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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2020, 12:55 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
Yep; lots and lots of fun. We have been blessed to go on six photo safaris, starting in 1996. We always listen to the guide, and have also enjoyed getting to know them a little and learning of their lives and families. I've also tried to be very conscious of taking pix of everything all around me, whether it's just a tree against the beautiful sky, a flower, a small animal, or something unexpected. I never know which trip will be my last. The various countries we have visited in Africa have been one of the highlights of my life, and I just can't get over how wondrous it all is (leaving aside some of the more important problems with the people trying to eke out their existence, the poaching, etc.). It is a wonderful experience for me, and my husband and I have agreed that we will continue as long as money allows and we can still climb into the Land Rover.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2020, 10:54 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
aslyfox: that's great. I've never had a problem with camera bag weight, but did have my regular duffle weighed once in Maun, Botswana. We had a private guide/vehicle in 2002 at Ngorongoro also. It was wonderful!

By the way, to all: Sorry for all my flip flopping ideas and questions. I guess I ended up mostly where I started out, using my own lenses. But the short journey to get there was important to me. So I thank you all for your input in helping me get there. At one point I even considered changing over to Canon. But that idea has gone away and I'm still going to enjoy my Pentax/Sigma equipment. It has served me well. Attached (hopefully - see IMGP3784 below?) is one example from Zambia 2018 which is one of my favorites from that trip.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2020, 05:21 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
ALWAYS two camera bodies. I have had one camera totally die on a previous trip. Taking no chances with that!

So, aslyfox, did you have to rent another seat on the tiny airplane for all that equipment, or did you mostly drive once you got there? LOL. On the small planes in which we will fly from camp to camp our weight limit (supposedly including cameras) is 35 lbs per person for Kenya and 44 lbs in Botswana. My camera bag alone last time weighed 25! But I just keep it on my shoulder and act like it weighs nothing, and so far nobody has asked about it. I often worry that someone is going to weigh my camera bag and I'll have to leave my clothes behind and hang onto the cameras and lenses. I can always live with soap suds in the camp wash basin, I guess, but so far so good.

I committed and made up my mind just now and bought one camera and rented one lens. Rented from lensrentals.com the Sigma 18-35 F1.8 lens for our trip plus three days before and after. Also bought a used K3 camera body from B&H. I will be taking all the lenses mentioned just above in response #32, with the proviso that I still haven't entirely decided between my own 18-250 or the perhaps better quality 18-135. I'll also be purchasing the Moman mini tripod (since in one private vehicle in Kenya I will be able to lie down in the floor and shoot at close to ground level and that sounds like the perfect support).

In addition to my serious cameras, I also always have on hand a Lumix ZS-50, which is actually a pretty good little point and shoot, and just for fun this time I bought a very very cheap-o camcorder with IR night vision. I want to see what happens with almost no light at all, so the camcorder is entirely just to play with, and not expecting a lot from it. The rented F1.8 lens on my K3 should be good at night with the spotlight from the vehicle. It performed well on our trip in 2018.

So, I guess that's it for this time -- except of course buying tons of camera cards. Thanks again to everyone for their input.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2020, 03:28 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
Thanks, Sandy, I've also seen the comments about smaller battery and smaller buffer on the KP, so I'm shying away from it now. It seems less desirable than my K3. I've seen a used K3 body on B&H which is in good condition; also a used K3 with the DA 18-135 lens accompanying it. I wasn't initially thinking of owning two camera bodies again, but renting a second body only for big trips instead. But getting a second K3 now while one is available and continuing to have two identical bodies is appealing to me. In future, my choices would probably just be to upgrade everything.

It seems more and more places are moving away from Pentax... [cameralensrentals is no longer stocking Pentax; Sigma is no longer supporting Pentax K] Are we Pentax users slowly becoming dinosaurish??? Sad if that is the case.

I'm thinking now: Two K3 bodies, plus: (1) my50-500 lens, (2) my70-200 f2.8 lens, (3) my18-250 OR purchased/rented 18-135 lens, and (4) hopefully renting or buying used the Pentax 18-35 F1.8 DG HSM Art lens I rented in 2018. I also already own a Sigma 18-50 F2.8 DC EX Macro lens, but I would rather take the F1.8 if I can still find it, since it allows a whole lot more light than the 2.8.

