Lately I have been using my Fujifilm X100F camera with its fixed 23mm lens to photograph small things. I’m doing that as I explore to see how much I can do with one small camera with one lens. Since there isn’t a lot to photograph in a larger sense, I have been concentrating on the small things around me and even crop-zooming if necessary, to capture the details of things I see as I walk around the campus where I live.
The image above is the edge of a nickel that I made with the X100F. I used it as a test to see what I could do. Most of the nature images I have been displaying recently of the new growth, buds, etc. were made with the X100F. As the weather warms up, I might expand the use of my X100F while I ramble around town, etc.
I am intrigued with the concept of using one camera and the 23mm lens for the majority of my personal photography. I would like to keep life simple with a minimal amount of photography gear, especially when I’m out walking; but is the X100F the right camera?
The same buds but from a different tree. These have been cropped but not crop-zoomed. These show the apparent size of the buds when I focused on them with the X100F. It focuses pretty close but not close enough so I crop-zoomed in the previous post. With getting this close I have mostly settled on an aperture of 5.6 since it gives me more DoF for a bud but still blurs out the background.
I see two moons.
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?”