MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog en-us (C) MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) Fri, 08 Oct 2021 09:43:00 GMT Fri, 08 Oct 2021 09:43:00 GMT MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog 120 80 Landscape Photography Podcast


                                        ................a fresh new look into landscape photography



Ever since Apple introduced podcasts to Itunes it wasn’t long before some interesting content arrived from the photography scene. I remember hearing the first podcasts from such channels as Master Photography and Tripod, for example, and was immediately addicted to soaking up as much information that my brain could take with interviews from prestigious and populist landscape photographers.


Although I had already been photographing for years, in the digital age with rapid movement in techniques and technology, there was always something new to learn, and whenever a podcast came up I'd be the first to connect and listen. It assisted me to skip from a very slow progression over the years into refining my work by opening up a new channel in my thought process. You know, picking the mindset of other photographers, gear tips etc.


Years on I found myself chatting on these great podcasts as a guest speaker, such as Brent Bergherm’s Latitude Photography and David Johnston’s Landscape Photography Show. After a half a dozen or so, the need for me to tell my story and expertise to other photographers became second nature and to be honest, I love a good chat.


Soon after I was introduced to the new podcast hosted by Tom Peters and Paul Thomson. Two great English blokes giving their voice, and after speaking as a guest I found myself today as a full time host with these guys.


After years of listening to podcasts I felt that there was always something missing in the content that I’d like to hear. As great as it is to chat with some of the most popular photographers in the world, it is also great to hear photographers with a bit of experience on field to chat about their common experiences, new techniques, gear we use outdoors, for example, as they evolve over time. Something that Nick Page as a host on Tripod Photography started to evolve, but was soon abandoned.


Tom, Paul and myself are all family men with small children. Although we as photographers would like to spend our time travelling the world on workshops etc, our time is limited. We have refined expertise in landscape photography but as we all know this passion of ours is constantly growing and we’d like to share that experience with you as listeners. 


So please, come along, have a listen to our podcast, or even email us for a future chat.


If there is any content the public would like us to discuss please drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!


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Patagonia Photography Workshop - Covid Safe Booking



This is an image taken of the view just outside our base camp at Poisonet El Chalten. This morning of the 10th day of the Landscape Photography workshop that I headed in Patagponia with year was a special morning. A pieceful time and amazing experience to have shared this view with the partipants (now close friends) that accompanied me on this amazing trip. Although i usually prefer dramatic landscapes with dark clouds and storms, it has a special place for me in my heart. To see Mt Fitzroy in all its glory.
Thanks again for all your support Kase Filters Europe, Ricoh Imaging, Sirui Tripods Italy, all the participants of the workshop and Kawen Expeditions. Without you this memory will be with me forever.

Anyone contemplating the thought of international travel right now doesn't seem quite a near reality does it? The last time I travelled to Patagonia was in March of 2019, while heading my last landscape photography workshop there, and since then due to the Covid Pandemic we've had to cancel 2020 and consequently 2021. Now we are faced with a siutation to put forth the 2022 workshop.


My travel partner and tour designer, local Patagonian guide Federico, have been discussing for months the possibility of starting up the next workshop again and after a lot of planning, we believe that with the global vaccination program in place, early next year should be a safe time to travel. And being safe is a priority for us. That's why now that our new workshop is official and bookings for March 2022 are going ahead, we have decided that for photographers to have the chance for planning this trip in advance, all is we ask is for you to hold a place on this trip of a lifetime, without any upfront fees. Once the situation for Covid Safe Travel is clear and we can officially go overseas, we will announce the deposit to hold your place in the workshop which is 100% refundable (small transfer fees apply).

So, why not take a look at the workshop itinerary, see if it suits your desires, and if so, click the booking button to hold your place in the 2022 Patagonia Landscape Photography Workshop. There is no other workshop in Patagonia like this one. Our group has years of local exerience and intense planning to give best opportunity for all levels of photographer to experience Patagonia the way it should be seen






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Pentax K3 III Review R E V I E W



As part of the European Pentax Team, during the last month I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to get my hands on the new Pentax  APSC camera and test it out on field prior to its long awaited release. Although we are in a pandemic right now and travel is limited, as a landscape photographer living in Italy, I am lucky enough to have some great local locations where I could test out this camera's potential and I was amazed at the results. So, let me share these experiences with you.



Although this flagship APSC camera does continue the name of the K3 mark I and II, it is however a very different camera packed with many new features never seen in a Pentax camera before. Boasting a 26.78 megapixel CMOS sensor, with increased dynamic range and ISO sensitivity, this powerful camera is not only about numbers, but more so, helping the user to focus on the experience of taking a photograph. The 100% FOV pentaprism with 1.05X magnification, comfortable camera design, menu system, improved LCD monitor and significantly improved AF speed and accuracy are just a few of the examples that I have witnessed hands on while using with this camera that significantly improved my awareness of that experience.

Rather than boring you with the specs of the camera, that I am sure that you will be able to find elsewhere on the internet, I'd like to talk you through these features that I have mentioned and how I have found them useful while out on field.

So, firstly... the viewfinder. We all know the new philosophy that Ricoh Imaging is putting forth about what they want the future of Pentax cameras to be for their users, so I am really happy that they have decided to stick with DSLR cameras. Maybe it's an old habit from film photography days, but I have always felt a sense of a scene and your connection with what you're framing through the OVF.  I find it essential in my workflow to firstly assess a scene through the viewfinder before moving in liveview for final adjustments. I found this viewfinder just stunning to look through. An experience that I have never felt in 20 years of looking through a viewfinder. A Pentax Pentaprism with Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen with handy functional overlays. I found that looking through the OVF was crystal clean, easy to assess focus (especially when using old SMC manual lenses), and gave me a sense that I had full control of the camera without having to shift my eye away from the scene to access out of place buttons etc. For me, just this feature alone in a camera is ground breaking.


   Pentax K3 III   DA* 11-18mm  RAW ISO 100   16mm F/10  1.0 Sec EXP  86mm Polarising Filter  sRGB  RAW DNG 


The sensor as we all now has an ISO range from 100 to 160000. Wow, 1600000... that's huge. You really don't want to push the ISO to that level from what I have experienced, but I must say, this number translates into a greatly improved total image resolution, comparable to the 36 MP sensor from the K1. My testing in low light conditions proved that the DR at ISO 100 is impressively flexible at both ranges and pushing the ISO to 25600 is incredibly impressive. As a general rule the majority of my landscapes are captured at ISO 100 but since using this camera I have found very desirable results at ISO 800 giving me beautiful RAW files to work with in post production. With this improved sensor resolution the flexibility for working in any light condition for the photographer is just so important.

The body design and quality is what we can expect from Pentax, but with this new camera I felt that just every function was in the right place. The updated menu system was a breeze to work through, the position of the buttons, and the joystick for AF positioning, just other examples of how Pentax wants the user to feel part of the camera, and these qualities in a product are just so essential to a photographer who shouldn't have to fiddle around  with the camera before they miss that magic moment. Examples such as the smart function button (SFN), that gives the user the opportunity to set in an essential camera function quickly and effortlessly, or even the possibility to charge the battery via USB directly from the camera body. As with all Pentax cameras, custom settings and buttons can be set in to personal how you want the camera interface to be based on your needs.

I always fine tune the composition and settings in liveview, so having a good quality and functional LCD screen is essential. Although the LCD does not have a tilted screen, it is a significant improvement compared to other models. Being a 3.2 inch touch screen with 1620K dots, assessing a scene prior to capturing and after was brilliant. The resolution and live view settings gives you the possibility to accurately focus using both the very functional touch screen and joystick for refining AF, and the possibility of viewing the image captured in playback mode with beautifully clean and crisp resolution. Even in very low light I found that the contrast detection was incredibly accurate every time, when combined with the DA 11-18mm  and the DFA 70-200mm lenses, that I used mostly for testing.

Talking about focus, my experience while using the camera handheld at fast moving objects such as wildlife was a very positive one. For this test I used the 70-200 dfa lens and mainly tried my luck at capturing birds at a nearby local sanctuary. I am not experienced at this form of photography so for me I was quite nervous about giving my feedback about how I thought the camera would respond. I must admit, shooting at centre spot focus, hand held, shake reduction on, high ISO for quick shutter, the camera and lens working together was very responsive. The camera effortlessly took control of the scene with regard to moving objects and I must say, a very big improvement compared to previous Pentax models. I am sure this feature will have many Pentaxians pleased, as AF accuracy and speed has been an issue for many in the past. I'd like to add that a drive of 12 fps and a buffer of 32 frames shooting in RAW, gave me the complete flexibility to capture that moment in time effortlessly while shooting moving objects through a frame such as wildlife.

