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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-27-2020, 02:05 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 15,238
Views: 2,545,552
That ain't sport. That's trad! ;)

Edit:
Medium format trad sounds like a rad concept. Like as if lugging the trad equipment rack up the cliff wasn't badass enough...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-04-2019, 02:48 AM  
Landscape Clouds over Black Canyon
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Thanks matt! Cool praise especially since you know the place!

I've stalked your posts in the past so I've had plenty of chances to curse how awesome your "local haunts" are for photo ops. :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-13-2019, 06:13 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 15,238
Views: 2,545,552
Love the first one with the door. It tickles my brain in the right way.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-13-2019, 12:18 AM  
Landscape Mount Emei
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 4
Views: 505
I did not know Emei-shan is that scenic. I mostly knew it for its teas. How did you get that perspective? Is it from another peak along the ridge?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2019, 11:59 PM  
Landscape Clouds over Black Canyon
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 14
Views: 799
I'm considering trying how big I can go with this image as it seems quite sharp down to the pixel level. Of course it all depends on your planned viewing distance and tolerance of grain (for some reason though, I've gotten so used to that out-of-focus grain on digital cameras that I shudder at the thought of smoothing it out, which I find would make the whole image feel fake).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-11-2019, 12:59 PM  
Landscape Clouds over Black Canyon
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Thanks! For once I did actually wait for a scene to come together, and it did. I probably have to thank my brother again some time for patiently twiddling his thumbs as I was just sitting there, waiting for the clouds to line up.



Thanks. The variety of textures and light is even richer than I originally anticipated.



Hah :D. Though I'd be a lying rat, if I didn't admit that I'm a big fan. Besides, this image even imitates selenium toning! (The cool shade brings out some quality that I find pleasing, albeit can't really explain)



K-5 is certainly a loveable piece of kit and prints very nicely up to A3+ size at least. Although I nowadays have a K-1 that doesn't take anything away from the fiver. Beyond that I have to also like the sammy 24, it's really nice for all sorts of landscape work (when you're not in a hurry for focusing).

This will probably end up in my wall at some point.. I'll have to see how big it prints.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-10-2019, 03:50 AM  
Landscape Clouds over Black Canyon
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 14
Views: 799
Thanks! And a very cool bit of family history. I found the stories of the first canyon explorations a bit harrowing (like whoever thought -that- was a good idea :) ). It a really great place to visit and gives one a real sensation of awe and wonder.



Thanks! I found it very hard to figure out how to photograph the canyon as initially all attempts seemed to come up short at conveying the awe and sheer enormity of the canyon. It's apparently hard to photograph things from top down :). It also took some tinkering to figure out how to bring out the light-coloured dikes in the wall (the answer seems to be a blue-magenta-ish filter in silverefex).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-09-2019, 04:55 PM  
Landscape Clouds over Black Canyon
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 14
Views: 799


B&W rendition of a shot taken at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison some years back. I did wait some time for the clouds to roll in to paint the canyon walls with striped shadows and provide more feeling of depth for the scene.

I only had one afternoon to visit the park and this, with the experience itself, was what I came away with. I'd like to revisit sometime, but I'm uncertain if I ever will. Living in Europe, visiting the national parks in the U.S. is a rare treat indeed.

It took me years to figure out how to develop this according to my tastes (and finding about silverefex to boot).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2019, 01:41 PM  
Abstract Pair of Tits
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Too bad it isn't a pair of Great Tits... :)

..

I was actually surprised by the fact that they weren't great tits.

..

I would've been even more surprised to see breasts actually :D
Forum: Photo Critique 01-30-2019, 12:36 AM  
Landscape Winter Gray
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 9
Views: 1,028
My interpretation of the second one (silverefex, personal preset with tonal contrast, levels, red filter and light selenium toning to nudge the overall tone into blue/gray instead of neutral gray).
Forum: Photo Critique 01-28-2019, 01:54 AM  
Landscape Winter Gray
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 9
Views: 1,028
Since I like winter in B&W (works very well since the colors are muted anyhow), I like to butt in. :) Nice, wintry scenery, I like the light&shadow cast by clouds in 2.

I highly recommend silverefex as a tool of choice for the conversion it also enables creating nice presets that can do wonders.

Couple of tips for clear, high contrast winter photos (low contrast is an option, if you want a more dreamlike quality, but that's a different story):
- Increase exposure value in post (EV) as most likely your camera under exposed a bit (unless you compensated in-camera). You want snow-white to be snow-white and blacks can fall where they may
- If you want to spread the dynamic range around a bit, use levels tool to set the white and black points (the result is usually a bit better and less 'cooked' than trying to achieve the same using the "highlights" & "shadows" settings or similar).
- Simulate yellow or red filter in the post processing (this increases contrast and downplays atmospheric haze a little bit) silverefex provides this directly; photoshop and similar can work this by e.g. editing curves for channels separately before the B&W conversion or playing with the conversion settings themselves
- Consider toning the neutral grey end-result with a tiny bit of metallic blue-gray color filter similar to selenium toning the result is colder and somehow feels more wintry and clear

Sorry, if I got overexcited over this and posted a too-much-information blurb. I just really like B&W in winter. Cheers! :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2018, 04:42 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 1,960
Views: 129,091
Funnily enough, I've gotten used to the "colored raw -> monochrome in post"-workflow and the leeway it provides to the extent that I probably couldn't be arsed to use actual physical color filters for my camera. That's just me though.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-02-2018, 05:30 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 2,451
Views: 204,037
I can help you with that. It's 95% phonetic gibberish and part of a Finnish folk song. The song itself has actual lyrics, however, there is a segment that is sung as improv gibberish (expectation is that it's each performer does it differently).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-13-2018, 10:29 AM  
DPReview manages to do a negative review of the DFA*50
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 265
Views: 18,283
Alas, man hath pride.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-13-2018, 04:46 AM  
DPReview manages to do a negative review of the DFA*50
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 265
Views: 18,283
I mean, yeah, they could. I'm considering the off chance that there would be someone who wanted to do that, but was already unmotivated because of the perceived rash of antagonistic pentax users. Do note that I agree that the Pentax coverage is generally unreasonable in its tone (and the antipathy by pentax users is justified to an extent). I'm just wondering, if they even have a way out anymore without looking like they have capitulated or smth.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-13-2018, 04:36 AM  
DPReview manages to do a negative review of the DFA*50
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 265
Views: 18,283
One wonders if it wouldn't actually be a better sport for DPR to stop reviewing/commenting on Pentax gear altogether. I mean they've painted themselves into a corner where they can't write about Pentax without it becoming a s*itfest. I do believe that some of their writers who would be able to write non-confrontingly may even throw up their hands beforehand because they honestly believe that 'eh, can't please them so * do I care' and be partially correct.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-13-2018, 01:28 AM  
DPReview manages to do a negative review of the DFA*50
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 265
Views: 18,283
Policitician X may or may not have fiddled a kid back in the 80's.
Ricoh may or may not have created lens design/coatings/whatever.
We just don't know...

See a pattern here? Using "an argument" even when it's not. Minimal perceived liability, maximal fud.

I don't even want to bother.. just tossing it out there (see what I did there? similar non-committed post! I can do this too.)
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2018, 07:13 AM  
Nature Simple flowers
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 6
Views: 475
Seconded on the highlights. I'm a sucker for dynamic range, even when the image is moody. I kind of like the 'gritty and decayed' kind of feeling the flowers give off here.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2018, 02:20 AM  
Black & White Greeting The Clouds
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 10
Views: 650
I wholeheartedly second the concept as it does provide something in the frame to either juxtapose or empathize with. I guess what it boils down to is my aversion to photographing people, and animals are notably more mercurial and difficult to get in the picture. I mean, for some reason the idea of printing out a picture with a stranger in the frame and hanging it on a wall weirds me out a bit.

As a tangent I really dig the aesthetic of the sublime which is related to this (the grandness and danger of nature etc.). I just tend to romanticize nature to an extent where I want to completely erase any human element that 'taints' the natural state or some such. *shrug*

Anyway, it's an opportunity for growth and I need to keep an eye out for the possibilities more and incorporating additional elements knowingly and purposefully in the pictures.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-23-2018, 02:14 PM  
Black & White Greeting The Clouds
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 10
Views: 650
There's always MS Paint amirite? :D
Forum: Photo Critique 07-23-2018, 10:15 AM  
Black & White Greeting The Clouds
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Thank you all for the feedback. It is thoughtful even by this forums' standards. I rarely include people in my pictures so framing is hardly as fluid or unconscious as otherwise (applies double for situations where the situation is fleeting).

Feedback is definitely appreciated and maybe next time I will actually try to consider _how_ I include the human element in the frame (and keep some rough guidelines in the back of my skull). For some reason I try not to cut off tree branches and clouds when framing.. maybe I should apply the same to people, I guess. :D

Good points on trying to include more path and too domineering cliff to the left. I don't completely remember the situation, but the paths were narrow and there was not much room to maneuver, however, I will definitely keep the points in mind.

Regards
Forum: Photo Critique 07-20-2018, 02:18 AM  
Black & White Greeting The Clouds
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 10
Views: 650
While I usually approach landscape photography by avoiding fellow hominids like the plague, this scene appeared to me while hurriedly toiling away to the south peak of mt Hua (Huashan). Of course human element is pretty difficult to avoid on Chinese mountains as they get really crowded, but this time it didn't really bother me and the final image clicked.

It kind of reminds me of the painting by Caspar Friedrich (you know the one) so you could call it a personal tribute, if you will.

Any opinions on the theme, composition or otherwise? Basically the picture was developed with silver efex and I didn't not yet pixel peep or do any cleanup beyond that.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-07-2018, 02:55 AM  
DPReview's interview with Ricoh Imaging
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 212
Views: 17,423
Btw. what word do the Ricoh people use in Japanese when they say 'develop' as in:



I'm wondering about the connotations and stuff lost in translation (and also how the Japanese may miss nuances when speaking in English..).
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-25-2018, 10:36 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 928
Views: 89,997
Well. For equivalence you'd need same working distance, same pixel pitch, same DoF and same exposure I guess? Note the working distance, otherwise you are changing the perspective as well.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-25-2018, 04:16 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By fromunderthebridge
Replies: 928
Views: 89,997
Indeed. Quite right. Composition is quite the different matter. I was merely pointing out that focal length is focal length and distance to subject is distance to subject no matter how one cuts it.

I personally print my photos and I finalize the composition often in post (yeah.. embarassing isn't it?) so I'm actually interested in how many pixels of a bird I get and whether those are in focus so I guess I look at it from a different point of view.
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