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Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2019, 04:13 PM  
K-1 misreading Tokina lens.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 11
Views: 598
No no... it's funny. I laugh at the board sometimes because we have so many Canadians and all of them are so helpful.... we wind up with 9 pages of 'help' even after things were solved on page 2. :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2019, 04:02 PM  
K-1 misreading Tokina lens.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Now just sit back and wait for 200 more posts telling him to just ignore it. :lol:

This one is gonna go 8 pages long...:D
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2019, 03:58 PM  
K-1 misreading Tokina lens.
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Ignoring it is fine. It only matters if you apply the lens profile correction to your RAW file.
Forum: General Talk 05-05-2019, 08:25 AM  
Thank you, Pentax Forums!
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Thanks for the post. I whole heartedly agree. I have let my $$$ support momentarily lapse but it wasn't without good reason... I will re-up when I can. Lots going on for me so I haven't snapped a picture in a very long time but I am still here.


I definitely agree with the OP... we can get all the meat we want here with a lot less of the 'attitude' (the bad kind) than just about anywhere else on the net.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-21-2019, 10:47 AM  
Tips on learning digital processing?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
I had the same learning curve that you are describing. I am still not what I consider good at it (or photography in general) but the learning of digital developing is a skill in an of itself.


Tip #1. Start out with a good image. This means getting your exposure right, getting good lighting, having good composition and exposure and so on a so forth. You say 'but that has nothing to do with digital processing!?'... but I say it has everything to do with it. Digital processing can make a good image better but it cannot correct things that are just done wrong from the start. You have to know what your end goal is going to be with each image.


Typically, at least for me, this has revolved a lot around exposure and light balance.


By "light balance" I would give the example of say you take a photo of something that is beautifully lit but the sky in the background is completely blown out...it's an example of bad light balance. However on the flip side if your background is lit just as good as your foreground and subject (to the desired effect) then it is 'good light balance'. Things that are bright and shiny reflecting light spots and whatnot can be your nemesis.


Take Away: The more you have to jack around with a picture the more fake looking it can become. The less you have to correct basic errors the better.


Tip #2. Whatever software you use--read the instructions. They even have classes about just post processing. There are also numerous videos online. Even the older versions and tutorial videos for those will be helpful. Just take an image--any image of yours-- upload it and carefully go through each setting and button one by one. See what it does. When doing this--TAKE NOTES.


Later on when I need to move along to another computer I will be changing software. I will not use Lightroom any more because they went to a subscription based model. Sorry but if I buy it it's mine and I won't pay $10 a month or whatever for the privilege of using their tools. That said your basic tools and adjustments will be about the same thing even across various platforms. They might call it something different but it's basically the same stuff (more or less) although some programs might have a better work flow than others.


Take Away: Reading, watching videos (regarding any software) for tips and hints, and just literally jumping right in and playing around will pay off in the long term. Taking a class will pay for itself. Heck, go to the local university where kids are learning photography and pay somebody $100 to give you a couple of tutorials and/or demonstrations. That kind of investment in time and/or money will pay off.

You can take the time to become 'self taught' but that doesn't mean you have to start completely from scratch. My personal interest level in software and computers is about 25 times less than it is in photography itself so my drive to just go it alone is not that great. I did just that---but it was mundane and not all that exciting to me. I will probably never become an expert in baking up photoshopped images because that is not where my interests lie, but if you use digital tools to clean up the images you take it becomes a supplement to achieving the fundamentals like described in point #1.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2018, 11:49 AM  
Packing Light, World Tour....if you could take just ONE lens...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 83
Views: 3,558
I did several around the world trips with just one lens.

With a crop sensor camera it would be the 16-85. With a full frame it would be the 24-70.


I've done it more than one time so I am not just speaking out of theory.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2018, 10:43 PM  
People The Refugee
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Thank you.


The photo itself based only on that alone... there is a lot that isn't perfect. The lighting is horrible for one...

But the story behind it, that is what makes it more meaningful. I was discussing lots of things with friends the other day and it made me think of this experience.


From a sheer photographic standpoint it makes me wonder how a photo like this (and it's attached story) connects with people who are seeing it for the first time.


I mean when you read that little blurb and see the picture what runs through your head as a viewer?

I guess what I am getting at here is trying to see how the whole package works together to connect.

Yes there are tons of images where I go 'wow! pretty!' or 'that model is gorgeous' or even 'I would love to be on that beach!'... all of those different kinds of images 'connect' in one way or another but I am curious about how something like THIS connects or if it connects at all with the viewer/reader?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-03-2018, 09:46 AM  
People The Refugee
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 262
I was walking around Istanbul late at night and three young guys were interested in my taking photos and my camera gear.

Turns out all three of them were Libyan refugees, and all three of them were from Benghazi, and all three of them were there and witnessed the events of the night of that attack.
We ended up staying out until at least 3am talking, discussing, eating, and sharing. It was quite an interesting night I should say.

The guys really wanted to save up money to buy a camera so they could take photos and they also really liked Run DMC.

This is a street portrait of one of them.

Photo taken with a K-3 and 16-85mm. ISO 3200, f4, 1/20, handheld.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 08:09 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 08:04 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 277
I previously uploaded the color version of this photo but I don't know how to add it here for compare and contrast purposes. Any ideas?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2018, 07:51 PM  
Night Black and White Astro Photo
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 277
A black and white version of a previously posted photo.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-14-2018, 09:33 AM  
Night Astro Photography Trials
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Thanks David! This is one of my first real attempts to do this kind of stuff.

I guess I could do it more often but just haven't.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-13-2018, 01:54 PM  
Night Astro Photography Trials
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 2
Views: 282
I recently went camping so I decided to try out some astro photography. I don't have much experience in that aspect of photography but please feel free to comment, make suggestions or just tell me which one you like better.

All feedback and tips are appreciated.

The first one was taken with the 31mm. The 2nd one was taken with the 24-70 (at 24mm) and a Surefire flashlight (I gently brushed the trees with my flashlight as it was on the timer to make the tree more visible).

Both photos were taken in Bandera Texas.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-12-2018, 11:42 PM  
Architecture Prambanan Hindu Temple - Java
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Excellent series! I have been to Indonesia many times but I've never been to these temples.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-12-2018, 09:15 PM  
Analog in Oman?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 3
Views: 363
I have a bunch of friends that are in and out of that area all the time. I am not that versed in film photography or where you can get this or that or have film developed or whatnot.

I don't know your base/home country but it might pay off in big ways to make contacts with frequent flyers that will bring stuff in and out of the country. If you were going digital I think it would be easier by a lot to maintain the habit but that aside I can't say for sure.


Other than that, welcome to the forum.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-30-2018, 10:59 AM  
L Mount alliance, new Nikon, Canon mounts...future
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 47
Views: 1,857
All the details aside technology moves at the speed of light. Every year there are new phones new TV systems new everything.

With other technology the companies have a lot more leverage to compel people into buying new stuff.

If you have a 6 year old phone it might work fine but then again it won't be able to keep up with modern apps or other things.

Photography though has much less pressure for these kinds of upgrades and investments.

With a phone if it's old and only 2G you have to upgrade to get the performance of 4G or whatever. The same however is not true with camera gear. The changes are mostly optional but every so many years there's enough change to warrant a big expensive upgrade.

These upgrades are all dependent upon people's ability to afford it and their willingness to accept the change.

Basically put camera systems are not as mobile among users.

If the systems can last long enough and have enough support and prove it's worth over time people will adopt it.

A lot of these companies though are hoping for and trying to compel people to buy a new gadget every year. Problem is its just too expensive for most to do that.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-30-2018, 10:16 AM  
L Mount alliance, new Nikon, Canon mounts...future
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 47
Views: 1,857
Can you please explain simply and briefly what is this L mount alliance?
Forum: General Photography 09-27-2018, 07:13 AM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 70
Views: 2,617
I love that first photo!!!!

And you and me are alike in the sense of focusing on the artistic. I personally almost never get the opportunity to do 'street photography' (I live in rural Texas) so in ways I envy people (photography wise) that live in cities. In normal situations I travel a lot when I can. I recall walking around a place like Istanbul on sensory overload. You could spend a year there without any problem. Other cities too.


When I go to places like that I often either walk around for days exploring and making notes (physical) or mental about the who what when and wheres. Paying particular attention to light is the biggest deal to me and then throw in some fantastic composition....it's actually an art form so if it was easy everyone would be doing it.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 09:34 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 70
Views: 2,617
Another skill that is good to have is focus trapping skills. You can manually focus and get some stellar shots.


