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Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Space X Puts The US back In Space
Posted By PDL
Replies: 13
Views: 345
It is good to see that they brought back the NASA worm logo. I love that thing.
NASA?s ?Worm? Logo Will Return to Space - The New York Times and the images provided by Racer X 69.

It's about time that it returned.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
Pointer device?
Posted By PDL
Replies: 11
Views: 443
On my main desktop - Microsoft IntelliMouse (circa 2000) and a Wacom Intuos PT M (Pen and finger(s))
On my old Toshiba Tablet PC - A cheap mouse bought in Munich and the built in Wacom Pen interface - oh - and the worlds worst trach pad.
On my Lenovo - Pen, Finger (touch screen), track pad (disabled when the following is inserted) Dell optical mouse I kept from one of my past employers.

Mostly I use the mouse - except when "doing" photo stuff - then it is a mix of Wacom Pen and keyboard stuff.
Forum: General Talk 05-27-2020, 01:20 PM  
Coronavirus Projects
Posted By PDL
Replies: 84
Views: 3,403
A few weeks ago I bought some wood planks and built my wife some hanging flower boxes. I had to break out quite a few of my tools, get the roof racks switched over from the Jag to the Subaru and actually move around the garage. Since then - nada.

We hand to cancel our vacation (I should be in Oslo today, bussing/driving around where the better half's family came from and London next week) so images are not happening. I haven't taken a image since the second of January - I have charged/swapped out the batteries. Otherwise the camera has been in the bag since January with no need to take it out.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-27-2020, 01:04 PM  
curious factoid
Posted By PDL
Replies: 13
Views: 704
I have my fathers Calumet 4x5 monorail.

Now if could just find the "roundtoit" to use it. (I have the film and 4x5 development tank - just no where to develop the negatives -- I have a septic tank so heavy metal poisoning in the back yard is really not the best thing to do)

---------- Post added 05-27-20 at 01:06 PM ----------

Selfie with a 8x10 - take that Apple!!!:lol:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-26-2020, 11:43 PM  
Yet Anothe Printing Rant...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 34
Views: 1,220
I must disagree.

After you have dialed in the bulb, paper and adjustments from your tests, color balancing a negative print is virtually impossible for the Mark I eyeball. Color Negatives do not display the final output in any human recognizable form. They are negatives after all with a orange cast and the colors you want are not visible until the print is developed and taken out into the light.

Now printing slides is another thing, although the technique is similar to adjusting colors there were (at least with Cibachrome) paper settings that needed to be taken into account along with bulb settings.

There are many photographers who never saw the inside of a darkroom. Take for instance the NG photographers who shot transparencies, they sent the film back to NG for developing and other than viewing the images projected for review with the editors, the prints were not the responsibility of the photographer. The same goes for the old Look, Life, Time and other magazines of the past, even today photographers are shipping their work out for post production. That is not a big deal.

For myself, I have a set of consistent steps that produce consistent results. Much easier than a darkroom. The thing about darkrooms that I miss the most is shooting B&W and watching the image emerge from the soup. One moment you have a blank piece of paper and in the next few moments you have a image. Pure Magic.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-26-2020, 03:58 PM  
Yet Anothe Printing Rant...
Posted By PDL
Replies: 34
Views: 1,220
I never let the printer take over. I use the software (currently Capture One Pro - stopped using LR years ago) to manage the color space. I have a Colormunki photo that allows me to build icc profiles for both the monitor and the printer. Yes, I have to change profiles for each type of paper but that is just how the world works.

Now, as for experience, I used to print color in the darkroom. Each time you got ready to develop a print you had "baseline" settings that you had to take into account. The settings were YMC values that had to be entered into the dichroic head on the enlarger.
  • The light bulb came with settings you had to take into account.

  • The paper had settings you had to take into account.

  • Each batch of chemistry acted a little be different and required "testing".

  • Temperature of the chemistry for prints had to be within a degree of the "ideal" setting for adequate/consistent results.

  • The color temperature of the light used to "judge" the image had to be taken into account. (In my case it was tungsten vs fluorescent)

  • Dodging and Burning when using color papers could (most would) cause color shifts and other unwanted effects.

Digital printing is soooo much easier. The inks produced by the printer manufactures (I am assuming that you are not buying stuff on the cheap side or refilling your cartridges) are very consistent over time. There is really no need to re-create your icc profiles as you bring in new cartridges (so far). The papers are really consistent in their response to the inks. However, it is most likely best if you run a check on the icc profiles - if you are really paranoid.

