Another Snapping Turtle Leaving the Pond

We are either experiencing the turtles leaving the small pond to lay their clutch of eggs or for another reason.  It is later than normal for them to be laying eggs, but they just might be doing it towards the end of the season; but maybe it is for another reason.

The only other normal reason to see these big snapping turtles moving out of the water is that they are leaving the pond and looking for a better home … like the bigger pond.  The turtles will do this for environmental reasons:  like it has gotten too crowded for the number of turtles vs. the food supply.  The pond has been in great stress these last few years due to low water because it is filling in.  Has this reduced the food supply?

Ruthless River

I enjoyed this book.  It reminded me of my two trips into the Amazon.  This book is a memoir about a young couple who were traveling in South America in the 1970s.  I’d like to go back, but I would need a fellow traveler who likes heat, humidity, and insects.  I would like to take a better camera the next time; but, I was amazed by the pictures Holly took with a film camera.  You would also be amazed that the pictures and camera survived the trip after their plane crashed and they went down the river on a balsa raft.

Pondering & Looking

An intermediate strategy is to do most of my personal photography with my Olympus PEN-F and with prime lenses.  I used the PEN-F with the 60mm macro lens to make these images.  I have owned this PEN-F for a year now.  That is a long time for me since I have purchased and sold cameras continuously since moving here almost seven years ago.

As I think harder about cameras, I’m going to use the PEN-F and prime lenses for a while and concentrate on finding and making images with them.  I like nice cameras that are marvelous well-designed simple devices that are enjoyable to carry and use, and I have always wanted to find “the one camera” that I could do everything I want to do.  I have never found that camera.

What I want to do now is to reevaluate my requirements and establish what I want that camera to be able to do, even if I have to make some self-imposed restrictions like long focal lengths and low light capabilities.  I want to decide on the optimum focal lengths, sensor size, ability to be carried, ergonomics, and crop-zoom ability.

Since I can photograph for Homewood publications, etc. with the Olympus E-M1 Mk II and just the Olympus 14-150mm lens for outdoors and the Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 and 35-100mm F2.8 lenses for indoors, I might focus on finding one camera to replace the Pentax gear, and the PEN-F and prime lenses, and possibly the TG-5 with one camera for my personal photography.  Warning, I have tried to do this before and wasn’t successful so I’m now thinking that I might need to reduce and/or alter my photography to fit a system.  But, I might also find that I have the appropriate set of cameras and don’t need another.

Should I Switch Cameras?

I used my iPhone 6 to make both of these test images.  The image of my calendar has been crop-zoomed and then enlarged.  Both images have been imported into LR on my computer and adjusted similar to my normal pictures made with my dedicated cameras.

I have a Fujifilm XF10 camera preordered, but I am wondering if I should cancel that order and upgrade my iPhone 6 to the iPhone 8 Plus and use it rather than the XF10 or the TG-5 cameras for an always with me camera. If I make this switch, I will probably load LR onto my iPad and use it to do my processing of the iPhone pictures.

Below are two more pictures made with the iPhone 6.  The second one is a crop-zoom of the first that has been enlarged.

I’d like to see what can be done with an iPhone 8+.

Another plus for switching is that it would give me another avenue of photography to study and blog about.  I might even get to the point where I could do 90+ percent of my work, photography, processing, blogging, web cruising, and book reading on an iPhone 8+.  I’m sure others might like to see me writing about an old man moving to join the way the younger generations work now; but, do I really need to spend any more money on photography.  Do I really want to leave my cameras sitting in the drawer any more than they are now?  I might just cancel the XF10 and not get an iPhone 8+.  How do you know when it is time to stop chasing more gear, etc.?  When is the grass not greener on the other side of the fence?

There will always be other options as well as even better gear coming on the market.  I could always follow Charlie’s strategy:  Wait and see what else is developed.  That ensures that you don’t buy anything since you are always waiting for something better.

Update:  After I wrote the above, I canceled the preorder for the Fujifilm XF10 and decided to wait longer before making any changes.

Back to Little Things


I hope to shift back to using and observing the little things.  I’m going to try to shift away from the documentary photographs made with bigger cameras and bigger lenses of the flood, aftermath, etc., at least for a while.

I want to get back to using my smaller cameras and lenses, including some prime lenses.  In addition, I will try to see the little things that some others might miss.  No matter how many times I diverge from my overall strategy of trying to get simpler with images and gear, I always seem to manage to return.

I made the above image this morning with my 12MP little pocket Olympus TG-5 while I was out walking Misty.  My dream setup would be a small rugged camera that I could use for all of my photography; but, if I were to use it for my event photography it would have to have a lower light, faster shutter capability, with better image quality.