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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-27-2013, 07:17 AM  
New HD DA Limited lenses
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 848
Views: 96,339
*Drops mic*

*Walks out of the thread*



That was just beautiful :lol:
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-22-2013, 11:26 AM  
Shooting the Vegas Strip - any tips?
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 12
Views: 2,341
Here is a link to a previous post about this. We had several people chime in (including me) with tips and tricks for shooting pictures on the strip.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographic-technique/105577-any-info-ab...ml#post1097118
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-30-2013, 10:54 AM  
Thematic PP Challenge 105
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 11
Views: 1,006
My addition. I was traveling for work last week so I wasn't able to participate in the previous contest.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-29-2013, 08:43 AM  
Panning using slow shutter
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 15
Views: 2,115
Thank you kind sir!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-22-2013, 10:35 PM  
RAW Decryption In PC.
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 5
Views: 757
Windows doesn't natively support PEF/RAW files. So you'll need to download something to work with them. There are a few free options out there. Google's Picasa is a simple option for minor things like color balance etc. However if you want to do some heavy lifting in terms of PP then you'll need a more substantial solution. I use LightZone, which is free, and I like it very much. There are also several paid for/subscription based programs out there like LightRoom which will also work with your files. Hopefully you'll get a wealth of options from the other members here as well
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-20-2013, 07:21 AM  
Panning using slow shutter
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 15
Views: 2,115
Like everyone says, practice, practice and more practice.You need to understand what is moving on your subject relative to the movement of the panning. For my shot below the top line of the horse tended to be static so I knew that would have some level of sharpness, the rest of the horse would have some blur, the most being the legs and the background would would get motion blur from the panning.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-20-2013, 07:10 AM  
for Pentax k-5 owners: low light autofocus, is it that bad ??
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 15
Views: 2,887
You are quite mistaken. I decouple AF from the shutter button. I set my f-stop and then attempt to AF on an area of the subject that falls within the focal plane using center point focus but has high contrast. Sometimes the two coincide. Once I get focus lock i then recompose and press the shutter button. Some may say it is not the most efficient way of going about things but it works for me. It is something I started to with my K100DS and my manual A50 f/2. At the advise from many here at this forum I was told that using a manual lens will greatly help a first time dSLR owner like myself at the time. It will force you to understand DOF, lens markers and how you can find "Acceptable Sharpness" within the give DOF. After figuring that out I stopped worrying so much about AF performance in low light.


Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-19-2013, 03:17 PM  
for Pentax k-5 owners: low light autofocus, is it that bad ??
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 15
Views: 2,887
I haven't really noticed any low light autofocus problems with mine. Then again I do a lot of focus/recompose sort of things when I am shooting in low light conditions. Finding contrast in your subject will help immensely in aiding focus lock imho:

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-18-2013, 08:21 AM  
Anyone else using Linux?
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 52
Views: 5,140
Casual Linux user, do my PP in Windows using LightZone though. LZ is a great program, when I shoot raw I shoot in DNG and those get read fine with LZ. With Lightzone getting developer support again new camera profiles should be added as soon as they are able meaning that your K30 PEF would get native support as well.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-14-2013, 06:42 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge 103
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 17
Views: 1,923
As someone who has owned a K100DS I too remember that sensor with fondness. I remember absolutely magical captures with that camera. Maybe I have rose colored glasses of the camera because it was my first DSLR, but my only two PPG photos were taken with it.... That being said here is my contribution. I'll let you decide if it is HDR or not :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-14-2013, 05:21 AM  
Unicolor Bold in PP
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 14
Views: 1,264
Could brilliance = Vibrance or Luminosity?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-12-2013, 10:27 AM  
Unicolor Bold in PP
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 14
Views: 1,264
I personally use LightZone but you should be able to attain what you want in Lightroom. After 5 or so minutes of fiddling about in LZ here is my tool stack;;

1. BW Blue Filter - Isolate the tonality of the zones I want to work with
2. Relight Tool - Blending Mode = Soft burn, Detail Bumped - defines zones with more contrast
3. ZoneMapper - Locked top zone in place compressed the bottom 14 zones to bring out the portions of the flower I want to work with
4. turn off BW filter
5. Hue/Saturation - Chose reds, adjust the ranges and bump saturation waaaaay up
6. Hue Saturation - Choose greens, adjust ranges and bump saturation waaaaay down

Result, attached. Not quite what you have in your example but if I put more time into it I think a more exact approximation could be reached.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-12-2013, 08:30 AM  
Unicolor Bold in PP
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 14
Views: 1,264
You have disabled downloads for your photos. I would think that a saturation bump on a specific color mask would do what you are looking for. attach the bottom pic to a post where we can download them and we can all take a swag at getting the look you want
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-12-2013, 08:07 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 14,127
Views: 932,895
My Daughter @~7mo (she is now 17mo)

Forum: Pentax K-5 07-12-2013, 07:25 AM  
Has anyone used their Pentax K-5 for concerts?
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 280
Views: 33,353
I have never used my K5 in an official capacity at a concert but I have used it during a concert:

OK GO






Train










Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-12-2013, 06:32 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy two backlit things

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-11-2013, 06:31 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy a vanishing point

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2013, 12:00 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy repeating geometric patterns

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2013, 09:02 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy different generations side by side

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2013, 06:24 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy an animal behind glass

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2013, 01:07 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy a spider web

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2013, 11:27 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy the sun being obscured

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2013, 07:02 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy hills by a body of water

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2013, 06:29 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy a fountain in a courtyard

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-08-2013, 08:49 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By MrApollinax
Replies: 25,817
Views: 1,084,721
I spy something that flies

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