Sunday, December 30, 2007

A back mirror view

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Last Train



It's a bookstore in Seoul I've known for the past 30 years. I've walked by here for countless times. This, probably, was for the last time.

Exhausted ...

A Marching Band

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tara's ... aka T Space

Visit Tara's (aka T Space) when in Seoul, Korea.


It's a new place for a good meal and a space for seeing up and coming artists.

Clean, spacious, and inviting ...

A big table for a big gathering or big mingling ...

And, of course, good food ...

A friendly maitre d'

Sunday, September 9, 2007

FA 20mm vs DA 21mm -- a simple comparison

I compared the FA 20mm f/2.8 with DA 21mm f/3.2 by taking a simple photo of an indoor area.

Set up:
A room lit by a fluorescent light
RAW format
ISO 100
Fully manual mode, so that shutter speed is the same for a given aperture.
JPEG conversion with Photoshop CS3 using same parameters. Best quality JPEG.

Below is the area photographed.
This one is with FA 20mm at f/3.2, 1/10s.

With DA 21mm at f/3.2.

At f/4.0:
FA 20mm.
DA 21mm.

What I noticed in comparing the two lenses:
1. There is difference in resolution (see for the comparison). But it's hardly noticeable unless you are counting the pixels.
2. FA 20mm has more accurate color. The room was lit with a fluorescent light and the pictures were converted with that setting.
3. FA 20mm shows more detail in the shadows. See the dark area on the right side (outside the door which was lit with a dim light.)

But the DA 21mm is a nice small lens. It'd be great with a small and light camera such as *ist D or *ist DS when traveling.

Friday, August 31, 2007


Saturday, July 7, 2007

Resting Bird

Flamingo at the Washington National Zoo. July 2007.
Pentax K10D. FA 135mm f/2.8 IF, and FA* 300mm f/4.5.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Mother & Baby

Pentax *ist DS, FA 20mm f/2.8.
Feb. 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Another old one reworked

Mt. St. Helens, Washington State. July 2005.

Pentax *ist DS, DA 18-55mm.

An Orchestra at Rest

This one is from a while ago.
Pentax *ist DS, Sigma Mini-Wide II 28mm f/2.8.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A cold one for a hot summer night

A Belgian Leffe Blond on a hot summer night. June 2007.
Pentax K10D, FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral. April 2007.

Pentax K10D, FA 20mm f/2.8.


NY Metropolitan Museum. April 2007.

Pentax K10D, FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited.

National Air & Space Museum

Washington, DC. May 2007.
Pentax K10D, FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Point Man

Today is the Army's Birthday!

Korean War Memorial, Washington, DC. December 2006.

Pentax *ist DS, FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Urban Invasion

The Natural History Museum, Washington, DC. March 2007.

Pentax K10D, FA 20mm f/2.8.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Let there be light!

Another view of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

Pentax K10D, DA 14mm f/2.8.

More from NYC

St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Pentax K10D, FA 20mm f/2.8.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Irene's favorite hat

June 2007.
Pentax K10D, FA* 300mm f/4.5


Yellowstone National Park, July 2006.
Pentax *ist DS, FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited.

Ida Noyes Hall

The main stairs leading up to the second floor at the Ida Noyes Hall, the University of Chicago. July 2006.
Pentax *ist DS, FA 20mm f/2.8.

A river runs through it ...

Yellowstone National Park. July 2006.

Pentax *ist DS, DA 14mm f/2.8.

For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

A gate to the Yellowstone National Park. July 2006.

Pentax *ist DS, DA 14mm f/2.8.

The Pentax 77

The Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited lens.

Pentax *ist DS, FA 135mm f/2.8.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Ikea Blue

Pentax *ist DS, FA 24-90mm f/3.5-4.5 ED IF.


Pentax *ist DS, DA 14mm f/2.8.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

NYC, April 2007

April 2007.
Pentax K10D, FA 20mm f/2.8

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chubby Cheeks!

Pentax K10D, FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited.