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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-01-2009, 09:30 PM  
And a K20D rumor/info from Israel ...
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 34
Views: 7,785
Also, if they were discontinuing the K20D, wouldn't that imply that the new camera is of the same product line, thus not the large step up many have been waiting for? If this is actually the case, I would think that it would be more of a K10D to K20D step rather than a K20D-K3D (high end camera) step.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-28-2009, 11:52 AM  
The Air Force Museum
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 20
Views: 3,552
#5 and #7 are my favorite. I like the mixed color tones in 5, and composition is quite nice. In #7, the red cast and angle gives a real "In the middle of flight" feel.

#2 could work but I think the glider behind the DC3 is distracting. I feel there is no clear subject. Otherwise I would like it a lot
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-21-2009, 03:22 PM  
Nikon lens on Pentax?
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 20
Views: 36,500
Anything of an electronic lens, be it the Nikon equiv of A- or autofocus, would absolutely not work. This will only work for pure manual lenses. Interesting that it works at all, I would not think the aperture lever would be in the same place.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-11-2009, 07:55 PM  
The Past Is No Longer The Present
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 1
Views: 2,157
Hey all,

Every marking period in my photo class we do a "personal exploration" Mine for the year is Self-Portraits: Struggle of a Student

This is what I came up for the assignment. It is supposed to represent the difficulty of leaving my past behind to move onto the next stage of my life (aka college)



Strobist:
One SB25 fired into silver umbrella camera left. Sunpak 344D fired straight camera right for rim
Background composited in

What do you think? Any suggestions/comments welcome!

Here is another I did for the hell of it. I just liked the way it looked.



Same setup as above

Thanks!
Forum: General Talk 01-06-2009, 05:07 PM  
Probably the longest exposure ever
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 18
Views: 3,302
Pinholes typically aren't

The following was taken with a very well constructed home-made pinhole that was professionally drilled and took 4x5 film holders (I used 4x5 photographic paper as an exposure medium) that belonged to my photo II teacher.



You can see that even with a pretty nicely made pinhole camera, the detail isn't near the level of anything we get with SLRs.
Forum: Photo Critique 12-29-2008, 11:36 PM  
What Happened Here / What Did I Do?
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 9
Views: 2,158
Wouldnt such wind result in blurring in the trees in bottom right corner? They seem pretty sharp considering how close they are relative to the infinity focus point
Forum: General Talk 12-26-2008, 08:50 AM  
So, what did Santa bring you?
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 78
Views: 7,753
Thanks!

It sounds like everyone had a rockin' Christmas, Hanukkah or whathaveyou!
Forum: General Talk 12-25-2008, 08:27 PM  
So, what did Santa bring you?
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 78
Views: 7,753
I got this


But more importantly, I also got admission to this:


Cheers!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-23-2008, 09:08 PM  
Post your best protrait 2008
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 53
Views: 4,740


I had 1 or 2 diff contenders, but I like this a lot
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-14-2008, 08:50 PM  
I Miss Those Days...
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 25
Views: 1,868
Awesome shot! One of my favourites in a long time. Not overly done, just enough to evoke strong emotion. Great.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-04-2008, 09:12 PM  
Weekly Challenge #80 - "Lonely"
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 35
Views: 6,244
My Entry



Cheers
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-24-2008, 06:36 PM  
2 From a Protest
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 5
Views: 1,445
Thanks for all the kind words!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-23-2008, 09:20 PM  
Storm Across the Water 2
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 19
Views: 1,439
Love the mix of color temperatures. That provides with an oddly Crewson feel even though the subject matter is not at all what he shoots.

Great shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-23-2008, 08:59 PM  
2 From a Protest
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 5
Views: 1,445
Hey All,

Been a while since I posted, just busy, still shooting!

Here are 2 portraits I took while at a Prop 8 protest in NYC. I am starting to develop a bit of a style which im digging. Any C&C is welcome.

Cheers!!


Shot with the DA18-55, Natural Light


Tamron 70-300 Natural Light
Forum: General Talk 11-22-2008, 08:09 PM  
Larry King UFO Cover-Up
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 72
Views: 7,324
I absolutely believe in life on other planets. Whether or not it is anything that we could recognize, comprehend, or categorize is a completely different story.

With that in mind, I do not believe in UFOs. The sheer amount of energy required for even relatively small distance space travel (a few light years) is staggering, not to mention inter-galaxy travel. Unless if these creatures were able to utilize rips in space-time, or possibly exist in a higher dimension, then I think it would be near impossible to ever detect them, not to mention have them visit.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-20-2008, 05:05 PM  
Portraits from todays day at school.
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 6
Views: 1,665
Wow that kid's eye is amazing. Love the third, the blueness of his eye just pops right out. I would just clone out his whiskers on his lip.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2008, 10:46 PM  
wanna buy a lens, shud i wait?
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 2
Views: 1,999
With the FA50 being discontinued, I don't see any Pentax based discounts coming out. Shop around and you can get a good deal, I got mine for like 140-150
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2008, 03:06 PM  
Heli-Rappelers
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 6
Views: 1,161
Just one suggestion, slower shutter speed next time. I know it'll be hard to get the guy as he is moving, but having the rotors really frozen like that looks very unrealistic.

Awesome pics though!
Forum: Photo Critique 09-06-2008, 08:38 PM  
better dynamic range (?) needed
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 12
Views: 1,718
To each his own, I find it to be a bit busy compositionally, but its a matter of opinion.

The problem with dynamic range is that the human eye can see a rather wide range of "brightnesses" and still retain detail. I believe humans can see something like a 15 stop range? (Don't quote me on that, i'm flying from memory). So that means that even if, tonally, there is a wide range between the brightest thing in our eye's frame and the darkest thing, we still retain detail in both the darkest and brightest areas.

A digital sensor, however, has a much more limited dynamic range (on the order of 7-7.5 stops). That means that if you expose, say one flower in shadow, to be 18% grey and have another flower in sunlight which meters at 8 stops higher, the flower in sunlight will be blown out and contain no detail if you expose for the flower in shadow. The human eye, however, can see detail in the flower in sunlight because it has a wider dynamic range.

So in terms of your shot, the longer flower is very close to blowing out, but the darkest parts of the frame are pure black with no detail. The human eye probably could see detail in both these parts, but because the camera has a smaller dynamic range, it cannot retain detail in both because the difference in exposure between the two areas is too great. This is why on sunny days if you expose for the grass or something in the trees, the sky is all white or if you expose for the sky, the trees are all black.

Because of this limited dynamic range (film has a larger dynamic range, but still less so than the human eye I believe) techniques like graduated ND filters and HDR photography were born. Graduated ND filters change the exposure of a specific part of the frame to allow a single exposure to retain detail. HDR photography requires several frames of the same exact image at different exposure and attempts to take the detail from each frame accordingly.

Hope this helps somewhat
Cheers!
Forum: Photo Critique 09-06-2008, 04:22 PM  
better dynamic range (?) needed
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 12
Views: 1,718
Well one thing, compositionally, it is not very strong. You are trying to do a diagonal line composition here, but the many infocus stems and bokeh-ed foreground elements, and general "clutter" of the frame confuses the eye. Also, the most in focus and most prominent subject is in the far right of the frame and the flowers of that subject are over-exposed. I think good composition is the first step to making photos "pop."

You are correct, however, in saying that this shot has a very wide spectrum for DR. A spectrum I don't think the camera was able to handle.

My 2 cents, Cheers!
Forum: Photo Critique 09-04-2008, 07:52 PM  
2 for Critique if you don't mind
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 4
Views: 1,564
Thanks! I submitted it to the PPG so we'll see!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-02-2008, 11:12 AM  
Weekly Challenge #69 Backlight
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 30
Views: 4,912


Cheers!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2008, 08:32 AM  
Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 195
Views: 31,652
Didn't mean to go out. I was just reacting to people who eagerly think they can jump the ship and get ahead somehow. Just offering some advice. Now that B&H has it, by all means, I think its arrived.

Cheers
Forum: Photo Critique 09-01-2008, 07:27 PM  
2 for Critique if you don't mind
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 4
Views: 1,564
Hey all,

I try not to post multiple photos in one critique, but I would appreciate feedback on these two. Thanks in advance


Natural Light


1 SB25 shot through white umbrella camera left, gelled with 1/8 CTO I believe

Cheers!

Edit: Changed the img tags, can people see both now?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2008, 05:59 PM  
Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Posted By AKiss20
Replies: 195
Views: 31,652
People, Tamron is not going to release a Pentax copy to a random French photo store and no one else. When it is actually ready, all major photo outlets will have it. Until places like B&H and Adorama have it, no one does. You really think Tamron will send the first copies to anyone besides these major photo super-powers?
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