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Forum: Photographic Technique 10-24-2010, 09:15 AM  
Chris Orwig:The Poetics of Pictures
Posted By slinco
Replies: 4
Views: 1,828
Very nice. Thanks for posting this Mark.

I've always been a man of few words, and I think my photography reflects that. I also write poetry occasionally, including Haiku, which is very highly distilled. I sometimes think of a sort of visual Haiku when I'm composing a photo.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-29-2010, 05:13 AM  
Future K7 firmware updates?
Posted By slinco
Replies: 17
Views: 3,507
No need for any. Mine works beautifully as-is.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-25-2010, 06:49 AM  
Lightroom 3- blurriness at fit and fill preview sizes
Posted By slinco
Replies: 3
Views: 3,719
Something similar was happening to me with Photoshop CS5 when I first got it. Very annoying and I couldn't figure out what was causing it. Anyway, it went away after one of the updates, or at least I haven't seen it happen lately. Have you updated your Lightroom to the latest version?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-24-2010, 12:18 PM  
Thematic Post your best negative space images
Posted By slinco
Replies: 105
Views: 18,037
Here's one from this year that I like a lot...

Forum: Photographic Technique 09-24-2010, 08:38 AM  
telephone wires
Posted By slinco
Replies: 13
Views: 2,791
Sometimes they can be an annoyance, and Photoshop's Spot Healing Brush (with Content Aware switched on) and a little cloning touch-up will get rid of just about anything.

More often than not though I embrace them and make them part of the composition. Sometimes the composition can be all about the wires, as in the first three below. Other times you can use them to "rhyme" with other elements in the picture, as in the Oswego and Phoenix examples below. I haven't shot much "pure" landscape lately, but when I do I go where there AREN'T any wires, and that solves that problem. Otherwise, I use them and have gotten so I like them.











Forum: General Talk 09-22-2010, 11:46 AM  
Which are "YOUR" websites?
Posted By slinco
Replies: 15
Views: 3,656
Well, I'm a certified Internet addict, so there's lot's of sites I keep up with most days.

For photography:
Pentax Forums
The Online Photographer
The Luminous Landscape, and occasionally their forum
Too Much Chocolate
Kirk Tuck Blog
1001 Noisy Cameras
Shorpy (occasionally)
PDN Photo Of The Day
Zone Zero (monthly zine)
Fraction magazine (monthly zine)
Lens Culture (monthly zine)
Rangefinder Forum (now and then)


For stuff other than photography:
Bright Lights Film Journal (movies)
RogerEbert.com (movies)
movies.nytimes.com (movies)
Duckworks (boats)
Bring a Trailer (cars)
Jay Leno's garage (cars)
Jalopnik (cars)
No Depression (music)
Pollstar (music)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-17-2010, 10:56 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #32
Posted By slinco
Replies: 21
Views: 2,983
This one seemed to cry out for something "more" :). I used two creative commons images in this one, so I need to link back to them in order to stay legal - the birds are from here, and the texture is from here. The rest is Photoshop.

Attachment 70927
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-14-2010, 04:50 PM  
Lightroom and Photoshop artistic filters
Posted By slinco
Replies: 7
Views: 4,473
Different yes, but still not perfect. Each version seems to have more functionality at 16 bits. In CS5 about half of the filters work.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-14-2010, 04:05 PM  
Lightroom and Photoshop artistic filters
Posted By slinco
Replies: 7
Views: 4,473
You may have to convert to 8 bits/channel to get all the filters to work in older versions of Photoshop.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-14-2010, 06:21 AM  
Thematic Song text Remembrances.....
Posted By slinco
Replies: 57
Views: 13,325
Love Is A lonesome River....Glen Campbell

As I look into my heart
And count my loss I find
That love is a lonesome river
Running through a lonesome mind

Yes, love is a lonesome river
Running through a lonesome mind


Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-13-2010, 06:54 AM  
CS5 - Refine Edge
Posted By slinco
Replies: 19
Views: 6,119
Here's a few good video tutorials I've found:
http://av.adobe.com/russellbrown/CS5MaskBasics_SM.mov

http://av.adobe.com/russellbrown/CS5AdvancedMask_SM.mov

And for those adventurous souls who what to get deeper into compositing, here's a good one with lot's of great techniques:
The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost - The Creative Composite | Adobe TV
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-11-2010, 11:18 AM  
Thematic Song text Remembrances.....
Posted By slinco
Replies: 57
Views: 13,325
Electric Intercourse, by Prince

Electric intercourse, electric intercourse
Don't U wanna?
Electric intercourse, electric intercourse
Don't U wanna make love, my love, sweet love, yeah?


