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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-03-2010, 02:15 AM  
K7 Catch in Focus ... what am I doing wrong?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 26
Views: 6,157
I was trying to get it to work getting a shot of my sons toy car flying off the end of a ramp. Couldn't get it to work at all.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-31-2009, 11:13 AM  
K7 Catch in Focus ... what am I doing wrong?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 26
Views: 6,157
Quick question with regards to CIF.

Has anyone managed to get it to work with a rapidly moving object?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-19-2009, 05:15 AM  
K-7 HDR really works!
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 58
Views: 11,139
This is my one and only attempt at the in camera HDR on the K7 so far.

St Gile's Church Wrexham, Wales
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-10-2009, 02:11 PM  
Pentax DA* 60-250mm f4! a few photos
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 26
Views: 7,632
Haven't posted a shot on here for ages. This was with the K10d.

This with the K7

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-09-2009, 11:03 AM  
Wireless flash with K-7
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 27
Views: 9,832
Since reading this I have tested mine. Shooting into the mirror Both the remote flash, Pentax AF360 fgz and the pop up flash are illuminating.

btw what is the difference in Menu 31 flash as Master or Controller?

I've tried both.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-09-2009, 02:16 AM  
ACDSee Pro 3 update - adds K-7 support
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 4
Views: 4,106
I'm a very happy man after this update.

Something that maybe useful to people with queries re ACDSee is to contact them via twitter. I have found them to be quite helpful.

@acdsee is the username surprise surprise.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-09-2009, 01:17 AM  
Pentax High ISO Gallery - post here
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 1,383
Views: 310,301
JP. I'd checked yours out. well worth a look.

I must admit out in the field I often shoot say ISO 1250 and underexpose by a stop or more and bring it back in PP.

I think the other thing this shot shows is how good the SR is.

From my exif data: shutter speed was 1/13th of Sec.
focal length 153mm!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2009, 03:51 PM  
Pentax High ISO Gallery - post here
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 1,383
Views: 310,301
Quick test shot @ ISO 3200 on my K7. Don't usually use an ISO this high but this seems to look acceptable.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2009, 02:46 PM  
K10D vs K7 High Iso
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 11
Views: 4,459
With my K10d I had times when at floodlit football (soccer) matches where I could not get any usable images.

With the K7 I am getting very nice images of the action under floodlights. Loving the K7. It is awesome.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-15-2009, 01:21 PM  
I value AF more than I realized...
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 69
Views: 9,742
As I shoot alot of sports I use AF alot. However I have shot football (soccer) matches entirely with Manual Focus and got some great shots. It is blinking hard work though.

I'm not sure whether I miss more than the camera does, the K10d isn't quick for AF especially with the Pentax 60-250 f4. However I hope to get a K7 soon. That may be a tad quicker ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-13-2009, 03:46 AM  
Any sports/action shots with K-7?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 27
Views: 7,264
@ Arpe

Would it be psooible for you to tell us how you feel the K7 performs better than the K20 or indeed K10d. I'm an avids sports photographer and need lots of reasons to get one or my Mrs will never give in.

Forum: Photographic Technique 06-09-2009, 10:37 PM  
Pentax Photo Gallery
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 20
Views: 6,978
It is purely for kudos. Photos are on the whole excellent that are on there. Being an official Pentax site adds to the kudos.

I hope to get some in, and will be showing off to everyone I can when I do so.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-09-2009, 03:47 AM  
Project 52, Week 52 - PPG Submission
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 44
Views: 4,976
Dan, I first heard about PPG from this site when I signed up. First submission was rejected. I've got two that are currently awaiting acceptance.

Hopefully I'll get some in eventually. Told a mate about the site straight away. He submitted 2 pictures and had one accepted first time.

This is his pic.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-09-2009, 01:19 AM  
What is your current photographic challenge?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 92
Views: 13,447
My photography challenge is to pursuade my wife that the K7 is essential. Somehow I can't see that happening.

I'm looking forward to getting back into sports again, after a break due to exam revision. I would really like to get better at landscapes though. Mine are usually lacking something.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-07-2009, 10:13 AM  
Have I got oil on my sensor?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 26
Views: 4,322
If you haven't got a blower get one. I've got one and an arctic butterfly I use these for cleaning.

I'm going through Chester tomorrow, I've got half an hour between train connections. So if you can be about at 4ish I can run through it with you if you like.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-07-2009, 10:09 AM  
Motorcycling the Lost Coast
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 13
Views: 1,521
Nice shots. That looks like an awesome biking road. I bet you had fun.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-07-2009, 10:06 AM  
Have I got oil on my sensor?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 26
Views: 4,322
Dust spots.

Try to clean with a blower first if you have one.

This does tend to shift most things.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-07-2009, 08:49 AM  
for all K7 thirsty
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 13
Views: 2,686
I think the camera man must have been desperate for the toilet. He certainly couldn't stay still.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-07-2009, 02:40 AM  
Beach Volleyball
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,685
Not bad for a first attempt.

For me the 3rd shot is by far the best. I think you need to try and get tighter in general. Though a wider angle lens can help with atmos shots.

The background however is truely aweful. Surely you could have had the Best Western Hotel behind you. Also it looks to me that in some of the shots the focus is on the building in the background rather than the action.

You should shoot with as wide open an aperture as possible f2.8 f4 would help. Maybe also manual focus onto the court would be better than using AF. If you are a little off with AF you can instead focus on the background as it appears you have for some shots.

As I said, not bad for a first attempt.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-06-2009, 02:24 AM  
Let's see those diecast autos!
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 3
Views: 1,598
Nice shots.

Maybe you could also get a shot of yourself leaning on something a photoshop it onto the F40. Not easy to do I know but wouldn't it be cool.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2009, 05:31 AM  
lets go crazy
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 22
Views: 3,165
It's got to be the DA*60-250 f4. I have got one of these it is an awesome lens. I'm just itching to get the chance to try it out at a sporting event.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-05-2009, 02:44 AM  
right or left eyed?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 36
Views: 7,103
I don't close my eyes either. But I can see through the viewfinder with my left and just my hand with my right. If I could use my right eye in the viewfinder I could also track the play at the same time. which would be useful.

However I'll have to just keep doing it how I do.

Live view isn't really practical for sports. However I can see how it could help.

I seem to be getting good results so I can't be doing it too wrong.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-05-2009, 02:13 AM  
right or left eyed?
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 36
Views: 7,103
My left eye is very much more dominant than my right eye. So much so that when I try to use my right eye to look through the view-finder I can't really see anything. So I use my left eye as this is more natural for me.

So what?

Well I shoot a lot of sport and like this I can only see what is happening through the view finder. The view of my right eye is obscured by my right hand. This does make following the play difficult.

Also I'm colourblind but that's another story. (Post-processing is kept to a minimum, white balances not adjusted from the presets)

Do other people have similar problems? What do you do to get round it?
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-05-2009, 02:07 AM  
Burst and the Great Sports Debate
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 82
Views: 12,655
Well I must be strange because I mainly shoot sport with my pentax gear. OK I may miss some shots but I am more than happy with the pefromance of my K10d. The times it lets me down is under floodlights. Hopefully the K7 will be much much better for this.

Then again, I am not going to be getting one for some time yet.

Also I shoot football (soccer) and hockey (field not ice) and they are possibly 2 of the most unpredictable games. Hockey is so quick and that ball is so small it can be really difficult. For me a fps of 3 means if I hit the shutter .2 sec too early and shoot burst I've still missed the shot in the next frame. It really is just fractions of a second we are talking about. It's even less that that between getting a shot of a header with the ball compressed on the players head and the ball not being in the frame. I suppose if I had a quicker fps rate I'd use it but I still think anticipation is the key.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-04-2009, 07:37 AM  
Burst and the Great Sports Debate
Posted By mike3legs
Replies: 82
Views: 12,655
Following this to its logical conclusion and sports photography will end as we know it sooner rather than later. When the quality of a still frame from a video shot on a DSLR gets to be sufficient for publication then still sports photography will be no more.

After all if you are shooting at 60/100 fps then you really aren't going to miss anything.

OK there is some luck involved but doesn't a higher frame rate on a camera take some of the skill out of it?
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