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Forum: General Photography 10-05-2018, 01:29 PM  
Low-Quality Journalism
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 23
Views: 925
In a way it is. It's actually cable tv in general. Cable tv, along with the internet, have completely changed the revenue streams for our traditional news sources. As Clackers said earlier, a lot of the decline is simple economics. The news outlets can't afford quality reporting any more. Or rather, darn few can. In the past, we used to rely on 3 tv networks and our newspapers for all our news so that's where all the advertising revenue went. We were a captive audience and that meant the news outlets pretty much had a license to print money. Now, those same eyeballs are spread out over the internet and any number of cable tv channels...and along with them went the advertising dollars. Fewer viewers=lower ad rates=less money to put back into your business.
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 11:36 AM  
What's the worst thing that happen to you when you tried to take a photo?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 11
Views: 643
I used to like to shoot at our local zoo and I figured out that if I came on days when there would be no other visitors...like during torrential rainfalls...I'd have the place all to myself. All I had to do was cover my gear and myself with a big poncho, then go shoot at all the indoor exhibits. One of the first times I did this, I came walking up to the ticket window in a downpour and the lady said, "You've GOT to be kidding me!" :lol: On one such day, I was shooting at a massive saltwater aquarium inside the aquatic exhibit and using a flash to help freeze the motion of the fish. I'd been watching through my viewfinder and shooting whatever happened in front of my lens when I began to notice that there were hardly any fish coming by. I pulled down my camera, looked around the aquarium, and saw that all the fish were gone! Or so I thought. That's when I spotted them up near the surface, floundering on their sides like they were about to die. My first thought was, "Oh no! I've killed $20,000 worth of fish!" :eek: Luckily though, it appeared that my constant use of a flash must have simply disoriented them because they all went back to their normal routines once I stopped shooting. :o It sure scared the wits out of me though.
Forum: General Photography 10-01-2018, 08:38 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 70
Views: 1,836
I could be wrong, but I think that if you're out in public in America, it's assumed that you have surrendered your right to privacy and are available to be photographed. However, simply having the right to do something does not mean it's the right thing to do. Many people, if they don't wish to be photographed, will give you some sort of indication. They might put a hand up...or shake their head...or maybe turn away from your camera. Common courtesy would say that you should honor their wishes and move on.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-10-2018, 08:02 PM  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 165
Views: 6,518
That's my situation, too. I like my Pentax gear for stills, but I make my living as a videographer. I'd love to have one set of gear that lets me switch between both worlds. I've been patiently waiting for Pentax to get more competitive in their video offerings, but that doesn't seem to be happening. I'm overdue to upgrade my camera body and right now a Sony full-frame mirrorless is looking more and more like it's in my future. So if someone would come along and offer to buy all my Pentax gear for what I paid for it, I'd probably jump on the offer, then go out and buy a new mirrorless system with top-end lenses...and use the rest of the money to buy a new car. lol
Forum: General Photography 09-10-2018, 10:12 AM  
I called it "The Salieri Syndrome" - Some of you might relate.
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 42
Views: 1,447
I wrote an email to someone recently because I was worried that the "Loser" in our lives may have had an effect on this person's view of his abilities. Unfortunately, in this case, Loser was a manager who had control over people's careers. A couple of decades earlier, I'd had my own struggles with Loser. I used to wonder what was wrong with me and why my work wasn't being noticed. So I went to the best workshops I could find...sought out more experienced opinions...and learned that there really wasn't all that much wrong with me, but there was a LOT wrong with Loser! My message to my friend was simply, "Don't let this person determine your worth."
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-07-2018, 10:31 AM  
So glad Pentax isn't making a mirrorless now!
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 69
Views: 3,065
Yes, indeed we are...as well as the Q and it's variations.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-06-2018, 08:18 AM  
Hoods & Lens Caps (for Hoods!) for a FA 77 & Lensbaby Velvet 56/1.6
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 16
Views: 628
I like leaving the hoods on my lenses. I used to try and find lens caps that would fit the end of the hood, but most of them could get knocked off too easily. So I switched to using the OP/TECH hood hats.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-05-2018, 02:59 PM  
So glad Pentax isn't making a mirrorless now!
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 69
Views: 3,065
I wonder what portion of the market for FF mirrorless is video related because that's really where Sony and Panasonic set themselves apart from the pack in mirrorless. In my job, my bosses are in love with the DSLR look for video. They like the shallow depth of field, the saturated colors, and that overall film look. They bought us a Canon 5D, but are looking at buying more DSLR or mirrorless cameras in the near future. For me, one issue with a DSLR is that you can't use the viewfinder when shooting video since you have to move the mirror out of the way. Plus, I have to be very careful if I want to use any of my Pentax lenses with our Canon because the aperture lever can damage its mirror. You don't have those issues with a mirrorless because you're using an electronic viewfinder that's taking a feed off the sensor. Plus, the Sony, Panasonic, and Fuji can output what are essentially the video version of shooting in RAW. I'm not sure about Nikon, but I don't think Canons can do that...or rather, couldn't in the past. I haven't really looked that close at the new Nikon and Canon FF mirrorless cameras so maybe that's something they changed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2018, 07:20 AM  
NEW or USED gear... What's in your bag?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 82
Views: 2,001
Though I have purchased a few things new over the years, the vast majority of my gear was bought used.
