How My Pentax Q Changed My Life & Showed Me My Neighborhood
It's been a year now since I got my Pentax Q camera and case
and I scarcely go out without them. We make quite the team in the city and in the forest.
I just returned from another scenic hike
in an urban forest parkland nearby, with my camera dangling around my neck. I took 76 photographs, some of which are displayed below. Additionally, you can see photographs I took there last Winter when the camera was new, Seward Park Hiking.
Prior to receiving the Q I carried a bigger and heavier
Pentax K10d, which I still occasionally take out with me. It's the size and weight that determine which camera I take on my excursions. I'm a visual artist, primarily working in mixed-media collage and oil and acrylic painting. I bought the K10d to photograph my artwork. It's main charge is carried out on the top of my tripod in my studio.
For everyday use to illustrate my online publishing
I wanted a smaller dslr that would fit in a pocket or purse. You guessed it - the Pentax Q is my workhorse.
So, how did it change my life?
First off, I'm not enamored of my current urban neighborhood. I moved in, knowing it was merely a stop on my road to home ownership. I chose the building for the bargain it is, gaining a bedroom that serves fine for my art studio in exchange for a few more pennies in the bank.
Each Autumn I gloried in the changing colors of the trees that line the not so scenic streets, but other than that all I focused on as I drove the routes to nearby stops was the traffic.
This is a neighborhood rich in diversity
of peoples and shops, with a major high school right on the main street, and bus stops always congested by a full range of ages and ethnic groups. When I think about it I realize how much visual richness I missed by not taking my camera out on the street before buying the Q, but I was a bit self conscious about invading people's privacy by using my obviously bigger camera - the one with the big zoom lenses.
The Q is a whole different color of camera
because it's tiny - really tiny - and inconspicuous. I like the large LED screen on the back that doubles as the viewfinder. For some years I've suffered far more eyestrain that I can bear, and squinting into the little viewfinder of the K10d (much as I value that superb camera for my work), I found myself scrunching up my eyes and paying for it later.
With the Q my face usually sports a smile because of ease of use, and the delight I'm taking in seeing the visual treasures the neighborhood reveals to me now.
This article I published last year will demonstrate how I began to see my neighborhood in a different light. My Neighborhood in Pictures.
My online articles began to be photo based
as it became easier to express myself in photography. Suddenly photo opportunities were everywhere obvious to me. The city conservatory was a prime example. See the photographs here and you'll know why I love this camera. Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Have you ever scooted into one of those train dining car seats
for an Amtrak trip? On my journey down the Pacific coast to California the little guy was my go-to picture taker. I took both cameras but the Q outshone its big cousin by a long shot. ? I'm pretty slim but the one time I carried the big guy to lunch it ended up stashed on the floor due to lack of room for anything on the seat between my tablemate and myself. So I missed the unexpected great shots.
Even when down with the flu after my California trip
my little camera transformed my sick time. More days than not were spent on the sofa recovering first from some contagious illness, and then from the antibiotics that cured it. Lucky me, though, my Thanksgiving cactus bloomed. Turned out the weeks of thirst it experienced during my time down in the high desert landscape, spurred it into bloom.
It was my mom's plant that I inherited and it went all out blooming for a solid month, Mom had combined stalks from four different colors of cactus, so I basked in the beauty of the blossoms and published some of the pictures online. See them here Weeks of Blooming Joy.
Lest I forget the Video feature
know that it takes no more than a twist of the dial on top to change the function to video camera. I prefer these videos any day over my JVC camcorder or my iPhone! It's fun! It's easy to switch, and the quality is fine!
Enjoy some of my photos below
and know that you can have as much fun as I do with this simple mirrorless dependable and handy camera.
This is the next lens I plan to buy, since my camera came with the standard prime lens.
If you've checked out the links that showcase my photos you've seen that none of the accessory lenses are necessary for fun and beautiful photos, but still, I'm an artist so I'd love to play around with the Fish Eye lens.
The versatility of this two piece case with strap can't be over emphasized.
It is specially designed to be used without needing to remove the case - a definite bonus for quick shots you might lose if you must take the time to remove the case, to capture an impromptu shot.
I wear my camera around my neck, easily putting it on as I grab my keys to go out the door.
If you're like me and you already have lenses that are compatible to the K10d, this nifty little adapter will allow use of those lenses with the Q!