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Forum: General Photography 10-18-2015, 02:44 PM  
You know you're a photographer when...
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 144
Views: 11,981
Then petapixel...
Then dpreview...
Then youtube, for photography channels

Wait, there are people who don't?
Forum: General Photography 11-11-2015, 04:09 PM  
You know you're a photographer when...
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 144
Views: 11,981
You haven't used your camera in three days, so you shoot yourself ironing just to satiate the craving.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-22-2016, 03:38 PM  
Sony A6500
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 11
Views: 1,226
Just wait a couple of years until twenty new, incrementally improved models have been released.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2016, 07:15 AM  
Ultra wide angle fight!
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 21
Views: 2,549
The Sigma 15mm F2.8 fisheye is quite small and light. The sharpness and OoF blur aren't amazing, but it does what it says on the tin. It works well for landscapes, for sure, but will need a bit more time and patience for other subjects.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2016, 02:32 PM  
Thematic Trees
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 4,439
Views: 265,024

Rowan, I think. Shot with my Vivitar 28mm.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2016, 02:26 PM  
Thematic Bigger Flowers
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 2,590
Views: 146,004

Can't be posting photos of weeds now! Have an Amarylis. :) Shot with the Sigma 15mm fisheye.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-22-2016, 07:27 AM  
Thematic Show me your insects
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 6,081
Views: 404,315

Pentax K-5 with Vivitar 28mm 1:2.8 MC Close Focus. Having not used this lens in a fair while, I'd forgotten just how much sharper it is than all of my zooms. Such a versatile lens on the K-5.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 05-01-2016, 12:46 AM  
Point And Shoot Competition #99: Inside
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 20
Views: 2,740
Okay, I've got my pick - sorry for the delay. To reiterate, this wasn't an easy choice but I'm going with this one from Bart:

It's hard to put my finger on but I find myself drawn to its casual simplicity. It doesn't just show inside, but feels it as well.

Thanks to all for your photos.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-30-2016, 04:26 PM  
Game Daily in April 2016
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 35
Views: 5,114
Well that was fun. I can't see myself managing to do a Single In any time soon, and I'm getting pretty familiar with my RX100. Might as well keep running through May, and I'll surely have some different scenery to shoot.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-23-2016, 04:23 PM  
Game Single in April 2016
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 470
Views: 22,434
Short answer: No.

Slightly longer answer: I can't see how anyone would see your photos as overprocessed unless they had a real taste for dim, soft, low contrast images.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-22-2016, 01:19 PM  
Game Single in April 2016
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 470
Views: 22,434
That makes getting older sound so much more exciting. :lol:

I may steal that phrase.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-18-2016, 04:30 PM  
Game Single in April 2016
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 470
Views: 22,434
I'm still happy with my RX100i. It may not quite have the reach of the MX-1 ('only' 28-100 eFoV), but the sensor is bigger and has more megapickles which partly makes up for that. Used ones go for a song these days. I've had mine for a year, and whilst the RAWs obviously don't come close to the versatility of my K-5 there's still some latitude for fun PP. Worth a try at least I'd say.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-17-2016, 05:55 AM  
Game Single in April 2016
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 470
Views: 22,434
I've got the TA 35-70 F3.5. Whilst it does have noticeable flaws such as a lack of edge sharpness at 35mm, and poor resistance to ambient light, when used accordingly it does give pleasant images.

So yeah, whilst I wouldn't use it as a walk-around lens, especially on APS-C, nor for shots demanding the highest quality, it can be fun to take out now and again.
Forum: Photo Critique 04-15-2016, 01:54 AM  
Landscape Entering the Fair
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 15
Views: 1,690
#3 and #4 are the most striking to me, with #3 being more interesting as well. With both of them you could do with easing off on the sharpening just on the horizon to remove the halo. #4 has a tiny bit of a edge flicker just above the horizon at the right hand side; crop a few pixels off or clone it out as competition rules permit.

#1 doesn't stand out to be honest. Whilst it's a fair enough landscape it doesn't really evoke any feelings. Don't assume that all the other sunsets are of the sea.
#2 is definitely an interesting photo and I really like the layering of mountains in the background. The rocky outcrop that forms the focus of the image doesn't seem to pop out for some reason. I think it could do with a touch more contrast, but there are also the distracting highlights in the bottom right corner. It has all the makings of a really great photo, but needs more work than #3 and #4.
#5 doesn't have elements that draw my eye.
#6 is too soft.

They're all good photos, and I'm not trying to put you down. I'm just thinking about how pedantic the judges might be.
Forum: General Talk 04-10-2016, 06:19 AM  
Your next cell phone?
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 44
Views: 4,015
Currently on a 10 year old one of these:

I sometimes dream of a 215.
Forum: General Talk 04-04-2016, 02:16 PM  
Strange effect in my vision
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 19
Views: 1,411
I was just going to say that I get the same thing and was speculating it to be just that. The rods in your eye are more sensitive to changes in light and are also more densely distributed towards the edges of the retina than the colour sensitive cones.

Related wiki page:

Edit: what I said might be complete garbage
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-25-2016, 06:47 PM  
Landscape Retreading Old French Ground
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 5
Views: 708
I've been stuck inside dealing with a cold, so decided to mess around with some old photos from last summer. Whilst I've probably over-sharpened them (or at least, not paid enough attention to where they've been sharpened) I'm fairly comfortable with the overall results. My process these days (using Darktable) is to hit the monochrome filter straight away and process for tone first of all. Once I'm okay with the tones I remove the monochrome filter and decide whether the images really need colour at all. :lol: If they do then I fiddle around a bit more.

There's not much point getting too worked up about tones and colours since I rarely print and my screen is a crappy laptop thing with no depth.

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-27-2016, 06:00 AM  
Point and Shoot contest #98 Utilitarian Public Objects
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 22
Views: 2,467
Here's one from last week, shot with an RX100.

Forum: General Photography 03-25-2016, 07:34 PM  
A good drama / sci-fi / horror three-parter on Netflix UK with a photography element
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 3
Views: 942
AKA: Photojournalism - The Movie

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-25-2016, 09:47 AM  
Windows build for Darktable 2.0
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 4
Views: 1,926
If anyone is interested in trying it, I discovered that a build does exist. It's not the most recent version and I don't know how stable the build is in the long run, but it seems to function.

Partha's Place Download link is down the left hand side.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-25-2016, 08:18 AM  
Nik Collection FOR FREE!
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 80
Views: 8,922
Unfortunately DT does not do stitching, and its stacking is primitive at best. I've had to pass my images through Hugin to perform those functions.

Hopefully they'll improve the stacking function before too long. There's other OSS such as luminance-HDR that I would hope they could scavenge code from.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-08-2016, 12:30 PM  
Ricoh want's to go mirrorless? With X-mount/Fujifilm? at least 2 years away.
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 223
Views: 23,919
I'd genuinely be interested in a resurrected GXR system. So much potential there.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-22-2016, 01:30 PM  
Sling bag and tremors
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 7
Views: 1,061
I use my neck strap like a rifle sling. It helps significantly with tremors.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-21-2016, 03:53 PM  
135/1.4 Mitakon for Pentax? What to do ?
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 70
Views: 6,710
If you do make the plunge, do not publish anything less than the best possible photos you can shoot with it. The resale value of a unique lens such as this would surely cover the investment, but only if its public presentation is flawless.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-23-2016, 03:04 PM  
Four Thirds and Two Thirds
Posted By clockworkrat
Replies: 23
Views: 2,537
I crop 99% of my images. The 3:2 ratio is almost never perfect for my subjects, and no matter how careful I am there's often just a few pixels at the edges that distract.

Personally, I hope Panasonic's adjustable ratio catches on more widely. I'd love to be able to frame in 1:1 straight off the bat whilst maintaining 'equivalent focal length'.
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