It's been awhile

So, I'm trying something new. I'm going to see how much I can do only using an iPad. I recently acquired a new iPad Pro, the 10.5 version with the pen. The main reason for this is portability. IU hate dragging a laptop around. Even my MacBook Air. Another reason is I have major workflow issues that take the fun out of editing and turn it into work. I end up putting off editing. I will still continue that workflow but in the mean time I can at least get more pictures edited and published while sitting on the couch or in a coffee shop, on a plane, on a train or even at a bar. 

The way it was

I take a lot of pictures. Maybe too many. There are days I can come home with hundreds of photos but realistically, 90% should just be deleted. I'm as much a digital pack rat as I am IRL pack rat so all these files get imported to Lightroom then I sort through them all, making minor adjustments here and there and move on, skipping the garbage and hours later maybe have one or two that I like but 20 that I think could be better if I spent more time on them. I go back into the catalog, get overwhelmed and stop. Days or weeks later I go shot a 100 more photos, repeat the previous process, forget about the previous photos, remember them, get overwhelmed... repeat.  

The way I hope it will be

I hope to at least get more photos out more consistently keeping everything mobile. Using the sd card to lightning adaptor I want to view on a bigger screen that days photos and only selecting the 5 or 10 or whatever I really like and edit instantly where ever I am which most likely be sitting in the living room, watching Netflix. I picture my iCloud and Lightroom mobile catalogs to be filled with only images I really like. I will still import all the photos to lightroom eventually and get them backed up to an external drive, but I will only go in when I feel I have something exceptional which requires some higher level of edit, where I really need to dive in with Photoshop and multiple layers and what not.

Another little reason that actually crossed my mind

Besides just the portability of it all, My day job consists of me sitting all day in front of the same laptop I use to edit photos with. In the evenings I just need to get away from my laptop. And not just the work laptop, any laptop where I have access to any tools that are work related. When I was considering a mobile photo editing setup I had it narrowed down to either the Microsoft Surface or the iPad. I love the surface and I'm no apple slappy but what finally pushed me to the iPad was the idea of the Surface would just end up being a "work" laptop. I would end up putting Visual Studio on the thing and I would end up "working" instead of editing.

So here we go

Now, I have no excuses not to publish something almost everyday which is the intention. 

Here are a few of my firsts... iPad only edits.

 

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Its been a quiet few days

I haven't really been out shooting much lately. I've been focusing the majority of my free time, at least the time I would dedicate to shooting to editing. I really need the practice there. I feel I spend way to much time to get the results I'm getting. Which is to say, I'm not enjoying the end results. And I'm spending way to much time getting those results.

I know the big issue is that I'm not pulling great photo's out of the camera. My main disappointment came after editing the shots from Ireland. I feel I could of spent more time on some of these. For example, I had my ND filter with me and rarely used it. I have a few scenes that I really like the composition of but in my opinion is ruined by the choppy water in the scene. Also, I had the opportunity to take some beautiful magic hour shots of one of the more amazing coastlines I've seen. I believe I spent that evening in a bar. Don't get me wrong, the bar hoping in Dingle Ireland was amazing. But I could of probably started it an hour later and still had the same amount of fun.

Ok, I'm not going to dwell on past failures. I'm going to Glacier National Park in May. I'm also going to Alaska in September and Spain in December so I just need to look forward and not make those same mistakes again.

So until those trips come, I'm going to continue to practice my editing skills. Here are few from earlier in the year.

 

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Out on the town

Yesterday we did a bar crawl along Atlanta's beltline trail. It's basically a sidewalk the winds through a few neighborhoods in the city. It was a beautiful day. 85 and sunny, the markets and bars along or near the path were crowded with people enjoying the day. We hit about 6 bars and covered about 3 miles via foot.

For the picture taking part of the day I had my trusty XT-10 and my manual focus Rokinon 12mm and my Helios 44-2. I'm falling in love with this combination. The lenses are of a manageable size and weight. I do wish the m42 adaptor for the helios was shorter but I guess it's needs to be the length it is. At the end of may I will be heading to Glacier National Park and I can't wait to see how the Rokinon handles itself for landscape.

Here are a few shots from yesterday.

Green

Green

String

String

Up

Up

I want to switch to 100% manual lenses but I won't

Shooting with my Fuji X-T10 in manual mode, plus a manual focus lens is fun. I don't know of a more elegant way to say it. I also don't really know how to describe it at this time. It's just fun. It just feels more creative. I do this from time to time on my Canon 6d and for some reason it doesn't give me the same level of satisfaction.

I can't really narrow it down in my mind. Maybe it's as simple as the screen on the Fuji giving me instant feedback as to what the image will look like. Maybe its as shallow as me just enjoying the aesthetics of the Fuji more... how it feels in my hand, manually turning buttons instead of rolling dials and needing to look at a tiny little screen to see where I'm at. 

With all that said, while walking around town making an attempt at street photography it's still easier and a lot more reliable to throw on the 50-240, set everything to auto and just shoot. So yeah, as much as I think I want to go full manual, full time, I won't. I will still use my 35 f2 and 50-240 from time to time. And who knows, in a month I'll probably want the Fuji 16mm and will be sick of manual focus lenses if I have a bad run of missing shots because I can't focus in time or just miss focus.  Anyway, here are 2 from yesterday and today.

