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Forum: Pentax K-1 29 Minutes Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
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Yoga

K1+FA77 + Cactus RF60x+Magboob


Leura Cascades

K1+Velvet56


The Choke

K1+Velvet56


Fern (colour)

K1+Velvet56


Fern (chrome)

K1+Velvet56


Another Fern
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By BruceBanner
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Lovely shot.


Eric, your macro bee shot's (with the 77) are great as well, for some reason PF won't let me quote you for this post :/

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Here's a couple FA77 offerings;

Squeak Squeak!



Zuchinni Cake




Assisted with Magboob flash.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 695
Views: 49,607
Great shot!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 2 Days Ago  
The Problem with 3rd Party Plugins
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 8
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I hardly use presets generally speaking (in LR), as I stated it's used initially more with correcting Exposure (I shoot -0.7ev most times). Sometimes the Auto tone preset can help get me to a starting place that then needs further tweaked, sometimes it's wildly wrong. Sometimes I just got it right in camera and Auto tone would be way off from the look I want, so I feel I have my grasp and knowledge of the main slider group (Exposure, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Highlights etc) firmly achieved.

Clarity I leave mainly to Topaz, I use selective clarity boosting via Topaz+PS. Adaptive Exposure is also a nice look, and again that's via Topaz+PS. I don't really mess with the tonal colours in LR but can see now how those are the sliders responsible for analogue and film 'vibes'.
But whatever I typically choose 3rd party plugin wise, it's always tweaked, and even after the fact then often dialled back via opacity masks/layers in PS. I don't think I have ever really used a single preset and thought "yup that's the look I want" and hit 'ok' :lol: I was talking to someone else actually how I found it bizarre that most presets for plugins seem to be so extreme, that they always need dialled back and therefore I'm wondering why they are so overly strong with that 'look'. His reply was that they'd always prefer to have it too much and be able to dial things back than the other way around. Fair point.

I doubt much of my work will look like anyone elses, I mean I can often use multiple 3rd party plugins to get my look (time consuming), for example using both Nik Analog Efex Pro 2 along with Topaz Adjust 5 and finish off with VSCO :D (all tweaked as well).



That's how I feel. Presets are starting points. In my 3rd party plugins I have a heap of tweaked presets that I have saved (and named) as my own presets. I will pay more attention to the curves section in LR, it's something I don't normally mess with. Isn't it just a visual representation of the main sliders (Exposure, Shadows, Blacks and Whites etc), or is it separate? I'll have to check if messing with the curve line changes the sliders up top, but I don't think it does does it, it's something else entirely isn't it? I best go educate myself on Curves tool now :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 20,437
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Good for you tim, I think in this day and age many of us (and especially true of the canikony's) are reliant on AF glass and have forgotten how to manual focus! :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 20,437
Views: 1,673,145
A couple more Takumar (Bayonet) 135/2.5 shots, am I mad to use this lens at an event :D :lol:




Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 20,437
Views: 1,673,145
Not a bad in camera hdr job! Well done!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
The Problem with 3rd Party Plugins
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 8
Views: 448
I guess somehow I have skipped over the whole 'Preset' thing and went straight to plug-ins... woops :confused:

It certainly has it's perks, the ease of syncing for a start.

One thing that has me a little stumped however. Take VSCO for example, when you apply a preset, I pay close attention to any of the sliders on the other side (of LR), to see what changes, and thus give me some control over the preset applied. What I'm seeing however is that with VSCO Mobile Preset 2, the changes are all made in the 'tones', or rather specifically Hue, Saturation and Luminance of the colour spectrum. This I find difficult to tweak, because there are just basically so many variables.

With PS and using layers, once the plugin effect is applied, once back in PS you can even simply just change the Opacity of that plugin layer to change the intensity (quickly and easily) of that effect.

What would be a good way of trying to control some of the effects of these LR Presets then (without popping off to PS as that kinda defeats the purpose of this thread point)? I mean I do note that VSCO gives a 1/2 way point of the preset, which is handy, I have already once (which took too long) adjust one of those presets to being 3/4 lol (ie take the full value changes and the half way value changes, and change all the markers/sliders to being half way between those two points... Zzzz...)
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
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And that's why I bought mine, for those instances where AF is really a must. I sold my Samyang 85/1.4, which imo (tho it is early days with the 77) can resolve better shots than the 77, to help fund the 77 purchase. The 85's size and lack of AF means shots are missed and you have to weigh up if that 15% increase in '3d pop' that the Sammy 85 can deliver is worth the lack of scenarios it can be used or shots missed. So i think it's a viable replacement.

