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gothiquity Sep 5, 2007 4:00 PM

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Hi Folks,

well i got my Pentax K10d today, wow what a camera, am so impressed with it. Knocks socks off my last camera, ( Fuji 9500)

Took a few random shots around the home, and went for a little walk. Granted I nev4r ventured off the Green ( NOVICE) setting but i was just getting to grips with how the camera handles etc, anyway here a few of my first shots, any comments greatly appreciated. All shots are straight from the camera and were shot in JPEG mode with either the 18-55 kit lens or Sigma 70-300APO DG



gothiquity Sep 5, 2007 4:02 PM

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second shot the pot pouri, now at least I know what purpose it serves

gothiquity Sep 5, 2007 4:02 PM

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third shot an odd plant that looks like a palm tree

gothiquity Sep 5, 2007 4:04 PM

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Sorry I dont know how to put more than one pic into a single post, fourth and final shot, a friendly duck.

robar Sep 5, 2007 4:38 PM

goth, these are sure nice and welcome to the forum.


mtngal Sep 5, 2007 10:17 PM

Wonderful first shots - I LOVE the cat but all of them are good. Looks like you'll have no problems figuring out how to get the most out of your lenses! Don't hesitate to ask questions - there's lots of knowledge on this board. Isn't it FUN to play with such a nice camera?

jachol Sep 6, 2007 3:12 AM

Nice pics goth, excellent camera too!, and welcome from your own side of the pond, I'm up in theeast Lancashire. Only way I've found to get all your pics in one post is to link them from a site like Photobucket.... Jack

Dal1970 Sep 6, 2007 6:23 AM

The cat is brilliant.


gothiquity Sep 6, 2007 7:08 AM

Thanks for all the comments.

I liked the cat one the most, had to use manual focus as auto just wasnt catching the eye right.

Am hoping to get out and about this weekend and try to get some wildlife shots, will post some pics if I get anything worthy

Thanks again for all your help and comments



Illuminati Sep 6, 2007 11:02 AM

Wow, fantastic shots for your first attempt with a new camera! I love the cat photo the most, but everything else also is very good in composition and quality.

Welcome to the club. Can't wait to see more of your work!

- Jason

robar Sep 6, 2007 1:31 PM

no exif info

do you still have the fuji? a number of us came from fuji.


inneyeseakay Sep 6, 2007 2:09 PM

Wow... all of these are good... but that shot of the cat is amazing... Keep it up!


gothiquity Sep 6, 2007 4:52 PM

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Glad you all like the cat shot,I cant tell you how stunnedI was whenIsaw the sharpness of it on screen. The Pentax K10d has simply blown me away, i never expected to get results like that especially not straight away.

I do still have the fuji 9500, a cracking little camera and certainley helped me to understand photography better. I think the term prosumer bridge camera suits it well as it certainley not your average P&S. Though after nearly two years with it, I was getting frustrated with the lack of detail in the shots and the S-L-O-W RAW write times.

Thanks for all your positive comments andmaking me feel welcome, I hope I can deliver some great shots in the months to come.



Dandelion head, shot with 70-300 APO DG Sigma, shot as JPEG with default in-camera settings no pp done.

gothiquity Sep 6, 2007 4:54 PM

Sorry forgot to add that im fairly new to this posting photographs thing. If there is any ettiquette i should be following please let me know. Im not sure how to include EXIF info , any tips greatly apprecaited



inneyeseakay Sep 6, 2007 5:05 PM

Another great shot... What are you using to resize your pictures?

penolta Sep 6, 2007 5:27 PM


Took a few random shots around the home, and went for a little walk. Granted I nev4r ventured off the Green ( NOVICE) setting but i was just getting to grips with how the camera handles etc,
These pictures elevate you above the novice category - you obviously have experience. Taking pictures is like riding a bicycle, once you have mastered one, you can use another without learning all over again. The green mode is not only for beginners - it is intended for just the type of random shots you were taking, allowing the camera to do the thinking for you under changing conditions. Using manual or altered settings requires some preplanning, which is not always convenient or possible.

As for ettiquette, looking over other posts should clue you in on what is acceptable. The folks in this forum are particularly friendly, and usually will tolerate the occasional transgression.

Exif is automatically attached to images by newer cameras, but postprocessing can remove it. Its absence may bother a few people (it must keep Roy up at night), but just posting basic information seems to satisfy most viewers (and many posters do not even do that much). If people have specific queations, theycan ask.

You are off to a great start.

Monza76 Sep 6, 2007 6:30 PM

Another ex-Fuji here, I had an S7000 that currently is in use by my son.

The cat is a magnificent job, well done.


gothiquity Sep 7, 2007 2:36 AM

Thaks for all the great comments.

Think that Cat picture is going to be one of my best shots ever.

