Again

 My concern is whether or not to continue with my posts of what I see … mostly weather reports.  I’m afraid that recording these types of images and concentrating on cameras, styles, and following the photography industry happenings will take my time, etc. away from concentrating on books.

Practicing, Uncertainties, & Maybes

We have what might be buds on an indoor Gardenia Plant so I used them to see what I might be able to do with the X100F this spring and summer outdoors when life returns to the flowers.

I have also been continuing with my thoughts of just using one or both of my small cameras, the Ricoh GR III and/or the Fuji X100F that I used to make the following images.

My major problem is deciding on a theme or purpose or reason for my photography and blogging; i.e., photographing intentionally.  Until I do that, my images posted in this blog will decrease to fewer and fewer images and posts.  It is similar to the saying “if you don’t know where you are going you will never get there”.  

I’m still also considering writing a book about my life and including some older pictures of family and places we have traveled rather than trying to continue with photography and blogging as a hobby.

And, I’m also thinking of a compromise.  Maybe own just one camera that I really like with a few lenses that are suitable for making more family/life style pictures, etc. for a few books.

 I Like the Amazon River Region

A trip that I would most like to take again is a river cruise on the Amazon River in Peru.  If I went back, I would take a better weather resistant camera with a zoom lens since it is a hot, humid area with heavy rain and mud, and yes, mosquitos.  We were there in March 2006 when I made these pictures.  The following shows a picture of my knee covered with mosquitos when we took a hike ashore.  I didn’t get any bites since they couldn’t get through my clothing, but I did come home with a lot of jigger bites on my ankles.  The second picture below shows one of the many small frogs.

I also liked the Amazon region of Ecuador, the Nile river in Egypt, and the desert in Tunisia.  Do you know what is common to those places?  They are all located close to the equator and are not cold or densely populated; but, they are also places that few, if any, of the major tour companies now have tours.

X100F and Another

As I was looking back through my old images for ideas and reviewing what cameras and lenses I used under different circumstances, I came across these images I made during and after the flood of 2018 that hit Homewood at Plum Creek.  The images reminded me that if I ever move, to move to a high elevation.  

Don’t forget that you can click on any image to see them in a larger size.  If you do that, look closely at how high the water got relative to some apartments and Villas.  The undersized culverts on the only two roads into the Villas acted as dams and backed the water up.  

Since the flood, many additional houses are being built upstream with increased run-off into Plum Creek.  The culverts on our roads over Plum Creek were not increased in size since the flood.  It’s now worse.  The repaired culverts under Morning Glory are now 30% smaller.

How is any of this relevant to my photography in the future?  If I only use the X100F camera for future photography I won’t be able to continue making many of the images that I used to make.  Much of my previous photography was made with wider and longer lenses.  With the X100F I am limited to only an effective 35mm focal length lens.  The trade offs are between different focal lengths, image quality, camera/lens weights, subjects photographed, weather resistance, and simplicity.

I will probably keep my Olympus E-M5 III camera and lenses for some outdoor imagery like I did in the past and use my X100F for an indoor and/or walk-about camera.  I also might want to get a macro lens for the E-M5 III next spring and summer.

My Glass is Empty

220111-100718-JEH22I had an exchange with Kirk Tuck yesterday and he wrote a post afterword:  At John’s (implied) Request We’re Taking a Break from Writing about Leicas. At least for this morning.

My problem is that I need to make some changes, ones that last longer than a morning and I don’t know what to do.  I need to think of something worth posting. I might need to let the gaps between my posts expand while I ponder, think, and work on some images and ideas to write about.

Practicing

I hate this, but I don’t know what to do about it.  I don’t know what to photograph, especially during this time of the year, so all you see in my blog are my practice sessions as I try different uses of cameras and processing.

This image is an example of using a slow shutter speed of 1/4 second to create motion blur.  I happen to like dark moody images with a little motion blur or with slightly out of focus subjects. 

My alternative is to take the X100F for a walk.  It was 15 degrees F. this morning.  I’ll think a bit about going out.

Wet, Cold, and Icy

Yesterday it rained when the temperature was only 31 degrees F.  As I continued with checking out the X100F I made these through the windows using Classic Chrome simulation.  The first image was to check crop-zooming and the second was to see how close it focused as I captured the water on the screen.

PS, for those who wondered, we got 5.6 inches in the snowfall on Jan 7 2022.