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Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-11-2021, 02:00 PM  
September, 2021 Third Place: My biggest and fastest shadow ever
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 64
Views: 945
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-11-2021, 01:59 PM  
September, 2021 Winner: Big Boy Heading to the Golden Spike, USA
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 73
Views: 1,280
Great shot, nice timing. Looks like an authentic antique photograph.
Forum: General Photography 09-23-2021, 04:24 PM  
How did you become a Pentaxian ?
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 223
Views: 7,484
I became a Pentaxian in 2020. At this time I was using a Nikon D3300. I wanted something better and after much research, comparisons and pixel peeping, I purchased the K-70.

First off I did not want to spend a ton of money on my camera and lenses just to get a decent picture. The Pentax K-70 with the DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL DC WR lens are both weather resistant, 24MP - APS-C CMOS Sensor, No Anti-aliasing (AA) filter so images are so much sharper, in body Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, most every k mount lens ever made will work on this camera, 3" Fully Articulated Screen, Built in Wireless and more for under $800. The 18-135mm wr lens takes excellent photos for all around use and I don't have to worry about a little rain. I also have the Pentax 35mm DA L f/2.4 AL Lens, inexpensive, yet it takes amazingly sharp images. So for under a grand I have a camera system that has features that would cost me twice that from any other manufacturer.

I started looking beyond my Nikon D3300 after many frustrating attempts to get a good, sharp image of graphics and text for the antique paper I sell on ebay. I was using my Nikon D3300 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens in order to get the sharpest images possible. I tried different lighting, tripod, adjusting the in camera settings to get sharp, contrasty images without success. To save time I needed decent images right out of the camera with no other adjustments other than cropping and straightening.

So I purchased my K-70 strictly for personal use, but after testing it to shoot items for ebay I found it was far superior especially when using the 35mm DA L f/2.4 AL Lens for text and graphics. I was so impressed with the results and how easy it was to get a great image every time that I purchased a dedicated camera for my ebay sales, the Pentax K-50 which sadly quit working and I replaced it with a near mint K-5.

Aside from all the technical stuff, Pentax is more enjoyable to use. I don't think I will change brands again.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-23-2021, 03:55 PM  
Understanding IBIS
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
Thanks for the comments and Lowell, your explanation was helpful and made me think about it more. I realized I just had to do some testing to see what was happening. So the answer is yes, IBIS works however the camera is oriented. In fact the aperture and shutter speed I use gave me a clear image even with IBIS off. So what was wrong? I found that at times the K-5 did not focus properly and that was the cause of what appeared to be camera shake. So by paying more attention to the focus, problem resolved.

:o Pentax I apologize for not giving your IBIS enough credit. I gotta remind myself, when there is a problem, it is probably user error.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-20-2021, 06:10 PM  
Understanding IBIS
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
I use a K-5 and K-70. The K-5 I use for shooting inventory, 80% of the shots straight down. I have found that when shooting down, I have to be careful with minor camera shake. With my lighting I am at 1/125 and if the IBIS is functioning in that position, then I should have a little more room for camera shake, but the images say no.

Does the IBIS work in every position including straight up and straight down?

Ok, thanks
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-10-2021, 10:22 AM  
Questions / Recommendations for a new windows desktop workstation
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
I would think that it takes a lot of computing power when using DaVinci Resolve for movie editing. Here are their system recommendations. Again probably above my budget, but worth looking at for learning. Also likely more than anyone needs for photo editing, but fun to consider.

DaVinci Resolve System Requirements & Recommended Hardware | Motion Array
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-08-2021, 06:58 AM  
Questions / Recommendations for a new windows desktop workstation
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
I am not hardware savvy, but have friend that can easily do the upgrades. I can let him know what I want and he can matching hardware that will fit my case. For now I monitor system resources and chug along ok, but not without some frustration at times. I am not in a super hurry, and I appreciate all the posts and personal guidance. I have copied the details and when I finally have my new system I will let everyone know how and what it turns out to be.

Thanks again!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-03-2021, 10:21 AM  
Questions / Recommendations for a new windows desktop workstation
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
You've provided much excellent useful information. I will sort through it all and come up with a plan.

The reason I am processing so many images is because I am shooting items for ebay sales. I am shooting raw because I am using x-rite passport color checker in Lightroom along with custom presets for batch processing to match my lighting. But it is not just the batch processing, every app is having difficulty. I have cleaned house by eliminating everything I could from the start menu and apps running in the background. Along with using the Task Manager to asses what might be the culprit. I don't find anything other than windows system stuff running a little hot. There is another issue, maybe a hardware conflict, not sure. Even opening a browser can take it up to 30 seconds to fully open and stabilize. I have had my computer guy try to resolve it and he gave up. Seems that it got progressively worse in the last couple years. So I am of the mind to start over fresh and if I need to spend a little more, then fine.

Again, thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely be using a high speed SSD along with the extra ports and consider everyone's recommendations regarding the rest.

All the best and happy post processing!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-02-2021, 06:07 PM  
Questions / Recommendations for a new windows desktop workstation
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 28
Views: 1,406
An update to my original post. I decided to get a new custom build workstation. CPUsolutions were extremely helpful, working with me to get what I needed for my 2k budget. We had to switch components several times and eventually came upon the perfect build for my needs. I received the new system and it far exceeds my expectations for photo editing and raw development. I appreciate all the suggestions and comments from everyone as it gave me a guideline for the minimum system requirements to request.

500 gb ssd for the operating system
1 tb ssd for storage and workflow
64gb ram

Here is the system I settled on.


I apologize if this has be covered previously, just point me to the thread I missed. Thanks everyone in advance.

I cannot afford to go Apple both financially and by way of switching to a new operating system since I have been working with Windows since 1994. At this point in my life it is not an option for me.

The system I bought about 5 years ago (specs below) has done me well. I added more ram for 32 gb plus a better graphics card. However, it still bogs down when using Lightroom and Photoshop / Affinity Photo to the point of being frustrating and unproductive. I shoot RAW and batch process / x-rite color correct a few hundred images at a time for ebay sales. I need a system that will just work and take care of me for the next five years that will allow me to do more than one task without needing a hand crank to help. (continued below)

CybertronPC Borg-Q Gaming Desktop - AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core, NVIDIA GeForce GT 710, 8GB DDR3 Memory, 1TB HDD, DVD±RW, Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
System: AMD FX-4300 3.80GHz Quad-Core | AMD 760G Chipset | 8GB DDR3 | 1TB HDD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Pre-Installed Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 1GB Video Card | 24X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Drive | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Gigabit LAN | Keyboard and Mouse Expansion Bays/Slots Total(Free): 3(2) Ext. 5.25" | 4(3) Int. 3.5/2.5" | 1(1) PCI | 1(1) PCI-E x1 | 1(0) PCI-E x16 | 2(1) DIMM 240P
Connectivity: 4x USB 3.0 | 2x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio | 1x HDMI | 1x DVI | 1x VGAChassis: Apevia X-Sniper 2 Gaming Mid-Tower w/450 Watt Power Supply

This site has some great recommended hardware and specifications for a photo editing workstation.
Best Computer for Photo Editing [2021 Guide]

My limit is about 2 grand plus or minus and I don't want to make the wrong choice, even if I need to spend a little more. Please share any recommendations or suggestions on brands and out of the box solutions that you may have experience with. I don't shoot video, but may like to go with a 4k screen at some point and solid state hard drive for work and storage. CPU Solutions offers some possible workstations. Will they do the job and what will I need add to make it so. Buy Computer Servers & PC Workstations | CPU Solutions
Following is a condensed version of the recommendations. Quite overwhelming.

CPU Recommendations
AMD Ryzen 5900X, 12-Core $549
AMD Ryzen 5800X, 8-Core $449
Intel i9 10900K, 10-Core $550
Intel i7 10700K, 8-Core
Budget Pick: AMD Ryzen 3600, 6-Core

Programs like Photoshop and Lightroom deliver the best performance when they’re paired with generalist processors, like the Ryzen 9 5900x or the Intel i9 10900K.

An entry-level GPU won’t be much of a bottleneck with sub-4k monitors, but you’ll need to spend more if you’re planning to invest in high-resolution displays.

GPU Recommendations

Nvidia RTX 3080
Nvidia RTX 3070
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti
Nvidia RTX 1660 Super
AMD Radeon RX5700
AMD Radeon RX5700 XT
Budget Pick: Nvidia GTX 1660Ti

In our RAM for Video Editing guide, Alex recommends 32GB (or more) of RAM for videographers who have a tendency to multi-task. The same goes for photo editing.

RAM Recommendations

Corsair LPX Vengeance 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz
Corsair LPX Vengeance 32GB DDR4 3200Mhz
Corsair LPX Vengeance 64GB DDR4 3200Mhz

If you’re handling photos in volume, though — shooting full-time, shooting stock photography, or supporting multiple photographers — I’ll always recommend a multi-SSD configuration with an HDD for archiving, right out of the gate.

For the ultimate performance, you can even consider an NVMe SSD. These are a bit more expensive than regular (SATA) SSDs, but many times faster. Finding The Best NVMe SSDs: Value, Speed, Optane, and more

Monitors wide gamut ?
Best Monitor for Graphic Design, Video Editing & 3D Animation (Updated)

If you want to go with only a single Monitor you should consider a larger one, with a high resolution that will fit both your Software Interface and your Footage on the same screen, without having to switch between maximizing or expanding different areas of your Software all the time.

Going 27” or larger with a WQHD Resolution or even 4k Resolution would be recommended in this case.

The best Monitor for creative and visually demanding work should have the following features:

Panel Type: IPS Panel
Surface Finish: Matte Reflection
Color Accuracy: Adobe RGB and sRGB should be as high as possible percentage-wise
Color depth: 8bit for most, go 10bit Color Depth if you know you can make use of it
Size: at least 24” at Full-HD Resolution, the larger the Monitor the higher the Resolution should be
Contrast: static contrast ratio of at least 500:1, better 1000:1 (not dynamic contrast!)
Brightness: Depends on the brightness of your work environment, but good specs are between 300 – 350 cd/m²
Refresh Rate: 60Hz Refresh Rate for most. If your Work entails high-speed footage or game-design, go 100Hz, 120Hz or 144Hz
Multiple Monitors & Type: I recommend at least two Flat, Standard-sized Monitors over Ultra-Wides or Curved Monitors for professional work
Additional Features: If you need them: Pivot, USB / Audio Connectors, Multiple Display Connectors such as HDMI, DVI, VGA, Display Port, VESA Monitor Arm Mount Capability, Speakers

Specific Monitor Recommendations

Best Allrounder: Dell UltraSharp UP2716D, 27″
For serious color work: Eizo ColorEdge CG2420, 24″
Extreme Budget: Philips 276E8VJSB
4K + Color Accuracy: ASUS ProArt PA329Q
Color-Accurate QHD: BenQ SW271 27”

Photographers tend to work with a lot more external data, which inevitably means messing with card readers, USB hubs, NAS enclosures, network bridges, and the like.Choosing a larger and/or less aesthetic case that has more I/O ports, or specifically integrating a high-speed hub into your base build plan, can be a good idea.

Case Recommendations

Mid-Tower (Standard-Sized Build)

Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case

PSU Recommendations

550W: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply
760W: Corsair Professional Series Platinum AX760 760W Power Supply
1000W: be quiet! Straight Power 11 1000W ATX 2.4 Power Supply
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-21-2021, 10:31 AM  
Nature The Culprits
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Iguanas are plentiful here but invasive and a nuisance. Previously we found one perching in this same spot pooping on our deck every night and convinced him to move to some other tree. The nightly mess started again and we found these guys. We let them be and they moved on after a few days.

It was pitch black out, so I had to use a small flashlight on the target so the camera would focus.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2021, 03:24 PM  
Macro focusing with SMC Pentax 35-70mm F3.5-4.5
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Thanks everyone... it just needed a little extra force to move into the macro mode. Otherwise the lens works perfectly, takes great pix and the macro mode works nicely. The macro images it provides are more than sufficient without investing in a dedicated macro lens. I am very happy with it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-27-2021, 03:44 PM  
Macro focusing with SMC Pentax 35-70mm F3.5-4.5
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Thanks in advance for your response.

I picked up the SMC Pentax 35-70mm F3.5-4.5 off ebay for a great price, mainly to use the pseudo macro. According to the Pentax Forum review, it should focus to 32 cm or approx 12.5 inches, which it does at 35mm.

1: Is there something other than turning the zoom ring to the green 70mm to get to Macro, or should it move further into the green line zone for macro? I don't want to force anything.

2: At 70mm it will only focus 30" distant from the subject, at 50mm about 20" and at 35mm a little over a foot. Am I missing something?
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-09-2020, 09:22 AM  
October, 2020 3rd Place: Insects contest submission
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 64
Views: 1,239
Great capture
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-02-2020, 05:08 PM  
Lighting & Contrast help
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Thanks for everyone's comments. Stevebrot had some insightful information regarding the in camera rendering a jpg. Now I understand.

I do manual White Balance and I use a gray card for exposure then save everything into U1. So I will just stick with the additional tweaks to the custom image settings that give me the best results like second image I posted, which looks just like the real thing. I normally shoot RAW+, but when I have to churn out fifty images in an hour for ebay, I don't have time to post process anything. The image needs to look like what I am selling and show some detail as much as possible, considering time constraints. It does not need to be perfect, rather just not look crappy.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-01-2020, 12:47 PM  
Lighting & Contrast help
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Not sure if anyone has run into this problem.

I sell old paper and us a K-50 now, previously a Nikon d3300 with prime lens to shoot illustrations, engravings, ads, etc for ebay. I have a home made lighting setup using LED daylight side lighting. I use preset white balance, manual exposure, etc. and use the Bright in the K-50 or the Standard previously using the D3300. Same problem on both cameras.

Without adjusting the custom settings, boosting the low key and raising the contrast or post processing (too much time to do that) I get washed out images with low contrast. I have the same problem with 3d items using incandescent on my second lighting setup. Is this normal? Is it the lighting? I tried removing the uv filter without seeing any difference. See some samples below.

The first image is using the default custom image settings, washed out and low contrast.

Second image is -3 low key and +3 contrast and then the image becomes acceptable and looks accurate.

Why are such drastic setting adjustments necessary?

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-11-2020, 02:59 PM  
Landscape Congaree National Park
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 23
Views: 924
Very nice photo, it makes me feel like I am there among the trees, water and tranquility. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-05-2020, 02:22 PM  
Landscape Spring Creek
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Nice shot. The lighting is perfect.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-05-2020, 02:14 PM  
Nature Mind Flayer!
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 9
Views: 644
I like it... pleasing, it draws me in to look at it over and over and yes, it looks like it's crawling out of the shadows.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-30-2020, 09:28 AM  
Any discussion on emulating Pentax Custom Image Profiles using Affinity Photo
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 4
Views: 1,017
Thanks in advance for your help and patience as I am trying hard, but am still a novice at post processing.

Is there any discussion on emulating Pentax Custom Image Profiles using Affinity Photo. I use Affinity photo and the Pentax Digital Camera Utility PDCU. But I would prefer to use Affinity to emulate the PDCU Custom Image profiles.

I am sure many are doing this with other PP software already, but I am using Affinity and maybe there are similarities that would set me on the right course.

It is not as simple as developing a raw image as the Pentax profiles appear to go several extra steps to achieve OOC jpg that are not (to my knowledge) part of the raw adjustments.

As an example, the basic Nikon selections are Neutral, Standard, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait & Landscape. In affinity I have worked out presets to emulate all but the Portrait, so I can bypass using Nikon's raw process utility altogether and I get better results and I have a quick starting point. After raw develop I sharpen or tweek a little.

But I am having a little trouble emulating many of the Pentax Custom Image Profiles. It appears that there are further steps beyond the raw processing to achieve the results that are built into the PDCU raw processing engine.

I really like the look of the Pentax Custom Profiles and thus want to use them as a starting point, some of them have very subtle differences as in Natural, Bright, Landscape & Vibrant, and others have very dramatic artistic effects as with Portrait, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, etc. So I want to have basic raw develop profiles saved, with additional pp profiles to achieve those custom settings. I hope all this makes sense. I assume I have not yet become proficient enough with all the techniques and adjustments, so I am missing something.

Any advice, settings or help would be much appreciated.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-28-2020, 04:46 PM  
Macro Orb Weaver
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 7
Views: 446
Great shot... those guys are small and you got him good. Yes, we called them crab spiders too, but I learned they are a spiny backed orb weaver. Either way they are cool looking and we have our share of them here in South Florida.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-28-2020, 12:29 PM  
Macro Exactly what is says...
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Very clever, I like what you did.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-28-2020, 12:24 PM  
Black & White Dock on Frost Lake
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 3
Views: 431
Named Frost lake not because there has ever been frost here in West Palm Beach, but from previous land owner in the distant past. Still new to this camera, but love what it can do with little effort. Kudos Pentax. PP with Affinity Photo

Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-21-2020, 05:42 PM  
Nature Couple of pix - day and night
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 1
Views: 350
I am new to the K-70 and loving it. My first post here. Enjoy

Color & Light caught my eye...

Moonrise over WPB, Fl. I wanted to capture that werewolf movie moon shot.

Forum: Pentax K-70 08-17-2020, 07:29 AM  
Manual focusing with the Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 11
Views: 1,870
I have tried the manual focusing using the existing K-70 viewfinder with great success. So, if I found an affordable option like the Katzeye, I might try it. Those screens from focusingscreen are a little pricey and my needs are not quite that demanding. Again, thanks for posting. :)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-09-2020, 09:40 AM  
Cottage on the hill
Posted By FlyingEagle
Replies: 12
Views: 353
I would like to nominate this photo
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