Colors within Homewood

200222-162310-JEH20While I like the challenges of making B&W images from within Homewood, I also like to make color images of scenes not as frequently recognized by residents.  I also like to make the images in a different style from what most might snap with their phone or see with their eyes.

In this image I was experimenting with some variations for my color style.  While collecting images to work on the processing, I was also seeing how far I could “push the 70mm prime lens.”  I do this for several reasons.  One I like to only use one lens at a time and then crop out portions to resize for a different composition.  This also gives me a perspective that others might not so readily recognize where I was standing when I made the picture.  The longer focal length (an effective 105mm) also compresses the scene.  Others could never make this same composition unless they made it the same way I did.  That helps keep my pictures unique and enables me to make different images from within a small area.

The other thing that is different is the processing.  I have been working on an old style look with slightly faded colors and other differences.  At the moment I’m liking this style for these types of images.  I deliberately reduced the saturation, added grain, reduced the clarity, and reduced the dynamic range.  I’m anxious to try it on other subjects … maybe flowers?  I have a preset made that I can apply for my starting point when I process the raw files.

Other Lenses?

I’m currently trying to determine what lenses I would like to use with the Pentax KP as I adopt it for a minimalist style of photography.  I would like to minimize the weight and keep the cost down, but I’m not yet sure what focal lengths I want to utilize for my photography.  In the past I have always had long focal length zoom lenses and now I’m trying to see if I can develop a style without them.  The question I’m striving to answer is whether my 20-40mm and my 70mm lenses are enough, or at least the right focal lengths?  If I just use those lenses it will mean very little, if any, wildlife images, but I want to do photography without a heavy larger zoom lens.  I have thought about getting the Pentax 15mm and the 35mm macro lenses and primarily using one of them rather than the larger 20-40mm lens, but I’ll wait and see what I can do without them.  If I got another one of the prime lenses, the 20-40mm lens would be my WR option when needed. 

My intention is to photograph with one camera and one lens at a time.  I rarely take additional lenses when I’m out walking.  Using my KP camera is like having an X100 series camera but with the ability to use different focal lengths, plus a better, changeable hand grip.  I prefer the feel, ergonomics, and controls of the heavier Pentax KP when using it with one of the limited lens series.

Pentax KP 70mm Lens IQ

Sorry for the compositions but I was at my computer and wanted to continue my checkout of the Pentax 70mm Limited Lens.  I made these images quickly, thanks to the Pentax gear.  I captured raw files and then uploaded them into LR to resize and make jpeg images for my blog.  I made no adjustments or tweaks to the files.  These are Pentax images rendered by Adobe LR without any input from me.  I really like the image quality of this system.  I am use to manipulating my raw files generated from my previous Fujifilm and Olympus cameras and lenses but I’m now enjoying these more.

In the past I have been raising shadows and decreasing highlights, adding clarity, etc. and “fixing” all of my images in one way or another.  With my Pentax gear I will probably only be doing this with my B&W images if I end up primarily using Pentax limited lenses.

I have still not decided what I’m going to use/do for my Homewood photography.  While I like these “raw images” made with my Pentax gear for use on my blog and digital display, they may not print as well in Homewood publications, and they would definitely look different from what they have been using.  Those print differences as well as the sounds made by my Pentax gear may limit my use of my Pentax gear when producing images for Homewood uses.  In addition I don’t have the needed range of focal lengths for my KP camera for some Homewood events, so I’m holding onto my micro 4/3 gear for the time being.  I am also still weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the heavier Pentax gear with better image quality vice the lighter, lower quality micro 4/3 gear.