Patti’s Camera Solo

 I have Patti Smith’s book, Camera Solo.  She used Polaroid Land cameras to make flat B&W images for her collection of talismans that have true meaning to her.  It has been her practice to only make an image or two of those meaningful things, people, etc.  She still continues to do this, maybe with a smartphone now, and publishes them on her Instagram Account.

I missed listening to her rock & roll music when she was at the peak of her music career, but I have since found that I like her writing style and have read most of her books as well at listening to some of her current music.

Wide Apertures up Close

Given my lack of subjects to photograph under the current conditions, I have been exploring the idea of using wide apertures for up close images with Classic Neg. film simulation and just photographing colors and shapes.  Wondering what I can do with my 35mm F2 lens, I have been making images at random around me like these shown above.

I like the results, but I’m wondering what it would be like using a 35mm lens at F0.95.  I could order one, but it only focuses manually.  I have some time to think about it since the lens is currently out of stock.  My initial thoughts are that I probably don’t need the 35mm F0.95 aperture lens.  But, there are other wide aperture prime lenses.

Natures Decorations

201130-081737-JEH20It is in the 40s (F) and raining this morning.  It looks like nature has already strung its lights on the trees.  Homewood has been stringing their lights on the trees down around the main buildings.  I’m not sure when they will turn them on.  In the past it has been on 1 December so I might have to drive down some evening later this week and see if they are on.  I can’t see them from my Villa.  

I haven’t picked up our mail for weeks now, so I imagine my box is full of expired worthless information.  I have been hunkering down and staying away from everybody since the covid virus is stronger than ever in the surrounding areas.

Three Ring Circus

It’s another morning, but you probably don’t notice what is different in the above images.  I’m trying the Fujifilm 16 – 80mm F4 zoom lens.  The main reason I’m trying it is that I felt a little naked not having a suitable documentary lens to photograph whatever might happen around Homewood.  As an example, I might want to photograph the outside light decorations after they turn them on, even though they will probably look just like the pictures that I made in many previous years.  Whether I actually make images of them again will depend upon the weather, how I feel, etc., but I didn’t want the lack of a lens to be the reason so I ordered the 16-80mm lens to give it a try.

For at least a few days, I going to just photograph whatever is in front of me as I try the lens.  I had my first failure using the new lens last night, but it was me and not the lens.  It has been so long since I last used a zoom lens that I got a little out of sorts with using the three rings on the lens.  It was dark and I switched to manual focus and used the outermost focusing ring for adjustments.  I had also zoomed out with the middle ring.  When messing with the adjustment rings I didn’t notice that I had moved the innermost aperture ring and shifted it to an aperture of f/22.  Hopefully, I’ll now remember to check all of the settings and be more careful when handling the zoom lens.

If for no other reason, trying this heavier, larger lens does make me appreciate the greater fun and enjoyment in just using my 35mm f/2 lens.  I miss it already, but there are advantages in having a range of focal lengths available.

Versatility of Fuji 35mm F2 Lens

I did something yesterday I haven’t done much of lately.  I took my X-PRO3 with the 35mm F2 lens on it with me when I walked around the campus.

I have been trying, when/where I could, to see what I can do with my one camera, one lens photography setup.  These images represent some of yesterday’s extremes.  The first three images were up close images to see what could be done.  The last three are long distance extremes where I cropped the original image severely and then increased the size to get these scenes.  

While I am being tempted by Charlie to get another lens or two … like the 56mm F1.4 Viltrox lens, I haven’t decided if I need it or have a use for it.  While I like the lens, based on Charlie’s and various reviewers opinions, it wouldn’t be as good of a universal walkabout lens as the Fuji 35mm F2 lens.

My original thought was to use the X-PRO3 with three prime lenses … either the 16 or 23mm, the 35mm, and the 50mm F2; but I wanted to push myself and see if just the 35mm F2 was sufficient (effective 50mm) since I didn’t really have much of an idea of what I might find to photograph.  Another idea would be to use the 35mm F2 prime lens along with an 16-80mm F4 zoom lens for those times when the 35mm focal length wasn’t adequate (Homewood events?).

Hmmm, maybe I should continue with my experiment and wait and see if I can manage with just the 35mm F2 lens, even for whatever Homewood decides to do.  Or, maybe I should order the Viltrox lens to try it while continuing my one lens experiment.