pentax k20d

Random Photos – Mid-Town, NY

In keeping with yesterday’s theme, and I guess moving forward with the rest of this weeks random photos, I give you more shots from 2009.  This was during a rainy trek to NYC’s Times Square, and the immediate area.

I don’t really remember much from that day, other than it was rainy and I felt drained just being in that area. These were shot with a Pentax K20D and an SMC Pentax M50 F/1.7 manual lens. Also, apologies for the sizes, I processed these also back in 2009, and back then, I was in the habit of sharing lower res. photos.

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Random Photos – Stirling, NJ

I forgot to grab a camera with me when I left this morning for work.  Sure, I do have my cell phone, but the whole point of this project was to ‘get my gear out’ as Matt Granger would say.  So I dug back to some old photos I had shot before.

This set I did back in 2009, when my mom and I visited St. Josephs shrine in Stirling, NJ.

My editing style as well as my shooting style was pretty different back then.  I shot these with a Pentax K20D, with probably the Pentax 50-135 F/2.8 DA* lens and maybe a Sigma 28mm F/1.7 EX DG.  And as always, edited in Lightroom to taste.  I’m not sure I would edit these the same way.  I think I should actually look for the RAW files from my archives and see how I would edit them now.  Anyhow, I hope you enjoy.


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Random Flickr photo of the day – October 25, 2012

Butterfly

Apologies for the super late post.  I just got my new phone today, a Galaxy Nexus S, and I’ve been playing around with it a bit much. It is also my GF’s birthday, so, stuff had to be taken care of.

Anyhow, this was a picture shot at this massive art place in upstate NY, called Storm King art center.  They have a massive expanse of land, and they have massive artwork all over the place.  I don’t think we even got to explore the whole place.  In one area, I just noticed a bunch of insects, bee’s, lady bugs, butterflies.  I sat there observing, and I decided to just start taking photographs.  I don’t have a true macro lens for my Pentax, but the DA* 50-130mm lens proved to be a worthy lens.  Below is one of my personal favorites from that set.

Butterfly

Pentax K20D
Pentax DA* 50-135mm F/2.8
1/1600
f/2.8
135 mm
ISO 100
0 EV

 

 

If you would like to see more photos from that set, here’s the link.

Random photo of the day – October 16, 2010

My apologies for skipping a day, I was out with some sort of stomach virus that pretty much took me out all of yesterday and the better part of today.  I am feeling better however, and normal useless posts will resume.

Today’s random photo is Raging Bitch by Flying Dog Brewery.  The name really implies this beer.  It has a mean taste, and a mean bark.  If you don’t heed to it, it will bite you in the ass in more ways than one.  One of my more recent favorite brews.  Pick up a sixer if you ever get to see this around.

 

Pentax K20D
Pentax M-50
1/1250 sec.
F/1.8
ISO-200
85 mm

Random Flickr photo of the day – October 9, 2012

I actually didn’t shoot this.  My friend shot this, and this image is highly edited.  This was during possibly the greatest vacation I ever took.  End of summer 2009, I went to the Pacific Northwest for a few days for fun and relaxation.  It was all of that and then some.  Just travelling without and stress is a worth ten times more than the cost of the trip itself.

My friend showed me around the Seattle area, and we took a drive down to  Portland, Oregon for the day.  On the drive back, we elected to drive towards the Pacific Coast Highway, to stop by the Pacific Ocean.  We got there a few minutes before the sun started to set.  I took a few shots of my own of the sun set, and little did I know my friend was taking photos of me taking photos of the scenery.  I turned around and saw her, so I decided to take a pic of her also, and this was that photo.  I ended up messing around wit it a bit in photoshop, and I made it look like i was shooting the sunset instead of me taking a picture of her.

Shooting the sun

Photo by Kat Sezto – Post processing by Jean-Paul de Guzman
Nikon D90
1/250
f/14.0
52 mm
ISO 200

And for comparisons sake, here is the original image, straight RAW conversion to JPG.

Random Flickr photo of the day – October 7, 2012

One of  my fave shots during the ‘Where is Garfield Now’ era, or WIGN for short.  I just did some play with some lights, and made one of my Alien toys, stalking Garfield.

I really ought to bring back a similar series. The original Pez dispenser is all beat up, so I should pick up another similar one.

WIGN - Day 178

Camera Pentax K20D
Pentax K20D
Pentax DA* 16-50mm
1/80
f/4.5
36 mm
ISO 800

Random Flickr photo of the day – October 5, 2012

Main St. USA – Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

I shot this during my friends 2nd shot at running the WDW Marathon. That year, he did the Goofy Challenge. Half

Marathon on day 1, and a Full Marathon on Day 2. Physically taxing, yes, but super motivational, and definitely a feat to feel good about once completed. One of the advantages of being a spectator and a photographer to boot, is the uninterrupted chances of taking long exposures such as this, with out being bumped or someone walking in front your shot. Again the K20D’s in body Shake Reduction system shines, and coupled with a very wide angle lens, a slower shutter speed can be used without the need for a tri-pod.

Main St. USA - Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World


Pentax K20D
Pentax DA* 16-55mm
1/20
f/2.8
16 mm
ISO 1600