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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-18-2018, 05:59 PM  
Pentax 645Z with 90mm studio shoot on YouTube.
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 1
Views: 1,185
I've been creating some v-log style tutorial videos for Skylum Software. The latest one is a shot in my home studio with the Pentax 645Z and the 90mm lens.

(Earlier videos in the series have my wife Yuki learning to shoot with the K3 and the K1 but they are only in Japanese at the moment. )

















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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-16-2018, 06:11 PM  
Luminar 2018 loads .dng's dull and flat
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 8
Views: 1,326
Hello from a fellow Pentaxian using Luminar. I just put up a post about creating some videos for Skylum Software for the Japanese market so you can check out my wife and I using and editing pics.














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I'm no software engineer, just a guy pressing a shutter button, but I think that with the latest version you can select how it views the RAW files with a profile selector. From what I've heard their should be a digital asset manager coming this year which will be awesome.

Chris
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-16-2018, 05:54 PM  
Pentaxian videos on YouTube :)
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Not sure about the Pixel shifted Raws but I can definitely ask about it. I do know that they are currently working on a full DAM (digital asset management system) so the big advantage that Lightroom has over the software would be removed.

---------- Post added 04-17-2018 at 09:59 AM ----------


Thanks very much. It has been an interesting ride from shooting with the Pentax 67 exclusively (the reason my website is called TRAVEL67) to shooting with the 645D and my 67 lenses, to getting more modern lenses, and then the 645Z. If you follow your passion at the very least you'll be spending your time doing things you love.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-16-2018, 06:18 AM  
Pentaxian videos on YouTube :)
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Quick Version -

I shoot with the Pentax K-1 and the 645Z in Okinawa, Japan. Skylum Software asked if I'd like to make some videos sharing my passion for photography and introducing their new Luminar Software. So we did. The latest one's about humpback whales! Check it out, and hopefully give it a thumbs up, comment, or share!
















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Long Version -

A couple of years ago someone at Macphun Software found my website and the company got in touch to say hello and that they liked my work. I'm a professional photographer based in Okinawa, Japan. I don't have a huge social media presence, so it was nice to get spotted. They asked if I could make a video about the karate masters portrait project I was undertaking. I made the video and you can find it on the Skylum Japan youtube channel.
















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A few months ago they (now SKYLUM software) contacted me again to talk about the release of Luminar 2018 and introducing it to the Japanese audience.

I suggested making more videos, some with my wife Yuki learning the basics, and some with me showing my work as a photographer. They said yes and we have started creating and uploading videos. It is great to be able to share my passion for photography, and at the same time my love of my Pentax gear :)

The latest video is about whale watching
















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If you have time please check out the videos (mine are in English with Japanese subtitles). If you are feeling generous, it would also be a big help if you could like, comment, subscribe, and most importantly share the video. More people watching the video, will mean we get to make more videos, and that's something we'd like to do.

Thanks for all you help. Hope you like the vids.

Chris
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-13-2016, 08:03 AM  
Pentax K-1 exhibition in Tokyo!
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 9
Views: 1,421
The Pentax K-1 exhibition in Tokyo starts on September 14th. Delighted to be one of the 18 photographers selected, it's great to see Sam in the suit & tie staring down from the gallery wall!
Here's the blog post for more details!!
Pentax K-1 Exhibition, Tokyo | TRAVEL 67 : Chris Willson Photography
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-09-2015, 06:49 PM  
Lightroom plug-in for Pentax 645Z tethered shooting
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 19
Views: 3,679
Wow great news, I've been waiting for tethered shooting with Lightroom!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-08-2014, 02:47 AM  
Pentax 645Z - A few thoughts and pics
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 10
Views: 7,209
Yes a big typhoon is hitting Okinawa as I type. The camera may be weatherproof, but the person holding it isn't indestructible! Staying indoors until it passes then will go out and take some pics early tomorrow morning.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-07-2014, 06:01 AM  
Pentax 645Z - A few thoughts and pics
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 10
Views: 7,209
Pentax 645Z has arrived, and has now assumed the position of lead workhorse.

Very similar to the 645D, although the review button has moved which lead to some confusion as muscle memory tells my fingers to go to the wrong place.

Most noticeable change when using the camera is how fast the images appear on the rear screen. No looking at the egg timer symbol.

Ability to shoot at higher ISOs is great, and has allowed me to get some images I would have otherwise not have been able to take.
Pentax 645Z – High ISO Performance / Dynamic Range | TRAVEL 67 – Chris Willson Photography

No scientific tests, but to me it feels like dynamic range has increased, and auto focus works faster.

All in all it is a great piece of kit. Only drawback is that my computer is now running even slower.

Chris
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-28-2010, 03:18 AM  
New Pentax 645D images
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 14
Views: 5,571
I just spent a couple of weeks up on the Japanese mainland shooting with the Pentax 645D in a whole range of situations.

You can see larger versions of the images on Flickr

and get more information about the various shots on my blog

but I'll start with just sharing some images, and hopefully they can speak for themselves.





Check out the full size jpeg of this on Flickr!









Hope everyone's having a good weekend.

Chris

Travel 67 - Chris Willson
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-05-2010, 07:20 PM  
Pentax 645D images!
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 19
Views: 9,586
I thought I would put up one more full resolution portrait image for you to check out. This time it's from a model test shoot and I have put up the full untouched out of camera jpegs on Flickr.



