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Forum: Sold Items 09-18-2016, 10:29 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 55-300mm DA and Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Posted By DK77
Replies: 3
Views: 1,086
Bump for last chance, last day!
Forum: Sold Items 09-15-2016, 05:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 55-300mm DA and Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Posted By DK77
Replies: 3
Views: 1,086
Bumpidy bump. Tokina 100-300 and Pentax 18-55 WR have been sold.

The very latest I can complete a sale will be Sunday the 18th. After that I'll have to put the listing on hold for a few weeks.
Forum: Sold Items 09-13-2016, 12:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 55-300mm DA and Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Posted By DK77
Replies: 3
Views: 1,086
(More pictures of the Tokina 100-300)

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Forum: Sold Items 09-13-2016, 12:35 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 55-300mm DA and Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Posted By DK77
Replies: 3
Views: 1,086
Selling a few of my Pentax lenses for travel money. A week from now I leave and will be away for a few weeks and unable to ship, so if you're interested, please let me know soon! I made the switch to Nikon a couple years ago and am finally forced to sell my Pentax gear to someone who will make better use of it.

Prefer to ship to North America at this time, but will entertain international offers (shipping will cost more). Packages sent from Ontario, Canada.

I accept PayPal.


Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 - $255 USD, shipped

Well used but in good condition, looks great, no problems with focusing, optics are clean. Workhorse of a lens.

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Pentax 55-300mm DA L f/4-5.8 - $205 USD, shipped

In very good condition, except for a bit of a gritty noise when turning the focus ring, something that shouldn't affect performance. No other flaws that I have observed or that I can find. Original lens hood included (but not pictured).

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Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm f/4 MF - $165 USD, shipped - SOLD

This is a manual lens, but a beauty. I've always loved shooting with it, and part of me doesn't want to sell it. In excellent condition (with only minor cosmetic blemishes), super smooth zoom and focus, no issues that I can find. Including an arca swiss plate for the tripod mount. (See next post for more pictures of this lens).

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Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR - $80 USD, shipped - SOLD

Like new. Smooth focusing and clean optics.

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I also have two K-5's that I would be willing to sell, though I didn't have time to add photos and details to the listing.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-29-2015, 12:31 PM  
September, 2015 Winner: Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Posted By DK77
Replies: 43
Views: 3,316
Hi Mark, and thank you so much!

I don't mind you asking. I'm going to write up a short "making of" post for this image, but I'll answer your question. It is a composite of two, but only in the sense that I took two exposures of the exact same thing with the tripod locked down - one was shorter, to prevent star trailing, and one was longer with a lower ISO to give me a cleaner foreground. So yes, the Milky Way was really there.

I am not exactly a professional, but I am trying to get there. I've only shared the photo online, it's not in a magazine or anything like that.

Again, thank you. :)
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-25-2015, 01:13 PM  
September, 2015 Winner: Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Posted By DK77
Replies: 43
Views: 3,316
I appreciate your nominations, photolady95!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-25-2015, 12:36 PM  
September, 2015 Winner: Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Posted By DK77
Replies: 43
Views: 3,316
Oh, wow, thank you for the votes, everyone! I just got back and saw that I won! :D
Forum: Winners' Showcase 09-03-2015, 08:45 PM  
September, 2015 Winner: Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Posted By DK77
Replies: 43
Views: 3,316
In Newport, Oregon. :-)
Forum: Photo Critique 02-12-2015, 08:09 PM  
Pets i want food
Posted By DK77
Replies: 3
Views: 594
Actually, I saw you've reprocessed others' photos, so I'm going to assume you're cool with it. :-)

In Photoshop: some quick spot removal, and straightened the window frame with the warp tool

In Lightroom:
Temp +7
Exposure +1.10
Contrast +57
Highlights +56
Shadows +100
Blacks +26
Clarity -12
Saturation +16
Blue Saturation -70 (to remove blue tint from windowframe)
Sharpening + NR
I also added a vignette using the radial filter centered on the face, and painted some negative Highlight onto the bright fur.

