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59/365 Primes Rain Rain Go Away...Again 200mm


Another rainy day.  I drove up into Big Cottonwood canyon to see if I cound find anything to shoot with my 200mm hanging out the van window so I wouln't have to go out in the rain.


Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax 200mm f/2.5 K-series

I parked the van in a pull out of the canyon and shot downhill.

ISO 100   200mm   f/4.5?   1/20th Hand held resting on the drivers window.

I love leading lines and this winding road gave me some.  I tried a 1 second shutter speed to capture tail lights going down the mountain but resting the camera on my half open window was not enough to steady the camera.

The gloom of the rain was beautiful: ISO 800  200mm   f/4.5?   1/200th Restin on the open drivers window.

ISO 800   200mm   f/2.5?   1/200th Resting on drivers window.

I would love to get inside this old but still in use power substation. It sits right next to the road as it winds up the canyon.


As I get used to this lens I am learning to slow down and I'm getting a higher ratio of keepers. I'm getting better at manual focus. It is a fun lens when you have time to be patient.


58/365 Primes 200mm Snoop Machine or Landscape Tool?


What does a 200mm lens do best? Snooping or landscape?  Ha ha!  Well let's see here...

I noticed a hobo (vagrant) camp across the river from a park.  It is away from public sight and so possibly the public doesn't complain.  I shot this lens as a 200mm, meaning I shot it on a full frame body.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax 200mm f/2.5 K-series

The Pics:

Landscape first:

ISO 400  200mm  f/4.5?  1/250th  Mounted on a Three Legged Thing

I'll do a review of the Three Legged Thing later.  This was the path back into the edges of the park and the river bank.

ISO 400  200mm   f/4.0?   1/320th  Tripod mounted.

Okay, not much in the way of landscape material but it does give a tight, compact view of the area rather than including the surrounding clutter.



ISO 400   200mm   f/4.0?   1/320th Tripod mounted.

ISO 400   200mm   f/4.0?   1/320th Tripod mounted.

Aren't these cardboard and cast off/stolen building material homes neat?  They have no sanitation so it apears they just make piles of trash, leave derbis laying around or toss it in the river.  I guess this is a step above living under viaducts, but man...what a way to live in the US of A!


As a snooping tool 200mm on a FF body is not that long of a reach.  But I think I will have a go with my 2x teleconverter. Its a cheap thing I bought early in my photography ventures.  But I'm curious.


48/365 Pentax Bazooka and 31 Limited

My friend Lloyd recently purchased a new lens and invited me to come play.  We started the morning out at the Oquirrh Mountain LDS temple facing east. I shot this with my 31 Limited.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 200  31mm  f/10 1/20th Tripod mounted.

The moring sky can be amazing if only for a brief couple of moments.  I am learning how to use the Pentax 31 Limited for landscapes.  But then landscapes are not something I have focused on in the past decade.

So...the bazoooka.  Now that Ricoh has purchased Pentax, Pentax has an owner that cares about building the camera brandand new exciting tools are being developed. Enter the new 150-450mm lens. Boom!  This thing is sizeable.

Lens: HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW

ISO 200 450mm  f/8  1/125th Tripod mounted.

ISO 400  450mm  f/8  1/640 Tripod mounted.

Another thing I am not: Bird Photographer.  If you have never tracked moving objects at 450mm try it some time. I have with soccer players on the Sigma lens. But they were closer.  Try a bird in flight! Respect to the pros that do bird photography!

Back to reallity and the 31 Limited:

ISO 400  31mm  f/8  1/400th Hand held sitting on a floating dock.

I am getting excited for summer and road trips to look at Utah's amazing lnd this summer!



*41/365 Project 31 Limited and Wedding Flowers (missed day)

I missed two days in a row so the is from February 22nd.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 400 31mm f/2.2 1/30th Hand held



*40/365 Primes Grass and post at 200mm. (missed day)

I missed getting out. I had a late session but it cancelled. :(

So a comparisson from the previous day.

Camera: Pentax K3

Lens: SMC Pentax 200mm f/2.5 K-series

ISO 200 200mm f/8? 1/125th Tripod

ISO 200 200mm f/8? 1/125th Tripod

Same settings...but this shows the dramatic difference between near and far focal points.