One weekday this past April, I took a ride to Cape May and Anglesea NJ. Though I have visited these towns so many times during the off season, it's still hard to imagine that from the time I captured these images and in the next months to follow these scenes will transform from quiet, almost desolate seaside towns to very busy vacation spots. There is such a peaceful feeling about most Jersey Shore towns during the off season.
To capture these images I decided to use the monochrome mode feature on my Pentax K5IIs. I normally shoot color images in the raw mode and latter convert certain ones to b&w in post processing. It is very interesting to use this mode. It is a different experience viewing the LCD screen of your camera and seeing the world in b&w, instead of having to visualize your final image from color to monochrome.
Along with my K5IIs I used a Pentax 16-45mm f/4 zoom lens to capture all the images on this blog page. I have used this lens to capture so many images, especially for my nature and landscape images. Shooting in the monochrome mode brought me back to the days when I shot with my two favorite b&w films, Kodak Panatomic X and Ilford HP5. There is a different mindset knowing the images you are capturing are b&w to start of with vs converting color images to monochrome. I really enjoyed using this feature and I'm looking forward to further experimenting with the filter parameters that this mode contains.