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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 8 Hours Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #418 - Faces
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 26
Views: 1,118
This kid is one of the hardest working young skaters I know, K-3 DA* 50-135 f2.8, SilverEfex TriX emulation

Marley by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
the SURFing thread
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 23
Views: 647
If I am honest I don't really know anything about surfing, but as a test of my Nikon D3 and Sigma 150-500MM OS HSM I did take some surfing photos for fun

AHS_2547 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-16-2018, 04:28 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 9,168
Views: 1,075,764
Caught a bit of parade goer of the Sydney Mardi Gras parade 2 weeks ago, K-3 DA* 50-135

Latino vibe @ Mardi Gras 9/52 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-14-2018, 02:41 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 9,168
Views: 1,075,764
From the Blood Bowl above to the Gold Bowl here, still K-3 and DA 10-17 Fisheye with Metz 58 AF-2

John @ Bar 8/52 by Eric C, on Flickr

Decided not to take K-1 along for the trip up the coast for this event, mainly because I was not willing to deal with the bulk and weight of K-1, also for shooting events K-1 RAW files can add up really quickly. K-3 was more nimble, also it has a higher fps than K-1, enabling me to spray and pray later with my DA* 50-135 f2.8
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-13-2018, 03:58 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 15,258
Views: 1,335,761
As a challenge to myself, I took the K-1 and Sigma 15MM f2.8 EX and Metz 58 AF-2 flash to all of the evening practice before Bondi Bow-la-rama this year and see if it works as a sports camera.

Keegan @ Bondi 7/52 by Eric C, on Flickr

Well the conclusion is that after printing some of the shots in A3 size, yes I do want 36MP in my life!
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-13-2018, 03:30 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 9,168
Views: 1,075,764
Pentax K-3 with DA 10-17 Fisheye and Metz 58 AF-2 flash

Steve @ Bato 6/52 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-06-2018, 01:25 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #413 Night Shades
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 15
Views: 915
A very old photo taken back in 2014 with a very budget combo K-30 and M28 f2.8

Standard starbust testing procedure{Explored} 09/07/2014 by Eric C, on Flickr

A bit sad they changed the lighting setup for this bridge and I can not get this kind of star burst shot anymore
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-03-2018, 02:59 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 15,258
Views: 1,335,761
Since I started my Weekly Project/52 Project I've finally got some of my shelf queen to get out of the house...K-1 with Tamron SP AF Di 90mm Macro, Metz 58 AF-2 on extension cord camera top left.

Morning Dew 5/52 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-31-2018, 02:42 AM  
Weekly Challenge #412 - Motion Winners
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 7
Views: 671
Thanks for playing everyone, a lot of interesting interpretation of the theme, without further ado here's the winners!

Winner is charliezap , love the way the motion of the ride contrast against the stillness of the person and how the background perfectly complement the flow of the ride, well done!

2nd place goes to StephenHampshire , classic panning shot beautifully captured, on top of the elements you mentioned like the wheels and rods, the steam coming off the chimney/just before the front of the wheels/ off the side of the engine all contributing to the sense of motion, just wonderful!

3rd place I have decided goes to atupdate , this is a very clever way of showing motion by stacking, which compress the whole trick into a single image, very creative indeed!

Honourable mention 1 mattb123 Beautiful blue hour shot, I only wish motion is a larger element of the shot that I can pick up on straight away!

Honourable mention 2 SpecialK the trail smoke really help portrait the sense of motion, the thing about aerial acrobatic photography is that it's impossible to orient which side is up, fun shot though!

Brief comment of the entries,
rod_grant - Hahaha, that is indeed what kids this ago would be like, just wouldn't be still
Vaskebjorn - Beautiful bird shot, colour really pop, I only wish the tip of the wing was not a bit obscured by the branch
JeanF6 - excellent action shot, the dust kicked up by the wheel help enhance the sense of motion, well done
sealonsf - The blurred out denim walking to the left gives the frame a sense of motion, in contrast to the stillness of Addy, cute.
RossCo - Great sense of speed, the even more blurred out rider in the back enhance the sense of motion too
NickDB - Beautiful sunset colour, the almost double image of the kid attract you attention straight away
jacamar - interesting, we know they are heading in the same direction, but somehow beak of one of the penguins breaks the formation haha
eva - love the motion of the hula hoops and her expression
aaacb - beautiful dance photo, somehow her face was showing though the blurriness
Tamia - nice sense of the raging waters, great job!
bigoak - what's with scooter riders? They all seems to be having a great time!
Bruce Clark - Nice, the tail smoke really gives a sense of where the plane has been and where it is going
jchorst - Nice to see horse shots here, as I understand it horses as well as human are harder to capture in slow shutter speed because their movements involve going up and down, compare to say motor sport.
dlneubec - Contrast of the flow of the fall and the still of ice is really nice
noelcmn - wow how fast is the bird flapping its wing to create this effect?
ramseybuckeye - haha the ears definitely shows there is quite a breeze going on in the show, and what is this third eyelid that you mentioned? Got me intrigued!
lukulele - Nice, the leaning of the rider and the blurred out wheels both enhance the sense of motion here.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-30-2018, 04:48 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #412 - Motion
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 23
Views: 1,810
Thanks for everyone for the diverse entries, this challenge is now closed, will have a think and post the winner later.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-22-2018, 03:05 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #412 - Motion
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 23
Views: 1,810
One thing I found a lot of fun to capture is motion, while I tend to use panning to get the effect I like, I would love to see what others had in mind for motion, so anything goes, show me your creative motion shots!

