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Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-10-2009, 02:56 PM  
Do you have Scotland photos?
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 6
Views: 2,076
Another more recent shot taken on my K10D in Galloway.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-10-2009, 02:49 PM  
Do you have Scotland photos?
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 6
Views: 2,076
Sune, many thanks for the plug. I'm glad you enjoy my photography.

Leya, I am a K10D user, although many of photographs of Scotland were taken with my old MZ50 on slide film.

Here's an example from the Isle of Skye. Taken from high in the Cuillin mountains.

Forum: Pentax Lens Articles 04-04-2009, 12:32 PM  
A guide to using the 10-17mm DA for landscape photography
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 11
Views: 18,497
Thanks Adam, much obliged.
Forum: Pentax Lens Articles 04-04-2009, 10:01 AM  
A guide to using the 10-17mm DA for landscape photography
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 11
Views: 18,497
Hi,

I am a landscape photographer from Northern Ireland. I have recently written a guide to using fisheye lenses (in particular the Pentax 10-17mm DA) for landscape photography. I you you find it interesting and inspiring.

Fisheye Landscapes

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-31-2009, 05:22 AM  
HDR(s) whats your opinion? Too many/ too little?
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 40
Views: 6,854
Double post removed
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-31-2009, 05:21 AM  
HDR(s) whats your opinion? Too many/ too little?
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 40
Views: 6,854
Not to blow my own trumpet or anything but these are HDR and this was what HDR was made for.

I hope these don't make anyone vomit.





Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2008, 06:21 AM  
15mm DA - Very odd
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 32
Views: 7,474
Sigh,

You guys are not getting it.

Round filters are fine. But adapters rings for filter systems cannot sit flush with the end of this lens.

Round filters are useless as split ND grads.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2008, 06:10 AM  
15mm DA - Very odd
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 32
Views: 7,474
Yes, lets not go down the line of "I don't need filters so it doesn't matter".

Most landscapers who know what they are doing will be using square holders with split NDs, particularly coastal photographers who photograph moving water using single exposures. This hood design will be certainly be a concern to them.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2008, 05:51 AM  
15mm DA - Very odd
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 32
Views: 7,474
It will if you are using a square filter system (Lee, Cokin etc) where the adapter ring has to sit flush with the barrel.



Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2008, 04:53 AM  
15mm DA - Very odd
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 32
Views: 7,474
Roen,

If you look at the Photokina images, it appears quite different.

It sits between the barrel and the focus ring and looks permanently attached.

Pentax state that it is "4. Integrated"

Here's a photo which shows it clearly (on the left of course)
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/photokina2008/Pentax/DSC_0734.jpg
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2008, 04:02 AM  
15mm DA - Very odd
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 32
Views: 7,474
It appears that the 15mm DA has a permanent hood which is retractable into the body. It sits between the barrel and the focus ring.

The problem is, in its retracted state as seen at Photokina, it still appears to protrude out from the front element, thereby blocking any filter system holders.

If this lens is to appeal to landscape photographers (as it surely must), this could be a big problem.

I just hope that it can be removed. However, Pentax claim it is an "integrated hood" so that doesn't seem likely.

Bad, very bad.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-09-2008, 03:29 AM  
Help shooting sunsets
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 7
Views: 1,838
Bychan,

I wrote a comprehensive guide to sunset photography that you can read here.

A Guide to Sunset Photography

Hope that helps
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-26-2008, 08:59 AM  
Extreme Photography in Ireland
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 10
Views: 2,035
Hi Marc,

Thank you for those kind words.

I try to keep up with all things Pentax and I've been a dedicated user for the last 12 years. I ocassionally post to dpr to hopefully provide a bit a balance to all the techie stuff and hopefully show what Pentax gear is capable of. You might have seen the thread where I attempted do an in depth analysis between an image shot on my K10D and an identical image shot 100 years ago on a victorian box camera. The K10D won for dynamic range. That got a few laughs.

I have a few more caves to photograph to complete the project and there is another big one on Rathlin island that we'll probably go for in the dinghy again. I'm up in county Derry so I am very handy for the north coast (Donegal, Derry, Antrim). Cork is right in the south which, with Ireland's roads, is a long way !!

Andy
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-26-2008, 03:01 AM  
Extreme Photography in Ireland
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 10
Views: 2,035
Thanks folks,

We didn't see any creepy creatures in the cave but we didn't venture in too far. The legends say it goes miles in the earth.

