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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-28-2012, 07:26 PM  
Food Patterns and produce at Pike Place
Posted By doggydude
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Spent a few hours poking around Pike Place today. Awesome place for great shots!





























Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2012, 09:25 AM  
Misc Event - PNW Tech Day - working on motorcycles with friends
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 2
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Thanks snappy. :) It was a lot of fun to capture the candid shots, and the new lenses I bought are perfect for the task. Bit tricky using the 100mm macro as an on-the-move-portrait lens as the focal plane is pretty shallow, but worth the effort. :)
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-18-2012, 09:22 AM  
SD card preference for your K-5
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 16
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I use Sandisk 32gb units now.

Lest the love-fest for Sandisk go unchecked, crap can happen with any brand. On a trip to Paris a few years ago (6 years actually), one of my then-new Sandisk cards died, dropping half of my Paris photos. With no way to check storage on the trip, it was only discovered once we were home. That happened with my K10d.

Smart money is on a compact way to copy images from any memory card to a secondary source as back up.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-16-2012, 10:35 AM  
Uta Barth-Photographer Genius Grant
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 13
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I was inspired last night. Placed the K5 & 100mm macro on the ledge of the window in my hotel room here in Vegas. Turned out all the lights. Focus was loose. Hit the shutter. We'll see if i think its worth keeping when I review today. SOME of the blur actually captured a mood, but unless you knew it was Vegas, would it mean much?
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-15-2012, 02:17 PM  
Uta Barth-Photographer Genius Grant
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 13
Views: 1,846
Meh, to each their own. I can see it from one POV, as it kinda represents real life - not always in focus, if you will.

Still, my dogs "make" things in the back yard twice a day. Wrapping one up and giving it to someone doesn't really make it a gift now, does it...?

I'm pretty sure if you showed some of those images to the average person, they'd ask if you knew how to use a camera. But those shots aren't for every person now are they? I have a few shots form over the years when the blur just made the difference. It captured a mood, an action or in some way simply added a dynamic that wasn't present otherwise.

The real question is this:

When she won the award, did she go to a bar and celebrate telling people that someone gave her $500,000 for makign out of focus photos? Because if she did, and can laugh at what many will feel is absurd, then she's got a great head on her shoulders. Doesn't change her art, as that's from her mind's eye, but knowing you're in the minority and being able to chuckle at yourself for finding a niche, that's priceless. ;)
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-15-2012, 02:07 PM  
Faking It - Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 3
Views: 1,526
Ah yes... back in the day when you had to HIRE a midget and a unicorn and that dark, brooding look in your view finder meant either the model was pissed or you were about to get very, very wet...... #fondmemories
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-15-2012, 02:02 PM  
3 things you wish you knew when you started
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 86
Views: 11,615
1 - buying art IS cheaper than taking your own pictures and blowing them up for your walls... ;)

2 - that there would be a need now for a site that offers unlimited uploads, no hot linking issues and reliability to store images online - because I would have built that site and retired by now.

3 - buying gear is an endless cycle - new model just get exponentially better - only curve I'm ahead of now is on owning great glass.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-15-2012, 08:07 AM  
Misc One of those days...
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 1
Views: 460
Mike, the story is obvious. You flew in, walked down a path and found a windmill. Clear as the sky in the last picture. :)

Great shots. Love how the water in front of the windmill captured the color of the sky. Nicely done!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-15-2012, 08:05 AM  
Machinery Lockheed U-2 Dragon 21 Arrival
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
I don't care how old those are, they are still cool. :)

...and maybe the context sought is of the "it was a cool, gray morning. The blackened bird floated from the skudding clouds, its claws reaching for the asphalt. Unknown to those around it, the bird sought peace and kept a watchful eye for transgressions. Not a thinking bird, nonetheless intelligent. This bird is flown by man..." variety... ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2012, 10:10 AM  
Misc Event - PNW Tech Day - working on motorcycles with friends
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 2
Views: 705
Yesterday we held our bi-annual PNW Tech Day for FJR owners. Usually we see about 40 people in attendance, with almost as many motorcycles showing up to bench race, hang out, chat, swap stories, or, heaven forbid, even get some work done!

This fall's event was hampered by poor weather, cutting attendance, but even at that we still had someone come up from California and swing by for the day. :)

Pu the new K5 to work with two lenses:

1 - 100 mm macro - SMC DFA Macro 2.8 100mm WR
2 - 17 - 50 zoom - Sigma DC 17-50mm 2.8 EX HSM

I used the macro for almost all my shooting yesterday. It was surprisingly handy for most shots, allowing me to really get in tight, create moods and capture detail as desired. Given we were in a 5 car garage, it was just right. A smaller space would have found the 100mm range to be too much.

