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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Black vs silver Limited - finish quality
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 16
Views: 833
:)

Or just to not clean it and let the dinks stay hidden.

That small blemish idea seems sound and applies to so many items. Pristine furniture - one knock and it's easy to obsess about it. After a couple more, life returns to normal. Numerous times my wife and I have picked items that have shop blemishes on them. Get a discount and then use them without any stupid worrying.

A used lens is, however, a different matter as it's all about the internals which are are hard to determine. Any scratches and chips I make I can associate with my own usage and worry accordingly. A chip or scratch on the body of somebody else's lens I might buy, is off putting. This may be a reason to keep them pristine, I suppose, but it can inhibit usage. The optics I do take a lot of care with. That to me is different.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Black vs silver Limited - finish quality
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 16
Views: 833
I don't get discussions like this. Does the external finish affect the optical qualities? I keep my lenses dry and dust free etc., to preserve the interiors degrading, but I wouldn't lose sleep over an external scratch or paint chip. I'm more concerned about how things function than how they appear as they age - possibly why I'll never have botox or nip 'n' tuck...
Forum: General Photography 10-13-2021, 12:03 PM  
Hyper-Focal Distance Anyone?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 28
Views: 1,123
I used to do similar, but I did begin to wonder how the AF/MF switch was rated for usage. I found myself switching back and forwards between AF and MF. This seemed daft. Why don't I just manual focus with LV (and a loupe)? Turns out it's easier for me for static subjects, both outside and in a studio setting.
Forum: General Photography 10-10-2021, 12:11 AM  
Hyper-Focal Distance Anyone?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 28
Views: 1,123
No. Never have. For a long while I've been manual focussing and at narrow apertures and wide or wide(ish) I just pick an object that's some way in the frame, but NOT at infinity. This way pretty much everything is in focus. If I'm unsure, I bracket the focus. I used this technique when I auto focussed to, but concluded it was too slow adjusting the focus point, so went manual - so much easier, especially with a loupe.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-09-2021, 06:18 AM  
Need advice on portrait lenses
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 38
Views: 1,479
Your style and personality are worth considering in your choice of lens. When a small lens is used it's portable and less of a challenge to the sitter. The 77mm works well in this respect. Maybe if you've got one of those personalities that easily engages with sitters and you can put them at ease very quickly with charm and wit, a big in-their-face lens is fine. For most photographers with normal personalities, a portable, small lens is perhaps a better option.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-04-2021, 11:12 AM  
K-1 Green Screen in Low Light
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 8
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No idea about 1), but I have seen 2) occasionally and only recently, sometimes I've seen a blank image. The JPG is OK, it's the RAW that faulty.

I'm not sure what causes it, but think it may be something to do with write times. In my other K-1 and K-3 (s) I've never seen the problem.

The "failing" K-1 is however set up differently in that the two SD cards are different makes and speeds. I use the dual write facility. The other cameras use identical SD card pairings. So I'm experimenting. I've swapped the cards over, ie slot 1 to 2 and vice versa, so far no problems. This may be related to recent firmware upgrade, as I have used these cards in their "failing" configuration since I bought the camera a few years back. If I don't see the problem I'll live with arrangement. If I do I'll pair match the cards and continue testing.

So maybe you write to both cards and maybe the cards are different speeds? Maybe, ...

As far a 1) is concerned, I would try hard to see if there's more evidence. Maybe you could find a work around sequence and live with it. Guess it happens. I've worked in both hardware and software/firmware design and when (consumer) components are combined they can drift to the far end of their designed tolerances, then only a small change in temp or timing or another factor can cause problems, occasionally. I'd experiment more ...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-30-2021, 02:11 AM  
Tripod Musings
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 26
Views: 1,008
I read through the OPs post and came across the ball head being a requirement. I've used several different ball heads and 3 way heads of varying quality and keep on coming back to 3 way being my preference. Ball heads do seem to be more popular, but why?

It could come down to the subject. Most of mine are static, either in studio or in the landscape. The key thing is that I don't feel the need to rush to compose and just (strongly) prefer the accurate/precise adjustments that can be made with a 3 way head. I know folk say that a ball head is intuitive, but moving the camera in individual planes just feels right - a little left/right, a bit move up/down etc. Also a key thing for me is the security. With friction devices on all the heads I've tried, using a heavy lens just feel safer on a 3 way head.

