The geese in the above picture know that they have to keep changing the leader in order to preserve the stamina of the entire flock.
People have polluted the atmosphere with carbon by wastefully burning carbon-based fuels. Even those who accepted climate change didn’t worry about a few degrees increase in temperature; but they didn’t realize that major shifts in extreme weather patterns comes along with small increases in the global average temperature. It may already be too late to keep things as they are, even if we change now. We should have changed much earlier to keep the weather patterns of old.
Many cultures and governments are currently learning that they have to change to keep things the way they were. We have collectively moved toward global commerce and now some wonder if that was the right way to go. Is it too late to make the changes necessary to preserve the cultures of old?
If I want to keep things photographically as they are, I will have to make some changes. If I hope to keep walking and carrying a camera I have to make changes. I have been assuming that the pain in my knees was due to arthritis, but I just learned that I have no sign of arthritis in my knees according to recent x-rays that I had. It is my back that is pinching the nerves to my legs and creating my balance problems and pain in the knees. Hopefully I won’t have to have more surgery. I had one lumbar fusion in 2010 because of this problem.
Since I haven’t been out getting new pictures, I have used my time to clean up my files. In doing that, I have looked at older pictures taken with different cameras and re-developed some of them. The process has reinforced my view that it isn’t the camera or even the lens which is most important. The most import thing is the composition and the light.
To be fair to my viewers, I want to warn you that I am pushing myself to see how much I can do with less quantity, lower quality, less expensive camera gear. That is one reason that I’m currently using a Pentax K-50 with just the kit lenses. I used the 50 – 200 mm lens for the above two images this morning while out walking; but, if you think you can do this well with just jpeg pictures straight out of the camera, you can’t. One of my concepts is to use raw images processed with Lightroom 5 (LR5) to enhance the quality of the images. A lot of enhancement was used for these images.
The first image had extreme exposure variation between top and bottom. I adjusted the top and bottom differently to get the image closer to what I saw with the naked eye. For the geese, I could barely see them with the naked eye and was going mostly on sound. My lens was only zoomed out to 160 mm since I was afraid I wouldn’t find them if it was out to 200 mm, but I found them and the camera focused quickly to enable me to get this shot. I then had to use LR5 to adjust exposure, etc. and crop-zoom quite a bit to get the image above.
Could I have made better images with my Fujifilm X-E1, yes; but I doubt you would notice the difference. The main problem with using the X-E1 is that it takes longer to set it appropriately and to focus in this low light. I would have probably missed the geese. It comes down to a trade-off between the higher image quality, less noise, sharper images of the X-E1 vs. the speed, weather resistance, lower cost, and ergonomics of the K-50.
As normal, you can click on any picture and view in gallery mode to see them larger.
I managed to get out and make some test images with my K-50 today. The first early morning picture was taken with the 18 – 55 mm lens at the 18 mm end. If you look closely you can see some variations across the image but I’m satisfied so far with the lens given its’ low cost.
The other pictures were all made with the 50 – 200 mm lens at the 200 mm end and then crop-zoomed from the original 4928 x 3264 size to 2020 x 1010 size. I wanted to see what I could do with the lens for making wildlife images. So far, I am also satisfied with this lens, but it will take some more images under different lighting, focal lengths, etc. before I decide it is good enough.
It was dark, cold, windy, and dreary this morning. We had a cold front go through and bring us snow showers, our first of the season. I was sitting at my computer when I heard the geese flying over. I noticed that they were low so I grabbed my camera, set the focus to manual at infinity and grabbed the above image with a shutter speed of 1/30 sec. As you can see, I was lazy and took the picture through the thermo pane window and venation blinds from the comfort of my computer room.
The above picture was taken with the XF 27 mm lens at ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/40 sec. focused on the geese. This is a crop of the original composition so you can see the geese. The geese were a ways off and I was probably slowly panning with them. I had made a quick change of lenses and forgot to shift to shutter priority; therefore, it chose a too slow shutter speed for moving subjects. The distance of the geese saved the image.
I am going to be busy for the rest of this week and I don’t plan on doing any blogging and web cruising during that time. Maybe I’ll get pictures of something different than the sky and get a chance to use my Fuji X-E1, but the week will be for a family visit with lots of driving and few opportunities for photography.
I took this picture this morning at about 6 am EST. The best times for me to make pictures is around sunrise and sunset since that is when we have the best clouds, shadows, colors, and sunlight. Not long after I took this image the sky was a uniform gray-white with no direct sunlight, no interesting color or clouds, and no geese … boring.
But, the best time for you depends on what you are photographing. If you wish to make portraits than a bland light-gray-white sky might be better since you won’t have harsh shadows across the face.
I hardly ever take a camera with me when I take a mid-day exercise walk since there usually isn’t anything of interest to photograph.