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Forum: Photographic Technique 08-13-2009, 03:15 PM  
Sneaking in SLR when "no pro cameras allowed" ?
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 31
Views: 14,274
I'm going to a concert soon, and have been trying very hard to find out rules for photography. I know some venues limit lens size (for example, "no lenses greater than 50mm allowed" to keep people from taking good closeups. Others say no cameras with removable lenses. I had a point and shoot I could have taken, but it broke, and I won't be able to replace it in time, insurance company is slow. So, I'll be taking my Pentax *Ist Ds.

I have a few lens choices, 24mm, 50mm, 135mm and 500mm. All are primes. I'd definitely like to take either the 24 or 50 for wider shots. The 500 is very long and would probably be noticed much sooner than the other lenses, but I do wish I could take it to get some great closeups... The 135 should be taken so I can get closer than the 50.

How can I get this in and avoid getting in trouble for it, if they have some rule about lens length or "professional" cameras? I've thought about putting a body cap on the camera so it looks like a huge PnS, and leaving the lenses in someone else's purse so they hopefully won't attract attention. Any tips here? I figure this isn't a serious offense like trying to take pictures of a military base or something, just some musicians. I've heard the band is fine with cameras, but worry that the venue will have specific rules. I'd be ok with just taking in one lens, you know, but I'm worried that they'll say my camera is too "pro" and can't be allowed, any arguments to use to try to get them to let me have it in, if they notice and object?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2008, 09:13 AM  
Quick Photoshoot: cute model!
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 6
Views: 1,322
Alright, thanks for the comments guys! Very appreciated!

The lens tends to be pretty soft....but it's an old lens and probably needs to be cleaned and worked on, it was my fathers when he was in college! I was shooting wide open because I don't have all that much light: one flash, camera mounted. And it's a $40 generic flash.

Good idea on the subject/background distance, I'll definetly try that next time!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2008, 11:08 PM  
Quick Photoshoot: cute model!
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 6
Views: 1,322
Would you elaborate more on my focus issues? Granted, the second shot is most definitely out of focus. However, the others, as best as I can tell, seem to be focused rather well. I do make extensive use of bokeh, which is difficult to avoid when shooting wide open as I was. Therefore almost every shot involves some parts which are out of the plane that is in focus, but I do not feel this means the shots are "out of focus." Can anyone else chime in to verify that I suck at focusing, or whether what was noticed is just bokeh?


As far as the background goes, when lit up, it looks somewhat brown and unevenly toned: it's a fleece blanket, not a professional backdrop. Therefore I purposefully worked to keep it black and evenly so. I feel the model is well separated from the background(ok, her hair blends in perfectly sometimes...), but I would be interested to hear more comments on this. Given that lighting the backdrop in this situation produced what I feel are unsatisfactory photographs, should I have tried to light the model herself from the rear or side? Would love to hear from someone who has shot with a similarly cheap and impromptu setup!

Thanks all!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2008, 10:24 AM  
Quick Photoshoot: cute model!
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 6
Views: 1,322
Please give me your thoughts!








Larger versions available in gallery here
How is my background? I changed levels and colour balance just slightly, how does it look? Were the poses/composition good? Isn't she beautiful????
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2008, 02:06 PM  
Film chemical/developing question/problem
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 13
Views: 3,846
So....my girlfriend picked up an old Canon SLR and I wanted to help her get some cheap film, so I reccomended she order some of the cheap film from BH. So she took my advice and ordered some of the cheapest color and black and white 35mm film they have.

The issue she just ran in to is that Walmart claims the black and white film "uses a chemical usually used by people intheir own developing place and we don't have it, but Ritz might." Ritz wants $8 to develop a roll of film.....and I am told that their chemicals are old.

I believe this is the film:
Link to BH

Can you explain to me why Walmart can't develop this?

Any Pentaxians in the Orlando, Fl area who have a darkroom who'd let me and my girlfriend use it to develop her film? :D We'd pay for chemicals used....