Forum: General Photography 09-03-2018, 12:10 PM  
Purposely out of focus
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 98
Views: 2,466
It's a costume detail from a Native American fancy dancer. If properly oriented, it would be a vertical...but I liked it better as a horizontal. The white areas are feathers from the costume. They've got little red things on the tips. I shot a number of these during a parade several years ago. Here's a similar shot where it's easier to identify the subject.

Forum: General Photography 09-03-2018, 05:54 AM  
Purposely out of focus
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 98
Views: 2,466
I don't shoot things purposely out of focus all that much, but I do like using motion blur. I like the way the colors smear and I like that it suggests a subject without really being a clear shot of it.
Forum: Pentax K-01 09-02-2018, 05:04 AM  
Advice of using the K-01 for cooking video
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 16
Views: 694
Is it artifacts or just noise? I mostly use my K-01 to shoot things that are outdoors and I've never noticed any artifacting. Or rather, not enough to be a big issue. However, I tested it indoors a few weeks ago against a Canon 5D and the K-01 didn't handle the lower light level very well. I got a lot of grain in my video, like it was kicking up the ISO into a range beyond what was useable. I'll admit that I'm not much of a techie so someone else may know more than I do.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-29-2018, 02:09 PM  
soft case for Pentax ME Super
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Yes, that's it! Thank you! You have no idea how long this has bugged me. :lol: It was a very cool design and I've wondered why they didn't make them for more cameras. Not enough of a market, I'm assuming.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-29-2018, 11:55 AM  
soft case for Pentax ME Super
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Years ago, Pentax used to have an owners club. They would send out a magazine every so often and in the back there would be listings of deals on over-stock gear and such. I'd bought several items out of there, but one particular item is something I've never seen again. I'm not 100% sure it's a genuine Pentax item, but I think it was because it was sold through the Pentax owners' club. What it is is a soft case made specifically for the Pentax ME Super. It's not the usual Eveready type of case though. This case has a bottom like a regular soft case, but the top is different. It's designed to be left on the camera and protect it while you're shooting. The top attaches to the bottom by Velcro and has an opening in the front so you can change out lenses without removing the camera body from the case. So the camera body ends up being covered, but the lens is not. There's also a flap on top that you can unsnap so you can have access to the film advance, shutter release, and camera controls. There's a hole that fits over the eyepiece so you can see through the camera with the case attached as well. Does this ring a bell with anyone? I'll try to dig mine out and post pictures in the next day or so. I've been trying to figure out how rare this thing is, but I can't find any information on it. :hmm:
Forum: Pentax K-01 08-29-2018, 11:20 AM  
Advice of using the K-01 for cooking video
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 16
Views: 694
The K-01 should be fine for shooting your wife's cooking videos. As others have pointed out, just focus manually and you should be okay.
Forum: General Photography 08-27-2018, 11:24 AM  
Do you always carry a camera? What? Cell phones don't count
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 65
Views: 1,714
I don't always carry a camera, but most times I do. Usually it's either my Q or my K-01. Today, it's the K-01 with an M85mm f2 on it.
Forum: General Photography 08-23-2018, 11:49 AM  
What is a great picture anyway? And what is an actual bad picture?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 82
Views: 1,889
I remember reading an interview with a famous photographer who, when he wasn't quite sure about a particular shot, would make a print of it, hang it on his wall, and leave it there until he got tired of it. Those that didn't work, he tired of fairly quickly. The ones that did work had a much longer shelf life. That seemed like a good test to me so I do the electronic version of that. If I have a shot I'm not sure about, I make it the desktop pic on my computer.

Regarding good photos versus bad, I think a good photo is one that needs no explanation. It ought to communicate on its own at some level.
