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Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2008, 12:59 PM  
My baby girl!!!
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 20
Views: 3,224
I know its been a while since posting here, but it has been so busy!! Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know of the birth of my baby girl, Devany. She was born on the 31st of July 2008.

Here are a few shots of her on her birthday and a few days after:











Thanks for Looking.

D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-23-2008, 07:39 PM  
Servicing my K100D......
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 2
Views: 1,962
Hello guys,

So I have had my K100D for some time now, and I have decided i would like to send it in for a service. The problem is where do i send it? I don't live in a supported zone.

Is there a number I can call or someone to contact with regards to this?

Any advice is welcome.

Thanks
D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-15-2008, 02:48 AM  
The Miss Sailing club pageant
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 8
Views: 1,389
Agreed about the Miss Carriacou shot.

I think I need a catchier title though, maybe scantily clad babes? :D



Seems like you want the job?:p

Thats one of the reasons I would like to get the portraiture plugin. It will smooth her skin out a bit, without a big loss in detail. From the quick demo I did of it, it seems definitely worth the money if you make a good living off of portraits and people photography.

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2008, 09:50 AM  
The Miss Sailing club pageant
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 8
Views: 1,389
Thanks Arpe, I understand what you mean. The funny thing is that most people who I show the picture to don't like it because the face is hidden. I like this shot alot though, as I like the pose and the concept of it. And to think it was kind off a lucky shot!! This and Miss Grenada are two of my favourites.

D



Thanks G M,

It was a nice event, but these things always have problems; late start, long delays, and on top a rowdy and unappreciative crowd.

I had printed some 8 x 10 of a few of these just to show around and the comments were generally just critiques of the women; too much teeth, not shaven properly, she is standing like a robot and so on and so forth. I couldn't believe the uber critical nature of some people who for sure would not have been better, but I guess it is human nature.

I had fun though. On a side note, after all the comments on the blotchy skin and so forth, I tried a copy of Imagenomic's Portraiture plugin, and I want it!! Its out of my price range right now, but sooner or later I can see myself buying it.

Thanks for the comments both.

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-12-2008, 05:35 PM  
The Miss Sailing club pageant
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 8
Views: 1,389
Hello,

During Whitsuntides here in Canouan, There is an annual regatta. I took the photos for the queen show they had this year, and was just posting a few shots of the contestants up for a little critique. As usual, my standard gear are the K100D with Sigma 17-70, all shot RAW, processed in capture One 4 and PhotoShop Elements 6.

Don't be afraid to critique and suggest.

The photos are in order of positioning from first to sixth:













Hope you enjoyed and as usual comments and critiques are very welcome.

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-09-2008, 07:48 PM  
A few wedding pics
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 13
Views: 2,232
I know what you mean Pete.

It was and is a challenge, especially at the reception. The lighting was poor and I got alotof out of focus shots. It was definitely fun yet frustrating at he same time!

D



Thanks for the compliments Ash much appreciated

D



Glad you liked the ring Sratman. It is one of my favourites too.

D



Thanks Bert glad you liked them. I had to find one of the groom where he was looking a little serious. He was smiling through out the entire ceremony,..... one of those mischevious smiles.....

D



It is a big wedding party. They are one of the influential families on this little island. guests were present and former prime ministers of St. Lucia and S. Vincebt respectivley. They got a free stay in Sandals St. Lucia as a wedding gift!

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-05-2008, 03:03 AM  
A few wedding pics
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 13
Views: 2,232
Thanks, its is also one of my favourites. Glad you liked it.





Thanks Charlie



Thanks Damn Brit. No problems at all



Hi Ole,

Thanks for the compliments



Thanks cupic,

Yes the 17-70 is a good lens. Since getting it, it has been on my camera except for one or two occasions to use the 50-200 for some extra range. I think for weddings and events as such, its a fine lens with a good range.

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-04-2008, 10:27 AM  
A few wedding pics
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 13
Views: 2,232
Hello, Just posting a few shots from a wedding I did recently.

