As time goes on and we get older we spend more and more time in medical offices. I suppose that in the future I might have to limit myself to collecting images of office carpets with my iPhone, but if I do, I’ll try to keep them colorful.
I was being a little facetious, but I’m really having a problem coming up with ideas for things I might want to photograph suitable for my blog. I prefer to balance my documentary photography of activities around Homewood with something totally different for my website; but that isn’t always possible, so I’m thinking of some compromises. Maybe I will stick with the same cameras and lenses and processing style but look further afield. The big problem is finding suitable subjects to photograph, and this gets even harder in the winter.
This post is for the photographers who are wondering how I am doing with my desire to shift away from the bigger, heavier zoom lenses. I used the 18-55m zoom lens for this image as I was experimenting with photographing the campus and getting a better feel for needed focal lengths. While the 18-55mm zoom lens worked fine for the photos I made during that walk, I have only used primes on subsequent walks for similar images.
When I made the big band pictures I used a variety of prime and zoom lenses. As it turned out, the 18-55mm zoom lens worked OK in the bright dining room, but neither it nor the 55-200mm lens worked well in the Omni room under much darker conditions. I made a few images at 200mm but at ISO 12800 they didn’t look very good and I had a lot of trouble obtaining auto focus. I ended up using the 18mm F2 and the 50mm F2 lenses for most of the show pictures. Since that venue was different from my normal conditions, I may try the zoom lenses again under other conditions, but I am becoming surer that I will likely use my faster prime lenses for the vast majority of my photography of Homewood events, etc. Using prime lenses on both of my Fujifilm cameras makes my life easier from a weight & size perspective. I also like the challenge.
Due to lighting and my lens focal length limitations, I might try sitting in the front row at events and hopefully not ending up with microphones, music stands, etc. blocking the performers; but I will sometimes be presented with another focal length issue … not having a wide enough lens. To remedy that, and some other issues I have photographing inside architecture, etc. I am trying a 14mm F2.8 prime lens. The one issue I can’t address with different lenses is the need to get up and move around and not get in front of the residents in order to capture different perspectives and photograph both the audiences and the performers. My previous use of longer zoom lenses with my micro 4/3 gear (all now sold) enabled me to make images that focused on the performers and smaller details rather than the residents. That is one thing I will probably change and try to focus on the audience and the essence of the event rather than the performers; thus, making better use of wider prime lenses.
The pond surfaces have been interesting. There has been a lot of “stuff” growing there that actually looks interesting up close. Every time we get a hard rain it gets flushed away, but it comes back quickly, at least until the colder weather arrives.
People are just going to have to learn that all life changes with changes in the environment. As the climate changes, and the ponds do their job of capturing the run-off from the land and fill up, the changes will accelerate.
The Unforgettable Band played several shows at Homewood at Plum Creek. They were sponsored by the Resident Life Enrichment Endowment Fund (RLEEF) for our enjoyment. Each show started off with hors d’oeuvres in the Windows Dining Room and was followed by a performance in the Omni Room with dancing in the Vista Room. They had also done an earlier performance in the Personal Care area. These are just a few samples of pictures to give you an idea of the essence of the evening. It was very good and enjoyed by all.
Gandhi said, “Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but you must do it. We do these things not to change the world, but so that the world will not change us.”