I've done a lot of back and forth-ing in my brain with all this, but it has really helped to have input from all of you so that I focus on the important features, as well as finding out information I didn't know. Still mulling over two of the lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2020, 05:05 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
Well, things seem to be changing a bit from what I wrote above. Partly because of musing over all of your comments, and partly because I'm not finding the rentals I had hoped for. My thinking now is that I WILL take my 50-500 after all, rather than trying the 150-450. My 50-500 has taken beautiful pix. Maybe the 150-450 will be in the mix another time. My 70-200 F2.8 is also going with me. I am now just still thinking about the 18-135, which is still a big possibility (instead of the Sigma 18-250 I own). Also...If I can still find the Sigma 18-35 F1.8 DG HSM Art lens I rented in 2018, I will probably rent it again - for very low light pix on night drives and around the campfire (trying to video the dancing people without the campfire itself - good luck with that). MY QUESTION NOW, however, is that I have not been able to find a K3 (just like the one I own) to rent. Too outdated, I guess. LensRentals has suggested renting a Pentax KP. For those of you who have used both the K3 and the KP, is there a huge learning curve, or will it be relatively easy to go between one camera body and the other? I always have two cameras in the vehicle with me, with lenses appropriate for the time of day already attached to each one. Fewer lens changes = less dust issues. Comments about that??? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2019, 02:10 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
Well, I think I've hit the jackpot for all the good advice and the reasons behind your suggestions. I'm very grateful. Now I will digest all this, maybe consider buying another lens and renting a couple to play with before our trip. I'm also grateful for the reminder that the dust particles I see inside my lens are not likely to show up in photos. I had heard that before, but had forgotten. I knew it hadn't affected my pix so far, but for some reason started worrying that if it built up more dust then it might be a bad thing for this next trip.
Since we're not going until summer 2020, I now have great advice and plenty of time to play with lenses. And I will look at the moman mini tripod. The initial look at the page describing it seems very interesting. It might have to get purchased to fill out my kit. Now, let's see......how much money can I spend on new/used lenses? Hmmmmm. Thanks again everyone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2019, 01:30 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
Wow! So much good advice from so many! OK, let's see if I can answer all your queries... (1) One reason I was thinking of not carrying my 50-500 is mostly because of size and weight. It does take great shots, but it is a beast to carry, especially since I do not use a tripod or monopod in the safari vehicle. I have tried a monopod and it just seemed to get in my way. So hand-holding and using beanbag support or any other stable support I can find in the vehicle has done a good job. But it takes my arm and shoulder several days to get used to toting the 50-500. I may give up and take it, but was just interested in other options. The other reason, is that I have started seeing some dust inside my 50-500; inside the front of the lens. It has not yet affected my photos, but it is there and in a place where I can't get at it to clean it. I understand that happens no matter how much you try to protect your lenses while driving around in the dirt. These are the main reasons I was considering renting the 150-450, which is about the same weight as the 50-500 but about 1 inch shorter, and a newer lens, and would give me the zoom reach. (2) I LOVE my 70-200 F2.8, and have gotten so many crystal clear, sharp images from it, that I will be taking it, despite its semi-large size. Also, yes, I do have a need to photograph at night. On safari, we are out riding after dark as well as daytime, so the F2.8 is very helpful to me when riding around with the only light being a small spotlight from the guide. The 1.4 converter might be a good option for daytime use. Since you lose f-stops with converters, starting at 2.8 would at least give me more to work with. (3) I find from past trips that I have used the 18-250 more than any other lens. Very versatile, both for landscape shots, for that occasional animal who walks right up to the vehicle (we have had that happen many times), and for having at least a little bit (250 x 1.5) of zoom capability. And I do use my K3 for videos as well as stills. Sometimes you just HAVE to take video when there is a baby giraffe running around and playing :) I always have two camera bodies, and try to have the right combination of lenses on each one so that I don't have to change lenses while outdoors. It's way too dusty to keep risking that. That's why I want to have the best coverage in two lenses.
That said, I will continue to consider the great advice you have all supplied. I have dealt with LensRental.com before, and will continue to do so. They were very helpful and very easy to work with. OOh, slyfox, lens breaking is indeed a disaster. On a trip to Yellowstone Park here in the U.S. I actually dropped my zoom lens over the edge of a cliff while carefully changing lenses (supposedly carefully, that is), and we ended up driving outside the park to a large city in Montana the next day and buying a new/used lens. That is something I hope never happens again!
Thank you everyone. I will check back to see if any additional thoughts occur to you, but I think this has helped me get my brain wrapped around the issue for now.
Grateful for you all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2019, 04:12 PM  
Which lenses should I take on safari in addition to the ones I already own?
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 37
Views: 2,098
Hi friends,

