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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-24-2021, 06:34 PM  
Contest #184 - December, 2021 (Seasonal) Submission
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 12
Views: 97
My submission for Contest #184: the town green in Branford, CT. Please see attachment at this URL:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-12-2021, 10:28 AM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway My Entry to the Pentax K-70 Giveaway
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 4
Views: 207
The dot above the tree is the planet Jupiter, in case anyone's wondering.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2021, 12:57 PM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway Pentax K-70 Giveaway
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Wow. Just wow.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2021, 12:53 PM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway My Entry to the Pentax K-70 Giveaway
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 4
Views: 207
I hope you enjoy my picture of the town green in Branford, Connecticut.

I have been using a Pentax K-5 for over nine years, and have obtained a fair number of good images out of it. However, as I push my photography further, I am finding myself bumping into the limitations of what a camera released in 2010 can do. A Pentax K-70 would allow me to do the following:
  • The K-70's increased sensor resolution would give me more flexibility with cropping, as when photographing the moon and other distant subjects.

  • The K-70's enhanced high ISO performance would reduce the noise that hampers my attempts at astrophotography.

  • The K-70's tilting LCD screen would make using the camera easier when photographing subjects near ground level, which I do fairly often in landscape photography.

  • The K-70's pixel shift feature would allow for more detailed photographs of static objects, which would be useful when I am called upon to take large group photographs.

  • The K-70's removal of an anti-aliasing filter would allow for sharper photographs of almost all subjects, which would also be useful when I am called upon to take large group photographs.

  • The K-70's video functionality seems like less of an afterthought than that in the K-5; I might actually use it in this camera instead of having to reach for my smartphone.

  • The K-70's built-in Astrotracer would relieve me of having to worry about a separate accessory.


I look forward to working with a camera that was designed in the second decade of the 21st century, instead of the first.

Thank you for your consideration.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-08-2021, 12:00 PM  
My dismal first attempt at star trail(s)
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 78
Views: 2,833
The second link provided me with an explanation of what we thought were hot pixels earlier in this discussion. I captured a bunch of these in a curved line across the frame, and used PhotoShop's healing spot tool to edit them out. However, zooming in revealed that these points were several pixels across, with bright centers and dimmer borders--not exactly what one would expect from a hot pixel. The actual explanation: they're geosynchronous satellites, which are always centered over the same spot on the Earth's surface. As a result, they stay put no matter how long the exposure!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-07-2021, 07:34 PM  
My dismal first attempt at star trail(s)
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 78
Views: 2,833
Airplanes usually have the blinking lights, but you might have captured a satellite.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-06-2021, 08:16 PM  
My dismal first attempt at star trail(s)
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 78
Views: 2,833
Giving it a quick try from my front yard with my Pentax K-5 on a tripod. 1150 seconds, f3.5, ISO 200. A little manipulation in PhotoShop to darken everything somewhat to bring out the stars more; the JPEG generated by the camera looks like a daylight scene. I also captured at least two airplanes flying by.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-04-2021, 10:17 AM  
My dismal first attempt at star trail(s)
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 78
Views: 2,833
The Orion Nebula is one of the nebulas that is a massive region of star formation; in fact, it's the closest big one to Earth. Of course, "close" is roughly 1,300 light years away, where a light year is 6 trillion miles.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-03-2021, 12:20 PM  
My dismal first attempt at star trail(s)
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 78
Views: 2,833
Actually, the bright spot is the planet Jupiter, which is considerably brighter than the Orion Nebula. You can tell that this isn't Orion because there's no sign of Betelgeuse and Rigel, which are two of the brighter stars in the sky. Jupiter is in Capricorn these days, along with Saturn at the opposite end of the constellation.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-05-2021, 11:54 AM  
'New' yet used Super A.... nothing showing?
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 15
Views: 810
I also started out with an ME Super, and then switched to a Super Program to get the TTL flash metering and shutter priority automation. They served me well for many years.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-05-2021, 11:49 AM  
New K1 Mark II. I think I've gone too far.
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 93
Views: 4,878
Now I'm realizing that I'm falling behind with only five Pentax bodies: K-5, K-x (actually my wife's camera, but I'm the only one who uses it these days), MZ-S, Super Program, and ME Super. Time to start planning my next camera purchase!
Forum: Sold Items 09-01-2021, 08:08 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Highland Games Edition Pentax LX!
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 16
Views: 1,172
I'm trying to identify the tartan. It certainly isn't Clan Campbell, but which clan is it?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 05-10-2021, 09:37 AM  
Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 Giveaway - Enter here once per day until May 18th
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 2,853
Views: 67,596
My second entry, which doubles my chances!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-10-2021, 09:35 AM  
New to film, new to comeras!
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 29
Views: 933
I concur with the consensus that there might be a light leak involved, either in handling the film or through a problem with the camera.

