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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 22 Hours Ago  
Pro Standards Are Dropping ...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 30
Views: 1,227
Finally !! Someone who agrees with me and shares my view on the need for Elf employment protection. Most other people that I bring this issue up with...think I'm nuts or something. :lol:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Pro Standards Are Dropping ...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 30
Views: 1,227
In any field there is a wide range of ability, training, knowledge, amount of experience, etc. I'm sure the Santa Claus deal in the mall was like many businesses/organizations...do things the cheapest way, more profit that way. I also wonder if the mall owns the camera and flash equipment and it's buried in some store room only to be brought out every November for the Xmas season. Probably many seasons they get new staff..I mean you can only be an elf for so many years :D.

Possibly no one knew how to set up the equipment, other than putting the camera on the tripod, putting new batteries in the camera. If the mall gets enough complaints about their pictures ...they'll get someone else...or get someone to check out their setup.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
Landscape just munching away...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 6
Views: 181
I like the photograph. The fence patterns, the horse, the colours. Something, very elegant about this photograph.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 2 Days Ago  
Pets Noam the English Sheepdog in autumn colours
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 4
Views: 177
Composition, subject, bokeh...it's all there. Lovely dog...Old English Sheepdog ?
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 21,572
Views: 1,773,506
Some great photos.

That first one...with the Chevy Colorado pickup truck...looks like it could be an advertisement for the truck...it's really a fine, well composed, well lit photograph. Very impressive photo.
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 14,597
Views: 974,980
Very nice motorcycle. Looks like...roll the throttle and hold on ! :D

I have a couple older motorcycles. A '67 Matchless Scrambler....G 15 CS, 750cc Norton engine in a Matchless frame and a '78 Yamaha SR 500. I've had the Yamaha single since new, but back then I wrestled with the decision of either getting either the street 500 single (SR) or a XT 500. I still sometimes wonder if I should of got the XT back then.

Will you trail ride (fast trail rides :D) or race your new Yamaha ?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
Definition, entry level camera
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 39
Views: 900
I agree with you 100 %. Years ago at the publishing company I worked for...I happened to be in the boss' office. Can't recall why, but I was there waiting for him to come in. He had brought in a few of his personal cameras earlier in the day and they were sitting on a table in his office. Naturally I checked them out...didn't handle them...but checked them out visually .

They included...a Linhof , Nikon F and a Rolleiflex TLR. He was going out on a long sweep through a few cities to do some interviews, write some articles, take some photos to accompany the articles for some of the magazines . He was also going to sell an advert or two to some of the interviewees and I think that the camera equipment he had assembled were going to be the tools used both to take photos and to impress the potential clients ...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature Safari in Sri Lanka
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Very good selection of photographs.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
Definition, entry level camera
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 39
Views: 900
A pro is someone who earns their living or part of their living by being a photographer. Not all 'pro's' can afford the latest Leica Rangefinder, Hassleblad, Nikon D5, Canon 1D X Mk. ll, etc. or do any of the aforementioned cameras necessarily do the particular job they need to do...to earn their daily crust.

Earning your living through photography doesn't necessarily mean you, the 'pro' photographer are immensely skilled...but skilled enough to so others are willing to pay for your work.

Nothing more..nothing less.

An entry level camera is the cheapest or near the cheapest model in the line. How much it costs in relation to other camera models in the manufacturer's line to a large part, determines it's status in the pecking order.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
Definition, entry level camera
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 39
Views: 900
When I think of what features / lack of features make an entry camera and the market the camera is designed for...it can get complicated sometimes. I mentioned my first camera a relatively featureless SLR...the 1960's Pentax S1a...again no internal meter, max shutter speed of 1/500th second...just a basic, albeit rugged 35mm camera...with the standard F 2 , 50 mm Takumar 'normal' lens .

I bought it because I was required to have a 35 mm camera to take 'publishable' (as the boss said) pictures for the publishing company I worked for..when I was fairly fresh out of high school.

I didn't know the first thing about cameras or have much experience with them other than the old Box Brownie at home ...so that would qualify me as entry level. I got the most basic 35mm SLR camera I could find at the time...that would still do the job I was required to do and that camera was the Pentax S1a. If I recall it was about 20 bucks cheaper than the basic Nikon back then.

I bought the camera from a camera section in a large department store. There was an additional unexpected expense...I had to get a hand held light meter...my Sekonic for $ 9.95.

