Johnny McTaggart

Pentaxian Profile

By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Mar 8, 2012

It was really like coming home for me.

Or like the first time I laid eyes on my wife.

It was so comfortable, so right, that I just knew we’d be together for the rest of my life.

That was the feeling I got when I pressed my eye against my Pentax, clicked the shutter, tilted the camera forward slightly, then looked at the image on the LCD screen.

I know that might sound dramatic, but it really is the best way to describe it.

Now, this wasn’t something that happened to me at a tender age either - I was 38 years old.

To understand how I got to this page, though, I need to tell you where I’ve been.

Pentaxian Profile: Mike Oria

Landscape Photographer and 645 System User

By EarlVonTapia in Pentaxian Profiles on Jul 7, 2014

Mike Oria is a long-time member of PentaxForums (posting as mikeSF) based in the San Francisco bay area. During the day he works as a sales director for a medical lab. On weekends and his spare time, he is an avid photographer. His first digital SLR, a Pentax *ist DL, came from a garage sale. Now he shoots with a K5 and a 645D. Mike specializes in landscapes and seascapes.

In this interview we asked Mike about how he got into photography, what made him get into the Pentax 645 system, as well as some tips and tricks for how a budding photographer can take their skills to the next level.

Read on to find out his answers!

Charis Talbot

Portrait Photographer, Pentaxian

By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Dec 1, 2012

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.

White 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.

Pentaxian Profile: Peter Maasewerd

What the eye can't see and the brain must guess....

By Pete_XL in Pentaxian Profiles on Jan 23, 2017

As I am an applied natural scientist also addicted to photography, the work with an advanced camera like my Pentax K-3 II offers an extension of the human senses to me. The camera can combine space and time in a way the human combo of two eyes and a brain cannot— just by variation of exposure time and sensitivity. Together with some fantasy, factual knowledge and processing skills, this ability gives the photographer room for the aesthetic visualization of real world issues that the human senses miss. And this is what I’m after!

Far apart – a one kilometer wide view of the Guidecca Island / Venice “wrapped” from a giant el panorama[Img01 Far apart – a one kilometer wide view of the Guidecca Island / Venice “wrapped” from a giant parallel panorama]

My favorite images show scenes that are too far apart, too small, fast, slow, dark or too far away to be caught by the eye and/or processed by the brain. I also use the daylight but my preferred playground is the night and the absence of bright light.

Small - landscape caught in a spider's net[Img02 Small – landscape caught in a spider’s net]

Pentaxian Profile: Chris Willson

Medium format photography with the Pentax 67II and 645D

By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Apr 13, 2014

I'm a British ex-pat based in Okinawa. I specialize in shooting travel images of Japan for publication in magazines, newspapers and guidebooks.

In 2002, I started using the Pentax 67II. It’s a big, heavy, beast of a camera, but I was hooked by the beautiful transparencies it produced.  In Japan, the 67 is nicknamed Gulliver, and for nearly a decade it was my faithful travel companion. After escapades with ninja, yakuza and geisha I named my website 

In 2010, the arrival of the 645D meant I could have the quality of medium format with the faster workflow of digital. Along with travel imagery, I started working in the studio, shooting model portfolios, products, headshots, and the occasional dog. My travel and studio photography converged with the Karate Masters Portrait Project in which I bring a studio flash to the dojos of Okinawa's martial arts icons.

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