The Pentax K10d was often criticized for its noise, especially at ISO settings over 400.  This photo shows that those criticisms weren’t fully true.  The key was getting the exposure correct and minimizing the adjustments needed in Post-processing. The photo was hand-held without flash per the museum requirements.

The image above was from an exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park by Dale Chihuly, a famous glass artist from Tacoma.  He is famous for art like the above, but this exhibit was unique in that it was presented in the dark, independent of its surroundings.

The piece above was one of the centerpieces of the exhibit.  It consisted of two full sized rowboats full of glass spheres.  The overall exhibit was on the order of 20 feet long and quite impressive.

I loved that exhibit for two reasons: 1. The art was fantastic, unique, and beautiful, and 2. It was the moment when I felt like I gained full control over my camera.