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Forum: Photo Critique 06-24-2013, 10:22 AM  
Black & White Minimal B&W
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 3
Views: 829
Thank you, SpecialK and smf.
Flickr sharpens downsized pictures a bit too much sometimes.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-20-2013, 11:51 AM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 5,352
Views: 487,642

The Mighty Helios by weakhead, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-20-2013, 11:51 AM  
DA35 f2.4 - the Plastic Fantastic club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 1,151
Views: 237,051
@todd
Thank you.
As for the calibration - I couldn't avoid it. Lens was completely unable to properly catch focus in closer distance. I had to set overall +18 value in AF microadjust.

Some gear porn now. Starring MC Helios 44K-4

The Mighty Helios by weakhead, on Flickr
Forum: Photo Critique 06-18-2013, 10:48 AM  
Black & White Minimal B&W
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 3
Views: 829
Pictures I've made two days ago. I went with high contrast during the processing.
I would like to hear your thoughts about those two - composition, processing and every other matter you feel like discussing.

I recommend to see those at full resolution due to oversharpening at smaller sizes - click on image to see it on Flickr.


Trasa Zamkowa 01 by weakhead, on Flickr


Trasa Zamkowa 02 by weakhead, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-18-2013, 10:42 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 21,709
Views: 1,586,849

Trasa Zamkowa 01 by weakhead, on Flickr


Trasa Zamkowa 02 by weakhead, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-18-2013, 10:41 AM  
Minimalism-Post your minimalist images here
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 2,319
Views: 223,603

Trasa Zamkowa 01 by weakhead, on Flickr


Trasa Zamkowa 02 by weakhead, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-18-2013, 09:14 AM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 2,947
Views: 519,148
kcupp95 - good job with those shots!
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-17-2013, 09:59 AM  
DA35 f2.4 - the Plastic Fantastic club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 1,151
Views: 237,051
I like this lens so far. It's sharp and tolerant to near-direct sunlight. However, I had to calibrate it's AF to +18 (+10 for single and +8 for all lenses), but I can live with that. Lack of quick-shift and focus distance scale hurts me more, though.


Odra by weakhead, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-17-2013, 06:33 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
MC Helios 44K-4, at F2.0.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-17-2013, 06:32 AM  
Other Challenge +Show us your bokeh+
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 5,352
Views: 487,642
MC Helios 44K-4, at F2.0.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-11-2012, 01:22 PM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 2,947
Views: 519,148
Snow was falling today in quite large amount. In such moment, I'm glad that I have WR zoom.
Larger image available on click.



18mm || F5.6 || ISO 400 || 1/90s
Forum: Photo Critique 11-17-2012, 03:28 AM  
Nature Six Gulls
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 10
Views: 897
I like it - it's so simple, minimalistic.
I would even the line, however.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-16-2012, 02:26 PM  
Landscape Fog in Quistorp Park
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Thank you all for critique.

I think you all are right about second and third shots - I should have composed it better. Not sure about cropping tall tree (have to try it), but capturing more reflection would work fine here. As for those ducks - they're ALWAYS there... I will need wider lens for this one - due to the environment, moving backwards won't work.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-16-2012, 03:10 AM  
Landscape Fog in Quistorp Park
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Szczecin is in dense for recently. I've decided to take some photos after a long break from photography.

ISO speed of first one is 80, rest is 200.

Larger size is available - just click in photo and you'll be redirected to Google+.

1.


2.


3.


I will be grateful for honest critique.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-16-2012, 10:41 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
MC Helios 44K-4



Forum: Lens Clubs 08-29-2012, 08:37 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
Even optically, they aren't the same. It is said, that the newer the model, the better optical performance it has in general - not counting poor copies. Also, number of aperture blades vary - early versions had 8, later had 6 (MC ones and newer), and one (or more?) of the early versions even had 13 aperture blades.
Mechanical construction also changed many times.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-25-2012, 01:14 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
Indeed, it's incredibly smooth compared to many 50's.

And now some more Helios 44 magic.

F2 || ISO 80


F2 || ISO 80


F4 || ISO 140
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-24-2012, 10:36 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
DougLee - those are nice!
simbon4o - now I'm impressed. Does this lens always give such creamy bokeh? Helios 44 is rather... busy, compared to this.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-19-2012, 03:17 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
kcobain1992 - thanks. I've used split-tone filter for first one, so shadows have blue tint and are less "dark". The rest had those details in natural way, but I've done some operations on curves to pump up the contrast a bit.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-13-2012, 09:48 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
More MC Helios 44K-4...

F2 || ISO 80 || with hood


F2 || ISO 80 || no hood


F8 || ISO 400 || Raynox DCR-150


F8 || ISO 400 || Raynox DCR-150
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-29-2012, 04:03 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
MC Helios 44K-4, F8, ISO 80



Forum: Lens Clubs 07-28-2012, 05:30 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
It's pretty hard to get some nice bokeh with Industar 50, isn't it?

More with Helios MC 44K-4...

F8 || ISO 1600


F2.8 || ISO 80


F2.8 || ISO 560


F2.8 || ISO 400


F2.8 || ISO 560
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-25-2012, 09:52 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
Yes, I've used lens hood for images in my last two comments. This lens is very prone to flare and severe contrast loss when shooting against strong light, especially wide open.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-23-2012, 01:47 PM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
Thank you.
Some more with MC Helios 44K-4...

58mm || F4 || 1/60s || ISO 200


58mm || F2 || 1/350s || ISO 80


58mm || F2.8 || 1/350s || ISO 80


58mm || F2 || 1/350s || ISO 80
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-22-2012, 11:17 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By weakhead
Replies: 4,000
Views: 985,051
MC Helios 44K-4
ISO 80, first and third wide open, second could be F4 (not sure). I've attached lens hood.

Chicory


Green Apple


Matricaria
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