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Forum: Lens Clubs 04-13-2012, 05:06 PM  
D-FA WR Club
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-13-2012, 04:55 PM  
Nature Carpenter Bee
Posted By rsoph
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Sitting on back patio swatting them with a tennis racket (they are literally eating me out of house and home) and noticed how sometimes if I sat really still they would hover in front of me. Instead of smacking him I went inside, got my camera and after a about 30 minutes of failed shots managed to capture one that hovered just long enough for me to compose a decent shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-13-2012, 04:46 PM  
Nature Carpenter Bee
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 13
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Carpenter Bee
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-24-2012, 01:29 PM  
Last Call
Posted By rsoph
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Last Call
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-24-2012, 11:37 AM  
Caption Contest New Contest! Caption This Photo! February 24, 2012
Posted By rsoph
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Yes mam, toothpaste is on aisle 7 and milk is on aisle 326.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-13-2012, 01:14 PM  
Mallards in Flight
Posted By rsoph
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Mallards in Flight
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-11-2012, 08:16 PM  
D-FA WR Club
Posted By rsoph
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Another example
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-21-2012, 02:59 PM  
Shoal Creek Falls
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Technically not a river (yet)...
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-20-2011, 01:24 PM  
K-5 AF questions...
Posted By rsoph
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I recently modified my setting to take AF off the shutter button. I have to say it took a little time to get used to it but I do like it better. You simply hit the AF button on the back to set the focus, then you are free to compose your shot and press the shutter button, Just have to remember to refocus (AF button again or manual adjustments). I use spot focus a lot and find the composition of my photos has improved greatly now that I no longer must center my subject, half press shutter and recompose.. Once I got used to it, I found it much faster to use the AF button on the rear only as needed and avoid constant recentering and recomposing. You can also use continuous focus in these cases where if you interested in the focus being on one performer, you can set continuous focus and the camera should refocus as that subject moves.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-18-2011, 12:46 PM  
Water tower at Sunset
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Water tower at Sunset
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-17-2011, 07:25 PM  
Manual Focus why doesn't AF button work
Posted By rsoph
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I am aware of the options to take the AF off the shutter button and that is what I do but it requires menu use and equally important, remembering to put it back,

What I was wondering, more than anything else, is why not allow the AF button to work when manually focusing, similar to the green button with manual exposures. I guess the screw drive disengagement is one possible explanation assuming this is a mechanical and not an electrical connection. I would find it useful when fine tuning my focus for wildlife and suddenly the subject moves or you find a better subject. Reaim, hit the AF button and start tuning... Just wondering aloud...
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-17-2011, 05:00 PM  
Manual Focus why doesn't AF button work
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 6
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OK, I know it sounds like a dumb question, but why not? I know I told it I want to manual focus but I don't see it any different than hitting green button in Manual mode. Buttons not doing anything else, so why not help me out when I ask it to?
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-17-2011, 04:48 PM  
What do you use USER mode for?
Posted By rsoph
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I have 3 modes:

1) Sports - continuous drive, shutter priority over focus for fast action, instant review off, JPEG instead of RAW, High ISO NR ON for indoor sports, (too many shots to do this post processing).
2) HDR Capture - HDR on, JPEG (required), Shake reduction off, 2 second delay drive
3) Wildlife - Lower auto ISO (80-800), Slow ISO, NR Off, Program MTR mode

In general I find them useful, but I always get confused when switching out of User mode. Not sure what settings the camera keeps, that bothers me and I find myself double checking everything after using a USER mode. I guess I could setup a new USER mode and always switch to it before coming out of USER. Hmmmm...
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-17-2011, 12:26 PM  
Some K5 Italy Shots
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 23
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I agree, the 18-135 is on my camera most of the time too! The combination of versatility and durability cannot be beat.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-15-2011, 02:38 PM  
K-5 setting for sports
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 14
Views: 6,314
I **think** they meant "held" instead of pressed. Easy enough to test. Point camera at subject and move around the room, it doesn't work for me with a press but does continually focus if held. However, the refocusing may slow the shutter while holding shutter button. I think the better approach is to set AFC.setting to shutter priority and bump up your depth of field to capture any movement during action shots. That's what works for me anyway.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-15-2011, 11:46 AM  
K-5 setting for sports
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 14
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I shoot football as my son's team photographer using K5 and DA 55-300.. I found the following to be important:

1) Spot focus
2) Continuous shooting but check the AFC.Setting (Custom page 3) and make sure it is on FPS-priority or your focus will hunt in fast action.
3) Monopod
4) Polarizing filter for low sun shots
5) Shutter priority of 500 (ISO is not an issue for me with all day games) or even Program Mode with fast action program line works well.

