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Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Photography Confessions
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 37
Views: 1,905
In 1989 my aunt gave birth to a baby boy who was not expected to survive for long because of heart problems. He underwent surgery that was at the ragged edge of what was possible in those days, and I shot a roll of Kodachrome 64 of her with him. . . just in case.

It was only when the processed film came back from Kodak a couple of weeks later that I realised that my K1000's meter had still been set to ASA 400 from the last roll of Tri-X that I'd shot, so that the Kodachromes were over two stops underexposed. It was, beyond any doubt, the most gut wrenching photographic screw-up of my life.

The good news is that the baby survived, and that medical science has managed to keep up with him ever since, and that he is now a fit and healthy grown-up who is a good-hearted man in every possible sense of those words. And, thanks to DSLR scanning with a very long exposure, I've now been able to restore those murky old Kodachromes to look the way they should have done at the time.

Modern technology is truly amazing, and don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise.
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
Takumar club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 15,508
Views: 2,751,762
Thanks Jonathan, I'll look into a Marumi filter as an option.

Here's a snap from this evening that I think would have been better with a good quality polariser to bring out a bit more structure in the sky. It also would have forced a slower shutter speed, which would have probably made for a more interesting photo.

Ponies Always Have Right of Way by David Holland, on Flickr

The first rule of driving on Dartmoor is that ponies always have right of way.
The second rule of driving on Dartmoor is that if there's a sheep anywhere near the road it will jump out in front of your car and try to kill itself.
The third rule of driving on Dartmoor is that if you get passed at high speed by a maniac in a little French car, that's probably me.:lol:


EDIT: Shot with the Tak 20.
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
Takumar club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 15,508
Views: 2,751,762
Sometime back in the last century I swore that I would never use a polariser again. But lately I've been thinking that I really like the way the world looks through my polarising sunglasses as I'm driving along, so I'm tempted to have another try.

I picked up a cheapo called a Hoya Pro-1 to play around with, and the results are horrible (and is there anything more amateurish than a thing that says pro in its name?). It seems to completely destroy the Takumar rendering style, not just with its colour shift but with a loss of microcontrast too.

Can anyone recommend a polariser that works well with Taks, with minimum colour shift and the Takumar rendering intact? I used to get results that I liked with my old Cokin linear polariser on Kodachrome, so I'm wondering if maybe I should just look for a used one of those.
Forum: Lens Clubs 4 Days Ago  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 2,586
Views: 424,949
With the 18-55mmWR. (xposted)

Windy Post Cross by David Holland, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 3,644
Views: 342,177
Thanks guys.

Paul, yes it's that 18-55mm again after all these years of pouring scorn on the poor things (although mine isn't exactly in showroom condition:lol:). Christian, I'm flattered at the thought that my snaps could have any value. And Ray, the snow melt is long gone now and the stream (or leat as they're called here) is at about its normal level in this shot. In just under four weeks we've gone from blizzards and snowdrifts to warm sunshine.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 3,644
Views: 342,177
Windy Post Cross yet again. Sorry about that, but the darn place keeps on giving me moments that I want to remember. This is with the 18-55mm WR.

Windy Post Cross by David Holland, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-09-2018, 01:01 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 3,644
Views: 342,177
Oh,wow, you get proper red squirrels in Texas! It always makes me smile when I see one of the cute little red ones up in the trees around here, but they are more and more under threat from the bigger greys. I think Rupert would have loved that shot, although Otis would probably insist that greys are better.

A really wonderful photo.
Forum: General Photography 04-09-2018, 12:52 AM  
Pentax spotted at Bahrain Grand Prix!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 17
Views: 947
Judging by the horrified look on the photographer's face in the third shot, I guess he's only just noticed the new baby stroller safety bars on the cars. After watching Formula 1 since the early seventies, this year I switched off after the first few laps of qualifying in the first race and won't be watching again.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-07-2018, 04:00 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 15,508
Views: 2,751,762
Holy moly! I have GOT to have one of those. Five minutes ago I didn't even know that that version existed, and now I feel that my life will be empty and meaningless until the moment I've got one in my hands. Actually, my life will still be empty and meaningless, but at least I'll have what has to be one of the coolest lenses ever.:)
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-06-2018, 01:45 AM  
Takumar club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 15,508
Views: 2,751,762
It's not very often that a flower shot really grabs me, but that second one is truly beautiful. I can imagine a nod of approval from Georgia O'Keefe if she was still around to see it.

I haven't tried the 50mm macro, but it's on my watch list. I'm waiting for the new Ektachrome to be released (if it ever happens), and my plan is to shoot a test roll and DSLR "scan" it with the 55mm/2.0 on an extension tube. If I like the results then I'll definitely want the 50mm macro, because its flat field would be perfect for the job.

