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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-29-2022, 03:13 PM  
Thematic Forest-walks_Lichen-Fungi-Moss-dead-leaves
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2,375
Views: 167,653
Bit misty this morning but quite agreeable temperatures. KP + DA55-300PLM gave me these results.
Forum: General Talk 11-27-2022, 07:18 AM  
what got you into your career?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 72
Views: 4,573
Just as an afterthought: I just came back from Israel where we admired our newborn grandson - such a thrill! In between I managed to meet up with an ex-colleague (now retired like me) and his wife and the four of us had a wonderful dinner at a restaurant not 100 meters from the border station where both of our careers began almost 40 years ago!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-24-2022, 12:51 AM  
Panorama-orama - Post your Panos
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2,988
Views: 285,993
10 shots in portrait orientation (in hindsight 10 was overkill), KP and DA16-85, stitched in Hugin. Full size 14907x5137 pixels
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-24-2022, 12:09 AM  
Travel Sunset ferry crossing Akko-Haifa
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2
Views: 99
There's this ferry which leaves a few times daily, crossing the Haifa Bay area to take travelers/commuters between Haifa and Akko. It's only been operating since 2016 and is operated by a private company so it doesn't get a lot of public attention. The crossing takes only 50 minutes or so, which compares favorably to the train mainly because the trainstation is located on the outskirts of Akko requiring a bus ride to the center whereas the ferry docks in the marina which is smack in the middle of downtown.

We were lucky with the weather, a bit choppy and hard to stand and shoot but I used TAv on this series to ensure both shutter speed and aperture stayed up where I wanted them. With arrival into the main port of Haifa, light was fading very fast so I let ISO get up to 6400 - doing some NR in post.

Departure from Akko was in the golden hour (which lasts only about 20 minutes at this latitude TBH)

When out in the open bay area, light starts fading fast as the sun drops towards the horizon:

And upon approachin Haifa port, the lights across town have come on fo a bit of dramatic emphasis:

Until the ferry docks behind a huge cargo vessel:

An we can disembark and look back for a last glance:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-23-2022, 11:57 PM  
Cityscape The ancient town of Akko - a rendering
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2
Views: 113
I treated this shot to a GMIC filter to accentuate the pittoresque feeling of this view across the roofs of the Old City and the mosque.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-17-2022, 12:27 PM  
Cityscape Same place, different time of the same day, entirely different shot.
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Here's the complete background story of the area around Downtown Haifa Port, shamelessly copied from a public info website:

The Port Campus is Haifa’s young and renewing downtown area.
The renewing Haifa Campus Port area is growing in recent years both from the commercial, cultural and academic aspects. A short ride in the Carmelit and you, too, can discover all the good that is happening downtown.

Academic momentum
Until several years ago the port area has been deserted and neglected. Then, Haifa Municipality decided on the area’s urban restoration by means of attracting various academic institutes to it that would be followed by young students and consequently the entire Haifa public. The Port Campus, extending over Ha’Namal (port) Street and a few additional streets Downtown, currently includes quite a few education centers and even university branches serving more than 7000 students studying in these institutions, among them The Carmel Academic Center, Tiltan College of Design and Visual Communication, the Haifa University Port Campus extension, Megged – the School of Advanced Psychotherapy, Adler Institute and others.

Cultural momentum
The mass streaming of students to the downtown area led to a huge momentum in the entire area. Nowadays you may find there many businesses enjoying the new target audience as well as the restored Port Campus streets. Many galleries moved to the Port Campus, thus helping brand the Campus as an alternative city quarter which encourages young creation work. Following the older galleries young artists, just begging their artistic way, came too and settled in the large studio apartments that were renovated as part of the “face lifting” the entire area received. Alongside creating and selling their works of art, many artists give creation and art workshops.

Social momentum
The investment in infrastructure in the area, as well as the encouragement the businesses in the area have received led to the revival of night-life downtown. Food counters alongside gourmet restaurants, such as HaNamal 24 and many pubs are visited by many Port Campus residents, the city residents in general and tourists visiting the city. Syncopa pub, Hamartef (Basement) pub, the legendary Kalman’s pub and Ha’ogen pub, and many others offer a cultural variety and collection within a walking distance between one and the other. During the summer months many cultural events take place in the Campus, including the KaLabatShabbat events, in the framework of which every Friday performances of leading artists take place for the citizens’ and tourists’ welfare. In addition, street parties and additional cultural events are held in the Downtown streets.

Real-Estate momentum
Alongside two students’ dormitories, which offer the young tenants apartments at attractive prices and additional services, many private entrepreneurs identified the big potential of the Port Campus area. Those set up in the streets of Downtown additional private dormitories and purchased many apartments which are rented out to students and residents who identify the Downtown’s renewal and desire to be part of it. Currently also boutique hotels and motels are being built in the area attracting quite a few tourists who enjoy the cultural, artistic and architectural abundance.

