My Visual Stories

I recorded these images while I was waiting to get my car inspected and since I had taken my Olympus TG-4 camera I thought that I would continue to experiment with it.  My objectives are multi-fold.

One is that I like to take pictures and work with them everyday.  This sometimes means that I don’t have my main cameras with me and only have my Apple iPhone 6 or my Olympus TG-4 pocket camera; therefore, I have been experimenting to see what I can do with them.  I could just use my iPhone but it is more limited in some ways.  The TG-4 is more rugged, waterproof, and has a zoom lens which is about four times longer than the iPhone.  I can leave the camera in the cup holder in the car and use it with one hand when stopped at lights, etc. and grab it and stick it in a pocket when I am out of the car.

Another factor, is that since I like to work with pictures every day, I have a problem with finding pictures to take, or stories to tell.  Since my blog is in many ways the story of my life, I figure that I should be able to take more pictures of the common things around me to aid in describing the routine aspects of life.  The big issue with using the TG-4 is how to process the images I might take around town to portray the emotions of the story.

One advantage that the small sensor in the TG-4 gives me is the increased depth of field.  The biggest disadvantages are the sensor noise, less details, limited dynamic range, and lack of low light capabilities.  I have been working with these advantages and disadvantages as I try to find a processing style that works best with the camera.  While color does work fairly well (see the previous post), it has shortfalls and results in what I call rounded, less sharp edges or a glassy effect for distant scene.  Because of these effects, I am leaning toward using the camera to make B&W, or monochrome images like the ones shown above.  To get the above images I recorded the pictures as raw files and then only used LR to process them into these higher contrast images.  Since I am trying to keep the processing simple I didn’t used any third party presets like Silver Efex Pro 2.

Using the small TG-4 with this style of processing is looking better to me as time goes on.  It is a combination of the style along with the fact that I can make these images using an inexpensive rugged waterproof camera that is pleasing me, but I don’t intend to use it exclusively, at least now.  While I “backed into” this style due to camera limitations, I am now wondering how well it will work with my micro 4/3 sensor cameras.