Sometimes You Just Need to Take a Little Time

It's been quite some time since I've updated this blog.  I don't really have a good reason for my absence.  It wasn't any one thing.  I'll confess that I had thoughts of calling it quits on the blog.  There was doubt as to whether anyone was getting anything out of it.  I wondered myself whether it was benefitting me or just becoming one more thing on my already full plate of stuff to do in a given week.  Then I was frustrated about some aspects of the Blogger interface and debated moving to another platform.  Failing to commit and make a move, it came down to sheer procrastination.  That and other aspects of my journey in photography had my attention.  A lot has changed in the months that I've been quiet and I feel like I've got more to say and share now.  Maybe I just needed a little time to mull things over.  In any event, we're back with a fresh new look.

There have been some changes in the sorts of things I shoot, my equipment, and my mindset and style.  Over time I've figured out more of what I like to do with my cameras.  More things are clear and at the same time I feel that I'm still just in those early steps of learning this art.  I'm more comfortable working with human subjects - not an easy thing for an introvert like me.  That said, I'm most at home on the streets doing urban landscape photography - especially in small Texas towns.  I also love night photography.  Long exposure photography also has my interest piqued and I plan to delve into that more in the near future.  I've found in the past few months that I also really enjoy photographing hockey (ice) games and I did a lot of work for the Texas Stars hockey club this past season.

My equipment has changed quite a bit and I've branched into several different directions there.  I have a Canon 5D Mark III now that I use for sports, events, and portraits.  It's a great camera, although kind of pricey!  Coming from my old original 5D, the autofocus system alone is enough to blow me away.  Speaking of the 5D, it's gone.  I'd like to have kept it around as a backup body but a recent promotion by Fujifilm got the best of me.  I like my trusty X100 a lot (it's still my favorite camera) and was wanting to play with one of Fuji's X-trans sensor bodies with interchangeable lenses.  I ditched my old 5D and my 17-40mm lens to get a Fuji X-E1 along with the 14mm and 35mm lenses.  The X-E1 will be covering my wide angle and normal focal lengths while the 5D Mark III pretty much lives with a 70-200mm lens attached.  The X100 remains as my "everyday" camera.  Have I lost my mind?  Nah.  I'm quite happy with my decision and I'll talk more about the Fuji stuff in a future post.

I had previously mentioned that I was going to be playing a bit with film photography.  That has become quite the understatement.  Since late last year I've acquired a small collection of film cameras as I've found deals online.  I've gone through quite a few rolls of black and white film.  You can check out some of my film shots here.  I'm loving it!  Maybe I am losing it after all; I get more enjoyment out of 60 year old cameras than state of the art stuff like my Mark III.  

Stylistically, I've been gravitating more toward black and white lately.  I like it for a lot of subjects but not everything.  A large part of my personal work is black and white.  I'll definitely be spending more time honing my skills in this area.  On the other hand, an area that I'm trying to spend much less time in is post processing.  I'd much rather be out shooting than pushing pixels around in Lightroom or Photoshop.  Don't get me wrong - post processing is important.  It just isn't the main event for me.  I'm continuously looking for ways to speed up my workflow.  I'm also shooting more JPGs lately with the Fuji cameras.  Yeah, you read right.  JPG.  Horrors!  I'll talk more about that some time in the future too.

That's the lowdown on what has been going on with me.  I'll talk more about the gear and other changes in subsequent posts.  It's good to be back.

The image at the top of this post was taken recently on Guadalupe St. (aka The Drag) in Austin by the UT campus.  This was taken with the Fujifilm X-E1 with XF 35mm f/1.4 lens.  B&W with red filter simulation, JPG file from camera was processed midly for contrast and clarity in Lightroom.