Freelensing the Pentax K-3II

Freelensing is a technique used with interchangeable lens cameras in both film-based and digital photography. The lens is detached from the camera and held in front of the lens mount by hand during exposure. This allows the lens to be tilted or shifted creating a similar effect to a perspective control or “Tilt-Shift” lens, only with a lower degree of fidelity. The result is a combination of selective focus and light leakage which are used creatively to create surreal imagery. Because of the increase in flange-focal distance, this technique is most successful with closeup or macro photography, where Infinity focus is not essential.

The lens used does not necessarily have to be native to the brand of camera, since it is not physically attached to it. In addition, the lens may also be reversed for Macro photography. By shooting through a normal to wide-angle lens backwards, increased magnification can be achieved. One of the by-products of freelensing is the introduction of “light leaks” which can be controlled to some degree and produce toy-camera like effects.

So yesterday (May 16th, 2017) I decided to try it. I grabbed my Pentax K-3II and my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. I set the body to AV exposure mode & the lens aperture on manual wide-open at f:1.4 composed using Liveview.

Tulip, unmounted 50mm lens, Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. #FreeLensing.

Tulip, unmounted 50mm lens, Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. #FreeLensing.

This should only be attempted on a dry dust free location, unless sensor dust is wanted. I may explore this with my retired Pentax ✩istD body.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds flypast

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds flypast, May 2nd, 2017. I forgotten the flypast was weather delayed from Monday May 1st, 2017. I saw a Facebook message at around 10:45 AM that the flypast was delayed until 11:15. So I grabbed my Pentax K-3II and my SMC Pentax-M★  300mm f:4 prime telephoto lens. I knew I had just enough time for a brisk walk to a vantage point. I decided on the lookout behind the Supreme Court of Canada building as it would give me a good view regardless of whatever direction the flypast would take. The first pass was west to east directly overhead, and the second pass was north to south.

Armée de l’Air. Airbus A400M “Atlas”. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds 1st flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds  1st. flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds 1st. flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

Patrouille de France & RCAF Snowbirds  2nd. flypast. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-M★ 300mm f:4 telephoto lens.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

Ottawa Architecture

Spring time and a walk around Centretown Ottawa with my Pentax K-3II.

Laurier Avenue West, shadow play. Pentax K-3II SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4

Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 85mm f:2 prime lens

Switched to my Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

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Truth, Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

Justice, Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

“CONSTRUCTION” Ornamental Allegoric Bas-relief sculpture were very common. These are in the Art-Deco style, designed by Jacobine Jones in 1937, and represent the Canada’s seven principal industries at the time: fishing, electricity, mining, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and construction.

Bank Street cornice, Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

The Shefford on Cooper Street. Pentax-M✩ 300mm f:4 prime lens.

Old & New, St. Peter & St Paul’s Church (1885) and the Lithwick Building (1987) April 23, Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens.
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Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens

Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens

Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-M 35mm f:2.8 prime lens

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

 

Bar Rob: Malak Sound/Bella Cat: March 10th

On a frigid Saturday night, the Centretown night spot Bar Robo heated up the night with two great acts. Bella Cat & Malak Sound.

First up was Malak Sound (Malak Ghanem) who has an amazing powerful and beautiful voice.

She was followed by Bella Cat of Chelsea, Québec. Bella does a powerful Blues with hints of Janis Joplin and others in Bella’s own unique style. Her voice will fill any venue she is booked at.

Bella was backed by a great local Blues guitarist Jesse Greene.

And Bella’s longtime drummer Matt Aston. Bar Robo salutes the heritage of their building with the original store’s sign mounted behind the stage.

 

Until next time…

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada

 

 

House of Targ: Riishi Von Rex/Bella Cat/Nile Grove

Ottawa’s House of Targ is an unique venue, last Thursday March 2, 2017 they had three Ottawa Bands on stage; Riishi Von Rex/Bella Cat/Nile Grove. I used just my new Pentax K-3II with my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4. The random colour switching LED spotlights changed colour throughout the performances.

First up was Riishi Von Rex with Michel Delage.

Next on stage was Chelsea’s Bella Cat.

Olivier Taché guitarist for Bella Cat.


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Bella Cat video shot with my Pentax K-3II dSLR with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, hand-held.

Next up was Nile Groove; Roxanne Lecuyer (vocals), Steve Patterson (tenor saxophone), Robbie Rigg (guitar), Abe Loboi (bass), Salah Adam (drums).

Abe Loboi (bass)

Video shot with my Pentax K-3II dSLR with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens, hand-held.

