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Forum: Sold Items 01-09-2014, 12:12 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-F 28mm f/2.8 autofocus lens
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,734
Just a boost to this post. I have one of these "poor man's 31", and it goes with me everywhere. Small, light and great IQ, you can't go wrong!
Forum: Photo Critique 04-23-2013, 07:47 AM  
Landscape first attempt at waterfall
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,054

I too thought that you found a special place, and made a very good photo that could be improved. There were very good a valid suggestions listed that you should explore. I am not very familiar with the KR, but check out the two images of the Upper Palouse Falls that I just posted. They illustrate another valid method for achieving that milky thread of water over a fall that you were trying to get by stopping the aperture down.

Good luck,
Forum: Photo Critique 04-23-2013, 07:41 AM  
Landscape Upper Palouse Falls, two methods
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,119
Here are two very different photos of the same subject, from the same position, the same light, the same aperture. The difference is that the sharp photo had a shutter speed of 1/400 sec., the second had five exposures at 1/1000 sec. Multiple exposures is one of the features of the Pentax DSLRs that I really like to use in the proper situations. Please comment on whether you like one or the other, and why.

Thank you!
Forum: Photo Critique 04-22-2013, 07:45 AM  
Landscape Close up, Palouse Falls
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 2
Views: 885
A closer look at the falls with the DA17-70 @ 70mm focal length. Another multiple exposure!
Forum: Photo Critique 04-22-2013, 07:39 AM  
Landscape Palouse Falls
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 5
Views: 949
For those who are interested, the height of the falls is between 175 and 180 feet, depending on river flow. It doesn't look that high from the lip of the canyon.

This photo was captured with multiple exposures, which I like very much with moving water (also because it is easy with a Pentax DSLR). For those who think the area is sparse, it becomes even more so in August, when there is virtually nothing green to see, and very little water flow. This truly is a desert area.

Forum: Photo Critique 04-19-2013, 05:44 PM  
Landscape Palouse Falls
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 5
Views: 949
Photo taken at the falls of the Palouse River in SW Washington State. Focal length 25mm.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-16-2013, 09:37 AM  
Landscape Mt. Hood at sunset
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,100
This is in reply to both responses. I processed both examples in Lightroom, and reduced the "clarity" in both, but not to the same degree. That accounts for the seeming "out of focus" of the wind turbines. I felt that the reduced sharpness in both images enhanced the mood of the evening.

I could have driven back down the road to avoid the tower, but the time was fleeting, as we all know so well.

Thanks for the looks and the feedback!
Forum: Photo Critique 04-15-2013, 02:40 AM  
Landscape Mt. Hood at sunset
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,100
Photo taken from the east side of the Boardman Bombing Range, looking west 100 miles to Mt. Hood. Old spotting tower on the bombing range, plus numerous wind turbines between the bombing range and the Cascade mountains.

Please note to differences in the post processing. Any thoughts about the two would be appreciated.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2013, 07:41 AM  
Noise Reduction Software Giveaway: Let us help you improve your photos! (ended)
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 382
Views: 38,053
"I would like to enter this giveaway."

Just entered database data for a new K5IIs, DA 15 and DA 18-135:D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-17-2012, 02:44 AM  
Poll: Right eye vs. Left eye
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 94
Views: 27,970
My left eye is dominate, also has better vision, thus my rear screen is always smudged with nose oil. Is that better for those using the right eye?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2011, 07:27 AM  
Nature Busy at the Salmon Run
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 9
Views: 924
These are the first shots that I have seen from the 1200mm. Is it hard to focus at that length, or do you just turn it to infinity and let fly?

The details are outstanding, as are the subjects. They do you proud!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2011, 07:15 AM  
Architecture autumn in Suzhou China
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 5
Views: 669
This is probably the place that I most want to visit. Truely enchanting.

Thanks for sharing your photos.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2011, 06:41 AM  
Travel A few from my Thanksgiving trip to St. Lucia
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 5
Views: 965
I was there in December of 2008, what a great trip. Now I know that I want to go back. I'm glad that I didn't climb the peak, though.