Forum: General Photography 08-22-2018, 10:50 AM  
Your Dream Workshop Instructor
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Never underestimate the power of a great workshop. Many years ago, I was saving up my money to take the Color Photography workshop with Ernst Haas at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport. Unfortunately, Mr. Haas died the year before I had enough money to attend. So I was left with a decision as to whose workshop to take. I poured over the brochures and picked several prominent photographers for consideration. In the end, even though I wasn't familiar with him at the time, I decided to go with the guy who took over Haas' Color Photography time slot. It was a guy named Sam Abell who had been a National Geographic photographer for over 20 years at that point. I thought, "The workshop leaders have access to some of the best photographers in the world. If they picked this guy to start leading the Color Photography classes, who am I to argue with that?" It turned out to be a life-changing decision because the things that came out of that workshop led to a change in careers for me and allowed me to combine my hobby with what I did for a living. Years later at the opening of an exhibit of his work, I was talking to a photographer who had changed courses in his career. He had made a very nice living as a golf course photographer for many years, but decided to start marketing his more personal work. I had known him from his golf course photography days so I asked why he changed. He said it was the result of a photography workshop he'd taken in Santa Fe. The workshop was about taking the next step in your photographic life and he decided this new path was his next step. I said, "OMG....a workshop is what made me change my career, too! Whose class did you take?" Sure enough, we'd both taken classes with Sam Abell. So if I could only take one more workshop, I think I'd like to take another class from Sam and hopefully discover what my next step might be.
Forum: General Photography 08-22-2018, 10:16 AM  
Photography Workshops
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 5
Views: 427
That Route 66 workshop with Kerrick James looks like it would be fun. Arizona Highways used to be my photographic bible when I was first getting into shooting. I'd buy each issue the minute it hit the newsstands and study every picture inside. I used to think that if I could just get out to Arizona, then I could make cool landscapes, too. As luck would have it, some friends got a job in Tucson and several of us eventually went out for a visit. I was so excited, I could barely stand it! One day, I drove out into the countryside around Tucson, expecting to find great photos. But when I got out there, it was a desert! It was nothing like what I'd imagined. That's when I learned that photography is about more than just the setting. It's about light, color, line, texture, and a dozen other things. I figured, "If those guys in Arizona Highways can make a desert look good...surely I can do the same with the landscapes back home." And since then, that's pretty much what I've tried to do. I always tell people that I've adopted Dorothy's philosophy from The Wizard of Oz..."If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard." :lol: I don't mean this to be an "anti-workshop" post because I don't feel that way at all. In fact, a photography workshop totally changed the trajectory of my life and I'm still enjoying the benefits of that change some 30 years later.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-21-2018, 01:14 PM  
Why do TV news articles show views of the photographers taking pictures?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Uh...no. THAT would be an example of trying to steer people because it would lead their attention towards something other than the press conference, which is the subject of the coverage. Clackers is right. It's just to cover edits. I've been editing video for a living for almost 40 years. Shooting the press corps is just a cutaway...nothing more. That's not to say that cutaways can't be used to influence people's opinions because I believe they most certainly can. I work on a weekly travel show. Whenever possible, I try to show happy people in the businesses I'm covering because I know people tend to look at faces first in images and I also know that smiles are contagious. I'm trying to send a message that this is a fun place to be. So the basic premise of this thread about editing leading viewers is somewhat right, but the initial example was misread.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-21-2018, 05:29 AM  
Why do TV news articles show views of the photographers taking pictures?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! Yep...Clackers is exactly right. It's simply a way to hide edits.
Forum: General Photography 07-29-2018, 09:01 AM  
Cinematography vs Photography
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 10
Views: 446
I would say I don't have this problem. My wife would say I do. :lol: I have to admit that I do over-analyze movies and tv shows sometimes.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-28-2018, 03:19 PM  
How do you motivate yourself?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 36
Views: 1,147
One of my main motivations for many years has been participating in the competitions at my local camera club. Needing new images every month or two makes me get up off my sofa and get out there. I've also found that it's good to have a specific location in mind that you can get to fairly quickly where you can take advantage of good light or certain weather conditions. Maybe it's a lake or open fields not far from your house. Or maybe even a particular viewpoint of your city's skyline. It keeps you from having to search about for a vantage point when good things are happening. You didn't mention what your other hobbies are, but maybe you could combine them. If those hobbies involve other people, you could always photograph the other participants. I used to have about a 2 block walk from my parking garage to my office so I started carrying my camera with me and taking pics of whatever happened to strike my fancy that day. You'd be surprised what you might see when you start to really pay attention.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 07-28-2018, 03:03 PM  
Pentax K-1 for video compared to other options?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 29
Views: 1,303
That's pretty true. Really, it depends upon what kind of videos you're wanting to make and how often you plan to do it. If this is going to be a "video first...stills second" camera for you, you'd probably be better off going with the Sony or Panasonic. But if this is going to be your primary still photography camera and you want it to be able to occasionally shoot video, Pentax might not be such a bad choice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-14-2018, 03:34 PM  
What's your favourite vintage / film-era manual focus lens, and why?
Posted By TaoMaas
Replies: 114
Views: 5,228
My current favorite vintage lens is my A 35-105 f3.5. I rarely used it when I was shooting film, but when I went digital with a K10D, it became a perfect fit for me. Once it turned into a slightly longer zoom range on APS-C, it suited my eye much better and made it a great "walking around" lens for me. I like its build quality, sharpness, and even its considerable weight, which I feel balances my K10D nicely.
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