As a reminder (probably unneeded based on the original post), the only time the back of the camera should be open is when you initially thread the film leader onto the take-up spool while loading the film, and when you remove the cartridge after the film has been rewound completely into it. If you open the back at any other time, the portion of the roll that is not in the cartridge will be exposed, leading to the uniformly translucent negatives described above.

The other possibility is a light leak in the camera, though those often result in more isolated areas of overexposure. If you're practicing careful film handling, you might want to see if shielding your camera from direct sunlight helps matters. A more rigorous test is to load the camera, and then put it in a light-safe bag with just the lens sticking out. Keep the camera in the bag as you advance the film, take pictures with the exposure settings preset for your film's ISO, and rewind the film. If your protected camera produces negatives with good image density, then it's time to get it serviced (The materials used to block light in cameras of that vintage don't last forever).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-10-2021, 09:18 AM  
100mm macro dumb question…
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 21
Views: 1,003
If so, then the OP simply needs to focus the lens to its closest extreme, place the front of the lens about a foot away from something, and let the magic happen.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-10-2021, 08:44 AM  
What sort of specs should I be looking for in a monitor?
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 16
Views: 920
I've been using an Asus PB328Q the last five years. It checks a lot of the boxes for me.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-10-2021, 08:39 AM  
Which flash pentax k1000?
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 17
Views: 1,100
Seeing how popular the 283 was, there are probably plenty of accessories you can use to modify the flash output to fit your needs.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-10-2021, 08:33 AM  
Thematic Show me your ......MOON !
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 1,061
Views: 95,253
Now I'm waiting for somebody to say how the tips of the crescent moon reminds them of the horns of the Beast...
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-10-2021, 08:30 AM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 123
Views: 8,292
Sometimes less is indeed more. Ideally, the overlays should be customizable, so you only see what you need.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 05-01-2021, 02:50 PM  
Pentax D FA* 50mm F1.4 Giveaway - Enter here once per day until May 18th
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 2,853
Views: 67,596
My first entry; I've been a busy boy this month!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-01-2021, 02:49 PM  
Terrified of RAW but want to try out something that's easy to use
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 48
Views: 3,117
I've mostly used Adobe Camera Raw in conjunction with Photoshop, but I have used Lightroom in the past. Shooting in RAW gives you a flexibility that editing JPGs does not provide. Feel free to play around with the sliders and the different settings--you can always discard your changes/experiments and start over if you go down the wrong rabbit hole. After a while, you'll know what you have to do to get the results you want, and editing in RAW will seem quick and painless.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-01-2021, 02:42 PM  
accessory help needed please
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 6
Views: 546
That Pentax potato masher flash is especially droolworthy!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2021, 02:32 PM  
Thematic Show me your ......MOON !
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 1,061
Views: 95,253
I freaked out my friends on Facebook with this picture of the Full Pink Super Moon (at least until they read the caption where I stated that I added the pinkish color in Photoshop).
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-01-2021, 02:28 PM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 123
Views: 8,292
What you say makes a lot of sense. The two-handed approach to stills photography allowed one to minimize camera movement, so I agree that it would also make for steadier video as well--so long as one had a means of viewing the video as it was being shot.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-01-2021, 02:20 PM  
Pentax Forums Statement on the Coronavirus
Posted By ecostigny
Replies: 32
Views: 16,767
I'm getting my second vaccination in a couple of hours. I realize that I still have to take precautions to help ensure that we emerge from this pandemic successfully.
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