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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-22-2007, 11:53 AM  
Saint Mark's Church
Posted By Wendell_F
Replies: 13
Views: 1,859
As I looked at that picture from top to bottom, I just spontaneously said, "Wow!" Hope I can shoot and process pictures like that some day! I was most impressed with just the exposure of the building - the shadows were not too dark and the rest of it wasn't too light. Awesome!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2007, 01:02 PM  
Moon Shot - First Post
Posted By Wendell_F
Replies: 6
Views: 1,425
It is trying, and not as rewarding as one of the newer shots of the moon I saw with a 400mm lens. Maybe one day! But thanks!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-27-2007, 10:07 AM  
Moon Shot - First Post
Posted By Wendell_F
Replies: 6
Views: 1,425
Thanks. A 20x80 binocular does wonders. But then it's not a $1000 model, so there's some chromatic fringing on it too. Guess I could have messed with you and said that I'm over 1500 miles from you and it's just a different angle! ;^)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-27-2007, 09:15 AM  
The Moon from New Jersey
Posted By Wendell_F
Replies: 9
Views: 2,256
Hey Chris,

I like your shot from tonight better than mine that's on flicker from tonight - Flickr: Photos from Wendell.F . Mine is more blown out, but I just couldn't get it set right. I tried closing down the apperature and it caused vignetting. I should have stopped it down more. Anyway, great shot. I like taking shots from around 3/4 moon and less better. Less light to deal with. :) Or, maybe better said as, "Less is more!"

Did you use an adapter for the telescope? I'm thinking aperature was your friend here to keep it from being all white. But then, telescope shots are usually pretty bright. How did you get the exposure you wanted?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-27-2007, 08:42 AM  
Moon Shot - First Post
Posted By Wendell_F
Replies: 6
Views: 1,425
They weren't attached. The binocs were on a tripod, and I used another tripod as a monopod to steady the camera. Last night I posted a full moon shot on flicker that I don't like as much. It was late and I just had the binocs on the tripod and held the camera up to the lens and "floated" the best shot I could! It's hard to focus through the binocs with the camera, especially with a full moon it seems.

I don't have Picassa, but I tried using level and lightness adjustments in the little Paint.NET program that I use, and it seemed to blow out the light areas. Maybe my wife will let me use her Photoshop... ;) But I agree about some yellow in it. That's why I left it there!

Thanks for looking!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-26-2007, 07:30 PM  
Moon Shot - First Post
Posted By Wendell_F
Replies: 6
Views: 1,425
My K10D arrived last week, and here is my first Moon and night sky shots with it. This shot was taken through a 20x80 binocular with a 50mm at F/1.7. Not as crisp as with a BigMa or Telescope, but it's what I've got right now.

I purposely didn't de-saturate the photo - seems to just look gray when I do that. I guess I could have taken out the yellow by using a slower shutter speed, but I didn't want it to be blown out. I think the lens was at F/1.7 and the shutter was at 1/30 sec. at ISO 400. Should I lower the shutter speed to make it lighter, or brighten it more with software? I enjoy taking moon and night sky shots, so I'd appreciate your help.

I have the kit lens, but have found that this old Sears 50mm lens is much better for night shots. I also have a 80-200mm F/4 lens, but it doesn't seem to be much good for night shots either.



Larger image[/URL] http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1387/1415674046_9f82fe07c5_o.jpg

This is a shot of the constellation Lyra and it's bright star, Vega, taken just with the 50mm lens at F/1.7 and ISO 400, but at 8 seconds. I'm anxious to get out of town and take some.



Larger image: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1117/1451325430_520bc1bd3b_o.jpg
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-15-2007, 06:51 PM  
Another New Member from Arkansas
Posted By Wendell_F
Replies: 1
Views: 588
I started looking into this forum over that past few weeks, anticipating the arrival of my K10D, and this seems to be the friendliest group around! My package should get here Monday - tempted to call in sick, but naa. I've been shooting for the past two and a half years with a Fujifilm S5100, and it's just way past time to move on up. Before that, an HP C500, and a Sears Dual2Program (Chinon?) w/Pentax lenses for years in the 80s and 90s. Hence my interest in Pentax. I've MISSED the control of an SLR, but couldn't resist the cost-effectiveness of digital, even the little 2MP.

I enjoy taking pictures of my kids (all in their 20s, so when I can!) and our grandaughter. No way I could pay for film as many as I take of her! I also enjoy nature, as in birds, lizards, sky, rocks, trees, etc, and looking at stars, the moon, and other bright things in the sky. I'm looking forward to seeing how much of the Milky Way I can fit into 10 MP! No big telescope yet, but I still enjoy it with 20x80 binocs and a camera!

I've learned a lot from all of you already, and expect to learn a lot more soon. Can't wait until MONDAY!!!
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