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Forum: General Talk 07-04-2020, 04:29 AM  
Office suite software
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 14
Views: 502
I've weaned myself off Windows/Apple some 17 years ago so for me there really is no question about it: Openoffice and later on Libreoffice are truly superb.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-21-2020, 03:56 AM  
Landscape YAS (Yet another sunset)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-19-2020, 02:08 PM  
People Portrait of my daughter
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Nope, it's that "get that neat Helios lens off your KP and give it to me so I can use it on my K-3 or K-70" look...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-19-2020, 08:27 AM  
People Portrait of my daughter
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-14-2020, 08:18 AM  
Nature First attempts Helios 44-4K with reversed element
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Experiments with an old, Sovjet-era Helios 44-K4 of which I reversed the front lens element. So far, interesting but I need to find some good use for it. Portraits, I think my daughter said. Gotta watch out or this lens is not going to be mine for long. But hey, for some 46 plus the cost of a lens spanner, what can go wrong? As usual, shot in raw. This one is f8 at 1/60th and ISO400. Levels & curves only plus a bit of USM.

EMG02524-Helios-reversed-ISO400-dt-gimp-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

EMG02530-Helios-reversed-ISO400-dt-gimp-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-04-2020, 12:43 PM  
Nature What A Poser
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 12
Views: 209
Great composition and feather detail.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-03-2020, 09:18 AM  
Nature Tulips and more (55-300mm PLM)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 0
Views: 143
So, a first day with the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE and I noted initial thoughts in the lens review section as well. All in all I find the lens an extremely good buy. Not because it has absolute star-quality sharpness (it doesn't stand a chance at 135mm against my DA*50-135mm, or at 190mm against the 50-135 with the HD1.4x converter). Also not because of its wide aperture range (reasonably speaking there is a very small "window of opportunity" between f8 and f13 where this lens is at its best). Not even because of its zoom "lock' which prevents zoom creep (but I keep forgetting to unlock it when shooting).

Not, this is a very good lens in terms of bang for your buck when you do not often need the 200-300mm range but want to have something in the bag just for those incidents when you need the range. This is also an awesome lens when out and about because of its diminutive form factor and light weight on an equally compact APS-C body such as the KP or K-70. It is an outstanding lens in terms of color rendition (although I tend to ignore OOC jpegs anyway). And what surprised me most is its bokeh quality and foreground separation and depth - they can even be called outstanding. The lens also does not have the same fatal murky and muddy contrast above 200mm that both my FAJ75-300 and the Tammy 70-300 suffered from, It "sparkles" for lack of a better word.

All in all, I'm quite sure the lens will not stand up to either the 60-250 or the newer DFA telezooms and it also offers a very restrictive aperture range at full zoom extension (forcing some high-ISO trade-offs) but it does fit a niche for me in terms of cost versus IQ and opportunity. Here's a few of today's shots. The ones without EXIF were actually multiple handheld exposures blended in Photomatix for Linux, the others straight raws converted with Darktable and Gimp.

EMG02265-DA55-300PLM-ISO200-dt-gimp-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

EMG02317-DA55-300PLM-ISO200-dt-gimp-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

EMG02283-DA55-300PLM-ISO800-dt-gimp-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

EMG02332-DA55-300PLM-ISO200And4more_tonemapped_tonemapped-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

EMG02262-DA55-300PLM-ISO200And2more_tonemapped_tonemapped-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-01-2020, 03:43 PM  
Nature No lockdown for this family!
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 0
Views: 171
This mama sadly started out with 12 little ones and now has 4 left which stay very close.

EMG02221-Rongebos-ISO1600-dt-gimp-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-30-2020, 11:59 PM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 889
Views: 72,463
I think this was the cathedral in Prague
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2020, 09:04 AM  
Learning from preppers
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 51
Views: 1,640
Not sure what you experienced in the US but here in the EU I have been able to do my shopping almost as usual with the exception of the first 2-3 days of the lockdown when those damned preppers were emptying the stores almost as fast as they were being resupplied. I don't think we have skipped even a single part of a single course of a single meal throughout this whole crisis. Prepping? Don't be daft!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-28-2020, 01:08 AM  
Thematic Post your Church images
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 889
Views: 72,463
The interior of the "Great st.Laurence Church" in Alkmaar
BMG09131_2_3_tonemapped_tonemapped-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-26-2020, 10:36 AM  
Architecture Some old raw files revisited
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 0
Views: 159
All redone with DT 3.0.2 and Gimp 2.10.18

Budapest, 2014, K-5 IIs with Tamron 17-50mm/f2.8
CMG07126-Budapest-ISO1600-dt-gimp_filtered-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Milwaukee, 2012, K-5 with Sigma 8-16mm
BMG03377-dt-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

Ottawa, 2010, K20D with DA16-45mm/f4.0
amgp9498-dt-gimp_filtered-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-21-2020, 12:21 PM  
Understanding folks saying a TC doesn't ad more detail.
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 42
Views: 5,399
One consideration I'm always missing in these discussions is the (positive) impact of a TC on multi-pattern or center-weighted metering: rather than metering a large image out of which only a crop is shown (such that the metering may have been impacted by areas outside the crop), the metering evaluates solely the area of interest, resulting in slightly better exposures which will no doubt benefit overall contrast as well as microcontrast.