Maybe others might have views on ball v 3 way head that may help this thread?
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-30-2021, 01:15 AM  
Tethering with Lightroom
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Interesting. I'll take a closer look. Many thanks ...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-24-2021, 09:22 AM  
D FA 21mm f/? Rumor(s)?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 71
Views: 4,322
I conveniunt :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-24-2021, 08:52 AM  
Hello from Limburg, the Netherlands
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 7
Views: 242
Welcome, Ernie. My guess is doing the opposite to others will be quite common here. If I see a herd of people going one way, that's decided it for me: I'm off in the other direction. Enjoy your new toy ...
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-21-2021, 09:46 AM  
Griii x
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 27
Views: 2,109
Can anyone recall how long Ricoh took to offer GRiii Editions/Bundles? I'm thinking maybe a GRiiix Street Edition for Christmas?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-18-2021, 05:51 AM  
2021 slow camera releases
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 55
Views: 2,636
Currently when I'm out with my camera I have to bother deciding what photos I want to take. What a drag. Lets automate that process and de-skill myself even further.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-18-2021, 12:41 AM  
2021 slow camera releases
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 55
Views: 2,636
Aren't the cameras we've already got good enough to take first rate photos?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-14-2021, 12:06 AM  
New To Full Frame Digital
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 11
Views: 321
Welcome aboard.

After you've played with it a bit you'll back here telling us what new lens you've acquired, probably up the road from SRS. My guess is that it will a FA 43mm, for quality and portability. Odds that I've guessed right :-) ?
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2021, 02:18 PM  
Poll: How large does everyone here print?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 33
Views: 1,040
Up to very recently (Covid related) up to 23.4 x 33.1 inch, ie A1 from a K-1. Sold several at this size, but A2 (16.5 x 23.4 inch) was the most common, larger size. I tested A0 (33.1 x 46.8inch) and saw absolutely no problem printing at that size if requested from a K-1, but sadly I never was asked :-( So no need for me to go greater than K-1 sensor size. Wall space was normally the issue.

I was asked about a wall sized print to be produced as an outside substitute view for a basement. That would have a challenge. Not sure if I would have struggled or not. The request came from an interior designer so they were probably not likely to want to stick their noses right up to it as photographers do*. May well have been OK after all ...

* Oh the joys of selling to the public. Don't miss it that much. Photographers were the worst in so many ways. One who'd spent ages with his nose almost pressed up to the glass felt he wanted to say in a loud voice, "look at all the horridpurple fringing". He was of course correct, as customers have to be :-). There was a trace and I'd missed it. Trouble was that print was one of my best sellers and it mattered not a jot to customers after I did some "field testing" by asking them. In fact some rather liked it as it added some small slight colouration to a few of the twigs. Think winter light and dying colours, so a bit of purple just worked well I reasoned. We, as photographers, do obsess about these things ...
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-07-2021, 09:28 AM  
New K1 Mark II. I think I've gone too far.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 90
Views: 3,876
Perhaps, the original poster needs to get back and offer some advice as to how she/he has kept their collection to so few cameras. Some of you might benefit :-)
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-07-2021, 09:00 AM  
"Standard" portrait lighting.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Thanks Chris, perhaps a bit of a typo. The bigger and closer relative to subject to get increasingly softer light. I've got different approaches to the internal diffusers. Either one or two internal, also a cap diffuser and zooming in/out all make slight differences to the softness/crispness of the light.

---------- Post added 09-07-21 at 05:05 PM ----------



Thanks. The 45 degrees is indeed helpful. Also, for males in particular, angling the shoulders to 45 degrees and then the face to the front, removes the sense of confrontation. 45's a useful number:)

Broad v narrow lighting should be on my configuration list as this is helpful with different body shapes/sizes. Thanks for the reminder.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-06-2021, 12:11 PM  
"Standard" portrait lighting.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Yes, I tend to either use a large 120x80 cm softbox or large octabox, at 45% ish to front and slightly above, and then fill in the other side. Maybe with a 120x30 SB from behind as hair light. (I like the SB catch light less than the octa). Wrinkles become less pronounced with this set-up. Guess this is my standard older female arrangement.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-06-2021, 11:30 AM  
"Standard" portrait lighting.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Many thanks for the replies so far. It isn't really the how to I'm looking for, I've been experimenting with many lighting styles, Rembrandt included, it's really the next step as I see it, to categorise the lighting arrangements to get to that starting point I tried to describe.
Forum: General Photography 09-06-2021, 10:14 AM  
is it just me or am I among a group who feels the same
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 63
Views: 2,179
Rarely, delete, just backup to increasingly hard to get to storage. Ok ones are filed and sorted. Rubbish ones, unless technically rubbish, are just dumped into a holding place. Perhaps I'll have to delete the really old rubbish ones some time. I do not actually take zillions of photos on each trip, which makes it easier to store and sort, I suppose.

One think I've found helpful if I'm not sure about a composition, is to have a series of "tests" to check out their potential. Eg rotate by 180 degrees, this can be very helpful to spot clunky shapes. Obviously a quick b&w conversion can also be useful. Etc.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-06-2021, 09:57 AM  
"Standard" portrait lighting.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Note the quotes around standard, before replying;-)

Like many things Covid stopped projects in their tracks. One of mine was to start to shoot neighbours in my home studio. This got put on hold. When things improve I'll kick the project off again. In the meantime, I have time to plan. Equipment is sorted so this is not an issue.

My wife's been modelling for me as I try and "standardise" lighting configurations. Tricky for her/us as I've been trying to test different styles while imaging different possible models. Beauty lighting eg with a beauty light and clam shell is not that forgiving on older skin, neither is a small soft box giving a harsh, gritty light. I've been using mannequins with different wigs and skin colours to help - well they do help a little.

So to the question. I'm not asking for suggestions of actual lighting configurations, just categories that I can test and build from. So here goes. What groupings/categories can you suggest I consider? (I'm more than happy to completely, re-think this as it's early days.)

Let's start with waist up. (If there's a response, maybe I can try and draw out full body options). Not children. Probably seated.

Female:
# Old. Politely, with skin texture issues. Probably very soft lighting to ease the obvious ageing.
# Middle aged. Trying for 1) flattering and 2) moody
# Young. More aggressive lighting that young skin can take.

Male:
# Old, not trying to mitigate ageing - possibly this is stereotyping, I appreciate that.
# Middle aged and young. Similar lighting, probably moody as the norm.
Subsection: bald, thus rim and hair lighting a no no.

Generally, variants of each for basic skin colour differences and hair colours. This may be part of a standardised variety of backdrops, with/without a ball of light on the backdrop around head/torso. I'm thinking, blonde hair probably not on white etc.

Clothing and props are a whole other set of considerations, to be thought about ...

Etc etc. Hopefully, you're seeing where I'm going with this. Have a crib sheet of lighting configs so when invite a neighbour round, I have a standard, for them, configuration to begin with.This approach should allow me to save their time rather than fiddle around with major lighting set-ups while they're waiting.

I'll be shooting tethered so they'll be able to input small differences as we go - I prefer this interactive style, though It is problematic with Covid around :-( It helps, I've found, to manage those questions like, can you thin my face? Reduce nose size? Improve bags under eyes? Veins in hands? Etc. All possible with lighting adjustments and tethered conversations ... Trying to fix these things before I get to post.

So any thoughts if this might work and categories I should consider? However, you want to reply will be fine

Many thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-05-2021, 09:46 AM  
New K1 Mark II. I think I've gone too far.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 90
Views: 3,876
Some of you must have soooo much fun when you have to value your camera gear for insurance purposes :-) I can just imagine the gotchas the insurers could use to worm themselves out of paying.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-04-2021, 12:21 PM  
New K1 Mark II. I think I've gone too far.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 90
Views: 3,876
I'll be surprised if 6 turns out to only be a modest collection too many here. When do you stop counting? Old bodies that are never likely to be used? Not working properly, but never scrapped? APSC bodies kept, but now moved to FF? And then back to APSC with K3-III? Ricoh/ Pentax GRs, i, ii, iii etc etc. Guess we'll find out.

I too have 6. Don't fret.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-04-2021, 02:24 AM  
Nikon z7 Pentax K-1
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 76
Views: 2,911
East fix for this is not to use one of the highly white/bleached papers, as they don't show. Plus highlight controls in post, which reduce the problem further. Just my methods ...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-04-2021, 12:24 AM  
Nikon z7 Pentax K-1
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 76
Views: 2,911
This discussion has drifted a little away from photography reality, I feel. Either bracket and mask/blend in post or use -0.7 EV. On the K-1 this covers most DR situations.

A few blown highlights are acceptable in most photographs and if, for example, in a sunny woodland, they're impossible to avoid - the viewer will not be bothered anyway (unless they're a picky photo type ;-) ). Blocks of burnt out detail is obviously not OK, so re-compose the shot.
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