All were shot RAW with my K100D and Sigma 17-70 and processed in Capture One 4.











I hope you enjoy.

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-30-2008, 06:46 PM  
A traditional Canouan wedding
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 0
Views: 1,841
Hello,

Shot a wedding last weekend. It started with what traditional weddings of ore used to be like.

I have posted dome pics on dpreview, so i will link to that thread instead of posting all over again.

So here is the link of the wedding shots

Hope you enjoy

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-16-2008, 06:32 PM  
evening light and its play on subjects...
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 3
Views: 1,404
Thanks for the compliments.

I used the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-16-2008, 05:21 PM  
evening light and its play on subjects...
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 3
Views: 1,404
Yesterday evening I was just fooling around in the evening sun light and came up with these.

Hope you enjoy. All shot RAW, processed in Capture One 4. The HDR shot was done in Photomatix Pro and post processed in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

As usual all comments and critiques are welcome.


Leaf


Pods


Nutty


These are big staples ;)


and this one is HDR, just experimenting


D
Forum: General Talk 04-15-2008, 05:47 PM  
Any international B&H shoppers notice.....
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 2
Views: 2,433
The thing is Peter, that only airmail will work to me. So the prices are comparable. I better place that order with Adorama now before it changes.

The thing is a 70% increase in shipping charges is wayyyyyyy too much.

D
Forum: General Talk 04-15-2008, 05:24 PM  
Any international B&H shoppers notice.....
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 2
Views: 2,433
......a hike in the shipping cost? I have shopped at B&H for about a year now and have always used UPS to ship. So I was looking to buy some paper for my HITI S400 and put the items in my cart and checked the shipping. I was shocked. It cost $106 to ship to my address. I checked Adorama and the price for two boxes there for shipping was $68.

Both of these were with UPS and for the same items. I was just wondering if any other international customer noticed this or is it just to my country.

D
Forum: General Talk 04-13-2008, 03:24 AM  
Help in restoration/reprinting
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 2
Views: 2,226
No suggestions??
Forum: General Talk 04-12-2008, 03:26 AM  
Help in restoration/reprinting
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 2
Views: 2,226
Hello all,

I have a friend who had one of those street artworks done for her ( it appears to be in coloured pencil) and she had it framed, but the frame broke and she took the picture out and made the big mistake of folding it.

she would now like to have it 'restored' or at least scanned and reprinted as her copy is starting to deteriorate. She is going to be travelling to Miami, and I was wondering if anyone know of a place that would do a good job restoring the art work, or getting a proper scan and a nice print from it. Any suggestions would be greatful.

By the way, it is on a 12 x 18 piece of paper.

Thanks

Duane
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-12-2008, 02:48 AM  
Some more samples from the 17 - 70
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 7
Views: 1,999
Thanks spyglass. It had just rained that morning, and I thought that I might not get anyshots, but it held up long enough for me to shoot.



Thanks Scott, I am liking it alot. It hasn't left my camera since I got save one occasion where I wanted a longer focal length and used my 50 - 200.



Thanks daacon, The owner, decided to go AWOL. Never saw the little fellow on the web at all.




Glad you enjoyed them rmtagg.

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Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-11-2008, 07:36 PM  
Some more samples from the 17 - 70
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 7
Views: 1,999
Hello

Had a chance this weekend to test the close focusing abilities of this little gem.

Took these shots with my K100D, shot in RAW, processed by Capture One 4 and the main adjustments were contrast, saturation, exposure compensation and levels.

Hope you like and enjoy!











D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-30-2008, 08:49 AM  
Your opinion on this shot for PP
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 7
Views: 1,804
I went back to it and fiddled a little.


I have rotated the building, done a bit of perspective correction with PTlens, and in Elements 6, I did a remove colour cast command.

Tell me if this is any better:



D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-30-2008, 05:10 AM  
Your opinion on this shot for PP
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 7
Views: 1,804
Hi, all.

