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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Is photography dead?
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 62
Views: 1,786
That's an interesting point about the film lab being yesterday's AI. I certainly used that when I got film, and what I got back from them was what I got. There weren't very many times that I had any input on any adjustments that were done to my photos. Now I've played a little bit with one or two trials of AI photo software, but I'm not much of a fan.
Kristian
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 4: Lensballs
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 19
Views: 673
Thanks. I don't think I missed it entirely, but the problem I found with the lens ball is that it's such a wide angle of view. Our sunsets don't often light up the entire sky, so a longer lens quite often gives better results. This was taken the same evening, with the same 50mm lens on my K3. It's too bad about the power pole in my yard though.


Now that the snow is starting to get a decent crust, maybe I should give it a go just resting on top of it. Might get something interesting with it.
Kristian
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Tamron SP f8 500mm mirror lens - received and thoughts on it
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 16
Views: 449
I haven't tried others, but a program that seems to help the shots I've taken with my mirror lens is by ON1, called No Noise AI. It can be used standalone or as a plugin for Photoshop. It's become nearly my default sharpening and noise reduction step.
Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 2,351
Views: 223,560
Taken years ago with my K10D and DA 16-45. I've still got both, but the lens is worn out, and has a lot of barrel wobble.

Kristian
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Clackers' Beginners Tip 4: Lensballs
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 19
Views: 673
I got a big and little one of these for Father's Day and Christmas a couple years ago, and haven't really experimented with it as much as I should. It seems a bit gimmicky, but I've seen some cool shots taken with them. This is the only shot I've taken with one that's even remotely worth sharing. I asked my daughter to hold it up for me, and caught her looking at the ball.

Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Was just looking at 2005 holiday photo's and it hit me-
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 18
Views: 386
Thanks. I'm not sure I'd want to point a 500mm lens directly at the sun like that if wasn't blocked by the smoke, because I'd be worrying about letting the smoke out of the camera. And as far as detail, that shot could probably have been taken with a pinhole lens on 110 film. With the mountains around where I live, I don't typically get to see the sun just above the distant horizon like I would be able to if I lived on the coast.
Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 5,055
Views: 322,712
Here's one my 10 year old daughter took yesterday with my K3 and F70-210.

Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Was just looking at 2005 holiday photo's and it hit me-
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 18
Views: 386
You're going to get a lot of variability because if atmospheric conditions. For instance, this was taken with my K3 and Tamron 500mm f8 mirror at 1/60 second and ISO 100. I wouldn't normally try something like that for fear of damaging something, but there was so much smoke in the air from forest fires this summer that the sun wasn't very bright. Usually what makes a sunset look good is what's in the air blocking or diffusing the light, and that's different for every day and location.


This one was taken in Greece, in 2010. Jpeg straight out of my K10D, but I don't remember what lens. Probably my old DA 16-45.

Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic Guns, Knives, and Ammo
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 85
Views: 4,819
I was tuning up some knives tonight, getting ready for butchering a couple cows at my parents' ranch tomorrow. The Norwegian Helle in the middle I inherited from my grandpa.

Kristian
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The F Club!
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 1,094
Views: 237,301
The F50 1.7 I bought on eBay finally showed up, nearly two months after it was shipped. Here's one of my first shots with it, my wife sitting at the table after lunch with the sun coming in the patio door, shot wide open of course. Raw processed in camera with the portrait setting and darkened the shadows a bit to make the background less distracting.

Kristian
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 2 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 33,530
Views: 3,284,577
I'm late to the party, but I finally got a K1 last fall. This is the first shot that wasn't just playing around in my kitchen or the yard. Exif says 28mm focal length, but I thought I used my old manual K24 f3.5. I might have forgotten to change the focal length indication when I changed the lens though.

Kristian
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Too many lenses
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 60
Views: 1,736
I don't have as many lenses as a lot of people do, but I've got a few. Back in the early days of digital I took a lot of shots with my K10D and M28 f2.8. it was probably my favourite prime if I'd have to pick one, so now that I've got a K1, I almost think I should look for a 43 limited to get pretty much the same field of view as the 28mm on APSC. It seems I've turned into something of a zoom shooter though, and the lens that is most often on my K1 is an old F35-105.
Kristian
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Wide Angle Pentax for K-1 Landscape
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 30
Views: 1,060
I'm a fan of older glass, and can recommend the old SMC K 24 f3.5 as well, if that's wide enough for you. I really like using it on my K1. I also recently got an F24-50 f4 zoom that I like. I haven't played with the zoom lens much yet, but so far I'm liking what I've been able to capture with it.
This was taken with the K 24


And this is from the 24-50 @24 mm.


