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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-07-2019, 08:32 AM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
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Thanks - Point taken - There has been lots of positive response to the GR III since it's release. Great addition to that area of the market.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-06-2019, 08:40 AM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
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Yes, we could all wallow in how much Pentax has dropped the ball in recent years but ...
I would rather that we focused on all the amazing advances that Pentax has engineered/introduced over the years.
- Pentax had IBIS many years before the competition.
- In body Geo-tracking is something that is unique to Pentax.
- The fact that you can pick up a lens from 30 years ago and use it on your new Pentax DSLR without adapters is also a great advantage for Pentaxians.

There is a reason we all stick around here and talk about our chosen DSLR ... we love the Pentax products!! :-D
... mostly lol
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 01:36 PM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 3,058
Very good perspective.

---------- Post added 06-05-19 at 02:43 PM ----------

Norm, The Pentax vs Others is very similar to the Ford vs Chevy discussion that you hear around the BBQ every year since 19XX; or comparing the weather this year to "that storm we had back in '05" ;-) There is no right answer and there are an infinite number of variations of the story. - That being said, I realize my folly in posting this thread - my apologies!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 01:34 PM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 3,058
I would agree!!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 12:14 PM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 3,058
Thanks for the update Carl - We/I should be wise enough now to not believe most things until I see the product sitting on the shelves of the local camera store!! :-D

I am still satisfied with my K-3, so no need to go window shopping for quite a while ... except maybe for a new(er) lens or 2.
Let's see, a 24-70mm f/2.8, then a 100mm f/2.8 macro ...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 09:54 AM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
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Nikon Xhas announcedX Is "rumored to possibly" be releasing 2 new models for 2019 Z5 (APS-C) & Z9 (Pro body) with a 2020 release of a Z3 (DX Entry level) model - based on an article in Digital Camera World.
That makes 5 new Nikon bodies in 2 years ...

Pentax .... [crickets chirping] ... still "working" on something.

I realize that when you only have a single digit market share, the dollars are not there for R&D like the big brands. As they say, "Quality takes time!" It would be nice to even have a tease marketing program to give us some hope and excitement. Pentax always produces a high quality, unique, durable product and I always land on the same decision when I consider changing brands ... Pentax provides the best bang for the buck!!.

Let's hope the gang at Pentax introduce something more tangible than a software upgrade in the next 12 months!
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-17-2019, 02:09 PM  
How much is enough - post processing
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 30
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How much processing is a very subjective thing. It depends on what you want to portray to your viewer. Do you want a "fair" representation of what the scene looked like through your eyes? Do you want to show the dreamy beauty of the landscape? Do you want to express the dirty grunge of the street scene you captured? Each of these will demand a different level processing. Photography is an art form and as in painting there are those who strive for "realism" and those who are striving for "Fantasy". Each image takes on a life of its own.

John Gringo has a short video on this subject and he has developed a terrific rule of thumb for getting to a good starting point. The rule... err, suggestion is. "1/3 of Too Far!"
Basically, move each of the sliders/settings until you start to cringe, then reset them to 1/3 of the cringe point e.g. If "60" is too much Clarity, then reset it back to around the "20" mark. I've found this to be a good place to start in your post processing.
Forum: General Photography 05-16-2019, 07:31 AM  
Environmental protection and landscape photography
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 77
Views: 2,068
There is a couple of professional photographers near Banff, Alberta, Canada who promote "ethical photography" through the League of Landscape Photographers (League Landscape). By joining the League, you agree to abide by the code of the group listed here: oopoomoo : create, inspire, educate Ethics
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-08-2019, 01:11 PM  
Landscape Landscape photos of mountains and valleys from hilltops
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 11
Views: 686
BINGO! :-D ... or should I say "SHA-BANG!!"
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-08-2019, 11:41 AM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 497
K-Three, This is with the subscription version - Classic CC (not the online version)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-07-2019, 01:55 PM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Good points - Thanks,
I have a relatively new 55-300mm Pentax lens and have not had any issues with that one. The 70-200mm Tamron is the heaviest lens that I have - so perhaps that is part of the issue + dirty contacts. I will definitely give them a cleaning and see if that helps.

Forum: Photographic Technique 05-07-2019, 10:52 AM  
Landscape Landscape photos of mountains and valleys from hilltops
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 11
Views: 686
These above cover the majority of "tips" for improving your image quality!

In the absence of a lens hood, you can use your hand or a hat to block sunrays from directly striking the front of the lens - just watch that you don't get those items in the field of view of your image :-) .. Glad to hear that you have ordered a lens hood for your 28mm lens.

Another tip is to look for images that put the sun at your back, find a tree to stand under (as long as you are below the tree-line) to provide shade (a "natural" lens hood). By looking behind you, there is a chance of discovering an image that is as good or better than the iconic one you set out to capture at the beginning of your hike. Walk around and scope out potential photo opportunities.

