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Forum: Pentax K-3 22 Hours Ago  
Can I Do This?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 11
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You are exactly right. I am still learning to "see in black & white" when I look at colors. My thinking was that this would perhaps help me improve my skills of looking at a scene and seeing in my mind the variations and subtleties of shade and tone of monotone that result from different colors.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 1 Day Ago  
Upgrade editing software, but to what?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 23
Views: 595
I am a bit of a pp software junkie and currently am using Apple Photos, ON1, Affinity, and Luminar. I also still have LR/PS still installed. In the past, I have tried some others such as Darktable and RawTherapee.

No doubt the U.I. and workflow can be driving forces. But coupled with them have to be some other considerations, among them might be how much post-processing you tend to do and how you like your images finished.

For me, I tend to use layers and masks a lot. This means I want these to be very convenient. I have found Luminar to be wonderful in terms of an interface in this regard. Unfortunately, Luminar 3 (the latest version which includes asset management) is still a bit wonky so I continue to work with Luminar 2018.

If you are on a Mac Photos has more capabilities than most people realize, and it can also host everything else as a plug-in. It is dead easy to open an image in Photos, do the basic processing and then move from one editor to another using each for specific editing tasks.

One exercise that might help you with your decision is processing the same photo in a variety of programs – almost all of them are available for a trial period. Use a photo that needs a bit of work (most of mine) and attempt to achieve the same end product using the various programs. This will give you some pretty good clues about what you might like or not like with each program's user interface and workflow.

Having said all of this, please know I am still "messing around" with the programs. But then for me, that's part of the fun.
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
Can I Do This?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 11
Views: 515
I tried this today. I would push the down button and then select the B&W filter. Then the camera would prompt me to save the B&W image to one or the other cards. Is this what is typical or am I not understanding you?


Thanks to all for your responses. In my typical less-than-intrepid way, this spring I will be putting my efforts into improving my totally inadequate monochrome skills.
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
Can I Do This?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Is it possible with my K-3ii to take a picture such that it is saved both as RAW color and JPG monochrome?

My idea is to see the monochrome side-by-side with the color. I know I can do this in post by using a duplicate file, but I thought this might be good for on-site comparison as I work to hone my monochrome skills.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts and help.

Don
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,768
Views: 227,515
Pop started at the Hunting Park plant in 1934 and moved to the new plant on Red Lion Road when it was built by the government in 1942 for the war. The company got involved in developing a short take-off & landing airplane to get to the South American rubber plantations. They built at least one (maybe 2) prototypes - my dad did get a ride in one - before the project was shut down because figured out large scale manufacture of artificial rubber.

I know my dad’s name was on a couple of those patents - one for a tamper-proof screw that was used on the Phila. Subway cars. Another was for a wiring system they used in production. There may have others.

After the war Budd bought the plant (for a song I bet) and that is where all railcars were built. They were also making auto chasses there when I was there in the early 1960s.

Apparently Edw. Budd Jr. spent time on the production floor, because I know that every once in a while when he would be at the Red Lion plant he would stop down and visit with my dad. I am guessing that is how he would have known him.

It is interesting to know that the Hunting Park plant is now a landmark. When did that happen? I left the Philly area some 38 years ago and seldom get back there.

About Tastykake. When I was in college the son of the Tastykake president lived in our dorm, and every Thursday there was a big box of Tastykakes on the mail table. First in the door usually grabbed them. I don’t know if they ever got to their intended recipient. And who didn’t like Butterscotch Krimpets? :D
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
Image is concept art
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 25
Views: 699
Well, your point is well taken, but since the image is shown as the purported LCD display and not a finished image, then cutting in a photo rather than trying to show the actual LCD display is essentially just a practicality for the ad agency. The disclaimer fundamentally acknowledges that.


This is interesting. How do MacDonald's and all the others using photographs of food even exist in Virginia? Certainly, Mickey-D never served a Big Mac that looked anything like what you would see in an ad.


