Category: Homewood at Plum Creek

Works, But?

I have my TG-6 set to produce square monochrome jpeg images.  One of my preferences would be to only make common everyday B&W images that tell the story of my existence as time flows past and publish these stories in printed magazines or books.

The main problem is that I don’t have much to tell or show during these times, but I do try to capture images of things I see as I take my daily walks on the same short streets and paths, over and over.

One other issue is that sometimes the making of color images works better to show what I see, so I set my TG-6 so that I also capture color raw files at the same time I’m making my B&W jpegs images.  Having a raw file also gives me the opportunity to shift the square crop side to side after the fact if I didn’t quite get it correct in the jpeg.

Below is an example of when I need to make and publish color images.  I’m hoping that we have better fall colors than we had last fall as the leaves change, and if what I’m already seeing is indicative of the color changes this fall, they will be.  As you can see, it is hard to do justice to a red leaf if all I make is a B&W jpeg image, but yellow flowers work nicely in B&W.

But, I have other desires.  I don’t really like making record images that are, in my view, just snapshots.  Images like above are similar to what others might make and are no real challenge for me, other than finding objects that others might like and expect.  If I am going to continue with making images, I need to find and make something different in addition to ones like the above.  I want more.  Making images like those above with a little TG-6 is a small challenge, but is it enough to keep me going?  I don’t think so.

40 Degrees F.

Fall arrived.  It was 40 degrees F. this morning when Misty and I were out.  Time to breakout the fall clothing, at least for early in the mornings.

Note the planet Venus in the first image, and made with my pocket TG-6.

In the Dark

I have been considering how I want to photograph this winter when outside when the weather isn’t so nice.  I decided to review using my pocket TG-6 camera since it is weatherproof and small and fits in a pocket.  I can also use it with one hand, keeping the camera and my hand in the same pocket, both warm and dry.  My biggest concern is how well I can do with it in poor light.  It turns out, just fine thanks to image stabilization.

This morning I used the TG-6 when I was walking Misty in the dark and made these samples.

Due to Wildfires

I was able to make this image in Pennsylvania due to the wildfires on the west coast of the United States.  Furthermore, since climate changes have increased the number, size, and ferocity of the fires, this image was made possible by climate changes.

The fires have generated so much smoke that it has created a haze over Pennsylvania.  Not only did the haze reduce our temperatures by restricting the amount of heat reaching us from the sun, it also reduced and diffused the sunlight.  Because of that, I was able to point my camera almost straight into the sun and make this image to show how the rose looks with light going through the rose petals.

46 Degrees F.

It was 46 degrees F. this morning when I made this image.  The fountains were “smoking”.  The climate is changing and the temperatures are swinging more wildly.  Forget what you believe about “normals”.  The word “normal” has no meaning anymore relative to anything.

Contemplating One’s Navel

 I’m back in the mode of contemplating my navel, which was an expression often used when I worked and contemplated what the future was going to bring in terms of threats and future needs.

I finished all of my intended looks at how I can best use my Pentax cameras and lenses.  All I need now is a purpose and things to photograph with them; but I really have little to none.  There is little that is new or worth photographing at Homewood that is of interest to me.  I’ll just have to wait, and it might be until next year.

In the meanwhile I want to use my Fujifilm X100V which is lighter and easier to carry with me when I’m walking about, etc.  I’m thinking about adjusting to the realities of the times by simplifying my photography and using the Fuji X100V to capture the “environment” as I see it.  I’m still thinking about whether I want to treat the camera like a film camera and at the same time doing less processing.  I will see how it goes, but mostly I would like to use ACROS jpegs with the X100V and without additional processing for some of my personal journaling.  Since those images often don’t belong in this blog, I will try to do some additional things for blog pictures. 

I am also going to use the Olympus TG-6 more, especially for the real close-ups like shown below, as well as for the extreme weather conditions which we might have this winter.

Pentax 55-300mm APS-C Lens on the K-1 II

In this comparison I was interested in the differences when using the APS-C 55-300mm lens on the KP vs. the full frame K-1 II.  The first image shows the result when using the lens on the K-1 in FF mode at a true 300mm focal length.  You can see the vignetting, but I planned on cropping it out since I am only interested in zooming in closer when I use this lens.  The second image is from the same lens on the APS-C KP camera at the 300mm setting which is an effective 450mm on this camera. 

There is a difference in the image quality between the K-1 and the KP cameras.  The K-1 image, the first one is more pleasing, but in this case I think the KP is the better camera to use the 55-300mm lens on since I am interested in getting “closer” and it gives me an effective 450mm focal length.  It is harder to compare image quality since there is a difference in the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed chosen by each camera in their program modes.  In addition, the difference between the number of pixels is not sufficient to warrant cropping the K-1.  If I were to use the K-1 in the crop mode the compositions would be closer to the same on both cameras, but the K-1 would have far fewer pixels available for cropping.

The images below were made with the FF K-1 using the 55-300mm lens at 300mm when photographing through a window.  The bottom line is that I can make the lens work on either camera but that if I’m planning on capturing a distant view, I would probably use the lens on the KP camera.

Yesterday’s Pentax Walk with 18-55mm Lens

I tried something different yesterday morning.  I used my 18-55mm APS-C lens on the K-1 camera, but set the camera to using full frame images.  This preserves the total number of pixels (36MP) and gives me a greater capability to crop as I want, rather than have the camera do it and reduce the size down to around 15MP and change the effective focal length.  The disadvantage is that the images might suffer from vignetting, but it mostly just does that at the 18mm focal length.

The reason I photographed that way was to see how this WR zoom lens performed as a true 18-55mm focal range.  The prime 43mm lens that I like to use is not weather resistant and I wanted to know how this cheaper weather resistant lens performed so that I can use it on the K-1 in bad weather.  I was also using raw files to see how well they worked on my new computer.  Answer:  quick and effortlessly.

The set of pictures above demonstrates how well I can use this lens at 55mm focal length and then crop in and upsize the image to capture details.  You can see the dragon fly in the center of the first image and then a crop from it in the second image.

The other images below are a sample of others that I made with the lens.  Note that leaves are coming down.  Also note that the birdhouse has a skylight.