Not much to write about this month, Just enjoying the Pentax K-1

Spending time this month reading about lenses and the Pentax K-1.

I find Pentax Forums a very nice resource for all sorts of material, lenses, cameras, flash, techniques – and not necessarily related to solely Pentax.
Easy to research articles and always someone willing to give a helpful reply.
Shots taken this month with the Pentax K-1 and various lenses or optics.

Yongnuo YN560 System for Pentax

Yongnuo YN560 IV & TX with Pentax

Recently I picked up a pair of Yongnuo YN560 IV speed lights to use with my K3.
Though I still love my Paul C Buff Zeus lights and packs, I was looking for something smaller and lighter to carry out into the field.
I had finally decided to break down and buy another Pentax AF540FGZ to give me the two light setup.

I have used my Buff radio syncs to trigger my original Pentax light and own a backup I figured I would use for the second light.
Only draw back I’ve noticed is the Pentax flashes don’t perform well in TTL for strobe work and in manual mode one must consistently go to each flash for adjustments.

RailRoad - Railway - California - Eastern Sierra - museums - miners cabin - lantern - coffee pot - strobe - Yongnuo - Bishop - Laws

While watching for used speed lights at B&H, I started noticing the reviews for the Yongnuo YN560’s.
Versions I, II & III all had exceptional reviews.
The only negatives I found were that this model isn’t TTL compatible with any camera and that the original two versions required radio slaves for off camera firing.
Versions III & IV are capable of working directly with the YN560-TX controller so all exposure and zoom adjustments may be done on camera. Version IV can also act as a controller for additional version III or IV lights. Continue reading

Back to the Basics 2 – zone plate photography

I’ve really been enjoying working with the zone plate photography and the fresnel effect it gives

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There is something challenging about not being able to picture the image through a viewfinder and trying to imagine how the final will emerge. Continue reading

Lensbaby Sweet35

Recently I’ve been experimenting with the Lensbaby Composer Pro & Sweet35 Optic.
I decided to head over to “Laws”, our local railroad museum and try to create a “historic image” effect with several of the buildings and artifacts there.
All the reviews I’ve read on the Lensbaby tilt process say that it does take some getting used to, all manual mode shooting and a small degree of tilt goes a long way. Continue reading