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Forum: Lens Clubs 10-22-2018, 03:48 AM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By skyer
Replies: 1,156
Views: 130,374
Fujifilm Velvia 50, Pentax Z-1p, Zeiss Distagon 35/2, f2.8, 1/45, scanned on Noritsu LS-1100.



Does anyone know the actual price of the Distagon 35/2 in mint condition? It turned out, that now I have two of them :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-08-2018, 12:16 AM  
645Z vs. Fuji MFD Mirrorless
Posted By Digitalis
Replies: 31
Views: 2,662
I work with 100Mp+ camera systems and the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence : you still have to mow it. Hand holding a 100Mp camera will test your camera technique.



However, In the realm of commercial photography this statement is false. In my years of work I have several clients that demand extremely high resolutions. Automotive, Aerospace, and Architecture photography, these are the principal commercial genres where the most skilled photographer, with the most appropriate photographic style and the Highest MP cameras will have a statistically elevated chance of getting the job.
Forum: General Photography 08-29-2018, 07:27 AM  
I called it "The Salieri Syndrome" - Some of you might relate.
Posted By normhead
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Texture and repetition, one centre of interest.
I have no idea why people think the Rule of Thirds is the only rule,

Most photography enthusiasts know less about composition than one of my grade 10 students who had to produce 5 images incorporating at least one of the following composition techniques, and with each one fo them included somewhere in the five prints.

Popular_Photography_2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

You can tell how ignorant people are, especially when discussing composition, when they fail to see that the strength of an image is not determined only buy the rule of thirds. To the point I'd say, if they aren't discussing all of these concepts, and also understand their are excellent photographs that break every one of them, they really don't understand composition. Mentioning the rule of thirds is almost a sure sign you're talking to the un-educated. It's not relevant to every image. Listening to many, you'd think every image has to incorporate the rule of thirds. And I've had the uneducated complain about the lack of use of the rule of thirds in my images, where the cropping was very heavily influenced by the rule off thirds, they just didn't have the training to understand how I employed it.

Listening to other people's opinions is as fraught with dangers as never listening to other people's opinions. :D
Forum: General Photography 08-29-2018, 07:22 AM  
I called it "The Salieri Syndrome" - Some of you might relate.
Posted By MossyRocks
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
This is why I put stuff up in the critique forum. I struggle on the creative side and find that I am not a real creative person. I need specific direction and specific advise so that I have goals to work towards. When things are open ended I kind of just flail around and produce meh results. I find that if given a direction to go in I can produce some good results but even there I will wander off and produce some odd things that make sense in my mind but are very out there. Add in that I am a very technically oriented person (an computer security expert by trade) and naturally have a mindset that is very much geared towards that and I struggle a lot with the creative side of things. I tend not to self censor and apart from technical self criticizm don't let that get in the way of taking a shot. As in there are shots that I know my gear cannot physically get so I don't try for those. This leads to me taking lots of pictures that are generally boring and occasionally stumbling into something that is good.

One of the pictures I have posted here that has done well was one of a micro chip still on wafter that was 4mm across on the long edge shot at a 2:1 macro and cropped to show 1 chip. Dry, boring, very technical shot, yet people like it and I have no idea why, other than I guess it is just something most have never seen.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-03-2018, 01:07 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 13,132
Views: 2,167,075
I originally intended this picture to be part of my 'new and old side-by-side' series, with The Shard behind Tower Bridge. But, you know, sometimes the scene is just telling you to make the composition a bit cleaner... So I positioned myself with the Shard hidden behind the nearer tower...

645Z with 28-45mm lens @ 29mm.

[IMG]IMGP8408_Step10FlatSpotSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]

---------- Post added 10-03-18 at 06:46 PM ----------

At the moment, there's major work going on at the Houses of Parliament in London. The tower usually referred to (wrongly) as Big Ben - actually called The Elizabeth Tower (previously The Clock Tower and St. Stephen's Tower) - has scaffolding all over it.

Rather than seeing this as a problem, I wanted to use it to create an eerie, sinister mood... The looming presence of a glow in the sky, the mixture of the familiar and the weirdly jarring. Somehow more interesting than yet another version of the usual shot...

645Z with 28-45mm lens @ 39mm.

[IMG]IMGP8352_Step5sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: General Talk 09-04-2018, 10:26 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By torashi
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,325
And now for all the fellow engineers out there:
I poured my root beer into a square glass.

Now it's just beer.

Ba dum ts.
Forum: General Talk 09-06-2018, 02:48 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By MarkJerling
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,325
A young recruit in the German Coast Guard is shown the ropes in the emergency centre by his supervisor and then left on his own while his supervisor takes a break. The radio crackles and an English voice comes over saying "Hello, mayday, mayday, we are sinking. Are you there? We are sinking."

The young recruit remembers what to do and clicks the button on the microphone. Being short on conversational English, he responds to the call for help saying "Hello, hello, zis is ze German Coast Guard. Vat are you sinking about?"
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-15-2018, 05:46 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By ozarun55
Replies: 23,118
Views: 1,948,448
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-15-2018, 04:52 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 23,118
Views: 1,948,448
Todays expidition, this time of year you don't have to go far to get lots of mushrooms, so I used the DA* 55 1.4, and looked for the big ones that wouldn't need macro, finishing off with a Pixel Shift DA*200 image.