I haven't had my K1 for long, so I'm looking forward to using them both in the summer as well. I don't often shoot that wide though, so they won't see a ton of use from me. I used the 24mm more often on APSC bodies.
Kristian
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Project 52 Project 52-10-18: Toy Camera
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Here's another one, but taken with the 18mm lens for the little 110. It doesn't do quite as good a job blocking out stray light, and is really hard to hold in place with how tiny it is.

Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 35,170
Views: 2,027,812
I spy a pile of crushed rock. This one is a tailings pile from an asbestos mine, and a lot of it is jade.

Kristian
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
How did you become a Pentaxian ?
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 232
Views: 8,192
I'm not really sure why I didn't care for the *istD, but I only handled it briefly in a store. The K10D though, what a camera it was at the time. I would have really liked to have a digital Spotmatic at the time, match needle metering and all, but that'll probably never happen. A digital back to convert an existing 35mm film camera to digital would be a really cool idea though. I suppose the KP is a bit of a retro design though.
Kristian
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #567 - Lights
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Taken on my drive home from work. I didn't have much time to set up for this one, and no second chances either.


Kristian
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Project 52 Project 52-10-18: Toy Camera
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Thank you, I was pretty surprised at how well it worked out.
Kristian
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
How did you become a Pentaxian ?
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 232
Views: 8,192
My first camera was a cheap Pentax 35mm point and shoot with a fixed focus lens, a Christmas present when I was probably a young teenager. In grade 9 I took a photography class in school and used my dad's old Spotmatic, and a year or two later got my very own, an old SP1000. I used that with the 55mm it came with, and borrowed my dad's 35 f3.5, 135 f3.5, and a Vivitar 75-260 f4.5 that was massively heavy, but not actually terrible optically. I packed that kit around until about 2005 or 2006 when I bought a Superprogram and a few K mount lenses from eBay. I bought a K10D and 16-45 in 2007 and fairly quickly stopped shooting film. I bought a 645 and a few lenses at some point because I wanted to make bigger prints than the K10D would let me do, but never really used it much. I upgraded from the K10D to a used K3 in 2020. I finally sold the 645 kit last year to buy a K1, and have bought a few F series autofocus lenses to use with it, along with my old manual focus ones. Before the switch to digital with the K10D I was looking at Canon, and really wanted an EOS 20D, but I didn't really want to have to replace all my lenses too. I looked at the *istD in a store and didn't really care for how it felt, but when the K10D came around, I figured that was the camera for me. No real regrets with any of it, but I probably could have skipped the K3 and 16-85, and saved some money. Oh well, it's a good all around, weather sealed combo.
Kristian
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
How Will You Practice Photography When The Grid Goes Down?
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 41
Views: 1,136
If there's a relatively short term power outage like a couple days or so, I have enough batteries for my camera I don't really need to worry about charging them. If it's a truly long term power outage, photography won't matter.
Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 5,055
Views: 322,712
Great shot! Don't get me wrong, I love having mountains around me, but I do miss the spectacular sunsets and sunrises that unused to see regularly when in was living and working in flat country. Now I live in a valley that runs north/south, so the sunsets and sunrises aren't as spectacular as when you can see the distant horizon.
Kristian
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 5 Days Ago  
Project 52 Project 52-10-18: Toy Camera
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Thanks, I had no idea it was a technique with a name. I was fairly careful to make sure I wasn't going to bump into anything in the camera, and I think the worst you could do is foul the mirror with this particular lens. Something meant for a larger flange distance would be much better though, but this was all I had at the moment. I toyed with the idea of building something using eyepieces from a couple old rifle scopes and toilet paper tubes, but didn't go very far with that idea. Maybe I'll revisit it again on a miserable weekend.
Kristian
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 5 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Winners - Weekly Challenge #566 - Leading Lines
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Thanks for the comments on all the shots, and congrats to the winners. There were a lot of great shots this week.
Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 35,170
Views: 2,027,812
I spy a slight fixture in the ceiling.

Kristian
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-10-2022, 12:22 AM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By turbo_bird
Replies: 12,803
Views: 1,141,946
I went for a little ski today with my dog, and managed to get a few snaps of her playing in the snow.







Kristian
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