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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-30-2010, 03:14 PM  
Still using an *istDS?
Posted By Nols
Replies: 30
Views: 6,787
Count me in. Bought the DS 2005 I think. It has taken more tripod spills than I can count with my fingers but it just wouldn't die on me. Aside from the worn exterior cosmetics this one still works good as new.

Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-29-2010, 03:29 PM  
B&H Contest theme nominations
Posted By Nols
Replies: 360
Views: 21,503
I used this as a title for one my recent pics - "The Battle For Definition." Can include a broad number of subjects really - light & dark, nature, conflict, emotions, etc.

What do you think?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-12-2009, 02:52 PM  
Understanding RAW and .PEF
Posted By Nols
Replies: 29
Views: 6,248
Hi. First post in this section.

I think that Ccrookston is talking about simulated HDR. You convert the original raw file as many times as you prefer - adjusting exposure for the light and dark areas. After this, you can merge the converted jpegs/tiffs in Photoshop or any HDR software. Not as good as a proper bracketed HDR but good enough for some.

Btw, I use Dynamicphoto HDR and I believe they have a feature which deals with moving subjects between the shots.

Hope this helps,:)

Forum: Photographic Technique 05-07-2009, 06:51 PM  
play with IR not much luck
Posted By Nols
Replies: 9
Views: 3,911
Hi Barry. Long time lurker here but this is my very first post. I've been shooting IR for some time but I use my un-modded ist*DS+Kit lens+Hoya R72. I also have a K10D but it has a stronger IR-block filter than the DS (requiring longer exposures for IR work).

Here are some tips that might help:

1) Always get an on-site custom white balance (with the IR filter mounted). Brightly-lit foliage/grass should turn out white. You can crank up your ISO, extend shutter speed and shoot wide open - doesn't matter when you're just after custom WB.

2) Take note of your shutter/aperture/ISO settings when getting a custom white balance. This should give you some clue as to the proper settings for the shooting the scenery. I always shoot Manual mode, ISO 100, f/10 (for landscapes) to get the cleanest image and deep DOF. Watch your histogram and adjust settings as necessary to get the desired exposure.

3) Shoot RAW. A lot of WB adjustments can be made during the raw conversion.

4) For extended exposures, I use a viewfinder cover to reduce noise (and a tripod ofcourse).

Things would be a lot easier and simplier if I were to use an IR-modded camera but I have gotten used to the effect that extended exposures produce.

Hope this helps.:)

You can see some of my IR work here:
Infrared Pictures - a set on Flickr

Forum: Sold Items 04-24-2009, 02:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA40 and DA12-24
Posted By Nols
Replies: 9
Views: 2,190
PM sent re this lens.
Forum: Sold Items 04-17-2009, 03:52 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 Mint, Zenitar 16mm F2.8 Excellent
Posted By Nols
Replies: 8
Views: 3,147
PM sent.:D
Forum: Sold Items 10-11-2008, 03:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA limited 43mm/f1.9 (black), FA limited 77mm/f1.8 (silver), FA 28-105mm/f3.2-
Posted By Nols
Replies: 24
Views: 10,988
Hi there. PM sent.

Forum: Sold Items 10-11-2008, 03:24 PM  
For Sale - Sold: 70-200, Limiteds, K100D & More
Posted By Nols
Replies: 31
Views: 10,032
Hi there. PM sent.
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