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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2018, 03:18 PM  
Floating foliage
Posted By demondata
Replies: 17
Views: 297
This is excellent,like a perfectly executed pen-and-ink drawing. Framing contributes brilliantly.
Forum: Pentax Q 11-09-2018, 01:20 PM  
this was posted on youtube today... new camera?
Posted By demondata
Replies: 33
Views: 2,936
Really wonderful pics, fully confirming that I may have probably bought too much camera with my DSLR! I have a Q as well, and am enjoying the freedom for creativity and spontaneity it affords me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-15-2018, 08:57 AM  
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC FLARE PROBLEM
Posted By demondata
Replies: 28
Views: 1,155
Have this lens and have no issues with flare. I always, always use the hood, but then I do that with all my lenses.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-18-2018, 09:25 PM  
New 55-300!
Posted By demondata
Replies: 13
Views: 993
You remove the "trap door", as you name it, to rotate filter rings on, e.g., a circular polarizer, without having to remove the hood or poke your fingers through the front of the hood to rotate it. Very useful when needed, but easily lost once removed, so make sure to place it in your camera bag or a pocket on your clothing.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-22-2018, 10:53 AM  
Q for Concerts?
Posted By demondata
Replies: 12
Views: 821
Some pics from a concert last year. Just made some quick edits to each. Enjoyed the flexibility of the 06, and the 01 was fun to use as well. No problems bringing the camera with lenses in. Not for pixel-peepers, I'm sure, but great memories of these outstanding musicians. Chris Squire, RIP.

Zenfolio | André Fiedeldey | 2017 - Yes, Massey Hall, Toronto
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-24-2017, 02:23 PM  
Let's compare High ISO noise reduction in post-processing software?
Posted By demondata
Replies: 41
Views: 3,626
Here's a look at what RawTherapee 5.0 does with the settings to the right.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-13-2017, 11:05 PM  
Help me leave Lightroom and explore my fascination with ON1
Posted By demondata
Replies: 158
Views: 10,407
I commend the OP for planning to do this, as I think it will beneficial to many current LR users. I've been downloading and playing with various LR alternatives over the past while, all with their own strengths, and have decided to try and NOT get trapped into some cataloguing system again. I've begun exporting thousands of images edited in LR to Google Photos as 100% quality jpgs, so that I at least don't lose the final results of the editing work, and will continue reviewing alternatives in the meantime. Leaning towards Rawtherapee (with digiKam as my organizer) at the moment. I like open source, but like ACDsee Photo Studio Pro as well, so we'll see. ON1 is fine as well, but it's not my fav at the moment, just a style thing. Also still waiting to see if Luminar makes a trial version available, only to try out its editing powers. Good luck to the OP, it will be a lot work, but will benefit the PF and wider photography communities.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-07-2016, 06:10 PM  
Post-Processing Post-Processing Challenge #192
Posted By demondata
Replies: 19
Views: 2,402
Here's my first effort:

