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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2009, 07:30 PM  
Nature Fall color at Arrowhead
Posted By paden501
Replies: 11
Views: 2,575
Great shots! The second one is the best IMO. I can just imagine being on that boat.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2009, 07:29 PM  
Landscape Blazing Maples
Posted By paden501
Replies: 9
Views: 1,754
I love the fall colors. Great composition too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2009, 07:10 PM  
Sports Cheerleaders
Posted By paden501
Replies: 4
Views: 1,880
Thanks for the kind comments.

The pictures come off of the camera rather dull, but I cut out the subject(s) with magnetic lasso and use high pass filter and unsharp mask to sharpen them, then I adjust the color cast of the background and the subjects seperately to enhance the color and contrast (the on-camera white balance just never quite seems to get it 'right').

With ISO over 800 on the K10D, you pick up a lot of noise, especially in the under exposed regions of the photos.... so I usually contrast the image a bit to try to lose some of the dark area noise by clipping it black... from there you just have to be careful not to go overboard w/ sharpening.

Here's a blow-up of #2... still not full size, but as large as flickr will allow me to post.



You can see there's a bit of motion blur in this one as well, 1/125s for this shot was just not quite enough.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2009, 10:58 AM  
Sports Cheerleaders
Posted By paden501
Replies: 4
Views: 1,880
I was using ISO1250 on my K10D. I did a lot of massaging and smart sharpening in PS though to eliminate the noise, and shot in DNG of course.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2009, 10:30 AM  
Sports Cheerleaders
Posted By paden501
Replies: 4
Views: 1,880
Just a few cheerleader photos to post today. Highschool football season is ramping back up!







All taken w/ the K10D and Tamron 70-200/2.8 Di LD


Enjoy!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2009, 10:23 AM  
P-51D Mustang: The reason I bought the DA* 60-250mm
Posted By paden501
Replies: 30
Views: 5,976
Wow! Those are great captures.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-14-2009, 08:39 AM  
Cheerleading
Posted By paden501
Replies: 10
Views: 3,963
I'm not really sure that a tripod is the answer. I do a lot of cheerleading photos for my sister-in-law at night and the key to getting good action shots is achieving adequate shutter speed. I use a tamron 70-200 f2.8 for the most part and use Tv mode, with the shutter speed set to 1/125 - 1/200 sec depending on the lighting conditions. I also set auto ISO 100-1600 (I have a K10D, yours will go even to ISO3200)... With that high of a shutter speed, a tripod does you little good (except tick off the guy sitting in front of you).

The pop-up flash does you absolutely no good unless you can get close to the cheerleaders, but I like the suggestion from Captmacq of getting a hot-shoe flash if you're able to get closer... that'll really help.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-08-2008, 07:43 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By paden501
Replies: 33,632
Views: 1,726,287
I spy a Tall Buildings!!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2008, 05:11 PM  
Ruth Falkner Park, Western Australia
Posted By paden501
Replies: 18
Views: 1,970
That's a really nice series. I love the first shot.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-08-2008, 07:44 AM  
Potw #39 30/11/08 - 14/12/08 Everyone join in!!
Posted By paden501
Replies: 49
Views: 10,441
Hey I think there's a typo in rule 4. It still has last week's dates on it.

Thanks,
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2008, 05:03 AM  
Reflection-end
Posted By paden501
Replies: 19
Views: 1,870
Hey nice shot Jimbo. A shame that the sun is so low at 4pm though.

Love the reflections on the water.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2008, 08:05 PM  
Semi Final Football Part 1 (many photos)
Posted By paden501
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Here's another one for the series. I couldn't resist myself for this one because it was just too funny. My father-in-law (to be) loves to yell at the referees so this one is for him.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2008, 08:03 PM  
Sigma 70-200 HSM / General Question
Posted By paden501
Replies: 2
Views: 1,173
Bigben hit the nail on the head here. If you're going to use your lens without the hood, do yourself a favor and go buy a decent UV or 1B filter. Better to scratch a $40 filter than the front element of your $700 lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2008, 06:44 PM  
Semi Final Football Part 1 (many photos)
Posted By paden501
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Thanks guys. I've been talking to a few people w/in the organization and they're working on getting me a field pass for next week's game so hopefully there's a few more to come.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-06-2008, 09:34 PM  
Potw #38 23/11/08 - 07/12/08
Posted By paden501
Replies: 19
Views: 6,753
All. Some great shots this week. Here are three of my favorites from this week:

All taken w/ my new Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD

1.) My fiancee Beth before work:



2.) The PIAA Semi-Finals:



3.) A bad case of hemorrhoids:



Thanks for looking.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2008, 09:23 PM  
Me and my new DA 16-45 in Pampanga Phil.
Posted By paden501
Replies: 5
Views: 2,701
Great work.