I wanted to show how in my opinion the little details (spot removal and straight lines) make a big difference, along with exposure and contrast adjustments. :-)
Forum: Photo Critique 02-12-2015, 07:30 PM  
Pets i want food
Posted By DK77
Replies: 3
Views: 594
That's cute! Would you mind if I took this into Lightroom and tried to process it a little differently, to give you some ideas? :)
Forum: Photo Critique 02-11-2015, 08:11 PM  
Landscape Fire
Posted By DK77
Replies: 14
Views: 938
I'm a sucker for twilight blues with fire oranges. Such a great colour scheme. Well done, nice exposure. The thing I would suggest (for next time) would be to look for a different angle/composition. Either show more of the barn/shack, so we have better context, or take it out altogether. I feel like I would want to step closer to the fire and get really low with the camera, so that the fire intersects more with the hills in the background, something I think would be more pleasing to the eye. Also, would like to see slightly more breathing room around the fire. Those are some ideas. Cool stuff. :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-11-2015, 08:04 PM  
Samyang 24mm F1.4 for $399
Posted By DK77
Replies: 6
Views: 1,230
Aw, good price - looks like the sale is over though. I'll be renting that next month. :-)
Forum: Sold Items 02-10-2015, 05:48 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DAL 55-300 w/hood & caps: Great Shape - REDUCED $159 shipped
Posted By DK77
Replies: 14
Views: 1,201
I will take it, if still available. :-)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-31-2015, 07:42 PM  
Night Milky Way in Duncan's Cove
Posted By DK77
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Thanks, LucaBumble! I wouldn't say I'm super experienced, but I've spent a lot of time looking at photographs and watching critiques from great photographers, and so am learning to analyze photos better. I find it hard to look at my own photos so analytically, but critiquing others' photos does help to see one's own work better. Teaching is the best way to learn. :)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-27-2015, 04:06 PM  
Nature Reaching for the Winter Sun
Posted By DK77
Replies: 14
Views: 1,186
(also off topic - yeah, I understand. The cloud subscription works for me, but it's nice to have the option, as well. I thought Lightroom was still available as a stand-along, but I could be wrong.)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-27-2015, 12:10 PM  
Nature Reaching for the Winter Sun
Posted By DK77
Replies: 14
Views: 1,186
Very nice! :)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-27-2015, 11:06 AM  
Nature Reaching for the Winter Sun
Posted By DK77
Replies: 14
Views: 1,186
Does GIMP handle RAW processing now?

I like Lightroom - it's pretty excellent, both for RAW processing and organization.

To make a photo look like the scene you saw when you took it, processing is almost always required, either in the camera or in RAW. But processing can be half the fun of photography, whether you aim to recreate reality, or decide to use some artistic license. :)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-27-2015, 10:56 AM  
Landscape A Headstone, Swallowed
Posted By DK77
Replies: 10
Views: 1,062
Great! Have fun out there! :-)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-27-2015, 01:06 AM  
Flashlights?
Posted By DK77
Replies: 10
Views: 1,028
Though it's not what you asked for, I have to second DeadJohn's suggestion. Using a tablet and an app like Color Flashlight, you can do some really cool things with a long exposure and a dark room. The large screen is much more diffused than a straight flashlight, so you can do unique things - you can even simulate a huge softbox (or many softboxes), just by moving it around in space. Huge versatility in a studio environment.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-27-2015, 12:42 AM  
Misc Christmas tree lights
Posted By DK77
Replies: 5
Views: 1,126
Cute photo! Processing-wise, I feel that each photo goes a little too far, in each direction. Somewhere in between those two would be great!

As for noise....I know you already shot it and Christmas is over, but for the future I agree with jheu02's idea of using a tripod (or anything stable that you can rest the tripod on and use a timer), and do a longer exposure. You don't want it TOO long, or else your model will be blurry if she moves at all, but even going to 1/20th @ ISO 1600 instead of 1/80th @ ISO 6400 will have a huge difference on the amount of noise, and still be short enough, if your model is reasonably still - but you'd still want to have the camera stable, not handheld.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-27-2015, 12:32 AM  
Landscape Best five from Utah Trip. Be harsh, I can take it
Posted By DK77
Replies: 25
Views: 2,788
It's awful - sell your camera!

I'm kidding, I'm REALLY kidding! But you did say to be harsh. ;)

Being serious now: although you mentioned you were more interested in hearing about composition than editing, I do want to comment on the processing, keeping in mind this is just my opinion: I feel the processing has gone too far. Sometimes less is more, and I feel that's very true with these images. The clarity, contrast, and colours are pushed way far, to the point where they detract from, instead of add to the pictures. Now, a lot of people like that look, and I used to as well, but speaking as my contemporary self, I think the processing is too much. Ease up on that, and your pictures will already be better, IMO. In any case, one thing to watch out for when increasing the clarity or micro-contrast (not sure which program you're using), or pushing the processing in general is that "haloing" that appears along the edges of high-contrast areas (you can see it along the horizon on #4 and mountains on #5). There are tricks in Photoshop to minimize haloing, but that's difficult - it's easier to just to avoid pushing the RAW files or JPG that far in the first place. :-\

