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Forum: Lens Clubs 12-13-2020, 03:15 PM  
The K-Club!
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3,745
Views: 623,243
Wonderful images!
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-11-2020, 01:26 PM  
The K-Club!
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3,745
Views: 623,243
Same here. Very nice job!
Forum: Photo Critique 12-11-2020, 06:52 AM  
Abstract More intentional unsharpness
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 23
Views: 1,024
I really like those light patterns, and I like the original composition as-is. I agree that the person adds to the image; it's more of a story when he/she is included.

If it were me, I would try dropping the saturation a little (maybe add vibrance to counter-balance) and also play with the contrast to get it overall lower. I think those two things might pair well with the softer focus.

A straight monochrome conversion does look promising too. (Did you know if you're on Windows 10 that WIN-Ctrl-C will toggle your whole display to monochrome?)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-07-2020, 12:27 PM  
Is Pentax still appealing for beginners in photography?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 261
Views: 10,450
My K50 is my 6th camera (in my lifetime). I learned on my dad's film SLR which only had a light meter for "automation". In grade school I won a disc camera (the kind with 10 or 15 little pieces of film arranged in a circular cartridge). Time went on and I upgraded and so on. By the time I decided I wanted an DLSR, I was experienced enough to have some idea of what I valued, and Pentax came out on top.

I think if a serious beginner wanted to pick up "real" camera for the first time, I bet he or she would probably end up at DPReview or somesuch. Where would that lead? Probably not to Pentax.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-23-2020, 06:25 PM  
Nature The Color Green
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 10
Views: 340
Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

I've been by this tree almost every summer for the past several years. It's majestic (the photo doesn't do it justice). Every time I go there...I wonder if it will still be standing.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-22-2020, 02:00 PM  
Nature The Color Green
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 10
Views: 340
-- Rich Mullins, "The Color Green"

The Color Green by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-23-2020, 08:27 AM  
DXO PhotoLab 4
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 49
Views: 4,008
I've been liking it quite a bit. I've found it much easier/faster in general to get the end product I want out of Photolab than other raw editors I've used. In particular I've been really pleased with Prime and the ability to do local edits in a parametric editor. Especially the control points.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-22-2020, 11:14 AM  
DXO PhotoLab 4
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 49
Views: 4,008
Just want to add this tidbit. I purchased a license for PL 3 last year during their launch sale. A few weeks later they had a Black Friday sale that was an even better deal. I know it's rolling the dice but just thought I'd share that info.

I've been very happy with PL3 over the past year..
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2020, 02:48 PM  
Considering selling things - what lenses would you keep?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 34
Views: 2,571
Hmm...interesting discussion. You said essential. Essential to me means exactly what you need to accomplish what you set out to accomplish, and no more.

Checking out your flickr album, I saw lots of really great travel photos there; a wide range of interesting subject matter. I didn't look at any image data. Going just from the images, I think your essential lens is the DFA 28-105. A bit big for travel maybe (or maybe not, according to your preferences), but it gives a decent focal length range for travel, is WR, and would work with both your full frame and crop body.

For a second lens, add the 15-30. Also WR. Maybe you'd put this in the essential category if you need that range. It would help with wide end coverage on your K3-II especially. I don't think you have this one already, but you could easily fund it with the proceeds of selling other stuff if that were a consideration.

Now, if I wanted to keep some primes around too, I'd add the three amigos and the 100 mm macro to the list of lenses I'd want to keep.

Disclaimer: I'm going by specs and reputation with these choices--I haven't had the pleasure of shooting with any of the six lenses I mentioned. Incidentally, or maybe not so incidentally, I have something like the junior version of the kit I just recommended for you.

Edit: Sorry @-JW-: I was writing while you posted your latest reply...
Forum: Photo Critique 10-14-2020, 02:16 PM  
Cityscape Rip CV 67
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 16
Views: 996
Very nicely done!
Forum: Photo Critique 10-14-2020, 11:58 AM  
Cityscape Rip CV 67
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 16
Views: 996
I think monochrome. With all that primer showing, she looks too much like the Sea Tiger in Operation Petticoat.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2020, 02:09 PM  
Lenses Everyone Buys and Eventually Sells- Or Tries to Sell
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 84
Views: 4,581
This discussion motivated me to withdraw my for-sale listing on the 18-135. I was on the fence anyway--I suppose I should keep one modern AF lens around.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-22-2020, 08:34 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 22,169
Views: 1,657,227
It's so clean! Very nice shot though, I like how the tones worked out.
Forum: Sold Items 08-21-2020, 09:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax DA 10-17 FE
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 4
Views: 1,081
Bump # 4
Forum: Sold Items 08-15-2020, 06:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax DA 10-17 FE
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 4
Views: 1,081
Bump #3 with price reduction.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-12-2020, 12:11 PM  
Nature Jalapeņo
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Thanks swip & Kerrowdown! I've been enjoying making these, hope to do more.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-12-2020, 12:07 PM  
Macro La Femme Fatale
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Thanks to you both!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-11-2020, 04:30 AM  
Nature An Aerial Display
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 21
Views: 795
Great shot Todd!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2020, 08:36 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 20,897
Views: 1,906,143
I like the second a lot.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-10-2020, 08:34 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 2,546
Views: 239,869
This is really cool--I'm glad it worked for you!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2020, 04:17 PM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 20,897
Views: 1,906,143
Great composition. And the colors!!!
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-08-2020, 04:15 PM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 2,676
Views: 386,301
DA 18-135 on K-50

A Beautiful Evening by Sir Nameless, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2020, 07:19 AM  
Sports Warriors on the Water
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Great shot! Their expressions tell the story of a hard-fought battle.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-06-2020, 07:17 AM  
Nature The Bird of Paradise.
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 22
Views: 750
I'll second (or fourth?) the above comments. Beautiful flower, beautifully captured!
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-05-2020, 06:46 PM  
Macro Are there any other microscope enthusiasts here?
Posted By Sir Nameless
Replies: 29
Views: 1,429
Fascinating images, and incredible work! Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed these.
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