I LOVE that new Sigma zoom, but was really feeling for tight, cropped images and the macro fit the bill. The only real drawback I felt was focuing. It functioned fine, but you had to pay very careful attention to where the camera was focusing to get the shot you wanted. And if your subject moved even slightly after you focused, you just added blur and a new focual plane to the shot - maybe not what you'd intended. I still need to reset my autofocus to single spot. Anyway, onto the day in photos!

We had lots of great...













There were plenty of interesting people to watch...











There was even some work accomplished...



























Full album of images is here...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-11-2012, 11:16 AM  
UK Army Photography Competition
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 2
Views: 2,625
That's an amazing collection of images - worth taking a look through, IMO. :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-11-2012, 11:01 AM  
Photo upload storage site suggestions sought
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 26
Views: 2,442
I grabbed a pro account at flickr. So far, it seems to work.

I did get a response to my customer service enqury at Webmashots, and honestly, it appears most of th eissues can be dealt with. Not sure I'll stay with them long-term, but great to know they are at least trying to sort customer concerns during their transition. That actually means a lot to me.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-11-2012, 09:46 AM  
Macro New watch in the collection, so macropalooza!
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 2
Views: 736
Most days, when I wear a watch, I don't refernce it for time. I liek to look at it, contemplating the work that went into it. When I ride one of my motorcycles to work, I don't wear a watch. I'm surrounded by time-telling things all day anyway, so its not like you won't know "when you are" during the day.

I do like wearing a wtch this timeof year because sunset somes a bit earlier, making for great light and a willing, detailed photo subject...that happens to tell you something useful. ;)
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-11-2012, 09:27 AM  
Fun with the K5 & SMC DA 2.8 40mm pancake
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 5
Views: 1,811
It's like trying to compare juices. Yes, cranberry, apple and orange juice are all juices, but which is best is a matter of taste. I've been through all three Western states now, and it truly depends on what you want;

Do you want deep rainforests? Oregon
Do you want everything from rainforest to high alpine meadows to desert? Washington
Do you want to know your place in the universe? Go stand in the redwoods of California.

Luckily, all of that can be seen in a one week driving vacation. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-10-2012, 08:48 PM  
Macro New watch in the collection, so macropalooza!
Posted By doggydude
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I collect watches.

This gem just arrived today from New Zealand. It uses a Seagull manual wind mechanism, the first manual wind I own.

This marks the third Magrette I have and I absolutely love them all.

I've always loved the look of nice timepeices, and automatics and manuals with display backs (such as this one) let me enjoy the intricate details of the watchmakers craft.

I literally unwrapped the watch and set up the camera - which, I will say, is a more than willing companion for the tomfoolery of getting decent "lume" shots (shots of the watch displaying it's luminesence). Gotta remember though, to always hit the subject with the rocket to get rid of the stay bits of dust & lint that accumulate. Invisible to your eye, seemingly, until being reviewed in the picture on your laptop after the gear has been put away...them BAM, there is the lint...mocking you... ;)

If you think you're seeing lint, you are. If you think you're seeing dust, you are. That's on me, not the lens, not the K5 and not the watch. ;)

Onto the snaps!













Forum: Pentax K-5 10-10-2012, 05:06 PM  
Fun with the K5 & SMC DA 2.8 40mm pancake
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 5
Views: 1,811
Yeah, in fairness, it's been down into the low 40's here the past week overnight (so call that around 5 C for you. ;) ). Methinks the plants are hurtin'. ;)

Making for awesome colors in the trees, though. I'm hoping to have a chance to take one of my motorcycles out this weekend into the mountains for some dual sporting. If that happens, I'll definitely be pakcing the new K5 and a couple of my new lenses to capture the colors!

...and nice to see a fellow Maritimer on the forum! Every community I join I meet folks from back home. :) (I moved to WA state 3 years ago from Halifax. In fact, little known fact, I actually had (still have) the first Pentax K10D sold in Nova Scotia. ;) )
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-10-2012, 01:57 PM  
Fun with the K5 & SMC DA 2.8 40mm pancake
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 5
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Grabbed a few shots on the walk back from lunch today. Loving the K5 and with the 40mm pancake lens it's reminding me why I enjoy photography so much. :) Sometimes YOU need to move around to make the shot happen, rather than simply twisitng the zoom barrel. Both remain satisfying actions in their own way, however.

Lens has a polarizing filter in place.

This little lens first impressed me 6 years ago when I bought it for my K10D. Still impressing on the new K5 now. :)





Forum: Pentax K-5 10-10-2012, 01:30 PM  
Just ordered my K-5II!!!!!
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 56
Views: 5,693
Congrats! I just got my K5 on Monday and I'm loving it. upgraded from the K10d as well. :)

Handles very nicely, though the quiet shutter seemed a tad weird to me for the first 40 shots or so, then I began to wonder why other shutters were so loud...LOL

You're gonna love the new body. :)
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-09-2012, 08:45 PM  
New K5 impressing - now for more lenses. :)
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 1
Views: 1,139
The new K5 has impressed me! :D

With the new 100mm macro landing this week, I decided to upgrade my standard zoomer. Just grabbed a Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (No Stabilizer) through Amazon (which netted me a 2% discount on a future purchase :) ). Oddly, I had to dig through the details to see the one I selected was for a Pentax mount. The Canon and Nikon were obviously marked, but not so for the Pentax unit. Oh well. It'll be here on Friday, hot on the heals of the new macro arriving on Thursday. :)

Provided this IS a Pentax mount zoomer, it'll be in the bag with me for the trip to Vegas next week. Should be a significant upgrade from the kit lens I bought with the K10d many years ago. ;) Can't wait to play with the new glass. :)

duane
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-09-2012, 02:10 PM  
8 Frames Per Second...
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 30
Views: 3,058
Ummm...how do you "overcharge" the battery...?

Or is this like telling someone to make sure the shutter fluid is topped up?
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-09-2012, 02:07 PM  
help I received my k5 today
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Meh, I wouldn't sweat the small stuff. Warranty I'd chase. My K5 arrives yesterday, bran dnew, and no plastic on the view screen, no seals ont he box, no shrink wrap.

You have to keep in mind that every item they add (plastic wrap, etc.) adds a step to the process and a cost to the process. Amortize that over several thousand units and the costs start to add up for Pentax. So, why would they stick plastic over the view screen when the body is bubble wrapped anyway? (mine was, at least).

The shutter count is the giveaway - even if this was a floor model that people handled, it was clearly NEVER powered up, as anyone sampling the camera is bound to hit the shutter release if there's power, so the bottom line here is you have a new camera.

Realizing, however, that there is a difference between "brand new" and "new", the only thing left to understand is how much that slight difference makes to you personally. Our opinions count for diddley.

I know I'll get scratches, etc. on my camera, so I don't sweat that stuff. It's part of a "life well lived".

You may feel very differently (as you are fully entitled to), but in the end, that shutter count tells you the camera is new and ready for YOUR action. ;)

..........make sure they send the warranty card, though. That's gold. ;)

FWIW, my box showed up as you describe yours. My shutter count is 44 (that's all mine from yesterday and today) and the manufacture date is July 13, 2012 (fresh...melikely!).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-09-2012, 12:35 PM  
Photo upload storage site suggestions sought
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 26
Views: 2,442
OK, went with a pro account at Flickr for 2 years - seems to have everything I want, but I'll re-examine that statement after a throw a few thousand images in there. ;)

Thanks gang.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-09-2012, 11:44 AM  
Photo upload storage site suggestions sought
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 26
Views: 2,442
Excellent options - thanks guys. I've resisted flickr until now...guess I'll go have a look-see... :)

Won't use Google's services.

Smugmug is on my no-no list for personal reasons, but I know lots of folks who like them. ;)

Worth peeking at Photobucket, too, I suppose...

Thanks gang. :)

duane
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-08-2012, 08:21 PM  
Photo upload storage site suggestions sought
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 26
Views: 2,442
Where are you guys posting your images onlien for storage and hosting?

I was using webshots, but they appear to be crapping the bed, so I might as well swallow the loss and start fresh somewhere solid.

duane
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-08-2012, 07:58 PM  
Excited - wfh to await arrival of new K5
Posted By doggydude
Replies: 17
Views: 1,944
Funny you guys suggest that. :) I just ordered another 128gb "walking around" solid state drive. I have another 750gb LaCie unit in the cabinet for back ups.

I LOVE my new Samsung laptop, but... the 128 gb solid state drive is smallish. It does, however, run just fine even when entirely full...LOL

Oh, and I'm loving the handling of the K5...and the built in flash flat rocks. The shutter is disquietingly...quiet. :) The dogs seem to like it, too...

...well...I was going to upload a couple pics to my webshots account, but just learned, while trying to login, that the service is locked pending changes. Lovely - 8 years of images inaccessible, and my paid account won't let me upload images now. Lovely. Their new service doesn't work, as you cannot login as they claim you can. Just freakin' lovely. *sigh* Sometimes I hate the Internet...and that's saying a lot given my profession... :(
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