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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-08-2019, 07:35 PM  
Need help for amateur wedding and equipment.
Posted By devouges
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I know a lot of you are saying I should hire a photographer as a wedding gift. Please bear in mind that the ceremony will be adjacent to the celebration room and the ceremony will be IN the celebration room in case of rain.

Now she also wants only 3-4 nice pictures. Wedding albums are not in style much around here any more. She does not event want prints ! Just pictures on a USB key to show her friends on a tv set or PC.

She says a wedding album will only pick up dust for the next 40 years.

My most important recommendation is to have a second shooter AND I am also looking into a THIRD shooter.

Thanks again everyone !
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-05-2019, 05:23 AM  
Need help for amateur wedding and equipment.
Posted By devouges
Replies: 40
Views: 2,019
A lot of good advice here...…. Thank you very much everyone.
Like I mentioned earlier, I have 6 months to practice and will have access to the hotel where the ceremony will be as often as I want before the wedding.
The ceremony will be on the hotel terrace, adjacent to the celebration room, at 4pm and direct sunlight should not be a problem..
So until then..... practice.... practice.... practice....
Thank you very much everyone
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-04-2019, 01:36 PM  
Need help for amateur wedding and equipment.
Posted By devouges
Replies: 40
Views: 2,019
Hi everyone,

I need some advice.

I currently have a K5ii and a K3ii which I use about 99% of the time for birding pictures.

My daughter is getting married this summer and asked me to take pictures at her wedding.

Keeping in mind the newer generations are not into full blown wedding albums and that all they want are several "decent" souvenir pictures, I accepted.


Now, with my cameras I have the following
- a 35mm 2.4 plastic fantastic: my be useful for group shots
- a 50mm 1.4 FA: maybe a few portrais with some bokeh
- a 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 DA DC: may be good for general shots where space is small
- a 100mm macro: pretty much useless for a wedding I imagine
- a 300mm f4 which is my favorite lens but will be basically useless for a wedding.
- a 55-300mm DA zoom which would most likely not be useful.
- a METZ 52 AF-1 is on the way.

I have a shot-list of minimal pictures that must be taken.

I have a second photo hobbyist to take shots I will not be able to take.

Keeping in mind that I am by no means a pro but would like a minimum of success.

Opinions everyone..... can I do anything half decent with this equipment.


PS: I am toying with the idea of borrowing some $$$ (it is my daughter after all) for a K1ii with a 28-105.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-12-2017, 06:35 AM  
Weekly Challenge #379 Eyes
Posted By devouges
Replies: 39
Views: 4,439
As I was getting closer, the eyes were getting bigger..... At this point, I backed off.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-23-2016, 02:43 PM  
satisfied
Posted By devouges
Replies: 33
Views: 2,659
I was in the local store last week and I was able to hold one for 5-10 minutes,. Oh my god ! ! ! What a feeling. I need to save up to get one..... It is going to be a lonnggg wait.

It just feels so comfortable in hand and the dials and settings are set up just fine. I like the way they gave the LCD a "multi-function" use : ie: depending on what button you hold, it shows different settings.

And 5 user modes ! ! ! Oh my ! ! !..... I am so happy with 3 on the K3ii ! ! ! 5 modes is paradise. ( I often switch modes taking bird pictures ) I do not have time to flip through menus to change modes cause the bird will be gooooone....

Anyways..... My first K1 impression is WOW ! ! ! !
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-27-2016, 10:02 AM  
The Full Frame: What will make you buy it?
Posted By devouges
Replies: 131
Views: 16,136
The Full Frame: What will make you buy it?

............................MONEY ! ! !
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-24-2016, 08:56 AM  
Battery oddity??
Posted By devouges
Replies: 10
Views: 1,410
The only time I have found the battery indicator reliable is when it says that I cannot take pictures any more..... and I can't take pictures any more.....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2016, 10:04 AM  
lens for birding
Posted By devouges
Replies: 37
Views: 4,627
I use my 300mm da* with a K5iis and I love it : Here is my last pic of 2015, a beautiful long-eared owl. Here it is straight out of the camera, no touch up or cropping.

https://500px.com/photo/134212827/hibou-moyen-duc-by-gary-devouges?ctx_page=...=gary+Devouges
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-26-2015, 04:46 AM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By devouges
Replies: 8,877
Views: 410,463
A cute mink that was spying on me :)

K5iiS with 300mm DA* F4 1/500 iso-400
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-21-2015, 04:31 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By devouges
Replies: 5,124
Views: 741,915
A nice red-winged blackbird......
Forum: General Photography 05-01-2015, 08:08 AM  
How would you respond?
Posted By devouges
Replies: 45
Views: 3,465
My response would have been : "would you like to try out my K5" .......
..........then look at his eyes shine.... :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-07-2014, 07:23 AM  
$2000 - my upgrade decision, thoughts?
Posted By devouges
Replies: 50
Views: 4,057
I would just wait till end of September to see what pentax pulls out of it's hat.
Forum: General Talk 07-22-2014, 01:31 PM  
Kudos to site administrators
Posted By devouges
Replies: 16
Views: 1,163
Just to say a quick thank you to the site administrators for doing a great job.

I do not post often but I do come here daily and look at the latest posts and rumors...... love it ! ! !

thanks
Forum: General Photography 07-17-2014, 05:11 AM  
Why did I get Pentax, rather than Canikon ? A philosophical question ?
Posted By devouges
Replies: 54
Views: 5,054
Well, ESRANDALL, that is pretty much what happened to me also. As soon as I had that in my hand, I was "married" to it. Then I got the battery grip and now my little pinky finger just does not hang any more.....

I now have a K5iiS, with grip, and I love it !
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2014, 08:16 AM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By devouges
Replies: 1,731
Views: 133,047
Wow..... you need a database !
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2014, 05:13 AM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By devouges
Replies: 1,731
Views: 133,047
Only 5..... but wishing for more
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