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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Hi Jim,

    these shots are really impressive!

    Also great to hear that the K5 in it's K5IIs incarnation seems to overcome much of the issues the original K5 had (at least mine).

    I will need to rent a K5IIs and see how it works for me today, as it definitely is more of a photo camera for me than my OMD and m43 system.

    Will be also interesting to see what the next model of the K5 will look like. I personally do not think FF would be the huge success for Pentax, as it would require a complete new lens lineup. But a even more improved APSC DSLR with even better sensor based on latest technology would be maybe the real winner. Especially as CaNikon seem to loose to much interest in pro grade APSC DSLRs.

    Again great work!

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    One of the shots I wanted to get...

    One of the shots I have always wanted to get was one of the New Orleans streetcars in fog at night. The first night I arrived in New Orleans there was patchy fog along the Mississippi River bordering the French Quarter... I got lucky. This is one of several shots taken over a period of about an hour and a half. The cars only run every fifteen to twenty minutes or so. I had to wait on the cars and only had a few seconds as each passed... but it was worth it. I had to shoot at a high ISO due to the low light and the need to capture the streetcar without motion view.

    Pentax K5 IIs DA* 16-50 f/2.8 ISO 3200 1/100s

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    Well worth the wait, Jim.
    I really like the mood in this shot, wonderful !

    All the best.
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    Very film like. Kinda spooky/moody too.

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    Night Work in the French Quarter with the K5 IIs

    Here is a shot I took in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This little house is the object of my desire. I would dearly love to own it. The French Quarter of New Orleans has hundreds of these little houses and the back streets of the Quarter are great for night photography. This was taken with the K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50mm at ISO 800 f/2.8 1/25s hand held.



    Love NOLA. It's like no place else.
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    Re: Night Work in the French Quarter with the K5 IIs

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Here is a shot I took in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This little house is the object of my desire. I would dearly love to own it. The French Quarter of New Orleans has hundreds of these little houses and the back streets of the Quarter are great for night photography. This was taken with the K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50mm at ISO 800 f/2.8 1/25s hand held.



    Love NOLA. It's like no place else.
    Very nice, looks almost like a computer 3d graphics render.

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    Re: Night Work in the French Quarter with the K5 IIs

    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Very nice, looks almost like a computer 3d graphics render.

    - Raist
    That's one of the things I love about New Orleans.. some of what you see there really does look surreal, especially at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Very nice, looks almost like a computer 3d graphics render.

    - Raist
    +1 I bet there's quite a bit of your PP skill involved, but it has a fabulous sense of drama and mood.
    And it's pretty well sharp at 1/25th
    Still, I expected less noise at ISO 800.

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    Re: Night Work in the French Quarter with the K5 IIs

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    +1 I bet there's quite a bit of your PP skill involved, but it has a fabulous sense of drama and mood.
    And it's pretty well sharp at 1/25th
    Still, I expected less noise at ISO 800.

    Kind regards.
    The noise is the result of me pushing an underexposed image. Had I been smart.. which I wasn't... I would have used a tripod and bracketed.

    The noise level on the K5 IIs seems to be better than on the original K5... the noise here is all due to my errors and the lack of a proper noise reduction plugin. Hope to remedy that soon.
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    Re: Night Work in the French Quarter with the K5 IIs

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    The noise is the result of me pushing an underexposed image. Had I been smart.. which I wasn't... I would have used a tripod and bracketed.

    The noise level on the K5 IIs seems to be better than on the original K5... the noise here is all due to my errors and the lack of a proper noise reduction plugin. Hope to remedy that soon.
    Fair enough and thanks for clarifying, Jim.

    All the best.
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    One Last Streetcar shot..... I promise...

    I am not always obsessed with a photo looking like a photo. In fact, some of the best "photo-art" that I have is a derivative of a photograph like this one.

    This was given a watercolor treatment and saturation and contrast boost. Printed on textured paper the results can be striking when matted and framed. Somtimes shots that did not look all the great as a pure photograph can take on new and surprising life when given various "art" treatments.

    Taken with the K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50mm.



    Now I'll find something else to bore you guys with..
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    Hey Jim,

    you'll never going to bore us with your street cars
    And I think you're absolutely right that specific treatments can turn an otherwise 'dull' photo into something very pleasing.
    I can see that this last iteration will do nicely in poster format !

    But actually I had hoped for some more 'Mardi Gras' photos ...

    All the very best.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hey Jim,

    you'll never going to bore us with your street cars
    And I think you're absolutely right that specific treatments can turn an otherwise 'dull' photo into something very pleasing.
    I can see that this last iteration will do nicely in poster format !

    But actually I had hoped for some more 'Mardi Gras' photos ...

    All the very best.
    Bart, I hope to have more Mardi Gras stuff soon.. I am headed to Austin this weekend for some photography at the Grand Am race... check out the track

    By the way, when is the best time to visit Amsterdam? Always wanted to visit but never seem to get the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Bart, I hope to have more Mardi Gras stuff soon.. I am headed to Austin this weekend for some photography at the Grand Am race... check out the track

    By the way, when is the best time to visit Amsterdam? Always wanted to visit but never seem to get the time.

    Jim
    Visiting Amsterdam ? I'd say late April or May, but isn't this true for all cities ?
    BTW 2013 is an anniversary year with all kinds of special events.
    Check out this site: Portal to Amsterdam | I amsterdam

    Or see this on YouTube: AMSTERDAM 2013 - A Full Year of Celebration

    Looking forward to your track shots !

    Kind regards.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Visiting Amsterdam ? I'd say late April or May, but isn't this true for all cities ?
    BTW 2013 is an anniversary year with all kinds of special events.
    Check out this site: Portal to Amsterdam | I amsterdam

    Or see this on YouTube: AMSTERDAM 2013 - A Full Year of Celebration

    Looking forward to your track shots !

    Kind regards.
    Thanks, Bart.. will check them out. I have never been to Europe.. always planning but never following through. My family came from the UK just after World War I. My wife is of German decent and I guess that is why she does not understand why I find British humor to be so funny.. must be a genetic thing.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    That K5II looks tempting, but in the hands of Jim most cameras do.
    However, a can do it all, bang it around system with very good IQ, some really good lenses, including very compact primes, not too bulky, not too heavy, competitive on price. If one does not mind a little extra bulk, why do we even bother with mft or FujiX premium prices with all their systems` workaround requirements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    My family came from the UK just after World War I. My wife is of German decent and I guess that is why she does not understand why I find British humor to be so funny.. must be a genetic thing.
    A genetic thing: that must be it ...
    However, being Dutch, I'm quite fond of British comedy series.
    Actually, I think this is true for the majority of the Dutch.

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    Boston Terrier



    K-5 with 200mm M-series f4
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    Funny character, must be from Adelaide.

    All the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Funny character, must be from Adelaide.


    Original link here Boston Terrier #3 - mlkshk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    I am not always obsessed with a photo looking like a photo. In fact, some of the best "photo-art" that I have is a derivative of a photograph like this one.
    I won't call this a photo because it's not, although it's derived from one.

    It's art, in the finest sense of the term. Very very well done.

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    Two From Austin, Texas: Golden Hour & Blue Hour

    I spent most of this weekend in Austin, Texas for a racing event. To be honest, my heart just wasn't into the racing. I was more interested in photographing the skyline of Austin during the golden & blue hours.... so here you are.

    Taken with the Pentax K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50mm.

    Golden Hour: 1/250s f/5.6 ISO 200 Handheld.
    Blue Hour: 1/15s f/4.0 ISO 400 Handheld.



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    Re: One Last Streetcar shot..... narvelous

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    I won't call this a photo because it's not, although it's derived from one.

    It's art, in the finest sense of the term. Very very well done.

    - Leigh
    Thanks, Leigh. Some of the better looking images I have matted and framed are of this nature.
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    Wonderful images, Jim.
    I'm genuinely amazed you can pull this from the K5 and the DA16-50 !

    Kind regards.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    A genetic thing: that must be it ...
    However, being Dutch, I'm quite fond of British comedy series.
    Actually, I think this is true for the majority of the Dutch.

    Kind regards.
    Hi There Bart
    This is everything to do with genetics.
    Having invaded England so successfully and peacefully in 1688, you are of course the cousins of the forebears of all the british comedy actors.

    Simple really

    Just this guy you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi There Bart
    This is everything to do with genetics.
    Having invaded England so successfully and peacefully in 1688, you are of course the cousins of the forebears of all the british comedy actors.

    Simple really
    I'm baffled, but do you mean the Raid on the Medway in 1667 ?
    Where we took us a little souvenir ?


    All the very best.
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    Well, I really not shure about this pic.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Vladimir,

    I like the tonality and I do like the photo.. can't really say why other than it is a bit different than what we normally see here. Different is good, yes?
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    K-5 with 8 element 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar at f2.8


    Taken last summer; really tired of winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    K-5 with 8 element 50mm f/1.4 Super Takumar at f2.8


    Taken last summer; really tired of winter.
    Me too, desperately started shooting my Amarylis (Hippeastrum) ...
    All the best.

    |Pentax-A SMC 50/1.2 |
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    More indoors ... will we ever get spring again ?









    | k5 | apo-macro-elmarit-r 1:2.8/100 |
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    Re: One of the shots I wanted to get...

    Stunning image...............Love the atmosphere!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    One of the shots I have always wanted to get was one of the New Orleans streetcars in fog at night. The first night I arrived in New Orleans there was patchy fog along the Mississippi River bordering the French Quarter... I got lucky. This is one of several shots taken over a period of about an hour and a half. The cars only run every fifteen to twenty minutes or so. I had to wait on the cars and only had a few seconds as each passed... but it was worth it. I had to shoot at a high ISO due to the low light and the need to capture the streetcar without motion view.

    Pentax K5 IIs DA* 16-50 f/2.8 ISO 3200 1/100s


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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    A sycamore aside a vineyard. The tree can be quite striking, but I have never been able to capture it on film (oops, old habit!). Anyway this is as close as I've gotten.

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    _IGP1097 by tsjanik47, on Flickr
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    Hi all,
    a few from a recent trip,tamron 17-50,70-200&bigma o/s.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIs - Cajun Queen

    Took this one in New Orleans and am just now getting around to it. Pretty little Cajun Queen all decked out for Fat Tuesday. K5 IIs DA* 16-50mm Post in Photoshop CS6.



    And one more.....

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIs - Cajun Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Took this one in New Orleans and am just now getting around to it. Pretty little Cajun Queen all decked out for Fat Tuesday. K5 IIs DA* 16-50mm Post in Photoshop CS6.
    Hey Jim,

    excellent, the photos I've been waiting for all the time ...
    Hope you have some more for us in store.
    btw - Are 'Mardi Gras' and this 'Cajun Queen' from one and the same event ?

    finally scored a DA*50-135 (s/h)

    All the very best.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIs - Cajun Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hey Jim,

    finally scored a DA*50-135 (s/h)
    And I get mine back tomorrow from CRIS.....re-calibrated and ready to go!!

    I am pretty stoked.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIs - Cajun Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hey Jim,

    excellent, the photos I've been waiting for all the time ...
    Hope you have some more for us in store.
    btw - Are 'Mardi Gras' and this 'Cajun Queen' from one and the same event ?

    finally scored a DA*50-135 (s/h)

    All the very best.
    Congrats on the new lens. I have that one as well. Love using it.

    Both of the photos were taken in the French Quarter on Royal Street on Fat Tuesday.

    If anyone is thinking of going to Mardi Gras in the future you should always plan to be there on Fat Tuesday. That is THE DAY to be at Mardi Gras. That is the day that you find the most costumes, parades, brass bands, Etc. Always a wonderful time in the Big Easy.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Playing around with manual focus glass.....Voigtlander 180/4

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    K5 IIs and The Tiger Woman

    Here's another shot taken at Mardi Gras. I run into this woman every year and every year she has a different costume. This year she was a Tiger Woman Warrior. Love the K5 IIs.. so much detail. DA* 16-50mm

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    Here's another shot taken at Mardi Gras. I run into this woman every year and every year she has a different costume. This year she was a Tiger Woman Warrior. Love the K5 IIs.. so much detail. DA* 16-50mm
    Jim, a very 'lively' frightening image, almost better than real ...
    But it begs the question: how do you manage to recognise this woman in her different outfits ?

    I'm thinking of trading in my silver K5, but undecided yet.

    All the best.
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    Re: K5 IIs and The Tiger Woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Jim, a very 'lively' frightening image, almost better than real ...
    But it begs the question: how do you manage to recognise this woman in her different outfits ?

    I'm thinking of trading in my silver K5, but undecided yet.

    All the best.
    She is always with the same parade group on Fat Tuesday. She is always easy to spot no matter what costume she is wearing...

