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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 3 Days Ago  
For Sale: Pentax LX with M 28mm f2.8
Posted By skierd
Replies: 0
Views: 230
Selling my LX. Iíve owned it for nearly a year and have only put one roll through it. Great beautiful viewfinder but I want to try large format out for while.

Works great; meters accurately, no mirror sticking and the bumpers are in good shape, no light leaks. Has the matte circle focusing screen, NOT split prism.

$400 shipped in the US, PM for shipping elsewhere. PayPal only please.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-10-2019, 10:33 PM  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 636
Views: 150,046
Some color work. KP + 20-40


Stags Leap web-2818 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-10-2019, 10:33 PM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 5,164
Views: 952,719
Some color work. KP + 20-40


Stags Leap web-2818 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax KP 03-10-2019, 10:25 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By skierd
Replies: 1,108
Views: 117,137
As light as the 20-40 and KP combo is, I really wish the DA 21mm Limited was weather sealed. Combined with a Peak Design strap the camera is very easy to carry.

---------- Post added 03-10-19 at 10:31 PM ----------

Some color work.


Stags Leap web-2818 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-10-2019, 12:06 AM  
Travel Napa, Sonoma, and Anderson Valley California, February 2019
Posted By skierd
Replies: 5
Views: 243
I saw some burned out areas but for the most part the wineries where we visited were spared. There was massive flooding while we were visiting however, the Russian River crested at 45 feet and a couple wineries (and towns!) were underwater.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2019, 11:03 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By skierd
Replies: 17,374
Views: 1,170,815
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-09-2019, 11:02 PM  
Travel Napa, Sonoma, and Anderson Valley California, February 2019
Posted By skierd
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2019, 11:01 PM  
Thematic Bigger Flowers
Posted By skierd
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Views: 97,677
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-09-2019, 12:25 AM  
Travel Napa, Sonoma, and Anderson Valley California, February 2019
Posted By skierd
Replies: 5
Views: 243
This thread will be a selection of photos from my recent trip to wine country with my wife. I normally take an Olympus XA on vacation as I feel film simplifies my life when traveling, but I knew from past winery visits that I might prefer having the flexibility of digital.

These are from our second day, in and around Stags' Leap.


Stags Leap web-2754 by David Dawson, on Flickr


Stags Leap web-2772
by David Dawson, on Flickr


Stags Leap web-2772-2
by David Dawson, on Flickr

Inside the home at Stags' Leap.


Stags Leap web-2775 by David Dawson, on Flickr


Stags Leap web-2780 by David Dawson, on Flickr


Stags Leap web-2784 by David Dawson, on Flickr

or color?


Stags Leap web-2784-2 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-09-2019, 12:24 AM  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 5,164
Views: 952,719
Inside the home at Stags' Leap. KP, 20-40 Limited

Stags Leap web-2775 by David Dawson, on Flickr

Stags Leap web-2780 by David Dawson, on Flickr

Stags Leap web-2784 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-09-2019, 12:24 AM  
DA Limited Zoom Club
Posted By skierd
Replies: 636
Views: 150,046
Surely people are using this lens more than once a month?

Inside the home at Stags' Leap. KP, 20-40 Limited

Stags Leap web-2775 by David Dawson, on Flickr

Stags Leap web-2780 by David Dawson, on Flickr

Stags Leap web-2784 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2019, 12:23 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By skierd
Replies: 17,374
Views: 1,170,815
Inside the home at Stags' Leap. KP, 20-40 Limited

Stags Leap web-2775 by David Dawson, on Flickr

Stags Leap web-2780 by David Dawson, on Flickr

Stags Leap web-2784 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax KP 03-09-2019, 12:16 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By skierd
Replies: 1,108
Views: 117,137
Starting to edit from my trip to Napa and Sonoma last week. I actually took my DSLR with me and it wasn't as bad as I feared it would be! I normally loathe the idea of lugging a giant camera around on vacation and have it in my head that it overly complicates the day and trip. Anyway, it poured rain most of the trip so I was glad to have a Pentax.

I haven't edited a ton of files from this camera yet, but from what I've seen they are spectacular and I'm more and more amazed each time I start moving sliders.

Pentax KP, HD DA 20-40mm f2.8-4 Limited, on the road to Stags Leap. Color or B&W? Other critique welcome as well.

Stags Leap web-2772 by David Dawson, on Flickr

Stags Leap web-2772-2 by David Dawson, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 01-26-2019, 04:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron PZAF 2x Teleconverter
Posted By skierd
Replies: 8
Views: 1,228
$100?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-17-2019, 02:24 PM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By skierd
Replies: 71
Views: 4,567
Which Nikon are you switching too? What lenses are you picking up to replace the 77mm and 31/35mm? Curiosity has me, I love the rendering of the limitless across the board.

Whatís the difference between 2016 and early 2019 camera capabilities that maybe Iím missing?

