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Forum: Photo Critique 1 Day Ago  
Nature Bright Eyed Red Deer Pair
Posted By K-9
Replies: 3
Views: 395
There's always a chance sharpness is compromised by you "leaning" or movement during the time you press the shutter. Try to use a faster shutter speed, if possible, or increase your ISO. The first photo you took was at 1/200 of a second, which is close to the focal length, and 1/500 or faster could have made the difference. Sharpening "in camera" will be better than fixing it later.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-15-2017, 07:57 AM  
Nature Bright Eyed Red Deer Pair
Posted By K-9
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Cropping in the first photo seems to show a degradation in sharpness. You could try sharpening it in post processing. The 2nd one is underexposed and the horizon a bit tilted. Lighting isn't the best to emphasize the fur, and on the cold side. I would suggest shooting in the morning or late afternoon on sunny days, where the sun isn't overhead, and that should give nice warm, natural lighting on the deer.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-15-2017, 07:49 AM  
Machinery TravelTown
Posted By K-9
Replies: 6
Views: 322
The trains do not really stand out against the background in the first two shots. It shows better in the last one where it's mostly trees behind it. Sadly, adjusting the contrast in the first two may not improve the shot (you could try a mono convert). There's just too much similar color metal and dark patterns behind the trains to make them stand out, so even mono may not help. The best way to have improved these train photos would have been taking them from different angles.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-15-2017, 07:44 AM  
Not Work-Safe Going for a moon
Posted By K-9
Replies: 1
Views: 266
Try going for a lower viewpoint, so the model's head does not have the horizon and umbrellas going through it. That would also compress some of the dead space between the person's head and the sun/moon.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-12-2017, 06:30 AM  
People Small Town Farmer's Market
Posted By K-9
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 08:29 AM  
People Marina is moving away...
Posted By K-9
Replies: 18
Views: 1,405
Excellent work. One of the best portrait series I've seen here.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 08:26 AM  
Not Work-Safe Fashion show - L'Oreal 2009
Posted By K-9
Replies: 1
Views: 374
Wow, Ed Hardy. That brand fell off the face of the planet in a short amount of time. Very much just a fad. Nice work with a slower, long lens, though.
Forum: Sold Items 04-01-2017, 04:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Nikon 28mm f/2.8 & 105mm f/2.5 in Pentax K-Mount
Posted By K-9
Replies: 19
Views: 1,979
If it's this 28mm: Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 Lens 1420 B&H Photo Video and not the E-series, it's a fantastic lens. My favorite Nikon manual focus lens. The best part is it's rectilinear.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-08-2017, 01:18 PM  
Black & White In-Law Photoshoot
Posted By K-9
Replies: 1
Views: 483
Good shots, but you may want to give the in laws some color versions, too. The girl in the far right of photo 1 is holding something odd. Not sure what it is, but I would ask people to place objects like that out of the shot, unless it's something special that tells a story of what they were doing that day.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-08-2017, 01:11 PM  
How Can I tell The difference between the 67 55mm 4.0 NEWER one vs Older one
Posted By K-9
Replies: 23
Views: 1,270
The first one is marked 6x7 and the 2nd version is marked just 67. The newer version says the name on a lip on the focus ring. The older one just says it around the front element.

I'm don't believe the newer version says Asahi on it.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-02-2016, 05:05 AM  
Streets Streets of Wrocław
Posted By K-9
Replies: 2
Views: 575
I like #1 and the way the sign really stands out. You may want to slightly fix the horizon line on it.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-29-2016, 04:35 AM  
Architecture An interesting facade
Posted By K-9
Replies: 7
Views: 830
yes, looks better in mono
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-28-2016, 08:56 AM  
Nikon Df looks to be discontinued
Posted By K-9
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
I'd like to get a Df, for the right price. I don't think they will ever upgrade it, but I'd be interested if they did. I like the low light sensor, lower megapixels (than the other FF Nikon behemoths), and lightweight body.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-28-2016, 05:03 AM  
Lens Size Comparison between Mirrorless and dSLRs
Posted By K-9
Replies: 16
Views: 965
Sony may have got it wrong, but I'd love a Samsung FF mirrorless. Their lens lineup is superb, and not long like the Sony lenses.

