Using Manual lenses on Pentax DSLRs

When I bought my first Pentax camera in 2008, I didn’t know it but I soon found myself in the world of the k-mount and with it came a number of very interesting realizations. For the uninitiated, the k-mount is the name given to the bayonet fitting used on Pentax 35mm and Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras since the mid 1970’s. We recently learned that the k stands for King – kinda cool really. Note that other camera systems have their versions of bayonet fittings, Canon: c-mount, Sony: alpha-mount, etc. There is no standard fitting for lens mounts and for a number of camera manufactures these have changed with the times often with no backward compatibility to early lenses. Why is this important? Well, even in the film camera days, camera bodies come and go but glass (lenses) lasts. So if you have a number of lenses for a specific camera system, you may upgrade the body time to time but you hope that your investment in glass, which can be many times more than the cost of a single camera body, endures. Continue reading Using Manual lenses on Pentax DSLRs

My Best of 2012

These twenty images reflect many of my top images from 2012 for me. We spent our 40th wedding anniversary in Pt. Reyes and 10 days in Hawaii, however, I did two trips to Bowling Ball Beach and fell in love with the place. A number of these won in my company’s photo contest. I’ve printed a number of these too. In the spring, I attended an intermediate photography class at Solano Community College, again working in black and white film, I greatly improved my skills and although only a few are presented here, developed a nice amount of stock imagery. Creatively, I was challenged in 2012 and that’s a very good thing.

So have a look. Comments, as always, are welcome.

Learning PENTAX Lenses: A lens for Every Photographer

This is a nice promo video from one of Pentax’s featured photographers Kerrick James. It’s worth a look if only for the lovely southwest photography.

You get a very nice overview of the current lens offerings, as well as, a demonstration of their use. I’m a bit sheepish to say this but I own quite a few of the featured lenses.

My best of 2010

Continuing with my retrospective look back over the past five years of my photography, 2010 was quite a growth year for me. I had one photo class under my belt in Fall of 2009, I now had three DSLRs and really began to get serious about my photography. I also did a fall landscape photography workshop with a local pro that further added to my tool box of good places to shoot, critical insight on what was a good image versus a great image, and I also got back into black and white film.

These twenty images reflect a good segment of 2010 for me. We spent our vacation in Redding and Yosemite. Those were wonderful subjects to work with. So have a look. Comments are welcome.

Site Reviews – Express yourself

Even though this site is just beginning, I’m very interested in any feedback you would like to provide on your visit of my site or work. I’m currently thinking or re-thinking just what the focus of this blog will be. It’s one thing to show off my work and really quite another to provided news and views of Pentax camera equipment. So please feel free to share any thoughts you may have here. I would appreciate it.

Pentax DA 560 f5.6 Unboxing

This is a major event! For years Pentax users have been begging for a really long telephoto lens. Pentax has finally delivered one, at 560mm’s it’s a duzzy and only $6,999 (plus shipping of course)! This unboxing is just the sort of thing that gets Pentaxians to cash in our 401K’s and head for the stores.

Thanks to for this version of online voyeurism.

Top Images from 2011

I began 2011with some personal goal, one being to go back to SRJC and relearn black and white film photography and checked into Art 36 in the spring. I was re-exposed to the darkroom, film development, wet printing, and a good foundation of art and some of the masters.We got into things like the rule of thirds, how to use it and how to break it and what I noticed then was that I began to actually previsualize some shots. Why, well between applying a few rules of photographic composition and using older slower cameras, I started to give things more thought and far less of the DSLR spray and pray technique. One of the highlights of 2011 was a fall trip to southern Utah including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. This time I had more cameras with me and I shot a lot in 12 days, we even visited Death Valley on the way home.The other thing about 2011 was my work on a 365 project – that’s where you shot every day of the year. On I began with a world wide group to do a ‘single in’ challenge where each month we picked one lens from our collections, shot every day of the month with it, and posted one image on the forum every day. I did it for 12 months and did not miss a day! If you want to see the results from that, visit this link. I learned so much, not only about my gear, but about my surroundings, and how to produce something every day with photography. It wasn’t always my best. I continued this in the summer and fall of 2012 and am now on a hiatus.

Here are some of my best images from 2011.

Some of my latest black and white images

These are the most current 20 black and white images from my flickr site. It is also a test of the SlickrFlickr plugin.

Rework of this blog

Well, from its brief and interrupted start last June, the TSM-Solutions Photography Blog is re-launching to something more real and sustained thanks to CS 57.11 from SRJC. It’s already advanced beyond my last effort as I have a plan, well…er…a proposal and lots of friendly students to look in on this puppy. So, here goes.

Another ESA Photo Contest Win

Wohler Bridge – HDR – November 2012
Pentax K-5, Tamron 70-200 @ 160mm, f/16, 5 image HDR series starting at 0.7sec. on a tripod.
This image won the December company photo contest. I really like this and have printed it on metal.
The warmth of this image and the repeated patterns just set up for me in the fading light of the late afternoon.