I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 for my digi work, using the save for web for resizing/resampling, seems to work ok without too much loss in detail.

Interesting to see several folk here migrating from Fuji, will be off to Martin Mere onSunday hopefully get some decent water fowl shots, will post if i get anything good.:|



mtngal Sep 7, 2007 10:24 AM

When you use "save for web" it will strip out the exif information - that's one of the program's ways of making the file smaller. You might want to play around a bit and try doing a regular "save as" with a reasonable amount of compression to keep the file size down but leave the exif information intact. It's not as convenient as doing "save for web" but I always do it that way - if I have a question later about some setting, the information is right in the file (I'm not as good about remembering little things like aperture and shutter speed - lucky if I remember whether I usedthe flash or not!).

gothiquity Sep 7, 2007 1:38 PM

Thanks for the tip mtngal, will try that when I next post some pics. Must admit i find it hard to remember all the fine details too, just glad I can recall which lens I used



robar Sep 7, 2007 2:14 PM

P, i don't loose any sleep over it. i just like right clicking the image for a quick scan.

goth, harriet pretty much said how to save the exif. it does add about 10k to the file.
also, if you post an image over 900pixels wide at 72dpi it will make even someone with a 19'' screen have to scrool to see the entire imag. not do bad for the image but it also lets all the text run that far also. most here stick to 800 wide. in elements just use the ''save as option'' you are not saving your original unless you say yes when you close the image.

wide awake in dallas,


inneyeseakay Sep 7, 2007 2:18 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one that randomly looks at exif all over the net. I often even find myself checking out EXIF on ebay pictures or even the pictures on my wife's favorite parenting forums.


gothiquity Sep 7, 2007 2:53 PM

Thanks for the additional info roy, i wil hopefully get my next posted pics done correctly for you all, apologies if Ive caused any problems



gothiquity Sep 7, 2007 3:08 PM

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Ok I need help on this one, i amended a pic posted in the evening walk PT ii post of the dragon fly, I right clicked it after i had posted it, but no exif data ! What have I done wrong i followed mtngal's instructions

Im either being a tad dense or I missed something out, help please



inneyeseakay Sep 7, 2007 3:19 PM

Exif is attached to that one... You have to download an exif viewer such as Opanda iExif (freeware) then you will have a "view exif" option anytime you click a picture...many pictures on the web do not contain exif information, but most of the photographers here leave it intact.


gothiquity Sep 7, 2007 3:58 PM

thanks Nick

got opanda

working great now, cheers for the help



robar Sep 7, 2007 4:03 PM

that did it dude.
go HERE for a program that lets you ck exif online
if you want to ck it using XP on an image on your machine rt clik the image>properties>summary>advanced.


mtngal Sep 7, 2007 5:05 PM

Going back to your dragonfly - was that one handheld???? 300mm at a shutter speed of 1/125! If you handheld that one, you have a much steadier hand than I have.

thepusher Sep 7, 2007 5:13 PM

Excellent shot of the dragonfly!!

Talking about exif data, if you use a free browser called Opera, it automatically shows the exif data of any image, if exif data is present (right click the image and see the exif data). I like Opera for its small size and it is easy to configure its various options.

Sorry for this shameless plug of a browser.

Best regards,


gothiquity Sep 8, 2007 3:07 AM

mtngal, yes that shot was handheld which is probably why its not as sharp as it could be. didnt have my pod with me as it was just one of those times when i didnt think i would use it, murphys law I think.

It was a very shaded path, normally not much to see except maybe a few birds, heard the dragonfly bustle past then settle on the fence, took about thirty shots of it, some with flash, but that one was one of the better ones.

Dont think i have particularly steady hands, think it was more down to the SR of the pentax. Still Im happy with the shot.

Thanks for your comments



Rodney9 Sep 8, 2007 10:33 PM

Welcome. great shots , I love the cat and that lens, Sigma 70-300mm DG APO, I know I love mine.


"You may own a cat but cannot govern one."
- Kate Sanborn

Trojansoc Sep 9, 2007 7:33 AM

Goth, welcome to the forum. You've walked almost the same path as I. I have a Fuji s6000, which is a wonderful camera, but it just woke me up to the possibilities of digital photography and left me wanting more. I've heard the term "bridge camera" used often with the Fuji, and I think it's highly accurate.

You've found a good site in this forum. I can't tell you how much I've learned from the people who frequent this area of the site.You're already an excellent photographer, and here you'll have an opportunity to interact with patient (extremely), friendly folks who will help you explore the possibilities of your very powerful new toy.

Like everyone else, I love your cat pic. Not only is it a wonderful shot, for me it evokes memories of a cherished friend who died about three years ago. He could have been your cat's long-lost twin. Nice shooting.

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