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5/365 Primes 77mm Thin Ice

You are on thin ice! I'm grateful for the warning, I never would have known.  This pond is in my neighborhood. And We have seen some cold days. But yesterday was a balmy 40 degrees.

I decided to go outside with the 77 Limited and see how if acted a f/5.6.

Camera: Pentax K1 ( Full frame camera)

Lens: Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Silver

ISO 100, F/5.6 1/60 Hand Held

I think the background has a pleasant out of focus character without loosing the ability to know what you are looking at. I like the shimmery quality of the bokeh.

The shutter speed is pretty slow for a hand held shot. Especially considering the reduced strength and control of my right side. Even so, the in camera shake reduction did a fantastic job.  Below is a detail crop in on part of the sign.

I would love your feedback for ideas on how I could better my posts for this 365 project.  Have you shot with this lens or camera? What has your experience been?


4/365 Prime 77mm Piano Keys

It has been a long day, but I committed to daily shooting so late evening I finally got to it.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Silver

ISO 1600, 77mm, f/1.8, 1/125

Subject: Our piano. Ambient room light from overhead LED Flushmout lights.  Night-time.

I shot this handheld. The shot probably would have benefitted from a tripod. At f/1.8 and at minimum focusing distance (about 2.5 ft) the depth of field is razer thin. The bokeh seems really smooth. I think I am going to love this lens a lot.  I bought the lens for portrait work but I see many artistic possibilities.

The image below is the first I took with the lens just a few days ago.


3/365 Prime 35mm Pentax F/4

Todays images is from the same location as yesterday but looking a different direction. 

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Pentax SMC 35mm f/3.5 Manual @ ISO 200, f/4, 1/1000th

Hand Held Single Exposure.

I have wanted to enter this property for years. It is a Super Fund clean up site and has always had large dogs gaurding the place. Previously it had dozens of old rusty cars and trucks and miscelaneous machinery.

I got the focous just off and I notice a tiny bit of vignetting.


SURPRISE!  Disapearing house. Below is a photo taken today of the house I photographed and posted yesterday. Also taken with the 35mm.

Same settings as the image above except 1/800th sec.

Thanks again to Lloyd Shell for the use of his 35mm.  Check out Lloyds work here:



First Post 365 Prime Project 1:365

This is the first post of my 365 project. I am going to do this using only prime lenses (fixed focal length, not zooms). The purpose of a 365 project is to move out of ones comfort zone so as to improve and build skill. So while I hope to post great images here, there are sure to be some very average and also some not so great images.  I intend to write about the lenses, the cameras, the technique, and what I may have learned.

Camera: Pentax K1 Full frame camera

Lens: Pentax Asahi SMC 1:2.8 24mm fully manual lens.

Technique? Not much. Mount on a tripod, 1600 iso, badly lit school all-purpose room and one dragon for Chinese New Year. (Actually it is a lion head) I am just testing out this lens and getting familiar with it.


This lens is manual focus and I am just jetting used to how it renders. I didn't totally nail the focus.


Here is the lens:

Special thanks to my friend Lloyd Shell who is a vintage prime afficianado for lending me one of his babies. Check out his work here: