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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-07-2021, 08:47 AM  
something to think about ....courtesy of asahi man
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 337
Views: 16,703
I shoot a 35 1.4 now, but not nearly as often as I had expected I would. Now toss a quality DFA135 2.0 (or better yet 1.8) at me and my wallet will be wide open to catch it. Sadly not even a rumor.

From the list the two I'd be particularly interested in is a refreshed 50-135, 150 preferably, and the rumored converters for full-frame.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-25-2021, 03:39 AM  
People Amber
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Oh, a pretty small light then. I have a pair of RGB wand lights I use for accent lighting, and that one looks similar. You're right, not much power behind them. Well it came out pretty darn nice IMO, and 2.8 isn't a bad choice anyway. In the right hands a flashlight will work, eh?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-24-2021, 06:08 PM  
People Amber
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Love the contrasts and color. Facial expression is the iceing.

But continuous? I remember you trying to talk me out of it for portrait work just a few years ago, strobes were the only way to go. Have you seen the light?

FWIW I've doubled down on constant lights since. :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-24-2021, 01:23 PM  
DPR updated the K3-3 sample gallery.
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,274
I don't necessarily disagree.

Essentially my question boils down to:
Why did they use "natural" on the camera for JPEGS and use "bright" in Adobe? If they prefer the look of the Adobe images, which is the impression I was left with, then why not shoot "Bright" in-camera for the JPEGS?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-24-2021, 08:05 AM  
DPR updated the K3-3 sample gallery.
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,274
I rarely look at any of my OOC JPEG's, preferring to do my own processing of images. In fact closer to NEVER. I mention that because a number of DPR's sample images show JPEGS followed by the RAW image Adobe processed. I'd ask my fellow K3III shooters who do why they would be processing in-camera "natural" considering how much better the Adobe-processed "Bright" samples look. Do any of you use the camera's "Bright" setting for JPEGS, and do they seem about the same as Adobe-processed RAWS done "Bright"?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-22-2021, 03:02 PM  
AF-C of K-3III is impressive
Posted By gatorguy
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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2021, 08:08 AM  
Does the K-70 really have a solonoid problem and is it wise to buy one over the KP
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 36
Views: 1,961
Ergonomics. For me they were terrible.

None of the grips were supportive for me (I often shoot one-handed), button placement was bad and especially the BBF, and the top controls were too cramped. As a camera tho it was marvelous and a couple of the features were helpful, which really was the reason I bought it in the first place, even if at the end of the day I didn't find any substantive difference from the K-70 for my own images and subject interests. It wasn't either smaller or lighter either which I expected it would be based on early comments. The K-70 is simply an easier and more secure carry for me.

So the KP and I just weren't a good match, and I really did try. Took it to every shooting opportunity, the majority either portraiture or wildlife, for several months along with a K-70. I started out excitedly relying on the KP as my primary but rather soon found myself picking up the K70 more often than not when things became fast-paced. Turned out the KP was a brief fling, a summer girlfriend.

I wish there had been somewhere I could have handled it first, but I might have bought it anyway since I believed some of its features not offered on the K70 would have been used more than they were, and of course I'd just adapt to the handling. Specs got me. It obviously does not mean others are not enthusiastic about their KP's and had little issue with the ergonomics.

Of all the Pentax DSLR's I've owned (K50, K5, K70, KP, K1, K3III) it's the one camera that you most likely either love or hate.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2021, 06:09 AM  
Does the K-70 really have a solonoid problem and is it wise to buy one over the KP
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 36
Views: 1,961
Two K-70's here (and one now sold KP) with nary a sign of aperture block issues in the now 5 years of use. One of them was definitely in the first production batch since I recall ordering it within the first month or two of availability. The second was purchased three years ago (or was it two?) but no idea of the manufacturing date.

Personally, I think the chance of failure is in general no more than a base industry standard, perhaps 2 or 3%. Sometimes an aperture block like this fails no matter whose brand, but it's rare enough to be of no concern IMO. The older K-50/K30's were a different story.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-07-2021, 12:47 PM  
New Pentax K-3 III review
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 21
Views: 1,851
That makes at least two of us.
Forum: Sold Items 08-06-2021, 02:44 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax K24/3.5
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 5
Views: 92
LOL! Understood. :)
Forum: Sold Items 08-06-2021, 02:17 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax K24/3.5
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 5
Views: 92
Super Tac 24 3.5? Probably not but I do have one I don't use.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-04-2021, 10:21 AM  
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 6
Views: 430
I've started carrying a couple of them for supporting small lights at a shoot (depending on poses maybe a hair-light or backlight or lighting a background) and take up no room in the lighting bag
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-03-2021, 08:17 AM  
Pentax K3 III Overheating
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 53
Views: 2,362
Wouldn't the most obvious difference being shooting 4K on the K3III as compared to 1080/60i max on the KP? Shooting 4K will introduce significantly more heat than those lower res videos will.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 08-01-2021, 05:30 PM  
Get ready for a giveaway featuring the HD FA Limited lenses! (June 2021)
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 104
Views: 4,385
Seriously? Must be my day, which hopefully extends to my lens. :)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 08-01-2021, 05:12 PM  
Get ready for a giveaway featuring the HD FA Limited lenses! (June 2021)
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 104
Views: 4,385
No I had not.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-01-2021, 04:59 PM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 2,870
Views: 57,464
I thought this closed?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-01-2021, 04:59 PM  
Wolf Spider
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 14
Views: 185
A few years ago there was a month our entire area was infested with them. A dozen or more made their way into our house over the span of a few weeks, but not a single one since.
Forum: General Photography 08-01-2021, 09:59 AM  
What camera is Julie Newmar photographed with in this episode of Bewitched ?
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 43
Views: 1,549
And a never-ending roll of film. :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-01-2021, 08:56 AM  
The Verisimilitude of a Photograph
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 91
Views: 3,147
After thinking about it some more it seems I do have a line I won't cross, and that involves one-click overtly obvious PP programs like Luminar. I own the most recent version of it, the AI one as well. I've toyed with them, done some images in both "just for fun", even resorted to Luminar for an event a few weeks ago where the skies were an integral part of the photos and typical enhancement tricks just weren't cutting it. Even then I modified the presets a LOT, and made sure not to completely duplicate that sky for associated shots. No blue skies were turned into sunsets. For me if ever use the program it will be a rarity and only for very specific needs.

