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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-07-2011, 08:49 AM  
Red information fields on Pentax DCU
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 1
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Hi, maybe it is a silly question but, does any one knows why some fields of the Image Data panel on Pentax Digital Camera Utility appear in red and also bolded? I've browsed the program's help, but haven't found anything yet.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-18-2011, 10:22 AM  
K200D and Expand Dynamic Range
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 7
Views: 3,327
Ah, yes, they had it there, thank you!

"First answer is simple... no effect on a RAW file at all. Think of it an adjustment to response curve used to develop that raw file into a jpeg in the camera itself."

As someone there said "I'll be avoiding the D-range from now on." and will happily shoot ISO 100 again.

Again, thank you.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-18-2011, 09:11 AM  
K200D and Expand Dynamic Range
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 7
Views: 3,327
Hi!

I have a question, does any one know if setting Expand Dynamic Range "ON" on a K200D (or any other camera) would make any difference if shooting in RAW? If not, can this feature be "turned on" while extracting the JPEG in Pentax's Digital Camera Utility?

Thank you.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2010, 10:48 AM  
Travel The Fox Guardian
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 12
Views: 2,167
It was cold in Nikko indeed:

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2010, 10:10 AM  
Travel Japan 2009-2010.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 14
Views: 2,601


Tokyo Station, waiting for the Tohoku Shinkansen.




Arriving Max Yamabiko Shinkansen.




Yaki-soba stand on the main street in Harajuku, Tokyo, on January 1st.




Inside the Osaka Loop Line at Osaka Station. I like the hue of the background beyond the train's windshield.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2010, 08:32 AM  
Travel Japan 2009-2010.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 14
Views: 2,601
I personally don't like very much monochrome pictures (color is just so beautiful), but I guess some shots may look good. I will try on this one.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2010, 08:29 AM  
Travel Japan 2009-2010.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 14
Views: 2,601
Ok, a few more now that I have a little time to spare:



At the grounds of Senso Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo.




Also at Senso Temple




I wonder if it was a coincidence that the dog outside the shop greatly resembled the stuffed one inside.




Christmas at Osaka's Aquarium




It would seem Japanese kids are seriously taught about photography.




Noisy shot, but at that time I had the kit lens mounted, it couldn't be helped.




At Miyajima Shrine, near Hiroshima.




Torii gate at Miyajima.




The Shinkansen just cannot be late.




At Ueno Park, in Tokyo.




Inside Osaka's subway.




Kodama Shinkansen, I don't know why I just love this shot.




Just delicious




Also delicious




Visiting Gojoten Shrine at Ueno Park, I think this girl was there because of her coming of age, which in Japan is when one turns 20 years old.




Quickly unloading a food cart (empty, I guess) from the Narita Express at Tokyo Station.




Tokyo Tower.




Yuigahama beach, in Kamakura.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2010, 08:10 AM  
Travel Japan 2009-2010.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 14
Views: 2,601
Oh, how could you miss Mt. Fuji... twice? :(

Yeah, the folks making the rice cakes were very kind on letting me take some pictures of them.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2010, 08:06 AM  
Travel The Fox Guardian
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 12
Views: 2,167
Strictly speaking, "san" (sometimes also "zan") is a Japanese reading of Chinese origin for the character 山, while "Yama" is the japanese reading (and word) for this character, which means "mountain". In Japanese, almost all Chinese characters (kanji) have many readings from Chinese and Japanese origin.