Forum: Photographic Technique 09-10-2010, 04:59 PM  
m4/3 high ISO better than K20d ??
Posted By slinco
Replies: 12
Views: 2,340
Sure it does. It GREATLY effects noise level, and noise effects sharpness.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-10-2010, 01:38 PM  
P52-3-6 Focus: Selective
Posted By slinco
Replies: 47
Views: 6,823
I'm 100% manual these days.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-10-2010, 06:26 AM  
Need some advice concerning beginner-calibre lenses
Posted By slinco
Replies: 22
Views: 4,096
I bought the K-7 (my first Pentax also), body only, last January. After much research I got the DA35 Ltd along with it, thinking it would make a good starting point for a small "kit". Fast forward nine months and it's still the only lens I have. I'm sure I'll buy one or two more primes eventually (I dislike zooms), but so far, after a LOT of shooting this year, it's proven to be the perfect all purpose lens. Macro, portraits, landscapes, architecture... it excels at all those things and more. Obviously you'd need something longer for wildlife and sports, but I don't do any of that kind of thing these days. For me it's the perfect all-purpose lens on the K-7, and I highly recommend it. I'll also add that the K-7 has proven to be a fantastic camera - I love it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-10-2010, 05:52 AM  
Would you upgrade from a K-x to a K-7 or keep the K-x and buy a DA* 50-135mm
Posted By slinco
Replies: 19
Views: 4,500
+1 :)
Forum: Photo Critique 09-09-2010, 10:35 AM  
Poll: Cityscape Which do YOU like best?
Posted By slinco
Replies: 27
Views: 5,368
Definitely "B". It's MUCH nicer than the over saturated "A". I'm viewing them an a fully calibrated NEC P221W monitor.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-07-2010, 10:16 AM  
Shift lens question
Posted By slinco
Replies: 21
Views: 3,673
Just to give you something to think about...

I've done view camera work in the long distant past, and I always desired a tilt/shift lens for my SLR's, but I never bought one, mostly for reasons of cost/weight/bulk (as you can tell from my signature, I'm a minimalist). Fast forward many decades to today, and I'm finding I've finally got enough robust pixels with my K-7 (my old Nikon D100 didn't cut it in this regard) that software perspective correction is now totally viable, in fact remarkably so. I use it often, and the resulting images are not degraded at all from all the pixel shuffling, at least not that I can see, and I'm pretty critical. It works so well that I no longer desire a tilt/shift lens. As for your question about closer-up subjects, I guess I haven't used software perspective correction in that way, but it would certainly work just as well.

If you are interested in my methods, I use Photoshop CS5, place a grid over the image (command + apostrophe), and use Edit>Transform>Distort to make my adjustments. The grid helps enormously.

Here's a few examples, although it's hard to tell much about image quality from these little JPEG's. These all make beautiful 13x19 prints - no one would ever guess they have been "manipulated" in such a way, they really look great.





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-07-2010, 07:09 AM  
Out of Focus - Winners
Posted By slinco
Replies: 17
Views: 3,192
Thanks Dan, and congrats to everyone. It was a really fun challenge, and I'm planning on continuing my exploration of it. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-04-2010, 07:33 AM  
Can't afford the 645D, what is the alternative for landscape.
Posted By slinco
Replies: 74
Views: 14,567
Personally I'd get the A850.

The Luminous Landscape has written extensively on the A900/A850. Lot's of great information from a landscape shooter point-of-view:
Sony Alpha 850 Review
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-03-2010, 12:08 PM  
In my opinion my K-x shows very under exposed pictures.
Posted By slinco
Replies: 40
Views: 8,479
Very true. I tried out the Multi-Segment metering with the K-7 for awhile when I first got it and found it very unpredictable. Center weighted works nicely for me, and as you say, the necessary compensation is much easier to predict.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-31-2010, 03:46 PM  
P52-3-5 Focus: Out of Focus
Posted By slinco
Replies: 44
Views: 5,207
Thank you Rense. :)
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-31-2010, 07:53 AM  
Week 4 Winners (Streetview)
Posted By slinco
Replies: 8
Views: 1,778
Nice job Corey, and congrats to the winners. Really great shot Dan. :)
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-31-2010, 07:43 AM  
P52-3-5 Focus: Out of Focus
Posted By slinco
Replies: 44
Views: 5,207
This was a fun technique to explore. Here's my entry:

Attachment 69535
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-31-2010, 06:11 AM  
Wedding- What can I do with these? Please Help
Posted By slinco
Replies: 10
Views: 2,928
When I wrote this I should have said I'm using ACR 6. I don't know how effective the others are.
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