Testing Out My New Pentax K30 at my Mom's Paleoish Retirement Party


I felt like my old Canon point-and-shoot just wasn't cutting it anymore so to celebrate my 30th birthday this year, I splurged on a weather-sealed, Pentax K30 DSLR camera with a weather-sealed 18-55mm kit lens.


Future recipe photos, shots from events like PaleoFX and AHS, and whatever other silly stuff I'm up to will be captured with this new camera, but, to get into practice, I took it for a test drive at my mom's retirement party.

I started the day off with a blueberry and banana smoothie out by the pool.  The light wasn't great since the day was a bit overcast, but I was curious to see how some landscape shots would come out in less than ideal conditions.





Obviously the smell of bacon cooking brought me back inside ;)


After breakfast, I went back out again to snap some up close shots, playing with the macro settings and manual focus features...








We were expecting quite a few people to show up, so there was lots of work to do, like loading the grill up with chicken thighs...


Setting up the drink station...


And pulling the pork that had smoked overnight...



Of course not everything was paleo, case in point, mini key lime pie cheescake cupcakes...


My dad got his band set up, but the weather was a little rainy at first.  They didn't let a few droplets deter them, so they played on..


The sky eventually cleared, and everyone set to work on the food.  There was a really good kale coleslaw, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, and tons of appetizers...




The festivities went on late into the night...


But mom wasn't done yet! Shots! Shots! Shots!


The next day we had a feta and sweet potato quiche for breakfast.  A really excellent hangover food btw...


And for lunch I had a pulled pork salad with some veggie chips for garnish..


The party was a lot of fun and when it was all over, I checked out the pics and was happy with the performance of the K30. All the pictures here were pulled directly from the camera with no post production editing of any kind. So the good news is that even if the taste of my recipes don't improve, they will definitely look more appetizing!

-Tony
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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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