Twilight Color After Sunset with Pentax K-5

2013-01-26

I shot this one about 30 minutes after sunset. I often find the mystic colors right after sunset magical. As usual, my older boy does his best in running away from my camera and I can only shoot him in a distance with a longer focal length. I have my K-5 with Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B). Picture was taken in Pismo Beach over the long weekend.

Twilight Color After Sunset with Pentax K-5, Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)
K-5 and Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)

And about 30 minutes earlier, I missed the sunset shots for late arrival to the beach I mange to get this one in focus for the last few seconds of rim light from the sunset

Twilight Color After Sunset with Pentax K-5, Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)
K-5 and Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)

And the not-in-focus shot earlier

Twilight Color After Sunset with Pentax K-5, Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)
K-5 and Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)

A forum discussion mentions about the wonderful work of  J M W  Turner's seascapes  using beautiful watercolor in his sesscapes paintings.   It is an inspiration and fascinating work to study from the great artist.  Here is another shot of  my running boy in the twilight color

Twilight Color After Sunset with Pentax K-5, Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)

I found the mystic colors usually about 15 to 45 minutes right after sunset. I usually see the glow of red and orange as the residual light from sunset. And bluish tint comes along when the darkness approaches the lighting scenes gradually and quickly. It is a suite of magical colors in red, orange and blue and the mix varies upon angles and how much darkness looms over the residual light from the sun.

And I will encourage everyone not to shy away from a scene that looks unusually dark to our naked eyes. The timing is right around 30 minutes after sunset. That was the time that you think that the AF or MF will hamper your shooting in focusing. Sure enough, I have my share of troubles in focusing as my eyes are aged. But my enthusiasm and fascination of the dark scenes take over the handicap. The K-5 ups two notches and pick up the slack with great metering and AWB. I would have an easier job if I have my favorite zoom with Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8. But the traveling light criteria takes over in the decision to bring my Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B) instead. I fault in a lot of focusing errors but that manual 135mm prime excels with lighter weight and compact form factor in traveling.

Here is a shot that is less dramatic but I like it as my wife darts with joy in catching up with my boy

Twilight Color After Sunset with Pentax K-5, Tamron adaptall-2 135mm f/2.5 (03B)



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6 comments:

Mike Lambert said...

Great images, love the colours. The first image is particularly strong.

Sergio Granin said...

Hi,
not long ago I "found" your blog and read already all of your articles.
Last year I had a Canon 20d and sometimes I used manual lenses (28 2.8 Nikon ai, helios 44-2). After the Cam went broken I bought a k20d and now I'm only using manual lenses.

I see that you always got really sharp photos and your focus is at the right place.
Do you use any focusing screens or do you use the focus indication of the cam?

I use the focus indication and think it doesnt work very well for me. Its much fun, but many times the focus isnt there I want it to.

Hin Man said...

Hi Sergio, thank you for your visit and comment. I only use the stock screen with my K20D and K-5. If I happen to keep the old body in K20D, I will likely look into a better focusing screen to help manual focusing. I currently rely on the focus indicator and the beep. I have many focusing misses as well. With K mount, sometime I rely on the trap focus in AF-S setting where the shutter press is dis-engaged until focus is locked. But I do find it difficult to make the shot. With M42 mount, many lenses will miss the focus trap feature. And I do sometime switch focus from AF-S to M to get quicker snaps at the expense of more missing focus shots.

Hin Man said...

Hi Mike, thank you so much for your visit and comment.

Sergio Granin said...

Alright,
I ordered a cheap dual split focusing screen from china and will try out how it works.

good to know that I am not the only one who got problems with manual focusing ;-)

thanks for answering

robin said...

I hope you have the chance to visit Tate Britain to see the very wonderful Turner collection. It truly is a joy!

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