I use two Pentax K3 camera bodies when on photo safari in Africa, and will be going to several countries again next summer. So my question is related to which lenses you believe will be the best combination for safari vehicle wildlife filming in Kenya, South Africa and Botswana. I will be taking two of my own lenses and plan to rent one or more to complement what I already have.

Background: I own and plan to take (1) Sigma 18-250 f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM; and (2) Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM. Both of those lenses I have used quite extensively on previous trips. The 70-200 F2.8 is a really nice lens and does a great job in lower light conditions. I also own and have often used a 50-500 big mama, but I'm not planning to carry it along this time. So, I'm looking for the best replacement for either longer range zoom or a prime lens to complement the 18-250 and 70-200. And remembering this is a crop sensor camera, I remind myself that the actual reach of the lenses is x1.5 the mm of the lens.

So specifically, here is what I have found available for rental, and I can't decide between the two. In addition to my two lenses above (70-200 and 18-250), should I rent a Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f4.5-5.6 DC AW zoom....OR should I instead rent a Pentax SMD DA 300mm f/4 ED SDM? I can get both of these from a lens rental place I have used before. I haven't tried a fixed/prime lens in this situation before, but I'm leaning toward trying the 300mm rather than the longer zoom this trip. I would have liked to rent a 400mm instead of the 300, but I can't find one to rent for Pentax K mount. I realize the 300 is not that much longer than my 18-250, but I'm thinking the 300 might give me better quality photos than either my 18-250 or the rentable 150-450 zoom at the far end of its reach. Am I thinking correctly? Also, if anyone knows where I could rent a 400mm for Pentax K mount, I would love to know that too. I just haven't found one. If I find a 400mm I will just rent that and it will take care of my question.

I will appreciate ideas and opinions, especially from any of you who have done wildlife photography.

