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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-06-2018, 02:38 PM  
Cloud backup for raw files
Posted By PDL
Replies: 11
Views: 501
How are you going to connect to the cloud?

Using your mobile phone as a hot spot? Do you have a mobile plan that is unlimited? Are you in country or out? My experience with mobile phones is bleak when going out of country because the international options for use are extremely expensive and limited. (my mobile vender charged 40 USD a month for 200MB of data when I went to Great Britain a few months ago) Buying a new SIM while out of the country meant that my phone number changed and no one on my list could contact me, I had to contact them.

Using local Wi-Fi? We have all read about using "free" Wi-Fi and its inherent risks. Besides it takes a long time to upload RAW files - up to hours depending on the speed. Loading a nearly full 32GB card can take hours. When I was in Munich last year I had a major updated from Windows occur. It took 3 hours to download - and it failed - three times. Needless to say, the data cap on the "free" Wi-Fi in the VRBO rental was exceeded and I was SOL for the next week and a half.

My solution was to carry a 512GB SSD external drive for storage and use as a data source for your editing program. (My PC is a 2008 Toshiba Table PC Laptop and the SSD in it is too small to "absorb" all the RAW images) This solution has worked out for me reasonably well. If you are feeling unlucky, you could get two or more and keep them separated, one in carry on luggage, one in checked luggage.

As an ex-system admin I distrust cloud storage because when I was a working stiff for our company where employees were told to store corporate information on file shares we had access to nearly everything. We were mandated to ensure that employees did not "copy/store" Copyrighted files or "personal" files on corporate systems. So, we would scan personal folders on our servers and by corporate policy - delete - music, pictures, movies and such stuff. In some cases we did contact the employee and remind them that this stuff was in violation of their signed employee agreement (renewed annually). We did go and visually check out some of the images if the titles were "suggestive" and we got a few people fired for storing pornography on our servers. We had a manager of a remote office storing his family photos on the local file server to such a degree that the automatic backups ran out of tape and failed. I sent him a message with a reminder about the policy and all of a sudden, the server storage went from 98% utilization to just over 50%. And the constant complaints from that office about not having enough room to store corporate information (which the manager had elevated to corporate IT saying that the admins were incompetent) stopped. Whoda thunk it.

Read the terms and conditions for your cloud vendor. Avoid anything that sort of goes along the lines of - "you put this information on our device/service then we can do anything we want with it". Look for Copyright wavers. Steer away from anything that says "perpetual". Don't give up your rights.

What I am trying to say is, I do not trust third parties to store my data. I do have almost enough SD cards to where I don't have to reformat them for the duration and I have a SSD to store the images en-mass. I did come close to losing some shots, but data recovery software that I used on my SD card (the images were not copied to the SSD because my process broke down) recovered all of my images. Consistency in process is the key.
Forum: General Photography 10-05-2018, 02:08 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
I have added your site into my list of "regular" gotta go visit list.
You have a keen eye for this stuff. I so share your hesitation in bringing the camera up to my face when shooting in public, something I just go along with when the situation arises to get a interesting shot. Over the years I have gotten in the habit of intentionally looking for human free images, but in crowded cities that is sort of hard.
Forum: General Photography 10-05-2018, 12:39 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
Your images show real potential. I think you are getting the hang of it, well done.
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 07:05 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
Two things, first you are still in the military so I can see where your "civilian" activities might seem to allow you to be a little less tuned in to what is going on the your surroundings. Point taken.

Second, I thought I had seen nearly all of HBC's images and that one is new to me. I even have the "Henri Cartier-Bresson by Masters of Photography / Aperture" book on my desk right now and that image is not in it. I also have the Time-Life series of photography from the 70's that covers a little of HBC's work and that image is not in it. I have even been to the site run by Magnum and his family and have yet to find it. If HBC is an inspiration to you, as he is to me, then I have no doubt that you just might capture a image that is as beautiful as that one.