It all depends on whether or not Kodak ever actually gets the new Ektachrome on the market.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-03-2018, 01:53 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 15,508
Views: 2,751,762
It looked like a battlefield up at Foggintor yesterday with all the dead sheep revealed now that the snow has melted, so I went a bit war zone for this one with the 20mm. I didn't take any photos of the dead sheep though -- they look a bit too icky at the moment.

Welcome to the War Zone by David Holland, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-03-2018, 11:27 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 3,644
Views: 342,177
Better than the K 24mm/2.8, I'd say. I used to own the K version and was entirely underwhelmed by it in comparison against the Takumar 24mm/3.5. Those shots with your A 24mm look far better than I remember from the K, with much more vivid colour rendering and much nicer contrast.


EDIT: I've just looked in the lens reviews and see that the K and A are optically the same. But looking at your shots and the samples in the review section, I'm guessing that the coatings must have changed significantly because the rendering looks quite different to me.
Forum: General Talk 04-02-2018, 12:10 PM  
What Do Fellow Pentaxians Do For A Living?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 84
Views: 2,767
I was born in England, grew up in the USA, and now live in England again, and I still get my spellings and pronunciations mixed up all the time. Americans always know I'm English, but even after all these years English people still sometimes think I'm American. I say tom-ah-to instead of tom-ay-to, and I say haalf instead of haff. But I also say missle instead of miss-ile, and lieutenant is lootenant instead of leftenant. I think that cars have hoods and trunks instead of boots and bonnets, but at least I can usually remember which side of the road to drive on. And I'll never, ever, understand the appeal of cricket.
Forum: General Talk 04-02-2018, 05:50 AM  
What Do Fellow Pentaxians Do For A Living?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 84
Views: 2,767
I'm an international hitman and spy, operating under the cover of my day job as an astronaut brain surgeon.

Either that or I'm medically retired from the travel industry, and doing volunteer charity work because I find that rewarding in ways other than financial.
Forum: General Photography 03-31-2018, 10:06 AM  
Just Jpg Shooters?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 108
Views: 2,980
Thanks panonski. Apologies for misunderstanding you.
Forum: General Photography 03-31-2018, 10:00 AM  
Just Jpg Shooters?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 108
Views: 2,980
That's the first time anyone has ever accused me of being a pixel peeper.:lol:

For the record, the post of mine that you quoted was intended as genuine praise. I really did think the photos were excellent.
Forum: General Photography 03-31-2018, 04:18 AM  
Just Jpg Shooters?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 108
Views: 2,980
I've just been looking through your "liked" posts here on PF, and if all of those were taken as jpegs then your own photography is perfect proof of just how good jpeg can be in the right hands. Really excellent work that makes me want to give shooting jpegs a go myself.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-31-2018, 03:24 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 3,644
Views: 342,177
To my eyes, yes, it really is that good. It's a photo that makes me want to go there, and that doesn't happen very often. I think that the bridge looks like a fascinating structure, and if it's local to you then I hope you'll do a lot more photos of it in different seasons and different angles and different light.:)
Forum: General Photography 03-31-2018, 03:12 AM  
Just Jpg Shooters?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 108
Views: 2,980
Feels like I'm sticking my head above the parapet here, but I'm with dtmateojr about the street scene shot. I don't think the photo would work anywhere near as well with visible cloud detail. I love the X-shaped composition, with the road, the trees, and the lines of the buildings all leading towards the vanishing point in the centre. It seems to be a crucial part of the composition that the bottom of the frame goes darker and darker into shadow, while the top half goes lighter and lighter until there's no detail at all.

Nowadays there seems to be an obsession that no photograph must ever have any pure blacks or pure whites, but to my eyes this particular photo would be much less interesting and effective with more sky detail.

However. . . that doesn't mean that I'm recommending shooting jpeg only. Exactly the same effect could have been achieved by shooting raw, with more control over the end result.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-31-2018, 01:48 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 3,644
Views: 342,177
That's an epic shot, Ray. One to print huuuuge. Love it. (Apologies for the late response.)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-27-2018, 12:13 PM  
Thematic Post Processing Challenge #253 - Old Shed & Sky
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 32
Views: 1,325
I went for infrared with spilt toning.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-26-2018, 01:56 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 492
Views: 32,843
Wow! Really absolutely superb photographs. As Mike (BigMackCam) says, those are magazine quality. Perfect proof that the only sensor that really matters in a digital camera is the Mark 1 Eyeball.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-26-2018, 02:44 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 492
Views: 32,843
I agree completely. Shooting with a 6 megapickler is the closest you can get to the digital equivalent of shooting slide film. You have to get the framing right when you release the shutter because croppability is limited. And you have to think carefully about how to expose to fit the tones of the scene within the sensor's limited dynamic range. I love it!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2018, 02:46 AM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 492
Views: 32,843
Great shots. That top one is truly memorable.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2018, 02:42 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 3,644
Views: 342,177
After last night's efforts at the local pub quiz, I've woken up with the Breath of Satan :lol:.
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