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.
It was quite dark, and I was curious as to how the X100F would perform if I tried to capture the lights and glow on the clouds. I was pleasantly surprised to watch it quickly focus. This is a Classic Chrome jpeg at ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/13 sec that was taken handheld with the exposure dialed back to around -4.
This is just one of a series of experiments I have been making to establish the limits on my use of the Fujifilm X100F. I found this to be of enough significance to share since it isn’t a use that I would expect.
If I could, I would prefer to wander around and chase light and shadows and details with my Fujifilm X100F camera. My problem is a lack of going and coming and finding suitable images. I made the above while sitting in front of my computer the other morning.
I like the X100F well enough that I keep wondering if I could manage to find enough images, so I could just use it for all of my photography, including my Homewood photography. I have been continuing to experiment to see if it is possible. I think I could except for making pictures in the Omni room here at Homewood and photographing scenes like in my last two posts. The main problem is that I can’t get in front of the audience in the Omni Room and photographing from behind the audience requires a longer focal length.
One potential solution that I am pursuing is to use both my X100F and my E-M1 Mark II with the 75mm prime lens. I would use my X100F as a compromise for most of my images whenever the 75mm micro 4/3 lens on the E-M1 Mark II was too long. There would be a few times when the effective 35mm focal length is not wide enough, but those times are rare enough that I could skip those shots.
The other big issue for me is, why not use the 14-150mm lens on the E-M1 Mark II camera for all of my outdoor photography? There is no valid reason except that I would rather carry and use my X100F. Is that a sufficient reason for not using the 14 – 150mm micro 4/3 system? Is that a sufficient reason for giving up those effective 300mm shots? Is that a sufficient reason for me to try to modify my photography to fit the X100F camera and lens? Maybe, at least for my personal photography, if I can find enough things of interest to photograph.
If I am to be successful, I just have to shift my field of view to those things closer to me and get closer. If I can’t, I haven’t lost anything since I still have and can return to carrying and using my micro 4/3 zoom lenses.
As I keep wondering about how much I can do with the Fujifilm X100F, I keep trying to crop-zoom with it and compare it to what I can do with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and the 14-150mm lens. The first image was made with the Olympus at an effective 300mm focal length and the second was made with the Fujifilm at an effective 35mm focal length and cropped.
I have found that I can utilize the X100F for a lot of my photography as long as I can get close enough. It was raining when I made these images through my window and I couldn’t get close. I probably could get by without my micro 4/3 longer zoom lens as long as I approached things differently. I just need to get closer and/or concentrate on environmental images with more details of the surroundings. Plus, I prefer the X100F for many reasons, so I plan to use it as much as possible to make images like the following.
On the other side of the blinds and this window and the shrub and the street there is nothing but cold, snow, ice, and noise. When I made this image this morning I was listening to the hum of engines, the beeping of backup horns, and the clanging and banging as they were loading and transferring deicing chemicals. Oh, and the sound of Misty barking every time they made a loud noise. There are also people with colds and flu on the other side; and thus, I feel trapped till spring.