Egret with 35mm Lens in B&W

I haven’t been making as many pictures lately, but that meant that I wasn’t having much fun, so I took the X-Pro2 with the 35mm F2 lens with me when I took a walk.  I noticed this Egret along with a Heron and some Mallards, but I thought it would be fun to work up the pictures of the Egret in B&W by cropping the images.  I wasn’t carrying the “proper” gear for wildlife photography, but who cares, the 35mm lens worked, and I enjoyed the challenge.

I almost swore off taking a camera with me when I walk around Homewood as well as making the practice images that I use to make of almost anything I saw.  I got to the point where I didn’t think such “off the cuff” photographs were worth it since I had already photographed everything, and I was tired of doing the same things over and over.  The problem was, I missed my 30+ images every day.  I missed not playing with the processing, etc.; therefore, I will try harder at finding suitable compositions.

It is a challenge for me to satisfy all of my goals with my photography.  Primarily, my goal is to entertain myself.  While doing that, I try to have my blog show my visual journey through life.  I also like to show residents views that they might have missed since they couldn’t be where I was, when I was there, and even if they were, they wouldn’t have seen it the way I did.

Another aspect of my “photographic journey” is trying to see better in B&W.  Not everything works exclusively in either B&W or color so I’m educating my eyes to see the differences.  I want to do this as a counter balance to my color views of happenings around Homewood, and besides, I like B&W.

Relative to my cameras and lenses and other “things & processes” in my life I am trying to simplify them.  I want to do this since I note that as my friends around me get older many have growing difficulties dealing with changes, memory, and complexity.  In addition, I don’t think that we humans can continue to exist in the long term on this earth if we keep consuming the way we do.  For these reasons, resources, and simplicity, I am trying to do more of my photography with one camera and fewer lenses.  At the moment I am mostly using my X-Pro2 with the three Fujifilm F2 prime lenses with 23, 35, and 50mm focal lengths.  That is all I would need if I wasn’t photographing some Homewood events.