The Challenge will close at midnight Tuesday January 30th.

The fine print:
Every week, a new theme is picked and judged by the winner of the previous week.

1. Post ONE photo (max 1024x1024).
2. The photo must portray an interpretation of the theme.
3. Post your single picture in this thread and explain what motivated you to take the picture and/or how you feel it represents the weekly theme (especially if it's not obvious).
4. The challenge is interactive. Any response is welcome.
5. The judge will pick the WINNERS and choose one of them to be the judge for the next week.
6. This challenge runs for 7 days plus an additional day for the judge to choose the winners.
7. Any Pentax/Ricoh (DSLR) camera can be used.
8. Pictures can be from any time frame, not just within the week of the current theme.
9. In case the winner of a challenge is unable to become the judge for the next challenge, they will PM the #2 winner for that person to be the judge

Here are a few examples from my archives:

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-21-2018, 04:34 AM  
Weekly Challenge #411 - Glow Winners
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 12
Views: 841
Thanks mattb123 for the pick! Will have a think and post the challenge for next week soon!
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-21-2018, 03:07 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 15,258
Views: 1,335,761
Just in time to grab this shot before the light changes...

DFA 28-105 DC WR

Summer sunset 3/52 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-15-2018, 03:38 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 26,654
Views: 1,158,913
I spy a body of water in the distance

Rainy Day in Anna Bay by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-15-2018, 03:34 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #411 - Glow
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 23
Views: 1,654
Glowing City

Golden City Light by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-14-2018, 03:53 AM  
Post Your K-30 Photos Here
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 2,675
Views: 437,618
I've put my K-30 to time lapse duty instead of passing it on, and it's so much fun to experiment with!

Motion 2/52 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2018, 04:41 AM  
Post-Processing Post-Processing Challenge #246 Groningen
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 19
Views: 1,411
LR adjustments including curve and perspective/horizon correction then finishing off in Silver-Efex Pro for Ilford HP5 emulsion and a custom crop in the end to contain the scene, maybe 10-15mins work

PPChallenge #246-Edit by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2018, 04:12 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 38,663
Views: 1,364,798
W for Wings

St Ives Medieval Faire 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-07-2018, 03:17 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 3,019
Views: 526,105
Sigma 15MM EX Fisheye on K-1

Floater 1/52 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-07-2018, 03:09 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 15,258
Views: 1,335,761
Finally start using my K-1 for skate photos with the arrival of Sigma 15MM EX Fisheye, still learning to master this combo as it is so different from my usual set up of K-5IIs and DA 10-17 Fisheye.

Floater 1/52 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-21-2017, 04:06 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 4,896
Views: 660,792
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-27-2017, 01:25 AM  
Australia - Pentax Web Store 15% off store-wide
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 24
Views: 1,486
Take this K-1 Silver Edition Premium Pack Then, for AU$2999 it's a real steal....

Ricoh Imaging | Pentax K-1 Silver Edition ?Premium Pack? Inc: ONA Presidio, 64GB Extreme SD
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-11-2017, 02:39 AM  
DCxpert 20% off ebay Spring deal
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 3
Views: 621
dcxpert | eBay Stores

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Just checked their Pentax stock, not many interesting camera bodies for sure, but they do have the Sigma 35MM Art...Hmmmmmmm
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-08-2017, 07:03 AM  
Heading for a used K5II with 6500 shots after K30
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 27
Views: 1,688
I shoot K-5IIs and K-30 regularly(even after getting a K-1), in terms of sensor performance there is a difference but not a huge one, K-5IIs has no AA filter which is good for a little bit more sharpness but the AA filter in K-30 is pretty weak as well. The real difference is K-30 does 12bit RAW when K-5IIs does 14bit, so I can push my K-5IIs file a bit further in Lightroom. The other real difference is low light AF performance, K-5II/IIs is sooooooo much better in this regard, I replaced my original K-5 with it and never look back, my K-30 work very well with my manual lenses because of focus peaking and IMO a more convenient placed green button. Ergonomic wise, it's personal preference, I actually like the K-30 grip more, but with grip K-5IIs is very good for longer shoots and/or larger lenses.

In your situation, K-5II would be an upgrade for your AF lenses in low light, a downgrade for your manual lenses(no focus peaking). High ISO performance will not be much difference I am afraid.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-17-2017, 03:51 AM  
k1 or switch systems?
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 55
Views: 2,954
Interesting, I haven't read through all the replies yet, but looking at the 1st page, the picture of the girl in white dress seems back focus by quite a bit, I used to use K-5/K-5IIs and Tamron 70-200 quite a bit and I would say auto focus system in the original K-5 was really letting the side down, I've got a lot more satisfying result after I finally got fed up and bought a K-5IIs to replace it. I actually shot my friend's wedding and his daughter's christening in very dimly lit church with the same combo using much much higher ISO like 3200 and still got acceptable results.

I'll provide you with some example of K-5IIs and Tamron 70-200 at similar settings

Colour of music - Green by Eric C, on Flickr

200MM, f4. ISO800, 1/250th

Colour of music - Blue by Eric C, on Flickr

200MM, f4.5. ISO800, 1/200th

IMGP5364 by Eric C, on Flickr

87MM, f4.5, ISO3200, 1/80th

For portrait and stuff, flash would help tremendously, in the end, photography is all about the light. learn to use (manual) bounce flash(P-TTL for bounce is just not reliable) and off camera flash and you will find your shots improve dramatically. Check out online resource like on flickr ( youtube(I quite like Zack Arias' old one light tutorial but I think they have all but disappeared from the internet), it really helps
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