Evening Walk with Pentax K-3 III

I started evaluating cameras that I love to use, but with thoughts about what I hope to photograph in the future.  After having been playing with a micro 4/3 camera, the Olympus E-M5 III, I decided to try the new Pentax K-3 III after I was finally able to get one to try.

One of my potentially future uses will require pushing low light capabilities so I took the K-3 III with the 20-40mm limited lens for a walk in the evening as it was getting dark.  I was surprised to see and hear fireworks in the distance.  I captured a burst in the center above the horizon in the third picture.  In the last picture I liked the goose silhouette as well as the colors of the reflections, etc.  

The Pentax DSLR exceeds micro 4/3 camera capabilities under these lower light conditions.  Based on these results along with some other comparisons and considerations, I decided to return the Olympus camera and lens.

Uncertain Changes

210513-082311-JEH21I am going to cut back on publishing new posts on this blog.  This isn’t something I want to do but is something I need to do, at least off and on, because of a lack of suitable pictures and things to write about, and a lack of interest and direction, or purpose.  I managed to keep publishing through the last year during the pandemic, etc. but it exhausted most of my ideas and turned the effort into work, and I got tired of photographing the same scenes over and over.  

I will attempt to find other ways of utilizing photography while dealing with all of the changes that will be occurring as a result of the pandemic, climate changes, politics, getting older, etc.  While doing that, I would like to get back to the fun aspects of photography.

I might turn my endeavors into a long-form project that might be more suitable for a book or two; but, I’m not sure what they might be about. I’m hoping that getting away from the daily images might help me experiment differently and have fun doing it.  I mostly need a change and I need a clear purpose or reason for preparing images and text.

The name of my game is “change it up”.  I want to make changes across the board.  I am also trying to find the one or two cameras that will take me into the future as I cut back with my photography.  I want to end up with a camera that I love to use.

Evaluating Micro 4/3

I have been evaluating adding a micro 4/3 camera to my cameras as a lighter weight solution for using longer focal length zoom lenses.  I used the Olympus E-M5 III with the 14-150mm lens in several different previous posts to see how well it covers some things I might do with it.  The above images are a couple more images I have been evaluating.  The trees were on the horizon and made at an effective 300mm focal length.  I wanted to check the resolution of the tree branches.  Both images were made in lower light and the image of the glasses was made indoors at ISO 6400.  Many consider that a bit too high for micro 4/3 sensors but the above is OK.  So far the camera and lens have been acceptable.

My intent is to use it for times when I need a weather resistant, not too heavy, not too big camera, with image stabilization, to carry on walks as well as to use it for a grab and go system and for outdoor events.

The images below were made on a morning walk today.  We hustled on a short walk since it was starting to sprinkle.