Overall, I would highly recommend this system to not only for street, wildlife and photojournalism style photographers that can really benefit from the new pentaprism and AF technology, but also for landscape photographers like myself. Together with the combination of the 11-18mm lens for example, the images coming out of the camera were very comparable to that of the K1 and 15-30 combination.

There are many functions that the camera offers such as improved video capabilities, focus recognition, DOF bracketing, etc, and I will certainly be discussing these in the near future. These are my initial thoughts about the performance and feeling of the camera and I am very impressed. 

I am really looking forward to this camera to hit the market and see what other users have discovered. I will keep using it on field combined with my dfa lenses over the next few months so I will be really looking forward to sharing my experience further. In the meantime, If you have any questions please feel free to write in the comments section below.


To note: This camera I used was a pre production model without recent firmware updates. Some of the findings that I have found on field may vary.




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The Concerning Future of Landscape Photography "A poet expresses their art through words, a photographer expresses their images through light". These are the words of the esteemed  British Landscape/Wilderness photographer Joe Cornish.


Since the beginning of my life journey into landscape photography these words have always been cemented into my foundation and vision as an artist using the camera as a medium to express a moment in time......


In 2002 I had just left Australia having recently finishing university and moved to Europe. The breathtaking wilderness of The Swiss Alps, the rolling hills of Tuscany, and cultural diversity at every corner, blew my breath away. Having witnessed these scenes for the first time in my life I soon after purchased my first SLR camera, a solid tripod and some good old Velvia. I was immediately taken by the essence and this somewhat romantic expression that I could capture and have never looked back. 


As early as I can remember the four foundations for landscape photography were; Timing, Light, Composition and Vision. It wasn't until I purchased my first set of filters that I realised that 'light' could be manipulated. Once I could manipulate light, I could become more expressive with my photography and this became even more exciting. Photographers such as Ansel Adams were taking this form of manipulating light even further in dark room film development.  However now in 2021 with major changes in technological advances with the introduction of the digital camera, we are now seeing not only drastic manipulation in light, but also manipulation to the landscape scene itself.


Sahara Desert MoroccoSahara Desert Moroccotaken also back in the film era with Fuji velvia but still worth the upload the same for my memories                                                      Image Taken in 2003 in the Sahara desert with a Pentax SLR and Fuji Velvia film. Direct scan from film slide.

Landscape photography through the medium of digital art today is seeing many shifts in not only styles and techniques to produce the final product, which on many levels is a positive one, but on some levels some form of unequal clarity with regard to preserving landscape photography as it is seen not only through the eyes of fellow photographers, but also the general public who's appreciation for our expression is also through "education of wilderness". If our public audience is seeing this drastic manipulation, then how are they being educated? and would they feel deceived to know that that our photographs were manipulated beyond the truth of "an eye witness" capture of that landscape?


My photographs over the years have always had interest through private clients, family and friends alike and as "a digital landscape/wilderness photographer", more so in recent years, I have gained popularity, especially within the photographic community. In human nature it is normal that once this appreciation is accepted, our expression in art in turn gives us a sense of self worth and sometimes egoism. I for one, have been a victim to this form of egoism and on many levels I blame social media for that. The huge variety of social media platforms on the internet are brilliant resources for showcasing your work, for learning and also for helping others, and I am thankful to be part of this powerful and positive community, but unfortunately there are many negative sides to how we utilize these tools to our personal advantage and more importantly, mental health.



So, what I am getting at here?.... When we use these mediums to showcase our photographs, in recent years it has been my observation is that the way we generate our images to our audience to render them more appealing via Instagram for example, has had a distorted and negative impact on my beliefs are as a landscape photographer. This is where we bring back the subject of manipulation. Luminosity masking pushed way beyond sensor dynamic ranges, composites of landscapes with foreground, middle and backgrounds, masked from three different parts of the globe, artificial intelligence such as sky replacement and fog filters, are all examples of many photographers workflow to gain this popularity. Giving images that "wow effect".  Its almost as though many photographers are only out there shooting for social media, and this disturbs me. As Gary Crabbe recently noted; "they are shooting for the likes..not the light".


I must admit, I have tainted with extreme manipulation to a scene and recently I was a victim to this form of expressionism, on some level, not only for egoism, but also for profile promotion. If I didn't shoot that way I won't be noticed. But within a short period of time, the sensitivity within our creativity as artists causes reflection, satisfaction, regret and truth. I quickly felt that I was cheating my audience, as they were the people who trusted me to give them that moment I captured in time. I soon realised it was time that I rediscovered that beacon of light that once called upon me. That light made me feel one within. From that moment on I knew that I had to draw a line. To maintain that umbilical like connection to the "eye witness photograph" as best as I could and not step over this so called "zone" of where the image is detached from the reality of that moment. 

MY SIDE OF PATAGONIAMY SIDE OF PATAGONIAI am isolated, indoors with my family. Scared for the ones that are sick. This epidemici s becoming a reality and how will it end.
Wanted to shut off from the pain just for that little bit I have been wanting to put this image together for some time. For me Patagonia is not just about Fitzroy and Torres Del Paine, but the vast mass of land that gives Patagonia its true identity. The Patagonian Step.
This image for me is showing what I feel Patagonia is and the experience I have had with this amazing land. Travel across the Step far north of El Calten, the great San Lorenzo Mountain can be scene on the horizion, with the harsh desert like land that surrounds its borders.
This image was extremely challenging to put together in post processing as the distant Mt San Lorenzo was captured at 200mm. The foreground here in fact was shot at 15mm. So focal blending here was way out of the traditional method.
For some the image may seem to be have taken too far at much away from more common modest post processing and style. However in this case, this was just a message, a piece of artwork that I wanted to convey. To show off my side of Patagonia.
Pentax K1 and dfa lenses. Kase CPL. Sirui Tripod. Montane Mountain Gear

                                                  Patagonia 2019. Pentax FF dslr. Heavy focal blending applied. 15mm foreground. 200mm background


I will quote the announcement of the 2020 International Landscape Photography Awards result:  


As our annual award grows with over 3800 entries this year, so does the range and diversity of subjects, locations and styles. Landscape photography is a powerful medium, even more so when we acknowledge the impact of climate change and our footprint on this Earth.

So, should landscape photography highlight the global challenges that lie ahead if we don’t change our ways, or is it an opportunity to create a landscape of the imagination, perhaps a better place to be?

Fortunately, there isn’t a single answer to this and similar questions and each photographer is entitled to follow their own path. All we’re looking for is an engaging image – and images that communicate something seem to gain more attention.

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award 2020 again presents 101 incredible landscape photographs with a truly international flavour, representing photographers and locations from all around the world.

After reading this announcement and browsing over the top 101 images for this year it was clear to me that the direction of Landscape photography for such an important award had now changed its vision. I am not going to say that I don't appreciate the many forms of "digital art" that is being produced by some highly talented people out there, nor do I condemn it. But for someone that has respected  landscape photography for such a long time, it saddens me that on some aspects that this is the direction that the majority is taking. Should we draw a line and define "digital art" from "Landscape Photography"? Should such highly prestigious awards such as that of ILPOTY emulate this philosophy? Its a complex argument and one that I constantly ask myself on a frequent basis.

The great Galen Rowell once wrote: "Thoughtful photographers have become aware that photographic styles which depend on quirks of present chemical technology instead of on consistent personal vision will become passé. Only those based on the qualities of light and form will remain equally valid in whatever new technologies evolve.

Something to think about.......

As with any form of art, there is always what we refer to as "popular", and what's modern at the time. There is the top 100 pop songs for the year, then there is underground Jazz, that only a handful of people are fortunate to have heard through passion and patients to discover. Will those pop songs still be remember in 10 years time? I can tell you that names such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis will echo through generations. Maybe photography is just going through a trend and will bounce back to the majority to appreciate it for what I believe it truly is, or maybe it will all be a thing of the past, a forgotten craft and art form. 