    "Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club - Uptown, French Quarter, Mariginy - 7:45 am
    Formed in 1982, this group is based on a love of Caribbean, South American and African-based music styles. They share their love of music starting at Third and Magazine, traveling on to St. Charles, Canal, Rampart and through the Quarter to Marigny, ending at Chartres and Frenchmen Streets, where they celebrate for the rest of the day."


    I've never been a big fan of silver cameras.. always liked black.. can't really say why other than silver never appealed to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    I've never been a big fan of silver cameras.. always liked black.. can't really say why other than silver never appealed to me.
    All of my cameras are silver ...


    And thanks for the link, Jim.
    Nice group.

    Kind regards.
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    Another Night, Another Photo

    Seems like I can only find time to work on one photo per day.. work is keeping me from fun. I give you "Happy Guy" taken during Mardi Gras in New Orleans with the K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50. Post in Photoshop CS6.

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    Hi Jim,

    if you look at your statistics in lightroom with your K5, which ISO numbers do you use in moste cases?

    Is it like 60% ISO100, 20% ISO200-400 and 20% abover ISO400?

    I would be specifically interested in the percentages within the ISO 100-400 range.

    Thanks

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    Hi Jim,

    if you look at your statistics in lightroom with your K5, which ISO numbers do you use in moste cases?

    Is it like 60% ISO100, 20% ISO200-400 and 20% abover ISO400?

    I would be specifically interested in the percentages within the ISO 100-400 range.

    Thanks
    Sorry to say that although I have Lightroom I have abandoned it.. Lightroom just does not work for me. I cut my teeth on Photoshop over 10 years ago and use Photoshop CS6. Bottom line is that I really don't have any statistics in Lightroom for the K5 IIs.

    I can tell you that I usually shoot at ISO 200 during daylight hours and rarely go higher than ISO 800 at night unless there is an extreme situation
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    I have to share this from DPReview Pentax Forum

    I posted the Happy Guy photo in the Pentax Forum on DPReview and got the usual responses... I swear, none of those guys look for anything but faults in a camera or a photo. If I get more GearHead responses I will share them.

    Here we go...

    Comment 1: Is that moire in the guy's hair, or is that really the texture of the hair?

    Comment 2: When I look at the original size version, I see that his upper teeth have blue/purple bottoms? Was this color actually on his teeth or is it something to do with the camera/lens combo?
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    Re: I have to share this from DPReview Pentax Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    I posted the Happy Guy photo in the Pentax Forum on DPReview and got the usual responses... I swear, none of those guys look for anything but faults in a camera or a photo. If I get more GearHead responses I will share them.

    Here we go...

    Comment 1: Is that moire in the guy's hair, or is that really the texture of the hair?

    Comment 2: When I look at the original size version, I see that his upper teeth have blue/purple bottoms? Was this color actually on his teeth or is it something to do with the camera/lens combo?


    It's the camera fondler's forum. They should really change their name. I can't see why it's called Digital Photography Review when only a minority of the active participants actually use their gear to take photos with, other than test charts, their dog/cat or their backyard.

    With regards to statistics: I do think you can get some statistics from Bridge as well, but possibly only on a folder level. I haven't bothered to check though. I'm also a PS CS6 only user. Have tried LR, C1 and Aperture, and although all of them are nice tools, I work much faster in PS, but then I have been a user since the nineties.
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    Re: I have to share this from DPReview Pentax Forum

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post


    It's the camera fondler's forum. They should really change their name. I can't see why it's called Digital Photography Review when only a minority of the active participants actually use their gear to take photos with, other than test charts, their dog/cat or their backyard.

    With regards to statistics: I do think you can get some statistics from Bridge as well, but possibly only on a folder level. I haven't bothered to check though. I'm also a PS CS6 only user. Have tried LR, C1 and Aperture, and although all of them are nice tools, I work much faster in PS, but then I have been a user since the nineties.
    Yeah, I forget that DPR is inhabited by Testographers more than Photographers. The blue he speaks of was probably something I tweaked improperly in post.

    I don't use bridge at all in Photoshop. Never liked it. I just find the file I want to work on and save the edit with a different name, never modifying the orignal.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
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    I can tell you that I usually shoot at ISO 200 during daylight hours and rarely go higher than ISO 800 at night unless there is an extreme situation
    Thanks, this helps already a lot.

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