Category: Photography

Couldn’t Stand Still

I mentioned in a post in the past that I had an interest in working with motion.  The morning when I made these images I had placed a ND filter on my 75mm lens and started playing with suitable shutter speeds, etc. as this Red-winged Blackbird kept doing a dance above the bird feeder that he can’t get into.  He was probably quite frustrated.

TG-6 Image Finessing

I like using the TG-6 for its ease of carrying, but it doesn’t have great image quality, especially for subjects at a distance.  It has a very small sensor, a small internal zoom lens, and only has 12MP.  Usually for displays online, like in this blog, the degradation isn’t too noticeable and I can still use them to show what I saw, express an emotion, etc.

The above are two versions of the same image.  The first is as processed in LR and downsized for the blog.  The second version started with the first one but I then used ON1 AI 2022 Resize software to sharpen and downsize for the blog.  You can see the difference in the details.

The image quality is one reason I prefer to use the TG-6 for monochrome images when the noise, lack of detail, etc. are not as objectionable when observed in older style grainy monochrome pictures.

Rose Buds

I have decided to work on B&W photography as a challenge to entertain myself.  I hope to keep trying different styles of B&W images as I concentrate on light, form, shadows, etc.  I also will probably concentrate on nearby objects.

Olympus 75mm Lens

I’m starting to work on getting the most out of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens which is an effective fast 150mm focal length.  I have always liked the lens except that I wish it focused closer and was weather resistant.  My intention is to see if I can utilize that lens at an effective 150mm focal length when opened to wide apertures more often.  It is part of an effort of trying to decide if I want to utilize prime lenses more than zoom lenses with the 75mm being my longest prime lens.  Using it that way gives me a far more pleasing use of out of focus colors, in addition to B&W images with narrow DoF.

Rituals & Challenges

220504-070044-JEH22 Every morning after I get up I go into my computer room and open the blinds and look out to check on the weather.  When I do that I’m looking and thinking about picture opportunities and checking out the birdbath.

I leave my camera sitting on my computer table most of the time so that I can grab it to make pictures of opportunity; but, usually it just sits there staring at me and reminding me that I need to go make images.

The morning I made this image it was dark and dreary and raining lightly so I picked up the camera and captured the image through the window.  The challenge then turned into how can I take another picture of nothingness and “pull” something out of it that is slightly different from all of the others that I have made of the birdbath.

So comes and goes another day of rituals and challenges, the ingredients of life.  When they stop you are dead.

Impact of Hanover Area Development

 I took a walk along parts of Clover Road to see how much of the new housing development could be seen from the road.  These are a collection of views I saw from the road.

When we have another flash flood Homewood at Plum Creek will likely suffer worse than we did in the last flood we had due to the additional runoff from all of the new houses into Plum Creek.

I also wonder what we are all going to do for water during future dry spells with all of the additional population around Hanover.

All of this new construction and increased population and increased traffic on Westminster Road does not bode well for Homewood at Plum Creek.