Category: Photography

Real Desires?

 I often just want to make images with nice colors, depth, etc.; but for more meaningful purposes.

There are times when I want to blur out the background or foreground, or when I need a longer focal length.  At those times I switch from the TG-6 to one of my other cameras, like the Pentax KP with the 18-135mm lens that I used to make the above.  I used that camera and lens to make these when I was setting it up for use as a walkabout camera for this fall and winter when I wish to do more than just make records of what I see with the TG-6.  I usually only use the TG-6 when I’m lazy or don’t feel like carrying a larger heavier camera or don’t expect to see anything.  If I’m really looking to make images I will take one of my Pentax cameras or the Fuji X100V.

200920-093303-jeh20I had watched a video about Saul Leiter for the umpteenth time when I decided to see what I could do with images made from a DVD played on my computer.  The following is an example.  Saul is my favorite  photographer.  I love the video, In No Great Hurry.  If you haven’t seen it I encourage you to watch it.  Saul was quite a character.  He also liked to paint and sometimes painted over a print of one of his pictures.  I also have one of his books with his early B&W and later color photographs (most made when I was still in high school) as well as many of his paintings.  He lived almost 60 years in the same apartment building in NYC and photographed the same blocks over that time.

Oh well, back to my situation.  I have been looking at Saul’s images and life for ideas. None of my cameras, or lenses, solves my main problem: what to photograph.  Some photographers recommend that I get out of my comfort zone and go someplace and/or get creative.  Odd to think of it that way … “get out of my comfort zone.”  I’m not at all comfortable where I am at this time and I don’t think I’ll be comfortable anywhere again, at least not soon.  I just need to extend my uncomfortable zone to other areas or ideas.

Works, But?

I have my TG-6 set to produce square monochrome jpeg images.  One of my preferences would be to only make common everyday B&W images that tell the story of my existence as time flows past and publish these stories in printed magazines or books.

The main problem is that I don’t have much to tell or show during these times, but I do try to capture images of things I see as I take my daily walks on the same short streets and paths, over and over.

One other issue is that sometimes the making of color images works better to show what I see, so I set my TG-6 so that I also capture color raw files at the same time I’m making my B&W jpegs images.  Having a raw file also gives me the opportunity to shift the square crop side to side after the fact if I didn’t quite get it correct in the jpeg.

Below is an example of when I need to make and publish color images.  I’m hoping that we have better fall colors than we had last fall as the leaves change, and if what I’m already seeing is indicative of the color changes this fall, they will be.  As you can see, it is hard to do justice to a red leaf if all I make is a B&W jpeg image, but yellow flowers work nicely in B&W.

But, I have other desires.  I don’t really like making record images that are, in my view, just snapshots.  Images like above are similar to what others might make and are no real challenge for me, other than finding objects that others might like and expect.  If I am going to continue with making images, I need to find and make something different in addition to ones like the above.  I want more.  Making images like those above with a little TG-6 is a small challenge, but is it enough to keep me going?  I don’t think so.

46 Degrees F.

It was 46 degrees F. this morning when I made this image.  The fountains were “smoking”.  The climate is changing and the temperatures are swinging more wildly.  Forget what you believe about “normals”.  The word “normal” has no meaning anymore relative to anything.

Contemplating One’s Navel

 I’m back in the mode of contemplating my navel, which was an expression often used when I worked and contemplated what the future was going to bring in terms of threats and future needs.

I finished all of my intended looks at how I can best use my Pentax cameras and lenses.  All I need now is a purpose and things to photograph with them; but I really have little to none.  There is little that is new or worth photographing at Homewood that is of interest to me.  I’ll just have to wait, and it might be until next year.

In the meanwhile I want to use my Fujifilm X100V which is lighter and easier to carry with me when I’m walking about, etc.  I’m thinking about adjusting to the realities of the times by simplifying my photography and using the Fuji X100V to capture the “environment” as I see it.  I’m still thinking about whether I want to treat the camera like a film camera and at the same time doing less processing.  I will see how it goes, but mostly I would like to use ACROS jpegs with the X100V and without additional processing for some of my personal journaling.  Since those images often don’t belong in this blog, I will try to do some additional things for blog pictures. 

I am also going to use the Olympus TG-6 more, especially for the real close-ups like shown below, as well as for the extreme weather conditions which we might have this winter.

Yesterday’s Pentax Walk with 18-55mm Lens

I tried something different yesterday morning.  I used my 18-55mm APS-C lens on the K-1 camera, but set the camera to using full frame images.  This preserves the total number of pixels (36MP) and gives me a greater capability to crop as I want, rather than have the camera do it and reduce the size down to around 15MP and change the effective focal length.  The disadvantage is that the images might suffer from vignetting, but it mostly just does that at the 18mm focal length.

The reason I photographed that way was to see how this WR zoom lens performed as a true 18-55mm focal range.  The prime 43mm lens that I like to use is not weather resistant and I wanted to know how this cheaper weather resistant lens performed so that I can use it on the K-1 in bad weather.  I was also using raw files to see how well they worked on my new computer.  Answer:  quick and effortlessly.

The set of pictures above demonstrates how well I can use this lens at 55mm focal length and then crop in and upsize the image to capture details.  You can see the dragon fly in the center of the first image and then a crop from it in the second image.

The other images below are a sample of others that I made with the lens.  Note that leaves are coming down.  Also note that the birdhouse has a skylight.

Up & Running

I’m up and running on my new computer, a 13 inch MacBook Pro.  Same as before, except this one is twice as fast with twice the memory, etc.  I’m looking forward to going back to using raw files for my personal imagery.

Getting Ready

I am getting ready to photograph a parade here at Homewood at Plum Creek later this morning.  The Pentax K-1 II is ready and the batteries are charged, so I took a different camera with me when I took Misty out for her morning walk.  I like to use the Fuji X100V for recording life events, etc.  Note that it has been cooling down and the leaves have started dropping.

Darkness is Approaching

Darkness is here in many forms.  The days are getting shorter and photography is crashing, other than for smartphones.  Many of my favorite bloggers are giving up.  Ming stopped blogging.  Kirk is taking a break.  Mike is finding it harder and harder to post anything related to photography.  And, I am also having trouble finding anything new to photograph or write about.