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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-02-2019, 08:03 AM  
Looking for a travel tripod
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 19
Views: 1,042
Thanks for the creative suggestions. I'll have to check them out. Since I've got months before we go I've got time to weigh all your alternatives before I decide, so I appreciate the input.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-01-2019, 01:45 PM  
Looking for a travel tripod
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 19
Views: 1,042
Yeah - The 61" max height isn't ideal for someone 6' 1" - but that's the problem with a "travel" tripod. I want it short enough it'll fit in my pack, and not REAL heavy for dragging it around on hikes. It seems like the trade-off is shorter than I'd like in order to pack and not weight 7 pounds - AND not be $400+.
Unless anyone has any other ideas for something to fit my original criteria?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-01-2019, 10:08 AM  
Looking for a travel tripod
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 19
Views: 1,042
I'm looking for a travel tripod that will:

- pack down well enough to fit in a carry-on for international travel
- be "light enough". I don't anticipate having to carry it for days on end - just pop out of the car, hike with it for a few miles, and then back in the car - so it doesn't have to be "ultra-light", but light enough to hike with for hours
- be sturdy enough to support my equipment (my heaviest/longest lens is the DA* 50-135) in conditions like the high winds of the Scottish Highlands (assuming I'd hang my bag on it for additional stability)
- extend high enough that my 6' 1" frame won't have to be at a 70 degree angle every time I want to use it :)

After much looking around, I seem to be leaning towards this one.....

Benro Tripster Travel Tripod FTR28CB1GBLK B&H Photo Video

.....and I'm wondering if anyone here has any real-world experience with it? It hasn't been reviewed here yet - but I'm thinking SOMEONE must have bought one, and I'd like to hear your thoughts. I'm not stuck on this one - but it seems to fit the bill well enough w/o breaking the bank.

Thanks in advance for any input/opinions.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-14-2016, 06:58 PM  
Topaz Plug-Ins & Lightroom.....
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 3
Views: 680
Thanks guys. Nothing was showing up under "Edit In" - so I tried downloading again and there they were!
NOW I can start using them.....again.....

Thanks again,

Tim
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-14-2016, 06:13 PM  
Topaz Plug-Ins & Lightroom.....
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 3
Views: 680
Several years ago I bought a couple of Topaz Plug-Ins (Adjust & Simplify), and have been using them on my Mac with Aperture. A few weeks ago I bought a copy of Lightroom 6, and now that I have gotten somewhat used to working with that I'd like to use my plug-ins from w/in LR - but I can't figure out how to access them.
Do I need to "load" them into LR somehow to get them to show up and launch?
Not sure if I'm supposed to do something in LR to tell it I have them, or if I need to re-download them from Topaz now that I have LR on the machine, or something else altogether???

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.....

Tim
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-25-2016, 08:45 AM  
Making photo book pages.....
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 2
Views: 965
Thanks - I'll give it a try.....

Tim
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-23-2016, 11:02 AM  
Making photo book pages.....
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 2
Views: 965
Does anyone have any ideas on places to get photo page templates?
We've got a printing service at work that will print the pages for me, and even put a spiral binder on them - but I just need some kind of layout for the pages. I can't seem to find any web sites that just have "theme pages" I could use to drop my photos onto, so that I end up with a file I can give our printer to make a book.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Tim
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-23-2015, 06:14 PM  
Time to make a switch from Aperture.....
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 10
Views: 2,025
Thanks Ross. It's working fine for me right now too - I was just thinking down the road. I never thought about them making Photos robust enough that it could take Aperture's place. Might have to consider that!

Tim

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Thanks Ben - I'll give it a look.....

Tim

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Thanks for the video. I'll give it a look see tonight.....

Tim

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Thanks guys.
Never heard of it - so I'll take a look.


Thanks for the info everyone!


Tim
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-23-2015, 03:30 PM  
Time to make a switch from Aperture.....
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 10
Views: 2,025
I realize this may have been asked and answered in the past - given that Apple announced about a year ago that they were done enhancing the Aperture program - but searching this thread for things like "Mac" & "Aperture" don't really narrow down the results enough, so.....

I have been an Aperture user since I switched to digital years ago (except for a very brief stint with iPhoto right at the beginning), but now that Aperture will be history I need to find something else for photo management & editing. Since I've never really looked at/for any other programs I'm not sure of a good option.

