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Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 20,434
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The challenge is open through until Sunday mate, I reckon a bloke like you'd be able to multi-task and push out a version.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #269
Posted By Tas
Replies: 15
Views: 508
No worries mate, just hoping I didn't scare off some new challengers by stuffing up the photo upload. :fedup:

I look forward to your submissions mate. :)

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #270
Posted By Tas
Replies: 17
Views: 609
Okay, sorry guys I did mess up again, somehow :o

I have replaced the link in the first post and checked that the images are there so please give it another go.

Tas
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 6 Days Ago  
Are you up to the challenge?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 0
Views: 415
If you're dropping by or keeping tabs on this part of the forum it is likely that you have an interest in post-processing. It could mean that you think you are pretty good at post-processing or have a unique style that you can create on an image.

If so you maybe interested in participating in the Post-Processing challenge right her on the forum. What's that you say? You didn't know there was such a thing going on?

Well this is your lucky day as I am here to off you the opportunity to test your PP skills and software to make something of this:


The above image is a jpeg of an unprocessed DNG RAW file captured with the K-1 and the HD D-FA 150-450. It was captured down on the Gold Coast during a period of big surf generated by a cyclone that was doing a fly-by off shore.

The image looks a bit soft but this is mainly due to about a kilometre of salt spray between me and the surfer.

This image is posted as a shameless plug for the forum's Post-Processing challenge where you can have a go at making a successful image out of this if you are up to the challenge. The details can be found here if the challenge interests you: PP Challenge #270 - PentaxForums.com

Tas
Forum: Photographic Technique 6 Days Ago  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By Tas
Replies: 453
Views: 64,473


The above image is a jpeg of an unprocessed DNG RAW file captured with the K-1 and the HD D-FA 150-450. It was captured down on the Gold Coast during a period of big surf generated by a cyclone that was doing a fly-by off shore.

The image looks a bit soft but this is mainly due to about a kilometre of salt spray between me and the surfer.

This image is posted as a shameless plug for the forum's Post-Processing challenge where you can have a go at making a successful image out of this if you are up to the challenge. The details can be found here if the challenge interests you: PP Challenge #270 - PentaxForums.com


Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 20,434
Views: 1,673,007


The above image is a jpeg of an unprocessed DNG RAW file captured with the K-1 and the HD D-FA 150-450. It was captured down on the Gold Coast during a period of big surf generated by a cyclone that was doing a fly-by off shore.

The image looks a bit soft but this is mainly due to about a kilometre of salt spray between me and the surfer.

This image is posted as a shameless plug for the forum's Post-Processing challenge where you can have a go at making a successful image out of this if you are up to the challenge. The details can be found here if the challenge interests you: PP Challenge #270 - PentaxForums.com

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #269
Posted By Tas
Replies: 15
Views: 508
Okay, I've been away for several challenges in the last few months so I'll jump in again if your selections from this challenge are unlikely to proceed.

I've chosen an image that will let me add an 'ad' into the K-1 and sporting images threads to see if any there are interested in coming to join us. I'll see if I can find a lens thread for the 150-450 too and add it there as well. I'll post a link in the post-processing forum too. Hopefully the admins won't get too cranky with me.:eek:


Oh, and this one will be a bit different to work on because of the conditions on the day challenging the detail I could capture through about 1km of salt spray.

I hope to see you all again here: PP Challenge #270 - PentaxForums.com

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #270
Posted By Tas
Replies: 17
Views: 609
Hello and welcome to the Pentax Forums Post-Processing Challenge!

For those that are new around here the challenge is based on a person being selected from the previous challenge to provide a full size photo (typically in both RAW & jpeg). The host provides any details and expectations on the challenge like what they are looking for, total number of submission per person taking the challenge or maybe a 'just go for it'.

Usually the challenges run for about a week or so with timings aimed to be flexible as we all have lives outside the forums. At the end of the challenge the host reviews the submissions and chooses their favourite. That person then becomes the next host for the following challenge. Some hosts also provide PP feedback too but this is an individual thing so it's welcome but not a must for the host.

Hopefully you take the opportunity to join us and see how many interpretations can be made from the one image.

Some details about this image:

This was captured with the K-1 and the HD D-FA 150-450. It was captured on a day with a lot of salt spray that has softened the scene somewhat but at 100% there's detail to work with. So the image looks like a simple challenge but when you get into working on an image with so many naturally occurring challenges getting the best out of this image isn't as easy as it seems. So, are you up to the challenge? :cool:



Follow this link to the full size jpeg and DNG RAW file: http://www.mediafire.com/?d029eonoa1cug
For this challenge:

  • If you have any problems accessing the files please PM me so I can fix it quickly.

