One of the beauty’s about photographing historic artifacts and locations is the freedom which the subject matter offers.
History, after all is just a story – actually, several stories; some known, some not.
Often, most forms of commercial photography emphasize portraying the subject matter in a specific light – so to speak. Glamour, political consciousness/opinion, product desire or consumer awareness, etc., all while utilizing various art techniques like form/shape, light, texture, and individual expression.
I find documenting historic artifacts/locations to be free in the sense I don’t focus much on portraying my subjects to an audience in a specific light. Each artifact/place has it’s own stories, telling each individual audience member a different story.
This is the beauty. No focus of right or wrong, glamour or coarseness. The subject will always tell each member of the audience their own individual, unique story.
One common location which speaks to each of us so, is the cemetery.
I recently purchased the new Pentax K3 and rented the 70mm DA limited from BorrowLenses.com to test out the camera.
This lens has received good reviews as a medium telephoto lens for portraitures and landscapes.
It has a pleasing bokeh affect at the wide apertures and maintains IQ and DOF at mid-apertures for landscapes.
I found this lens to be great for photographing headstones in our local Pioneer Cemetery, especially at the wider openings. The bokeh is very smooth, making the headstones stand out while having great IQ on the stones themselves.
The next day I went out to our pet cemetery and shot from f2.4 to f8. Again I found the wide open shots to be very pleasing and also found the lens to work quite well at mid-range for the cemetery expanse of mass graves.
If anyone is wondering about this lens for non portraiture work, give it a try. A very creative glass for any detail oriented subject.