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Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-02-2020, 11:49 AM  
Question Is there a way to not see forum sections in 'New Posts' search?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2019, 05:19 PM  
Nature Typical danish landscape after harvest
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 7
Views: 180
Coulda sworn it was Saskatchewan. :)
Forum: General Photography 12-17-2019, 03:09 PM  
Dogs... my scourge when taking pics at the park.
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 51
Views: 1,797
I feel for you.
The only possible thing I can think of doing is to lobby hard for enforcement of the rules and regulations that are supposedly in effect. Find out who's in charge and make phone calls. Write letters. Once these irresponsible owners start receiving fines they'll likely either change their behavior or go somewhere else. Good luck.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-15-2019, 07:28 PM  
Landscape High water mark
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 11
Views: 256
The water level in this slough has evidently receded somewhat over the decades these vehicles have been 'parked'.

Forum: General Photography 11-14-2019, 12:24 PM  
Car show photography etiquette
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 53
Views: 1,910
Car shows are just not ideal locations to properly photograph a lovely vintage car. The cars are crowded too close together, the lighting is not that great, there's all sorts of people wandering around in the background etc etc.

They are, however, an ideal place to meet people who own these vehicles. My inclination would be to strike up a conversation with an owner and express your desire to create a really awesome photo in a suitable out of the way location in perfect light near sundown. It shouldn't be too hard to find someone who would go along. Go out and shoot. Make two wall sized prints. Sell one to the owner. Take the second print around to show at next year's show and drum up some business.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2019, 04:13 PM  
Best manual focus 50-ish mm lens at around f/8 or f/11
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 40
Views: 1,394
As others have mentioned, they are all going to be excellent between f8/11. FWIW, the one in my camera bag is the K55/1.8. When I tested it against an A 50/1.7, I thought it a teeny-tiny bit better in the corners.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-03-2019, 04:45 PM  
Do you use Live View or Viewfinder
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 90
Views: 2,715
When I'm out landscaping with a tripod and vintage lenses, it's LV 100% of the time. When I'm in 'walk around' mode, I'll often use LV to determine exposure and focus and then use the OVF to frame the shot.
I use Live View a lot.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-24-2019, 02:34 AM  
Macro learning focus stacking
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 12
Views: 764
You're a quick learner--I'd say you did real well. Did you use Photoshop, or another stacking software?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-09-2019, 05:10 PM  
Beach family vacation - use camera or not
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 22
Views: 975
I take my camera to the beach whenever I go. As long as you keep it out of the sand and water you'll be fine. Just use sensible precautions.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2019, 01:11 PM  
Real Estate Photography - Awful Colours
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 30
Views: 1,955
You may find this Flickr group to be a good resource:
Flickr: The Photography for Real Estate Pool
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-17-2019, 11:39 AM  
Landscape photography (getting started)
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 75
Views: 5,590
My advise:
Find some landscape pictures that you think are good. Study them. Analise how they were made. Ask yourself: what is the camera position, where is the light source, what is the quality of light, what is the angle of view?

Some hints:
Bad weather makes for good pictures--clear blue skies are boring.

Many photographers use a near/far compositional approach. The foreground grabs immediate attention, then the eye is led to the center of focus.

Lens choice:
Most people see with the 'normal' angle of view ie 35mm or so on a crop, 50mm on FF. If you want to dramatize a scene, use something that gives an other than normal angle of view, either wide angle or telephoto.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-07-2019, 03:14 PM  
Landscape Landscape photos of mountains and valleys from hilltops
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 11
Views: 890
Its all about light. Most successful landscape photographs have the light traveling across the landscape to best reveal the contours of the land. A studio photographer has the luxury of being able to move his light source relative to the subject--the landscape photographer not so much. Instead, you use camera position and time of day.

I suggest you find some good landscape photographs to analyze. Ask yourself about the position of the light source.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-29-2019, 01:54 AM  
Black & White Seen its Better Days!
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 6
Views: 359
It would be interesting to go back every 5 years or so and record the various stages of decline.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-29-2019, 01:50 AM  
Landscape Magic light
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 7
Views: 499
I especially like #2--nice work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-25-2019, 09:10 PM  
Pentax 12-24 issue at 12mm
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
I'll bet you a nickel it's the hood not on properly.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-17-2019, 08:31 PM  
Figuring out what to do with my mirror lens.
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 17
Views: 1,397
Perhaps you could bring back the Pictorialism movement in photography.


:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-13-2019, 10:03 PM  
K5iis auto white balance problem
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Hmmmm . . . I would dispute the 'accurate' part of your statement. The second picture you show, on my monitor, looks to me to be too yellow. The first, to me, looks realistic.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-12-2019, 02:12 PM  
Architecture Old School House
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 486
No idea, Les. I've run across a few schoolhouses in my travels but I can't say I see any one common design.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-12-2019, 12:52 AM  
Landscape Receding snow
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 1
Views: 288
Winter is almost done. March 25.







Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-10-2019, 12:06 PM  
Architecture Old School House
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Thanks to all for the comments.

It certainly looks that way, doesn't it? Actually, this time of year the prairie pallette is rather limited; there's dark brown earth, medium brown expired plant growth, desaturated yellow wheat stubble and blue sky. In this shot, the foreground is in shadow, hence the darkish sepia tones.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-08-2019, 01:22 AM  
Architecture Old School House
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Just scored a Tamron 17-50 on eBay--took it out today to see what it can do. Seems to be a nice lens. Although winter seems to have finished here on the prairies, it's gonna be another few weeks before we see any signs of spring. I found this old school house on a muddy old grid road--had to do a bit of hiking to get close.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-10-2019, 04:36 PM  
Options for HDR photo editing
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 11
Views: 840
I agree that this is the best way to go.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2019, 04:31 PM  
Feedback on my first manual focusing Lens
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 21
Views: 1,920
Congratulations!
I have one of these and I think it's a treasure. My most used prime. Advise: get yourself a hood for this lens. A generic metal one is fine--they're only a few dollars on eBay.
cheers
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2019, 03:01 PM  
business - vs - being creative?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 20
Views: 1,223
Which is more likely to make you unhappy? Your friends and family thinking you're an idiot, or doing unsatisfying shoots for money?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-05-2019, 01:23 PM  
Hello from Saskatchewan Canada
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Welcome, Bob.
I've learned lots here, and I'm sure you will too.
cheers!
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