Pentax 645D

I’ve been (not so) secretly drooling over the Pentax 645D ever since I first read about it. A number of things worked together so that in January 2011 I was able to purchase one of the few available at that time here in the US. I had purchased several used 645 autofocus lenses in the time leading up to that. In February I took the camera with me on a trip to Southern Utah that was primarily to fly radio controlled airplanes, but the weather made it a great time to try out the new camera. (Fresh snow in Zion National Park) I’ve still got a lot to learn to be as comfortable using it as I am with my 1 Series Canons, but for a first effort I thought things went well. Here is one of the images from that trip. Zion Panorama Zion Panorama

To see more images with the 645D from this trip check out my Image Catalog under Southern Utah Feb 2011. I also have a page about the 645D that Ill be adding more to in the future.

Smithsonian Photo Contest

One of my images has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the Americana category of the Smithsonian Magazines 2010 Photo Contest. Cape Royal Sunset Cape Royal Sunset – Grand Canyon National Park

You can go to the contest site here:

If you feel inclined, please vote for the peoples choice award. You can vote once a day until the end of the month. The winners should be announced in April.

UPDATE:  I ended up coming in 5th place overall for the people’s choice award.  Not bad out of 50,000 entries.