On to the composition - there's nothing bad about your composition, but since you asked, I'll give my ideas for the fourth one:

#4... a good situation, and a nice sunset. But the thing about tents is that they don't look very good close up. Filling the frame with the tent doesn't leave much room to tell the story. It's a tent....with a sunset in the background. That's fine, but... how about shooting the tent from a distance - have it be a small element in a bigger environment. Show the tent, with people sitting around a campfire. Or just the tent in isolation among the huge, vast desert wilderness. We can still see it's a tent at a distance, but by placing it at a distance we get more context, more story, without having to look too closely at it. Tents are very evocative things - we associate them with freedom and past experiences, but, like many things, seeing it up close just takes the magic away, if we're talking about this as an artistic photograph, and not just a record of your camping experience. Yes, I realize it may have been impossible to shoot the tent from any distance - but I'm just giving you my ideas.

Keep on shooting! :-)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-27-2015, 12:00 AM  
Black & White Too overdone?
Posted By DK77
Replies: 8
Views: 1,118
I don't think it's overdone - I think it's a very nice B&W conversion (and a pretty horse) - well done!
Forum: Photo Critique 01-26-2015, 11:52 PM  
Landscape Recent Landscapes: Help me grow
Posted By DK77
Replies: 16
Views: 1,299
Interesting stuff! I love the processing on the first two. Very different, moody but punchy at the same time. The light is what makes those shots, that's not to say the composition isn't good as well. I have a hard time critiquing them, but if I had to suggest something I would just say to keep exploring that style, and look for more and more interesting compositions, strong shapes and patterns and subjects.

For the road photo, it bothers me that you're close to, but not quite in the center of the road. I'm a big fan of symmetry in a shot like that. As many times as I've photographed roads and shot them from different angles, I just haven't found anything that beats putting it in the dead center. I don't know if you're heard or seen Rick Sammon talk before - he's a great teacher of photography - one of his "Sammonisms" is "dead center is deadly". In the case of shooting in the middle of a road this takes on a more literal meaning - especially during a long exposure, but my job is to critique the photo, not the process of creating it, and I feel that roads are one of the exceptions to the otherwise sound "dead center is deadly" advice.

Other than that, not too much to say - maybe there's a greenish tint to the sky?
Forum: Photo Critique 01-26-2015, 11:33 PM  
Landscape A Headstone, Swallowed
Posted By DK77
Replies: 10
Views: 1,062
It sounds a bit trite, but when shooting something like this, it never hurts to ask yourself what the main subject or "story" is that you're trying to capture. This is a difficult concept to think about when the subject is just a pretty sunset or a pleasant looking landscape, but in this case you found a real, tangible story. This is really interesting - I'd never seen a tree swallow up a gravestone before. People can read all kinds of meanings into this scene. As a photographer, when we have a subject like this, I think it's important to focus in on the story, and ONLY the story. Find the essence of the story, and remove all distractions. I feel the first image does not highlight the main subject very well. The wall in the foreground is very distracting and, while you placed the focus on the the tree/gravestone, it is still quite small in the frame, and there are other things to look at - like, is that a squirrel in the tree (seriously, is it)?

Photo #2 is much, much better in terms of telling the story, because it comes closer to filling the frame with the half-eaten headstone, however, there are still distractions in the background - the other grave and the wall lead us away from the craziness of the tree swallowing the stone. If this were a story with a series of photos about the location, the second would be a good contextual shot, giving more of an overview of the burial ground, but if you want to tell the story of William's headstone and the tree, I would fill the frame with those two things alone, even try zooming in to where the stone is disappearing into the bark.

That's my opinion, anyway. I like the processing - it fits the theme - the colours are cold and clammy, melancholy and non-vibrant. :)
Forum: Photo Critique 01-26-2015, 11:15 PM  
Nature Photo Critique
Posted By DK77
Replies: 11
Views: 810
I would have used a diffuser to soften the sunlight hitting the models. The light is quite harsh. Alternately, I think this scene would have been nice to shoot during a sunset, with the last light hitting the birds, but not illuminating the waves as much, thus separating the talent from the background.

I'm kidding! Haha, it's a great moment, and well done to quickly capture it! You can't ask more in that situation than to capture the decisive moment. :-)
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