- Location : Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
- Gear : Pentax 645d + FA 35mm f/3.5 + Lee 0.9 Hard GND Filter
- Display Settings : Temperature = 5000K / Gamma = 2.2 / Luminance = 120
- Best viewed large on black
- Make sure to see the 1200px version
There are a number of changes made to my photo life recently, a few of them are associated with the technical aspect of photography. It always takes some time to get used to a new gear setup, but this is a tad more than switching from one DSLR to another. No matter how easy it is to use compared with the other medium format digitals available in the market, the 645d still brings you a good number of logistic challenges.
The lack of super-wide angles limits my options for the composition and less DOF due to larger sensor demands more strict focus control. 3:4 aspect ratio gives very different looks to your images but my biggest complaint so far is the absence of the live-view. I got to realize how much of a value proposition it was to use the high-end 35mm DSLR.
Besides all the technical problems, the biggest hurdle at the moment is more mental than physical. To expand the range of work, it requires a lot more driving than it used to, and driving 6-10 hours per day every weekend is taking a toll. While I get a tiny bit of satisfaction from keeping my life busy, the constant lack of sleep poses serious problems from time to time.
Well, it is dumb to state the obvious, but I take photography very seriously (despite some jokes in the descriptions and comments). The frustration from missing good light greatly outweighs the physical comfort, and that's what's feeding a part of this somewhat painful endeavor.
But when you are lucky enough to come across an extraordinary scene, transform it into a large-size print that will last longer than your memories, that's when you understand the terms of the contract that you blindly signed by taking the first step into this world. Despite all the shortcomings that I listed above, the 645d finally shows what it is made of when it comes to the final form of photography.
I have seen my share of amazing sunsets and sunrises, but this one was off the chart. I'd never seen this many colors at once, and the low clouds in the back worked as a natural reflector, making the foreground rocks glow golden.
I would like to thank Jim Patterson for his inspirational shot, and the cat and mouse game that we've been playing near Davenport. I was going over his top-notch photostream just a while ago and it finally got to me that despite all those shots came from similar locations, our paths never crossed. Well, all jokes aside, thanks Jim, this one goes to you.