POW 12/06/09

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by jpo3136b, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. It's a couple minutes after by my watch.
    Snowy day today. This rose blossom was holding up some snow.
    Pentax K200D, 1/45, f/11, ISO400; 28-80 FAJ at 80/120 : 35mm/28mmAPS-C, with ND8X filter, recorded as a "tungsten" 3200K JPEG, processed as a "daylight film" 5600K JPEG, cropped; AP2 adjustments "centerlined", dropped brightness & increased contrast.
    Learned again to consider photographing in snow with tungsten film or tungsten white balance in digital to bring in that touch of blue. In direct sunlight, the effect is negated; but, in common shade or overcast the blue is noticeable.
    This technique worked best as the sun was coming out; camera position allowed some variety in how much blue would work its way into the picture. The more shade around camera position and subject, the more blue.
    This photo was made is a place with partial shade as the clouds were breaking. Some white influence from the sunlight; some blue still in a partially shaded background.
  2. Slide below contains snaps from some adjacent frames; trying to show the variance in influence the sunlight and shade had upon recording the image originally as tungsten. More shade; more blue. The frames that made the slide are strait; no post beside crop and compression.
  3. Great start to the POW John I am still working on macro/close-up photography of late and my contribution this week is one useing the lens reversed and bounceing flash to make sure the lighting is alright. A practice I am slowly starting to understand.
    Reversed 28mm
    1/320sec @ F/22
    ISO:400 with Bounced Flash
  4. Well, Josh killed my Pentax only contest, but that doesn't mean these aren't still my favorite images from this week. Seriously, who else would get these but the Pentax Forum regulars?
  5. Yes, I know I married a brat.
    Spent a lot of time right before Thanksgiving snapping fast portraits again. Bobby got tossed in - these were fundraiser shots. Guy on the left is a local business man running for the House of Reps seat in this area. Guy on the right is Alan Keyes. I think I should have had them both sign this print. I love Bobby's face. Yes, that's the only reason it's coming into POW. If that's not good enough for you - call it practice in metering for extremes in the dynamic range. I just feel lucky the white shirts didn't blow out!
  6. 2nd is a rare moment of sisterly peace. Taken the same day as all the shots over in my "Javi's Spotty" thread.
    This one really made me realize how much our oldest (left side, since they are almost the same size!) has grown in the past 6 months.
    If you notice her shirt - there's an out of place shadow on the Right side of her back (indicating a bulge). That is where her spine is curving outside of her rods. If you notice the deep inward curve under her Left arm, and the lines in her shirt over her shoulder blade. That's also a tell-tale. Obviously I'm aware that she's growing, but even taking care of her every day, I never N O T I C E D how much her back has grown & curved since May.
    She and Daddy will be taking off for St Louis & the Shriner's Hospital Dec 20th & will return home either the 23rd or 24th. She's had these rods in her back for 2.5 years now, and has completely outgrown the set! She's getting a longer, thicker (4mm instead of 3mm) set that we hope will go another 2.5 years with no breaking incidents.
    This isn't an obsessive thought for me - just really strikes me when I'm seeing this picture & rubbing her back (it hurts) tonight.
    Photo lesson: ummmm - here we go. I haven't shot in full sun for quite a while. Being able to still see some details in The Indian's base and not blowing out the stones the girls are on..... WIN!!
  7. Two shots taken last Sunday of two local bridges.
  8. Fremont Bridge spanning the Willamette River near downtown Portland, Oregon
  9. Nice way to show off all those cool bridges in Portland, John. You'll have to do the same with brewpubs too.
    We got a lot of cold rain and fog and sun up here this week. It is certainly winter in character if not on the calendar.
    Man in teal with white dog
    K20D, DA 21mm Ltd, 1/45 @ f 8, ISO 400
    By the time I noticed the elements pouring forth, I had about 10 seconds to attach the K20D to the Bigma, get the right focal length, and steady my hold for this shot before my daughter's soccer team's initial pre-game huddle and cheer brokeup. Thirty-four degrees, but they beat the Tacoma team once again, 2-0!
    Go Wasabi!!
    K20D, Sigma (Bigma) 50-500mm@ 83mm, f8 @ 1/3000, ISO 400, handheld
    K20D, FA 50mm, f 4 @ 1/60, ISO 400
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    I spent Thanksgiving day with my wife at the Valley of Fire State Park in southern Nevada, just north of Lake Mead.
    I wasn't really impressed with the red rocks, but after looking at my photos, I realized that once again my K20D had come through for me. I was using my Tokina AT-X 24-200 PRO, without any polarizing filter.
