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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 6 Hours Ago  
For Sale: SMC PENTAX-M 100mm f/2.8 bayonet K-mount
Posted By grey goat
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PM sent. . . .
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Hours Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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If you're ever in southern Wisconsin, you should look up Golden Booty Cream Ale from Lake Louie (Arena, WI). Here's what the website says about it:

GOLDEN BOOTY CREAM ALE –
Formally known as Coon Rock Cream Ale, this beer is a “pre-prohibition” Cream Ale produced with flaked corn for a very creamy and full-bodied beer. Lightly hopped with traditional varieties that would have been grown in Wisconsin a hundred years ago. The ultimate “Lawn Mower Beer.”
4.8% ABV | 18 IBU

It's a great everyday brew that used to be known as Coon Rock Cream Ale (Coon Rock being an area nearby, also the source of the name Coon Rock Rd.), but Tommy Porter changed the name when he renamed some of his other brews. (And yes, Tommy's last name really is Porter. Born to brew, it seems.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 8 Hours Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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After a three-day garage sale, I was wiped out Saturday afternoon, but not to the point that I wasn't lured outside with my K-3ii and EBC Fujinon 55/3.5 macro. I made a dozen or so exposures of flowers and milkweed leaves, all of which I deleted when I saw them on the big screen.

I did, however, keep the image below. A tiny bee hovered near the flower, steady in the breeze that kept the flower swaying in and out of focus. I tried to capture it near the flower, but of course it had its own ideas. Still, somehow I managed to capture it in focus as it flew away. So, an in-focus image of a tiny bee from behind (I suppose there's a latent pun in that word), set off rather strikingly by the smooth, creamy bokeh rendered by the EBC Fujinon 55.3.5.

The shutter speed was 1/1000 sec. at ISO 100. It was underexposed since it had darted into the shadows and gave me no time to adjust anything, so I boosted exposure in LR by 2.24. Also, it's a very small portion of the full frame (maybe an eighth of the frame?), cropped to get the bee to a discernable size.

Not a great image--who, besides another bee and an entomologist, wants to see the back side of a bee?--but the bokeh's nice, thanks to the EBC Fujinon lens. (Another, out-of-focus image captured the beautiful iridescence of the bee's wings, but I won't share that one.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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I really like that second photo, David. Those swarms . . . my wife, who occasionally does some trout-fishing, talks of "hatches."

It's nice and relaxing to look through this thread at what I've missed the last three days because of our participation in the village-wide garage sale. . . . (I managed to sell a Vivitar SLR m42, two old inexpensive K-mount zooms, a Quandary K-mount zoom, an inexpensive 500mm mirror lens, two or three old, cheap flashes, and a Panasonic Lumix FZ-15. There's a little more room around here now for more primes, I suppose. . . .)

nath
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 6 Days Ago  
For Sale: Pentax M 135mm f/3.5
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 5
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bump . . . price drop; now $60.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-08-2019, 10:33 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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for pepperberry & Riggomatic . . . two images made in the shade below a silver maple just before noon today . . . K-3ii w/ EBC Fujinon 100/2.8, wide open. (I probably should have shot at f/4. . . .) In the first image, I used LR's sharpening "detail" slider to increase the detail in the samaras, and it resulted in some film-like grain. Okay, the more I looked at that first image as I first posted it, I didn't like it. So I re-edited, and the image here now of the chair seat with the rust and samaras with the bokeh in the background is the revised version.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 07-05-2019, 07:49 PM  
For Sale: Pentax M 135mm f/3.5
Posted By grey goat
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Bump. $65 price includes Priority Mail shipping. Nice lens. . . .
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-05-2019, 01:56 PM  
Vintage TV Commercial!
Posted By grey goat
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I had the compensating enlarger time, but I sold it and the Zone VI head to help pay for a guitar. Fitting, I suppose, because I sold a guitar 20-some years ago to fund the construction of a darkroom in the basement. I still have their darkroom light, though.

It's been a while since I printed in the darkroom, so I'm not sure what paper I was using. I know it was fiber, though. Back then, I could stay down there for hours and hours.

There's a question . . . if Zone VI had had TV ads, what would they have been like? (Not a serious question.)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-04-2019, 08:27 PM  
Vintage TV Commercial!
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 21
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Oh, yes. The price may have been about the same as a Spotmatic, but it sure was heavier. A Nikkormat was my gateway to other Nikons back around 1989, and about ten years later I traded it as partial payment for a Beseler 23CIII XL with a Zone VI cold light head. Great camera, but I liked the FM better. If the Nikon D300 hadn't been so much bigger and heavier than the Pentax K-7, I may still have all my Nikkors. Instead, I've got a collection of Pentax glass and cameras. It's a switch I haven't regretted, not once.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-04-2019, 07:01 PM  
Vintage TV Commercial!
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 21
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Well, I know Canons are good cameras--I almost bought an FTb before I bought my Fujica ST801 back in 1972, I think it was. But that "Image is Everything" campaign turned my stomach.

