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Forum: Visitors' Center 11-12-2017, 03:05 PM  
.PEF to .RAW
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 9
Views: 450
In this case there does seem to be a reason. Didn't the K-X record old-style uncompressed DNG which made for way larger files than PEFs? That would be enough to say it'd be better to either use an updated Adobe product that reads old PEFs or switch to 3rd-party software (or Pentax's own) which is guaranteed to read such an old version of PEF files. On top of pure size issues the K-X DNGs were slow to save to the SD-Card, if my memory serves me well.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-11-2017, 01:38 AM  
What GPS software to use with a k3 II
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 363
Basically you do not need to download anything as the GPS location info will be embedded in the exif data of your image files. Some online services may automatically use that info to display on a map where the shot was taken, Flickr will do exactly that provided you click a button to allow the mapinfo to be shown.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-04-2017, 07:41 AM  
Misc Just a few shot today with my old Tammy 90mm/f2.8
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1
Views: 123
Nothing to connect these two other than that I shot both in the forest while walking the subject of shot #2. Maybe on the leaf shot I can add that I added a layer in Gimp with GMIC's freaky details filter, then masked out the background.

DMG03438-Heilooerbos-ISO200_v1-2017-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

DMG03442-Heilooerbos-ISO400_v1-2017-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-30-2017, 02:02 PM  
experiences traveling on airlines with cameras
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 27
Views: 693
Doesn't sound so "horror-story" to me. If they ask you to do so, how much trouble is that? Two minutes more?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2017, 09:29 AM  
Landscape Soesterduinen (Soest dunes)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 5
Views: 215
The Soesterduinen: sand flats in the Soester natural dunes create an inviting, slightly hilly area that is very popular for walking and cycling. The dunes were formed during the last ice age. It is the largest and last open sand drift on the Utrecht Ridge. Places where sand can still spurt are quite rare in the Netherlands. This makes the Soesterduinen a valuable geological area.

The largest sand dune area in the Utrecht province in an experience in itself. The long and the short dunes offer plenty of opportunity for a beautiful hike, relaxed picnic, kiting or romping with the dog. The long and short dunes belong to the last area of the Netherlands were actively shifting sands moves over a large surface. In 1997, the long and the short dunes were declared to be a geological monument by Utrecht province.

Soesterduinen by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Soesterduinen by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Soesterduinen by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Soesterduinen by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Soesterduinen by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-26-2017, 04:01 AM  
Darktable 2.0.7 under Linux Mint 18.2... a great Lightroom alternative
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 28
Views: 1,082
Index of /files/

[EDIT] Or of course DT's homepage: https://www.darktable.org/
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-26-2017, 01:29 AM  
Darktable 2.0.7 under Linux Mint 18.2... a great Lightroom alternative
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 28
Views: 1,082
I've abandoned Windows many, many years ago (late nineties) and have watched Linux progress both as an OS as well as an excellent ecosystem for very capable software, software which often outstripped the capabilities of commercial offerings on OSX or WinX.

Many years ago I built and released the "PCLinuxOS Digital Photography Edition" (or DPE for short) - a remastered PCLOS installable LiveCD - which brought together a stable OS suitable for both beginners as well as advanced users and all of the photography tools, scripts and profiles available from any number of sources. I even got permission from the original author of RawTherapee himself to include it on the CD even though he had not yet decided to open-source this awesome piece of software at that time.

A lot has happened since and generic and advanced photography tools have come to mainstream Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Mint and Arch. The distros themselves have become smoother to install and easy to maintain, accessible to anyone willing to make the mindswitch from Windows. I now see a wonderful development with many of the Linux-only software packages making an appearance as true cross-system capable packages, available to Apple and/or Windows users. Eventually this will benefit everyone even though I am still seeing the benefit of running Linux - software such as Gimp, Rawtherapee, Digikam, Darktable etc. just runs smoother, faster and glitch-free on Linux.

Given time, even that last distinction will disappear and people will benefit from access to open-source digital photography apps on any platform - just perfect!

As to the history of the PclinuxOS DPE, have a read here: PCLinuxOS Magazine - HTML
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-22-2017, 01:09 AM  
Pets Got lucky with the puppy!
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Noam at f1.2 by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Our Old English Sheepdog pup Noam (Brwyn's Kiss Me Quick) is a lovely huggable bundle of joy. Problem is that he almost never sits still anywhere.

So out of so many tries with the Revuenon 55mm/f1.2 manual focus lens, I got it right one single time and I love the way Noam stands out from the background.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-13-2017, 01:07 AM  
hello from israel
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Welcome avm3 from a half-Dutch, half-Israeli forummember (and, like you, K-70 shooter). Enjoy the forum and all it brings.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-07-2017, 03:06 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge 401 - Reflections with water - running 29th Sep through 6th Oct 2017
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 32
Views: 2,128
(yes I know the challenge is over but I love reflections so much...)

1. Recently shot in Marlow, UK - a 5x3 vertical pano-tonemap
Marlow pano by Mike Bing, on Flickr

2. In the municipal park of my hometown in NL
Evening skies in the park by Mike Bing, on Flickr

3. A bit more abstract: a leaf floating in the canal next to my house
Autumn colours by Mike Bing, on Flickr

4. Morning clouds reflected in a puddle on a Budapest bridge
Sunrise over Budapest by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-05-2017, 05:30 AM  
Just a few initial thoughts
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 8
Views: 1,412
Honestly I cannot assess whether a $200 price difference is a dealbreaker for you but I'd skip the K-5 IIs now and go straight for the K-70
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-02-2017, 03:43 AM  
I need to know how to use the camera
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 16
Views: 649
1. Fill the camera with water
2. Put the SD card of choice in the slot (expresso, ristretto, decaf etc.)
3. Switch on the camera and wait for the firmware update confirmation to show on the LCD screen
4. Insert straw into microphone jack
5. Enjoy!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-26-2017, 02:01 PM  
Cityscape Marlow, UK - night and day
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 176
First, a night shot across the Thames;
Marlow bridge & church by Mike Bing, on Flickr

And on an exceptionally beautiful afternoon, a panorama (4x3 hand-held exposures in portrait format) across from the same spot (click through to Flickr for more detail)
Marlow pano by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-24-2017, 06:15 AM  
Black & White Tranquility base
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Tranquility base by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-20-2017, 01:54 AM  
Travel El Golfo, Lanzarote
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 4
Views: 245
I remember El Golfo, beautiful spot indeed! I think we were there back in '04 or '05 - must have some pictures of it somewhere - shot with my Casio QV5700 which had a whopping 5 megapixels! Those were the days. We thoroughly enjoyed Lanzarote and all of the Cesar Manrique art. Kids were still small back then, those were the days.

Wonderful shot which does the place justice BTW!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-19-2017, 12:20 PM  
Will this lens fit? Tentative browsing.
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 15
Views: 736
If you were anywhere in Europe you could have mine for that price - the f2.8-4.5 version - somewhat older but also sharper than the newer one. And in excellent shape, I might add...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-19-2017, 10:14 AM  
Landscape Eye in the sky
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2
Views: 185
3 exposures, handheld. Aligned and tonemapped in LuminanceHDR, post-processed in Gimp + GMIC

Eye in the sky by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-15-2017, 12:40 PM  
FOTKI going out of business?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 9
Views: 2,755
I am truly sorry but I thought something just happened that made it worth making a few final notes on a promise I made in this thread 5 years ago. Fotki (even though I had removed my CC info years ago) have sent me a cute email saying my subscription would be renewed and they'd charge my CC US$24 this coming Wednesday. I have excellent memory still so I sent them a termination note linking to this very thread on PF.

