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    Old School.... no really!

    I visited an old, abandoned school I spotted using Google Earth this past weekend. Arrived during the golden hour and took this shot of the interior. I love shooting old, decaying buildings and this one sure fit the bill.

    Pentax K5 and DA* 16-50mm

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Working out the 16-50/K5IIs
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Roy,that third image,superb imho. something quite Dutch,old master'ish about it.Quietly fabulous
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    Never getting tired of visiting the harbour.

    In the lock


    Coming out of the lock


    Opening up the throttle


    Look at that power


    And away she goes
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    Great nautical images, Bart.

    More 16-50/K5IIs pics...excellent lens on the landscape end (re: Jim's pics),
    but also very good on close-focusing "micro-landscapes".
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    In the garden with the 16-50/K5IIs
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Found this caterpillar on one of my Proteas.



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    Now that I returned the K3.. back to work with the K5 IIs

    There's no better way to get over returning a camera than to get out and shoot with what you currently own. In my case that is the K5 IIs.

    I love doing photography at night. It offers a totally different feeling than shooting during the day. It's quiet and lends itself to really taking your time to enjoy photography on a different level. Normally it is much quieter at night but on this occasion two competing packs of coyotes were trying to see which group could be the most vocal... but it did add to ambiance of the evening under the stars in west Texas.

    This shot was taken last night near Fort Griffin, Texas. There was a half moon providing good ambient light but not enough to turn night into day during a long exposure. This little blacksmith's shop was an unexpected find. I was given access by the custodian of this historical area and was surprised to find the shop to be so complete in period equipment and its 1870s appearance.

    There were no lights in this building but I have learned to bring a variety of lights for night work from soft LED floods to little LED contraptions I have made myself as well as a variety of flashlights. I used two of my little handmade LED lights to light the interior of the building, a red and amber LED, powered by a 9 volt battery. The type I used were ultra-bright and designed to run off of a 12 volt battery but 9 volts will run them for over 40 hours continuously.. no kidding, I created my first one and powered it for five days straight on a single 9 volt battery. The exterior of the building was painted with soft light from and LED flashlight with a slight amber filter over the lens.

    For the interior lighting I control the intensity of the light in a very low tech manner... toilet paper... you need less light, you wrap toilet paper around it until you get the subdued light you need... this also allows the light to diffuse as well. Toilet paper is a very handy thing to have in the field.

    I used the Pentax K5 IIs and the DA* 16-50 for this shot. Set up focus using AF and then switched to manual focus and locked it in. Exposure was 15 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 800. Lightroom was used for initial post-work then I moved the file to Photoshop CS6 for final tweaks, re-sizing and sharpening.

    Hope you like it.. I had a great time taking it. Left Dallas at 10am Saturday morning and returned at 4:20am Sunday.. a full night of shooting and enjoying being out of the big city.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5


    FA 50 1,4
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    Re: Now that I returned the K3.. back to work with the K5 IIs

    [QUOTE=Jim Radcliffe;548207]
    Toilet paper is a very handy thing to have in the field
    Jim- great shot also.
    Bart-I am constantly blown away by the detail and quality of your macro combo and the images you produce with it.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    77/K5IIs
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Roy......I like the Beast. Nice colors.....interesting to see in black and white.

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    Rich: here's a B&W version of the "Beast". You need to double-click on image, which will provide you with a preview option...get a nice full screen pic.
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    Pieces of Ad on side of paint truck. 77/K5IIs
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Part 2: Paint truck
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    16-50, 300FA w/K5IIs...might serve as a distraction from the circus going on in the Sony a7r thread.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    16-50, 300FA w/K5IIs...might serve as a distraction from the circus going on in the Sony a7r thread.
    Roy, will you stop distracting me from my A7R, please ?


    Some excellent shots and I have to say the colour images pleases me most in this fine series.
    Especially that 'yellow & brown' leaf combination is a great find

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

    some with the k5IIs… Wilhelma Zoo, Stuttgart, Germany





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    Early morning light with the Sigma 70 macro/K5IIs...excellent lens.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    K5IIs with the new 20-40 Lim. Zoom

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Paratom View Post
    K5IIs with the new 20-40 Lim. Zoom

    Congrats with that interesting new limited zoom, Tom.
    Is it any good ? No smearing in the corners ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Congrats with that interesting new limited zoom, Tom.
    Is it any good ? No smearing in the corners ?

