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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Packing Light, World Tour....if you could take just ONE lens...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 84
Views: 2,270
I did several around the world trips with just one lens.

With a crop sensor camera it would be the 16-85. With a full frame it would be the 24-70.


I've done it more than one time so I am not just speaking out of theory.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2018, 10:43 PM  
People The Refugee
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Thank you.


The photo itself based only on that alone... there is a lot that isn't perfect. The lighting is horrible for one...

But the story behind it, that is what makes it more meaningful. I was discussing lots of things with friends the other day and it made me think of this experience.


From a sheer photographic standpoint it makes me wonder how a photo like this (and it's attached story) connects with people who are seeing it for the first time.


I mean when you read that little blurb and see the picture what runs through your head as a viewer?

I guess what I am getting at here is trying to see how the whole package works together to connect.

Yes there are tons of images where I go 'wow! pretty!' or 'that model is gorgeous' or even 'I would love to be on that beach!'... all of those different kinds of images 'connect' in one way or another but I am curious about how something like THIS connects or if it connects at all with the viewer/reader?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2018, 09:46 AM  
People The Refugee
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 170
I was walking around Istanbul late at night and three young guys were interested in my taking photos and my camera gear.

Turns out all three of them were Libyan refugees, and all three of them were from Benghazi, and all three of them were there and witnessed the events of the night of that attack.
We ended up staying out until at least 3am talking, discussing, eating, and sharing. It was quite an interesting night I should say.

The guys really wanted to save up money to buy a camera so they could take photos and they also really liked Run DMC.

This is a street portrait of one of them.

Photo taken with a K-3 and 16-85mm. ISO 3200, f4, 1/20, handheld.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 08:09 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 131
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 08:04 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 131
I previously uploaded the color version of this photo but I don't know how to add it here for compare and contrast purposes. Any ideas?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 07:51 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 131
A black and white version of a previously posted photo.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2018, 09:33 AM  
Night Astro Photography Trials
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Thanks David! This is one of my first real attempts to do this kind of stuff.

I guess I could do it more often but just haven't.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-13-2018, 01:54 PM  
Night Astro Photography Trials
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 175
I recently went camping so I decided to try out some astro photography. I don't have much experience in that aspect of photography but please feel free to comment, make suggestions or just tell me which one you like better.

All feedback and tips are appreciated.

The first one was taken with the 31mm. The 2nd one was taken with the 24-70 (at 24mm) and a Surefire flashlight (I gently brushed the trees with my flashlight as it was on the timer to make the tree more visible).

Both photos were taken in Bandera Texas.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-12-2018, 11:42 PM  
Architecture Prambanan Hindu Temple - Java
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Excellent series! I have been to Indonesia many times but I've never been to these temples.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-12-2018, 09:15 PM  
Analog in Oman?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 3
Views: 278
I have a bunch of friends that are in and out of that area all the time. I am not that versed in film photography or where you can get this or that or have film developed or whatnot.

I don't know your base/home country but it might pay off in big ways to make contacts with frequent flyers that will bring stuff in and out of the country. If you were going digital I think it would be easier by a lot to maintain the habit but that aside I can't say for sure.


Other than that, welcome to the forum.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-30-2018, 10:59 AM  
L Mount alliance, new Nikon, Canon mounts...future
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 31
Views: 877
All the details aside technology moves at the speed of light. Every year there are new phones new TV systems new everything.

With other technology the companies have a lot more leverage to compel people into buying new stuff.

If you have a 6 year old phone it might work fine but then again it won't be able to keep up with modern apps or other things.

Photography though has much less pressure for these kinds of upgrades and investments.

With a phone if it's old and only 2G you have to upgrade to get the performance of 4G or whatever. The same however is not true with camera gear. The changes are mostly optional but every so many years there's enough change to warrant a big expensive upgrade.

These upgrades are all dependent upon people's ability to afford it and their willingness to accept the change.

Basically put camera systems are not as mobile among users.

If the systems can last long enough and have enough support and prove it's worth over time people will adopt it.