2018-09-15-shrooms-1 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-2 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-9 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-3 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-4 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-8 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-5 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-6 by Norm Head, on Flickr

2018-09-15-shrooms-7 by Norm Head, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-14-2018, 01:30 PM  
The real 645!
Posted By Alex645
Replies: 104
Views: 4,230
For the record, the Mitsubishi 3 diamond logo is not from an airplane prop, although they are famous for their early Japanese development of airplanes.

Mitsu means three and hishi is a water chestnut. The water chestnut leaf is also the same word for a rhombus or diamond shape.
Forum: General Talk 09-08-2018, 10:35 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By pjv
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,325
A dung beetle goes into a bar and asks, " Hey bartender, is this stool taken? "
Forum: General Talk 09-11-2018, 08:08 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By robtcorl
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,325
I got tired of stray dogs dumping in our backyard, so I had a high voltage fence installed.
My neighbor is dead against it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 12:26 PM  
Nature Solar Eclipse 2017 - Patience or Procrastination
Posted By JimS_256
Replies: 11
Views: 251
So when I photographed last years solar eclipse I had the camera set up to bracket exposures. Each time I pressed the remote I got 5 raw images 2 stops apart. I knew there was a way to combine them but all the tutorials I looked at seemed too complicated. I finally found a tutorial that made sense to me, followed it and came up with this.

Not a perfect image, I can see some vertical and horizontal banding but it far exceeded my expectations.

Eclipse_3A by Jim Spearman, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-08-2018, 12:55 PM  
Abstract A little bit of an impressionistic shot I did last fall.
Posted By aitrus3
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Here's a bit of an impressionistic shot I did last fall, composited by taking 20 or so images of the scene while I intentionally panned around the tree. I then brought in one of the photo's of the tree and selectively erased portions of the stack, so the tree was more defined.

FallAbstract by Greg Murray, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 08-31-2018, 11:24 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,325
An engineer who was unemployed for a long time decided to open a medical clinic. He puts a sign outside the clinic: "A cure for your ailment guaranteed at $500; we'll pay you $1,000 if we fail."

A Doctor thinks this is a good opportunity to earn $1,000 and goes to his clinic.
Doctor: "I have lost my sense of taste."

Engineer: "Nurse, please bring the medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth." .
Doctor: "This is Gasoline!"
Engineer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."

The Doctor gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days later to recover his money.
Doctor: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."
Engineer: "Nurse, please bring the medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth." .
Doctor: "But that is Gasoline!"
Engineer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."

The Doctor leaves angrily and comes back after several days, more determined than ever to make his money back. Doctor: "My eyesight has become weak." .
Engineer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for this. Take this $1,000," passing the doctor a $500 note.

Doctor: "But this is $500..."

Engineer: "Congratulations! You've got your vision back! That will be $500.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-31-2018, 11:15 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 1,960
Views: 111,313
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-31-2018, 11:17 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By troenaas
Replies: 1,960
Views: 111,313
They briefly listed partial information about 2 new items. Both had KZ in their SKUs (stock keeping units) numbers. The most expensive was listed at USD 7599 and the SKU number ended with LS. That could be a new body with built in leaf shutter. A body with a leaf shutter would allow almost unlimited flash sync. :):)
Forum: General Talk 08-31-2018, 11:10 AM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 1,324
Views: 107,325
I submitted a bunch of jokes to a contest in the hopes that I would win, but no pun in ten did.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-31-2018, 04:45 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Ed Hurst
Replies: 13,132
Views: 2,167,075
645Z with 28-45mm lens @ 31mm.

Sir Christopher Wren's 17th century St Paul's Cathedral in London. Would you believe that, until 1967, this was the tallest building in London?

[IMG]StarTrailsFromFilesIMGP5336-8149_Step9sRGBSMALL by Ed Hurst, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2018, 05:24 AM  
Abstract Work in progress
Posted By damianc
Replies: 16
Views: 482
For a number of reasons I haven't got around to revisiting this shot but it's a fairly simple setup:

Goats beard seed superglued to a flat baking sheet then filled with water.

A fine mist spray of water (or water/glycerin)
A mix of glycerin/water/blue food colour dropped onto the seed using a fine syringe
Lighting is provided by a single speedlight bounced off white card at the back of the scene.
Ordinarily I'd keep the flash low to get a while reflection off the water, but on this occasion I kept it higher so illuminating less of the surface water.
I'm not sure whether I like the central blue drop or not, and I'd like to play with the lighting a little
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2018, 04:29 PM  
Nature From My Neighbor's Front Yard.
Posted By Tonytee
Replies: 10
Views: 230
IMGP6727 by Antonio Tarquinio, on Flickr

Focal Length 210mm, Creative Exposure Mode, No flash and used CWA Metering.

TT
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-15-2018, 09:46 AM  
Abstract Work in progress
Posted By damianc
Replies: 16
Views: 482
This was just a quick shot to test out an idea and it's growing on me. I need to go back and rework it


Forum: Pentax K-1 08-29-2018, 05:28 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 23,118
Views: 1,948,448
Just a wonderful romantic feel to it... :)

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-02-2018, 07:40 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By jcdoss
Replies: 14,664
Views: 1,336,892
North Central Missouri
K-1 Limited Silver, K135/2.5
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-29-2018, 09:52 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By LeRolls
Replies: 23,118
Views: 1,948,448
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