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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-09-2012, 07:06 AM  
Sydney Lights
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 0
Views: 387
Forum: Photo Critique 11-04-2011, 09:41 PM  
Landscape Smoke through the trees
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 14
Views: 1,558
how about something like this?

- a different crop of the original photo
- less contrast
- changed the colour balance
- increased brightness so it's more balanced
- desaturated
... and fancy borders lol!

or the black and white version?

Attachment 108118
Forum: Sold Items 07-25-2011, 07:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: New HOYA Filters - 58mm, 62mm, 72mm UV & CPL (Worldwide)
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 10
Views: 4,609
pm sent
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2011, 06:55 AM  
People Portrait/Model Newbie needs help
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 30
Views: 6,291
Attachment 98189

not sure if this is any good but that photo looked really dark to me. boosted brightness and de-saturated a little to soften the look.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-24-2011, 06:28 AM  
Black & White The Violonist
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,729
Attachment 98187

outstanding photo!

personally i quite like the close-up feel of this shot. it shows what the musician is doing... focusing on her music. and by that note i've cropped it even more.

i've played around with contrast to boost her skin tone, darkened the background to draw more attention to the violinist. and i always love adding a touch of vignetting to these kinds of photos to isolate the subject.
Forum: Sold Items 06-20-2011, 10:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 16-45mm f4 ED AL (Worldwide)
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 4
Views: 2,420
i think he means that it's just sitting there and not being used = 'collecting dust' :)
Forum: Sold Items 06-16-2011, 06:37 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-7 & Tamron 18-200 (Worldwide)
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 9
Views: 3,743
pm sent
Forum: Sold Items 06-09-2011, 11:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K7, 18-55 WR, Tamron SP 70-150/2.8 and Pentax Broken 50-135/2.8
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 12
Views: 4,066
pm sent
Forum: Photo Critique 06-08-2011, 05:00 AM  
Landscape gold sunset
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 6
Views: 1,723
this is what i would do...

1) recompose the photo so the subject below gets more attention.

2) shadow and highlight - lighten up the darker parts of the photo to give it better balance.

3) contrast and sharpness - especially to the clouds. theres just so much detail in there!

4) boost the colours - i played around with the colours a little bit and also added more saturation.

now lastly, none of this may be to your liking. but at least it may give you some ideas to play with :D

Attachment 93945
Forum: Photo Critique 06-03-2011, 12:12 AM  
Travel Vietnam
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 5
Views: 2,325
no. 1 is a stunner! very good shot!

opinion - it's an injustice to not make these panaromic! :D

note: i'd also fix up that orange flare in the bottom right but i'm not at home.

Attachment 93489
Forum: Photo Critique 06-02-2011, 11:35 PM  
Landscape gold sunset
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 6
Views: 1,723
almost the entire top half of the photo is plain and uneventful (although i love the shade of blue) it draws your eyes to nothing and adds very little to the image itself.

perhaps play around with some cropping to tighten up the composition?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-23-2011, 06:24 PM  
Looking for a DSLR...
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 10
Views: 2,166
opinion on what? whether you should get a second-hand dslr for $200? absolutely!

as per adam's suggestion a *ist DS, or a used k100d / k200d - more than capable cameras for the price.
Forum: Sold Items 12-04-2010, 05:13 PM  
For Sale - Sold: k-x w/18-55mm, DA 70mm 2.4, DA 50-200mm, Sigma 30mm 1.4
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 10
Views: 3,074
hi - i'm interested in the sigma 30mm but from australia. let me know if you change your mind on shipping international :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-28-2010, 11:09 PM  
Yet another question about the AF indicators
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 16
Views: 4,078
i've got a k-x (and previous used the k100d) and i've always just used the center point to focus and then re-frame my shots.

just last week i picked up my mates k-x and played around with it. at first i thought there was something wrong with his lens back / front focusing but then after speaking to him, found that he had set it to 5-points (or was it 6 / 7?) AF.

thats my experience with the multiple AF points on the k-x - not very good at all. not sure if the 11 points would be an improvement or not... but personally i'd stick with center.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-18-2010, 10:41 PM  
*shadows* lets see them
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 652
Views: 64,738
a relaxing day at the park
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-13-2010, 05:48 AM  
Help with PP
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 7
Views: 2,748
this is what i'd try

1) shadow / highlight - boost the shadows and reduce the highlights (use the show more options if using photoshop and play around with the sliders.)
2) boost overall contrast and brightness.
3) changed the white temperature with selective colour and playing with the neutrals.
4) topaz denoise - the background (masking the eagles so they don't lose detail)
5) apply sharpen edges.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2010, 08:15 PM  
Landscape Vietnam landscape
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 4
Views: 2,622
very nice shots! a very good variety.

by the way i can see a dirty sensor / lens in the last two pics :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-09-2010, 03:12 PM  
Landscape Lavaux - UNESCO World heritage site
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,607
wow that first shot!!! :)

love number 6 too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-26-2010, 07:15 PM  
Nature Graveyard PP - I need input! :)
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 7
Views: 1,775
nice composition. agree with jmr on points on sharpness / red tree. i think to create some mood you can boost up the contrast / exposure and reduce the saturation.

Attachment 74418

sorry for the small size... i ran this through picsay on my android phone. would have liked to have put some vignetting on it as well.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-14-2010, 10:18 PM  
Thematic "Show me your Pulitzer" contest with prizes starts today
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 100
Views: 20,005
hope this qualifies?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-21-2010, 05:22 AM  
Sharpest Lens you own?
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 176
Views: 29,306
pentax m 50mm f1.7. i haven't used any of the limiteds - can somebody tell me if they much sharper than what i'd get from my 50mm?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-23-2010, 02:12 PM  
Post Your PPG Rejects
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 1,115
Views: 131,457
yeatzee - i think i'd actually be one to vote no for the following reason...

1) i probably can't appreciate the difficulty of insect macro nor insects themselves. as a photo subject, this one looks particularly awkward in pose - is that how they are?

2) the in-focus head draws your attention to it, nicely done, but i think that the head is in a poor location (not an ideal composition).

well those are my thoughts anyway. i like the photo but not 'PPG' like.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-22-2010, 02:32 PM  
Post Your PPG Rejects
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 1,115
Views: 131,457
that first pic is really nice - i think if you play around with the cropping it'll definitely get through!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2010, 09:40 PM  
PP Challenge #14 - Flower at shallow DOF
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 21
Views: 4,477
my pp entry

Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-27-2009, 05:47 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #121 - Negative Space
Posted By johnzo
Replies: 30
Views: 5,940
bay of fires - tasmania

noticing that my friend had worn a red jacket that matched well with these "firey" rocks... :)

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