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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-05-2017, 11:13 AM  
New Zealand Beaches
Posted By johngs
Replies: 8
Views: 345
Hi, I live in the South Island of New Zealand.
I suggest you include the Moeraki Boulders beach near Oamaru, some of the beaches in the Catlins area south of Dunedin and the beaches in Able Tasman National Park.
For a non beach location, don't miss the spectacular rock formations at Castle Hill, about 100 km west of Christchurch.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 12-31-2016, 09:09 PM  
A question about bracketing...
Posted By johngs
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Is the question here whether a three shot bracket from the camera can create a better HD image than taking just one raw shot and creating the other two "bracketed" shots in Lightroom?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 05:47 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By johngs
Replies: 1,825
Views: 49,525
I red that the K-50 was a great camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2016, 01:20 PM  
Pentax k200d advice
Posted By johngs
Replies: 7
Views: 673
When I upgraded to a K-50, I kept my K200D. It takes the same great shots now as it did when it was new!
For the small price you would get for it, its not worth selling. In some respects, I prefer the colors from the K200D over the K-50.
I use my K200D with a DA 50mm 1.8 lens and recently had a photo from it published on the cover of a national travel magazine here in New Zealand.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2016, 07:06 PM  
I need one more lens.......
Posted By johngs
Replies: 32
Views: 1,749
How about the DA 50mm 1.8?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2016, 05:15 PM  
Sports Paraglider over New Zealand Alps
Posted By johngs
Replies: 4
Views: 324
There was ... $150
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-17-2016, 01:29 PM  
Sports Paraglider over New Zealand Alps
Posted By johngs
Replies: 4
Views: 324
I took this shot of a paraglider floating over the mountains in the South Island of New Zealand.

I had taken my old K200D out for a hike that day and had my DA50 f1.8 on.

I submitted this shot to a New Zealand travel magazine and they have just published it on the back cover of their latest issue.

There's still life in the old K200D yet!

John Stone (New Zealand)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2016, 02:53 PM  
Changing my K200D for what???
Posted By johngs
Replies: 15
Views: 1,157
I have a K200D which I upgraded to a K50.

I kept the K200D because I like the colors it produces. Its also nice to have 2 bodies for situations where you don't want to be changing lenses in mid shoot.

Whatever you get, I recommend keeping the old K200D as well!
Forum: General Photography 07-10-2016, 09:43 PM  
NZ is pretty
Posted By johngs
Replies: 23
Views: 1,014
I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. Yes, the earthquake did a lot of damage. 1500 inner city multi-story buildings had to be demolished as well as the thousands of residential houses. There are still whole suburbs that are virtually ghost towns - just abandoned and cannot be built on again due to unstable land.

And yep, there's a heap of stuff to photograph. As well as a drive East over the hill to Akaroa Harbour, you can drive West for an hour and be in the alps!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-17-2016, 01:03 PM  
NiMH's or a battery bank for a 200D?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 8
Views: 625
For my K200D, I have some of the original Sanyo Japanese Eneloops and some of the newer Panasonic Chinese made Eneloops. Both have been great.

For charging I have a Maha Powerex smart charger that holds 8 AA or AAA batteries and has individual circuits for each cell. These are available in Australia from a number of online outlets.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-15-2016, 09:43 PM  
NiMH's or a battery bank for a 200D?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 8
Views: 625
I've always used rechargeable Eneloop AA batteries in my K200D. There's nothing better.

Welcome to the forums!

John (New Zealand)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-16-2016, 05:00 PM  
Lightroom CC Slideshow Module not working!
Posted By johngs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,601
Thanks Susan!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-16-2016, 03:42 PM  
Lightroom CC Slideshow Module not working!
Posted By johngs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,601
It seems this issue was likely to be a problem caused by a combination of Windows 10 + My computer only having intel HD3000 integrated graphics + Lightroom CC

Something to do with that combination not providing openGL support

This only affected the slideshow module, everything else on Lightroom worked perfectly. It seems the slideshow module needs openGL

Anyways, I went out and bought the cheapest Nvidia graphics card I could find (Asus GT 730) and now the slideshow module works perfectly.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-10-2016, 10:12 PM  
Hello from Calgary
Posted By johngs
Replies: 6
Views: 381
The K200D is still a great Camera. One of Pentax's best digitals in my opinion.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-04-2016, 12:28 PM  
Adobe price increase for six countries
Posted By johngs
Replies: 6
Views: 971
and when the currency fluctuates in the other direction, do you think Adobe will REDUCE the price?????
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-03-2016, 08:29 PM  
Lightroom CC Slideshow Module not working!
Posted By johngs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,601
There are threads about it on the Adobe Community forums and elsewhere.
I'm sure I'm doing everything correctly.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-03-2016, 03:40 PM  
Lightroom CC Slideshow Module not working!
Posted By johngs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,601
I am a Lightroom CC subscriber.
Today I tried the Slideshow module for the first time ever.
All I got when I tried to run a slideshow was black screens. I did a Google search and found this is a common issue with no fix.
I'm paying a monthly subscription for a product that isn't fully functional????
Has anyone else experienced this and found a solution?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-31-2016, 09:35 PM  
Adobe Lightroom CC for $7.99 a month
Posted By johngs
Replies: 7
Views: 2,300
I had an email from Adobe today to say that the price of Lightroom CC was going up to $11.99 (AU) a month for Australian and New Zealand subscribers due to world currency fluctuations. I bet they don't reduce the price when currency fluctuations refluctuate again!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-21-2016, 06:01 PM  
How to cut haze in large vista landscapes?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 17
Views: 1,425
The dehaze function in Lightroom CC does a pretty good job
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-26-2016, 04:28 PM  
Adobe Portfolio
Posted By johngs
Replies: 1
Views: 677
Has anyone tried the new Adobe Portfolio website builder?

It seems like its now part of the Adobe CC Photography plan, along with Photoshop and Lightroom.

I don't know much about it but it seems you can build a portfolio website for free.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-13-2016, 06:53 PM  
Hello from Arizona
Posted By johngs
Replies: 8
Views: 475
Hi, welcome. Your skills aren't lost. They've just been waiting.
Plenty of great places to photograph in Arizona. I enjoyed Oak Creek Canyon when I visited the USA!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-11-2016, 12:13 AM  
JPEG less noise and sharper than RAW
Posted By johngs
Replies: 47
Views: 5,031
I think one of the points djam is making is that the jpeg produced in Raw+ mode is not as good as the one he gets in auto JPEG mode. Any reasons why that would be?
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-01-2016, 03:35 PM  
Tips for dreamy landscapes?
Posted By johngs
Replies: 38
Views: 4,072
Someone once said ... to get better photos you have to go to better places. Not always true, but worth a thought.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-20-2015, 12:44 PM  
Technique for capturing Photos for HDR- Blurry photos
Posted By johngs
Replies: 15
Views: 1,169
Do you turn off shake reduction when you use a tripod? I believe you should.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-01-2015, 03:11 PM  
Hello, from Argentina.
Posted By johngs
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Hi Pablo, welcome and thanks for your message.
I'm sure you'll enjoy the people and the resources here.

Regards

John (New Zealand)
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