Just checking for some advice. Someone wanted me to do a shot for a building as an 'advertisement. Now I am going to try a different angle, but I would like an opinion on what I have done with this particular shot.

It was a raw file, that I used to create 5 different 'exposures', and then applied HDR with Photomatix. I then added some pop to the sky as it was not this blue. This shot was taken jut after sunset and this provided some of the warmth in the shot, which I think I emphasized a bit more with the HDR and PP

Do you think its overdone? or is this fine for what it is? I like it and my wife likes it, but I have this little niggling feeling that it is too saturated.
Here is the pic



Thanks for your critiques

D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2008, 03:40 PM  
Birthday party with my new Sigma 17 - 70
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 6
Views: 2,874
Thanks Julie.

I t was a lot of fun. glad you like. It is a pity that I can't eat much chocolate cake though, as I feel sick after half a slice ( a small slice not a big one):(



Thanks for the comments roentarre.

It was not my birthday mind you, but I did get a gift for my easter!




Thanks Maxwell.

It is one of my favorite shots of the night too. It may not be all that great technically, but I like it.


D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2008, 02:58 AM  
Birthday party with my new Sigma 17 - 70
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 6
Views: 2,874
Hello all I was at a birthday party on Tuesday, and it was a chance to put my new lens to good use. So here are a few shots from the event. They were all shot RAW, converted in Capture One 4 with corrections to exposure and to some extent whie baance, and then resized and sharpened in PSE 6.

Hope you enjoy and as usual comments and critiques are always welcome.

When I arrived, The first thing I saw was the cake, I almost stole it, but decided to photograph it instead:



Then I noticed here was just one candle, but the birthday girl was older than one for sure! So I took a closer look;



After discussing with the hostess and getting over the one candle thing, the food was layed out. I couldn't choose what to eat, so I sampled all :)



I was lucky to get some as these folks were eating fast!!



Then it came time blow out the candle. The birthday girl was only too happy to blow out the one candle, therefore not revealing her age;



Then she started to entice the hostess' significant other with a cherry;



At first the hostess didn't mind, as she was smiling at the fun;



But then as he was soo eager to get the cherry, her broad smile diminished. I don't think the birthday girl was even thinking about that though!!



All in all it was good fun

Hope you enjoyed the little series!

D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-25-2008, 09:12 PM  
Silkypix, Bibble Pro, or something else?
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 24
Views: 8,072
I use Capture One 4.

It is a great little program, it is simple to use, and does a great job in my opinion. There are only two areas in my book where it falls down;

1) No jpg editing
2) The sharpemning is not that great

Other than that, and after trying Bibble and SilkyPix, I like Capture One the best of the three.

D

PS, I have Bibble lite as well mainly for using the Shadow/Highlight recovery on jpg and an exposure feature (perfectly clear) which can work well at times.

D
Forum: Sold Items 03-22-2008, 04:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Sigma 24 - 135 f2.8 - 4.5
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 6
Views: 2,050
Sale is pending
Forum: Sold Items 03-22-2008, 04:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Sigma 24 - 135 f2.8 - 4.5
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 6
Views: 2,050
These samples were taken with the 24 - 135. They are of two different events; one a cake dance and the other a business opening. They are resized, but I hope that they give a good representation of what the lens can do.

















D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-21-2008, 04:03 AM  
PSP died on me!!!
Posted By dudlew
Replies: 2
Views: 2,539
It is sad. I cant even find a number to call as an international customer!

The thing is I actually like PhotoShop and used it before, but to be honest I used a..... ahem..... not so legal version of it. I wanted to go legit, and They wont let me purchase as a download because of my country, meaning I would have had to have bought the boxed version, which I ended up doing a few days ago,but have to wait until after Easter to get it.

Your saving issue sounds even a bit worse than mine before it died and I hope that you dont suffer the same fate as I did with it just dying on you one day for no apparent reason. I actually tried to reinstall about six times over a period of about three days, but to no avail. Then again I am not all that computer savvy so its possible that there was a little piece of the program left that i can't find that is causing this screw up.

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