Color vs. Monochrome

I have been using my X100V to capture standard Fuji color jpegs and then with little to no processing using either the color jpeg or converting the images to Adobe monochrome images.  I like both the color and the monochrome and tend to use the one that works best in a post on my blog.

I am going to continue trying this workflow for awhile.  I want to see how I like it in preparation for eventually trying to switch from using a Mac laptop to an iPad Pro with a keyboard.

So far, I like this approach for documentation purposes.  This doesn’t mean that I intend to only make these types of images.  I still would like to make more expressive images that go beyond what others might see, but I am still limited by what subjects I have to work with.  If I do find something that I might want to experiment on, I can also capture raw files to play with.

Rarely Needed

200628-070107-JEH20Two items I rarely need anymore are my glasses for driving and my key fob to start the car.

I just recently had both cars serviced and had the yearly PA inspection performed on both of our cars.  They are also filled with gas. 

They were over due for servicing so I took advantage of the opportunity to get them both taken care of as things opened up a little before the next need to shut down due to coronavirus waves.

The thing is, do we really need them both anymore?  The two of us only put 2000 miles total on our two cars during the last year.

We have nowhere we need to go.

Ourselves

200630-085523-JEH20I did go to the hair salon every three weeks to have my hair cut.  No more.  During the pandemic shut-down when the salon was closed, I cut it myself.  Yesterday the salon called to make an appointment for a haircut and I told them I don’t need them anymore.  I’ll continue doing it myself.

I think that those who can, need to learn to do more for ourselves.  The biggest advantage in moving to a Continuous Care Retirement Community (CCRC) was to have everything close at hand along with continuous care if needed.  A resident can start in an independent living villa or cottage and then move to an apartment or personal care or nursing section as needed.  CCRCs also have banking branches, hair salons, dining rooms, entertainment, physical therapy and exercise facilities, etc.  We also have a pendant to push if we need a nurse to come at any time.  And then along comes a pandemic and many of these advantages are shut down or severely limited … most things were/are limited except the nurses on call and free delivery of meals.

Having no access for a short time is tolerable.  But, if the pandemic goes on for longer and longer, or one is replaced with another and another, some of the advantages of a CCRC start to evaporate.  I think we are going to need to develop alternative ways to do all of the things we came to love having on campus, or do without.  We are going to need to learn to do more ourselves, find alternatives, and live more like hermits.

Those who think this pandemic is going to be over soon and that we will go back to living normal aren’t reading the news.  It is showing no signs of ending.  In addition, there is news of a potential new flu becoming pandemic in nature next fall.

These Times

200629-073426-JEH20Not much to do anymore 

Just empty calendar pages

Pill containers to be refilled

Repeat next week.

 

All the color has been drained from life

Republican’s blew the coronavirus response

Republican response destroyed the economy

Republicans destroyed America.

Crop-Zoomed B&W with X100V

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Since I like photographing small details, one of my first concerns with the X100V was how close could I get with crop-zooming to capture the smaller things or things far away.  I would also like to use jpegs rather than raw files to keep my LRc software from bogging down and that is why I tried these as ACROS jpeg files.  No doubt that a fixed effective 35mm lens is limiting, but it works to the degree you see here.

Major Changes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI need to change to fit the shift in the winds of life and the times.  I plan to flow with the currents of life.  I am not a professional photographer.  I don’t rely on it for anything.  I don’t need to be obsessive about it.

After reviewing thousands of pictures of many scenarios made over many years with lots of different processing styles and made with lots of different cameras and lenses, I decided to not keep the Canon RP camera and lens, and to sell all of my micro 4/3 cameras and lenses and replace them with a Fuji X100V camera.  I wanted to just use a Fuji X100V camera for all of my photography.  But, I will keep my Pentax KP camera with some zoom lenses for outdoors, bad weather documentation, some Homewood work, and backup.  The camera has no resale value at this time.

I liked what I had well enough, but I see little opportunity, or desire, for using them in the future.  I have dithered back and forth between cameras and lenses that offered the most photographic opportunities … DSLR types with many lenses, and rangefinder type cameras with prime lenses with more limited uses.  Time to stop the dithering and eliminate all of the redundant gear.

I have been doing less photography and have considered giving it up entirely.  I am hoping that I can maintain some interest by keeping it simple and taking on the challenges associated with using less.  I won’t be able to make some images where a longer focal length lens is required, but I’ll manage.

There are other motives for this extreme degree of simplifying my gear.  I have been doing less photography and I want to end up using a camera that will fit my lifestyle as I slow down.  One thing that I have learned during this first period of isolation is that I can be satisfied to do less with less.

My intention is to narrow my types of photography, while challenging myself to be creative, and doing it with one camera and one lens.  I am moving into a phase of limited photography in a challenging, simpler, sustainable way.

Camera R&D and sales have been on a big decline for several years and the Covid-19 virus will probably push many companies over the edge, as evidenced by Olympus.  Now is a good time to leave the micro 4/3 system and longer focal length zoom lenses.    

I am going to focus on doing less photography and using less gear that is more appropriate for me as I age and learn to live life differently.

Creekside Photography

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I’m probably forced with cutting back on my photography and blogging as I try to find something I really want to, and can, photograph.  It might be some form of landscape or suburban photography but it is dependent on how soon I feel comfortable driving and walking around the town.  I have thought about driving around the countryside but Pennsylvania doesn’t seem to believe in creating shoulders to safely pull off on.  In the meantime, I’m stuck with creekside which I will try to expand on.

I am also in the process of selling some of my photography gear but how much depends upon what I decide to photograph as well as what gear is worth selling.  I’m still cycling through lots of alternatives that go from none to all of my cameras and lenses.  My photography has to stop someday, but I’m still hopeful to extend it a few more years.

Summer is Here

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Long Range forecast is for a hot miserable summer with patches of scorched earth, wildfires, heat, humidity, etc., depending on where you live, interspersed with major downpours of rain, floods, wind, and lightning.  Have you noticed life seems to go from one challenge to another and another.  And don’t forget, the covid-19 virus will still be with us throughout the year.