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05-30-2013, 10:50 AM   #1336
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Great sets of shots. I like the compositions, as I would have probably filled the shot with the participant. Yours are more interesting showing the buildings.

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Thanks crewl1! My thought process was that this was a charity event happening right in the middle of Montreal downtown (business district), so I showcased the city a bit so the photos are contextualized
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
Then uploading 6-700 photos takes 12 hours on my DSL. The family hates that part because it slows down our connection a lot!
I hear ya! I always resize to PF standards before uploading just to speed things up. I'd getting on in years and just don't have the time to spare.

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That whole series is full of fun!
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These aren't great quality, but I needed the high shutter speed for this bull-riding event, and the lighting was very poor.

These were shot at ISO 25600, f2.8, 1/500 or 1/400 sec. The K-5 did OK, but I should probably do more noise reduction on these:


Kyogle Bull-riding Spectacular - runaway


Kyogle Bull-riding Spectacular - watch out


Kyogle Bull-riding Spectacular

Kid looks terrified:

Kyogle Bull-riding Spectacular - junior rider, junior bull


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They are fun, but what happend to the good old cowboy hat?
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what happend to the good old cowboy hat
Insurance companies, and probably occupational health and safety laws.

This set was a bit of a test - there is a full time rodeo photog who covers all these events using a 1DX that I have come across once or twice. I was keen to find out how he worked. In looking at the EXIF of some of his recent shoots on his web site I noticed he used 1/500 and astronomical ISO's all the time for night shoots, and produces very nice clean images. I wanted to see if the K-5 could keep up with the IQ of the 1DX at ISO's greater than 12800. Unfortunately, no: the K-5 IQ starts to fall apart quite visibly past 12800. Anything past 12800 requires lots of PP, or display at only small image sizes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Insurance companies, and probably occupational health and safety laws.

This set was a bit of a test - there is a full time rodeo photog who covers all these events using a 1DX that I have come across once or twice. I was keen to find out how he worked. In looking at the EXIF of some of his recent shoots on his web site I noticed he used 1/500 and astronomical ISO's all the time for night shoots, and produces very nice clean images. I wanted to see if the K-5 could keep up with the IQ of the 1DX at ISO's greater than 12800. Unfortunately, no: the K-5 IQ starts to fall apart quite visibly past 12800. Anything past 12800 requires lots of PP, or display at only small image sizes.
Well maybe that is not so strange considdering the difference in sensorsize and the price for all these goodies. For good images you simply need good light. It doesn't have to be a lot, but when there is no sweetspot in the lightning in your image you need enourmous amounts off PP and still ending with a mediocre image.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
These aren't great quality, but I needed the high shutter speed for this bull-riding event, and the lighting was very poor. These were shot at ISO 25600, f2.8, 1/500 or 1/400 sec. The K-5 did OK, but I should probably do more noise reduction on these:
Great action. Maybe converting B/W is an option?
Bulls look a little green here, maybe they are feeling sick from all that jumping
What's with the 'wish I had a D4 1Dx " comment on Flickr? Gotta represent PENTAX !

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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
What's with the 'wish I had a D4 1Dx " comment on Flickr? Gotta represent PENTAX !
Fixed that now. Sorry for my lapse.

Biggest problem was needing high shutter. I gradually had to crank it up: 1/250 - blurry mess, 1/320 - lots of motion blur, 1/400 - still motion blur, 1/500 - less blur but now bad underexposure. Next time I will try panning better with a slower shutter, or use a shooting spot where the beasts run more directly towards me, rather than across the frame.

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It doesn't have to be a lot, but when there is no sweetspot in the lightning in your image you need enourmous amounts off PP and still ending with a mediocre image.
Very true. I couldn't find enough sweetspots.
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I think those bull riding shots are pretty good considering what you are working with. I have shot a rodeo (so at the next one I can say "This ain't my first rodeo") and they are a challenge! Bad light and bad sound seem to be the hallmark of these events.
A little more NR and I bet they won't look too bad. That one of the airborne bull is great! The mutton busting kid's eyes are great too!
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Bad light and bad sound seem to be the hallmark of these events.
Indeed. Good light can make all the difference. The prior rodeo I shot was in daylight using the K-x a few years ago, and even using a manual Pentax SMC M 75-150 f4 it was far easier to get results with decent IQ.


Explosive entrance - Rodeo at Lismore Show 6/14
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Nice. Yes, it is all about the light. Such a cliche but so often true.
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I recently purchased three used lenses (at a fairly cheap 75 pounds) for my K-5, one of them a Sigma AF 400mm f5.6 APO MACRO (which needs cleaning on the inside). In order to test them, I went down to my local beach and took some shots of kite surfers. All on TAv and AF-C (centre AF point only). Light levels were very good and the tripod was buried in the sand (nappy bag protected). I took about 600 shots and 120 of them were OOF - but that could either be the lens (the 400 is BIG) or the IS (which I forgot to switch off on the tripod). Or me .... I didn't use the AF button - something I will try next time. Will test again after the lens has been cleaned ...
The pictures were converted to JPEG using CS6 (crop, levels and some sharpening).
I was toying with the idea of hopping over to Nikon for better tracking AF but not so sure anymore .... Love the camera, frustrating indecisive AF sometimes which ends up me pressing the release button harder than I should. AF set to Focus Priority. There will be an Airshow round the corner in a month which will be the ultimate test .... Will keep you posted.
Anybody got any experience with the AF speed difference between Sigma 70-200 and Tamron 70-200 on a K-5 for sports? Can't hire those in a Pentax mount unfortunately ... And I haven't found anything online, other than videos on youtube of those two lenses focusing with the lens caps on which doesn't prove much to be honest ....
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Can't hire those in a Pentax mount unfortunately
Nice pics!
You have no right to cry, here in Sweden we basically got about three places or so that offers some kind of lens rental service and they are too expensive. I have to settle with buying used and selling of I don't like it.
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Nice shots Samyo. The Sigma 70-200 is much faster when it comes down to AF due to the availbility of the HSM. There is a big test comparing the Sigma/Tamron 70-200 with the Pentax FA 80-200 on this forum.
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