In this year of work-at-home, I was able to complete a long-in-progress patio project. I also started watching different forums for some lenses for my Pentax K-S2. One of my favorites was a gift to me, as part of a Spotmatic kit a now deceased friend had bought while stationed in Vietnam in the late 1960’s / early 1970’s. The Takumar 50mm lens is approximately 49 years old based on its serial number, which puts it at exactly my age. However, as I kept watching hummingbirds come to our patio to check us out, I got the itch for a longer zoom, but didn’t have funds to buy a “good” lens, so kept my eyes open. When I found a fellow Pentax user selling is dozen-year-old 55-300 lens, I bought it for $40, shipping included. It is not weather-sealed like the newer versions but was like new. And as I adjusted to the idea of patience in photography, I was able to get some shots I was happy with. Unfortunately just as I was getting to the point where I was pushing limits on shutter speed, ISO, etc., they started migrating south for the winter. There’s always next year, I guess. Here’s one photo, processed through Denoise AI “Clear AI” mode, Sharpen AI “Stablize” mode, and tweaked for saturation to bring it closer back to the camera-produced JPG since Topaz using RAW file seems to desaturate a bit from what the camera produces.
Camera: Pentax K-S2
Lens: SMC DA 55-300 f4-5.8 ED
Focal Length: 300mm (35mm equivalent 450mm)
11:47am Aug. 26, 2020
Hand-held, manual focus.