Kirk Tuck has posted another thoughtful article about photography, and like always, even some of the comments are interesting. Like the ones from Claire, or from Ron who mentions “Nighthawks” from Edward Hopper. My brother Willi has (or had, I don’t know because he’s currently renovating) a big reprint of that one in his kitchen.
Me? I just took this when I was out on the veranda to have a smoke:
Art? I don’t know, and frankly, I don’t even care. I just saw those rather lonely chilies out there, which are about the last colourful spots left during winter – as far as I can see from here. Why do I do this? No idea – maybe just to remember it later, should we move elsewhere some day. It’s not even a perfect picture; the wind was moving everything a bit, so with an exposure time of 1/3rd of a second it’s not “critically sharp” like many call it. I don’t even care about that a single iota – I just took my longest lens to separate the plant a bit from the background, and took a photo of it.
Technical info: Olympus E-520 with the longer (of two) 40-150mm “kit zoom” at f=8. One third of a second (which was minus 0.3EV from the (center-weighted) meter reading), from my tripod. The camera was set to “muted” colours to keep the contrast in a manageable range. And yes, tho I converted this from a raw file, when using the Olympus Viewer 2 software this actually does make a difference.
Ok; I’m out again. Thanks for viewing.
P.S.: After coming back home from shopping I realized that it was 15:30 already, which translates to just one more hour of daylight in our region during January. So when I went out for another smoke, I took some more photos of another plant, this time with the 50 macro lens and from a bit closer:
Cropped the first of these two to a 5:4 format, the other one is almost the full 4:3 frame.
Thanks again for viewing.