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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-30-2011, 04:39 PM  
K-7, AF-540, AF-500: Where to start?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 3
Views: 1,212
Okay, talk to me like I'm three years-old.

I'm not new to photography (dpreviewers of ol' might even remember me), but never bothered with portrait lighting until I acquired myself a baby. Now I'm trying to shoot a picture for the Christmas card and running a bit late.

I have a K-7, AF-540, and AF-500. I'm thinking that the 540 belongs on the camera and bounced off of the ceiling and the 500 can be a slave flash. I have a large reflector. Oh, and my idiot self can't even figure out how to get the 540 off of P-TTL.

I have things set up like this: [link], but I don't have enough natural light to pull off the kind of shutter speed I need. Babies are quick like ninjas. Twitchy, moody ninjas. Hence not being fond of P-TTL.

So how should I set up my lighting?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2011, 02:15 PM  
Are Those $50 ebay Scanner Any Good
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 5
Views: 1,687
If you're looking for a $50 scanner, I'd recommended picking from the best of the used Canoscan 8400F lots on eBay. I bought one new quite a few years ago and it is still quite nice. That said, if I were buying today I'd totally spend the extra bucks for a new flatbed with film scan capabilities.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-24-2011, 12:14 PM  
Wow, K1000 New In Box on Craigslist
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 6
Views: 2,173
That is a little pricey, but if you want a perfect K-1000 and want to buy locally, it's not totally insane (unlike the Craigslister I saw recently who wanted a cool grand for a bunch of worn out old darkroom equipment). I might even be tempted if it were an Asahi model.
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2011, 06:24 PM  
I have the coolest avatar in this forum.
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 66
Views: 5,132
And no sig line at all. Terrible disgrace. Which reminds me, I need to go bored the blokes on dPreview with baby pictures. Because I know how much they love baby pictures.
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2011, 05:05 PM  
I have the coolest avatar in this forum.
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 66
Views: 5,132
Oh! And there it is! ... I'm a little simple tonight.
Forum: General Talk 09-30-2011, 05:05 PM  
I have the coolest avatar in this forum.
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 66
Views: 5,132
I haven't been here in so long that I can't even remember if I have an avatar.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-09-2011, 11:43 AM  
Goodwill Online?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 25
Views: 4,583
Last night I found a listing for a Pentax Ed. Yes, the super rare Pentax Ed. :p
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-09-2011, 10:35 AM  
Goodwill Online?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 25
Views: 4,583
I was wondering if anyone else had been shopping on Goodwill's online auction site.

Anyone bought anything? I've just been cruising, since right now I'm really trying to cut down the clutter.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2010, 06:50 PM  
Cityscape Taubman Museum Roanoke
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 12
Views: 2,141
Lynchburg is a beautiful little city, but I can't claim it. I moved from Centreville to Blacksburg about 7 years ago after coming down to visit a friend, who was a student at Tech at the time. A couple of years later, I discovered Blacksburg's low rent counterpart (Christiansburg) and have been here since.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-21-2010, 07:44 PM  
Cityscape Taubman Museum Roanoke
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 12
Views: 2,141
Yeah, I pulled it up from the depths with a search for "Roanoke"
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-21-2010, 07:42 PM  
Omg! I want one!!!!
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 13
Views: 2,871
I've always preferred silver myself, which was good for my budget until I discovered the limiteds.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-21-2010, 07:36 PM  
Wedding guest photography - which camera?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 14
Views: 4,073
That makes me think that the 50/1.4 or even 77/1.8 would be nice. Hmm... the 31/1.8 and 77/1.8 would definitely fit into my purse.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-20-2010, 11:43 PM  
Alternative process printing anyone?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 9
Views: 4,538
I figured that out when my now husband and former resident of Ferrum (Franklin County) told me while we were dating for possibly the seventeenth time that he use to go to church with Dan Tyminski.

I, of course, had no idea who the guy was.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-20-2010, 11:24 PM  
Hello from Virginia
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 8
Views: 716
Here's a belated welcome from the Virginia Tech-ish area. I grew up in Centreville, lived in Manassas for a bit (worked at Whetzel's Billards when I was a bit too young - LOL) and still get a kick out of how excited they sound about the name MANASSAS! on the Spanish radio station that took over WHFS.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-20-2010, 11:16 PM  
Cityscape Taubman Museum Roanoke
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 12
Views: 2,141
Very nice! It is fun to see my own back yard through someone else's eyes for a change.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 09-20-2010, 11:10 PM  
When do you expect to have the 645D?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 10
Views: 3,239
Henry,

I work in hospice care. I take people who bite, scratch, hit and throw things (and some quite good insults) at me and take care of them like they are the most precious thing God has ever put onto this planet in their time of suffering and need.

And I believe you have more patience than I do. You know. Just saying.

