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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 1 Day Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #475 - Double Exposure
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 12
Views: 428
I have had many attempts at technique described in the challenge. Results could be best described as interesting but experimental. I have yet to establish a method whereby I can produce anything beyond click/click/looksee. I am out of town with a computer with no card reader. I will perservere and post some samples in a couple of days.

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Yes, it all seems a bit unpredictable.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #475 - Double Exposure
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 12
Views: 428
Not strictly a double exposure but two images in one.

Holocaust Memorial Bratislavia. No way to eliminate reflections of surrounding buildings so incorporate them.
Forum: Photo Critique 3 Days Ago  
Abstract Black background
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 22
Views: 341
Not bad as is. Although I would take out two small white dots in lower left.
Forum: Photo Critique 5 Days Ago  
Abstract abstract tubas
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 7
Views: 185
A great capture. I like it but also agree with previous comments especially to go totally abstract by cropping out the players heads, just concentrating on the warped reflections.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-13-2019, 03:49 PM  
Abstract Fall Photo
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Colours are nice, lighting good. Composition is very centralised but that is the scene. Nothing else wrong with it apart from lacking a main point of interest, an animal, bird or something. Still, those things are not always there. I note previous comment about the road way looking a bit off level. Perhaps that it just the way it was but the human brain detects it and signals imbalance. Simple to "correct" it and put the brain back into equilibrium. Some time ago I had what I thought was a perfectly good photo savaged by a critic over this very thing. Perfectly level with horizon but one element was on a slight angle and according to the judge, threw the whole thing out of balance. Them's the breaks sometimes.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-12-2019, 02:44 AM  
Thematic Finding faces in the strangest places...
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Another one.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-12-2019, 01:14 AM  
Thematic Finding faces in the strangest places...
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Like this thread a lot.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-11-2019, 11:24 PM  
Macro Fuji Iguana
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 32
Views: 1,416
Very nice indeed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-11-2019, 08:24 AM  
Problems with a sigma 75-200mm F3.8 AF
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Not sur eif this helps.

I had similar problem with Sigma 70-200 HSM. Originally purchased as a demo unit from CR Kennedy, The Australian distributor. It would focus well at short distances but anything over 20-30 metres. It took a bit of convincing the repair people of the problem but once they accepted it they took it apart and determined a faulty circuit board. In the end they replaced the lens as a new board would take weeks to obtain.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-11-2019, 02:52 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #310 - Airport Terminal
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 17
Views: 585
A fun image.
Forum: General Photography 10-10-2019, 11:15 PM  
How do you organize your images?
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 57
Views: 1,023
I use Lightroom folders based on subject matter. Where the subject may fall into two categories, I select the prime reason for the shoot in question. If it is just a few flowers on a china trip the go into the places. If it flowers in the backyard as the primary factor it goes into Nature.Landscapes get filed under the place. Lightroom's extensive keyword features makes this relatively easy to find. Dates are easily looked up in metadata so I do not catalog by date. I am more likely to remember a photo I want by place and subject rather that the date

>>>China Oct 2010
>>>New Zealand 2008
>>>>Nambour 2015
>>>>Brisbane 2015

>>>Melbourne Zoo 2014
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-09-2019, 03:43 AM  
Sticky: PentaxForums 100 Year Giveaway - October - General Raffle Entry Thread
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 351
Views: 6,397
One entry. It only takes one
Forum: General Photography 10-06-2019, 04:43 AM  
Iso .. how high is too high for you?
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 78
Views: 1,492
I don't have a fixed opinion on this. While I agree it is desirable to keep it as low, I have no hesitation in cranking it up if the situation demands it and treat any resultant noise in PP (K7 and K5)
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-05-2019, 11:47 PM  
I really don't think the auto-focus is that bad on the K-1
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Looks good to me.

