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Forum: Contest Voting 1 Day Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #175 Poll (Portrait - March 2021)
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 36
Views: 2,037
I remember the original listing of the contest reading much like what eddiewillersx mentioned, and I spent some time looking through my catalog for a qualifying photo . . . and then got distracted.

But even with the less specific directive quoted by Bosse, most of these photos don't convey that much about the person portrayed.

Which isn't to say these photos aren't good portraits: if the subject of the photo is pleased with the results, then the portrait is a success, right? But that doesn't mean the photo fulfills the original directive that I'm sure at least two of us read.

So I suppose folks should vote for whatever portrait they like the best according to whatever parameters they want to follow. Which is what happens every month, from what I can tell. (My guess is that eddiewillersx and I will wind up voting for the same photo. . . .)

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I agree. There are some pleasing images here, but . . . well, what thomas65g said.

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Yup, that's pretty much what I was thinking.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-18-2021, 12:06 PM  
Aftermarket focusing screen
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 10
Views: 665
You may find that with the magnifying eyepiece you don't even need a new screen. Definitely the place to start!

A friend of mine, whom I'd sold a lot of my old Nikon gear to after I switched to Pentax, finally bought a Nikon D610 after borrowing my K-7 and 24/2.8 for a few months. One of the things he noticed was how hard it was to focus the manual lenses. But he got a magnifying eyepiece in the mail yesterday and messaged me that it really does help. Still, he's thinking of buying an AF lens to use, something like a 24-70, hoping that will make things easier for him--though the ones with stabilization aren't exactly inexpensive. I'd mentioned the type S screen, and he had fun looking through the offerings at focusingscreen.com . . . but we both thought trying the magnifying eyepiece was the best first step.

I've got astigmatism pretty bad in my right eye (and central serous retinopathy, too--bleh), so I rely on glasses (glass Zeiss lenses, which are noticeably better than plastic lenses). But the diopter adjustment on the Pentax DSLRs lets me shoot without glasses, so using the magnifying eyepiece is fairly painless.

We don't get to the western border of Wisconsin that much, but what I have seen of La Crosse and Eau Claire I've liked. Wisconsin really is a beautiful state. . . .
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-18-2021, 11:30 AM  
Aftermarket focusing screen
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 10
Views: 665
I think the upshot here is that exposure is a tricky thing to figure. I use mostly old MF lenses, and they rarely give me consistent metering results from lens to lens. I have become somewhat good at figuring what to do when I see a not-so-good result on the screen when checking exposure, especially for backlit subjects and such. Much of the time I know what to do after pushing the green button and before making an exposure, but I don't always get it right.

I've used FocusingScreen.com's rework of the Canon S-type matte screen, which really does help with fast lenses in low-light, which I use in small-venue concert photography. I haven't switched it from my K-5 to my K-3ii yet, though. There's no focus aid in the center, though: it's just a very fine matte screen. And I know enough to check the exposure after the first shot, using those results to make adjustments.

I think this is an area in which each person's eye, methods, and all the variables can yield different results, both in focusing and exposure. I think it comes with the territory. But keeping the insights of photoptimist and others in mind while shooting will help, no matter which screen you have.

Gerbermiester has a great point, too: the O-ME53 can help with focussing. I have one on my K-3ii, and I always shoot without my glasses, using the adjustable diopter on the K-3ii to see what I'm looking at. Of course, that doesn't help with exposure, but it can help with focussing. (I liked having both the Type-S screen and the O-ME53 on my K-5; they made a great pair.)

So I think the only way to find out if a particular screen will work for you is to try it. It's not a particularly simple thing to change screens without introducing dust and such to the mix, but if you're careful, it can be done.

Good luck, Bcrary3! (What part of Wisconsin are you in, by the way?)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 08:35 AM  
Reno, Nevada on New Years eve.
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 10
Views: 129
I love what the 16s exposure does to the smoke from the fireworks in this photograph. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 08:28 AM  
Tillicum Crossing Bridge - Portland, Oregon
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 6
Views: 98
Nice. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 08:26 AM  
Nagold
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 14
Views: 81
I like this perspective. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 08:24 AM  
Rainy Night in Seoul
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 7
Views: 141
This is the second photo made with an MX that I'll have nominated. I like the fact that the photograph puts us right there at street level, in the midst of things; the film choice imparts some grainy grittiness to the scene, too. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 08:17 AM  
Melbourne Docklands
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 13
Views: 140
Interesting architecture . . . and I love what the long exposure does too the clouds. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 08:08 AM  
Walking in Venice at night
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 15
Views: 197
Interesting look at a quieter, lesser-seen Venice. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 08:06 AM  
Hong Kong Cityscape at Night
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 36
Views: 322
Hong Kong is a much more happening place than is Spring Green, Wisconsin, that's for sure. I love it that this was made with an MX, too! (Is that a stationary shop in the lower left of the frame? The logo with the arrow looks like the Parker Pen logo.) Nominated!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 07:42 AM  
New York City
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 63
Views: 407
I love the angle and framing of this photo, with the ramp in the foreground and the more typically-photographed skyscrapers in the background. Nicely done. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 07:37 AM  
Hanko city by night
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 14
Views: 235
Very cool water tower, Tapio! Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 07:29 AM  
Night crossing
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 41
Views: 262
I like this take on the "cityscape" theme. It's very contained, very moody. Maybe my favorite of this month's contest. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-01-2021, 07:24 AM  
cityscape at night
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 6
Views: 97
I like the stillness and quiet this monochrome cityscape evokes. Nominated.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-16-2021, 09:59 AM  
January, 2021 Third Place: Best of 2020
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 35
Views: 1,185
I don't know how I missed this photograph in the nomination process, but I did.

