Tagged: Olympus TG-5

Small Pocket Cameras

Sometimes I’m out driving to and from a doctor’s office, etc. and I get an idea for some pictures when I only have my TG-5 camera with me.  Such was the case on a darkish morning when I made the above images from within my car while moving.  After I loaded them on my computer, I dropped the exposure and played with them until I made these.  The biggest problem I have with the TG-5 when using it this way is that I have no direct control over the shutter speed and usually the shutter speed is too slow for the speed that I’m moving.

I am not thrilled with what I made but it did get me interested in trying some other things if I can find a small camera that has better image quality, is more malleable in processing, has more resolution for cropping, etc. but is still small enough to carry in a jacket pocket and replace my TG-5 camera.

My hope is to do more photography on the streets around Hanover with a small pocket camera that can be used whenever I’m out.  At the same time, I would like to work on different ways of displaying what I see, maybe make some more photo books, and explore the merits and capabilities of small cameras.

I am going to try the Canon G7X II camera next and if that doesn’t do well enough, I’ll continue my search for another camera knowing that my fallback position will be to use the Fujifilm X100F even though it isn’t very pocketable and only has a prime lens with an effective focal length of 35mm.

Wettest Year

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This is probably going to end as the wettest year on record for the Hanover, PA, U.S. area.  The above was my view out my window this morning, but at least it wasn’t cold.  It was 60 degrees F.  Last night I dreamed that it was flooding here again.  I hope it doesn’t flood but we are under a flood watch.

Dead Bird with TG-5

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This is an excellent example of why I am keeping and carrying the Olympus TG-5 camera when I take a walk.  Not only is it small and pocketable, it is handy for recording things I see and does an excellent case of recording details in the macro mode for such a small sensor.

If I were doing this image over, I would try to change the angle so that all of the bird had the sidewalk in the background; but, that was hard to do since the sun was reflecting off of the LCD and I couldn’t see the details of the composition.  That is the major shortcoming of the TG-5, it has no EVF.

For those who don’t like my monochrome images, there was a good reason for showing this image in monochrome.  The bird had no color, but the fire hydrant and the green trees overwhelm the image in color.  Color draws your eye to the distant blurred scene, and that was not the reason for displaying the image.  I made other images on the same walk that I’ll show you later in color since color worked best for them.

Polar Opposite of Minimalistic or Simple

These are some more images of Hanover that I made the other day.  I don’t like them, but yet I keep trying to find images around Hanover that I do like.  I prefer simplistic and minimalistic photos.  I can convert these images to B&W and that helps reduce the clutter generated by the colors, but that is not enough.

I have tried long focal lengths to isolate details but all I seem to achieve is compressing the mess.  If I decide to keep trying to find simple compositions, I think I need to get up close to details, but even they turn out to be complex images of peeling paint or rust, etc.  My gut feeling is that I’m not going to make images that I prefer in town.

Crumb and Get It

I went into Hanover yesterday morning and took a stroll to get some test images with the TG-5 camera, and to check how the construction is going.  At the rate they are working I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to see it completed and the streets repaved.  I did stop in the new store, the Crumb and Get It, for a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin to go with it.  It was good.  I’ll be going back, but with a better camera.