Yesterday morning’s view just before the sun rose above the horizon. My first reaction was one of hope. Hope that the weather was changing and that later we would get some rain. We didn’t. The clouds started building later in the day but then flattened out to a thin gray layer. But no thunderstorms, no rain.
The number of covid-19 cases in our part of the country are holding pretty constant. The only change is that people are trying to open up more and get on with a life with continuous covid-19 around. A vaccine should help, but I don’t expect it to be a panacea.
I’m now thinking that no changes might be a good thing. It could be worse, and probably will. We could have damaging storms, and even more depressing economical news on top of what we have.
I’m starting to hope that maybe next spring things will be different. I’d like to say better, but I’m not planning on it. Not looking forward to the rest of this year nor the winter.
I’m still trying to think of another way to pass the time in the coming days. Something other than photography which has all but died as far as I’m concerned.
It is hard to avoid this question. What is the best camera? Of course that depends upon what is being photographed. But I am approaching the answer from another direction.
If I am making pictures in low light, like I did in the photo shown here, my Fuji X100V is my best camera. In low light or while photographing clouds with low contrast, it tends to not focus as well as my Pentax DSLR; but that is easily overcome by switching to manual focus and running the focus out to infinity, or just short of it.
If I am walking and wish to be ready to turn my camera on quickly and zoom it out and focus quickly to capture a mink in the creek, or a deer running across the field, my Pentax KP with a zoom lens is my best choice.
My problem is, how often do I need these capabilities? I can’t always take multiple cameras and lenses just in case I might need one of them. If I can only take one camera, which one is the best one to take? I’m faced with this question every single day.
I have rationalized my way through deciding on the best camera over and over and I keep coming to the same answer. The best camera is the one that is easiest and quickest to use with the most versatility that I would most likely always have with me. Most people might say, their smart phone. I have considered that, but I have a better choice, my Olympus TG-6 camera.
The TG-6 is a small, waterproof camera which has a non extending fast zoom lens between the effective focal lengths of 25 – 100mm (plus macro), a small sensor with good DoF, and a very capable processor for handling a range of conditions. It is the most versatile in capabilities. If I were to travel again to the Sahara desert, or towns in Europe, or go deep into the Amazon rain forests, it would always be with me. Some of you might also be surprised if I told you that it is the primary camera I would now take on such travels. I would also have a second TG-6 or my Ricoh WG-60 with me on the trip for backup.
The question I need to answer is, why do I use anything else for my blog pictures other than the TG-6?
Olympus repaired my TG – 6 camera under warranty. Since I got it back I have been exercising it to make sure it works. It does. They replaced the lens assembly. This need for a repair seemed to have been a rare problem. I have owned three or four of these cameras before and never had a problem. I have used similar cameras while kayaking in Costa Rica, while rafting in Peru, and while in the blowing sands in the desert in Tunisia and never had a problem before.
I made the first image when I was testing the macro mode while taking pictures of the rain drops on the front window and screen. The distortion was deliberate since I held the camera at an angle up against the glass. I made the others when I took a walk.
I now have two waterproof pocket cameras, the Olympus and the Ricoh, but they have different strengths and I hope to use then differently, but I’m still comparing them to decide when to use which camera.
The Ricoh has more pixels (for cropping) and a longer zoom focal length while the Olympus has fewer pixels, handles low light a little better as well as better macro images and also has more controls and options. Some photographers wonder why I buy waterproof cameras since I never use them underwater. I buy and use them for pocket cameras including when walking in the rain. Since their lenses do not extend, they hold up better in dusty conditions as well as when carried in a not so clean pocket or bag.
We had a tornado warning yesterday morning when it was 50 degrees F., raining cats and dogs, and very windy. When the alarms went off and we were getting ready to take shelter if necessary, the first think I did was put the TG-6 in my pocket. Later in the morning I made the second picture while walking through one of our buildings in a darkish lounge, and the last one of the sky after the front had gone through and the temperature had dropped to 38 degrees F. Maybe the TG-6 will be my most useful camera, especially considering all of the wild unusual weather we will be having as a result of climate changes.
I’m thinking about a different project for this summer and photographing what I see, and lots of others don’t see, behind the scenes, etc. around Hanover in the allies and back streets. I made the above when I was out seeing what I could do with just the TG-6 camera with the thought that I might not need to use a larger camera.
I made these on the back side of the old McAllister Hotel that is being renovated into new apartments.