Since you are in NYC, maybe you could get in on a workshop or two via Media-Storm or the millennials at thePhoblographer if you could stand them talking about how cool the latest wrist strap/camera bag/300 dollar tripod is.... Keep your head down when the going gets rough and maybe the next 14 years will go by quickly. :)
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 05:45 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
Point taken and I grant you the point about me not knowing you or your history. However, the examples you gave tend to show that in at least two situations you did not show enough awareness that you could be getting in over your head quite quickly. Further, you stated that you "did not want to get shot" implying that being in situations where the possibility of getting shot is not all that uncommon. I would assume, even if incorrectly, that you repeatedly find yourself in situations that are near or life threating. Again, if you are a conflict photojournalist, then that comes with the territory otherwise I think you need to sit back and evaluate how you get into these types of situations. But based on your description of your encounters does lead me to wonder if you are pushing the boundaries especially if carrying your K-1 with a 70-200. From what I can gather by reading about the equipment used by street photographers, smaller is better. Not because smaller is sneaky but big long lenses are the definition of sneaky in street photography. Even your new 50mm is to large, get a FA 50mm or 40mm pancake and ditch the grip, use back button focus, just setting the focus point for what seems to be a focus point you are comfortable with and then run with it. I use my K-3II with the 18-50mm and stand out of the way and let people go bye, I don't think I have ever intentionally "stuck a camera in someone's face", that phrase just creates problems.

Aside: Your image in post #22 is gorgeous by the way.

As an aside, in today's email stuff I was another British based street photographer (Originally from the US) who provides insight on how he approaches street photography in Oxford England. An interesting read that may go to provide you with something to think about. I like the article for his process and last month and last year I spend a few days in Oxford and I recognize some of the buildings and locations in the article. Just like the video I linked to yesterday, some of the photos are from locations I was at when we spent time in London. It is nice to see other people's images of the same places I was.
David Stumpp on Hitting the Streets for "Lunchtime Portraits"
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 01:42 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
US protections do not cover you outside the US so your issue is mute in those cases.

In Harlem, you really walked into Harlem alone and expected to just start taking pictures? Your sense of appropriateness is really lacking, common sense should rule your day unless you were there as a journalist. While you do have a right to photograph nearly anything if your are on public property, there are places that require a little thought.

For the privacy dudes out there: The US Constitution does not explicitly provide for a right of privacy. Hint Read the first line:The Right of Privacy: Is it Protected by the Constitution?
Summary:
1st - Privacy of belief.
3rd - Provision to no be forced to house solders.
4th - Privacy of person, papers and home.
5th - Right to not self incriminate.
9th - General coverage of "stuff" not covered in the first 8.
14th - Vague coverage of liberty as right to privacy for procreation, child rearing, termination of medication etc.

The basic photography rights of street photography, or any photography, in the US - big caveat - are summarized as:
Know Your Constitutional Rights as a Photographer - The Phoblographer
  • When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain view.

  • When you are on private property, the property owner may set rules about the taking of photographs.

  • Police officers may not confiscate or demand to view your digital photographs or video without a warrant.

  • Police may not delete your photographs or video under any circumstances.

  • Police officers may legitimately order citizens to cease activities that are truly interfering with legitimate law enforcement operations.

Expectation of Privacy?
What Is the "Reasonable Expectation of Privacy"?

Nice Video on Street Photography - in the UK - but please pay attention to the last few minutes. And remember, don't be a jerk.















You Tube



Forum: General Photography 10-03-2018, 09:04 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
After reading this I went back and realized I missed the reference. Conflating the First Amendment and privacy is pretty common actually. Mia Culpa for not reading "better".
Forum: General Photography 10-03-2018, 12:06 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
You must live in a very hostile environment if you think that you will get shot for taking a photo. Please supply a link to a legitimate article where some one was shot after taking a photo other than a conflict photojournalist. I think you are over reacting. If as a photographer you feel physically threatened then you are most likely in a hostile environment that should be avoided in almost any situation.
Forum: General Photography 10-03-2018, 11:59 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
Wheatfield;
I asked a question because I am curious as to why a Canadian is so concerned about the First Amendment of The US Constitution. I am not "bothered" or "uncomfortable" just curious. Lighten up man.

