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Forum: General Talk 02-09-2010, 05:30 AM  
Besides photography what other hobbies do you have ?
Posted By attack11
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i'm an avid trail & downhill/freeride mountian biker. my dualie is gonna be 7 this year, and with brakes going on 10 it's got a nice vintage appeal these days.



i put together this hardtail 2 years ago and love it, but it's not as much fun at the local hills (due to speed & safety) so i'm going to swap the frame and wheelset, and boom my fiance has a high end bike.



I also have been keeping a mixed reef for a few years. this is an old pic when i had a hanging metal halide/t5ho fixture and diff hardware in the tank. i'm seriously considering changing my current t5ho fixture to leds 'cause it'd cost less than half as much to run the lights over the next 15 years.



i also got a sweet dlna/upnp network with an atom/ion htpc (25w peak) that plays everything thanks to the ion chip & bluray/hddvd drive. calibrated 32bit samsung 6series tv, with rca output to my class a/b p/p tube amp with electro-harmonix tubes :)



it's awesome! a/v equipment used to be a hobby, but i gave away my marantz receiver to a good friend and downsized to tubes/monitors.



i'm also at a point with my career where i'm making my own web apps/frameworks and releasing things (when i have time to dev) under the mit license so other companies/people can extend & use the base code. the general idea is that after i get roughly 200hr into the project i'll have a suite of tools/apps to resell in the market i tend to work in (gov & priv sector). it's really just a case of "sure i could use X framework for Y task, but if i write my own i know what it's doing all the time and it'll be leaner/faster".

it's also a case where my hobby/interest in making flash/dynamic websites in the mid 90s (teens) became a shitty job at $8/hr which is now my pretty solid career. after i finish an mvc2.net project i have a few iphone apps to make with the airplay sdk (windows/c++), which should translate into desirable experience for my current job.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-08-2010, 06:04 PM  
New Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Pentax
Posted By attack11
Replies: 48
Views: 21,699
and, i can do this...



so, trust me .. it's possible to screw up 14mm/f2.8
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-08-2010, 04:33 PM  
New Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Pentax
Posted By attack11
Replies: 48
Views: 21,699
i could've sworn it was still exceptionally easy to misfocus at 14mm/f2.8; silly me.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-08-2010, 05:17 AM  
New Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Pentax
Posted By attack11
Replies: 48
Views: 21,699
af is far more useful than mf in a wide angle, tiny dof is not awesome on a tiny vf.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2010, 02:22 PM  
Misc Winterlude!
Posted By attack11
Replies: 7
Views: 1,391
thanks everyone!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2010, 09:41 AM  
Misc Winterlude!
Posted By attack11
Replies: 7
Views: 1,391
Interesting crit., some of this is "inside" a big tent and i was shooting natural light. Plus onday 2 not a lot of ice has been melted for clarity like the smaller sculptures.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2010, 08:05 AM  
Misc Winterlude!
Posted By attack11
Replies: 7
Views: 1,391
Winterlude is an annual festival in Ottawa/Hull that a lot of people enjoy. There's ice sculpture contests, maple syrup on sticks rolled in snow, giant ice slides and fireworks! It's a week long event, so I'll probably be adding to this thread as time passes.

The fireworks were shot with my DA* 50-135, and the of the post was shot with my FA 50.

http://gallery.jasonmulligan.com/winterlude-2010

















































The next set will be a night series of the larger 2 person/team sculptures. I shot my nifty fifty at f2.0 with the occasional wide open f1.4. My fiance and I were the only ones shooting with primes, in a sea of giant zooms we definitely had an optical edge.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-26-2010, 09:29 AM  
compensating for crop factor
Posted By attack11
Replies: 52
Views: 7,345
crap optics in front of good optics isn't a good idea. buy a wide angle manual focus like a 28mm/f2.8.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-25-2010, 05:14 AM  
Misc Restaurant photos / k-x ISO 3200
Posted By attack11
Replies: 1
Views: 1,353
the images look pretty clean. got any more?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-24-2010, 11:32 AM  
Self leveling tripod?
Posted By attack11
Replies: 38
Views: 17,480
my monfrotto 190xprob legs have a level; manual though.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-24-2010, 06:13 AM  
Image quality question and be nice
Posted By attack11
Replies: 52
Views: 6,289
"own" or "use" ? that's one hell of an expensive collection. i'm a photoshop/acr user.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-23-2010, 01:15 PM  
Landscape Gatineau in winter
Posted By attack11
Replies: 1
Views: 959
I went for a walk in the national Gatineau Park this morning (not too far from my home). I brought my trusty DA* 50-135 along.









Forum: Photographic Technique 01-22-2010, 05:05 AM  
Bounce flash photography
Posted By attack11
Replies: 102
Views: 18,177
Ash, my flash is usually off axis. That doesn't change the camra/flash distance to subject. If there was Pentax literature supporting a bounce method, i think it'd be in the 360/540 manuals.



um, no. the room is a control.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-21-2010, 05:53 AM  
Cityscape Vines
Posted By attack11
Replies: 3
Views: 1,337
thanks. after reading a few chapters of "the photographer's eye" i realized what i do in my photos and have been trying to do it better (move your eye around the frame the way i want to).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-20-2010, 05:00 PM  
Cityscape Vines
Posted By attack11
Replies: 3
Views: 1,337
I went for a walk last weekend with my FA 135mm/F2.8 and found some interesting vines.









Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-19-2010, 04:16 AM  
Cityscape Long Exposures
Posted By attack11
Replies: 6
Views: 2,654
thanks

@Damn Brit I want to go back and shoot that building from a few angles... just waiting for the right conditions.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2010, 05:55 PM  
Cityscape Long Exposures
Posted By attack11
Replies: 6
Views: 2,654
I went to the Rideau Canal last night for some long exposures, pointing toward the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.







Shot with my DA* 16-50, 50-135 and Monfrotto 190XPROB/488RC2 tripod.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2010, 05:41 AM  
Poll: What would you buy? A Full Frame Pentax or an EVIL Pentax?
Posted By attack11
Replies: 104
Views: 15,416
i want either a faster processor OR better software in the bodies. being aps-c doesn't really create many issues in the real world, especially since pentax offers a full digital prime kit as well as pro zooms.

the focus system is accurate, but slow. is it the software or the hardware? upgrading the bottleneck could provide much faster focus. is the difference between canikon & pentax, a core2duo vs a p2 celeron? contrast focus should be fast.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2010, 05:38 AM  
Regarding Adobe RGB
Posted By attack11
Replies: 105
Views: 23,638
which service providers accept argb? all the ones available through zenfolio are srgb, KISS books are srgb; and that's where my printing ends, so i'm kinda curious.

does it matter if you're not printing at home or doing it for large publication?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-18-2010, 05:25 AM  
Poll: PEF or DNG?
Posted By attack11
Replies: 60
Views: 18,266
a lot. the new dng 1.3 spec allows for more non-destructible edits to the dng such as dust spots, maybe red eye (was this 1.2 or 1.3)? and a few other things i don't use.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-16-2010, 03:39 PM  
Misc Ice Swan
Posted By attack11
Replies: 5
Views: 1,485
I'm kinda lucky, there's a competition held annually not far from my home. I'll shoot a series this year. It's fantastic to watch the carving.

here's one a shot last year from the competition. there's size classes :)

http://jasonmulligan.com/#32
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-16-2010, 08:29 AM  
Misc Ice Swan
Posted By attack11
Replies: 5
Views: 1,485
thanks! um, no i didn't i didn't get a close up. i had the wrong lens and the ice wasn't ideal imo. i just snapped it more as a documentary purpose than anything; so in a few years and i can say "oh yeah, and there was an ice swan..." :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-15-2010, 08:06 AM  
Bounce flash photography
Posted By attack11
Replies: 102
Views: 18,177
the whites are protected by matrix metering. in general i never shoot matrix unless it's absolutely needed (or using pttl fill).
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-15-2010, 07:50 AM  
Bounce flash photography
Posted By attack11
Replies: 102
Views: 18,177
it's not an interpretation, it's how it works. see that meter/guide in the manual? the mirror picture (shooting into it) is proper. no clipping, proper exposure. bouncing is under exposed with clipping.

i think i'm done trying to get you guys to understand how you're misusing things.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-15-2010, 06:15 AM  
which backpack?
Posted By attack11
Replies: 10
Views: 3,765
i really really (really) love my nat geo pack. it can handle approx 60lbs without causing massive neck/shoulder strain and there's a ton of places for me to strap things to it (which i do, with love).

the bonus is that it doesn't look like a camera pack, so i'm never worried about it.
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