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Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2014, 12:36 PM  
People Dusted off the FA 50
Posted By synnyster
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No problem. I'm sure you'll love the Sigma 30. And thanks, I find myself shooting a bit more since we added the little one.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2014, 12:11 PM  
People Dusted off the FA 50
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 4
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The Sigma has faster AF. It is tack sharp in the center. I find it quite enjoyable to use indoors. I haven't had any issue with mine. For some reason I just stopped using my FA50 for the longest time. Here are some samples of the Sigma:











I seemed to have hijacked my own FA50 thread and turned it into the Sigma 30 thread!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2014, 11:22 AM  
People Dusted off the FA 50
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 4
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Ever since we had our first child 6 months ago I've been shooting exclusively with my Sigma 30mm prime. I decided to dust off my FA 50 last week and snapped a couple. What do you guys think?





I thought bokeh came out nice and smooth. Lighting was pretty bad from an old ceiling fan with harsh yellow incandescent lights, but nothing some photoshop couldn't fix.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-04-2013, 04:33 PM  
Beginner Studio Lighting Kit Suggestions
Posted By synnyster
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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-04-2013, 04:33 PM  
Beginner Studio Lighting Kit Suggestions
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 23
Views: 2,231
Thanks for the suggestion. I still need the gear to practice with. Once I acquire it I will be reading up on lighting techniques etc.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-04-2013, 02:47 PM  
Beginner Studio Lighting Kit Suggestions
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 23
Views: 2,231
Hi All,

I'm about to have a baby and want to acquire a budget studio lighting kit to take photos when the time comes. I currently have a Pentax K-5 with a Metz AF-1 flash. I also have 2 Loadstone 86" light stands, one with a hotshoe adapter for my Metz. What do you all suggest I get to compliment my setup so I can get some good quality "studio" shots? I've been looking online and there are a few light kits I see that are affordable on Amazon (< $250). I'd like to keep the budget around or under $200.

From what I can tell, I need a backdrop kit, perhaps a softbox, and some umbrellas. Do I need a constant light? Do I need flash triggers? Should I get a cheapo flash as well? Any suggestions would be great.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-20-2013, 10:42 AM  
People First try at strobist...
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Took your advice and played around with the first photo for more contrast.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-20-2013, 08:19 AM  
People First try at strobist...
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Trying to figure out this strobist thing so I went to the park with the wife. It was such a gloomy day I decided to do these in black and white. I think the light was a bit too harsh and I'll need to get an umbrella for improvement. What do you guys think?



Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2013, 06:19 AM  
Food Light Box Food
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Thanks for the kind words. I'm indeed quite lucky to have a wife that can cook. There is never a shortage of hungry mouths in our house!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-25-2013, 03:00 PM  
Food Light Box Food
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Built some light boxes to take photos of my wife's culinary creations. I'm pretty happy with the results and hope to have a nice food gallery sometime.

Che Ba Mau Shooter


Miso Glazed Hake with Prawn Dumpling Soup




Berry Chantilly Cake




Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-19-2012, 05:32 PM  
Travel Spain Trip
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Thanks for all the feedback fellas.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-19-2012, 05:31 PM  
Travel Spain Trip
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 6
Views: 462
It's inside the Royal Palace courtyard in Madrid.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-19-2012, 03:46 PM  
Travel Spain Trip
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Just got back from my trip through Southern Spain. Here are a few of my faves. Comments and critique welcome.

















You can see the entire set here: LINK. Thanks for looking!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-17-2011, 02:47 PM  
Travel Tilt Shift Experiment
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Here's three more.





Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-17-2011, 02:24 PM  
Travel Tilt Shift Experiment
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 5
Views: 604
There are several tutorials that show you how to do this. It's not a predefined filter.



Thanks. Yeah, I agree number 2 works the best.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-17-2011, 11:53 AM  
Travel Tilt Shift Experiment
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Was a bit bored and decided to try out the tilt shift effect on some old photos I had taken. I picked a few photos that would lend themselves well to the tilt shift effect. What do you guys think?







Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-24-2011, 09:02 PM  
Travel Back from Hawaii
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 1
Views: 679
Just got back from a weeklong getaway in Honolulu, Hawaii. I didn't take nearly as many photos as I would have wanted. But here goes:













You can view the rest of the set here: Hawaii 2011. Comments and critique are always welcome. Thanks for looking.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-25-2011, 11:26 AM  
Travel Europe 2011
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 10
Views: 1,497
Most of the photos were taken with the DA16-50. I have a few that were from the DA50-135. I also have a few from my Sigma 30mm. I have all my photos on Flickr tagged with the lens I used.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-25-2011, 07:55 AM  
Travel Europe 2011
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 10
Views: 1,497
Yes, this is on the roof of the Duomo along the sides.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-25-2011, 06:46 AM  
Travel Europe 2011
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 10
Views: 1,497
Thanks fellas for the kind words. We had a great time. I wish I could live in Europe. Time to start thinking about the next trip.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-22-2011, 09:23 PM  
Travel Europe 2011
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 10
Views: 1,497
Just came back from my Europe trip. We visited Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Paris, Fontainebleau, Lucerne, Milan, Bellagio, and Varenna. I won't bore you with all my photos, but here are a few I really liked. Critique is welcome, thanks.





























The entire set can be viewed here: Europe 2011
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2011, 08:49 AM  
Misc Chinese Tacos?
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 2
Views: 3,483
With the taco craze happening in Texas, my wife decided to take a stab at it. This was her take on Chinese tacos.





Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-05-2011, 01:58 PM  
10% off DSLR @ Newegg today only
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 5
Views: 3,347
Just got my K-5 yesterday. I checked firmware and it shipped with v1.01 if that makes a difference to anyone.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-02-2011, 08:50 PM  
10% off DSLR @ Newegg today only
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 5
Views: 3,347
Ordered my K-5 with this deal the morning I saw it. Can't wait for mine!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-02-2010, 03:15 PM  
Misc Trip to the Park
Posted By synnyster
Replies: 1
Views: 1,256
The wife and I took a quick trip to the local park to enjoy the sun before winter really takes over. It was quite windy out. I did manage to get my first decent bird in flight photo.







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