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Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2010, 01:06 AM  
Travel Singapore Airshow 2010
Posted By Chris
Replies: 3
Views: 1,498
Yeah, anything past 260mm and you NEED f/16 or smaller.

As far as composition, I love the shot of the A10.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-15-2010, 07:49 PM  
Machinery Rusting Away
Posted By Chris
Replies: 9
Views: 1,677
Thanks, the shadows and color were a bit difficult. It was a sunny day, but AWB pulled in too much blue, and the Shade preset had two many warm tones, so I settled on Cloudy. I get a bit freaked out by being on other's property, especially in that part of the county, some people are quite "protective" of their farms...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-15-2010, 07:46 PM  
Nature I'm getting better
Posted By Chris
Replies: 12
Views: 1,584
You're not getting better, you're getting great! I love the third one!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-14-2010, 10:33 PM  
Machinery Rusting Away
Posted By Chris
Replies: 9
Views: 1,677
Shooting a series of old decaying barns, I stumbled upon this beautiful old excavator. It had been completely taken over by nature, vines were bursting through the seat and even the glass, or what was left of it. This was my personal favorite:


Also from this little gem:

This is what's left of this machine.



Forum: Photo Critique 08-11-2008, 09:10 PM  
Drunken Peppers
Posted By Chris
Replies: 9
Views: 1,772
The shot is... flawless. The only thing I can think of that would improve it, is a bit more negative space toward the left. As in, more window, sill, and counter. I would also like to see the meta data for that shot, specifically the f/stop and the lens used...
Forum: Photo Critique 06-21-2008, 07:47 PM  
Automotive Photographers unite! I need your input!
Posted By Chris
Replies: 8
Views: 2,243
Not sure if you are using a filter, kind of looks like a polarizer was used, which I would avoid. Yes polarizers will bring out the contrast, but they will also reveal the driver, which can be quite distracting. Try flash on some, but also use a much slower shutter. Cars are not always potent enough to grab one's attention, so make sure the background is blurry, and not distracting. Focal lengths of 70+ will also help that. Otherwise, Michael said it all.
Forum: Photo Critique 06-21-2008, 07:41 PM  
The Giants Wake Up...
Posted By Chris
Replies: 34
Views: 5,235
Magnifique! 'Tis a beautiful image! The composition could not be better, and the exposure is, for lack of a better word, PERFECT!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-12-2008, 09:20 PM  
K20D banding, should I get it fixed?
Posted By Chris
Replies: 11
Views: 2,029
Ah, I can faintly see it in the second picture. Are these 100% crops? I wouldn't fret over it too much, but what shooting conditions are you in? Temperature can wreak havoc on your sensor.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-12-2008, 09:17 PM  
Grounding
Posted By Chris
Replies: 7
Views: 2,432
So, lately the summer heat has been causing great lightning storms around the Asheville, NC area. And almost no rain. I would LOVE to capture some of these! I have decided that possibly the best way to achieve my result, is to set up camp on a mountain location where city lights are few, crush my aperture down, and bulb it up until I get results.

Here's my fear. The lightning is close. Frankly, I prefer not to be struck by lightning (think of the once in a lifetime picture I'd get from that though!), so here's my setup: Tripod sitting on top of car hood, myself in the car with the remote. I stay safe, and air-conditioned. My major fear (yes yes the chances are slim to none, but a chance is a chance) is that the camera sitting on the tripod will act like a lightning rod. Bam! That would suck huh? I don't exactly have the cash to replace a lightning-struck K10D, and it isn't that I doubt Pentaxian designers, I just doubt that any electrical consumerable can withstand a bolt of eletrical power from the sky. If the volts don't get you, the 55K+ temperatures just might.

Enough rambling. Best way to ground my camera to the car? I would have it in the car safe with me, but window glare and all... Much better to have it raised up freely above my car. So, what's the verdict.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-03-2008, 10:20 PM  
Jeans
Posted By Chris
Replies: 2
Views: 1,607
If you are willing to drive... She is actually looking to model so... ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-03-2008, 09:37 PM  
Jeans
Posted By Chris
Replies: 2
Views: 1,607
I did a short series with my friend and model, Joanna. The poses and results were pictures I had been composing and longing for in my head for many months, if not years. I finally had the chance to shoot them, and I did. After the series, I felt pretty satisfied with what I had, but I found out that I am just not comfortable putting friends and models into those poses. So I just... kind of gave up on them. I will continue to practice shots of models, just not like this. Enjoy, and comment if you care to do so.









