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Forum: General Photography 02-11-2019, 10:36 PM  
Photo Taken Date vs Making Date
Posted By NeverSatisfied
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"Letter of the law", vs "spirit of the law.". These three-year rules seem pretty common, and a lot of people probably say, "Ah, who's gonna know?" I've never seen any enforcement at these local contests- but it's a point of personal integrity. This extends to categorization as well. We have an annual juried contest, with entries for B&W, Color, and "Digitally Altered." The woman who took 1st place "Color", was then asked to speak to attendees about her work. With the organizers present, she revealed how she'd removed the entire background in Photoshop, so as to better isolate the butterfly subject. This should have clearly put her in the "Digitally-Altered" category- where she'd have faced much tougher competition. Those of us others, who were also juried into the "Color" category, felt cheated, yet nothing was said by the judges about her revelation. It certainly was discouraging to those of us who "played by the rules." And wouldn't you know, that same "winning" butterfly shot later popped up in at least four or five other shows afterward. What's that saying, "Cheaters never prosper?" Or was it, "Rules are made to be broken?" ; )
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2019, 08:27 AM  
A study of photographs on flickr
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 33
Views: 1,976
So true! One of my Flickr contacts would post shot after unedited shot, of nothing but squirrels. Out of focus? Poor lighting or composition? Who cares! Literally thousands and thousands of squirrel photos. So after seeing this thread, I went over to Flickr- as of today, that guy has 363,000 (!!!) images on Flickr! Today's latest batch? More squirrels! :O
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2013, 06:08 PM  
43mm 1.9 Limited best sharpness?
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 18
Views: 3,064
Yea I'd like to see the same shot at a faster shutter speed. I agree with Visual Darkness, shake reduction might not be enough given the situation.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-14-2013, 09:44 PM  
The Sky is Falling! - Adam perhaps you can ask?
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 258
Views: 29,461
John it sounds like you're so busy, I'm surprised you have time to comment on this thread. (You see folks, he's actually out taking pictures! :p) Hey I just got my issue of RoadRunner, and I see that you'll be conducting a moto-photo workshop for the Maggie Valley event. Congratulations and good work!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-29-2013, 05:38 AM  
Sale of image, requires "20x30 image size digital image" ?
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 25
Views: 5,330
Well let me give this thread a nice send-off by saying thanks to all of you for your excellent advice and suggestions. Not only was I able to meet the buyer's requirements, I was able to even improve the image before I sent it to them. And my younger son, the prospective engineering student, is working on building me a new computer, as well. An excellent outcome and learning experience, all around! Thank you. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2013, 10:34 AM  
43mm 1.9 Limited best sharpness?
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 18
Views: 3,064
I've actually shot hand-held slower than 1/15, and got nice sharp results, but, that also was using flash. Ordinarily though, I wouldn't shoot that slow unless there was a specific goal in mind. IMHO the magic of the 43 Ltd is better represented at wider apertures than f8 though, especially for portraits. I find that for single subjects, f2.0 works nicely with this lens; for two people f2.8 is a safer bet, just to make sure your DOF covers both. (Those are generally full-body shots or 3/4 length, just to qualify my statement. Distance to subject of course greatly affects the depth of field.) Works great to highlight the subject while blurring the background nicely. But that is just my own personal preference. Feel free to experiment and do whatever works for you!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-02-2013, 02:32 PM  
43mm 1.9 Limited best sharpness?
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 18
Views: 3,064
I was going to ask what camera you're using, but I see K5IIs in your signature. I recently upgraded from a K20D, now to a new K5II. The FA 43 was a really good lens on the K20, but now it's hands-down my absolute favorite lens I've ever used or owned. (And I've gone through quite a few.) It's funny that I've used far more expensive lenses, too, but nothing has beaten the image quality of the FA 43 yet.

However, this past Fall I did have some disappointing results with it, while on a brief trip to Copper Harbor and around Michigan's Keewenaw Peninsula, in the U.P. That was still using the K20D. So when I got home and ran the photos through LightRoom, I was disappointed at a lack of detail at infinity. It turns out the in-camera AF adjustment had somehow been changed. (Which was very strange how that could've ever happened.) Every lens was reset to "Zero", and the camera itself was set to "- 2".

Is it possible that something like that is going on? I find the FA 43 very sharp, and quite often use it for full-body or 3/4 length portraits, shooting at f2.0 - f2.8. One problem encountered there, is that if one needs fill flash, the shutter speed needs to be knocked way down. For that, a B+W CPL works perfectly. Otherwise, I might suspect you've gotten a bad copy, because it should be sharp. FWIW, I was also pleasantly surprised with the new K5II, as far as lens calibration. Whereas the K20D needed some adjustment one way or the other, for most lenses, so far the K5II has been spot-on, no adjustments required whatsoever. And the AF is very quick and accurate, the results are great. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade! Good luck, hope you can get to the bottom of the problem.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-19-2013, 09:59 AM  
K-5 firmware update instructions
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 18
Views: 17,479
Wow, excellent work Lauren! The castle images are awesome, and your video technique is really superb. Very enjoyable! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2012, 12:19 PM  
if price equal, used DA*16-50 or new Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 13
Views: 1,704
I took a helluva lot of great pics with that 16-50 before it ended up in Dave's hands! At the time my only other lens was a DA*50-135, and boy that combo covered a lot of ground. LBA took over and before I knew it, it was time to "thin the herd", but there are times I still wish I had that zoom. On paper, "X" may look better than "Y", but I doubt you'd be unhappy with the 16-50 in actual use. Good luck with your decision!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-28-2010, 12:04 AM  
300mm hunt F* or DA*
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 12
Views: 2,676
Those F* 300 images do look fantastic! I've never used the F*300 so can't compare, but the DA*300 is a very good lens in its own right. One thing I'd be curious to know is, how is the minimum focus distance for the F*300? The DA*300 has a very close MFD and it does an excellent job filling the frame with butterflies and hummingbirds and such. Also its size and weight are quite manageable.
Forum: Sold Items 05-18-2010, 05:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC FA 20mm f/2.8 Lens (Worldwide)
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 10
Views: 4,579
MZ-3 why do you tempt us so? :p I am way to broke right now to afford this!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-30-2010, 05:33 PM  
Poll: Which higher end flash would/have you purchased?
Posted By NeverSatisfied
Replies: 31
Views: 6,831
Well another factor for me was the HSS. This feature can only be used with an accessory flash; an off-camera flash can be used in HSS, but only with an accessory flash in the camera's hotshoe as commander/controller. The Metz cannot be used as commander/controller in HSS. (It will, however, work as the HSS off-camera slave.) So, if you want to use more than one flash in HSS, you will need something other than a Metz, on-camera. The result was that I had to still have a Pentax 360 or 540 on camera anyway; why bother with two different brands of flash and two different methods of operation?

I have provided this same information some time ago in another thread: I had contacted Bogen/Metz, and had received e-mail communication from Metz in Germany, indicating that they were aware of this deficiency, but had no intention of correcting it or doing any firmware upgrade to fix it. (I am aware that there has been a firmware upgrade for the Metz 58 recently, but that was addressing other issues.)

I also found that the sensor "eye" on the Pentax 540 seems to pick up better when used off-camera, than that of the Metz 58. The Metz would occasionally fail to fire depending on position of the unit, but I haven't had a problem yet with the 540.

The Metz is certainly a good flash, and actually, if I only ever used an accessory flash on-camera, then I believe it is the slightly better choice. But for ease of use and over-all utility, I think the Pentax 540 works better for me.
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