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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-07-2008, 09:09 AM  
Dark Room question.
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 18
Views: 4,934
What a load of BS! Seriously, your post would be fine if you had listed the positive aspects of plastic developing tanks, such as the fun clicking noise you get when you load film on to the reels, or built in 135-120 support, but the comments about acid and geography are ridiculous.

Cons of plastic tanks:
They don't survive if you drop one.
There are far too many parts to keep track of. Don't forget to put the center rod in before you happily go pouring chem with the light on.
On average, you use far more soup than with steel tanks.
You can't load film while the reels are wet.


Steel tanks don't have the problems I listed. I use heavy duty Hewes reels. Spend the money and get these (Adorama is a good supplier). The thin gauge reels really are a pain to load. You do have to buy a separate 120 reel if you would like to develop the larger film.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-24-2008, 10:44 PM  
Some of my Better Shots
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 22
Views: 1,998
Adam, I think you've done a great job with the second squirrel monkey and the first butterfly shot. Both are difficult subjects, but you've done well.

The focus is a bit off on the first image of the squirrel monkey, and the flamingo (?) looks a bit soft to me too. Actually, save for the second squirrel and the first butterfly, I don't really feel you've nailed the focus (total miss on the first lamp) on most of these. I can see some halos on the 'tang, and second lamp shot; although these might be the forum. The first lamp shot has a weird perspective, and the lines of color don't do anything for it.

Can you expand on the second Tucson shot? The proportion of the three bright colors is pleasing, but why else did you find it interesting? I find the line within the stucco on the yellow block is a bit distracting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-15-2008, 10:30 PM  
A model with a six pack... and not beer
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 1
Views: 1,742
I wouldn't advertise a six-pack if you can only see her tummy in one shot, and the perspective is such that you don't really see it. Further, regarding vantage point, all of these are shot looking down on your model. If your artistic intent was to express an angry emotion, you failed stylistically, because this not a powerful pose.

Her hair looks a bit ratty in some shots; is there a comb in your kit? Her expression is best in the first two, the rest are not intriguing enough. The last shot is probably the best.

These are myspace-angles at best, and I'm pretty sure I've seen better work from you.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-04-2008, 08:37 AM  
Anyone else with 7 Million Dollar Home?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 12
Views: 3,309
Here, I took a quick shot for you. I've actually been using the Orion Trekker you can just barely see to the left of the frame, so I apologize that the velcro in the crumpler isn't well attached, but it is possible to get everything in there neatly.

360 in bag and sekonic 508 on the left, Sigma 100-300 f/slow and lg rocketblower on the right. The camera with grip sits in the middle, and I orient the grip so that it rests over the shorter sigma lens and rocketblower. You will slightly bend the padding over time, I suppose. The two shorter dividers surround the portion where I want the lens to sit. There is a bit of space between the dividers and the bag, and I've slipped extra batteries, memory card cases, or my wallet in there. There is still a little room to spare too, but if you over pack, it's tough to get things out.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-03-2008, 11:17 PM  
Anyone else with 7 Million Dollar Home?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 12
Views: 3,309
It's an excellent Crumpler bag.


D, I don't see why all your stuff wont fix. I don't know how big the fong light spheres are, because I don't have them. Same goes for the diffuser. However, I'm able to fit my K10d with grip, two similarly sized lenses (one and grip on camera), a rocket blower, my 360 with a stofen cap on it, and either a box of business cards or a sekonic lightmeter inside the bag. A 32" collapsible reflecter kit, 3 pairs of spare batteries, a mess of AA's, keys, wallet, and cell phone all fit in the front pocket. I've got two memory card cases too; they either get dumped in the main compartment somewhere, or tucked in the zipper pocket on the flap with a microfiber cloth. I really haven't fiddled with the standard configuration to speak of. You can get it all in there.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2007, 06:07 PM  
Got Seriously Railed on another Forum
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 54
Views: 6,113
Geeze, Ben. From the bit that I read on Pbase, it looks like you probably brought it on yourself. Why come running back here with your tail between your legs?

I don't have a lot of sympathy for you, but also would have thought that Santa would have brought you a new set of balls for christmas. Just let it go, dude. Call up the missus for a proper railing, and celebrate the new year.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-22-2007, 10:58 AM  
lens hoods, lens caps, UV filters and camera storage
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 4
Views: 6,582
I leave the hoods on my lenses all the time (not reversed) because a few of them are a real pain to flip. They've got center pinch caps too, but whether or not I replace the caps depends on if I can remember which pocket I dropped the cap into. I'd say, usually, the lens is in the bag with a UV and hood, but no cap.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2007, 08:25 PM  
Poll: Kit Lens Usage?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 34
Views: 4,028
I used it for about a month, then switched to a Tamron 24-135 for general use.
Forum: General Talk 12-13-2007, 02:15 PM  
Merry Xmas. Happy Xmas.
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 73
Views: 8,411
maxamillion,

Before you start calling konradarnok rude, you might want to try not being incredibly offensive.




As mealy-mouthed as you might find "happy holidays" to be, it's a slogan developed in light of the significant numbers of individuals who shop during the winter months who happen to celebrate things other than your god and his birthday. The paranoia is astounding; they aren't trying to take away your right to celebrate the things you believe in, and you can't take away anyone else's.

Having a "MAJORITY" doesn't make you RIGHT.

I'm particularly glad you and the rest of the nutjobs who think like you are a small percentage of this majority.
Forum: General Talk 12-10-2007, 04:06 PM  
Merry Xmas. Happy Xmas.
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 73
Views: 8,411
Religion is somewhat tied to nationality, I suppose, but I wasn't referring to that or any governments with my image. Andy, (and you too, Stewart) you don't make any sense, but I guess if you didn't understand what I was referring to...

Every letter in the image I posted up above is a symbol representing a system of thought:
The crescent and star for Islam; the pentagram for Wicca; the relativity formula for science; the star of David for Judaism; the Karma Wheel dotting the i for Buddhism; the Tao symbol for Taoism; the cross for Chrisitianity. COEXIST is a peaceful concept illustrating that all of these systems of thought can and should coexist equally. The original negativity in this thread, including the posted video, was the impetuous for my post, and my post ought to be considered an admonition to some of you.

Further, Aparigraha is a Jain concept of non-grasping, and eliminating possessiveness from our lives. Everyone has the freedom to do that.
I simply added it to my original message because I didn't have enough characters with my :hmm: and attachment.


And I'm not actually Jewish, but I thought it made more sense express that sentiment considering that it's actually Hanukkah right now, not Christmas. Thanks for the in-kind sentiment.
Forum: General Talk 12-09-2007, 05:48 PM  
Merry Xmas. Happy Xmas.
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 73
Views: 8,411
Betsy, I agree with you on the recycling bit!




Could do what, Andy?

COEXIST? Or seek to reduce our personal possessiveness and grasping? It isn't difficult, just hard to maintain willpower and persistence, if thats the case. And you aren't ever given freedom.

Happy Hanukkah.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2007, 06:50 PM  
Hmmm, suggestions anyone?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 7
Views: 1,598
This image is flat, possibly because the lighting is so even. Likewise, I'm sure your subject matter is interesting, but the colors just aren't vibrant enough in your resultant image to give it any punch.

There is a DIY lightbox/shooting tent thread floating around here somewhere, but I have to admit that I've never used anything of the kind. I would try one strong directional light off on an angle. Yes, this will create shadows, but also take a smaller light from the other direction to soften the shadows, but not eliminate them. Continuous lights are nice because you can see exactly what you're doing, but you can also do this with flash.

This will help with the lighting, and sometimes it's enough to help the colors too, but you can step on the saturation a bit without harm.
Forum: General Talk 12-06-2007, 11:17 PM  
Merry Xmas. Happy Xmas.
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 73
Views: 8,411
:hmm:

Aparigraha
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-03-2007, 12:41 AM  
Can ya spare a guy a...
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 22
Views: 3,531
When did you start and how old were you then? Early 90's as a wee little Girl Scout.

