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Forum: Photo Critique 03-19-2015, 10:23 PM  
Nature Lyrebird, Mexico City
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 7
Views: 829
My bad!

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That's interesting - thanks for the info! Apparently I got my birds-with-long-and-awesome-tails mixed up.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-19-2015, 05:31 AM  
Nature Lyrebird, Mexico City
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 7
Views: 829
oops - my bad! Have just embedded instead, thanks.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-19-2015, 05:21 AM  
Nature Lyrebird, Mexico City
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 7
Views: 829
Was lucky enough to get up close to one of these on a recent trip to Mexico City. I was pretty happy with the shot I managed to get, but would love a bit of constructive criticism. (Note this has been processed slightly, if memory serves me I fiddled with the vibrance and contrast a little, and added a slight vignette)



Cheers!

EDIT: Embedded lower res version of the image.

EDIT: SORRY! It's a Peacock, not a Lyrebird. Thanks to /u/rawr and /u/pete-tarmigan for pointing out my error.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-23-2015, 01:13 AM  
Why don't my photos look like these photos!?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,699
So I've just been looking through this photo series and I'm wondering, how do I get my photos to look like this? The nice contrast, the 'real' colours, the dynamic range... I can't exactly describe it but the photos look (for lack of a better word) professional.

I realise this can come down to a whole bunch of factors, but I was wondering if there are any particular that contribute to this look? Is it lighting? Are they HDR? Is it just a good camera body and/or lenses?

EDIT: Sorry for the n00b question!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-22-2015, 03:13 PM  
What PP program should I use?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 35
Views: 5,471
Awesome - thank you again! Checking everything out.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-22-2015, 02:16 AM  
What PP program should I use?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 35
Views: 5,471
Dude that's awesome - tusind tak for det! I'll check into AfterShot and Pixelmator, but mind end up going with Photoshop/Lightroom.. Anyway, thanks again.

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Yeah that seems a bit much for what I need. Will look into Pixelmator though. Cheers!

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Will try out the Corel stuff - cheers for the recommendation.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-18-2015, 03:12 AM  
What PP program should I use?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 35
Views: 5,471
Thanks - appreciated!

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Thanks heaps, I will check them both out.

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Legend, thanks Boris. The quirks you mention are maybe a bit advanced for me at this stage so sounds like it could suit. I'll check into it.

---------- Post added 02-18-15 at 09:15 PM ----------



Thanks for summing those up - it sounds like Lightroom is more suited to my level of skill over PS..
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-17-2015, 05:12 PM  
What PP program should I use?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 35
Views: 5,471
Hi all,

So I've had a search around the forums for a similar thread but couldn't find any definitive suggestions, and the only big thread on this topic I could find was from 7 years ago, so I figured it'd be ok to start a new one. I've also been googling around of course but would like to get some Pentaxians' opinion.

Up until now I've been using a combination of photoshop and Preview on Mac for PP (Preview is surprisingly good for minor tweaks), but I want to go to the next level. So - what program should I use for PP? I will be editing shots from my GH4, my girlfriend's K-50 and my Pentax FF (... soon). It has to be a Mac compatible program but I assume most are.

What program is best? Lightroom? Aperture? Gimp? Or will Photoshop do everything I need I just need to learn more? I don't mind if there's a steep learning curve, I just want the best results. Also I don't mind b uying a program, though I don't want to be spending hundreds, but around $100ish is ok.

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-12-2015, 08:55 PM  
Help me choose a Pentax SLR!
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 39
Views: 3,180
Dude, that's hugely helpful. Thanks so much. I'd been pretty confused by all this discussion of battteries as I just assumed you always needed them..

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Cheers John appreciate the suggestions
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 02-04-2015, 03:10 PM  
Pentax Full Frame DSLR Officially Announced!
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 61
Views: 6,155
So that's a new FF, a new, suped up K-50 replacement... the Pentax lineup is starting to look pretty damn good.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-03-2015, 10:21 AM  
Help me choose a Pentax SLR!
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 39
Views: 3,180
Thanks for the response! When you say always on - so what does that mean, it's always making noise, or flashing, or something?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-01-2015, 09:43 PM  
Help me choose a Pentax SLR!
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 39
Views: 3,180
Yeah I agree, it's a pretty nice looking body... Thanks for the suggestion. Pic looks great too.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-30-2015, 07:03 PM  
Help me choose a Pentax SLR!
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 39
Views: 3,180
Damn, those are some beautiful looking bodies. Will keep a lookout for one of these!

