Photographing Historic Artifacts/Locations & the Pentax 70mm DA Limited

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. Continue reading

Best lenses for night photography

I just read a great article by David Kingham about the best lenses to use for night photography.
Photographing at night doesn’t requires high-end lenses and usually the most basic lenses will perform quite well, especially with a DSLR.

The author points out one of the most important features of a lens for night photography is the amount of light your lens will let in, providing you with the best options of a lower ISO to reduce noise. He mentions this is one advantage of primes over zooms. Primes having a fixed focal length usually offer a wider aperture, though he does offer some nice zoom options for those of us who use both. Continue reading