Some Challenges

190913-081037-19JEHI have a few challenges but I think they are worth attempting to overcome.  Fred Herzog died last Monday, 9 Sept. 2019 at the age of 88.  The articles on the web caused me to remember that I had a book about his photography, Modern Color, but that I hadn’t yet read the text so I decided to get it out and read it.  That is a challenge.  The book weighs about 4.5 pounds and is large.  I tried reading it while sitting in my rocking chair but that didn’t work very well since it really made my thumbs hurt and I had to put on my thumb braces.  I’ll next try reading it at the table so that I don’t have to hold the book.  That will probably shift the pain to my back as I lean over the book to read the small text.

As I started reading the book I recognized how his approach to photography might match with some of my thoughts on getting back to making some images on the streets of Hanover, PA.  I also started thinking about how I might prefer to make the images with the Pentax K-1 II and the 50mm F1.4 lens if it is not too long, provided the weight didn’t cause me too much trouble.  At least the weight of the camera and lens is a little less than three pounds, even though it is large and will likely draw some unwanted attention.  If that challenge is a little too much I can fall back and try using the X-Pro2 camera; but, the images and the fun would not be the same.

SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 Lens

So far I have mainly used the Pentax 50mm F1.4 lens for images made at F1.4 up close.  I wished the lens focused closer but the images crop nicely so I think it will suffice for images like these samples.  And yes, it does make a whirring sound as the screw drive focuses the lens but it should be OK if I use it outside without people standing close to me.  It doesn’t bother me since I am getting use to the camera and lens sounds.

One of the reasons that I got this lens was that I had found that I had used the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera with the 35mm F2 lens a lot.  I wanted to see if I would also find myself liking the older film 50mm focal length lens on the Pentax K-1 II camera and see if I find any significant differences between the two systems for the types of photography I might be doing.

More Nothingness

190909-083311-19JEHI’m still looking for some ideas about adding to, or changing, my photography.  I would like to do something beyond the documentary photography of what I see here at Homewood.

I played with this image on my computer while waiting for the delivery of another FF Pentax lens.  It is an older 50mm f/1.4 lens that I might use differently from the 28-105mm lens, but the odds of keeping it are no better than 50/50 since I don’t like the old screw drives for focusing.  I will find out how loud this lens is on the K-1 II and let you know if I keep it.