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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 16 Hours Ago  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By KC0PET
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GSMNP

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-13-2019, 05:01 PM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By WPRESTO
Replies: 2,238
Views: 191,128
An abandoned home/farmstead in Iceland. It looked to me like something out of a Gothic novel, the ruins of Manderley from Rebecca.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-15-2019, 07:25 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By WPRESTO
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Icelandic mountains, pano by cropping. And a recently harvested crop of marshmallows. They're still green, but eventually they'll ripen to white and then be ready for cutting and bagging.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By Grippy
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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-09-2020, 03:06 AM  
The Monochrome Landscape - post yours!
Posted By Arjay Bee
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Wheatbelt landscapes Western Australia:

Wheat paddock


Salt pans on an area of land farm-able a century ago - now abandoned


K3 & DA 16-85
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-02-2020, 04:16 AM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By Kerrowdown
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Early on the Loch. :)

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-19-2019, 02:15 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By mattb123
Replies: 557
Views: 35,017
It was clear and calm, so not bad by those measures. Just cold. Very, very cold.

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-10-2020, 01:10 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Pentikonian
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Just after that, this little bird showed up. Have not seen this one before. Markings don't look exactly like photos I'm seeing for birds in the area. These are the two cleanest shots I was able to grab. Best guess from me is it's a Yellow-rumped Warbler, female, Audubon's possibly crossed with Myrtle. I could be completely wrong on that. K-1 + DA*300, heavy crop.


Forum: Lens Clubs 01-10-2020, 01:05 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Pentikonian
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Turned into a prolific morning. Verdin flitting through the tree. K-1 +DA*300, heavy crop.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-04-2020, 03:37 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By BruceBanner
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I agree.

I mean the pixie dust is always there, at any aperture, because its the lens, the elements and how they are working together that gets you it, but I was simply meaning to say the the special characteristics of the lens are easier to see at wide open apertures. You could shoot f8 and have a subject in focus close and still get an incredible bokeh, so yeah that is true also. But I've had many conversations about wth 'pixie dust' even is, and many have agreed that to use Lens Correction often kills the pixie! :D
But what is true (and you can say this of a lot of lenses) is that what you often pay for, the unique expensive properties of the lens... its happening at the wide apertures, and less prominent as the lens gets stopped down. Take for example the Takumar 50/1.4 (eight element), it actually does insane bokeh wide open, like almost lensbaby weirdness kinda stuff, once getting to f2.8 the bokeh is behaving more normal (but still has great subject isolation).
The DFA 50/1.4, it (with perhaps the Sigma 35/1.4 Art) is about the only portrait lens that can hold exceptionally good edge sharpness at f1.4! You can pretty much have a group portrait shot of people close to the edge with thoses lenses and the people on the edges are not softening up like they would if I used the aforementioned Tak, FA43, FA77, FA31 etc etc. You're basically paying for that edge sharpness at wide apertures (as well as good AF, silent AF, AW etc etc).

If we took the FA 50, DA 50, Tak 50, F50 and DFA50 and stopped them all down to f8, it will be a lot harder to tell which lenses is responsible for which image, but if we all had the lenses at their widest apertures, subject perhaps close to the edge, then which lens might be which becomes a little easier to hazard a guess at. Note I say 'a little easier', I've actually played the game where someone takes a heap of shots with various lenses, you think you can tell which shot is taken with which lens, but its not as easy as you might think :lol:

My first DSLR was the K-50, I didn't stay with it for too long till going to the K-1. K-1 is where I spent most of my learning curve on, so I've come to accept FF in my mind as being the norm. There's no problem being the other way around, it is all just mental and in the head. However as I pointed out in another thread elsewhere, the manufacturer and sellers often will sell a crop lens and supply you with a FF equivalent, never the other way around, you even see it from a Medium Format perspective too!



So yeah, the photography world does tend to seem to see the FF/35mm as 'the standard' and anything outside of this gets equivalence pointing to that.

