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Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-23-2020, 08:16 PM  
What is the point of B&W film?
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 70
Views: 3,540
My thought is that constraints induce creativity, so shooting with black and white film makes you think in black and white and get creative within that limit.

If you shoot in color you think in color. Maybe you convert it to black and white later, but it's a different mentality and it makes the photo different.

Also, if I know I can use a photo as either color or black and white I'm less discerning about certain elements of my subject. If I know it will only ever be black and white, I'm more careful about shape, values, lighting, and composition. Obviously if I was a terrific photographer I would be disciplined about those things even when shooting in color. Since I'm thoroughly mediocre, black and white film is ideal for exercising those skills.

And it looks cool. It might be a lack of post-processing prowess, but my color-to-BW images never look as good as actual black and white film images.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-02-2020, 05:39 PM  
Baby Heirloom Tomatoes
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 19
Views: 456
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-31-2020, 09:20 AM  
Photography's Triangle
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 99
Views: 4,022
This thread has been eye opening for me, it really makes me glad this forum exists and has so many knowledgeable users. I'd never heard of ISO-invariance, so I didn't realize some digital sensors worked so differently from film with regards to ISO.
Forum: Sold Items 01-25-2020, 11:19 AM  
For Sale - Sold: HD Pentax-FA 35mmF2 and Sigma 24-70mmF2.8 EX DG HSM (Pentax K mount)
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 3
Views: 593
Sent a pm about the Sigma
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2019, 06:34 PM  
Pets Benjamin the Carpenter Bee
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 3
Views: 423
BIF... Bug in flight? Thanks!

It helps that Benjamin and the other carpenter bees hover nice and still midair while staking out their territories against less attractive bugs. Gave me plenty of time to fumble frantically with the focus, lol.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2019, 05:07 PM  
Pets Benjamin the Carpenter Bee
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 3
Views: 423
This is Benjamin, one of our two backyard carpenter bees. He chases away wasps for me and occasionally initiates intense staring contests.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-12-2019, 07:25 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #292 - London Bridge, Lake Havasu City AZ
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 11
Views: 1,344
Sunset and Night
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2019, 05:35 AM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Keh had another in stock, so they're exchanging it for me. I'm looking forward to it! I love the sample images I've seen.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-09-2019, 02:49 PM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
If it was just f22 I might ignore it; but the A setting doesn't work either, and I do want that.

I guess I'll have to send it back after all :|
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-09-2019, 02:04 PM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Well, now I have a new problem.

The aperture is getting stuck at f22, when attached to the camera.

Everything seems to work smoothly by itself. After I attach it to the camera, if the aperture is set to Auto or f22, it gets stuck. It can't open any wider.

If I attach it while set to f2, it will work at each aperture, up to f22, where it gets stuck again.

I'm guessing this is a lever problem? When I compare it to my other lenses, the lever looks closer to the black bit of metal that sticks up even with it (don't know what that's called). The gap between them is very small.

Any suggestions?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-09-2019, 01:31 PM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Thanks! I'm glad it was something simple :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-09-2019, 01:12 PM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
I just received this lens: SMC Pentax-FA* 24mm F2 AL [IF] Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

after ordering from keh, and the autofocus doesn't seem to be doing anything at all. No noise, no focus. MF seems to work ok.

I am using a K-01, with the switch on AF. My other lenses with autofocus are the 40mm XS, and two Pentax-F zoom lenses. AF works fine on all when I push the shutter release halfway.

I'm pretty new to autofocus lenses, so before I send it back for a refund or exchange, is there something obvious that I'm missing? An easy fix or a setting I'm unaware of?
Forum: Photo Critique 04-08-2019, 08:00 AM  
Abstract CD with water drops
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 18
Views: 1,831
I think if you don't have the equipment for a macro shot, you can incorporate the non rainbow part of the CD into the composition, instead. Use a more interesting surface, so you see it through the hole and the clear plastic - very reflective black, or something with some shimmer or texture.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-08-2019, 05:28 AM  
Question Who can I talk to if I have a problem with a seller in the Marketplace?
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 4
Views: 599
Thank you for pointing that out, I didn't think to use that.

I did use the moderator contact form, and the issue has been resolved.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-04-2019, 06:43 AM  
Question Who can I talk to if I have a problem with a seller in the Marketplace?
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 4
Views: 599
Thank you!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-04-2019, 06:26 AM  
Question Who can I talk to if I have a problem with a seller in the Marketplace?
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 4
Views: 599
Is there a moderater I am supposed to contact if I have problems with a seller?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-31-2019, 09:29 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 34,007
Views: 1,779,012
I spy a pretty momma duck
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-30-2019, 03:10 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 34,007
Views: 1,779,012
I spy a friend of Thomas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-28-2019, 02:35 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 34,007
Views: 1,779,012
I spy a brick building
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-28-2019, 08:20 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 34,007
Views: 1,779,012
I spy a rocky cliff
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-27-2019, 01:55 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 34,007
Views: 1,779,012
I spy damp stones!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-27-2019, 12:22 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 34,007
Views: 1,779,012
I spy produce
Forum: General Photography 01-13-2019, 12:01 PM  
Why do you take pictures? Pre-poll, fishing for poll options.
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 51
Views: 2,438
Because they never made a Pokemon Snap 2 game?

I enjoy balancing all the variables of an image to get desired results, or to capture some aspect of what is happening or existing in the 3d world. It really is a lot like a game.
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-08-2019, 11:42 AM  
Has anyone successfully tethered the K-01?
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 10
Views: 1,602
Thanks so much, I will have to hunt down the appropriate A/V cable and give this a try
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-07-2019, 08:53 PM  
Has anyone successfully tethered the K-01?
Posted By ccbl
Replies: 10
Views: 1,602
Yes, fantastic! I can't tell from the discussion in that thread, does this work for photographs or only in video mode?
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