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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-31-2021, 12:14 PM  
Last Lightroom Version with Permanent License Becomes Less Useful
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 71
Views: 3,024
It helps upgrade from a 40 foot long boat to a 200 foot yacht.
Forum: Sold Items 01-04-2021, 08:34 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: I want a few quick release plates for a Sirui T-025x
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 197
I'm not familiar with other types of plates and some of the nuances of 'gear' to be honest. I don't know much about 'gear' at all. I would say somewhere around 99% of the knowledge I have is from reading this forum (Big thanks!). I just found the part number on the tripod I already own and was looking for something compatible so I can use my tripod for other uses outside of photography and for more flexibility when I do use a tripod.


None the less I already purchased a couple of plates. I just forgot to take this posting down.
Forum: General Photography 12-28-2020, 01:06 PM  
Sirui T-025x Questions
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 1
Views: 401
I am not sure if this is the correct sub forum. If the Admin would like to move it to the appropriate location please do so.


I am wondering if they make a shorter center column for this tripod, or if there is product of some sort to prevent metal on metal when screwing the ball head directly onto the tripod without the center column?


Also I posted up in the wanted section that I want to buy at least two (genuine) QR plates for this tripod should anyone have them laying around. I figured I would try the second hand market first. The part number for the QR plate is TY-C10. I know they are available at Amazon etc, but I am trying second hand first before I do that.


The main question is however about the center column and any other options that are available regarding that.


Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 12-28-2020, 01:01 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: I want a few quick release plates for a Sirui T-025x
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 197
The part number is TY-C10.


If anyone has a few of the authentic ones laying around I would like them if the price is right. I am hoping to get at least one, maybe two of them.


Figured I would try here first to try and find some on the second hand market.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-23-2020, 10:20 PM  
Adobe Kamikaze
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 39
Views: 2,161
I hope they get burned big time from every angle. I truly hope they go out of business. They will never get another penny of my money. Not one cent.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-19-2020, 03:17 PM  
how dangerous is the K 1 and K 1 II
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 90
Views: 5,141
Regarding the camera itself I have carried a variety of (Pentax) cameras and I would say it really depends. My biggest recollection is that in low light you will absolutely want a full frame. It literally opens up a ton of doors to be honest but it tends to shine when conditions are not exactly ideal. At the end of the day if you are shooting in 'daylight' conditions you can use whatever assuming you use a quality lens or two. Also once you start using the right full frame lenses I would say you are definitely on a slippery slope.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-30-2020, 10:40 AM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 35
Views: 1,633
OK after reading some posts here and based on my experiences here are some initial thoughts.


The 70-200 would be nice to have... but 'budget'. I had a 70-200 before when I was shooting crop and after a while on one of my trips I just boxed it up and sent it home. It's heavy and honestly didn't see much use, That said the one I did have had macro capability and that resulted in some of my favorite shots.


For portraits that 135 f1.8 is super sexy however I think a lot of other people think so too based on the lack of availability and price.


I have long wanted a 100 macro but to be honest I haven't shot macro in so long I don't know if it would ever see action and it's not really in line with the portrait theme.


All in all I am thinking the F 135 f2.8 could be an overall good option. I've had a few F series lenses and all have been fairly if not really good. Plus it has auto focus.


I am just thinking out loud here so to speak but we shall see.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2020, 07:37 PM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 35
Views: 1,633
I have a 77mm so just for kicks and giggles I was thinking about a longer focal length.

85mm might be a good option. I'm not a portrait kind of guy but in the absence of globe hopping it might allow me something to try and get better at.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2020, 07:14 PM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 35
Views: 1,633
I forgot to mention my current kit. K-1, three amigos, 24-70, and a single manual 50mm f1.4. All full frame. Full frame is specifically what I'm interested in looking at options for.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2020, 07:07 PM  
Longer focal length portrait lenses?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 35
Views: 1,633
It's been a while since I have posted but here goes. It will probably go in several directions but it should keep the same general theme.

