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Never the Same Again

I was reading a news article about the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine.  The article was about how it would never be the same again in reference to Russia and that area of the world and went on to compare the recent event to the shooting of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination 100 years ago sparked World War I.

Is it ever the same?  Isn’t each and every day different?  Things are never the same and unfortunately it seems that they just get worse.  This applies to deaths by gun fire in the U.S., to politics, to the wars fostered by different religious beliefs, to migrations of people running from violence in their countries, and to global climate change.

Plan for change … it will never be the same again.

 

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Seeing Red on Hanover Streets

I needed to drive across town so I took my Panasonic LF1 and took a few pictures when I was stopped in traffic yesterday.  They turned out better than I expected since I took all of these through the tinted, not absolutely clean windows of my car.  I didn’t have the luxury of driving a BMW X3 with the top down like the young blonde.  I took more pictures than these but I decided to show you the ones which had something red in them.

The reason I took these pictures was that I thought it was a good time, given the clouds we had, to further test my LF1.  I have been thinking about looking for something to replace or supplement it.  What I would desire is better IQ, better low light capability, and better, faster focusing.  The LF1 will not focus on the clouds so I have to focus on the distant skyline and then recompose the image.  In order to get better image quality and focusing, it would have to be a larger camera.  That is the downside.  Anything else isn’t going to fit in a shirt pocket.  I am looking at the 2/3 inch or one-inch sensor cameras hoping to find something affordable with the right ergonomics, speed of focusing, etc. that isn’t too large.

In reality, I don’t need or desire to take pictures like the above.  I probably don’t need a camera to replace the LF1.  Instead, I should just use the LF1 for emergencies and use my Olympus E-PL5 and lenses for any serious photography.  If I need better IQ than it has, I would look at a larger size sensor and one or two prime lenses.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Hanover PA, Photography

 

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Walking with a Prime Lens

I was just walking around looking for things to photograph … things that others aren’t likely to photograph, when I took these pictures.  I confess … they are part of my effort to decide on which prime lens to use when and where.  These were taken with my 25 mm (effective 50 mm) lens.  That is a little short for walking in this location.  In the future I will probably mostly use my 45 mm (effective 90 mm) lens for similar walks.  I prefer to just use one lens at a time and then adjust my photography to match the angle of view.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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Flight of the Vultures

Don’t forget to click on any picture and then view them all in gallery mode.

A storm was coming but the vultures didn’t seem alarmed.  They were circling in their normal fashion.  We seem to have plenty of vultures circling over Homewood.  Maybe they sense something.

Note that I took these pictures with my 17 mm focal length prime lens.  I have used this prime lens for the majority of my photography lately.  I am trying to adjust my photography to fit my preferences to photograph with prime lenses.  As soon as my new 14 mm lens arrives, I hope to primarily just use primes … 14, 17, 25, & 45 mm with my micro 4/3 camera.  That gives me an effective 28 to 90 mm range.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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What is a Panasonic LF1 Good For?

Lately I have been walking with just the Panasonic LF1 camera in a pocket or in my hand.  The neighbors stop and ask me “Where is your camera?”  They are accustomed to seeing me walk with a camera on a sling or neck strap.  They don’t notice the LF1 until I show it to them.

I have explored just how small I can go with a camera.  I used the LF1 one day to take the above pictures.  I was trying a variety to see how well it did under different conditions.   I had to adjust the exposure, WB, contrast, clarity, etc. before I converted the raw files to jpegs for this blog.

I think that the above are only fair.  I view the LF1 as a “just-in-case” camera for those times I see something and don’t have a better camera with me.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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Photographic Entropy

In thermodynamics, the entropy of a closed system is a measure of the energy that is not available for work during a thermodynamic process.  A closed system without external input evolves toward a state of maximum entropy.  In cosmology, it is a hypothetical tendency for the universe to attain a state of maximum homogeneity in which all matter is at a uniform temperature … commonly referred to as “heat death”.  Entropy is also used to sometimes refer to a doctrine of inevitable social decline and degeneration.

It has occurred to me that it might also be a good term to apply to the state of photography.  We now are living in a world where more pictures are being taken than ever before, but with phone cameras rather than classic cameras.  We are living in a world where almost everybody takes pictures continuously of anything in front of them, but they aren’t printed or saved to be viewed over and over.  They are instantly sent to other digital devices to be seen and then forgotten.

In my personal situation I have taken many pictures of almost everything I have seen in front of me these last few years.  I have taken pictures of the same things at different seasons, in different lighting conditions, and with multiple focal length lenses up close and far away from any angle I can.  What is left?  I have existed in a closed world and my photography is approaching a maximum state of entropy.  If I don’t get an external stimulant and/or leave my closed world, my photography will continue to decline and reach a state of no value akin to heat death; i.e. maximum entropy.  Is this a precursor of where photography in general is headed, or just mine?

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in My Musings, Photography

 

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Evening Reflections

While sitting in my lounge chair one evening, I noticed the above reflection in a door to the sun room.  I took two pictures with different focus and shutter speeds.  I then got up to go see what was being reflected and took the following picture.  I took the picture below from outside, but the above reflections were after the scene had passed through a double-pane door and then reflected off of an interior door.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography

 

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