  • Post as many versions as you like but I'd appreciate it if you stick to 3 per person please as I like to provide feedback on each one.

  • Crop as much as you want however remember that the closer you crop the more obvious the salt spray softening appears.

  • I expect the final versions represent the scene on the day where the waves were really rolling in as they were from a cyclone off the east coast of Australia (it side-swiped us so the surfers were going nuts this weekend).

  • The challenge is open for approx one week from Saturday 15 September closing on Sunday 23 September (in Australia which should be Saturday for Europe and the Americas).

  • We are hoping for plenty of submissions but understand that sometimes life gets in the way. If you can't be host let the challenge host know as soon as you can please.

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A note to the winner: Please copy and post this info into the next challenge.

The mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #269
Posted By Tas
Replies: 15
Views: 508
Cheers for hosting todd, and congrats to jcomley.

Maybe for the next challenge we can add a line that if you are unable to host the next round that you declare that when you post your image version/versions?

This is a great challenge to be a part of and we need to reach out to the broader forum community to let people know about it. Maybe posting to the specific camera thread for the camera used with the challenge link would be a good way of raising the profile a bit and get more people involved. What do you guys think?

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-10-2018, 02:08 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #269
Posted By Tas
Replies: 15
Views: 508
I accept your challenge good sir!

My subtle interpretation of a desert sunset.



I went with subtlety but i think this is a scene that will work nicely with some tonal changes and textures...IMHO...YMMV etc...and some mono and well, lets see what happens with this challenge. :cool:

Ta for picking up the baton Mr Todd. :)

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-08-2018, 06:03 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 20,434
Views: 1,673,007
Cheers Dave, and yes this was a sunrise. :)


Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-08-2018, 01:24 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 20,434
Views: 1,673,007
From a wee while ago captured with the HD D-FA* 70-200mm.

Gathering for the sunrise by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-08-2018, 01:21 AM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #268
Posted By Tas
Replies: 18
Views: 775
Thanks for giving PP Challenge #268 a go everyone, but now itís time to say goodbye and pass the mantle for #269 onto one of you.
Before I do that, as I committed to at the start of the challenge I will offer some feedback on each version and will add a link to my version that I worked on after starting the challenge.

Something else I mentioned at the start of the challenge was that on the day I wished Iíd turned up with a longer lens. The 70-200 is good enough to allow some serious cropping however if Iíd set up the D-FA 150-450instead the range of compositions Iíd have captured on the day would have been more of what I was after. Indeed, I have two derivations of this scene and both needed a crop for me to be satisfied with what I could create from the scene.

But then the beauty of this challenge is that it provides a platform for a scene to be represented through otherís eyes and it is one of the best things about the challenge to see how other photographers have interpreted the scene and how than worked the image.
So down to the challengerís feedback:

Glenn5995 A regular to the challenge and always a strong contender with what he creates. The excess space was removed and the focus is clearly based on the jetty head and the people gathered for sunrise on that day. The increase in contrast means the environment was lightened whilst leaving the jetty and people strongly in silhouette which works a treat. Subtle work in the sky has avoided any fringing around the sun, a problem that can be compounded in PP. The essence of the warm sun is well captured.

JHfwp I appreciated the stronger reds in the sky here and it is a shame that the compression applied to get it posted have detracted from the sky as the stronger colours were a good call. I especially like the light from the sun extending under the jetty end. It really enhances that feeling of a hot sun over the horizon to the point of making this feel like a sunset.

jcomley Iím never ceased to be amazed at how much detail the K-1 can capture in a scene and this example with an extreme crop really shows how good that sensor is and what Pentax can make it do. The scene best captures why I was annoyed with myself for not taking the longer lens. This is again a warmer looking scene reminiscent of a late summerís day but ironically captured in mid-winter. The lifting of the shadows like this could have suffered with a heavy hand in PP but the more subtle approach has made this image work.

noelcmn 1 Itís always good to see how two versions of an image compare side by side and the comparison between the lighter more golden view from jcomley and the first version from noelcmn highlights this difference really well. Both versions are excellent with the silhouetted jetty and people returning us to a redder sky and the more statue-like appearance of people in silhouette.

