I, and many others, have been living on this long problematic journey through the so-called golden years which are part of the irreversible flow of life from birth to death, but as we approach the end, we are still left with the residue of the unresolved.
In my case, one of those many, so far, unresolved issues is how to minimize my photography gear so that I can still do photography. I guess I should be thankful that this issue is the one most pressing on my mind.
This issue has been complicated by lack of ideas for what to photograph, bigger changes in my physical abilities to handle the cameras and get around, and some changes in the technologies incorporated in the cameras.
Thanks to technology I am now trying to do more of my photography with smaller gear like the small Canon G5X Mark II. Those who haven’t followed the evolution of the Canon cameras should take note, and notice that the “Mark II” designation is quite important for this camera since the Mark II version is a lot different from the original camera. As a minimum, I will carry the G5X II as a backup to one of the Fujifilm cameras and whatever lenses I’m using to photograph Homewood events. That saves me from needing to carry a larger heavier Fujifilm backup camera in a larger bag.
As another step towards living life with more minimal gear, at least when it comes to my photography, I still would like to minimize my gear further; but, doing that too quickly might be labeled heresy and a little premature or early in my journey.
As an interim step I’m going to try a micro 4/3 system again and try the Olympus E-M5 III since it is WR and more rugged and is a little larger in size, controls, grip, etc. than the G5X II; i.e., between the G5X II and the Fuji cameras I have. Another reason for going down that path again is the excellent Olympus image stabilization (IS). I have found real value in having the IS with the G5X II, at least for non moving subjects. If I can make the micro 4/3 system work well enough for my indoor Homewood photography, I will then start selling off the Fuji gear, probably starting with the heaviest and largest camera and lenses.
As I get ready for a busy holiday season of photography I’m also thinking about what I want to do afterwards in early next year. I’m currently thinking about more B&W photography, but not exclusively, and doing it in cold, wet weather. As I think about it, I have been playing around to see what I can do with my waterproof pocket Ricoh WG-60 camera. I like the camera but it is limited in what it can do and I would like to try some longer exposure photography which is something I have never done. Just the thought of needing to carry around a tripod has turned me off in the past, but as a minimum I would like a camera with decent image quality, good image stabilization for very slow shutter speeds, a zoom lens with wide and long enough reach, the ability to photograph in manual mode, smallish and light in weight, and that is weather resistant.
I could use my X-H1 camera with the 18-135mm lens, but it is on the large and heavy side, so I’m wondering if there isn’t a better compromise. I would also like a pocket camera but that really limits my possibilities. I could get another small camera like one of the Sony RX100 series but none of them meet all of my wishes and they aren’t very rugged or weather resistant. That leaves me thinking about possibilities between the RX100s and the X-H1, as well as, will I do enough photography to warrant getting another camera? Would an additional camera significantly increase my picture making opportunities? Would I be more likely to carry another camera with me at all times, in all weather conditions and what camera would that be? And the hardest question to answer, where would I go to find compositions?
Just wondering what I’ll photograph this winter. There certainly won’t be this kind of color, but these made me think. What is behind the battles with color vs. monochrome? Why is it that we, as individuals, prefer one thing over another?
Why is it that some prefer Republicans over Democrats, believe one thing over another, think one religion is the correct one over another, and on and on? We should spend more time thinking about it. Is it just because of our past environment, the place we were born, the way we were taught (even if it was based on limited knowledge and outdated thinking)? It is just that we believe what we heard from others who were also biased one way or the other and then we perpetuate an erroneous belief because we are ignorant. We never take the time to think, gather the latest facts, and then make our own decisions. For some reason, too many think that education stops at a young age and that all remains static after that, that nothing changes, not the climate, not scientific information, not cultures, etc..
Don’t forget to change the time on your cameras. I was watching Fiona’s latest video this morning when I decided to run another experiment with using the tiny Ricoh WG-60 camera. I was curious whether or not I could make the above image under that kind of lighting … just my laptop in a totally dark room very early this morning. When I was examining the image I noticed the time stamp and remembered that I needed to change the time on my three cameras.
Fiona was in Iceland with some friends making a video using a drone. I don’t remember ever seeing scenes of Iceland like these. Take a look on her YouTube channel.
By the way, why do we still keep changing the time back and forth? All of the original reasons for daylight savings time have been negated by changes in our technologies, energy consumption patterns, etc. I expect that a new look at all of the facts for today’s environment would show that it is more harmful and expensive to keep changing back and forth. But why should I expect anything different? We don’t utilize science, reasoning, and an unbiased review of facts and the truth for anything else these days.
Photography is the practice of seeing and recording. It takes a keen eye to see in a way that others might not see. That act requires more than good eyesight, a good pair of glasses, a camera, etc. It requires something to be seen and an interest in others to see it. What if those attributes no longer exist? Will photography as we have come to know it continue?
With all of the “noise” about the Trump administration, which they every bit deserve plus more, and the slow windup of the Democrats for the next election, I have come to realize that many do not understand the depth of the problems we face. In fact, one of Trump’s desires could be to keep throwing nonsense out just to deflect us and keep us from thinking more deeply as he and his cronies fill their own pockets. A result of all of this noise is that too many are hoping for a major change soon and expecting that will cure all that ails us.
What most don’t take the time and effort to consider is the depth of the world’s problems. Nations are so much in debt, and we have extracted all of the cheap resources, and we have set the path for future climate changes with so much carbon, that “fixing things” are going to take many years and many changes in our cultures, economies, and society.
Yes, we need to kick all of the greedy thieves and uneducated illiterates out of politics and government, but we must also do more. We need to also stop relying on prayer and hope to solve things, and in their place, study and develop and plan to change the path we are on. A path for a sustainable existence that can take us successfully into the future. It will have to be a broad and complex integrated set of changes. There is no pot of gold at the ends of the rainbow, no hope, only a lot of studying, planning, and hard work.
It’s getting harder to find splotches of pleasing color. Today it is gray and raining with the temperatures in the 50s F.
I’m not looking forward to winter with the only color being from the noises imitating from on high on twitter. It will get worse but hopefully soon to be over.
Before it is over I’m likely to be driven into my dark and depressing mood with images that tend to be grainy in shades of gray.