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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-14-2018, 11:07 AM  
New to The Forum-Old Pentax Owner
Posted By nullnvoid
Replies: 23
Views: 1,205
Hello! I live in Tulsa Oklahoma, originally from New York City. (Brooklyn)
Been living in Tulsa for close to fifteen years; But I still have my Brooklyn accent!
I am a Ham Radio Operator, licensed as an Extra Class. Also, I enjoy music.

I play on the worship team in Church; flute, percussion & bass!
And I love The Lord! Anyway, I've been having some issues with my Pentax flash.
I will post the issues in the proper section. Thanks for having me!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2014, 10:46 AM  
Architecture Leaning sheds
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Found on an old homestead in the middle of nowhere. 10 seconds @ f8

Forum: Photographic Technique 09-04-2011, 02:06 PM  
Uncle Bob vs. A Professional Wedding Photographer
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 43
Views: 7,015
RE: 10,000 shots a week - I just attended a big, $75,000 wedding - the daughter of our best friends. Two dark-suited photographers; wireless trigger flashes on stands in the sanctuary and none on the first body, frame-mounted on the second, long lens and 85. 30 minutes of set shots of the wedding party. 4 hours all in of reception, dinner and dancing. I was looking, and I rarely saw either photographer. ONE shot per toast, ONE shot per "dance," ONE candid per group of people.

Just before I left, since my son is engaged, I took #1 aside and asked a few questions, including how many clicks he expected to process. He said 300 - 400 each with a 50% keeper rate, and he would "show" around 100. That's right at 100 an hour each, including the set shots. If he did 4 weddings a week that's 2000 clicks MAX - more like 1600 real.

Nikon (it was late and I don't know Nikon model numbers but he said 2 years old FF). He wouldn't say what he charged, but I'd guess top money since I know the cost of the wedding.

I'm a rank amateur, but to me that guy is a professional's professional.
Forum: Photo Critique 08-25-2011, 08:26 PM  
People Ignore the children
Posted By KC-Focus
Replies: 4
Views: 1,714
I'd agree with atupdate. The high contrast (pajamas) on the same plane as the high-key effect really doesn't work. The background color brings it forward in a way that looks like a poor photoshop retouch and kind of flattens the image in an unnatural way.
Forum: Photo Critique 08-25-2011, 05:10 AM  
People Ignore the children
Posted By atupdate
Replies: 4
Views: 1,714
I agree with Ash but the high key affect might have worked if the children were dressed in white or very light colors. The face needs to be the focus point in high key images and the green pajamas is dominate in your image.

Forum: Photo Critique 08-25-2011, 04:13 AM  
People Ignore the children
Posted By Ash
Replies: 4
Views: 1,714
Besides the subject softness, the background blends too much with the fair colour of the kids' skin. Being a plain white background as a result of boosting exposure, it doesn't quite work for a high-key image in this case.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2010, 11:12 AM  
Pentax Canada Repair times?
Posted By RBellavance
Replies: 17
Views: 4,479
I suggest you call them to get an update. When I sent a lens over, I never got the repair estimate even though they said they e-mailed it to me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2010, 11:14 AM  
Pentax Canada Repair times?
Posted By bobmaxja
Replies: 17
Views: 4,479
You should call them, they are the one who can answer you not us
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2010, 11:11 AM  
Pentax Canada Repair times?
Posted By getmoresoon
Replies: 17
Views: 4,479
Here it is...

Basically 12 days between their receipt and a quote back to me.

I'd ring them up.
Good luck!
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-01-2010, 10:25 AM  
success... but...
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 12
Views: 3,068
1+ per Jussi's comments

I shoot the Fomapan 100 in 4x5 and it is a nice film. I have shot it in 120 and yes, it does have a bluish tint on the negatives, but I found that the tint is minimized with 30 minutes wash. One characteristic of the film is that development moves quickly such that dilution is required for some developers. Add in the high temperature that you were working at and I would expect that both density and contrast are pretty extreme. In regards to diluting the fixer, it depends on the fixer. I assumed you were using a standard fixer. In which case, dilution is not a good idea. On the other hand, "rapid" fixer formulations usually require dilution. In any case, follow the directions for the chemistry you are using. (See package insert or manufacturer Web site.)

---------- Post added 10-01-10 at 10:40 AM ----------

There are several reasons I have read:
  • Some films have a fairly intense anti-halation dye that comes out during processing. A water pre-soak allows for removal of the dye so that it does not color any of the chemistry "downstream" that you might want to reuse.

  • Reportedly provides faster and more consistent start for development

  • Provides pre-processing temperature nudge for tank, reels, and film

  • Per instructions for some films

  • Ansel Adams did it

I personally pre-soak for 4x5 based on the practice and advice of more experienced shooters. I generally have not for smaller formats, mostly because I was not taught that way ;)

Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 10-01-2010, 11:29 AM  
success... but...
Posted By Nesster
Replies: 12
Views: 3,068
Still using D-76? I'd stick to manufacturer's recommendations, i.e. dilute 1:1 8-10 minutes, using standard agitation: 30sec to start, then either 5 sec every 30, or 10sec every 1min (I have tried both and did not see a diff, so I do 10sec each minute).

I shot my first roll of Foma 100 35mm size at ASA400 by mistake, yet the film came out beautifully using the standard developing instructions. I think you'll do OK... it's better to get results from standard procedure first, then experiment.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-27-2010, 11:22 PM  
People les embrace
Posted By fekish
Replies: 10
Views: 2,720
well... i suppose i am the only one that felt my burning by the blur and immediately went down the page.... :)
Forum: Photo Critique 09-27-2010, 09:16 PM  
People les embrace
Posted By Dan
Replies: 10
Views: 2,720
Wow! This is one of the best photos I have seen this year. I like everything about it: the colors, the dynamism, the framing, the emotional content, the subject. As with all great photos, it has an immediate impact.

