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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-15-2020, 09:49 PM  
Poll: Why did you go full frame?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 189
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I needed better subject isolation for portraits, and I was glad I did - there is a significant difference.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-09-2020, 01:58 AM  
Time to upgrade body - always torn between the options. Help!
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 44
Views: 2,114
It looks like you are someone who is looking for a camera that you can use for the long term. In this case pay the extra and get the KP or K3ii (not the K3). Avoid the K70 because of potential apeture blcok issues as it gets older.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 05:28 AM  
Does anyone shoot video with their Pentax?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 28
Views: 1,254
I've dabbled in video for a while. First with my k30, then K3. Then I moved on to a Canon 6d. I've also played around with a Go Pro Hero 7. However, now I find I get get the best results with a Panasonic camcorder. I use it for my home videos as well as making teaching videos for work. In contrast to the current thinking I find the quality I get from a camcorder (as an amateur) better than from a DSLR.

For editing I really like Open Shot, its open source and really easy to use.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-27-2019, 02:36 AM  
Street photography advice
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 38
Views: 4,604
I do street portraits in Japan. I have found the best places to go to are tourist places. People are a lot more friendly and relaxed than they would be on their way to work or similar. I just hang around and when I see someone who catches my eye I just say "Hi, you look great. I am going to take your photo" and that's it. I have never had any problems. I am currently doing the 100 stranger challenge on Flickr where I write about my experiences. People are FAR more open to having their photo taken then you think!

You can see my photos here: Andrew Allan Jpn | Flickr
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-24-2019, 07:11 PM  
Stitching a panorama on the cheap?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 25
Views: 1,309
Absolutely Microsoft ICE. Easy to use, great results and free!! I use it all the time and highly recommend it.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-22-2019, 10:00 PM  
How does he achieve this wonderful matte film like effect?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 25
Views: 1,749
I follow this amazing photographer on Flickr. I was wondering if anyone out there knows how he achieves that lovely matte film like effect in his photos? Particularly the portraits. I will post some links below. I am not sure what camera he uses but I am assuming it is digital and he gets the effect post process. Thanks.

The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu | TOONMAN_blchin | Flickr

Sadhu Baba, The Holy Men, Pashupatinath Temple | TOONMAN_blchin | Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/toonmanimage/35999170865/in/dateposted/

The Old Teahouse in Pengzhen Town, Chengdu | TOONMAN_blchin | Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-27-2018, 07:30 PM  
Looking for a second 35mm for street
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 19
Views: 1,484
Thanks everyone for the advice. I am choosing between the FA35 and DA35 2.8macro - both are similarly priced here. The 31 ltd is a nice thought but just out of my price range. I have the da21 which I use occasionally but find it a little wide for my style of shooting. Hopefully one of these 35s will be my New Years present. Thanks again!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 12-06-2018, 07:16 PM  
Best lenses for video (on k-70)
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 15
Views: 2,347
Will your budget stretch to the sigma 17-50 2.8? I am not sure of the prices in the UK but this is a great lens with silent focusing. Also its 2.8 so bright enough for indoor use. There is also the Sigma 17-70 which may be slightly cheaper.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-28-2018, 03:22 AM  
DA15 for hiking?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 32
Views: 2,518
Thanks everyone for your comments and ideas - and helping me spend some money! It looks like I will be going with the DA15. There are a lot around here second hand at a reasonable price. I will see if I can pick one up this weekend... exciting times!
Forum: General Photography 01-14-2018, 01:57 AM  
Pentaxians of Instagram
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 18
Views: 1,682
Hi Rojaba,
I have also just opened an Instagram account. Until recently I have been using only Flickr and Facebook to share photos. Flickr for general public and Facebook more for freinds and aquaintances. However, recently I have noticed a shift away from Facebook towards Instagram, particularly amongst younger people - so I have decided to give it a try. Anyway, I would like to add you and anyother Pentaxians who have instagram accounts! Thanks

My instagram ID is "pond2803"

Just in case my Flickr is https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamstairs/
Cheers!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-25-2017, 05:57 AM  
Recommended backup body
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 23
Views: 1,618
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and comments. I am going to keep my eyes open for a secondhand K70. Second hand models are getting more common here, and coming down in price. I am looking forward to seeing the IQ and having a play with a new camera. Plus being slightly smaller and lighter will be beneficial for hiking. Thanks again for your help!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-11-2017, 06:48 AM  
Ukimido Temple before the storm
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 1
Views: 310
The Ukimido temple building was constructed to house a 1000 statues of Buddha following a vision by the monk Genshin during the Heian period (749-1185).It is also considered important as one of the remaining views of the 'Eight Views of Omi', originally drawn by Hiroshige.

This photo is a combination of two shots stitched together and it was taken in the rain.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-29-2016, 06:00 AM  
K3 shutter flutter - is it terminal?
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 10
Views: 1,096
Thanks for the advice. I will see if the warranty covers this. I will get a new battery and if it happens again in the near future I will take it in to get fixed. Thanks once again for the feedback.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-03-2016, 04:27 PM  
Green Zen
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Moss garden in a small temple in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Japan.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-07-2016, 08:36 PM  
Samyang 14 vs Pentax 15??
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 23
Views: 2,473
The Samyang tends to be used for astrophotography because it is faster and wider than the DA15. However, for daytime use you will find it soft at 2.8 and lacking in contrast - it is only really usable F4 and above (wonderful from 5.6). However, it also suffers from considerable distortion. If I wasn't shooting night sky I would go for the Pentax.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-30-2016, 07:38 AM  
Summer festival on the lake
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 12
Views: 1,066
There are many festivals during the summer months in Japan. Fireworks were originally used to ward off evil spirits. These days they are a big part of the summer celebrations leading up to Obon - the Japanese festival of the dead when the spirits of ancestors return to their hometowns.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-04-2016, 07:41 AM  
K-70 Lockup experience
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 16
Views: 2,952
Just a +1 for the possibility of it being an SD card issue. Way back I had a couple of instances of lock up on my K30 with an older SD card where reinserting the battery solved the problem. Since changing to an ultra fast Transcend card the problem has disappeared. So might be worth trying a different card and see what happens.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-08-2015, 05:20 AM  
Night in Kyoto
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 4
Views: 518
The back streets of Kyoto are far more enjoyable after dark. Once the tourists left it becomes peaceful other worldly.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-21-2015, 08:33 AM  
Waiting
Posted By Alnjpn
Replies: 34
Views: 2,286
A female commuter waits at the the entrance to a station in Japan
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