April 20, 2009

Spring in Connecticut

I flew back to Connecticut this past weekend for a family event and to check in on my 88 year old mother. Being a quick trip, I only packed my K20D and 31mm lens. The weather turned out to be sunny and warm, and I was able to carve out a little free time to try and capture a few photos showing the signs of springs.


Except for the photo of the field of daffodils, all the other photos were taken around my mother's house and land. I tried to find scenes and composition that tested the 31mm's wonderful resolving capabilities. Although I have used this lens more than any other piece of Pentax glass, it continues to surprise me in the way it consistently renders highlights, shadows and color regardless of the scene or lighting.


While I spent most of my time outside, I did take a few photos inside my mother's house to mix in some hand held natural light interiors to juxtapose against the primarily outdoor nature scenes. I haven't photographed many interiors with this lens previously, and was fairly happy with these casual tests especially since they were all shot at f/4.0 and between 1/6 and 1/8 sec.


All photos shot in RAW and converted with CS3 (no adjustments) into jpegs for uploading to Blogger. Double click on the thumbnails for a larger image.















12 comments:

  1. That 31mm does have wonderful resolving capabilities. I'll have to break my piggy bank someday and get one while they are still available.

    There is something about the East Coast that I like. California has nice weather and all, but it's so green on the East Coast.

    Those are stunning pictures, especially when considering that no adjustments other than the jpeg conversion was done.

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  2. I love the photos!, How do you rate it up against the 35mm ltd macro? Obviously the 31 is top notch but I've heard and experienced the 35mm ltd to be very good too and sharp and I love the pull out hood!

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  3. I'm pleased to see Skunk Cabbage... an old herb I've known about for more than a few years. Glad to see it grows out back!

    Nice lens too!

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  4. I'm guessing it's not a coincidence these have no exif data, I rekon these are from the new K7 or whatever it's going to be called. Seeing as how this camera is supposed to work almost in harmony with the limited lens series. Guess we have to wait till may 21st to find out :(

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  6. These have EXIF data it shows that they were are shot with a K20D. Most at f/5.6 and 1/250sec.

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  7. Sorry I was trying to read the exif from the thumbnails I feel a bit stupid but then again most apps just resize the photos and leave the exif data ah oh well.

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  8. Ned regarding the 22 frames a second mode on the k20d - have you ever used it for water/milk droplets? Or do you know anyone who has? I've only just realised this is perfect for a high speed photography project I'm doing.

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  9. This is what I am doing currently with the high speed photography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMxA0UPDeSQ Please give me some feedback :)

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