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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge #315
Posted By Tas
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Went with a 16:9 crop and aimed for a unique interpretation to those above.



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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By Tas
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Views: 77,535
Thank you. :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By Tas
Replies: 1,079
Views: 77,535
Made Explore with this one in August.

Mangrove sunrise by noompty, on Flickr

And this one back in September was at #6 before settling at #7 my highest on Explore.
Before the River of Lights: Brisbane Festival Southbank by noompty, on Flickr



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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-08-2019, 07:54 PM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge #314
Posted By Tas
Replies: 14
Views: 488
This is a great image to work with and should inspire lots of different versions as we've seen so far. With this version I chased some tones and textures.




I like the versions created so far and hope we see plenty more.


Mono version with just a hint of colour.




Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-03-2019, 11:08 PM  
Anyone change focusing screen in K-1?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 15
Views: 639
Yes I tested for front/back focus.


In both cases I had to replace the standard shim that was installed for the OEM viewfinder screen with a replacement shim that came with the screen I'd purchased. I'd have preferred leaving the metal shim in place but then I'd never achieve focus when using the viewfinder.


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Forum: Pentax K-1 11-02-2019, 05:09 PM  
Anyone change focusing screen in K-1?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 15
Views: 639
This topic came up in another thread, and I suggested to the OP to start a thread to see who else has changed their K1 viewfinder screen as it's what I have done.

My apologies to the OP if you're wearing some flak on the topic, it's why I try and avoid gear topics and prefer to post in the photography focused threads instead. But you are getting honest feedback and that's gold.

As I also have experience in changing my viewfinder screen I thought I'd best add my experience in more detail to aid the OP in determining which way they want to go.

Around 2011 I had a thing for the Zeiss Makro Planar 2/100 and how it rendered images. I decided to pick one up around the same time I bought my K5. I loved using the lens but really struggled with getting focus right through the viewfinder. In the end I started looking for options and that was Katzeye and focusingscreen.com. The idea of changing the screen was poorly timed as before I decided to go with a change Katzeye wound up their business. That left focusingscreen.com so I chose an S type screen with framing marks.

It was easy to install as was getting unwanted dust into the viewfinder, something I learnt about whilst doing the change. I needed to swap the standard metal shim for the provided soft shims but they worked and are still in my K5. The S type was a huge improvement when shooting wide open so it did what was after. The framing marks were I think a mistake as I would have problems with exposure in portrait orientation where the exposure would differ to that when shooting in landscape. As I regularly shoot in manual it wasn't an issue that couldn't be easily rectified so I just learnt to deal with it.

So when I picked up the K1 I was hoping I wouldn't need to change the screen but decided to because I struggled with wide aperture focus again. I asked Pentax, they said no it can't be changed. I looked at how the screen is secured in the K1 and could see it was similar to the K5 but different. In the end I decided to give it a go but went with an S screen without the framing marks.

Again I had to swap out the shims and wondered whether the metal shims from Katzeye might still be held by one of the forum members as I thought that would be the best approach. Alas I couldn't remember who that was or find them with a search so I just used the issued soft shims again. As this is all easy to do I was able to install the screen, test focus, install the correct shims and confirm focus. It's simple and yes it's a modified Canon S type screen but it fits and it works.

My experience is that for my needs (which now consists of seven Zeiss manual lenses) the S type screen is an improvement on the standard screen. I haven't tested whether there has been any change to exposure or some other functionality as unlike film I can chimp and correct the settings to get what I need. The change of viewfinder screen has made it easier to see when I have focus and it makes the experience of shooting with manual lenses all the more enjoyable.

I don't have the experience and knowledge of many of the people who post around the forum including in this thread, so I will leave the technical commentary to those who know more than me.

Good luck with finding your answer, I hope the input from the forum assists in helping you decide which way to go.

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-02-2019, 12:14 AM  
k-1 focus
Posted By Tas
Replies: 13
Views: 592
Yes mate, it came with shims.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-01-2019, 11:30 PM  
k-1 focus
Posted By Tas
Replies: 13
Views: 592
Yeah, that is odd that the link is broken, I went there this morning to post the link and it's broken for me too. I tried using google and followed that link but also got the same. Not sure what's going on there, hopefully the lack of access is only temporary.

I found the process virtually the same as the K5 but don't think they designed the locking latch to be as easy to use as on the older camera. I went with a plain S type and had to change the shims after testing focus. Once the correct shims were fitted it worked fine. I use both AF and MF lenses and if something no longer works I've not noticed.