Congratulations on an outstanding work of art!

Forum: Photo Critique 09-27-2010, 11:06 PM  
People les embrace
Posted By Ash
Replies: 10
Views: 2,720
Another positive from me jord.
It's creative and warm. A beautiful painting to hang up on the wall.
Good work, and a fine example of unique use of long handheld exposure.
Well done.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-19-2010, 09:37 PM  
Mind the Flash
Posted By alohadave
Replies: 3
Views: 1,751
It loaded fast enough for me that I wasn't aware of a load time (Comcast Cable)

It seems like a personal site. I don't get any indication that you are doing any for-hire work. Blog format doesn't really work as professional website, besides having a couple posts that are completely random.

Find a free template and build a site on that using cheap hosting, and setup a dedicated site for your for-hire work. If it's low volume, use your ISP's hosting that you should be getting with your account.
Forum: Photo Critique 09-17-2010, 07:40 AM  
People My First "Studio" Shot
Posted By brofkand
Replies: 23
Views: 5,780
If you are serious about learning lighting, I'd recommend "Light: Science and Magic." Not only do you learn portrait lighting, you learn pretty much everything you need to light ANYTHING from mirrors, glass, metal, still life, etc.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-12-2010, 04:19 AM  
Warm hello from Florida!
Posted By agsy
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Hello guys,

I am Hungarian from Romania, happily married and currently a college student to become a radiographer.

I am glad that I found this friendly forum website. I purchased my first DSLR this March (Pentax Kx) and this forum was really helpful finding answers to many of my beginner questions.

I am very excited to be part of the Pentax community :D.

Thank you all,
Forum: Photo Critique 07-31-2010, 06:06 AM  
Sports Playing in the Dirt
Posted By clark
Replies: 13
Views: 2,776
I was thinking to say 'remove the barrel', but then I thought without the barrel it would just look like the horse is falling over- with the barrel it's clear that the horse has run around it
but I agree it would be better if it was a fence or something that looked more like it belonged in the picture

so if you were to comp it out, you'd have to replace it with something

if you think this would be above your skill level in photoshop if you send me the raw/full size processed Jpeg I could comp it out and then render something in 3ds max to fit in with the scene?
Forum: Photo Critique 07-31-2010, 11:10 AM  
Sports Playing in the Dirt
Posted By wshi
Replies: 13
Views: 2,776
I hadn't thought of that... you're quite right, that without something there the horse looks like it's just about toppled over :p
Forum: Photo Critique 07-31-2010, 12:33 PM  
Sports Playing in the Dirt
Posted By Rupert
Replies: 13
Views: 2,776
Maybe I have a different perspective on these. While I think the 2nd is better for the stated reasons, I would bet that the first, which is my favorite, would receive more attention if printed large and hung for viewing. I always try to envision a photo in print and hanging.....and what its appeal would be in that format. Here, I think the clarity of the rider would draw the eye, but the blur of the situation would make the viewer linger and take in the whole scene and study it with interest, and it does call out for my interest. Combine that with the fact that it is almost a combination photo (the rider) and watercolor painting (the rest of it) and it is most unusual.

Of course, I am just an old Squirrel Shooter, and certainly no art or photo critic with any credentials worth mentioning, but that's how I see it!
Best Regards!
Forum: Photo Critique 07-31-2010, 01:22 PM  
Sports Playing in the Dirt
Posted By Take-5-JB
Replies: 13
Views: 2,776
Just a view point here, but not from a professionally trained eye. Both photos are very good. The first implies a pulse racing level of potential action that is not defined well, but lurking. Sort of like when you were a kid and spun around very fast and the sky and objects blurred. You weren't sure if you would fall or not, but it was stimulating and fun. The second photo defines a situation in time where the horse and rider are trying regain control of their movement. The angles are all over the place with the girl's eyes,the horses head and body, and the horizon all askew. I think the barrel is the antagonist of the action and is necessary to convey the reason for the event. I would be much more concerned about where the speck between the horses right eye and the edge of the photo came from and PP it out.

I'm just an old outdoors guy with off road motorcycle crashing experience. I've seen a bit of the blurring and freeze-frame images in real time. I close my eyes and still can see them. That is what this reminds me of here. The drama of intense action.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-30-2010, 06:44 AM  
lens clamp
Posted By elho_cid
Replies: 7
Views: 6,299
I see, my answer was referring to the clamp on the DFA series lens. Interesting to know that the clamp on FA and DFA is a different thing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-30-2010, 05:29 AM  
lens clamp
Posted By bdery
Replies: 7
Views: 6,299
There are two things here. there is a focus lock switch used to fix the focus...

then there is the clamp, which is a rotating switch. The clamp is used to increase friction on the focus mechanism, to make manual focus more comfortable. It is NOT a lock, as you will see if you try it. It is there because when it isn't MF feels lifeless. Leaving it on when using AF will make AF slower and might, on the long run, damage the AF mechanism.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-22-2010, 11:08 AM  
Handing your camera to the hired pro to take a shot
Posted By pxpaulx
Replies: 16
Views: 3,627
If you really felt as though you were being jobbed, you could pretend to be checking out the passed-along camera while you set the resolution to the lowest level so they can't print it anyway.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-20-2010, 04:59 PM  
Why different reputations for same points?
Posted By GeneV
Replies: 40
Views: 3,176
I am curious why some posters with the same number of points have different reputation designations. I am a student, as I was with half the current points, but others with fewer points are an "apprentice." I don't even know which is "higher" but it is curious that my designation stays the same.
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