It was freezing, and breezy, and overcast when I walked this morning. To be different, I took the K-3 with the 50 mm lens and took a few pictures at an aperture of 1.8. It is hard to get a focus on fuzzy subjects, especially with shallow depth of field and in a breeze.
It was a cold dreary rainy night last night. These are just a few images that I used to try some different adjustments on. I am thinking about making more similar images this coming year.
These images, as well as the pictures of the sun in the previous post are part of what I call abstracts. I refer to them as abstracts since they have been altered and are bits of what others might take a picture of.
This morning I was thinking about constraints on photography. We all have our individual constraints. Personally, I am some-what constrained by not traveling and not going out much; but I have changed that into a challenge to see what I can keep finding to photograph close to home. Another constraint is my inability to carry much weight. That constraint limits my use of my Pentax DSLR and long lenses so I have been using my smaller lighter cameras more.
This morning I started thinking about a new constraint. It seems that the price of cameras is rising faster and they are getting out of reach. The latest rumors, etc. indicate that future cameras are going to be priced even higher since the camera companies are concentrating on the high-end, technologically loaded cameras. This situation started me wondering if I could just make-do with my Ricoh GR if I had to in the future.
I was out this morning with my GR in my pocket while I was waiting for someone. I looked up and saw the sun trying to peek through the clouds. I knew that getting that image would be a challenge for my GR with its’ effective 28 mm lens. Due to that wide coverage I knew that I couldn’t see the sun in my LCD when I composed the shot. In addition the image of the sun would be so small that I doubted I could even see it in the final picture; but I took it anyway. Below is what I got shooting a raw file with -1.3 exposure compensation using the program mode and then developing it in LightRoom with no adjustments.
I then cropped the image down small enough to see the sun and made the following picture.
It is not a great picture but I did learn some more about what can be done with the Ricoh GR. I’m not sure that I would want to be forced into only using it for my pictures, but I am sure that I could adapt.
Lousy weather and I haven’t been out much. I was doing some of my volunteer work this morning and mostly walking through the buildings but I have to go outdoors between the buildings so I took this picture just to keep in practice. Tomorrow there is an open house in one section of the campus so I will go and get some more pictures of one of the train platforms.
I took this picture through condensation on the glass door. It presents an accurate view of my photography … all fogged up as far as figuring out what to do next.
Since I haven’t been going anywhere and have recently taken a super majority of my pictures recording happenings within Homewood, I have a vast shortage of pictures suitable for my blog. I am not sure what I’m going to do about this for the coming year. If I am going to keep this blog going, I need to photograph something else.
I also need to find a better balance between recording events, etc. vs. making pictures that are more creative. In addition, some of the differences in the types of photography require cameras and lenses and techniques that I either prefer, or don’t like to use. I need to figure out what I am going to photograph, and how, in the coming year.