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44/365 Primes Nifty Fifty at Germania

I took the 50mm f/1.4 to germania park.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: smc Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4

This pano is stitched together with 12 frames.

ISO 400 50mm f/4 1/1600th hand helf 12 frame pano.

I kept the ISO a little high because it was getting dark and I wanted a fast shutter for the hand help images.

ISO 400 50mm f/1.4 1/800th Hand held.

I wanted a somewhat dream like feel to the image so I focused on the dead tree and shot wide open to get a shallow depth of field and a blurred winding pathway.  Edited in Lightroom.

ISO 400 50mm f/1.4 1/500th Hand held.

I'm shooting into the low sun and I got a little bit of purple fringing. Easily removed in Lightroom.



43/365 50mm and a VR camera

Back at Wheeler Farm. I have been working on material or my Presentation on creating 360VR for the classroom at the 2017 UCET convention.  I wanted to play with the 50mm while I was doing this.

Canera: Pentax K1

Lens: smc Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4

Shot with the Fast Fifty and edited in Color Efex Pro 4

ISO 400, 50mm, f/7.1, 1/250th Hand held.

This image was pretty crisp at f/7.1. But I have started experimenting with some of the Nik tools and having fun.

ISO 400, 50mm, f/6.3, 1/3200th hand held.

The focal point is close but everything goes out of focus gently at f/6.3. To me it gives some dimention to the structure of the photograph.

Of course there are disadvantages of bringing only one medium lens.  It is hard to get close to the wildlife:

ISO 400, 50mm, f/6.3, 1/160th Hand held.

The two white geese where picking on the third one, chasing it around the pond. I guess he had had enough.


Now... a couple of 360 sphere images, but in pano mode.  This website won't display them as spheres. :(.

Camera: LG 360 CAM. Lens: twin built in 1.04 mm.

ISO 50, 1.04mm x 2, f/1.8, 1/15th Tripod mounted.

The two doorways you see are on opposite sides of the barn.

ISO 50, 1.04mm x 2, f/1.8, 1/900th Tripod mounted.

The tripod is standing inside a circle sidewalk, but not centered. Sidewalk on the far left is going east. The sidewalk centre left is going south.  The sidewalk center right is going west. The sidewalk to the right is going north.  The paved brick sidewalk is actually a circle and all of it is in this photo.


34/365 Primes Photographing the Wind

I had planned to photograph the Great Salt Lake at sunset but apparently it is a good idea to check on the weather from time to time.  The day got very blustery and the skies filled with dust and junk the wind kicked up.  It wasn't pretty. So I decided to photograph the wind.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4

ISO 100, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/100th Tripod Mounted (Three Legged Thing)

I love this. shallow depth of field, only some of the seed pods are in focus. There is motion blur from the wind here so zooming in will not make you happy about details, but I like the image as it is.

The following 3 images are at different shutter speeds as the wind beat the tall dry grasses.  These definitely capture the essence of wind or the motion created by the wind.  The question is how much motion blur is enough?

Lens: SMC Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 100, 31mm, f/22 1second. Tripod mounted.

Lots of blur! I kind of like it but I feel that one looses a sense of what it is. Almost ghost like.

ISO 100, 31mm, f/8, 1/8th Tripod mounted.

I like this amount of blur. My preffered image was shot at 1/15th second but to be fair the constantly changing velocity of the wind had much to do with the amount of motion blur.

ISO 100, 31mm, f/5.6, 1/15th Tripod mounted.

This is my favorite of the bunch but to be fair, there was a lot more wind than this photograph conveys.

My other attempts to photograph wind led me to video. The K1 has nice video capabilities so I matched it up with the nifty fifty and shot a few examples of the wind with motion.  Lot's of wind noise!

ISO 100, 50mm, f/4?, Details not in metadata. :( Tripod mounted.

Lastly, I loved this image as the skies were finally starting to clear.

ISO 400, 50mm, f/8, 1/10th. Tripod mounted.

I wanted the slower shutter on this one to capture the whole environment in motion against the sturdy old bridge and the implacable mountains.



25/365 Primes 50 vs 77 in Old Midvale

Today was an excersise in two contrasts. 50mm vs 77mm and dof with only the focus point changing. In addition I was shooting with the crop sensor Pentax K3.

Camera: Pentax K3

Lenses: SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 75mm effective focal length

         smc Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited 115mm effective focal length

LENS: 50mm ISO 200 f/8 1/125th

Note the diference on crop below with the 77 Limited

77 Limited ISO 200 f/8 1/125th

I just shot these to contrast the feild of view.


Each of the following two images were shot with the same lens and settings. The only real difference is hoe close the focus poin was. It makes a big difference with the bokeh.

77 LIMITED ISO 200 f/8 1/3200th

77 LIMITED ISO 200 f/1.8 1/2500th

Same settings but moving the focal point makes a big difference in the depth of field.

The rest of the images can be found here.