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Forum: Contest Voting 07-02-2018, 05:40 PM  
Cola, India
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 78
Views: 746
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: General Photography 06-09-2018, 04:23 PM  
Will better ball-head increase load capacity of Tripod?
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13
Views: 591
I donít know where you are in your photography evolution but I would offer a little advice.

Until about 8 years ago I had used a lot of tripods and spent good money on them for a total of about 40 years as a photographer. Tripod technology has come a long way over the years. I would suggest you read tripod reviews (especially the negative reviews that are supported by heavy users), study the math behind tripod utilization and construction materials, and put your money into the tripod that tops out in reviews and yet meets your level of QPR.

When I finally decided to end the carousel of tripods I had bought, I spent the money to do it right and havenít looked back. I use Gitzos rated to 18kg for lenses up to 300mm (using a Markins Q10 bullhead) and to 600mm (using Markins Q20 ball head). For lenses above that I use a 25kg rated Gitzo with a Wimberley II gimbal. Some of the best money I have ever spent on equipment. While pan heads can be good Iíve moved to ball heads because I feel they are better suited to my style of shooting.

If you intend this to be a serious hobby invest in the best tripod your research produces for your budget. After all....you do want the tripod to help keep your images sharp.

Good luck with your final combination of tripod and head.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-07-2018, 03:56 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 12,272
Views: 1,993,015
Yes, amazing how this tiny cluster stands out on the moisture laden trunk. The red oak fungi will be reshot this weekend, time permitting, and the. Results posted. Thanks

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-06-2018, 07:05 PM  
20% off Ebay sitewide, Wednesday, June 6, until 10 pm ET - US & Canada only
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 13
Views: 5,250
Thanks,
Took advantage of purchasing a Kirk L bracket for the K1mII that I was going to buy anyway, saved $23.00.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-05-2018, 05:37 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 12,272
Views: 1,993,015
Thanks for the support. Itís been tough to find the time to do any personal photography in recent years. But adding the instant gratification of the Z over my N has gotten me back to more nature imagery.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-05-2018, 06:50 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 519
Views: 24,368
OMG!!!!!!! Really?????? "Call the police in America"

I have been hearing that steady drumbeat since joining this forum in 2006. It hasn't stopped me from buying the latest and greatest from, Pentax-Hoya-Ricoh-Honeywell- Asahi or whomever produced their camera gear over the last 40 years. Yes it is sad, and at times momentarily demoralizing.... that these prophets of doom spout this stuff.
However, none of their predictions have ever come to fruition.

Take it with a dose of salt. Life goes on.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-04-2018, 05:31 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 12,272
Views: 1,993,015
Spring has been very wet in the PA woodlands around here. I mounted the trusty A 120 macro on the Z and looked for something to photograph.

The first image is of a small cluster of Orange Cap mushrooms. The entire cluster is roughly the size of a silver dollar.

This image is of a forest floor mushroom I had seen the day before. If Iím going to crawl in the soggy land of Wood Fairies, Iím going to give it a fairytale flair of dreamlike diffusion. Exposure is 30 seconds.


This image shows the power of Nature. I live in dense woodlands at elevation. The image below is from a 150 year old red oak that overhung the western edge of my deck and died last year and had to be felled. In the span of one year these fungi have overwhelmed the residual debris.
View image in gallery


Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-03-2018, 06:31 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 12,272
Views: 1,993,015
Third try.... I saw this post this morning on my IPad and was riveted by this image. It is remarkable, beautifully shot and well executed in every way. I was drawn in! I would loved to have seen even more of the environment.

Stephen
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-03-2018, 05:41 PM  
Macro by any means necessary club
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 477
Views: 91,857
I really like the composition of the Forget Me Not's against the granite. Well done. Saw one of those other images in the thread on the k1II noise adjustment threat too.

Stephen
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-02-2018, 04:28 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 9,905
Views: 1,569,993
A very interesting and beautiful image. Captures a spontaneous moment with tons of captivating expressions from the siblings. Feels real and warm.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-30-2018, 06:09 PM  
Please, don't let me buy the DFA 15-30...
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 27
Views: 1,432
The solution in such situations is to shoot a single image with the zoom or prime of the scene, and then shoot four or five additional images in Panorama mode at a greater focal length for the full pano effect.

I do this in the field because I find that a wide or an extreme wide angle produces an unrealistic perspective between near and middle and far distances areas in a landscape.