These are impressively sharp and very well composed. I especially like the first one in the second post.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2008, 09:20 PM  
Judy is all business...
Posted By paden501
Replies: 16
Views: 3,729
WOW.

Incredible stuff Chris. The lighting in each of these is phenomenal.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2008, 09:17 PM  
Semi Final Football Part 1 (many photos)
Posted By paden501
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Hey all,

I just got home from the PIAA semi-final game in State College PA where Bethel Park defeated Wilson High 38-35 in 3 overtime periods. What this means to me is that I'll be headed to Hershey PA for the PIAA Final game next weekend.

Here's a few shots:



Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD @ 200mm f3.5 1/1600s ISO 200




Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD @ 200mm f3.5 1/1000s ISO 200




Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD @ 160mm f3.5 1/1250s ISO 400




Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD @ 108mm f3.5 1/1000s ISO 200




Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Di LD @ 140mm f3.5 1/800s ISO 400



This last photo is the game winning field goal, booted after 3 overtime periods to seal the 3 point victory.



Pentax SMC F 35-70 f3.5-4.5 @ 55mm f5.6 1/125s ISO 400


Hope you all enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them. The weather was a balmy 29Deg F. though.... brrrr.....
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2008, 09:04 PM  
Need some PP Background help
Posted By paden501
Replies: 11
Views: 2,847
You all see now why I'm working on fake backdrops here.

@Mike - I straightened and sharpened the prints. That was an original that I posted.

Thanks all.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-06-2008, 05:59 AM  
Need some PP Background help
Posted By paden501
Replies: 11
Views: 2,847
Thanks for the comments guys.

I did use a feather for cutting the selection but looking back at it I probably should have used more. There are some hard edges.

@Gary. The mothers did get what they asked for. These photos were done in October so they've had their prints for a while now. I'm just doing this for my own collection.

Here's a de-res'd original.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-05-2008, 08:47 PM  
Need some PP Background help
Posted By paden501
Replies: 11
Views: 2,847
Ok so I've got some great photos that, unfortunately have horrible backgrounds. They're all portraits from a homecoming dance about a month ago. Unfortunately the mothers insisted that the portraits take place in front of the family room TV console, so everything in the background looks like cherry and AV equipment.

So, with that in mind I've been working on cutting the couples out of some of the portraits in PS with the idea of making a background montage. The problem is that I'm not good enough w/ PS to conjure up a background that doesn't look horribly fake. Case in point:



Does anybody know PS well enough to give me a few pointers here?

Thanks much,
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-05-2008, 08:27 PM  
Impromptu Engagement Shoot
Posted By paden501
Replies: 21
Views: 2,524
Great series. I especially enjoyed #5 and #10
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-05-2008, 06:53 PM  
If you HAD to use ONE lens to shoot a wedding...
Posted By paden501
Replies: 50
Views: 12,231
Get a zoom and a flash. The AF540FGZ can make even the kit lens look excellent!

Forum: Lens Clubs 12-05-2008, 06:28 PM  
The Tammy Club!
Posted By paden501
Replies: 2,819
Views: 509,923
Here's two from my new Tammy 70-200 f2.8 Di LD





P.S. Piotr, those shots of the cruise ship are absolutely incredible!!

P.P.S. fs999, is that your shelby in your avatar? If so very nice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-05-2008, 06:25 PM  
Tamron 70-200mm issues
Posted By paden501
Replies: 7
Views: 3,269
That's definately out of focus.

i'm finally going to have mine out during the daytime tomorrow. I'll take a few near infinity shots and let you knowwhat happens.
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