Category: Photography

Practicing, Uncertainties, & Maybes

We have what might be buds on an indoor Gardenia Plant so I used them to see what I might be able to do with the X100F this spring and summer outdoors when life returns to the flowers.

I have also been continuing with my thoughts of just using one or both of my small cameras, the Ricoh GR III and/or the Fuji X100F that I used to make the following images.

My major problem is deciding on a theme or purpose or reason for my photography and blogging; i.e., photographing intentionally.  Until I do that, my images posted in this blog will decrease to fewer and fewer images and posts.  It is similar to the saying “if you don’t know where you are going you will never get there”.  

I’m still also considering writing a book about my life and including some older pictures of family and places we have traveled rather than trying to continue with photography and blogging as a hobby.

And, I’m also thinking of a compromise.  Maybe own just one camera that I really like with a few lenses that are suitable for making more family/life style pictures, etc. for a few books.

 I Like the Amazon River Region

A trip that I would most like to take again is a river cruise on the Amazon River in Peru.  If I went back, I would take a better weather resistant camera with a zoom lens since it is a hot, humid area with heavy rain and mud, and yes, mosquitos.  We were there in March 2006 when I made these pictures.  The following shows a picture of my knee covered with mosquitos when we took a hike ashore.  I didn’t get any bites since they couldn’t get through my clothing, but I did come home with a lot of jigger bites on my ankles.  The second picture below shows one of the many small frogs.

I also liked the Amazon region of Ecuador, the Nile river in Egypt, and the desert in Tunisia.  Do you know what is common to those places?  They are all located close to the equator and are not cold or densely populated; but, they are also places that few, if any, of the major tour companies now have tours.

X100F and Another

As I was looking back through my old images for ideas and reviewing what cameras and lenses I used under different circumstances, I came across these images I made during and after the flood of 2018 that hit Homewood at Plum Creek.  The images reminded me that if I ever move, to move to a high elevation.  

Don’t forget that you can click on any image to see them in a larger size.  If you do that, look closely at how high the water got relative to some apartments and Villas.  The undersized culverts on the only two roads into the Villas acted as dams and backed the water up.  

Since the flood, many additional houses are being built upstream with increased run-off into Plum Creek.  The culverts on our roads over Plum Creek were not increased in size since the flood.  It’s now worse.  The repaired culverts under Morning Glory are now 30% smaller.

How is any of this relevant to my photography in the future?  If I only use the X100F camera for future photography I won’t be able to continue making many of the images that I used to make.  Much of my previous photography was made with wider and longer lenses.  With the X100F I am limited to only an effective 35mm focal length lens.  The trade offs are between different focal lengths, image quality, camera/lens weights, subjects photographed, weather resistance, and simplicity.

I will probably keep my Olympus E-M5 III camera and lenses for some outdoor imagery like I did in the past and use my X100F for an indoor and/or walk-about camera.  I also might want to get a macro lens for the E-M5 III next spring and summer.

My Glass is Empty

220111-100718-JEH22I had an exchange with Kirk Tuck yesterday and he wrote a post afterword:  At John’s (implied) Request We’re Taking a Break from Writing about Leicas. At least for this morning.

My problem is that I need to make some changes, ones that last longer than a morning and I don’t know what to do.  I need to think of something worth posting. I might need to let the gaps between my posts expand while I ponder, think, and work on some images and ideas to write about.

Practicing

I hate this, but I don’t know what to do about it.  I don’t know what to photograph, especially during this time of the year, so all you see in my blog are my practice sessions as I try different uses of cameras and processing.

This image is an example of using a slow shutter speed of 1/4 second to create motion blur.  I happen to like dark moody images with a little motion blur or with slightly out of focus subjects. 

My alternative is to take the X100F for a walk.  It was 15 degrees F. this morning.  I’ll think a bit about going out.

One Camera, One prime Lens

I’m not sure if it is simpler or not, but I am contemplating on using just a Fujifilm X100 series camera.  To try it, I purchased a well used X100F camera to use for a while to see if I want to really do this.

It is simpler in the sense that using one camera and one prime lens with an effective 35mm focal length eliminates the decision as to which camera and lens to grab while searching for compositions of things I see.  It also means that I only need to keep one type of battery and charger and one or two small bags.  

It certainly isn’t simpler in the sense that it requires a lot more work to select compositions.  Not having a zoom lens means that I will need to physically move around, and back and forth, and up and down a lot more.  These actions are physically more and more challenging as I get older and older, but I’m also remembering the saying, “use it or lose it”.  If I give in to aging by accommodating my limitations prematurely, my muscles will just get weaker and weaker and I’ll spiral down the path of being able to do less and less faster than ever.

Long time readers of my blog know that I have been hoping to eventually get to the point of using just one camera.  They also know that I have tried lots of cameras and lenses, buying and selling, and rebuying the same types of gear over and over.  

At this time, I have not yet decided to sell my other cameras and lenses.  I am waiting to see if the X100 series is “the one”.  I have owned and sold the original X100 and the X100F, and the X100V cameras before, so I have a pretty good idea whether “an X100 series camera is the one”; but, the biggest challenge would be giving up photographing things that require a longer focal length lens.

For those of you wondering why the X100F vs. the X100V, a used X100F costs $500 less than a harder to find new X100V camera.  For now, the additional features of the X100V are not worth the extra $500.

One Future Option

I’m still thinking about a different direction for at least some of my photography.  I’m considering shifting my emphasis from blogging to printing a zine in B&W.  My first thought has been, what subject, pictures, etc.?  I am thinking about maybe first using some images from our travels to see how it all works.

Wanting to see how they worked in B&W, I revisited images (shown above) from our trip to Ireland, but I focused on images that I hadn’t already printed for my walls.  

I’m more interested now in the common things and seeing if I can shift my future photography to the small things I see on a daily basis during 2022.  I’m looking for memory joggers that include different things than the classic iconic images that others make.

I’m also thinking about extending this approach to images I make while walking around Hanover this spring and coming summer.

One problem is that I don’t know how I want to process the images until I see them printed in a zine.  I need to make a test zine using different styles to see what I like best before I decide on camera settings, etc.  

Well, I might or might not go this route.  I’m still dithering on future options.  I figure I have at least two months to continue dithering before spring arrives and we see what the future Covid situation looks like.

Wet Start for 2022

It is raining with a warm temperature of 55 degrees F. as I write this.  I made these pictures and posted them while I set up a new folder for the pictures in LR and a new document in the iCloud.