After the rain stopped yesterday afternoon I took my E-M1 Mark II with the 14-150mm lens for a walk. I needed to start getting back in the practice of walking and seeing images. The above pictures are some of the images I made of Plum Creek.
Later this week I’ll show you some more images that I made on my walk. Since I walk almost every day over the same small areas, it is hard to make different images unless the weather is different. Yesterday it was rainy and foggy most of the day; i.e. the kind of day I like for photography. One of my reasons for going back to micro 4/3 photography was to be able to have a weather resistant system with a longer zoom lens so that I could make images like these. While I would like to have a lens that goes longer than 150mm, I will probably just use this one and then crop-zoom if necessary; but I’ll also keep thinking about a longer lens.
Last evening, I did a 10-sec. run outside in the cold wind and grabbed an image of the moon with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and the 14-150mm lens zoomed out all the way. I’m not even sure why I did it since I have made such images many times over the years with lots of different cameras and lenses.
After I went back inside and checked to see if I got it, I had another thought. I get no real joy out of using the Olympus gear, but I do enjoy using my Fuji X100F, so I started wondering what I could do with it. The following is one of the images.
This morning it was 14 degrees when I got up before dawn and noticed the following while walking through the living room. It was a lot more fun to see what I could do with the X100F, so I made a few images as the moon was shining through the rear windows.
Later as I was downloading the moon images into my computer, I looked up to see the first hints of morning light starting to show on the horizon, so I picked up the X100F and made the following through the window. It was still 14 degrees out and I didn’t want to go out.
The thought that I would like to share with you is that I prefer to use the Fuji X100F and see what I can do with it. I put the Olympus gear back in the drawer for now and will continue thinking about what I might be able to do with the X100F as the weather improves.
I used both the Fujifilm X100F and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II with the 14-150mm zoom lens this morning. I wanted to compare a cropped and upsized X100F image against the micro 4/3 zoom lens, and see how both images looked when using Silver Efex Pro 2 to process them. The first, or widest image above was the X100F image at f/2 with the 23mm lens (effective 35mm), and the second, or narrowest view was made with the micro 4/3 gear at f/5.5 at 80mm zoom (effective 160mm).
I’m not going to make any profound statements relative to the differences, but I will note that I doubt most of my viewers will note any major differences when used in my blog at my normal size for posting. In my opinion, the differences are primarily in the focal lengths and ease of carrying and use of the camera-lens combinations.
When I was in Tunisia I photographed this woman. One of the artists here at Homewood is using the picture, with my blessings, as a subject in a painting. Following it are some images of the artist’s initial draft as she is preparing to paint a larger version.
The following is a B&W that shows a close-up of her initial sketching.
My thoughts at the moment are about my photography for and about Homewood. There are plenty of opportunities for making pictures of things and events here within Homewood, but many of them are not suitable for use in my blog. Another issue is that most of my photography for Homewood is from a documentary perspective; i.e. recording events and activities in a pictorial manner. That style of photography leaves little room for stylization other than for how I choose to compose the image. Below is an example of such a picture that I made the other day as the snow removal contractor was prepositioning equipment and supplies.
Such images are of little interest to others, but I continue to make some of them just to keep in practice. The image is not straight out of the camera. I have cropped it, chosen the style of the image, and enhanced areas of the image to make sure that some features are prominent while using a raw file capture rather than jpeg.
Since my primary opportunities for photography are of the above nature, I have acquired a camera and lenses which are good compromises for all aspects of Homewood photography. That is the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and the Olympus 14-150mm and Panasonic 12-35mm zoom lenses, along with a few prime lenses. My problem now is that I am not using two other cameras that I acquired because I liked them, even though they are of limited use for particular types of photography. Those are the Olympus PEN-F and the Fujifilm X100F. They are ideal cameras for off-campus types of photography that I like, but do little of anymore. If I were to sell them now, I know that I might regret it later, but I feel that I should sell at least one of them. The question is, which one? The PEN-F gives me a backup camera and utilizes the same lenses as the E-M1 Mark II, while the X100F gives me different ergonomics, different film emulations, and lower noise capability along with being an easier to carry camera just in case I might need it.