There was a local photographers meetup that I attended recently. A generous member of the Facebook group offered up a place and had a bonfire setup.
Here is a link to my photos from the event. For anyone from the event who sees this article, you can download the full-sized photos from the “Download” drop-down above each photo detail page. Just select the “Original” option. If you are having trouble figuring that out, send me an email.
Here are some highlight photos:
It looks like my camera (Pentax K-5) and lens (FA 31mm f1.8) combo were having front focusing issues throughout the event. The camera body was sent away for two rounds of warranty service a while back and I didn’t have a chance to check focus with that lens yet. Next time, I’ll be sure to see if a combo needs AF micro adjustments before using it… Large aperture lenses used at a large aperture need spot-on focus for proper composition, so even just a few inches of front or back focus can ruin an image. I used the 55mm f1.4 and 14mm f2.8 with the K-5 in Arizona without any issues, but I checked those before the trip.