I really don't understand, though, why Canon and Nikon have so many models available at the same time.

And while Nikon could have claimed they had users all around the globe, I think they were more "pro" oriented back in the '60s. Pentax cameras . . . anyone might have one. And I've heard they were preferred by some war and unit photographers in southeast Asia.

Very glad I have Pentax cameras and glass now--along with the ST801 and the four lenses I got way back when. . . .

Speaking of ads . . . I remember one particular Fujica magazine ad that showed an amber-hued lake scene with fog through the ST801's viewfinder, drawing attention to it's 7-LED metering display--that influenced my decision to by that camera. So while I find some ads repulsive, others I might find very persuasive.

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I noticed that. And I just went back to look at it, hoping it was a five-sided figure, a pentagon, but it's not. Still, pretty cool graphic!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-04-2019, 05:43 PM  
Vintage TV Commercial!
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 21
Views: 1,152
Thanks for sharing these ads, FozzFoster and boriscleto! Makes me wonder how many other cool photographic ads I haven't seen. (Camera ads took a turn for the worse when Canon chose Andre Agassi for their poster-boy. . . .)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2019, 07:58 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
Replies: 15,885
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ZombieArmy, what lens did you use to make that image? The bokeh is really sweet.

And your avatar . . . which anime or manga is it from? I like it even without any bokeh. . . .
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2019, 11:00 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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Wow, Ed. Now I know what you meant by "ninja star" bokeh! Strange how the bokeh goes from crazy in a good way at f/2.8 and even (mostly) at f/4 to nervous and edgy (in a ninja-star way). But wide open . . . yes.

Thanks for posting a comparison series!

nath
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2019, 08:32 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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I stopped by Cider Farm's Tasting Room in Madison, WI last night with my K-3ii and a trio of EBC Fujinons. I figured I should check it out since I have a music gig there in late July. Great cider, great people. Here are three of the photos I got. . . .

The first photo was made with my EBC Fujinon 28/3.5. It's a crop from a horizontal image.

The next two were made with my EBC Fujinon 100/2.8. Sweet lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2019, 06:37 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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Ed, that bokeh with that Soligor 28/2.8 is about as wild as the bokeh on the Porst 55/1.2 I recently sold. What's it like when you stop down? I'm guessing the lens sharpens up pretty nice, but I wonder when the bokeh starts to quiet down.

Now, off to the third-party lens reviews to read more about that Soligor / Tokina. . . .

Nath
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2019, 07:27 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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I'm glad to hear that, Pen-A! Not that I'd ever think the Mini was plotting anything: they're nice cars, after all. . . .

But, seriously, you're right: bokeh can be tricky. Photos may not lie, but bokeh can sometimes obscure or twist the truth.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2019, 01:55 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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Pen-A, that image seems a bit ominous, with the wheels of that Mini turned toward the unsuspecting dog. . . .

Sweet bokeh, though!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2019, 03:46 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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D1N0's beer bottle photo reminded me of this one that I made back on May 1, 2013. It's one of those images that makes my wife and me think of summer. . . . It couldn't have been too warm that day since there's not too much condensation on this bottle of MKE Booyah, which I think is a "Farmhouse Ale." (Though you can see where the condensation starts just below the top of the main label. . . .)

Probably made with my M 50/1.7, though it could have been my M 50/1.4; shot at ISO 100 at 1/160 sec. in late afternoon, so whatever lens it was, it must have been close to wide-open, especially with the bokeh.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2019, 07:53 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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That little monkey made me smile--I wasn't expecting that after the flowers!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2019, 09:26 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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Three images from the past week. . . .

The first two were made with my M 120/2.8. The dinos were shot at close focus, while the game and the bokeh'd background were somewhat beyond that. Just for bokeh purposes and lens-testing, really.

The third image was made with my K 85/1.8, near close focus, probably at f/2.8, maybe f/4.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-18-2019, 07:35 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #153 Poll (Action - May 2019)
Posted By grey goat
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I admire that photograph, too, Flanoman.

I think your reservations aren't about the photograph, though, but rather how the horses are treated or neglected. I suspect you're probably right about that in many ways, and it bothers me, too, much as the effects of horse-racing do.

But the photograph itself is another matter. A photographer is a messenger of sorts: war photographers--Robert Capa and James Nachtwey, for instance--document the effects of war on soldiers, civilians, cities, and nature, but they aren't promoting or condoning war. It's because of war photographers' work that we have a visual record to remind us why war shouldn't happen. Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Magaret Bourke-White's work during the depression in the US is another example of fine, sometimes exquisite images documenting misfortune, despair, injustice and suffering--and serving as a reminder why societies need to do what they can to prevent such things in the future.