What I can't believe is how big the new Sigma 85mm f1.4 art lens is! Way too big. 86mm filter?!? C'mon.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-22-2016, 08:27 AM  
Nikon Df looks to be discontinued
Posted By K-9
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
It disappeared from the Best Buy website recently, and I know someone who works for a local camera shop and they also said it's been discontinued. We'll see if the rumors of a Df2 become reality or not.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-22-2016, 08:22 AM  
People Lara in Botanical Garden
Posted By K-9
Replies: 14
Views: 1,546
You have to determine whether or not the greens in the foreground adds anything to the shot or framing. If they don't, I wouldn't use them in the composition. In situations where I have something like this in the foreground, I always make it a point to take one with and one without, just in case I don't like it later and don't want to spend time fixing it in post processing. Also, it allows you to compare the two afterward, to determine which version looks best.

In the first shot, I would watch the model's pose, especially her feet. The position they are in and with that line of light going across her left foot, it looks a bit awkward.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-22-2016, 08:13 AM  
People Brown
Posted By K-9
Replies: 4
Views: 1,081
A little too much light reflecting above her lip. I don't like the hair, as it takes up too much of the shot.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-03-2016, 06:46 PM  
People Elise
Posted By K-9
Replies: 9
Views: 1,060
Her hair is very distracting. It isn't really styled and looks messy. She's also squinting too much for what looks to be an indoor lit portrait. Technique/pose/lighting all look good.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-03-2016, 06:29 PM  
Misc Mount Dora Seafood Festival
Posted By K-9
Replies: 7
Views: 675
In the first shot, even though the man to the left of the woman in the foreground is blurred out, the viewer's eye wants to go back and forth from the woman to this guy. It's too much competition on where to send the viewer's eye. The unrelated subjects are too close together.
Forum: General Photography 07-05-2016, 12:52 PM  
Technical vs. technique
Posted By K-9
Replies: 65
Views: 3,632
Discussions of bokeh did seem to arise around the time of all the gear discussion trends. It was just called blur or background blur before it rose to popularity. It's also a word primarily used when typed in a forum like this or written in a magazine. It's rarely heard verbally in photographic discussions, although I have heard it here and there at photo shoots I've attended in the past few years. Come to think of it, when it is brought up in person, it's always from that one photographer of the group known to be the tech/gear guy.
Forum: General Talk 06-18-2016, 07:49 PM  
Shipping tip for US Marketplace sellers
Posted By K-9
Replies: 3
Views: 563
I've always wondered how this worked. Do you have to know the weight and size of your package first?
Forum: Photo Critique 06-16-2016, 04:48 PM  
Misc Should there be more space?
Posted By K-9
Replies: 15
Views: 894
Have you tried something in between these two crops?
Forum: Photo Critique 06-16-2016, 04:47 PM  
Nature Small American Bullfrog
Posted By K-9
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Could benefit from a tighter crop. The little white shaped thing on the right side is distracting. It brings the eye over there and away from the frog, especially with the line of grass leading you to it.
Forum: General Photography 06-16-2016, 04:29 PM  
Technical vs. technique
Posted By K-9
Replies: 65
Views: 3,632
Excellent point. There are a lot of people who have no concept of this. However, there's no reason why this can't be discussed in a forum thread. Although, I'd bet that a thread on "technique shooting ____________ at different times of the day" would get a lot less views and posts than the the "what camera should I upgrade to" thread. One will make you the better photographer, and one will not, yet the more popular choice is always about gear.
Forum: General Photography 06-15-2016, 08:34 PM  
Technical vs. technique
Posted By K-9
Replies: 65
Views: 3,632
Very good post.

Quite true. I've taken a lot of good shots I've purposely made unsharp.

I currently own Nikon, Pentax, and Samsung bodies. I'm definitely all for finding a camera that is full of features, easy to use, and reliable, but you're right, brand doesn't matter as I feel I can get the right shot with any body. I come to this forum because it's pretty damn good!

I think some are so fast to upgrade (although not in the case of the many patient people who waited for the K-1) that they do it without necessarily a specific need. There are those who buy the next body in line just because it has xxx amount more megapixels, or as pathdoc put it, they have to have the best.

I do think the artistic side of photography can come more naturally to some. I think I already had an eye for composition, then learned camera settings and exposure. For some, it's the other way around. If you can't ever get subjects and composition right in photography, it will matter not if you're a technical expert with cameras. I think it's definitely shifted to the point where people who take the plunge past phone photography, will focus more on tech and gear than photography as an art and skill, in online forums or in person (except LoneWolf's Scottish camera club, which I wish there were more of in these parts).
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