I sincerely hope the art over that fine line in manipulation is noted for what it should be titled as; "digital art". Where artists are true to their audience about what they showcase. I hope that a gifted and hard working landscape photographer that captures a stunning composition, in a unique location, with incredible light, has his/her vision rewarded to a wider audience that understand the truth behind that moment. I hope they we will see the photograph in large print in a local cafe, not on a smartphone screen.


Ken Duncan once said "if you don't have light, you don't have a photograph"


I express these words with concern, to preserve the essence of the craft. We are all artists in some shape or form. We all deserve to express that. But lets express the art for what it is..... not for what it isn't..... to be true to our audience.


Calascio's RiseCalascio's RiseRocca Calascio is a mountaintop fortress or rocca in the Province of L'Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy.

At an elevation of 1,460 metres (4,790 ft), Rocca Calascio is the highest fortress in the Apennines. Built of stone and masonry exclusively for military purposes and intended only to accommodate troops and never as residence for nobles, the fortress overlooks the Plain of Navelli at one of the highest points in the ancient Barony of Carapelle.
Rocca Calascio, Italy. 2016. Single exposure. Eye witness moment that I will never forget




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Social Media Underdog T H   S O C I A   M E D I    U N D E R D O


During this COVID-19 lockdown I have had a few months to not only work on a lot of RAW images archived away on the hard drive, but I have focused on reflecting on myself as a professional landscape photographer and where I can improve on various aspects for the future.

The same question in my mind came up over and over again. “I want to tell my story as an artist to a greater audience”. But how do I do that? Sure, as artists we crave for feedback about our work, and the more feedback we get the more satisfied we are. Come on, lets face it. It's not about getting 10,000 likes on Instagram for an image we just posted, but it’s interaction that on many levels makes us want to give back more and more. But for many of us, this high interaction isn’t the case is it?


I started out as a landscape photographer as a part time hobby back in 2002, and this passion slowly progressed over time. Suddenly the digital SLR arrived and I sat back a few years and waited till I was satisfied with its potential. Finally jumping right into the deep end of the digital world certainly changed the way I approached landscape photography, but utilizing the social media tools already available at that stage I never took seriously. I shot for myself and sold the odd print off Redbubble.  Facebook was a way to communicate with close friends and family, and Instagram was just a toy for kids. That attitude soon had to change.



I finally found a website called 500px. A media platform carefully thought out for photographers like me, and interacting with other great photographers was so gratifying. I spent hours per week studying the work of people like Ted Gore and Enrico Fossati, and seeing their workflow certainly helped me progress further into a well established photographer with a distinctive style, that I consider myself to be today. Then soon after 500px was swarmed by tens of thousands of spammers and selfie shooters that completely changed the algorithim of this platform. I couldn’t get anything out of it anymore.

I soon after gave up and started using facebook as a way to showcase my work, and luckily enough, created a group called “Pentax Full Frame”. Within this group I was satisfied with the level of interaction amongst the group and have gained strong bonds with many photographers around the world. So not bad hey? Yeh, ok if you only want to interact with only people that shoot the same camera as you.


Where do you go from there? That’s a hard question







Then there was this kids toy called instagram! I hated this social media platform and tried to stay away from it as much as possible. While I was lets say, waisting time on 500px and chatting with friends and family on facebook, there were landscape photographers like Max Rive putting out his work onto a platform with an algorithm easily functional enough to gain an audience far broader than any other. Social media influencers such as Chiara Ferragni, with her massive 20 million followers, used this platform to sell herself as a brand name, and many photographers followed suite. Many would manipulate the platform to follow/unfollow, used specific hashtags to gain a wider audience, many would even purchase thousands of followers to give their IG profiles a boost for branding and other marketing tools, and even use BOT’s to cheatingly get someone else to do the work for them. This platform had gone viral and all the big name photographers were in there taking their slice of pie.










Then, something changed for me. …… Last spring I headed a workshop for a group of German photographers in Tuscany and while out on field one of the participants said to me “You know, I was a little hesitant about coming on this workshop with you because of your poor Instagram presence. You know, most of us that go on these workshops go with photographers that have such a high IG status that they sell the workshops on Instagram alone”. 


For me that was a huge wake up call and game changer. I never felt the need to use such a platform. A platform that for me, not only reduced the size of your images and cropped them in a way that your audience can’t even appreciate your 36 megapixel image and the massive work that goes in to coming up with such an image. But I had to move with the times.


So, this is where “a social media underdog” stands on Instagram, and now it was time to get serious about how to move into a massive community and make my mark amongst the tens of thousands of photographers who’ve been using and abusing this platform for years.


I started posting some of my best work, hash tagging, posting stories of what I was up to…. And nothing. The interaction I was receiving was literally none existent. I’d see people posting their feet at the beach and getting more interaction. Was it that nobody found my work interesting? What was going on?

I then spent time doing some serious research into this platform and wasn’t going to let it go that easy, because lets face it, I love my landscape photography and love to not only interact with others, but really need this profile to work for me on a professional level.


So, the first thing that I discovered was that Instagram had recently updated its algorithms and basically whether you were cheating the system or not, buying likes and follows, or using popular hash tags, you won’t get you anywhere now. If Instagram finds out you’ve been cheating the system it will pick up your activity and punish your profile for future use. Instagram wants you to spend hours a day on their platform, and wants you to pay big money to gain a higher audience. For them its modern advertising, so why shouldn’t they right?


With a profile well under 500 followers I had to find a way to keep my profile genuine, interactive, and grow to the specific audience of landscape photographers to let others out there know, “hey, I am here too”. So, this is what I did.





Firstly, I updated by profile settings. My profile picture making it clear that I am a landscape photographer, so who ever see’s that tiny little circle in a comment anywhere they’ll know who I am at a glance. My bio stating specific to who I am, what I do, and straight to the point. If anyone is going to glance at my profile I want it to grab there attention. I filtered my posts out and only from there on showcased my best work, and not only that, the work the separates me apart from other photographers. So my base was there for real potential.

My hard drive was full of beautiful unpublished landscapes so for me to post a few times a week to IG was not a problem. Prior to posting I made damn sure that the cropping was correct, exposure was nice and bright for smartphone viewing, tagging and hashtagging were relevant to the post, my description of the image was indepth and interesting (one way of getting more feedback from an image to drag people into the post and keep them interested), and each post was immediately followed by a story of the post, just so who was following me wasn’t going to miss it









In between posts I made sure that my name was heard outside of my profile, so interacting with other photographers who interacted with who I was following was also an important step forward. You would be surprised who you find out there.



I then found an app called “Ninjalitics”. This neat little analyzer is capable of scanning anyones IG profile and gives you some amazing results. It will tell you the exact activity details of someones profiles posts, down to the percentage of followers that actually interact to their posts, the hashtags they use, if they have dodgy follow/unfollow activity, and the list goes on. I was surprised to find out that some of the biggest names in landscape photography on IG had below average interaction (1-2%), which basically interprets to “fake followers”. This made me feel a little better I must say. The data that I could elaborate from other profiles posts, such as hashtags, helped me understand how I could post my own images in the future too.



Being persistent on my posts, and interacting for at least 15 minutes per day with other photographers starting making a difference. Today I may not be seen as a high profile photographer on Instagram as such but I now have well over 3000 genuine followers who are interactive with me on a daily basis and its a great community out there if you can find it. If you scan my profile now on Ninjaltics you’ll see that my interaction rate stands well over 30%. So my followers are active on my profile and obviously enthusiastic about what I put out there.

So, there is a growth trend on IG for sure now for me, and although its a slow one, its certainly showing positive signs.



I suggest anyone using instagram who feels as though they aren’t getting the deserved exposure, they should certainly give these few methods a try.


With regard to Facebook, keep posting your images onto “facebook groups” specific to the image that you've posted. If its of any interest, the reaction you’ll get will be well deserved in my experience, and certainly appreciating ones art larger than a small image on your iphone is worth it!


Don't get me started on Youtube as I still can’t figure that one out yet. I have a bunch of videos out there that are literally non existent to the public as far as visibilty goes. This will certainly be another blog in the future when I figure this one out.



Hope this background on my experience as a photographer and “social underdog” has been meaningful and helpful to all of you out there, and remember…. Enjoy your time more on field, and less on social media.

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Workshop/Tour April 2021


RAFTER RISINGRAFTER RISINGZero gravity exists on the floor of the ocean bed. A world beyond our curiosity. While scouting the plains of this area surrounding the Fitzroy Mountain mass, the surrounding flora and geology gave me a sense that this earth was once below the ocean and now exposing its beauty to the few that can see it. The jagged mountain peaks like a hidden city for the immortals below and the lime and purple shrubs as corals for the life of the delicate.

This epic and famous view of Fitzroy is one of many that we captured on our 13 day overland landscape photography tour in Patagonia. Our next trip is planned for April 2021. Lets hope life soon gets back to normal soon and this trip can go ahead.


We have just finished putting together some last minute details to the trip and now it is official. If you are interested in going to Patagonia in 2021 on a workshop that is entirely unique from any other around, this is the workshop for you.


After the huge success of our 2019 Workshop, April 2021 awaits for another Overland Experience. Our team provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to feel and breathe Patagonia for what it truly is. We propose a full immersion into the culture, the history and the wild nature of this land guided by our local experience. Changing your mindset to approach each image you compose.


Please follow the link below for further details 





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During the months of November/December 2019 I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get my hands on the prototype of the Pentax DFA 70-210mm F4 lens. To have this chance to take this new lens out onto the field was certainly exciting as I was the only landscape photographer outside of japan to try this lens in its element.


The lens is constructed of 20 elements in 14 groups, including three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and two anomalous dispersion. It has a minimum focusing distance of 95cm (3.1ft), nine-blade aperture diaphragm, uses Pentax’s high-definition multi-layer coating on its elements and features a weather-resistant design to fight against the elements.

The autofocus is a ring-type supersonic direct-drive motor (SDM) and a quick-shift focus system which makes it easy to switch from autofocus to manual after the shutter has been half-pressed. It also features a focus distance limiter, that limits the focus from 0.95m to 2m and 2m to infinity (amazing feature to minimise rate focus hunting). The lens measures in at 175mm (6.9in) long, 78.5mm (3.1") diameter and weighs 859g (1.89lbs) with the lens hood on.





This versatile and extremely light weight telephoto lens, is surely a system that Pentax users have been long waiting for since the release of the DFA lineup. Closing the bridge for photographers wanting a high performance lens within this focal range, that is lighter than the DFA 70-200mm, but still has the ability to perform well under all situations that you would expect from DFA telephoto.

Mounting this lens onto a Pentax K1 Mark II, I tested its performance under many conditions, such as landscape, wildlife and street photography. Not only did the focus system respond very quickly and accurately (thanks to the help of the in-built focus range limiter), being an F4 gave off a lovely soft bokeh, the 0.95 meters focus distance gave for lovely intimate captures, the focus subjects were tack sharp, the weather sealing brilliant while shooting under harsh conditions, and the build quality is what we can expect from all DFA lenses.

As a landscape photography that spends a lot of time traveling and hiking to difficult locations, having a lightweight telephoto lens is an essential part of my kit to go. I would recommend this lens to any landscape photographer looking for a lens with these characteristics, and seeing it perform in other circumstances I would recommend it to anyone shooting portrait, wildlife or even street photography.

Here you will find some sample images that I took on various locations while shooting with the lens. The images have all been taken with a Pentax K1 Mark II, at ISO 100 and shot in RAW PNG. To analyse the images at best I have applied minimal adjustments in post production.


Please visit my in depth experience with this lens via my youtube channel for further details:






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Imagine coming back down to base camp with a view of Fitzroy Mountains on the horizon, while our guides are barbecuing a patagonic lamb on the camp fire.


Are you looking to go to Patagonia for a dedicated photography trip? Have you seen the other workshops out there? Do you want to capture locations not seen by the photographic community, only known by our Patagonian guides? Do you want to board on location to guarantee that perfect light every day? Yes other workshops are expensive and they always visit the same places. This workshop is designed to be different.

From April 1st -13th 2019 I will be heading this brilliant photographic workshop/tour in collaboration with Kawen Expeditions. We we travel down from San Carlos De Bariloche by private mini bus discovering epic mountain scenes, desert canyons and isolated plaines before we arrive at El Chalten where our guides will have a permanent camp site set up for us up in the mountains. Here we will have everything catered for by our guides and all we have to do is capture the autumn light that this brilliant location has to offer. We have Kase Filters supplying participants with a full set up of filter kits to use on field, and we will follow the workflow of Enrico Fossati during our time off field.

This is Epic Photographic Journey for you. Follow the link if you are interested or contact me privately via this website.













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Pentax K1 Mark II Rumours  



Over the past week there are a lot of rumors flying around about regards to a new release of a Pentax K1 Mark II. On pentax forums and trolling sites we can see leaked specs of the new camera body, and an underexposed image of what looks like a potential new K1? Or a new APSC sensor camera body? Who knows. Going back 3 years ago now, I remember that this is how things started out with the K1 rumours and leaked information, etc. As an informed user of pentax and an active user on various social's (like my facebook page for the K1), I can tell you only that there's  probability of a pattern evolving. If there is a new K1 camera body to be released soon, the specs that have been leaked do not seem to tell us anything apart from that they seem to be exactly the same as the original K1 themself. So, in my opinion they are not accurate. For now, all those thirsty pentaxians desperate for gossip, I would suggest you to not jump your guns. If we want to be realistic here, the probability that Ricoh will release a new K1 body is high, and if in any case I would assume a similar sensor or updated to 42mp, an updated right wheel menu control, better AF, and HD video. Obviously this speculation is based on what the user experience has highlight as issues with the system (apart from the sensor update).

To note, if there is a new system to come out, and if Ricoh are serious, we would assume that some new lenses will accompany it to draw new customers in and make some competition against the other big brands. 




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Kase Filters Review After a long time searching for a filter system to accompany my Pentax Dfa 15-30mm lens I am happy to share this youtube video with you that I put together today. the content is a bit long a rambling but my experience with the Kase Filter system is honestly and intensively expressed. I felt the need to post this video to give people some idea of what this type of filter system is really about. There wasnt much data related to this system online so I hope that you enjoy it and find it useful.



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First shoot with the Pentax K1 First photo taken with the new Pentax K1 and 24-70 dfa lens. Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, San Quirico D'Orcia. I am amazed so far by the dynamic range having loaded the photo into lightroom. The tilt screen absolutely excellent and essential in landscape photography. I never felt I had to bend down and therefor assisted in my final composition. Unfortunately the AF did not perform to my needs in low light conditions, so i was forced to use my head torch to light up the foreground to assist in focus. Also to note, apart from the splendid resolution, is the sharpness of the lens. Having read the mixed reviews I was expecting a lot less, but i am very impressed by the results. I really wanted to push the K1 to its limits on this visit to Val D'Orcia this week, and although the weather wasn't as dramatic as I would have preferred I still managed to put the combo under some challenging conditions.


Looking forward to analising further photos taken on this trip to Val D'Orcia and performing a better judgement for a more in depth review of the camera and lens.


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I heard about these filters a good six months ago while listening to the Tripod Photography Podcast. They discussed various issues that us landscape photographers come across with regard to colour cast issues, sharpening and especially the general NEUTRAL issues regarding these filters all round. Breakthrough Photography claims that they are the sharpest ND filter on the market, so after reading the few reviews that are out there regarding these filters I thought, why not give it a go!


Its been a few months that I have purchased the X4 ND 6 stop filter now and have had a few opportunities to try it out. Well, the results are incredible! After years of dealing with average filter systems that claim to be the best and suffering with colour cast issues and spot on focus, I believe I have finally found the answer.


Below are 2 images in jpeg straight off the camera with no editing to give you an idea of the difference between the two. The first is without the filter and the other obviously with.


Apart from obvious differences in shutter speed flow in the water, notice just how rich and clean the colours are and just how sharp the second image is. NEUTRAL!!!!!!!! The image was shot with a Pentax and 16-50 sdm lens, not the sharpest system on the market, but look at the comparison between the two!


As for the following image, this was taken in RAW and edited in lightroom:


This shot was taken in full day light at around 2pm. The sun was very glary but using the 6 stop filter i managed to decrease the f stop to F8 and shutter speed of 1\2 second, with incredible results. Again colour cast and sharpness no issue at all.


I will be looking forward to push this filter in some more interesting and favorable conditions in the near future. As for now, I have just purchased the circular polariser from Breakthrough Photography and hope the results are similar. Even in today's digital world with post processing circular polarisers and neutral density filters are something landscape photography can't live without. No editing can produce their effect.

Well done Graham Clark at Breakthrough Photography!!!!

