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Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 07-11-2014, 08:15 AM  
People Waiting for Nightfall (Rd 2 - Red Silhouettes)
Posted By raybird
Replies: 2
Views: 1,051
Thanks! :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 07-03-2014, 04:26 PM  
People Waiting for Nightfall (Rd 2 - Red Silhouettes)
Posted By raybird
Replies: 2
Views: 1,051
Theme: Red Silhouettes
Exposure: f/2.0, 1/100s, ISO 400
Editing: Lightroom for exposure & color; Topaz Details to bring out texture in the hair and cape while reducing noise and also keeping the smoke looking smooth.

I went for kind of a graphic novel look while not stylizing it too much. I reddened the highlights, reduced saturation and lightened the red to increase the contrast of the back-lighting. Topaz Details was really helpful for managing levels of texture for different components of the image.

When we left for our vacation to California in mid-June I was anxious because I would have limited gear to try and catch a contest-worthy photo. One night while I was cooking bacon for dinner at my sister-in-law's house, the house filled with smoke, and in the living room I saw an intriguing array of lines caused by the setting sun shining through the window blinds and illuminating the smoke. I thought, "hmm, this has the making of a neat photo, I wonder what I can add to it..." and on cue, my niece danced into room, flapping her red bat cape. I saw broken-up back-lighting coming through her cape and knew I had something, but before I could grab my camera she fled the room. I ran to find her and told her dance and flap through the room one more time. I fired off a few shots, hoping I caught something decent, and went back to making dinner.

This shot stood out for me because it had all of the elements I saw when she first danced through - the smoky lines, the back-lit cape with lines on one side, the "bat-wing" pose. As an added bonus I noticed later that her hair puffs look like bat ears. If I had more time to compose I might have angled her a little more to add depth, and I also might have played around with slower shutter speeds. But I'm happy I was able to at least capture this moment.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-02-2014, 05:06 AM  
People Sliders
Posted By raybird
Replies: 25
Views: 1,943
I nominate this photo, it is a great illustration of visual impact: concrete vs. abstract, dramatic color palette, tension between the flow of the clouds and the water, etc. Great job!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-01-2014, 06:08 AM  
Night Relaxing Excitement
Posted By raybird
Replies: 31
Views: 3,936
Much appreciated :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-27-2014, 02:22 PM  
Night Relaxing Excitement
Posted By raybird
Replies: 31
Views: 3,936
Shot with a K-r + DA10-17

My intention was to photograph the fireworks themselves, but I noticed that the light from the fireworks gave an interesting foreground effect to the people watching. After a day full of parades and family and Rita's Italian Ice, my son was so happy laying there absorbing it all, and using the fish-eye I was able to frame both him and the fireworks in an interesting way. I only wish I had a tripod, I would've experimented with some longer exposures.

I used lightroom to lighten the greens a little, which I thought added more of a transition between the foreground and background.

Forum: Sold Items 10-09-2013, 04:43 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Looking for a nice K30 or K5ii in black
Posted By raybird
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Sent PM Re: K-30
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-03-2013, 06:47 AM  
Amazon Warehouse 10% Off - K-5II, K-500, DA15, DA10-17, etc.
Posted By raybird
Replies: 7
Views: 1,829
The 10% off coupon is relevant only when Amazon Warehouse is the seller, not any third party sellers. Amazon does not itself claim any used items to have a warranty, although it is possible to purchase a warranty from Square Trade, which of course you need to factor into the cost. The benefit of buying used from Amazon Warehouse is the easy 30 day return policy (full refund minus return shipping, unless it's not in the condition described, then return shipping is free.)

Edit: Coupon is expired
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-02-2013, 07:46 AM  
20 percent off Pentax Q7 with code OPRAH
Posted By raybird
Replies: 8
Views: 1,494
The code also works for the dual lens 02 + 06 kit, which brings it to $575 shipped.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-02-2013, 07:11 AM  
Amazon Warehouse 10% Off - K-5II, K-500, DA15, DA10-17, etc.
Posted By raybird
Replies: 7
Views: 1,829
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Amazon has a 10% coupon (RMENOT10) for used items sold by Amazon Warehouse, and here are a few decent post-coupon prices I could find:

Pentax K-5II in VG condition - $601
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax K-5 II 16.3 MP DSLR Body Only (Black)

Pentax K-500 with 18-55 DA-L in VG condition - $445
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax K-500 16MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

Pentax Q with 02 lens in LN condition - $179
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax Q Black Kit w/ 02 Standard Zoom Lens

Pentax SMC 15mm f/4.0 DA ED AL in LN condition - $473 (or Good condition for $448)
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax SMC 15mm f/4.0 DA ED AL Limited Wide Angle Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras

PENTAX DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 in LN condition - $396
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: PENTAX DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (IF) Fish-Eye Lens for Pentax Digital SLR

Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip in VG condition - $162
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax D-BG4 Battery Grip for Pentax K-7 Digital SLR (Retail Packaging)

Pentax Viewfinder O-VF1 for 01 Prime for Pentax Q in LN condition - $149
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax Viewfinder O-VF1 for 01 Prime for Pentax Q

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-05-2013, 10:16 AM  
Lightroom + Photoshop + Behance ProSite: $9.99/mo.
Posted By raybird
Replies: 7
Views: 1,969
Ah okay, I think this explains the difference - ProSite offers the ability to mark photos for sale at a given price, but it doesn't handle the payment:
How can I mark my work as for sale on Behance?

