Category: Homewood at Plum Creek

Facts of Life

The sun isn’t shining so I decided to work some more on a B&W style that I’m interested in using.  I have been wondering, for some time, how I can make images of the things I see around me on a daily basis and have fun working with the images.  Since I find the colors of different scenes to often be distracting when I present a group of disconnected images, I am finding that B&W works best.

Since I have also been experimenting with using the small Panasonic camera, I decided to see how it would perform if I used it as a daily “note taker” of images I see.

Walk with a Panasonic Lumix ZS100 Camera

I am trying another pocket camera, the Panasonic ZS100 which has a focal length zoom from 25 to 250mm (e).  The above were made when I had Misty out for her morning walk.  I don’t normally like to make and show images like these, but I am trying the camera to see how it does in different situations.  These were in-camera jpegs that I made some very minor tweaks on to match a style I like for such images.

I started using the camera to make both jpegs and raw files but after experimenting with them I found that using the jpegs works just fine, at least so far.  My reasons for getting this camera were to have a pocketable camera with reasonable image quality and a wide range of focal lengths for photographing whatever I happened to see while out walking.  The following picture is a picture of the camera as compared to a quarter, but I warn you, when using it at an effective focal length of 250mm the lens extends out quite a ways.

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Rainy Afternoon

It was a dark and dreary rainy afternoon and I wanted to make some images that reflected my mood, i.e. that were allegorical in nature.  It didn’t help that I wasn’t feeling great and that could have influenced my photography, but does it matter?  It might have also been influenced by Daido Moriyama who I had been watching.  It is also no secret that I like photography that isn’t a “straight picture”, i.e. a snapshot that captures realism.  I’m always searching for a purpose in what and how I photograph things.  You might want to read this article by amolitor since it might help you understand what I like to do even though I often don’t succeed.

Since it was raining outside, I thought it only appropriate to use my weather resistant Pentax camera and lens to make these images, even though I stayed inside where it was dry.  I also wanted to make sure it was ready incase we had anymore weather damage that I wanted to photograph.

A Long Lens Example

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While I mentioned previously that I like the challenge of using the X100F to make pictures, there are times when I just can’t get close enough and I have to use a different approach.  In this case I used an inexpensive micro 4/3 camera and lens at a focal length of 150mm.  That is a long effective focal length of 300mm that is necessary sometimes, but it poses another problem for me.  I prefer to go out walking with just one camera and I prefer the image quality of the X100F, so when do I go out with the micro 4/3 gear?  I’m not taking both cameras.

It’s raining a little now and I have not been feeling well so I doubt I’ll carry any camera today.