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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-26-2011, 01:08 AM  
Uttering the words of satan... film...
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 138
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Last year I was wandering around Adelaide with my Mamiya 645 and stumbled across a big celebration function for Chinese New Year. There was a group of pro cameramen with the usual Canikon arrays clacking away for their newspapers. Not being shy about these things, I snuck in with them to get some close-up shots of the crowd. When I hauled out my Mamiya the pros all crowded round and sighed and made comments like "Now that's a real camera!"

Then I ran out of film.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-24-2011, 08:47 AM  
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 22
Views: 3,168
I have a friend who was taught by Ansell Adams. He shoots large format and knows a thing or two about sharpness. It was very interesting, therefore, to hear him say a few weeks ago that we've become too obsessed with sharpness. If you're a bird photographer then yes, you can't be too sharp, but for most photography I do believe that we often miss the point of taking a photo, which is to create an emotional connection with the viewer, to tell a story, to present a view of the world, express an opinion. It's not about making an image so sharp you can cut people's eyeballs with it. May I suggest you have a look at some photos from years ago that aren't particularly razor sharp but which have impact, which speak to you. Try Cartier-Bresson, Erwitt, Capa. Ask yourself whether that's what you'd really like to aim for. There's nothing "wrong" with a sharp photograph, but there's a lot more to it than mere technical proficiency.
I hope that's helpful.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-08-2011, 08:50 PM  
What is LBA?
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 52
Views: 7,910
The big problem with LBA, of course, is that you can rapidly wind up with a large collection of junk lenses. You know the routine - "Oh well, it's only $20 bucks - why not?" When clear vision dawns one winter morning, have you ever tried to dispose of a collection of junk lenses? Pepe, take your inspiration from those disciplined souls who regularly shoot with only one or two lenses for a very long time. They develop consistency and depth of knowledge most of us can only dream of. If it was good enough for Henri Cartier-Bresson ...

Anyone want a box of junk? Cheap?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-17-2011, 08:31 AM  
55mm, just don't get the point?
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 29
Views: 3,627
Two or three lenses for each focal length? Looxury! When I were a lad, all we 'ad were a magnifying glass from Woolworths. My broother used ter hold it in front of 't camera body and start walkin' until I told him to stop...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-15-2011, 12:00 AM  
Q about: Hyperfocal distance + focus scales
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 14
Views: 4,209
If you read the lens reviews on this forum the general concensus seems to be that f4.5-5.6 is the sweet spot for the coveted 31Ltd, so your f16 could be overkill. I would think that somewhere between f5.6 and f11 you're going to get sharp from your toenails to infinity. As Steve suggests, your DOF preview is probably your best guide. (And it's certainly going to be no hardship to take lots of photos with that lens for practice. Lucky man).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2011, 05:41 PM  
Medium telephoto - please, advise
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 12
Views: 2,238
If you're certain you're going to need a FL of 200mm, you might want to get a zoom with a slightly longer reach, say 250mm, bearing in mind you rarely get the sharpest shots at the extreme ends of zooms.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-13-2011, 05:44 PM  
K100D doing odd things
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 20
Views: 3,529
Is the battery warning icon showing low charge? Sometimes these blips can right themselves by just working the offending part, so while you're watching TV try just twirling the dial backwards and forwards. If that fails you could also try a very gentle squirt of contact fluid at the top and bottom of the dial and see if you can work it in by again twirling the dial - anything to avoid taking the top off; if you don't know what you're doing you could ruin a perfectly good camera. And the K100 is an excellent camera.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-07-2010, 08:53 PM  
Travel 3 Rejects
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 20
Views: 4,846
I agree with the previous comments. In particular I had exactly the same reaction as kryosphinx to the eye of the snake (though it's still a wonderful photo).
I really don't think you're doing anything "wrong." The landscapes are lovely, technically very good, but to be honest I don't find them very interesting, in the sense that I've seen a million shots like them and I'd like to see something fresh and new. It's that old thing of asking yourself, "why am I taking this shot? What is my emotional reaction to and connection with what is in front of me? How can I communicate this to the viewer?" etc. I'm sure you do this anyway, but sometimes it's beneficial to listen to the answer with a little more attention, I find.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-07-2010, 01:11 AM  
Nature Skeletal
Posted By Wombat
Replies: 24
Views: 5,862
The colour one for me too - absolutely gorgeous, nice & sharp, fills the frame, tells its story, ticks all the boxes. I'd be happy to hang it on my wall. If you want to persevere with the monochrome image you are, of course, not restricted to black and white. You might find a soft, light sepia or a cyanotype blue could bring out what you were looking for.
Beautiful work - congrats.
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