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54/365 Primes More Rain/Decay


Rain rain go away come again...Sigh.  It is spring! Lots of rain, lots of grey skies, lots of flowers and green things coming!

I drove all over and the rain just did not let up so I just embraced it.  I found a couple of abandoned buildings and I find a lot of beauty in decay. The three shots today are 1. An old indoor soccer field (I think), 2. An unkempt flowering tree with an equally unkemp building. 3. A middle income neighborhood and canal.  All with foreboding skies.

Set up and images

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 400  31mm  f/4.0  1/1250th Hand held.

I drive by this rusty building at 70 mph quite often but I've never really thought about it. My son played soccer for years but we somehow never ended up playing or practicing here.

ISO 400  31mm  f/4.0  1/500th

I liked this long neglected tree growing as it wants next to this abandoned building. 3 teens got out of the car in the photo and walked around for a bit the got back in and slowly drove to the other side and got out again.  They found a way to get in and I heard some banging around before I left.

ISO 200  31mm  f/4.0  1/400th Resting on a concrete retainer.

This is next to another road I drive by often but the road is higher than the neighborhood and there is a concrete barrier there so one does not see much.  In Utah we have these irrigation canals that bring water to farmers.  It is an old system and even though most of the area is urban now, the system still is in demand, but I don't know who uses it.


I'm not sure what to say.  I like the images. They tell parts of the story of my community. the 31mm Limited did pretty well at f/4.0. It was a dark day so I'm glad I did not have to raise my ISO even though the Pentax K1 does very well at higher ISOs.



53/365 Primes Old School ish.


Sometimes when you comit to a project like this one, you find days where you haven't gotten out and the sun is going down so you grab a lens or two and run out the door hoping to find something before the light goes away. I grabed the 77mm and my 200mm f/2.5 and started driving. The sun was getting low and I had to find something fast.  There is this old ruined compound next to a golf course with high fences. I stuck the 77 Limited between the gap on the fence at the gate but 77mm was not long enough to make anything interesting. For the most part. So I tried the 200mm. I had to reach up to the top of the gates and slide the lens down because the lens hood was too wide to fot through.


Camera: Pentax K1

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

ISO 800  200mm  f/4.0?  1/320th Hand held

ISO 800  200mm  f/4.0?  1/320th resting on a fence hand held.

ISO 800  200mm  f/4.0? 1/800th Hand held.

This is an ond school lens. A little heavy and very fast. A film era lens on a digital body.  So I decided to process these in Nik Color Efects Pro. It is a lovey bit of software. A plug in for Adobe Lightroom. 


I felt that treating the images as psudo-film was justified. The lens grew up in the age of film and the landscapes here are degraded and reflect a time past. It was a nice marriage.  I need to get out with this lens and shoot at f/8 or f/11 and really test it's sharpness.