Thanks anyone who can help me!
Forum: Sold Items 09-11-2008, 10:09 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Modded Cactus V2 Receivers and Trigger
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 4
Views: 1,386
I'm assuming I'm too late....but if not.......
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-07-2008, 10:54 AM  
Sunsets
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 1
Views: 2,727
I would love your thoughts on these photos...taken over the last year or so, as you can tell by the varying style of frame :D













Forum: Photographic Technique 09-06-2008, 02:00 PM  
How do you focus?
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 41
Views: 6,819
Thank you for the correction! Now that you mention it, back when I was new, I DID use the green hexagon thing to know when I was in focus. Now, I don't think about it, I trust my eyes, so I forgot what I used to watch to know :)

Just the other night, I was trying to focus on two guys (flatmates of mine) wrestling in a nearly black room, to take those gay looking photos for Facebook which we all love (right?) I just went with what felt right, and about half of the photos came out in decent focus. My larger problem was estimating the aperture with the built in flash which I hardly ever use, I just couldn't take the time to find my nicer flash. After taking a few thousand photos, focusing is just one of those things you don't really think about while you are doing it, you just do it.

Then someone asks how you focus, and it's hard to give an answer :D
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-04-2008, 02:32 PM  
How do you focus?
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 41
Views: 6,819
I only use prime manual focus lenses...a split screen helps a ton, but I don't have one. I have the camera set so that it chirps when it thinks it is in focus, and I believe that it flahses a red square, but honestly I don't notice either of those very much. I only use them in conditions where it is hard for me to tell so I let the camera weigh in with its opinion :D

After several thousand shutter activations, I have gotten to where it doesn't seem like it's very difficult to focus just by looking and moving the focus ring.....it just becomes second nature.
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2008, 07:24 PM  
Holy C**P have you seen this video??
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 35
Views: 6,145
Yes, I agree! And the people who build houses which get ruined in tornadoes, they should be burned at the stake! Also, all shipbuilders who have had ships run aground in storms, they should be shot! We cannot let menaces like this harm people in our modern world!!


Eh.... or maybe there was a mixture of "gray area" and freak accidents. Stuff happens: ships run aground due to storms. Houses get torn apart because of them. Planes crash because of them. I feel it is ridiculous to call for this pilot to lose his license because of what seems to be a freak accident. I'm not saying he exercised amazing judgement, but in life you do what you have to. His job is to land that plane, and the landing doesn't have to be smooth to be a landing. Landings have to happen in less than ideal circumstances, and that's a daily occurance and fact. It just so happened that Murphy was riding the winds that day, and turned what is usually a bumpy landing into an unusually bumpy landing.

Am I an expert? No, but I have landed a plane before (with the pilot 'teeping his hand on the yoke :) )
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-04-2008, 07:50 AM  
My way of final looking flowers?
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 12
Views: 2,163
They don't look bad, but they aren't "pure photography" at all. Digital art. You've altered them so much that I don't think it would have mattered if there was good composition, focus or exposure. And those are three of the important things in a good photograph. If it's an image that doesn't require the photograph to have had any of several important parts of a good photograph....what kind of photograph is that anyways?



Granted, I have been known to use creative post processing and print methods to deal with crappy photos of mine. Blown out? Out of focus? Great! Let's crop, make it B/W, bump up the contrast and rasterbate it! Whammo, wonderful poster!
Forum: Sold Items 02-27-2008, 05:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Wow, that was fast!! Lens is sold! Thank you Pentax Forums!
Forum: Sold Items 02-27-2008, 03:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Still for sale!! Please help fund my diving addiction!! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2008, 07:07 AM  
Post Your Eclipse shots here.
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 34
Views: 6,812
I haven't had time to do any post processing, and some of them will turn out better than this one once I work with them a little. I just grabbed one that seemed good to email my mother :)

*ist Ds, ISO400 (might be 200, I switched back near the end), 500mm really cheap lens, which is 750mm effective with the crop factor. Handheld, at something like 1/160s.

