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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Zoo and the 55-300 WR

I went to the Melbourne zoo last week and gave the Pentax 55-300 WR a bit of a try out. My previous "long" lens was the Sigma 70-300 which I purchased an eon ago to go with my K100D.

Whilst the Sigma performed really well on the K100D I was never really happy with it after upgrading to the K10D. The clarity and colour seemed to change  and was unimpressive. I only used it when I really had to. As such when I again upgraded last year to the K5iis I never even put the Sigma 70-300 on the camera.

Well I must say the the 55-300WR on the K5iis is a massive improvement and it was great to see the results. I like the colour, focus speed and balance. Overall I am impressed with this lens and it is more than adequate for my uses.

Here are some examples.

Giraffe hiding from onlookers

  Here I am

  They say never tilt your camera. But it just wouldn't fit

  Silver Back

  Silver Back getting comfortable


  Mother and child

     Cat through the wire

  Lemur on patrol

  Lemur at rest

  Lying Lion

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