Grabbing Opportunities

Creating a Long Exposure

I photograph extensively with a Pentax which I use mainly for my landscapes and studio. I also use my Olympus OMD10 mkII as a grab camera particularly useful for street photography. However, I had an opportunity to visit Burton upon Trent this week and stayed at a hotel near to the bridge that crosses the Trent into the town. Though seemingly unremarkable it does have a weir and a very small race with water cascading around several boulders. I decided to get up early in the morning to catch a possible sunrise that could turn an OK scene into something a bit more special. I chose to take my grab camera as I needed to work quickly in order to be on my way for an early morning appointment elsewhere. The sunrise wasn’t quite the fiery spectacular sky normally prayed for but that’s the way with this photography lark. At least I managed to get out there to click a few pictures. I didn’t have any ND Lee filters with me but really wanted to achieve a long exposure. I needed to work quickly and set my camera to aperture priority and with an f20 aperture managed to push the exposure to 5 sec. In the previous shot I managed to push the exposure to 8 sec. but I don’t think the composition was as good as this shot. The light turned from being too dark to capture anything very quickly becoming too light to get the effect I wanted in a matter of minutes. The shot below is the best that I managed which isn’t quite as good as I wanted. When I got back to the hotel I realised that in my haste I totally forgot to reset my ISO. The shot was taken with an ISO of 400 from a previous outing and had I thought about it and set it to 100 I could have possibly stretched the exposure a bit longer but heigh-ho, something to remember next time.

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The boulder Race

Taken straight after the image above but because I was facing away from the rising sun manged to get the exposure to 13 sec. at f20 but the trees really spoil the shot, it could have been a more interesting shot otherwise.

First Post

Hi,

When we set this site up we thought it important to be able to have an individual blog page and this is my first posting to my very own blog page. Though not a familiar environment for me I hope that as I slowly get to grips with posting a blog the content will grow and allow me to share my news and thoughts in an interesting way.

I thought for this first posting that I would talk about how I am managing the transition into the world of full frame photography.

At the beginning of this year I decided after being very happy and comfortable with the results I was achieving with my Pentax K5 mark II camera and standard lenses it was about time that I step up from APSC format into full frame and duly invested in the Pentax K1. Even though I bought it when just two months prior to the newer Mark II was released ( how things normally work out for me ) I was not unduly concerned that I missed out on the upgraded model by just a couple of months and didn't think the extra investment of sending it away to be upgraded was worth the expense for the extra features. Along with the camera I also invested in a professional lens and acquired a Pentax DFA 24mm to 70mm f2.8 ED Lens. Quite the beast!

This was my one of my very first images out of the camera which was something I found in the corner of a field I was working in. I managed to get it home in one piece and set about working out the best way I can to test my camera and lens in a studio environment. I was Impressed and have been busy whenever I could to acquire the skills to master the camera and lens. 

Anyhow, I hope you like our platform and hope to post again soon.

Malcolm.