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Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-24-2019, 02:55 AM  
Landscape Scottish Savanna II
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 26
Views: 393
Shot facing the other way... from behind the split tree on the right, a while before the impending storm of the original shot. ;)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-08-2019, 07:38 AM  
Dugald Stewart
Posted By womble
Replies: 13
Views: 172
Taken in Edinburgh one evening after a conference.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-04-2019, 11:07 AM  
Wadden Sea Sunset
Posted By MetteHHH
Replies: 44
Views: 393
Wadden Sea Sunset
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-27-2019, 04:19 PM  
Milky Way Rising
Posted By SirTomster
Replies: 48
Views: 919
This is a multi image stacked to reduce the noise.

MKII7083-Edit by SirTomster, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-21-2019, 12:00 PM  
Still Life Dinner at the Inn
Posted By evoyageur
Replies: 11
Views: 333
This was a dinner setup, with Christmas lights in the background. I shot this scene with several lenses that i had intended to sell. After going back over these pictures, i was impressed with this lens, and decided to keep it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-08-2019, 07:06 PM  
Landscape Oh Canada!
Posted By jonnytheweb
Replies: 14
Views: 310
just your everyday view in Jasper!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-25-2019, 07:18 AM  
Nature Another Painted Lady.
Posted By DW58
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Haven't seen any other types of butterflies in our garden the last few days. Maybe a sign that winter is on its way.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-25-2019, 03:10 AM  
Landscape Mitre Peak
Posted By RobG
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Mitre Peak
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr

It's 1,692 metres from the water to the tip of the peak. Those are actually quite large cruise boats! :eek:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-21-2019, 05:37 AM  
Nature Backlit Cholla Cactus, California
Posted By RICHARD L.
Replies: 1
Views: 188
I was walking around a grove of Cholla Cactuses (Cholla is a Spanish word meaning "noggin") late in the afternoon when I noticed this particular specimen. Oftentimes, these desert plants have unwieldy shapes and are not really photogenic, you have to look over a great number of them to find a really beautiful individual fit to photograph.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-09-2010, 04:02 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By bbluesman
Replies: 19,602
Views: 1,341,594
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-04-2019, 12:30 AM  
Night Popular Observatory of Mont-Mégantic under the Milky Way
Posted By Weevil
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Observatoire populaire du Mont-Mégantic sous la Voie Lactée / Popular Observatory of Mont-Mégantic under the Milky Way (x-posted in the Irix Lens Club thread)

Parc National du Mont-Mégantic, Québec, CANADA


During an activity called "Popular Observatory Evening" proposed by the ASTROLab at Mont-Megantic, I rather choose to stay a bit apart and willing to capture the starfield and Milky Way on top of this magnificent mountain. Unfortunately, after a last-minute tripod change, I forgot to bring the appropriate quick release plate to fix the camera on that tripod head (damn!).

However, with the gear accessories I had on hand, like a couple of spring clips and an L-bracket, I was able to just stabilize my gear enough, I'd say in an hazardous way, in order to make those long exposure shots (30s and more @ ƒ/2.8 and ISO 1600 to 2500) in order to get quite nice shots of the Milky Way and surrounding starscapes.

Pentax K-1 (in bulb mode with ASTROTRACER enabled and calibrated) + Irix 15mm ƒ/2.4 Blackstone Lens

(Single frame)

30s @ ƒ/2.8 and ISO 2500

#pentax #astrotracer #k1

Observatoire populaire du Mont-Mégantic sous la Voie Lactée / Popular Observatory of Mont-Mégantic under the Milky Way
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-04-2019, 02:42 AM  
Ricoh GR III Firmware 1.20 out
Posted By CRPhoto
Replies: 1
Views: 1,037
New firmware will add Horizon Correction.

Latest GR III Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-27-2019, 06:56 AM  
2014 645Z vs. 2019 645Z
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 11
Views: 1,367
Btw, RUN, don't walk, to go get that Z. You will not regret it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-05-2019, 03:47 AM  
People The colour of hope
Posted By RobG
Replies: 10
Views: 400
This little girl climbed the many stairs of the Suwa Shrine in Nagasaki on the way home from school, shouted her prayer for her family's health and fortune at the shrine while bowing to the kami, then descended the stairs. She was a splash of colour, life and hope. I hope her wishes are granted.