On the other hand, I have many images that should never have come from a camera as fine as my K-3II. :(
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-09-2019, 10:46 AM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,768
Views: 227,515
Thanks for the additional photo of the PATCO cars. We see no passenger service (well, there might be an occasional Amtrak) down here in Houston. It's nice to know some of these old cars are still going.

Late '60s. Too late for me. I worked at the plant as a "production electrician" the summer of 1964 between my junior and senior years in college. I worked the B Shift installing (but not wiring in) the wire packs in cars for the Phila. Subway. I also worked on a few dome cars headed out to the Union Pacific.

Take a look at post #2719 of this thread to see the absolute first train Budd ever built. This Zephyr, Number 9900, was the first stainless-steel train built. It was also the first diesel, the first streamliner, the first ... (oh, you get the idea). Pop was an electrical foreman for the building of this train.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-08-2019, 08:02 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,768
Views: 227,515
If it was built by Budd, it passed through my dad's hands. Starting with their first railcars – the Zephyrs in 1934 – my dad was responsible first for the electrical assembly, then all final assembly of railcar manufacture through to the Metroliners. He retired in 1970. Thanks for this pic.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-08-2019, 07:56 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #133 - Architecture
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 29
Views: 812
I have a strong feeling I posted in the wrong place. Can you point me in the right direction?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-07-2019, 07:24 PM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 1,822
Views: 160,006
The confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. 8 images, handheld.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-05-2019, 08:59 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #133 - Architecture
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 29
Views: 812
For your consideration.

The Gateway Arch as seen from inside the Eads Bridge approach at the Laclede’s Landing Metro Station.

The photo was taken with and post-processed in an iPhone 7+.


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-04-2019, 04:36 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,768
Views: 227,515
Racer: I guess I should have put a smiley face after the "nice lens" comment. It was referring to the processed image. This was taken with the good old DA18-135mm kit lens.



Dave: No. This a photo of the actual train that I did some light :lol: post-processing on. I framed a 16" print of the image for my sister this past Christmas. It turned out a treat. Don't ask me exactly what I did to the photo as I used four or five different apps to get the effect I wanted.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-04-2019, 04:14 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #288 - Old Barn on a Foggy Day
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 13
Views: 579
Add my vote to the great barn, great image comments. Here's something a little different.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-04-2019, 01:05 PM  
Don't buy yet another lens, buy a newer monitor!
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 15
Views: 811
When I am capable of taking a picture that is better than my iMac can display, I will worry about another monitor. In the mean time, I’m good.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-03-2019, 07:04 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 2,768
Views: 227,515
The Burlington Zephyr.

This photo was taken at the Chicago Museum of Industry and Science. This is direct from the camera with no processing at all. Great lens!

The train has a history for me. It is the very first of the Zephyrs, built in 1934. My dad was an electrical shop foreman for this train. He retired some 36 years later as superintendent of final assembly. He literally touched every one of the stainless-steel railcars the Budd Company built during those years.

Forum: General Photography 03-03-2019, 06:49 PM  
Selfie Harm - asocial media photography impact
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 22
Views: 957
A million years of having teens in the classroom tells me they are far more vulnerable than you apparently believe.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 05:04 PM  
New Pentax Cameras Make Us All Richer!
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 59
Views: 2,804
It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?

For those of us who are buyers, lower prices are nice.
Forum: General Photography 03-03-2019, 01:39 PM  
Selfie Harm - asocial media photography impact
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 22
Views: 957
No. Not once an image is posted to the Internet. Then it takes on a life of its own.

And this is the real problem. As I expressed earlier, most all of us have tried short-term and soon-forgotten image changes in our past – particularly as teens. But in today's cyber-ecosystem anything posted is fair game. It can be copied and reposted and can quickly metastasize itself across a person's whole online world, leaving them with hurt and regret. And that can be catastrophic for a teen.
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2019, 01:17 PM  
What is better...... Apple or PC ?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 111
Views: 2,467
They have never charged for updates as far as I know. Always free.