I set all of this in a USER mode called sports and it makes it easy.
I use JPEG take hundreds of photos and throw 2/3rds away.
Fast action sports take a lot of anticipation and it helps to know the team.
Fortunately there is a lot of repetition so you get more than one chance to get the shot.
Side benefit, you get sideline passes to all the games.

Recently started with indoor basketball and that's a whole new ballgame. Don't really have that technique down yet, trying to justify a faster zoom.

Good luck!
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-14-2011, 07:34 AM  
HDR Modes, explanation please
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 13
Views: 6,940
Its not clear what mode the initial images are shot in (RAW vs JPEG), the Adorama article touches on that. Do any of the out of camera programs allow you to save the HDR result as RAW? Seems to me that wouldn't be possible in the purest sense of the term.

Now that I think about it, it is really unnecessary for the camera to pick a file format for the intermediate images. They are never files. All it really needs is the memory image of the sensor from each exposure and it would use its own proprietary algorithm to manipulate the bits into the final result..
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-13-2011, 05:48 PM  
HDR Modes, explanation please
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 13
Views: 6,940
The article you site on Adorama includes a comment with a reference to the patent covering the process. I am afraid both my lawyer speak as well as my technical understanding of the processing of digital imagery prevent me from understanding what it says, it does appear to give someone the opportunity to translate it for the masses (please)!

United States Patent Application: 0080252768
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-13-2011, 04:04 PM  
HDR Modes, explanation please
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 13
Views: 6,940
The Manual suggests that HDR always uses -3, 0, +3 as the exposures from which it works, but perhaps I am just reading that wrong.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-13-2011, 04:03 PM  
HDR Modes, explanation please
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 13
Views: 6,940
I have been trying just that, but unfortunately the one I like varies from shot to shot and I guess I was hoping someone could explain what the camera does in each scenario so I might venture off the Auto mode and perhaps predict which mode might be best in a given situation. Perhaps we can start with someone explaining or even hypothesizing on why they name the modes "strong 1 - 3". What makes an HDR image more or less "strong"?
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-13-2011, 02:20 PM  
HDR Modes, explanation please
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 13
Views: 6,940
I have been experimenting with the HDR feature on the K5 with some respectable results. The K5 HDR feature has 5 modes (Auto, Standard, Strong 1 - 3). Does anyone know what the different modes do? When I venture outside auto mode, I don't really know what to expect and my experiments have been rather inconclusive. Can someone explain what the manual doesn't?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-26-2011, 07:44 PM  
Holiday Treats
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 0
Views: 456


Holiday Treats!
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-18-2011, 10:01 AM  
Difference between -> P and P Line
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 8
Views: 2,448
Well that is a good explanation of what it does, but it does not answer the original question. All of the e-dial menu options are for "program mode" its just that some of them label the green button "-> P" (return to program mode which you never left) and others choose to label it "P Line" return to the preselected program line. In my opinion, "P Line" is the more appropriate label since in any case (best I can tell) when in program mode, the green button returns you to your preselected program mode. At least that is what I am going with for now.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-11-2011, 02:00 PM  
Difference between -> P and P Line
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 8
Views: 2,448
No, no choice for P Line. I believe P Line stands for Program Line meaning it will revert back to what you selected as your program line (eg MTF, Sports, DOF near/far, etc...). Just don't know what "->P" means, behaves the same way as P Line best I can tell but then why not call it P Line?
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-11-2011, 01:28 PM  
Difference between -> P and P Line
Posted By rsoph
Replies: 8
Views: 2,448
Messing around with my E-Dial programming options and was wondering if anyone knew what the difference is between -> P and P Line for the Green button. For example in Program Mode you have the option of specifying "-> P" or "P Line" for green button, depending on what settings you are using for your dials. I don't really understand the distinction.
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