So it's not wrong to ponder the mistreatment of horses in the events documented by photograph #6 and have reservations about that mistreatment.

But that doesn't and shouldn't detract from photograph #6's standing as a wonderful, well-made photograph.

Nath
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-16-2019, 05:42 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #153 Poll (Action - May 2019)
Posted By grey goat
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I'm curious . . . how did this particular photo require the most work? What is it about this photograph that makes you think that? The setting? Patience? The technical details? Editing? Post processing?

I'm not saying you're wrong, but I have my own thoughts about the photo in question.

I do think that the amount of work someone spent in making a photograph may be indicative of something. But the photograph has to stand on its own artistic merits, and that's what these contests are about. At least, that's what I think they're about. . . .
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-16-2019, 09:12 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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Nice, Riggomatic.

I'd love to compare the K 120 and the M 120 side by side. I just got my M 120/2.8 last Monday, and Wednesday I used it at the infamously-named music venue here in Spring Green. Of roughly 360 exposures, I used the M 120 a tenth of the time, about the same as my K 50/1.4. About 50% of the exposure were made with my K 85/1.8, not surprising, and my K 24/2.8 got the second-most use, for about 30% of the exposures. (Next time I may use my old Nikkor 24/2.8 instead, which I remember as having better IQ than the K 24/2.8--though I won't be able to move around quite as freely with the Nikkor given its somewhat tenuous interfacing with the K-3ii.)

I was using the M120 in lieu of my K 135/2.5, a lens I LOVE; but I wanted to see how the M 120 did since it was new and also about half the weight of the K 135. I generally liked what I saw. I'm not convinced it's quite as sharp as the K 135, but it's close, and may be a bit more user-friendly since it's not quite as tight framing-wise. Not sure I can compare the bokeh, but I did like what the M 120 produced.

Here's another image from that night, this one of Jake'O, who's just so much fun to watch and listen to. This was shot at ISO 3200, 1/50 sec., probably at f/2.8; the M 120 was easy to focus quickly and accurately, even with my 62-year-old right eye (thank goodness for the K-3ii's adjustable diopter). The bokeh seems nice and smooth to me, thanks in part to the 8 blades of the M 120/2.8. I cropped a tiny bit off the right and bottom of the frame, but Jake'O's right hand is up there in the corner, which shows how sharp the M 120 can be:
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-15-2019, 05:28 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #153 Poll (Action - May 2019)
Posted By grey goat
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Views: 4,028
I won't say which photo I voted for, but I will say that I think a photo's being in sharp focus--that is, the subject of the photo--is overrated, especially when it comes to action photography. Cartier-Bresson once said, "Sharpness is a bourgeois concept." There are times sharpness is absolutely what's needed in a photograph. There are also times I strive too hard to achieve it.

One of my favorite photographs is Paul Caponigro's "Running White Deer," in which the deer themselves are largely smooth arcs of motion in varying degrees of gray, set against a darksome forest that's in sharp focus.

I think many of the images here are great photographs, including ones that people have already praised. It takes an incredible amount of patience, knowledge and understanding--not just of photography, but of the subject itself--to achieve what some of the photographers have achieved here. But that's true of photographs which are exposed for just the right length of time to capture just the right amount of blur, especially in contrast to the subject's surroundings. To achieve that on film as Caponigro did with "Running White Deer" . . . well, for me, it's a transcendent image by a transcendent photographer.

Still, that horse, that tennis player and her shadow, that skier . . . I sure wouldn't mind capturing an image on par with those, either. . . .
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2019, 12:15 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By grey goat
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Three images from my gig this past Wednesday evening at the S-Barn in Spring Green, WI, where a local (Madison, WI) performer, Jake'O, played the first set, and Rod Hamdallah, currently out of Atlanta, played the second set.

All three photos were made with my K-3ii; the first photo was made with my K 24/2.8, not a lens I'd normally expect interesting bokeh from, but in this case, it delivered, thanks to the rather close-focus on the "dance zone" sign.

The second photo was made with my K 85/1.8 either wide-open or at f/2.8. Hard to keep track of that data during a gig, especially when one's shooting Jake'O, who in this image is playing his turquoise Ibanez hollow-body, his bass player in the background along with posters from previous S-Barn shows.

The third photo is of Rod Hamdallah's bass player, an image made with my newly acquired M 120/2.8, probably wide-open.

(If you're interested, you can see more of the photos from that night--from me and another photographer, Rob Steffen (two full-frame Canons, each with a big ol' zoom)--on the BarnSessions Facebook page's albums sometime next week after Connie, the photo maven, posts them.)
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