Before I discuss this crazy idea, I would like to mention some of the reasons behind it. I have a few constraints, either real or perceived. Winter is coming and the outdoor opportunities are more limited. Considering this along with a problem with my right hand that gets very cold, fingers turn white, and the skin shrivels up and it is harder to hold and use heavier cameras & lenses, I keep looking for opportunities to keep photographing. Next, I have more opportunities for indoor photography for Homewood publications, etc. in the winter, but most of the images are not suitable for my blog. Since I have been making pictures here for six years, some of the photographical interests can get repetitive. In addition to all of the above, my back has been bothering me more and it gets harder to make pictures. And then I remember all of the dozens of different cameras and lenses I have used over the years in order to expand my opportunities. In response to all of the above, I’m considering shifting most of my photography to one camera, one lens, the Fujifilm X100F, and changing my approach. But this change also has problems.
One of my major problems would be covering events, etc. without the use of a zoom lens. The first picture below was made with the X100F from the rear of the audience in the Omni Room when Sweetlife Music was playing. The second image is a crop from the first that has been resized. Could I conceivably get by with crops and upsizing? Maybe, depending on how much cropping was done and the final use of the image.
The following pictures were made with the X100F while I walked around the building as well as outside. The need for cropping in those cases was minimal and an effective 35mm lens was fine.
And then there is another problem. When I use the X100F I find that I like to make ACROS monotone images like these above, but the residents tend to prefer color. I could compromise and use color for the in house uses and limit the use of occasional B&W images to my blog.
I still have not yet decided to commit to this approach of adapting all of my photography to what I can do with the X100F with just its 35mm (e) lens; but I’m giving it a lot more attention. Before I could make such changes, I would need to try it out on the staff and residents some more to see what their reaction is since it might tend to be more disruptive when I got closer, and such a change would mean getting closer.