:p
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-20-2010, 06:59 PM  
Wedding guest photography - which camera?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 14
Views: 4,073
I'm not sure if the reception is inside or out, so I was thinking of throwing a couple rolls of Delta 100 and Delta 400 in the bag to be prepared.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-20-2010, 06:42 PM  
A film SLR feels better than a digital SLR ?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 114
Views: 18,607
I found this article, titled "Darkroom as Recreation," a while back and really loved it: The Online Photographer: Darkroom as Recreation

Whenever anyone comments on the cost of film or the like, I usually just say that it is cheaper than therapy. Park of what I love about film is that I really have to have patience with it and that the patience pays off. Digital is great and there is a lot of room to explore different techniques with it, but it just doesn't feel as rewarding. As a way to produce images, digital is great. As a way to make me shutup and focus, well, that's just not something I can do when I process my images on the same machine that I use to play Bejeweled Blitz.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-20-2010, 06:24 PM  
Wedding guest photography - which camera?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 14
Views: 4,073
Yeah, trying to be low key with the 6x7 would be awesome. The family already suspects that I might be a little nuts.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-20-2010, 05:47 PM  
Wedding guest photography - which camera?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 14
Views: 4,073
I'm going to be attending my husband's cousin's wedding in a couple of weeks and would like to bring along a camera, but not be obnoxious. She has planned things meticulously and I'm sure has picked out a wonderful photographer.

I'm wondering if toting along a small film camera would be less intrusive and might get me some more unique photos. I'm not even sure that I would want to take more than one lens.

Any thoughts? I can bring along the K-1000 with a M 50/1.4. The 31/1.8 would be nice, but might defeat the point of being low key. I could also just bring the Retina iiC (Classic Cameras profile: Mike Elek: Kodak Retina IIC). I'm kind of leaning towards that since it is so small and quiet.

The other options I have are all a bit big for the job - like the Pentax 6x7 and my Rollei.

It doesn't need to fit into a pocket - purses are both the bane and the luxury of being female.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-11-2009, 05:55 PM  
Loving the one you're with
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 28
Views: 6,382
Whenever I get tempted to buy a new body I ask myself if there is any one camera that I already own that I spend as much time as I would like shooting with. The answer is always so and it is obvious that what I need is more time, not more cameras. Then I pick up my barely used (by me - very well used before I picked it up) Honeywell and go for a walk.
Forum: General Talk 03-23-2009, 09:50 AM  
Introducing Isabelle
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 2
Views: 1,988
Wow, I have not been here in quite a while. I thought that this new addition was the perfect excuse to stop back in.

A couple of weeks ago, I restarted my campaign for a dog. This round, my husband relented and I started browsing petfinder.com, researching breeds and making lists. When I first saw Isabelle, I didn't put her on the list.


I don't know exactly why, but she just didn't catch my eye. She looked big, scared, anxious. There were a ton of listings to sort through, and her picture didn't have any "oh my gosh, that is my dog!" to it.

I went back through later and she was added to the list, mostly because there were other dogs at the same shelter that I wanted to look at. My husband had also been advocating for her, though in a subtle when this dog chews up all of your clothes and pees on the floor, it was not my idea kind of way.

When I arrived, I found something much different than I had thought. She was about 10 pounds - big enough to hug, play with and grow into a medium sized dog. She was super playful, but not neurotic and calmed down immediately when I picked her up. All she wanted to do was cuddle and lick my nose.



Isabelle, or Bella to her friends, on her first night home




Bella, giving Dave love. Lots and lots of love.




Sid has taken to the crate very well. Unfortunately, that is not what I was going for at all.




Sid, being a very tolerant cat.



Back seat? You can't be serious! (she has since gotten use to the idea - I have airbags that I cannot turn off in my terribly un-kid&dog-friendly car, so I had to be rather firm about it)






I have some cute pictures, but its really been a really stressful couple of days. When I first brought her home, the cat wanted to eat her. Seriously. Alright, this is the first picture of I have of this cat:


After a a little physical separation, then some supervised sharing of space, the cat apparently learned to curb his desire to eat the puppy whole because now they can cohabit with simple annoyance. I was really worried though that I had just turned out house into one of those places where every pet has to have its own room and they scratch through the doors because they're miserable.

Oh, and I found out during her vet check Friday and my sweet little Bella is not 3 or 4 months old, as advertised. She is -at very most- 8 weeks. She had been at the shelter for a couple of weeks already too, so she's had a pretty hard life so far. She doesn't gobble up food and doesn't growl when you take her treats so she has never been starved, but she hates her crate pretty badly. We are working very hard on house breaking, but it is a bit of a challenge. Honestly, as much as it breaks my heart to see her nursing in her sleep because she is so young, it is a bit of a relief to know that she is having so much trouble with house training because she has the blatter control of someone who didn't exist in her current form two months ago, not because there's a larger problem.

Oh, and as for what type of dog she is, I have no clue. She has an extremely strong herding instinct but that is all I know. I call her my grab bag puppy - who knows what the heck is in there.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-07-2008, 09:09 AM  
Pentax 6x7 gear
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 17
Views: 10,469
I'm pretty ecstatic to have mine. My husband picked up a nice 67 + metered prism + wooden grip from KEH for our anniversary a little over a week ago. I had bought a 75/2.8 a year or so ago when one popped up on fleaBay.



Rock Castle Gorge Revisited. Again. photo - Jessica Ulm photos at pbase.com
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-29-2008, 01:58 PM  
Bag for my 67+grip+one lens?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 6
Views: 1,901
That's my problem - my husband has no love for expensive handbags, though compared to the price of the transmission he just bought for his truck... :o
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-28-2008, 08:17 PM  
Who has a K1000?
Posted By TiJean
Replies: 183
Views: 35,521
I have two. One is Chinese - late vintage. I got it second hand in high school from my parents, who used it and its predecessor (stolen in '88) to document my childhood.

I picked up an Asahi model a couple of years ago with a 135/2.5 super cheap on fleaBay.

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