Moon Over Homewood

For reference, I made these with the Canon G9X which I am still evaluating.  It seems to be the smallest, larger sensor (one-inch), short zoom camera; and, it has pretty good image quality all things considered.  There is no doubt that it makes a good, easily carried, just in-case camera; but is that enough?  Would I dare just take it on a local trip?

Visual Diary with a Canon G9X

Just a note to say that I used a Canon G9X pocket camera to make all of these images.  They are a deliberate variety of images that I chose to try out various settings, etc. with the camera.  I am still learning the controls, limitations, etc.  The first four were taken from inside my car while waiting for Marcia to pick up carry out.  The last four were taken around our house with the last one being an ISO 6400 image.  It is a bit too far for a one-inch sensor but works for some images.  I took it through a window at night.

A Visual Diary of What I Saw

These are a few images that I made; i.e., how I saw them, over about a 19-hour period.  I have been seeing what I can produce with just my Olympus E-P5 camera and the Olympus 25mm lens (an effective 50mm focal length).

I don’t have any problems with these images, in fact I like them; but if I make more every day, the images would likely get boring since they would be the same, or similar scenes.  To mix it up I should go to different places nearby, and I hope to do that when it cools off.  In addition, I have ordered another pocket camera to carry with me.  I’ll have more to say about that later.

Simplifying & Seeking

I am still working on how to simplify the remaining stuff in my life and trying to figure out how to align my photography (gear, compositions, & style) with my views.

There are many differing ideas relative to what simplifying means in photography.  It could be a matter of reducing the number of cameras used and/or letting the camera software make more of the decisions.  It could also mean reducing the number of elements in the composition and including more empty space.  It could also mean only taking one style or type of picture with one camera and one prime lens.

While I’m considering what it means for me, I am also thinking about what the older master photographers did vs. what is currently most popular.  Do all good images have to look like what the masters did?  I am also wondering about documentary styles vs. what some consider fine art images.

I am still in the experimental phase … trying different cameras and lenses and types of images while taking pictures without traveling.  I am also trying to come up with a concept of simplifying that still allows me to make lots of pictures close to home.  Basically, I am doing nothing different than I have always done as a seeker.

One concept that I’ve considered and tried off and on is similar to British photographer Karim Skalli’s project, Mimasu.  Click on it then also go to Skalli’s web site through the link at the end of the article.  It is similar to what I have done and am considering going back to.

I also like to think of images as non-permanent in the sense of being a point in an endless flow of time.  All things change.  We don’t really own anything and nothing lasts forever or is infinite.  Infinity doesn’t mean forever; it just means we can’t measure it yet.  We pay for the privilege of using things and experiencing things in the here and now as time flows on.  I like to capture fleeting glimpses of elements in time, which (to a large extent) is what all photography is about, then show some of them in my blog and then move on.