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Forum: General Photography 11-24-2014, 07:21 PM  
Would you use a new site for photo exploration?
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 7
Views: 864
I couldn't agree more. It wasn't until flickr started making major changes to their interface that I began to fantasize about something different. Then when I finally decided that I was going to go on this crazy journey of building something myself did I realize that the possibilities are endless--I can literally build in any features that I or other users want.

So I guess a follow-up question would be "what is the most important thing for you in a photo exploration site?" For me, it's an intelligent interface, an emphasis on connecting people who take the photographs (groups, discussions, comments), and a bit of room to let photos breathe.

---------- Post added 11-24-14 at 06:34 PM ----------



Thanks for this. The smugmug/zenfolio route is not what I am trying to do here... Those fall into the category of "totally unconnected gallery sites," and what I'm most interested in is the interconnectivity of content. I guess I'm after more social/discover-something-new users.



I'm sure there are other users who feel the same way. It will definitely be a challenge to figure out how to get people to try something new.



Thanks for the tip. I hadn't used that one before, though I think I have visited it for other purposes. Any other sites you use regularly that haven't been mentioned?
Forum: General Photography 11-23-2014, 08:14 PM  
Would you use a new site for photo exploration?
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 7
Views: 864
Hi Pentax users,

I'm a longtime Pentax photographer and PentaxForums.com user. I love photography, and I've become disappointed by the available photo sharing/exploration sites. I just don't feel like the current offerings meet my needs.

So I'm building a new one. I know, I must be crazy. But I'm doing it. I really want something with great, minimalistic design, some whitespace to let photos breathe, and keyboard/swipe navigation to 1) see more photos by a user or 2) see other users.

My gripes with the current offerings are as follows:
1) flickr - the obvious heavyweight. It's just become a crowded, photos-jammed-next-to photos experience. There is no whitespace, pretty much anywhere on the site. Also, it seems to be heading towards "dump every photo ever here," and less "interact with others over photos." The groups are a lot of fun.
2) instagram - probably my favorite, but people mostly follow each other for social reasons, not for aesthetic/photography reasons. You can't really explore photographic techniques or cameras, mostly just seeing what photographers are up to.
3) tumblr - the reblogging concept is interesting, but photos aren't really linked to each other. In other words, you aren't exploring photos, per se, more exploring bloggers (or rebloggers)
4) 500px - I'm not a fan of their algorithms for choosing "good" photos. The community there is a bit processing-heavy, and there isn't too much room for niche taste on the site. I just don't have much fun there.
5) forums like this one - they're great for discussion on lots of topics, and the "share your photos!" threads are fun. But they are not really set up as networks for photo exploration.

So what are your thoughts? What do you think of the current photo site offerings? Are there other sites you use? Would you use a new site?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-11-2014, 11:08 AM  
Introduce your... film Pentax!
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 3,343
Views: 564,284
Yep.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-10-2014, 09:58 AM  
Pentax repair by Eric Hendrickson
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 428
Views: 84,139
I have a double-pinging MX here -- once when I wind the shutter (D#6 for you musicians out there) and once when the shutter is released (F#5). They make quite a nice major 6th. Both are relatively loud. I have been debating whether the pinging bothers me or not, but for now, the musicality has won me.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-15-2014, 02:13 PM  
B&W film for People
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 25
Views: 2,161
I love this film. AND I think it's great for portraits. Why the hate?



Sounds like you paid a bit too much. I pay $10 to process and scan (no prints) at Pro Photo in Irvine, CA. They do mail in/FTP delivery as well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-15-2014, 11:37 AM  
K1000 vs MX? —is this a silly comparison?
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 100
Views: 17,009
This.

I learned sunny 16 while shooting a broken K1000. Maybe one day I will be able to afford a meterless Leica.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-05-2014, 05:06 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 6,616
Views: 663,682
Cross post from the P&S thread. Contax T2 and tri-x:


perched
by tapeandfilm on 500px.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-05-2014, 12:31 PM  
Good, budget lenses?
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 57
Views: 3,571
This was the first lens that came to my mind as well. It's very sharp and very good.

+1 on the M50/1.7 recommendation. It's one of the best of the M series. I sold mine after I got the M50/1.4, and I regret giving it up.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-05-2014, 11:26 AM  
Post your film P&S pics
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 16
Views: 2,519
Contax T2 with Tri-x:



perched
by tapeandfilm on 500px.com
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-31-2014, 09:41 AM  
Thematic Top Ten 2013
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 103
Views: 8,312
Ahh you announced it too soon!