I find it interesting that you introduce the 1st Amendment into the discussion when no one else has mentioned it. And the 1st Amendment is not a claim in either the OP's statement nor anyone else's.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-02-2018, 04:17 PM  
Camera industry 2018 - now doom is everywhere - shareholder tip: sell
Posted By PDL
Replies: 47
Views: 1,866
I have:
3 digital SLR's.
4 film SLR's.
1 film rangefinder.
1 digital P&S.
1 Speed graphic.
14x5 monorail.
1 Original Polaroid SX-70.
1 Wildlife camera in the back yard - 1 broken one on my shelf.
1 Color enlarger. (2.25x2.25 max)
Add in the dead/dying phones and you get a few more.

If Pentax goes away I have the ability to keep up the practice of image making. If all fails, I will move somewhere so I can build a darkroom and shoot with the monorail. If I took all of the above equipment and sold it, I would have just about enough money to get a Sony something or another with a kit lens.
Forum: General Photography 10-02-2018, 04:02 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
All forms of photography are a spectrum of behaviors. Bruce Gilden is at one, or nearly, end of the genera. There are plenty of Street Photographers from NYC who are famous and historic characters in Photography. You might be surprised at the names:
10 Notable Photographers Associated With New York City
Most of them are not confrontational at all in the Bruce Gilden sense but they do reflect the overall thread tendencies. Not all Street Photographers "stick lenses into someone's face" some are sneaky and use telephotos as if getting close up images from a distance is really not "sticking the lens in the face". I personally think that the Street Snipers are the worst form of the genera.

As a side note: I took a workshop through National Geographic back in 2005 and our first assignment was to go out into the Central Plaza in Santa Fe NM and shoot three people who we did not know. Other students did were not considered to be subjects. This was an issue with me since I really don't care to be confrontational. So I just walked up to some people explained what I was doing and got the shots. I could have shot a lot more, but I did get one shot of a person and I sent a copy of the image to her employer who gave presented it to her at a group meeting. We had a nice conversation and her boss really liked the photo.

I also go down to the Pike Place Market in Seattle every few months. I take pictures - and low and behold - there are people in them. I have never been "confronted" and I never "stick my camera in their faces". Last year I spent two months in Europe (people, places, subways) and this summer two weeks in England (places, the tube, trains) and I was not "confronted" at all. The fear of confrontation is over stated. (No I am not going to go over all the different cites, states and countries where I have taken photographs)
Forum: General Photography 10-02-2018, 03:15 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
Question for Wheatfield:

Your are a Canadian, the First Amendment of the US Constitution does not apply to you or your country. So why the obsession?

Photography on private property does not fall under the "expectation of privacy" as applied to photography from public property. Please watch the video attached in my previous post and read the PDF file on Photographers rights. And please note: those videos and documents apply to people in the US not in Canada, you guys have a totally different can of worms to wade through.

Why the obsession with the Bill of rights? Where in this thread did anyone other than you suggest that Street Photography was a First Amendment issue, because it really isn't.

If you want to talk about in general about being a jerk, watch this:














You Tube



He is a well known New York City street photographer. I do not suggest that he is the rule, but he does push the boundary.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-01-2018, 02:52 PM  
Pentax Image Sync v1.1.6 for IOS
Posted By PDL
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Sorry angerdan but you missed my point.

IT2 is not distributed by using the Microsoft Store - meaning that Microsoft says it is supported on the platform. Ricoh has one App in the store - a print driver - that's it. Now all of this is not the fault of Ricoh, Microsoft should really reach out to device manufactures to get stuff into the store. To be honest, I do not know if the Apple/Google "stores", for lack of a better word, have the IT2 software available from them either. I think it is time for Ricoh to get away with being the only distribution channel for stuff they really want to get done.

