Category: Photography

Opportunities and Gear

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Lately I have been reviewing my older images to see what I liked best and thinking about how to increase my opportunities for making more such images.  The above is one of my favorite images.  I made it back in 2001 using an inexpensive small pocket Olympus film camera in Peru.  I lost the negatives a long time ago and all I have left are small scans of the 4×6 drug store prints that I had printed after the trip.  What makes the picture so great isn’t the camera or processing.  It was my being able to grab a quick shot of an unstaged composition in which everything came together perfectly to make an excellent establishing shot.  The row of buildings you see in the distance is the entrance to Machu Picchu in Peru and then the walk across the terrace to arrive at the ruins.

As the years have gone by I have switched to better and better cameras (lots of them) with increasing complexity, size, and cost without really increasing the number of pictures that I am most proud of.  No doubt, my later images have been more technically perfect, but what good is that if I don’t make images that I prefer and have fun making.

In the last many months I have been working on returning to the use of smaller cameras and lenses in order to lighten the load.  That has meant dropping from Fujifilm gear back down to Olympus micro 4/3 cameras for my Homewood images.  I am also using my reduced, in number, set of micro 4/3 cameras and lenses for my personal imagery, but I wanted to go even smaller, lighter, and simpler with my walkabout gear.  To accomplish that downsizing I have gone back to a small rugged waterproof pocket camera.  I purchased an Olympus TG-6 camera to replace the Ricoh WG-60 and the Canon G5X Mark II cameras.  I hope to move out more often and further with the TG-6 even though I won’t be traveling internationally; i.e., I have traded gear for mobility and hopefully more opportunities.

Some will interpret my changes in gear as sacrificing gear for opportunities, but I’m not so sure about the sacrificing bit.  In my opinion I have found that the Olympus TG series of cameras are quite flexible and capable so I see this as just another challenge to see what I can make with the TG-6 in the future.

My next step is to wait on warmer weather and then go back out walking around home and see what I can find to photograph; but, I really am missing buying and trying different types of cameras.  I got into the habit of buying new cameras and lenses for each international trip I took.  My love of travel morphed into an obsession with photography gear.

Not Happy

I don’t think many were happy with the weather on Saturday morning.  When Misty went out and found that it was snowing she quickly turned around to go back inside and buried her face after I put her in the chair next to my computer.

We only got a skiff of snow and then it just stayed overcast until we later got some more in the afternoon, but it kept melting.  And then it turned to rain from above and ice at ground level.  We were trapped inside without ice skates.

 

If I Could, I Would

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If I could, I would make more images like these in a high contrast B&W style.  My problem is lack of suitable compositions.  The picture I made during the fog the other day works nicely in this style.  In addition, the three images below that I made in my computer room with the bright sunlight coming in the windows worked well also, but they aren’t interesting subject-wise.

Coming Earlier

I photographed these coming up yesterday.  I haven’t been keeping records over the years but it does seem that they are sprouting earlier and earlier each year.  Last year I photographed the same plants at this same stage on 25 January and posted a picture of them on 26 January 2019 so based on just that one data point they are earlier this year.

Cold, Wet, Alone

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I went for a walk early yesterday morning.  It was cold and foggy and no one else was out walking other than for a few dog walkers.  They had no choice.  I was the only one who chose to go out in the cold and freeze his fingers off to make pictures.  This was one of the first of many that I will show later.

Economic Realities

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACurrent economic & financial political jockeying that has been designed to drive up the stock market has served to hide the true state of affairs among those of us who are retired that doesn’t match with Trump’s beliefs that all is rosy with the economy.  For those of us who are retired with fixed to slightly climbing incomes that don’t match the stock market’s growth that the rich enjoy, the economy is a disaster.  The growth represents climbing costs for us.  The higher and faster the market goes up, the greater the costs to us who have less and less available for buying the essentials of life due to inflation and higher costs for food, health costs, etc.  If you don’t believe it just look at the increased costs you have faced year after year, while the market has gone up.  Our politicians are treating us like frogs in a pot of water under which the flame is getting hotter and hotter.  Most of the frogs don’t realize the ultimate impact of the hot water until it is too late.  Are we being cooked as well?

Before we vote again we should compare our costs to the so-called growth in the stock market and economy.  Those of us who are retired will note a great divergence … our available income has gone down, but it has gone up for the one-percenters, the rich and the privileged.  The divergence is growing and growing.