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Forum: General Photography 05-29-2020, 05:34 PM  
Bigger cameras or smaller lenses?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 18
Views: 914
I assumed he meant “wouldn’t” and was an autocorrect victim.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-27-2020, 01:01 PM  
Has anybody tried Affinity Photo?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 20
Views: 835
You can apply a defringe filter with a black mask and then brush in the correction by painting white in the mask.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-27-2020, 11:28 AM  
Has anybody tried Affinity Photo?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 20
Views: 835
I used Gimp before Affinity (and I never used Photoshop). I don't miss Gimp at all. The live filter layers alone were worth the move.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-27-2020, 11:22 AM  
Has anybody tried Affinity Photo?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 20
Views: 835
I have Affinity Photo and like it a lot. I have a 4 year old Dell business class laptop (aka no speed demon and no fancy graphics card), and it works OK until I get about 10 layers deep and then it'll bog down. Usually what I'll do is flatten the layers I'm happy with and continue working if the slowness irritates me too much.

I got the free Google version of the Nik plugins to work fine. There were some bugs with some of them until the latest version of Affinity was released; now they're all good.

I use it post-Raw-conversion for layered editing (especially dodging and burning by hand), those plugins, perspective correction, panorama stitching, focus stacking (sometimes), adding mattes/borders, watermarks, text, etc. I don't really like the raw developer "persona" compared to other tools I've used, but they are still improving the product and hopefully someday that will get some attention. In particular, if you want to use it for the raw development step and shoot high ISO, you might want to find a good noise reduction plugin to go with it. Maybe start with the free NIK one and see if that works for you.

It is a really good tool for the price they're offering it at right now. Highly recommend.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-13-2020, 10:23 AM  
How To Get The iPhone Generation To Give Real Cameras & Vintage Lenses A Try?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 37
Views: 1,086
Caveat: I don't know you or your family.

If it were me, before I gave them anything, I'd spend time with them in the field with my camera. Show them what you do. Show them the results. Demonstrate to them how much you enjoy the process. Show them why it's worth doing things the hard way. Let them try yours.

Make attaining one of your cameras a reward to be earned, not just another easy-to-obtain thing that will end up in a drawer.

Not only might you ignite a life-long love of the art, but also give them life-long memories of your time together.

p.s. As an aside, I don't think it's necessarily generational. Analog things like film and records and first-gen Atari video games are being revived by my generation (X) and younger.

p.p.s. For what it's worth, I'm moving in the same direction as you. I've added 2 older lenses to my toolbox and am considering which (maybe all) of my modern glass to sell.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2020, 05:22 PM  
Pentax vs Leica lenses
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 26
Views: 1,462
Ok, so no expert here. But I have a SMC "K" 50 1.4, and the bokeh balls on the second photo of each pair remind me of my 50. So the first and third are from the Summi, and the second and fourth are from your K85 is my guess.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-11-2020, 02:31 PM  
Thematic May - Flowers and Nature ( Fall Colors for those in the southern hemisphere )
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 74
Views: 1,551
I thought, at first, that it was Mountain Dew. :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-10-2020, 05:29 PM  
Nature Very pretty color combination in nature.
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 8
Views: 229
Nicely done, and a beautiful flower too
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-10-2020, 10:37 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3,651
Views: 640,742
John, those are some great shots and I enjoyed your presentation. I like the oval matte idea, and I have a few pictures taken at 10mm with my 10-17 FE that I think would do well with that treatment. Thanks for sharing, and for the inspiration!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-10-2020, 10:23 AM  
Thematic May - Flowers and Nature ( Fall Colors for those in the southern hemisphere )
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 74
Views: 1,551
Winter came back for an encore yesterday. Somebody forgot to tell the flowers. Or maybe someone forgot to tell winter it was spring. Either way...

Grape Hyacinths in Snow by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-07-2020, 10:58 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3,543
Views: 576,256
K50 at f/2 (IIRC)

Magnolia and Old Glory by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-07-2020, 10:56 AM  
Thematic May - Flowers and Nature ( Fall Colors for those in the southern hemisphere )
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 74
Views: 1,551
Magenta Rhody by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-05-2020, 11:02 AM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 2,552
Views: 353,402
Very nice, great light!
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-05-2020, 06:48 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3,543
Views: 576,256
K50 1.4 wide open

Golden Hour Vinca by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-05-2020, 06:45 AM  
Thematic May - Flowers and Nature ( Fall Colors for those in the southern hemisphere )
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 74
Views: 1,551
K50 1.4 wide open

Golden Hour Vinca by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-03-2020, 06:26 AM  
Thematic May - Flowers and Nature ( Fall Colors for those in the southern hemisphere )
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 74
Views: 1,551
Glad this is still going! - I had to sit out March thanks to busyness, and April because I don't have a flash (and my results with the onboard, even diffused, were not pleasing to me).