This was an high energy evening…

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

February winter’s day walk with the K-3II

Last weekend (February 18th & 20th) weather was well above normal with the mercury hitting 6° I took my new Pentax K-3II on a pleasant walk downtown. Saturday I mounted my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. At Bank Street and Somerset I photographed the colourful crosswalk.

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On Laurier Avenue I saw reflections of L’Esplanade Laurier  reflecting in the windows of 269 Laurier …
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At Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street I liked the play of light on the majestic Lord Elgin Hotel.

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Got to the Laurier Avenue Bridge and watched the skaters and walkers.

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I decided to experiment, I did a stacked four exposure composite. I like how it worked out.

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A turned my lens to the left as the sun was at the start of the Golden Hour.

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In Confederation Park I saw this skull ice sculpture, I closed down 2.3 stops to do the day-to-night technique.

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Another ice sculpture, at Marion Dewar Place.

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The colourful Winterlude stilt dancer
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The Ice Hogs are well loved by the little people.

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Monday I switched to my ATX Tokina 60mm~120mm f:2.8 Zoom. I saw this window with reflection at Nepean Street at Elgin Street.

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I enjoyed the juxtaposition with a more modern office building.

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Metcalfe Street reflections.

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More reflections…

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Plaza 234 (234 Laurier Avenue West) this is a gleaming stainless steel tower reflecting the Golden Hour

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Standard Life Centre Ottawa is a red granite clad twin tower, east of Bank on Laurier Avenue West.

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BMO Building 269 Laurier reflected in the Standard Life Centre Ottawa.

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Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Ontario

Bella Cat Rocks the Atomic Rooster: January 22, 2017

On Sunday January 22nd, I took my Pentax K-3II and SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 to see how it performed in low light, My old Pentax ✩istD was not a good low-light high ISO camera. I shot mostly at ISO:3200.

I did crank the ISO way up on this frame.

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ISO:51200, 1/1600s f:4.0, Pentax K-3 II, SCM Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime. Reminds me of Pushed High Speed Ektachrome slide film on the 1970’s.

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Taken from outside though the windows…

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Ontario

Another outing with the Pentax K-3II

After what seemed like daily cloudy, ice pellets, rain, snow. Ottawa finally had a break from the winter greys. This outing I took my Pentax K-3II and my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 with the Pentax Circular Polarizer.

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Ghost sign of George Snider’s photo studio that operated around circa 1900.

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Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier

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Telus Building on Slater Street with Alt Hotel.

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Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier

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Laurier Avenue West at Bank Street, L’esplanade Laurier.

The Pentax K-3II at 24.35 megapixels gives a fair bit of file overhead so minor perspective corrections that were impossible on my retired Pentax ✩istD.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

A walk on a winter’s day with the K-3II

Day 5 with my new Pentax K-3II camera, today the weather was a pleasant winter day at -8°, instead of the -21° we have been “enjoying”. I grabbed my 3 kg Marchioni Brothers Tiltall tripod and mounted my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 Prime lens. I went out for a afternoon walk. On Gloucester & O’Connor Streets I liked the juxtaposition of the stainless steel clad Bank of Canada and the new KPMG building with the old church between them.

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On the Laurier Bridge I created a 90 megapixel 4-frame panorama.

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While on the bridge, I looked down. I was attracted to the scarred ice surface. I waited until a had three people in a triangular composition.

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While shooting I dropped my glove off the bridge, a skater kindly grabbed it and placed in on the canal wall below so I could retrieve it. I went down the stairs to the canal and retrieved move glove, and I liked what the light was doing on the geodesic wall of the Shaw Centre.

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A bit of NIK HDR added to the image. I took a series of the structure.

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On my way home over Nepean Street and Bank Street to over Kent Street as far as Gladstone was a huge Murder of Crows. Below is a section of them over Florence Street, near Bank. Far too many to count, but clearly hundreds of them.

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Darrell Larose
Ottawa

 

First outing with my Pentax K-3 II

Battery fully charged this morning, it was a nice sunny mild day today in Ottawa.  The mercury touched near 5°, it was a good day to walk about in Centretown Ottawa. I mounted my smc Pentax-DA 14mm f:2.8 onto my brand new 24.35 megapixel Pentax K-3 II. My trusty 2004 6.1 megapixel  Pentax ✩istD is in semi-retirement, perhaps I’ll convert it to an IR camera. All the following frames are ISO:100 in DNG+jpg raw mode.

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NIK HDR effect in post.

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I am looking forward to exploring all the features the new camera has. First studio like test.

 

Now retired, my old Pentax ✩istD, cracked LCD screen cover and all. Shot with the pixel-shift mode that exposes each pixel 4 times. That feature creates a 107 MB file.

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Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada