Again, long time no post, been very lazy I suppose, watching old TV shows and playing bloody Clash of Clans. Anyway, I’m posting this one which is a bit technical about a photography post-processing technique that I had a go at with a set of pictures I took at Murodo station in Japan. I was actually trying to take a bunch of multi-exposure shots in one shot (Pentax feature), but accidentally forgot to set the multi-exposure setting and ended up taking half a dozen separate stills. So here I was with a bunch of stills and no motion in the clouds as I wanted.
I decided to see if it could be done easily and for free (using open source/free software), turns out that it could, and with pretty reasonable results at that. Hat tip to patdavid.net for the tutorial on how to do this but I did it on mac osx, pretty much exactly the same commands using hugin and imagemagick. I pretty much followed his instructions and got the result that I was looking for, it would’ve been better if I had taken more pictures and used an ND filter, but I was experimenting I guess. You should be able to make out a subtle difference in the sharpness of the clouds, the multi-exposure showing a tiny smidge of motion. It’s definitely a good thing to know, but I’d prefer to do it in camera to reduce the number of files I am working with.
I think I alluded to this in my last post, or at least alluded to something coming up on the horizon, of which we should all be excited about. Well, I got a new lens, and it’s basically the best (or at least most expensive) Pentax (SLR) prime ever made.
Now we all know that a full-frame Pentax DSLR is on its way (end of this year perhaps) but that certainly didn’t factor into my decision to get this lens, even though it is a full frame lens. I’ve just read so much about this lens and its magic pixie dust that it’s always been the next lens on my wish list, I’ve been waiting for our next overseas trip before putting down the hard-earned on this one, and we’re heading to the lens’ motherland again, Japan (although this lens was assembled in Vietnam) in mid-July so the GST will be coming back to me (yay!) :D. We’ll also be heading back to Vietnam at the end of the year so the lens is going back to all of its roots this year.
I have to admit, the camera that took the picture of my camera is a pretty special machine as well (the Fuji X100), I really like its output, but I’m really liking the output of my new lens a lot. I’ve pretty much only been shooting with it wide open, actually I’ve pretty much been doing that for everything lately because I’ve only been taking portrait shots, but this trip to Japan is going to be a real test for this beauty. I will not be taking my DA21 (my usual workhorse) due to space limitations (which is strange considering the DA21 is tiny) so I fully expect the FA31 to be on my camera for most of the time (although I may still change my mind about the DA21). I did read a few posts and points about the FA limited being out of date and such, but remembering that the FA43 actually renders pictures optimally to my preference, this was definitely a no-brainer.
So now I have four limiteds, two DAs (21 and 70), and two FAs (31 and 43), I have not given the 70 much of a workout in the three years that I’ve had it, but I’ve got plenty of time to work on it. We’re going to be travelling to Japan at the end of the rainy season (that’s what we hope anyway) and moving through central Japan around the Kiso Valley and the northern alps, let’s hope that I won’t be so consumed with looking after my son that I won’t be able to take a lot of beautiful photos of some beautiful places (weather permitting of course). I’m excited, we’re all excited, we have three weeks to go, and then we’re off, off to see the Japanese, the beautiful Japanese of Japan; doesn’t quite work does it?
[UPDATE] The camera has been sold and shipped, thanks to all for viewing/bidding.
I’ve finally decided to put this one up for sale, I haven’t used it for a couple of years, and we’re cleaning out the house a bit, and since Em has a Pentax K-r herself (not that she uses that, but it’s a backup body) so I decided that this one should go. It was certainly a loyal partner back in the day going with me through Mexico, South America, Malaysia, and India, those are some pretty harsh places I would think. It’s a tough little dslr, and would match some weather sealed lenses as a backup body quite well I would think.
I’m just selling it on ebay cos that’s the easiest place to do it. The pictures I’ve attached were taken with my K-5 and the FA43, now that is a beautiful combination (especially if low light focusing isn’t involved). Go on, get over there and put a bid on, don’t just watch it, it expires in less than nine days, and it’s priced to sell ($25 opening bid, come on). It’s got built-in shake reduction (image stabilisation), less than 9, 000 shutter actuations, so it’s still got a long life ahead of it, runs on AA’s so no need to worry about where to get batteries. It’s just a very capable little camera, that would work very well as either a backup body, or a learning camera, just chuck a nice cheap prime lens (50mm or something) on and it would make a nifty little portrait camera.
It seems my beloved DA21 has failed me once again, after getting it repaired to fix an issue with focusing close to and at infinity, only a couple hundred snaps later and it seems the issue has reared it’s ugly head again. This time unfortunately, I don’t have the recourse to take it to the shop for repair, as I am away in a faraway land and would not have time to get it done during this holiday period. I also have not forgotten that the lens repair is still under warranty so I will be taking it straight back to the shop to get it sorted out (hopefully properly this time). This is a terrible stroke of luck as it is my main landscape lens and while travelling to faraway places, landscape photography is what I really look forward to. Here in Icy Land, I’m hoping for some northern lights action and any other wild Winter volcanic landscapes that exist on this crazy island. That means that my widest lens is the FA43, the 43 denoting 43mm, which means that the lens is not that wide at all, it is a beautiful lens, but really is only useful for massive landscapes and massive panoramas, it doesn’t give me the width to take in a regular landscape or even a bit of architecture. I guess I’m just going to have to be super-creative (which is a struggle for me) and hope for the best, maybe this is a good thing, maybe I will be able to find my inner-Picasso and snap some really creative/artsy shots. Oh poor DA21, my most used travel lens, needs to be fixed properly. It’s so freaking cold here, it’s going to take all of my will power just to get out and take photos, especially now that my wide lens is done and dusted anyway.