Category: Photography

Why a TG-6

Some are wondering why I purchased another Olympus TG-6 waterproof camera.  I have many reasons:

  1. I needed a lightweight camera for days when my back and knees complain when I carry my much heavier Pentax K-3 III camera.
  2. I wanted a pocket camera that I could stick in my pocket when walking about just in case I wanted a camera with a longer focal length than my smartphone.
  3. I wanted a macro, up close ability, and the TG-6 satisfied those needs rather than getting a macro lens for the K-3 III.
  4. I wanted a small sensor camera for the increased depth of field.
  5. I wanted a less intrusive camera for reportage photography.

The Path is Clear

Projections of the world-wide population for future years are based on the current estimate and the projected difference between the number of births and the number of deaths that are expected.  The last numbers I saw were that the current population is around 7.7 billion.  In 2015 around 55 million died while there were approximately 140 million births.  My concerns are, how accurate are the projections for births and deaths and thus the future population?

Estimates for deaths are dependent upon the trends as the population ages.  Past projections were not based on “black swan” effects (non forecasted effects such as pandemics and global heating).  I wonder what affect global heating, pandemics, etc. will have on the future numbers.

One article titled “The Age of the Great Dying is Beginning” makes some dire statements.  It claims that around 4 million are now dead of Covid and that extreme temperatures kill more than 5 million people a year.  The article projects that the total recent yearly number is probably around a total of 10 million killed by heat and Covid.  That amounts to 10 million more than the approximately 55 million deaths in 2015.  The plots in the article also show that the trends are increasing.

It is impossible to project the future number of deaths due to pandemics, but it is easy to project that the number of deaths going up due to global heating will continue to rise since the heating of the earth is “locked in” for the future just based on the amount of greenhouse gases already released.  The heating of the earth has just begun, as are the problems with living on a hotter earth.

I also expect that the number of births will go down due to global heating.  I have neither seen nor can I think of any reasons otherwise.  We are approaching peak population levels, just due to global heating.

With the number of deaths increasing and the number of births decreasing, it seems to be a sure thing that past projections for the earth’s future projections are way high.  If we have more deaths due to pandemics and global heating, they will have a major impact on population levels.  

The results of global heating will have a major impact on not only population levels but on everything .… the things you probably haven’t considered.  I hope to write more later about the likely future impacts of global heating, and the impacts on water, food production, migrations, deaths, wars, energy, etc.

Olympus TG-6

 I ordered another TG-6 pocket camera.  I have had many versions of it over the years but sold them whenever I planned to upgrade to a newer model.  I had been expecting to get a TG-6 replacement when Olympus came out with the rumored new version, so I sold my TG-6.  While I was waiting Olympus went out of the camera business and sold the business to another group.  So far, they haven’t announced a new version, so I went ahead and ordered the last one Olympus produced, since I am “feeling” a need to only use small lightweight cameras.

This image is one I made with the previous camera.  Based on what I was able to do with the previous camera I am looking forward to carrying one in my pocket again.

Necessity

I’m keeping all of my Pentax gear, but I’m getting serious about switching to lighter weight cameras for my photography.  I took a stroll around my house in the morning with my X2 camera and my cane while I made these.  It is looking more like using lighter cameras will become more of a necessity sooner than I hoped.  But, I’m hopeful it is temporary situation.  I’m under going some changes in my medicines and diet to relieve another problem and the downside is more trouble with my back due to necessary changes in medicines.

While I’m sort of limited in my photography I have decided to try and find a compromise style between my monochrome images and the over saturated colors that many others like, but I don’t.  For these I adjusted the saturation by -50 in LR.

Shifting to Leica X2

There isn’t much worth photographing at this time of the year.  In addition, my back and knees have been bothering me more, so I’m going to set the heavier Pentax camera aside for awhile.  I like the simplicity and size of the X2 very much, better than the Pentax K-3 III, except that the X2 is limited to only having an effective focal length of 35mm.

I made these images from standard color jpegs used with my preferred LR color preset and then enlarged them with ON1 to reach this size of 3000 x 3000 pixels.  I prefer working with the jpegs rather than raw files as long as my adjustments aren’t too big.  They even make nice monochromes.

Two-Step Enlargements

While continuing my thoughts about maybe getting another smaller pocket camera, I decided that I better take another look at my iPhone SE camera.  I made the first image of the Mimosa bloom.  I then cropped out a section, then enhanced it using LR which doubled the pixel dimensions.  Since that was still not a large enough image, I then used ON1 to increase the size up to 3000 x 3000 pixels.  The quality of the crop-zoomed image amazed me.  It definitely works well enough for up-close images in good light.

Next I made a long distance view of the pond as seen from my porch.  I then performed the same sequence of cropping, enhancing, and enlarging that I used on the Mimosa bloom.  You can see the results below.  The results were not as good but not bad, considering the degree of cropping, etc. 

Older Cameras

As I continue to think about whether I want to get something smaller or with a longer focal length than the X2 camera, I keep wondering about the sensor size and what worked OK for me in the past so I looked at some old pictures to see what cameras I used.

The first image was made in Prague in 2006 with a Canon Powershot SD800 IS.  That camera only had a 1/2.3”, 7.1 MP sensor with a zoom lens.  I think that picture was made around the mid-zoom range.

The second picture is of Sammi kayaking on the Blackwater River in the Canaan valley in 2007.  I made the picture from my kayak which was behind hers.  The camera was a Pentax Optio W20.  It was a 7MP waterproof camera with a 1/2.3” sensor and a zoom lens.  The image was made at maximum zoom.

The third image of me was made in 2010 with an Olympus E-P1 camera with the older pancake 17mm lens.  The camera had around 17MP and a micro four-thirds sensor.  That image, quality wise, as well as subject wise, was the worst of the lot.

Thoughts

210705-061539-JEH21I was cruising the web this morning when I saw an article about using a small sensor camera for street photography.  Reading the article I remembered that I had made images with an Olympus TG-6 of buildings, etc. while walking on the streets of Hanover.  I liked them due to the nice deep depth of field and ease of carrying and using a very small pocket camera.

After those thoughts I took my little cheap Lumix waterproof pocket camera out of the drawer and proceeded to make these images, such as the following buds and blooms of some Hosta’s.

They are not great, but the Lumix images are a lot poorer than those of the Olympus that I used to have.  I use the Lumix at a constant ISO of 800 which results in noisy images.  Since I like my Leica X2 I need to compare using it vs. something with an even smaller sensor providing the camera is smaller and lighter than the X2.  The results will weigh into my considerations for eventually only using small light cameras for my photography. 

While sitting on my porch drinking a cup of coffee, I noticed the following scene.  It looks like smoke rising up to meet and merge into the clouds.  But it isn’t.  It is a contrail from a plane in front of the clouds.  Remember what I wrote the other day, don’t believe everything you see and are told.