The 15-30, to me anyway, is for unique situations. But parts at the long end may well be possible for multi image panos but some minor pincushioning may be a slight problem. My favorite wide angle lens for panos is the FA 31 Ltd.

In currently researching filter systems for the 15-30, the top two filter companies [in my research anyway... Breakthrough (though I’m not sure they have a holder for this lens) and Nisi] will set you back half the price of the lens again for a solid field kit.

UPDATE: Breakthrough is currently developing a 150 filter holder for the D FA 15-30. Delivery date not yet specified.

Stephen
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-18-2018, 09:33 AM  
Photo Story "For Rent"--A fixer Upper, Montana Style
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 10
Views: 756
Don't leave us hanging...............pics please.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-16-2018, 04:31 PM  
Landscape Lake after Midnight...
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Thank you for the update. Much appreciated.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2018, 06:44 AM  
Landscape Lake after Midnight...
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Nicely done. Excellent PP. Are you using masks in PP?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-10-2018, 03:19 PM  
Landscape Below Ganoga
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Thank you all for your kind comments. Much appreciated.

Stephen
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-09-2018, 08:07 PM  
Abstract Canyonlands
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 2
Views: 236
This is an image merged from 10 images using a Pentax K7 and a NN5 pano head. Photo taken at Island in the Sky in Canyonlands, Utah. Very windy and very cold.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-07-2018, 06:49 PM  
Misc Please help me choose photos for this year's fair
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 16
Views: 655
6,8,12,32 for me. Others are very nice too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-07-2018, 05:35 PM  
Landscape Below Ganoga
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 7
Views: 305
An image from the Glens Natural Area. A small cascade below Ganoga Falls (somewhat visible in the upper left hand corner of the image) with some Orton effect applied in PP.
Originally posted in Medium format forum.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-07-2018, 05:19 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 12,272
Views: 1,993,015
These are two more images from Sundays hike through the Glens Natural Area. The PP is finished off with some mild Orton Effect which demonstrates the peace and solitude I feel when photographing here.

The First is Erie Falls (47 feet)



...and the second is B. Reynolds Falls (40 feet) and is a two image merge.




This was my first use of the 645Z I finally got around to buying. I have not done much medium format since my 645N days, but decided I might as well put the collection of lenses to good use. This is a potent camera and I am looking forward to seeing what it can do.

Stephen
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-07-2018, 06:10 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 12,272
Views: 1,993,015
A hike through Ganoga Glen. It's been a long time since posting anything on PF but the long winter broke last week and I thought I would finally take the 645Z for a walk. Not much color in the woods yet around here as the very cold temperatures and snow until last week have everything developing 3 weeks later than usual. I'll return here in a few weeks and hopefully there will be more pizzazz in the woods.

I applied a little Orton effect to add a little dreamlike touch.

Stephen

Forum: Pentax K-1 04-11-2018, 04:32 PM  
Pentax K-1 Mark II Early Reviews?
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 204
Views: 17,698
I have to agree with you on this. I do scientific photography and have to use many different platforms with specialized equipment. I use Topcons, Nikons, and the 5Dm3. Interestingly, even after 40 years of multi platform imaging, I have always chosen Pentax for PR events and my personal photography and I have never been dissatisfied with the results. The K1 II does respond exceptionally well and if I'm impressed with what it offers it has to be capable. This camera may not be everyone's cup of tea but I find it an exceptional camera and clearly worth the money. That Canon I use, to me at least, is not anything special and costs considerably more.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-11-2018, 03:22 PM  
Pentax K-1 Mark II Early Reviews?
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 204
Views: 17,698
I never moved up to the K1, having had an arsenal of cropped Pentax cameras and the 645z. Today my K1 II arrived and I must say I was really impressed with the focus speed and accuracy. I have been waiting for full frame from Pentax since they entered digital imaging, and my early impressions are that this cameras focus speed, accuracy and image quality is a quantum leap above any of their other cameras. Even using screw driven Sigma EX DG APO 70-200 and 100-300 f4 EX DG APO lenses the speed was rapid to lock on focus.

This camera is a tool that will deliver whatever a creator wants. Dont kinow about sports photographers, but even here it looks like the upgrade might improve AF C.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-10-2018, 03:25 AM  
Patagonian Sierra Finch
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 12
Views: 176
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 04-10-2018, 03:25 AM  
March, 2018 Winner: Great Horned Owlets
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 97
Views: 1,435
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-10-2018, 03:22 AM  
Common Ravens, A Mated Pair
Posted By SCGushue
Replies: 34
Views: 430
I would like to nominate this photo
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