Thursday, September 27, 2012

From my photographic accessories such as Ms Peggy to Ruby and Tuesday.


Hi Photographer friends,

I you have followed my blog for a long time, you know that one of my favorite photo accessory wasn't a photo item at all. It was my Jeep YJ, "Miss Peggy". It carried me everywhere I wanted to shoot. Here she is: I sold her about two years ago, to a good home.

Last year, my new photography accessory was a used travel trailer that I restored. My good Chevy Silverado was pulling it around the different state parks and it was in this trailer that I wrote two of my e-books. It actually was a lot of fun and I was able to get away from the city hustle and  bustle and clear my mind.

The Chevy "Sam" went to a young couple and the trailer "Freedom" was sold to another great growing family with pre-teen children. They will enjoy it.

My new endeavor is a little more costly and it will take a while to have everything the way I want. The idea is to have a big enough RV to travel across the Country and actually live in semi-permanently. I purchased the biggest pick-up truck I could find. It is a Ford f350 dually with a massive 7.3L diesel engine. I will work on it during the next six months or so to get it the way I really want it.

This is "Ruby"

Next, I put a down payment on a fifth wheel and will take possession of it in December. 

This is "Tuesday"

I did some changes on "Ruby" already. I didn't like the off-market front grille and replaced it with a factory original, I was able to get a set of original running boards and also found a good fifth wheel hitch. I installed a new GPS, radio system with Sirius satellite radio. 

I keep changing the grille.

My wife doesn't like the black grille, but the "all chrome" off-market looked a little too gaudy for me.

So, this outfit will be my next best tool for photography. We will be able to, first, travel around the state and even venture in other states on weekends, long weekends and vacation. The ultimate benefit will be sometimes down the road, when we retire and live in our house on wheel full time. This is going to be my personal dream come true. Freedom to go where and when I want to, and to places I always wanted to visit. My photography will turn to travel photography, and although I will continue to write e-books about photography, I will be able to put more time photographing the Country, its People and its Wild Life. I plan to use video a lot more and document the places we visit, on a standpoint of full time RVers. Ultimately, it would be nice to sell the package to the Travel Channel.

I will continue this blog and will also manage a travelling blog as well.

I can hardly wait.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will stay with me,

Yvon Bourque

P.S. I know some of the images are not very clear, but I used my iPhone. I should have the K-5 with me at all times.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pentax K-01 not so bad after all. It has the best Video capabilities of any Pentax.


 Hi Photographer friends,

Pentax introduced the K-30 a little while back and I already have that camera and wrote my last e-book about it.A few days ago, Pentax introduced the K-5 II and the K-5 II s. They are all great cameras, but none of the above can take video as well as the K-01.

The K-5, K-5 II and the K-5 II s cameras take good video, the problem is that they don't allow MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.   The K-5's can shoot video as follow:

  • Full HD (1920x1080), 16:9, 25 fps
  • HD (1280x720), 16:9, 30 fps and 25 fps
  • VGA (640x480), 4:3, 30 fps and 25 fps
Pentax really raised the bar as far as movie recording. Not only does the K-30 records in full HD at 1080p, but it does so @ 24, 25 or 30 fps. In addition, the camera can record sound from the built-in mono microphone. It lacks stereo channels and external microphone capabilities.. The file format is MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.The K-30 can shoot video as follow:
  •  FullHD (1920x1080) @ 16:9 aspect ratio, 30fps/ 25fps /24fps
  •  HD (1280x720) @ 16:9 aspect ratio, 60fps/ 50fps/ 30fps/ 25fps/ 24fps
  •  VGA (640x480) @ 4:3 aspect ratio,  30fps/ 25fps/ 24fps
Now, the K-01 can record the same formats as the K-30 but it has external stereo microphone input jack, and that makes a big difference. The K-01 does not have a prism viewfinder, but you wouldn't shoot a video through the viewfinder, you would shoot video with the LCD monitor. The K-01 is smaller and very portable. The 40mm kit lens is great.

I'm not much of a videographer, but I believe that the movies on the big screen are H.264
You can get there using the K-5's using software, but what's the point?

Thank you for reading,
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Yvon Bourque

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pentax K-30 e-book is now available.


 Hi Photographer friends,

I finally completed the Pentax K-30 "Everything you need to know...and then some" e-book. You can download a sample of the e-book from here. It contains the Introduction, Foreword and table of contents as well as the entire chapter 1. "Know your K-30

Click here to download

The  e-book full version contains 269 pages full of information, pictures, illustrations and everything you need to know to be proficient with the K-30...and then some.