I count no one out. I firmly believe in vanilla and chocolate, horses for courses, and every other cliche regarding choice.
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2019, 11:49 AM  
What is better...... Apple or PC ?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 111
Views: 2,467
Yes, my last update on my 2012 MacBook is High Sierra. It could probably run Mojave, but at 7 years old, I don't want to try and fix what is not broken. My iMac runs Mojave, but outside of the way the desktop displays files, I notice little difference.

We can always be waiting for the next new thing or we can enjoy what is. To be honest, my 2017 iMac is very fast and the 27" screen is gorgeous. I don't think I would notice a faster processor. The MacBook will be replaced when it either dies or I think it is an opportune time to ask the exchequer for money.
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2019, 07:20 AM  
What is better...... Apple or PC ?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 111
Views: 2,467
My point is that Windows machines come from a variety of manufacturers and you better know what you are buying. Of course there are excellent Windows machines, but there are also some real clunkers. On the other hand, you buy the Mac operating system and you get a quality computer because that is what Apple builds.

You apparently are building your own computers and can control your component selection. Ergo, the quality of your hardware is strictly to your standards and choice. By the way, Apple moved to Intel about 14 or 15 years ago.

I used PCs for years as that was what our school district (my employer) used. But I seemed to be buying a new laptop every time I turned around. I noticed that my daughter and son-in-law kept using the same Macs. So when I retired in 2012, I bought a MacBook and have never looked back. It is still going, and I have gone fully over to Apple.
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2019, 09:53 PM  
Members other hobbies
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 135
Views: 12,497
I have three other hobbies (hey, being retired means plenty of time).

First, is my new-found hobby messing with electronics. The other year I decided to make an automatic focusing rail for my macro set-up. That got me involved with the Arduino microcontroller and doing some light programming. My latest project with the Arduino is a programmable mount for taking panoramas.

My other two hobbies actually involve my wife. We have a 35' motorhome with which we enjoy travelling the country. We have 37 states under our belt and new tires, so we're aiming for all 48.

We also have a small (19') pleasure boat which serves us well on hot, Texas summer days. Nothing beats taking the boat into some shady cove, dropping anchor and spending the afternoon bathing in the lake.

Retirement – better known by teachers as the "endless summer."
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2019, 09:25 PM  
What is better...... Apple or PC ?
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 111
Views: 2,467
You might as well be asking, "How long is a piece of string?"

As others have stated, Windows vs Mac is essentially personal preference, BUT...

The but is hardware quality. With a PC, you have machines manufactured with varying quality even though they are all running the same operating system, Windows. It is important that you do your due diligence to assure you choose quality hardware. Windows is Windows. With Apple, the hardware quality is first rate.

Another consideration you might want to think about is the Apple ecosystem. For me, that is a large part of the equation. I own a MacBook, an iMac, an iPad and two iPhones. Everything works in sync. Save a file here, open it there. Add it to my to-do list on the iPad, read it on the phone or computer. Everything is totally seamless.

Good luck with your purchase!
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2019, 10:57 AM  
1TB microSD !!!
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 5
Views: 350
I sure would like it to be stable. It would be a perfect addition to upgrade the old laptop. I already installed a 1TB ssd drive. Put this in the slot and it could possibly stave off a new purchase.



And on my Apple //e the floppy was only 128KB! Also I spent about $100 extra for the board that doubled my RAM to 128KB. The first hard drive for the //e was 5MB for something like $500. Now one RAW photo is 30MB.
Forum: General Photography 03-02-2019, 07:42 AM  
Selfie Harm - asocial media photography impact
Posted By AggieDad
Replies: 22
Views: 957
As a teacher of teens for more years than I can remember, I well know their haunts and fears of who they are and what others think of them. It is not a new problem by any means – think of your own middle- and high-school years, or go back in time to Hans Christian Anderson's The Ugly Duckling. Who among us hasn't tried some sort of an image change at one time or another?

The problem, as implied, is that today these forays into fantasy are not only for the world to see, but also rather permanent. The quick experimental excursion into being a different person which most likely will be quickly forgotten has disappeared with Internet posting. But perhaps an even bigger problem is that the social media thing does not give these young people the opportunity to interact in a one-on-one manner and learn about each other, thus making the visual image more important than ever.
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