Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ballarat and the 18 - 135

Last month whilst on a trip to Melbourne we took a day trip to the historic city of Ballarat. The weather in Melbourne was cold wet and windy so it seemed an ideal time to take the Pentax 18-135 WR for a spin.

Unfortunately, but as expected, the light was flat with overcast skies. It was the first time in a long time that I have gone out without any prime lenses and it really was quite enjoyable not having to change lenses on such a cold and windy day. I really do feel that this lens is a great walkabout, holiday type lens. The only real drawback for me is perhaps the small maximum aperture of 3.5. However coupled with a fast prime for low light situations and I reckon you are good to go.

Following are a few images taken on this trip.

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