I do buy branded paper, but I prefer to create my own icc profiles - because I am a control freak. I print from Capture One, I do not own Photoshop but I do have Affinity Photo and I have NEVER printed from Affinity Photo. Back in the day, I printed images using Costco and LR, I downloaded the icc profiles from Costco and embedded the icc profile into the JPEG. I have not used them for any printing other than my calendars.

In order to do "decent" printing, you need to have a color managed environment from shooting to final printing. If you do not, then your results will vary - a lot. Repeatability is achieved by understanding what all those "buttons" mean and how to use them. It takes work to understand how to do this and it also requires that you can be consistent in how you manage the steps required to achieve the end result.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-17-2020, 08:26 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By PDL
Replies: 824
Views: 40,152
GPS is not there? Pixel shift is not there? Astrotracker is not there?
Forum: General Talk 05-17-2020, 06:05 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By PDL
Replies: 6,360
Views: 488,397
Little Wing-Third Stone from the Sun: Composer Jimi Hendrix: Artists Stevie Ray Vaugh and Double Trouble: Album: Texas Flood/Couldn't Stand the Weather/Soul to Soul [2005] Disc 3
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-17-2020, 05:48 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By PDL
Replies: 824
Views: 40,152
If no explicit button - then another thing to go looking for in the menu system.
Also - no GPS - no Astrotracker.

GPS, Pixel shift, Astrotracker, dual card slots - three things that made the K-3II a "Flagship". Flagship follow-ons normally (in overall feature set) begin at the previous version.
Forum: General Talk 05-15-2020, 01:13 PM  
Learning from preppers
Posted By PDL
Replies: 51
Views: 1,331
Speaking of "The Bomb" - talk a look here and "adjust" your expectations on what would happen if one dropped on your area. Just how "prepped" are you?
NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein
Note: I live in the greater Puget Sound area, after the USSR disbanded, Yeltsin came to visit and sort of let the cat out of the bag. He said the Puget Sound region had "about" 20 warheads targeted on the area.

Obvious Targets:

Boeing - five campuses maybe six (Seattle, Renton, Everett, Kent, Auburn - maybe Bellevue (if the computer center is still there).
Navy - Bremerton (repair), Everett (aircraft carrier support group), Whidbey (Air station - F-18G -Growlers), Bangor (Attack/Boomers - submarines).
Tacoma area - JBLM (Used to be Fort Lewis and McCord AFB)
Seattle water front.
Tacoma water front.
Railroads through the passes.
Interstate Highways through the passes (I90 and I5).
Maybe - University of Washington (research) and hitting the University would take out the floating bridges.

Rough count - 16 - add in four more to shake the rubble.

Now, take this and put the North Korea bomb in the mix and see what could happen in a short period of time.
North Korea to Seattle 8,288 Km - 5,150 Miles which is closer than LA at 9,579 Km - 5,952 Miles. We are closer - we win! :fedup:
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2020, 07:29 PM  
Learning from preppers
Posted By PDL
Replies: 51
Views: 1,331
So "those" people are not going to have extra magazines too? Are you going to be able to fight back against - say 8 - of "those" people who would be firing at you? You are so good that each shot is perfect and "they" are the equivalent of Stormtroopers in Star Wars? (Those guys in the white suits can't hit the broad side of a barn)

I don't think one gun against many is going to work out for the one - gun Prepper.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-13-2020, 05:00 PM  
Some K-1 raw cannot be edited by PDCU
Posted By PDL
Replies: 11
Views: 710
I have seen this with my K-3II and my K20D when shooting DNG's.
I modify the EXIF information to include Lens Name and in certain images I will "correct" GPS information. PDCU does not like you messing with the EXIF information.

I have run a few DNG images through LR (v6.14) and after LR writes crap back into the file - PDCU will not open them. These days I use PDCU only for pixel shift but it really gives disappointing results, so I use it only on very rare instances. If you create panoramas in either LR (DNG's) or Affinity Photo (TIFF's) PDCU will not open them either. My machine has plenty of memory (24GB) so that is not my issue.
Forum: General Photography 05-13-2020, 04:52 PM  
Buyer's remorse? Confess here!
Posted By PDL
Replies: 51
Views: 1,797
I always have buyers remorse with nearly everything I buy other than food. I just live with it now, as worrying about it does no good. I have also cut way back on buying things so there is still money in my pocket.
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2020, 04:45 PM  
Learning from preppers
Posted By PDL
Replies: 51
Views: 1,331
And what makes you think that these people are not "packing" too?

