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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-02-2018, 06:01 PM  
Variable Neutral Density Filters versus set ND
Posted By SoloJoep
Replies: 7
Views: 684
Because of the X issue with variable ND filters and (to me) the hassle of changing fixed filters (plus both options being pretty costly) Iíve successfully resorted to screwing 2 CPL together and voilŗ, a DIY variable ND filter!

No X problems whatsoever, and since I had a bunch laying around due to my LBA it didnít really cost me Ďanythingí.

Iím using this setup mainly for outdoor portrait flash photography, and I canít complain really.

However, the filters are somewhat stiff to turn, but this doesnít bother me. And also thereís obviously no indication at what ND value youíre at, but if youíd really want to it could be figured out and added manually.

I guess thereís a risk of additional reflections from adding 2 layers of glass in front of the lens, but so far I havenít noticed much or any issues.
Forum: General Talk 12-08-2017, 02:29 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By SoloJoep
Replies: 18,106
Views: 1,236,023
Can't post a pic atm but I JUST received and installed my GGS Swivi S6 Viewfinder (on K1)
and took a couple of test shots with the Takumar 85mm F1.8 I found for 'cheap' locally last week, hurray :)) !!

I use manual lenses 99% of the time but find I miss focus too often when just relying on the BEEP/hexagon focus alert.
So I looked for an alternative that would take advantage of focus peaking, which I find works very well.
Since I shoot portraits mainly, no flying birds, this I believe will work well for me.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-04-2017, 01:30 PM  
Getting off AWB for consistency...
Posted By SoloJoep
Replies: 19
Views: 1,388
In this case I would also vote AWB and shoot RAW (always).

Besides that my advice would be that before processing the images,
first group them by similarity (location/lighting/colour etc) and for each of these groups you can automate the WB correction (and other settings for that matter).
I don't believe there's a 'one fits all' automated fix to the problem, but grouping definitely helps to speed things up quite a bit.

IMHO AWB isn't all that bad as a starting point, and personally I would only worry about specific WB settings when using gels for example
since it's much more challenging to correct different colours separately in PP.

My 2 cents..
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-29-2017, 09:48 AM  
First time post, a small introduction :)
Posted By SoloJoep
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Thanks a lot for the warm welcome everyone! :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-24-2017, 11:28 AM  
First time post, a small introduction :)
Posted By SoloJoep
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Hi everyone!
After happily lurking for a couple of years I finally decided to sign up.

This forum with it's amazing users provided me with lots and lots of valuable info and I hope to be able to give back a little, although I have my doubts lol!

I'm a freelance graphic artist turned photographer (only recently) up in Canada, Montreal area,
specializing in portraiture, with a slightly compulsive need to hunt down and purchase vintage (manual) lenses.
The collection is growing steadily and to my defence I actually USE them for my work.. Well, some of them alright :)

I'm now on a mission to get some good old UV an RE Topcor lenses to work on my K3 & K1, which unfortunately seems to be much more complicated (to me) then I hoped for!

Once I have my new (photography) website ready I will add it to my info and hope you'll be interested to have a look and chat,
till then, thanks for having me and happy clickin' !!


Ps. Oh jolly! I see photos may be uploaded here, so I've attached a few! Ignore the watermark, it's not always the same cause I've been having trouble making up my mind regarding my freelance name and logo etc (branding oneself is so much more difficult than working for a client!)
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