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After the long wait from all those pentaxians out there DXO Mark had finally rated the Pentax K1 Full Frame digital slr. Although some people refer to their tests as biased at times, the K1 has come out with a score of 96 points. Just lagging behind the Nikon D810 and Sony A7 11. Comments like; 

The K-1 is a successful first full-frame DSLR from Pentax, giving photographers looking for great image quality another camera to consider. If you’re not already heavily invested in a particular brand’s lenses and accessories, put the 36Mp Pentax K-1 on your short list.


Great news for Pentax users and future pentaxians who want to enter the full frame market and spend a few dollars less


Here's the link for those interested in reading further:


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First Consumer Photos of the K1 Today the internet has been swamped with the first consumer photos of the K1. I have gathered up a few various sources that have popped up around some forums etc, that show the body in action with new and old lens systems. Although the images are not high resolution, you can however really get the feel for the camera's power with these various K mounts.


Here is the K1 mounted with the classic old time kit lens of the K1000 days. The 50mm 1.7 A.


Here is a sample image of the the 50mm 1.7. Depth of field and tones are just superb. There are going to be some exciting times ahead for this marriage.


Here's a sample of the new super beast 15-30 FA. The photo is a bit out of focus, but still not a bad example.



and another with the 15-30mm. Not that this shot is taken into heavy light and flare is extremely minimal.



This is on the other hand taken with with new kit 28-105mm, taken at 105. Not the superb sharpeness and resolution.

This too is  a great detailed video of the k1.


As I am still waiting on the K1 to hit the Italian stores, like many of you too are waiting, in the meantime we can study some shots taken from other users. I hope to post more in the coming days as the web gets saturated with K1 jpeg's. Exciting days ahead. Thanks to those who have contributed their time to upload these images for our enjoyment





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PENTAX K1 FULL FRAME PRICE AMD RELEASE DATE AND DFA LENSES This is the official price and arrival date of the Pentax K1 for Europe. The price has been verified by a European retailer and official Pentax representative. The price is retail including 20 Iva tax. 

Pentax K1 Full Frame DSLR €1950

Pentax DFA 24-70 lens €1299

Pentax DFA 15-30 lens €1699

Plus prices of the whole lens line up of other full frame and apsc lenses

The K1 body should be hitting the stands too within 10 days, however this date is still rumored

I hope that these figures clear up many European Pentaxians long awaited queries and I hope to keep you posted on any further K1 news



]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) pentax dfa 15-30 price pentax dfa 15-30 release date pentax dfa 24-70 price pentax k1 price pentax k1 price europe pentax k1 release date pentax k1 release date europe Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:08:29 GMT
K1 Up close and personal I have added a few video links to this blog where we can see the Pentax K1 being used by viewers at the CP+ Camera and Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan. Here we can see the various in DFA lenses being used on the full frame beast, such as the 70-200, 24-70 and an up close look at the 15-30 that has really never been seen yet on the web. Great to see the camera being handled and shots being taken at such high speeds and accurate results. The LCD screen resolution looks just amazing and the image stabilization on that wobbley tripod is insane. This camera is going to blow peoples minds away once it hits the fields in the hands of real pro's that can push its characteristics to the limits. I think that especially Nikon are going to be very afraid when they see that it out does this D810. We know what Jun Hirakawa's Tamron rebadged lenses can do so there is no surprise there.


Hope you find these links to the youtube videos interesting.


This link however is from last week which I find quite interesting to look at. Probably the most honest pre preview, lets say, on the net at the moment.





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Pentax k1 dslr full frame released  

How was the PENTAX K-1 born? The starting point for its development was unique. In an ordinary product development process, RICOH IMAGING’s product planning team initiates a project. Only when this project is officially approved, actual development takes place.

“This wasn’t the case with the PENTAX K-1. In the spring a few years ago, I was invited to a meeting organized by our engineers. At the meeting, I was joined by a group of more than 10 engineers from various engineering fields — mechanical, electrical, firmware designing, and optical,” recalls one of the product development team members. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the core technologies that would be essential for the development of a 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera. It wasn’t even an official project yet, and no concrete plans had been made regarding the product’s concept or outline. The meeting happened completely because of the engineering designers’ desire and determination to succeed in the project. 

Some 10 years earlier, this team member had stressed the necessity of developing lenses that would be compatible with 35mm full-frame models, which he could see lay ahead in the future. At the time, though, PENTAX concentrated on the development of compact, lightweight and high-performance APS-C-size models — a PENTAX specialty—and in optimizing the advantages they had over their competitors. In the following years, the subject of a full-frame model was never mentioned again as a potential for development, even by the product planning team. 

Ten years later at this meeting, all the participating engineers were actually facing the planning for a full-frame model. The meeting was named the “Full-Frame Committee,” and was held regularly afterwards.

The answer is always found in the user’s voice

Since this was the first full-frame model for PENTAX, the product planning team was initially unsure about which system to pursue. They could opt for a mirrorless system, which would allow them to design a compact, lightweight model because of the shorter fringe back made possible by the elimination of the mirror box. If this were their choice, it would be more logical and productive to develop a completely new lens mount. 

However, our users responded to this issue differently. When the team members traveled to Germany to attend the Photokina event, they were approached by a Pentaxian — an affectionate name given to PENTAX enthusiasts. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of a full-frame model in PENTAX’s SLR lineup. “Thanks to my PENTAX camera, I found the fun of photography, and I want to step up to the next level. However, all PENTAX now offers is the choice of an APS-C-size model or a much larger 645-series model, and nothing in between.” 

The team member recalls the event: “At that moment, all of us were reminded that we must do everything to serve our existing PENTAX users. And we were convinced that a new lens mount is out of the question. We would have to develop an SLR camera which would let our users use their K-mount lenses, and would feature the optical viewfinder that has been so highly praised by them.”

We believe in PENTAX’s proud tradition

A full-frame SLR camera equipped with a K mount and an optical viewfinder: In reality, this was the toughest choice to make, because it was extremely difficult to downsize an SLR camera with a mirror box. Besides, if its viewfinder demanded an approximately 100-percent field of view, it would impose considerable restrictions on the optical design. 

“We were uncomfortable with existing full-frame models because they were too bulky to handle and lacked operability and maneuverability in the field,” the team member says. “To PENTAX, a leading field camera manufacturer, the natural conclusion was to make the body smaller. But even before we had mentioned this issue to our engineers, they had already started research on how to downsize it.” 

With these objectives in mind, the real task of the product development team had begun. They had to speak for users and deliver difficult assignments to the engineers. They knew that two dials, one in the front and another in the rear, wouldn't be enough. At the least, they felt that they had to add an exposure compensation dial to the camera body. The engineers responded to this request. “It doesn’t add any enough value,” they said, and suggested designing a multi-function dial instead. In the end, this exchange led us to the prototype of Smart Function. 

Another extremely difficult request made of the engineers was for tilting the LCD monitor horizontally and vertically. The engineers, however, immediately showed a drawing, and asked, “How about this mechanism?” The entire product planning team was amazed. When we requested the addition of a light to assist lens changes and camera operations in the dark, they were ready with an innovative idea: “Let’s place a light behind the flexible tilt-type LCD monitor, and light it up for ease of operation!” We wondered how they could come up with such a fantastic idea. 

PENTAX engineers are all craftsmen by nature. If they are convinced that a certain need actually exists, they do their best to make it happen for users. Because we believe in this PENTAX tradition, the product planning team can always consult the engineers about new ideas. 

By the time an in-house presentation finally took place, all of us were fully prepared for it. The result was the official launch of the PENTAX K-1 development project.

We pride ourselves on designing a personalized camera

Three members of the product planning team were directly involved in the development of the PENTAX K-1. One took charge of a new D FA lens series. He was responsible for completing a lineup of lenses ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto by the time of the K-1’s release. His objective was to create the distinctive image description demanded by Pentaxians. 

“Photographers and users tell us that a certain PENTAX lens stands out in its image description of a particular area, while looking at it on a monitor or print,” he says. “However, it is my job as a product planner to look into what causes this description in terms of various affecting factors, including the type of subject and lens aberrations. I then have to interpret their words in concrete terms that are understandable by optical engineers, and develop the final products.” 

This lens planner initially worked in the field of lens barrel design. His expertise as an engineer and analytical skills as a product planner are evident in the outstanding imaging power of the D FA-series lenses. 

Another member was assigned the task of assessing the K-1’s operability, in collaboration with the GUI (graphic user interface) design team. After a series of intense discussions, he was the person responsible for finalizing the specifications of Smart Function. Originally a mechanical engineer, he had previously worked for several camera manufacturers and developed a very critical eye for cameras. It is interesting to hear his opinion of PENTAX. 

“For better or for worse, today’s industrial products are very refined, whether it’s a camera or car,” he says. “I believe, however, that the PENTAX K-1 offers something beyond explanation. It integrates the different values and demands of many users. Consequently, it embodies elements of both praise and criticism. But all these elements are interlinked with one another to create a single entity called the PENTAX K-1. I think that’s what makes this camera so interesting, and what excites every Pentaxian.” 

Because it’s such a unique camera, it will be well worth the effort to discover its true value for photographers across the globe. That’s what the PENTAX K-1 truly is!

Here's a quick view of adorama's video

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Specification and Photo Release of the Pentax D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR lens Pentax 15-30 f2.8Pentax 15-30 f2.8Pentax 15-30 f2.8

New specs released and photo's of the long awaited 15-30 F2.8 lens has been leaked from various sources today. This lens has been a long awaited companion for the pro landscape photographer looking to invest in the Pentax system as the K1 itself. It will be a re-badged version of the Tamron 15-30 without the VR with some extra Pentax coatings.  If it is the Tamron version many Pentaxians out there should be very happy to accompany it with the K1. Just like the new D-FA 24-70, the 15-30 has been designed by the almighty Jun Hirakawa, famous for his work with Pentax during the FA28, 35 F2 and FA 43 and 77mm ltd era. Just look at these results for example (it blows nikon and canon out of the water):

Here are the specs

From the direction of the reader, we have to provide information on the specifications of the D FA 15-30mm F2.8 Pentax.

     HD PENTAX-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
     - HD coating
     - Lens construction: 13 group 18 sheets (three ED lenses, three aspherical lens)
     - Shortest photographing distance: 0.28m
     - Maximum magnification: 0.20 times
     - Aperture blades: 9 sheets
     - Drip-proof structure (WR)
     - Ultrasonic motor
     - Quick Shift Focus
     - Filter not be mounted
     - SP coating on the front surface of the lens
     - Total length: 143.5mm
     - Maximum diameter: 98.5mm
     - Weight: 1040g

Estimated retail price of about 216,000 yen (1700 Euro) with tax included


Estimated retail price, so close to the price of the retailers (such as Big and Yodobashi), it seems to become a little more cheaply at the lowest price. 15-30mm F2.8 is the lowest price I think was said that whether to enter 10 million units in the last minute.

Price of 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 does not know yet. Appearance of 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 is, it seems to be very similar to the 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 of DA lens.


for further info please read other blog pages on this site or refer to

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The unofficial rumored/leaked specifications of the Pentax K1 has just released the specs of the new Pentax K1 days before its release date. Although these are not the official specs for this long awaited camera, judging from this sites accuracy on past leaks of camera details one can only assume that it is the real deal. I think that all those anxious pentaxians with their old K mount lenses are going to be very happy with what is on offer.

As follows (excuse any English errors, this has been translated with google from Chinese):


Pentax K-1 Details specs

From the direction of the reader, we have to provide information about the detailed specifications of the Pentax full-size SLR "K-1".
  • As of the specs of the next Pentax K-1

    - 36.4MP CMOS sensor. A low-pass-less
    - Realistic resolution (pixel shift)
    - Image processing engine PRIME IV
    - Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm
    - Video is full HD 60p
    - 4K interval movie
    - 14-bit RAW
    - DR II
    - KAF2 mount (KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA, there is compatible with power zoom lens)
    - AF sensor SAFOX12. AF point is 33 points (25 points are cross-type). -3EV Correspondence
    - AF assist light
    - Viewfinder magnification 0.70 times. 100% field of view
    - Hurka Thing screen Natural-Bright-Matte III
    - LCD monitor 3.2 inches 1,037,000 dot. Flexible tilting
    - GPS built-in. Wi-Fi built-in
    - Shutter unit of the compact new design. Durability is 300,000 times
    - Shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds. Synchro speed is 1/200 sec
    - Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I). Dual card slot
    - USB terminal (USB2.0, micro B), HDMI terminal (type D)
    - Microphone jack, a headphone jack, X contact
    - 5-axis camera shake correction. Shutter five stages of effect
    - Electronic Level
    - Photometry sensor 86000 pixel RGB sensor
    - ISO range is 100-204800
    - Continuous shooting 4.4 frames / sec (full size). 6.5 frames / sec. (APS-C)
    - The number of pictures 70 sheets in the JPEG, 17 shots at the RAW (when full-size 4.4 frames / sec.)
    - The battery is D-LI90
    - Battery life is 760 sheets
    - The body is magnesium alloy and stainless steel. Dust and water. -10 Degrees of resistance to low temperature
    - Size: 136.5 x110 x 85.5mm
    - Weight: 925g

K-1 Details specs but is now clear, the sensor even though became a full-size, have improved to the effect of camera shake correction is five stages, which axis also become a 5-axis I am happy improvement. Durability of the shutter is like a level close to 300,000 times and the professional machine.

It should be noted that, at 6.5 frames / sec and made have continuous shooting speed was the last of the information that of APS-C mode, a full-size seems to 4.4 frames / sec.
Thank you for those who have to provide the information.

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Home being so distant After so much time away from my home town of The Mornington Peninsula who knows when I will ever get back to this place and enjoy soaking up its early dawn atmosphere while i wait for the right light to take that photo. So many little beaches and coves that I miss so much. Here's is some of these moments that I have captured and hope to soon again one time. For now I will take on the challenges that that the Italian landscape has to offer and travels that await elsewhere Shelly BeachShelly BeachThis photo was taken back in 2008 before the dredging of Port Phillip Bay. Now beaches like this one here for example in Portsea are submerged by huge sand banks. The jetty in this photo is pretty much buried in the sand today Rising at Tideways BeachRising at Tideways BeachAn old photo taken in jpeg with my first digital. i loved this shot when it was taken and managed to recuperate some important detail in photoshop to make it quite a stable image Before the Dawn RisingBefore the Dawn RisingA 5 am shot on bulb exposure gave me this intense blue that you could only feel being there at that time. Rosebud Pier Rye PierRye PierEarly dawn take on rye pier. Opening up the shadows and adding some warmth to an otherwise blown out blue white balance really made way for quite an effective shot

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New leaked photo's of the K1

4 hours ago these photos were leaked onto the website. Origin is unknown as I cannot read Japanese but the sources from this site are usually quite reliable. Interestingly enough the lighten up LCD gives us a lot of info about the camera's capability. One to mention is the 33 point AF focus (very powerful indeed)

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Pentax Full Frame Release Date


So we assume that the pentax full frame will be officially available for show at the CP show in Japan from the 18th February (they have to show it....that's marketing), but when will it be officially on sales. Well, latest news from a reliable source on Pentax forums an hour ago states that in Europe it has been announced officially that the camera stores will be given official training with the full frame from the 25th February. Based on the sources experience training is usually for a day or 2, so one would assume that the camera will be available for sale after the 27th-28th February.  We are getting close 


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Existing lens line up for the Pentax Full Frame Since Ricoh-Pentax announced over a year ago that there was a full frame Pentax in the making I have since then been looking at what lenses to use for the new body. It is confusing for a pentaxian to decide which lenses to keep, what to sell, whether to invest in the new lenses available or buy an old film lens. From the DA range, where a majority have to be cropped down, to the new DFA range perfectly suited for the new FF, and looking back at the old 35mm film era lenses.


The list is huge and quite confusing. I have managed to collate a list of lenses that have been tested and can be utilized on the new full frame body as strict full frame lenses with no need for cropping. Thanks to pentaxforums website and other information I have managed to grab on the internet I hope that a dedicated page such as this (excluding third party lenses) clarifies the situation for those about to invest into the digital age of full frame with Pentax. It is going to be an exciting time ahead.


