Category: Photography

Hopeful Heron

I took a walk this morning to see how well the creek, etc. made it through the hard rain and higher water we had yesterday.  Everything looked fine, but I think this Heron is showing wishful thinking looking for fish at this spot but it might get a small frog.

A point to ponder.  If these kinds of scenes are all I have to photograph, why not just use the TG-6 and sell the other, so called, better cameras?

Versatile Fujifilm X100V

200806-073157-JEH20As I keep looking for new ideas for what to photograph, I keep trying different uses of my X100V camera.  In this case I used the digital zoom for an effective 70mm focal length plus I had the clear filter on the lens and on it I had mounted a 5X macro conversion lens.  It was a very small rose bud.  I used an aperture of F2.2 with a short depth of field which blurs most of the rose.  That is one way to go if you want to make these kind of images with an X100V camera.  I’m not sure I do.  I was just testing the 5X macro conversion lens on the X100V.

Shift in Direction

We didn’t get much rain yesterday but it does seem that the weather is shifting towards being wetter which is good.  It has been dry.  I made these images while sitting in the car waiting to go inside for a medical checkup.

I’m still frustrated with my photography so I’m going to try and also shift it a little.  I have been using the Pentax KP and zoom lenses to make mostly snapshots of things around the campus.  I’m going back to using mostly my smaller cameras, the Fuji X100V and the Olympus TG-6 and at the same time try and shift my views, etc.  We will have to wait and see if I can succeed in making significant changes.

Negativity

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So many are thinking negative about so many things these days.  Since I remember negatives from the film days, I decided to try a few digital images presented as toned negatives.  I like them.  Might be making more of them.  They help add a little variety in today’s world.

We should all probably concentrate on less negativity and replace it by thinking about both sides of issues, as we look at all things from all perspectives, in order to better understand beliefs, different viewpoints, etc.

Rabbit in the Garden

No wonder we have so many rabbits this year.  The gardeners are feeding them. I even found it inside one of the fenced areas in the garden by Westminster Road.  I don’t how he managed to get in and out since he left it when I was going around to approach it on one of the paths and couldn’t see it.  But it sure didn’t want to leave the garden.  It just kept moving around within the garden patch as I attempted to move closer to it to chase it away.  I gave up and left it there.

Dark Times

I stopped playing with my new iPhone and went back to my favorite camera, the Fujifilm X100V, to make these images.  Now what?  I still can’t get past my continuous problem of what to do with photography.  Should I stop?  I have no real purpose other than entertaining myself as I keep coming back to images like these.

Until conditions change, I will most likely keep on looking for images like above; but, if it rains, I am hoping to also use the Pentax KP from within the car with the 18 – 135mm zoom lens.  Depending on the conditions I will drive around the campus or town, but I have nothing particular in mind …. unless we have another flash flood like two years ago.

Using an iPhone SE

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I had to get a new iPhone so I got the cheaper, smaller SE model.  I hadn’t planned on using the camera much since I have other cameras; but, I decided to give the SE camera a try.

We have had some off and on light rain but I managed to take a walk in-between drops.  While walking I tried a variety of images as shown here that were similar to what I take with my camera.  The only thing I missed was having a longer focal length zoom lens.

The work flow I selected was the simplest, after having tried a few different ways.  I used the iPhone camera controls to take the pictures and then used AirDrop to move jpeg files to my laptop computer.  I then input them into Lightroom Classic so I could perform additional processing in the manner I normally do it.  With this workflow I don’t need to use Lightroom mobile nor transfer pictures into and out of the cloud so I don’t need to pay for additional cloud storage, etc.  I can also then delete the pictures from the iPhone which enabled me to get the iPhone with the minimum of storage.

No Changes

200728-060303-JEH20Yesterday morning’s view just before the sun rose above the horizon.  My first reaction was one of hope.  Hope that the weather was changing and that later we would get some rain.  We didn’t.  The clouds started building later in the day but then flattened out to a thin gray layer.  But no thunderstorms, no rain.

The number of covid-19 cases in our part of the country are holding pretty constant.  The only change is that people are trying to open up more and get on with a life with continuous covid-19 around.  A vaccine should help, but I don’t expect it to be a panacea.

I’m now thinking that no changes might be a good thing.  It could be worse, and probably will.  We could have damaging storms, and even more depressing economical news on top of what we have.

I’m starting to hope that maybe next spring things will be different.  I’d like to say better, but I’m not planning on it.  Not looking forward to the rest of this year nor the winter.

I’m still trying to think of another way to pass the time in the coming days.  Something other than photography which has all but died as far as I’m concerned.