Carmelit in full swing
The great momentum the Downtown area has experienced in general and the Port Campus in particular is also felt at the Carmelit Paris Square Station, located nearby the Campus. Many students, employees, dinners, swingers and tourists enjoy daily convenient and quick access, offered by the Carmelit, to the area known for its congested traffic arteries, particularly during day time. During these hours Downtown is considered a busy commercial area, where the District Government offices, the Court Houses and more are located. The renewed and renewing Port Campus is considered a dynamic area, constituting an integral part of Downtown. Students, employees, merchants, and tourists pass through it daily, day and night, benefitting from the development and the momentum. You, too, should come and enjoy the Port Campus, adjacent to Paris Square Station.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2022, 12:06 PM  
Cityscape Same place, different time of the same day, entirely different shot.
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 4
Views: 117
I came across this place near the port of Haifa in the downtown area of the city. It's an old building undergoing renovation and its facade has been covered with semi-transparent fabric with all kinds of portraits of historically relevant people. I think it is a building which belongs to either Haifa University or te Technion Institute. I was lucky to catch clouds in the morning and a puddle 12 hours later!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2022, 01:10 AM  
Cityscape A few street scenes and details from downtown Haifa
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 0
Views: 114
Some of the older buildings are either being renovated or covered in "street art". Quite pleasing to pick out the details. Straight conversion from PEF (with some automatic keystone correction in Darktable to account for the odd angles)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2022, 01:06 AM  
People KP at ISO6400 but who cares?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 6
Views: 198
It was 3400 kilometers and 2 weeks ;-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-15-2022, 12:38 PM  
Cityscape Bahai gardens triple exposure
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Merged and tonemapped in Photomatix for Linux, post-processed in Darktable and NR in NeatImage for Linux. Triple handheld exposure (-2.7 -1.0 +0.7)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-15-2022, 09:19 AM  
People KP at ISO6400 but who cares?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Shaky image, wrong lens, high iso, bad compo but this time I do not care at all. This little guy just made me a grandfather for the first time! We met him only today, two weeks after his birth, as he lives quite far away. Fresh off the flight we got to hold him for the first grandfather/grandson mind-melt.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-06-2022, 08:07 AM  
Nature Wild horses in North-Groningen
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 2
Views: 130
These semi-wild Polish Konik horses roam freely within this particular forest. Their task is to keep the undergrowth at bay. They stay out night and day, summer and winter. Luckily they are friendly and do not scare easily but still the recommendation is to not come to close particularly if there are young stallions around. Here's the group I walked into earlier today.

All shots in raw (PEF) on the Pentax KP with the DA55-300 PLM lens. Raws were converted in batch with Darktable. Due to the somber wintery day, ISO ran pretty high so I did do some PP noise reduction with NeatImage. Besides that, no other processing other than scripted thumbnailing with an ImageMagick script.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-01-2022, 07:32 AM  
Linux users
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 33
Views: 1,896
Basically the Gnome counterpart of KDE's Digikam (which I recommended earlier in this thread). Digikam is just as simple but IMHO more functional. Both are pretty decent for what you require so I'd say, go for it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2022, 12:25 AM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1,533
Views: 229,380
Don't worry, just a few mouseclicks was all it long as you know what to click of course.:lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-30-2022, 12:38 AM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1,533
Views: 229,380
KP + 16-85mm hand-held triple exposure, aligned with align_image_stack and merged with enfuse (both through Digikam GUI), post-processing with Darktable. Orton layer at 50% transparency in ImageMagick (scripted)

Date and Time : 2022:09:29 17:40:55
Exposure Bias : 0 EV
Exposure Mode : Auto bracket
Exposure Program : Aperture priority
Exposure Time : 1/250, 1/1000, 1/60
FNumber : F7.1
Focal Length : 16.0 mm
ISO Speed Ratings : 200
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-24-2022, 12:41 AM  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 5,279
Views: 342,226
"Go tht way!"
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-19-2022, 07:31 AM  
Pentax Irix lens club - Show us your photos...
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 430
Views: 82,447
Shot today with the KP and Irix 150mm/f2.8 - still love this lens. The sharpness and colour clarity are magic.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-17-2022, 11:21 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 25,928
Views: 1,961,916
Autumn is here, finally!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-02-2022, 12:43 PM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 25,928
Views: 1,961,916
Here's couple of IR shots of today

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-26-2022, 06:31 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 25,928
Views: 1,961,916
And one more from my IR converted K-5
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-26-2022, 05:31 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 25,928
Views: 1,961,916
A shot from my IR (630Nm) adapted K-5
Forum: General Talk 08-15-2022, 11:33 PM  
International Post!?!
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Just explain what the parts are in detail and I'll be happy to provide the codes here - it's my day job as I'm a Global Customs and Trade Compliance manager,
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-13-2022, 08:19 AM  
Architecture Two 720Nm infrared captures
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1
Views: 125
Today I wanted to capture something a bit different from the 630Nm nature/landscape stuff I've been doing so I hoped on my bicycle and took a ride through an industrial zone called the Boekelermeer. The weather is absolutely insane today with near-tropical temperatures.

The first shot is the iconic NXT gas station which primarily services buses and trucks. I've shot it many times, day or night, but an infrared capture had eluded me until now. These saucers are actually cloth over a metal framework which cover the entirety of the station - 2 refuelling "islands" with 2 pumps each, so pretty big.

Then on to the HVC waste disposal factory which serves the entire North-West of the Netherlands. It is a state of the art public waste services company which comprises four incineration lines that process about 660,000 metric tons of domestic and industrial waste from more than one million residents, mainly in northern Netherlands.

From this waste stream, the plants two steam turbines (50 MW per machine) produce electrical energy for more than 100,000 people and hot water for a district heating network in an industrial park and residential districts in the neighborhood.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-11-2022, 06:55 AM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 13,411
Views: 1,181,976
This morning
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-09-2022, 01:03 PM  
Hi there from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 13
Views: 293
Joep, Mike from Heiloo (near Alkmaar) here. Welcome!
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