It will be available from our E-Commerce Store  shortly. However, you can purchase the full version directly from here, NOW. The e-book is only $14.95. 

***New for this e-book, once paid, you will receive a link with a password to download the e-book. Once downloaded and saved on your device, the password will no longer be needed. ***

The e-book will work on any device capable of downloading PDF files.(From PC to Mac, iPad to iPhone, tablets to smart phones.)

In the meantime, you can purchase the e-book NOW with PayPal.

Email me at and request the K-30 e-book. Include your email address (if other than the current email used.) I will return  a PayPal invoice and once paid, I will send you the link and password for downloading the e-book. I will respond within an  hour, between 8:00 A.M and 10:00 P.M (California time).

Once the e-book is available on the E-Commerce, the download will be available immediately after payment.

Thanks for your support,

Yvon Bourque

Ned Bunnel to step down as President of Pentax USA.


 Hi Photographer friends,

This is a sad day for Pentaxians. Ned Bunnell, which I respect enormously, is stepping down as President of Pentax USA. I've known Ned for about five years and his professionalism was exceptional. Ned, you will be missed. Ned is the only executive I know, from an international camera company, that always took time to communicate with clients. You can retire with a "Job well done,and mission accomplished".

Photo of Ned Bunnel and myself at the PMA in Las Vegas.


Noboru Akahane to Become New President of "Americas"

Denver, CO (September 12, 2012) – Noboru Akahane, President of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING, Tokyo, Japan today announced several management changes at its U.S. subsidiary, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION, based in Denver, Colorado.

Current president, Ned Bunnell, will retire effective September 30th. “We appreciate Ned’s considerable contributions and leadership of the PENTAX operations in the U.S. over the past 7 years.  He has helped revitalize the PENTAX brand and re-establish our relationship with key retailers both in the photo specialty channel and larger national chain stores and we wish him well,” said Mr. Akahane.

Effective October 1st, Mr. Akahane will be appointed President of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION in addition to his current role as president of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING, Tokyo, Japan.

Also effective October 1st, Mr. Akahane announced the appointment of James Malcolm as Executive Vice President of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS. Mr. Malcolm will report directly to Mr. Akahane and he will be responsible for the leadership and operations of the U.S. subsidiary.

Most recently Mr. Malcolm has been working with Ricoh Company, Ltd. in Japan on the post-acquisition integration of PENTAX on a global basis. His insight and experience have set the direction and provided the vision needed to initiate management changes, including compliance with merger strategies.

“We are very pleased that Jim has joined the PENTAX RICOH team. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our camera business, accumulated from years in the photo industry,” said Mr. Akahane, “His knowledge of photographers’ needs, his proven business acumen, understanding of technology and insight into consumer trends are invaluable to our future.

“Given the market opportunity, North America is very important to our business,” explains Mr. Akahane. “There are a core group of PENTAX and RICOH fans here and we are confident to deliver high-quality products that will not only satisfy our current customers but also attract new customers through innovation and support of Ricoh’s global brand.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs. The Pentax K-5 e-book still applies.


 Hi Photographer friends,

The new Pentax K-5 II,  available in October 2012

The new Pentax K-5 II s, available in October 2012
The Pentax K-5, introduced in 2010
Two new Pentax K-5 models were introduced today by Pentax.

The K-5 II takes greatness to the next level. Its high resolution sensor, highly advanced autofocus system and accurate shake reduction system coupled with its weather sealed coldproof design ensure that this camera is worthy of fixation. With features this rich and robust the K-5 II is sure to feed your photography obsession and take you to the next level

With the K-5 IIs, less really is more. Featured without an anti-aliasing filter to achieve superior resolution for highly detailed imagery, the K-5 IIs is feature rich and ready for nearly any environment, thanks to its weather sealed and coldproof design. With the K-5 IIs, less is more, and the proof really is in the details.

It's good news, since the K-5 has been such a tremendous success. Once again, Pentax uses a no-nonsense approach by reusing the original K-5 and adding improvements.

Our K-5 "Everything you need to know...and then some" e-book is still the best source for valuable information for the Pentax K-5 series of DSLRs. By the time the new K-5 II and K-5 IIs reaches the market, the e-book will contain an addendum for the specifics related to them.

The Pentax K-30 "Everything you need to know...and then some " will be available this week.  It was going to be published Sunday, but with the announcement  of two new lenses, I wanted to incorporate them into the "Pentax System" section of this new e-book.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque