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Forum: Winners' Showcase 07-08-2016, 04:13 PM  
June, 2016 Runner-up: Reflections of my Past
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 54
Views: 3,674
I like that this pic. is a duel word play on the word reflection. Eg. Reflection of person and reflection on the past.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-19-2016, 01:30 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #112 Poll (Seasonal - December 2015)
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 82
Views: 9,445
I think that #6 is miniature town.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-13-2015, 05:37 PM  
Grasshopper Star Trail
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 13
Views: 830
very interesting effect
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-07-2015, 02:58 PM  
Night Fireworks
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 4
Views: 761
Nice Shots. They look like cloud chamber particle trails.

BTW. You can use Photo Editing to remove the glare associated with the firework's smoke being lit by the fireworks. (See 1st and next to last images).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-06-2015, 06:43 PM  
Series of Tubes!
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 18
Views: 953
converging and abstract. Suggestion, turn the pic into B&W.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-26-2014, 10:15 PM  
Question about processing software and hardware...
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 5
Views: 988
Photoshop Elements is a good option as it comes with Adobe's raw conversion.

I would purchase a machine with 8gb+ of memory and an I5+ processor as image processing products are memory & processor intensive.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-26-2014, 10:03 PM  
Printing one of my pictures as a Christmas gift
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 19
Views: 1,726
I have found that if you print to canvas then I can choose sizes that are not available with photo paper.

I would photo-edit the sky before printing as the sky's brightness distracts from the water.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-26-2014, 09:57 PM  
K-X refuses to switch to Auto Focus
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 4
Views: 629
I am confused, in what way should I use the Green mode to fix this issue?

Thanks
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-26-2014, 06:56 PM  
K-X refuses to switch to Auto Focus
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 4
Views: 629
I have a K-X and it suddenly refuses to switch to Auto Focus mode. I noticed the issue after I changed batteries. I switched back to the old batteries, by no AF.

I search this forum and tried the suggested solutions.

What I tried:
  • Mounting a different lens. (Also will not AF)

  • Resetting the camera

  • Cleaning the contacts on the camera and the lens.

  • Wiggling the lens to see if the contacts are out of align.

  • Threatening to purchase a Nikon!:)


The AF pin does stick out when the camera is in AF mode. All the other functions, metering, etc., appear to work without issue.

Any ideas? I do not mind manual focusing, but it is hard without the old style split ring.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2014, 02:54 PM  
Older K Mount lens: Will they Autofocus?
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 8
Views: 969
I have a K-X and I know that older Pentax lenses will mount to the body. However, will the K-X's auto-focus system work with older lenses? If there is an age limit, what is the general date where the K-X's will no longer auto-focus the lens?

Thank You.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-06-2014, 03:57 PM  
Best editing software for a beginner
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 42
Views: 4,400
I would also consider Corel PaintShop. It is easy to use and powerful.

You can download trials of Photoshop elements & Paintshop pro. Try them and see what works for you.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-28-2014, 08:30 PM  
Outdoor wedding - recommend fill flash
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 13
Views: 2,172
Hi,

For $100, have you considered using a fixed LED bank of lights and a small softbox? The only issue is that they are rechargeable and you might run out of juice before the end of the event.

Regarding the wedding, are the majority of your pics in poses or at the reception? If the former, you do have time to shoot many exposures needed with a manual flash. If the latter, you will be walking around and talking pics so you will not have the time to set a manual flash.

---------- Post added 03-28-14 at 10:51 PM ----------

Another idea.

You could use your $$$ to rent a better camera, a low light lens, and a flash for the event. I live in TX., and I can rent a OK camera, with 50mm f1.4 lens and flash, for about $120.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-28-2014, 04:07 PM  
Older Flash: How to know if safe with Pentax?
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 25
Views: 2,387
I am using a Pentax KX, and I wanted to know how I can tell if it safe to use an older flash with my camera's hot-shoe. I know that there is a voltage issue with older flashes, but without the specs how can one tell?

The two flashes are about 15 years old and I know that there was used on a film camera. The units are a Vivitar 125 and a Sunpack Auto 411. The both function and are being used as remote flashes.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-21-2014, 09:40 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge 120 (Closed)
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 16
Views: 1,593
I am reading a book on modern art, so I decided to give the orig. pic a "modern" look.



This was a fun pic. Here have a few other "options" that I created:

https://picasaweb.google.com/108116799596655134068/PPChallenge120?authkey=Gv1sRgCLvw_dif97iKcA
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-17-2013, 10:59 PM  
Fixing the horizon in a panaroma
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 6
Views: 1,175
If you can not get it right with ICE, you might try Hugin (Hugin - Panorama photo stitcher). It is free, has many options, but is not as easy to use an other Pan. programs
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-17-2013, 09:23 PM  
Pentax Planning a Consumer version of K-3?
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 20
Views: 1,991
Anyone know if Pentax is planning a consumer version of K-3, ex. like the Nikon 3200 or 5200 is a consumer version of the 24MP Nikon 7100.

Thanks
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-15-2013, 12:56 PM  
DSLR sales hurt by cell phones
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 43
Views: 3,535
The WSJ (below) also ran a story about falling DSLR sales. The SLR biggest issue is its bulk vs, a phone. I think most people are shooting for fun and the moment, not for sales or to exhibit.

I would think that the mirror-less SLRs would be a good option for the smartphone set.

High-End Cameras Fall Prey to Smartphones - WSJ.com
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-27-2013, 09:15 PM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #115
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 15
Views: 1,310
I has fun turning this pic. into art.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-08-2013, 12:01 PM  
Mini softbox
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 10
Views: 1,714
I agree that you should spend your $$$ on an external flash.

Also, I have covered my on camera flash with either tissue paper or thin fabric and it does help, but it is not an optimal solution. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the flash or it make crack.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-15-2013, 06:21 PM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #110
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 16
Views: 2,792
This is my last min. entry.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-15-2013, 09:56 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge 103
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 17
Views: 2,076
Processed the source images as an HDR. Added more rust to the car, via. another image, Distorted the background. Cropped the image.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-08-2013, 09:52 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge 102
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 23
Views: 3,080
This challenge pic. reminded me of a winter landscape under a full moon. So I tried to recreate the same conditions with my entry.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-27-2013, 12:19 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #101!
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 21
Views: 2,989
For fun, I changed the pic's sky from sunset to full moon.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-26-2013, 09:27 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #101!
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 21
Views: 2,989


PP in Photoshop:

Brought out the shadows.
Enhanced sky: Added purple, etc.
Added HDR like effects to the sky and street
Removed Sign
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-20-2013, 02:36 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #100!
Posted By dmfw
Replies: 20
Views: 2,145
Thanks. If I wanted to post an interesting Post-Processing challenge on my own, where would I post it ?

Thanks
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