For portraits who uses longer focal length lenses? By longer I mean 105mm or 135mm or something maybe even longer.

Basically with shorter lenses like a 50mm I think some people feel like the camera is right up in their faces. Also a little bit longer may (or may not) offer a bit of flexibility with the DoF or whatever and maybe even framing or somewhat about composition or perspective. This obviously depends on the specific type of results one wants to get.

On that note what are some of the most highly regarded lenses in that area? The only stipulation is that they are K mount. They can be modern or older, manual focus or auto. Some even might think the 100mm macro could be an option (I guess)

Also if anyone is interested, please post some samples that fall into this specific niche so I can kind of see what my options are as well as what I can expect to see.

It's been a long time since I bought a new lens but this has my curiosity.

Any brand, almost any age group of lens is welcome to be discussed or shown off for the specific purpose I'm talking about.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-18-2020, 08:17 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 1,012
Views: 69,858
Just needing to know when to have my bank account ready.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-18-2020, 07:39 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 1,012
Views: 69,858
I have a non technical question--- I have not been following the recent developments for the past year-ish. So when can we expect (or hope) to see this lens available for sale?

Did they give any indication at the announcement?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2020, 05:27 PM  
Updated Roadmap - May 2020
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 43
Views: 4,259
I haven't been active on the forum for a while but did I just read that right? A full frame WR 21mm prime?

If so I am definitely interested.

*pops champagne cork*
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2019, 09:46 AM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 159
Views: 10,728
It depends on what you are doing and what you want. If someone thinks that having a completely 'technically perfect' shot they will be looking for a long time and will always go down those technological rabbit holes chasing those things instead of focusing on what they should be doing. Others of us though want to look deeper at the content and context of the image itself. It basically depends on the criteria you apply to an image.


Think about it like this... you have a million bucks to spend on a house... do you A. go to an architect and build a custom house to your desires where ever you can find space; OR, B. do you find a cool historic home in a great location and fix it up despite some of it being 'old'?

Likewise with an older lens you might have to take a step back and examine what the whole thing is about vs examining the image at 400x zoom on your computer.


Aside from the merits of an image, the process to make that image is totally different. You can take 400 images on high speed or you can slow down and observe the world. I love using manual focus lenses for this reason alone.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2019, 04:13 PM  
K-1 misreading Tokina lens.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 11
Views: 1,024
No no... it's funny. I laugh at the board sometimes because we have so many Canadians and all of them are so helpful.... we wind up with 9 pages of 'help' even after things were solved on page 2. :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2019, 04:02 PM  
K-1 misreading Tokina lens.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 11
Views: 1,024
Now just sit back and wait for 200 more posts telling him to just ignore it. :lol:

This one is gonna go 8 pages long...:D
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2019, 03:58 PM  
K-1 misreading Tokina lens.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 11
Views: 1,024
Ignoring it is fine. It only matters if you apply the lens profile correction to your RAW file.
Forum: General Talk 05-05-2019, 08:25 AM  
Thank you, Pentax Forums!
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 10
Views: 1,187
Thanks for the post. I whole heartedly agree. I have let my $$$ support momentarily lapse but it wasn't without good reason... I will re-up when I can. Lots going on for me so I haven't snapped a picture in a very long time but I am still here.


I definitely agree with the OP... we can get all the meat we want here with a lot less of the 'attitude' (the bad kind) than just about anywhere else on the net.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-21-2019, 10:47 AM  
Tips on learning digital processing?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 15
Views: 1,515
I had the same learning curve that you are describing. I am still not what I consider good at it (or photography in general) but the learning of digital developing is a skill in an of itself.


Tip #1. Start out with a good image. This means getting your exposure right, getting good lighting, having good composition and exposure and so on a so forth. You say 'but that has nothing to do with digital processing!?'... but I say it has everything to do with it. Digital processing can make a good image better but it cannot correct things that are just done wrong from the start. You have to know what your end goal is going to be with each image.