    By the way, John, many of us are familiar with the graceful lines of the St. Johns bridge, but that is the best view I have ever seen of the Fremont.
    This is my first try at posting from my gallery, I hope that it works!
  11. I clearly don't know how to load an image from my portfolio. I'll try again anyway.
    A Jack-o-Lantern
    Stone Iguana
  12. Please check my gallery, I give up for now.
  13. Working on some macro shots taken this fall.
  14. Great stuff s far! Ben, your macro shots are getting very interesting. And the cartoon? OMG!! Maria great shot of Bobby, would have been better with Keys PS'ed out. (sorry) Michael, I love the soccer shot in the fog and congrats to the good guys for the victory.
    As John said in his first post, it snowed here yesterday, though very little here in Phila. Nonetheless my first is from yesterday. K20D, 35mm ltd.
  15. from last week, an old building at Valley Forge.
  16. Boathouse Row, Phila.
  17. Went to Virginia beach for a few days last week, was hoping to get some shots at the back bay wildlife refuge but didn't go, was hoping for some shots from the great dismal swamp but didn't go, why? because I spent the whole time at the hospital for the birth of my first grandchild!!! Marley Lynn Harris, while the pictures are my usual mediocre, the emotional response(for the photographer) was off the chart.
  18. And another(may need moderator intervention) I have about 1000 and now understand about those people that are always talking about there grandkids, its inexplicable the difference between becoming a father 25 yrs ago and now being a grandfather. I even found myself wandering over to the baby section at Wally world last night.
  19. I am always inspired by Javier and all the dudes that still shoot films while owning a great Pentax digital bodies and the ability to convert in software to b&W. It has been a painful path for me to abandon film to cut on cost. Last year, I have the almost-perfect dual with Pentax film cameras in SuperProgram and PZ-1. After few rolls of color films, I gave up after seeing the shots from Ritz and Walmart. The cost to develop films along with yearly special member sign up in Ritz adds to around $80 in 2 weeks of trial. The lba junkie in me thought of the $80 lens that I haven't tried. Compounded with too many lenses and cameras, I sold all film stuff. My Pz-1 is in Rose's home and I still don't know if I should buy it back from her. Will see, tempt me Rose if you still read this forum. I have been missing you and somewhat concerned.
    I was unsettled on my nostalgic path in going back to film which was my start of photography in my youth time. I especially curious about slides and b&w. This past two weeks, I re-live my LBA nightmare in getting all the film stuff just to give it a 2nd, perhaps a 3rd and 4th trial. I hope I am not chickening out like last time. I have an un-boxed Canon 8800F and I studying VueScan and SilverFast. Also I am studying developing the b&w film myself. And, shame on my LBA nightmare, I have the 645N to play with and I am studying the 1st roll to try. I was thinking of the FrugalPhotographer 120 cheap film from China by the name of Shanhai GP3 100 Pan 120 roll but it has a warning for development that a color processing will ruin the film. Anyway, here are three of the shots.
    taken with Tamron SP 17mm f/3.5 adaptall-2 (51B) lens.
    I forget about not having SR in the film body. I saw 1/15 to 1/30 sec shutter alternating and I have no concern in the shooting, bad practice spoiled by digital
    taken with Access 35-70mm f/2.5-3.5
    What was he thinking and where is my lunch?
    with the Tamron SP 17mm f/3.5
    foggy after sunset in San Francisco Cliff House area
    Thanks everyone for the inspiration to go back to film! I missed Justin and he, Javier and many of you have inspired my film try out.
  20. Great start John... thanks for the lesson.
    Ben- I'm starting to see it too... looks like I'm gonna have to get a reversal ring myself.
    Matthew - lol... Now that's funny right there!
    Maria - The "what the?" look on Bobby's face says it all!
    John - awesome bridge shots... I really would have expected more fisheye from the 12 mm. Did you use lens correction and how close were you to the bridge?
    Michael - All 3 are keepers... love the fog!
    Ian - The blend of contrasts and DOF is really pleasing to my eye.
    Robert C. - Outstanding as usual. The tree looks like a painting to me - sweet!
    Robert B. - Nothing mediocre about newborn shots. Congrats!
    Hin - Wow! Makes me wanna break out the Super Program! I'm titling your rediscovery "Pentax Revisited".
  21. Here are 3 from yesterday, a cold day here in TN. All shot with my Pentax ist D. .These are from the Tennessee river area near Paris TN, and Murray KY.
  22. 2. Paris TN wall & alley
  23. and lastely another car in Murray KY
  24. Only 1 this week... this bird feeder caught my fancy...
  25. Guess I shoulda said bird house hey?
  26. Well, if you will excuse a few non-Pentax pics - here are 2 with a 50 year-old Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super.
