It was getting late and I still didn’t have a photo I was happy with. I had taken some photos in the broken window of a house from the 1700’s that I shot earlier in the year (365-72). The interior itself was nothing exciting so I was kind of disappointed. It wasn’t until I got closer to home and was going to stop at the grocery store that I saw the sunflower growing in an office building parking lot. The lone sunflower loomed over six feet tall, growing in an island in the parking lot. The rest of the island was not very well landscaped so I suspect the sunflower wasn’t planned. Since the sun has been covered by clouds most of the last few days the flower was a nice reminder.
Since the flower was pretty tall, I just pointed the camera blindly into it and shot a few frames (oops, sorry, film talk), checking my composition on the LCD. I used the on board flash since the light was getting low and to punch up the color some. It’s times like this that on camera flash comes in handy. So the flower beat out what would have been my shot for the day, the house interior.
Here Comes the Sun
As for shooting, I’m still plagued by my DA 17-70 lens refusing to lock focus above 50mm. It does this almost always, no matter the light or contrast levels, and seemingly at random. The lens is fine (to spec) and I think it’s just a design trait, at least with my K20D. I usually work around it but it’s frustrating on shots like these. I’m on the verge of changing equipment but I’m not sure what step to take first. I really am happy with the image quality I am getting with my current gear but it’s just the actual process of taking some photos that bugs me. Do I try a newer Pentax body to see if it works fine with my DA 17-70? Do I try a DA*16-50 to replace my DA 17-70? Or do I start all over with a new system? I played with the Nikon D7000 and it seemed pretty cool but the lenses I like in the Nikon system are $$$$. Suggestions are welcome.