Thanks for your feedback,
Mary Lippold
Los Angeles, CA
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2018, 01:10 PM  
Macaw in the Yucatán
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 12
Views: 339
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2018, 01:09 PM  
Birds - March photo contest
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 6
Views: 457
Thank you, Noel!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-14-2018, 03:22 PM  
Birds - March photo contest
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 6
Views: 457
This photo was taken near Little Mombo camp in Botswana in 2012. It shows a Martial Eagle perched on a tree branch clutching its prey, which was a genet cat. The genet measured approximately 30 inches from nose to tail. I was able to get another photo of this eagle in flight, carrying the genet, but it is slightly blurred, so not the best one to submit. It is edited slightly to remove a few marks from the lens and slightly cropped to remove a partial branch in upper left.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 04:38 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 1,825
Views: 74,540
Ooooh, Adam, a red one? Would love to have this to accompany my k10, k3 and k5.
Mary in Los Angeles
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-02-2016, 03:01 PM  
Problems printing 8x12 photos
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 15
Views: 2,497
Hi, you can get 8x12 paper from B&H online. It is the only place I found it. It is Inkpress Media luster. At the time I ordered it was $24.95 for 50 sheets. It's nice paper (for luster). You can buy 8x12 frames on Amazon from several sources. Just FYI.
Mary
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-31-2016, 12:00 PM  
Problems printing 8x12 photos
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 15
Views: 2,497
Hey all of you, thanks so much. Good ideas. I haven't given up on my printer yet, but I do also like my Epson 3880. I think two copies on the 13x19 paper might be my first try, then try the larger canvas, and then I'll go to Costco or Walmart if I can't get it right. I'm still in early days of trying to print my own, and I do like both my printers, so I want to keep trying a bit longer. But I've also heard from many others who have lab prints done instead. It certainly would have saved my two days of raving frustration. THANK YOU!
Mary
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-30-2016, 04:01 PM  
Problems printing 8x12 photos
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 15
Views: 2,497
I'm frustrated while trying to print some of my new wildlife safari photos on 8x12 paper (which I just purchased from B&H). My Canon Pixma Pro-100 supposedly has the specs for this paper loaded, but I can't seem to get my photos printed without a 1/4" white border at one end. I don't know if it's a print driver issue or something else. I think the paper size selection in the print options is the problem. 8x12 is not a size of paper offered when selecting paper size. The print size is easy. I used Photoshop Elements 14 to change the image size to 8x12. Then in the print size selections, I selected actual size and then moved the slider just a bit to fill the preview image with the entire photo. That part worked just fine. But when selecting the PAPER size, there is nowhere I can select 8x12 paper. The closest I can get with their selections is A4, which I understand is 8.3 x 11.7 inches. So I'm guessing that explains why I get an approximate 1/4" margin at one end of my 8x12 paper even when I select borderless, while the rest of the photo prints right to the edges. And of course, that white edge makes the photo not fit into an 8x12 frame without the border showing, because the image is actually 11.7 instead of 12.0. I've tried borders and borderless, with the same issue. It's the paper size which seems to be the issue, unless I'm really missing something. Does anyone know how I can print on this nice 8x12 photo paper without getting a very unattractive white edge on just one end of the photo? Do I have to send them out to someone to professionally print my 8x12s or should I just ignore my 8x12 paper and print 8.5 x 11 photos instead? The 8x12 is such a nice look, especially for a giraffe or tall elephant. I hate to just give up, but....
(Results the same on my Epson Stylus Pro 3880 printer.) I would appreciate any help.
Thanks,
Mary
Los Angeles
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-26-2016, 04:10 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 773
Views: 100,258
My quick and easy tip is to use hotel shower caps as easy raincoats over your camera lenses. With the elastic already in these free caps put one over the front and another over the back. Has worked great on hikes along misty waterfalls and in rain. Also, a bandana makes as good dust cover over my lens when riding in an open safari vehicle.

---------- Post added 01-26-16 at 04:14 PM ----------

Oops, replied in the wrong place. Again...use free hotel shower caps for raincoats over your camera and lens. One on the front and another on the back. Covers the camera and lens (unless you're using a big mama). And a bandana makes a great dust cover.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-17-2015, 01:35 PM  
SilkyPix v3 and v5
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 6
Views: 1,112
Ahaaaaaa! Yes, I just brought up the v3 on screen and it DOES say Pentax Photo Browser, powered by Silkypix! Thus, my confusion. I really don't use it (and the Photo Laboratory that came with it) for editing. Currently I'm using Photoshop Elements, which seems to do a good job for me so far; though I've been thinking of either updating to a more recent version and/or addiing Lightroom as well. Just haven't decided and done it yet. What I found initially very helpful about PPBU was that I knew there were a series of RAW files from my last trip which were not showing up in my DCIM folders (when browsing it with Windows), but when I loaded the files directly from my camera into the Pentax Photo Browser, there they were. THEN I could see them and work with them in Photoshop and save them in my DCIM folders. Actually, now that I'm thinking back, I think those "lost" RAW files might have been from my Panasonic Lumix ZS35 which went along on the trip as a point and shoot. The Pentax RAW files (.DNG) downloaded just fine, but the Lumix RAW files were .RW2 files and had to be viewed with the PPBU program, and did not initially download to my computer at all. Technicalities which are probably easily explained and understood by many of you, but I'm not quite up to par on that level of technical details.


Anyway, thanks for the confirmation that the photo browser v5 will not create problems. Presuming that during the upgrade installation, I will be replacing the v3 with the v5.


THANK YOU!
Mary
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-16-2015, 01:47 PM  
SilkyPix v3 and v5
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 6
Views: 1,112
Hi all,


I have a K5, with which I installed on my PC Silkypix v 3. I also now have a K3, with which a v5 utility disc arrived. My question is: I am presuming that if I install the newer v5 Silkypix, it will work with BOTH camera photos, which are combinations of JPEG and RAW files. Am I correct? I don't want to uninstall v3 only to find out that v5 ONLY works with the newer K3 and doesn't even recognize pix taken on the K5. I am keeping both cameras and have lots and lots of African safari photos, some of which in RAW I can ONLY view in Silkypix for some reason.


Thanks for your advice, as always,
Mary
Los Angeles
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-14-2015, 10:55 AM  
Help for printing Scan from 35mm film
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 10
Views: 1,993
Yes. I've kept all my old negatives. They are in my home safe. They look a bit faded and I can see that they need to be cleaned (which I haven't looked into yet). The scans I have done have all been done from the original negative. Even at the 3200dpi on my scanner, the scan just didn't have the crisp edges. I especially noticed on the edges of the tree trunk, as well as in the detail of all the edges of the little bitty branches. Scanning from the 5x7 print gave me the best look so far. It might not be as good as printing from the negative again, but it was certainly better than scanning from the negative and then printing. Is it because of the bigger size of the 5x7 source for the scan??? I'm not very experienced at all this scanning and printing, but I'm trying to learn. Thanks.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-12-2015, 08:49 PM  
Help for printing Scan from 35mm film
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 10
Views: 1,993
Thanks for that additional tip, cpk. I had no idea you could immerse the print/glass in water without harm.
After several more hours of fighting and frustration, I finally remembered that I had ANOTHER print of this image. It is a 5x7 which has been hanging in my bathroom with others. So I very carefully took the print out of the frame, and no problem there. I scanned the print itself (24 bit, 3200 dpi, target size "original", set the target size at 2100 pixels, which then resulted in 1453 pixels the other direction; the scanner then set the scale at 9%; I checked unsharp mark, color restoration and Digital Ice and hit scan). The resulting re-scan looked really pretty good. I tried editing brightness, contrast and a little bit for color, but then my husband and I decided we liked the re-scan without any corrections, so I just used the bandaid tool in Photoshop Elements and took out blotches, spots, dust and a few missing pixels, and printed it small first, and then (holding my breath) in 11x14. I had to crop it a bit to fit the 11x14 size, but I'm happy with the result. See attached. I might still go to a photo lab with the film negative and see if they can do better, but for now I'm fairly happy with the sharpness and the color. Hope you like it. Thanks for your advice. It all helped get me through this process.
Mary
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-12-2015, 12:12 PM  
Help for printing Scan from 35mm film
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 10
Views: 1,993
Thanks, Hogdriver. I've used Samy's in L.A. many times for purchasing, but didn't think of them for printing. Good tip. There's a smaller samy's store in Pasadena, but for this I think I'd go to the one in LA as it's much bigger.
Terry, looking at the sizes of the jpg and tif scanned images, the pixel dimensions on both of them is 903x638. The jpg is 587 KB and the tif is 3.29 MB. I must not have used a high enough scan dpi when I scanned them, right, CPK and disconnekt? I think before going to Samy's I will try one more scan, using the higher dpi. I did (and will) use the full negative strip and the plastic film holder which came with the scanner, so it was properly placed and presumably with the proper distance above the glass. As for matting, I'm afraid I haven't done that for any of my prints. After four photo safaris to Africa (and another one coming up next June, HUZZAH!!!!), I have so many African wildlife prints all over my house, that I just framed them without matting. I'm actually running out of room to hang them. I think I'll have to start rotating after the next trip. I guess I'm getting closer to being a "semi-pro" on the shooting side, but not so much on the display side :) So...will try to rescan and let you all know how it works, and if it still doesn't give me clear edges I'll take a jaunt over to Samy's. If you could see the color in the original print, you would love it. If a re-scan works I'll post the results. The original scan is so faded in comparison. In the original, the blue of the sky blends very gradually into a hot yellow/orange at the horizon, with the tree, etc. stark against the sky. It was a truly beautiful sight in person, and I hope I can restore it from the old faded negative. I'll give another try. Thanks so much for your input, all of you.
