Monday, February 23, 2009

Remember that one time?

When I told you I took pictures?

Well, I finally got them posted.

Some highlights:

I tried to abuse the sensor on this trip out, which explains why I took so many shots with the sun in the frame. Unlike with the *ist DL, I am not getting cross-pattern purple bloom away from the sun. That's pretty cool, but I don't know if it's because I'm shooting PEF instead of JPEG or if it's actually the camera.

Bridge part
Here's a part of the swinging bridge as taken with the DA 14.

brake shoe
An underexposed and then rescued photo of an old brake pad that I found next to the rails.

Male cardinal
A male cardinal with my M 135/3.5. I think I took this shot at f8 with spot metering enabled.

Female cardinal
This is actually not a full-frame shot. It is taken from the middle ninth (i.e. divide the frame in thirds vertically and horizontally, then pick the center box) of a shot that looks much the same as the male cardinal. Taken with the same 135mm lens, but at f6.3 instead of f8.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

True story

Best Buy in Laurel has 8 GB Extreme III 30 MB/s edition cards for 40 bucks right now. Works out to basically half off.

Incidentally, anyone know how hard it might be to fabricate my own custom zippered case for my viewfinder magnifier?

Monday, February 9, 2009

I need this for tomorrow

Firmware updates for SanDisk 12 in 1 and 5 in 1 readers, to support SDHC.

I've been looking for this for a while, and now I can just leave a reader connected to my computer at home full time. Yay!

Friday, February 6, 2009

A pointless exercise

I read somewhere today that someone thought the DA 14mm f2.8 was useless wide open. This hasn't really been my experience at all, and in my latest fit of "hey I wonder what gear I'm going to buy next," I've decided the DA★ 16-50 f2.8 is really nothing special compared to the DA 16-45 f4, given that its aberrations at f2.8 are so bad, so the only thing working in the ★'s favor is the weather sealing.

Anyway, I thought I'd point a bunch of my lenses at some typical "wide open" setting where there would be the chance for highlights in the subject and highlights in the background to turn into ugly purple nonsense. Mouseover for lens and aperture info.





So what's the moral of the story? Pentax is all about mild bright-ring bokeh. That's about it.

As a bonus, I present an awful photo of my cat:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Tamarin worm time
DA 50-200 at 160mm, f8

FA 77, f2.8

Both are with the AF360FGZ flash. I do kind of want to go back and reprocess the second one; Bertha looks a little funny.

Noble Profile?


tripod pillow

Monday, February 2, 2009

How's it going with Lightroom?

Well, so far -

  • Deletion of photos - I've killed 3/4 of my existing library. I began that operation with 11,250 photos, almost all of which were from my *ist DL, and started deleting the ones I no longer needed on my hard drive. I finished at 2,895.

  • Keyword tagging - the main impetus behind organizing my library was that someone asked me what a blind pig is. I have a picture of the one my mom has, but I had no idea where it was. Now I can sort on broad categories or, in the case of animals or parks, specific species or locations.

  • Playing with the import process - I don't have high-test computers, so doing the development stuff as batched as possible is key. One of the biggest problems has been generating previews throughout the deletion and tagging processes, so I'm now trying to figure out what the best import workflow is going to be. I just tried "standard," and that went reasonably quickly for 84 images (yes, Josh, mostly compressed PEF). I haven't taken it out and done one shoot yet, though, so I can't comment on how the on-import tagging features work yet.

So there you go. I may have pictures to share by the end of the night, but chances are, my next upload will be tomorrow.