The garden flower:
Infrared converted Pentax K10D, Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro.
I’m happy to announce that two of my photos are in the 14th annual Maryland Federation of Art’s American Landscapes Exhibit! This is the 4th American Landscapes I’m been privileged to participate in, the last being in 2008. Here are the works that I have in this year’s show:
The exhibit will be in the MFA Circle Gallery from August 15 - September 14, 2014. The Circle Gallery is located at 18 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland. You can see the whole exhibit, digitized and on line, here.
Doing some yard work around the house today I noticed a male goldfinch eating seeds out of a sunflower. Since the sunflower was only a few feet from the driveway I pulled the car in, rolled own the window, and took a few shots…
Pentax K-3, Tokina ATX 400mm f5.6. Click on the images for a larger file.
This last one is a rather extreme crop:
One thing about cats is that they really love looking through windows. Someone once told me that to a cat, a window is like a TV. They will sit still and peer through the glass for a long time, watching the activity on the other side. My cat is no exception - here’s a snap shot of him peering through the kitchen windows.
It’s July so I am out trying to get insect shots… Last week’s cool snap - oh wait, we call those Polar Vortex’s now - (everything is bigger than life in the XXI Century) - well, the cool snap put a damper on things and the weather is still cool now. So I haven’t seen many dragonflies at all.
Today was humid but cool, cloudy and dark. I wandered for an hour through familiar fields in the Allegan Forest, down to a hidden pond, up through the oak savannah. Everything is lush and green and the
iron weedbergamot is in bloom, big time:
(Click the image for a larger file.)
Walking down to the pond I saw only a few green darners and no other dragonflies. The air over the pond itself was still - not a dragonfly to be found - it should be swarming with them!
I trudged back to the car. Taking a shortcut through the woods I stumbled into three meadowhawks. Here is the one that was the most cooperative with regards to photos:
Here is one that allowed a good dorsal shot - maybe a red meadowhawk jsut now adopting mature coloration? Maybe, but there is no telling:
I said I saw three meadowhawks and of course, one got away. It was the best of the three.
And lastly, here is a robberfly from last Saturday. I felt that the trip to the woods was such a wasted effort that I did not ever bother to remove the memory card from the K-3 and review the photos I took (all 15 of them.) Turns out that this closeup of an ugly fly came out rather well, technically at least:
That image is an extreme crop…
The Ricoh /Pentax K-3 paired with the A* 200 macro continues to perform well.
Last summer I tested a couple of rolls of Arista Edu Ultra 200 (widely rumored to be a re-brand of Foma Fomapan Creative 200) from Freestyle Photographic. First impressions were good and I ordered a 100 foot roll for further testing… And here it is, a year, later, and I am finally getting to it. This is a quick shot of a mortuary statuette taken in northern Michigan. I really like this film!
Pentax Mz-S, FA 28-105 f4-5.6 zoom, Arista Ultra 200, Rodinal 1+50 for 10 minutes (20C).
A familiar subject:
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Playing around with an old Super Ricohflex, flash and zone focusing… I thought that such a simple system would produce technically poor images, but found that at f 11 and f16 they are actually reasonably sharp.
On the Ricoflex TLR I used a Pentax AF360FGZ flash set to “auto” mode (set the aperture and ISO and the flash shuts itself off when it thinks the exposure is correct.) Film was AGFA APX 100, developed in Rodinal 1:50.
I really could not see a thing on the TLR’s ground glass screen find and even the “action finder” on the TLR was pretty useless. So, it was point and shoot and compose by cropping… Since the 6x6 negative produces an image file that is about 68.9 megapixels, you can crop pretty severely and still have a decent size image. At full size, this image is just over 11x14 at 300 dpi.