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Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
What non-photography YouTube channels do you watch?
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 45
Views: 1,337
Some of my favorites are, in no particular order:
  • Amazing acoustic music: Andrey Vinogradov, Russian master of the hurdy gurdy. A recent dicovery! As stated on the Bandcamp description of his CD, his music is a "fantastic blend of neo-medieval, minimalist, ethnic, folk rock music and avant-garde improvisations masterly performed on hurdy-gurdy". Start here:














    You Tube




  • Bicycle touring around the world: Wheels to Wander. A Dutch couple with (IMHO) beautiful souls and an eye for cinematography take you along on their journey around the world. I recommend starting in the middle for this one, then maybe go back to the beginning of the journey if you like it.














    You Tube




  • Outdoorsy adventures: Ryan Van Duzer. Ryan runs ultra-marathons, rides bikes a lot, and goes on lots of outdoor adventures with an amazingly upbeat attitude to life. His content is very varied, but I'd start with his 2016 Three Passes Trek in Nepal.














    You Tube




Forum: Lens Clubs 11-13-2019, 09:14 AM  
Vivitar Series 1 Macro Club
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 125
Views: 18,386
Good idea! I love my Series 1 105mm! If it wasn't such a tank, it would see a bit more use. Still, some of my all-time favorite shots were taken with that lens.

Here are a few more of my Series 1 images, likely reposted from other threads, but never posted here.


Fly on a Rock by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Treehopper Encounter (#2) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Meadowhawk After The Rain by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Delicate Dancer Damsel by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-12-2019, 08:27 PM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 539
Views: 21,768
Indeed, that has to be the most optimistic assumption. That the design of the screen tilting mechanism is meant to be a surprise, and was deliberately removed from those few prototypes that were built to be shown outside of the company prior to the official announcement. Meanwhile, all the internal testing and certification processes would be done with different bodies - ones built with the actual moveable screen mechanism (tied to the mystery button). This would be a communications strategy. It doesn't seem impossible, but it seems unlikely to me.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-12-2019, 03:55 PM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 539
Views: 21,768
Or Special-K.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-12-2019, 03:52 PM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 539
Views: 21,768
I admire your optimism! The most definitive thing I've seen on that was this recent post by Mistral75, which doesn't seem quite as optimistic as you on the topic. It does, however, leave the door slightly ajar ("most of the remaining ongoing developments concerned the firmware"), so it could happen... Let's hope so. As for timing, if it ships next summer only, I might have to decide between a used K-3ii and, err, some lateral movement. My K-3 is starting to get a little flaky - I doubt it will make it to next summer. But that's for a different thread.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-12-2019, 12:09 PM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 539
Views: 21,768
Look, those remarks weren't addressed to me, but I don't think there are many people on this forum that have shot more field-macros using magnified liveview to focus on fixed-screen k-mount cameras than I have. So yeah, it can be done. I know. I've even extolled the virtues of the K-3 for focus-stacked field macros. Seriously, check my Flickr stream. I use this mode so much that when Ricoh started to put liveview on the mode dial instead of a button, I took notice because that would save me an operation practically every time I turn on the camera.

But the question is not can you produce decent work with sub-optimal tools. No camera is perfect... The question is will I spend a considerable amount of money in 2020 on a K-mount body that still has a fixed screen? (See below.)




This is not a zero-sum game. If you don't like to use a moveable screen on a camera that has one, you just leave it in place. Just like if you want to shoot manual focus, the fact that the camera has an auto-focus module isn't an impediment. But if you want to use a moveable screen on a camera that has none, well, you can't. Would anyone seriously not buy this camera because of a moveable rear screen?!





Well, I can't answer that without knowing the full feature set as well as the release date. If money fell out of trees, sure, I'd buy it just because of my attachment to the brand that got me into photography. But as is, for me, it seems fairly unlikely. Maybe if it had the forever-rumored hybrid viewfinder, but that doesn't appear to be the case. I've been waiting what feels like forever for basically K-3-plus-movable-screen, but Ricoh seems to not want to make that. Since the K-3ii, they've released larger, slower FF bodies, and lower-end, variously crippled APS-C bodies. And now K-new is probably 80% likely to have a fixed screen...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-12-2019, 07:08 AM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 539
Views: 21,768
Hey, if it didn't even have AF - if it was a manual focus only camera - I'm sure some people on here would claim that adding that feature would have made the body too expensive, that AF is unreliable anyway and they only ever used that feature once two years ago, so you shouldn't need it either. Or that you should go purchase one of the other Pentax models that actually has AF. How dare you want a top-level camera with such a feature! (cough!)flippyscreen(cough!)
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-25-2019, 07:48 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 10,713
Views: 1,301,812
It's called hogging the conversation. This is a thread dedicated to showcasing what the K-3 can do. Like every other thread on PF, it turns over every 15 posts, and as new posts accumulate older ones move "back", fading out of the thread's most recent page once more than 14 other posts have been made. By posting a single photo in multiple subsequent posts, you are effectively pushing everyone else's work down the pile. It would be good netiquette to at least group thematic shots - two shots of the same church taken during the same visit - together in a single post, and/or to wait until others have posted some of their work to the thread before making another post. I generally try to avoid posting two consecutive messages to any single photo thread, and will only do it if a thread has been inactive for several days and I will usually make a note that I know I am following up on myself.

Seven consecutive posts in a row by the same person in a short amount of time, and to post what are often very similar shots, well, that's just bad netiquette, IMHO.

Thank you for admitting that the only reason you're doing that is to qualify for the raffle.



And in the interest of not just adding words to what is after all a photo thread, here's a repost of a couple of older (2015) K-3 shots:


Meadowhawk Profile [Explore 2015-07-07] by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr



Botanical Ladybug [Explore 2015-09-28] by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-24-2019, 06:07 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 10,713
Views: 1,301,812
I know there's a contest going on, but... seven different posts in a row to post seven photos? Maybe at least group the ones in the same location...? But what do I know, I'll barely qualify for the small raffle.
Forum: Pentax KP 10-24-2019, 04:03 PM  
Going back to JPG shooting with the KP
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 49
Views: 1,562
I'd say this is a pretty fair summary, and I also agree that correcting WB problems on a JPEG is a real PITA.

However, I'd rephrase one part of your statement to read "... if greater creative flexibility is required in post-processing and photographer has plenty of time and energy to both to learn good post-processing techniques and to apply them, shooting raw is usually preferable".

And let's not forget that although JPEGs are, for lack of a better term, "brittle", they do have some room for corrections. I don't know why people insist on comparing only OOC JPEGS with extensively tweaked RAWs. For myself, I find that if I can get a good exposure in camera (and yes, good WB is super important), I can get a better image by slightly tweaking the OOC JPEG file than I can by post-processing from the RAW file, and it takes me very little time and effort to do that. Of course, I recognize that if I invested the time to learn better post-processing skills, that would probably change. And eventually I could even automate some of the process. But for now I'd rather be spending more time out there, looking for bugs or perfecting my technique in approaching skittish ones (I shoot mostly arthropod field macros), or even trying out different lighting techniques. Perfecting my post-processing chops is pretty far down my list of priorities. But maybe I'll get there eventually.


Some people see photographs as the timeless and priceless capturing of a moment for all of eternity. These people should probably shoot RAW. For me, a photograph is the result of the work of artisanship that I am capable of producing at a given moment. I am not too interested in re-processing any but maybe the very best shots I produce in a year, and even then, I don't think I would do that more than once. If my technique (in the field or in post) improves, I would rather apply that to produce new and better work than to go back and improve a shot from several years back...
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-20-2019, 05:26 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 876
Views: 260,322
A few from this summer (reposted from other threads), all with D-FA 100mm WR, HD DA 1.4X tele-converter and Raynox DCR-250.


Jumping Spider Surveying its Domain in the Garden by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Coccinelle sept points by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Mating Hoverflies by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-18-2019, 02:17 PM  
The future of Olympus
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 103
Views: 2,744
Given that choice, definitely give me the EM-5iii! I don't want a large, heavy and slow camera (with large and heavy FF glass). I did not buy a K-1 and am waiting (somewhat impatiently) for the next Pentax APS-C flagship to upgrade my aging K-3...




This is pretty much exactly what I am thinking: possible switch to m4/3, with G9, E-M1ii or E-M5iii as possible bodies, depending on what the K-New turns out to be. I may even pick up a G85 with kit lens to familiarize myself with the system and in order to get that small/sealed 12-60mm kit lens which I would keep for travel photography with the higher end body. I am still leery of Olympus menus though - a long time ago I played with an E-M5 mk1 and they were awful... Some people say Panasonic menus are somewhat similar to Pentax.


Sometimes I even wonder if I should bother waiting for the next top-end Pentax APS-C. I wish some actual specs would leak!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-18-2019, 01:46 PM  
Thematic Pollinators in action
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 673
Views: 36,424
And two more busy honey bees from this spring...


The Early Bee... by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Bee On Glory Of The Snow by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-11-2019, 11:40 AM  
Win a STAR lens, GR III, and more: 100 Year Giveaway - October - Event Kickoff!
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 399
Views: 15,115
"Useless crap" to me is an off-topic one-liner whose main purpose is to add to the poster's post count rather than contribute significantly to the discussion. There's been quite the multiplication of those since the beginning of the current contest.





