I only had my 60mm lens on my X-E2s when I was returning from a meeting and saw the above. Since I didn’t have a longer zoom lens I did some crop-zooming and upsizing to make the above. It seems that her young are now down to two.
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.
I keep going down, and back up, the rabbit hole. I sell one camera system, get another, sell it, and often go back to an earlier system. Round and round, up and down I go. Sometimes it is because I think the grass is greener on the other side, sometimes it is because camera manufacturers leapfrog one another, and sometimes it is because my needs change or at least I get a different idea of what I like. Another problem is that I switch back and forth between what I think I want to do. I also like change and trying different cameras and lenses.
I have another problem with preferring to use one style of camera that does not fit what I have available to photograph. It is a case of photographing what fits the camera and lens or changing gear to fit what is available to photograph. My solution has been to look for a compromise in gear or to acquire multiple cameras. Recently I have been using an Olympus E-M5ii with various lenses. I previously sold my Fuji X-T1 camera and moved to the Olympus since I wanted the minimum size and weight to achieve an effective focal length of 600mm as well as the small prime lenses for walking about while making my personal pictures. I no longer have as much a need for real long focal lengths but I do now need zoom lenses for my event photography as well as the best low light capability that I can afford. But, I still like prime lenses for my personal photography. I therefore decided to go back to a Fuji camera.
I bought the Fuji X-E2s along with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, primarily to photograph events, etc. here at Homewood. If that works, and I intend to make it work, I will order prime lenses to supplement them when I don’t wish to carry zoom lenses. I will likely sell off some or all of the micro 4/3 gear. My desire is to settle down and work on photographing with just the Fuji camera; but I will delay selling any of the micro 4/3 gear until I am sure I can make it work for my needs.
Rather than get a DSLR style camera like the X-T1 or 2, I decided to get the rangefinder style X-E2s. Further back I owned the X-E1 when they first came out and liked that style, but not the focusing as much. They have improved the focusing a lot since then. The X-E2s style of camera works a lot better while photographing in and around people, especially when I get a prime lens later, and it is lighter and fits in a small bag easier. I also purchased the 55-200mm lens so that I can photograph from behind the audience during events, etc.
Fuji just announced that they will be selling new prime lenses. These coming lenses are another reason that I went back to Fuji. I prefer using prime lenses on a camera that has external controls, but fast zoom lenses are better suited for documentary photography.