I did something yesterday I haven’t done much of lately. I took my X-PRO3 with the 35mm F2 lens on it with me when I walked around the campus.
I have been trying, when/where I could, to see what I can do with my one camera, one lens photography setup. These images represent some of yesterday’s extremes. The first three images were up close images to see what could be done. The last three are long distance extremes where I cropped the original image severely and then increased the size to get these scenes.
While I am being tempted by Charlie to get another lens or two … like the 56mm F1.4 Viltrox lens, I haven’t decided if I need it or have a use for it. While I like the lens, based on Charlie’s and various reviewers opinions, it wouldn’t be as good of a universal walkabout lens as the Fuji 35mm F2 lens.
My original thought was to use the X-PRO3 with three prime lenses … either the 16 or 23mm, the 35mm, and the 50mm F2; but I wanted to push myself and see if just the 35mm F2 was sufficient (effective 50mm) since I didn’t really have much of an idea of what I might find to photograph. Another idea would be to use the 35mm F2 prime lens along with an 16-80mm F4 zoom lens for those times when the 35mm focal length wasn’t adequate (Homewood events?).
Hmmm, maybe I should continue with my experiment and wait and see if I can manage with just the 35mm F2 lens, even for whatever Homewood decides to do. Or, maybe I should order the Viltrox lens to try it while continuing my one lens experiment.
First things first. I have decided that this blog has been and will continue to be, to a large measure, about my photography. If my viewers don’t want to read about my trials, experiments, findings, etc. with a camera they can choose to not read about it. Now, about why you are seeing the above pictures and what I like about them. I have taken two steps forward with my camera and style and one step back in that I am going to return to writing about my photography.
I have been making progress on a style that I like, from two perspectives. One I am using a camera and a lens that I really like from a usability perspective. I plan to continue using my Fujifilm X-E2S with the 35mm F2 prime lens for most of my personal photography. I find that the effective 50mm focal length works well for me and I prefer the external controls. I can preset the camera and lens and then use the camera with one hand if necessary as I walk around with my cane, or when in the car. It is also small enough to carry on a strap most anywhere I go or fit into a small bag with my zoom lenses when photographing for Homewood.
The second aspect that I am liking is the quality of the images and the contrast, etc. when using the classic chrome camera calibration. While I have enjoyed using Light Room to process some of my more abstract images, I also like to set the style and then work purely on the composition as I photograph and prepare them for output.
I made the above images when I drove to the market before six am. One of the things I am constantly looking for is new subjects to photograph. In addition, I like images that are rich in color with large amounts of black and find the best way to make them is to go out after dark. So far I have only been trying camera settings, etc. as I mostly drive and look around for ideas, and I have been seeing new things that I plan to photograph. In the future I hope to be going to different areas around Hanover and parking and getting out and making more images similar to the above.