Tagged: Pentax K-1 II

Not Compelling Pictures

I was in town the other day and I had my camera in the car so I took a short walk and made a few images.  As I read Fred Herzog’s book Modern Color, and listen to David duChemin’s videos, I realize what I don’t like about my pictures made on the streets of Hanover.  They are flat, lifeless, and dead.  I made these images just past noon on a Friday and the town appears mostly empty of people.  There weren’t even many cars, just the big trucks moving through the town.  Another problem, if there were people on the streets they would not want me taking pictures of them.  If I am going to take pictures on the streets I’m going to have to work hard at it, and even then, they might not be worth it.  Are they worth making if all they show is that downtown Hanover is lifeless and dead? 

Morning Fog

I was out a little before 6am with Misty and all I had for a camera with me was my iPhone 6.  I made the first image above with no flash.  I found the second image to be interesting.  I used the flash and noted that the bands you see above were moving around.  I guess the fog was being moved around by a very light breeze.  Since I thought it interesting (the bands were not visible without the flash), I decided to show you.

About 47 min. later I went back out with my camera to make some other pictures.  The following was another experiment of mine using the K-1 II camera.  I merged three images into a panorama and that resulted in an image that was almost 62MP in size before I cropped it and resized it as seen below.  I sure can’t afford to make many images of that size (eats up storage since I started with three 36MP raw files) but I didn’t have any trouble using LR on my early 2015 13 inch MacBook Pro computer to make it.


SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 Lens

So far I have mainly used the Pentax 50mm F1.4 lens for images made at F1.4 up close.  I wished the lens focused closer but the images crop nicely so I think it will suffice for images like these samples.  And yes, it does make a whirring sound as the screw drive focuses the lens but it should be OK if I use it outside without people standing close to me.  It doesn’t bother me since I am getting use to the camera and lens sounds.

One of the reasons that I got this lens was that I had found that I had used the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera with the 35mm F2 lens a lot.  I wanted to see if I would also find myself liking the older film 50mm focal length lens on the Pentax K-1 II camera and see if I find any significant differences between the two systems for the types of photography I might be doing.

Pentax when Possible

I’m in the process of switching to using the K-1 II and the 28-105mm lens as much as possible.  There are many reasons: the first being my X-T2 being out of commission, the second is that I really like the image quality for cropping, etc., third, I like having the image stabilization in the camera. and forth, I want to give the K-1 II a good chance at becoming my primary camera system.

So far, I’m finding that I really like it, other than the weight and the noise of the shutter/mirror.  On this, I find the shutter sound to be pleasant, it is just that the residents close by me don’t want to hear it interrupting their listening at events.  I like the malleability of the raw files in LR and I like the 36MP for enhanced cropping and I like the low light capabilities.

My main concerns at the moment are the effects of the weight on my hands and back, and the attraction of full frame with more megapixels.  Is the camera going to spoil me?  Will I ever want to go back to smaller sensors?  I did take a look at some more modern lighter, smaller, FF mirrorless cameras.  The cheapest of them with a comparable lens would cost me twice what I paid for the used Pentax camera and lens that I’m using. 

PS, my eyes have been bothering me a lot lately.  I have appointment with the eye doctor today, but I might be spending less time with my photography for a while.

Cormorants Visit Homewood

We have two visitors in our large pond at Homewood at Plum Creek that I photographed on Saturday morning.  They are double-crested cormorants.  They have a long hooked beak, long neck, sit low in the water, swim with their heads tilted up, and dive.

I wish I had a longer lens but with the 36MP K-1 II and the 28 – 105mm lens I was able to capture them.  The wide image was made at 105mm focal length.  I cropped and resized other images to get the close-ups.  They aren’t ideal pictures but good enough for identification.  I tried to get some more shots but they stayed away from me.