Early Morning with a Small Camera

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I took this picture through my window this morning using the TG-4.  With the slow shutter speed, I had to rest the camera on the window sill.

The following is what happened when I didn’t hold the camera still enough, and was zoomed all the way out and then cropped the image and upsized it to get the following.  It is blurred but I like it … maybe even better than the above.

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A Concept

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The above is what I saw this morning, as viewed out a back window through two panes of glass and the screen.  It was 50 degrees F. outside and foggy and raining.

I used my Olympus TG-4 to capture that view and then I converted the jpeg to B&W using Nik Efex Pro 2 and one of my presets.  I sometimes consider doing a daily series of images in a similar fashion just because I like trying to see what I can do with a small pocket camera other than an iPhone.

When I applied this concept, same camera and processing, to what I saw last night when I was reading, I got the following.

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Below is another view using this concept.  I stepped outside and took a picture of trucks across the street when it was raining.

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I have no problem with using this, or a similar small sensor camera, to make these kinds of images.  My main problem is finding compositions of interest.  Basically, they are just my versions of street photography, except they aren’t made out on the public streets.  They are a means of documenting what I see in a style and manner of interest to me.  They are also my way of showing others that they don’t need a large expensive camera to document their life if they have a computer and suitable software for processing the images.

I will probably try some more images like above, but not daily nor exclusively.

Travel/Documentary Camera

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I have no regrets relative to my current cameras.  I rarely use the iPhone 6, but even it under the right conditions takes pictures.  I do use the iPhone, but there are not many times that I would choose to use it to take pictures.  The Olympus TG-4 is the camera I have had for the longest time and is the one I reach for when I want a camera with me and I’m not carrying my Fujifilm X-Pro2.  I really like the ruggedness and size and weight of the TG-4.  In addition, I have found that I can make images with it that I like … see the previous post for some examples.

I don’t use either of these cameras when I’m making pictures for others or when I want the best quality I can make.  I use my X-Pro2 in those cases.  The gray area is when I am traveling.  Since I haven’t flown anywhere since I started using the X-Pro2, I’m not sure if I would take it when I need to go light.  At the moment, I’m starting to think about an upcoming car trip I’m taking to WV next week.  They are forecasting 4-8 inches of snow on Sunday with cold and wet weather for the rest of the week.  I had planned to take my X-Pro2 with the 23mm and 35mm lenses.  Since they are all weather resistant, I’m not concerned about using them in the weather, but do I need to take them?  This isn’t a photo trip and I don’t expect to have the time or opportunity to take many pictures.  Do I dare just take the TG-4?

Let me be clear before you buy this camera and are disappointed in your images.  When I use the TG-4 to make jpeg images, I then work with them in Lightroom to enhance them.  Take a look at the following example.  I took this picture in a parking lot.

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I made it at full zoom which should be an equivalent 100mm.  Note that it is not clear, etc. and that it wasn’t straight.  I then straightened it and cropped it and converted it to B&W to get the following after some other tweaking.

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Here is another example.  This one was not made through a window.  The apparent haze comes with the lens.

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The following is how it looked after I worked on it.

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These images are OK for displaying on the web or even printing if not too large.  Distant images made with this camera tend to fall apart if you examine the individual pixels.  They lose detail, so I mostly only use the camera to make images of closer scenes, especially B&W images.  The B&W images are much closer to older film camera prints.

Just to finish it off, look at how low the water is in one of our ponds.  I have never seen it this low before.  Looks like only a few inches left.

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