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Forum: General Photography 13 Hours Ago  
Inspiration through Culling and Curating
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 9
Views: 331
I go through my photos and try to discard when I decide to print, looking at older photos makes it easier to see what's worth printing and what isn't. Flickr prompted me to just remove old photos that I was ignoring anyway (not sharing, not printing). Going through my Flickr account, I found perhaps a dozen that I really like, certainly not the 900+ that are left :) there's a lot for me to learn and to improve with this hobby

When downloading from the camera, I keep few photos, especially from what I take for my own fun. The keep ratio varies with the genre, I shoot a lot more photos for action or concerts than landscapes. Even with family photos, I try to keep as few as I can, so that when I decide to print them they're not overwhelming to look at in an album.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
Is it my imagination that photo files loose sharpness going from camera to computer?
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 14
Views: 824
I'll just add another possibility to the answers above.

The camera limits how much you can zoom in, not much over 100% (1 image pixel corresponds to one screen pixel, no rescaling). But 100% on a small camera screen viewed at arm's length will look better than looking closely at the image shown at 100% on a large computer monitor.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 5 Days Ago  
Pentax K-S2 or Canon 70/80D? Worried about aperture problem
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 19
Views: 461
If your budget allows for a used 80d, consider a Pentax k70 as well, it's newer and it has one the best sensors for apsc.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 44,042
Views: 1,610,015
(ice) Axe

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Days Ago  
Pentax K-70 live view seem over sharpened
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 3
Views: 394
Do you have focus peaking enabled? Check the live view settings. It would show like bright highlights on the details that are in focus, resembling what you're describing.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-15-2019, 05:06 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #446 Busy
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 15
Views: 1,241
Welcome to weekly challenge #446! The topic is "Busy" and I do not mean having stuff to do, but the image being full of action, or texture, and detail, from the background to the main subject; ideally in different layers that require time to explore.

The challenge is open from now until January 23rd.

The fine print:

Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

1. Post ONE photo (max 1024x1024).
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to select and be the judge for the next week's challenge.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax/Ricoh (DSLR) camera can be used as well as P/S cameras.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-14-2019, 06:39 PM  
Weekly Challenge POTW #532 - Covering period 7 January - 20 January 2019.
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 9
Views: 426
Here are a few shots from a hike in sunny but very cold weather (white mountains in nh). My kit was k3ii + da 40, da 21, and 55-300plm

My favorite part was when these two birds kept following us around the mountain top (uncropped, they were that close...)

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-14-2019, 06:34 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners challenge #445- equus
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Thank you for choosing my photo. This was the first and only time I have shot horse racing, and it was lots of fun. Congrats to all others, lovely images.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-13-2019, 08:50 PM  
Thematic Trees
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 3,203
Views: 169,850

(k3ii and da 40)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-13-2019, 08:47 PM  
Thematic Post Your Portrait-Orientation Landscapes!
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 236
Views: 10,985

(with 55-300 plm at 63mm)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-13-2019, 07:27 PM  
What Autofocus settings should be used with back-button focusing?
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 11
Views: 695
Af-a is supposed to switch to af-c if it can't acquire focus in af-s for some time... by the time the camera figures it out, the moment is probably gone, so I never use af-a.

I have my camera configured for back button focus, and switch between af-c and af-s depending on the situation. This comes with personal preference/ experience, but as a general guideline: Af-s is a hair more accurate, but only if both you and the subject are steady, otherwise afc is my pick.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 01-13-2019, 07:12 PM  
Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited samples
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 299
Views: 74,437
Friendly fellows out for a hike (added vignette in pp)

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2019, 05:06 PM  
Pentax not for shooting kids
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 30
Views: 1,617
I'm always amused to see kids as a distinct benchmark for af performance. I guess it's more because many more photographers will want photos of their kids, than shoot more organized sports or wildlife, and skill level is across a broader spectrum. But it does create this idea that kids are somehow the fastest most random subject you could choose :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-09-2019, 05:22 PM  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 1,248
Views: 55,229
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-09-2019, 05:15 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 16,952
Views: 1,141,338

(k3ii, da 16-85)
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-07-2019, 05:36 PM  
Picture of the Week POTW #531- covering 31 December 2018-13 January 2019
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 7
Views: 446
Not many photos to show this week either, mostly I shot on film. These are from a hike (k3ii, 16-85)

Flat gray sky the entire day ...