Then, back at the company I worked for, I underwent some brief training on how to load film, advance film, set my meter, focus my lens and off I went...snapping what I hoped were 'publishable' pictures. At first they weren't great, but also weren't bad, thanks to coaching from real pro photographers that worked for the firm.

There I was , an unusual sort...an amateur of the rankest level :D....who because of a job requirement...had to learn photography real fast . I would say I was entry level . My camera was the cheapest new SLR that I could find...because that is all I could afford. So the cheapest 'good' camera I could find was definitely at the entry level of the market. I was told to get either a Pentax or a Nikon...nothing else...so I went with the cheapest, as that is what my budget dictated.

As an aside, I paid $ 9 @ month for about 12-13 months before it was mine. :D

Now if I was a young man in the present day, with these job requirements what would I get ? Probably another entry level DSLR...something along the lines of a Nikon D3400...or it's Canon equivalent....or maybe Pentax equivalent.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Nature A "california" gull or ?
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 5
Views: 158
X 2. I would also say ring billed gull.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
People Mexican folklore street parade
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 257
I used to work at a publishing business almost 50 years ago. They published 4 magazines.

As a result of this 'involvement' in the publishing world, albeit long ago, I've always been a big fan of magazines. Particularly the older style and I'm thinking about titles such as Life, Look, Arizona Highway etc. Magazines that concentrated on human interest stories...that celebrate human endeavour...that kind of thing.

I hope you keep involved in the type of photography you have posted...it very much reminds me of the kind of photography that was featured in magazines many years ago.

As far as B+W vs colour goes...I often find myself in the same dilemma and invariably if I can't choose...print both B+W and colour versions.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
Definition, entry level camera
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 39
Views: 900
I agree.

Back in 1968 an entry level camera may have been easier to define. I look at my first camera..a 35mm Ashai Pentax S1a SLR. It was a stripper model...1/500th of a second max shutter speed *, no internal light meter...not even a hot or cold shoe...basic, basic, basic. Came with a lens a 50mm Takumar F 2...but then back then, every SLR came with a lens...somewhere around 50mm .

My wife bought her first 'good' camera...also considered entry level. A K1000...that was in 1980. It had an internal light meter, a hot shoe, 1/1000th of a second max shutter speed...sort of a deluxe S1a with an internal meter, hot shoe. bayonet mount and 1/1000th of a second shutter.

So in about a decade, back then...a camera's feature had to increase to be marketable. Don't think my relatively featureless S1a would of been too marketable a decade later after 1968. As time goes by...machines..cameras, cars, etc...all increase in the number of features they provide as markets seem to demand it.

* I found out about 20 years later that my S1a actually did have an unmarked 1/1000th second shutter...I just had to move the shutter dial one more click after the 1/500th setting. Apparently Pentax felt they had to 'decontent' the S1a so it wouldn't poach sales from the next upgrade Pentax in the line..the SV...which 'had' a 1/1000th second shutter speed and it was marked on the dial. :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
People Mexican folklore street parade
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 8
Views: 257
I think your photos are great. Reminds me of something you would see in a 1950's magazine, particularly the B+W images. You've caught..very well... the activity, the wonderful expressions of people having fun. Like the way you have cropped the photos..really heightens the activity and focuses on the subject.
Forum: General Talk 6 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 14,597
Views: 974,980
I've got one of those accessory shoes...a cold shoe of course, not a hot shoe, but I just inserted my flash cord into the camera body and the other end into the flash. It fits on the plastic frame of my viewfinder on the camera fits well and tight. I still have it mounted on my S1a. In fact I think once I mounted it onto the camera almost 50 years ago...I just left it attached.

It was an Ashai Pentax accessory at the time as some bodies, like my S1a...were...shoeless.

I bought it around 1969-70 to fit my Honeywell flash atop my Pentax S1a camera body. Very handy and well built small accessory.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2018, 08:15 AM  
Nature Cooperative Models
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 5
Views: 203
Very nice pictures...great bokeh. I have a feeling you had to work fast, before these deer bolted.
Forum: General Talk 11-12-2018, 05:07 PM  
Members other hobbies
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 111
Views: 9,750
Nice story, takes me back to my fishing days.

I used to fly fish a lot with wet flies, not the dry surface flies. Not so much for trout as their are few in my area of the province, mostly for Northern Pike, Walleye, Yellow Perch. I don't fly fish much anymore ...older, etc...but I still have my fly rod and my English made Hardy fly reel. I used to use Saltwater Barracuda wet flies that are red and white...sort of like the old Red Devil spoon...pike love these colours.

