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09-09-2022, 12:01 PM   #18766
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Makes me think my retinas are bleached out due to forgetting my sun glasses.

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Thank you guys for commenting, which I really appreciate. It also helps me to fine-tune my appreciation of the landscape and what to look out for. We are heading that way again next year in May and I am already thinking of compositions that I missed last time.

QuoteOriginally posted by RICHARD L. Quote
Removing color makes one concentrate on the graphic quality of the image (composition, balance, harmony of the lines, direction of the light, texture, sharpness and contrast). Color is often a deterrent because it is simply beautiful in itself.

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Thank you Richard. Normally I would have spent some time on decluttering the images, like remove dead stumps, rocks, etc. However edited with the bleached look the clutter becomes an asset and somehow the overall image takes on a minimalistic look, although it may not be composition wise.
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Haven't been, so for all I know this is an accurate representation. Having said that, the hard-edge horizons and bleached-out backgrounds have an illustrational (vs. photographic) feel.
Thanks for the observation. I didn't see it that way initially, but since you mentioned it I can see that aspect of it. Our house is full of pictures with very few bleached looks, apart from a few from Namibia, which were naturally bleached scenes. At Sossus Vlei the dune colours (reddish) are in stark contrast to the dried up water pans (pale whitish) and it is difficult to represent the impressions of such an impressive location. I think the bleached look gets closer.
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I like them a lot, especially the first one. The tiny hint of green in the live trees and the extra subject matter of the watering hole and shrubs give it visual interest, and the shrubs running up the slope to the right give it three-dimensionality. That's just enough to make it look less like an abstraction and more like a picture of a real place. Very, very nice.
I originally did not select picture #1 because the foreground was too cluttered. The green shrub/trees does make the picture real and give it context, yet it doesn't dominate or distract. Incidentally the only water these trees get are from sub-terrain water, which was explained to me, but it seems to be a complex geological system that allows for under ground rivers. We had lunch under one of those trees and the local small birds are not shy to come and beg for water. Once you give them water, it seems the whole neighbourhood gather to share in the bounty.
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Makes me think my retinas are bleached out due to forgetting my sun glasses.
I normally don't wear sunglasses but after two days in that harsh sun, I bought a pair at a local gas station for about a dollar or two. Was the most luxurious feeling I could imagine, soothing my eyes. The locals warn not to hike with cheap foot wear such as flip flops because on a hot day it will apparently melt under your feet. I didn't ask for proof but followed the advice with wearing my hiking boots and carrying an excess of drinking water.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Neuse River Sailor Quote
I like them a lot, especially the first one. The tiny hint of green in the live trees and the extra subject matter of the watering hole and shrubs give it visual interest, and the shrubs running up the slope to the right give it three-dimensionality. That's just enough to make it look less like an abstraction and more like a picture of a real place. Very, very nice.
I agree
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Fujifilm GF 20-35mm f4 R WR Lens | Wex Photo Video

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A lot less, and a lot wider than a Pentax 28-45. And designed around 100mp bodies.

To me, this is the nail in the coffin for digital Pentax MF stuff. They just haven't released newer versions to match their current digital line up.
I've pre-ordered mine from Park. Will be selling my 32 - 64 and 23.

09-11-2022, 04:40 PM   #18770
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QuoteOriginally posted by itshimitis Quote
I've pre-ordered mine from Park. Will be selling my 32 - 64 and 23.
Why the 32-64? Do you have that range covered already? I'm happy to see the price is not as bad as some were predicting. I'll probably get one too. I'll keep the 32-64 for now as well.
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Why the 32-64?
I think he's got the 35-70 f5.6 due to its small size (but he can answer better than me...).
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Took some cat pictures with the 645z + P67 165mm f/2.8

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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
Why the 32-64? Do you have that range covered already? I'm happy to see the price is not as bad as some were predicting. I'll probably get one too. I'll keep the 32-64 for now as well.
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I think he's got the 35-70 f5.6 due to its small size (but he can answer better than me...).
I have the 35 - 70 and I haven't used the 32-64 since I bought the 35 - 70.
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I have the 35 - 70 and I haven't used the 32-64 since I bought the 35 - 70.
I figured it was something like that. Thanks.
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Finally processing a pano from 2019 when Ed Hurst was visiting SF. This was an early morning hike in the Marin hills.

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Taken from my roof at sunset yesterday evening...

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A few photos from a few months ago.

The first two are from a sunrise at Quindalup Jetty. Both taken with the Leaf Credo 60 and Pentax 28-45mm. First is a single exposure, second is a merge.

Third shot is from the small jetty at Canal Rocks, sunrise. A lot of sea spray, unfortunately, which got onto the filters and gave some hexagonal flaring. Pentax 28-45mm, two exposures blended.
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One from Eagle Bay beach, at sunrise. Focus stacked for the stairs. Leaf Credo 60 and pentax 28-45mm. I think I had it pretty close to the wide end, and it shows with a lot of CA in the tree branches near the edge of the frame, unfortunately. The second and third are just after sunrise, same beach, same lens set up. Focus merged on the first, missed focus on the second ( horizon is a bit blurry). Critical manual focus with the 28-45mm is quite hard through the viewfinder sometimes, but I think I'm getting more consistent now. I have a monocular to help, but it's usually easier to just shoot and review to help dial it in.
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One from Sugarloaf Rock, a favourite place of mine to shoot. Taken with Leaf Credo 60 and Samyang 24mm f3.5 T/S. Vertical pano well after sunset during the afterglow. Focus stacked foreground. Blended sky. Quite a bit of work to post-process. The Samyang is a breeze to manually focus compared to the 28-45mm!
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