For those of you that have made the switch now - what did you switch to, and do you like it?
I don't think I need all the bells and whistles (and price tag!) that I associate with Photoshop, so is Lightroom a viable option? Does it do most/all/more than Aperture does?

Any other options that are close to Aperture in terms of what it does? I had Aperture 3 and a couple of Topaz plug-ins, and that got me everything I needed & wanted to do - so I'm hoping to find something comparable to that.

Thanks in advance for any help/insight,

Tim
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2015, 07:35 AM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 1,761
Views: 188,637
We have something similar up this way (where the HIGH today is supposed to be -1), as follows.....

Bar Mitts Handlebar Mittens

(And no - I don't work at Erik's - just shop there.) ;-)

Tim
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-30-2014, 07:41 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 3,774
Views: 818,156
Nice shot Damian - I like it.....

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-14-2014, 06:32 AM  
Misc FA 77/1.8 - A Ridiculous Redundancy
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 17
Views: 1,485
I always assumed it was to keep the woodpeckers from "drilling" the poles to pieces - but I defer to Bob for the real answer.....

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-13-2014, 09:50 AM  
Landscape Some waterfalls
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 22
Views: 1,072
Excellent shots Susan. I REALLY like the last one, and - like Tess - love the lines in that 2nd one.

Tim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2014, 01:12 PM  
If you could have but one Limited............
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 149
Views: 11,300
+1


Tim
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-27-2014, 01:16 PM  
Camera Gear Storage Cabinet
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 38
Views: 14,673
Great job - And I like the price too! ;-)

Tim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-24-2014, 11:18 AM  
Next lens for my K-5
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 11
Views: 908
+1 for this one. While my kids were playing sports in high school I attended tons of games - everything from soccer to baseball to tennis - and I'll bet 75% - 80% of my shots were taken with that lens. The beauty of kids sports are that you can almost always get close enough (even in high school) that 135mm is enough reach. I can probably count on two hands the number of times I needed to pull out the 55-300 for "extra" reach.
And the 50-135 is plenty fast enough for almost all the action. It's a little heavy - but nothing you can't get used to - especially given the quality of shots it produces.

Good luck,

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-11-2014, 03:39 PM  
Landscape Glacial Waters of Glacier
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Great scenery Bob.
I've got to get out there someday - that's for sure!

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-03-2014, 09:37 AM  
Landscape the Mountain High, Valley so Deep
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 37
Views: 1,463
Very nice Bob.
I love the "carpet of green" feel in the 2nd one.

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-03-2014, 09:15 AM  
Nature Versailles Trees
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Agreed.
(Looks even more beautiful given the fact that we haven't seen green grass or leaves in these parts for months now!)

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-03-2014, 09:09 AM  
Travel Time for our last tour
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Although I'm not usually a big fan of abstract "stuff", I really like that #3 shot Susan!
The colors of the theatre marquee just scream "Florida" to me. ;)

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-31-2014, 09:50 AM  
Nature Wind Shear
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 42
Views: 1,610
Great colors & capture Bob. Nature's beauty at its best.

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2014, 10:24 AM  
Landscape the Tetons are Great
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 39
Views: 1,625
Hey Bob - All are nice, but I really like how that 2nd one gives the appearance that the mountains are a "background" that pp'd in behind the trees & water. Nice effect!

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2014, 10:17 AM  
Travel Where the heck have I been
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 22
Views: 998
I really like the sunset shots Susan.
And I love your pp work on the reels.

And if it makes you feel any warmer - I just heard on the news yesterday that since December 1st up here in Minnesota we've had 29 days so far where the temp never got above 0F at any point during the day. (Not that I'm complaining. I'll take that over 90F & humid anytime!)

Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-30-2014, 10:07 AM  
Landscape Drive Through the Rocky Mountains
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Excellent.
Thanks for sharing.....


Tim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-08-2014, 08:49 AM  
Abstract Fire Down Below
Posted By UpNorth
Replies: 21
Views: 954
:lol:
Yeah - I know what you mean Bob. That trip to Arizona a few years ago was our last big "family vacation", and the Oregon trip was with one of my daughters for college visits. In the last 15 months or so we went from having all 4 kids home to all 4 in college (in 4 different states!), so my picture taking (and Pentax Forums browsing) time had dropped off considerably.
Now that all of that has settled down (and the house has gotten EXTREMELY quiet!) :) I'm hoping to be able to hang around here more again.

I guess you could say we've.....
















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(Sorry - Don't mean to keep hijacking your thread with '70's/80's music videos.) :lol:

Tim
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