You can view the full size jpeg on Flickr here

Studio Shoot - Jessica (645D full size Jpeg) on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

If you're interested you can read up more about the shoot on my blog here:

Studio Shoot – Jessica (Part 1) Chris Willson's Blog

A few extra bits of information for fellow photographers. This was lit from top right with a beauty dish that was gridded with a diffuser over the face of the dish. There was a reflector bottom left.

As I've said before I will try and get a landscape shot soon, along with a long exposure shot. A little busy at the moment but I will get them done eventually!

Chris

website: Travel 67 - Chris Willson

blog: Chris Willson's Blog

Facebook: Chris Willson Photography | Facebook
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-22-2010, 07:16 AM  
Pentax 645D images!
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 19
Views: 9,586
A few days ago my 645D body and the 55mm lens arrived. I've put up smaller images on my blog and have also uploaded full size JPEGS to Flickr so you can see what the camera can do.

After shooting with the Pentax 67II system for the last 8 years digital is quite a learning experience. I am however very pleased with the results. :)

Chris

You can see the blog here:
Chris Willson's Blog

and the images are on Flickr here:
Flickr: Travel 67's Photostream











Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-07-2010, 04:48 AM  
Pentax 645D ordered.
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 7
Views: 3,104
After a long wait the Pentax 645D will soon be available to photographers living in Japan. For the last 8 years I have shot almost exclusively with the Pentax 67II system and it has been great, but from next month I will be shooting with both the Pentax 67II and the Pentax 645D. The camera is on order and should arrive later this month sometime between the 20th and the 30th.

I won't be able to give a scientific review, but I will regularly post images on my blog and give comments about my own experiences with the camera. Looking forward to starting an exciting new chapter as a Pentaxian!

Chris

Travel 67 - Chris Willson
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-07-2010, 04:33 AM  
Festival images with the Pentax 67II
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 5
Views: 2,360
Just got back from a two week trip up on the Japanese mainland shooting for various travel features. The highlight of the trip was the Onbashira Festival, a spectacular event where men ride tree trunks down the side of a mountain.

I shot as always with the Pentax 67II, for the festival I used Provia 400X and used a slow shutter speed (1/60) to try and get a sense of motion in the images. This will however be the last big trip I shoot on only the Pentax 67 from next month I will be shooting with both the Pentax 67 and the 645D.

Chris
www.TRAVEL67.com
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-06-2009, 07:39 AM  
Pentax Travel Photographer's Blog
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 5
Views: 1,800
Good idea for one of my blog posts!
After shooting the film I can still get it processed in Okinawa. I use provia 100F so you are scanning a positive transparency rather than a negative. I scan with the Japanese model of an Epson Perfection V750-M Pro. (just a different model name) An Imacron might do a better job but I will get one of those right after my mansion and Tesla sports car.
I do very little in photoshop except dust removal, sharpening resizing and watermarks.
Hope this helps
Chris
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-03-2009, 04:09 AM  
Pentax Travel Photographer's Blog
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 5
Views: 1,800
One of my New Year's resolutions for 2009 was to start (and regularly update) a blog about working as a travel photographer in Japan.
Although it's not fully integrated with my website yet please check it out at
Chris Willson’s Blog
Hopefully you should find something of interest whether you are a fellow Pentaxian, traveller or Japanophile.

Happy New Year:D

Chris
Travel 67 - Chris Willson
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-26-2007, 04:26 AM  
Hello from Okinawa, Japan
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 10
Views: 862
Thanks for the comments, glad you like the site.
Here's one of my Fuji shots. It's normally hidden in the cloud but on a few clear days it's quite the thing to behold.
Chris
Travel 67 - Chris Willson
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-17-2007, 05:47 PM  
Hello from Okinawa, Japan
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 10
Views: 862
Yes, I am looking forward to the Pentax 645 digital especially if it comes out with the Kodak 31 Megapixel sensor. I would love to use it with the huge 400mm I have for the 67 system and take photos of the cranes dancing in the snow in the very north of Japan.

Chris

Travel 67 - Chris Willson
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-17-2007, 02:03 AM  
Hello from Okinawa, Japan
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 10
Views: 862
Here's a shot of 8th Dan Uechi Ryu Karate Master Kioyhide Shinjo, one of the toughest martial arts experts you could meet.
I interviewed him for a local magazine and came away feeling quite in awe and a little scared.
Chris
Travel 67 - Chris Willson
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-16-2007, 04:17 AM  
Provia 400X
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 3
Views: 2,590
I have just shot several 120 rolls of the new Fujifilm Provia 400X film. (I live in Japan which is why I was able to get hold of it. It came out in 35mm about 3 months ago and 120 format a month ago.)

Although I haven't done any scientific testing there seems to be an improvement in the amount of grain over Provia 400F. I will, however, only use it when Provia 100F is not going to be fast enough. Provia 100F continues to be my favorite film by far.

Even in Japan they haven't released 400X in 220 rolls, but hopefully this will change in the future.

Overall I am just happy that Fujifilm is continuing to improve on film rather than just seeing it as a shrinking market and beating a hasty retreat. Hoorah!

Chris

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-16-2007, 03:58 AM  
Hello from Okinawa, Japan
Posted By Chris Willson
Replies: 10
Views: 862
I'm originally from the U.K. but have lived in Japan for the last 8 years. I work part time teaching English at Okinawa University, but spend the majority of my days working as a freelance travel writer and photographer.
I use the Pentax 67II system which is known as "Gulliver" in Japan due to its monsterous size. Please take a look at my website

Travel 67 - Chris Willson

Would love to get some feedback from other Pentax users, and if you're ever heading out to the land of the rising sun, come check out my little island!

Cheers

Chris
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