A Long Lens Example

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While I mentioned previously that I like the challenge of using the X100F to make pictures, there are times when I just can’t get close enough and I have to use a different approach.  In this case I used an inexpensive micro 4/3 camera and lens at a focal length of 150mm.  That is a long effective focal length of 300mm that is necessary sometimes, but it poses another problem for me.  I prefer to go out walking with just one camera and I prefer the image quality of the X100F, so when do I go out with the micro 4/3 gear?  I’m not taking both cameras.

It’s raining a little now and I have not been feeling well so I doubt I’ll carry any camera today.

Trying to Examine

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I’m trying some ideas to keep my photography going while using color but yet keep the image as simple as I can as I photograph buds, flowers, etc.  By simple I mean to try and keep the emphasis on the delicacy of an object, preferably designed by nature and not man.  I like to use the camera along with some processing techniques to show the intricacies of nature that many don’t or can’t take the time to look at closely.

For myself, the interest and fun are in using the Fujifilm X100F camera to capture the image and then taking the time using Lightroom software to process the image.  Lately I have been trying lots of cameras and lenses to see what appeals to me the most.  Doing that, I have found that the simplicity of just using the one smallish camera with the fixed 23mm prime lens presents enough of a challenge to keep me engaged.  The biggest problem I have is getting close enough to photograph the object without having a tilting LCD and without bending my back too much.

Conflicts

I have an apparently unresolvable conflict.  On the one hand I have flowers and Homewood activities to photograph in color that my resident viewers prefer.  Those images usually require my Fujifilm cameras.  On the other hand, I prefer to make simple monochrome images with smaller cameras like above.  My vocal local viewers don’t like B&W images.

In addition, I have fewer simple things to photograph so I am somewhat forced to continue making flower pictures for this blog of mine if I want to publish frequently.  I have tried, to make up-close or macro B&W images of flowers to post but my local vocal viewers really don’t appreciate them.

Since I haven’t been able to resolve these conflicts, I have tried to do both in recognition of the fact that some of my viewers like some and don’t like others.  The biggest issue with doing this is that it doesn’t make for a good blog design since a good blog is usually about one theme with one style of images.

The other disconnect is that my local viewers wish to see colorful images of things around where we live, but I can’t show the pictures of the events and activities due to privacy concerns.  I give those pictures to Homewood for use in their many publications, etc.  I have also made a few books of Homewood activities that can be seen in the library, etc.

After many days of thought I decided to not keep the Leica D-Lux 7 camera shown in the above image since I don’t think I would be able to make good use of it.  I’m feeling like my photography is running down due to lack of interest, ideas, things to photograph, divergent interests with my viewers, etc.

Snapping Turtle and the K-3

It was raining lightly and all of sudden Misty started growling at the back door.  When I looked out to see what she saw I noticed this big old snapping turtle in the yard.  When I looked closely at her I thought she had a piece of metal stuck in front above her head, so I got the grabber to see if I could remove it without harming her, or me.  It turned out to be a piece of grass.  She was covered with junk from the pond bottom.

This is a good example of why I keep a Pentax K-3 DSLR with a zoom lens.  I can grab it quickly and take it out in any weather to make pictures like above.  I haven’t been taking it on my walks lately but I’m reconsidering that.  I hope that maybe if I get the right bag that I might be able to carry it in a manner that doesn’t bother my hands or back as long as I don’t go far.

The K3 is the camera that best fits my hand and once set up I never have to mess with the menu and I have never pressed a button accidently.  It is an ideal run and gun camera for documentaries, except for a few things.  It is built like a tank and is heavy and the shutter/mirror slap is loud, but I love it for outside when there are no people close-by and when I don’t have to carry it far or long.

PS, later it was pouring down the rain.  The following is a view through my front window of the street and driveway.  Reminded me of when I used the K-3 during last July’s flood.  It was after that when I started referring to my K-3 as my apocalypse camera.  I hope it doesn’t rain too hard or for too long since our culverts still haven’t been permanently repaired from the flood damage.

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