Present Time

160916-131521-16jehPhotographically I have tended to live in the present time.  I usually make and display pictures in a day or two, and then move on.  I have rarely ever gone back and looked at old pictures … pictures made more than a week ago.  The primary exceptions are if I take pictures while on travel since I don’t process or blog when I’m traveling.  I wait until I return.  But I rarely travel anymore.  I just live in the present.  The past is gone and I can’t do anything about it.  If/when I deviate from the present it is to think about the future.

Blogging frequently, i.e. living in the present, can be a problem.  What do I do when I don’t have any recent pictures to post?  I have generally just not posted those days, but that can be a problem in the winter since the gaps can get rather long.  One thing I have been trying is returning to slightly older pictures and then processing, and/or cropping them differently.  The picture shown here is one of them; but I have already heard grumbling about my monochrome images and that is the best way to reutilize images.

But, I am facing something different.  I have taken lots of pictures of activities here at Homewood that I haven’t used yet and while I have reviewed them for gaps, etc., I still need to go back through all of them and select, edit, and process them for different outputs.  At the present I am still dithering as to how best use them.  I plan to publish a book with some of them as soon as I get some more feedback from the staff here as to how I should edit them for the widest use.  I am also considering whether to also make a slideshow for internal presentations.  How I edit and process them is dependent upon the output medium so at the present I am still dithering rather than working.  But, those efforts don’t help me with my blog images.

I am still faced with the challenge of figuring out how to take pictures today that can be displayed in my blog in a day or two after I have had fun making them.  They may have to be details of everyday common things around me that I can make quickly as I work on other things.

Walnuts Down


I wonder if many still collect and shell walnuts for their personal consumption.  I doubt it.  It is a lot of work.  I can remember my father doing it, and trying various methods to ease the effort.  He tried running over them with a car to break off the outer husk and crack the shells.  He also tried using an antique corn sheller.  I don’t think he ever found an easy way to do it.  I also remember his hands getting stained during the process of shelling and extracting the meat of the nut.  It was a lot of work to get a pound of the nut kernels.



I was driving through town today when I made the above.  I had my 27mm lens on the camera and made this image through my windshield, but I had to crop it a lot to get this view.  I am still experimenting with how far I can push the utilization of the 27mm pancake lens since I prefer its’ size on the camera for “just in case” images.

Around the Curve


As I am wondering what is around the curve for my photography, I have been revisiting many of my older pictures, and reworking some of them.  At the moment I am looking at some of the minimalist images that I have made.  At one time I considered only making minimalist style images, mostly in monochrome but also color.  I might try to focus more on minimalism as I blog through the coming winter, but I will still “mix it up” and make different images.  This will still probably be one outlet for my need for change.

In essence, what I have been doing is continually discovering, leaving, then returning to, certain core ideas as I kept changing.  Preferring minimalist images is one, and preferring the convenience and simplicity of photographing with one prime lens at a time is another.  By one at a time I mean going out with only one prime lens and looking for images that work with the chosen focal length.  On another day I might chose to go out with a different prime lens.  This method of photographing works best for me since it minimizes the weight and need to use one hand to adjust the focal length with zoom lenses.  I use a cane when walking and I need to do as much as I can with one hand on the camera.  When I stop I often hang the cane from one arm so I can still use both hands on the camera to change the aperture and hold the camera still, but not having to think about also zooming the lens is a help in simplifying the photography.

The above doesn’t mean that I don’t use zoom lenses.  I still use a couple of zoom lenses when I am photographing activities here at Homewood when I am mostly photographing in a crowded room and can’t move around much or/and when I can’t get close enough.

One other core, or fundamental issue with me has been the weight of the camera-lens combination.  I have finally stopped trying to find the lightest camera that I could.  The desire for greater image quality, control ergonomics, and capabilities kept driving me back to the slightly heavier, larger, and better cameras.  I have found that the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera is the best compromise for me and I plan to stick with it as I go forward.  There will be no camera changes in the near future as I go around the curve.

Another thing that I have gone back to is my very first Domke camera strap that I bought.  I have tried sling straps, wrist straps, and various neck or shoulder straps, but I am now using just the one-inch Domke gripper strap.  I still would like to occasionally use a wrist strap but I got tired of changing straps back and forth, so I now use one neck/shoulder strap.  I have it shortened to a compromise length that lets me use it around my neck when photographing an event but can still hang it from one shoulder when walking, or for the rare times that I need to hold the camera further away from my body, I can wrap the strap around my arm.

Settling on my camera gear has been the easiest part.  I am still at a loss for finding and deciding on what I am going to photograph for my personal photography.  I will still be photographing activities, events, and scenes for internal Homewood use, but that is not enough for me.  I still need to make pictures where I can be more creative with my processing.  I might just be attempting to make minimalist images of common everyday items around where I live.