Preppers seem to be of the opinion that "those city folks" aka "victims" aren't armed either. If you unload all of your rounds and "they" outnumber you - you're going to be the victim. Not everyone coming up your drive is out to get you and you really can't hold them all off.
Forum: General Talk 05-12-2020, 05:33 PM  
Jerry Stiller has passed
Posted By PDL
Replies: 5
Views: 340
The short name was "The Bro". With all the "Bro" meme's floating around these days people wonder why I smile when some "Bro" does something stupid.
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2020, 05:58 PM  
It's Time and we need to discuss our hopes [ and dismay ]
Posted By PDL
Replies: 49
Views: 2,095
A Met's fan.

I have to remind you that the DH has been in place since 1973. I think that ship has sailed - (Said by a Edgar Martinez fan - who almost cried on the day he was nominated and did shed a bit of a tear during his speech)
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2020, 05:52 PM  
Learning from preppers
Posted By PDL
Replies: 51
Views: 1,331
They were not thinking of a pandemic unless it was of the one where they had to use up their ammunition.

If there is something that triggers a full on Apocalypse and even though the stereotyped Prepper's have all their stuff set up, they have a very limited supply of fuel and lubricating oil. Once their hoarded stuff runs out, they would have no means to "gather more". If they think that they will make a run on a big box store for food or lumber they forget that there are literally millions of potential survivors moving out of city's looking for the same things. If your pistol holds 15 rounds, you better hope that there are not 20 people coming at you and to assume that only you are armed is really foolish.

Where will they get ammunition after they shoot up all that they have. Where will they get 87 octane gas or Diesel when they use up their supply. Where will they get their 10-30 oil they need for their 10 mpg trucks. Are they really going to be able to have electricity once the grid goes down? How is their water supply and do they know enough chemistry to clean it up and do they have adequate supplies of the chemicals necessary to keep their water drinkable? What are they going to do if they need surgery? (Appendicitis anyone?) Where are they going to get the seeds to grow their crops ---- in two years since the seed companies no longer exist.

From this pandemic we have seen governments unable to supply medical professionals with the necessary materials to run a hospital safely. Guidance, government and non-government, on what to do has been spotty, in some cases "questionable" and in the rare cases deadly in its own right.

Preppers tend to be reasonably well off people who can remove themselves from society at the drop of a hat. However, they will be back as soon as the next big 4x4 hits the market.
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2020, 02:58 PM  
Learning from preppers
Posted By PDL
Replies: 51
Views: 1,331
Don't get me started on Prepper's. While I was growing up there was the almost real threat of Nuclear War. The schools were sending us home early with the idea that we should get our parents to sign a note referring to the time we got home. When I got home my parents were at work or out and about. The next day I was yelled at by my teacher to the tune of "YOUR DEAD - DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? YOUR THE ONLY STUDENT WHO IS DEAD!". The schools were showing First Aid movies that were pretty graphic, paranoia was government supported and very wide. I had nightmares for years and still remember the day when I opened a issue of Air & Space with a long exposure of test warheads impacting the test range at Kwajalein. I broke into a cold sweat, heart racing and started to shake as my nightmare was on display and I was in my late 40's.

I grew up in Wyoming where I carried a stove and freeze dried food, blankets, rain coat and water in my car simply because if you are out in the boonies and break down you need at least three days of food if you expect to walk out. In winter you better make it last longer and trying to walk out in the winter is a simple way to die. This was decades before cell phones and GPS was pure science fiction. Even at home we had two weeks of food and water in the crawl space because Civil Defense said we had too. Having a week or two of supplies just makes sense. As I live in the PNW with the thread of big earthquakes we have a three day backpack for four people (Red Cross) a three day bag for two people in the car and a county supplied four gallons of drinking water in the closet. We are pretty well set up for "the big one".

What was the biggest issue with this crisis - Toilet paper - go figure. When we were getting low I went to Costco during the old folks time and picked up another 30 pack, so I am set for another 4-5 months. We are getting low on Soft Soap, another thing in short supply, but I won't die if I don't have that stuff around. The food supply is running along nicely, power is on, water is flowing and the internet is on, so far. I can get booze, plywood, studs and gas. Remember, the ultimate gotta have is Beer, Bait and Gas. Sometime next week, we will be able to go fishing in WA state so all will be well.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2020, 02:40 PM  
Colour space questions.
Posted By PDL
Replies: 13
Views: 587
One place you can go it to this page:
It will show if YOUR browser is capable of showing various color profiles.

This page is all about Display calibration:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2020, 02:27 PM  
Does anyone actually print photos any more?
Posted By PDL
Replies: 56
Views: 1,878
Yes, I do print stuff but it is not all that often.

Last year I took a two day workshop at PCNW (Photographic Center Northwest) that included a "portfolio" look see. The only kicker was that instead of digital presentations, as they had done in with previous workshops, the portfolio look see was with prints. So I had to warm up the printer and make some hard copies. Now, I did not have to figure out what would go into the portfolio look see as it was part of the program. I had bought the printer because my better half wanted to print some non-profit information (being the President of the board has its responsibilities) and our old printer was pretty questionable and ssslllloooowwww. (par for the course as it was nearly 20 years old).

I have some of the images I have printed over the years hanging on my wall behind me and some of them are around the house. Most of the ones around the house were printed via Costco but now I can print 8.5x11 inch prints on my own.

My printer is the Epson XP-15000 Expression Photo HD.
Forum: General Photography 04-24-2020, 05:11 PM  
Fstoppers at it again
Posted By PDL
Replies: 70
Views: 2,603
Raise your hand if you think Ricoh is listening. :fedup:

I thought not. :rolleyes:
Forum: General Photography 04-23-2020, 11:53 PM  
Ricoh announces the relaunch of Pentax Photo Gallery
Posted By PDL
Replies: 151
Views: 6,018
The gallery did not change.
You created a new gallery and when you log in it is to the new single image gallery.

In order to get to the previous gallery with ~108 image you need to log on just like you did before Ricoh relaunched the site.
We have given you direct links to the two galleries - two separate galleries that are as different as mine is to any other gallery. If you hover over the gallery URL's in Mark's last post the URL will show two separate web page's. Since we know your "real Name" we can search in the Artist's dropdown list and it shows two entries for your "real name". That is how I found your new and old galleries.

According to PentaxPhotoGallery there are two galleries with the same name associated with them. Those two separate gallery's are yours.

It is up to you to contact PentaxPhotoGallery if you want to be able to manage your original site. I would check the Ricoh site for contact information as they seem to be in charge of the PentaxPhotoGallery. Pentax Forums and those of us who have tried to be of assistance really can't do this for you.

That said, I will try one more time. Have you clicked on the link in YOUR signature? That is your old gallery - try to log on and see what happens.
Forum: General Photography 04-23-2020, 01:21 PM  
Ricoh announces the relaunch of Pentax Photo Gallery
Posted By PDL
Replies: 151
Views: 6,018
I looked for a contact us link, which used to be there, but it is not available now.

The last time I requested information about the gallery, was just before they relaunched the site. During the early days they did have a contact us link.

As for being on the All Images page - I surmise you were on your new gallery. The old gallery is where your 108 images are stored.

When you search for your photolady alias on the site - nothing shows up.

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Forum: Photographic Technique 04-22-2020, 05:47 PM  
Well, I was put in my place.
Posted By PDL
Replies: 179
Views: 10,888
Depending on the size of the contest i.e. number of categories, number of images per customer, number of customers etc. Having a one-to-one conversation is just not possible. I watched a video about photo contests and judging in large events, where the judging took three days. The three judges had a few seconds (not more than 10) to make a decision. The guy in the back of the room running the projector was waiting for 2 of the three judges to say yes or no. Once there were two no's or two yes's the slide judgement was made and the next slide was up on the screen. They had to be fast and pretty harsh, very little discussion because they had thousands of images to go through. Once the cuts were made, they took more time, but still fairly quick and by the video's account fairly brutal.

Contests with multiple images submitted for judgement by each contestant are even more difficult. If you send in 10 images and 3 of them are really bad - the whole lot would get thrown out because the judges/contest organizers do not want to be associated with poor work.

If you want to sit and talk to the photographers on how to improve/change the images, then sign up to be a sponsor for a portfolio review. Contests are not meant to be a learning tool, they are a competition. Any compositional issues, focus issues, color issues or classification issues are reasons for rejection. It's not personal, judges are hired because of their reputation (or supposed reputation) telling a winner that "it could be better if...." will not get that judge a job in the future.
Forum: General Photography 04-22-2020, 05:23 PM  
Ricoh announces the relaunch of Pentax Photo Gallery
Posted By PDL
Replies: 151
Views: 6,018
Which gallery are you logged into?

At present you have two galleries. When you get logged in, you will see the menu listed in Mark's post. If you can't log into your old gallery, contact the site to get your information updated.
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