Please show us what you might consider pixie dust to being with a stopped down shot, be keen to see that. I've talked about this before, but here's my favourite example of pixie dist;



Without trying to discuss the image in too much detail, as someone who owned the DA50 and FA50 (as well as the excellent Samyang 85/1.4), what this shot is doing that I never saw from the others is the style of bokeh. Paying attention to the wine glasses bottom left, they are just rendered in such a high quality, textured gorgeous way. It's detailed yet still very much oof, it feels layered and interesting, whereas bokeh from the aforementioned can feel a little lifeless, flat and dull. Pixie dust in this instance I would say is not limited to a FA Ltd, a same or even perhaps more intense version of this shot could of perhaps happened with the Tak 50/1.4, whereas I have not see any pixie dust from the DFA50 (it's too clinical).

And just lastly, those additional elements (Tak50/FA ltds) can really assist with maintaining a strong 3D subject isolation as the lens is stopped down vs some other lenses. I've illustrated this before but this thread is also excellent to prove that point as we see images of a jug being rendered between a FA31 and FA35, as both lenses are stopped down the FA31 holds onto a far higher quality of bokeh whilst fooling people into seeing a sharper subject.

Hd fa35/2 - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com




Wonderful shot!

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Here's a couple of FA43 shots from a recent shoot I was commissioned for the Old Government House, Parramatta, Sydney for the National Trust;















More shots can be seen here; Old Government House, Parramatta | Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-02-2020, 07:27 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By jacamar
Replies: 19,598
Views: 1,341,026
Torres del Paine by Steven, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-21-2019, 06:05 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By SirTomster
Replies: 27,661
Views: 2,401,235
I cannot remember if I ever posted this one.

This is probably my favorite image of this year. Although, I do plan on shooting the location again to see if I can improve my technique.

K-1
Pentax 15-30

Best of 2019 by SirTomster, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-14-2019, 02:18 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By jquill
Replies: 557
Views: 35,017
Storm between Taos and Santa Fe

Storm between Taos and Santa Fe
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-06-2019, 05:23 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By wtlwdwgn
Replies: 557
Views: 35,017
Uh oh.
Storm 1a-6697 by wtlwdwgn, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-08-2019, 03:23 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By mattb123
Replies: 557
Views: 35,017
I left the camera out in the storm and hid in the car for some of this. Got a little close for comfort but I couldn't resist the photo potential!
Then it started hailing so I had to run out and rescue it. (x-post)

K-1ii & 15-30, 6 images stacked
N Clear Creek Lightning stack 1 by Matt Burt, on Flickr

single image
IMGP8605-Edit by Matt Burt, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-13-2019, 04:19 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By mconwxdr
Replies: 557
Views: 35,017
Cross posted in the DA* lens club, came across this thread and figured it fits pretty well! Looking forward to browsing this thread later.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-23-2019, 12:48 PM  
Thematic Bad Weather Makes Good Pictures
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 557
Views: 35,017
Just prior to the storm. :)

Forum: Lens Clubs 12-11-2019, 02:13 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Jome
Replies: 32,742
Views: 3,121,689
Mont-Blanc
K-3 + Manual Tokina AT-X SD 100-300/F4.0 @300 handled. (Cropped for aspect)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-30-2019, 06:03 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By RobG
Replies: 2,238
Views: 191,128

Sky agate
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

Four image pano
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-16-2019, 06:49 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 10,687
Views: 1,765,950
77



Forum: Pentax K-1 11-23-2019, 12:34 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 27,661
Views: 2,401,235
Just prior to the storm. :)

Forum: Pentax K-1 11-23-2019, 07:27 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 27,661
Views: 2,401,235
IMGP996012019-2400 by , on Flickr
K1+Laowa 12/2.8 (10 stop Haida ND + black card technique)



I decided to just create another free flickr account. :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-17-2019, 06:10 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Hattifnatt
Replies: 27,661
Views: 2,401,235
Having a beer with a friend in the Botanical Garden (DFA* 50mm).

Florentina Sitting On a Bench by Hattifnattar, on Flickr

Florentina Having a Beer by Hattifnattar, on Flickr

Florentina by Hattifnattar, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-16-2019, 06:45 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
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Views: 2,401,235






Forum: Pentax K-1 11-13-2019, 10:55 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By y0chang
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Views: 2,401,235


Me and my friends had one of the darkest spots on the Icefields Parkway to ourselves with only a single light that lit up the mountainside beyond for a few minutes. It was so quiet at 2 am you could hear small avalanches fall down the sides of the nearby hills.
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