This lens gets mediocre reviews over on the Pentax Forums. I happen to like it. These first 3 test shots were all taken wide open. I'll add more at different focal lengths anon.
Not a scientific test, it was windy, camera wasn't on a tripod, distance would have varied slightly but I did this just for fun. I'll probably add more at a later date. I'll leave you to make of this what you will.
Way back in 2013 I discovered an event in London that had been going on for some years. It was October Plenty, a celebration of harvest time produced by The Lion's Part. I was immediately enthralled but little did I realise it would lead to twice annually trips to London to document the event.
Why twice annually? Because the Lion's Part also produce 12th Night, a celebration of traditional midwinter rituals.
Let me explain more. October Plenty had a bit of everything harvest related. It all starts with a procession to the Globe theatre on Bankside. An integral part of the procession is a huge Corn Queen effigy made from various Autumnal fruits, vegetables, and grains. Then there are the Goddesses, musicians, the Hobby Horse, mummers, morris dancers and of course The Berry man. On arrival at the Globe the onlookers are gathered together and ushered in to the theatre, there follows singing, Morris dancing, a short play and general merriment. After this the players lead a procession to Borough Market where apple day is being celebrated. At the market there is apple tasting, apple bobbing, conker fights, morris dancing, story telling, another play, and more music and merriment. Towards the end of the day the Corn Queen is stripped of her plenty, this is distributed to the crowd, with some parts of her being auctioned to raise money for The Lion's Part who put the event on for nothing. Finally the Berry man leads a procession to Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark where a short ceremony is held to honour the women buried there. Photos I've taken over the years at this event can be found in a collection at Flickr.
Twelfth Night is an annual celebration of the New Year held in the Bankside area of London, it mixes ancient Midwinter customs with contemporary festivity. Originally the Green Man (David Risley in the guise of the Holly Man) arrived at Bankside by boat accompanied by a piper (Richard York), but H&S regulations have put paid to that. He is still accompanied by his piper but now accompanied by With the backdrop of St Paul's this is a remarkable sight.
The Green Man then joins the rest of the players where they moved to the steps of the Globe for The Bankside Wassails, led by the London Beadle. To wassail (a very old tradition) is to drink to health and to friendship. After the Wassailing comes the Mummer's Play (Folk plays, again traditionally performed on 12th Night.) This is the St George Folk Combat Play which manages to be both traditional and topical.Throughout it all musicians play. After the Mummer's play cakes were distributed, hidden within two of these cakes are a bean and a pea. The finders of the bean and the pea are crowned King Bean and Queen Pea. After the "Coronation" the players and the audience wend their way to the George Inn in Southwark where there is further merriment with Molly Dancers, Story Telling and The Kissing Wishing Tree. Again all photos can be found in a collection at Flickr
Below are the most recent photos from these two events (if Flickr decides to show them that is) The Lion's Part put all this on for free, so if you are going to use these photos please bung them some moolah and bung me some credit.
One of the things I like doing is attending events so that I can capture them in my lens. I prefer free events and as such I am amazed at the many people who organise and attend these events, they deserve a lot of credit. My part during these events is to try and capture the flavour of each event.This page will host a set of links to Flickr or Google Photos (assuming neither is down) which will document the events I attend during 2017. Neither does sideshows but you can click through each album
Needham Raft Race 2017
London WNBR 2017
Strawberry Fair 2017 - The People
Strawberry Fair 2017 - The Parade
The Garden Party, Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017
Humanhood at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Sandwich Salute to the 40's
London Gaming Festival Parade
Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon 2017
Unfortunately Google Photos gives no way to share an album visually so I've had to resort to a link for the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon .
Halesworth Day of Dance
Mark Jones Day of Dance
Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival
Not really a review of said lenses, just me playing with them and uploading the results. First up was the The Helios 44 58mm f2 loads of them about apparently, so they are as cheap as chips. It's an odd name and have to say I get confused by this sometimes, but it's 58mm F2 lens not 44. For a cheapy lens it performs quite well
My other paths to town also take me along the area known as The Butts, Hardwick Heath and the Water Meadows path from Hardwick Lane to Cullum Road. I've always got my camera with me and always snap what I see. The photos here were all taken within the last five years and thus are only a small selection of the wildlife spotted.
How did it happen? How did it come to take so many pictures of people on one particular bench, and then to take so many pictures of people on other benches? Like all good things it happened by accident.
There are a number of ways of finding your way around. The Home Link takes you to the front page, where the slide-show will display recent uploads.
Albums are exactly what they sound like, albums containing photos of a similar nature or taken on a specific date, click the Albums navigation link to see all albums.
A new design for this website using yet another CMS (Content Management System). For those who don't know a CMS is a software tool that allows you to create, edit, and publish content. This particular CMS is called Koken. So why did I choose Koken?