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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-10-2015, 12:18 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge 139 - San Diego Reflections!
Posted By K David
Replies: 20
Views: 2,104

I decided to try and keep the feeling of night but also recover some details. I started with two versions of the raw -- one that recovered detail evenly and then one that blew out the city in exchange of getting nice clouds.I removed the city and sidewalk and other lights and kept the clouds, tree, and water. This allowed me to blend it in with a linear burn and, I think, 31% opacity to recover sky detail. Then i copied the background, the whole image layer, changed the blending to luminosity, and made the now-middle layer black and white. Using the sliders, I made the light sources the proper, I felt, tone and brightness. Then i flattened it all.

Then I balanced out the hues a bit to make a more-uniform color scheme image-wide, including correcting the sidewalk for white. I left a bit of orange there to give the image some warmth. I duplicated the layer twice and blended both new layers as overlay. One I ran a high pass at 12 over, which made the lights in the city and tree leaves pop but left most of the rest of the image alone. The other I left as-was and changed the opacity to 4%, which tweaked the lighting slightly.

All that left a dark halo around the primary street light. On the bottom layer, I used a 20% dodge for shadow areas to dodge out the halo the best that I could. I flattened the image and voila!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-08-2015, 06:16 PM  
Weird spirals processing multiple images
Posted By Sliver-Surfer
Replies: 6
Views: 826
My thoughts are that you used a vignette removal tool then did clarify or sharpening or HDR and it enhanced the gradual changes from light to dark. Try doing vignette removal last, see if that helps
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-12-2012, 08:35 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By Fareseru
Replies: 7,958
Views: 1,352,856
I must say, I am quite proud of this one - captured it last night.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-12-2012, 12:24 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By Vitor
Replies: 7,958
Views: 1,352,856
Homemade cameras. Old photografers
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-07-2012, 06:46 AM  
K-5 for sports-photography
Posted By rawr
Replies: 1,739
Views: 320,453
Are motor sports OK? A demolition derby I saw on Saturday as part of the entertainment program at a local agricultural show. Many of the drivers were women.

Ambient light was very poor - about 1 LV out on the track if I was lucky. Sigma 70-200 HSM II. Most shots ISO 8000 and above, f2.8, 1/80-1/200 sec.

Forum: Pentax K-5 09-19-2012, 12:15 PM  
K-5 for sports-photography
Posted By kent
Replies: 1,739
Views: 320,453

K-5 + DA70. Had no really trouble with AF.C and Hi speed burst rate.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-03-2012, 08:37 AM  
K-5 For Astrophotography
Posted By GWARmachine
Replies: 1,115
Views: 305,766
Here's a video I made with my K-5 of the eclipse:

You Tube

Forum: Pentax K-5 08-08-2012, 01:17 AM  
Weather Sealed?
Posted By Heie
Replies: 37
Views: 8,116
I am that soldier. I can assure you that it isn't a "novelty one-time demonstration." That was actually the second iteration I did that day (I screwed up the first shoot), and now, 1 month later, I have never had a single issue with either camera. No sand inside any of the dials, buttons, etc. The flash got "stuck" on the K-7 in the video because sand had gotten under it (it is weather sealed also, but not the space between it and the camera), so once I raised it up manually, it was good to go, and today it feels as if I just bought it - springy as ever. Come winter time I plan to do a sequal to that weather sealing video - I'll save the details to keep it a surprise ;)

Also, you have to remember, that natural rain hardly ever has the same intensity and pressure as a full blown shower head - I have lived through plenty of hurricanes and I can promise you that whatever rain you are thinking of will at best match the water's intensity that you saw in that video I made. And that would be unbelievably rare when it does happen.

In my opinion, by calling what happened in that video a gimmick and a novelty is being very shortsighted and unappreciative of just how traumatic and demanding that test was, as well as how much more severe that would be compared to actual, real-life situations.

For those that haven't seen the video the OP and I are referencing, here it is:

You Tube

Forum: Pentax K-5 08-23-2012, 12:23 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By fuf
Replies: 7,958
Views: 1,352,856
Had like 15 minutes until the sun hid behind the clouds. Taken with DA15.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-14-2012, 11:35 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By toothpick
Replies: 7,958
Views: 1,352,856
Similar to one I posted a while back, but this time with a twist. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and finally had the chance recently!

Montpellier Day and Night by toothpick charlie, on Flickr

And another one using the same idea

Montpellier Day and Night by toothpick charlie, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-14-2012, 03:58 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By Crosshair
Replies: 7,958
Views: 1,352,856
K5 + Sigma 30mm f1.4

Late out by senerhayat, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-11-2012, 12:06 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By fs999
Replies: 7,958
Views: 1,352,856
Wonderful shot and treatment Crosshair !

Click on the photos for details...

Forum: Photographic Technique 05-01-2012, 04:14 PM  
What would be the best way to capture Venus in front of the sun next month?
Posted By jase036
Replies: 13
Views: 1,732
You'll need a telescope with a camera mount and of course a solar filter for the telescope.
This transit is not something you will see with your kit lens pointed at the sun; the transit will be a little black speck in front of the sun. You'll need a very long focal length (hence the telescope with a camera mount) and unless you want to fry your sensor and your retina, make sure you use the proper solar filter (for example Celestron Solar Filter (CPC1100, CGE 1100 )) to avoid serious eye and camera damage. I can't urge you enough to make sure you shield your eyes and camera sensor by using the proper filters, DON'T try DIY solar filters.
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