Frost

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We had frost this morning, the first for this fall.

I took a look at the US Forest Service camera this morning.  While the leaves are down, and there is fog lying in the Canaan valley in WV, it looks like there is snow on the distant ridges (right-hand side) of Dolly Sods.  The picture was made at 7:40am this morning.

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Wide Views around Homewood at Plum Creek

I don’t make many pictures around here with an effective 24mm focal length lens, but yesterday I wanted to review some of the features of my Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 lens so I walked with it and only made pictures at the wide end of the lens.  I bought the lens so that I can make wider indoor images while photographing events, tours, etc.  I never even considered it for landscapes.  I might use it more often for landscapes, but I will likely crop them into 16×9 or 1×2 formats.  I didn’t crop these since I wanted to get a full view of the possibilities.

Addicted

What can I say other than that I am addicted.  I’m addicted to making pictures.  Even when I have nothing to photograph, nowhere to go to find something new, I still pick up a camera and walk around the yard or house looking for anything to use.  I will even snap an old dying flower or leaf just to have something, anything, to work with on my computer.  Sometimes I end up with something I like.  Other times I just trash the results and no one else sees them.

I am pretty sure that even these kinds of images will run out.  What will I do then?  Will I find something else?  Time will tell.

Why?

Why do I make images like these?  I guess because they are there and the subjects are within 10 feet of my computer chair.  Do I like showing these kinds of images?  Not particularly.  I make them to practice my skills while processing images of common everyday things that are close at hand.  I post them just to see how they look and because a few of my viewers like them and because I feel the urge to keep posting frequently.

But, I would like to do more of something else.  I would like a change, but if there is to be a change I have to make the change.

GR II Captures Details

I used the Ricoh GR II to capture various details as I was testing it using macro focusing while using it to photograph in aperture mode at F2.8.  I liked the results and will probably be making the GR II my default camera to carry when I’m walking for exercise this winter just in case I see a leaf, etc. near the path.

Ricoh GR II … Remarkable Small Camera

I have four cameras (Fujifilm X-T2, Olympus PEN-F, Ricoh GR II, and the Olympus TG-4) and I’m always searching for a better, smaller one, and at the same time I’m always looking for ways to simplify and/or reduce my gear.  Thinking about the coming winter, I am also wondering what I will be photographing when it is cold, wet, and windy outside.  As a result of these concerns of mine, I have been using all of my cameras lately and re-examining them and their capabilities.

As my outdoor photography winds down, I find that I only need a small pocket camera for an occasional image when walking, and the Ricoh GR II performs quite well. Since I don’t really take pictures in the snow and rain, I only need to carry a camera for when it stops, and the GR II fits in my pocket so it is easier to take out and use than the WR Fuji gear.

For my use, the GR II does have two short-comings.  One, it doesn’t handle auto WB well in low mixed light, but I can, and do, use LR to correct the WB.  The other feature which can at times be limiting is the fixed wide-angle lens, an effective 28mm, but I often can crop-zoom and enlarge sections of the image.  In addition, I sometimes use the wide-angle effectively by just changing what I photograph.

I made the above images in very low light to revisit how well I can use it for details in low light.  It does very well in low light and higher ISOs.  In addition, I am finding that I like using it at F2.8 aperture in the macro mode.  I’ll show you some of those results in a later post.  Another very important feature for me is the ability to use it with one hand; from carrying it to holding it, turning it on, and adjusting the exposure with no need to twist the lens to zoom.  And did I say, it’s very small and lightweight and easy to carry in a pocket!