To add to that, a lot of people who would have no issue adding a piece of "protective" flat glass in front of the lens suddenly seem to develop issues when a carefully crafted optic is added behind the lens...
Forum: General Photography 04-17-2020, 12:17 AM  
Turn your film camera into a digital camera for $249
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 76
Views: 4,607
No, just no...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-12-2020, 10:08 AM  
Nature A small world
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Like every single day since this lockdown started, I take a long morning walk with my hairy partner in the local "forest" (or rather, overgrown city park). I try to utilize a different lens every day and explore the possibilities to the fullest. Where in my "previous life", I had regular opportunities to hop over to London, Brussels, Prague, Barcelona, Budapest and Copenhagen and bring my camera along, I now feel constricted to the confines of a few square kilometres. There is still a lot to enjoy.

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EMG01947-Rongebos-ISO200-dt-gimp1-dt-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

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EMG01906-Rongebos-ISO100And4more_tonemapped_tonemapped-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

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EMG01921-Rongebos-ISO200And4more_tonemapped_tonemapped-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-10-2020, 12:15 AM  
Thematic The Macro Flower Club
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1,924
Views: 136,465
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-31-2020, 04:35 AM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 11,272
Views: 922,180
Noam loves having me at home for his daily walks
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-27-2020, 09:41 AM  
Thematic The Macro Flower Club
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1,924
Views: 136,465
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-24-2020, 01:02 PM  
Thematic Silly Coronavirus "Self Isolation" Household images
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 555
Views: 20,877
We are allowed to pop out to the grocers and, even on that half a mile or so, spring clearly does not wait for corona... (KP with Samyang 8mm fisheye, pef conversion in Darktable, some Gimp to remove a jet contrail high in the sky)
EMG01343_4_5_6_tonemapped_tonemapped-layers2-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-24-2020, 10:32 AM  
Thematic The Macro Flower Club
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1,924
Views: 136,465
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-22-2020, 07:53 AM  
Nature Bokehlicious
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2
Views: 218
Just a few in my own backyard

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EMG01271-Tuin-ISO200-dt-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

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EMG01281-Tuin-ISO200-dt-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-21-2020, 12:43 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 11,272
Views: 922,180
No corona-scare for Noam - sheepdogs don't scare easily (but they do roll over for a belly-rub)
EMG01251-Rongebos-ISO200-dt-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-20-2020, 01:54 PM  
Thematic Silly Coronavirus "Self Isolation" Household images
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 555
Views: 20,877
So here's the funny part: my office is co-located in a Spaces building in Amsterdam on the 3rd-floor. The floors above and below us are leased by Booking.com. On February 16th there was a small gas explosion in the Booking kitchen area and the resulting fire caused a massive response from the fire brigade. Our offices were not damaged by the fire but sustained so much smoke and water that they were not accessible. We have been working from home ever since and just after we heard the cleanup was nearing completion and we would go back to work on March 18th, the lockdown started. So i have now been working from home for a full month, virtually isolated except for Bluejeans meetings and phonecalls.

So my own garden, the flower vase on the table and my short walks in the local park with my dog have to provide all of my "inspiration" for now. I have posted some extreme flower macros in this thread and here are two in the garden:

EMG01240-Macro-bloemen-ISO400_tonemapped_tonemapped_filtered-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr

EMG01098-Macro-bloemen-ISO100-dt-2020-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-15-2020, 12:54 PM  
Macro Cooped-up because of corona...get creative
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Thanks, it's this tiny red flower in a vase on my table.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-15-2020, 06:49 AM  
Macro Cooped-up because of corona...get creative
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 232
So there you sit, at the kitchen table, not much to go out for...go crazy with macro and bracketed HDR (Photomatix for Linux) as well as a bit of PP courtesy of Gimp/GMIC

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Red velvet by Mike Bing, on Flickr

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Golden sunburst by Mike Bing, on Flickr

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Soylent green by Mike Bing, on Flickr
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