My twelve for 2021


Link Posted 22/12/2021 - 12:41
Well, another year of pandemic but one that did allow some scope for getting out and taking photos. No international travel for me but we did manage a few trips within Spain, including Valencia (where I'd never been before).

I had to exclude quite a few favourites in order to narrow this down to twelve but we have to draw the line somewhere.

These were all taken on the K-3.

Starting off in January we saw the greatest snowfall Madrid has seen in fifty years and it was quite something. The 16-85mm handled the inclement weather without a hiccup and I used this lens quite a lot this year.

Lone yellow jacket by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

Spring brought some wonderful colour and I found this magnificent tree in a park I don't usually visit though it's only five minutes walk from my flat. This also shows a technique I used quite a bit this year - a wide aperture but focused to infinity rather than something up close and blurring out the background. This was taken with the SMC DA 35mm Limited (still my favourite lens ever).

Under the lilac tree by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

This is a church not far from home, I believe for a Romanian denomination of some sort. I took the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 (a lens I've used very little since I bought it) and had some ultra-wide fun. I have an alternative edit of this, with the shadows boosted and warmed a lot more, but it's a bit OTT and not really my style.

2021-05-21_04-14-42 by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

My younger daughter is getting bigger and before she got mobile she liked to relax in her little hammock. This shot introduces the DA 20-40mm Limited I bought this year, which is a great little zoom.

Baby feet by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

When we got a bright yellow table and chair set for our little balcony I had to find a suitable subject to use it for some colourful photos. This one was with the K series 35mm f/3.5, a very nice little manual prime that doesn't get the use it deserves due to a wealth of other great options at that focal length.

Quack quack by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

Some minimalism here and a shot from what has to be the stand-out lens acquisition of the year: the K 28mm f/2. It's every bit as good as it's reputation suggests.

Petal by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

This summer saw the return of the hot air balloon festival to Segovia but, as two years ago, I was only able to attend the first morning as the next day we set off for Valencia. The 20-40mm shows you don't need a super-wide to capture these events (though the 16-85mm probably saw more use).

Gijon by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

And the trip to Valencia and the Albufera area where we stayed gave some great opportunities, including this shot, which I would say is my favourite from the whole year. DA 16-85mm.

Sunset in the wetlands III by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

DA 16-86mm

Valencia VI by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

DA 16-85mm

Defiance by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

DA 16-85mm. Something about the light (just prior to sunset) makes this shot one of my favourites from the trip.

Restaurant by the water by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

And I'll finish off with a stitched panorama taken out my kitchen window recently where there was a rare mist over the park next to where we live and some great sunrise colours too. SMC FA 43mm Limited.

Madrid fog panorama 1B by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr

Here's for a 2022 which treats us all a little better and brings a little less heartache and ignorance and a bit more understanding and wisdom.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses


Link Posted 22/12/2021 - 13:43
What a great selection, Jonathan-Mac. No.1 for me but the two yellow ducks appealed as well.

Agree with everything you write about 2022, let us hope.

Stay safe everyone.
Be well, stay safe.


Link Posted 22/12/2021 - 14:41
Not used our place out in Spain for coming up 5 years now, really miss walking along the long beaches in the sunshine. Hoping to get over in 2022, I read the local traffic police are a bit handy at issuing the fines these days though.

I also rather like the ducks although the pano at the end is pretty nice as well
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Link Posted 22/12/2021 - 20:43
Lovely set

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Link Posted 23/12/2021 - 08:43
Great set! My immediate favourites are "Baby feet", "Petal" and the panorama.



Link Posted 23/12/2021 - 14:05
Really enjoyable selection Jonathan.

Definite favourite for me is 'Petal'.

Really like the ducks, snow and hot air balloons also.

Merry Christmas and second your sentiment re. 2022.



Link Posted 23/12/2021 - 23:03
What a great set of images! I love the quirkyness in some of these and the considered compositions in others. I think I went a bit overboard with CC on a post yesterday so I'll keep this brief and say that I love the first for its composition, the two lines of trees leaning in towards each other and the guy in yellow on left. I love 4 and 5 for their quirkyness, 8 for its colours and calmnees, 9 for the geometric shapes and 12 for its atmosphere.

My favourite has to be #4.

Kind Regards

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