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Forum: Pentax K-1 06-02-2017, 07:53 AM  
K1 at Edmonton Judo Championship
Posted By tranq78
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2nd pic is my 16 yr old, wearing white.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-02-2017, 07:43 AM  
Sports Perfect Judo throw
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 1
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Event was the Canadian National Judo Championships in Calgary, Alberta in May 2017.

A perfect Judo throw to win the match. Blue is throwing white straight backwards. I haven't seen a "sacrifice" throw pulled off so well.


Other things:
- Out of camera jpeg, no cropping. I wanted the people in the back to give some context to the event. I was one of the photographers for the event.
- Blue is my oldest, who has been doing this since he was 6. He turned 17 just before the tournament.
- The last one in the sequence is a bit blurry. But it shows the end of the throw.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-19-2017, 08:05 PM  
Sports Judo fighting
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 0
Views: 296
Judo practice by a couple of youth athletes. Pic taken in Edmonton, Canada.

These 2 were going at it pretty hard. The one in white ended up using a blend of tani otoshi and ura nage on the one in blue.

Blue was able to spin out as a countermove in the last possible moment.

Both of them have been selected to represent the Province of Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2016, 01:17 PM  
Got to play with a K1 over the weekend.....Im in trouble now !
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 27
Views: 2,468
I never understood why the FA24-90 was ignored even during the film days. A great lens that let you go ultra-wide. It was paired with the MZ-S in the Pentax brochures & ads.

The K-1 is in stock in camera shops here in Western Canada.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-03-2016, 06:39 AM  
Anyone identify this problem? Saving images on K-50
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3
Views: 665
Thanks for the advice. Will look into it.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-01-2016, 07:30 AM  
Anyone identify this problem? Saving images on K-50
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3
Views: 665
Hi everyone.

Can anyone identify this problem I am having with a K-50? Started happening a couple months ago. I have recently been using the camera to do only sports, so camera is in burst mode.

When I power up the camera and fire a burst of several images, the images fail to save. Sometimes I can find out only by reviewing the images as the camera won't tell me the pics failed to save. Sometimes I find out right away as a I get a memory card error message and the camera's electronics locks up, I can't even turn it off. I end up having to pop out the battery and re-insert it to get the K-50 working again.

The problem goes away if I re-power up the K-50 and wait a few seconds. I usually take a test picture and it is usually fine.

Memory cards are good quality Sandisks. The level of battery doesn't seem to matter, the camera can do this whether it's full or partially charged.

Thanks in advance.
Forum: General Photography 05-31-2016, 12:50 PM  
What photography Rule-Of-Thumb have you quit (or you are trying to quit) following?
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 60
Views: 3,548
"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept"

- Henri Cartier-Bresson
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-15-2016, 08:57 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 773
Views: 79,829
Here is the #1 best way to nail that perfect reflecting pool in a landscape photo.


1. Use a tripod. Get a high quality tripod and ball head or pan tilt head. This is a must.


2. Here's the key to getting that perfect reflection photo. Get low. Get really low. Get your tripod and camera as close to the ground as possible. This is the single most important thing you have to do.


It's really that simple. This picture was made with my 4 section tripod. The camera was just above knee height. The focal length was 70mm @ F11 and the reflecting pool was about 15 feet from the camera. This image made it into PPG.


You will be amazed at how great your pictures will turn out by just getting low to the ground.


Please vote for me... I've love to win the lens!



Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-05-2016, 04:26 PM  
Sports Judo throw
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 10
Views: 589
I didn't realize there were so many Judo people on the forum. I always thought it was a bit of an esoteric martial art in North America.

But to clarify... in Judo tori is the person who is carrying out the throw and uke (pronounced ew-kay) is on the receiving end. In the pic white is tori and blue is uke.

These 2 were going at it pretty hard. White executed a hard leg sweep (Uchi Mata) and followed through with the rotation as blue held onto his lapel. In a tournament if blue lands on her back the match is over. If she landed on her side or stomach the match continues and white would have gone straight into ground-fighting techniques, my guess is a submission hold (choke or arm bar) as white is well positioned for this.

Oh, and just because blue is a girl doesn't mean she isn't as tough as the boys. She is just as capable of doing the same. "Judo... the gentle way". :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-04-2016, 10:07 PM  
Sports Judo throw
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Wow, you reached a really high level in the sport, congratulations! The throw he is using is Uchi Mata. (For non-Judo people, it's the inner thigh throw). As you can see, he is continuing the rotation after he completes his leg sweep.


Thank you everyone for your comments. Muchly appreciated!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2015, 11:28 PM  
Sports Judo throw
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Judo is a sport that can be elegant, almost balletic.

Both athletes in this pic have won medals at the Canadian National Judo Championships. The one wearing white is my son.

This image was made just as both athletes' feet left the mat and they were rotating in mid-air.



Technical details: 1/350 sec, f3.5, DA*50-135. The only post-processing are minor adjustments and cropping in Lightroom. Taken in City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada.

For larger image click here... Judo throw - Pentax User Photo Gallery
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2014, 07:41 AM  
Shooting a Contagious Milky Way image...
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 2
Views: 1,093
Thanks for posting this!
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-30-2014, 08:19 AM  
best backpack and/or ICU for K-3 with gear
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 10
Views: 1,227
That bag is a good & handy item. It's a copy of the Maxpedition "Fatboy Versipack". I actually just bought the OEM version as it is available in a left handed model.

If you want to carry more and not have it shift on your hip when you move around get the Maxpedition Mongo Versipack. NOTE: The "S" versions of the Versipacks are for lefties! I also just bought one of these.

if you are going for the weekend and/or need to carry a bunch of other stuff, get something like a 5.11 Rush backpack. I have a 5.11 3 Day Rush backpack and you can also load a hydration bladder in it.

All Maxpedition and 5.11 bags have molle, strap loops and Velcro that allow you to attach all sorts of other gear like tripods, hiking poles, etc. The 5.11 and Versipacks are extremely comfortable to wear. You also need padded inserts for camera gear though. I cannibalize old camera bags for the inserts and I have some Velcro strips that I purchased separately for this.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 07:59 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 2,854
Views: 78,264
Hello! I'm in!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-09-2014, 03:35 PM  
Landscape Clouds, sea and the effects of a 10-stop ND-filter
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 14
Views: 976
That's a really nice photo.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2014, 10:15 PM  
Black & White Sunset of Korea
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 18
Views: 1,537
That is a beautiful picture. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 12-06-2014, 10:09 PM  
B&W film
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Congrats. I love film.
Forum: General Photography 11-04-2014, 08:04 AM  
Would you let a bear use your camera....
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 27
Views: 1,988
OMG.

You do not want to be this close to a grizzly bear. Ever.

They don't fear people and they can outrun a sprinter.

Good thing the picture taker was in his car. Or at least he should have been.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-14-2014, 08:35 PM  
Getting Started with Adobe LightRoom 5 - free Videos
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 1
Views: 1,058
Looks good, thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-07-2014, 10:31 PM  
Pentax FA* 85mm 1.4
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
That's definitely it. If you look at the pics from the flea-Bay auction you can see that it is left in manual focus position. The original poster simply needs to push the af/mf clutch forward. There is nothing wrong with the lens.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-28-2014, 01:44 PM  
FA* 200mm f/4 Macro on eBay
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 9
Views: 1,154
Nice!

That one looks like in excellent condition. Plus it has a BIN.

Worth every penny.

Canon users love this lens. They convert it (permanently) to Canon mount. That's how good it is.
Forum: General Photography 08-25-2014, 10:41 AM  
Free eBooks on Photography
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 11
Views: 1,285
Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2014, 10:37 PM  
Any cheap options for the 85mm focal length?
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 27
Views: 2,239
You want cheap and good? Under $200 street price?

There's none other than the Samyang 85mm F1.4. Also sold as Vivitar, Rokinon, etc. They're all the same.

Creamy smooth bokeh. Blazing fast f1.4 and very useable wide open. Comes with a warranty. Solid construction. Useable with modern d-SLR's (comes with "A" setting). Beautifully damped for accurate focus (it's manual focus). Plus it's internal focus... very nice!!

Check out the lens reviews:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/46479-revie...erical-if.html
Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF Lens Reviews - Samyang Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-15-2014, 02:00 PM  
And this is (partly) why Pentax doesn't get much love
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 130
Views: 11,096
The best teacher for any beginner photographer is... a good tripod & ballhead!
Forum: General Photography 07-15-2014, 05:49 AM  
Had to happen, lens committed suicide in Taipei
Posted By tranq78
Replies: 3
Views: 681
Picked up a DA55-300 from "camera street" near the Taipei train station. Pentax isn't a popular brand compared to N/C but the Pentax regional sales office is here as well and they sent me to a shop that carries Pentax.

They were clearing out some old stock DA55-300's for less than the WR 50-200's. The sales guy was funny, cracking jokes, mostly puns.

Since I have a tripod, I can easily make use of the extra reach of the 55-300. In fact, I already put it to good use already!
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