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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-16-2015, 09:00 AM  
The business of Adobe cloud subscriptions
Posted By bdery
Replies: 85
Views: 5,845
If people are happy, they are not asking you to drive your innovation faster.



So, plain and simple : they went to CC so they can get more money out of their customer's pockets. Not because they offer more value.

That's a good way to antagonize your customers (which they did). And it forces you to add perceived value to the more expensive option. so your new "innovations" must only be offered to CC clients.

This then drives (in this case) third-party plug-ins makers to offer products duplicating your "innovations" so they also work on non-CC versions. So your antagonized customer's money is going to someone else, not your own business.

Way to go.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-14-2015, 02:07 PM  
my 645Z is off to Japan and I'm not with it
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 23
Views: 3,974
6 weeks without camera is definitely not going make pro happy, if they are targeting this camera to pro.....:(
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-27-2015, 08:50 PM  
Make your SEASCAPES more dynamic...
Posted By mikeSF
Replies: 60
Views: 8,449
just bumping the thread to add another example of receding water as it cascades from the edge of a rock. As you observe your scene for interesting elements, look for any areas where these mini waterfalls may occur, then wait for a big wave to deliver plenty of water for the runoff.

Four Mile Beach

I originally composed this shot much tighter to place the cascade in the immediate foreground, but later liked the look of the wider test shot that included a rolling swell breaking down front.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-14-2015, 07:52 AM  
Make your SEASCAPES more dynamic...
Posted By mikeSF
Replies: 60
Views: 8,449
A recent thread was discussing the white water in ocean shots, specifically when shooting longer exposures to blur the moving water.

There are a few more tricks that we seascape photographers use to emphasize the flow of moving water. Perhaps most important is to shoot the RECEDING water instead of the incoming wave:

As the wave rolls in, the water level is high and forceful. It is not going to get out of the way of those rocks; instead, it passes right over them on a straight path. Your photo of the wave thus appears indistinct. However, after the crash, the water level immediately drops and the white water and foam high up on the beach must now roll back down, following the path of least resistance. THIS is the moment you should be watching for all those little turbulent areas causing streaks and swirls, cascades, and intersecting streams traversing the sand.

To achieve this effect, I use a cable release and MIRROR UP mode. I raise the mirror as the wave is crashing and then release the shutter once the water starts to recede. I make sure my exposure is short enough to finish before the next wave appears in order to isolate only a single wave. When shooting wide angle, this can yield a dynamic foreground effect.

Here are some examples(all are clickable for larger image, EXIF, location, and story):

Beyond The Gate

Martin's Rock (Explore #386)

Four Mile Beach

Pirates in Marin

and lastly, an oldie:
Sharkfin Beach

In my own experience, getting right down in the water, and often getting drenched, helps to put the viewer into the action.

From a compositional standpoint, sometimes this water action can spice up an otherwise dull beach foreground - it can even become the main foreground interest or define a leading line as in this example:

Martin's Beach

Hope that helps!

Mike

PS - no cameras were harmed in the making of these photos...but I tried.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-05-2015, 07:58 AM  
Which 50 to keep? Da vs F 1.7
Posted By dakight
Replies: 30
Views: 2,888
Shopgoodwill.com.. I wish you hadn't told me about that... my wife wishes you hadn't told me about that. *sigh*
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-05-2015, 07:20 AM  
Which 50 to keep? Da vs F 1.7
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 30
Views: 2,888
Well then, you beat me to it! I have been planning on a formal test of my DA 50/1.8 vs. the M 50/1.7 including some with film, but have been too lazy.


Steve
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-05-2015, 07:17 AM  
LensRentals: Lens Design & a bit of History
Posted By interested_observer
Replies: 0
Views: 914
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-04-2015, 06:03 PM  
Which 50 to keep? Da vs F 1.7
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 30
Views: 2,888
The designs are similar, though not the quite the same. As carpents noted, the two lenses have different image characteristics.


Steve
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-05-2015, 05:36 AM  
Which 50 to keep? Da vs F 1.7
Posted By boriscleto
Replies: 30
Views: 2,888
Only 3? I'm up to 22...in 5 different lens mounts...
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-04-2015, 09:47 AM  
Advantages of FF
Posted By Winder
Replies: 182
Views: 10,522
Then use your 15mm as a portrait lens and just get close enough to keep the framing the same and see what happens. A 55mm lens can never render like an 85mm lens any more than a15mm lens can render like an 85mm. Different focal lengths render scenes differently. There more to lens selection than FoV.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2015, 07:15 AM  
HD DA 40mm Limited -- Thoughts on my review?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 21
Views: 2,272
My experience tells me the 43 is a cranky Princess. When she is good, she is very, very good - but . . . . . and it's all on me to make her smile.

The 40 OTOH is always what it can be - but that's not quite the 43 when she is good . . . . . .
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-03-2015, 01:07 PM  
New York State Museum
Posted By Dashuai322
Replies: 0
Views: 372
It was just a spot that on my road trip to Boston, but this grave, beautiful architecture complex drive me to stop for a couple hours. I was so excited to get this photo, since I finally can try my new b+w nd filter on. It didn't disappoint me.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-02-2015, 07:01 PM  
Mill; Winslow, Maine
Posted By Sagitta
Replies: 8
Views: 722
I'm going to submit an oldie of mine. I braved stomping through spider webs and hobo camps to get this one a few years back. :)

Mill; Winslow, Maine by Jody Roberts, on Flickr
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-06-2015, 05:32 PM  
The Ghost-Train
Posted By FHotografix
Replies: 19
Views: 1,434
At the end of the station platform I was presented this mesmerizing view.
No tripod, only myself on my knees to get as close as possible to the ground without losing my balance with the train leaving the station.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-16-2015, 06:23 AM  
existence
Posted By alexcoitus
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Existence by alex mertzanis, on Flickr
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-15-2015, 07:26 AM  
Mirroring Jets
Posted By Moe49
Replies: 4
Views: 510


Salinas Airshow 2012
Pentax K-7
Pentax FA* 80-200/2.8
Picasa Post Processing
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-27-2015, 10:13 AM  
Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, Paris
Posted By Joris
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Grande Galerie de l'Évolution, Paris.

PS: decided to give some more info here, because the location deserves it. This museum is housed in a beautiful hall from the 1600s which was renovated, and modernised in a way I really loved. Google it, it's amazing. The shot was mirrored in a glass plate of a display.

K50 with DAL18-55wr. I wish I had brought a small tripod or spent some more time on the shot. But there were thousands of more great shots there, and also my family to spend time with :)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-27-2015, 09:17 PM  
Drama Across the Lake
Posted By BigBangPhotography
Replies: 6
Views: 698
I got to the shoot just before sunset. By the time I found my frame and set up, the sun had already gone down but the scene only got more vibrant and dramatic. I thought I'd make use of that and create a more dramatic image. So I chucked on my ND filters, cranked up the shutter speed to 20 seconds and away I went.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2015, 04:37 AM  
HD DA 40mm Limited -- Thoughts on my review?
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 21
Views: 2,272
I too, sold my 40 after acquiring the 43, and I haven't regretted the decision. I used the money to partially fund the 50/1.2, and I couldn't be happier. :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-31-2015, 01:14 AM  
Landscape Northern Lights
Posted By Nitrogliserin
Replies: 14
Views: 996
These are the Northern Lights photographs that I took in my recent trip to Northern Norway. This is the third year in a row that I'm watching Northern Lights. Last year I was using K-30 and I can tell that K3 makes a huge difference in terms of Northern Lights photography. You can play with more higher ISO with less noise!










You can read my travel notes from here;
Northern Norway: In Search of the Northern Lights - Yigit Yuksel | Photographer, Graphic & Web Designer, Traveler, Northern Lights Addict, Petrolhead

More photos of Northern Lights;
Northern Lights - Yigit Yuksel | Photographer, Graphic & Web Designer, Traveler, Northern Lights Addict, Petrolhead
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-11-2015, 10:32 AM  
Pennzoil Towers Reflections
Posted By meddoc101
Replies: 18
Views: 1,115
[IMG]Pennzoil-Towers-Reflections by michaelkchenry, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-01-2015, 05:56 PM  
Macro Evarcha proszynskii
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Evarcha proszynskii by hpstoogie, on Flickr

Evarcha proszynskii by hpstoogie, on Flickr

This is, without a doubt, my favourite species of jumping spider I've ever found. They're fairly subdued looking, with the exception of their brilliant green eyes. This little guy was only about 5mm long.


I'm still getting to know the 100mm WR, I love the extra working distance over the 50mm, but the lack of an aperture ring on it is making me wish for a set of extension tubes with contacts.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2015, 07:37 PM  
HD DA 40mm Limited -- Thoughts on my review?
Posted By mtngal
Replies: 21
Views: 2,272
I've never done direct comparisons between the 43 and 40 - I hate doing them and usually end up doing something wrong and with inconclusive results. However, I find that they are quite different with different strengths and weaknesses. And I can see why someone would prefer one over the other, depending on their taste and needs. I tend to prefer the 43's rendering, but decided not to sell the 40 HD. I may send it in with my camera because I think I have a focus problem I can't solve with fine-tuning the focus, but maybe not. The 40 is capable of close focusing while the 43 is not. The 40 goes to infinity closer than the 43 because of that. The 40 is so small and light, it's easy to stick in a pack, where the 43 could be left at home because it is larger and heavier. I'm spending what time I have right now shooting with the 40 HD, to try to decide if my copy has an issue with my camera, my shooting technique needs work or if it's that I just prefer the 43. I haven't really become "friends" with the 40, while I understood/felt at home with the 43 right off. But I'm still not interested in selling it, and I'm not so sure one is actually better than the other.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2015, 05:16 PM  
HD DA 40mm Limited -- Thoughts on my review?
Posted By noelpolar
Replies: 21
Views: 2,272
I think that analogy is a good one......I sold my HD DA 40 after using my 43 for a while.....more a heart decision then a head one.....and when I think about it, it was that I "enjoyed" using the 43 more (as a hobbiest)....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2015, 03:46 PM  
HD DA 40mm Limited -- Thoughts on my review?
Posted By AldaCZ
Replies: 21
Views: 2,272
War of pancakes :)
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