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09-08-2011, 12:26 AM   #16

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Hi Penholecam,
great looking shots! I need to get out, I do not have subjects like that in Thousand Oaks, California.
Where are the photos from? What lense did you use for these shots?
Well, I wished I lived in a place like yours or at least an hours drive from it
All I have here are buildings and ppl.

This is Singapore.
The photos are around the Marina Bay Sands Casino area and CBD.
Shots were done with a FA*24/2

09-08-2011, 09:05 AM   #17
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Racerdew wrote: Is it a service that stitches your photos? Very cool how it will zoom to a small detail.
More gigapan info here. In the two examples above, I didn't actually use the gigapan head nor the gigapan stitcher - I just used a tripod and a free stitching program called Microsoft ICE. A better free one is Hugin, though it is slower and has a quite complicated user interface. Gigapan hosts panoramic images greater than 0.05 gigapixels for free - which on my Kx usually works out to between 12 and 16 shots. The good news is the Kx and Kr are small enough to fit on the smaller and cheaper 'Epic 100' head, though to get good results with a heavy telephoto the 'Pro' model is best. The only limit to the amount of zoom is you computer system - large gigapans take hours or even days to stitch - here's one stitched from 12,000 individual shots.
IMHO, the good thing is Pentax HDR images are quick and easy and usually look more natural than some of the images which use external software. Also, using the 18-55 kit lens, an old Tamron 200mm MF Adaptall and a new Tamrom 300mm AF at maximum zoom, I have never had any of the vignetting problems that plague some other cameras.
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Hi Dragra,

Again, great looking shots! I really like your shots and the lenses you have used. What a difference with your lense, I mean they are so clear and spot on focused. I saw one of your shots and though, okay that looks more like my shots. I checked and it was the kit 18-55 MM lense and the ISO was 800 at the La Piccola. Still a nice shot but your others are outstanding and inspiring. I am excited to push for making nice shots using the HDR.
Hi David,
Thanks for your comments. Most of these shots are done at hyperfocal distance.

What is your favorite lense? I need a superwide angle lense. I would like the Pentax 12-24 MM lense. It is a little expensive for me at 700 so I am considering the Tamron 10-24 MM. Any thoughts or experience with that lense?
My favourite wide is the DA15 Limited. I am a primes shooter, I look at the world according to my favourite 3 lenses: DA15, DA35 and DA70.

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Just a quick post to add my thanks as a newbie to DSLRs to all the helpful commentors and example pictures... your work is both inspiring and humbling, guys!


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I have done a littel HDR with my K-r. It does have auto align but it is not perfect. it does allow you to do it but you wish it was slightly sharper if you go for the heavier setting. Using a tripod is the best bet. I think I like HDR using software better than the camera's effects. It would be nice if you could pick the EV settings to use a more under exposed photo oposite the over exposed photo. It is kind of an artistic feature that hads a little drama to the picture.
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As a newbie I really appreciate all the comments and photos. I've had my K-r since about January, and am just starting to try out the HDR on it, so this thread has been immensely useful. I also want to play with multi-exposures and doing HDR with a software package. I currently have Photoshop Elements 10. Does anyone have opinions on how well Photoshop's Photomerge Exposure works?

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I've used it and wasn't happy with the results. I tried it on landscapes shots. You must use a tripod. The final compilation (on Camera) had strange contrast lighting issues. The highlight / shadow correction can be helpful instead of the HDR. Everything else I just love about my Kr. I now do my HDR equivalent via post processing.

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I've tried it, and I hated it. Then again, I hate HDR photography, so I am completely biased.
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My problem is in-camera HDR works only when you store jpeg images. You cannot use either RAW or RAW+ (stores both RAW and jpeg images). My standard is to shot RAW+ ... I get a RAW image to tweak in post processing, but also get a jpeg image for immediate display. So, I would need to switch first to jpeg only, then turn on HDR. And when done, turn off HDR and switch back to RAW+. Usually by the time I've done half of that, the moment has passed.

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