I made the above images yesterday while out walking with only my TG-6 pocket camera. I must remember to take the TG-6 with me when I’m not carrying another camera. But, often I don’t need any other camera than the TG-6, so why not use it more often? The following might be one reason why.
I like making images like the three above with my X100F camera. I made them this morning. The flowers are the same purple ones shown at the top. The difference is, it was early this morning and they hadn’t opened up yet and the light was totally different.
I have been using a variety of cameras and lenses since I last wrote about “One Camera, One Prime Lens” in order to better understand the pros and cons of using a variety of gear for different subjects.
Today I am switching back to the X100F for awhile to get a better feel for the limitations and possible benefits of just using one camera and one lens, the X100F.
Its’ competitor is using the micro 4/3 E-M5 III with the 14-150mm zoom lens and the articulated LCD and the possible wide range of additional lenses. That camera gives me a lot more possibilities for a wider range of subjects; but I prefer holding and using the X100F.
I made this image with the X100F by cropping quite a bit under challenging conditions; i.e., the distance to the subject, quickly getting the shot, photographing through the window, and facing into the early morning sun.
It was 15 degrees F or -9.44 degrees C when I made a quick walk down to the pond to make these pictures yesterday morning.
Below are a few more pictures in B&W. Hmmm, Classic Chrome or B&W?
I hate this, but I don’t know what to do about it. I don’t know what to photograph, especially during this time of the year, so all you see in my blog are my practice sessions as I try different uses of cameras and processing.
This image is an example of using a slow shutter speed of 1/4 second to create motion blur. I happen to like dark moody images with a little motion blur or with slightly out of focus subjects.
My alternative is to take the X100F for a walk. It was 15 degrees F. this morning. I’ll think a bit about going out.
I’m not sure if it is simpler or not, but I am contemplating on using just a Fujifilm X100 series camera. To try it, I purchased a well used X100F camera to use for a while to see if I want to really do this.
It is simpler in the sense that using one camera and one prime lens with an effective 35mm focal length eliminates the decision as to which camera and lens to grab while searching for compositions of things I see. It also means that I only need to keep one type of battery and charger and one or two small bags.
It certainly isn’t simpler in the sense that it requires a lot more work to select compositions. Not having a zoom lens means that I will need to physically move around, and back and forth, and up and down a lot more. These actions are physically more and more challenging as I get older and older, but I’m also remembering the saying, “use it or lose it”. If I give in to aging by accommodating my limitations prematurely, my muscles will just get weaker and weaker and I’ll spiral down the path of being able to do less and less faster than ever.
Long time readers of my blog know that I have been hoping to eventually get to the point of using just one camera. They also know that I have tried lots of cameras and lenses, buying and selling, and rebuying the same types of gear over and over.
At this time, I have not yet decided to sell my other cameras and lenses. I am waiting to see if the X100 series is “the one”. I have owned and sold the original X100 and the X100F, and the X100V cameras before, so I have a pretty good idea whether “an X100 series camera is the one”; but, the biggest challenge would be giving up photographing things that require a longer focal length lens.
For those of you wondering why the X100F vs. the X100V, a used X100F costs $500 less than a harder to find new X100V camera. For now, the additional features of the X100V are not worth the extra $500.
A tiger swallowtail butterfly on the butterfly bush alongside our garage. It doesn’t look like we will be seeing as many butterflies as in past years.
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.