Andy
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-25-2008, 07:22 AM  
Extreme Photography in Ireland
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 10
Views: 2,035
Looks where me and my K10D went at the weekend.

The biggest marine cave in Ireland.

You can read the full story here
Great Sea Caverns of Antrim - Into the Depths of the Grand Cave, Runkerry



Here's the shot we came home with. This was shot from a tripod, hanging 8 foot up the cave wall.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-03-2008, 08:41 AM  
UV filters: Good or bad?
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 37
Views: 9,533
If you want a lens protector then use the lens cap.

If you want to take a photo, take it off.

Simple really :lol:
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-03-2008, 08:25 AM  
Real Filters vs. Software
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 19
Views: 3,355
I'm another firm believer in the ND grad filter. I also use a straight 3 stop ND filter to slow down the exposures, an effect which cannot be replicated unless your camera goes down to on ISO of 12.

The effect of ND grads can be replicated in photoshop, but only by multiple exposure blending. To me, the single exposure is at the very heart of what photography is all about. I'm a photographer after all, not a cinematographer.

Shooting by the coast, the multple exposure route often won't work, particularly where the subject (the sea) is on the move. I also prefer to minimise my time spent in postprocess and many of my photographs are good to go, straight off the camera, with only minor RAW processing.

So it's filters for me.

As an example, here's my latest shot.

2 stacked ND grad filters. Three stop over sky and another 1 stop extending half way down down the frame. This shot required practically no post-process and the RAW was processed to JPG in under 30 secs.


Andy
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-02-2008, 03:48 PM  
Amateur Photographer Magazine goes Pentax
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 38
Views: 6,288
No fear people,

The publication period is over and you can now read my scans here.

Andy McInroy Photography - Landscapes of Britain and Ireland

Andy
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-02-2008, 07:36 AM  
PC Photo Magazine Contest
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 3
Views: 2,208
Strip the EXIF out and say nothing about your camera until you win.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-02-2008, 02:42 AM  
Amateur Photographer Magazine goes Pentax
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 38
Views: 6,288
Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

PDL, I did a lot of research to find some of the old views, photographs and etchings.

I didn't stick religously to the old material. If a better vantage point was available then I took it. But the main idea was that my new photographs would compliment the old artwork and would be in a similar style.

Straightshooter, you will enjoy the photography on offer all down the atlantic west coast. Fantastic light in the evenings. I don't know those areas terribly well but I've visited Galway a few times and you will love it out west there.

Andy
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-30-2008, 12:59 AM  
Amateur Photographer Magazine goes Pentax
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 38
Views: 6,288
Thanks everyone for the support.

The last few months have been very exciting. The national press here in Ireland have also covered the story. YThis snippet below was featured on page 3 of the the Irish news.

These caves are big, but the biggest are yet to come. Watch this space.

Forum: Photographic Technique 05-29-2008, 06:03 AM  
Amateur Photographer Magazine goes Pentax
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 38
Views: 6,288
Guys,

I managed to get a 4 page feature of my cave project published in AP magazine this week. All of these were taken with my K10D and 14mm and 16-45mm DA lenses.

And you even get a free K200D review !!

It's in the shops now (31st of May issue)

The project will also be featured in the Pentax User Magazine published in July.

You can read the full story here
Andy McInroy Photography - Landscape Photography of Ireland and Great Britain



Andy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-12-2008, 01:18 AM  
Great Sea Caverns of Ireland
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,540
Thank you very much guys,

I still have a lot of work to do with many more huge caves to explore. Amateur Photographer magazine in the UK will be writing a feature on this project in the next 2 months.

Andy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2008, 08:21 AM  
Great Sea Caverns of Ireland
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,540
My project might interest you because all the images were shot on a Pentax K10D. The project is seeing a lot of interest from the UK photomags and is set to be published shortly.

HDR is used to good effect in this project. But the real challenge is accessing these caves safely using climbing and kayaking techniques. Many have never been photographed before.

You can read the full story here
Great Sea Caves of Antrim - Photography Portfolio 5 - County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Here's some examples









And here's some old etchings that inspired the project







Andy
www.skyandstone.com
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-18-2007, 03:31 AM  
How large have you printed from your 6mp camera?
Posted By amcinroy
Replies: 20
Views: 5,782
About 10 foot by 5 foot.

This shot was taken on a DL2 for a client.

Who needs 5x4.



Andy
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