National Selfie Day


Today, 21 June 2018, is National Selfie Day so I thought I would post one I made of myself.  An image is supposed to tell a story and this one shows an old man worrying about what life has come to be … living to see the world decay under climate change, resource depletion, national debts, and despots like Trump bullying their way to power by feeding us bullshit.

One of the main problems is that we are fixated on ourselves, making selfies, etc.  We seem to have lost the ability, or will, to think and act based on the bigger long-term implications of our actions, or inactions.  We have lost our humanity.


My Lumix 20mm F1.7 Lens

My favorite walk-about camera-lens combination is the Olympus PEN-F camera with the Panasonic Lumix 20mm lens mounted on it.  I leave that lens mounted on the camera most of the time.  It is an ideal focal length for most things, especially when I’m out walking about since it is a lightweight small combo for hanging from a strap or carried in a small bag.  Between it being fast enough for low light conditions and its close focusing capabilities it covers a wide range of conditions.  I used it for both of the above images.

I have diverged away from this camera and lens several times as I keep looking for the ultimate system, but I seem to return to this 20mm lens with its effective 40mm focal length which is in between the normal classic lenses of 35mm and 50mm.

I have thought several times about giving up with long lenses and larger sensors, but I currently also have a Pentax K-3 and long zoom lenses for limited, special uses.  I also have my Olympus E-M1 Mk II and several zoom lenses for my Homewood photography which often amounts to a run-and-gun documentary type of photography.

For my walk-about photography I prefer my PEN-F and the 20mm lens, but I do have other micro 4/3 prime lenses.  I have the older (not the larger Pro lenses) 17, 25, 45, and 75mm primes.  One issue I am now considering is selling some, or all, of those other prime lenses.  As a minimum I’m thinking I will sell the 17 and the 25mm lenses since they are too close to the 20mm and I haven’t used them since I got the 20mm.  My next thought would be to sell the 75mm since it is larger and heavier and sees little use, but I have occasionally used it for Homewood photography.  I will probably keep the 45mm since it is a nice small compliment to the 20mm … and I sometimes wish I also had a lightweight small prime on the order of 12mm.

I only acquired the prime lenses in order to get the large apertures for low light and to keep the weight to a minimum when I only need one focal length.  If I found a good lightweight small collapsible zoom lens, it would be fine, and I wouldn’t need the prime lenses; but I have memories of fine sand getting in my zoom lens and needing to shift to a single prime lens when in the Sahara Desert.  I would feel even a lot more comfortable if the PEN-F and the 20mm lens were weather resistant.

I also keep revisiting the use of prime lenses on the PEN-F for some of my Homewood photography.  I was experimenting the other day with this setup as shown in the following images.

The 20mm F1.7 and PEN-F combo is fine for handling the lighting conditions.  I was sitting towards the rear when I made these images.  You can see that I crop-zoomed more and more as I checked it out.  I think these would be fine for some in-house uses, so I might get a little bolder in using this setup inside.  The only caveat is that I would need to continually adjust the exposure settings depending on where/what the ultimate cropped image was to be.  That is easier done with the E-M1 Mk II so I may as well use a zoom lens on it as I have been doing.  Hmmm, another reason to maybe sell all of my prime lenses other than the 20mm Lumix.