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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.


57/365 Primes 77 Limited and Rachelle Krause

I photographed Rachelle Krause for her modeling portfolio.  These are a few shots done with the 77 Limited.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: smc Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 200  77mm  f/8.0  1/125th Hand held.

ISO 200  77mm  f/8.0  1/125th Hand held.

The 77 Limited gets wonderful detail at f/8 and I like it for both full body shots as well as head shots. 


56/365 Primes Rainy Day Green and the 14


This has been the 5th rainiest March on record for Utah.  We'll have to see where we finish by the end of March.

Rainy days. My sister asked me yesterday why I don't shoot indoors when it rains.  I'll have to ponder that.

Set up:

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Rokinon 14mm FE14 f/2.8

ISO 200  14mm  f/7.1  1/80th Hand held.


This area is just off a walking trail in South Salt Lake next to the Jordan River. Across the river is a hobo camp. The 14mm Rokinon does some fun things with landscapes. I shot this hand held about 18 inches from the groung. The Pentax K1's tilting LCD helped out a lot because I didn't want to get on the wet ground to shoot this.


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.