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Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2019, 11:12 AM  
Nature Glen Leigh
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Hi Kevin.

On this particular series I did not have to use any ND filters. Conditions were partly sunny with plenty of extended periods of overcast. I shot during the overcast periods. Additionally, the canopy was so dense that little light was reaching the forest floor. I used a Kase magnetic polarizer on a case filter holder as my only filter. I think that is roughly equal to a stop or slightly more. That sufficed to produce images at f22 for most of these images for exposure of 2 to 6 seconds.

In the last two images I upped the iso to 400 to cut the shutter speed to 1 sec at f22.

I recently bought Kase Wolverine 100mm 6 and 10 stops NDs but had no need to use them in these dark and serene ravines.

Thank you for your comments. They are much appreciated.

Stephen

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Thank you for the feedback Tony. . Always good to hear kind words. Keep up your good work too!:)

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-10-2019, 10:50 AM  
Landscape Kaaterskill Falls
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Very nicely executed image and PP.

With respect to your description of how people show questionable safety in environments such as this.... no matter where I travel I see people, usually young, hanging over or off 1000í drops or more and taking ridiculous risks. Of course, when they get hurt/killed their poor judgment still wonít stop legal issues.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-08-2019, 10:00 AM  
Nature Glen Leigh
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Here are few images taken last week. I cropped them for screen saver format for my monitor ( except for the final image) and then sized them as GIF for the forum. I really enjoy the fairly arduous hike through the two ravines and especially during the middle of the week when you rarely come across anyone.

Shot with 645z with DFA 28-45, Kase magnetic polarizer on Kase filter holder.













Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-05-2019, 07:14 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13,420
Views: 2,225,710
Thank you for your kind comments on these images. I must admit that I am more than a little impressed with the output capabilities of this lens. Sharp as a tack from 5.6 at all focal lengths. However, hiking with this kit and a few spare lenses through wet, steep, rocky and rooty environs is a challenge compared to a K3II or K1II with primes. Quite heavy.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-04-2019, 08:00 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13,420
Views: 2,225,710
A few images from a hike, with my wife, through Glen Leigh along Kitchen Creek this past week. Testing out the DFA 28-45. Beautiful and serene stand of rare virgin forest in PA.

F22@6.00 sec, Kase magnetic polarizer rotated 25 deg off maximum effect



f22@1.00 sec, Kase magnetic polarizer
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-02-2019, 01:35 PM  
Landscape photography (getting started)
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 52
Views: 1,885
I read this post when it originally appeared on the forum. I didn't have time to respond then but I can see that you have gotten some great advise from forum members, Wheatfields, Clackers, Pschlute and others.

I understand where you are coming from. Landscape photography always seems as though it should be easy and natural.... find a area of natural interest...point a camera, click, review and.... voila! No, it clearly is not easy for so many of the reasons offered by those that answered your thread before me.

After graduate school, I left my field and went back for a degree in photography and have worked as a photographer for 40 years. Even with studies and a head full of photography knowledge I have struggled and still struggle to make decent landscapes. Techniques have to be learned and practiced in the field, and as Dartmoor Dave stated... plenty of self (constructive) criticism.

My interest in landscapes started a few years back when I knew I would be retiring and looking for something to keep myself occupied. My skill set involved scientific and industrial photography which don't really translate to landscape work. I had excellent kit, but much of todays landscape imaging requires post production skills that eluded me (beyond the basics of PS, because life gets in the way) and still does. I think that it is fair to say that that skill set (PP) is necessary in addition to just going out there and shooting even as your camera skills evolve.

The most interesting thing that I have read on this thread, Is one that I agree with. Don't get fooled into thinking that wide angle lenses make for great landscapes. They have there place, but I don't often use them except if I know I am going to be in tight conditions... ravines, slot canyons, deep woods etc. Usually I just take a 31mm, 43mm (on cropped frame camera) or greater focal length and shoot multiple images and stitch them to get the perspective that an ultrawide will not provide. Clacker's image of the tree was an excellent example that used focal length perspective to separate the tree from the background.