Coney

Coney

Morning Bed

Morning Bed

Finding subjects around the house

I want to take a picture everyday. I want to take a hundred pictures everyday. But at times my job gets in the way. And those times are most of the time. Sure, if I was extremely organized and my mind worked that way, I could switch gears between programming and photography on a dime, I could schedule my time better and carve out an hour or 2 during the day for myself just to go out and shoot. But my mind doesn't really work that way.

Everyday, at least for the last few weeks since I made the transition to living a healthier life, I wake up, eat breakfast, have my morning coffee and write in my journal. This is usually completed by 8:30 or 9am. This is when I usually start my day job. while working I periodically get the bug to go take pictures. It isn't practical for me to get in the car and explore the areas I enjoy taking pictures in.  What is practical is to take 10 minutes, walk around the house and hope to discover an angle, some light or a shadow I haven't noticed before. Or, in the case of today, a sad flower.

Sad flower

Sad flower

Morning sun

Like just about everyone else in the world, I love morning sun. Soft morning light illuminating what the previous nights moon  refused to reveal. If I was willing to walk more then 4 feet to take a photo I might have a better example. But instead I have this.

 

Morning sun

Morning sun

I already missed a day and I don't care

Yesterday I woke up with a plan, then changed it, then wished I changed it even more.

I was planning on heading out to Atlanta's Dogwood festival and doing some street photography with my manual lenses and keeping true the plan I had set out for myself over the next few days or weeks. Then I looked into the events that were going on that day and saw that there was going to be dog Frisbee competition so I decided to bring my Fuji 50-230 so I could get some action shots. well, that was a mistake. The X-t10 is no sports photography camera, at least with that lens. Focus is slow and not very accurate when moving, the buffer fills quickly and the camera becomes unresponsive. The battery dies. I was sitting there with a great opportunity to get some really cool shots of these dogs while my Canon 6d and 70-200 sit's at home on my desk. I really need to plan better.

That said, the day wasn't a total lose. I feel I got at least two good photos I liked.

Atlanta Skyline

Atlanta Skyline

Orange

Orange

Day one - Russian glass

As far as the photography side goes for this little project here I'm going to give some details as to my "next few weeks" plan.

I've been home a week from a trip to Ireland and London. Currently I have 2 cameras that I shot with. A Canon 6d and a Fuji X-T10. Because I figured I'd primarily be taking landscape photos in Ireland I only took my Canon. With my Canon I have the 16-35 so I obviously wanted to be able to get wide for the landscape. My widest lens for my Fuji is a manual focus Russian Mir-20m. I love it but I gets lots of lens flare on sunny days I so didn't want to rely on just it for the trip. The Canon was great for the landscape but most evenings, and some days, we were doing a lot of walking around through cities, especially in London. Here I really missed my Fuji. Both of these cameras produce wonderful images but the Canon is just big and really starts to get heavy after 12 hours. When we walk around cities, we are constantly in and out of pubs, subways, shops, etc. Even in my bag the camera is big and heavy. I didn't take both with me because even though we had a rental car I wouldn't of been comfortable leaving one behind. They both won't fit in my camera bag at the same time. 

Now that I'm home I want to just go "old school" for a bit. I'm going to try for the next few days, weeks, maybe months even to primarily shoot with my Fuji using just a few old ass manual Russian lenses.

My X-T10 with the MIR-20M mounted

My X-T10 with the MIR-20M mounted

During this time I'm also going to mix in my Helios 44-2. I just love shooting with this lens. I don't know what it is about it. If you look around the internet I'm no where near the only one. Needles to say, this lens is pretty popular.

Now if I'm not traveling, I don't really get out much during the day as I work from home. When I get the itch to take a picture I tend to just walk around the house and look for something interesting. Over the next few weeks that will probably be most of the type of pictures I post. As I end this post I'll add in some of those photos.

 

White

White

Blue

Blue

Just for the record

Just for the record

Here we go again.

It's like every 6 months I try to reinvent myself as far as photography is concerned. I get an itch, I come to my website, I delete everything that was here and I start over with either a 365 project or a 52 week project. It usually lasts anywhere from 3 days to my longest which was 120 days I think. I can't recall. I deleted it.

So here we go again. I'm not making any promises to myself or the zero people who will read this but I am starting a new project. I will make an attempt at 365 type project but I won't call it a 365 because I don't want it to ever end. I won't call it a failure if I miss a day or 2 or 6. If I do, I will be slightly sad, and I will either have an excuse or I will make one up and move on with the project.

On top of photography I would also like to practice writing more so I have a secondary and larger goal here. The creation of content. There will be no real rules here. I'm just turning this site into more of a public journal. That journal will include some of my daily activities, and those activities happen to include my hobby's, which include... you guessed it, photography.

I also plan on talking about myself a lot more. In real life I'm a terribly shy person. Me, a few years ago, would be... extremely apprehensive for lack of a better word or phrase, about putting words "out there" where strangers or even close friends could read. I clearly need to lose that apprehension. Because it will never gain me anything. 

 

 

 

 

Yet another 365 project

I don't take nearly as many photos as I should. I've taken many a stab at 365 projects before. I've had decent luck with them in the past, I made it to 120 plus days one year before I got sick. So here I go again with another shot at it. Though this post is being published on the 30th of August, I started the project on August 28th.

I do plan on taking a photo everyday, editing that photo and posting it but I won't consider the project a failure if I only fail to post. It will only be a failure if I missed the photo that day.

Also, as part of the project I plan on doing all editing via ipad. The idea being, remain light and as flexible as possible.