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Forum: Photo Critique 02-02-2019, 11:23 AM  
Landscape give me thoughts on b/w conversion
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 8
Views: 380
It's a decent enough image. Some points to ponder:

- right side branch, very distracting as it exits the frame unfinished

- foreground reflection is a distraction : too much or not enough reflection. Would either take the image closer to where the tree touches the water OR pan back a fair amount and get all tree / all reflection

- the tree / root in the water half submerged ( to left side and behind some the subject tree ), big distraction. Takes away the separation of subject and background.

- I feel, overall, there is too much of your main subject not in frame

- overall, as well, just too busy. The branches, the grasses in the water (fore ground and background to right ) all compete for the eye , and takes away from your main subject.

- there is a weird halo in between branches + background sky. I can see it in the colour image, but it's much more predominant in the B+W

- overall the B+W conversion is flat. The reflection, background area, and the branches are all the same tone. Mountains could be darkened to fix that, add a bit of contrast.


Hope these tips help
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-25-2019, 06:44 AM  
Landscape Some Panoramas
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 289
These are very good. Exposure is perfect in both ground and sky, excellent shooting.

#2 specifically stands out to me, even though they are all very well done. I would think if you cloned out the few people in #2 you'd have a easy seller on your hands.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-24-2019, 05:02 AM  
Abstract A few black and whites
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Thank you very much, glad you like them :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-24-2019, 02:38 AM  
Abstract A few black and whites
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Thank you very much for the kind words. Greatly appreciated
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-23-2019, 12:24 PM  
Landscape Sea Stacks
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Nice grab. I'd like to see a B+W version of this one.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-23-2019, 12:19 PM  
Macro Succulent
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 5
Views: 290
I agree, the colours really make this one stand out. Beauty of a shot
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-23-2019, 12:04 PM  
Abstract A few black and whites
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Thank you very much :) Glad you enjoyed them.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-23-2019, 05:52 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 5,286
Views: 307,094
Yes, the few times I've played around with it, I realized pretty quickly it's so much better than the tubes :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-22-2019, 08:05 AM  
Abstract A few black and whites
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 248
I've recently been re tooling my B+W processing, thought I would share a couple.
Thanks for looking / comments :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2019, 11:59 AM  
Landscape Mt. Wilson
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 670
I agree. First one is a wall hanger for sure. Nice images
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2019, 08:44 AM  
Nature Intro Thread
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 10
Views: 315
normhead, maybe I should have clarified a little. If I have the Sigma or the old Tak 200 X 2x teleconverter, there are zero issues. It's only w/ the 400mm Vivitar. Could be the lens just isn't great. Even on a bright sunny day, she's just not sharp 100%. I've tested it many, many times on stationary object, with a tripod. I only still use it for that 4 or 5 images I might get that ARE actually decent ;)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-18-2019, 06:03 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 5,286
Views: 307,094
I've had macro tubes for a few years, they are fun. Near end of summer this past ( 2018 ) and old friend of my dad's gave me some Nikon lenses. Straight to Ebay for an adapter later lol. One of them is a near mint 90mm macro.

First time using an actual macro lens was a learning afternoon, that's for sure ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2019, 05:53 AM  
Nature Pentax K-5 Mounted With Pentax SMC DA 35MM 2.4 (Nuthatch in Flight)
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 18
Views: 662
Nice shot :) I have about a million of these, but none of them are on purpose. Have the yard set up so the landing spots provide a view of the food area. That gives me time to get some nice shots with the birds not right at the feeders. I probably have at least 5 gigs worth of images of birds 'leaving' their spots to hit the feeders lol.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2019, 05:48 AM  
People Children of Dolpo, Nepal
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Very nice set, indeed. Composition and exposure are prefect. #1, #4, #5 and #7 very powerful images, beautiful work.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2019, 05:43 AM  
Nature First attempt at digital over exposure on purpose
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 13
Views: 495
Couldn't agree more with what's being said. I remember when I started to actually understand what I was doing and how to go about doing it. Two things for any serious landscape imaging is a tripod and a set of gradient ND filters.
You don't have to buy a top line filter set, seriously. Ebay has full sets from Japan for like $50 CDN, and they do the trick just as good as the expensive ones.
You can also use a circular polarizer if that's all you have, right now. May just have to shoot a little different angle than you originally intended, but you can get some nice images with just that.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-18-2019, 05:34 AM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 1,412
Views: 84,580
Hey, old / new member :)

Here's a few regulars to our place. Thanks for looking, all shot on the K7 and either the Vivtar 400mm or a Sigma 70-300mm.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2019, 05:19 AM  
Nature Intro Thread
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Thank you all for the kind words, greatly appreciated.





Yes, they can be fairly aggressive. Quite a few times a week, they'll chase the Grackles out of the yard. They come in 5-7 at a time, set up a perimeter and trade off ; one eats, others guard, switch. Pretty cool they way they work.






lol ;) Thank you for the thread links, I'll definitely post the bird stuff there instead, thank you.
The 400mm.... *sigh* it's a good lens. Maybe I just don't have it down yet - shutter +ISO combo - but I find I only get good, nice sharp images about 40%. It's pretty frustrating lol.

Example: A female cardinal will come. They usually survey the scene before actually hitting the feeders, so I know I've got a good minute for shots. I won't move, take 10-15 shots, drive mode hi speed, at least 320 shutter = maybe 5 good ones. Rest are just not sharp, I don't get haha.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-17-2019, 06:27 AM  
Night Andromeda Galaxy with New Scope and the K-1
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 25
Views: 1,198
I've been a loooooooong time member at Cloudy Nights and I must say, after the short amount of time you've been at it, I would put your work right on par with some of the best I've seen. It's awesome that Pentax now makes a digital camera that is actually really good for astrophotography.
I'm still only sporting a K7 and, any time I've attempted anything other than milkyway / star scape / northern lights, I just can't get past the noise conundrum lol.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-17-2019, 06:16 AM  
Old Member
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 7
Views: 309
Thanks for the hello's everyone. Very glad to be able to be shooting again :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-17-2019, 06:15 AM  
Old Member
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 7
Views: 309
Thanks for the hello's everyone. Very glad to be getting this hobby back into my life again :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-16-2019, 06:07 AM  
Nature Intro Thread
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Moring

Old member here - I made a post in the introduction section - getting back behind the lens after a few years. Had some health issues with my dad and the mother in law that kept me away from the camera for a while. Wife made a huge career change a few years ago as well, and that's removed some 'free time' for myself, but that's life lol.

Anyway, schedules have stabilized a bit and I've found I now have some time to get back shooting. I used to mainly shoot landscapes , specifically coast line long exposures. Always liked birds though, so challenging and a great test of skill / knowledge / ability. Haven't gone 'out' yet, but I've been able to put some time in the yard with our local winged friends.

Thanks for looking, glad to be back here.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-16-2019, 05:50 AM  
Old Member
Posted By dLSK
Replies: 7
Views: 309
Morning all :)

Former member from a few years back. Totally forgot username / password and can't remember the password to my old email lol.

Anyway, had some family health issues ( parents / mother in law ) that pretty much kept me off the camera for quite some time. Been recently able to pick it back up again and do some shooting. Can't believe how much I missed it, even if there's no 'in the bag' shots for the day. Just getting back out behind the lens, so relaxing and mind clearing. Definitely be putting more time back in, now that I can.

Glad to see this forum is still up. I do remember it was a great community here, and I look forward to maybe re-injecting back in.
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