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A Bit of a Challenge


Link Posted 16/10/2016 - 21:18
I watched an interesting video on YouTube a while ago which suggested that if you wanted to improve as a photographer you need to get back to basics. This meant using a fixed focal length 35mm lens for a day and nothing else. I decided to give this a go last week when we went to North Wales.

I dug out my first DSLR, a K100D Super (all 6mp of it) and fitted my little Pentax M 28mm 3.5 which, when converted vis APSC gives a field of view close to 35mm (using an actual 35mm lens is beyond a joke!)

It was hard work going back in time and quite an interesting experiment. I managed quite well getting everything in, as it were, but when faced with some wide views, cheated and shot some panoramas stitched together in Elements. The exposure was often a bit wayward but it was simple to check on the screen and re-shoot; the manual focusing was easier than I expected as the lens is a real one with proper distance markings on the barrel. And using an aperture ring was intuitive, after all, the iris is in the lens not in the camera (why did they stop fitting them to lenses?)

I'm sure the experiment didn't make me a better photographer, just a more frustrated one and one who is grateful for auto exposure, auto focus and zoom lenses.

The pictures benefited from some excellent weather and good light together with the sharp, contrasty lens and CCD sensor. All shot in RAW (the limited dynamic range was a bit trying at times) and processed in Elements.

Any comments are most welcome.


At Rhiw Goch

Morfa Bychan

At Tan y Bwlch

Cottages at Croesor



The Rivals



At LowTide

Porth Wen

Y Garn II

Aran from Llyn Gwynant

Evening at Tyn Gadlas

Nant Gwynant

The Nantlle Ridge

Moel Eilio

Pond near Castell Caeronwy

Cwm Pennant

Mynydd Mawr

Ffridd Slate Quarry

The Glaslyn Estuary

Footsteps in the Sand


Mynydd Drws-y-coed

Best wishes,


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Link Posted 16/10/2016 - 21:46
Nice shots there Andrew

I often take nly one lens out - I just got into the habit, I think it may well have stopped me buying more lenses
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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Last Edited by Stuey on 16/10/2016 - 21:47


Link Posted 16/10/2016 - 22:04
Really good job!! If I was forced to pick one 'favourite', it would be "At low tide".

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Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 00:52
You can't complain about any of these. It is clear that composition was pretty much at the forefront of all of them
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

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Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 07:13
extremely good set
C&C welcome.


Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 08:22
A great set of images Andrew - frustrating at times I can imagine doing everything manually - not sure I want to restrict/ discipline myself that way - but you didn't lose your nack of getting a good composition for each shot presented here. Difficult to choose a favourite - I like 'em all!


Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 08:57
An interesting experiment and a wonderful set of diverse images!

My everyday kit consists of the K5-iis and only two lenses, the SMC K30/2.8 and the HD DA 15/4, in other words a "normal" lens and a wide angle lens. With the K30/2.8 I use green button metering and "catch in focus", and do not find this limiting at all. I must be old fashioned



Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 09:27
Fantastic set of shots Andrew - as always. Would any improvement be made with multiple lenses at your disposal? It is not the equipment that makes the photos as we know. I just take the 35mm macro limited with my K5 cycle touring because of the lack of weight and bulk. Many years ago it was a MX and a 50mm lens that was in the panniers. Using one lens means there is more time to concentrate on the basics.




Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 10:43
Beautiful pictures!
Best Regards,


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Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 11:03
Wonderful set.

All very evocative, I feel transported to the destinations you have captured.




Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 11:25
Really great set of images. 👍


Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 11:44
excellent set of images and the colours are beautiful, so natural. it does good to force yourself to slow down sometimes
odd lens or 2



Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 12:34
Beautiful set of images..

Looks like you covered some ground too.

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Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 12:46
Great variety and quality in your images!

Without the back story how many of us would have guessed 1. They were all taken with a single prime lens, and 2. They were taken with a camera that many would consider 'old' technology. Just goes to prove that your best lens is the one you have on the camera at the time, and it's the photographer that makes the image, the camera just takes it.



Link Posted 17/10/2016 - 15:02
Really nice set Aran from Llyn Gwynant would be my choice.

Regards Ian

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