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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-24-2018, 03:15 AM  
Soft at the Edges
Posted By clackers
Replies: 7
Views: 703
(Laughs). It was an expensive session, because we had to pay both for the model, a priest and her last meal.

I've got fingers crossed for one from this series when I send it off to a cheap artist on Fiverr for a composite.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-19-2018, 06:38 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By barthovis
Replies: 5,910
Views: 758,321
That's a good idea - I had not thought about doing that. My goal is to try to duplicate, with digital, the kind of image "character" I got with my Pentax 67 in large(ish) prints. What I find so appealing about images taken with the 67 is not just the sharp details, but the beautiful, smooth transition of colors and tones from lighter to darker areas (hard to put into words, but you know that "look" when you see it). So that's what I'll be hoping to achieve with the K-1.
Forum: General Photography 09-17-2018, 08:44 PM  
I called it "The Salieri Syndrome" - Some of you might relate.
Posted By leekil
Replies: 42
Views: 2,173
You may be at a downturn of this cycle:

Forum: General Talk 09-14-2018, 10:25 AM  
Adorama untangles the knot - customer service win
Posted By Just1MoreDave
Replies: 5
Views: 665
The used DA50 was only $69 plus $3.50 to ship to Connecticut, which I thought was a great deal. The broken DA 18-55 was his original version 1, from a *ist DL that he bought new, now dead. He uses it on a K-r and is perfectly happy. So I sent him my 18-55 version 1 from my old DS. It worked out as if I sold that lens for $40, after all the lost shipping costs. I should feel bad about that. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2018, 03:29 AM  
When will Pentax catch up to the other big makers?
Posted By Lord Lucan
Replies: 383
Views: 17,922
For the difference in price between my K-1 and the equivalent Nikon or Canon that are supposed to be better at video, I could buy a damn good video camera. But that's only if I wanted to do video.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-07-2018, 08:13 AM  
Correcting a shot that isn't level.
Posted By kernos
Replies: 18
Views: 1,168
The diagonal actually makes the photo more dynamic than if it were flat.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-28-2018, 01:30 AM  
Nature Running hard to the docks
Posted By Tonytee
Replies: 9
Views: 319
A truly excellent capture with wonderful colors, subject, composition and sharpness. Well executed in every way. Thanks for posting.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-28-2018, 07:37 AM  
Nature Running hard to the docks
Posted By reh321
Replies: 9
Views: 319
Lovely colors, varied textures, action - what more could one want?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-28-2018, 07:52 PM  
Nature Running hard to the docks
Posted By TedH42
Replies: 9
Views: 319
Terrific sunset with a bit of human interest. I can hear his outboard whining away, and the skiff bouncing on the waves. The shore has a lot of features in this sunset image, and the sun's disk is not seen. A very different effect from your previous sunset. Well done. Thanks.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-27-2018, 03:20 PM  
Nature Sunset over St. Joe Bay
Posted By Photogoof
Replies: 6
Views: 248
This is absolutely magical.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-27-2018, 03:23 PM  
Nature Sunset over St. Joe Bay
Posted By victormeldrew
Replies: 6
Views: 248
That's definitely wall-worthy...I love the colour and particularly how uniform it is almost monochrome.

I think I would be tempted to tame the noise a little. And if you're planning to put it up on the wall I would straighten the horizon, or it'll drive you nuts. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-27-2018, 03:40 PM  
Nature Sunset over St. Joe Bay
Posted By ToddK
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Beautiful colors and I really like the bird and its reflection! I don't know that you need to do much more processing with it in my opinion. It has a more artistic feel to it the way that it is.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-26-2018, 03:42 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By drache
Replies: 49,067
Views: 1,870,444
Power supply. Good ole heathkit
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-26-2018, 04:44 AM  
Options for a backup body to my K3
Posted By Excalibor
Replies: 48
Views: 2,199
Hah! And too be prived of the joy of thousands of failures, closed eyes, almost good light, a bit too flurry, I wish I had my 18/35/300mm with me, oh how much I hate this computer! ??? No way! :-D

Anyway, good luck on the job hunting, and congrats on the K-5 (and such an elegant and beautiful gesture!): we all know it's in very good hands!

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-24-2018, 10:22 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
The photography is okay to decent, but as I've said many times, it's impossible to judge the technical or optical quality of an image that has lord knows how much sharpening applied and is downsized 80% or more to fit a website's format.

Mocking people who want the best optics by saying look how wonderful my 800 pixel tall images that were taken by more mundane gear are just doesn't cut it, no matter how wonderful the 800 pixel tall images are.

When I was comparing images taken with the FA50/1.4 to those taken with the D FA* 50/1.4 it was very apparent at the pixel level that the D FA blew the FA lens away in every conceivable metric at every aperture, but when those images were downsized to a few hundred pixels across, there wasn't much to say between them. Downsizing kills detail, and detail is where technical quality resides.

For someone who only displays images at small resolutions on the internet, a multi coated coke bottle might be sufficient. I blew identical images from both the FA and D FA 50s up to 12x18 inch prints and could very easily see, even from a longish viewing distance that the new lens was far superior to the old one.