Much appreciated,
Mary
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-11-2015, 08:29 PM  
Help for printing Scan from 35mm film
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 10
Views: 1,993
Hi all,
I am now working digital and I love my Pentax K5 (though I think I will add a K3 on my next trip), but for a 2002 African safari I was still using film. I have a great sunset shot of a huge tree backlit against a sunset. The original print from the film negative was very nice in 11x14. Nice colors, crisp tree branches, etc. It's been on our wall for years now. I found today that an ANT had somehow gotten into the frame and died between the glass and the print. When I took the photo out of the frame (as carefully as possible), unfortunately some of the photo stuck to the glass so of course I have to re-print it. I have the original negatives, but they have faded over the years, so I scanned them into my computer a few years ago. I do have what I think is a good scanner (Epson Perfection V700 photo scanner) and I can't remember the exact setting I used, but I have both jpg and tif scans. I have just spent a couple of hours trying to get a good print from my scans, and they are so pixelated (even at 8x10) that I can't put the photo on my wall. I like my printer too (Epson Stylus Pro 3880) so I don't think it's a printer problem. I'm in Los Angeles. Does anyone know a good lab that I might go to, with negative and original print in hand and see what they can do to make me a new print? The original lab we used in Hollywood is no longer in business, and I haven't used a film lab since then. The tree branches against the sky are just not at all sharp in the scan, but in the film print from negative they are crisp and clear and the sunset colors are blended and beautiful. I'm attaching the original jpg scan, bad as it looks, and totally uncorrected. Pretty ugly, but I just wanted to give you an idea of the kind of shot I'm dealing with, and the condition of the film negative from which I scanned. I can TRY re-scanning from the negative, but I'm not sure if that is the problem. Any ideas and suggestions will be cheerfully accepted. (Yes, I know the scan is REALLY REALLY UGLY)
Thanks,
Mary
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Forum: Photographic Technique 05-14-2015, 11:20 AM  
Taking photos from Jumbotron screen
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 8
Views: 2,301
Yep...I noticed the faster shutter looked better, as well as not zoomed in quite so much. Along with all your comments, I think I might be getting much better Jumbotron pix in future. Too bad you can't have a re-do on this kind of thing. Also, next time I'm taking my monopod (or tripod) even though they really kind of get in the way when seated in tiered rows. Thanks again, everyone, for your help.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-12-2015, 01:11 PM  
Taking photos from Jumbotron screen
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 8
Views: 2,301
Not very much difference from one image to the next. On Auto, my K5 did F5.6 1/40 ISO 3200 at 170mm zoom distance on the first attached photo #4869 and F5.6 1/25 ISO 3200 at 2400mm on the second #4855. Interesting that the one slightly longer shot of one of the speakers #4854 was better and its specs are F5.6 1/60 ISO 3200 at 113mm. Hmmmmmm. At least the next graduation this upcoming weekend is all outdoors so I don't have to worry about the pixels on screen; just have to find a good position with the sun at my back hopefully. Or I'll just have to walk around until I find a good spot to stand and try not to be too annoying :) Thanks all for your input. If you think of anything else, let me know. I always appreciate getting your feedback to my questions.
Mary
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-11-2015, 05:48 PM  
Taking photos from Jumbotron screen
Posted By Mary Lippold
Replies: 8
Views: 2,301
Hi all,


Can anyone tell me if there is a way to get good photos from a Jumbotron screen? I attended my niece's graduation from nursing school and had my 50-500mm lens all prepared, and got some good pix of the stage, the crowd, etc. But I was seated in the wrong place to get photos of her accepting her diploma. From my seat I would have gotten her back and nothing of her beautiful face and since we were in the nosebleed seats I couldn't really move to a better angle. With the front shots being projected on the overhead jumbotron screen, I tried taking some photos of that screen. ONE turned out okay but the rest were pretty pitiful, showing all the little square pixels and just looking bad in general. Photoshop elements didn't improve them (or at least not for me). I used the automatic (green) setting on my camera. Did I need a faster shutter speed or?????? Any tips for the next graduation?


Mary
Los Angeles
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