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Spoleto Cathedral

9th PENTAX DAY 
(PART I)


Albornoz Palace Hotel

All in Spoleto
By Stefano Sagna

Saturday…

Here we are, for the ninth edition of our Pentax Day, and here is my name again putting together this brief report for the second time. Needless to say, I feel so honoured for writing about our annual meeting, while I’m so happy to repeat that it was, once again, an unforgettable occasion for meeting and sharing our binding passion.

Since I live in Vicenza, far from Spoleto, I managed to arrive on Saturday, just to see that many people had the same idea, being already there at my arrival.

The whole day was spent in pressing but not feverish preparations, thanks to the considerable help we got by so many members.

We had plenty of pictures to show, and I also brought some prints of mine, as promised last year while inciting other members to do the same. This is for not losing face after that lecture I gave everybody in my last year’s article.

The only jarring note of the Saturday was the rain, beating all day long. In any case, we didn’t discourage and continued working serenely, confident in a good flow (of people, not water) for the next day.

Once everything was set-up - display cases, tables, panels and pictures - we left Albornoz Hotel for our accommodations and evening meal.

Speaking of panels: such set-up was made easy this year, thanks to the excellent and very practical poles and supports supplied by Manfrotto Trading (now Bogen Imaging Italia), deserving our warmest thanks.

A group of members, including myself, had an accommodation at L’Ulivo farm, so much picturesque but mostly providing double beds. We’d prefer to maintain strict silence about the occasional couples made up for the night, for not making jealous some guiltless spouses or partners.

At the evening, everybody met in a wonderful and elegant restaurant a few kilometres far from Spoleto. No more rain, but external temperature was worth a good February: 3°C, yes, THREE degrees! The meal was excellent, and the company even more so. I also had the opportunity to handle Dario’s *ist D. By fitting my 50 f/1.4 FA, we could take some nice portraits with the weak ambient light. Chatting, I realized (am I not clever?) that the fiftie acts like a 75 mm f/1.4 on the *ist D, with the size and cost of a 50. Think about the fantastic 85 f/1.4 Star becoming a 120 f/1.4: a pleasure. That evening I started convincing myself that digital photography hasn’t just disadvantages over my beloved film. Me thinking so!

At a certain time, we could hardly feel the cold, thanks to the warm and friendly environment and the excellent red wine washing down the meal, but at the end we said goodbye outdoors with chattering teeth. Anticipating the date of the event over the previous year gave results far beyond our expectations: from over 30 degrees down to 3, could you say that? After all, writing this article one month and a half later, I can still read 17 degrees, what a cold Summer!

 

smc Pentax-DA 14mm f/2.8

smc Pentax-DA 14mm f/2.8


Spoleto by night

The Farm

Photo exhibition

Photo exhibition

Setting-up the event

Marco's custom caps

Photo exhibition

AOHC table

AOHC table

AOHC museum

AOHC museum

AOHC museum

AOHC museum

Protege area

Protege area

Protege area

Tecno 2000 check-up


Bogen Imaging area


Bogen Imaging area


Ermanno using the Cubelite

9th Pentax Day Report (Part II)
9th Pentax Day Report (Part III)


Page updated 31st Dec. 2004

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