I also know that it's kind of cheating but there is nothing wrong with having a friend (or model) be a part of the plan. Follow the plan in my first post about finding good locations and then have willing participants dress up or whatever and not really 'pose' but say 'walk across the street' at a designated point or whatever. The real trick there is to get them to not stare right into the camera, but rather just go on about business to get the effect you want.

If you take the latter approach it's a whole lot easier to be productive than to have unwilling participants. Depending on what I wanted to do, I've even put like a little pebble on the ground as 'point A' and then had another one set at 'point B' and I would just have people walk from A to B and on to C and I would just have to determine the optimal snapping point.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 09:16 PM  
Sticking your lens in someone's face...
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 70
Views: 2,617
I like that first video that was posted up. That guy has his game down. I rarely if ever will stick my camera anywhere. If it's going to cause a fight I don't bother. The US is the worst, by far, about this.

At the end of the day it depends on what kind of shots you really want to get. A lot of people walk around with a big camera or long lens looking like some kind of paparazzi and I just don't think that's effective. It could be but only marginally. I myself have walked up to people on the street and took shots of them, for sure. It tends to work out well if you have a good rapport with people. On the other hand walking around just clicking at anything that moves has a downside. Most of the time if not always you wind up with crappy shots. That said unless you're taking pictures of the Pope or President it's not the best idea to just run around trying to force a shot.

For me 'street photography' requires a lot of planning (when I get a chance to do it). I will walk around and note scenic areas, I will also walk around and make note of when and where the light is at. Recognizing good light is key. For example if you camp out near a glass high rise on a shiny day odds are you will get a ton of reflection back into your image. Basically put I am looking more for a 'landscape shot' and I approach it in ways that are similar to that.


I will take days or longer to figure out where I want to shoot, what kind of background it will produce, and try to determine the best kind of light for that area. Then on top of that I have to see if there will even be people in that area when the stars align. Overall the whole thing can take a ton of preparation and advance planning.


One key feature that helps facilitate things though is the tilting screen. It makes you look less conspicuous. I might only get 5 or 10 shots off, but at the end of the day I might have 1-2 keepers.


On another level I also do stuff in big crowds. When there is a festive mood going on it's a great time to 'run and gun'. By "Festive Mood" it can be anything from a riot in the street to a big street party. In those kinds of situations it's much easier to do the whole 'running around shooting thing'. It doesn't or rarely I should say give you 'technically good' photos all the time but rather is more of a documentation of the events.


Really there is no right or wrong answer. It all is dependent on situations and what your end product is that you want to produce. Planning 3, 4 or 5 days for a 30 or 45 minute window to get shots isn't what a lot of people consider 'street' but it really in fact is.


I guess the real question here is are you trying to document something or are you trying to create and capture an artistic impression of something?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2018, 10:50 AM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 110
Views: 5,916
My position is this: I will never buy a subscription to Lightroom. I will find an alternative when the time is right and needed. In the absence of any viable alternative that is non subscription based, I will sell all of my camera gear and devote the money to one of my two or three other expensive hobbies.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2018, 09:41 AM  
Photo Editing on Android Tablet
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Here is the thread I put up before. It's 3 pages long.


Post Processing with a Tablet computer? - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2018, 08:30 AM  
Photo Editing on Android Tablet
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 7
Views: 698
I've asked this before in a similar type of thought process as you but the overwhelming consensus was that it's not the best idea.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-11-2018, 12:11 PM  
Canon EOS-R Hands-On First Look by Kai Wong
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 75
Views: 1,967
I am kind of of the school that rather than just purely 'small' the camera needs to be balanced and comfortable. I am not of the studio variety (yet) so 98% of the time I am out and about running around or walking or moving when I shoot photos.

Small helps when you're packing your luggage but aside from that for anyone who primarily works in the field ie outside/not within steps of the car the balance and ergonomics of things matter more than pure size and weight. My system might overall be a few oz heavier but if I use a superior way to carry gear it more than makes up for it.


I figured I would ask you to opine here and share your thoughts on my comment since you're clearly more of the professional level/type photographer with a lot more years under your belt in the arena.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-09-2018, 08:15 PM  
Nature Another Flower with my A 50 f1.7
Posted By alamo5000
Replies: 13
Views: 451
How does one do focus stacking? I am familiar with what it is but not sure how to do it.


Great pic by the way.
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