todd Thank goodness for the regulars of the PP challenge, and as ever todd has tongue firmly embedded in cheek with some original versions that quite often you donít see coming.
Colour: Subtlety was key to keeping a sense of the moment captured and this is the basis of the PP in the first image. The work done is a Ďzoomed iní view that retains detail and retains the warm glow on the water under the jetty end nicely. The rim light effect is most obvious here on the people furthest to the left and this light effect was one of the parts of the scene that drew me to this capture in the first place.
B&W: Itís like I was shooting this over a lake or swimming pool with the smooth like the mind is tricked into when interpreting this scene. A very original and unique interpretation.
atupdate A challenge to the Ďtongue-in-cheekí award for this week has to go to this version with Godzilla out for a morning stroll, probably out to get the morning paper or something I guess. The highlights around the monster gives this a more genuine feel that a simple layer addition.

noelcmn 2 & 3 The final two versions come also from noelcmn and have struck out in their own way to create compelling interpretations of the scene. The sepia tones and the warm sun looks really good and has an almost vintage look to it. The glow in the sky really makes this scene work so I really liked this interpretation and was therefore surprised as to whether it was better than your final night time version. The cool greys and white sun in version III would lead one to believe this was a moonrise. An excellent effort to create three distinctly different versions.

Well done everyone, the numbers for this challenge were small but the versions created all had merits and this makes it hard to elevate one challenger above the others as all of these versions work.

For PP Challenge #269 I nominate noelcmn as the host for the multiple versions each with unique elements and interpretations, my favourite of which is the sepia version with the subtle light effects in the sky. If there is any reason noelcmn is unable to host the next challenge please pass the banner to todd as his colour version retained the lighting effects that I particularly liked in this scene.

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A note to the winner: Please copy and post this info into the next challenge.

The mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing

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For those interested my interpretation of the scene can be viewed here: Gathering for the sunrise | Shorncliffe jetty, Brisbane, Que? | Flickr

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-06-2018, 10:43 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #268
Posted By Tas
Replies: 18
Views: 775
"Hi everybody!"

"Hi Dr. Nick!" (apologies to the Simpsonstm)

Great to see we've had a variety of interpretations on a somewhat restrictive theme, but glad too, to see the different compositions and framing as well as some highly amusement work (glad I didn't see that tourist). :lol:

Anyhoo, it's about 24 hours before we wrap up #268 so if you've been holding off on adding a new interpretation of the image you'll have to get it finalised and posted soon. :eek: So no pressure then. :p


As this was an image I always liked I too decided to do my version so I'll post a link to that when we close tomorrow.


Until the 'morrow. (apologies to Shakespeare)


Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-02-2018, 02:51 AM  
Thematic Post Processing #267 Niagara Falls
Posted By Tas
Replies: 16
Views: 544
No problem mate. Hope you have some time to give this challenge a go. :)

Tas
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2018, 05:07 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited on Full Frame
Posted By Tas
Replies: 18
Views: 1,031
Well I don't have the HD version, but other than the coatings and the coloured ring on the lens body I don't think there's a real difference between HD and smc versions.

I tried my smc DA 70 within days of getting my K-1 as it was one of my favourites on APSC. It didn't disappoint. This is a jpeg from a DNG RAW with no PP, so this is vignetting at f2.4.


The vignetting can look worse with lighter backgrounds but the example here is where I added vignetting for some reason.Free Spirit | Larger view on black (arrows, F11, click on th? | Flickr But other than crap PP the image is sharp and captured at f4.

At f5.6 there's not much vignetting at all: Orange is indeed the new black | best viewed by clicking on ? | Flickr

And another example with a lighter sky to show the vignetting at f2.4.


The vignetting can look good IMHO if the subject suits and as the linked images show the effect is not a problem with some subjects especially when you stop down.

Don't forget to check out the images on the K-1 pages here as well: PENTAX K-1 Laboratory | PENTAX K-1 Special site | RICOH IMAGING / PENTAX K-1 Laboratory | PENTAX K-1 Special site | RICOH IMAGING

For me the DA70 was worth checking on the K-1 as the obvious choice was to sell it and aim for the FA77 but I always liked the DA70 and decided after testing it that it was worth hanging onto.

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-31-2018, 10:02 PM  
Thematic Post Processing #267 Niagara Falls
Posted By Tas
Replies: 16
Views: 544
Sorry if you were about to get this sorted, I jumped in and got the next challenge started.

PP Challenge #268 can be found here: PP Challenge #268 - PentaxForums.com

Tas
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-31-2018, 10:00 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #268
Posted By Tas
Replies: 18
Views: 775
G'day,

Apologies to D1NO, there didn't seem to be any progress on starting a new challenge and had something that I thought was worthy of the fine forum members who take up the PP Challenge.

