Morning Horizon

Getting colder and windier by the minute.  Someone is escaping from the east coast toward the southwest.  See the airplane, a mere speck in the sky on your left?


As I consider different things to photograph, I keep trying things.  In this case I wondered if I were to go back to walking around Hanover and making pictures of things I see, what focal length would I prefer and what camera and lens would be best?

One thing I am sure of is that I would like a small discreet camera and lens, so I put the 20mm (effective 40mm) Panasonic lens on the Olympus E-M5 III camera and went down the road to a house that is being torn down and walked around it and made the above pictures.

As I walked and felt rather conspicuous with the camera hanging around my neck, I remembered walking with an older Ricoh GR camera I used to have with an effective 28mm focal length lens, carried in my pocket.  Hmmm, they now make the GR IIIx camera with an effective 40mm focal length.  Few, if any, camera stores have them listed for sale, but the Ricoh website says they are not in stock but shipping them in 3-4 weeks.  I expect it could easily be much later.

As I thought more about the GR camera, I went back and looked at pictures I had made before with the effective 28mm focal length and I ended up being surprised by the quality and the variety.  The GR cameras certainly fit my desires to go smaller and smaller, and even the GR III with the effective 28mm focal length would suit most of the possible images I might make.  

Before I went back to micro 4/3 gear I was considering just having a Fuji X100V camera (effective 35mm focal length) as my one and only camera; but, I saw the unavailability of them lasting a long time with all of the growing world-wide problems so I went with another micro 4/3 camera which was available.  Maybe I should get a Ricoh GR III instead.  I could always crop the 28mm image but I couldn’t make the 40mm image wider.

Little Things

In today’s world with all of the major problems with pandemics, climate changes, terrorists, criminals, ignorance, politics, etc., the only things we can be thankful for are the little things.

Photographing Wide Open at f/1.7

I often photograph with my lenses wide open in order to blur out the background.  In this case I was also seeing what I could do with red leaves.  I’m already tired of the colored leaves and I wanted to see how they worked in B&W.  I made these images with the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens, a favorite of mine, while I was still waiting for the arrival of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens.