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Saturday, July 4, 2015

More with the Pentax HD-DA 16-85 f3.5-5.6

The more I get to know it, the more I am impressed with the sharpness of this lens. I have not had a chance to shoot off a tripod yet. That is usually my last and best test of sharpness when I get to go with that. I have just been too busy to really get after serious photographic endeavors yet!

I can say that the bokeh is nice, and it is quite sharp, the colors are very nice indeed. And when I hold it steady it performs well. User error always sucks!

These were casual shots out in front of my work bright sunlight and all.

Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake City is one of my favorite places to shoot, my wife and I were there for a wedding reception, and took the opportunity to wander and take a few shots in the evening light. I was shooting to preserve highlights and not blow out the sky completely. More or less accomplished that, but had to do some work in Post to bring up the shadows. K5 can handle that though, marvelous sensor that it has. Because of the size of the temple this environment can test the edge performance of a lens, here it performed admirably!

I struggled with this shot, ACR doesn't have a profile for this lens yet so I had to fake the distortion correction and then the perspective correction was a bugger too. I kind of think I got it too straight, I usually leave a little perspective distortion and took this one all the way, which can make it look funky.

This I leveled but didn't fix the perspective at all, the distortion of the lens is slightly visible if you look closely on the left side. Can't wait for ACR to bring out a profile. I am going to try to enable the camera to do that, but it takes time on each shot for the camera to  process the profile on the RAW file.

The old Hotel Utah, now known as the Joseph Smith Memorial Building has some fabulous detail work on the exterior and interior. I really need to spend more time on it.

Statue of Joseph Smith and his wife Emma on Temple Square.

One of the things I do a lot of is long exposure work on a tripod. I have been wanting to shoot downtown from up on the foothills for a long time. I think I may have found the spot I was looking for to shoot from. I was in dress shoes this night and I really didn't think it wise to climb up all the way!

This is downtown Salt Lake City with the Salt Lake Temple and The State Capitol. Most of these were 15-30 second exposures.