Category: Homewood at Plum Creek

Major Changes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI need to change to fit the shift in the winds of life and the times.  I plan to flow with the currents of life.  I am not a professional photographer.  I don’t rely on it for anything.  I don’t need to be obsessive about it.

After reviewing thousands of pictures of many scenarios made over many years with lots of different processing styles and made with lots of different cameras and lenses, I decided to not keep the Canon RP camera and lens, and to sell all of my micro 4/3 cameras and lenses and replace them with a Fuji X100V camera.  I wanted to just use a Fuji X100V camera for all of my photography.  But, I will keep my Pentax KP camera with some zoom lenses for outdoors, bad weather documentation, some Homewood work, and backup.  The camera has no resale value at this time.

I liked what I had well enough, but I see little opportunity, or desire, for using them in the future.  I have dithered back and forth between cameras and lenses that offered the most photographic opportunities … DSLR types with many lenses, and rangefinder type cameras with prime lenses with more limited uses.  Time to stop the dithering and eliminate all of the redundant gear.

I have been doing less photography and have considered giving it up entirely.  I am hoping that I can maintain some interest by keeping it simple and taking on the challenges associated with using less.  I won’t be able to make some images where a longer focal length lens is required, but I’ll manage.

There are other motives for this extreme degree of simplifying my gear.  I have been doing less photography and I want to end up using a camera that will fit my lifestyle as I slow down.  One thing that I have learned during this first period of isolation is that I can be satisfied to do less with less.

My intention is to narrow my types of photography, while challenging myself to be creative, and doing it with one camera and one lens.  I am moving into a phase of limited photography in a challenging, simpler, sustainable way.

Camera R&D and sales have been on a big decline for several years and the Covid-19 virus will probably push many companies over the edge, as evidenced by Olympus.  Now is a good time to leave the micro 4/3 system and longer focal length zoom lenses.    

I am going to focus on doing less photography and using less gear that is more appropriate for me as I age and learn to live life differently.

Creekside Photography

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I’m probably forced with cutting back on my photography and blogging as I try to find something I really want to, and can, photograph.  It might be some form of landscape or suburban photography but it is dependent on how soon I feel comfortable driving and walking around the town.  I have thought about driving around the countryside but Pennsylvania doesn’t seem to believe in creating shoulders to safely pull off on.  In the meantime, I’m stuck with creekside which I will try to expand on.

I am also in the process of selling some of my photography gear but how much depends upon what I decide to photograph as well as what gear is worth selling.  I’m still cycling through lots of alternatives that go from none to all of my cameras and lenses.  My photography has to stop someday, but I’m still hopeful to extend it a few more years.

Summer is Here

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Long Range forecast is for a hot miserable summer with patches of scorched earth, wildfires, heat, humidity, etc., depending on where you live, interspersed with major downpours of rain, floods, wind, and lightning.  Have you noticed life seems to go from one challenge to another and another.  And don’t forget, the covid-19 virus will still be with us throughout the year.

Crop-Zoom Check of Canon RP

While trying the Canon RP camera with the Canon RF 24-105mm f4-7.1 lens, I made the above when the sun came out a little.  The original picture is a camera jpeg with some slight tweaks that was 6240 x 4160 pixels in size.  I then cropped a portion down to a size of 1474 – 983 pixels, and then increased the size with software to 2100 x 1400 pixels which is my normal size for publishing on my blog.

I made the original image at a focal length of 105mm which is the maximum range I have with this lens.  Since many of my scenes require a longer focal length than 105mm, I wanted to see how well this camera-lens combination would crop in closer.  The two below are two more examples of crop-zooming and then enlarging.

Considering a Path to Less

200615-085841-JEH20My photography has slowly been evolving.  By this I mean, I have run out of new locations and things to photograph.  To counter that loss, I have been trying to process the same things that I have photographed over and over in different ways; i.e. monochrome.

Due to these changes, my desire is to rationalize my gear, cameras and lenses, etc., to better fit the realities for now and the future.  As a result I am going to revisit whether or not micro 4/3 gear is right for me.  I chose micro 4/3 systems multiple times in the past for the smaller and lighter lenses and cameras. I also found that I could make better images in low light at the focal lengths needed when I made Homewood images inside the Omni room, at a price and weight I could handle, with faster micro 4/3 lenses.  I haven’t needed to do that in the last year and I doubt that I will do much of that in the coming year.

Based on the above considerations, I am investigating switching to a Canon full frame mirrorless system.  I am merging adapting to the above concerns with the desire to reduce the amount of gear that I have.  I still have this desire to get down to one camera system and as few lenses as necessary.

Some of my concerns that I will be checking are:  Do I really need a focal length greater than 105mm?  Can I use a Canon RP to replace my Olympus PEN-F and E-M5 III?  What lenses would I need?  Can I also replace the Pentax KP with a Canon RP camera? 

First off, I do like the Canon standard jpeg colors as shown below.  I also like the close enough focusing of the 24-105mm lens.