June 3, 2016

World Pentax Day 2016

Let me first get something out of the way; photography is not about what gear you use but about the significance of the end result: a photo. Among photographers a discussion often ends up in comparing who shoots with what brand and some bragging about the incredible lenses you have in your bag. I try to not get dragged into these useless discussions but often I find myself being guilty as well ...

In any case, I shoot Pentax and am very happy with the brand. Often I visit the Pentax Forum, a great resource of information backed by a very active and supporting community. Once a year the website organises the World Pentax Day:
"During each event, Pentax users have the opportunity to go out and shoot, and then upload their favourite photos to a special collective event gallery. Thus, together, we paint a snapshot of the world through the "eyes" of Pentax cameras!"
Binnenhaven in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - SMC Pentax-A 100mm F2.8
This year I have participated as well and had set the alarm clock way before dawn. I packed my stuff and walked out the door on a warm morning full of vernal freshness. It's amazing how alien a familiar place can look in the morning. Shadows, sounds, color tones ... everything is different. Somehow I always thought that dawn was like a sunset but then inconveniently early. It's not, it's different.

Prins Hendrikkade Noordereiland in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - SMC Pentax-A 100mm F.28

Let me elaborate on the pictures. They're nothing spectacular but they do add to the assignment by creating a snapshot of my part of the world, in this case my hometown Rotterdam. For me the pictures have a personal value because they register my neighbourhood / house. This could be a nice memorial for later.

Binnenhaven in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - SMC Pentax-M 28mm F3.5

The last one is a merge of several photos by using the approach as explained in this tutorial.

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