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22/365 Primes 200mm at Wheeler Farm

Five Faces

So as I have worked with the big, old, heavy, manual everything 200mm f/2.5 lens, I have found a tack sharp focus to elude me much of the time.  However...this does not worry me. As I get used to the lens I will know it better and learn how to coax the best from it. It might seem crazy, but I bought this particular lens for taking head shots.  Here are some "head shots" from Wheeler Farm in Murray Utah.

Camera: Pentax K1

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


Pretty Girl:  I think bacon is beautiful!
ISO 200 f/5.6? 1/800th hand held.

Nailed the focus on this one! Love the clarity of the hairs on the snout.  Is this a hog or a pig? Is there a difference?

When I do human portraits the eye must be in focus. Below is a cut in on a goose image.

ISO 400 f/8? 1/640th hand held.

Here is a screen grab from Lightroom so you can see how  cropped the above image is.

Dolly the Sheep. Okay, I really have no idea the name or gender of this cutie. I think I was shooting at f/4.  The eyes are tack sharp and a few hairs past the left eye too. The nose in the foreground blurs out.

ISO 200 f/4? 1/2000th hand held.

But there is enough detail that the image is satisfying, I think. A human would not usually have their nose so far away from their face so the shallow dof wouldn't be a problem.

This bird was actually just visiting the park with it's family. Manual focus is a little tougher with a moving target as you may see in the second image, but I just loved the macaw's wings out-streched. And face it...I'm tired of drab end of winter colors.

ISO 200 f/8? 1/800th hand held.

Maybe this wasn't tack sharp on the next image or perhaps we are dealing with a bit of motion blur?

ISO 200 f/8? 1/800th hand held.

I will put the macaw's owner info in here later tonight but his card is at home and I have a wedding to photograph this afternoon.

This next face is a face.

ISO 200 f/8 1/800th, hand held.

I think it is a face anyway. The face of this beautiful old rusted tractor that used to do the heavy work of a farm.  I processed this a bit heavy handed in Vivesa2. But I like it and it pleases me.

It was a good outing with the old 200mm. Hoping to do a few human headshots with it and the 77 Limited tomorrow.

For more images from the 365 Pentax Primes project click here.  If you like, hate, or are just bored with this blog please tell me why and tell me how I could make it a better blog. Comment away.