    Kind regards.
    Hi Knorp,
    I can't say yet. It does need some focus fine adjustment in the camera, since the images I took today seemed all slightly back focused. My feeling is that it seems to show good sharpness over the frame, but not totally on the level of the 31 and 43. the handling i excellent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paratom View Post
    Hi Knorp,
    I can't say yet. It does need some focus fine adjustment in the camera, since the images I took today seemed all slightly back focused. My feeling is that it seems to show good sharpness over the frame, but not totally on the level of the 31 and 43. the handling i excellent.
    Tom, I hope the weather improves for the weekend and you can go out and shoot some nice shots (for us ).

    All the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Tom, I hope the weather improves for the weekend and you can go out and shoot some nice shots (for us ).

    All the best.
    Hi Knorp,
    what you like? Brickwalls or real images?
    I am already a bit frustrated because it needs focus fine calibration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paratom View Post
    Hi Knorp,
    what you like? Brickwalls or real images?
    I am already a bit frustrated because it needs focus fine calibration.
    Hi Tom,

    I'd like to see some real world images but that doesn't exclude one or two torture shots

    Why the frustration ? How much you had to correct ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Hi Tom,

    I'd like to see some real world images but that doesn't exclude one or two torture shots

    Why the frustration ? How much you had to correct ?

    Kind regards.
    I am now at +6. Frustrated because I would rather just use lenses without having to run focus tests and finding the right value seems takes time.

    However I took some more quick shots during my lunch break today, in comparison of the 20-40 with the 18-135 and the X-Vario and now I have a good feeling with the 20-40.

    I post some images in a separate thread.

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    A bit of a swansong from me with the fantastic K5.
    A lot of photo's yet to process,so not my last post(unfortunately for you)
    What a camera even in my hands.
    K3 sat waiting to go for a walk.
    Goodbye K5. TOP BANANA
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    A very nice set, Malcolm...Merry Christmas!
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    Cheers Roy.
    You too.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    A few more.
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    More very fine images, Malcolm! and a Happy New Year to you as well.

    BTW: where were you standing when the guy was spraying?

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    More very fine images, Malcolm! and a Happy New Year to you as well.

    BTW: where were you standing when the guy was spraying?
    Bet Malcolm was using his Bigma for that shot, Roy ...

    Kind regards.
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    hi Roy,the guy was in a dry dock cleaning off the hull of a large boat that was having major renovation and I was around 30ft from him.
    On the money Bart,bigma o/s at 170mm.
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    31mm on K5IIs..so far my favorite lens on the K5IIs (together with the 43).
    I feel like converting more to a b&w guy these days.
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    K5 DA 18-55 AL II f=13
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    Where is that!???

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    Great shot Vladimir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Where is that!???
    here

    Russia, Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Urupsky area

    I was there this June =)
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    K5 DA40 f=7,1 1/400
    Yes, it's creasy angle
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Real winter has returned to the NE US this year.
    K-5, 40mm stitch.

    Untitled_Panorama2 by tsjanik47, on Flickr
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    Still no winter here in Holland, Tom.
    So, please keep showing us your winter wonderland

    And how do you like your K3 so far ?

    Kind regards.
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    Some examples of the "Amsterdam School" architecture shot with my shift lens.








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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    Still no winter here in Holland, Tom.
    So, please keep showing us your winter wonderland

    And how do you like your K3 so far ?

    Kind regards.
    Hi Bart. I used a K-5 for the shot. Typing K-3 must have been wishfull thinking.

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    Some Season Greetings from Tirol (k5iis with 20-40mm)



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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    Hi Bart. I used a K-5 for the shot. Typing K-3 must have been wishfull thinking.

    Tom
    Mmm, that's really too bad, Tom.
    You'd better wished for a FF K-1 ...

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    1/7/2014 ~ Starting Home after Jumping off the Bus



    Pentax K5IIs ~ SMC FA 77mm F1.8 Limited ~ 1/50 ~ f1.8 ~ ISO 3200

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    Still no winter here in Holland, Tom.
    So, please keep showing us your winter wonderland

    ...............
    Here you are Bart. View into my backyard.


    _IGP2754 by tsjanik47, on Flickr
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Another winter scene.


    _IGP3077 copy by tsjanik47, on Flickr
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Rolling Stone :-)

    K5IIs, DA* 16-50mm



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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    Another winter scene.


    _IGP3077 copy by tsjanik47, on Flickr
    All nice and 'warm' here and no prospect for snow anytime soon, Tom.

    Kind regards.
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