To me this now closes the loop - I had actually stopped using them for anything other than small thumbnailed product-shots for stuff I wanted to sell on eBay and some screenshots I wanted to share on forums. As of the date they blocked access to my originals against their promise, I never uploaded anything of interest again. It may have cost me a one-off payment of $55 back in 2012 for what I thought was the real deal, but making Fotki hang on to diskspace without promoting their service or contributing in any other way was my way of showing them some sort of payback. Time is up now and this story ends here.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-10-2017, 07:46 AM  
Misc A walk around the Kijkduin fortress
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1
Views: 221
At this location the battle at Kijkduin was fought. It was a sea battle between a Dutch and a French-English fleet on August 11, 1673. The fortress near the town of Den Helder was built between 1811-1813 on the orders of Napoleon. Artisans from all over the province of North Holland and hundreds of Spanish prisoners of war worked on the fortress. It consists of a large fortification with the aim to defend the fortress, a guard house and the fortress guards house. T

In a vault, there are telegraph cabins used by the soldiers sent messages to the gun emplacement of Fortress Kijkduin and a large cast iron dome, built in 1897, which forms the centre of the fortress. From the domed are one can have a beautiful view across the dunes, the North Sea, the Island Texel and the largest sandbank of Europe ‘’de Razende Bol’’.

In some of these shots you will also see a unique lighthouse called "Lange Jaap" (or "tall Jack"), unique in that it is in its entirety made of cast iron. Prior to 1636 the dunes around where the fortress is already had wood and coal fire for the purpose of supervision of shipping. On October 29, 1822 the lighthouse at fortress Kijkduin was put into operation but its weight created cracks in the fortress so another location had to be found. On April 1, 1878 the current cast iron lighthouse ‘’de lange Jaap’’ was commissioned and the lighthouse at fortress Kijkduin was demolished.

I was extremely lucky that existing weather conditions, bright sunlight and clouds and lots of moisture in the air from a few showers throughout the day caused a beautiful rainbow to the North in the direction of the island of Texel. In some images it stood out more than others and I have spent some time in processing to bring it out a bit more. Due to the extreme dynamic range (really dark, almost black rainclouds and extremely bright sunlight in between) I used a lot of exposure brackets with HDR tonemapping in post to keep as much detail in shadows as well as highlights.

All shot on the K-70 with Sigma 8-16 and Pentax 16-85 lenses. Post-processing in LuminanceHDR, Gimp and Digikam.

Around Kijkduin fortress by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Around Kijkduin fortress by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Around Kijkduin fortress by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Around Kijkduin fortress by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Around Kijkduin fortress by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-23-2017, 09:28 AM  
Anyone interested in processing an HDR?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 10
Views: 754
Sorry Darren but there's not a lot I can do with these. The dynamic range is quite similar in all exposures and rather binary: either completely black or completely blown-out. Only the size of the corona varies from exposure to exposure. On top of that, there's quite a nasty bit of purple fringing going on (probably the Tamron 70-300 I have used in the past as well but unsure whether another lens at 300mm would have done better). You're better off just going with the middle exposure as-is.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-23-2017, 04:25 AM  
Anyone interested in processing an HDR?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 10
Views: 754
Sure, sounds like a nifty challenge to me! You could share the PEFs on Dropbox, send them out via weTransfer or get them hosted on PF's challenges site.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-22-2017, 01:50 PM  
Landscape Dusk at the beach and an exciting surprise
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 4
Views: 278
I had planned to p!ss around a bit with multiple exposure mode on the K-70 combined with long-ish exposures (a few seconds) without ND filter. To my surprise the coast guard was going through an exercise as I was walking down the beach - quite spectacular to watch as they backed this monster truck on threads up into the sea to launch the lifeboat and retrieve it a couple of times. Quite an evening!

1. A man and his dog
A man and his dog by Mike Bing, on Flickr

2. Egmond lighthouse
Egmond at dusk by Mike Bing, on Flickr

3. Ready to launch
Coast guard excercise at dusk by Mike Bing, on Flickr

4. Retrieval of the lifeboat
Coast guard excercise at dusk by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-19-2017, 02:44 PM  
Thematic The Macro Flower Club
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1,208
Views: 72,021
A bit of colour by Mike Bing, on Flickr

A bit of colour by Mike Bing, on Flickr

A bit of colour by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2017, 02:25 PM  
New camera
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 10
Views: 811
I seem to have misplaced my crystal ball - will answer as soon as I locate it...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-14-2017, 12:41 PM  
Landscape Beautiful skies tonight
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Thanks for all who responded. Here's one more from the same session:
Park het Maalwater by Mike Bing, on Flickr
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