Now back to your quote at the top that I made bold. I was out hiking with my wife two days ago. I was trying my DFA 28-45 outdoors for the first time (I knew I would be in a ravine) and when I was setting up and using the iphone as a light meter, I recalled your above statements from the initial thread and did a snapshot of the scene I was composing. I uploaded the iPhone image here and the actual image I took on the Z. The point here is that the iPhone snapshot doesn't convey the feeling or mood that I was experiencing creekside.I would have been disappointed if I looked at it at home and it was the only image I had. So, don't use your camera for snapshots unless that is what you specifically want. Take your time, learn to see and compose what you want as a final outcome. I am not a landscape photographer by any means but my rendition is closer to the mood and the ambience I felt in the glen.











There are no really easy ways to get great landscape images. The more you delve into it the more layers of the “onion” you will keep revealing. So many factors determine the satisfactory outcome of an image. These include weather, lighting, time of year, choice of gear, location demands, camera skill sets, photography knowledge skill sets, and post production and copious quantities of patience . Each of these factors could be subdivided ad infinitum. So just enjoy the process and the knowledge gained.

So, with the wealth of advice that the forum members have given, just get out there and keep composing and shooting. It is a lengthy journey and it begins with the first step.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2019, 10:11 PM  
Landscape Last Light, Capitol Reef from Sulfur Creek Canyon
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Hiking along the rim of Sulfur Creek Canyon minutes before sunset the site of the distant reef lit up above a curving arroyo caught my interest. I stumbled upon the image while reorganizing some SSD drives and thought Iíd rework the image and share.



Stephen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2019, 02:33 PM  
drone for photography
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13
Views: 738
With all due respect and courtesy I havenít got a clue what the heck you are taking offense with.

In my initial posting my statement was that you cannot, without a 107 license, sell commercially, nor donate images for the commercial benefit of the person the image(s) are donated to. If you inferred otherwise, I am unaware of what I stated that you take offense with. My second post only served to support specifically what I inferred in my original post.

My point in general was that there is more to legal drone photography than just going up high, snapping an image and selling it. Further to that I have been to a number of events that where drone video is sold (example: weddings) and not one pilot has ever been certified.

Additionally, I posted simply to help other people getting involved in aerial photography to be careful and to avoid potential problems that may cause them to run afoul of FAA rules. It was intended to be helpful and Iím sorry if you felt it was otherwise.

Iíve been on this forum since it was founded and I have always been courteous and respectful to my fellow forum members without exception. I would have appreciated the same.

Stephen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2019, 12:32 PM  
drone for photography
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13
Views: 738
As per mid 2018...
The below is a quote from Business News Daily...

“Get Licensed

The first thing you will need is a license. Selling drone photos without a license could earn you a $1,100 fine from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The government has mandated that anyone who flies a drone for a commercial, non-recreational or governmental purpose needs to have a special license to do so. This license is called a Part 107, after the rule that governs it.”


com∑mer∑cial
/kəˈmərSHəl/
adjective
1.
concerned with or engaged in commerce.
"a commercial agreement"
synonyms: trade, trading, business, private enterprise, mercantile, merchant, sales; archaicmerchandising
"the vessels were originally built for commercial purposes"
2.
making or intended to make a profit.
"commercial products"
synonyms: profit-oriented, money-oriented, commercialized, materialistic, mercenary
"public opinion was inward-looking and brashly commercial"

Stephen
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2019, 07:38 AM  
drone for photography
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13
Views: 738
It is important to understand that it is not legal under any circumstances to take images with a drone that will be used for financial gain, either directly or indirectly (example: donating). Doing so for a magazine cover would be illegal, by definition unless the author of the image holds an FAA Drone certification or license. The FAA written test is similar to the one I took when I got my pilots license. Other tests are required too. Once you have a drone license/permit you must fly said drone under the strict controls and very limited environment as would a pilot.

Of course, from everything that I have seen over the years that hasnít stopped many people from violating FAA rules. But this will change as the FAA is beginning to apply more pressure and oversight to drone operations.

A lot more goes into drone photography than snapping a few images. If they are doing it right the price will appear fairly steep to the un-anoited.

Stephen
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-07-2019, 08:36 PM  
Photo contest
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 19
Views: 413
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-07-2019, 08:35 PM  
Feeling Blue
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 3
Views: 68
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-07-2019, 08:34 PM  
Spring Awakenings
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 36
Views: 370
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 05-07-2019, 08:32 PM  
April, 2019 Runner-up: Spring Renewal
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 46
Views: 599
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-27-2019, 08:50 PM  
Weekly Challenge Welcome to Weekly Challenge #456 -- "Deep focus"
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 21
Views: 1,204
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-27-2019, 06:12 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13,420
Views: 2,225,710
Absolutely stunning piece of work. So many steps to make this so superbly executed.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-24-2019, 08:12 PM  
Nature Zion Canyon Big Horn
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated. While certainly not tame, you can often get images without them running off.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-17-2019, 05:53 PM  
Night MilkyWay from La Chupalla - Region de Coquimbo - Chile
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Beautiful image. I'm still staring at it!

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-17-2019, 04:53 PM  
Landscape Bombo Quarry
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 4
Views: 278
I like the image. Half the fun of getting an image is putting in the effort in the hope that everything comes together. It rarely does, but without your desire you would have nothing.

Nice work.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-16-2019, 07:57 PM  
Architecture Notre-Dame de Paris. This national treasure of France is being destroyed by fire.
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13
Views: 554
Answer to B first. I suspect this will be an eye opener.

With respect to the rest of the suppositions, you are probably correct. If the reports I have heard are accurate, the Cathedral was not even insured. If indeed that is correct one might infer that short cuts may clearly have contributed to the downfall and destruction to a large section of this 800 year old treasure.

5 years to replace and repair? Iíll take bets that that is a bit ambitious. Nothing seems to get done quickly these days even with incredible technology.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-08-2019, 06:25 PM  
Nature Zion Canyon Big Horn
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Recently I have had the opportunity to actually look at some images that I have taken over the past couple of years and spend a little time prepping some to share on the forum. Pentax may not have gotten the SDM drive design perfect but the DA* lenses are capable of some very good images. I've never encountered a problem with them and really love the DA*50-150 and the DA*60-250 which I used to capture this image.

This Big Horn image was captured along a hiking trail in Zion's back country.


Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-08-2019, 04:57 PM  
Filter systems for 645z
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 11
Views: 788
So I made the decision to go with Kase Filters. Dropped just short of a grand for their filter holder, magnetic polarizer and four filters. A 6 and 10 stop ND 100mm sqaure and a .09 (3 stops) grad and .09 reverse grad which were 100mmX150mm.

While running errands today I managed to stop by a local park and give a quick, and very unscientific BTW, test on the 10 stop ND to determine the neutrality of the filter.

All shots were shot with the magnetic polarizer mounted in the filter holder and attached to the DFA 28-45. Metering was in camera TTL as I didn't have my light meter with me. Conditions were extremely windy (20MPH+) and leaden skies with rapidly moving clouds.

Scene shot WITHOUT 10x ND or .09 grad


Image shot through 10x ND and 3 stop grad


100% Crop out of camera JPEG with just the polarizer


100% crop with polarizer, 10x ND and 3 stop grad.



Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-03-2019, 08:42 PM  
Filter systems for 645z
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 11
Views: 788
Went to his site, but the only mention I could find on a search there was about their filter adapter rings.

Iíve researched this topic for more than a year and the paralysis by analysis is nearly at an end. One of the better sites for visually comparing high end filters is 10 Stop ND Filter Test | On Landscape. This article from onlandscape is a fairly direct way to see comparisons of the competition for our hard earned dollars. Additional research on what system is most compatible with shooting style helps narrow the field. Anyone using filters should find this article of interest.

Stephen

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I certainly will. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-02-2019, 04:59 PM  
Filter systems for 645z
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 11
Views: 788
I too have been impressed with many of the reviews I have read about Breakthrough. Do you use the 100 or 150mm filters with the 645z. More precisley, do you use them with a DFA 28-45? If 100mm, do you see any vignetting in combo with.CP?

Stephen

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I use the ND’s and CP combos often. I am trying to get away from screw mount filters and looked at the HItech too.

BTW, a beautiful image... poetry to me.

Stephen

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Thank you for the heads up. It might work, but i think that some of the more advanced systems have easier on/off lens mounting with magnetic polarizer attachments.

Stephen
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2019, 10:41 AM  
Peak foliage time in Maine: A detailed landscape
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 59
Views: 1,073
I would like to nominate this photo
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