I don't like posting in the final fifteen thread which photo I voted for. But I will post that here. This photograph is so well done, evoking a sense of silence, quiet beauty, and acceptance. The pastel palette seems very different than the color ranges of the other fourteen photos in the final fifteen, and its peaceful and gentle qualities belie the harshness of such landscapes and climates--a wonderful use of juxtaposition. This image strikes me as extraordinary, and I'd love to see it take top honors.

Well done, Watrs, and good luck!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-16-2021, 06:51 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #173 Poll (Best of 2020 - January 2021)
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 39
Views: 3,690
If you're on the page with all the photos--not the final fifteen, but the page with photos to nominate--and you hover over an entry, you can see if you already nominated it (those images will be at the top upon reload) and how many total forum members have viewed it, how many have nominated it, and which camera and lens the image was made with. (If you open the thread, you can see who nominated that photo, too, and maybe some comments from the photographer about the photo.)

This month, there are three photos with 30 nominations. Just below them are a few photos in the upper 20s--they just missed the cut. But two of the photos with 30 nominations missed the cut, too, while one went on to become one of the fifteen finalists.

That three photos had 30 nominations but only one of those made the cut is what I find curious. Apparently there can't be 17 images in the final batch; 15 is the limit. I think there must be a mechanism to determine which photo becomes the fifteenth and final image in the next stage, but I don't know what it is. (Personally, it seems to me that it'd be more fair to include 17 images rather than 15.)

Anyway, I hope this explanation helps.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-15-2021, 10:02 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #173 Poll (Best of 2020 - January 2021)
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 39
Views: 3,690
Ha! Maybe a toy train?

Seriously, I never know how to take the votes being vocalized in these threads. I'm thinking there are a lot of voters who keep things under their hats. (Technically, I think we're supposed to do just that.)

But if the votes made public so far are an indication . . . oh, I should never vote for my favorite.

Maybe the under-the-hat voters will have something other to say than what's been said.

But, hey, I'm just an old grey goat. . . . :-)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-15-2021, 06:16 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #173 Poll (Best of 2020 - January 2021)
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 39
Views: 3,690
Well, I've probably doomed my favorite here, just as I did others in the nomination round. I seem to have that power. . . .

Still wondering how the choice was made to pick the photo for the fifteenth slot from three that were tied with votes. Maybe someone in the know can explain that process. Anyone?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-15-2021, 01:03 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #173 Poll (Best of 2020 - January 2021)
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 39
Views: 3,690
This may be the best set of fifteen final photos I've seen in one of these monthly contests.

One thing I noticed, though, is that three photos were tied with the same number of votes for the fifteenth slot, and only one of them is seen above. My guess is that the tiebreaker may be which one got to that number of votes first?

But my two favorite photographs of those I nominated aren't here. Sigh. I wish you photos were here, AshleytheIslander and Hattifnatt. . . .

Still, what I wrote in my first sentence above holds. Even without my favorites, this is a great set.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-15-2021, 12:47 PM  
Comin' at ya
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 44
Views: 386
I'm glad I wasn't on the other side of the lens for this one. . . . )
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-11-2021, 11:40 AM  
Spring Green at night, December 23, 2019
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 7
Views: 114
First, the aperture is a guess; it may have been f/1.9, f/4, or something else. ISO was 3200.

Spring Green isn't a city; rather, it's a village. So this is really a village-scape. It's the eve of Christmas Eve, and most everything that isn't a watering hole has been closed for two or three hours. One solitary figure crosses Lexington, largely obscured by a trash bin on the left side of the frame. This is what passes for nightlife in the village around winter solstice.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2021, 09:51 AM  
Strata
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 6
Views: 61
Thematically, this reminds me of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, though it's striking in a very different, more subtle way. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2021, 09:11 AM  
Silhouette On The Stairs
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 22
Views: 251
Gorgeous photograph, carefully thought out. I love the light and shadows on the steps. And the colors, details . . . and the silhouette, moving into the light. Nominated.

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Yes, this comment nails it. (And now I'll be wondering all day who the director might be. . . .)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2021, 09:04 AM  
Best of 2020: Gold Gilded Girl
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 30
Views: 559
Everything about this photograph seems stunningly perfect to me--framing, lighting, aperture, the amount of contrast and saturation. There are a handful of photographs I truly admire in this month's contest, but this one stands out even among those. Beautiful, and beautifully made. Nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2021, 08:50 AM  
Breaking quarantine
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 2
Views: 89
This is such a quiet photo, but its lighting and setting have so much to say. Really well done. Nominated.
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