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How to disable a R56 Mini Cooper brake wear sensor indicator

Back in November I replaced the brake rotors and pads on all four corners of my ‘08 Mini Cooper. Part of the process involves replacing the wear sensors on the front left and right rear calipers. I ordered new Mini OEM sensors and dutifully replaced them both. BTW the right rear sensor took about as [...]

Mastering manual focus on Pentax DSLRs

I have had a number of people ask me how to get consistent results with their manual focus lenses on Pentax DSLRs. The good thing is that it is not all that difficult. The bad thing is that it takes a bit of trial and error to figure it out. Or, maybe that’s a good [...]

Pentax K10D Lightroom custom develop settings

After shooting digital for 10 years I finally started shooting RAW exclusively in September 2008. What took me so long? Probably the same thing that keeps most amateur photographers from shooting RAW: the added time and complexity of post-processing RAW images. That all changed when I discovered Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s customizable default development settings. By [...]

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Pentax K10D, Pentax SMC-A 50mm f/1.7 (manual focus), ISO 100, f/8, 30 sec, +/-0 EV, IS off
Taken in an alley behind an apartment building on Historic Highland Avenue in Birmingham, AL. I was drawn to the combination of lighting (sodium vapor and mercury vapor), the texture of the brick and the arrangement of the trash [...]

Pentax K10D RAW noise reduction

I shoot a lot of long exposure shots with my Pentax K10D. One of my pet peeves is waiting for the built-in noise reduction to take a 1:1 dark frame subtraction exposure. This ends up doubling the length of time for each shot. Not that big of a deal if you are shooting 1 second [...]