Aside from the Japanese language talk, let me share some pictures I took at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto:







Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2010, 04:31 PM  
Travel The Fox Guardian
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 12
Views: 2,167
My login name is derived from how you learn japanese syllabaries, in this case for the sounds that start with "h" as it sounds in "help" (except for "fu", which actually it sounds on the middle between "h" and "f"). Anyway, yes, you're right "san" is the japanese reading for the chinese character for "mountain": 山. Takaosan is, then: 高尾山.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2010, 04:26 PM  
Travel Japan 2009-2010.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 14
Views: 2,601
No, I went to, from north to south: Nikko, Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata. I wanted to go to Niigata, but I didn't have the chance this time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2010, 03:34 PM  
Travel The Fox Guardian
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 12
Views: 2,167
I once read that a long time ago someone put these clothing to a Buddha (I think it was a Jizo) statue because it seemed cold (it was winter). Later, that man was blessed with something at this moment I cannot remember. Look for the "Why the Red Bib, Hat, Toys?" title in Jizo Bodhisattva (Bosatsu), Ksitigarbha, Savior from Torments of Hell, Patron of Expectant Mothers. Protector of Children & Aborted Souls, Others
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2010, 03:15 PM  
Travel Japan 2009-2010.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 14
Views: 2,601
Here are some samples:


Casette tape in the main street of Akihabara


The Kaminari Gate


Steps of Asakusabashi Station


Asakusabashi Station


Haruka Express and Osaka Loop Line in Fukushima Station.


Hikari Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station


Mt. Fuji from the Tokaido Shinkansen


Sapporo Beer sign in Roppongi


Hankyu train in Osaka


Teahouse inside the Fushimi Inari Shrine complex


Making mochi outside a shop near Fukushima Station in Osaka.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2010, 10:43 AM  
Travel Japan 2009-2010.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 14
Views: 2,601
Hi!

Just wanted to show you which I think are the best photographs from my trip to Japan.

Picasa Web Albums - Abdel - ?????????????...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-30-2010, 02:58 AM  
High speed SDHC cards and K200D's continuous shooting.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 4
Views: 3,992
Hi!

Has anyone used these high speed SDHC cards (class 6 or above) with a K200D? If so, did you noticed any improvement on the camera's continuous shooting mode? I do not mean faster shooting, but faster emptying of the buffer and faster 'recovery' after a series of 3, 5 shoots.

Thank you.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-11-2009, 10:57 PM  
Scanning negatives.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 39
Views: 15,279
I have asked several times to the Frontier operators for their best resolution, but not even their most experienced employee knows what I am talking about. If only I were allowed to play with the scanner.

One of the reasons I'm trying film is because I've seen spectacular scans, specially from slide film. I've already tried a roll of Sensia and I liked the colors, contrast and detail of the pictures, but I cannot say the same about the scans I got from the lab.

Next month I expect to go to Japan, and, besides my K200D, I want to travel with a film body (I still need to decide between the ZX-7, fully automatic, or the MX, I'm in love with the pentaprism and the mechanical clockwork-like sounds of it) because, sometimes, the K200D's sensor is simply no match for the hues and range of film. Besides, I get a better field of view when shooting with available light at night with a fast 50mm lens on film than on the APS-C sensor (there is no budget for Sigma's 30mm 1:1.4).

I like to shoot film, I like how the prints or slides turn out, but it results frustrating not being able to get decent scans. I hope that, in Japan, I will get good scans when processing the rolls I shoot there.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-09-2009, 12:09 AM  
Scanning negatives.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 39
Views: 15,279
Absolutely! Even grainier than the prints themselves!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-08-2009, 11:36 PM  
Scanning negatives.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 39
Views: 15,279
Good night to everyone.

Lately I have been experimenting with film, trying differents settings and film types (color negatives, slide film, black and white) in order to find the combinations I like most. From time to time I get some nice shots (at least from my point of view) that I would like to use with the computer.

There is, however, one big problem. Whenever I request scans from the clerks I always get very low quality jpegs (aprox. 150~200 kB per file), even if I tell them to use the maximum resolution, no matter how big the file turns out. They have a Fujifilm Frontier minilab and I do not know if they just do not know how to operate it properly, or is it that the machine cannot do better.

I've seen really good scans here, either from color or black and white negatives and slide film and I would like to get my film scanned like those.

The question is: Do you have your film scanned at the lab? Or, did you have to get your own (an expensive one, I guess) film scanner?

Thank you.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-15-2009, 05:20 PM  
X-Ray bag.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 4
Views: 6,257
Yes, I also tought that bringing the bag would make it suspicious and maybe even more troublesome than the x-rays themselves. Of course, the best option is to have all your film developed before traveling, but if I want to bring with me fresh film, or film mounted in the camera, I'd regret if it became damaged. Any way, I guess one or two scans will not do too much damage... I hope.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-15-2009, 12:13 AM  
X-Ray bag.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 4
Views: 6,257
Hi!

While researching about traveling overseas with film cameras I found some people talk about X-Ray proof bags, they use them for protecting undeveloped film rolls from airport x-ray security machines. I once traveled with a disposable camera and everything went well without this kind of bag, except for one shot that did not come out, the very last I took before riding the plane.

Do you think if it was because of the x-ray machine, or if it may had been just bad luck/film defect for that single frame? Are these bags really necessary?

Thank you.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-10-2009, 11:51 PM  
Film suggestions for Japan.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 7
Views: 2,038
Thank you all for your replies. As figmental1978 said, the film shoots will be for when I have the time to take a good one. It would break my wallet (and my heart if I miss something while changing rolls) to shoot all on film since I want to take pictures of everything I can. If only the K200D were as light as the ZXs, specially with the DA 40...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-09-2009, 05:56 AM  
Film suggestions for Japan.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 7
Views: 2,038
I've tought about that too, but since I haven't been there before, and there isn't any seemingly equally lit place nearby, I don't know what I will find there.

Mostly, Tokyo and Osaka (The Aquarium, I REALLY want to go there and photograph the fish in their tanks) and major places along the Tokaido route, maybe even all the way south until Fukuoka, Nikko and everywhere else I may have a chance to go with the JR Pass, inside subways, etc. Just telling you makes me dream about it.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-08-2009, 12:52 AM  
Film suggestions for Japan.
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 7
Views: 2,038
Hi!

Being a P&S shooter for some time, I decided to get a DSLR since I would travel to Japan last year. The trip had to be postponed because of the global crisis that came, but I might me able to go this year. I got a K200D before the financial smash and I've been very pleased with the results I get from it.

However, a few months ago I grabbed two film bodies: first a ZX-M and then a ZX-7: I have rarely used the K200D again since I'm truly amazed of what I've got from film, specially with night shots, even from $1.60 Fujicolor rolls I buy at Wal-mart and get developed at Sam's Club minilab. Right now I'm trying for the first time slide film on the ZX-7 (Fujichrome Sensia) and B&W (Tri-X and Neopan) on the ZX-M. I've shoot film with an A 50 1:1.7, FA 50 1:1.7, Super Takumar 50 1:1.4 and even the DA 40, all of them really shine on film better than on digital (and I've finally experienced the "legend" of the 50mm lenses as they were meant to be).

I will definitively bring the K200D along with me, digital cameras have lots of advantages. But, I will also travel with one of the film bodies (perhaps the ZX-7 since it is AF) because its IQ seems to be superior than the K200D's.

So far I've liked more the results I get from Fuji films than from Kodak's, and from what I've read it looks I would have a lot of film choices once I arrive to Japan.

Does any one has any special recommendation on film? I expect to do a lot of night shooting. As of today, I've shot Superia 800 with very good results. Today I bought a roll of Superia 1600 and will try it when I finish the Sensia roll.

I'll try to make the question a bit simpler: which film would you suggest for hand-held shooting Japan in the night?

Thank you in advance.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-02-2009, 10:21 PM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 3,422
Views: 692,405


A very nice combo.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-14-2009, 03:12 PM  
Anything about ZX-M
Posted By hahifuheho
Replies: 19
Views: 6,111
Oh, do you mean this?



I will try it today :D.
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