Lenses introduced specifically for digital slr bodies:

HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR

HD PENTAX -D FA 15-30 f/2.8 ED SDM WR

HD Pentax-D FA * 70-200mm f/2.8ED DC AW

HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6ED DC AW 

HD Pentax- DFA 28-105 (see link for leaked photo:

SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

DA 40/2.8 AL Limited

smc DA Star 55mm F1.4 SDM

SMC DA 50mm 1.8

SMC DA 70mm 2.4 limited
SMC DA* 200mm 2.8 ED [IF] SDMSMC DA* 300 4 ED [IF] SDM

SMC DFA 50mm 2.8

SMC DFA 50mm 2.8

SMC DFA 100mm 2.8 WR



Lenses introduced specifically for 35mm film camera bodies:

- FA Prime Lenses (Auto-focus, Auto-aperture)

- FA Zoom Lenses (Auto-focus, Auto-aperture and Select lenses feature Power Zoom)

- FA J Zoom Lenses (Auto-focus and Auto-aperture)

- F Prime Lenses (first generation Auto-focus and Auto-aperture)

- F Zoom Lenses (first generation Auto-focus and Auto-aperture)

- A Prime Lenses (Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses)

- A Zoom Lenses (Manual focus, auto-aperture lenses)

- M Prime Lenses (Manual lenses, Manual-aperture)

- M Zoom Lenses (Manual lenses, Manual-aperture)

- K Prime Lenses (Manual lenses, Manual-aperture)

- K Zoom Lenses (Manual lenses, Manual-aperture)

- Non-SMC Pentax Prime Lenses (Takumar)

- Non-SMC Pentax Zoom Lenses (Takumar)




]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) DA lenses for pentax full frame Pentax HD DFA 28-105 Pentax full frame lenses full frame FA lenses lenses for pentax full frame pentax full frame pentax news pentax rumor Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:02:50 GMT
A minute to reflect days before the release of the Pentax Full Frame Inside information on Pentax forums and rumors states that the so called Pentax K1 will be released on the 25th of Febuary in time for the CP Camera and Photo World Premier Show in Yokohama Japan. The official website states that it will be released in their spring of 2016, so we can comfortably assume that this is not just a coincidence but fact. We will see the camera being handled and have the specs in just a few weeks. Unfortunately Ricoh has been able to master some very average marketing as per website teaser which is leaving a lot of pentaxians quite distressed and angry, but one would hope that we can only assume that this is intentional, to keep the camera's specifications a secret.

As we count down to the final days prior to the release of the long awaited Pentax Full Frame, I find it fitting to state some facts about Pentax's past and what we could expect for the future based on their pride and success for ground breaking technology.  

-1952 Asahiflex 1 First Japanese 35mm film SLR camera 
-1960 Pentax Spotmatic Pentax pioneers world's first TTL metering system
-1971 Pentax invent multi-coating lens process (Pentax SMC coatings) used by Zeiss today. Prior nobody managed to put more than 4 layers of coatings on their lenses.
-1976 Pentax MX World's smallest and lightest SLR camera
-1980 Pentax ME-F World's first autofocus SLR
-1987 Pentax SF-7 World's first SLR with automatic pop up flash
-2006 K100D first body with in body stabilisation, K10 hailed by Popular Photography and Imaging magazine as "an all-star player, was named as a finalist for their 2007 "Camera of the Year" award, best DSLR by TIPA
-2011 Pentax 645D wins 'camera of the year' and voted best professional DSLR by TIPA
-2013 Pentax K3 pioneer's world's first selectable anti-aliasing system, wins best DSLR of the year (TIPA)
-2015 DXO testing reveals 645Z to have the best sensor performance of any camera it has ever tested.

-2016 In 2001 Pentax abort launch of the world's first full frame DSLR due performance issues with Phillips designed sensor and now we finally await the launch of the K1 Pentax Full Frame. We know it will be the first FF digital slr with in body shake reduction, we know it will accept all K Mount lenses and will have built in crop mode for DA lenses, and we know that the LCD screen is far more advanced than any other model on the market (judging from the teaser site photos). So what will this camera have that will set it aside from the others?





(dates courtesy of Jonathan Gorse)


]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) Pentax full frame news pentax 35mm pentax FF pentax K1 pentax full frame release date pentax full frame update pentax landscape photographer pentax professional photographer pentax rumors Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:15 GMT
January update to Pentax Full Frame   pentax full framepentax full frame Ricoh Pentax have just updated the website teaser. As you can read the teaser goes into detail about the use of Fa limited lenses (31mm, 43mm and 77mm) with this new full frame body. It is no news to us that they are adaptable but its nice to know that Ricoh Pentax refers to these lenses as though they were literally made for this body. These famous ltd FA's were designed by the genius Mr. Jun Hirakawa, that has moved onto Tamron in 2010. Since he designed these lenses and has currently designed the new pentax FA 24-70 (made by him at Tamron, with some suggested pentax smc coatings), it is literally promoting him at Tamron for the new pentax FF. There are also rumors that his 15-30mm and the 70-200mm will be re-labelled for pentax and possibly some standard primes.

As we can see from the updated picture we get a great look at the back end of the camera and the lcd screen. The ergonomics of the body look slightly more sleek and round in design as respect to the proto type shown off at various camera exhibitions recently.

Unfortunately the example photos of what the ltd lenses can do are very poorly thought out and don't give us any idea what so ever as to the potential of the camera.

Marketing here hasn't been their strong point, so we'll just have to wait till the release date then.

Here is the link update:


Optimize the imaging power of the distinctive FA Limited-series lenses

14.01.2016 NEW

One of the benefits offered by the PENTAX 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera is that your favorite lenses, which many of you have used since the days of film photography, can be used at their actual focal lengths. This benefit applies to the high-grade FA Limited-series lenses. Favored by many PENTAX camera users, you can take advantages of the imaging power of these popular lenses in digital photography much as for film photography. I would like to familiarize you with some sample images captured by three FA Limited-series lenses.

The smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8AL Limited has outstanding image-forming power and delivers high-contrast images. It offers a distinctive image description that accurately reproduces the ambience of the scene being shot. Captured by this wide-angle lens, Image 1 clearly depicts fine details even in the shadows.

Next is the smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited. This compact unifocal standard lens has an angle of view and perspective similar to that of the human eye. Image 2 shows fine sharpness, rich gradation and a truthful sense of depth, all of which are distinctive characteristics of this particular lens.

Finally, the smc PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited excels in contrast and resolution. Captured by this telephoto lens, Image 3 faithfully recreates the ambience of this particular scene with its high-contrast rendition and subtle bokeh (defocus) effect.

View larger image※Image 1: This image offers well-depicted details, even in areas of shadow.
• Lens used: smc PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8AL Limited
• Image data: shutter speed: 1/320 sec., aperture: F5.6, ISO: 200

View larger image※Image 2: This image has excellent sharpness and rich gradation, with a truthful sense of depth.
• Lens used: smc PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
• Image data: shutter speed: 1/1000 sec., aperture: F2.8, ISO: 100

View larger image※Image 3: This image faithfully recreates the ambience of the scene with its high-contrast rendition and subtle bokeh effect.
• Lens used: HD PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
• Image data: shutter speed: 1/320 sec., aperture: F8, ISO 100

*shot with a camera under development. larger image's size: 1000px x 667px

]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) fa ltd lenses full frame lenses for pentax k1 release date mr. jun hirakawa pentax full frame pentax rumors Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:42:41 GMT
Pentax Full Frame Teaser Update

pentax full framericoh image company teaser update photo of the new pentax full frame for release in spring 2016 A

Crop mode with a choice of three settings

24.12.2015 NEW

The new PENTAX 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera features a Crop mode, which allows you to select the image size to be recorded, with a choice of three settings: AUTO, FF and APS-C. The AUTO setting automatically selects the appropriate image size for the lens mounted on the camera. It selects either a 35mm full-frame image size for D FA- and FA-series lenses, or an APS-C image size for DA- and DA L-series lenses. The FF setting captures all images in a 35mm full-frame image size, regardless of the lens mounted on the camera.* The APS-C setting captures all images in an APS-C image size, regardless of the lens**, while displaying a cropping frame in the camera’s viewfinder.

* In the FF setting, an image outside the APS-C-format picture frame may not be reproduced in sufficient quality with certain lenses and/or in certain situations.
** When an image is cropped to an APS-C image size, the number of recorded pixels is lower, as the pixels in the cropped areas are eliminated.

