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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2019, 07:24 PM  
Travel plans made, need lens advice
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 17
Views: 2,217
Thanks for all the input!

While I don't usually subscribe to the "One Lens" club, I will probably only use the Sigma for the Scotland/Switzerland trip. Unless I find a super nice 55-300 in the Marketplace! :cool::cool: The airline we are flying from Scotland to Switzerland has a "ONE BAG ONLY" policy. If you bring two bags, bad things happen I guess.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2019, 03:43 PM  
Travel plans made, need lens advice
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 17
Views: 2,217
Hey everyone,

This year, the family and I are doing some bucket-list travel. I am spending 5 days in the deserts in and around Moad, Utah and then in the summer we are headed to Scotland followed by Switzerland. I need some help deciding upon gear. We are travelling to Scotland then Switzerland with a single backpack each. We usually have good luck packing for a week with these, but I have never had more than my camera w/ the Sigma lens in my bag. No, I don't keep the lens on during travel. Even though we carry on, I have seen security be rather exceedingly rough with bags.

Currently, I have a K3 with a few different lenses...

My Sigma 17-50mm

My Sigma is the main lens I use. But, I also have

My DA 50-200mm

... which, let's face it, I have never really enjoyed.

When we went on a cruise to Alaska, I rented a big ol' lens

Not a bad lens, really.

I got some great shots with it, but that's when we had oodles of space. Now, we are renting a car and each with a single backpack. I know what my Sigma can and can't do on my K3, but I was wondering if anyone had any "One lens only" trip advice? I was thinking I could slip a fast 50mm prime in my son's bag when we wasn't looking... I really enjoy landscapes and architecture photography, but I won't have a tripod. I will have my black rapid sling and I have found will do in a pinch when wrapped tight around my wrist.

Any suggestions?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2016, 04:09 PM  
K-3 settings and such
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 14
Views: 1,685
Thanks for all these tips! This is why I love this place... everyone is quick and helpful.

As for AWB... I am a firm believer in keeping AWB on, but I shoot in raw and develop in LightRoom.

I have the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 that has onboard SR and I read in the review of that lens to keep it on and the camera's off. I will switch back n forth when I put on my 50-200mm which honestly isnt that often.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-29-2016, 03:33 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 23,321
Views: 1,822,534
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2016, 03:24 PM  
K-3 settings and such
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 14
Views: 1,685
Hey everyone.

So, after 2 years of debating and fence sitting, I finally pulled the trigger and bought myself a new K3. Whoo HOOO. I feel like I cyber stalked the K3 for a long time before buying it. Almost like a relationship from an online service. We talked, we found common ground for the relationship before we both decided it was a good decision for the K3 to move in with me. Hahahaha... anyway...

First, lemme say that while my K3 and I are still in the honeymoon stage (ok, this analogy is getting creepy...), I can tell that I will love this camera. I have only done a few test shots with my Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 but coming from my slightly damaged K20, this is just a fantastic piece of equipment.

Now... I need some assistance from all you K3 owners for settings in the menu. What have you found to work, not work and personal preferences. Example. I didn't like the auto ISO. While not a control freak, I do like a certain amount of say on how I capture my shots. I also turned off the beeps. I can see the red flash in the view finder to say, yup - you got it in focus. But are there any settings that you might have found to be essential? And not just for portrait work or landscape but any and all.

Thanks!

George

PS - Also anyone know of a way to reduce CA on a zoom? I have yet to take the K3 out for a stroll but my kit 50-200mm ed has .... issues? at anything over 150mm.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2016, 09:13 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 23,321
Views: 1,822,534
Here are a few of my favorites...

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-26-2016, 08:20 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 34,848
Views: 1,986,523
I spy a night sky...

fireworks-27 by deckroid, on Flickr
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-26-2016, 06:56 PM  
Time-Lapse short film from Estonian.
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 5
Views: 1,328
Tänan sind nii palju informatsiooni . Sinu Inglise keel on parem kui minu eesti .
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 01-25-2016, 05:42 PM  
Time-Lapse short film from Estonian.
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 5
Views: 1,328
I really enjoy your work. I especially enjoy the bonfire. How did you do that time-lapse? What were your intervals? I found it interesting how the fire kept it's brilliance while the sky darkened from blue to dark blue to black. Good job.

What were your settings for the camera?
What was the intervals between shots?
Where did you find such great music?
What software do you use?

I am just starting to start time lapse and have tons of questions!

Thanks!
George
Forum: Photo Critique 01-21-2016, 04:53 PM  
People First Upload - a b&w potrait of my brother
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 8
Views: 1,206
Nice shot. Nice hues. I think the smile and eyes are great. One thing that I have tried to keep reminding myself in portraits, if you are going to be tack sharp, it's gotta be on the eyes.

Very nice.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-21-2016, 12:50 AM  
Abstract Father In Law
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 5
Views: 686
My father in law came home to be on hospice. My sister in law flew in tonight to be with him. She asked me to take a photo of her holding his hands. I got 2 before he passed. This was the first and really best one. I should have used my tripod, but time was drawing near.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-18-2016, 06:21 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 773
Views: 105,531
My tips are as follows:

* Always always always keep a UV 0 filter on your lens. It may cost 50 dollars, but that is much better than replacing a 700 lens due to scratches.

* Lens hoods are your friends.

* Never use SD cards with less than a speed of 4.

* Humming birds will test your willpower and diligence. (And your camera! 1/4000?!?)

* Don't buy inexpensive straps!

* And my favorite.... get out of auto mode!

George
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-28-2013, 04:24 PM  
Price Points and other thoughts
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 2
Views: 1,090
Hey all,

This is my first foray into selling my work, so please excuse me if I sound clueless. I have read (ok, looked through at the bookstore) a couple of books about selling your prints and have lurked a bit here reading and learning what I can. I am still a bit confused about a few aspects.

After putting prints in my house, friends houses and even a doctors office and my CPA, I have been told to start selling my pictures. You hear a thing enough, you begin to think it might be true. So, with that, I am thinking of selling my photos at a local farmers market. They have roughly 40 to 60 vendors and mostly food items, but there is wood worked items, ceramics, knitted and sewn things... I guess I would say the usual fare. However, there is no photography shown there. Fill a niche? Maybe. I taught myself how to mat (not all that hard once you get the hang of it. Hang. Matted items for the wall. Oh, the puns) and I have a really nice place to get my work printed up. He does museum quality giclee work. Anyway.

Price Point. I know what my prints cost me. I know what the matting supplies and what not are going to cost. (Single only. If they want doubles, they can bloody well get their framer to do it!) I know what the cost of having a booth at the market will be and the percentage of the daily earnings that the Market will ask for at the close of business. I even know how much time, on average, I spend in Lightroom getting the image ready. The thing I don't know is what my time and creativity(?) is worth. If I ask too much, I won't sell. If I ask too little, I risk not being taken seriously and maybe losing money.

Most of my stuff is landscapes. Some abstract. I have done family portraits and two weddings before, but I am not that guy. Asking a petulant bride to smile for the 400th time while snapping away isn't my thing. And family shots are hard on me too. I would rather do what I like most. Take a hike, find something cool to look at, capture it and share it with the world.

Thanks for any input.

George
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-12-2012, 12:02 PM  
Washington DC bound
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 6
Views: 1,103
Thanks for the input.

As for my style, I love B&W as can be seen here. While I have done some street photography, I really enjoy buildings and landscapes.

As for gear, I just received my Black Rapid RS-7 strap, complete with Brad, a week ago and have been enjoying walking around snapping shots. I thought to take it, the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 as my walk around, my 300mm for longer shots and the 55-200 for those pesky inbetweens. All on my K20D. I have read that some places will let you do no-flash photography with no tripod while others are ok with no-flash and monopod.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-11-2012, 06:04 PM  
Washington DC bound
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 6
Views: 1,103
Hey there

In just over a month my better half has committee meetings and classes to attend in DC, while I get to see the sites. Um. No, I am scouting locations that she might want to see when her day is done.... yeah, that's it.

Here's the issue... I have been reading so dang much about DC I have found more places to go than I will have time for. So, I thought I would drop a thread here to ask what are the Must See places? I am going to be staying in a hotel off Mt. Vernon Square, about 4 or 5 blocks from the White House and very close to the Metro. I am really wanting to see things but more importantly, I want to snap some images of great locations.

I was in DC once before, but that was for a funeral which isn't conducive for site seeing. The one thing that I came away with from that trip is that I don't really want to drive in the DC area. I have driven in Chicago, LA, Seattle, Portland and Miami. I have to say that DC is the most... um, challenging?... so, the Metro and taxi will get me where I need to go.


Thanks.
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2012, 02:14 PM  
Married to the Brand
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 81
Views: 5,437
Good question, sir.

I am not married to many things. My wife, sure, but that's only cuz she's the love of my life.

Cars/trucks, not really. Coffee, nope. Would Android/Google products count? As far as I am concerned Google/Android will rule the world one day, and I for one welcome our new overlords....

I am married to my K20D. I have tried the K-5, rented the K-x, even spent a week with a Nikon D70 and Canon Xti-something-or-other. I came back to the K20. While a camera is a camera is a camera, it's what you know, it's what you want and expect that matters. While I feel that I can always learn more about my camera, to paraphrase John Belushi, Me and my Pentax, we have an understanding.

On a side note, while I have Pentax glass dating back to the 70s as well as various other manufacturers, I gotta say I am married to my new 17-50 F2.8 EX DC OS Sigma I bought for xmas. Once you get used to it and how it works with your camera, holy schnikies, is it fine glass. If I am going to shoot within that range, I grab that lens. If I am going for longer shots, the glass I use all depends on what I am shooting, where it is, conditions and even to some extent the composition of the shot.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-07-2012, 10:58 PM  
will a good quality ND filter retain 100% pic quality?
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 20
Views: 9,119
I agree with slip in that if you get a higher quality filter you should not even notice it. I bought a 10 dollar (US) polarizing filter and it really was horrible. I stayed away from filters for 2 years because of that. Then my eyes were opened by someone on a photo walk. Turns out, he is a professional who also works at a local camera shop. He showed me the differences between a 10, 25, and 75 dollar filter.

I now have a few filters that I regularly use for certain shots.

George
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-05-2012, 10:04 PM  
Got a Cruise to Alaska for Xmas!
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Thanks for the input!

I was thinking the flash for any on board stuff, but I really haven't played with it much.

I was thinking of getting a tether release when I remembered that I have an intervolmeter for the star trial shots I tried to get last summer. That thing has a 12 foot cable. Should do the job. When we get to Glacier Bay, I will be set up with my thumb on the button just waiting for one of those calving motions to start. And I really don't want to get THAT close to bears... I have been before and didn't enjoy it much.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-05-2012, 08:32 PM  
Got a Cruise to Alaska for Xmas!
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Whoo - Hoo!!!!

My wife came to me and gave me a choice. 2 tickets to a Green Bay home game, a Galaxy tablet or a cruise to Alaska. The Tablet, meh, I have a smaller one that works just as well but is wifi only. I get along with it just fine. Green Bay tickets... now that was a harder choice. I went to a game in 2008 and had a wonderful time. I am a big fan and it really could have gone either way, but my wife isn't home all that much and even when she is, she is working. So, a week alone on a boat with my wife? (Ok, alone with 2000 other people, but no kids, no in-laws, no pager, no cell phone...) It was no contest when seen in that light.


Luckily, I bought a bigger Lowepro backpack for all my gear, well the stuff I usually want to take with me, last fall. It worked rather well on the Oregon Coast, so why not in Alaska?

Now comes the hard part. Waiting. Well, waiting and trying to figure out what to take.

My thoughts:

300mm f/5.6
50-200mm f/4-5.6
17-50mm f/2.8 (<--- Xmas present to myself, its a Sigma and oooooo... its nice)
Possibly the 50mm f/1.4, bit unsure about that... but then again I do have space...
Flash (don't have much experience with it, but I have some time to try it out)

Laptop
External HDD
Bunch of chips
Tripod and monopod
Power Strip
Battery charger and all 5 of my batteries
Oh yeah, the K20D

Now my questions to you. Has anyone done a cruise with whales and what not? I am thinking of doing one of the photo sight seeing excursions to see whales breaching. I assume its like capturing any sporting event... high shutter speed, ISO between 100 - 400 and let the f/stop be where it lands on AV mode. But is that the best way? I mean, DOF would be really hard to judge, wouldn't it? While it might be cool to have the background completely blown out, I want the whole whale to be sharp, not just his eye or blow hole or tail, right? Can any nature shooters help me here?

And I don't much like bears (had some close calls) but I think capturing a few shots of bears fishing wouldn't be so bad... hence the 300mm on the list of lenses.

I usually find something interesting I want to take a picture of, walk around it a bit, see the shot I want in my head, then find it, and take it. I am not used to OOOH! Whale! or Calving glacier, QUICK!!!! To practice I am thinking of going to some of the local sporting events to practice on... volleyball, basketball... in the spring baseball.

Any input would be welcome!

Thanks,
George
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2011, 03:08 PM  
RE: Need Help - Pentax K10D ot K20D
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 20
Views: 3,219
I have all 3 of those cameras you listed.

The K10D is nice, but the K20D is out of the park nice. To me, it's worth the extra $$.

I just put a new Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 on the K20 and I cannot believe the photos I am getting.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-02-2011, 07:42 PM  
New Sigma Lens is on it's way!
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 3
Views: 1,331
First Impression:

H O L Y !@#$%!@#$#%!@%# this lens is super quiet and takes a wonderful shot. I took a few of the cat, but had other pressing issues so I couldn't test it more, and no, I wont be putting Pink or Socks (my cats) up here as the house is in dire need of cleaning. So. With that... tomorrow night, xmas lights. Night Parade. Alleywalk. I am just quivering with antici.....pation.


I will give a full review in a few days.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-30-2011, 09:19 PM  
New Sigma Lens is on it's way!
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 3
Views: 1,331
Well, I pulled the trigger on a Xmas present for me that I have been drooling about for a few months now.

I just ordered a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM from B&H. After reading the excellent 3 way lens review about which was a better value over better glass, I decided to get the Sigma. I have a 28-70mm 2.8-4 Sigma and really enjoy it, so that was in the decision making process as well. I have bought my K100D, K10D and now my K20D all used. Don't get me wrong. I love the Marketplace here. (That's where I bought my cameras). All my lenses are used. A couple are wonderful, ie the Sigma and Pentax 50mm f/2 from way back when. A couple are ok, ie the Pentax 18-55 Kit and my Pentax 50-200 and Takumar 300mm F5.6 oldie but goodie. I have a few that I was disappointed in after a couple of weeks of trail and error. I won't dig the dirt on them. Maybe it's just me, but the CA and focus points are just too wacky. I wanted something new. Something that says, "Hey, you are getting the hang of this photography thing, so here, try this on for size."

I even went so far as to expedite the shipping. I figured with a $670 (US) lens, 10 bucks extra to get it before the weekend was just icing on the cake. This is by far the single most I have spent on a lens, a camera... basically anything for me. I thought it was time to upgrade.

I am going to watch the Xmas lights at the botanical gardens not far away and hope to get some nice shots. I think I might go early and do some alley walking to get some shots.

Here is my album I have started here

I think most of these, if not all, were taken with the Sigma lens.

I will post more when I get it, when I open it, smell it, caress it... uh, sorry. :o

Then I will be posting images! Whoo-Hoo!!!
Forum: Sold Items 11-28-2011, 10:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma DC 18-50mm f2.8 EX MACRO w/ Tiffen 72mm UV Filter
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 3
Views: 2,236
PM Sent!
Forum: Photo Critique 11-13-2011, 11:45 PM  
Black & White B&W on the Oregon Coast
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 4
Views: 1,164
Hey there

I thought I might show these here. I just got Nik Silver Efex Pro V2 and thought I might show off some photo reduex that I had posted earlier.

Let me know what you think.

Pentax K20D
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 Something-Something.
1/25th, f/2.8, ISO 100
Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro - did some harsh maneuvering of the histogram and Boomified the Blacks.


Under The Bridge Reduex by deckroid, on Flickr


Pentax K20D
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 Something-Something.
1/10th, f/4.0, ISO 100
Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro - Boomified the Blacks, again, and played some Fill Light back in. (I like the effect that gives) Also played with Silver Efex and its contrast settings.


Bridge Into Fog Reduex by deckroid, on Flickr

Pentax K20D
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 Something-Something.
1/25th, f/11, ISO 100
Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro - Boomified the Blacks, brought it back with some Fill Light and also did some contrast work in Silver Efex.


Water Logged by deckroid, on Flickr

Pentax K20D
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4 Something-Something.
1/60, ISO 100, f/11
Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro - Really played in LR but when Silver Efex got hold of it, I just used one of the presets because I liked the result so much. Cheating? Easy way out? Maybe, but I liked the result all the same.


Broken Sea Dragon Reduex by deckroid, on Flickr

Sorry about the "Boomified" thing, but really, I have found that when you take the Blacks up to around 70 - 80, it really makes the image come to life with detail and contrast.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-30-2011, 09:10 PM  
Black & White Oregon Coast
Posted By deckroid
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Thanks for the kind words...

And as for the Willamette Valley, the colors along the river down in Oregon City? Down by the old power station is fantastic...
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