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Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Machinery An old logging camp steam engine.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 222
I'm amazed at how the ultra-wide field of view manages to capture the tripod the camera is mounted on on the edge of the frame.:) The lens doesn't look like a 14mm prime, though.

I always like looking at old machinery like this, you don't have remove cowlings and manifolds in order to see how it works. Great details, especially the tools on the back wall.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
SmugMug Swallows Flickr
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 125
Views: 3,379
The reliability of email is almost entirely dependent on a liberal definition of reliable and the part that isn't dependent on semantics can be entirely explained by random events repeated millions of times. There are only two reasons why email works at all: one, recipients want to receive emails, so they actively search for valid messages and two, senders know the likelihood of their messages being read is highly dependent on using human intelligence to navigate past the automated potholes in the information highway.

In my final year of university I was part of a team doing a marketing study of Telidon, which predated Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web by a decade. I wrote that Telidon's success would depend on making large quantities of diverse information available for a fixed rate, but I never imagined what would happen when content that costs nothing to produce blankets the globe like a giant cloud of noise.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Macro So Elegant
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 6
Views: 132
Beautiful image, not quite an expensive bottle of scotch, but still very impressive. I noticed you didn't use a sub-2.0 aperture this time:), just goes to show you don't need razor thin DOF (I know it's a macro shot, but having the petals and leaves all in focus produces a wonderful 3-D look).
Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Days Ago  
Well, my K1-II may be wasted money.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 36
Views: 2,132
I always wondered what CPL stood for, now I know it is an achronym for CircumPolar Lens.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 5 Days Ago  
LR/PS Physical Post Processing Accessory Tool/Keyboard
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 23
Views: 641
I can't remember if the Wacom working surface covers all of your editing window or if you can set it to cover just a portion of the application's editing window, but essentially the larger models allow you to work on more of the image at once. The Wacom's user interface is quite flexible, it struck me as a truly useful complement to other HIDs, not a replacement or extension of a mouse and keyboard. However, If your need is more to do global adjustments as opposed to editing the image at the pixel level, it might not be suitable.That's wider than the TV in our family room! Eliminates any problem with different colours and intensity on two different monitors, I suppose.Relative to other input devices, yes, relative to your display and the hardware to drive it, not so much.:)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 6 Days Ago  
LR/PS Physical Post Processing Accessory Tool/Keyboard
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 23
Views: 641
My son, the aspiring graphic designer/professional student/non-contributing member of society, purchased the older version of a medium Wacom Intuos Pro tablet a month before Christmas a few years ago, just after I bought the small version as a gift for him. You can program gestures as well as assigning a row of keys and you can even use the stylus to do creative stuff. I'm assuming you are already using two monitors, that's the biggest leap in productivity for LR and PS currently available.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 6 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #420 - Sun
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 15
Views: 631
Looking out my living room window, on a sunny day. Taken with SMC A 50 f1.7.
Forum: General Talk 04-18-2018, 09:45 PM  
Yesterday, I heard a bird chirp!
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Here, the only type of driving license where a hearing disability is a problem is a class 4 chauffeur's license or a class 2 bus license. I lost almost all my hearing in one ear 35 years ago (from two ear infections in a short period of time), then started to lose my hearing in the other ear about 10 years ago to the point I got a hearing aid. Then 3 years ago I went from moderate hearing loss in that remaining "good" ear to severe hearing loss in a 76 hour period, no reason discovered. I ended up getting a cochlear implant in the "dead" ear and an ultra-power hearing aid for the "formerly good" ear and resumed full duties as a travelling sales rep.

Dewman, make sure you stick with your hearing aid, it takes a while to get acclimatized to new sensory input. The brain is an amazing device and it will re-program itself to get as much data out of all that noise as humanly possible. Congratulations!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-17-2018, 09:10 AM  
Imaging Resource's CP+2018 interview with Ricoh Imaging
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 93
Views: 3,337
The oversized steering wheel and double-clutching threw him off into thinking that your slinky, sexy feline was a short-nosed bulldog. Like many classic beauties, the E-Type required careful handling to keep under control, but its ageless good looks made it all worthwhile.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2018, 06:11 PM  
February 2018 CIPA numbers are in... the DSLR lives!
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 87
Views: 4,273
I wonder if it occured to the article writer at DPR that if Canon was committed to an imminent launch of a new mirrorless product line, this executive would be making an announcement, not dropping hints (which may be a case of a breathless internet writer reading into the typically vague, non-commital remarks we get from executives of Japanese camera manufacturers, what he wants to see).

Cripes, if Canon or Nikon wanted to launch a FF mirrorless camera by the end of this week, they probably could. As far as the Sony guy goes, of course he hopes more manufacturers launch FF mirrorless cameras, it makes his task of justifying his job to Sony Corp. a lot easier and makes it a lot easier to obtain capital investments from the mother corporation. If launching new ILC models in today's market was a sure thing, we would have already seen a plethora of them being announced and made available for sale. There is no technological barrier, only a financial one. The people making the final decisions on launching new models are looking at the same CIPA numbers we are, plus their own confidential sales reports and in most cases, they are deciding to "feel out the marketplace", in other words, do nothing until there are real indicators that there is potential to make money with new mirrorless models. How long will it take before they give up waiting for those positive indicators? It doesn't matter, we aren't talking about manufacturing film which requires an integrated industrial process that can't be used for anything else, several camera manufacturers have the capability of developing new mirrorless cameras using the facilities and know-how they currently have.
Forum: General Photography 04-15-2018, 12:45 PM  
Ricoh Lost in Space
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 22
Views: 1,749
Too much like real life for my tastes.:eek::lol:

I haven't watched it, but if it isn't obvious that the camera is a modified WG-50, Ricoh probably didn't pay for the product placement (what percentage of viewers even know what a WG-50 is?).
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-13-2018, 11:37 AM  
another request for assistance photographing prairie chickens
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11
Views: 683
It's been a few years (to put it mildly) since I was a kid growing up on a farm, but I can't recall ever seeing prairie chickens demonstrating their attractiveness, except on a TV screen. Just their wild reactions when I almost stepped on them. As I recall, their sense of hearing is better than their vision, so no screw drive lenses! You will definitely need all the reach you can get.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-13-2018, 07:15 AM  
another request for assistance photographing prairie chickens
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11
Views: 683
Prairie chickens aren't nocturnal, so you will have enough light for the teleconvertor on the 150-450. While faster than ducks, they aren't as quick as swallows or hummingbirds. Biggest thing is, they stay still until they think they have a chance to escape and they fly off in any direction, towards you, away from you, sometimes they even try running. If you had access to walk the property (or to send a dog running through it), I would send someone transecting the terrain and wait for the chickens to make their move once the interloper has passed by them.
Forum: General Talk 04-10-2018, 11:12 AM  
Ricoh impairment loss as North American business slumps
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 11
Views: 628
Who knew Ricoh had shares in Coca-Cola's Japanese bottler? This is a good example (I'm referring to the impairment/instant 100% depreciation for the North American photocopier and office IT services divisions) of the perils facing diversified global corporations, the corporation ends up harming its overall business by making strategic acquisitions to anticipate future areas of growth when it can't keep up with changes in its current businesses. Ricoh's ace in the hole may turn out to be the industrial/specialty printer business, which is already generating both steady growth and consistent profitability, which can't be said for Smartvision.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-05-2018, 09:42 AM  
February 2018 CIPA numbers are in... the DSLR lives!
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 87
Views: 4,273
It's only parenthetically related to this thread, but when I worked for Ford Motor Company in the eighties, auto sales in Canada and the U.S. were reported every 10 days, even though bonuses were paid monthly and quarterly. From a Bloomberg report "The auto industry began reporting monthly U.S. sales in late 1990, when then-Chrysler Corp. was first to make the switch away from releasing deliveries figures every 10 days, the Detroit News reported. GM followed suit three years later..."

CIPA is just a clearing house for statistics, supported by camera manufacturers. Each participating manufacturer submits their actual results, CIPA aggregates the data and publishes reports that don't reveal how individual manufacturers are doing compared to other manufacturers. Lots of industries have similar arrangements, the North American auto industry is unusual in that sales by model are reported, so it is very simple to determine which marketing programs of your competitors are successful and which aren't. Which also explains why auto manufacturers want to go to longer reporting periods, because it takes away an excuse for dealers to decline to commit to long term order commitments.

