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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-17-2018, 12:36 PM  
Nice article about Linux and Photography
Posted By RAART
Replies: 30
Views: 2,694
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-27-2018, 03:18 AM  
K3 vs A6500, to switch or not to switch
Posted By D1N0
Replies: 110
Views: 10,410
Dump the money into the college fund for your kids and make do with the K-3
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2018, 10:38 AM  
Landscape Cliche Iceland Pictures - just had to take them being a first time tourist :)
Posted By SSGGeezer
Replies: 20
Views: 1,280
There is a difference between honesty and being kind of a jerk. When someone asks for a critique, that means a request for technical help in improving, not saying "don't bother, you are clueless!" Which is what you seem to be saying. After many years in the military, trust me, I know being a jerk very well!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-11-2017, 02:27 AM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By ffking
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
I must say I don't take as many as I used to - largely because it's generally a less saleable format and they tend to end up tiny of Flickr etc - so I tend to use it mostly when there's some compositional point I want to make or I can't go wide enough to get some cloud formation or moon or whatever it. Having said which I do do it - here's a few more recent ones.

flat calm by Graham Hobbs, on Flickr

portrait of a frosty morning by Graham Hobbs, on Flickr

Holes Bay sunrise by Graham Hobbs, on Flickr

Hamworthy huts and Corfe castle portrait by Graham Hobbs, on Flickr

shoregrass by Graham Hobbs, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-09-2017, 10:47 PM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By paulh
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-09-2017, 04:19 PM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By wtlwdwgn
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-31-2017, 07:04 AM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By pepperberry farm
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2017, 04:14 AM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By timb64
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2017, 12:35 AM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By Des
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
Some local images from South Gippsland. FA 77, DFA 100 and FA*300, respectively.





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-27-2017, 12:18 PM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By iheiramo
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
M100/2.8:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-15-2017, 08:34 AM  
Rumor - Fujifilm To Buy Into Nikon?
Posted By D1N0
Replies: 36
Views: 2,781
Formally yes, but everybody uses "Den Haag". But we dutch are happy when a North American knows our capital's name is Amsterdam and not Copenhagen.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-16-2017, 05:18 AM  
Rumor - Fujifilm To Buy Into Nikon?
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 36
Views: 2,781
Nah, everybody in North America knows Copenhagen is in Sweden :confused:.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-09-2017, 09:46 AM  
Supremacy of MF (Manual Focus) shots- how many of us still doing MF?
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 111
Views: 8,420
Manual focus is a valid and more commonly-used technique than many would think. Appropriate use cases include (sometime paradoxically):
  • Where intelligent subject choice cannot be left to the camera

  • Where missed focus means missed shot

  • Where critical/fine focus is an absolute requirement

  • Where AF-C + "spray 'n pray" are simply dumb

  • Where AF simply sucks

Genres that frequently meet the above criteria include: birds in flight (surprise!), birds at perch, wildlife (see bear above), many action sports (surprise again!), motor sport (track), portraiture, macro, product work, street work, landscape (duh), and architecture (duh again). I personally use manual focus quite a bit, partially because I have a fair amount of manual focus glass and often use non-AF cameras and partially because sometimes, it is the right thing to do. Below are a few examples:

Which cyclist do we want?
My K-3 might have done a better job, but the K10D was totally confused by the peloton. The bikes were approaching on the curve at about 25 mph. I switched to manual focus and got the shot.


K10D, Pentax-FA 77/1.8 Limited

Poor light and fast action
The sun was setting and the guys with the big white lenses had packed it up. I was able to soldier on with pre-focus and pan.


K10D, Pentax-FA 77/1.8 Limited


Much easier to do using manual focus
Yes, this was with a manual focus lens, but managing this level of selective focus using AF is not worth the trouble.


K10D, Tamron 70-150/3.5 (02A)


Getting acceptable focus for pertinent details is a challenge when doing camera p0rn. Again, much easier to do using manual focus.


K10D, Pentax-FA 35/2


Low key + complex surfaces
Aside from the relative ease of doing this using manual focus, it would have been a disaster using AF. FWIW, this was taken with my Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 (C) which is poorly suited for manual focus, but we make do. I could have used a different lens, but that is what was on the camera.


K-3, Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 (C)


Duh...
No further comment needed.


K-3, Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 (C)


Steve
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2017, 11:57 AM  
Pets Whom the gods would destroy, they first give Airedales
Posted By CreationBear
Replies: 9
Views: 897
A last minute Maisie picture to burn through my first roll of Velvia 50--not the preferred medium for puppies (especially with a CPL) so it's a little soft, but the colors really make me happy.:)


67-maisie1A by J Barnes, on Flickr
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-01-2017, 06:20 AM  
Southern Missouri
Posted By NancyK
Replies: 7
Views: 924
Love to shoot on foggy mornings! Not a very heavily traveled road.
Forum: General Photography 04-25-2017, 09:01 AM  
Landscape Painting Tips for Photographers
Posted By Thagomizer
Replies: 1
Views: 956
Here's a third painting blog (mentioned in the link to Stapleton Kearn's site) that has a lot to offer the photographer: James Gurney's Gurney Journey. Gurney is best known for his Dinotopia series of books but has also done illustrations for National Geographic, Scientific American and many other publications. Whatever visual medium you are working in, chances are you'll get something out of what he has to say and show.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-01-2017, 09:03 PM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By Glenn5995
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-29-2017, 03:36 PM  
Thematic Post your Telephoto Landscapes!
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 528
Views: 42,401
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-29-2017, 03:10 PM  
Thematic Post your Telephoto Landscapes!
Posted By Arizona Dave
Replies: 528
Views: 42,401
A few telephoto shots from around the Grand Canyon

















































































Forum: Pentax KP 03-27-2017, 12:38 PM  
Pentax KP - Review by Digital Photography Review
Posted By apete
Replies: 57
Views: 6,574
Shame on me I did not know that! :p ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2017, 11:15 AM  
Tempted to switch to Canikon as risk mitigation
Posted By thazooo
Replies: 150
Views: 10,433
Pentax is Doomed :fedup:

Been hearing that since the late 60's.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-09-2017, 09:48 PM  
The K-3: The Honey Badger of Cameras
Posted By AquaDome
Replies: 21
Views: 2,395
This should be renamed "Why I'm not going to buy a used K-3"

Though I have not dropped mine, it did give me a scare recently. I was training a new person in the photo department on using the studio strobes. After demonstrating that the slave strobes fire in sync with the camera flash, I handed her my K-3 and told her to shoot a few. Being the user of a small Canon DSLR, she was not expecting the heft of the K-3 and nearly fell over.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-19-2017, 07:39 AM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By dave2k
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
One of my favorites from Bryce Canyon National Park

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-15-2017, 09:44 AM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By YeOldePentaxian
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
Print scan, image taken in 2003, Espio 105 WR
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-08-2017, 10:04 PM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By LeRolls
Replies: 527
Views: 34,277
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