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.

Best Camera

200724-204358-JEH20It is hard to avoid this question.  What is the best camera?  Of course that depends upon what is being photographed.  But I am approaching the answer from another direction.

If I am making pictures in low light, like I did in the photo shown here, my Fuji X100V is my best camera.  In low light or while photographing clouds with low contrast, it tends to not focus as well as my Pentax DSLR; but that is easily overcome by switching to manual focus and running the focus out to infinity, or just short of it.

If I am walking and wish to be ready to turn my camera on quickly and zoom it out and focus quickly to capture a mink in the creek, or a deer running across the field, my Pentax KP with a zoom lens is my best choice.

My problem is, how often do I need these capabilities?  I can’t always take multiple cameras and lenses just in case I might need one of them.  If I can only take one camera, which one is the best one to take?  I’m faced with this question every single day.

I have rationalized my way through deciding on the best camera over and over and I keep coming to the same answer.  The best camera is the one that is easiest and quickest to use with the most versatility that I would most likely always have with me. Most people might say, their smart phone.  I have considered that, but I have a better choice, my Olympus TG-6 camera.

The TG-6 is a small, waterproof camera which has a non extending fast zoom lens between the effective focal lengths of 25 – 100mm (plus macro), a small sensor with good DoF, and a very capable processor for handling a range of conditions. It is the most versatile in capabilities. If I were to travel again to the Sahara desert, or towns in Europe, or go deep into the Amazon rain forests, it would always be with me.  Some of you might also be surprised if I told you that it is the primary camera I would now take on such travels.  I would also have a second TG-6 or my Ricoh WG-60 with me on the trip for backup.

The question I need to answer is, why do I use anything else for my blog pictures other than the TG-6?

Clarksburg Project

200718-113515-JEH20Marcia and I were in Clarksburg, WVa in Oct 2009 when I used a cheap film camera to make some images of the buildings, streets, etc.

Both Marcia and I were born and raised in Clarksburg and while we were visiting we drove and walked around to see the houses where we were raised along with the schools.

I might scan them, tweak them in Lightroom, and then use them to make a small book of pictures with notes, etc.  Well, maybe one of these days.  They are on my list of things I never seem to get around to.

I had used some of the images in a post years ago, but WordPress changed something along the way, or I changed to a theme that doesn’t support them, and some of the pictures are no longer in the post.

Pentax 18 – 135mm Lens

 Since I couldn’t get enough from selling the Pentax KP and since I like it very much, I decided to keep using the Pentax DSLR and adding another lens to my set.  I bought a new 18-135mm lens to use as a general walkabout weather resistant lens.

These are some of my first images as I checked it out.  The only reason for selling my many Pentax DSLR cameras over the years was that I kept trying various mirrorless cameras that I could use silently in poor lighting when photographing Homewood events indoors.  Since I’m not doing that now, the Pentax KP and slower zoom lenses make a lot more sense for photographing most anything outdoors.  In the future, if necessary, I’ll either use my Fuji X100V camera and lens for up close indoor Homewood photography or if I need the longer focal lengths, I will “make-do” with the Pentax gear.  The residents would also have to “make-do” with hearing the sound of the Pentax shutter and mirror.