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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-04-2017, 10:01 AM  
Narcissus
Posted By nagelbh
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Staring at one's own reflection
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-02-2017, 07:14 PM  
road apples!
Posted By nagelbh
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Road apples, from my time in Iowa.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-16-2017, 06:31 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #130 (S-Curves - June 2017)
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 39
Views: 6,354
#14 is my choice. Getting all of those geese lined up must have taken hours! ;-)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-13-2017, 08:30 PM  
the delicate bridge
Posted By nagelbh
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'the delicate bridge' - eastern Washington state
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-17-2017, 08:19 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #127 Poll (Architectural Elements - March 2017)
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 51
Views: 7,038
#14 for me, it has some mystery to it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-12-2015, 05:43 PM  
It's not just a "zen" thing
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 79
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chickentender: "Me, using the camera as a tool, not the camera using me as a tripod."

I think this nicely and succinctly sums up one of the major reasons why I'm shooting film.

I learned on film, and I love the feel of my film K1000 and its manual lenses, they feel solid in a way that newer pieces of equipment usually do not. There is an aesthetic enjoyment in using that equipment. But even if I were using a digital camera, I would still want my decisions guiding that image creation as much as possible, unless I were working for someone else (which I'm not and never have with photography). The only time I've used the 'auto' features on a digital camera were when I was shooting purely for a practical purpose - documenting something, or shooting something for someone else. When I'm shooting for myself, I want my abilities to determine what comes out - good, bad, or indifferent.

Someday I hope to have the time and money and energy for a darkroom at home again, because I still really, really miss the magic of watching images emerge on the paper - because nothing else is really the same, doing the whole process with nothing but 'dumb' equipment, materials, and skill and seeing what you can produce.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-29-2015, 11:52 AM  
equipment left behind.
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Shot somewhere in rural northwest Indiana
Forum: Winners' Showcase 08-02-2015, 05:26 PM  
July, 2015 Runner-up: Last Cat
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 19
Views: 2,029
Good luck to #154!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-02-2015, 06:22 AM  
February, 2015 Third Place: Orange Full Moonrise and Lighthouse
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 29
Views: 2,813
Beautiful "right place, right time" shot.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 04:30 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 2,854
Views: 112,673
Good luck everyone. :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2014, 07:06 PM  
Black & White Don't Touch That!
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 1
Views: 492
Go for the B&W.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-01-2014, 07:51 AM  
Good places to develop film?
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 13
Views: 4,291
I've been using Dwayne's for develop-and-scan for over three years, I've always been happy with their service and the prices are very reasonable, and I've never heard of someone having a bad experience with them.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-02-2013, 05:26 PM  
Good places to develop film?
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 13
Views: 4,291
I can vouch for the quality of processing I've had from Dwayne's, I've been using them for C41 processing and scans for about two years and I've been nothing but happy.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-07-2013, 12:19 PM  
Abstract Under load
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 4
Views: 845
If you have Photoshop or the GIMP, try out the Levels tool or Curves tool on this. See if you can reduce the busy-ness by making the pole you're interested in stand out from the rest of the composition.


You may want to try standing back a bit further when shooting a scene like this, to reduce the "busy everywhere" effect. Remember the viewer needs cues for what the subject is, and what you're trying to convey - you can make it the most contrasty item, the darkest/lightest item, center it in the composition, make it take up more space in the composition, etc. When you're working on a problem like this, try several approaches in different shots. Also remember that in even the busiest image, unless you want to make the viewer uncomfortable, there need to be simpler, plainer areas as a visual rest for the eyes.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-07-2013, 12:08 PM  
Nature Help with processing a photo
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 13
Views: 1,336
Re: cropping, I would definitely crop it in closer to the subjects, consider cropping in closer on the right to give the effect that you're framed on the man and the bird is swooping into the frame. There isn't much in the sky to produce interest, you're better off losing a lot of it, the same goes for the treetops at the bottom - they distract from the interest of the image rather than contributing to it.


Lightening the middle value range a bit and increasing the color saturation (slightly on both) may help the image as well.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-05-2013, 07:51 PM  
Greetings and salutations...
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 6
Views: 720
LBA... logical block addressing? ;)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-05-2013, 07:18 PM  
K-M42 Adapter back in stock at Adorama $29
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 30
Views: 5,167
I ordered one yesterday, may [insert deities] have mercy on my [soul / spirit / thingie]. Now I can't just ignore the used screwmount lenses for sale. I'm doomed.


For those who may want or need one, they appear to have them at Adorama for the moment, not on backorder.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-04-2013, 07:19 PM  
Greetings and salutations...
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Thank you, Jean. I've been reading for a while now, mostly I've been reading up on lens reviews to help make decisions, since the budget I allow myself for equipment is small. I've found some very good advice here already. Now maybe I'll be obligated to contribute some. :eek:



As for that half-finished roll in the camera, one of Ernest Hemingway's tricks for preventing writer's block was always stopping in the middle of something so he had a good starting point to pick up the next day. :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-04-2013, 07:13 PM  
Greetings and salutations...
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Indeed, on both counts. :-)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-03-2013, 07:59 PM  
K-M42 Adapter back in stock at Adorama $29
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 30
Views: 5,167
That's a very good question. The rarity of the real adapter is something you hear about over and over. Can't really be a coincidence for this long, can it? There's some reason why production is kept low, and it's apparently not lack of demand or unwillingness to pay a decent price for a simple piece of machined aluminum.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-03-2013, 07:45 PM  
K-M42 Adapter back in stock at Adorama $29
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 30
Views: 5,167
"Buy one if you see the real Pentax adapter for sale" and "never settle for the non-Pentax M42 adapter" seem to be ongoing undercurrents among Pentax manual lens lovers. Maybe I should get one just to be ready for the amazing deals on M42 lenses I'll see... or maybe I shouldn't get one because of all the amazing deals on M42 lenses I'll see.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-03-2013, 06:40 PM  
Greetings and salutations...
Posted By nagelbh
Replies: 6
Views: 720
I've been consulting the lens reviews here for a while now, but needing to access the classifieds section to purchase a lens has finally forced me to get an actual login.


Okay, this is starting to sound more and more like a 12-step program intro ("My name is Bruce, and I still shoot film, but it's so hard to stop!!") so I'll keep it short. I studied photography in college (years ago) when I thought learning photography would be a good idea, but I didn't have much of an idea of what I wanted to shoot (and printmaking was seriously competing for my attention).


Now I'm working a job in the manufacturing industry as a quality engineer, and to help maintain my sanity (interesting choice, I know) I've picked up my dad's old K1000 and started shooting again. I'm still amazed at how cheap lenses have become if you shoot manual... but I'm not complaining.


Bruce
(one down, one to go...)
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