The best time to shoot Mountain-scapes ... is when you are there! ;-) We can't always choose the time of day when we are shooting from the mountain tops, but if you can, try to avoid mid-day.
If you can't beat it, get creative and use the haze, or sun flare to add some interest to your images. That old Lemon vs Lemonade quote comes to mind.

An ND filter doesn't change the light as a Polarizer does. It does extend the length of your exposure so you can get sweeping soft cloud formations which can add drama to an image.

If you hike with a tripod ... or find a convenient rock nearby - try taking bracketed exposures and then merge them to create an HDR landscape image. This might help to create that dynamic range you are missing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-07-2019, 10:37 AM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Thanks, I will do a little housekeeping on my lens to make sure the contacts are clean etc. Good to know about the issue with Sigma lenses.

---------- Post added 05-07-2019 at 11:41 AM ----------

This is the first time that LR has done this for the Tamron lens. Usually it works just as it is supposed to. It does happen for about 50%of my lenses - some of which are older lenses so I can overlook that. But for newer lenses, I find it aggravating. Just the nature of LR I guess. I will take a deeper look at the EXIF data and see if that tells me more.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-07-2019, 07:57 AM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Once of my pet peeves of Lightroom is that it has a tendency to "forget" various lens correction profiles. Now I understand if I am using an oddball lens like my Pentax 24-90mm lens that is not in Adobe's database and I have not set up a custom profile for. But there are times when LR cannot recognize a very common lens that a) is in the standard database; b) is set up as one of my default lens profiles; and c) has worked flawlessly for more than a year.

I have a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that I love. This lens profile as mentioned above is set up as a default profile and usually the fields populate when I import an image taken with this lens, and click on default in the lens correction section of the Develop Module. Yesterday, I created some Headshot images using this lens. I removed the SD card, imported the images through Lightroom and began to process them. One of the first steps in my workflow is to apply lens correction. When I click on the lens correction section, click Default .... nothing but crickets chirping :-/ Click for a dropdown list ... NO PENTAX LENSES are even offered in the list!! I don't understand why the dropdown list changes from lens to lens - shouldn't this be a full standard list of lenses in the Adobe database? I glance across to the image info showing in the top left corner of the image and it correctly identifies the Tamron 70-200mm shot using an 80mm focal length etc. I don't get the disconnect in Lightroom. Obviously it is not reading the EXIF data to determine what lens was used... bizzare!

I also have this issue when using my Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5-4.5 lens (another hugely popular lens). Lightroom consistently chooses a Sigma 70-300mm lens profile which I have to open the list and select the 10-20mm f/3.5-4.5 option. So if the correct lens is in the list, why on earth does LR not recognize it and select it instead of randomly choosing the WRONG lens??

Anyone have this same issue or suggestions? I find this extremely frustrating.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-03-2019, 01:23 PM  
Adobe Photography Plan Price Increase?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 42
Views: 2,335
There are getting to be enough well-established competitors to Adobe that we have a number of viable options for processing software. There is no need to "rent" software until the end of eternity. I still am a "renter", but as each month goes by, I am getting closer to investing in an adobe competitor (or two).
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-25-2019, 09:29 AM  
So, final cut, or LR premier or not either of those.
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 37
Views: 3,341
repaap, you may want to look at and search for video courses. They have a few for learning video with DSLR's as well as other general video planning/shooting/editing topics. The courses are reasonably priced at about $15 on sale (some even for free). As you mention there are also others on YouTube as well.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-22-2019, 02:21 PM  
Tips on learning digital processing?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 15
Views: 1,040
I like John Greengo's rule of thumb for processing digital images: "Set your sliders to 1/3 of too far"

Basically, move each slider (one at a time) to the right until you cringe, note the value on the slider scale and back it off to about 1/3 of that value.This will get you "in the ballpark" without having your images look too processed.

Of course there is a lot more to processing images and you can get yourself into a very deep rabbit hole trying to learn all there is to know about post-processing. This is a very safe and logical place to start. Then make copies of your images and play with the sliders/presets until you develop a style of processing that you are happy with and that can become "your look".

Have FUN! :-D
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-10-2019, 10:05 AM  
Big product photography
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Here are some "out of the box" suggestions based on a recent Thomas Heaton video where he created an image based on a composite of multiple multi-frame panoramas. I think the same process might work for you.

Rent some LED lamps & stands, shoot a number of panos with either your 16mm lens or something longer for less distortion. Change the lighting for each pano and then create a composite image in Photoshop using the best light for each area of the engine. This would create a lot of work, but the result could be interesting.

I also agree that adding a person or common object to provide a perspective of size would be beneficial. This would provide a very descriptive environmental image.

