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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Thanks Christian. Microsoft ICE couldn't get all the tree trunks lined up properly even after several attempts, but Photoshop managed it in the end -- after crunching the numbers for an hour. There are still one or two slightly wonky looking bends in a tree trunk here and there, but hopefully they're not too obvious.
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
Interesting gear seen on Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Oxfam's online shop here in the UK has got one at a very reasonable price.

https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/classic-pentax-smc-shift-lens-f35-32-28mm/pr...u=HD_200226440

Full disclosure: I'm an Oxfam volunteer myself, but not in the shop that's selling this lens and I've got no personal connection to the sale.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 6,726
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I bet you could get away with posting that one in the film thread pretending it's a scan of a vintage E6 slide and nobody would doubt it. Beautifully done.:)


We had a pause in the storms yesterday and I managed to get out to Burrator Dam for a walk. This is a 27 shot stitch, with a couple of little people hidden away in there for scale.

Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-16-2021, 02:27 AM  
The Pandemic and mail-in film processing
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 4
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The week before the first lockdown here last year I sent a roll away to DSCL, my usual lab here in the UK. The lab was understandably closed during the lockdown, then about three months later I got a phone call. The envelope with my film in had torn open somewhere during its three months in limbo and the film was untraceable, although the order form was still in it for them to contact me. It's only this week that I've started feeling like risking shooting some film again, and I'm going to be at least double-enveloping it before sending it off for processing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2021, 12:36 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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All I can say is a genuinely heartfelt thank you. I wish there was an emoji that could represent how truly I mean that, but words will have to suffice. Posting again over the past couple of days has made me understand that I'm not back to 100% yet, and I'm sorry about working through these particular issues so publicly, but I promise that I'll be back when I've got some more snaps to share. Signing off now for the next few weeks though. Getting back in touch with the K10D Club has reminded me just how good people are at their best.:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2021, 03:36 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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I'm truly humbled to think that anyone would do such a thing, but really there's no need. I'd blush every time I visited.:)




Hi Glinda. The Dartmoor ponies are semi-wild (so are most Dartmoor humans). The ponies are all owned by farmers, but they live their lives on the moor as if they were wild. The true Dartmoor pony is an exceptionally hardly breed with significant genetic differences to most other equines, although most of the ones you'll see nowadays are partly mixed with the pit ponies that once worked in the mines on the moor.


Here's a snap from last July that I'm sure I wouldn't have posted here since I'd flounced out of the forum in a hissy fit by then. It was the last photo I took before spending five months in cloud cuckoo land.


Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-13-2021, 02:52 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 6,726
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Thanks Tim, I'm grateful. It probably reflects badly on me to say so, but I've had to admit to myself that clearly I had something I'd needed to get off my chest here on the forum. With that now done, I'll be turning up in the K10D Club now and then to share some snaps, and I'll also log on in the background occasionally and quietly spray a load of likes around here and there. But I'm determined to stay away from anything more contentious, and hopefully I'll be able to stick to that resolution.:)
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2021, 01:22 PM  
21st Century News Media -- Well Darn They're Persistent!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 16
Views: 1,002
Yep, let's take it to the mods. I've got a feeling that suggesting that a member has staged a dangerous moorland fire might count as a personal attack.
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2021, 01:04 PM  
21st Century News Media -- Well Darn They're Persistent!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 16
Views: 1,002
That's not going to work on me, Norm. I've seen you do it too many times. You make an attack on someone who you think might be an easy target, and if they snap back you say, "What? Me? Why are you making a personal attack on me in response to my personal attack on you?"

How about if you try not kicking people when you think they're down in the first place?
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2021, 12:11 PM  
21st Century News Media -- Well Darn They're Persistent!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 16
Views: 1,002
Wow, that was quick. Yesterday I thought I might make a tentative return to the forum after a period of ill health, and today Norm immediately chimes in with the sort of snide comment that reminds me why I left in the first place. Ah well, I tried to give it another chance. Bye folks.:(
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2021, 09:14 AM  
21st Century News Media -- Well Darn They're Persistent!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 16
Views: 1,002
I'm starting to wish that Auntie Beeb hadn't credited me by name. I've now got one of our local religious fanatics accusing me online of being a satanist because the photo resembles religious iconography of hell. Heck, I'm not even a Wiccan (although I'm friends with one or two). I'm just your everyday pragmatic atheist.:)
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2021, 03:44 AM  
21st Century News Media -- Well Darn They're Persistent!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 16
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We've had a huge fire here on Dartmoor last night that's continued into today, but it seems just about under control now. Since I could see the red glow in the sky from the end of my driveway I went out and took a few shots. First I uploaded the best one to the local Tavistock Facebook page since quite a few folks were sharing their grainy mobile snaps there. Then I thought, what the heck, and uploaded it to the BBC. And I have to confess that I was quite pleased with myself when it appeared on their main news website.