Yeah I shoot a LOT of BW, and I didn't think the BW pic looked like any film I know...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-15-2014, 12:19 PM  
Post your film P&S pics
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 16
Views: 2,519
I love the photo of the busses. I hadn't heard of the Nikon, but looks like a gem. I've seen the Minox for sale on Ebay before and have read about them on http://subclub.org, which has a lot of cool info on some pretty rare subminiature cameras.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-15-2014, 12:17 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 6,616
Views: 663,682
Yep, you got it. The bridge in question:



deceptionpassbridge
by tapeandfilm on 500px.com
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-14-2014, 01:52 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 6,616
Views: 663,682
A recent one. Deception Pass, WA:


deceptionpass
by tapeandfilm on 500px.com

Minolta X-700
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-10-2014, 09:00 AM  
Switching from Canon and I'm impressed
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 17
Views: 1,258
welcome, canonguy.

If you're looking for bargains that produce great images, Pentax is a good way to go. Speaking of bargains, check out some of the $10-$60 film cameras that you can use with your manual lenses!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-09-2014, 10:26 PM  
K1000 vs MX? —is this a silly comparison?
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 100
Views: 17,009
Les... Am I allowed to request any two cameras next to each other and ...voila... they will appear in the thread? For example, if I said, "hey Les, show us a Minolta XK next to a Pentax Spotmatic SP," might a photo comparing the two magically materialize? :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-09-2014, 04:04 PM  
I switched to FF
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 81
Views: 10,460
Yep, nothing wrong with winter for using a new camera. Just as I thought.
Forum: Sold Items 01-09-2014, 12:50 PM  
For Sale - Sold: MX camera body with winder
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 5
Views: 837
What a great camera. Good luck!
Forum: Sold Items 01-09-2014, 12:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Contax G2 + Carl Zeiss T* Biogon 28/2.8 + Sonnar T* 90/2.8
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 11
Views: 2,753
Whoever gets this piece of kit is a lucky dude (or gal). Good luck!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-09-2014, 12:05 PM  
K1000 vs MX? —is this a silly comparison?
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 100
Views: 17,009
I sold my DA 40 XS, but wish I hadn't for this exact reason. My sister still has hers, and I'm trying to convince her to snag a Super Program.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-09-2014, 11:57 AM  
I switched to FF
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 81
Views: 10,460
I vote you go out in the grey and shoot some pictures of bleak trees. And snow. Ooh, ooh, and WOLVES! Post the results here.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-09-2014, 11:21 AM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 6,616
Views: 663,682
Cool shots!

Can I guess which film was used for each picture?

First three - BW400 CN
Last two - XP2 Super

I used to shoot with those films a lot. I finally decided that I like BW400CN best, mostly because it looks a bit more like Tri-x IMHO.

Here's an old one I shot on BW400CN with a Canonet 17 (back when I was using a lot of Japanese rangefinders):

http://500px.com/photo/57293232

lousivilleky
by tapeandfilm on 500px


chicagoil
by tapeandfilm on 500px
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-07-2014, 11:29 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Proud Owner Signature Banners : K-3, K-5 II, K-30, and many more!
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 266
Views: 180,751


Updated to line up with MX tag
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-07-2014, 11:20 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Proud Owner Signature Banners : K-3, K-5 II, K-30, and many more!
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 266
Views: 180,751
New ME Super tag. Needed an update IMHO.

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-07-2014, 11:16 AM  
K1000 vs MX? —is this a silly comparison?
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 100
Views: 17,009
Definitely my least favorite part of the MX viewfinder. However, I do like the split-circle focus screen better than the KX's microprism.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-06-2014, 09:12 PM  
Post your film P&S pics
Posted By jakeblues
Replies: 16
Views: 2,519
Hey Pentaxians,

Let's get a thread going for those of us who shoot film Point and Shoot cameras (Pentax or not). Let's say that quasi-P&S cameras like zone focus cameras (XA2) and pocketable rangefinders (XA) are fair game as well.

I've been digging my Contax T2 recently. Here's a shot from my first roll with it. Admittedly a stupid photo, but I've been hooked ever since:

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