The Colour of Hope
by RobGeraghty, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-28-2019, 12:56 PM  
RICOH GRIII Officially Announced
Posted By Mistral75
Replies: 329
Views: 27,508
Ricoh Imaging just released an updated firmware (version 1.11) for the GR III. Here is the list of changes:

The updated firmware can be downloaded here:

Latest GR III Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-29-2019, 02:20 PM  
People bassist of Dirt Road Angels
Posted By Grey Man
Replies: 2
Views: 264
I've really bitten off more than I can chew! I've been photographing Alberta bands who have performed on a TV show that will be out this fall called "The Moment", similar to "Austin City Limits" with exceptional talent! The problem, as I said was I've taken 2600 pictures over 8 days and now I have to go through and edit them all! Thankfully I have little nuggets here and there. The bass player was having fun playing and I caught him between takes.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-26-2019, 01:02 PM  
My best methodology for film scanning with RAW-camera
Posted By Henrico
Replies: 31
Views: 3,821
Ten years ago I started digitizing all my family prints, negatives and slides. For my prints that lacked the original film material, I used an Epson flatbed scanner, I cropped the photo's of the scan files with Photoshop and developed these to decent JPEGs. For all my thousands of negatives and slides I found a flat bed scanner disappointing, scanning is a lot of work and I choose to do it the best way possible. So I bought at ScanDig a brand new Nikon Coolscan V for € 900,- with SilverFast software to achieve what I had in mind. Nikon then already had stopped producing its scanners and prices were already getting higher and higher. In four years I scanned all my film material that I always had stored well organized, and I developed fine skills how to do that from 120 Mb TIFF files to decent 3-5 Mb JPEGS. The workflow started with Silverfast and was finished with Photoshop. During a scan (2-3 minutes) I did the digital processing of the former TIFF so there was no time lost. About two evenings a week I processed one complete film each. Four years later all my material was digitized, and stored in clouds, DVD's and hard disks and I used my Coolscan so seldom I decided to sell it. Buying, and not renting one had been a good decision, Coolscans were very looked after and I sold it for more than I bought it new...

But sometimes I still shoot film (Kodak Ektar) on my K2 and ME-super, just for fun, and my friends and family also know my skills on scanning... So I experienced how I could digitize these with my K-01. I found some info on the internet, but scanning color negative this way is pretty delicate to do. Choices for the best light source, blue filtering to neutralizethe red cast, white balance etc. resulted in a steep learning curve and I am happy now I found the right way to do it. The results are similar or even better than I achieved with my Coolscan, the digitizing itself goes rapidly fast, but the post processing takes more time, most for healing dusts and scratches. The advantage of the Coolscan is its Digital ICE; the pre-infrared scanning to identify dusts an scratches and repair this automatically with the Nikon software.
For anyone who wants to digitize its films I would like to share my experiences on how to do this in the right way. I only explain the procedure for color negative. Slide and B&W are rather easy to do if you own the skills for doing color negative. First of all; all the color information of your photo is captured in a narrow color space, so you must shoot RAW (16-bits) and develop in 16-bits. At the end you shrink to 8-bits and JPEG. My experience is that there is not more information on 35 mm film material than 10-12 Mpix, the resulting format is 3600x2400 or max 4500x3000. In my childhood I used to play with FisherTechnik. I still own it, now waiting for grandchildren, and I created a lay up with it for my scanning procedure. You can grab it for little on Marketplace here. The best light source is a larger Philips LED Bulb (18,5W 2700K), it offers equal warm white light and gets not too hot for the paper cilinder cover I use and the film itself. The light spectrum fits good with the color layers in the film and the RGB pixels on the sensor. I tried cooler light, blue filtering, tungsten light, but 2700 K LED is OK for the job.

