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Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
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Na I was meaning the "Bokeh Club" thread over in the lens section.


True and I think it is great that the terminology has come into use even if its meaning is often misunderstood. I feel that it is better applied to an image than a lens. My K 400 to 600 zoom has given me some of my best bokeh images over the last year or so. It has also given me some of my worst bokehs.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
Views: 1,695
Yeah - naaaaa - I seem to have the need to have something somewhere properly in focus
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
Views: 1,695
Why should it be a "pain" to you? You don't have to visit the Bokeh thread. In fact you could open a "over f5.6 club". Heck make it popular enough and Pentax may bring out an 85mm f5.6 - should sell like hotcakes!. Think about it - the lens need not be wider than about 20mm and with a bit of retrofocusing say just 50mm long - will fit in your pocket and you will never have to worry about paining yourself again.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
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Views: 1,695
And is a photo of the sea a landscape?

No one is saying subject isolation is the end all but look at the alternative. Clackers' girl above with the yellow radiating background and the young girl celebrating presumably her birthday - Imagine them with the background (foreground) fully in focus - yuk - and imagine them without the background/foreground giving the image context - they would be nothing burgers. And according to Clackers they are f1.4 shots - ie fully utilising a fast lens.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
Views: 1,695
I would imagine that to be a minute difference in itself. The main difference would be an 18 ray starburst against an 8 ray. And of course placement of the iris within the lens makes a difference.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
Views: 1,695
I felt a lot of the images in the link Dartmoor Dave gave us actually lacked these qualities.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
Views: 1,695
If you look in fact there is a distinct difference in sharpness between subject and background that gives this shot good depth and character. (Click on it to the link) You achieved it because you were at f1.8 - a fast lens. The background doesn't have to be a soft blob - in this case it would be distracting. There is just enough differentiation here to please the eye.
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
Views: 1,695
Nice one Clackers - these define what a portrait lens is about.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 1 Day Ago  
Opinions on Plustek scanners, or non-flatbed equivalents.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 5
Views: 309
I archived 4000 or so colour negatives with a plustek opticfilm 7200. Many of the negs were home developed and had various colour shifts. While the software wasn't bulletproof I feel I was able to account for the cast variations alrite. I chose not to use the descratch process so preparing one of these scans takes a lot of scratch and spot healing. During the process I archived the negs in a way that I could revisit individual ones should I find a better setup.
I am also curious to know what people think of the technical ability of these scanners . Can I do better in way that is worth the new effort?
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
What portraiture actually is.
Posted By GUB
Replies: 89
Views: 1,695
I agree that it a technical gain to stop down your lens down one click from open . But the f2 lens wide open has the advantage of a round aperture which can smooth the oof compared to the artifact of iris blades affecting the blur.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 4 Days Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By GUB
Replies: 16,858
Views: 1,159,975
Nice one Ross. My Tak 85 1.8 spends a lot of time on the K-1. That little bit of extra length is great for portraiture.
I have a FA100mm 3.5 macro as well and that covers nicely when i need AF.
But anything that weans you off zooms has got to be good for you.!
So when is the K-1 coming?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 4 Days Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By GUB
Replies: 16,858
Views: 1,159,975
Whaaaat !! I have just spent 5 minutes looking for it!!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2020, 05:24 AM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By GUB
Replies: 36
Views: 1,160
I would love to do more portraits than I do. Opportunity only occasionally presents itself.
As a bit of a hulk of a guy I prefer a little distance between myself and the subject - best for a natural look in the subject's eyes. So a long lens is good.
I tend to use my lenses as wide open as I can get away with - often wide open.
That is for a soft background and for closing in on the essential characteristics.
I don't use zooms and don't believe a zoom would bring anything extra to a portrait image - just a likely loss of maximum aperture.
A long lens gives you more control over your background which, combined with bokeh, is important to me.
Sharpness is not the end all to me which is fortunate as I use exclusively old glass.
Various 50 1.4s, SupTak 85 1.8, K 105mm 2.8, Sup Tak 135 2.5 and masses of other great old glass. I wouldn't hesitate to go to a 200mm for portraits on my K-1
This shot is with a classic old Vivitar series 1 135mm 2.3 @ f2.3 .
It was a beat up old lens when I got it with a cloudy coating on the rear element. The only lens I have used toothpaste on but still only got most of the cloud off!!
And I certainly didn't get the horrifically complicated internal focusing helicoid reassembled correctly - but--
The point is this image says heaps about my little buddy I photographed -- it is just so much more than the simple technical quality of a lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2020, 02:12 PM  
Lens design question: what make a lens bigger/smaller?
Posted By GUB
Replies: 38
Views: 1,253
Yes but the front element diameter can not be less than focal length / aperture can it ?. A good check for whether a lens' specs are cheating.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2020, 03:34 PM  
Got my hands on Super Takumar 8 element
Posted By GUB
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Just checked my list - I am at 10 x Tak 50 1.4 - 3 of them 8 element. When they are out there going cheap it would be rude not to buy them:o
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2020, 03:28 PM  
Got my hands on Super Takumar 8 element
Posted By GUB
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Life is not complete until you have an 8 element. But then reality kicks in. I challenge you to show an objective difference between the 8 and 7 element apart from colour temperature!
Congratulations anyway - both of them are superb.
Forum: General Talk 05-15-2020, 04:22 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
Sars never broke loose like this did it.
Forum: General Talk 05-15-2020, 12:23 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
Yeah and I hadn't realized till recently that a vaccine is not a given - they have yet to work out how to do one for a caronavirus.
Makes NZ's virus free status even more likely to be a poisoned chalice. But maybe it will be like Sars and burn out.
Forum: General Talk 05-14-2020, 08:17 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
Yes that is the greatest fear I have - that we have merely shifted our curve from summer to winter.
Forum: General Talk 05-14-2020, 05:32 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
Reality would suggest otherwise.
I suspect sunlight hours have a direct cause in why it looks like NZ and Australia are getting on top of it.
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2020, 06:05 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
Oh so no reference to my post intended then. That is good.
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2020, 03:27 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
Could you elaborate on why you have linked this comment to my post?
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2020, 03:01 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
Yes agreed.
But note the Euromomo site is total morbidity and so it is general presumption the winter spikes represent flu and so the 2020 spike represents covid / flu combo.
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2020, 02:54 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
So you are saying expressing it in deaths per million is "lies, damn lies, and statistics"?
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2020, 01:45 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By GUB
Replies: 3,870
Views: 89,083
If you look you will see I was responding to what I presume was - "why the U.S.A. is the leading country for COVID-19 deaths in the World". Which, if that was what mroeder intended, is simply not true. It is you that has just presented it as a competition.
The US has been hammered in the metropolitan areas just other such areas in the world and the lighter populated areas has been spared the worst just like other areas in the world.


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