As for non-Ricoh supported software to do these things, I am really disappointed that the K-3II is not supported in most of them. And the use of Lightroom for tethering is a non-starter with me since I only use my perpetual license version these days and when it craps out, I will be Adobe free. Microsoft is slowly moving out of the consumer world and sooner or later it will disappear from "home" devices. Basing everything on the "cloud" will require users to be attached to a network --> no more "in the field" or remote using of these devices.

Today I rant, because I can. Nothing will change, but I feel a little better.
Forum: General Photography 10-01-2018, 02:10 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
Wheatfield, I just do not believe that you understand just how difficult it is to change the US Constitution. I previously posted this link for something to illustrate the state of affairs surrounding "Street Photography" within the US. https://www.thephoblographer.com/2018/09/04/what-you-need-to-know-about-street-photography/ If a person "takes the law into their own hands" --- first it is not against the law to take photographs in public, this is not taking the law into their own hands, they are breaking the law.-- then they are guilty of assault -- plain and simple.

Now it is important to not be a jerk, so jamming a camera in someone's face is not, in general, a really good way to get that shot. Being sneaky is almost, but in my opinion, worse than jamming a camera in someone's face. It is important to be civil, but no, you do not "have" to delete the image to satisfy someone's request but then you don't have to purposefully be a jerk about it.

In the US, if you are in a public space, there is no expectation of privacy. This concept has been litigated to death and it ain't gonna change any time soon. And as I walk through the grocery store, I see that paparazzi are a popular in Europe and the US as ever and CCTV is everywhere - literally everywhere - in Europe.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 05:34 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By PDL
Replies: 2,099
Views: 131,919
Show is a picture of all the models in the display. Are they blocking taking pictures of the display?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-28-2018, 05:32 PM  
Pentax Image Sync v1.1.6 for IOS
Posted By PDL
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
That is not what I am talking about.
I want something supported by Ricoh, while I appreciate the work Andrea has done I think it is high time that Ricoh starts supporting the Microsoft platform. Heck the last "owner" of the Pentax brand that supplies a codec for PEF files was HOYA and they really disliked Pentax.

How about support from the manufacturer, how about they do something for the Linux people too.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-28-2018, 12:20 PM  
Pentax Image Sync v1.1.6 for IOS
Posted By PDL
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
So where is Image Sync for Windows.
I am not talking about Windows Phone here, but it would be interesting to have it available for Windows tablets/laptops. Or does this lack of Windows support mean that you can only use this "feature" on a phone/like device based on Android or iOS.

So much for being platform agnostic.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 12:13 PM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By PDL
Replies: 2,099
Views: 131,919
And yet they had one on display? Yeah right.
Name one manufacturer that displays a device that is no longer in production and one that major suppliers do not have in stock.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2018, 11:54 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By PDL
Replies: 2,099
Views: 131,919
I have suggested that Pentax cameras "have to have a beer bottle opener" for the sake of the community since the K-10D days. I still use Pentax cameras and my request has been made mute by beer bottles with twist off caps.

Here is a suggestion, start a go-fund-me joystick add on adapter for K-1x cameras (and maybe other brands) and see what kind of response "the community" gives you. The market place would then determine the validity of your arguments. (By the way, I use back button focus and other buttons with lightweight running gloves without too much issue. Plus there are finger tip less gloves for even colder weather Photography Gloves | B&H Photo Video)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-27-2018, 03:53 PM  
Capture One for Fuji Medium Format
Posted By PDL
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Lets get real here.
Something in Pentax's past (Pentax/Hoya - Ricoh is an afterthought) got under Phase One's skin. Phase One does not recognize:
  1. Pentax lens metadata.

  2. Pentax camera serial number.

  3. Pentax tether capabilities.

  4. Pentax Pixel shift - or any manufactures version of pixel shift - if this gets into Capture One - it will be Sony only.

  5. Pentax 645Z - without ExifTool changing the metadata to Phase One.

  6. Pentax "modern" lens profiles.

Some of us have been sending requests into Phase One to have Capture One provide better support for Pentax (as they call them) 35mm cameras. I have for nearly the last twelve years. (started with v3) The don't, they won't they do not see why they should.