Takumar delivers well! It does however render colours a bit odd, I spend more time in post correcting skin tones than I'd like. Perhaps I'll just make it my 'monochrome lens' :lol: :D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
The Problem with 3rd Party Plugins
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Hey all,

I wanna raise an issue I have from time to time, partly to educate some of those that are perhaps blissfully unaware, but also possibly to reach out to those with superior knowledge of 3rd party plugins and the possible advanced methods I have overlooked that may assist in regards to syncing images.

When I do photography for myself I like to snap anything and everything. Have a quick peep at my Instagram to see what I mean, it's quite a varied profile; Eddy Summers (@eddysummersphotography) ? Instagram photos and videos

When I choose to edit one of my own images I often let my mood dictate where the edit goes, typically it runs through a flow such as this;

LR (Basic Edits) > PS, for better cloning and adjustment brushwork or more advanced brushes such as Colour Replacement Tool etc, for adding Layers in preparation for... > 3rd Party Plugins such as DxO, Topaz, Nik Collection > Back to PS for opacity adjustments of the 3rd Party Plugins and or selective masking of said 3rd party plugin > Save and back to LR for last minute basic adjustments if necessary, or straight to Export.

When doing your own work in your own time, and at a rate of perhaps 1 photo every other day, this is a tolerable and quite often enjoyable approach. Where this process falls over (and the point of the thread) is when doing a batch job of even say 8-10 photos whereby you want all the images to contain a similar vibe/feel, which means the above approach pretty much needs to be done for each and every shot. The exception is that the first stage 'LR (Basic Edits)', this part can be 'synced' so that the rest of the images contain a similar exposure and tone/colour to the rest, but after that initial stage there doesn't seem to be a way to sync.

You can't for example do this;

LR > PS > Plugin > PS > LR > Sync.

The changes made via the plugin are not something that LR can handle and apply to lots of other images in a set. Drat.

A friend recently gave me VSCO Mobile Presets to try out, I thought this was yet another plugin, however I was surprised to see that these 'film like' effects/tones are integrated into LR. This means if I choose a certain VSCO preset, I can tweak it in LR and then sync that 'vibe/look' to a heap of other shots, thereby vastly speeding up the editing process. Sure I may still need to visit PS for other stuff (occasionally), but overall I gain quick consistency with a more unique look across a set, that's a good thing!

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my ramblings, perhaps I'm missing a key stage and that perhaps even after visiting a plugin such as DxO I can sync the effect across a range of images, but I don't think that is possible.

I'm also curious to know other than VSCO if there are any other 'addons' that are actually intergrated into LR rather than be a 3rd party plugin?

Cheers,

Bruce
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 20,437
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I dunno, I still have heaps of images to process! Arghh the backlog! :D

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A public speaking event I cover (this past weekend) allowed me to properly try out the FA77 for the first time;

(a little help here with a cactus rf60x and a magboob :lol:)








But I also got to flex the old Takumar (Bayonet) 135/2.5!



Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
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Not done the PP Mini Challenge for ages! (a sign of my own lack of time and overwhelming busyness!), must get back to it some time! I miss it! :lol:



Yeah I thought it was an excellent shot also.
For what it's worth I sold my DFA100/2.8 to help fund my FA77. I had another macro lens and thus I couldn't justify holding onto it. Other than the Macro and Weather Resistance, the DFA100 and FA77 are too similar from a portrait perspective (focal length wise), with the FA77 often taking the lead. My point, try and be like me, replace but don't add to the collection. See what you have and what is doubling up. Personally I wouldn't recommend the DFA100 and FA77 in someones collection (unless they are flush for cash). It's one or the other, decide which one matters more. Tough funds call for tough decisions :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 695
Views: 49,607
Nice one!
Forum: Contest Voting 4 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Theme VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #144 Poll (Movement at Night - August 2018)
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 59
Views: 2,422
#9 is a good one agreed Rod, I'd have it 2nd to #7, but that's just cause I love that kinda shot more.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Limiting the Widest Aperture on K Mount?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Ok I still need pics to show what to do, I don't do so well with words :(

But yes, I do totally do the whole green button thing and manual mode often, in fact I had a public speaking event today which was a no stress kinda event that I could fire off a few shots before getting what I felt was a good exposure before then really getting the shots (and I'll link some of those shots here and elsewhere later once processed).
My issue is that Av is a god send in certain scenarios where candid/capture the moment stuff is required, no test shots and metering really possible, you just want to pick the camera up, check aperture and shoot! My point to this thread was if there was something that could be done easily to the lens that meant I could get f2.8 or f4 to work in Av mode, even if that meant saying goodbye to using f2.5 (f2.5 and f2.8 if choosing f4 etc etc). It's just I am very unlikely to ever really use f2.5 with the tak 135, therefore I lose a handy shooting mode.

