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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-11-2016, 10:15 PM  
Father and Daughter in the Snow
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 14
Views: 977
I like the disaturation/discoloration. Nice.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-14-2014, 05:10 AM  
Nature Getting Fall Colors
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 2
Views: 924
Thanks for the encouraging words, I was referring to screen/monitor at home. The photolab is another story how some tweak what they think is best with lighting (at least the few good ones here in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I use smug mug to send prints to family in the US.

It looked like you have sold several lenses over the years. Trying to get rid of any?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-14-2014, 04:50 AM  
Landscape Dyffryn Mawr
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 24
Views: 1,770
I like the crisp definition. Very nice.
I can imagine the freshh air.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-14-2014, 04:44 AM  
Nature Purple
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Very nice, like the focus and color.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2014, 11:17 PM  
Nature Shikra saying Hello
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 3
Views: 851
looks like a high vantage point for the shot. Where was this
and from where?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-13-2014, 11:12 PM  
2 Wasabi D-LI90 batteries plus charger $27on Amazon
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 19
Views: 2,114
my copies work great with good length, it takes a lot to go through two.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2014, 09:58 PM  
Nature Getting Fall Colors
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 2
Views: 924
This was next to a stream nearby. With fall colors changing so quickly its hard to know if what I see on screen is how it looked. For many its how it best looks in the end.
I only added a touch of increase in contrast here. What do you think? Would you have given more depth of field or less?
How do you best gauge screen color accuracy and then how to best plan for printing?
~Bob
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-04-2014, 08:18 AM  
Wrapped in his shell
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 17
Views: 2,146
Lots of character for a snail. Nice shot.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-11-2014, 05:16 AM  
Natural Beauty
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 0
Views: 410
The bumble bees seem to enjoy these flowers next to our home, as do I. Can't argue those colors. I'm amazed at the uniqueness and beauty of creation.


I got to use an old manual for this shot. Unsure if I recorded the f-stop correctly but I think it was stopped down a bit from 1.8.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-11-2014, 04:43 AM  
Hello from Greece
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 4
Views: 457
I'm sure you'll find helpful tips here and can share your photos with us all. Welcome Stelios.
~Bob
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-11-2014, 04:40 AM  
Hellow from China
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Hope you enjoy your stay in the UK. Good places to photo and try out your camera, even on the many raining days.
_Bob
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2014, 10:17 PM  
Hope
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 1
Views: 568
Like many of you I have a love for photography. I have enjoyed capturing the moment and scene over the years. Starting with a variety of compact 35mm cameras, I longed for more control and quality. I finally invested in my first SLR in college without knowing much about brands or the variety and quality of lenses and took an elective photography class. I had purchased a Nikon with what's likely one of their lowest rated lenses to date. It was a good camera (so so kit lens )that served well enough (to shoot 2 weddings for friends and family) until its electronics started to fail roughly 12 years later. Digital had been growing but dslrs were still young and very expensive. I didn't have time and access to seek out a used slr while working on a volunteer budget in a remote part of the world. So was back to compacts which now offered some creative control. Wearing out two of them and many years later I purchased a K-5 this past fall.
I have been pleased with the photographic results and continue to learn its feature sets. But I feel limited with my kit lens shooting in the 50-55mm range. Things just aren't crisp as they ought to be. Also light is not fast as I would like. People here are camera shy and somewhat suspicious when capturing the culture around me. Being quick and not sticking out helps, then I can share more of the culture and the country's nature. Having a small quick normal view lens would be great. I am on a very tight budget working with a non-profit in Kazakhstan and trying to get my first child through college without the funds for it. Winning a lens may be the only way I'll experience and own anything like the 50mm being offered. Please Consider me with your vote.
~Bob
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-05-2014, 08:59 PM  
Furious
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 20
Views: 1,757
Good action felt, with subject pretty clear. Nice.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-08-2014, 08:50 PM  
Heads Up: Photo Contest Featuring Pentax K-3 Grand Prize
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 115
Views: 26,981
I agree, wish there was more to it like photo and short essay on how a new camera will help better contribute to society in some way. Or contest based partly on those who need such new prizes. I guess that's asking much.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-21-2014, 04:55 AM  
November, 2013 Runner-up: The Boathouse
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 10
Views: 2,000
Very nice, peaceful and a bit mysterious. Where was this shot?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-12-2014, 07:54 PM  
White-out glare repair
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 7
Views: 1,034
[Thanks , I need to take time and not rush. One example in question was with an older compact but it did have a histogram.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-12-2014, 06:42 AM  
White-out glare repair
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 7
Views: 1,034
yes, best exposure can help prevent of course, but at a distance a blown highlight may not be easy to pick up where the meter may look fine. I was referring to post processing help, after the shot. As you say its easier to bring up the dark areas in Raw but can't bring down a burned highlight much.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-12-2014, 05:06 AM  
White-out glare repair
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 7
Views: 1,034
What is the best way to remove /patch up /lessen white out glare from sunlight or flash on a person's skin? I have tried healing with clone but most areas are so big for simple spot healer. I currently am trying out Light room 5. What has worked best for you?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-02-2014, 04:46 AM  
Post Processing for Beginners...
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 40
Views: 4,148
I have Lr 5 on trial, first time user, but seeing all the good it has to offer as I go throug the steep learning curve I am likely to continue with it and use Gimp or my old Elements if layers and text are needed. Using Raw frequently it has most all of what I usually need and delivers great fine tuning in addition to basics. I am still getting used to its organizer and trying to start cataloging photos by subject, theme or place. Many have highlighted its batch processing. Good luck.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-01-2014, 04:21 AM  
Advice about my first lens for new K-5 IIs only $200 left in my budget
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 24
Views: 2,269
If comfortable with lens changes try a couple used primes like suggested. I have a 18-55 and appreciate the flexibility but do long for a quicker sharper lens like a prime with 2.8 or better, but saving for a good telephoto zoom myself.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-01-2014, 03:56 AM  
Samyang 14mm = Rokinon 14mm?
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 9
Views: 1,557
The new 16mm Samyang has great reviews and f2, if the bit of loss of view is acceptable, I think the image performance looks more promising.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-01-2014, 03:24 AM  
November, 2013 Runner-up: The Boathouse
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 10
Views: 2,000
Very nice, peaceful and a bit mysterious. Where was this shot?
Forum: Winners' Showcase 02-01-2014, 03:15 AM  
December, 2013 Winner: Illuminated
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 7
Views: 2,698
Congradulations; I like how you captured the light glinting through the mantis, very other-worldly. Have wanted to find an old M42 of sorts. Thanks for showing an example one more I have not heard of.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-14-2013, 09:21 PM  
Trailing curtain effects help
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 2
Views: 782
Thanks, I know where adjustments can be made but unsure on optimal speeds and ambient lighting- contrast of subject to background, etc..
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-13-2013, 10:39 PM  
Trailing curtain effects help
Posted By Bob O
Replies: 2
Views: 782
How can I Get good trailing curtain effect with k-5? what recommended settings and lighting is needed for subject with nice trail of motion blur.
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