Memories of green

nature, Pentax K20D, Tamron

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A lonely picture taken on a very lonely day.

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Rainy

Bucharest, nature, Pentax K100D

It’s raining again.. I’m starting to miss the Sun.

Here are some older pictures I’ve taken half a year ago.

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Learning how to expose properly

Bucharest, nature

It seems I still have to learn about proper exposure. Until now it used to have to do with photographic prinicples themselves; now I’m onto compensating between what I see on the back of the camera after I shoot, and the computer screen when I download the pictures.

I always seemed to under-expose the images, even though they looked completely fine on the camera. I have worked around this minor mishap toning down the brightness of the K100D’s display by 1 or two units. Now I see my pictures for what they really are.

A couple I took today right before work. Pentax K100D + Tokina AF 70-210 f/4.5

Although far from perfect, they’re much much much closer to what I was expected to get, judging by what the camera showed me at the back of the LCD.

Only minimal sharpening added (shot @ 210 and wide open, so the images were soft). Contrast, exposure etc. were left untouched.

It seems proper exposure boosts colour output favourably. Who would have thought? :D I feel pretty dumb for not having looked into this sooner.

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Bucharest, photoshoot

I’ve named his entry 4463 because this was the 4463rd shot taken with the K100D. I’m quite fond of this one, because it shows the power of this camera/lens combination – superb colours, wonderful bokeh. I’m talking, of course, about my most treasured lens to date – the smc PENTAX-A 50mm f/1.7.

Afternoon rainbows – K100D, A 50mm f/1.7, ISO 400

That, however, does not mean that I cannot achieve wonderful results with lesser lenses. Here is a resize of a completely unmodified photograph, JPEG shot straight out of the camera. I normally only shoot RAW, but I had forgotten to switch back after taking 3 frames for HDR. Anyway, here’s the actual shot:

Folly – K100D, Soligor 70-200 @ 200mm, ISO 400

Duck on acid – K100D, Soligor 70-200 @ 200mm, ISO 400

Here is my first proper attempt at wildlife photography. I’d need a longer, faster lens for this type of work.