I shoot RAW, the coolest possible manual White Balance (see picture below). Lens mounted is a 100 mm Macro (first M, later DFA, both are very good) at F8 or F11, ISO 100 and 1/500 - 1/1000. Nail the focus wide open on the grain in the film and be aware the whole spectrum in the film is covered in the histogram. I shoot with 2 sec timedelay to avoid any shaking, this is working good. Be aware of clean film stripsand take care during the shootings.

For the workflow of digitizing I use Photoshop / Camera RAW. Now the magic begins... Screenshots of how it works are shown below.
Upload the RAW file to your computer, open it in Camera RAW. I use CS5 by the way...
  • Crop the 3:2 frame, the histogram info shows just the info inside the cropped frame

  • Put the Temperature on 2000 K, Recovery on zero, Fill Light on zero, Brightness on zero, Contrast on 50

  • Now shift the "Tint" slider to the position that the blue channel in the histogram will be covered behind the other colors. Most that's nearby zero position. In fact you are compressing the histogram.

  • Finally adjust the "exposure" slider so the histogram expands to the rightside, and adjust the "blacks" slider to expands the histogram to the left side. What we are doing here is to expand the histogram as far as possible to get all the available information in full 16 bits color depth.

  • I always do some sharping in Camera RAW: Sharpness 50/1.0/2.5/0 , Color NR is 25 and Detail 50.

  • Now press on "Open Image", the 16-bits file will be loaded in Photoshop.

  • First thing I do is cropping it: 45cm x 30cm at 100 pix/cm, this results in a 4500 x 3000 pixels file.

  • To reduce digital noise and grain, choose Filter / Noise / Despeckle. This halves your file size without losing real sharpness.

  • Now invert your picture to positive; Image / Adjustments / Invert.

  • With the Levels menu you can make a brilliant picture of it; Image / Adjustments / Levels.
    • Expand for each color the histogram to full width (see screenshots) and press OK.

    • After that, tweak to good color balance by adjusting the central sliders for each color in the same histograms.

    • Not satisfied? Try to adjust the output levels under the histogram for each color, for instance, with the high Output Red you can cool a sky that is coloring toored. Press OK.

    • PS-experts; there are many more controls for the best results, I leave it here to the basics.

  • Now try "Auto Levels" and "Auto Color", sometimes this is the finishing touch, sometimes it worsens your result, then you undo it easily.

  • Finally pimp your result with some "contrast" and/or "vibrance" in your adjustments menu.

  • Remove dust, scratches and unwanted feet... with the healing brush tool in PS.

  • Now reduce by Image / Mode to 8-bits and save as a JPEG-file level 10.

First picture is the old original Coolscan-file, second one the recent result as described here. The Coolscan file is a bit cleaner due to the ICE-mode, the K-01 scan is more crisp and shows no halos. The Coolscans sometimes does show linear halos (line-sensor) near clipping contrasty areas. When you get used to this procedure, and you own some PS-skills, scanning with a RAW camera really goes fast. Most work is caused by restoration of damaged film and dirty sensors. Because you are expanding the dynamic range so much and use small lens opening, you will see every anomaly in blue skies etc.

My youngest son's face is expanded to 100% to see the difference, the left one is K-01 scan, the right one the original Coolscan. The boy has grown now over 1.90 meters...

I hope this is helpful and useful for you, please reply your improvements, I am still in a learningcurve... Thnx!

Coolscan first, K-01 scan second:

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-22-2019, 09:42 AM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By kengoh
Replies: 888
Views: 106,263
Side view...

Side View Portrait by Ken Goh, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-16-2019, 12:18 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By mikeSF
Replies: 10,689
Views: 1,766,357
Bride to Be
K3II & FA77, hotshoe mounted flash
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-26-2019, 04:18 AM  
Need advice for choosing a 35 mm film camera
Posted By Cuthbert
Replies: 37
Views: 1,774
Besides the obvious superiority of the metering system there are other reasons why a LX is one of the best camera ever:

1) Size: if you are doing photography and you need to walk for many hours you will immediately realise a Nikon F2 or a Canon F-1 are bricks, especially with long or fast lenses. A LX with a M 50mm f1.4 or a 85mm f2.0 is tiny and handy.

