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Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 08-06-2011, 05:49 PM  
Motion Slider 24
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 1
Views: 1,869
Good job.
Nicely accomplished, informal yet personable. Lighting is fine.
*You didn't have to hire the professional actor though....

The vid looks great for a yootoob--- good job there too.
Takes a lot of effort to get the formula just right, and you did it!

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-29-2011, 07:36 AM  
Nature Koi and Maple Leaves
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 6
Views: 2,442
Yep, you did GOOD.
The essence was there, of course- but you nurtured an extraordinary 'look' by the work you did.
Superlatives are weak at expressing how great an image it is.

Thanks for sharing.
It's definitely a 'keeper'!
Keep up the great work.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-25-2011, 08:56 AM  
Landscape Untitled
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 3
Views: 1,610
Nice 'abstract'. Impressionistic, what with the soft edges and stuff.
An interesting, if not provocative composition.
Makes you wonder what lurks beneath that black void on the left.
I wouldn't change a thing.
Nicely accomplished.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-25-2011, 05:24 AM  
Nature Magpie
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 7
Views: 2,089
There ya go- that does it for me.
It helps with the legs and feet too. They were kind of middling with the background before.
Nice job!

(Thnx for comment on the other shot- I tired messing with that reflection from a window on the right- but it just didn't work well. I'll take another shot at it someday.)
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2011, 05:43 PM  
Black & White Owner
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 2
Views: 1,512
Interesting image.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2011, 08:09 AM  
Nature Magpie
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 7
Views: 2,089
It's a fine shot.
The bird posed for you!

Face it, you're hamstrung to produce detail in shadow or highlight areas on an either black or white bird.
You either get one end or the other, not both.
*Detail in shadow areas is always more desirable actually.

Consider the percentages- how much of the image is 'lost' in detail -vs- what the balance 'tells' a viewer. You got a winner- simple as that.
If it's such a big deal, in P-shop grab a little lasso full from under the tail area, make a new layer, and drop it in -flipped and scaled- to show in the back there (see example below) It ends up being a gradient mostly- but, if you're looking for feather detail, there's really none there.

Center weighted or spot meter won't do you any good either- because all you're gonna get is either of two extremes.
Spotting on the white will get you a nice, dark photo- that you can -possibly- mess with in P-shop.
Don't waste your time- that bird is gonna fly before you get it done.

The histogram is going to show that you've got content at both ends of the scale, and some in the middle (that background stuff.)
If those levels are about the same, then you have something to work with after the fact.
And whoosh- there's goes the bird by the time you get to looking through the viewfinder to get the shot.

Depending upon the camera, bracket exposure capability is the shortest path to getting at least one good 'take' in a string of shots of the same subject. Or, take bits and pieces of the sequence and past it together for the 'look' you seek.

In a pinch, you can meter for near gray card accuracy for the same light falling on the subject by using the back of your hand. Just AEL that reading, then recompose for subject and get your shot.

The meter is set up to calculate exposure based on 18% reflectance- and your hand (or grass, for that matter) will suffice.
That's for Caucasian skin color- of course. If you're not white or have a lousy tan- meter off grass if it's available-- or any light gray source that is nearby.

FWIW- I don't need the detail in the white.
The background has fallen off nicely, the rail he is perched upon is just enough to leave adequate impression on a viewer.
What does more detail in the white get you? Not much.
It's fine like it is.

If you had burst on, you could have grabbed a shot of him launching.
Birds in flight are excellent images- and, at 1/1000th you would have obtained a nice one.
I think on the K7 you're two clicks from switching to burst mode.
Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2011, 07:20 AM  
Nature Koi and Maple Leaves
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 6
Views: 2,442
This is an excellent photograph.
I'd like to see the original, unadulterated version next to it- just for a side by side comparison.
You know- BEFORE / AFTER.

The focal point is the koi's head end, obviously.
How it is nicely poised there at the crucial transition from light to dark in the depths (background.) Perfect.

If the whole thing (original) is 'sharp', then some subtle 'touches' would pull off the effect of motion you seek. Tiny increments in Gaussian Blur perhaps, just at the tail, maybe (real tiny) at the pectorals, but not the dorsal.

The water speaks for itself- so nothing would need to be done there.
It's undulations are perfect as well.
Maybe a motion blur on the tail? *thinking aloud.

The leaves are fine and roll off slightly in the distance. Some have been added in layers I expect.

It's really good stuff. No doubt.
Ranks right up there in the top tier.
Thanks for sharing.
[I'm not suggesting you need to change a thing- just exclaiming how nice it is, as is.]
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2011, 06:53 AM  
Black & White Dam on CREEK
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 1
Views: 1,550
[I think there should be a rule here. If you critique one, you show one.]

While I was waiting for something else to happen nearby, I grabbed this shot.
Had to jump a fence and a railing to get the vantage point.
No tripod, just handheld.
It's full frame, and unmodified.

I particularly like that glint of highlight under the walkway.
But, admit it may be a little too dark down in the spillway area.

Comments appreciated.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2011, 06:32 AM  
People Alex
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 10
Views: 2,131
Great shots!

Here's a tip for you- clothespins.
Cheap ol' wooden clips.

You can use them to gather in material a model wears.
They would have helped turn that first shot into something spectacular.

All you can do now is try to P-shop the billowing part below the midriff:
[please pardon I sketch it out -quickly- here, below]

The pose, the light, the spatial context- all perfect.
The only thing that bothered me was that small amount of extra material.
It's not like it follows her form anyway- but I do recognize that style of dress is quite popular these days (my wife wears them.)

It's an excellent photo (they're all good, mind you- but this one is top shelf, must be in portfolio quality.)

Keep the good work up.
Thanks for sharing too.

[Heck, I'd like to hang that shot on my wall- it's so nice!]
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 07-21-2011, 06:54 AM  
BTS K-5 Vid, cut in FCP-X
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 6
Views: 2,610
[clipped comments about FCPX- horse been flogged enough]

On to the video provided:
Did you run it through some color processing when you finished the cut?
It looks kinda washed out or flat- you pulled the gamma back or desaturated it?

Just curious.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 07-20-2011, 05:32 PM  
Pentax KX Video stabiliser.
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 5
Views: 3,016
Glidecam makes a good product. [I have the 4000, like it fine.]
It's a quality build, easy to set up and use too.

I've shot a lot with Steadicam products and like them- certainly.
They've enjoyed top of the food chain for a long, long time- and deservedly.

I use a pistol grip too. That's handy, fits in the kit bag.
You can find them on fleabay for cheap.
*If you think about it, the pistol grip provides you with nearly the same result a slanting parallel-o-gram produces; your arm acts in the same way.

You also might find some DIY alternatives (do a BING search, lots come up.)
A DIY will work in a pinch, and -if you have to move up after a few uses- then pick one that fits your budget.

Good luck.

Oh yeah- the hole in the bottom of your camera is a 1/4"-20.
Refers to the diameter of the bolt and thread count that fits it.
Common item found in hardware stores. Buy two, one as spare.


One thing to remember; if you need to use it once, rent it.
If you need it more than that, buy it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-20-2011, 05:09 PM  
Pentax IR Remote "F" - DIED
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 14
Views: 2,621
I swapped batts- measured at 3VDC.
Still no function.

As you know, these are pretty expensive batts.

Then I found a viable alternative REMOTE CONTROL on fleabay, for $1.90, shipped.

Works like a champ.
Heck, buy two for the money a batt costs.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-19-2011, 01:12 PM  
Pentax IR Remote "F" - DIED
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 14
Views: 2,621
Not that I use it much, but it just wouldn't trigger the camera when I DID need it.

Took it home, took it apart, got a new battery in- and it's STILL non-functional.

Tested the new batt and got 2.4VDC (should be 3V.0
Tested the old batt and it showed 2.1VDC.

Thing just die like that?

Wondered if anyone else had a IR "F" give up like that.
(I have found, and obtained, a nice replacement for a whopping $1.80 from an eBay source.)

I guess I should just file it in the round bin?
But, it'd be nice to have two - one backing up the other.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-14-2011, 04:28 AM  
Low cost DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 29
Views: 22,003
Just thread drift is all.
no big deal

It's not 'clouds'.
It's the sky- something made those forms, in it.
It's spectacular- but that's cool if you don't/can't get it.

Sort of like the guy on 'ignore' can't get his contributions are not being seen.

Maybe you (yanakaru) should try the feature (in your CP - just click on the 'ignore user' button- put my 'handle' in there.)
No more 'ugly' pictures that way - or drifting topic.

I do have to wonder though- what does your contribution lend to the topic either.
(not a question- just an observation.)

Still no takers on the CONTEST??
There is a prize at the end- goes to the winner who guesses what that sky shot is.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-13-2011, 05:05 AM  
Combining K5 & Flip Hd - audio & video
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 13
Views: 4,597
Great piece.
It was shown on youtoob in two segments.
The first was tight- the second was off a bit.

If it's not too much trouble- explain the difference between the two.

Also, it says 'no mic' - the iPhone has a mic and it is miraculous what you got out of it!
small point is all

Pretty slick set up.
Your talent did a good job making the points and being off book.
Good job.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-13-2011, 04:38 AM  
Low cost DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 29
Views: 22,003
ha ha ha- what a DA
IGNORE is like tuning out a noisy channel on your radio
not only does it go away, you have to know it's still there- making its noise, but you're not bothered by it.

SO COOL-- try it.

no takers on the contest figuring out the sky shot?
need more hints?
how 'bout long and lat? that help any?
-80.5585 & 28.4667 --made it hard to read, at least...
(this is so easy now- I'm practically giving the prize away!)

Remember; Do NOT run with scissors in your mouth!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-12-2011, 01:15 PM  
Low cost DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 29
Views: 22,003
'Edit Ignored Users' - under 'Community' in the User CP.
Wondrous thing it is!
Try it.

Damn nice sky Mr. Flores- i got one too:
"Vermeer Sky"

It's legit - no manipulation, no computer generation.

Shooting straight up from below... shade past o'dark thirty, dawn sun just breaking the horizon in the distance.
Single exposure (no EXIF available- this was before that!)

Can you guess what left this mark in the sky?? *
(test question- first right answer gets a prize)

*hint; five things are contributing to the 'signature' here.

It's a 69MB file originally- so, what you're looking here at is really tiny (and lo-res.)

As skies go though, it's kinda neat looking.

Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-11-2011, 10:34 PM  
Low cost DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 29
Views: 22,003
you kiss your mother with that mouth?

i simply did a search and grabbed the first twenty DIY things that came up.

you know, under the heading 'low cost shoulder mount' thread.

if you need a diagram, i can probably whip something up that shows the way the link got posted.
you know, lines and graphic bits.
a 'how to' post a link by copying and pasting.
it's not hard, even you will figure it out.

still- stay classy.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-09-2011, 05:46 AM  
Low cost DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 29
Views: 22,003
and don't forget, there's the bragging rights that go along with it
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-26-2011, 08:57 PM  
Shutter speed
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 15
Views: 6,755
don't know, can't say

i did see in the SPECIFICATIONS it notes this:

Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter

Shutter Speed 30 to 1/6000 sec* Bulb

PENTAX K-x movie recording function: Widescreen HD movie recording at 1280x720 pixels at a cinematic 24 frames per second (720p24)

Good luck in your quest.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-25-2011, 06:49 PM  
Shutter speed
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 15
Views: 6,755
this is about trying to get 180 shutter angle affect when shooting video.
not what you're talking about parallax.

this thread is in the "Pentax Video Forum"
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 03-21-2011, 10:18 AM  
Suggestion DIY Section Needed?
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 4
Views: 698
Thanks for lead to the somewhat hidden DIY thread.
Not much going on there though, so maybe that's a measure of it's worthiness of becoming it's own Forum.

Some good tips in there though.
Very creative.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 03-21-2011, 08:58 AM  
Suggestion DIY Section Needed?
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 4
Views: 698
"Do It Yourself" can be a valuable asset for fellow members here to peruse and share in.

As example; I may have blundered in a (somewhat) thread hijack concerning a type of shoulder mount (Pentax video forum)-- but, a DIY link seemed like a worthy contribution. Just for 'expansion' sake.

My perception is; if you can make it, you save money and learn in the process.
Saved money translates to buying more stuff too.

Certainly, there are lots of DIY places on the 'Net.
Maybe put a DIY section here, Adam, which could point people to 'Net resources- especially those DIY projects that fit the Pentax abstraction.

Just an idea.

[I've made hybrid lenses, camera mounts, dollies, remote controls, sliders, spiders and articulated booms over the years- It's a lot of fun, as well as useful. Some of that DIY has enabled me to fix items (in the field) instead of aborting a shoot.]
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-21-2011, 07:56 AM  
Low cost DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 29
Views: 22,003
FWIW- check out the Rocketfish monopod.
Solid support, light in weight, sturdy--- but, the QR is kinda cheesy (IMO.)
Comes with a a ball head as standard issue.
Don't know how it compares price wise to Manfroto though.

With that big glass you have, the QR might be a deal breaker on the Rocketfish.
I wouldn't trust it with anything over 300mm (8 pounds.)

Good luck.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-19-2011, 08:46 AM  
[Video] An Allegory About Problems: As told by a pig farmer's son
Posted By TheoSixx
Replies: 2
Views: 2,082
As good as anything else seen on here.
Keep up the good work-- and with a little P&S?? Good stuff.

Sorry the KX let you down.
It does have it's limitations.
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