World Pentax Day with the K-5 – Straight Out of Camera!

When the Pentax K-5 fell below $1000 I couldn’t help but pick one up, which is a few weeks ago now. I think Pentax are going to build a full-frame model this year, but it’s likely it won’t be available until late 2012/early 2013. Usually the price falls within 6 months… so I saw no reason not to pick up the K-5 now. I get to start working with it right away, since it’s going to be at least a year until their next flagship camera body comes out. It has a ton of new features, so it’s worth it to go out in a no-pressure situation to get familiar with all the new stuff, like digital filters. I decided that this afternoon was basically a ‘play day’ for me to test out a specific setup of digital filters that combine to give a really unique look to the images.

Today is also World Pentax Day, where all the Pentaxians get out and shoot and post images taken today with their favourite k-mount camera. The timing is perfect!

All of the images below are SOOC – Straight Out Of Camera – there is NO post processing on these. Because they were shot with digital filters they are saved as jpegs, so even though I passed them through Adobe Lightroom to get them off the card, into the library, and then back out to disk with a watermark and resized for 720 pixels wide – there is NO tweaking on these! The exposures, colors, and saturation are exactly what the camera recorded when I hit the shutter.

The basic setup is this: Pentax K-5 (with grip), the FA 50mm f/1.4 (most of these are around f/2.0), a circular polarizer, and a user mode digital filter (mostly a horizontal vignette and red tone break). These digital filters take about 10 seconds to set up in the camera menu, although I took a few minutes longer to tweak a combination that I liked for the sky and sun colors.

As you look at the images, remember these haven’t been ‘photoshopped’ at all, even though a few could use a little exposure adjustment. The one downside to combining a circular polarizer with digital filters is that the results are a little unpredictable, and aren’t always what the meter suggests they might turn out as. But because they don’t take ANY time to edit I really don’t care; the time savings of having to not adjust the images in Lightroom, even just clicking on a few presets, is HUGE! Click the shutter, wait 3 seconds (the filters take a moment to process if they are enabled), and you see exactly these images on the camera LCD while shooting.

Pretty frickin’ cool!

And to think that when the K-5 was announced I scoffed at these digital features as ‘kids features’ – but in reality they have a place as a spontaneous artistic tool.

That’s pretty frickin’ cool ,too.

 

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There is a little bit of interaction between the polarizer and the digitial vignette filter in the sky.

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Just the smallest change on the polarizer can really affect the exposure!

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Normally any color fringing would be taken care of in post. But not today!

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Aside from the double bounce flare from the polarizer glass that caused the green blob, I like the look.

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I just metered for the center of the trunk, and let the sky exposure fall 'wherever'.

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Same deal here; I metered for the bark, and let the sky blow out.

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I could probably have spent all day with these trees!

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These are all the 50mm f/1.4 FA, mostly at f/2.0, like this one.

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This is daylight white balanced. Notice the lack of warmth compared to the next image.

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This is white balanced for shade. The digital filters really amp up the colors.

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Probably my favourite shot from the afternoon.

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What's weird is that as the sun got lower, it really did get this yellow!

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Out of the shady part of the park; notice there isn't any snow left here.

 

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