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Sunday, 05 July 2020


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Sitting at about 8. I'm really happy with my well used D7100 and the handful of manual focus Nikkors I've been able to buy silly cheap (~$800 over about 6 months for a D7100, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4, 105/2.5 & 135/3.5. :D ) Getting a bunch of landscapes that fit my taste in the genre.

My only desire is for a good printer so I can actually make prints but I can't afford it, so I window shop. Good enough for now.

Yeah, 8 sounds about right.

Yes, good post. I think I've been a 6 or lower the past few weeks. Need to get out more and spend time just looking at things and shooting. Did that yesterday and had a good time taking some shots I normally wouldn't. I can usually tell how my interest flows by the dates on my lightroom folders. If I see a number of folders dated close together, it means I am shooting more and rushing to process them. If I see folders with a couple weeks between them, then I'm usually shooting less and processing less.

One of the things I was anxious to do since first imbibing in digital image making was stitching photos into panoramics. Five years into it, it finally took Covid 19 for me to seriously attempt it since photo ops had diminished and I suspected the process itself would be rife with limitations- and it is. But I now have three panoramics I'm rather pleased with, three photos I would not have had otherwise, three photos that have paved the way to getting more in the future...

I'm thinking porno selfies. Don't need anyone else, and it's sorta like portraiture, the lighting and all.

Ah....the GX9. The micro 4/3 guy. Then the recent death of Olympus, the other champion of micro 4/3. We wait for your report and read in between the lines. Like deciphering the hieroglyphics, it might shed light into the future of micro 4/3.

Being a long distance truck driver and all, and having gotten some fantastic landscape shots: the Sierra's in general, Mt. Whitney, Mono Lake, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Joshua Trees in fog, Great Basin in Nevada--too many to remember--I've decided to turn my attention to casual candid portraits of my fellow road Dawgs. It really is quite a cast of characters, and their faces tell a story.

I think I'll switch from the Nikon Z6 to the Z50 with probably the 14-30 S fullframe lens (21-45mm equivalent). I like that the Z50 has a pop-up flash for daylight fill, and the crop sensor shouldn't be a liability for this application. Looking forward to it!

I've always found it curious, this feeling of obligation to be interested and engaged in photography at any given moment. I hear so many people lamenting that they really should be "out shooting" (this goes way back, way before Covidian Times).

But photography has always been, even at its best, a side-product of other things in our lives. If you're a professional, you do the work you need to do, of course, but for everyone else: If you're not feeling into it, either for the moment or longer, it shouldn't be a mark of shame to grudgingly admit that. It's a simple reality; why not accept it and move on, for the moment or longer, to doing what makes you happy, whatever that may be? Ultimately, that is how photography will happen, if at all.

I've taken up instant gratification. You can see some of it here https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/showcollection.php?cid=10120

I'll return to my regular programming (95% b/w film, 5% color) when the novelty wears off.

For now, Instax gives me a daily happiness hit. There's something liberating and addictive about simple cameras and instant prints.

Ernie is the Odyssey and Iliad of cat photography, probably.

Re: Kitty Photography.

Don't forget, Mike, one of your favorite photographers, Jane Bown, did a book of cat photos. Available cheap on Amazon.

RE: Cat photography. Don't forget Edward Weston's photos of his cats. He even published a book of them. https://www.amazon.com/Cats-Wildcat-Hill-Charis-Wilson/dp/B0006AR94E/ref=sr_1_1?

jeff1000 that sounds like an incredibly rich topic to photograph. I envy your access into what i think would be a very difficult subject to enter. Ultimately, it begins with the access. Hopefully we can see some of that work at some point.

Mike, during the last few months, having spare virus time available, I revived my 4×5" wood field camera. I have been cruising rural roads and photographing silos, old stores, faded towns, and old gas stations. My S/G index has definitely gone up. Sure, a large format camera is slow, expensive, not spontaneous, and does not allow spray and pray capture, but those fantastic big negatives! So much light, so much data. The keeper ratio has also gone way up.

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