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60/365 Primes 31 Limited and Toby


I was hired to photograph a young lady and her dog Toby and a nearby park. She was only in town for the day and I had limited openings. So, we shot at 9 am with a fairly clear and high sun.  Every other day this week has been overcast as well as the day following.

Set up:

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited

Light: Partial shade and a Photogenics strobe with soft box on 1st photo. Full sun 2nd photo.

ISO 100   31mm   f/5.6   1/200th Hand held with strobe in a soft box.

Toby's eyes are so crisp! and the gras and mountains in the background have a nice out of focus blur but stay recognizable giving Megan and Toby all the attention. (note photo is un-retouched and it was windy)

ISO 100   31mm   f/2.2   1/4000 Direct sun, hand held.


I'm thrilled with the way the 31 Limited performed. at f/2.2 the bokeh got nice and smooth and really blurred out the background. Toby's eyes are crisp but his nose is out of focus.

IS I have no idea how "is" got there, nor why I cannot delete it. 


55/365* Primes 77 and a Model Wide Open


* I set my camera up and placed it on the couch so I could grab it on the way out the door to have our family portraits done. I figured I could get some beautiful scenery while Jeremy shot my wife and kids.  I left it on the couch so no pics today. :(  But 3 days ago I photographed a model and I posted shots with the 31 Limited. So I thought I would fill in the gap today with the same session but images from the 77mm Limited.

Background and set up.

I posted a link to a review of the Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited a week or so ago. That review said the 77 Limited was unusable at f/1.8.  So I shot at f/1.8.  Lets see what you think. (please comment)

Over cast skies. It rained the whole day and just quit minutes before my model arrived.

Camera: Pentax K1

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

ISO 400  77mm  f/1.8  1/1000th Hand held.

I you look at the eye lashes you see there is a good deal of crispness. The bokeh is fabulous and even with crazy shallow dof her whole face i

s acceptable sharp. The ony adjustments to this image is a gentle tone curve.


ISO 1600  77mm  f/1.8  1/1600th Hand held.

Nope, I didn't need that much ISO! Oh Well.

ISO 1600  77mm  f/1.8  1/2000th

I did not bring lights with me so the sky is over exposed but the eyes are clear and I am happy with the image.


All three shots at f/1.8 and plenty others to. Does this seem "unusable" to you? Use the comments to ttell me what you think.


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.


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!



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.