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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-10-2019, 02:00 PM  
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 50
Views: 794
Lovely tones, a great sense of depth emphasized by haze and colour palette range from foreground to distant peaks, strong textural quality. Diagonals in composition provide a wonderful series of steps that weave you into the image. Well done! ~gwd
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-03-2018, 10:34 PM  
Landscape Waterton Lakes National Park
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Thank-you for the kind comments. ~gwd Here is a Link to a number of albums on PBase. Rocky Mtn vistas. Most of them are from Waterton; a Favourite place for me.

Rocky Mountain Vistas Photo Gallery by G. Wayne Dwornik at

That panorama image along with others post fire is in the folder/gallery "W.L.N.P. Gallery 2" positioned bottom right

Last year we had that wildfire. Then this year in August we had another scare; a woldfire in neighbouring Glacier National Park in Montans; it cuswept a bit into our park, but was held at bay. this time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-01-2018, 05:06 PM  
Abstract Distracting backgrounds
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 4
Views: 418
quite true; appreciate the feedback; (I am all for critiques). I've now added the "Befores" to encourage more feedback. Was my effort worth the time? Perhaps a different way to highlight the vehicles? just tone down the reds? It was FUN!

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Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-31-2018, 08:58 PM  
Landscape Waterton Lakes National Park
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Here's a Panorama stitched in Lightroom. Challenging lighting as the winter sun was about ready to slide behind those mountains.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-31-2018, 08:41 PM  
People Music In Sight: Brett Kissel & Lauren Mayell
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 2
Views: 486
I shoot concerts regularly at the Enmax Centre here. Lighting is all over the place, so different from one performance to another, and of course with levels up 'n down, and coloured in so many ways for different songs. This concert with Brett Kissel and Lauren Mayell was one of the best, for my taste in lighting that is. I tend to expose for darker tones, particularly for concerts. This time, I wanted to take the tones deeper, so on the Brett Kissel image, I used the HDR EFX from the Nik Collection (avail now, N/c from Google) and increased the blues, and allowed the background to pick up some of those tones. This created some interesting textures, and accented the backlighting in an interesting way. It give it a painterly look; it reminds me of cover artwork found an old Western adventure novella covers) Pentax 18-135 WR used on the image of Lauren, and a Tamron 75-300 for Brett (although Lightroom calls it a Sigma!) GR8! Performances ~gwd
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-31-2018, 08:11 PM  
Can you set Lens Corrections Automatically in Lightroom
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 2
Views: 506
Is there a way to set up Adobe Lightroom v 6 so that when I add image files to a catalogue, I can have the Lens corrections made automatically? As I do it now, I have to do it individually, or click "previous, and that will copy all image edits form previously edited file. How would you set up a "preset" for importing this way? or can you?
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-31-2018, 08:00 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #428 - Storefronts
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 24
Views: 1,626
No longer a quiet little fishingvillage, or seaport city, this is a hoppin' tourist centre. Colourful, inviting, with traffic movin' every which way. It's not congested, but always something poppin' in, out or by. There's lots to look at, fun little things happening at the edges of the frame; normally I'd edit out. .. but hey! it captures a moment here, and a feeling... and my favourite kind of light! ~gwd

Pentax K3ii, Pentax 18-135 DC/ WR 1/800 @f/3.5 ISO 400
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-31-2018, 04:32 PM  
Nature Perfect sunlight (for me)
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 1
Views: 393
A fantastic day here, our first visit to the Coutts Centre, east of Nanton, Alberta; that kind of day where you've got a slight haze overcast, yet large expanse of blue skies; and I love to shoot flowers with backlighting. Textures on rusting iron fences, and layers of greens, and shadows in the backgrounds; This is a most beautifully designed garden space. I couldn't ask for more! F/7.1 a sweet spot for this lens. With this kind of lighting, little needs to be done to the image files. Maybe a vignette, or some might add a bit of sharpnsss or clarity in Lightroom; this were straight out of the camera. Love to do that when I can. Big smiles here.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-31-2018, 04:01 PM  
My Big Thumb keeps moving Aperture dial
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 6
Views: 624
Is there a way to ensure aperture will remain locked on a specific f/stop? I shoot in Manual a lot with controlled lighting scenes, but often while waiting or walking to my next site in the garden for instance, with camera in hand, I find the aperture wheel has been knocked by my thumb. Can you lock it using a USER mode? I know that selection wheel will lock; I want the aperture, ad shutter wheels to lock, when I want them to.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-31-2018, 03:43 PM  
Abstract Distracting backgrounds
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Street Wheelers Street Machine Weekend Cruise Night is a Hot one, in many respects. Wonderful vehicles to be seen in this controlled cruise night... but you can get some pretty colourful and busy, distracting backgrounds to deal with. Not to mention the mix of bright setting sun light and shade. This year I elected to soften some of those competing backgrounds in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Selecting areas to convert to B&W; removing colour from a Red Firehall , or Yellow/orange Safety Vests, pylons, ... and having some fun leaving full colour in for some people on the edge.. so to speak!;-) I then brought the image back into Lightroom and softened detail and unsharp filter in some more offensive regions. Some worked better than others. I've now added the "Befores" to encourage more feedback from members (I am all for critiques). Was my effort worth the time? It was FUN!
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 07-31-2018, 12:33 PM  
Pre versus Post Filters on Pentax K3ii
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Why are the available filters different if you choose to apply a filter to the original image shot, as opposed to filters that are available after the image is captured? I find the menu to get into those filters tedious, time-consuming... especially shooting at the magic hour or sunsets. I like the results from a couple of Efx with the pre-shoot; but then I have to mess around to capture it clean then go through the menus to get it again with that filter now to capture the same scene with the filter effect; those sunsets don't last very long.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-31-2018, 12:17 PM  
Custom User Dial settings on K3ii
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 3
Views: 432
What would you recommend as the most useful settings to incorporate into those dial modes U1, U2, U3. I've never gotten around to trying them out. I shoot mostly outdoors; I like to capture interesting design elements I see into street scenes, landscapes. I also shoot a lot of backyard garden flowers and pollinators (up-close n personal). Would you recommend setting U1 for full sun; U2 for shade? What other parameters would you recommend ?
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-31-2018, 11:48 AM  
Articulating screen for K-3ii
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 7
Views: 983
are there any plans for Ricoh Pentax to bring out an old-fashioned articulating rear screen for the Pentax K-1 ? or better yet, a reboot on the K3ii. ... not a screen like that one with "rods" on the K1, but one that will twist 180 degrees to present a plain back, or full screen ; and 90 degree, in 2 axis, for my low angle shots horizontal , and for over my head portrait format shots for shooting over taller crowds... which I run into a lot. !;-)
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-31-2018, 11:27 AM  
Any Shutter problems with K3ii beyond its estimated lifespan
Posted By gwd4YQL
Replies: 8
Views: 489
Has anyone experienced any shutter problems once their camera has gone beyond the suggested lifespan of 200,000 ?
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