2) System camera with interchangeble screens, prisms the F2 and the F1.

3) Bright viewfinder.

4) While not as strong as a F2 or an F1, it's definitely a high duty camera, in comparison a MX or a Super A feels firmsly.

The downside is of course that servicing is more expensive, but again for me it's worth of. If I had to choose to keep a single SLR in my collection that would be the LX.
Forum: General Photography 05-09-2019, 08:46 AM  
Environmental protection and landscape photography
Posted By normhead
Replies: 77
Views: 2,942
There are two trains fo thought.

Exposure causes other photographers to come and ruin the environment. The flaws in this logic is that photographers don't necessarily ruin the environments they go to. If something becomes so famous that a lot of people go there, turn it into a park, manage it with good trails and clearly defined off limit areas. The problem is not with photographers per se, it's with poor management for parks systems in managing their natural resources.

The second is, if people don't know about places, they won't fight to save them. From that perspective the more photographs the better. The more people know about a place the easier it is to get their names on a petition.

To me this is not a photographic issue. I have many times gone to government consultations and made presentations or submitted suggestions or objections. The way you save places is to champion parks creation and public awareness. Keeping photographers away is the last thing you want to do. When CPAWs (the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) wanted to high light their campaign to save caribou, they took some very famous Canadians to the Slate Island, the second most southern caribou habitat in Canada, and shot video of the experience. As a result I went with my friends creating this page,
the Slate Islands
And my continued involvement in saving caribou habitat in other areas.
The Ogoki Forest

So from my perspective, landscape photographers don't per se help or damage the environment, but they can help preserve it. Mind you if your one of those socially conscienceless people who can go to beautiful place, take you beautiful pictures, litter the landscape, cut foliage, and start forest fires, then you your presence is negative thing.

If you're one of the ones that uses your images to educate and advocate, then photography is great tool.

Woodland-Caribou-Campsite by Norm Head, on Flickr

If you know anything about the Slates it's that it costs a lot to get there. You need pretty good canoeing skills to get around and there is very limited accommodation, and it's a wilderness park, so there's never going to be a time when sleeping on the ground in a tent isn't going to be your best option. People who have been there will be the ones in the future who make sure it remains that way. The people who fight for this endangered species (Woodland Caribou) are those who have spent time with them, or those who appreciate the images. The average Joe doesn't know what a Woodland caribou is or what their problems are.

If you want to protect the environment participate with the Sierra Defence Fund or another such organization

There are lots of people and organizations out there messing up the environment. They need to be counteracted. Sitting on your sofa isn't good enough. The idea that photographers refraining from going someplace is an expression of concern is almost laughable, to any who have been involved in the process of getting sensitive areas and critical habitat protected. It takes a heck of a lot more than that.

But overall, photography is neither here nor there in this debate. There are those who go out and experience nature and fight to preserve it. And those who go and take but don't give back. Same as people everywhere with just about everything.
Forum: General Photography 05-09-2019, 11:35 AM  
Environmental protection and landscape photography
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 77
Views: 2,942
Lots of good points. After years of subscribing to passive "leave no trace" practices, I now carry a repurposed polypropylene shopping bag in order to remove "trace" left by others. Folded like a paper tabletop football, the bag weighs almost nothing and can't be felt in a pocket. I think it's important to be proactive.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-11-2019, 09:54 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By longbow
Replies: 27,671
Views: 2,403,242
DFA 24-70
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-08-2019, 05:04 AM  
1973 - Modern Photograpy 6x7
Posted By yucafrita
Replies: 10
Views: 3,719
Ricoh should re-visit the 67 and issue a digital version. That would flabbergast the mirrorless MF fraction.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-09-2019, 06:24 AM  
Still Life Still life with tulip and pears
Posted By Rense
Replies: 7
Views: 394
:lol::lol: It won't help. It's a pillowcase...:p
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