Lately, I have been wondering about when and what colors to use for which purposes. I often like to play with, or change, what an image looks like. For example, I like B&W images since they remind me of the past and enable me to make images with less distractions. At other times I will boost or change colors or other characteristics of images for effects when I think they make a better image.
I have been looking at older travel images made by others who traveled to foreign, and rarely visited areas. I have been struck by the colors of the scenery and especially the dress and houses of the people. That rapidly drew me back to how I photographed the places where we traveled many years ago and started me wondering how much, if any, they had changed now.
Naturally, this brings up the question as to the purpose of photography. Is it to make “art” or to record how things were when photographed? In both cases, they are mere representations of how the photographer wanted to show them. Even in “recording” scenes, the film, or color presets or profiles, and what was included or not, prevents the actual scene being exactly as everyone would agree it looked like.
Since I hope to eventually get out and about more to see other areas, I started thinking about how I should photograph them. Should I think about them as “travel pictures”, and if so what color renditions should I use. First off, I will continue to store raw files since that gives me the opportunity to display the images differently at different times for different purposes.
In the past year I have found that I like Fujifilm’s Classic Neg film simulation, but only for some images. It does not work on flowers, especially if they are red in color since it really changes shades of red. That rules out that film simulation for broad use across many different scenes. In addition if I want some degree of uniformity across a wide set of images, I need to stick with one camera manufacturer since they all treat colors differently, or stick with using only one Adobe color scheme if I use multiple cameras.
In my situation, I think I will stick with using my Fujifilm cameras and the Classic Chrome simulation for my version of reality. I used it for the above images. I will see how it goes, but I think that this color, etc. treatment will hold up best across the “travel type” scenes I would like to make. Now, the remaining big issue is, will I go anywhere else to make those style of images?
It is only 43 degrees F, but the rain has stopped as I write this. Note that the insects are still active.
I am still having fun with my Fujifilm X100V camera, but I’m currently capturing raw files and changing the film style in processing. I am finding that I prefer the Fujifilm Classic Negative emulation but it does shift colors. Reds and purples shift toward orange. I also find that this style shifts colors more with exposure changes than most of the other emulations, but I love the subtle changes in tones and apparent depth that it gives to images.
I will keep the Sony A7R ii. I like the Sony image quality as well as the high MP files, the camera size, the handgrip, and the cost. I don’t like the menu, and I don’t like the focus hunting of the Sony 50mm F1.8 lens. The jury is still out on the Tamron 28 – 200mm lens. It is a tight fit on the camera and I have had issues with the camera not working correctly after putting the lens on the camera.
My main problem is that I don’t have any ideas on what my future needs will be relative to photography. Until I get a better grasp on what I can and want to photograph, the best policy seems to be to hold off and neither buy or sell anything more for awhile. I will try to find uses for both my Fujifilm X100V and my Sony A7Rii.
My goal is still to reduce and get down to one camera that best fits my needs. My outlook for the future is clear enough to keep driving me towards reducing the stuff that I no longer have a need for; but is not clear enough to identify what that need, in the way of a camera and lenses, might be for the future.
The most damaging thing, at least to my mental state, is that each time I evaluate my desires and needs for cameras and photography, I come up with nothing and start thinking about getting rid of all of my photography gear. This then extends into thinking about my blog and realizing I also have no need for continuing to prepare new posts for it.
It should still be warm today, but I’m expecting a 20 degree drop in temperatures tomorrow. Since this might be the last day it is warm I went out and made this image with a 35mm effective focal length and then cropped it. I have been working with the Fujifilm camera again to get some comparisons between using it vs. the Sony A7Rii.
I’m now back in the mode of thinking about just using my Fuji X100V for the majority of my images. I like to use it to capture the light and colors on jpeg images straight out of the camera. I’m using it like it was an interchangeable lens camera with effective prime focal lengths of 35, 50, and 70mm by using the in-camera digital zoom. I’m also mostly photographing everything at f/2 and riding the continuous exposure control using the front dial.
I even think I might be able to photograph events at Homewood this way but we need to get back to having them again before I can test this idea under various lighting and location conditions, especially since I used to make most of those type of images with a variety of zoom lenses. At the moment I have the Pentax K-1 II in case I need it for those situations.