Now I apologise to those that have said you could do this or that, but much of the lingo and language used in the solutions go over my head (I don't even know what the aperture arm is!). I'd need pointed to a webpage that shows you how with pics, or someone to be kind enough to take some pics of what they mean and what to do etc with a similar lens.
Forum: Pentax K-1 5 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 20,437
Views: 1,673,145
Messy Baker

Zucchini cake in the making (vegan)
Forum: Contest Voting 5 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Theme VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #144 Poll (Movement at Night - August 2018)
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 59
Views: 2,422
#7 for me.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 695
Views: 49,607
Nice one Weevil.

I forgot, this shot got Explored a couple days ago;

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Limiting the Widest Aperture on K Mount?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 21
Views: 781
I appreciate the replies, but I fear I have asked something that is beyond my technical ability. I need pictures, steps by step instructions :confused:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Limiting the Widest Aperture on K Mount?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 21
Views: 781
How to do this!?!
Forum: Pentax K-1 5 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 20,437
Views: 1,673,145
Squeak Squeak!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Limiting the Widest Aperture on K Mount?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 21
Views: 781
If you're anyone else other than me then no... prolly not :lol:

Thanks for the heads up on the F/FA 135's.

Long term I will likely grab a Samyang 135/2 to replace my Samyang 85 that has now left the building (:(). If it's anything like the 85/1.4 then it is sharp even from f2, which will make it a killer lens (which from photos I have seen seems to be true).

But it's quite a bit pricier than the 85/1.4, it'll be 2019-2020 before I likely acquire it, and hence this thread, just seeing if for me I can mod this Tak 135 to being even more Bruce friendly.

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Ok... thanks for your swift reply but you forget it's me you're talking too here, so everything you said whilst sounds like it might be a solution for me I don't understand at all what's really being asked of me :(

Can you hold my hand more and point to a place where I can see pics and greater descriptions of what you're talking about here? It sounds as if I could set the Tak to 2.8 instead of 2.5 and get it to work in Av mode at this aperture? But it might have slight metering issues, but that doesn't phase me so much as I shoot RAW and the K-1 has such good dynamic recovering ability :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Limiting the Widest Aperture on K Mount?
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 21
Views: 781
Ok, here's another weird Bruce question.

I have a couple of K Mount lenses (such as the Takumar 135/2.5). In Av mode everything works except the aperture, it is fixed at f2.5, in order to use any other aperture you must be in Manual mode. At f2.5 the quality suffers CA and some softness, however even one stop down to f2.8 and wow... very different story, sharpnessville and CA ghost town! The sad thing is that to use this aperture at f2.8 you need to be in Manual mode and constant green buttoning. Which is not so bad for a posed portrait shot etc but as a walkaround lens where lighting constantly changes this becomes a little hampering.

I had a brain fart. Can you adjust the lens somehow so that the widest it can now go is f2.8 instead of f2.5, or some other aperture, so that it can never actually open fully wide anymore, and thus when in Av mode things would work normally at that aperture (ie it's now performing at 2.8 instead of 2.5)?

It just strikes me that there are a few great K Mount lenses that at their widest aperture are not at their best, but stopping down just even one to two stops creates a very powerful image with minimal loss to bokeh etc, however every day use is thwarted by being only Manual mode...


Cheers!

Bruce
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Tak 135 - f2.5 on K1
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 6
Views: 501
I have this Bayonet; Takumar 135mm F2.5 Bayonet Reviews - Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database is it the same as your one?

You can read my review, but tldr I basically think f2.5 is too soft, things improve dramatically at f2.8, but then that means no Av mode at 2.8 (only 2.5 in Av mode), which then makes it hard to be a walkaround lens with constant Manual mode and green button presses. It is very good for posed portrait shots however. Excellent value.
Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By BruceBanner
Replies: 20,437
Views: 1,673,145
Thankfully not my cairn or front yard :D
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