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Entries in primes (6)

Friday
Mar242017

50/365 Primes: Two Flowers in Full Blossom

Two different varieties of flowers blossoming in their spring time. I'll save the best on for last.

My daughter entered 3 times in the solo and ensemble competition.  What a go getter! While we waited between her playing times I found this flowering, crabapple I think, tree in one of the schools court yards. I got right up to it with the wide 31 Limited and the fragrance was divine.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 400  31mm  f/5  1/320th hand held

For me, I like how some of the flowers are in focus inside the tree in this photo.

Now...For the best blossoms. I used video with a hotshoe mounted mic.

Microphone: Rhode VMGO Video Mic Go

My daughter has been playing the cello for about 10 years. The past 18 months she has battled carlpe tunnel syndrome and is currently winning the battle. She is a 17 year old high school senior and is just blossoming into the prime of her life. This is the Grave movement of a Samartini piece.

Looks like I need to make notes about camera settings because I'm not getting EXIF in Lightroom. Camera was sitting on my lap. 31mm.

I didn't want to make a big production of recording so I put the camera in my lap and focused the best I could.

Friday
Feb172017

17/365 Primes Business Center 14mm

After work I found a business center with some fun glass buildings to shoot. These are all 3 image HDR photographs.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: Rokinon 14mm FE14M

ISO 400 f/8 1/100, 1/160, 1/250

ISO 400 f/9 1/60, 1/100, 1/125

ISO 400 f/9 1/25, 1/50, 1/80

Again I note barrel distortion. I'm happy with colors. Still waiting judgement on sharpness.

Saturday
Feb112017

12/365 Magician and Magic Hour: 77 Limited

The 77mm Limited got a bit more of a work out today.  I did a magician shoot. I invited Michael black into the studio today. He brought Manon Marchione to be our magician. On the way home I caught a few nice golden hour images from the middle of the Salt Lake Valley.

Camera: Pentax K1

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

Manon the Magician:

77 Limited at ISO 200, F/22 1/160TH

City Nature:

ISO 400 f/7.1 1/320th

Black panther or Puma spotted in city park!

Now then, This next one isn't going to win any awards, but I love the American flag and what it represtents. I shot this from my car while stopped at a light.  What struck me about this one is how crisly the flag came out.

ISO 400 f/7.1 1/1000th

I love the rendering of this glass and sensor combination.  MM MMMM!

 

Saturday
Feb112017

11/365 Project Murray High Choir Concert

Really the only chance I had to pick up my camera yesterday was at my daughter's choir concert. I didn't want to be "that guy". So I put the 77mm f/1.8 Limited on my camera and stuck the 31mm f1.8 Limited in my coat pocket and away I went. No tripod.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens 1: smc Pentax-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited

Lens 2: smc Pentax-FA 77mm f1.8 Limited Silver

Chairs:

31 Limited. Shot at ISO 800, f/2.2 1/15th.

Super slow hand held shot. One of these days I am going to let loose with hight ISO and see how well this camera does.  But I was being conservative. SR (Pentax's in body motion stabilizatin) did a pretty good job here. This photo only has a very slight S-curve added in post. I think the colors are pretty spot on. I love the slightly dream like quality at f/2.2.

Next is a field of view comparison between 31mm and 77mm. Though the camera was not aimed exactly the same direction for bot shots, is was in the same place.

31mm at ISO 800, f/3.2 1/13th

Below my baby girl is on the stage right of the solo ensemble.

77 Limited at ISO 800 f/4 1/30th

I am pretty happy with both these lenses. Which one should I choose to explore more in depth first? hmmmm.

Thursday
Feb092017

10/365 Primes 50mm vs 200mm

John Bigler came along to assist me with a model shoot. I had planned to give a couple of lenses a thorough work out. But the model was a no show/no call. So John graciously stepped in front of my lens. 

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens one: Pentax SMCP-FA 50MM F/1.4

Lens two: Pentax SMC f/2.5 200mm K series legacy lens. Full manual.

Nifty Fifty at ISO 200, F/5, 1/30th

By contrast, this next shot was also taken from the same positions (subject and camera) but with the 200mm at ISO 200, f/4, 1/30th

Here is the full gallery.

 

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