If your business is manufacturing or selling cars or cameras, you know perfectly well what constitutes a trend and what doesn't. In the absence of data that is timely and has sufficient precision, you have to guess (or gamble) and costly mistakes get made. Any push to reduce the amount of useful public data is driven by executives who don't want to pay the price for their costly mistakes. Like devaluing currency, once one major industry player stops providing data, the value of all industry statistics drops.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-05-2018, 08:07 AM  
Nature The bathing
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Probably complaining how cold the water is. I like the third picture, with the boss bird perched on a twig above the water while two worker birds march in single file through the cold water.
Forum: General Photography 04-04-2018, 05:02 PM  
Photos of yours that you love but nobody else does
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 21
Views: 1,090
I think the small format for pictures posted here works against most of my favorites, details and subtlety get lost. This photo has great textures and I like the juxtaposition of the runner maintaining a constant pace and rhythm with every feature of the bridge being repeated every twenty feet enough that I entered it in a monthly contest here for repeating patterns. Never got nominated.

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2018, 08:11 AM  
Blue Tit and Coal tit in snow
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 10
Views: 135
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2018, 08:07 AM  
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 8
Views: 98
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-31-2018, 11:10 AM  
PEF has 2 more ISO stops than DNG
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 24
Views: 1,582
Hola! To cover a FF image sensor, 1mm wider focal length and half a stop faster aperture, that lens weighs more and is longer than a DA 18-135 in spite of having only 15% of the zoom range. And it comes with a 77mm filter thread compared to 62mm for the DA 18-135.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-31-2018, 10:43 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly challenge #419 - Panning
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 13
Views: 1,618
Photographing a basketball game without moving the camera is pointless in my opinion and panning has the added benefit of allowing slower shutter speeds, which is rather helpful in the poor lighting conditions of a high school gymnasium. The shutter speed is 1/160 second, which everyone will tell you is too slow for sports. Topaz Denoise strips the lens description from EXIF data, so I will tell you that this shot was taken with the DA 18-135 zoom.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2018, 08:16 AM  
Abstract K-1 Mark II vs K-1: high ISO comparison shots
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 8
Views: 457
There is definitely something going on with how the accelerator processor is programmed, the colour temperature seems to change at ISO 25,600. The K-1 images just get darker and noisier, but the K-1 II drops the colour temperature from daylight to something closer to tungsten at that point and as far as I can see it isn't happening at ISO 12,800. It's surprising how much of a difference computer programming can make, the difference from ISO 3200 to ISO 12,800 is impressive, especially how it preserves details unlike the smoothing that other noise reduction programs use. I would be curious to see how changing the white balance and subtle smoothing in PP turns out.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-24-2018, 06:01 PM  
People A 17-year-old Vixen!
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 7
Views: 370
I'm guessing you took this picture with a Spotmatic a while ago. It's a great picture, did it lead to anything?
Forum: General Talk 03-23-2018, 08:35 AM  
Nikkei Report -- Ricoh to cut 4,000 jobs - office equipment side only
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 14
Views: 599
No doubt the photocopier business (and the entire office equipment leasing business) will join the buggy whip business in the Obsolete Bin, but blockchain technology is just the tip of a data iceberg where no one can extract actionable information in a timely manner, that will cause the next lingering global financial crisis. Besides, the only money to made with blockchain technology is in manufacturing video cards, so good luck to any corporation that tries to maintain their financial heft by moving capital in that direction.

However, the decline of the photocopier business in general should put to rest the canard that camera companies with financially robust parents will do better than those without. Demonstrable potential to market new products with consistent profit margins is all that is necessary to secure access to enough capital to stay in business.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-20-2018, 11:46 AM  
The sharpest lenses for a Pentax according to Amateur Photographer Magazine.
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 96
Views: 9,301
Yes. Just to be clear, I never processed a strip of evidence that could be used negatively against me or anyone I knew. I always took no to mean no, and no is a word that I have heard many times in my lifetime.

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I could never get the right exposure to have a good picture to develop. Either the aperture was too narrow or the shutter wouldn't open at the right time.
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