Sometimes I would like to move to another world, but since that isn’t going to happen, I just make different pictures to transport myself elsewhere. Most often, when I do this, I use a small pocket camera just to see what I can do with it. And as long as I’m being different I like to process the images in B&W with a little toning applied.
I made these with the Olympus TG-4. I like that I can use it to get up real close with the macro mode and/or with the effective 100mm zoom lens. The images can get a little, OK a lot, grainy at higher ISO values, but that doesn’t bother me at all when I process them this way. Many of these were at ISO 1600 but I processed the raw files using some noise reduction in Adobe LR. As you can note in the titles of the pictures, I made these between 7:13pm and 7:40am of the next day. I like to use this camera during these low light, poor light, times of the day.
Since I don’t travel to new and exotic locations, I often resort to looking at the same mundane things around me in new ways in order to be a little different. I’ll probably continue to dive deeper into similar images as these occasionally. I must admit that there are times that I wonder what it would be like to only use a small sensor camera and only make images similar to these; but I doubt that I would survive the wrath of the residents here at Homewood.
I keep experimenting with the TG-4 to see what I might be able to make with it. I made these while walking the halls the other day when it was too cold to walk outside. The camera is ideal for carrying in a pocket to experiment with making some B&W images that are as cold and dreary as I feel this time of year.
It is cold and windy outside so I have been staying inside. I made the above images with my TG-4 by taking pictures between the blind slats and through the windows.
Every year, at this time of year, I spend most of my photography time thinking and experimenting. I have always had this nagging thought that photography should serve a purpose but I am never sure about the pictures for my blog.
I also take time to think about what I would like to get if I were to buy a different camera or lenses, but this year I’m not in the mood to buy anything, so I shift my thoughts to whether, and how, I should use my different cameras. If I were to think of my photography as just a visual record of my life, I often think about the idea of just using the TG-4 to record it. The problem is that my life is quite mundane, or boring, since I don’t do anything different or exciting.
I also like to challenge myself just to have something different to do, and using the TG-4 certainly is a challenge sometimes. Just because I haven’t been posting many pictures doesn’t mean that I’m not making pictures. I still try to make 20 to 30 images every day, but I mostly just trash them when I’m through. My most recent attempts to use the TG-4 have resulted in only using ISO 200 and then trying the jpeg files in various color and monochrome variations. When I make the TG-4 images, I usually beat myself up and revert back to using my micro 4/3 gear; but, I still prefer the challenge and the fun of just using a small pocket camera, and I will probably continue using it some for fun. Hmmm, wasn’t my purpose for making my personal pictures just to have fun … something that contrasts with the use of my more capable cameras and lenses when making pictures for Homewood publications?
Since my opportunities for making pictures decline greatly this time of year, I’m looking in another direction. I have been looking back through my older pictures and I’m thinking about making another book with some of my travel images.
I never did much with some pictures I took in northern Mexico back in 2008. The problem is that the pictures were taken with two Canon cameras that only had 1/ 2.5 CCD sensors that were 6 and 7 MP. Those jpeg files don’t have much to work with. They were a lot worse than those made by my Olympus TG-4 that I used to make the above image. If I use the old pictures from Mexico, I might print them as B&W images since that enables me to enhance them more than in color … at least it is easier.
I am also trying to come up with some different approaches for making some images as a way of continuing my photography this winter. All of this is just to say that you should either not expect as many posts for a while, or maybe see something different.
Marcia was reading on her Kindle. I was reading on my iPad across the room when I stopped and picked up my pocket camera and made this image.
It is snowing outside while I stay warm and dry inside at my computer. I am always challenged for making a different image so I made this one with my TG-4. I could have used a different camera, but the TG-4 was good enough.
Fujifilm X100F photographed with Olympus TG-4
While I am trying to move as much of my photography as possible to the above pictured Fujifilm X100F camera, it does not mean that I’m not going to also be using my Olympus TG-4 camera sometimes. I used it to make the above picture of the X100F and I will continue to use the TG-4 for product shots, close-ups, etc. since it has greater depth of field. I will also continue to use it as my pocket camera on days when it is cold and/or raining or snowing.
My preference is to use the TG-4 at a fixed ISO of 800 in order to keep the shutter speed up. The noise of the image isn’t too bad at that setting, especially when I make B&W images with it. The above was a color jpeg which I converted to B&W in LR, and no, I did not use any noise reduction with LR.