I recall somebody else around here has changed their K1 screen and I'd be surprised if only two of us have done so. It might be worth posting a thread to ask for some more feedback.



Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-01-2019, 03:55 PM  
k-1 focus
Posted By Tas
Replies: 13
Views: 592
Your query relates to AF and I will leave the replies on that to others.

I also shoot with a lot of manual focus lenses with my K1. I did the same on my K5 and really struggled so I changed to an S type screen to help and it was a huge improvement.

As I struggled also with the K1 I asked about changing the screen and was told you can't but I did anyway installing one of these: Focusing Screen

It won't help answer your AF query but it will, when correctly installed, enable you to get more satisfaction and success out of using your manual lenses.

Tas
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-12-2019, 07:04 PM  
Is A.I. the future of post processing?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 40
Views: 1,286
This is the key to where I see AI going too, something mentioned by others earlier in this thread as well. AI will be good for certain things in PP and will in those instances be a game changer for saving time and improving the keeper rate. An important goal in business. And for those businesses there's a logic for that AI to step into the capture space as well as then composition and exposure will be 'perfect' and for those styles of shooting it will be really handy. And that is the dilemma we're really only getting to the start of with AI, what it can do and what we really should be doing with it.

As you've alluded to, there's not likely to be a complete takeover of all PP. It's good but is it right in all circumstances. For example we already have AI programs able to compose music. But who cares? Is music just sound that is rhythmic, or does it have a more emotional connection for people? I think the latter is important as no amount of AI could allow you to connect to a machine in the way you connect with your favourite singer/musician etc.

To explore that more, this recording of a Frank Sinatra track was created at the end of his relationship with Ava Gardner.














You Tube




Here is a comment posted to YouTube on another upload of this track:
Frank co-wrote this song, (one of 7 he co-wrote) and recorded it in 1951 and again in 1957 -- "to want a love that can't be true, a love that's there for others too." He was married to Ava from 1951 to 1957, the year his divorce from her was final. (It is said he broke down in the recording studio while recording this, no doubt in 1957!) Notice his inflection on the phrase "then would come the time, WHEN I WOULD NEED YOU" -- I'm quite sure he felt the loss of her and it shows in this song -- his voice breaks just a bit on "you," which I'm sure was his 1957 version. So tender, yet so sad. (It would be 9 years before he would marry again, and that was over long before the divorce, which was 2 years after the marriage! He needed a woman, not a child, and 8 years later, he married a companion, which lasted until he died.) This song is on his album "Where Are You" a favorite album of mine, one of three that Frank called his "suicide albums!" I have them all, but this is a favorite.
As good as AI is and will no doubt become, the above is a human connection and where I think humans will still be the artists.

So I see photography the same. If it can be done by a machine, is it still art? These guys here: Photomorphis. Photography Evolved. create a heavily processed style in their imagery. It's not to everyone's tastes, but i think that is the key here. We're humans, we're attracted by certain things and build a relationship with the creator(s) of that thing, whether it be music, painting, architecture or photography.

I hope you're right in thinking that there will remain humans who choose to create, no matter how good AI becomes. :cool:

Tas
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-12-2019, 04:16 PM  
Is A.I. the future of post processing?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 40
Views: 1,286
An interesting set of questions Dave.

I don't yet have experience with AI developed into a program, however when/if I upgrade On1 Photo RAW 2019 to 2020 then I will be able to try it out for myself. I'm thinking their use of AI is different or less than what is being used elsewhere so whether I will get much use out of it is a TBA.


I say that as I like to avoid auto functioning and PP each photo individually. I do this as I don't do volumes that justify it though having said that I always use the same workflow and AI doing that when I tell it to could be useful. And considering the development of AI into the variety of PP software it would be hard to discount that it has a future. Indeed future generations where you are teaching the AI what your style preferences are could allow AI based programs to be more than a time saver for wedding and commercial photographers. Maybe a thread to identify what AI is being used in the different software could be something to ask. It would be interesting to see who is doing what with AI in the various PP platforms in 2020 as it will likely change rapidly (IMHO, YMMV etc)


You could be right about the zombie slave thing too. I mean, AI is doing things that have exceeded expectations and we as humans have a history of misusing technology so can I offer a serve of brain? :p

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-12-2019, 02:28 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #310 - Airport Terminal
Posted By Tas
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Cheers todd, as ever I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow from the multitude of ways an image can be interpreted.