We still have our Old Town Freighter canoe, with it's little 4 hp Evinrude twin outboard.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-12-2018, 03:05 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 21,572
Views: 1,773,506
Beautiful photograph of the Labrador.
Forum: General Talk 11-12-2018, 01:32 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 1,192
Views: 92,391
Very good. My wife enjoyed it and so did I.
Forum: General Talk 11-12-2018, 01:26 PM  
Members other hobbies
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 111
Views: 9,750
Beautiful old canoe. It might of been easier to have someone build one for you...but your canoe is a family heirloom. I'm impressed with the work you are doing. I can also see by the pics you have provided, the beauty in the lines of your canoe.

My grandparents had a cottage on a lake in the Canadian Shield in NW Ontario from the 1930's to the early 1950's. It was an isolated lake, available then only by a train or in the winter by train and dog team.

They had a Peterborough Cedar Strip canoe and a Cedar Strip boat. The boat had a 5 hp Evinrude...which was a big engine in the 1930's. My grandfather was a carpenter with the Canadian Pacific Railways and I'm sure would attend to any repairs needed on the Cedar Strips.

They sold their cottage and boats shortly after I came around, but I was told that the canoe and boat would slide across the water with amazing grace...no pun intended. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-11-2018, 02:49 PM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 720
Views: 45,153
In my view you are right on a number of points. About 8 years ago a buddy went to Paris...France, not Texas. He had a DSLR and knew when to press the shutter...also a wide angle zoom. I assumed he was going to take his DSLR, etc...but he said no. He would pick up postcards or a tourist publication for photos of the Louvre...Eiffel Tower, Seine River...etc.

Now I look at the Cell phone photos and videos taken by my kids (ages...20 something, 30 something...my I am getting old :eek:) and I have to say ..these photos are much better than any point and shoot I remember.

The cell phone camera has democratized photography . Back in the '50's to sometime in the 2000's I recall people rummaging through a high shelf in a clothes closet (because that's where they kept their cameras) for their point and shooters...or even SLR/DSLR cameras for birthdays, Xmas, Easter shots and that was about it, until holiday time. Now cameras are always with most people in the G8...in their daily lives and ready to be used when they seem something that they want to take a pix of...through the very workable medium of cell phones. I see pictures of hamburgers, etc...that they feel just has to be recorded...selfies in front of all manner of tourist attractions..the world is awash in personal photos.

As far as magazines go...every time I go to the newsstand there seems to be one less magazine. They either shut down completely, have gone from monthly... to quarterly and 'artsy' ...or become blogs online.

I'm starting to think that newsstands are on the endangered list and I wonder if I'll see them in 5 years.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-11-2018, 09:16 AM  
Machinery Farm art.
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 3
Views: 182
I don't know art, but I know what I like and I like this old truck. That to me is 'art'.

In my garage...because that's where my wife said I could display them :lol::lol:...I have a pair of old (1965) Chevy truck (C80, tandem axle highway transport) valve covers. The valve covers are beat up but in a beautiful W shape...as this engine was known as the "W' series...4-0-9. Yes for those who have a taste in '60's Rock 'N Roll music the Beach Boys song '4-0-9' was written about this very engine...except the version in the Super Sport Impala car of song...and there it was muscle car engine. It was also used in Medium Duty and Heavy Duty trucks and that where my 4-0-9 is from...as a heavy duty truck engine of yore.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2018, 09:09 AM  
Packing Light, World Tour....if you could take just ONE lens...
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 85
Views: 2,452
Ultra wide, well my favorite ultra wide for an ASP-C format camera is my Pentax 12-24. I've been able to get most everything in at the wide end of that lens. I really like the results. But you would have to look for a used example for under $ 400 I think. One disadvantage of the 12-24....if you want to take a portrait of someone ...you're a bit limited with the focal lengths from 12-24.

Sounds like a great trip.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2018, 02:22 PM  
Cityscape Old Abandoned Building of Mental Hospital
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Thank you for the additional information.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2018, 11:27 AM  
Cityscape Old Abandoned Building of Mental Hospital
Posted By lesmore49
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Quite a building, somewhat intricate construction and design. The hand of craftsmen is evident. This was not a building that was slapped together.

Wonder when this building was built and the history, which I'm sure is interesting ?

I like your composition. I've returned a few times to look once again at this photograph.
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