On the other hand I don't have serious qualms around PP using DxO, or Topaz, or LR or PS but not clear in my mind on the rationale, why those are OK but in general Luminar is not for me. Perhaps because some skill along with consideration of "why that photo" is required? I'm not really sure.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-01-2021, 06:55 AM  
The Verisimilitude of a Photograph
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 91
Views: 3,147
One of my most valued photography mentors asked if would to do some portraits of her. Most every photo she displayed showed her in younger days, and of course like all of us she aged. She didn't tend to trust cameras capturing her today so I was flattered that she was trusting mine. She regularly promoted my photos to other group members and students as examples of very good skills. Yup, I was developing a pretty high opinion of myself.

I took a couple of days to study artificial lighting setups on YouTube. Considered the differences in fabrics and reflections and how they altered light. Lots of technical considerations around mixing ambient with artificial. The clothing we agreed on for her was perfect, some meant to be sensuous and some fun.

Once there I spent a couple of hours on different poses and props and lighting setups. I think there were three complete wardrobe changes, and a few where jewelry and hairpieces were either added or removed. It was the most involved portrait shoot I had ever done. Probably took 200-300 shots, maybe even more. Knowing that she had spent years as a college art professor teaching photography skills and processing, and her propensity for criticism when deserved, I was exceptionally careful in the images I chose to show her. I think I might have settled on as few as perhaps 2 dozen at most but gosh I was proud of them. The lighting was as perfect as I had done up until then. Poses and props were well-thought-out for the subject and intent. I made sure there were no extraneous distractions, no errant specks of lint, flyaway bits of hair. Color balance and contrast was done to the best of my abilities. I was so proud when I presented them to her and delighted in anticipation of her reaction.

SHE HATED EVERY ONE OF THEM and did not hesitate to tell me why in very expressive terms. Yes I was hurt.

She looked her age, now in her 60's and what I saw thru my lens. I thought she looked great and cameras don't lie, right? Wrong.

There were wrinkles she didn't notice when seeing herself in the mirror. A bit of skin sagging on her neck that the lights only enhanced. Creases on her upper chest from the years of gravity pulling on her breasts that now weren't quite as perky as even a decade earlier. Age spots on her arms and hands, and noticeable wrinkles around her lips. A couple of too obvious bulges. Her hair wasn't as thick and vibrant as when she was a college professor (and erstwhile exotic dancer but that's for a different discussion) and a few pounds had found their way to her since.

And that's when I got my first invaluable lesson from her in dodging, burning, and more than that: meeting expectations.

After another few days of reevaluation, hours of learning techniques I hadn't given any importance to, and several more hours of putting them to effect, I took those same photos back to her. Most now passed muster, and she told me two in particular were the finest images of her taken in a couple of decades, and could she make them her professional and social profile images.

Few women want to look their age. Young wants to look older, older wants to look younger, mothers want to appear vibrant and youthful and energetic if not athletic, and grandmothers want their images to be what they are remembered as. To be fair most men I've photographed are like that too, but as a rule avoid a camera far more aggressively, much more difficult to get cooperation from when they get older (aka over 50). When they find they can't toss a football around with the guys anymore or hike 20 miles into the wilderness to build a cabin the photos stop. :) Hey, I'm one of 'em.

So saying all that in far fewer words, I don't want to be that guy who doesn't at least try to present the person as they see themselves because "ethics". Yeah, a camera can lie.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-31-2021, 02:56 PM  
The Verisimilitude of a Photograph
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 91
Views: 3,147
Here's an example:

I have a current regular client (and crew) who absolutely expects her photos from events and appearances to present her as attractively and positively as is reasonable. That means when she's tired I remove any dark circles and redness in the eyes. If the light is harsh any now-enhanced wrinkles under the chin and around eyes and mouth must be softened, even removed. There's been times I've had to thin out a bulge in an important photo, remove a bruise or blemish. If the night before was long her face might benefit from a little thinning. If the sky behind her group is a bit too hazy and blown out I've sometimes added some subtle blue, even an occasional cloud, so that the presentation looks its best.

Am I unethical?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-30-2021, 05:21 PM  
Contest Something special about that lens - round 6: 51-69 mm
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 14
Views: 582
Impressive!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-30-2021, 04:17 PM  
Contest Something special about that lens - round 6: 51-69 mm
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 14
Views: 582
I trust you 100%. I'm currently investing in studio upgrades so that one is beyond my budget at the moment. I'd love to see more images from it though. No doubt you have a link to some.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-30-2021, 02:59 PM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 2,870
Views: 57,464
Last entry for me
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 07-30-2021, 02:58 PM  
Undocumented features
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 30
Views: 2,541
Actually a nice mention. I never keep the AF button depressed but will absolutely be trying to remember to do so. Helpful for understanding when focus doesn't end up where I intended.
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