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.