Morning Views

I took these pictures early on the 1st of August.  The first moon image was made after I had breakfast at around 5:45.  The others were made going and returning from the market a little after 6 am.

I used my Nikon J5 with the 30 – 110 mm lens for these images.  I have been rapidly reaching the point where it is my favorite camera and lens for walking and driving about around sunrise and sunset.  Its’ small size and light weight have won me over.  Those attributes overcome the not as good image quality of the small one-inch sensor.  The image quality is good enough if the system enables me to have it with me and enables me to make the longer focal length pictures that I like.

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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Hanover PA, Photography


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The Little Things with Nikon J5 and 30 – 110 mm Lens

This was another experiment to see how my J5 with the 30 – 110 mm lens performed when capturing the little things.  Most of these flowers were very small.   Many of them were only about one-half to three-quarters of an inch in diameter.  I took all the pictures at maximum zoom of 110 mm, an effective 297 mm, while focusing as close as I could.  I then cropped them some more since I could have really used a longer focal length lens or at least one that focused closer.

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Posted by on August 1, 2015 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography


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Waiting & Experimenting

I was waiting in the car when I made these.  I was photographing through the glass with the Nikon J5 and the 30 – 110mm lens.  I am still in the mode of trying different types of photography with this set-up.  I really like the small size and weight but I’m still not sure about the image quality.  I might decide that it is good enough for a “take with me system” for just-in-case I see something or for when I know I will need the longer focal lengths; but probably only in good light.

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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Hanover PA, Photography


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Morning Images

We had a lifting fog and I was standing out front when I took the first two pictures as Misty and I were starting our morning walk.  The last picture was taken when we got back to the Villa and I switched from the Canon 70D to the Nikon 1 J5 with the 30 – 110 mm lens to get a picture of the morning sun shining through the high fog.

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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography


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The Second Coming


    Turning and turning in the widening gyre

    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst

    Are full of passionate intensity.

Poem by  William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). It sounds to me like Yeats wrote this poem about the people running for election in the U.S.  The following was taken from CNN.

The American electoral circus has taken the stage and people around the world are watching in disbelief. To say they are not impressed would be an understatement.  A Colombian columnist called Donald Trump a “lab rat,” for testing the U.S. tolerance of toxic political debate.  In India, a commentator writes dismissively that the “self-declared ‘greatest’ democracy is descending into a farce.”

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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Dark Heritage, Photography


Another Evening

I was in my lounge chair reading when I looked up and took these images.  This time I used my Canon 70D with the Canon 18 – 135 mm lens.  I took these for the colors and the light.  Not having many things to photograph, I don’t pass up rich light, shadows, and colors.

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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography


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My Desires


If I followed my desires, I would like to be more like Saul Leiter in both what I photograph as well as his approach to photography.  But since I don’t have similar street scenes to photograph, I need to find other things to photograph.

Another problem is a conflict in focal length.  Saul used longer focal lengths to compress the scenes; which I also like to do; but, I find cameras like my X2 with a prime lens more to my liking from a usability perspective.  If I want to photograph more like Saul I will need to use one of my other cameras with a longer lens.

It primarily comes down to finding enough things to photograph.  I like to take pictures and have tended to photograph whatever I see with a range of cameras.

PS, I photographed the above picture while sitting in my lounge chair thinking about my Leica X2 and what to photograph.  That is a picture of a nice cold glass of ice tea that I took with the Leica X2.

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Homewood at Plum Creek, Photography




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