Thursday, February 14, 2013

Skeletons From The Closet - Pentax K1000 Results, In Color This Time

While using my Pentax K1000 during the month of January, I shot mostly black and white film. However, I did shoot a couple of rolls of color print film as well. Here are some of my color results.
 
Winter Berries, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 40-80mm f2.8-4 Lens
 
I had never tried this Pentax zoom lens before. It came with some other lenses I was more interested in. However, at f2.8-4, it's pretty fast. And, it has close focus capability. To me, 40-80mm is sort of a funny focal range, but it does seem to work pretty well. Mine is in excellent condition. I was impressed with the sharpness of the lens.
 
I took the camera and lens out for a walk during a break from work. We have a walking path that goes down to the river. The bridge is a common subject for me.
 
Bridge, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 40-80mm f2.8-4 Lens
 
On this particular winter day, the sky was clear and bright, making for some interesting reflections of the trees that tower over the river side.
 
Flowing Trees, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 40-80mm f2.8-4 Lens


Flowing Trees, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 40-80mm f2.8-4 Lens
 
The following images were shot during a Japanese New Year event in Washington, DC. Taking advantage of the fast SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7 and iso 400 film, I did a couple of rounds of the event. I found that people were happy to let me photograph them with the old film SLR. I felt like a kid again shooting with it.
 
Japanese Festival, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7 Lens
 
Japanese Festival, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7 Lens
 
The shot above is an example where I believe that out of focus foreground objects (like on the right side of this image) help to focus the viewer on the true area of interest.
 
Japanese Festival, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7 Lens
 
I love the warm design on the girl's kimono in the shot above.
 
Japanese Snacks, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7 Lens
 
Japanese Festival Games, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7 Lens
 
Japanese Festival, by Reed A. George
Asahi Pentax K1000, SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7 Lens
 
Sometimes I wonder what all of my other gear really adds to my creative pursuit, when I can have so much fun with the first real camera I ever owned, and a couple of lenses. And, the Pentax has capabilities wider than I've explored here. There is a full set of lens options, from very wide to long telephoto. It's a very capable camera system. Of course, other cameras bring different strengths and weaknesses, but the Pentax K1000 is a favorite for a reason.
 
What a blast to get out and shoot mine after such a long time! Not bad for a 35 year old camera.
 
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