Click to view larger size.
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Forum: Photographic Technique 02-18-2008, 09:25 PM  
Help printing images and sizes
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 12
Views: 1,996
Have you considered printing through a service like Mpix.com?
Forum: Sold Items 02-17-2008, 08:56 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Thank you for your interest, Dr. Windmill.

Lens is still for sale! Please help fund a broke-as-a-joke college student's other hobbies!! :)
Forum: General Talk 02-16-2008, 11:48 AM  
Question for people in Orlando, FL
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 10
Views: 3,246
Colonial is a nice store, kind of funny since half the store is dedicated to model trains and planes. They do not support Pentax at all. They do not have anything to clean sensors with, other than the "green clean" vacuum can thing, which I don't want.

So I don't go to Colonial. What do I need there??


But they will have lighting stuff, umbrellas and all that. And bags. Nice store!
Forum: General Talk 02-14-2008, 06:39 PM  
Happy Valentines Day!!!!
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 12
Views: 2,296


I dislike Valentine's day.

I would prefer to not be single, and more specifically, to not be single with the girl in this photograph...(it's a poster made with Rasterbater...she was a model for several shoots for me last semester). Oh well. :(
Forum: Sold Items 02-11-2008, 10:52 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Still for sale! Two people claimed to want it, neither ever got back to me. (I'll admit, I didn't check my pm's for two days, but I've been checking daily since, and will continue to check daily)
Forum: Sold Items 01-25-2008, 11:00 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Still for sale, same price...still a starving college student....

(forgot about this ad but got a "marketplace cleanup" email which asked me to update it or close it :) )
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-13-2008, 12:39 PM  
a nice close up
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 16
Views: 1,849
There are two of what look like spots of dust on your sensor that I see....if you could clone those out, that'd make this amazing shot even more flawless :) (great shot as is!!)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-13-2008, 12:38 PM  
Why we don't feed Squirrels
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 14
Views: 2,664
Very nice shot!

Just the other day, I was eating lunch outside when a squirrel jumped out of the trashcan with a Burger King sauce thing....he deftly pulled the top all the way off, then began licking.....after going all around, he gnawed off one edge in order to get all the way into the corners...itw as pretty funny. He had hs head inside of this sauce box thing, holding it with two paws, it looked like he ws trying to hide his face from me! Sadly, I did not have a camera handy. :(
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-09-2008, 03:01 PM  
Printing images on t-shirts?
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 6
Views: 3,101
Screenprinting is THE way to make a shirt that lasts, but to get it done at a commercial place will cost you possibly $10 to $20 per screen. If you want a "full colour image" then you'll want to do 4 colour process, which only works with white shirts. It uses four colours (CMYK) to produce a reasonably good image. These shirts will last for years and years and years.

If you only need it to last one day, go the thermal paper route.

On the other hand, there are places that now offer something akin to an inkjet printer that prints directly on the shirt, using special inks designed for fabrics. If you can find a shop that does this, the cost might only be $10 or so per shirt. Probably still limited to white for good colour reproduction, though.

The last option, if you only need one colour, and want it to last, is thermal vinyl. Not all shops offer this, either, but it's essentially...it's like, vinyl for trucks and boats and whatnot, but after sticking it on the shirt, a thermal press is used to bind it to the shirt. These last similarly to a screenprinted shirt. The durability of these and screenprinting depend mostly on how well they cured the inks.

I used to work at a screenprinting shop....it's very labour intensive, and usually the smallest runs we officially do are 12 shirts. (if you work there, you could print your own stuff, as few as you wanted or as many as you wanted, but not on the clock. )
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2008, 01:58 PM  
Second Portrait Attempt...
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 13
Views: 1,472
The glow around her head in the third shot is very nice...did that just happen, or was that post?

Pretty girl, good shots!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2007, 09:54 AM  
What to do with lens cap?
Posted By JahJahwarrior
Replies: 14
Views: 3,858
I don't see why you all need to protect your lenses that much...I keep all of my lenses in my bag, and sometimes have a rear cap on them, but never a front cap. I do have UV filters on most of them, though.

I also don't use a camera strap.

But, I do have insurance that covers my gear...
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