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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-16-2010, 03:49 AM  
HDR with the K20D
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 4
Views: 2,342
I think you can set it for up to 2ev apart.

I don't have the manual with me right now but there is some talk about online if you google and that is how I remember it as well.

You probably also want to set the camera to Av mode and manually set the ISO to a fixed value. If you have time you can then take a second show with 1ev up or down using the exposure compensation feature to get 10 shots 1ev apart.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2010, 10:31 PM  
Nature Reflect on it
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 9
Views: 1,591
Love them all though the first is my fav :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-18-2010, 09:31 PM  
Misc Jungle Bokeh! F 1.2 content
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 13
Views: 1,348
Amazing! Love all of them, especially the last one.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-12-2010, 04:15 AM  
Macro Sri Lanka. Flowers, my day with a fly
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 9
Views: 1,404
Amazing! Love the colors on it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2010, 06:39 AM  
Not Work-Safe A New Fav Shoot!
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 22
Views: 4,754
Stunning! both the photos and the model. For me the second one is just golden! Did you do anything to get the light to match the background?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-11-2010, 06:35 AM  
People ISO 3200. DA 40mm, K20D, Useable?
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 13
Views: 1,745
If you shot these as RAW I really suggest you run them through the magenta tinge corrector. It will make a world of difference
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-10-2010, 07:37 AM  
Macro Up close and personal
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 30
Views: 4,826
Amazing! Specially the second one. You would have had to be really close!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-06-2010, 06:50 PM  
Nature Sri Lanka, Jungle Cats
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
You mentioned somewhere near Matara? My memory seems to be getting a bit foggy!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-06-2010, 08:58 AM  
People Ball on Friday night
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 1
Views: 1,308
I took some pictures at a ball on Friday. First time I tried an event of this sort so I was trying out things on the go. Some of the shots show a halo caused by the ring flash mounted on the lens. I thought of cropping it out but left it on for some shots.

The full series is on Flickr

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-06-2010, 08:40 AM  
People Strobist Attempt - C&C Please!
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 5
Views: 2,016
I don't know my flash photography but I like the pic. I do think something to highlight the hair and give the top of her head definition might have helped.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-06-2010, 08:38 AM  
Nature Monterey Bay Aquarium (Lots of pics)
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 4
Views: 1,978
Very pleasing to look at! I like them all.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-03-2010, 06:52 AM  
Nature More Desert Views
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 5
Views: 1,627
Beautiful! Wouldn't want to be stranded there though.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-29-2010, 07:03 AM  
Cityscape Singapore nightscapes
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 7
Views: 1,780
Excellent photos. Hope to be there during the F1 :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-28-2010, 09:28 AM  
Nature Taking out the smc PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 1
Views: 1,361
Just took a few quick shots since I haven't used the lens in sometime.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-26-2010, 11:18 PM  
Night City of Perth
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 17
Views: 2,820
Love the colors on the water. Great stuff.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-26-2010, 09:34 PM  
Landscape New Mexico Sights...
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 22
Views: 3,596
Fantastic set! I especially like the first two.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-25-2010, 07:05 PM  
Macro Trying out my new Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 and Pentax AF160FC ring flash
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 5
Views: 2,193
I did a quick change on the last photo. Let me know what you think Adam.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-25-2010, 12:36 PM  
Macro Trying out my new Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 and Pentax AF160FC ring flash
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 5
Views: 2,193
Thanks Adam. I think the exposure is my fault as the insects are dark. I'll try to see if I can pull back the highlights.

I must say I was pretty impressed by how the Pentax pulled off the ISO 1100 shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-25-2010, 08:05 AM  
Macro Trying out my new Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 and Pentax AF160FC ring flash
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 5
Views: 2,193
I got a new lens for Macro and am waiting for Raynox attachments as well. These are some of my first proper macro shots. Still trying to nail the focus and steady hand :)

The insect shots are at ISO 100 F11 1/125s and using the Pentax AF160FC ring flash.

Any suggestions and tips?

This one is with no flash at ISO 1100

Adjusted based on Adam's feedback. Thanks!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-25-2010, 07:54 AM  
Night Bad weather
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 11
Views: 1,714
Just thought you might be interested to note a much more "low tech" variation of the technique I read about. It will work especially well for fireworks but might be too slow for lightning.

1. Switch to bulb mode. Use a tripod and low exposure etc for long exposure shooting.
2. Trigger the exposure and cover the lens with a matte black card or paper.
3. When ever there are fireworks going off you lift up the card.
4. When the blast dies of you cover with the card again and you repeat a few times.

Hope I get the chance to try that one out :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-24-2010, 06:25 PM  
Machinery Impreza 2.5i
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 7
Views: 1,445
Nice ride :)

My 2 cents: I think the effect you wanted would be stronger if you could get in closer to the factory and not have much in the way of vegetation. Warehouse, factory, or empty stretch of road.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-24-2010, 06:16 PM  
Cityscape Helix Bridge with HDR treatment
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 12
Views: 1,885
Really really like the last two. Fisheye shots rock!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-22-2010, 06:58 PM  
People future indian girl
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 11
Views: 1,933
I like the color version. Works better with the background as well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-22-2010, 04:33 AM  
Night Bad weather
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 11
Views: 1,714

First off thanks for all the comments! Glad everyone enjoyed the pics.

As for the technique:

1. Wide lens since it's hard to predict where in the sky lightning will appear. My 18-55 kit lens in this case.
2. Some solid place to keep the camera still. These are all long exposures. I used a gorilla pod wrapped around a window grill.
3. Remote preferably with a lock. You can hold a regular or wireless remote button as well but it just gets painful. I used a Chinese remote purchased on ebay which was linked to on this forum.
4. Set the focus to infinity and the lens to the widest focal length. You can also play around with aperture but I stayed with F numbers between 8 and 16. I forgot about the focus in the first few shots I took but I do like some of them.
5. Make sure your on ISO 100. Knock off Shake Reduction. Personally I don't think it should be on as a default :)
6. Switch to "Bulb" mode on the camera.
7. Trigger exposure and lock it or hold the button down.
8. Keep the exposure going till you see some nice lightning bolts or when it's taking too long. That was around 1 min in my case but it depends on the ambient light levels so you need to find out. Keep in mind some cameras including my K20D take a dark exposure for noise reduction which takes as long as the original exposure. Be prepared to wait :)
9. The blue is because I set the white balance to "Tungsten." You can do this post process if your shooting RAW.

This same method should work for fireworks too.


Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-20-2010, 07:44 AM  
Night Bad weather
Posted By nirudha
Replies: 11
Views: 1,714
We were hit by the cyclone Leila causing floods and a fair amount of lightning damage as well. I did however manage to get these using a remote trigger and a gorilla-pod.

Full set can be seen here Fluidr / yador's "Electrical storm" set

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