Last evening, I went to the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center to hear some jazz music in the Conservatory. It was all holiday songs done in jazz style and it was quite delightful. I listened to the Dave Stahl Quintet perform the music as I have never heard it done before. They are probably the best musicians that Hanover ever sees.
I carried the Fujifilm X100F along with me in a small bag just in case I wanted to make a few images for memories sake. If I had really wanted to make better images, I would have taken another camera with other lenses and then stood in the back of the room where I would have been able to hold a camera up higher and capture all five of the musicians. The room is small, and the audience was probably no more than 50 people, but the room was full, and the beer and wine and refreshments were enjoyed by all.
It was 17 degrees F. this morning so I’m using an image from earlier. The frost was so heavy this morning that it almost looked like it snowed. As I’m typing this, one of the grounds crew is raking leaves from our front yard and it has only warmed up to 19.
I decided to go with just Fujifilm cameras and lenses and added the X100F camera to my X-T2 and X-E3 cameras. The X-T2 is my main go-to camera for photographing events at Homewood at Plum Creek and the X-E3 is my back-up to it as well as my second camera when I’m working with two cameras with different lenses.
I went back to the X100F for my “most likely to carry camera.” I would like to replace my pocket cameras, the Leica D-Lux 6 (sold) and the Olympus TG-5 with the X100F. I’m still hanging onto the TG-5 until I see if I can do without it.
I prefer using just my three Fuji cameras since they have the same sensors, use the same batteries, and have similar controls. While the X100F has far superior image quality to the TG-5, it doesn’t have the same pocket-ability or the focal range or the macro ability.
The X100 series cameras were always my “desert island” choice if I could only have one camera, but it is too limiting for some of my event photography and doesn’t have the weather resistance that I sometimes need, thus why I have the X-T2. Occasionally when I’m walking with only the TG-5 someone suggests I take a picture inside a building when the light isn’t good enough. Having the X100F will allow me to make such pictures.
Lately I have been getting reacquainted with the single 23mm (effective 35mm) lens’ focal length of the X100F. I used it to make the photos in the previous five posts. Saturday morning, I used the X100F to make the above photos of Venus and the moon. Only Venus is in the first image, but both the moon and Venus are in the other two. Do you see them? They represent the distant end of the camera’s fixed focal length limitations for field of view and resolution; but I find that with my current interests in photography that the effective 35mm focal length is a great compromise.
I also sometimes feel like I might be using the X100F more and more as I get older. It is a “getting old thing” as a result of arthritis, bad back, etc. For that and the fact that I love the X100F, I have been thinking more and more about altering my photography to fit the format of a fixed effective 35mm focal length camera/lens; but for now, it is more of a challenge and learning opportunity to see how much I can do with it.
I have been trying different styles and experimenting with all of my cameras for a while now. My goal was to pick the best route to simplify my photography. As a result, I decided to sell my Fujifilm X100F and just use my Olympus cameras. I had already sold the X-Pro2 and X-T2 and my lenses. I am using my Olympus E-M1 Mark II mostly with the 12-35mm and 35-100mm F2.8 Panasonic lenses for the majority of my photography of Homewood activities, and my Olympus PEN-F with prime lenses for most of my touring, street, and walk-about set-up for my personal work trying new things and making images for my blog.
I really like my X100F and I have been dragging my feet about selling it; but, the advantages of being able to use different focal length prime lenses on the PEN-F, and as a backup for my event photography, and for the simplicity of using one system, were the deciding factors. This is at least the third time over the years that I have attempted to utilize the micro 4/3 system as my only system and I have finally gotten to be totally satisfied with it; but, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be looking for another camera that is even smaller for a pocket camera.
We all have what I call comfort zones. They are usually someplace we like to be, or something we like to do, or something we like to believe in. They are areas that we retreat to when confronted by what we don’t like or at least find uncomfortable.
The above images represent some of my comfort zones. Physically I often have pain standing or walking and those are times when I retreat to my lounge or computer chairs. I also find that making pictures takes my mind off of other things that I find to be uncomfortable to deal with. And the above processing style is something that I have grown to be quite comfortable with and prefer.
It would be nice if we could always spend our time within our comfort zones, but that isn’t always possible. In my case I need to go out to find suitable compositions to photograph. To make photographs has come to be my favorite thing to do these days. What else is there?
For lack of new and different things to photograph, I need to go somewhere and the closest area for me to go photograph, other than here at Homewood at Plum Creek, is to Hanover Borough. I had planned to do that yesterday since it finally warmed up, but I didn’t go. My back was giving me a lot of trouble and something else was bothering me. I have taken many pictures over the last 5 years around Hanover, but I have never made any that really enthused me. Last evening, I think I figured out one of the reasons why.
In the past I have mostly photographed in the middle of the day and I never found the kinds of light I like. I prefer shadows, steaks of light, lots of dark areas, etc. It turns out that the middle of the day is the most comfortable time of the day for me to go to town to make pictures. It is looking like I need to extend the boundaries of my comfort zones and figure out how and when to go out looking for images when the light is better.