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01-13-2016, 05:09 PM - 1 Like   #5506
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weldon Berger Quote
I love the jetty shot. The airborne guy sets it off perfectly.
Thanks Weldon. Everyone else was just falling into the water from that height - this guy was throwing himself upwards, so I had to wait for him to come around in the rotation a few times before I got it right!

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Do you really have to post such large images? I have a 23" screen and I had to scroll for ages just to get the "Quote" button. It is impossible to appreciate an image that you can't see on one screen. You are not doing yourself any favours by posting an image that large IMHO.
It's definitely a site setting. I checked a couple of other browsers and had the same issue - until I logged in - then it shrunk to suit.
Click on the Preferences link at the bottom of every page, then scroll halfway down to the "Thread Display Options" section and change the Maximum Photo Width to 1024 or whatever is best suited to you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Erd§ Quote
It's definitely a site setting. I checked a couple of other browsers and had the same issue - until I logged in - then it shrunk to suit.
Click on the Preferences link at the bottom of every page, then scroll halfway down to the "Thread Display Options" section and change the Maximum Photo Width to 1024 or whatever is best suited to you.
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. Huge photos have been annoying me for years on this forum!

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I'm still playing with the A-400 and SMC Pentax-F 1.7x AF Adapter. The problem with it is you need perfect light. The AF failed miserably unless I was in direct sun. Maximum aperture is ƒ9.5 wide open, and that is only enough for the AF in bright sun. Without direct sun, it was worse than MF. It would actually move my close MF image to an OOF image. It ruined even chance otherwise sharp MF focus images. It literally gave me nothing.

Cross post to
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/55946-300mm-plus-lens-club...nses-1185.html
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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/26-mini-challenges-games-photo-stories/27...thread-21.html

and
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/12-post-your-photos/311782-nature-up-clos...ml#post3492263

Another problem was I was after small birds, and I was close enough the noise of the AF scared them. And Couldn't get all of the Jays and squirrels in the frame. 680mm is a lot of reach on APS-c.

But, I got some close ups and head shots.

A-400 and SMC Pentax-F 1.7x AF Adapter
ƒ11, ISO 1600, AV mode









After a bit I got lucky, I got some full sun, and I got a few of the images I came out for, when the Female Purple Finch visited. Screw drive noise scared off her mate before I could lock focus, and I though I took probably 50 images of her taken in less than full sun when the focus wasn't correct, but this last burst, in full sun had every one of a series of 10 in sharp focus.







You can put up with a lot of what you don't want, if in the end, you get what you want. Unlike many of my images there is no brush sharpening on these, just the custom preset. There was no adjustment after that, except to set the limits in Curves.

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Some light fluffy snow this morning, so I tried some in-situ snowflake macro shooting. Not super happy with the results. Maybe I need to change my approach. This one is probably the best of the lot...


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QuoteOriginally posted by Erd§ Quote
It's definitely a site setting. I checked a couple of other browsers and had the same issue - until I logged in - then it shrunk to suit.
Click on the Preferences link at the bottom of every page, then scroll halfway down to the "Thread Display Options" section and change the Maximum Photo Width to 1024 or whatever is best suited to you.
Thank you for that valuable info. I found that well hidden link and changed the display options and now it all looks just fine.

I normally use Google Chrome as my browser but I also checked what displayed with Internet Explorer and both browsers were the same so I guessed it was a forum setting. I searched all over and could not find anything that might possibly fix it. You provided the necessary clue and I thank you.
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Here are a couple of black and white landscapes.




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Lovely B&W

Beautiful as usual, Rondec! What can you tell us about the processing?
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Beautiful as usual, Rondec! What can you tell us about the processing?
Thank you. These were both shot as multiple exposures and I took them into Photomatix and converted them to color HDR using the natural setting. My goal was just to make a file with more latitude for exposure adjustment. I then took the images over to Silver Efex Pro and adjusted them using the Fine Art Preset with some tweaks (I think bumped shadows and also bumped structure a little) and applied a light vignette. I think that is it.

I probably could have done this without multiple exposures, but I find that if I push a single image really hard I tend to get really noisy images, which I don't like so much.

Hope that helps.
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Having some fun with a Helios 44-2 lens and the local Chinese lions.


In my quest for bokeh, this was a touch soft, but I like it.
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Having some fun with a Helios 44-2 lens and the local Chinese lions.


In my quest for bokeh, this was a touch soft, but I like it.
I like them. Good use of B&W.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Thank you. These were both shot as multiple exposures and I took them into Photomatix and converted them to color HDR using the natural setting. My goal was just to make a file with more latitude for exposure adjustment. I then took the images over to Silver Efex Pro and adjusted them using the Fine Art Preset with some tweaks (I think bumped shadows and also bumped structure a little) and applied a light vignette. I think that is it.

I probably could have done this without multiple exposures, but I find that if I push a single image really hard I tend to get really noisy images, which I don't like so much.

Hope that helps.
Thank you! This does, indeed, help. At least to me it reveals an interesting new way to process B&W. Very interesting.
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