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Cheers Chris
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-28-2015, 08:18 PM  
Help me choose a Pentax SLR!
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 39
Views: 3,180
I had a bit of a look on eBay and the prices seemed ok, but that was on Australian eBay so maybe they weren't the best deals. In any case, thanks for the response, I'll look into both!

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Thanks heaps, had never heard of KEH, will look into them. Cheers!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-28-2015, 07:08 PM  
Help me choose a Pentax SLR!
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 39
Views: 3,180
So I'm spending a few weeks in Mexico City, and I happen to be staying in the same place as a whole bunch of camera stores. Anyway, seeing as Mexico is a developing country, they still use a whole lot of film cameras, so as a result most camera places have a wide selection of Pentaxes. So I'm thinking I might grab myself an SLR, and below are the ones that are available - any advice or tips you can give me as I decide would be appreciated!

I'm leaning towards the Spotmatic, just cos they were a revolutionary camera, and cos I have a screwmount converter for my main DSLR (a GH4), but am interested to see what the forum thinks!

Spotmatic F, SP F - $130 USD
Spotmatic II - $150
Pentax K1000 - $120
Pentax KM - $95
Pentax Program A - $122
Pentax K2 - unsure of price
Pentax K1000 - $115
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-11-2015, 11:43 PM  
Mechanical Shutter vs Electronic Shutter... ?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,919
Damn, that's actually a really cool photo haha. Ok so what you're saying is that there's an increased likelihood of a rolling shutter effect if you're using an electronic shutter? Is that the only drawback?

EDIT: Thanks for the response btw!
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-11-2015, 06:32 PM  
Mechanical Shutter vs Electronic Shutter... ?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,919
So my main stills camera, (a Panasonic GH4), shoots in burst mode at 12 fps, OR 40 fps if you use the electronic shutter. The only apparent drawback in doing this is that it can't shoot raw at that speed, only jpeg. Which is fine for the stuff that I shoot.

However, I'm curious - are there any disadvantages in shooting with the electronic shutter instead of the mechanical one? I.e. are the photos going to look any different? And if not - then why do mechanical shutters still exist, shouldn't everything just be electronic? Less moving parts, no noise, etc?
Forum: General Photography 01-05-2015, 08:26 PM  
Pentax on TV or in the movies
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 3
Views: 827
I recently worked on an upcoming season of the Top Model franchise, and one of special guest photographers was shooting on Pentax. This was only for retro film photography stuff, so I guess that makes sense.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-05-2015, 08:24 PM  
News at CES 2015?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 887
Views: 137,995
Pretty sexy camera. Body looks a lot like the GH4. If this is weather resistant like the K50 I might have to grab one.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-08-2014, 06:44 AM  
Shooting a corporate Christmas party this weekend - any tips?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,176
Thanks for the tips!

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Not sure if the place is well lit or not... but there's a sit down dinner portion of the evening so I assume it's not going to be all that dark. And yes I should have room to move around.

Thanks so much for the reference pic, it's beautiful. That's what I'm going for too, not overly posed shots, more fly-on-the-wall type stuff. I will try out those settings. Cheers Hank you're a legend.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-08-2014, 12:23 AM  
Shooting a corporate Christmas party this weekend - any tips?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,176
I'm shooting a corporate Christmas party for a friend on the weekend and I was hoping for some advice as stills are not my forte, (I usually shoot video).

I'm shooting on a Panasonic GH4 (my gf's the Pentaxian, not me!) and my available lenses are:
  • 12-35mm, f2.8 (so a true 24-70)

  • 25mm, f1.4 (50mm)

  • 35-100mm, f2.8 (70-200)

My assumptions would be that I would shoot only using the 25mm (50mm) lens, and at 1.4 with a quick shutter speed, but outside of that I'm not really too sure. Can anyone give me any tips on modes to use, recommended settings, anything else that might be relevant?

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-29-2014, 05:06 AM  
How do I take a photo like this?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,436
Sure thing, this is what I ended up with. The light placement isn't perfect, and I could've done more in PP, but for what I'm using it for (a low res web background) it's perfect. Thanks again!
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-27-2014, 11:47 PM  
How do I take a photo like this?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,436
That's p damn cool. Thanks for the tip Brian
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-27-2014, 08:42 AM  
How do I take a photo like this?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,436
Thanks so much for this! Will see how I go.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-27-2014, 08:25 AM  
How do I take a photo like this?
Posted By watchingskyfallatm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,436
Hmm interesting. I'm not sure I love the 7 blade bokeh, seems less rounded than other blade numbers. Still, super cool, thanks again.

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Thanks for sharing - awesome pics. The Swedish Bokeh pic is beautiful; stunning colours. Tusind tak dude.
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