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Forum: General Talk 17 Hours Ago  
Alas, many good things come to an end.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 23
Views: 462
I'm sorry Steve. I think that you and I share a belief in what waits for you after this life and everything will be OK, but I pray for peace and comfort you in the remainder of your journey.

You have helped many people on the Forum and been a kind and gracious presence here. I know you have been that as well in other parts of your life.

Thank you for what you've done and who you've been.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 17 Hours Ago  
The Auto, the Jpg and The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 28
Views: 739
I think the main thing has to do with when you started doing digital photography. My first digital SLR was a K-100 and the jpegs weren't that good from it. I very quickly changed to raw. The K-100 screwed up the white balance all of the time and got really soft over iso 800 if you were shooting jpeg. In addition, the post processing software has come a long way since then and back then it was very hard to fix screwed up jpegs.

For photos of my family jpegs would be more than fine, but I don't remember to switch back and forth and there is no particular downside to shooting raw (the time commitment for me mostly has to do with figuring out which images to keep, not the actual editing process).
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 1 Day Ago  
The Auto, the Jpg and The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 28
Views: 739
OK. It used to be that green mode limited you to jpegs, but I haven't shot it since a K-10 or K-20 (I'm sure which), so obviously things change.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 1 Day Ago  
The Auto, the Jpg and The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 28
Views: 739
Maybe people who shoot RAW (like me) look down on people who shoot jpegs. I think it is more likely that they started shooting a long time ago and have seen too many situations where shooting RAW helped them fix a situation that might not have been savable if they had been shooting jpegs.

I don't know that there is an arrogance there or an overconfidence in my own knowledge -- in fact, shooting RAW is more an admission that there times that I can save in post the stupid mistakes I made along the way.

I have felt a bit of arrogance from the jpeg shooters and the SOOC folks. We don't need no stinking post processing software. We get it right in-camera...

I do shoot in Program mode a lot and Av mode a fair amount too. The thing about green mode from Pentax is that it locks you into jpegs, which can be OK, but often isn't what I am looking for.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,740
Views: 146,693
This one hit Flickr Explore last week, #300, I believe.

Round Bale at Dawn (FA 31 limited/pixel shift)

Round Bale at Dawn by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 1 Day Ago  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,599
Views: 212,089
Roots and River (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Roots and River by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Railroad Tracks (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Train Tracks by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,140
Views: 195,730
Roots and River (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Roots and River by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Railroad Tracks (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Train Tracks by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 1 Day Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 34,312
Views: 3,387,114
Roots and River (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Roots and River by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Railroad Tracks (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Train Tracks by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 1 Day Ago  
The thrill of being unfaithfull for just one morning...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 38
Views: 754
It must be nice to live near a camera store. The only stores that carry camera equipment within an hour's drive of where I live would be a big box store like Best Buy.

Personally, I'm pretty happy with Pentax. I would like them to announce that they are working on a K-1 III. That would make me happy. I have enough lenses that switching would be a major pain. EVFs don't have much attraction for me, I have mentioned, but they give me eye strain fairly quickly, which OVFs don't do. Not sure why -- something wrong with me, I guess. Since EVFs are the direction all of the brands but Pentax are headed in, I guess I will keep shooting K mount gear for the time being, even if the release dates for new bodies are pretty far apart.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New firmware for K3 III and K-1 introduced season specific shooting modes
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 103
Views: 4,669
DCU has a decent amount of capability. The biggest problem I had with it was that it was slower than Lightroom, but as far as editing RAW images, it seemed quite able to do the things you mention.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
New firmware for K3 III and K-1 introduced season specific shooting modes
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 103
Views: 4,669
It's a way of saying to Pentaxians, "We are still paying attention to the K mount" without actually releasing a new lens or camera. Maybe they are gently trying to nudge folks to buy a limited lens or two. There isn't anything more to see here.

It is actually unusual for a camera company to release new firmware for a six year old camera that does more than simply support a newer lens, but the K-1 is six years old.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
New firmware for K3 III and K-1 introduced season specific shooting modes
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 103
Views: 4,669
I don't think there is any "playing with fire" here. The firmware is free for those who own these cameras and the user has a choice whether or not to enable it based on their shooting preferences and whether they own the lens in question. I'm not a jpeg shooter and I don't own the DFA 21 limited (although I hope to own it one day).

There was actually a generally good response to the Satobi jpeg setting. This will affect a smaller audience than that, but I don't see it as disrespecting the folks who use their cameras.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
It's Time and we need to discuss our hopes [ and dismay ]
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 295
Views: 12,318
I would. I find baseball relaxing in a way I don't find other sports. Just being there and soaking in the atmosphere is wonderful. When I was a boy, my dad read the John R. Tunis books, The Kid From Tompkinsville and The World Series to me. I loved them and have read them to my kids too. It feels like a way of touching the past.

Unfortunately, "my team" would be the Cincinnati Reds and I am living in Virginia, so that would be quite the road trip.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 253
Views: 9,831
We will see a mixture of vehicles for a while. I don't think cross country trucking will shift any time soon -- if you need a semi tractor trailer that is available to be on the road 17 or 18 hours per 24 hours, it seems like batteries aren't at that place yet.

We'll see a gradual shift. If you own your vehicle, you aren't going to get rid of it tomorrow, but if you replace it, you are certainly either going to look for a vehicle that gets really high mpg or an electric vehicle, depending on how much you drive. Assuming a driving range of 200 to 250 miles on a charge, I think the majority of people could get by with that sort of range.

Thinking about photography, we see the same thing. Things do shift over time, but it is gradual. There are still an awful lot of SLRs in use and even if people are changing to MILCs, many are continuing to use their SLR lenses on their new cameras with adapters. Not so much revolution as evolution.
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
Bokeh..just a load of balls?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 115
Views: 4,226
For what its worth, the human eye does see bokeh. People estimate that the lens in our eyes has an aperture of f2.4. I'm unclear as to the focal length. Based on angle of view it is probably around 43 mm (same as the FA 43 limited).

The thing is that we are constantly refocusing. But if you look at something really close to you, you don't really see the background at the same time -- at least not sharply. I don't think we think about it a whole lot because we aren't paying attention to the background, but it certainly isn't in focus.
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
Bokeh..just a load of balls?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 115
Views: 4,226
I'm not sure about all of this. I think that fast lenses existed prior to 2001. Lots of people owned a 50mm f1.4 or f1.7. The whole point was to allow faster shutter speeds in situations where you didn't want to use higher iso film (or you had maxed it out). The fact that the background was blurry was a side effect of that fast aperture speed.

Whether people called it bokeh then or background blur or something else, it existed and smart photographers used it selectively in their images. The same thing is true today. Portraits, in particular, can have everything in focus, or can have the background blurred. Depending on the background, it may be beneficial to blur it out -- some backgrounds do nothing to help with a portrait and in fact distract from it (blurring can too).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 253
Views: 9,831
Snapshots aren't a bad thing. For one thing, they are a good way of having keepsakes/mementos of times spent with family and friends. The best souvenirs I have trips taken are the scrapbooks that were made after the fact with snapshots.

More than that, we all get better through practice. Some of it is simply emulating photographers whose work we appreciate and some is learning to visualize photos before we take them and get settings for exposure and auto focus right. Maybe, just like with the whole 10,000 hours thing, we could say that there are 100,000 snapshots on the way to becoming competent photographer.

Most of us will never make great art and that's OK. The whole point is simply that we are satisfied with images we capture and maybe getting better along the way.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
Pentax Aperture Block, Black Picture Problem Class Action Lawsuit
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 553
Views: 50,967
It seems likely, just like the lawsuit apparently has...
Forum: Lens Clubs 6 Days Ago  
HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm F2.8 Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 1,140
Views: 195,730
Leaning Tree (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Leaning Tree by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 6 Days Ago  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 50mm SDM AW
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 312
Views: 50,656
Playing Piano (DFA *50)

Playing Piano by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 6 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 34,312
Views: 3,387,114
Leaning Tree (DFA 24-70mm/pixel shift)

Leaning Tree by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Playing Piano (DFA *50)

Playing Piano by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 6 Days Ago  
Hello from prospective mirror less convert
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 27
Views: 660
Fortunately, most of those lenses have been replaced by lenses with better motors.

Basically you are talking about the original DA * lenses and even there the 16-50 plm has replaced the DA *16-50. The newer DA zooms have either DC or PLM motors and the DFA lens motors are all OK as well.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-18-2022, 06:19 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 11,512
Views: 2,055,358
Round Bale Before Dawn (FA 31 limited/pixel shift)

Round Bale at Dawn by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-18-2022, 04:15 AM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 3,783
Views: 752,596
Pine and Sunburst (DA 15 limited)

Pine and Sunburst by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-18-2022, 04:15 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 12,036
Views: 2,203,671
Pine and Sunburst (DA 15 limited)

Pine and Sunburst by Vincent1825, on Flickr
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