... that ended with a beautiful and dramatic sunset that lit all the snow, too bad I couldn't find a decent subject and composition

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-05-2019, 08:32 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #445- EQUUS
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 21
Views: 884

at Suffolk Downs in Boston.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-04-2019, 11:17 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge 444: Winners
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 8
Views: 419
This was a fun challenge, congrats to the winners and thanks for the hm!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-02-2019, 08:55 PM  
Picture of the Week POTW #530 - Period 24 December 2018-6 January 2019 - NEW YEAR EDITION
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 14
Views: 518
Most of my photos have been on film this past week, so nothing to show yet. But I thought I'd post one of the few digital ones I got. This is my cat in a cat tunnel :) K10D with onboard flash and DA 15

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2019, 08:23 PM  
Other Challenge January 2019 Film Shooters Challenge
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 16
Views: 472
I'm in, starting with three rolls of fuji superia 400 which will probably last me the whole challenge. Currently using a zx-l camera with fa 35/2.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-30-2018, 10:28 AM  
SMC DA 12-24mm and filters
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 22
Views: 677
I have the regular Cokin resin filters for Cokin P. Even with "just" 3-4 stops (for example, one nd and one graduated), I sometimes have to watch for light leaks, and they're less obvious than what you posted.

The first photo you showed is typical: sun just out of the frame, some stray light enters at an angle above the filter. Instead of buying more filters, you could try to seal the space between the lens and the filter. It's simpler to use a single system than to manage step down rings between different lenses in addition to the square filter adapter.
Here's a tutorial that covers multiple aspects of light leaks, including square filters Long Exposure Tutorial: Eliminating Light Leaks | Mabry Campbell Photo Blog

(btw, I like my screw in 10 stop haida, I got it in 49mm for da limited and it was affordable)
Forum: General Photography 12-29-2018, 06:26 PM  
What is your "Lens of the Year 2018"
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 32
Views: 1,401
For me lens #1 this year is the DA 55-300 PLM.I've used it for sports, landscapes, wildlife, closeups, and theater, in weather from well below the rated -10c to pouring rain. Every time I packed my bag with my digital camera, the first question was "can I really afford to leave it at home."
I'm posting three images to show the variety, though I was tempted to add many more :)

Lens #2 is harder, but I think it goes to the fa 43, my new default concert lens together with the da 70, but I've also used the fa on film for street photos and more (last two photos).

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-29-2018, 11:28 AM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 1,700
Views: 133,331
Small bridge over a creek

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-28-2018, 06:40 AM  
K3 Not Focusing Sometimes
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 10
Views: 492
How far off is it focusing from what you expect? Because the k3ii has higher resolution, you'll be able to see minor misses more clearly than on your previous k5. That can be within the normal tolerance, the way to get it spot on is to focus in live view with magnification.
Is there anything else in the frame that's in focus? It can be that the af point focuses on something else than what you expect it, the area covered is slightly more than the red dot you see in the viewfinder.

If it only happens for the optical viewfinder, try using an air blower (manual, not canned air!) around the sensor, maybe there's some dust. Also test that this is an issue with subjects farther away, I'm assuming you're doing some sort of closeup with the lens pointed down.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-24-2018, 06:22 PM  
Weekly Challenge Work
Posted By aaacb
Replies: 14
Views: 830
Work or study, I presume. This is a b/w take on an older very noisy photo, the place was dim.
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