In the end, the camera is just a tool. If it doesnít work for you in the art you are trying to produce, get the tool that works better for you. It does sounds a little like you are expecting the tools to make your photos better, and that you expect to replace and upgrade your lenses and bodies frequently, but itís been my experience that doing the opposite is usually more fruitful path to better photographs so long as the base equipment is high quality. All equipment has a learning curve, my KP is very different than my K-30 for example when I start picking at my images and I expect it to take at least a year to really learn it vs my K-30 that I had for 6 years. Good luck on the new gear.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-12-2019, 10:19 AM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 37
Views: 1,672
Iíve got the Yongnuo 585 also and it works great, both on camera and off triggered by the KPís on board flash.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-11-2019, 05:46 PM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 37
Views: 1,672
The nice thing about the 560tx is it also allows you to change the flash settings on the camera instead of having to work directly on the flash. Just saying, thatís a big reason why I went with it.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-11-2019, 02:04 PM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By skierd
Replies: 37
Views: 1,672
There are both wired and wireless hot shoe triggers.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101-pc-cords-and-pocket.html?m=1

I use the wireless Yongnuo 560TX for Nikon on my KP and used it on my K-30. The canon version has a different connection on the hot shoe foot if I remember correctly and wonít work.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1363591-REG/yongnuo_yn_560_tx_ii_n_yn560txiin_manual_flash_controller.html


A wired trigger should just use a standard 3.5mm audio cable or a PC cable, one end on the flash the other on the hot shoe adapter. Iíve used them on older cameras, usually to trigger my wireless controller because I donít like running around with a 30í cable to trip over.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-09-2019, 11:42 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By skierd
Replies: 1,108
Views: 117,137
Yes and no and maybe, at the same time.

A digital sensor is able to see more of the aurora (and other objects in the night sky) than the naked eye. So on digital, and to an extent on film, you get a bit more of the background radiation and bands that arenít visible to the naked eye.

Iíve attached a SOOC jpeg from that night to show what a lot of my aurora shots start out as. This was taken before and slightly to the right of the shot with the Milky Way.

What I saw was between the two, but still very different. Still photos really canít do even a moderate aurora event justice as so much of it is the motion and fast color shifts. Most of these shots are honestly from milder parts from the night because during the biggest part of the show the lights were moving so fast and changing colors so fast that they didnít show up on the sensor or blew out. What you see is very rarely what you capture when photographing auroras, which I find odd and interesting since theyíre so relatively easy to photograph.

My post processing is what I would consider mild typically, and I generally stick to what I would try to do in a traditional darkroom. I adjusted the white balance from daylight (as set in the camera) to 4500-4700k to get the greens closer to life and allow the purples and reds room to breath, bring up the exposure usually 0.5-1.5 stops, move contrast around till the stars look right, bring down the highlights and bring up the shadows to accentuate the details in the aurora and the landscape respectively, add a +5 or +10 on clarify, vibrancy and saturation, add a little sharpening, bring down the green saturation a little most of the time, and apply the default lens corrections. Iíve just learned about using the transform tool to fix some of the UWA smearing on the frame edges so that will probably become a thing I do regularly too.

The biggest part of the display from that night was absolutely brighter and vibrant and more amazing than I posted, brief as it was. The lights were out for the better part of the night, at least 5 or 6 hours, as simple plain green bands in the sky. We were prepared for the weather (-35F/-37C) and had the time and a warm place to wait fortunately. The truly exciting portion was roughly 5 minutes long. Most of my shots are from the hour or two on either side of the main event.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-09-2019, 04:32 PM  
A case for coming back to Pentax (KP)
Posted By skierd
Replies: 39
Views: 2,631
The KP and a 21 should be a delightful combo. I liked my copy by sold it (along with my da40 limited) with no regrets except maybe for size for my 20-40 limited.

I shoot raw+jpeg on the KP because the jpegs are often more than good enough up to 3200iso, and I then have raw files to work with if I really need it. The KPís raw files are staggeringly good coming from the already pretty good K-30.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-07-2019, 12:37 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By skierd
Replies: 1,108
Views: 117,137
I used my Sigma 10-20 f3.5 HSM. After about an hour the zoom ring was extremely stiff and hesitant to move. The focus ring was also stiff but not as bad. I turned autofocus off and manually focused on a star to find infinity right as I set up so I didn't try the autofocus at all after cold soaking in those temps.


I was shooting with a new acquaintance who has a 5DIV and he was having similar battery life to my KP. I don't know how much the grip would have helped, or how easy it is to change batteries on one as I don't own one. I can tell you there feels like there's a lot of metal on the KP since I had to take my gloves off to change batteries; metal really burns at those temps when you grab it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2019, 05:12 PM  
Abstract The sky's awake, so I'm awake
Posted By skierd
Replies: 15
Views: 638
From 1600 to 6400, all of these happened to be at 3200. Shooting RAW; the noise performance on the KP is amazing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2019, 05:02 PM  
Abstract The sky's awake, so I'm awake
Posted By skierd
Replies: 15
Views: 638
Thanks for the comments, I canít wait for the DA*11-18 f2.8
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-06-2019, 04:38 PM  
One more day for discount to upgrade to Flickr Pro Ė*a warning for Australian users
Posted By skierd
Replies: 3
Views: 537
With some gnashing of teeth, I decided to upgrade to Pro today. I understand why, and I agree with how and why Flickrís making the move, but Iíll be honest and say the discount made it easier.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-06-2019, 02:18 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By skierd
Replies: 1,108
Views: 117,137
Went aurora chasing last night and was rewarded with a pretty good show around 1am! Had to brave -35F, the KP did great. Batteries lasted about 15 minutes before freezing dead, but warmed back up in my inside pocket. The camera was pretty darn frozen after 4 hours, but worked flawlessly.

aurora 010619 web-2639 by David Dawson, on Flickr

aurora 010619 web-2587 by David Dawson, on Flickr

aurora 010619 web-2600 by David Dawson, on Flickr

aurora 010619 web-2620 by David Dawson, on Flickr

aurora 010619 web-2631 by David Dawson, on Flickr
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