Nice photos!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-10-2011, 06:37 AM  
Black & White Practice with portraits
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,246
I will add that even though the original was nice, the comments and corrections that were added made the photo much better. Even though I rarely post, because the only time I have to read the forum is when at work, I do like to learn through others experience.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-23-2011, 06:49 PM  
M42 Bellows Stuck on k100d. HELP! PANIC!!!
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 36
Views: 4,409
If you had a genuine Pentax Auto-Bellows, attaching and detaching the camera is super simple. Mine is a M42 bellows, and presents no problems because Pentax built the bellows with a knurled clamp screw on the right side of the bellows that allows the camera body connector ring to slip completely out of the bellows. You then can attach or detach the connector ring, with or without a M42-P/K adapter, to your camera. It does not require that you turn the camera while it is attached to the bellows.

By the way, I just bought a 100mm bellows lens with an old bellows, and the prize in the box was the original operating manual for the Auto-Bellows/Slide Copier. I already had another M42 bellows and slide copier, but without the lens or manual. The manual also discusses using the bellows with standard super takumar lenses, and gives magnification values and other values along with it.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-07-2011, 01:47 AM  
Pentax Binocular's
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,794
I have a pair of the Pentax DCF 8x42 and think that they are very good, am very happy with them. That said, I think the best place to do your research is at Birding Optics (Birding Optics: Binoculars and Scopes). They do their own testing and give specific recommendations.

Of course, actual hands on the product is nice, but any one store will have only so many choices.

I think there are many good binoculars out there, but for me, I liked to have the Pentax name on mine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2011, 11:16 AM  
Using Pentax Spotting Scope as a Lens?
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 13
Views: 15,752
I am also interested in the value of the Pentax PF-CA35. At $420, does it have something inside it that makes it much more valuable than the Bushnell T mount adapter at $23?

I would really appreciate a responce to that. Jobiga?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2011, 11:46 PM  
Takumar 100 F1:2.0
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,965
I spotted this lens on the major auction site, with a "buy it now" price of only $3999.00. I hope that this oportunity will not be passed up by some of our members afflicted with the dread "LBA" syndrome.

In the photo, this lens looks brand new, and the price is indeed awesome. If one of us do pick this up, I hope that you will share some photos taken with this rarest of the rare.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2011, 04:56 PM  
Soligor 200mm 13 aperture blades?
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 8
Views: 3,272
I think that what Dave was saying is that if the lens is not terrible, you can pick up a cheap Pentax K T mount to put on the lens. Just that much easier to use without the adapter.

As for the lens, good luck and let us know.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2011, 04:31 PM  
USVI wedding/vacation lens recommendation
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 8
Views: 2,069
For that kind of trip I would recommend that just your two kit lenses will be more than enough. Most of the time you will just use the one lens. Less can be best, and certainly more portable. Your fast fifty would also be handy for evenings, and is small and light.

Have fun!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-25-2010, 01:54 AM  
Nature Close ups
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,612
I don't really like #1 & 2, not much to look at. #3 & 4 both have possibilities, but if you want sharp photos in low light, especially at longer focal lengths, you are going to have to get a tripod and get used to using it. When you use the tripod, you can use the 2 sec. timer and you will be amazed at how sharp and clear your photos can be.

Keep after it!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-25-2010, 01:48 AM  
Nature Sunset
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,939
I like #3 the best. The foreground leaves are sharp and in contrast to the trees further off and of course the sun. Was the color really that orange?

Good effort.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-25-2010, 01:32 AM  
Landscape afternoon at canggu beach
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 8
Views: 2,414
I like this photo, the foreground in silhouette is very effective. The vignetting in the upper left is problematic, and may have different fixes.

Good job.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-25-2010, 01:27 AM  
Nature lake and birds
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 28
Views: 4,581
I second Sparlke's suggestion to crop your image, but I would go quite a bit further. With a shutter speed of 1/45s, you can not make a sharp image of anything that moves, especially a flying duck! If you crop to just under the ducks, and some of the dark off the bottom, you will have a land(pond)scape that has good color, exposure and composition.

I think that the attempt to get a good landscape with great depth of field, along with flying ducks in focus, would stymie most photographers. You generally have to choose what you want to take the picture of.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-19-2010, 06:42 PM  
Landscape Le pont bleu à Martigues
Posted By dawsonjm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,464
I think you did a great job with the exposure, light and colors. I think I would like it better if the camera was pointed a little to the left. I think that what we see on the right side detracts from a finely rendered scene.
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