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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-03-2017, 01:44 PM  
Vaughan Woods, Maine
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 5
Views: 406
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-18-2016, 11:06 AM  
Why I won't buy a K1 - Short Pithy Reasons Welcomed
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 5
Views: 1,568
Because this is a hobby not a profession for me, and I can spend $1,800 on going places and taking photos with my current camera instead. Now if I win the lottery...
Forum: Photo Critique 11-16-2015, 03:34 PM  
Cityscape Boston Skyline @ Sunset
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 9
Views: 1,756
Thanks for the feedback! I agree, I like the contrast better in image 1. I think the sky colors are slightly better in image 2, but not hugely.

Glad to hear you like the composition! I guess I've been worried that a lot of my images are 'flat', maybe I'm looking too hard for it.

I agree the clouds aren't exceptional, but considering the number of evenings I've gone out and found clear blue skies, I'll take what I can get :) Highlights aren't blown, I was careful in lightroom to make sure of that. I just tried the clarity thing, it gives a bit more definition to the clouds but...I dunno, it just looks funny to me.

Cropped to a 16x9 ratio for desktop wallpaper, it does look pretty awesome :-)


Thank you! You're right, those houses are a bit too dark. I'll brush them up a bit. Yep, single images - medium aperture, manually focused on liveview, then lightroom sharpening/clarity, perfect effects dynamic contrast. I was careful to not sharpen the water or sky however, I think the contrast makes the buildings look extra sharp somehow.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-16-2015, 02:05 PM  
Cityscape Boston Skyline @ Sunset
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 9
Views: 1,756
These are two long exposure photos of the Boston skyline, taken from Memorial Drive on the Cambridge side (the MIT Sailing Pavilion to be precise). One while the sun was still above the horizon, one just after it dipped below. I like them both but they are a bit different. Any and all feedback appreciated! (my personal feeling is, I need some leading lines to join foreground and background)
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-04-2015, 07:42 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 11,890
Views: 2,174,770
Went out with some folks tonight for a shoot of the Zakim Bridge, in Boston. This is heavily processed, but I think it works well for this image.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-06-2015, 11:05 AM  
Landscape Sunrise at Uluru, Australia
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 5
Views: 882
Took this on my six month travel adventure. Getting up at 3am three days in a row sucks, but the pictures and experience were worth it. This is actually a combination of three exposures, for the ground, the sky, and Uluru.
Forum: Sold Items 06-21-2015, 09:22 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 70mm f2.4 ltd, with issue, as is, $120
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 13
Views: 1,689
another PM sent
Forum: Sold Items 06-20-2015, 03:00 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 70mm f2.4 ltd, with issue, as is, $120
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 13
Views: 1,689
OP, you have PM.


Do you have Eric's username? Thx!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-06-2015, 01:53 PM  
portrait zoom, limited range - does it exist?
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 16
Views: 2,050
It's been a while, so I probably should look at it again. The thing is, my usual photography style is wider. The portrait lens is something I'd like to keep in my bag, but it's more likely to be used at family events every couple of months. So for that, smaller and lighter is a plus.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2015, 11:36 AM  
portrait zoom, limited range - does it exist?
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 16
Views: 2,050
lol, I know. For right now I'm probably just going to use my 50/1.8, since I have time before the kid is mobile. Doing all the research just made me think that maybe I was missing something.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2015, 11:26 AM  
portrait zoom, limited range - does it exist?
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 16
Views: 2,050
interesting, didn't know about that. Will have to look it up.


Yeah, I know, I've actually considered it. It's just big and heavy. I was thinking if there could be something closer in size/weight to the 20-40, it would be a good companion. But it might not be technically possible.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2015, 11:16 AM  
portrait zoom, limited range - does it exist?
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 16
Views: 2,050
I'm wondering if there's a lens out there, or if it's even technically possible. Something like a 55-80, f2.4, perhaps? I've been researching portrait lenses (going to be an uncle soon, and I'm the official family photographer). Plenty of primes in that range, and a few zoom lenses that cover it, but generally at a higher aperture. If there was a well made, decently compact lens for a smaller portrait range, I think it could be a real winner. Or, am I completely wrong and no one would buy it. Thoughts?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2015, 12:47 AM  
Polarizer for 15 SMC DA?
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 12
Views: 1,442
as others have said, the 15mm already has great contrast, so a polarizer would mostly be about reflections on this lens. On the rare occasion I've wanted it, I've just handheld my 72mm polarizer in front of the lens, it's worked fine. But generally I don't worry about it.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 05-18-2015, 12:42 AM  
K-5II Likes and Dislikes
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 8
Views: 2,258
I agree the buffer write speed is slow. I've tried to turn it into a positive - now, when I click the shutter, I keep my eye to the viewfinder and continue thinking about the image for a few seconds before I pull away and review. I feel like it's actually helped me get more keepers by reducing the urge to point/click/review. But most of my shooting is landscapes/city, so speed isn't an issue.

complete agreement on the lcd light, it's really frustrating because I basically can't use it at all, I can't be bothered to go into the menu and change settings. I've even thought, the camera already has a frigging light sensor - couldn't they program a setting where, if the camera detects below a certain amount of ambient light, it automatically activates? But even just a setting on the info screen would be helpful.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2015, 01:08 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 11,890
Views: 2,174,770
Hoping to get to Prague. Don't know exactly when though, probably early June. Any suggestions on places to see?
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2015, 12:46 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 11,890
Views: 2,174,770






Man I love this lens. :-)
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-29-2015, 05:28 PM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 11,890
Views: 2,174,770
thanks!

Thanks, I didn't notice it last night. Lightroom removed it just fine. I hadn't used any plugins, just post in lightroom.
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-29-2015, 04:00 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 11,890
Views: 2,174,770
Walking around Sydney this afternoon/evening. I'm trying to do more street scenes but I only like my results at nighttime.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-05-2015, 05:16 PM  
Perfect focus everytime
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 299
Views: 98,736
Yes, I have a user mode for 'guest' that disables it so the reverse should be possible. I think you can program anything that isn't a physical switch.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-24-2015, 12:09 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 11,890
Views: 2,174,770
Coming back from dinner I decided to just wander for a bit, see if there was a picture worthy sunset.

Forum: Lens Clubs 03-07-2015, 02:09 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 11,890
Views: 2,174,770
Traveling for 6 months, currently on the New Zealand leg of the trip. This country is like a cheat code for photographers, it's crazy.

Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-25-2015, 05:28 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 18,370
Views: 1,414,086
Thanks! I'll think about stopping into a brewery or vineyard, but I'm driving myself around and have a long standing rule of 'when driving, no drinking, period'. So it'd have to be walking distance from wherever I'm staying, or part of an organized tour with transportation. But maybe! Birding hasn't been a thing of mine, but I could be fun for an afternoon...will have to check that out. Especially if kayaks are involved, I love kayaking. And thanks for the site - I look forward to browsing in detail!



Awesome! I'll think about the luge ride...I'm not generally much of a thrill seeker :o but it could be interesting! Hadn't planned on going whale watching, I've been fortunate enough to do that a couple times in other locations so I'd rather put the time/money towards other adventures. But good to know about timing.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-23-2015, 06:52 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 18,370
Views: 1,414,086
Ah, excellent idea. I had Mt Cook on the list of places, so that's a definite yes. Thanks!


Will do :)


Albatross colony would be interesting for sure. And cheese rolls....mmm.....cheese....

Sounds great!


Great, glad to hear the timing works. The cycle trail could be interesting...I'll have to see how comfortable I'm feeling about timing on everything.

many thanks for all the suggestions!!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-23-2015, 06:13 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 18,370
Views: 1,414,086
Hello Kiwi Pentaxians! I'm an American Pentaxian, who will be landing in Christchurch in just a few days. I was hoping to ask the advice of fellow photographers on my itinerary, as I'm planning everything a bit last minute. My only excuse is that I'm on a 6 month trip around the world, and have spent the past two months in Southeast Asia.
  • First, a simple question: is there a place in Christchurch where I could pick up a used tripod? I haven't been carrying one with me, but I think I'll want it in NZ. Would prefer to save a bit of money and buy used, as I'll likely be ditching it when I leave.

  • I have approximately one month in NZ. I land in CHC on Feb 27, and pick up my rental car (Apex) on March 1. I return the rental car to Auckland on March 29. So that's the timing I have to work with. My thought was to spend around 20 days in the South Island, for the scenery, with the remainder up North. Does this make sense?

  • My vague route looks remarkably like this. Is that a good starting plan? I'm traveling by myself and staying in hostels, so I can change plans as I wish for the most part. I'm all about scenery; short (~2 hr) tramps are fine, but I'm not looking for more. My preference would be to not have any lengthy driving days...maybe 3-4 hours in the car max per day? Is that reasonable?

  • Finally, if anyone would be interested in a chat when I pass through, it'd be my pleasure to buy you a beer :)

Thank you kindly!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-06-2014, 07:41 AM  
Nature Fall in New England
Posted By dagaetch
Replies: 8
Views: 1,482
Photos taken in Maudsley State Park, Massachusetts.













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