View large image* The FF setting provides an angle of view wider than that of the APS-C setting. With certain lenses, this setting also helps to minimize image-quality deterioration in peripheral areas.
• Lens used: smc PENTAX-DA★55mm F1.4 SDM
• APS-C image data: shutter speed: 1/200 sec., aperture: F11, ISO: 200**
• FF image data: shutter speed: 1/200 sec., aperture: F11, ISO: 200

View large image* The APS-C setting records only the image captured within the APS-C image circle where the resolution is higher than peripheral areas. It enhances the telephoto effect to capture a larger, more dynamic image of your subject.
• Lens used: smc PENTAX-DA★300mm F4ED[IF] SDM
• APS-C image data: shutter speed: 1/400 sec., aperture: F5.6, ISO: 400**
• FF image data: shutter speed: 1/400 sec., aperture: F5.6, ISO: 400

View large image* The FF setting allows you to use a DA-series lens, with the focal length and angle of view you have become familiar with since the days of film photography. The APS-C setting helps you bring distant subjects in closer, and captures them in larger, more dramatic images. The new PENTAX 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera lets you enjoy two different ways of photographing the same subject with a single lens.
• Lens used: HD PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6ED AW
• APS-C image data: shutter speed: 1/640 sec., aperture: F8, ISO 400**
• FF image data: shutter speed: 1/640 sec., aperture: F8, ISO 400

*shot with a camera under development. larger image's size: 1000px x 667px


ll K-mount lenses are compatible

11.12.2015 NEW

The new Pentax 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera is equipped with an image sensor for 35 mm full-size images and uses the K-mount lens system. The camera is compatible with all K-mount lenses, such as the FA lenses, which can be used with the same angle of view as with 35mm film cameras. As for the APS-C-size image sensor, the DA lens series, the cropping function makes it possible to use the APS-C-size center portion of an image. By changing the settings, you can also choose a 35mm full-frame angle of view. The D FA lens series—which is beautifully suited to digital images—covers all of these capabilities, including, of course, the 35-mm full-size angle of view.

View larger image※When mounted with a smc PENTAX-FA★ 85mm F1.4[IF] lens, users can enjoy a bokeh effect with shallow depth of field. Shutter speed: 1/160, Aperture: F1.8, ISO: 100

View larger image※When mounted with a smc PENTAX-FA★ 24mm F2AL[IF] lens, users can enjoy high-resolution and high-contrast images with dynamic perspective. Shutter speed: 1/1600, Aperture: F10, ISO: 400

*shot with a camera under development. larger image's size: 1000px x 667px

PENTAX new full frame format digital SLR camera


PENTAX has always been a unique brand of camera. Never one to imitate other makes, PENTAX has stuck to its pursuit of original value to create high-performance cameras used and loved by pros and amateur photographers alike.

Looking back on the history of PENTAX, going back to its origins at Asahi Optical Co., Ltd. The company was established in 1919 as Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. It manufactured eyeglass lenses and projection lenses. In 1952, the company began camera production with its "Asahiflex I", the first single-lens reflex camera made in Japan. In 1954, this model evolved into "Asahiflex IIB", the first camera in Japan equipped with a quick-return mirror. The "ASAHI PENTAX (AP)", which came out in 1957, was the first camera to come equipped with a pentagonal roof prism —pentaprism— as well as a quick-return mirror. This was the first time the name PENTAX appeared. These models were followed by many other cameras—exclusively SLR—equipped with unique features that were the first of their kind, both in Japan and in the world. In 1964, the "ASAHI PENTAX SP" was the first SLR with TTL (through-the-lens) metering. "ASAHI PENTAX ES", launched in 1971, was the world's first with TTL full-aperture metering, aperture priority and automatic exposure control.

Not all PENTAX cameras used 35 mm film. In 1969, the maker put out the first medium-format SLR with built-in TTL exposure metering that used 6 x 7 format. The camera was aptly named "PENTAX 6 x 7". A medium-format camera using 645 format, the "PENTAX 645" (1984). Not only did PENTAX mobilize the medium-format camera world with 35 mm cameras, but it also launched the first medium-format autofocus camera, "PENTAX 645N" (1997), achieving both high-quality pictures and mobility. The camera has been used and loved by photography lovers of all kinds.

As for digital SLR cameras, in 2003, "PENTAX *ist D" was unveiled as the smallest and lightest weight camera in the world. "PENTAX K100D" (2006) was well-received as the first PENTAX digital SLR to have built-in shake reduction mechanism. The same year, "PENTAX K10D" was released. It had the same functions as K100D as well as the first dustproof and weather-resistant structure, and achieving a reputation for overall excellence in digital SLR camera. It received three major international camera awards: TIPA, Camera Grand Prix 2007, and EISA. In the years that have followed, the maker has continued to release unique cameras, such as the digital SLR with the well-known medium-format 645 mount, "PENTAX 645D".

Coming up in spring 2016.
PENTAX is launching a full frame digital SLR, brand-new format for PENTAX.

Reliability rooted in history and technology, incomparable originality, these are all unique and attractive cameras that only PENTAX can offer. A new chapter in the PENTAX is about to begin.

PENTAX LX product photos"PENTAX LX" was launched in 1980 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Asahi Optical. The PENTAX’s first dustproof, weather-resistant replacement-type finder system, direct meter automatic exposure, titanium-blind focal-plane shutters. These features make for SLR cameras of the highest order for professional use.


]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) Pentax FF Pentax full frame news Pentax full frame rumor Pentax teaser update pentax crop mode full frame pentax full frame lcd pentax lens with full frame pentax professional camera pentax release full frame Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
The new FF the K1 on display in Paris Pentax K-1 will be the name of upcoming full frame DSLR camera from Ricoh and a prototype is currently on display at the Salon de la Photo show in Paris:

]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) Full Paris Pentax frame rumor Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:03:43 GMT
Pentax Full Frame Specifications So judging from the dozens of photo's spread all over the net after this mockup of the new Pentax FF was apparently accidentally displayed briefly at the Ricoh Pentax booth at the PhotoPlus Expo in the states this week, we can presume that if this mockup will assume it's character when it is finally released, some specifications will be as follows:


- wifi

- crop mode for APSC lenses

- In body shake reduction 

- Double slot SDXC card slot

- Tilitable/multiple directional LCD display

Other specifications are up to the imagination at the moment. I.e; sensor type, pixel shift, AF mode etc. Any news or other rumors please kindly contribute to this blog for others reference.



]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) Pentax FF specifications Pentax full frame Pentax full frame news Pentax full frame specifications Pentax full frame specs Pentax gossip pentax rumors Sun, 25 Oct 2015 21:42:22 GMT
Pentax full frame. The k1 so judging from this photo the Ricoh rep didn't hide the name to well. If you look closely under the sticker you can see  it's a K1. 

I think PP is for Pre-Production. The number down is also interesting. I cannot see if it is 56 or 5b. If it is 56 it should mean that it is the 56th unit of the preproduction small sized series. If it is 5b, this could mean that it was produced on the final line of production but without the final production tools (A for small series in a workshop, B for small series in the final line, C for final products, BUT this depends on what kind of codes they use, so it's just a guess).

]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) Pentax full frame name Pentax k1 Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:03:37 GMT
New photos release of the new Pentax full frame here's a few photos taken of the new Pentax full frame. We hope that this is the real deal. Looking the the photos it gives you a pretty good idea about the basic ergonomics of the camera and functionality. The top photo view is the best we have seen yet. Close up and personal. Thanks to our members of the Pentax full frame Facebook page. 


]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) pentax full frame photos pentax full frame rumors pentax rumors Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:24:06 GMT
Pentax Full Frame Delay From a reliable source in direct contact with Ricoh Pentax, I quote:



Spoke to Pentax today. It is the callback of all the K-3 II's that is the reason for the delay. The production line can't handle both the callback and the production of the FF. The FF is ready and specs are finished. Will start production as soon as the K-3 II issue is fixed.

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Pentax FF late if you look at the forum rumors, but its official

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manfrotto sale Well worth buying a Manfrotto and now is the time. I would settle for anything less and my photos show that after 12 years of photography with the same tripod means something.

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pentax pushing the market For the semi pro enthusiast the Pentax KS2 seems to be showing what Pentax is capable of and with these extra features they should attract a lot of attention on the market. I would love to get my hands onto one and copare the differences with my old K5

]]> (MATT BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHY) new pentax camera pentax KS2 pentax technology Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:02:04 GMT
The future for our Pentax After reading this recent article the questions lies ahead of what will happen to our precious Pentax. Will the arrival of this new Full Frame bring back pentax to its once K1000 days or will it be the end to Pentax's future?


We pentaxians pro and semi pro await and hope. Read this article. Quite interesting.

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