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Day 2 – TGL Tanzania

On Monday evening we had another lovely meal of simple food (some of which I’m never really sure what it is but rice and beans of some kind seem to be involved), It’s always good. Then – as I predicted more or less – it rained for quite a while.

Tuesday morning – Seems like 4am is the dog barking / call to prayer / rooster crowing hour. Could not sleep so I got up about and did my blog. My mind went back to Monday and those kids. As we were going to be at the school basically all day, there was a lot of doubt in my mind about how it would go. Elizabeth was also having sleeping issues and we both worked on images for about a hour and a half until nearly breakfast. After breakfast Michael our leader broke out the 20 donated point and shoot cameras for today’s teaching shoot with the school kids.

Packed up and loaded into our bus taking us to the school.

Upon arrival amid shouts of ‘Simba!’ (Daniel is known around here as Simba) we exited the bus onto – oh did I mention that it rained a lot – a muddy field. The kids mobbed us and already several kids wanted more jumps from me etc. It was already like a reunion. What fun.
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Pentax Q Retrospective

Saw a nice post from a UK based photographer – Guy Carpenter of Gullwing Photography – about his reflections and images shot with a Pentax Q7 over the past year. The link to his blog is here A year with a Pentax Q7.

His thoughts and images are important to me as I’m doing my own 365 project with my Q system on this very blog site. I have to say that I really like his images and his reflections. Well done Guy!

Visit to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Yet another weekend travel story. In early May of this year, we traveled with our old friends Shari and Dave to the coastal town of Fort Bragg, California, located in Mendocino County. It’s about a 2-hour ride there and the scenery gets better the closer you get to Ft. Bragg. The purpose of the trip was to spend some time with our friends and visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, just south of Ft. Bragg. Although we have visited the Ft. Bragg area many times we’d never gone to these lovely botanical gardens featuring, among other things, numerous varieties of rhododendrons – most of which were in full bloom that weekend. So…after checking into our motel room we headed out for an afternoon stroll through the botanical gardens.

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Sunrise over the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Got up early today to try to catch sunrise and some clouds over the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve shot here a few times before and really like this location because of it’s open sky view for almost 360 degrees of the north bay marshes and distant hills. Through in a view clouds and some ground fog and voila! instant landscape photography. I will say though that the air temps were in the low 30’s and it felt like it.

So Sharon and I headed out about 6:30am this morning for the 30 minute drive over to Ramal Road off of Highway 12. The sky almost too cloudy and I could see that the fog might close in for periods of time but…the pink and blue colors to the east and bit of water in the wetlands, looked very promising. Here’s a couple of early shots.
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A Guide to Portrait Lenses

Portrait Lens Guide

It’s been awhile since I posted a bit on Pentax specific stuff. I saw this post on one of my favorite camera forums and felt that a repost would be good. While this is, of course, specific to Pentax gear, it does give one some info on focal lengths for portraiture. Personally, I’m a fan of the DA*55 f1.4 lens as it renders great color and nice head shots.

Read about it here

I’d be interested to know what others think about this article.

Edit: I realized it might be good to share a recent portrait shot of mine here. This was shot with the DA*55 f1.4. I shot this at f5.6 and while I could have blurred the background, I liked the adobe walls as context for this shot.


The Humorous Side of Photography

I’ve tended to be fairly serious on most of these posts but I thought it might be interesting to see some of the more humorous side of photography. These three short videos, while each having a bit of inside the game info in them are representative to me of how we as photographers can laugh at ourselves.

If you can identify yourself in any of these shots, you’re human. I can see some aspect of myself in most of these at some stage of my development as an artist. Of course I don’t do ANY of that now! (Yeah, right!)

This one is a joke mirrorless camera brands. Note that Pentax (the K-01) is left outside the party…story of my favorite brand.

And my all time favorite is the Battle at F-Stop Ridge. This portrays a battle scene essentially between film and digital camera shooters. Just watch!

Note that the last two videos were produced by ‘The Camera Store.’ An outfit from western Canada who love to do wacky interviews and videos just like these. They are great.

Edit: In the general humor category here I present this link to read. It’s funny to a point.
Uncle Bob versus a Pro Wedding Photog

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

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.