What’s worth to get up 5AM in the morning?

Mid-March, annual cherry blossom season had arrived.  It’s not a surprise that Seattle’s hippest spot for it is right in the University of Washington.  It will involve with hours of traffic, finding the impossible “parking spot”, and you will guaranteed bump into at least one person you know in your life that will be there.  That! Is the annual thing to do for seattleite.

I got an invited on Friday night, been told that bunch of people are going to the University of Washington around 5AM to avoid the traffic, the people, crazy kids and dogs, parking issues, and you can photograph low-light!  Obviously, this isn’t the first time I’ve ever done low-light photography, but since I advanced to Sony A7, I was afraid that I just don’t have a proper wide angle lens to do such task.  End result, I had to use an APS-C lens (Pentax DA 21mm Limited) to do the job.  Images were cropped nearly about 1/3 off from original image and they were still suffering from the corner smearing.  Sadly, I wish I have had a better setup.

Obviously, I am not really an early riser.  I dragged on my sleepy head with a zombie body to the scene before I knew who is there, my friend Andrew shouted out my name.  That’s what 5AM would do to you! Funny enough! I arrived late, so technically it was around 6AM.  These dedicated photographers were already here since 5AM.

Before entering the open field, I should at least test out how wide my APS-C wide angle lens can do.  An indication of how much I should crop off.
Before entering the open field, I should at least test out how wide my APS-C wide angle lens can do. An indication of how much I should crop off.

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Pentax DA 35mm AL on Nex-5n Review

Pentax DA 35mm AL F2.4 believed to be the same optical formula from the legendary Pentax FA 35mm F2.0. The only difference is that Pentax made this lens as a DA version (APS-C lens).

While Pentax is trying to attract new users by producing cost down plastic lenses while keep up the performance of this lens, it brings happiness to loyal customers as well.  DA35 produce outstanding images! It has very short minimum focus distance. It has wonderful bokeh and unbelievable sharpness at wide open aperture (F2.4). Since it’s made from plastic, it’s very light weight to travel with.

Busy but blur enough bokeh
Busy but blur enough bokeh

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