Rusty shutters #2.

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Pentax *ist D.

The Pentax *ist D was my first digital SLR. We’re talking 2006, some 13 years ago.

I’d looked at all available options at the time and concluded that the bodies of the Nikon and Canon offerings were just way too big.

The *ist D weighs less, is easier to hold, and compact in comparison. That was enough to sell me on going down the Pentax path.

I still use this camera today, mostly for TtV. It’s been well taken care of. Seriously. Except for the smallish rubber cover for the cable release socket falling off, this camera looks brand new.

The *ist D is powered by four rechargeable AA nickel metal hydride batteries, and I’m using an original speedy Lexar 80x 2GB Compact Flash card.

The menu system and camera controls are easy to use and the viewfinder works just fine. The small LCD display is only functional for the menu system and playback, not for framing up a shot. It was 2006, remember?

I have a decent collection of lenses for this camera, both Pentax and Sigma, but Sigma’s 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 macro gets the most use. The SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 is a close second.

I also have a few different K-mount Lensbaby lenses, the most recent being their Composer Pro with mainly the Sweet 35 optic.

Red earring, Princess Ally, Yellow, Pink tutus, Spring Clean.

Resolution: 6.1 megapixels
Max image size – 3008 x 12008
Display: 1.8in LCD @ 118,000 pixels
ISO: 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speeds: 30 sec – 1/4000 sec
Metering: Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
Dimensions: 5in x 3.7in x 2.3in
Weight: 18 oz
Power: 4 AA batteries
Memory card: CompactFlash

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Sping-ish.

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Yup. They don’t last long here in Texas.

A Gerber Daisy macro, backyard shot. Made with a new shutterbox in my collection, the very cool Olympus Stylus XZ-2.

The garden’s looking good, hopefully it’ll be a cooler June than last year.

Rusty shutters #1.

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Pentax Optio 330GS.

15 years ago.

The 330GS was my second digital camera, a very compact 3.2 megapixel point and shoot with decent macro and an extremely easy-to-use menu system and simple camera interface.

It had a viewfinder and a smallish swing-out display with a tiny reverse button for selfies.

Powered by a pair of AA nickel metal hydride batteries, it got by with a Lexar 4x 128MB Compact Flash card.

It’s a great little shooter that I purchased new in March 2004 for around $300.

This little guy is still in my collection and it works perfectly!

Resolution: 3.2 megapixels
Max image size – 2048 x 1536
Display: 1.6in LCD @ 72,000 pixels
Zoom: 2.7x digital
ISO: 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speeds: 4 sec – 1/1500 sec
Aperture: ƒ/2.6 – 5.0
Focal Length: 5.8mm – 17.4mm
Macro: 5.5in – 19.7in
Metering: Center-weighted, multi-segment, spot
Dimensions: 4in x 2.5in x 1.5in
Power: 2 AA batteries
Memory card: CompactFlash

Know the rules.

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I should’ve gone to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day web site and read the submission page, then I would’ve know that images must have been taken on Sunday April 28.

I was out on Saturday the 27th and had my GX1/Thingyfy combo with me, so I shot a bunch.

Now I know.

Here are nine shots I made…

I love a parade.

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Red poppies everywhere.

I joined in on a photo stroll with a new club I learned about a few months back.

The Round Rock Image Creators had their first walk yesterday in Georgetown. Yup. Right smack dab in the middle of the town’s annual Poppy Festival.

A short drive from our house, I got there about 8 a.m. to make sure I could park near Town Square. Good strategy.

I slowly made my way to the neighborhood just north of all the festival activities, shooting my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with the Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S11 attached.

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. I wanted to make sure I had a few shots in the can if I don’t get a chance to get out.

After about 45 minutes of walking around I headed back to the Escape to switch cameras for the stroll. I also brought the Panny GX8 with the ƒ2.8/12-40 Pro.

Anyway, a small group of folks from the club met at the north steps of the courthouse and proceeded to walk pretty much the same route I had earlier, but this time around the streets were abuzz with people and vehicles lined up for the Festival’s parade.

Naturally, I lost the RRIC group somewhere along the line.

That made for lots of good shooting. And, naturally, I lost the RRIC group somewhere along the line.

Perfect timing, just like when I organized a stroll around the Day of the Dead parade in Austin back in November of 2011. Shooting in the staging area makes for a lot of up-close and unscripted moments.

I got to meet Chet Garner of Daytripper fame – one of my fave PBS shows here in Central Texas.

I didn’t stay for much longer and was able to get out of Georgetown without any problems, traffic-wise.

 

‘Roid Week Spring 2019

Instant fun, revisited.

Torri and me have been adding a lot of color to the backyard this Spring, so it made sense that a majority of my shots for ‘Roid Week would end up being botanical in nature.

I even managed to get in a few shots from one of the local nurseries we visited.

I’ve gotta’ use up some of the Fuji peel-apart film in my stash next time around.

Here are my 12 contributions for ‘Roid Week Spring 2019, April 21-26…