And from another series, my personal favorite:

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-24-2008, 08:51 AM  
Taking a night shot
Posted By Chris
Replies: 12
Views: 2,419
Under the Manual mode section.

On your top screen, or in the viewfinder, you will see your shutter speed adjustments being made. Do not confuse 10" with 10. 10" is ten seconds, 10 is just 1/10 of a second. Holding the Av button next to your shutter release will allow you to adjust your camera in Manual.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-23-2008, 05:33 PM  
how does multipoint focusing work?
Posted By Chris
Replies: 22
Views: 4,336
Oh goodness. Far faster in low light. Why wouldn't you use center spot? Well, because your subject isn't always in the center! Now, I use the K10D and you can use Selected Focus, or Auto. With the "SEL" option, you pick where you want it to focus, very useful when you are taking time to perfectly compose your shot. When I am doing quick snapshots or sports, I always use auto. It will try and choose the subject you want. Scary enough, it's usually right.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-13-2008, 02:12 PM  
Space left on SD card?
Posted By Chris
Replies: 28
Views: 5,378
Most people prefer to know how many shots are left as opposed to guessing by knowing what percentage is free, it is a more concrete number for photographers, and has existed since film days. Older cameras told you how many exposures were left, not what percentage of the film remained.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-10-2008, 08:23 PM  
Chihuahua and girl PhotoShoot
Posted By Chris
Replies: 6
Views: 1,881
Looks good, only things I would change are the lighting, which seems a bit too harsh, and the background. Also try using a lower F stop to blur the background a tad more.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2008, 05:56 PM  
K100d/K10d Tamron 18-200mm DI II
Posted By Chris
Replies: 4
Views: 1,523
If the K10D is too complex, then I would say yes, go for the K200D, same sensor as the K10D, smaller, easier package.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2008, 06:51 PM  
K10D Exposure Failure
Posted By Chris
Replies: 13
Views: 2,332
How long does the service usually take? I have my K110D as a backup camera but... I can't go long periods without my K10D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2008, 10:08 AM  
Panoramic
Posted By Chris
Replies: 7
Views: 2,671
Quite honestly you don't need it. Just mentally stitch it, and then use a handy little download program.

www.autostitch.com
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2008, 09:48 AM  
K100d/K10d Tamron 18-200mm DI II
Posted By Chris
Replies: 4
Views: 1,523
This lens is great, and while you can't expect super sharp images throughout the whole focal range, or a prime aperture, it is a very useful lens to have in a situation like yours. Working at Best Buy and having hands-on access to it every single day, I have to say it is one of my favorite lenses. The only downside I have found to it is something I like to call a "bouncing focus" where it will overfocus, then underfocus, and repeat getting closer and closer to the proper one. As if it were bouncing like a ball. Quite an interesting thing.

Otherwise for the price, and the focal range, it's perfect.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2008, 09:43 AM  
K10D Exposure Failure
Posted By Chris
Replies: 13
Views: 2,332
I have updated it with an image and some more info.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-30-2008, 03:40 PM  
St Pats part Duex!
Posted By Chris
Replies: 12
Views: 1,126
Which flash? Not the pop-up I'm assuming...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-30-2008, 03:03 PM  
K10d battery empty over night - camera was switched off
Posted By Chris
Replies: 15
Views: 4,477
Alright because occasionally that can throw off the battery meter. So my answer stands, defective battery. Which is odd because typically those are found in Kodaks. (Most returned to Best Buy)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-30-2008, 01:24 PM  
K10d battery empty over night - camera was switched off
Posted By Chris
Replies: 15
Views: 4,477
That is correct. This does not mean that it is technically "on" it simply means it is acknowledging that you have inserted a memory card. And that LED light drains such little power as it is...

Chances are the battery is defective. My one question is:

Is the battery grip attached to your camera? If you own one?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-30-2008, 01:21 PM  
K10D Exposure Failure
Posted By Chris
Replies: 13
Views: 2,332
Actually, I'm not sure. I don't really know how to check that stuff.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2008, 08:58 PM  
Can the sensor cleaner be used on the mirror.
Posted By Chris
Replies: 4
Views: 2,466
It may not be the mirror you are seeing specks on, or maybe you are talking about what I'm getting at. The Focusing Screen. And that is near impossible to clean.
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