Sorry to break it to you, but your dream is just that. Our only hope is that Ricoh decides that the Pentax brand is worthless and sells it to Phase One for patents and other things. Then Phase One would cover it, however grungily.
Phase One has stated explicitly that they will not support the 645Z just like they said that they will not support Hasselblad.
Forum: General Photography 09-27-2018, 03:34 PM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By PDL
Replies: 26
Views: 675
If you were not inside the building but were standing on the sidewalk outside the building then security can not stop you from photography.


Note the if: When standing in a public space you can photograph nearly everything. From Wikipedia:
"Photography may be prohibited or restricted by a property owner on their property. However, a property owner generally cannot restrict the photographing of the property by individuals who are not within the bounds of the property." my emphasis.
Photography and the law - Wikipedia

We have been through this before, rental-security can not stop you from photographing when in a public space - like a sidewalk.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 01:43 PM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By PDL
Replies: 26
Views: 675
Be careful using your tripod as there are safety considerations. Blocking a trail or boardwalk is a big no-no and can get you a visit from a Ranger.

Side note: My buddy and I went to Teton\Yellowstone during the summer after graduating from college. He had two (2) SLR's and I had three (3) removing the need to swap out film. I had Kodachrome 25 in one, Ektachrome 160 in another and Ektachorome IR in the third. However, when we say some puts setting his tripod up in the middle of the boardwalk blocking the way, we just waited until the cable release was tripped and one of us would kick the tripod. Not hard enough to make it collapse, but enough to ruin the shot. Then we would stand there next to each other and explain that blocking the boardwalk/trail was a safety hazard because you know the water running under the boardwalk was 190F and water boils at Yellowstone's average altitude at 196F.

Ask a ranger about setting up tripods, they are pretty knowledgeable and very helpful.

PS: I have been to Yellowstone at least eight times, it is a great place to visit. I have not been there since going digital though.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2018, 11:05 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By PDL
Replies: 1,960
Views: 101,977
I downloaded v11.3 and it has zero (0) improvements for Pentax cameras. This time it is all Fuji.

---------- Post added 09-25-18 at 11:06 PM ----------


Ain't gonna happen. If Capture One can not support pixel shift on Sony, they will never support it for Pentax. As I said, absolutely no additional support provided for Pentax.

I say this as a confirmed Capture One advocate. As long as I do my Exiftool thing to get lens information into the system I will continue to use it. But don't waste your breath talking about what if this or that. Somewhere in the past Pentax/Hoya/Ricoh made Phase One angry, the don't even have a decent list of lens profiles. They will not update any new information either. Sad but true.

And I predicted that Photokina would have zero announcements from the Pentax side of the house - and I was correct. Nada, Nothing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-21-2018, 04:49 PM  
Printing resolution?
Posted By PDL
Replies: 12
Views: 702
Things you should do at the outset.
  1. Calibrate your monitor.

  2. Make sure your print service does not "autocorrect". This is usually placed in a spot labeled for "professional users", unless you are using a real professional print service where they expect you to "know".

  3. Get the printer drivers from your print service and use them. (If you don't know about embedding printer information into your output file --- well look it up)

  4. Send the exact size of the image to be printed. Don't let the print service crop - see point 2.


Make sure that you send the highest quality image to be printed. If possible go to the place where the image is printed and look at it before you accept it. I did this at my local Costco because there was a blemish on the paper and it took them less than two minutes to print me another copy without a blemish.


And yes, I have printed 20x30 inch images from a 6MP *ist Ds that look great. :cool:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-19-2018, 02:25 PM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By PDL
Replies: 6,116
Views: 771,324
I just tried and was successful in getting into the default page for PPG.

My logon screen came up and a link to my gallery also worked.

I guess that I was wrong. To paraphrase a quote Dr. McCoy "By golly, Jim - I'm beginning to think "we" (the Pentax community) can cure a rainy day!"

Now, does the site recognize the K-1x, K-70, K-XP as cameras? Can you upload? Has anything been really accepted? Will the certificate die again next year?
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