Saying that better equipment won't improve someone's photography might be true if one isn't especially concerned about technical quality, especially if they end up processing images through crude instagram style filters, but there are a lot of photographers for whom technical quality of the image is an important part of their esthetic.
There are reasons why back in the film days, for example, people humped view cameras and sheet film into the field, there are reasons why people shoot with large sensor cameras rather than cell phones.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 08:00 PM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By swanlefitte
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
I think the OP is going on Peter Hurleys version of good which is model interaction. He has it down and can repeat it. That's great. Shoot formula and repeat. It's hard to get but great.
I looked at the 500pix. Looked at one and said yep same pic.great for the pic. Well done. What does the next pic give me? The same or tell me different. That's not bad but why look beyond?
Leroyes has every picture unique.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 07:19 PM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By Ronald Oakes
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
My photography sucks...…. My gear sucks.....My Images suck.....My creativity sucks.....My ability sucks...…..Im Doomed......Pentax is doomed....we are all doomed...….except for the free K-1II that this post count goes to.....oh that doesn't count either does it ? Gee Thanks , and to think I had such high hopes...!
Thank god someone straightened me out and showed me the light. Its all pointless....completely pointless.
Its raining here so off I go to take pics of a nice freshly squashed Toad on the road without a flash......and then I definitely need a BEER or 5 !
I almost forgot ! Will be using my beater K-r and my super expensive DA 18-55 WR lens....that way I will get the best image possible !
Its all about the Beer according to Homer Simpson.
Now this should clear everything up for everyone.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 01:17 PM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By aslyfox
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
best thing about the OP's post

it, and the 4 pages and the responses to it ( so far ) has helped build the post count toward the 45,000 number we need for the free K 1 contest this month

Forum: General Photography 08-23-2018, 11:13 AM  
What is a great picture anyway? And what is an actual bad picture?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 82
Views: 2,777
Ya, I don't have a lot of criteria. I never minded Ali saying he was the greatest, because he was. :D
I just have to like the photo.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 09:17 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By krre23
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
In fact, technically speaking, with better equipment the photos are better.

Funny is you come here to criticize others for enjoying photography the way they like.

Sad is, even if you make "better" photos, that doesn't make you a better artist or a better human being.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 06:56 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
I'd say the vast majority of people here are in that first group, Yuri. Some have basic equipment, others more advanced. Whatever works for them.

Those that have only very basic skills are still free to buy whatever equipment they like, including a Phase One medium format if they so wish. Good luck to them. At the very worst, they have equipment that they enjoy using. But over time, I'd guess most will develop some skills (especially since they've invested a lot of money in their equipment), and have a lot of enjoyment doing so.

As for models, not everyone likes shooting models. Not everyone lives near, or can easily travel, to beautiful destinations. Some folks make use of what they have near by for their photographic subjects. It's all good.

One great thing about this hobby of ours is that it's not some big competition to see who's the best photographer. We're all free to enjoy it as we see fit, and every single person's approach is equally valid :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:18 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By MatKus
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
It's not that better camera or lens will make me better photographer, just like better brush will not make someone better painter.
But camera is tool, and better tools can make live easier, and sometimes makes something possible at all.
I'm mostly into wildlife. Camera with better AF, higher usable ISO or faster lens allows me to make more good photos. Skarper lens will let me make sharper images. But you still have to know where to go, how and what to photography and how not to scare all animals before you make any picture, and no camera will give you that knowledge. And no matter what camera will you give me, i will not make great portraits (maybe sometimes by accident), because i just have no experience in this and i don't feel it.

So better hardware can let you make better pictures, but only if you know how to use it. Ofcourse good photographer with smartphone will make much better picture, than complete amator with latest camera, but good photograher with good camera can (but not always will) make better pictuere, than same photographer with bad camera.

And if someone says camera does not matter at all, go and shoot sport or wildlife with collodion. And bring me at least few usable pictures from your mountains trip or from some rally :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:17 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By aslyfox
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
generally making assumptions isn't good

and generalizations are, by their very definition, usually inaccurate to one degree or another


I can choose to hunt

with a rock

with a spear

with a bow and arrows

with a musket

with a black powder rifle

with a modern rifle

with a modern rifle and modern optics

and I can be successful, with one degree or another, with any of those options

any of those " progressive " steps may improve my chances of being successful

or not


what do I post my photos? - they are things I like

can I improve - yes

am I improving over time - I hope so

do others enjoy my photos - I hope so

but bottom line, that isn't really necessary


knowledge, experience and the ability to use such knowledge and experience helps me to improve at anything

does improved " tech " help - it might

will I ever be the best - I highly doubt it

but I can live with that

here ends the rant
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:05 AM  
Skills or equipment?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 151
Views: 5,897
Hi Yuri :)

We have a large active membership here, from folks who joined us in the last few days to those that have been with us for many years. Within our community - and it is a community; one that takes time and constructive contribution to become a valued member of - we have members with a wide range of skill levels, from very basic to extremely advanced. Whatever their skill levels, we have some members who enjoy equipment as much as (occasionally, more than) they enjoy photography. Whether their skills get the most from their gear is, in my view, immaterial - so long as they're having fun (which, for most of us, is what this hobby is about). I like to see great photos as much as the next guy, but I try not to judge other people's photography as strong or weak - all I care about is if folks are having fun. Personally, I don't see anything sad or shameful in someone enjoying their hobby in whatever way they see fit, and if that involves new (to them) equipment, so be it :)

Personally, my favourite camera is my old Samsung GX-10 (K10D clone). I have other more recent and advanced models, but I like the quality of files the GX-10 produces, and I'm happy with the results I get. Of course, in the hands of a more-experienced and skilled photographer (and there are plenty of those here :p), it can produce far better results than I get from it. But that doesn't stop me enjoying the camera as part of my hobby, and what people think of my photography is, frankly, immaterial - unless, that is, I'm asking for critique, in which case constructive appraisal and advice is appreciated. I'd typically prefer if our members - even the established ones that I know quite well by now - didn't refer to my photos as sad or weak, though ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2018, 05:19 PM  
Options for a backup body to my K3
Posted By microlight
Replies: 48
Views: 2,199
Agreed, wonderful gesture. Things like this are much better to read than yet another tirade about how useless many aspects of Pentax cameras are.
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