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-10-2019, 11:20 PM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #310 - Airport Terminal
Posted By Tas
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Noir style needs a dark background.



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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-03-2019, 10:26 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #309 - Lipan Point, Grand Canyon
Posted By Tas
Replies: 22
Views: 1,087
Thanks for the feedback, and well done everyone, it's always great to see how many variations are created from the one scene.

Congrats todd, an excellent version and a worthy choice as winner.

Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-01-2019, 11:40 PM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By Tas
Replies: 1,210
Views: 143,709
Cheers Les, and I'd have to agree, the 21 is a lens I always look to use when I can.

Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-29-2019, 02:25 PM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By Tas
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Views: 143,709
A Cityscape captured using the K1 and the Distagon 21/2.8. I'd left the CPL on hence the uneven look to the sky. A shame really as the sky really needed the CPL. I also lost the edges of the frame to correct for the leaning buildings. I probably should have opted for the 18/3.5 instead of the 21/2.8 but that would have exacerbated the imbalance in the sky.

Sunset approaches, Brisbane by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-28-2019, 05:22 PM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By Tas
Replies: 522
Views: 79,907
Forgot to post this one last year, K1 and the D-FA 70-200mm.

Anti-gravity bike by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-28-2019, 05:11 PM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By Tas
Replies: 1,210
Views: 143,709
Another image captured around the same time as the above with the K1 and the Distagon 2/35mm. A Dad turned up pushing an empty pram and two daughters who he sat down on a bench in front of the artist. They sat there quietly for a couple of minutes then nest thing you know it's Flashdance all over again. :):cool:

The singer and the ballerina by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-27-2019, 04:40 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 26,692
Views: 2,291,828
Ta for the feedback, I'd not given much thought to shooing jpeg with sports, yet the buffer problem was what I found to be the most annoying when shooting motorcycle racing in burst mode. I will give jpeg a go next time, thanks for details, it makes sense now that you've made me think about it.

Here's a follow on image from the last one, same lens but found a moment that just could not resist capturing.

The singer and the ballerina by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-27-2019, 12:53 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 26,692
Views: 2,291,828
I'm like a moth to the light when it contrasts with the background. :)

I like the idea you've gone with here, I've never considered any in camera thingies, it's done a really good job so you done learned me something new.


Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-27-2019, 12:49 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #309 - Lipan Point, Grand Canyon
Posted By Tas
Replies: 22
Views: 1,087
It's been a while and I really loved the capture and had to jump in and have a go.

All three images were combined in On1 2019 using the HDR process then further PP undertaken to create my version.



Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-26-2019, 11:17 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 26,692
Views: 2,291,828
Before the River of Lights: Brisbane Festival Southbank by noompty, on Flickr

I went to capture the light show but didn't bother.


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Forum: Lens Clubs 09-26-2019, 11:01 PM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By Tas
Replies: 1,210
Views: 143,709
K1 with the Distagon T* 2/35 ZK

Before the River of Lights: Brisbane Festival Southbank by noompty, on Flickr

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Forum: Pentax K-1 08-21-2019, 10:39 PM  
Manual lens on K1
Posted By Tas
Replies: 18
Views: 1,185
20mm is one of the default options, I use it with my 21mm lens.

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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2019, 02:08 AM  
Best LTD Prime Lens To Stitch
Posted By Tas
Replies: 26
Views: 1,349
I don't know what a basic landscape is, probably because I'm a big fan of telephoto landscapes: Post your Telephoto Landscapes! - PentaxForums.com

Software can be a loaded question, I'd recommend you check out this part of the forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing - PentaxForums.com as there's plenty of discussion on the topic there.

What do I use? I use On1 PhotoRAW, it does basic stitching but it's not really what that program is about. I bought a Gigapan years ago and still use that software as it does multi-layers pretty good. It's getting long in the tooth now and if I get back into panos more regularly then I will look at PTGUI as it's been one of the best out there for years. It's not free, so it's one for the future for me.

I've used Adobe in the past, I didn't opt into CC so I no longer use that. I've used Hugin previously, it's freeware and like the Gimp punches above it's weight especially considering it's free to download.

There's several other options that I've not tried however one you might see reference to is Kolor / Autopano Pro, AutoPano Giga. These are no longer available but some 'reviews' still recommend them for some reason.

Good luck with the panos mate.

Tas
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