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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-02-2019, 06:46 AM  
Tromso at Night
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 1
Views: 206
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-01-2018, 03:16 PM  
Tromso at Night
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 1
Views: 206
Tromso Norway at night, taken from aboard the Hurtigruten ferry.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-17-2016, 07:58 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 773
Views: 106,871
My top tip is to shoot RAW! For an old film shooter like me, it was a revelation. It's like being able to choose your film after you take the picture! And you don't need expensive tools like Lightroom to enjoy it. UFRaw and RAWTherapee are excellent free tools.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-14-2015, 06:12 PM  
K-3 ii B&H down to $729
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 23
Views: 3,552
Might have to buy that now.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2014, 05:59 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 7,746
Views: 783,338
If you're ok with a manual flash, the Yongnuo YN-560-II is pretty good. Quality control is not so great, so buy from somewhere with no-hassle returns. Once you get a copy that works, these are great!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 04:52 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 2,854
Views: 124,712
I'm in!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-10-2014, 09:34 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 7,746
Views: 783,338
Love my K10D. Ever since I got an M42 adapter for it, it's been great using classic Takumar lenses. Kinda like the system I wished I'd had as a kid.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 09:30 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 2,237
Views: 137,538
Thank you!
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 11-15-2014, 06:44 AM  
Dear Pentax/Ricoh
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 53
Views: 14,504
I like the K-3, but haven't bought one because I have a K-5 which meets most of my needs. There is one thing Pentax could do to make me want to buy a new camera. Give me the capability to display a histogram that shows what's in the RAW file. As of today, the histogram you see on the camera back reflects what's in the JPEG file. If you're shooting RAW only, the camera temporarily generates a JPEG for display purposes. I have been trying for some time to tweak my JPEG settings for the sole purpose of getting a histogram that shows me the RAW output, but I'm getting a little weary of it.

How about it, Ricoh? I'd buy a K-3ii if it had this capability. If you could add it to a K-5 firmware upgrade, that's an upgrade I would pay for.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-30-2014, 05:22 AM  
Advice for actress headshots?
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,788
You might also take a peek at headshots 101 - The Purpose of It's written from the actor's point of view, but it addresses what a casting director needs to see in a headshot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-19-2013, 05:01 AM  
You have exactly 1000 dollars,a k-30, and a 18-55 WR. What lenses...
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 70
Views: 6,170
Ok, so you've already got a K-30 and an 18-55mm WR lens. I say you should buy a case you can attach to your backpack straps where you can easily reach it while hiking. Spend the rest on an air ticket to someplace where you want to use it.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-22-2013, 04:13 AM  
umbrella/softbox/octobox setup
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 19
Views: 3,953
Check out the Lighting 101 series at It explains and demonstrates flash lighting and hard vs. soft light much better than I could.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-07-2013, 04:14 PM  
Pentax kx remote options and/or PK Tether for Win ME?
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 7
Views: 2,650
Sorry for the delay in getting back. The Linux software I was thinking of is PKRemote. It works with both my K10D and my K-5, using an ancient Dell laptop.

Available here:

PK-Remote | Free Security & Utilities software downloads at
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2013, 12:29 PM  
Pentax kx remote options and/or PK Tether for Win ME?
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 7
Views: 2,650
There's a Linux version of PK Tether. Check the Ubuntu marketplace. If Ubuntu doesn't have it, check SourceForge. I've got a copy working on my other laptop (at home).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-15-2013, 11:15 AM  
Sigma EF-610 DG ST
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,618
I have a 2-year old EF-610 DG ST, which I just powered up. It was ready to fire in 14 seconds, and the batteries are not new.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-31-2013, 01:00 PM  
Incandesant light
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 17
Views: 1,887
Do you mean the color of the light, or the shape of the illuminated area? To simulate the color, I would use a 1/2 CTO gel over the flash. Assuming you're using a speedlight, I'd use something like a round piece of tupperware or maybe a frosted globe from a light fixture to simulate the shape. Gary Fong (I think) makes something called a light sphere that might provide a similar effect.

You could also get a light bulb shaped flash that can be screwed into a lamp base. It's a flash, but will appear to the camera as a really bright lamp. All depends on what you want to do, I guess.

By the way, Strobist has lots of great information on using flash in many creative wyas.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-24-2013, 04:29 AM  
Pentax K-5 and Yongnuo 560 III
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,881
You could use a pc to pc cable to connect the K-5's flash sync port (the plug right below the popup flash button) to the speedlite. But since the YN-560 III has a wireless receiver in it, I don't know why you wouldn't get an RF-602 or 603 transmitter instead. PC cables are a real pain in the a** to use. They fall out easily, bend when stepped on, can be tripped over, and they're not all that cheap.

Just my $0.02.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-09-2013, 11:12 AM  
soft focus effect
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 4
Views: 985
Do you mean the Orton effect? I've read about it but never tried.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-04-2013, 05:50 AM  
Ricoh GR Digital IV Giveaway: Ending 7/8/2013!
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 630
Views: 99,634
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-04-2013, 05:49 AM  
Pets Flashed Pets
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 2
Views: 722
Camera used: Pentax K-5.
Pentax K5 K-5 Digital SLR Camera Body, Black 14748

Sigma New 17mm-70mm f2.8-4 DC HSM Macro Lens f/Pentax SLR's #884109 884109

Nobody relaxes like a cat that's just been fed. This guy was so lethargic, I could get pretty close with my zoom lens and ring flash. I think he really wants me to get that GR.
Forum: Visitors' Center 06-28-2013, 04:08 PM  
Is Histogram RAW or JPG?
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 5
Views: 1,688
Just to follow up on this thread, I had noticed for some time that the histogram on my RAW files always shows an image underexposed when compared to its JPG (I shoot RAW+). Today was cloudy, so I took a gray card out on the patio and shot a few frames, using each of the color settings on my K-5. Excepting the "muted" color setting, the histogram for every JPG file was centered on the scale. When I pulled the RAW file into UFRAW, the RAW file was 1/2 to 2/3 of a stop to the left of the JPG histogram. My preliminary conclusion is that the K-5's RAW to JPG processing is brightening my photos.

Anyone else have a similar (or different) experience?
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-13-2013, 04:33 AM  
help with indoor formal event
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 16
Views: 2,463
If you can, I'd suggest you scout the location ahead of time. All your questions seem to depend on environmental stuff like whether there is a raised stage or dais, and what kind of lights are in the room. It might also clue you in as to how far you will be from your subjects. Ceiling height and color will help you determine whether you can bounce flash.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-12-2013, 08:20 AM  
Metz 58 AF-2 for close Outdoor Portrait?
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 5
Views: 1,228
If you only need to illuminate a small area, you could try a flash modifier, like a snoot. Or you could cover part of the flash lens with cardboard or electrical tape to make the beam narrower.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-04-2013, 04:42 AM  
Poll: Transferring images - card reader or camera cable?
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 26
Views: 4,784
Hi. I used to use a card reader when transferring images from my K10D. The main reason I switched to a cable is that it's much harder to remove the card from my K-5. The door doesn't swing wide enough, or my fingers are too fat. Every time I remove an SD card from the K-5, it winds up on the floor.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-28-2013, 10:22 AM  
Trekking with sticks and a DSLR
Posted By ale_guy
Replies: 34
Views: 6,090
I use a top-loading camera bag attached to the shoulder straps of my pack, as if it were a sternum strap. It's safe from impact and heavy rain. It's right there on my chest where I can get it out in a second or two. It looks dorky as anything, but it works.
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