I'm not talking about rewarding likes given, but likes received. So you going down a thread liking everything would not directly increase your "raffle count" at all. That seemed pretty clear to me, but anyway...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-11-2019, 10:54 AM  
Win a STAR lens, GR III, and more: 100 Year Giveaway - October - Event Kickoff!
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 399
Views: 15,115
Yes, totally. The idea would simply be to reward posts who get likes (for whatever reason). They don't even need to count as much as posts made, it could for example be something like 2 likes received counts as one post made. I guess you might want to limit the number of likes per day given by one poster to another (e.g. likes given by Doundounba to aslyfox in a day) in order to stop people gaming the system in "reciprocity deals" (you like all my posts, I like all of yours), but it's not like people aren't already gaming the current system by posting tons of useless crap...

BTW, I guess posts made in this thread don't count for the contest?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-11-2019, 06:09 AM  
Win a STAR lens, GR III, and more: 100 Year Giveaway - October - Event Kickoff!
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 399
Views: 15,115
My suggestion, expressed previously, is to make likes received count in the point total, in order to encourage people who make fewer but valued contributions...




Oh! At the very beginning of the month, it said portraits, did it not? I've never paid much attention to the contests, but maybe I should submit a shot. Seems unlikely one of my shots could win though...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-11-2019, 05:27 AM  
Thematic Pollinators in action
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 673
Views: 36,424
A couple more reposted from other threads. These were shot in the spring of 2018. Lens is D-FA 100mm WR alone on the first shot, and with Raynox DCR-250 on the second (so a much smaller insect and flower).


Bee in Large Spring Flower by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Solitary Bee on Tiny Blue Flower (#1) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-09-2019, 03:10 PM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 5,722
Views: 346,465
Thank you! :o





Thanks! I do apply a touch of sharpening in post, which accentuates the textures, but I try to keep a light hand with that, as I often see macro shots that I feel are over-sharpened. Of course, it's a matter of taste to some extent...





Speaking generally here, if someone takes the time to post a question about one of my photos on PF, I will answer even if the information is available over at Flickr. I have many times posted on PF details of my technique & photos of my rigs, including much info that one simply can't get from the EXIF.

That being said, I find it a little disconcerting that someone might like my shots enough to want to learn from them, but somehow can't be bothered to make the single click that is required to go look at the info on the shot. Flickr is my photo hosting platform. I put as much info about my shots as I can there. I even make the images themselves available for non commercial use under a Creative Commons license. Again, if someone takes the time to actually ask a question here, I will be as helpful as possible. But I won't start copy/pasting all the info from Flickr every time I post here just for the people interested enough about the photo to be curious, but somehow unwilling to make a single click to obtain more info.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-02-2019, 05:19 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 5,722
Views: 346,465
Reposted from K-3 Sample Shots, four shots of the same Red Milkweed Beetle. I suppose if I was playing forum games, I'd put one per post and make four posts...


Red Milkweed Beetle (#1) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Red Milkweed Beetle (#2) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Red Milkweed Beetle (#3) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


"Alright, waddya want?" (Red Milkweed Beetle, #4) by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2019, 06:12 AM  
Win a STAR lens, GR III, and more: 100 Year Giveaway - October - Event Kickoff!
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 399
Views: 15,115
Awesome set of prizes! Good luck to all.

Personally, in the interest of attempting to preserve a bit of this place's signal-to-noise ratio, I wish that likes received also counted as points (rather than only posts made). That way, people who make fewer but more valued contributions would be encouraged... Just a thought.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-01-2019, 04:59 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 10,713
Views: 1,301,812
Thank you!



Thanks! :o Technical info is always posted over at Flickr, but these were all shot using my usual D-FA 100mm WR with Raynox DCR-250, this time with an off-camera diffused Godox AD180 flash. (I also sometimes use a Godox V850ii.) This series kind of illustrates how you can easily vary the magnification on this lens combo, from about 0.8:1 at infinity focus on the lens, through to 2:1 at MFD. (Though the two lower magnification shots are probably not quite at infinity focus and the two higher ones not quite at MFD.) All four shots are single frames, as this insect was quite active.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-29-2019, 06:36 PM  
Thematic Pollinators in action
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 673
Views: 36,424

Exiting a Crocus [Explore 2018-04-25] by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Remembering Flowers and Bumblebees [Explore 2017-11-22] by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr

(Both of these previously posted to other threads...)
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-29-2019, 06:29 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 10,713
Views: 1,301,812
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-26-2019, 10:00 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 5,722
Views: 346,465
Nice shot of a really unfortunate situation... Hope you can get everything sorted out!

A couple more from this summer:


Now say "Ahhhh!" by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr


Grasshopper Instar by Pascal Gaudette, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2019, 01:02 PM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 3,487
Views: 224,219
Yeah, thanks. It's worth pointing out the KP grip I suppose - and neat that it accepts LI-90 - but I don't think that would work for me. I guess I can still hope for some sort of tilting screen on the new flagship for now - at least until the official specs are released. No sense crossing the bridge until we get to the river...
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