So it's not as "pro" as I thought, though it seems at least as feature-rich as the SmugMug "Power" account ($60/yr) which I currently have.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-05-2013, 09:31 AM  
Lightroom + Photoshop + Behance ProSite: $9.99/mo.
Posted By raybird
Replies: 7
Views: 1,969
From all the flame throwing on the DPR announcement page it looks like both PS and LR are the cloud versions. However the ProSite subscription is what sweetens the deal for me - if you would want that sort of thing anyway it's normally $100/year and it seems comparable to a SmugMug "Pro" account, which is normally $150/year. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that last point :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-05-2013, 04:20 AM  
Lightroom + Photoshop + Behance ProSite: $9.99/mo.
Posted By raybird
Replies: 7
Views: 1,969
From the Adobe press release (Introducing the Photoshop Photography Program | Creative Layer):

Beginning today, customers who own Photoshop CS3 or higher are eligible for a special Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:
  • Photoshop CC

  • Lightroom 5

  • 20 GB of online storage

  • Behance ProSite

  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources

  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. This offer will be available at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2 in a couple weeks.

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-14-2013, 09:56 AM  
DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED WR $99
Posted By raybird
Replies: 16
Views: 2,357
I found one in a SoCal store near my sister - does anyone have experience having someone else pick up an order from Frys? On the checkout page it says the person picking up has to match the name on the credit card, but the confirmation email just says "bring this email to the store." I'm hoping there isn't much hassle...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-26-2013, 07:01 PM  
DA 35mm F2.4 - $150 Shipped (YMMV)
Posted By raybird
Replies: 15
Views: 2,529
Yes, it's brand new with original box/papers; I just received it today.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-25-2013, 05:56 PM  
DA 35mm F2.4 - $150 Shipped (YMMV)
Posted By raybird
Replies: 15
Views: 2,529
Pentax SMCP-DA 35mm F/2.4 AL Lens

$149.95 + free shipping

It's been on "Backorder" forever, however I ordered one two weeks ago and I just received a shipping notice yesterday; so it looks like they got a few in and immediately fulfilled existing backorders. I never expected anything and I wasn't in a hurry to get the lens, so it's a win for me, but YMMV.

http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?ProductID=21987&mfg=Pentax&show=yes

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-25-2013, 05:41 PM  
Kata DB-453 DPS Series Digital Bag @ Adorama $25
Posted By raybird
Replies: 3
Views: 1,056
Gee thanks alot Docrwm, now I just purchased my 5th Kata bag and ?? camera bag overall! :eek: :lol:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-11-2013, 11:37 AM  
K-5 Body (KEH LN-) - $504 Shipped
Posted By raybird
Replies: 3
Views: 1,526
Pentax K-5 Body in LN- condition: "This Pentax K-5 is KEH grade Like New Minus and is covered by the KEH 6 month USA non-transferable warranty. Includes cables, CD, battery and charger."

$499 + $5 Shipping
There's also one in LN (not minus) condition for $525 + $5

KEH via Amazon: Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only)

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-01-2013, 07:19 AM  
$499: K30 & 18-55wr
Posted By raybird
Replies: 56
Views: 7,293
The K-30 WR kit has the metal mount version (DA) while the K-50 kit will have the plastic mount version (DA-L)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-28-2013, 08:06 AM  
DA 10-17mm Fish-Eye (New) - $450
Posted By raybird
Replies: 6
Views: 1,146
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-27-2013, 04:24 PM  
DA 50mm f1.8 (Used LN) - $205 shipped
Posted By raybird
Replies: 4
Views: 1,331
FYI I ordered this yesterday morning, and it arrived today.. looks as new, in the box with paperwork, S/N card, etc. And my $499 k-30/18-55 WR kit from Hunt's is coming tomorrow. So $705 for K-30 + 18-55WR + DA50, all shipped in < 2 days is not bad :cool:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-26-2013, 08:17 AM  
DA 10-17mm Fish-Eye (New) - $450
Posted By raybird
Replies: 6
Views: 1,146
Pentax SMC P-DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm F3.5 - 4.5 ED (IF) Lens

$449.95 (free shipping)

https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=21580&mfg=Pentax&show=yes

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-26-2013, 07:03 AM  
K-30 Down to $499 at B&H
Posted By raybird
Replies: 10
Views: 2,117
Also, the DA 50mm f1.8 is only $116.95 when purchased with the K-30 - $616 for the K-30 + DA50 is not bad at all!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-26-2013, 05:45 AM  
DA 50mm f1.8 (Used LN) - $205 shipped
Posted By raybird
Replies: 4
Views: 1,331
Pentax DA 50mm f1.8 - Used in "Like New" condition (multiple available)

$199 + $5.19 shipping

From TriState via Amazon: Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pentax DA 50mm f1.8 lens for Pentax DSLR Cameras

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-21-2013, 06:25 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By raybird
Replies: 33,996
Views: 1,777,120
Sorry to interrupt the bird *ahem* exhibit, but I spy some blue sky :)

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-20-2013, 01:54 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By raybird
Replies: 54,397
Views: 2,304,930
I - In-flight entertainment

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