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Forum: Photo Critique 04-09-2018, 01:00 AM  
Abstract Portrait Critique
Posted By captureit
Replies: 7
Views: 731
What did you do to get rid of the striping, Gmans? Nice job on that! Although I see a lot of noise after sharpening.

---------- Post added 04-09-18 at 04:06 AM ----------


Topas Denoise did a very nice job on the striping. I also like your sharpening. Although I believe the color is correct at this golden hour. The ISO was 100. The end result very nice! Do you denoise after sharpening?
Forum: Photo Critique 04-08-2018, 04:02 AM  
Abstract Portrait Critique
Posted By captureit
Replies: 7
Views: 731
Thanks Bruce, just remedied that!
Forum: Photo Critique 04-06-2018, 02:41 AM  
People julie
Posted By captureit
Replies: 14
Views: 1,698
I really like her pose on the rock, it creates tension. I have to disagree with everyone, the background is way too busy in color with the two walls of windows, contrasting brick colors, and graffiti. Black is a great color for drama but in this case the bright blue graffiti outshines the model taking your eye beyond her. There's also not enough contrast with the medium to dark colors in the background to make the dark outfit stand out therefore she gets lost in the background . It may work as a B&W. Her face is very soft, it looks like she was moving her head when you took the shot. Her face should be sharp since she is the subject. Keep working at it, you have good ideas and the model is perfect for the outfit.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-06-2018, 02:11 AM  
People Critigue
Posted By captureit
Replies: 7
Views: 650
The lighting is very nice, the composition is nice also. For this type of setting you have done admirably. The only problem I have with this type of setting is the black background contrasts against white skin tones and is somewhat harsh. If she were seated near a window with natural light the softer tones of natural light would enhance her face and create a softer look along with a softer background.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-06-2018, 02:04 AM  
Abstract Help with Composition.
Posted By captureit
Replies: 6
Views: 717
I agree with the tree growing out of her head. The contrast of the trees with the sky at the top draw your eye there and not to her. The monotonous pattern of the pine needles makes for the same pattern on her. A scenic with more variety of texture would be better. The portrait appears very soft I would try sharpening it a bit.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-06-2018, 01:39 AM  
Abstract Portrait Critique
Posted By captureit
Replies: 7
Views: 731
There appears to be color striping on his face and shadows appear to have defined edges. How can I avoid this in the future or is it OK? Taken at the golden hour. I think I had a UV filter on the lens (I often take it off especially now on something like this where color is sensitive). If anyone has any ideas how to edit out that would be helpful also if not that's OK. I have a FB group that specializes in editing. Do you think I should sharpen his face? I don't like to sharpen if I can avoid it.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-26-2017, 01:51 AM  
Tim Walker using the Pentax 645z to shoot the Pirelli 2018 Calendar
Posted By captureit
Replies: 28
Views: 4,889
You've hit the nail on the head, natural lighting is far different than ideal studio lighting with a paid model that moves on command with everything calculated ahead of time. I question the glowing review in a brightly lit space photographed by highly motivated reviewers using cameras provided by the manufacturers. Camera improvements are incremental. A new camera effect that works in ideal situations doesn't function as well in less than ideal situations. Sony DSLRs have a reputation of batteries having a shorter life - not ideal for longer photography sessions. Most family portraits now use natural lighting and not studio lighting. Lighting in these situations are more often than not, uneven. Turning a camera even slightly in these situations can greatly effect the light coming in a lens. In less than ideal situations sometimes the AF will try to "hunt down" it subject but never find it or taking too long to lock in. Or finding out after the event in editing the AF failed. No one wants to deal with a failed AF. Consistency is important that is why manual is still used most of the time with photographers who do this type of work day in and day out. If the professional studio photographer in the beginning of this article was complaining about Pentax AF in near perfect conditions and AF being what it is, I don't doubt his need for the best one out there! If he was having problems then I question any manufacturer's AF ability being as efficient as manual in less than ideal or low light situations.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-25-2017, 05:05 PM  
Tim Walker using the Pentax 645z to shoot the Pirelli 2018 Calendar
Posted By captureit
Replies: 28
Views: 4,889
Interesting, manual is recommended especially for a still subject to capture and focus on eyes in family/wedding photography. Maybe some fashion photography the model is moving which is not typical except for children in the former and where the subject is moving.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-25-2017, 04:58 PM  
2017 PF T-Shirt Contest!
Posted By captureit
Replies: 55
Views: 12,301
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-25-2017, 06:38 AM  
Tim Walker using the Pentax 645z to shoot the Pirelli 2018 Calendar
Posted By captureit
Replies: 28
Views: 4,889
I'm wondering why he used AF instead of manually focusing. I'm new at portrait shooting, all I've heard on a particular professional photo FB group is always use manual focus for sharpness - most members have Canon or Nikon cameras.

Thought more about it, possibly the top-of-the-line professional full frame AF in other manufacturers is that good?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-22-2017, 06:32 PM  
2017 PF T-Shirt Contest!
Posted By captureit
Replies: 55
Views: 12,301
I'm a golf/polo shirt person also. There are probably many more of us. Polo shirts would need to have a design that is smallish and located on the breast. Please keep in mind designers and when choosing the designs, some of the ladies will probably want brighter colors than the men.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-22-2017, 01:07 PM  
Travel Corfu town street shot
Posted By captureit
Replies: 7
Views: 601
Well done! Reminds me of the narrow Venice streets.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-22-2017, 12:12 PM  
2017 PF T-Shirt Contest!
Posted By captureit
Replies: 55
Views: 12,301
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-22-2017, 12:05 PM  
2017 PF T-Shirt Contest!
Posted By captureit
Replies: 55
Views: 12,301
Thank you Tesla! I like your T-shirt design, it's simple and sophisticated.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-22-2017, 11:02 AM  
2017 PF T-Shirt Contest!
Posted By captureit
Replies: 55
Views: 12,301
What are the colors of the T-Shirts? Some have submitted designs with what look like your T-Shirt pattern is there a place we can download?

I also have a suggestion: Some of these designs would look great on a golf shirt. The reason I mention this is people often wear them to play golf (I keep typing "gold!" for golf!) and are often around those that have money to spend on high end sports equipment like cameras.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-22-2017, 06:31 AM  
2017 PF T-Shirt Contest!
Posted By captureit
Replies: 55
Views: 12,301
This is one your wife would want you to pick. LOL I want this one! I would suggest small size over the breast (in the central area).

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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-19-2017, 11:27 AM  
2017 PF T-Shirt Contest!
Posted By captureit
Replies: 55
Views: 12,301
Where is the Pentax Forum logo to download? I don't see it in the above instructions.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-06-2015, 01:16 PM  
Blurry lens focus
Posted By captureit
Replies: 5
Views: 757
I'm sorry, I just realized there is a slider for eyesight vision adjustments on top of the viewer, I must have inadvertently move it. Just pushed slider to adjust to my eyesight. I knew I should have looked at my manual! Thank you for your time.

---------- Post added 03-06-15 at 04:17 PM ----------

enoske, You are correct and on top of it! Thank you.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-06-2015, 01:12 PM  
Blurry lens focus
Posted By captureit
Replies: 5
Views: 757
Just now looked at image in viewer (bleary) but waited for infared light to go on and snapped picture. Just snapped Image appears focused on camera screen (much sharper than in viewer).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-06-2015, 12:18 PM  
Blurry lens focus
Posted By captureit
Replies: 5
Views: 757
I think I just posted under the wrong heading. My K20 lens (SMC Pentax M 1.2 50mm Asahi) rings appear to work but when I try to focus it goes from bleary to somewhat bleary. I just got back from Venice Carnival, Italy and everything was working fine.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-04-2014, 12:33 PM  
Cityscape Empty wagon at NYC Subway
Posted By captureit
Replies: 30
Views: 3,116
Great capture and editing with the subtle spooky feel. The shot of orange in the seating, signage above breaks the greys and adds a lot of interest and texture, nice composition!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 04-04-2014, 12:25 PM  
February, 2014 Runner-Up: Look up to the sky
Posted By captureit
Replies: 11
Views: 2,780
Creative shot, nicely done!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-04-2014, 12:15 PM  
Spring Pink Blossoms
Posted By captureit
Replies: 0
Views: 259
Grey, pink spring blossom image
Forum: Pentax K-01 08-19-2013, 08:33 AM  
Memory Card Error with Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10
Posted By captureit
Replies: 60
Views: 15,617
I just bought a Sony memory card ($17 on sale at Target) for the K20 - it works very well especially in contrast to the poor quality card that I was using. Photos are sharper although I am going to keep researching the card I may buy a Sandisk Extreem III if there is a difference for my camera.
Forum: Sold Items 04-14-2013, 02:51 PM  
For Sale - Sold: M42 28/3.5, 35/3.5, 50mm F1.4 & F4.0, 55mm F1.8/2.0, 100/4, 135/2.5/3.5, 200/4
Posted By captureit
Replies: 205
Views: 38,788
I am very interested in your Takumar Zoom 45-125 f4. I have been using my K20 for about a year and need an all around flexible lens with good quality. Superior quality is very important to me. I have just begun to research lenses and I understand your Takumar is an excellent lens. I don't think I mind the weight so much but I don't want to use a tripod for every picture I take. Would this be possible with this lens in close-ups? If I am using the terminology correctly is it a fast lens or will the weight mean I have to use a tripod regardless? The other lens I am considering would be the DA 16-45, is more expensive and I thought yours would be even more flexible with more telephoto and a lot less. I also inherited a Solgar 135 F2.8 but quality is not great.

I'm not sure if I am responding to you in the correct way, please excuse me if I am not.
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