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Forum: Contest Voting 2 Days Ago  
Sticky: Poll: Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #136 Poll (Flowers Up Close - December 2017)
Posted By arnold
Replies: 45
Views: 2,504
I agree here. The flower as an artistic composition rather than closeup detail. That said, they are all superb in the skill employed.
Forum: Contest Voting 01-08-2018, 03:42 PM  
White Lily with Water Droplets
Posted By arnold
Replies: 45
Views: 425
Clean shot!
Forum: Photo Critique 01-03-2018, 08:33 PM  
Misc Still life
Posted By arnold
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Good work. Still life is creative art directing our focus of perception. I do prefer the lower picture; the background is most fitting. In the first, something about the framing, and table edge against the wall is a bit distracting, putting too much focus on a blank wall. Still, the idea of projecting candle light reflections onto the wall is a good one. I think it needs to be a little more subtle than in this case.
Forum: General Photography 01-03-2018, 08:17 PM  
Photography at 38,000 feet
Posted By arnold
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Lovely pictures. Modern camera technology has made this style of photography far more convenient and in some cases, possible. Trying to mount an old film camera in order to grab these shots would be a frustrating exercise, and one would have no idea how the framing and focus looked until the film was developed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-28-2017, 05:33 AM  
Pentax MX mirror
Posted By arnold
Replies: 3
Views: 326
Finger prints could eventually lock in, but if you had a gentle brush with your finger, it should come off with a little lens cleaner on a very soft cloth and only a couple of gentle wipes. If it is mirror foam sticking on that is much more risky.getting off.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-08-2017, 05:39 AM  
Fall in Palouse
Posted By arnold
Replies: 18
Views: 308
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-07-2017, 04:44 PM  
ME - MG Differences?
Posted By arnold
Replies: 13
Views: 593
The models that followed the original ME, seem to me to have made quality compromises. The ME Super has had winding issues with too thin parts bending, and when I look into my MG it seems very "tinny." For my tastes, the original ME is to be preferred over the Super other than being able to lock the exposure speed. It feels more solid and I trust it more than my ME Super, which occasionally doesn't cock the shutter with film advance - a known issue.
The MV to MG are built more to a price than a standard. The MX has the best quality in this group. All my opinion of course.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-27-2017, 04:43 PM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By arnold
Replies: 5,329
Views: 583,172
Perfect! The MX and KX are my favorites.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-27-2017, 04:34 PM  
What people were willing to pay...
Posted By arnold
Replies: 59
Views: 2,854
That Contaflex SLR is unlike the focal plane shutter models we are used to. (I gave my model to a friend). Like the Retina reflex, it has a leaf shutter between the lenses. This creates a problem trying to look through the lens before taking a picture. They solved this with an extra "shutter" panel that covers the film opening, allowing the leaf shutter to remain open. When you take a photo, the leaf shutter first of all closes so that the blanking panel can be opened. Taking a picture, the leaf shutter opens after the mirror and panel are out of the way.
Once the exposure is made, the viewfinder remains black - until the film is wound on. This puts down the mirror and blanking panel, then opens the leaf shutter.
The lens was the very common 50/2.8 Tessar also found on many other cameras of the time, such as Praktika.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-26-2017, 11:05 PM  
Asahi Pentax S3 frame counter not advancing
Posted By arnold
Replies: 1
Views: 423
If you are handy, you can try to unscrew the counter (screw in centre). Be careful to remember the order the parts & washers go. Work over a towel to catch flyaway parts. It may just need oiling and a spring washer readjusted. I can't quite remember how I did it myself on a similar counter.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-26-2017, 10:44 PM  
Asahi Pentar K - Value? (Yes, PentaR)
Posted By arnold
Replies: 20
Views: 1,242
My advice is not to use this camera. I have a K model myself, and even though it had had a recent CLA, a shutter ribbon let go. If you have a similar failure due to age of glue and material, you will not have a "working" camera. It would be a different matter if repairs were easily procured.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-25-2017, 12:13 AM  
another one bites the dust
Posted By arnold
Replies: 39
Views: 2,223
A couple of years ago I bought a mint condition 1958 K model that was fresh from an Eric service. It worked for a while, but then it seemed that a ribbon let go as the curtain "went limp" on one side. Knowing that Eric is too busy, I didn't bother sending it back. Now, hearing your story, make me think I should accept it as a shelf queen (that has the potential of repair). In the meantime, the 1961 SV is a more usable camera from only 3 years later, and much the same family.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-18-2017, 03:10 AM  
What would YOU consider a "clinical" image?
Posted By arnold
Replies: 91
Views: 2,736
I believe that what gives a lens its "unclinical" look is probably its faults. It's just that some feel those faults are artistic and charming with what they add.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-16-2017, 09:34 PM  
TLR woes
Posted By arnold
Replies: 14
Views: 901
Looks like a reversed lens to me.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-15-2017, 05:56 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #134 Poll (The Sky - October 2017)
Posted By arnold
Replies: 49
Views: 4,502
All are impressive, but # 9 reminds me of all those years in the cockpit. Pure honesty of form rather than a blaze of colour appeals to me.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-07-2017, 05:11 PM  
The Sky - my submission
Posted By arnold
Replies: 55
Views: 870
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-08-2017, 03:31 PM  
September, 2017 Winner: Drinking Buddies
Posted By arnold
Replies: 47
Views: 912
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-18-2017, 03:40 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOTE: August 2017 "Portrait" Contest Finalists
Posted By arnold
Replies: 57
Views: 7,509
No.3 strikes an empathic chord for me.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-07-2017, 09:39 PM  
Sunset Girl
Posted By arnold
Replies: 14
Views: 375
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-07-2017, 09:38 PM  
Old soul
Posted By arnold
Replies: 39
Views: 1,129
Lovely light and sublime expression.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-10-2017, 03:36 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By arnold
Replies: 16,367
Views: 1,920,889
Interesting effect and very artistic. The hard vertical, dead centre line of the front flower is a little unsympathetic to the soft mood though. Of course, it was meant to be the main subject originally, so that is understandable.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-18-2017, 03:50 PM  
Post your B&W Film shots
Posted By arnold
Replies: 6,704
Views: 675,499
Your 1981 Mazda needs company. Sadly my 1981 RX7 is long gone, except for the photos of it.
[IMG]1981 Mazda RX7. Pentax MX, M28mm/2.8 Kodachrome. 1981 scanned with Pentax K5 by aeomaster32, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-17-2017, 07:16 PM  
Supremacy of MF (Manual Focus) shots- how many of us still doing MF?
Posted By arnold
Replies: 111
Views: 5,341
[IMG]Lorikeet in a Paper Bark Tree by aeomaster32, on Flickr[/IMG]
Hand Held K5 with A70-210, manual of course. 1/50 sec
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-16-2017, 10:02 PM  
Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear vs. an Amateur with Pro Gear
Posted By arnold
Replies: 35
Views: 2,194
I think there is enough a difference between "eye" and technique to mention this again. There have been many portraits I have seen that are technically good. Good lighting, good focus, good background, yet are artistically unsettling, unbalanced, forced, rigidly posed. That is the artistic eye, and while it comes naturally to some, others have to struggle to get it. The artist sees and says 'I must capture that' while the less talented wonder what it is they need to capture.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-16-2017, 12:44 AM  
Supremacy of MF (Manual Focus) shots- how many of us still doing MF?
Posted By arnold
Replies: 111
Views: 5,341
I think the discussion was more about technique than equipment.
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