My name is Christian. I'm 44 years old and from Germany. My first DSLR I bought in January 2010, because I like to shoot pictures and I thought now it´s time for the next level in photo equipment. So I decided to move forward from a Casio 4000 and FujiS9500 to an entry level DSLR, the Pentax K-x. In the first month´s with this new camera I learned a lot about the technical aspects of a DSLR and the basics for photography. The K-x has served me well over the months and in July 2011 I felt that the options of the K-x are limiting me. So it was time to upgrade to the Pentax K-5. These are the milestones I traveled to learn more about the photography world.
The K-x already was a good camera, but the Pentax K-5 is the better gear. The K-5 and all her options allows to shoot great pictures at any time of the day. One of my interests is travelling. With the K-5 and the DA 18-135 I got the perfect combination for all kind of weather situations.
Looking for a great lens for real estate interiors? Super close, super wide shots of your favorite subject? The Pentax DA 10-17mm fisheye might just be what you need.
Kit lenses are fine for basic everyday use; the one that came with my Pentax K20D though, just didn’t get wide enough for my needs. Use the DA 10-17mm and you get up to 180 degrees of coverage. I shoot for real estate agents, they need the most out of a photo for their limited web space. Using a tripod and shooting 5 images HDR per image, this lens easily covers the whole room. Though being a fisheye lens there will be some distortion on the sides. I can usually remove most of this using Paint Shop Pro X4 ultimate’s fisheye distortion tool. This lens is also ideal for museum use (when allowed).
It's been a while since we've featured a professional Pentaxian on our homepage, but today, we're happy to bring you an article about Charis Talbot, a talented model photographer from the UK (forum username CharisVega)! Throughout the biography you fill find many samples of her work. We're happy to have her as our first female Pentaxian!
When I was a child I was obsessed with books and stories. My parents photo albums to me were a story to which I didn't know the words. I spent hours looking at old weathered black and white photos of almost forgotten family members trying to work out what they could tell me, hoping they'd surrender their secrets to me. My love of imagery blossomed in my teenage years when amongst my random doodling it appeared I had a startling talent for painting portraits. I went to university to study fine art but soon became disenchanted with painting. Photography rescued me.
I learned photography using my dad's old army issue Yashica and spent endless happy hours in darkrooms tinkering. During my last year digital became a ‘thing’. My work was mostly photographs of abandoned houses in the rural countryside of Wales, I did do a few portraits here and there but because they didn't look magazine standard I wasn't interested and we didn't have Photoshop to experiment with.
After graduating I took the (not so) obvious choice of working in finance, singing in bands, modelling and generally ignoring my degree. This was mostly because I didn’t have any faith in my own ability. Eventually five years later, I’d got a job managing a small photographic shop in the Cotswolds. I was sitting in the repair workshop cleaning out a mouldy lens and thinking about the ‘professional photographers’ who came into my shop and suddenly I knew I could do better. I knew I wanted a Pentax K-x as they were my favourite models to demonstrate to customers. The Pentax rep popped in around this time and recommended the Pentax K-r.
I was immediately sold as it came in white and I loved the features. I believe when choosing a camera it’s a little like Harry Potter in that the wand chooses a wizard and a camera chooses the photographer.
Let me tell you how I created the photo set "Cows". It started off with the idea of using the body as a landscape. Searching the internet I pretty soon found the work of Allan Teger. He is a great photographer who uses miniatures on a human body and creates landscapes like that. He always uses black and white and a lot of back light. I decided I wanted to use color and try to use light out the figures more. Also I thought it would be interesting to use animals instead of human figures.
The first chance I had to work with a model who was willing to participate on the project I went to the model railway store, but found that they had no small animals in store. The did have some small trees. I went to the toy store and bought myself some miniature animals and also some brown clay. I used the clay to put the trees in and have them stand up. With these materials and the model I did my first try on this theme. After I did the shots I found that the clay on the photo needed to have a color adjustment. Also some animals where too much like plastic and I undid if of some glow.
So here is the best example of this first try:
I’m not sure exactly where my interests in photography came from. I remember one year I dumped my tax refund on a point and shoot Canon sx110 just because. Eventually there was a conversation with a work mate and then I had in my hands his once loved Pentax ME Super with a 50mm M F2 lens.
Immediately I remember feeling some sense of awe over this polished collection of springs. How fine the tolerances must have been in the machinery that put these things together. What a mysterious box which collects memories in trust for us.
There is just something totally tangible, exciting and understandably organic involved with the physical chemistry that occurs in comparison to digital photography. Nearly magical thinking of this energy floating down from the sun reflecting and refracting until it somehow out of all the possibilities stumbles upon my piece of tiny film.
I still clearly remember my first role of film, actually here it is.
We've just announced the winners of our October, 2012 "The Outdoors" photo contest, and boy, was it a tough choice this month! The had dozens of breathtaking submissions which you can view in this thread. Below are our three winners; as usual, they will be receiving gift cards from B&H Photo and free photo paper form Red River Paper.
First place: "Fly Fishing" by ramseybuckeye
This photo was taken with a Pentax K20D, and we will be posting an article about how it was made shortly! Click on the photo to enlarge.
This is one of my favourite shots I've taken, for a variety of reasons but mainly because it was more than an opportunistic single shot and took a good deal of thought, effort and planning to get the result I wanted. Not to mention the result I had imagined before I started!
Thornton Force Falls By Night by andy_grundy