  27. And one I converted to B&W
  28. Caught four this week with three surprises (to me). I was in Manhattan, waiting outside the barbershop until the barber was ready for me. It was a grey day, but I didn't realize how grey. My ISO was set at 400 thinking that would give me a fast enough shutter speed. As will see, in at least one, it wasn't fast enough.
    In this first one, she seemed to capture the mood of the day. My surprise was a green cast that I corrected for. Another surprise was the shutter speed. At ISO 400, it seemed very slow at 1/15.
  29. #2 This one surprised me with the blur but I like it. I'm calling it In Transit. Tried upping the contrast, but it took away the transient feeling
  30. #3 I like the dual focus effect caused by the lamppost, also the couple's closeness.
  31. #4 This little guy seemed sad. He kept looking at me.
  32. I've been working on some new portrait techniques this week. I setup my studio lights a couple of weeks ago at school to take faculty shots. This image was a going away gift for the school's recruiter. I guess we can just call it the painterly effect. Both I and the subject were happy with it. I'm ordering a 16x20 canvas print; thinking the added texture of the canvas will set off the effects. Still playing with styles and next step is getting the process refined so it's doesn't take so darn long. This one was hours and hours of experimentation. I completley lost track of time working on it and was up until like 3am... That has not happend in YEARS!
  33. Many fine shots this week!.
    Particularly enjoyed in no order.
    Hin's film shots, keep up the nice work.
    Michael E. soccer celebration.
    Robert C. landscapes
    Beerbrain rural shots
    @Doug Robinson, the bridge has no correction and the 12mm setting is practically distortion free. Also I was probably about 4-5 feet from the bridge support in the left side of the shot.
  34. My main objective in Photography over the last 30 years has been to document the rural atmosphere and buildings that have been disappearing as our city expands and engulfs them. All this summer I struggled with a derelict barn site near where I live, but was not successful. The “Oasis”was taken in September. I went back 2 days later, to try and do a better job and it was gone. Gone, like bulldozed, flattened, disappeared. Look forward to streets, sidewalks, garages, roofs, chimneys.
    Here are two posts of the site (the first is simply very amateurish playing with PS). These two, like the others, are quite ordinary. However, now that the site has gone forever, I am glad that I have them.
    Tam 90/2.8, 1/10 @ f11.0 and DA 50-200 @ 175mm, 1/350 @ F8.0.
  35. Some good stuff guys.
    I like the B/W shots Hin. lots of mood there.
    Pretty cool "Boathouse Row" Robert. Wonder how often they get flooded?
    I like #2 as well Howard. Gives a real feeling of the movement going on in the street.
    I'll add one from a recent "road Trip" through California. Taken along the edge of the Mojave Desert on the way to Yosamite.
    Pentax K10D, PENTAX-DA 12mm-24mm F4 ED AL [IF] Lens. Converted to "quasi-infared" in ACDSee Pro 2.5.
  36. Wow, and I mean this sincerely. There are some wonderful images here and choosing my fav 5 will be hard. As usual, I will wait a few days until more are up to comment.
    Speaking of film, here are some from my last roll. Ilford XP-2 with an FD50F/1.8.
  37. Wow, there really is some great shots this week... Favorite so far is Javier's artist, I love the texture created by the grain. Here's my best shot, I was up pretty early yesterday trying to make the most of these extremely cold and frosty mornings.
  38. Some friends and I drove out to the east part of San Diego County (California) on Saturday to do a bit of exploring. Our first stop was the Motor Transport Museum in Campo. Lots of old trucks and machinery.
    We ended up the day with a drive through the local mountains on some paved and unpaved roads.
    More images here:
  39. I didn't get much shooting or processing done this week (aside from basketball) here are a couple from a walk along the old "Ma & Pa" (MD & PA) railway trail, both K20D & Sigma 10-20mm. This one: f/9, 1/25s, ISO 200. If I'd had my head in gear I'd have upped the ISO a bit.
  40. Rats! That's the unstraightened version, isn't it? Oh well...
    Michael E.'s old growth project inspired me to try landscapes in the woods. It's really a compositional challenge. I'm pretty pleased with this one--although it really should be sharper (ISO 200 again!?)
  41. When I was growing up my father would occasionally borrow a friends plane and I would get to go along to wherever the destination happened to be. If we were going past the Christmas Valley area in Oregon we would be sure to look over a huge, very remote, ridge where two different airplanes from different eras crashed within 1/2 a mile of each other. There was an A-6 that went down on a night, low-level, training mission in 1973 and then a P-38 that must be a WW-2 relic.

    I have always had it in the back of my mind that I would like to visit the site on the ground and see what was there. So this last week I drove out and camped out in the shell on the back of the pickup to be up and going at first light.

    I woke up to dense fog and 12 degree weather. Half the way up the ridge the fog let up and would come and go with the slight wind. The sagebrush was covered in frost and gave a nice look to everything. On the way up I had seen fresh (wild) horse tracks and started to hear noises up above me. I started moving like I was hunting and put the 500mm Tamron on.

    Sure enough, after 100 yards or so the fog lifted and I had horses all around me. I was winded and excited so many of the shots did not turn out well, but I got a few good ones.
  42. Here is the tail of the A-6. There is a plaque the BLM put up to memorialize the two aviators that had a lot of the information about the accident. We had always thought it was an F-102 when looking from the air (there wasn't a lot to go on). The wreckage goes on for at least 1/2 a mile and the tail is the biggest piece.

    I wondered around and never did find the P-38 remains. It is a lot easier to see from the air. I guess that is reserved for another trip.
  43. Let me sneak in a Bball shot here--I think I've actually improved since last year. I'm still using the F 50mm f/1.7 (f/3.2, 1/160s, ISO 2500)
  44. On the drive out I came upon this scene and had to stop and capture it.
  45. Andrew H--That's a stunning shot, you chose an excellent focal length and your POV was spot on.
  46. Lots of good stuff here.
    John: Your beautiful Snowy Rose is perfect. It tells the story of two seasons.
    Maria: The hand-holding is great natural image.
    John B: Your bridges have beautiful lines.
    Robert: First Snow is pure art. It would hang on my wall.
    Hin: You are thinking too much. The B&W's are fine. Now, settle down, put the past behind you, and do youir digital stuff. We all have to do it eventually :).
    Nick: Sucker is a winner.
    Howard: #3 is dramatic. A striking effect obtained so simply.
    Scott: A perfect example of what B&W is all about.
    Javier: Love #3 & #4 with the faces telling part of the story.
    Frank: Great images plucked from nowhere.
    Dave: Improved? The basketball action shot is perfect. The guys at SI couldn't match this!
  47. Dave, Great basketball shot! I love it! I bet that will be hanging on Clara's wall very soon.
  48. Lot's of good shots here - my faves:
    Maria - Pals - sweet - didn't notice until pointed out - I know, it's still needs to be treated.
    John - #1 send that to the tourist office - perfect shot.
    Michael #2 Fabulous capture of light and event - There was an ad campaign like that - Nike I believe. I keep coming back to #3 .
    John - Iguana looks like dragon- good pov
    Ian - the colors are marvelous and DOF just right for me
    Robert C - #1 definitely belongs on a wall.
    Hin - #s 1 & 3 - The street lights give them an eerie feel - interesting effect, night for day.
    Ronny #1 has a stillness I like
    Tony - I guess you can call #1 Art
    Javier - the painter - nicely caught
    Ryan - I'm glad SOMEBODY got up to take that shot. My biorythmns go the other way. Great color on the rocks. Catching the sun and the rocks - pretty darn good.
    Frank - #s 1 &2 - Muted colors
    Dave - Headwaters - you can be really pleased.
    Andrew # 3 - WOW!
    Dave! You nailed it! I remember last year's shot. This is big league.
    Scot, Tony - Thank you
  49. Wow Andrew, that's a pretty powerful shot. I lived in Oak Harbor during the Gulf War and a few of my friend's parents were Intruder pilots. Actually my best friend from those years went on to become a Navy pilot. I'd be interested to hear the story about how it crashed and where it happened?
  50. Great job this week everyone! Even though we've seen a drop in posts recently it's good to see that image quality hasn't gone away as well. I know I should do my part and post more, but I've been a sponge on you guys for nearly 6 months.... trying to learn so I can get my quality up to this level! Keep inspiring people!
    John O-O, I like the snowy rose!
    John D, that's took bad that it didn't link right, that photo is excellent.
    Robert C, I like first snow. I've been trying to accomplish a photo just like that to no avail.
    Roger R, that portrait is exactly what I'm chasing after right now. I like the Paintery as well. :)
    Andrew H, excellent shot of the snowy tree landscape.
  51. Hi again guys,
    I am at work again tonight, but hopefully it won't intrude on my hobby like it did last night. It's really inconvenient to have to work, but sometimes there are benefits, too! A good fast internet connection is one of the bennies.
    I will try again with a couple shots from Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park. I wasn't impressed going through, even taking pictures, but many came out much better than expected. I have several in my portfolio here on Pnet. Take a look if you like.
    All photos taken with K20D, Tokina AT-X 24-200, skylight filter.
  52. The next one I called a Jack-o-Lantern, though it could be a goalie mask.
    I also wanted to call attention to Andrew's photos taken in the sagebrush desert of SE Oregon. This is an extremely difficult place to get a dramatic photo, so congratulations are due.
  53. I will comment more later on but I just had to say Andrew Hanna that is an amazing shot and I would have to agree with ME .
  54. What a classroom everybody creates. School was never this good. John the ice on the rose is something I'll never see. Michael E - love the second shot with the light and the fog and the team gathered. Ben, Robert C and Hin and Javier - I really enjoy seeing your work. Scott - that is something of a bizarre and amazing effect. Andrew H - yours is definitely my favourite.
    I have two to contribute.
    The first is from my girls enjoying one of their favourite activities. The second is from a Carol's by Candlelight the other night. It was a good night for testing out the camera's high iso - I think I was the only one not using a flash - some were a bit blurry - but I'm still impressed it did what it did hand held.
  55. Number 2: iso 3200, f/5.0, 0.4sec, 17mm
  56. No casual shooting from me this week. Will post another thread about a job I'm doing. In the meantime, here are my favorites from the many good shots here:
    • Michael Elenko - Man in Teal. Just dreamy!!
    • Robert Colameco - First Snow. Ethereal.
    • Andrew Hanna - Who Needs Infrared. Now that is surreal!!
    Great stuff everyone else too.
  57. Thanks for all of the positive comments.

