Back Yard Photography

I spent Saturday doing some yard work, mowing, hoeing the small vegetable garden my wife and I plant, and fertilizing a couple of apple trees we have in the back yard.  After the chores were done, it was a beautiful day with temps in the mid 70’s, so I decided to have a beer, kick back on the deck, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.  Soon I remembered I had a new lens that needed test shooting.  It’s a Pentax 55mm  1.8 made in 1976, and reported to be one of, if not the sharpest lens Pentax ever produced.  I spent the next 30 minutes shooting and here are some of the pics.  Let me know what you think.

Granny Smith Apples.

Gerbera Daisy, and Cuban Oregano.

Kentucky Wonder Green Beans climbing a cane pole.


Tokina 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.3 Part 2

I got a chance to take this little lens into the field today and was impressed with it’s handling and sharpness.

I think this little fellow is a Carolina Wren.  I was lucky enough to catch him when he was distracted and sat still for a moment.

The usable focal length and the exceptional close focusing make this one of my favorite street lens.  Here’s some additional examples of close focus.

As always comments are welcome, and thanks for stopping by.

Tokina 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.3

A couple of close up test shots with a manual Tokina lens.

Let me know what you think.  I will post more from this lens at a later date.  It should be interesting to see if it’s as sharp at 105mm as these close focus shots are.  Thanks for looking, and have a great week.

It’s Been A While….

First let me apologize for my long absence.  I have been dealing with an eye issue that has not allowed me to get behind a camera for the last three months.  Thanks to a new Doctor and some remarkable medicines it appears I’m getting better and thankfully can begin to settle back into my old routine.

Second, many thanks for the well wishes during my absence

Although I was unable to shoot I did manage to pick up a new lens or two.  The above photo is one of the first test shots with a Vivitar 70-150mm 3.8 zoom.  It’s a M42 mount and according to the serial number was made by Kino Precision, for Vivitar, in 1970.  It reproduces colors beautifully, and meters on my Pentax Kx perfectly.  A little soft wide open but tack sharp at 5.6 and above.  If you enjoy shooting with old glass in manual mode you should pick one of these up and give it a try, they are going for little of nothing, and IMHO a good little lens for a day in the woods.

Did I mention it also has a close focus setting?  As always comments are welcome, and thanks for stopping by.

P.S Please click on the photos for the full size shot.  This little lens is impressive in the detail it renders and the thumbnails just don’t do it justice.

Photography Contest 1 of 6

It has been a while since my last post, and I apologize to my regular readers.   The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of activity, and I just haven’t had the time do much here.  I have been very busy preparing to enter and show some of my work in the Tennessee Valley Fair photography contest.  Between deciding which photos to display, and checking proofs for color match it has been a tedious, and somewhat involved process.  The hard work has paid off and two of my photos were fortunate enough to place second in their respective categories.  This was totally unexpected.  I always tried to make the best shot possible, but to win in such a prestigious, and diverse contest more than validated all the hard work.

With the validation in place, and “award winning photographer” now in my profile, I have decided to make the jump to the retail world and make several of my photos available for sale.  The plan right now is start out small at sites like Society 6, and ETSY, keep creative control of the photos, and see if there is any interest.  With that said, I will be very busy for the next couple of weeks and I (being lazy at times) am going to make it easy on myself and post the six photos I entered in the contest so I can stay in the habit of posting.  Starting a blog is very easy, maintaining one is the hard part.

This shot was entered in the flowers category, and did not place.  I still love the shot, and enjoy working with reds, a difficult color to work with since the camera sensor sees it as black and doesn’t save the texture very well.  Precision focus and exposure are critical for an acceptable shot.  Well, enough for now.  Have a great day and…

As always comments, critiques, or just a hello are always welcome.