What can I say other than that I am addicted. I’m addicted to making pictures. Even when I have nothing to photograph, nowhere to go to find something new, I still pick up a camera and walk around the yard or house looking for anything to use. I will even snap an old dying flower or leaf just to have something, anything, to work with on my computer. Sometimes I end up with something I like. Other times I just trash the results and no one else sees them.
I am pretty sure that even these kinds of images will run out. What will I do then? Will I find something else? Time will tell.
Why do I make images like these? I guess because they are there and the subjects are within 10 feet of my computer chair. Do I like showing these kinds of images? Not particularly. I make them to practice my skills while processing images of common everyday things that are close at hand. I post them just to see how they look and because a few of my viewers like them and because I feel the urge to keep posting frequently.
But, I would like to do more of something else. I would like a change, but if there is to be a change I have to make the change.
I used the Ricoh GR II to capture various details as I was testing it using macro focusing while using it to photograph in aperture mode at F2.8. I liked the results and will probably be making the GR II my default camera to carry when I’m walking for exercise this winter just in case I see a leaf, etc. near the path.
I have four cameras (Fujifilm X-T2, Olympus PEN-F, Ricoh GR II, and the Olympus TG-4) and I’m always searching for a better, smaller one, and at the same time I’m always looking for ways to simplify and/or reduce my gear. Thinking about the coming winter, I am also wondering what I will be photographing when it is cold, wet, and windy outside. As a result of these concerns of mine, I have been using all of my cameras lately and re-examining them and their capabilities.
As my outdoor photography winds down, I find that I only need a small pocket camera for an occasional image when walking, and the Ricoh GR II performs quite well. Since I don’t really take pictures in the snow and rain, I only need to carry a camera for when it stops, and the GR II fits in my pocket so it is easier to take out and use than the WR Fuji gear.
For my use, the GR II does have two short-comings. One, it doesn’t handle auto WB well in low mixed light, but I can, and do, use LR to correct the WB. The other feature which can at times be limiting is the fixed wide-angle lens, an effective 28mm, but I often can crop-zoom and enlarge sections of the image. In addition, I sometimes use the wide-angle effectively by just changing what I photograph.
I made the above images in very low light to revisit how well I can use it for details in low light. It does very well in low light and higher ISOs. In addition, I am finding that I like using it at F2.8 aperture in the macro mode. I’ll show you some of those results in a later post. Another very important feature for me is the ability to use it with one hand; from carrying it to holding it, turning it on, and adjusting the exposure with no need to twist the lens to zoom. And did I say, it’s very small and lightweight and easy to carry in a pocket!
Some old habits just keep reappearing and are the explanation for why I occasionally make pictures like these. When I use to make travel videos I always tried to capture images that I could use for backgrounds on title pages. It was a good idea then, and still is if you are making videos or presentations with title slides or text. It helps to leave either a clean area or have a uniform texture to be used in the backgrounds. On slides with images like the leaves, I would usually lighten them up and use a contrasting color for overlaid text.
The garden clean-ups have started. This is one of the gardens down by the dog park. It is cool today and it is raining so I’m using an old picture I found as I was going back through and cleaning up some of my recent pictures. That is one of Homewood at Plum Creek’s buses on the left.