I do a lot with my local team using a K5 and Sigma 150-500 HSM. AF on this is fairly slow and not as accurate as I would like having to cull many shots. However enough keepers to keep the boys happy.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-04-2019, 07:07 PM  
Horizon Correction
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 23
Views: 597
Perhaps it is something I should investigate. Returning from a recent trip, I noticed almost all of my portrait oriented photos has a distinct tilt of about about 2 degrees and all in the same direction. Landscape orientation all seemed OK
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-04-2019, 06:58 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #474 - Two
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 18
Views: 783
A pair of Galahs.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-03-2019, 10:33 PM  
Nature Galah
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 21
Views: 364
Nice one. One of my favourite birds.

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Thanks for that Info Des. I learn something new every day
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-02-2019, 07:02 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #473 - Having fun
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 16
Views: 662
Forum: Photo Critique 10-01-2019, 03:37 PM  
Landscape Interesting/ Good Enough For Competition?
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 16
Views: 322

Agree with cropping of bottom. Overall I find the image a bit bright and losing some detail in the highlights. Secondly it appears unbalanced to my eye as if it is leaning to the left slightly, it may be an optical illusion but that's the feeling I get.

Good luck with the competition.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-01-2019, 03:27 PM  
Abstract Old Cedar Ave Bridge Cable
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 16
Views: 310
Personally I would like to most of the fittings in focus. It really depends on your intent however and I can't judge that.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-01-2019, 05:15 AM  
Landscape Belvedere (Tuscany)
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 29
Views: 648
I have only spent a very brief time in Tuscany and would love to return for a longer tour. I have also seen this scene before or similar and this is as good as any other rendition.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-01-2019, 05:13 AM  
Nature How do you like the composition in this one? :))
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 11
Views: 286
I agree with the idea but I find the background on the right more appealing than the stem and leaves on the left so i would think about cropping the left side even though the flower is oriented that way.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-01-2019, 05:06 AM  
Landscape First light, first flight
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 33
Views: 1,459
Very nice indeed. Perhaps a tough heavy on the vignette along the bottom but that is only my opinion.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-25-2019, 06:10 AM  
Macro close-up
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Hi again Luis

Nice composition and colours. I like the big out of focus yellow and brown patches. Your image is very sharp in places which is good though I would rather more of the central flowers in focus. A personal choice I know. I like to see the subject in focus and background out of focus. There are ways to manipulate the scene to increase depth. Use aperture f11 to f16. Some folks get antsy at f16 as diffraction kicks in but I prefer slight softness than out of focus. Shoot from further away and then crop, Shoot from a different viewpoint so more of the subject is inside the focal range. Subject selection or physical manipulation. Select a different flower or snip off unwanted bits. It can get a bit tough at time but it is important to identify the subject and the background and set focus accordingly,

Overall a good job. Keep em coming.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-24-2019, 04:13 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners Weekly Challenge #472
Posted By Bruce Clark
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Thanks to all contestants who also share my interest in things old and decrepit.

atupdate. Great composition containing all the elements of decay
jacamar. Another rarely seen item. Interesting to see this abandoned one in the middle of new growth.
PintofDog. Ouch! That right hand pan is way beyond functional
gump. Certainly fits my definition of machinery A mobile kitchen perhaps?
aaacb Been there for some time. B/W treatment works well.
EssJay Definitely not functional. I like the lighting effects
Vaskebjorn Very good, not much left of this one.
MarkJerling New replacement next to the old
charliezap Not many boats will be loading here in future
Merv-O Not the usual golf course hazard. With my golfing skills I would have no trouble finding it.
rod_grant Not sure what it is, my guess would be for picking up hay bales.
RGlasel Good to see the old clunker doing service in a new role.
veato This one is not going anywhere in a hurry.
SpecialK Once someone's pride and joy
goodmonkey I bet you had some fun on that one.
Flanoman Not too sure what this is
noelcmn Someone has his thumb on the scales
DeKay So far but no further

Difficult one to judge but for me the least functional of them all is from PintofDog. This is so "wrong" on so many levels.
Runners Up [B]goodmonkey [/B and noelcmn

So it over to PintofDog for the next challenge. - Good luck

Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

1. Post ONE photo.
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax camera can be used.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge.
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