Category: Photography

No Identifiable Individuals

Twitter is one of the latest social media sites that has expanded their rules regarding publication of pictures or videos to include no use of any media of private individuals without the permission of the person(s) depicted.

This policy is becoming implemented, in rules and laws, in more and more places all around the world and more and more photographers are adhering to it and not showing identifiable individuals without gaining written permission to do so.

This growing trend, along with PA law that I mentioned before, are my reasons for no longer photographing individuals at Homewood.  These changes, along with Covid-19, have had a profound impact on my photography.  I have sold the cameras and lenses that I had purchased primarily for photography at Homewood.  It has also meant that I have little left to photograph and use in this blog of mine.

Morning Horizon

Getting colder and windier by the minute.  Someone is escaping from the east coast toward the southwest.  See the airplane, a mere speck in the sky on your left?

Little Things

In today’s world with all of the major problems with pandemics, climate changes, terrorists, criminals, ignorance, politics, etc., the only things we can be thankful for are the little things.

Photographing Wide Open at f/1.7

I often photograph with my lenses wide open in order to blur out the background.  In this case I was also seeing what I could do with red leaves.  I’m already tired of the colored leaves and I wanted to see how they worked in B&W.  I made these images with the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens, a favorite of mine, while I was still waiting for the arrival of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens.

Micro 4/3 System

211115-083609-JEH21Recently I had another one of my spells where I started wondering about getting another camera.  It seems that I have always been enamored with changes, no matter whether it was my career or my cameras and lenses. 

Since I’m retired and getting older by the day, I now limit my thoughts relative to changes to my photography.

In the past I used many different Pentax DSLR cameras and lenses and since most of them are still available to be purchased used, I went back to my older images made with Pentax gear and played with reprocessing them with the latest version of Lightroom.  I found that I still liked the kinds of images I had made and that they responded well to the latest capabilities of Lightroom.

I was almost ready to order another Pentax camera with the 55-300mm PLM lens, a lens that I liked using at its maximum focal range.  But, then I forced myself to remember why I left Pentax systems, they were larger and heavier.  I didn’t, and still wouldn’t, always have problems with their weight, so should I give them a try again knowing that I gave up Pentax DSLR cameras several times because of size and weight?

One of the things I would like to concentrate on this winter are monochrome images.  Would the APS sensor in the Pentax cameras be better than the micro 4/3 sensor in the Olympus camera?  Maybe, but not likely as much as most would expect.  The larger issue is the aperture of the lenses used with micro 4/3 and APS cameras, especially in low light.  

My particular concern is being able to blur out the background with the Olympus system, so I tried another example with the Olympus 14-150 mm lens at 150 mm focal length and wide open, which was only f/5.6.  Those are the settings for the image shown above made through a window.

My real issue is making or finding simple compositions and sometimes it means using faster apertures and reducing the depth of field, but not always like in the image above.  If I can isolate the subject, f/5.6 in micro 4/3 system can be sufficient.  When photographing things in the field that isn’t always as easy.

There are several alternatives, but one alternative is using a faster Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 lens.  Since I have other uses for the 75 mm lens, I am going to try one.  I could use it along with my 20 mm f/1.7 for a pair of fast lenses at night and in other low light situations.

Winter is Coming

As the weather starts to get colder and wetter and windier I have been thinking about what I might do with my photography this winter.

On the morning I made the above images the first colors presented themselves in the sky and were later followed by the geese flying by.  Since I had my Olympus TG-6 in my hand, I made these pictures through a window.

I have to confess that I made these images to learn more about what works for monochrome images.  I have both my Olympus TG-6 and my E-M5 III cameras set to record raw images in square format in each camera’s monochrome style.  After I downloaded them using the camera’s settings I tried some different effects and then changed them back and forth between monochrome and the camera’s natural colors.  Obviously, I’m showing you the color style above.

And if you are wondering, I also originally made the images in the previous post in the same manner, except with the E-M5 III camera.

You might be wondering why I am making my pictures first in B&W.  Other than for learning what makes a good B&W image, I’m considering collecting my life style images in B&W for a book that I might want to make later and I want to compose them for a book.  I also want to try some more B&W printing.  Since some of the images work best in color I will use them occasionally, as warranted, in my blog, but my personal objective is to learn to make better B&W images.

Another thing I am trying, is to see if I can do more of my winter photography with the TG-6 since it is waterproof and small so that I can carry it in my jacket pocket.  That works better for making images of what I see as I do whatever I do this winter.  It is a great recording device as a visional record for story telling, etc.