A lot of these companies though are hoping for and trying to compel people to buy a new gadget every year. Problem is its just too expensive for most to do that.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-30-2018, 10:16 AM  
L Mount alliance, new Nikon, Canon mounts...future
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 31
Views: 877
Can you please explain simply and briefly what is this L mount alliance?
Forum: General Photography 09-27-2018, 07:13 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 70
Views: 2,008
I love that first photo!!!!

And you and me are alike in the sense of focusing on the artistic. I personally almost never get the opportunity to do 'street photography' (I live in rural Texas) so in ways I envy people (photography wise) that live in cities. In normal situations I travel a lot when I can. I recall walking around a place like Istanbul on sensory overload. You could spend a year there without any problem. Other cities too.


When I go to places like that I often either walk around for days exploring and making notes (physical) or mental about the who what when and wheres. Paying particular attention to light is the biggest deal to me and then throw in some fantastic composition....it's actually an art form so if it was easy everyone would be doing it.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 09:34 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 70
Views: 2,008
Another skill that is good to have is focus trapping skills. You can manually focus and get some stellar shots.


I also know that it's kind of cheating but there is nothing wrong with having a friend (or model) be a part of the plan. Follow the plan in my first post about finding good locations and then have willing participants dress up or whatever and not really 'pose' but say 'walk across the street' at a designated point or whatever. The real trick there is to get them to not stare right into the camera, but rather just go on about business to get the effect you want.

If you take the latter approach it's a whole lot easier to be productive than to have unwilling participants. Depending on what I wanted to do, I've even put like a little pebble on the ground as 'point A' and then had another one set at 'point B' and I would just have people walk from A to B and on to C and I would just have to determine the optimal snapping point.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 09:16 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 70
Views: 2,008
I like that first video that was posted up. That guy has his game down. I rarely if ever will stick my camera anywhere. If it's going to cause a fight I don't bother. The US is the worst, by far, about this.

At the end of the day it depends on what kind of shots you really want to get. A lot of people walk around with a big camera or long lens looking like some kind of paparazzi and I just don't think that's effective. It could be but only marginally. I myself have walked up to people on the street and took shots of them, for sure. It tends to work out well if you have a good rapport with people. On the other hand walking around just clicking at anything that moves has a downside. Most of the time if not always you wind up with crappy shots. That said unless you're taking pictures of the Pope or President it's not the best idea to just run around trying to force a shot.

For me 'street photography' requires a lot of planning (when I get a chance to do it). I will walk around and note scenic areas, I will also walk around and make note of when and where the light is at. Recognizing good light is key. For example if you camp out near a glass high rise on a shiny day odds are you will get a ton of reflection back into your image. Basically put I am looking more for a 'landscape shot' and I approach it in ways that are similar to that.


I will take days or longer to figure out where I want to shoot, what kind of background it will produce, and try to determine the best kind of light for that area. Then on top of that I have to see if there will even be people in that area when the stars align. Overall the whole thing can take a ton of preparation and advance planning.


One key feature that helps facilitate things though is the tilting screen. It makes you look less conspicuous. I might only get 5 or 10 shots off, but at the end of the day I might have 1-2 keepers.


On another level I also do stuff in big crowds. When there is a festive mood going on it's a great time to 'run and gun'. By "Festive Mood" it can be anything from a riot in the street to a big street party. In those kinds of situations it's much easier to do the whole 'running around shooting thing'. It doesn't or rarely I should say give you 'technically good' photos all the time but rather is more of a documentation of the events.


Really there is no right or wrong answer. It all is dependent on situations and what your end product is that you want to produce. Planning 3, 4 or 5 days for a 30 or 45 minute window to get shots isn't what a lot of people consider 'street' but it really in fact is.


I guess the real question here is are you trying to document something or are you trying to create and capture an artistic impression of something?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2018, 10:50 AM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 93
Views: 3,283
My position is this: I will never buy a subscription to Lightroom. I will find an alternative when the time is right and needed. In the absence of any viable alternative that is non subscription based, I will sell all of my camera gear and devote the money to one of my two or three other expensive hobbies.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2018, 09:41 AM  
Photo Editing on Android Tablet
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Here is the thread I put up before. It's 3 pages long.


Post Processing with a Tablet computer? - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2018, 08:30 AM  
Photo Editing on Android Tablet
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 8
Views: 566
I've asked this before in a similar type of thought process as you but the overwhelming consensus was that it's not the best idea.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-11-2018, 12:11 PM  
Canon EOS-R Hands-On First Look by Kai Wong
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 75
Views: 1,565
I am kind of of the school that rather than just purely 'small' the camera needs to be balanced and comfortable. I am not of the studio variety (yet) so 98% of the time I am out and about running around or walking or moving when I shoot photos.

Small helps when you're packing your luggage but aside from that for anyone who primarily works in the field ie outside/not within steps of the car the balance and ergonomics of things matter more than pure size and weight. My system might overall be a few oz heavier but if I use a superior way to carry gear it more than makes up for it.


I figured I would ask you to opine here and share your thoughts on my comment since you're clearly more of the professional level/type photographer with a lot more years under your belt in the arena.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2018, 08:15 PM  
Nature Another Flower with my A 50 f1.7
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 13
Views: 241
How does one do focus stacking? I am familiar with what it is but not sure how to do it.


Great pic by the way.
Forum: General Photography 09-07-2018, 12:14 PM  
What is important for a great photo?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 65
Views: 1,933
Content is by far the most important. A blurry picture or shaky video of a once in a life world event is still better than an average shot of your cat on the back of the sofa.

Composition is probably next.

After that in a very close (almost tie for second place) would be lighting.

"Gear" doesn't make the list at least not at this point.
Forum: General Photography 09-05-2018, 10:21 PM  
Sim City Mong Kok
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 480
I have been all over the place. I was in Hong Kong 3 or 4 times last year but I didn't waste time doing much shopping for the most part. Your best bet will be to find local people who are into photography and ask them. Hong Kong still has a little bit of hustle to it so a local would definitely be your best bet if you really want to find something specific and to not get taken to the cleaners on the price.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-01-2018, 10:00 PM  
August Pentax K-1 II Giveaway: Raffle Thread 1, 05:00 UTC, September 2, 2018
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 108
Views: 4,141
In to win the camera!
Forum: General Talk 08-30-2018, 03:28 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By alamo5000
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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-29-2018, 08:22 PM  
A bit confused :)
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 9
Views: 309
It depends on if you are tech geek looking for specs or you want a camera that will be a good tool for taking photos.

Some of the pros to Pentax:

1. LOTS of bang for the buck. I priced out a similar system for Canon and Pentax was about 60% of the cost using apples to apples.

2. IMO Pentax has substantially more rugged cameras. It's got serious Weather Resistance and it just feels like a tank vs most other offerings I've handled.

3. There is backwards compatibility for Pentax cameras. Pretty much any lens ever made in a Pentax K mount (in use since 1975) or 43 years ago are compatible with today's modern DSLRs. Not even close to true with any other brand.

4. In body stabilization. This means the function to keep your shots stable and not all shaky is built into the body. On most other camera brands it's part of the lens. This also tends to make the lenses a lot more complex and expensive for other brands.

5. The controls for the camera for day to day use are MUCH more user friendly for Pentax. This also includes ergonomics.


Pros for other brands...
1. Usually the two biggies Nikon/Canon will have a much larger modern lens selection to pick from. That said bring your credit card and ask for a limit increase.

2. The other brands generally have better video capabilities, but there are a lot of us out here that never shot a video and don't really want to bother with learning how to do it.


At the end of the day you will need to tell us what your goals are for photography and what kind of shooting you want to do. If you are just an every day shooter like most of us here, why pay 60% more for a camera system that generally isn't even on the same level of quality and pretty much does the same thing (only with much more cumbersome controls if you choose the two bigger names).
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