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02-03-2014, 12:25 AM   #1
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Suggestions for Photoshoots - 2 appointments

Hi guys and girls,

I have a nice weekend upcoming, with 2 wonderful possibilities to make nice pictures.
  1. Mount Naeba on Saturday SnowJapan Naeba
    Due to the leg-breaking risk of me being an idiot and the fact that I have more important things ongoing on Sunday, I will not go skiing with my friends, but decided to go hiking in those mountains instead. Now I also thought it might be a nice opportunity to take some action shots like those:
    500px / Air by Jonas Nefzger
    500px / Pow! by Adam Barker/AdamBarkerPhotography.com
    500px / Untitled by Serge Shestikhin
    ... obviously depending on the skiing skills of my friends ;-)
  2. From Sunday to Sunday - Offroad Motorcycling in Thailand: Magical Enduro


Here my currently available gear:
Pentax K5-IIs
Pentax DA 55-300 (non-WR)
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Pentax M50 1.4
Pentax M28 2.8

Ricoh GR


I would welcome some tips on the "how-to" and "what lens" for any of the two topics. The Ricoh will be with me all the time obviously, since it's tiny as f*** ;-)
I am wondering whether the K5-IIs will be safe on the Thailand trip - although there will be a Jeep with us, carrying our luggage... so I guess that's ok.
For the winter-job, I am thinking about not changing the lens due to weather... which would mean choosing one up front.
About the shots themselves: fix focus, wait for skier to come, snap away?


Do you agree/disagree?
Any further input?


Thanks in advance for any advice, comment

BR René


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02-03-2014, 01:33 AM   #2
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I think you'll be using the DA55-300 for most of these shots, in both locations.

The Tamron 17-50 may be useful sometimes. Both the primes are good lenses, but I think you'll want AF most or all of the time.


Use AF.C. Follow the subject with your camera and shoot at times when he's in focus. I like to choose a point other than the center AF point for better composition, but some people choose to use it anyway.

In theory the Expanded Area AF could help, so you might want to try it. But I found for my type of action shooting it didn't help (and maybe hurt), so I leave it off now.
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Hi DSims,

thanks a lot for mentioning AF-C. Since I normally NEVER use it I somehow seem to have banished it from my mind. Good to be reminded that the camera can do more than me

Will try that!

BR René
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I too never used AF-C but @wired has converted me.

Required reading and practice before your upcoming shoots:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/38-photographic-technique/236970-perfect-...everytime.html

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Hi mikemike,

I recently came across that usage of the AF button in another post (was that also you?) and immediately changed to it.
Still not used to it 100%, but I also have not been shooting so much lately.

Up to now I only used it for the mentioned "AF-S emulation":
  • Place the active AF point on your subject
  • Press the AF-On button to acquire focus
  • Release the AF-On button to lock focus
  • Recompose and shoot
I'll try to keep pressing the AF button while shooting... will take some getting used to, but I can see the benefits.

Thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by wullemaha Quote
Hi mikemike,

I recently came across that usage of the AF button in another post (was that also you?) and immediately changed to it.
Still not used to it 100%, but I also have not been shooting so much lately.

Up to now I only used it for the mentioned "AF-S emulation":
  • Place the active AF point on your subject
  • Press the AF-On button to acquire focus
  • Release the AF-On button to lock focus
  • Recompose and shoot
I'll try to keep pressing the AF button while shooting... will take some getting used to, but I can see the benefits.

Thanks!

If you are focus and recomposing all the time you may as well not use this technique. The point of the technique is to be holding the AF button right up to the time the shutter is activated. To do this you need to use selective focus points.
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True enough.
Up to now focus+recomposing worked fine with me.
Although I do know it has some drawbacks. With a very shallow plane of focus and a moving subject, you are pretty screwed.
I should probably get used to using different focus points, since the recomposing is not applicable for all situations.

Thanks for all the input!
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So, didn't do the skiing fotoshooting thingy, since the weather forecast was turned to "horrible, no view range", and rightly so...

However, here some snapshots from the Motorcycle trip in Thailand (which was AWESOME FUN, by the way):

500px / here i come by wullemaha





500px / You lookin' at me? by wullemaha





500px / So many vitamins by wullemaha





500px / motivated by wullemaha





500px / tied up and ready to be served by wullemaha





500px / directions by wullemaha





500px / not camera shy by wullemaha





500px / just messing around by wullemaha





500px / adventures in the woods by wullemaha



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