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Forum: Pentax K-1 13 Hours Ago  
Pentax K1 + Asahi SMC Pentax 24mm 2.8 Manual : Overexposes
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 38
Views: 854
Good for the seller to give you a refund. My replacement for this lens was the A-series equivalent, which is the same optical formula, and of course then you get auto-exposure functionality. It's one of my favorites.
Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K1 + Asahi SMC Pentax 24mm 2.8 Manual : Overexposes
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 38
Views: 854
The most puzzling thing is your observation that Green Button metering with the 24/2.8 is working correctly in some circumstances (indoors) but not others (the scene above). Here's a suggested approach for figuring out if the lens itself is the issue. Shoot some neutral subject (e.g. evenly-lit interior wall) wide open, manual mode, with settings that give you correct exposure. (Actually you could use any scene but an evenly-lit blank wall would be my choice.) Continue with a series of shots, each time stopping down one stop and doubling the exposure time. If each exposure turns out more or less the same, the lens diaphragm is working properly. If that's the case, the issue you're having must be camera-related.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 2 Days Ago  
Any Affinity Photo Users Here?
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 38
Views: 819
Yes, AF has a stacking function.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The K-Club!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 3,116
Views: 480,839
I bought the 18/3.5 several years ago but found it uninteresting in APS-C format, and rarely used it. I've finally got round to putting it on the K-1. I'm not normally into ultrawides but this is fun!

Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K1 + Asahi SMC Pentax 24mm 2.8 Manual : Overexposes
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 38
Views: 854
The Pentax 24/2.8 was my first foray into old Pentax glass. Great lens, but mine turned out to have some issue with the diaphragm mechanism, not sticky blades but gave a similar result to what you're describing. I hope that's not the issue you're having, because I was unable to get mine fixed. If you're getting 5 stops overexposure at f/22, that means the lens is hardly stopping down at all when you release the shutter. Which could be sticky blades (easy fix), or could be a faulty diaphragm such as mine had. In either case, the lens isn't going to work properly, no matter how you meter -- you will always be shooting wide open or nearly so. So find a competent camera tech and take or send it in for an evaluation.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 3 Days Ago  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 12,272
Views: 1,992,958
And Goethe (perhaps not originally) said that architecture is frozen music; music is liquid architecture. And there's validity to such pithy maxims. But the "dancing about architecture" maxim seems (to me) based on an idea of equivalence between all expressive media. That's silly. Just try dancing about architecture some time, and see how far you get at communicating anything coherent.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
First larger print
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Congratulations, a worthy image for a large print!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Reflections, lets see them
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 2,645
Views: 200,419
Backlit reflection.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 4 Days Ago  
Any Affinity Photo Users Here?
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 38
Views: 819
I don't think so. However, apparently you can use Topaz plugins with it:

Accessing Topaz in Affinity Photo ? Topaz Studio Help Center

I'm no Photoshop expert, having basically never used it, so I can't compare. I did use GIMP for many years, before finally giving up on it (latest versions have been unusably slow for me). I've tried other programs acclaimed as "Photoshop replacements" over the years, but was never convinced by any of them. Affinity is great. I use it for stitching panoramas, stacking and aligning bracketed images, spot removal for film scans, and local tonal adjustments (with masking or the dodge/burn tool). I don't use it for raw conversion; I'm a long time user of Iridient Developer for that. Given the price I think it's a no-brainer.
Forum: Photographic Technique 5 Days Ago  
Travel Photography tips
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 41
Views: 1,024
Haven't been to any of those places, so this is general advice.

Bear in mind the adage from Minor White:



That, in a nutshell, is how you avoid what you aptly describe as "look at this [thing]" shots. Look for shapes, patterns, contrasts, juxtapositions. Zoom in, look for details. Look at photos you like, your own work and other's, and think about why you like it. Assign yourself a project: a particular subject (something non-obvious), pattern, shape, or technique, and work on that for a while. Don't always be photographing: spend non-camera time with the group; devote other times to photography (especially early mornings and evenings when the light tends to be more interesting).

Above all, enjoy the trip!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 1,638
Views: 141,258
Sunlit trees reflected in the river:



A two-shot shift panorama using the Pentax-A 645 150/3.5 lens on the K-1, using the Mirex tilt-shift adapter. Cropped a bit to get a 4x10 aspect ratio, which I sometimes prefer to 3:1.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-09-2018, 05:33 AM  
Thematic Butterflies and Moths
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 399
Views: 51,548
Congratulations, that's well-deserved recognition for this excellent image. The symmetry of it is really striking, and sets it apart from most such photos.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-02-2018, 02:17 PM  
Thematic Flickr Explored
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 645
Views: 47,173
Forum: General Photography 07-02-2018, 02:08 PM  
Worst equipment that gave you a good image?
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 18
Views: 655
Can't remember anything about the camera other than it was a cheap, borrowed, 35mm point-and-shoot. Carrying it in my pocket I fogged the lens without noticing (because the little optical finder stayed clear). A fun serendipitous result.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-01-2018, 03:27 PM  
Thematic Brenizer Method photos
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 162
Views: 15,242
Great example of the technique, the effect is really strong but in a way that complements the image -- it doesn't feel like a Brenizer for the sake of doing a Brenizer.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-27-2018, 02:30 PM  
Macro by any means necessary club
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 477
Views: 91,856
Insects and other small arthropods are a popular subject for extreme macro, in part because they tend to have the kind of extremely fine structures that are interesting at high magnifications. Some flowers are interesting for the same reason. Snowflakes, when available.

Lepidopterid wings are really interesting and beautiful at high magnification. As with any insects, morning is often a good time to find them in a quiescent state. Dead specimens can work well although dust etc. becomes a problem.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-21-2018, 07:18 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 1,638
Views: 141,258
Two-shots using lens shift (i.e., no camera movement):



Rokinon 24/3.5 tilt/shift
K-1
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-14-2018, 04:17 AM  
Macro by any means necessary club
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 477
Views: 91,856
Are you using a camera with live view?

I know what you mean, I remember making this one with my K10D and barely able to see anything through the viewfinder. You can see the reflection of the flash diffuser in the spider's eyes.

Forum: Lens Clubs 06-13-2018, 02:43 PM  
Macro by any means necessary club
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 477
Views: 91,856
The solution is flash.

The problem with a fast lens wide open as your secondary is that the optical aberrations inherent to most fast lenses are magnified too. You get magnification without a corresponding increase in resolution, i.e. "empty magnification".
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-18-2018, 06:05 PM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 1,638
Views: 141,258
Two-shot shift panorama:


K-1, Mirex adapter, Pentax-A 645 55/2.8
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2018, 04:47 AM  
Thematic Brenizer Method photos
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 162
Views: 15,242
I think the middle of these disproves that. It is essential to have a fairly continuous range from foreground to background, and composition and lighting that helps isolate the subject, and you've done that here. And actually the original (uncropped) would work well also, if reproduced large enough.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-13-2018, 05:25 AM  
Thematic Brenizer Method photos
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 162
Views: 15,242
Successful indeed, and a good demonstration that it's not about the sheer quantity of exposures, it's much more about the composition and, especially, lighting.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-11-2018, 01:47 PM  
Film photos in Washington Post
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 1
Views: 416
I was struck by the look of the photos in this article:

What Meghan Markle means to black Brits - The Washington Post

and then noticed the film rebate in a couple of them. Seems the photographer, Tori Ferenc, uses a Rolleiflex exclusively.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-08-2018, 04:43 PM  
Thematic Brenizer Method photos
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 162
Views: 15,242
Definitely has the effect, however I find that what really makes these work is placing the subject in its context: foreground and background elements surrounding the subject.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-08-2018, 04:41 PM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By baro-nite
Replies: 768
Views: 87,207
I think this is a good idea. I applaud the work you're doing, but a lot of these posts seem more appropriate for PMs rather than public posts here. I'm not the thread owner, however, nor am I a moderator.
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