The image for this challenge was taken contre jour at sunrise over Shorncliffe Pier on Brisbane's north side.It was captured using the K-1 and the D-FA* 70-200mm f2.8 @ 1/200s, f14 and ISO 100.


I captured a series of images in landscape and portrait orientation of this scene and can say to you there's a lot more info in this image than the jpeg above shows. As I needed a longer lens than the 70-200 there are lots of compositional options to choose from so I hope we see lots of variety.


Some guiding info:
  • Feel free to post more than one version but I'd prefer no more than three per participant please as I like to provide feedback on each image posted.

  • Look for composition alternatives including up to a 100% crop as there really is a lot to extract and as we're limited to a 1280 x 1024 size on the forums there's plenty to consider.

  • Please have your versions posted to this thread within one (1) week as the challenge will be closed next Saturday 08 September, Australian Eastern Standard Time (we're ten hours ahead of GMT if that helps).

  • A full size jpeg and the DNG RAW file can be found here: My Files

  • NOTE: I've messed the mediafire link in the past, drop me a line if I've been a big numpty with it again. :eek::o

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A note to the winner: Please copy and post this info into the next challenge.

The mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-31-2018, 08:54 PM  
Stuck mirror in LV?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 6
Views: 310
My camera is set to auto for battery selection.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-31-2018, 04:37 PM  
Thematic Post Processing #267 Niagara Falls
Posted By Tas
Replies: 16
Views: 544
Has a new challenge started?
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-31-2018, 04:04 PM  
Stuck mirror in LV?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 6
Views: 310
I finally got to watch your video and the same experience I've had with the problem. It's there then it's hard to get it to repeat. Sometimes pressing the LV button will recreate the issue but most of the times it is like you experienced where it happens once and then it's gone.

There has been some feedback by others here about the cause being a partly drained battery but to be honest I don't recall whether this has been a contributor, but in all the reports I've seen around the forums the battery grip has been fitted. I've never tried to see if it will occur without the grip fitted so it's just a theory for now.

Some other points to take note of with the issue is listening to the shutter/mirror actions as they are distinctly different when this occurs. I mention this as I like to shoot in Continuous-High (C-H) Drive mode whenever I'm shooting sports. There is occasionally a different sound that I hear in the mirror actuation during continuous shooting mode making me think it is happening more times than I'm seeing as in this style of shooting I'm looking through the optical viewfinder and tracking my subject so all I notice is the change in sound. if you shoot in C-H mode at anytime just keep your ear out for a different sound in the mirror actuation.

But what does it all mean? Well, despite this occurring with two versions of the K-1 that I've owned since the cameras release in May 2016, and having captured thousands of frames in C-H mode, neither camera ever stopped. They just kept working and I still have a K-1 that will do this from time to time and all I think about is whether it's meant I've missed something I'm trying to capture.

Hopefully they will sort out whatever it is so future models don't have this, but for me I'm just going to keep shooting and if anything more significant ever comes of it I'll deal with it when/if it that eventuates as it's a great camera and other than whatever this is it does pretty much everything I need it to do.

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-30-2018, 12:45 AM  
Stuck mirror in LV?
Posted By Tas
Replies: 6
Views: 310
I've had this problem with the Mk1 body, actually I've had the problem with two versions of the Mk1 body, the second of which still produces this problem.

In all the instances I've seen reported in the forums the battery grip has been fitted.

When my first K-1 went in for testing they didn't find anything wrong, and I never got feedback when I mentioned the battery grip being present in all the cases reported on these Forums.

My K-1 Mk1 is still going strong, and I don't ever expect to find out the cause but I hope you keep us posted if you find out anything more about this issue.

Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-08-2018, 03:33 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 20,434
Views: 1,673,007
The Shorncliffe Pier on Brisbane's northside before sunrise captured with the K-1 and the Zeiss Makro Planar 2/100.
Before sunrise at Shorncliffe by noompty, on Flickr

Thank you to all those who've shown their appreciation for my images. I hope to find some more time soon to enjoy the captures shared in this and the many other threads I'm subscribed to.


Tas
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-06-2018, 04:36 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Tas
Replies: 20,434
Views: 1,673,007
Nudgee just after sunrise with the K-1 and the Zeiss Makro Planar 2/100 @ f5.6.
Serenity at sunrise by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-04-2018, 09:35 PM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By Tas
Replies: 1,124
Views: 118,302
K-1 and the Makro Planar T* 2/100mm @ f2.

Aerial attack on the flotilla by noompty, on Flickr

Tas
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