he was, but i was shooting without flash with a small camera, so i was able to get shots of people actually looking around or doing business ... and he had a Pentax with a strobe that looked like it belonged on the Yellow Submarine's coning tower - a Strobonar, as i recall - and people tended to spot him and either duck or pose.

I was working with a 50 - 90mm zoom on the FT - the equivalent of 70 - 125mm for full frame.
Yeah, it works that way . . . sounds like he was more of a studio or industrial pro than a event pro. It's a significant difference.


Reminds me of taking a family portrait for a friend to give to his grandparents for Christmas . . . we were having a very devil of a time getting the 5- or 6-year-old boy to pose: he hated it, and was refusing to look at the camera, ducking, closing his eyes . . . pretty much everything he could to avoid getting his picture taken.

Then he suddenly said something about "no flash" . . . I responded "No, there's no flash on this camera" and suddenly everything was fine! (Technically there was a flash, but I wasn't using it . . . I seldom use flash.)

When thinking about it later, I suddenly realized what was going on: the flash hurt his eyes! I called his dad and told him, and there was this silence . . . he'd done the same as a kid! I should have caught on earlier, because I'd done the same . . . my dad was the only one who'd been able to get eyes-open pictures of me, because his camera (an Exacta) didn't have a flash. (That's probably part of why I seldom use a flash.)

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I learned how to make an alpine coil last night, and I had an idea for attaching my climbing rope to my rucksack, once I get my e-tool pouch and a couple of others mounted onto it. I'd make sure to make the coil wide enough to fit around the pouches with enough space for me to be able to get to the gear inside, and then use a couple of carabiners and some of my 1100 paracord to make a means of hooking the rope to it.

The downside is that the rope is bright blue, and stands out, so I'm gonna see about getting some heavy duty camo fabric, and making something that can cover all the external gear.
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It's good to have some stuff that's not cammo in your kit, especially if it's important. I recall a tale of an Air Force pilot who had to eject over a forested area. He landed without injury. During the process of sorting out his survival kit, he put down a knife, then spent the next full hour searching for it somewhere in the leaf litter around him. His next decision was to take the paracord and tie -everything- to him by a lanyard.
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Something that can be used as a ground-air panel is also a good idea . . . it allows you to mark your position for air searchers.

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Yeah, I was actually planning to order a safety orange emergency shelter from Coalcracker Bushcraft, or just get one from Bass Pro. The former has ties attached to it, and folds up to be really small, but the latter has a reflective side.

Though, I really do want to keep my climbing rope hidden, especially during turkey season, as it's a light blue.
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Alkarii wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 8:37 am . . . Though, I really do want to keep my climbing rope hidden, especially during turkey season, as it's a light blue.
Yeah, good idea.

There's a reason turkey hunters don't wear red!

Besides that turkeys can see red.

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Red...? No, I said blue, but turkey hunters don't wear either color while out hunting for exactly the same reason: both colors appear on turkeys.

On an unrelated note, I'm planning on trying to get a new job. Things at DHL have just gotten to be too much, and I'd like to be able to have a life outside of work.
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Bookmark post for the 300th page
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Alkarii wrote: Tue May 18, 2021 10:46 pmRed...? No, I said blue, but turkey hunters don't wear either color while out hunting for exactly the same reason: both colors appear on turkeys. . . .
Exactly.

I should have said "don't wear red either", but for most other kinds of hunting wearing red or blaze orange is legally required (for those who don't know).

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FreeFlier wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 5:02 am I should have said "don't wear red either", but for most other kinds of hunting wearing red or blaze orange is legally required (for those who don't know).
Neon pink cammo is a favorite of some of the ladies around here, and is covered by the hunting rules as a "bright color" AFAIK.
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I'm not up for wearing pink...
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Okay, so this hopefully finds it self still on the 300th page....

The following link is an Aisling Bea compilation, the whole thing is good, but specificly- advance to the 15:50 mark and 'listen with interest' as she introduces her Mascot for the episode....

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Atomic wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 10:45 am
FreeFlier wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 5:02 amI should have said "don't wear red either", but for most other kinds of hunting wearing red or blaze orange is legally required (for those who don't know).
Neon pink cammo is a favorite of some of the ladies around here, and is covered by the hunting rules as a "bright color" AFAIK.
It varies from state to state . . . the last I knew, some states had updated their regs, some hadn't.

At one point, some states theoretically didn't allow blaze orange!
Alkarii wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 12:40 pmI'm not up for wearing pink...
It would work fine . . . for invading Las Vegas.

In one story I wrote, the protagonist needed to go into the city's rougher district, so he put on urban camo: somewhat worn jeans, black athletic shoes, baseball cap with a company logo, tee-shirt, denim jacket, and drove a white blind* panel van with a magnetic sign matching the cap.

Naturally, nobody noticed him.

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Alkarii wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 12:40 pm I'm not up for wearing pink...
Especially in a state with an open season on Pantera edwardsia. :mrgreen:
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