Category Archives: Pentax A 50mm f1.7

50mm Fence Post

50mm Fence Post
Originally uploaded by jezza323

Was mucking around with the 50mm nice n wide during the day while camping at Queen Mary Falls, this is one of the better shots I managed to pull out

The shadow was a bit harsh, but i think ive overdone the fill light a little, seems to be lacking contrast now :(

Taken with Pentax K200D, Pentax SMC A 50mm f1.7 and processed in Lightroom 2.5

The Desaturated Look

Originally uploaded by jezza323

This is a shot I took during the week. I quite like this style of shot, so I thought I would share the preset I used.

The preset is called “PH Fashion Shoot II” and I found it at this site. I recommend downloading this set of presets (even if you don’t intend on using them) and just having a look at the settings they contain.


A Broken Christmas

A Broken Christmas
Originally uploaded by jezza323

I took this shot to enter in my workplace monthly photo comp in Decemeber. The theme for the month was “Broken”. Being Christmas time I got into the spirit and broke some tree decorations.

I was trying to capture a decoration in the process of breaking, but unfortunately my timing was never quite good enough. This was the best of the lot though, which I took just after it had broken.

There was a LOT of work in Lightroom 2.5 to complete this photo. The key to doing large area Adjustment Brush work like I did in this photo is to use a LARGE brush, and the Auto Mask feature. Don’t be too tempted to use a small brush to get in between things. If you keep the centre of the brush in the right spot, the Auto Masking will take care of the rest!


A before/after comparison in Lightroom

Shooting and PP Details as follows:

  • White Nylon backdrop
  • Pentax K200D body, firing onboard flash
  • Pentax SMC “A” 50mm f1.7 lens @ f22
  • Tripod to mount the camera, and a cable remote to fire it
  • Sunpak flash with optical trigger and home made diffuser, placed directly above, and slightly behind the subject
  • Shot in Pentax RAW (PEF)
  • Import into Lightroom 2.5
  • Applied large area of adjustment brush to make background more white, area and settings shown below
  • Minor basic edits to improve contrast and colour in the broken pieces, shown below
  • Edit Detail settings
  • Export to JPG For Web