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-05-2016, 01:52 PM  
Repairing Pentax P30
Posted By demondata
Replies: 16
Views: 2,653
I have an excellent and fully functional copy of a P30T that you can have for the price of shipping if that costs less than a repair quote. Probably under $20, but depends on where you live. Let me know, I'd like it to go to a home where it will get used.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2016, 09:22 PM  
People Ivy Pt. 2: Film vs Digital (K1000 vs K1)
Posted By demondata
Replies: 7
Views: 1,361
Nice images. Even though the model is on some very minimalist support at times, she manages to look (mostly) quite comfortable. Good use of light. The way some photographers except a model to contort herself typically ruins many images for me - if a model can't hold a pose comfortable for 30 seconds, it just end up looking unnatural. By that guideline, with maybe the one exception, you posed her really well.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-07-2015, 04:26 PM  
I got a sideswipe from a Pro today...
Posted By demondata
Replies: 65
Views: 6,254
My take on this seems a bit different - I think that there's a compliment there in "you are killing us" - your images are competitive. I don't see any insult or rudeness at all, not sure why some members feel that way. I agree about the photoshopping, even though it's not Photoshop per se, so even that is constructive criticism to me. A pro is offering advice, for free- why not pay attention? I also find many of the images over-processed and unnatural-looking, FB compression surely doesn't help, although the Google images look the same. I'd definitely try for a more natural look, and, wherever possible, minimize distracting background by picking a different vantage point, maybe higher up? Even at f2.8, the background seems to vie for attention. Could be a quality of the lens. In any case, some good images, but removing a few more won't hurt - it's useful to be critical of your own photography so that others don't see images that aren't up to your own standards. If that leaves 100 images, raise your own bar.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-27-2015, 07:51 PM  
Shopping Question; K3 or 70-200 f/2.8?
Posted By demondata
Replies: 33
Views: 3,306
I'd choose the lens first - every keeper image you create after that purchase will be better than Tamron 70-300 keepers, whatever the camera, whereas, if you buy the K-3, you'll have better resolution and faster autofocus, but that will not give a single one of your photos the punch that the 70-200 will give. My 70-200 is extremely sharp, very bright and easy to hold and balance for long periods, and I'm no youngster. Used copies appear on the forum every now and then for even less than what K-3s go for. I'd get it first and save the $100 difference towards a good used K-3. I started my journey with the 70-200 on a K10D as well, upgraded to a K20D and now use a K-5, but you'll notice I had the 70-200 before the newer cameras. I've never been sorry about that sequence. I'm sure you'll get a range of opinions, but if, as you say, you've been happy with the K10D AND wanted to upgrade to a faster lens for a few years now, you've really answered your own question.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-27-2015, 07:39 PM  
Abstract Flame Art
Posted By demondata
Replies: 14
Views: 810
Fascinating images - the fist four are nice to look a, especially the first one, but the remainder are excellent. Very creatively done, they stimulate my imagination to see a valkyrie or one of those giant dive bombers from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (no.5), a creature I'd rather not encounter in my nightmares (no.7), a medieval religious or Star Wars- type figure (no. 8) and the most interesting of all, even in B&W, the final mirrored image reminds me of some hybrid angel dove. Apart from the cool effects on my imagination, these are technically well executed, great colour saturation and spot-on exposure. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-20-2014, 06:54 AM  
Pentax Full Frame confirmed at Salon de photo (Paris)
Posted By demondata
Replies: 262
Views: 26,451
Seeing is believing, and by that I mean that "official" is not quite official if it's not from head office. Either way, I like my APS-C sensors, so I'm not getting excited. The second the full-frame specs are announced, and then again when it appears in "Preview" sections of major review sites, and then again when it lands in user hands, we'll get the endless griping and whining about what's not good about it, and what was left out, and poorly implemented and ... and... just proving that full-frame has the same lack of ability to bestow real happiness as any other technical advancement. If Pentax does pull off a full-frame camera in 2015, and I think they will, I expect it will be excellent, but as an amateur, I have no need for it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-20-2014, 11:29 AM  
Imaging Resource full review gives 645Z top 5/5 score
Posted By demondata
Replies: 3
Views: 1,235
Yeah! Now to address those service issues that keep popping up.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-19-2014, 10:41 AM  
Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 repair advice needed
Posted By demondata
Replies: 10
Views: 1,342
The link does not go to anywhere that would be useful in camera DIY repairs
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2014, 05:46 PM  
Look what came in the mail today!
Posted By demondata
Replies: 20
Views: 2,241
Congrats, I have no doubt that you will be very happy with the set-up once you get to know it well. Agree that the factory manuals are limited in value, but as you are switching brands, I think it's essential reading. I finally read a part of my K5 manual that I'd skipped and discovered new stuff, so you never know.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2014, 06:24 PM  
Nature drop
Posted By demondata
Replies: 2
Views: 762
Everybody probably has a few of these water-drop shots in their collection - just an irresistible scene. The 50/1.7 is serving you well. I do have some suggestions, though. There is insufficient light here, you could have easily added more by lowering your shutter speed, esp. if this was on a tripod. Look at the histogram on the camera or in your preferred editing app and I'm pretty sure you'll see that it doesn't go all the way to the right, so the whole image lacks "sparkle". The white balance also seems very off - it doesn't do the subject any justice. Was this taken indoors? Either way, the smooth background is very nice.

Lastly, a problem with limited depth of field is often what to do with the foreground. In this case, the part of the petal or leaf before the drop is so blurred that it feels to me as if it "blocks" my visual entry into the image. My eye (brain) has to overcome this literally distracting blur at the front to reach the drop. I'd have slightly closed down the aperture for more depth of field and tried to get the front part of the leaf sharper as well, but not so sharp as to be in competition with the drop. Keep practicing, use a spray bottle in the absence of rain, these images are not hard to re-create.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-19-2014, 03:27 PM  
Poll: Going (semi)pro with Pentax - Is it a good call?
Posted By demondata
Replies: 92
Views: 9,319
Good questions, and kudos for doing the research. Some of the great photographers in history used very few lenses, but got to know their capabilities exceptionally well. The equipment is just that, a set of tools, you also have to know what you plan to mostly use it for. Once you know that, the specs will tell you what may work best technically, but in the end your connection with the tools may bring better results that a few more megapixels or a faster autofocus. Those aspects only matter in a limited no. of cases, and that's not where most of your photos will be taken. I remember a photo shoot many years back (before digital, and I may have told this elsewhere) where a bunch of club members visited a village (in South Africa) with permission to shoot images of the locals, and people were blasting away with all sorts of cameras, including motordrive shots, using a range of lenses. My LX worked overtime. The next month we all got to show our best slides and the clear winner was a senior club member (RIP, Piet) who had used a battered K1000 and one lens. He knew how to wait for a perfect moment, knew how to compose immaculately, and knew what his equipment (that he obviously knew back to front) could and could not do. I love the way Pentax engineers put the photographer first, and I'm sure that's also why most members on this forum are not on some Canikon forum. I believe Ricoh has great plans for the Pentax brand, but if you get to know your tools of choice well so that you take responsibility yourself for bad images, rather than blaming the tools, you'll be a quality photographer, regardless of the name on the equipment. I chose Pentax.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-12-2014, 11:39 AM  
Super Zooms vs normal zooms
Posted By demondata
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
I agree with Storm Chaser that 200mm may be insufficient if you want real distance, and think the Pentax 55-300 is a great option, as normhead says. I have a Tamrom 70-200 as well as a Sigma 120-400, and have not yet felt the need for a 500 at the long end, but the Sigma 150-500 comes up at very good prices on the forum every now and then. Either of the 18-250 lenses includes the range covered by your Tokina, so that would not make sense to me, but the excellent Pentax 55-300 would. Try to avoid being led by current 2nd hand availability (unless your budget dictates this), but if you can't postpone the decision, I'd opt for the Pentax 18-250.
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