With what? Pink 110 camera, Minolta p&s through middle school, Pentax ZX-10 through high school and the first year of college, Pentax ME and Holga as a senior in HS to now, K10D for the last year, K1000 and Pentax ZX-M since the beginning of July. Oh, and currently a Yashica Mat-124G.

Are you formally trained? I have exactly one class under my belt.

If you're an amateur: ever sold anything, got or had an analog darkroom, published or won a contest with work published? Yes, and published too. Yes, the bathroom is currently blacked out, enlarger, chem, trays, accoutrement, ready. No contests, but working on stuff for a group show in early spring.

If a pro, do you belong to any national or international societies, won anything? Not a working pro, but am current member of SPE.

Any processing experience or formal training; what? Traditional B&W.

How long have you been digital? Done any scanning Just over a year, and some rudimentary print scanning about ten years ago.

Got and/or use a P&S digital? Nah. I can't work the little cameras.

Got and/or use a digital video? Panasonic PV-GS300

Pet Peeves: *******s in gang darkrooms who do you a favor and leave FB prints to dry face up. "That camera must take great pictures."

Favorite Subject: Route 66, the forgotten and broken down, classic movie monsters.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-01-2007, 06:06 PM  
More From My Home Made Light Box...
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 27
Views: 3,609
You can buy daylight balanced bulbs. Try a hardware store for cheap-ish ones.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-27-2007, 08:44 PM  
Show me your first
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 30
Views: 2,873
That was such an exciting day; we both squealed when the local shop called the house to let us know the cameras were in.

And then I had to go to class, and you got to play. Not fair! ;)



The dog knew how to blink, even then.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-24-2007, 05:03 PM  
Second homework assignment - rally round, Pentaxians!!
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 45
Views: 4,643
And I have as big a problem as he did with this query.


Look, silly community college class or not, setting aside your personal outlook on the course, and especially ignoring your inane comment about getting in trouble for breaking the rules, it is shockingly unethical to solicit the opinions you are just so you can wow your classmates.

Sorry, not going to be a part of that. As misguided as I think it is, where I come from, it's also a honor-code violation.

For your sake, I'm hoping that you will realize this is the wrong path if you really want to improve your photography, because it will lead you astray. Woman to woman, Mandi, try turning some of your noise back upon yourself. If you can develop a bitingly critical eye, you'll be fine until an acceptable mentor comes about. You absolutely must drop the product-branding obsession--it blocks creativity and edginess (which, by the way, no instructor can help you with either. sorry).

Good luck.


From your other thread:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-19-2007, 08:00 PM  
My first wedding! (Finally going up!)
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,154
Peter, you've misinterpreted my tone, but if you would like to discredit my post based on my offhand comment about Catholics, be my guest.

As a once Confirmed, now-recovering soul, I find the artistic interpretation of a wedding done entirely B&W to fit a "Catholic" theme entirely humorous. I know of at least one other photographer around these parts was offended by this 'theme', because it shows a lack of understanding (or a mistaken assumption that Catholics have a stick up their abnormally somber collective asses). Being as I've been on the other side, and even with my current ideological differences with the old white men in charge of the institution in question, I feel my stated opinion still stands. I repeat, a Wellesian treatment of wedding photographs is a questionable one, and on this point, I find the B&W conversions to be unsatisfactory. Chris, if you would like some B&W workflows, I'd start with Scott Kelby and work through his citations. DYOFR.

It's a shame that ageist & ad hominem attacks still occur on these forums. You're right, qdoan, I haven't shot a wedding. But it isn't my capabilities keeping me from shooting one. Instead, I've worked my ass off, gotten massacred in critiques far more harsh than anything I've ever seen on these forums, and used the motivation to get better. I've never had to resort to utterly thankless, (professionally) perilous job that is wedding photography to make money (and I had the good sense right from the get go to avoid it like the plague.) I've sold two large, traditionally printed, B&W fine art prints this week. When was the last time you were in the soup, Pete Z.?

Oh, and I've used flash in Catholic churches on several occasions. Haven't been stopped yet. :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-18-2007, 07:43 AM  
My first wedding! (Finally going up!)
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,154
Weddings are tough. Weddings where the bride shows up 4 hours late, and looks so damn uncomfortable the whole time that passive viewers know that she really didn't want to be there, compound the problem.

However, the photographer must be in charge of his craft, absolutely. You have to be able to get your shots and do a good job of it, no matter the constraints. Don't get into tiffs with the other staff; arguing with a videographer is immature.

Either that, or have the cajones to walk out--walk right out the door--if you realize the situation is so bad that it would hurt you more to finish the job.


You've gotten some compliments, so I don't feel so bad about not blowing sunshine up your skirt. Some of these are awful. It looks like you severely underexposed many shots, and then tried to pull them back with photoshop. It doesn't work. (underexposure also leads me to think that you had trouble with the AF--ah, some shots are out of focus--and you really need to exercise your "lighting kit" to give you more DOF working room)

Your B&W conversions are pretty poor--did you ever shot B&W film? Catholics really are a miserable lot, but film noir isn't the style I would choose for my wedding (and I adore film noir.)

If your client is happy, they are happy. But for you, I'd chalk this up to a learning experience and get back to studying. If you want to do B&W, start there. Practice getting good skin tones too. How do you get to Carnegie hall?
Forum: General Talk 10-02-2007, 01:04 PM  
Cycling
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 49
Views: 11,683
:lol: I do. Tripods aren't much fun to carry. I don't trust strapping it to my rack, but it tends to leave bruises and otherwise drive you crazy when carrying it on a strap across your back.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-11-2007, 07:40 PM  
SMC-A 70-210 f/4 current pricing?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 3
Views: 1,952
Glad I asked; thanks for saving me some money, guys.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2007, 05:49 PM  
SMC-A 70-210 f/4 current pricing?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 3
Views: 1,952
What would be a good price right now on one of these? I'm not much of a eekbay-master and I didn't see any listed when I looked to check on the value.

Also, any idea what a SMC-M 200mm f4.0 might go for?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2007, 07:23 PM  
I need lens and am on a tight budget
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 13
Views: 2,330
Branimir, I have little doubt that you will take this the wrong way, but get a grip, and get real.

I'm as guilty as anyone of posting a thread and promptly shooting down all the suggestions I got. I'm also intimately familiar with wants numbering way way way outside my means (and guilty of whining about that too.)

I'm sorry you live where you do, and sorry your local dealer can't give you what you want at the price you want it for. Frankly, I think my local guy is in cahoots with your local guy, because I'm in the same boat. I'm also sorry that the internet has made us paranoid that if we order a lens, it might instead be a piece of junk delivered to our front door.

But such is life. (And yes, life sucks.)

Just make a decision. Roll the dice on an "unproven" item, or suck it up, reclassify needs as wants, and save your pennies until you can buy what you really want. I'm grudgingly doing that, so at least you will have company.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 09-06-2007, 06:33 PM  
does this site host any group buys?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 3
Views: 808
I'm part of a bicycle frame&fork group-buy right now.

However, lenses are a different sort of beast. They are niche products, to a fault; both generally and specifically (in terms of ...how the heck would you negotiate a buy on one lens? You can wrangle up 100 people who want a frame, but would you get the same number of people for the DA14? Or even the DA50-200?) Not to mention that it's difficult enough to get pentax mount stuff already. :mad:

If you are suave enough to put one together, rico, I'll wish you the best of luck. It would be the first I've seen.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2007, 09:38 PM  
Is zoom on 85-105 good for portrait?
Posted By bdavis
Replies: 19
Views: 2,667
Roy, lay off. You've been chasing JFD around the forums for the past few of his posts. At least he is honest when he is being antagonistic.
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