I used my X100F to make this image. I was looking for a little color and noticed that the new growth is starting on the rose bushes. I am also reviewing what I can do with the X100F relative to the X-Vario before I make any decisions about keeping the X-Vario. Since I like small simple cameras, I keep asking myself why I don’t just make maximum use of the X100F and not spend the money on the X-Vario.
I also used the X100F to make a quick image of the geese flying by this morning. I had the X100F in manual focus mode with the aperture at f/5.6 and the focus at infinity. The second picture below is an enlarged crop of the first one.
I often make pictures just to see what else is there that I didn’t notice before. I had never noticed this U. S. Mini Mart on Carlisle Street before. I just thought it was a gasoline station that I have driven by many times but after looking at the picture more closely I see it is a small store that I have never heard of.
I made this image the other day while driving around. I’m still thinking about what to photograph within town and what lenses will work best. If I decide to pursue images along the streets, I prefer to do it with prime lenses.
Another issue is how to capture the scene. If I walk the sidewalks, I am often to close to capture the overall view and I have to contend with broken uneven sidewalks. If I drive by, I have to be careful and avoid other cars, which isn’t the safest thing to attempt. If I photograph from the other side of the street, I still have to contend with cars going by and parked on both sides of the roads. In addition, the distance away affects the lens focal length choice.
In the past I ended up mostly photographing details since that was easiest to get from the sidewalks. I may still have to do it that way, but I have one more thing to try. That is to move out into the residential streets where there is less traffic. Or I might give up trying to make pictures in Hanover, PA. That thought also leads to “What else is there to photograph?”
It is obvious that the color orange caught my eye for this image. It is another image where I was seeing what I could make with the X100F from within my car as I was driving around. I just set the shutter speed to 1/500 sec and photographed whatever caught my eye. When it warms up, if my knees and back allow it, I hope to walk around with the X100F camera and look more carefully for images, but not for people. In general, it is getting harder to photograph recognizable people anywhere in the developed world’s cities and towns and this will have a growing impact on street photography. I am noticing more backs of people as well as people in shadows, etc. from many of the photographers who put their work online.
I often need to rethink about why I take pictures for myself, how I like them, and for what purpose. If I really thought about the answers to these questions from another viewer’s perspective, I probably wouldn’t be taking any personal pictures since I really don’t have any thoughts about them from another’s perspective. In fact, every time I think about what the purpose is for my photography from a more encompassing outsider’s perspective, I start thinking about stopping with my blog. Many, a large majority of my local viewers are interested in the subject. I’m not. The things that attract me are the tones, colors, light, shadows, etc. and photographing scenes that others don’t, or at least in ways they don’t.
My sole purpose for my own photography is for my own entertainment and fun. I have the time since I am retired and have nothing else to do and since I am visually oriented, I like to make pictures. For me photography is a day-by-day activity. I am perfectly satisfied to take pictures every day, process them in various manners, and then trash them and start over. The only thing keeping me from immediately trashing my pictures is that I am not able to take pictures every day and I therefore often like to go back and process old photos differently.
Hmmm, now why do I publish some of them in this blog? The only reason I do it is that a few people (very few on an image-by-image basis) seem to occasionally like them or want to see them. In addition, a few photographers are interested in my thoughts from a gear perspective and how my particular uses for particular cameras might give them ideas for their own photography. In reality, I blog to create a record of my photographical exploits and I like to spend the time writing.
I am also interested in the technology within the cameras and with the software to process the images. Maybe that is because I’m a retired Aerospace Engineer. This interest in the technology is why I have continued to buy, try, and sell so many cameras, but that is slowing down since I realize that the current technology is way more sufficient than I can learn and use or need, and it is getting too expensive. Most of my cameras were purchased based upon a need for making pictures of Homewood activities and scenes for the residents. Those needs have been due to low mixed light levels and required focal lengths and shutter speeds.
Occasionally I think about what I would use if I only photographed for my personal enjoyment and not also for Homewood residents. Someday I might concentrate on one camera and one lens solely of interest to myself, at least for my personal photography. The question is, what would they be if I were to buy something new? I can spend hours researching and wondering. At the moment it is the Fujifilm X100F camera with the effective 35mm lens that I have and love using. Maybe that is all I need.
Several have noted that they never see my picture among the ones that are published here at Homewood at Plum Creek, so I thought I would remedy that. I took this picture in a mirror as I was walking past it in one of the hallways; but it didn’t look like this until I had processed it to feel like I feel, an old man.
I used the Fujifilm X100F to take the picture and then used LR in addition to some older software that I have and had almost forgotten about. I like the look and I might use the software to age some of my future pictures from around Hanover. All I would have to do is keep the cars and people out of the scenes and they would look like they could have been made years ago.
As I write this post, I’m waiting for the delivery of the Canon G7X II camera to be delivered. As I made this image, I kept thinking that I wouldn’t need to use cameras like my Fujifilm cameras if all I did was make images like this.
I use my Fuji X100F camera as my carry with me camera most of the time. As such I tend to sling it around a lot, toss it into small bags with no padding, and try not to worry about damaging it. Since I don’t like to keep putting the lens cap on or taking it off and storing it while I take a picture, I don’t use the lens cap that came with the camera very often. I therefore wanted to keep a hood on the camera all of the time to help protect the lens, but the Fujifilm hood sticks out further than I like. I then looked around for other ways to protect the front of the lens.
I first looked at a clear filter but that meant that it would be getting scratched, easily broke, etc. I then looked for other hoods and found one that I really like, and it is a lot less expensive than the Fujifilm hood. The hood I bought is the Haoge LH-X49B 2in1 All Metal Ultra-thin Lens Hood with Adapter Ring Set. As an added bonus, the original Fujifilm lens cap fits on the hood if I want to use it.
I found that this metal hood does an excellent job of protecting the X100F camera lens and doesn’t protrude far, thus making it easy to carry the camera around without ever needing to remove the hood or use a lens cap.