Still Using Olympus TG-4

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Fujifilm X100F photographed with Olympus TG-4

While I am trying to move as much of my photography as possible to the above pictured Fujifilm X100F camera, it does not mean that I’m not going to also be using my Olympus TG-4 camera sometimes.  I used it to make the above picture of the X100F and I will continue to use the TG-4 for product shots, close-ups, etc. since it has greater depth of field.  I will also continue to use it as my pocket camera on days when it is cold and/or raining or snowing.

My preference is to use the TG-4 at a fixed ISO of 800 in order to keep the shutter speed up.  The noise of the image isn’t too bad at that setting, especially when I make B&W images with it.  The above was a color jpeg which I converted to B&W in LR, and no, I did not use any noise reduction with LR.

Lincoln’s 25 Hours in Gettysburg

Last evening, we had a talk here at Homewood at Plum Creek about Lincoln’s 25 hours in Gettysburg.  The talk was given by a local historian, Ray Kinard, on behalf of the Hanover Historical Society.  He is extremely knowledgeable about that period of time and gave a very informative presentation.

For the first time, I sat in the front row and made some pictures with my X100F camera.  In the past, I photographed from the rear of the audience and used longer focal length lenses.  Last evening, I wanted to make some further tests of using the effective 35mm lens of the Fujifilm X100F camera to record such events.  The first, uncropped image, was taken from my seat, and the second is a crop of the first image that has been resized.  For those who haven’t considered this way of making images, they might want to try it.  The advantages, at least for me, in using a non-zoom lens are going to be a big help in my photography.

Adaptive Photography to fit the X100F?

Before I discuss this crazy idea, I would like to mention some of the reasons behind it.  I have a few constraints, either real or perceived.  Winter is coming and the outdoor opportunities are more limited.  Considering this along with a problem with my right hand that gets very cold, fingers turn white, and the skin shrivels up and it is harder to hold and use heavier cameras & lenses, I keep looking for opportunities to keep photographing.  Next, I have more opportunities for indoor photography for Homewood publications, etc. in the winter, but most of the images are not suitable for my blog.  Since I have been making pictures here for six years, some of the photographical interests can get repetitive.   In addition to all of the above, my back has been bothering me more and it gets harder to make pictures.  And then I remember all of the dozens of different cameras and lenses I have used over the years in order to expand my opportunities.  In response to all of the above, I’m considering shifting most of my photography to one camera, one lens, the Fujifilm X100F, and changing my approach.  But this change also has problems.

One of my major problems would be covering events, etc. without the use of a zoom lens.  The first picture below was made with the X100F from the rear of the audience in the Omni Room when Sweetlife Music was playing.  The second image is a crop from the first that has been resized.  Could I conceivably get by with crops and upsizing?  Maybe, depending on how much cropping was done and the final use of the image.

The following pictures were made with the X100F while I walked around the building as well as outside.  The need for cropping in those cases was minimal and an effective 35mm lens was fine.

And then there is another problem.  When I use the X100F I find that I like to make ACROS monotone images like these above, but the residents tend to prefer color.  I could compromise and use color for the in house uses and limit the use of occasional B&W images to my blog.

I still have not yet decided to commit to this approach of adapting all of my photography to what I can do with the X100F with just its 35mm (e) lens; but I’m giving it a lot more attention.  Before I could make such changes, I would need to try it out on the staff and residents some more to see what their reaction is since it might tend to be more disruptive when I got closer, and such a change would mean getting closer.

The Next Thing?

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Reading and looking at other photography web sites I have realized two things.  I am no longer interested in reading about new cameras, lenses, etc., i.e. gear; and second, I don’t get much out of looking at pretty pictures of places I’ll never have an opportunity to photograph. The question is, what do I enjoy in photography web sites?

I like pictures that make me think and wonder.  I prefer seeing and reading about experiences that relate to me now.  I like to see how others have photographed the common everyday things around them in their life.  I like to read how others have managed to stay creative and expressive without going wildly off the deep end.  I like stories.  One pretty picture doesn’t do much for me.  I like to learn about the life of others and how they live it.

The question now is, what should I do next?  What should I write and/or photograph, or not, while remembering that I like to make pictures?  I need a style and subject that enable me to take pictures each and every day without traveling.   I need something to challenge me to study, learn, and practice throughout the day without spending more money.

I do have plenty of events and activities to photograph here for Homewood for the rest of the year, but that isn’t going to help me much with my blog.