    I knew that juniper tree was something special as soon as I saw it. Usually if I am driving and see something photographically interesting I think about it long enough so that I have to turn around and go back. I didn't have to do that this time.

    Here is a link to the location of the Intruder wreck on Google maps: http://tinyurl.com/yzcnaek

    The stripe that runs from 2 o'clock to 7 o'clock in the center of the image is the track the wreckage took. It is amazing to me that 36 years later there are still areas that are bare in the path. Not sure if it is jet fuel or something else.

    The only information that I have been able to find on the wrecks is here: http://blm.gov/or/districts/lakeview/files/LV-07-01.pdf

    I knew Whidby looked wrong....it should be Whidbey.

    Lots of great shots this week again.

    Michael Elenko: Great work, I really like the first.

    Robert Colameco: First snow is very nice.

    Hin Man: Lunch is a fun shot.

    Javier Gutierrez: I like your style more and more. The artist is the one I enjoyed most this week.
  58. K20D, FA 50/1.4
  59. Wow, what a crop 'o shots! Andrew's Juniper is outstanding and I also like Ryan's first light a lot.
    I remember the Fremont Bridge from my one visit to Portland, John--that's a nice rendering.
    I can also relate to your mission, Tony. I had the same experience here--the house and shed in this scene are now gone, bulldozed last week.
  60. Frank's car details are great, love the colors. Dave, your bball shots last year were pretty darn good, but this one definitely takes it up a notch - almost no blur, minimal noise - love it! And Andrew, I will echo the praise for your winter landscape. Lovely colors and classic framing.
  61. A good start of the POW this week John.. I just got back from San Diego, and still trying to catch up on my sleep..
    Numero 1
    This is a 12 year old dog that lost it's leg in a car accident as a puppy. She's a total sweetie.
  62. Numero 2
    At the SD zoo
  63. Numero 3
  64. Numero 4
    3 Beautiful and charming young ladies from Sweden, who also happen to be excellent bridge players
  65. Nice set, Haig. With apologies to the Swedish trio, I think the Gorilla is my favorite.

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