I have a few challenges but I think they are worth attempting to overcome. Fred Herzog died last Monday, 9 Sept. 2019 at the age of 88. The articles on the web caused me to remember that I had a book about his photography, Modern Color, but that I hadn’t yet read the text so I decided to get it out and read it. That is a challenge. The book weighs about 4.5 pounds and is large. I tried reading it while sitting in my rocking chair but that didn’t work very well since it really made my thumbs hurt and I had to put on my thumb braces. I’ll next try reading it at the table so that I don’t have to hold the book. That will probably shift the pain to my back as I lean over the book to read the small text.
As I started reading the book I recognized how his approach to photography might match with some of my thoughts on getting back to making some images on the streets of Hanover, PA. I also started thinking about how I might prefer to make the images with the Pentax K-1 II and the 50mm F1.4 lens if it is not too long, provided the weight didn’t cause me too much trouble. At least the weight of the camera and lens is a little less than three pounds, even though it is large and will likely draw some unwanted attention. If that challenge is a little too much I can fall back and try using the X-Pro2 camera; but, the images and the fun would not be the same.
A view of the old farmhouse in Homewood at Plum Creek from a location most never venture along side of Plum Creek.
So far I have mainly used the Pentax 50mm F1.4 lens for images made at F1.4 up close. I wished the lens focused closer but the images crop nicely so I think it will suffice for images like these samples. And yes, it does make a whirring sound as the screw drive focuses the lens but it should be OK if I use it outside without people standing close to me. It doesn’t bother me since I am getting use to the camera and lens sounds.
One of the reasons that I got this lens was that I had found that I had used the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera with the 35mm F2 lens a lot. I wanted to see if I would also find myself liking the older film 50mm focal length lens on the Pentax K-1 II camera and see if I find any significant differences between the two systems for the types of photography I might be doing.
I’m still looking for some ideas about adding to, or changing, my photography. I would like to do something beyond the documentary photography of what I see here at Homewood.
I played with this image on my computer while waiting for the delivery of another FF Pentax lens. It is an older 50mm f/1.4 lens that I might use differently from the 28-105mm lens, but the odds of keeping it are no better than 50/50 since I don’t like the old screw drives for focusing. I will find out how loud this lens is on the K-1 II and let you know if I keep it.
It was early and I was on the way down to get a haircut when I photographed the light, not the landscape.
At least one of the cormorants was still here on Tuesday morning. I found it standing on the fountain before it jumped into the water and dove under. I then photographed it when it came up to the surface right before it flew away.
I don’t think I have photographed this type of spider before. I saw it on the edge of the wetlands behind the Community Center. I know I haven’t seen the zig-zag web before. I wish I could have gotten around the other side to get a top-down view of the spider.