I’m trying to get back into the mindset of making pictures, without going anywhere.
This image reminded me of the old days when I was an Aerospace Engineer.
I made this image looking out the window from my computer chair this morning.
It is a gloomy morning as I write this. I had planned to take the week off from posting anything or making any pictures as I thought about some major changes with my photography. My thinking hasn’t been going well since my changes are dependent upon going off campus and finding other things to photograph.
With the very slow, extremely cautiously slow release of the constraints on my coming and goings, I can’t make any changes until it is all over and I go out and try some different things. Unfortunately, the economic and social aftermath of the pandemic in conjunction with the demonstrations and the woeful response of the government to all of the above, I am so depressed that my photography might dry up to nothing. To counter these feelings I decided that I had to get a camera out and make something … anything to counter my depressing thoughts.
With that in mind, I decided to do some more experimenting with a style of B&W that I had been considering for the possible printing of a small book or magazine. That is what I did with these pictures that I made while looking out the window.
PS, WordPress is changing the editor and I need to learn how to utilize it properly; i.e. to make things look like my previous posts. I don’t like it so far.
I have come dangerously close to giving up on my photography, and might still do it. I have gotten frustrated in that I haven’t found the kinds of things that I am happy photographing, and I’m not sure what would satisfy me. Mostly I have been just testing or trying out different ideas, different cameras, etc.
I have been changing my mind day by day as to what to do about it. Yesterday I was ready to give up, but this morning I thought some more about it. Since I have limited things to photograph here on campus that I can post on my blog, I have been concentrating on finding a camera and lens that I might most like to use and then going out to see how versatile it might be if I switched to it. This morning I realized that there is one more combination of camera-lens that I haven’t been using recently. They are actually the best that I currently own, but I have not been using them recently for some reason. That combination is the Olympus E-M5 III camera with the Panasonic 35-100mm F2.8 lens.
While I might find things to photograph with this different combination, it is not enough. I need to double-down on finding a subject, purpose, idea, intent, or reason that gets me out looking for and finding images, even if it is only making an assortment of images that I like for their colors, mysteries, or emotions. I’m just not sure that images like these will do anymore.
This renewed thrust on my part is going to take time and what I show in my blog is dependent upon what I do. For example, if I concentrate on the activities at Homewood, many are not appropriate for my blog. In addition, if I concentrate upon my personal memories and thoughts, many of those are also not appropriate for a blog. What I’m saying, is that it might not be my photography that gets diminished as much as my blogging does.
We put our trash out in bags. After we do that, the crows make the rounds and poke holes in the bags as they look for anything to eat. They usually do that when the bag is on the ground and they can sit on the ground to tear holes in the bags and pull stuff out. I have been experimenting to see if putting the bag in a small cart slows them down. So far it seems to be helping, but it would take a closed container to fully stop them. At least it was fun to photograph this one through my window.