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08-11-2017, 01:15 AM - 1 Like   #3076
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QuoteOriginally posted by rayallen Quote
Well, you have to stand up to get a better view of the fireworks way up in the sky. "Morons" is the right word.

"How high up do you reckon the fireworks are then, Bert?"
"Reckon about 300 feet, Bettie."
"Crikey! We'd better stand up then."
"Naah, I'll just shift my zoom lens from 100mm to just under 101mm. . . makes about the same difference."

Of course, getting access to the top of Smeaton's Tower on the left there really would make a difference. Now THAT would be a fireworks shot!

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I think the people help add a sense of scale.
The lighthouse does that perfectly well, in my view, and is far less untidy.
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Boathouse sunset - K10D with DA18-55 kit lens:


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I was feeling a bit monochromatic yesterday so I took the K10D out with the "plastic fantastic" f2.4 35mm .





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QuoteOriginally posted by rayallen Quote
I was feeling a bit monochromatic yesterday so I took the K10D out with the "plastic fantastic" f2.4 35mm .





I recently bought a DA 35/2.4 and have been very impressed so far.

There look great Ray. I'm curious about your b/w process, did you shoot them b/w jpeg in camera or RAW then convert after?

I've been so delighted with my K10D's colour renditions I haven't yet attempted any b/w but I'm very interested in what others are doing for when the b/w urge returns.

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Same flags and Pavilion from across the lake:



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QuoteOriginally posted by Dan James Quote
I recently bought a DA 35/2.4 and have been very impressed so far.

There look great Ray. I'm curious about your b/w process, did you shoot them b/w jpeg in camera or RAW then convert after?

I've been so delighted with my K10D's colour renditions I haven't yet attempted any b/w but I'm very interested in what others are doing for when the b/w urge returns.
Hi Dan, Thanks for your kind words. I did convert some of them to mono in-camera but they lacked the contrast needed for good B&W.
I am still trying to find one software that will produce the results I am after but I have not found it yet.

The image with the umbrellas I processed in PS CS6 and then NIK Silver Efex. I then usually start by clicking on -1 underexposure and adjusting the sliders from there.
The other two images I processed in ACDSee Ultimate 10. It has a feature that Photoshop doesn't. It's called Light EQ and it allows you to adjust up to 9 different bands of light.
I haven't done much experimentation with mono in Lightroom so I guess this is a good opportunity to give it a try. I will advise.

Addendum:
I should have tried converting to B&W in Lightroom before now. I processed the umbrellas image in LR and get the sort of results I am after very quickly. So, I will be using LR in future. Plus I can go to NIK Silver Efex from LR and come back again. Best of both worlds.

Here is an example:


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Speaking of black and white. This picture - I had to convert it because the purple fringing was so bad, it was unixable in PP. It only got rid of 80% of it and the 20% that remained still gave the chair with the direct sun on it, a purple color.



These other two came out more to my liking...



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QuoteOriginally posted by rayallen Quote
I was feeling a bit monochromatic yesterday so I took the K10D out with the "plastic fantastic" f2.4 35mm .

Beautiful B&W, Ray. I love how the deep blue of that Australian sky goes almost to black in the conversion. Now I'm wishing I'd kept my 35mm/2.4. I got rid of it because I didn't like the colour rendering, but it never occurred to me try it in B&W. Doh!

QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
Speaking of black and white. This picture - I had to convert it because the purple fringing was so bad, it was unixable in PP.

Another beautiful B&W, with a gorgeous glowing tonality in the light reflecting off the chairs and table. One to print!

QuoteOriginally posted by goatsNdonkey Quote
SMC Pentax-F f4-5.6 Macro 35-105mmWide open near minimum focus distance & maximum magnification ratio

That 35-105mm looks like a handy lens to have. Could you give me an idea how big the flower actually was? With Ektachrome coming back soon, I'm looking for a dedicated macro lens for slide "scanning" with the GX-10, and the colour rendering in your shot looks ideal for the job. Could the 35-105mm fill the APS-C frame when focusing on a 35mm slide?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
That 35-105mm looks like a handy lens to have. Could you give me an idea how big the flower actually was? With Ektachrome coming back soon, I'm looking for a dedicated macro lens for slide "scanning" with the GX-10, and the colour rendering in your shot looks ideal for the job. Could the 35-105mm fill the APS-C frame when focusing on a 35mm slide?
Unfortunately, Dave, the flower is about 3 inches (approx. 7.5cm?) across, so no the lens wouldn't fill a the sensor frame with an image of a 35mm slide. It is one of the many "macro" lenses that is technically just close-focusing, and not as close-focusing as some others of that crowd. Here's a link to the PF review: SMC Pentax-F 35-105mm F4-5.6 Reviews - F Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database . If you enlarge the picture you can see the "Macro" setting on the focal length ring.

If you find the lens you're looking for, do share the info!
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Unfortunately, Dave, the flower is about 3 inches (approx. 7.5cm?) across, so no the lens wouldn't fill a the sensor frame with an image of a 35mm slide.

Thanks for the info. It's a pity that the lens won't go close enough for slide copying, because the rendering in your flower shot is really very appealing. I think I'm being over-optimistic in hoping to find a reasonably priced autofocus lens that would work for slide copying, and I'll probably end up using my Super Takumar 55mm/2.0 on an extension tube. Autofocus would make that particular job soooo much quicker and easier though.
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