Should I Go Back?

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No, I’m not proposing redecorating the bus.  I’m just using this image of reflections to illustrate this post about some conflicts I have and some changes I am considering.  The above is a picture of the Homewood bus which was on my monitor with the morning light showing my reflection on the monitor.  I took a picture of my monitor.

I basically use my blog to show whatever kind of photos I make and to write about anything I want.  The end result is a blog that is of mixed content.  It is more of a journal of whatever I see as I go through life.  One day it might only be clouds or sunrise or sunset, and another day it might be about a local tour that I took with others here at Homewood, or pictures of an event here.

In addition I sometimes write about my views.  Mostly I try to limit my views and opinions to photography but I sometimes slip into other opinions.   Many of my viewers are from outside the United States.  I don’t take pictures or write things of specific interest to them but I try to keep them in mind when I write anything.

The variance in types of pictures creates problems relative to what cameras or lenses I use or might have with me at any particular time.  There are certain cameras and lenses that do better for taking pictures inside some poorly lit buildings.  There are also cameras that I like for other reasons but they don’t do as well for Homewood pictures.  This dilemma has caused me to compromise relative to which cameras and lenses I own.  I have sometimes drifted one way or the other in trying out different cameras and that meant that I often changed my gear and purchased something else.  When I did that, I sometimes wrote about what worked or didn’t work for me.

I also prefer to make B&W or other types of pictures which aren’t the type that some prefer.  Some like to see themselves active in tours, etc. and like to see “nice color” documentary type pictures of events here that are suitable for our local publications.  Those aren’t my favorite styles of pictures so I try to mix in others that I prefer.

One problem is that I’m getting tired of photographing the same area around where I live.  I have tried to photograph with different focal lengths and from different directions and during different seasons of the year, but I have about exhausted my opportunities.   One thing I am doing is trying to photograph some longer term projects but that doesn’t create frequent daily images for display.   All of this means that my blogging is slowing down.  I use to take many pictures each day.  Now sometimes I may only take pictures a few days a week.

All of the above is just to explain the differences.  What you see is what you get and it might vary or stray more in one direction or the other depending on what I photograph.  I know that this isn’t a good style for a blog and that it doesn’t generate fateful followers or viewers of everything on my blog; but that isn’t the purpose of this blog.  My purpose is to take pictures of whatever, and enjoy myself in getting and making and writing about them.  I put them into my blog to share them … some for some, and others for others.

But, I am currently facing a dilemma … continue this type of blog and photography as they have drifted or make some course changes.  My pictures of the “Sadie” play in the previous post have brought another dimension of my dilemma to the front … the quality as well as style of my pictures.  Should I continue to post pictures of this quality and type, or should I buy some better gear, or should I refrain from taking and/or publishing these types of pictures?

I had to resort to using my worst lens to get the Sadie pictures due to the distance involved.  I don’t think I will use that 40 – 150 mm lens indoors again.  This means that I will have to use just my prime lenses if I continue using the Olympus E-PL5 camera indoors and either get up closer or not take the pictures.  I think I will use my 14, 17, and 45 mm micro 4/3 prime lenses with an emphasis on the 17 mm which is an effective 35 mm lens on the Olympus micro 4/3 system.

Another change, or alternative, that I am exploring is going back to a better low light weather resistant camera with a larger sensor for my photography even though it will be larger and heavier.  I’ll be writing about what I try and how it works for me.  Since I had problems in the past with heavy cameras, if I go back to such cameras, I may have to make other adjustments.

2 comments

  1. John from Boston

    I recently purchased the Olympus 40-150 and I’m thrilled with it. Maybe my standards are lower, but I’m very happy with the results I’m getting. I owned the Panasonic 45-200mm for a couple years and thought it was terrible. The Oly 40-150 has been a joy in comparison.

    I find your blog to be cohesive in that your topics are varied but not haphazard. You tend to stay within the same range of interests. Also, because you’re not afraid to be personal, you are the “main character” of your own blog and that provides consistency as well. It’s always interesting to read about things that are truly of interest to the writer. I think you’ve got a format that works and serves as a good example for other bloggers.

    It’s too bad that low light performance and camera size/weight are always at odds with each other. Researchers are trying to crack that nut through more powerful camera CPUs and advanced image processing technology, but as they say: the laws of physics still apply. I was tempted by the Sony mirrorless system at one point because of larger sensors, image quality, and compact bodies. However, then you’re right back to those big lenses sized for APS-C sensors and the overall size/weight benefit is gone. The same is true for other larger sensor options like Fujifilm. Pentax just came out with a new very compact DSLR, but again, the lenses will negate that size benefit. Micro 4/3 remains the best compromise for me between image quality, versatility, and how much camera I want to carry.

    How do you feel about macro photography? The world gets bigger when your subjects get smaller. Although, I suppose macro subjects end up being more documentary and lacking in story and emotion.

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