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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2016, 09:48 PM  
Nature Purple with a dash of White..........
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 14
Views: 620
That is one beautiful rose! Love the color. Nice job!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2016, 09:44 PM  
Nature Lake Erie Sunset (my first pic post here)
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 19
Views: 1,415
It definitely works. Beautiful photo with beautiful colors. Nice work!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2016, 09:40 PM  
Nature Angels playground
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Beautiful photo! I love the colors. Yosemite is one of my favorite places.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-16-2016, 09:35 PM  
Hello from Wyoming!
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Welcome to the forums. You won't be disappointed if you buy a Pentax. I bought a used K-3 a couple of months ago, or so, and I'm loving it. I still have a lot to learn, but that's part of the adventure. Good luck!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-06-2016, 07:56 PM  
Yosemite National Park
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 2
Views: 357
I took this photo from the Yosemite Valley floor recently while trying to get to know my camera a little better. I've had my K-3 for a couple of months now, and I'm learning, slowly, how to use it. I'm just getting back into photography after a rather long absence and try to get out as often as I can on the weekend to find something interesting to photograph. This shot is looking out over the Merced River towards the rock formations surrounding Yosemite Falls, which has little to no water at this time.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-20-2016, 03:27 PM  
New to Pentax
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,804
Yeah, I agree. It's probably a little overexposed. Most of these shots were taken mid-day with very bright sun. I wasn't able to take advantage of early morning or late-in-the-day sunlight...what do they call it, the "golden hours"? I have a "free" post-processing software program on my computer, but I'm still figuring out how to use it, so none of these photos have been altered in any way.

Besides a polarizing filter, does anyone have any suggestions for any other filters that may be beneficial? I've read about most of them, but I don't know how often I would need them.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-19-2016, 04:51 PM  
New to Pentax
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,804
So...here are some photos that I have taken from the last few weekends. I took quite a few, but these I thought were the best ones, overall. Hopefully, I downloaded and attached them properly. This is my first time posting photos, so I hope I did it correctly. If not, then I will have to try again. All of the photos were taken with my K-3 using my Sigma 17-50mm, 2.8, handheld. Constructive comments are welcome.

---------- Post added 09-19-16 at 04:56 PM ----------

Oops! I guess one photo didn't orient correctly. I'm not sure how to fix and/or prevent that in the future. Also, I'm not sure they needed to be that large, and again, I'm not sure how to select a certain size for posting.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-16-2016, 01:42 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #120 Poll - (Celebration - August 2016)
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 55
Views: 6,665
It's really hard to choose. So many of them are really great photos, but I like #4 the best.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-23-2016, 07:55 PM  
New to Pentax
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,804
O.K., great advice, guys. I'm probably thinking with my wallet instead of my head. I'm going to hold off on buying anything right now until I can use what I have and see what transpires. My son (the last post) has indicated he might be able to part with one of his two M 50mm 1.7s, so I might have to take him up on that one once I check with him to see what "convincing" he needs.

Question: Is anyone using a wired shutter release for landscape or other outdoor shots with the camera on a tripod? I'm just wondering how necessary/important that would be. Thanks!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-22-2016, 09:03 PM  
New to Pentax
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,804
Hey, thanks for your continuing interest in my lens search, and thanks for your input.

So, rightly or wrongly, a few days ago I purchased the following "used" lenses: a Sigma 17-50 f2.8 EX DC and a Pentax DA 55-300 F4-5.8 ED. That's all I really want or think I will need (at least for now) in zoom lenses. I purchased these from another Pentax forum member/seller for what seemed reasonable compared to other similar used lenses for sale, and they seem to be in good shape. I have to admit I had the bug to buy something, and those two lenses seemed like ones I could/would use.

From what I have been reading, for absolute best photo quality, I might want a prime lens or two. Obviously, the two lenses I bought run the length of focal lengths that I am apt to want or need in the realm of a convenient zoom application, but should I get a prime lens or two? I actually like to do some macro (flowers, bugs, etc), and again, from what I read, macros tend to be better at somewhat longer focal lengths, like 100ish or higher.

I'm not out that much $$ on the two used lenses I bought, so what are your thoughts on what my next lens should be, from your perspective?

I just bought a Lowepro camera sling bag yesterday, so I'm itching to go out and shoot. I wish I didn't have to work this week! The weekend can't come soon enough!

Thanks!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-14-2016, 12:40 PM  
New to Pentax
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,804
Thanks for all the welcomes, and for the advice on camera model and lenses! I appreciate the input. So...I just purchased a used K-3 based on its price and condition (we'll see if it matches the seller's description when it arrives later this week), so I'm excited to start using it when it arrives. It's coming with the kit lens (18-55mm), so I'm into researching what better glass I should considering getting. Obviously, there are many opinions out there depending on the person's preferences and type of photography they're doing. Most of the internet articles on "the main three lenses that you need" that most of us have read at one time or another tend to recommend; 1) a zoom in the 70-200mm neighborhood (I'm drawn to this one as it is close the the old Vivitar Series 1, 70-210mm, that I used to use many years ago); 2) a wide angle in the 10-20mm range; and a 50mm prime lens that is at least f1.8 or faster. Some reviews will include or replace the wide angle with a 17-50mm f2.8 zoom. So, what kind of photography do I like to do? I like to do landscapes, macro, architecture, and street...mostly all outdoors. I'm not so much into indoor photography or portraits. So, what do you think? I'm open to suggestions on what my first couple of lenses could/should be. Price is somewhat of a factor as I don't have an unlimited budget (hence the used K-3), but I am fairly picky about photo quality. I'm looking forward to your responses.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-12-2016, 07:56 PM  
New to Pentax
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,804
My son recently bought a used Pentax K-5lls, and after seeing what he can do with it, now I want one, or a K-3, or a K-3ll. I was really into photography in my younger days (pre-children), but when they came along, with the expense and the time commitment needed, well...you know the rest. Both my sons are out of the house now, so here we go. I'm hoping to get equipped soon and start up what I once really enjoyed. I just need to relearn what I have forgotten about photography. Wish me luck!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-12-2016, 07:45 PM  
Nature Dandelion flower............
Posted By dsp52
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Nice picture! Even weeds have there place in the world, just not in my yard. How are you liking your K-1.
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