Best of luck - lots of great ideas so far. Let us know the final process that you choose.
Forum: General Photography 03-22-2019, 01:37 PM  
Beginner's photography course
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 27
Views: 988
Agreed, I have been involved with a training organization that uses this method of training and it accomplishes a few things:
1. Maintains student attention
2. Minimizes boredom, since students are sitting, standing, moving, thinking, listening ... not just sitting, staring, and zoning out to the "mwaw, mwaw, mwaw" of the teacher
3. Breaks the topics into bite-sized pieces that are more easily understood
4. Provides immediate opportunity to apply what was learned
5. Helps the students get acquainted with their own gear right away
6. Encourages questions, and learning through "discovery" (try it & see what happens)
7. Gives the instructor more control of the pace of learning so that the students get a chance to absorb the more difficult topics.

Good luck with your course!!
Forum: General Photography 03-20-2019, 03:26 PM  
Online photo posting advice. Flickr? Instagram? Other?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 39
Views: 1,554
Welcome to Flickr!! The link to your Flickr page is done by editing your pentaxforums signature:
1. Go to your account by clicking on your name at the top right of the forum window.
2. Along the left side you'll see "Edit Profile", click on that
3. Along the left side you'll see "Edit Signature", click on that
4. In the text box you can set up the link however you want. I did it by typing the word "Flickr", then highlighting it and clicking on the green globe with a chain that says inset link when you hover over it.
5. Copy the url from your Flickr home page and paste this into the link box that opens up.
6. Save and that link will show up on each of your forum posts.

Yes it is Twitter for photos - images show up and disappear at the speed of cyberspace. You can follow a few people and then look at their profile where many have links to their websites/blogs or other social media pages where you can look at their work in more detail. Flickr is more "educational" in that many people include their EXIF information along with the images so you can sleuth out some of the key aspects of their image making. That is not possible on Instagram ... it is more of an "Ooooh, that is a pretty picture!" and move on type of environment.

Hope you enjoy Flickr!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-07-2019, 03:51 PM  
Flickr and "Explore"
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 17
Views: 1,420
Flickr's Daily Explore feature seems to be based somewhat on a daily theme. As you scroll through the selections you will find there is a pattern each day that you can identify along with a mixture of other random images. I read an article a few years a go by someone who tried to develop or explain how to increase the chances of having your images chosen for Explore. There was no magic solution. Perhaps interacting with other Flickr people may improve your chances a little. Technical perfection is by no means a guarantee and poor composition will not keep you out of the running either.

Don't over analyze it, just accept the congratulations/Favs/comments that come your way and say "Thank you :-)" Enjoy the fleeting fame that is "Explore"!

... oh, and CONGRATULATIONS John!! :-D
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2019, 12:28 PM  
Online photo posting advice. Flickr? Instagram? Other?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 39
Views: 1,554
Flickr has served me well for over a decade. I don't use it as much as I used to, but it still works. You can create albums for each of the events that you shoot. Instagram is more popular but takes a few steps to upload images. I find uploading my images to Google Photos allows me to use my phone to post the images to Instagram without loss of quality.

Another option (if you use Lightroom/Photoshop) is to utilize the Adobe Portfolio that is included with the monthly subscription. The page is customizable and you can easily provide a link to various event pages so others can view your images. (see my link below for an example of a portfolio site).
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-26-2019, 09:26 AM  
The "everything but gear talk" thread. What's your project, what's your take on it?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 181
Views: 12,597
With February having wind chills of -30 to -45 (almost the same in C or F degrees), there has not been any Snowy Owl photos happening.

Since I am a "Heinz 57" style of photographer I have a couple of other goals for 2019

a) Practice Focus Stacking to get crisper landscape images
b) Mega-Pixel Panorama shots by combining numerous vertical images into a panorama with extreme detail

a) Work at "upping my game" for Environmental Headshots. I create these at work once or twice a year and I need to get more consistent with my results.
Forum: General Photography 02-13-2019, 03:27 PM  
Focus stacking for landscapes etc
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 16
Views: 1,276
Hi John,
Here is a good blog post on the process of focus stacking
Processing Focus Stacks | Gerlach Nature Photography

Here is a gadget that automates the process:
Helicon FB Tube - Helicon Soft

Good luck!
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-08-2019, 12:08 PM  
The Sigma Lens Club- All lenses
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 2,294
Views: 355,387
Congratulations! I have the 3.5-4.5 version of that lens and really enjoy it.
Warnings: Watch when taking images of people that they are not too close to the edges. Even though these are not "fish-eye" lenses, they do distort at the edges ... which can be fun at times :-D
- I will turn mine vertical when shooting some landscapes. This allows you to get everything from the grass at your feet to the sky straight above you - sort of an interesting perspective.
- Shooting at f/16 gives you great star shapes of pinpoint light sources which stand out in a wide angle image.
- These are terrific for night photography since they capture so much of the sky. Use a tripod, a remote shutter release, and set your camera to mirror lock-up for best results at about 30 seconds (after that you start to get star trails ... which is not a bad thing necessarily).

Enjoy & happy shooting! :-D
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