Typically, at least for me, this has revolved a lot around exposure and light balance.


By "light balance" I would give the example of say you take a photo of something that is beautifully lit but the sky in the background is completely blown out...it's an example of bad light balance. However on the flip side if your background is lit just as good as your foreground and subject (to the desired effect) then it is 'good light balance'. Things that are bright and shiny reflecting light spots and whatnot can be your nemesis.


Take Away: The more you have to jack around with a picture the more fake looking it can become. The less you have to correct basic errors the better.


Tip #2. Whatever software you use--read the instructions. They even have classes about just post processing. There are also numerous videos online. Even the older versions and tutorial videos for those will be helpful. Just take an image--any image of yours-- upload it and carefully go through each setting and button one by one. See what it does. When doing this--TAKE NOTES.


Later on when I need to move along to another computer I will be changing software. I will not use Lightroom any more because they went to a subscription based model. Sorry but if I buy it it's mine and I won't pay $10 a month or whatever for the privilege of using their tools. That said your basic tools and adjustments will be about the same thing even across various platforms. They might call it something different but it's basically the same stuff (more or less) although some programs might have a better work flow than others.


Take Away: Reading, watching videos (regarding any software) for tips and hints, and just literally jumping right in and playing around will pay off in the long term. Taking a class will pay for itself. Heck, go to the local university where kids are learning photography and pay somebody $100 to give you a couple of tutorials and/or demonstrations. That kind of investment in time and/or money will pay off.

You can take the time to become 'self taught' but that doesn't mean you have to start completely from scratch. My personal interest level in software and computers is about 25 times less than it is in photography itself so my drive to just go it alone is not that great. I did just that---but it was mundane and not all that exciting to me. I will probably never become an expert in baking up photoshopped images because that is not where my interests lie, but if you use digital tools to clean up the images you take it becomes a supplement to achieving the fundamentals like described in point #1.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2018, 11:49 AM  
Packing Light, World Tour....if you could take just ONE lens...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 83
Views: 5,090
I did several around the world trips with just one lens.

With a crop sensor camera it would be the 16-85. With a full frame it would be the 24-70.


I've done it more than one time so I am not just speaking out of theory.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2018, 10:43 PM  
People The Refugee
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Thank you.


The photo itself based only on that alone... there is a lot that isn't perfect. The lighting is horrible for one...

But the story behind it, that is what makes it more meaningful. I was discussing lots of things with friends the other day and it made me think of this experience.


From a sheer photographic standpoint it makes me wonder how a photo like this (and it's attached story) connects with people who are seeing it for the first time.


I mean when you read that little blurb and see the picture what runs through your head as a viewer?

I guess what I am getting at here is trying to see how the whole package works together to connect.

Yes there are tons of images where I go 'wow! pretty!' or 'that model is gorgeous' or even 'I would love to be on that beach!'... all of those different kinds of images 'connect' in one way or another but I am curious about how something like THIS connects or if it connects at all with the viewer/reader?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2018, 09:46 AM  
People The Refugee
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 467
I was walking around Istanbul late at night and three young guys were interested in my taking photos and my camera gear.

Turns out all three of them were Libyan refugees, and all three of them were from Benghazi, and all three of them were there and witnessed the events of the night of that attack.
We ended up staying out until at least 3am talking, discussing, eating, and sharing. It was quite an interesting night I should say.

The guys really wanted to save up money to buy a camera so they could take photos and they also really liked Run DMC.

This is a street portrait of one of them.

Photo taken with a K-3 and 16-85mm. ISO 3200, f4, 1/20, handheld.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 08:09 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 524
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 08:04 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 524
I previously uploaded the color version of this photo but I don't know how to add it here for compare and contrast purposes. Any ideas?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 07:51 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 524
A black and white version of a previously posted photo.
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