So now today I'm stuck fighting off interview requests from TV, radio and whatnot who all want a breathless eyewitness account of the night's terrifying events. Except that it wasn't terrifying. I knew it was miles away from me and the glow was just bouncing off the clouds, so I just had a glass of wine or two and went to bed.

I'll be ignoring Facebook and email for the rest of the day, and I'm just glad that I've shut down all my other social media accounts recently. And my phone is ex-directory, so at least they can't bother me that way. Trust me though, folks, don't upload any slightly newsworthy snaps to the broadcast media if you don't want lots of eager hacks trying to get in touch afterwards.

Here's the photo in question, with the K-S1 and 18-55mm. (The photo might disappear briefly since the hosting site uses human editors to check uploads.)

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-10-2021, 01:32 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Thanks for being so understanding folks. I was a bit nervous about explaining that my absence from here was caused by mental health issues, but perhaps if people talked about such things more openly then there wouldn't be any stigma involved.

As I've said, I'll be avoiding actively participating in social media in general as much as possible. So if anyone tries to get in touch through any social media channels and I don't reply then I'd like to apologise for that in advance. Right now it's what I have to do to keep myself sane and well.

I'm sure I'll be back in a month or two with some more photos as they come along. For now, I'm going to have a look back through the K10D Club and do some liking.:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2021, 01:53 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Hi folks. Last week I logged on to Flickr for the first time in months and discovered that a couple of you had kindly tried to contact me, so I thought I'd stop by here to say sorry for not replying.

Over the last six months or so of last year I was in the grip of a fairly catastrophic episode of the mental health condition that comes along and clobbers me now and then, so I'm afraid I really wasn't in any condition to be chatting to anyone online. It's no big deal in comparison with the horrors that so many people have suffered from Covid, but it was enough to cause quite a lot of self-inflicted damage in my own life. And it meant that I rudely ignored a couple of you from here, and I want to apologise for that.

I've now realised that there's something intrinsically destabilising about social media for me personally, so I've shut down everything apart from Facebook with a handful of close family and real world friends. That includes shutting down my Flickr account. Of course you can't officially close down a PF account, and that's fine because I think I probably would have wanted to keep this one open anyway for old time's sake. I've lurked here now and then and it's been good to see that the K10D Club is still going strong with some talented new members, and I've loved what I've seen in the CCD cult thread. But I won't be coming back here as a regular contributor, because, like I say, I've come to accept that social media isn't particularly healthy for me personally.

I've actually taken a couple of photos again over the past few weeks, which is hopefully a sign that things are on the mend now. Although it seems that, somewhere during the months of chaos, I gave away all my lovely Takumars to charity -- which is just the sort of thing that tends to happen in those sort of times. I've still got the GX-10 and 18-55mm though, and what else more than that do you really need anyway?

Here's a couple of snaps from the start of this year (assuming I've remembered how to do it and they're actually visible).






Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2020, 12:18 PM  
GAS attack: CCD vs. CMOS why choose one over the other ?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 42
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Thanks Mike. I stop by for a look in now and then and just happened to see this thread, and it struck a chord. So I thought, why not? It'd be nice to make a post for old time's sake.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2020, 11:54 AM  
GAS attack: CCD vs. CMOS why choose one over the other ?
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 42
Views: 2,612
Oh, great, I flounce out of this place in a hissy fit sometime earlier this year and suddenly everyone thinks CCD is wonderful.

Sorry for butting in folks, just happened to look at the forum on a Sunday evening after a glass of wine or five. . . :o

aslyfox: Trust me: buy a K10D or GX-10 and find out for yourself. The difference is chalk and cheese.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-05-2020, 10:11 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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I'm going to step in just one last time, because it breaks my heart to see how much upset I've caused. For me, it was simply that I got to the point where I just couldn't tune out the loudmouths and bullies any more. It's as simple as that.

This is a wonderful forum at its best -- and the K10D Club is as good as it can possibly ever get. Enjoy it, my friends, and don't let my flouncing out of here spoil it for you.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2020, 01:14 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Folks, there's something I need to say, and I'm saying it here because the K10D Club has always been my spiritual home on this forum.

Lately the general tone on large parts of this site has been becoming increasingly toxic. I've been seeing outright bullying by some members that hasn't been dealt with, while genuine attempts by other members to have a balanced discussion have resulted in deleted posts and thread bans. I'm not going to say any more than that, because I don't want this post of mine to be edited or deleted as I've seen happening to others in front of my own eyes.

Events over the past few days have brought me to the point where I no longer feel that I want to be a member here anymore. So I'm sad to say that this will be my last post and I'll no longer be contributing after today.

I'm sure you'll all understand that this decision has got nothing at all to do with the K10D Club. This thread has always been a beacon of friendly, civilised, open-minded discussion. But I'm no longer willing to stand by and watch talented photographers being forced into silence out on the forum in general.

I've enjoyed being Dartmoor Dave, but now it's time for him to wander off into the sunset. All the best to my friends here in the K10D Club.

David
:(:(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-29-2020, 12:58 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
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Have you posted any shots with the X90 anywhere that I could see them yet? I'd be very interested in seeing some results at the long end with it in your skilled hands.

I very rarely shoot with any sort of long lens except for the Torbay Airshow every June (cancelled this year:(). So I've been thinking that the size, weight and price of a superzoom bridge camera might actually be the best option for my very occasional long lens needs.
Forum: General Photography 06-28-2020, 09:17 AM  
At Long Last...Sunny 16
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 39
Views: 1,634
It's left me wondering if I should forget about Sunny 16, take the Sekonic out of my bag, and just use matrix from now on. But they're sort of a safety blanket.:lol:
Forum: General Photography 06-28-2020, 09:03 AM  
At Long Last...Sunny 16
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 39
Views: 1,634
Well. . . I went out this afternoon to try to grab some snaps in the quite tricky light of patches of cloud with bursts of sunlight passing across the landscape, hoping to show some examples of through-the-lens matrix metering getting it hopelessly wrong. And in every case the matrix metering in the GX-10 hit it bang on the nose -- same exposure I would have judged by eye using Sunny 16. It underexposed by 1/3 stop in one or two cases, but that's no problem.

So that's me taught.:)
Forum: General Photography 06-28-2020, 01:51 AM  
At Long Last...Sunny 16
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 39
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It's 9.45am here and the sun rose at about 5am, so almost five hours after sunrise with patchy cloud but little haze. Metering in direct sunlight, my Sekonic L308S gives f/16 at 1/125 at ISO 100. The Samsung GX-10 version of the K10D with an 18-55mmWR, metering off a calibrated grey card, gives f/16 at 1/180 at ISO100, which seems to confirm my suspicion that the camera's meter is calibrated to underexpose slightly.

With that lens on that camera, I'd usually shoot at f/16 at 1/125 at ISO100 in this light without bothering to meter, as I know the brightest parts of the patchy clouds will be just below clipping in the raw file.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-28-2020, 01:31 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 6,726
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Thanks Ray. My suggestion is that we give it until a week from today to allow all the K10D Club regulars to express their preference, then tot up the votes on Sunday 5 July.

Do you want to:

Stay as the K10D Club with no change.
Rename as: The 10 Megapixel Club (Formerly the K10D Club).
Rename as: The CCD Club (Formerly the K10D Club).

My own preference is for The CCD Club, with any photo from any CCD camera allowed. I think there are so few CCD shooters around now that it would be good to have a place where they could all gather. Sort of like the film thread, in which anything goes as long as it's shot on film.:)


And if there's any moderator watching: is it even possible to change the thread title after this long, or is it something that just technically can't be done?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-27-2020, 01:41 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 6,726
Views: 653,602
That would work for me. Any time I get to see a 645D shot is a treat. Makes me seethe with jealousy, but it's still a treat.
Forum: General Photography 06-27-2020, 01:29 AM  
At Long Last...Sunny 16
Posted By Dartmoor Dave
Replies: 39
Views: 1,634
The amount of haze, combined with the height of the sun in the sky, determines whether I'll use straight Sunny 16 or more usually Sunny 11 around here. But for beach or snow shots, where the ground bounces back a lot of light, I usually go for the full Sunny 16. And of course I adjust for different densities of cloud, as has been described earlier in the thread. In the golden hour I tend to work off f/8, but really it's about using experience to judge the particular conditions by eye.

Around here there's usually some cloud, and I prefer to expose so that the brightest parts of any cloud will be just below clipping (assuming that the sun isn't directly in the frame). That quite often means that there's some shadow recovery needed on the ground, but that's easy with digital.

For people who want to get into Sunny 16, I'd suggest doing a series of test shots on a sunlit day, with some clouds with bright highlights but not with the sun directly in the frame. Find the exposure that captures the brightest parts of the clouds at just below clipping, and from now on you can use that as your standard "Sunny 16". My normal Dartmoor exposure is f/11 at 1/125 at ISO100. Switching to f/16 at 1/125 at ISO100 in sunlit snow, and of course opening up as needed when there's cloud. It's not strictly Sunny 16, but it works for me.:)


Edit: The height of the sun in the sky is relevant based on the time of day, not time of year. I use the same exposure in direct noon sunlight on 21st December as I do on 21st June. But at any time of the year, as the sun drops towards the horizon and the colour of the light visibly changes, you need to adjust exposure. In the summer there are more hours where you can go full Sunny 16, and the winter there are more hours of the day where you need to open the lens up a bit. The colour of the light is the best guide.
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