I made this image on 21 April 2019 with the Panasonic ZS100 from an in-camera jpeg that was then tweaked using Adobe Lightroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.