But I can do flowers.

M200 at, I think, f/4 (newly-acquired, still 'learning' it).

Magnolia Blossoms by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-29-2020, 11:39 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3,543
Views: 576,256
K35 @ 5.6
Mustard by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-16-2020, 07:34 AM  
The K-Club!
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3,543
Views: 576,256
K35/3.5 @ 3.5

Pears by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-01-2020, 04:59 PM  
Misc Under Attack
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 5
Views: 341
It's the Snowmen Who Say "Ni"! :D


Nice!!!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-01-2020, 04:50 PM  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - February - Black and White
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 170
Views: 4,742
@robgski thanks for reminding me that we were invited to talk about lessons learned. Here's my 2 cents. Maybe we can continue the discussion even as we begin posting to the March thread?

What I set out to do this month:
1. Shoot in mono (well, obviously) and practice with the appropriate tools (Silver Efex mainly)

2. Get to know my new-to-me K35 and M200.
3. Explore low key and high key.

I can't say I've walked away from February with any huge revelation in these areas. It did reinforce the idea that having some objective in mind when going to work does in fact lead to progress. I think I was able to move the needle a bit on all three, and, as is usually the case, realize how much I still have to learn.

My biggest lesson was an unexpected one. Two of the images I posted here in this month's thread got Explored on Flickr. First time that ever happened, and it happened twice in one month. The first one popped in at two-hundred-and-something, got more likes that I ever got before for any photo, and got ~4000 views. The second one blew that out of the water.


I was kind of flabbergasted. I liken my flickr page to a back-alley one-room unmarked art gallery in the bad part of town. Nobody goes there. And I don't shoot for likes on social media. But there it was. Some things I learned from the experience.
1. The photo that went "crazy" is one I shot off-the-cuff, as I was getting into the car. 10 seconds of work tops. And not much labor went into post.

2. 200-something likes is a lot when you're used to sub-20. But taken in the context of the number of views it got, far less than 1% of the people who saw it liked it enough to save it to their Likes album. Chew on that a bit. That realization quickly deflated whatever puffing-up my ego was starting to attempt.

3. I don't think it was my best photo on Flickr.

4. Even though I have hardly any presence on social media, and I purposely don't promote my work or shoot for likes--having notifications of people liking my stuff does things my brain that I'm not fully on board with.

5. Explore is an algorithm. It doesn't necessarily pick good photos. My work got attention because a robot found the sequence of pixels in my photo interesting, and gave it exposure to a large audience. There isn't any more to it than that.

Anyway. It was an interesting experience which motivated me to ignore the bots and get back to the business of seeing the world around me more deeply.

Cheers, friends, and here's to the arrival of spring later this month! Happy shooting!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-01-2020, 03:24 PM  
B&W processing plug-ins etc.
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 6
Views: 596
I can confirm that the free Google version of Silver Efex does work with Affinity 1.7 and 1.8.
Analog, Dfine, and Color Efex also work with 1.7 at least, but haven’t yet tried them on 1.8 yet.


Here's the link to where I got them:
https://archive.org/details/nikcollection-full-1.2.11


Also, for what it's worth, I took advantage of DxO's 30-day trial on their Nik collection version, and to be honest, I really didn't see a difference between theirs and the one I got for free.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-01-2020, 01:44 PM  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - February - Black and White
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 170
Views: 4,742
February final. It's been a fun month!

Breaking Up by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-28-2020, 06:45 PM  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - February - Black and White
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 170
Views: 4,742
The Old Stone Church - now a ruin and a congregation of pigeons


The Old Stone Church by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-26-2020, 06:28 PM  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - February - Black and White
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 170
Views: 4,742
Frozen Pond at Sunset

Frozen Pond at Sunset by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-19-2020, 07:31 PM  
Thematic The 2020 Monthly Challenge - February - Black and White
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 170
Views: 4,742
My other rookie: M200 @ f/8 (I think)


Meadow Grass by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
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