Gitcha Motah Runnin’

•March 28, 2021 • Leave a Comment

One of my favorite driving songs is Born to be Wild by Dennis Edmonton (a.k.a. Mars Bonfire) as performed by Steppenwolf, which became an anthem for us 60’s kids. Visions of me on a chopper a la Peter Fonda or Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider, denied my nerdy glasses and boring, teenage dweeb reality. Yes! Sit me, Walter Mitty, down in my Ford Falcon and crank it up… the radio that is, and there I would be in my mind, tooling down the backroads, gale force winds whipping touseled locks across my ruggedly chiseled, model-esque countenance. Forget about my acne and life with no dates and no prospects of any. Even today, this gray-haired, pot-bellied old fart still gets revved up by Born to Be Wild, and Call Me the Breeze written by J.J. Cale and famously performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd. (If you click on the links you probably will not want to return here, but that is okay. I totally understand.)

The past is so much more colorful in memory than in reality. Forget about the 60’s. They were not that great for a lot of folks – too much stuff going on, too much war, too much racism, too many Kennedy’s and Kings shot, not to mention that the heroes of Easy Rider were killed at the end of the movie by a couple rednecks in a pickup truck. It was all very scripted, telegraphed in as they say, all very much stereotypical, and the same stereotypes continue today. Stereotypes are the hyperbole of humanity.

I still managed by God’s grace and love to overcome those years and I converted the daydreams into a life with a beautiful family and successful career.

Sometime during the matinee showing of my teenage daydreams, I developed talents of sorts in photography and music, maybe blooming lately. Being the gregarious type, I enjoy entertaining folks with them both. I enjoy entertaining people with just about anything. Give me a fake nose, glasses, and mustache and I’m good to go. That is probably a throwback to my dweeb years, and my social and spiritual poverty, and my desperate obsession to have an audience whether or not they laughed with me or at me.

When I go out to the streets, I go to fish or hunt or both. I walk about with camera in hand. For street photography I prefer small, point and shoot, or rangefinder style cameras. They are discrete and unintimidating. The tiny 1-inch sensor cameras are almost perfect in size, but lack a bit in image quality. There are all kinds of tools for that kind of work; Sony A6000 (aps-c), Canon G7x variants (1-inch), Lumix LX100 (Micro Four-thirds), Fujifilm X100 models (aps-c), the Ricoh GR models (aps-c), and if you just must have it regardless the cost, there is the ultimate street machine… a Leica.

However, for the photograph on display here, I had a Nikon D3400 with a 55-200mm, f4-5.6 zoom lens. The D3400, and the newer D3500, are Nikon’s consumer/enthusiast DSLR models. But do not doubt it’s capability. The 55-200 is also the low end of Nikon’s lens line. Again, do not doubt it. The D3400/3500 has a honkin’ 24.5 mp sensor, nosing out the Canon Rebel T6 by a nominal point 3 megapixels. Unless you go full FX format, I don’t know of a digital camera with more delivery potential. They say size isn’t important… hmm… Anyway, in the case of camera’s with about the same megapixel delivery, it really is what you do with them. And the D3400/3500 is a great photo tool. They are feather weight even with a Nikon G model zoom lens.

A great pairing for the street or home is the D3400/3500 and Nikkor 35mm f1.8g. That rig is about $500 brand new, with warranty, out of New York. I buy used. You can get the same body with the 18-55 f3.5 kit, but you don’t have as much low light capability and the viewfinder will be a little darker. Either combination will give you excellent sharp photographs, and you will save a thousand or more, and unless you plan to shoot for Vogue or Sports Illustrated or National Geographic, you more than likely will not wear out the camera. I have only worn out a Nikon F100 and that is when I was shooting weddings and covering conferences at the World Congress Center in Atlanta.

I shot with Canon for awhile and returned to Nikon. This is a Chevy-Ford, Toyota-Nissan, chocolate-vanilla kind of opinion thing, but I never really liked the Canon. Say what you will. I know. Canon owns the territory now, but the Nikon lenses are the reason for my loyalty. I’m also of the Vietnam War generation, and all my hero photographers there were shooting Nikons or Leicas. My old F-mount Nikkors will fit a D3400 and my FM2N, with the caveats of strictly manual operation. They work fine on my D7500 with very few caveats. However, over the years, Nikon has put their R&D money into their newer zooms, and they are comparatively inexpensive and optically excellent.

Said all that to say, on this day, I had the D3400 with a 55-200mm G lens. I plopped my behind down upon a marble planter that the city of Marietta, Georgia has installed around the square. I sat and watched the city pass me by, but I was not passive. There were tourists, and people eating lunch outside, and there was traffic.

I got a few nice photos just sitting there and then I heard it, that distinctive low, guttural, rumble of a Harley. I could tell by how he throttled the engine, this guy was tired of traffic. I don’t blame him. Even suburban Atlanta traffic is a pain in the rear. As soon as the light changed he was off to the races.

I could not follow him exactly and caught him after he was entering the cross-walk. You can see the orange hand across the street. (Yeah. You better wait.) I panned, and I got three images of him. Two were sharp. One was good compositionally. That is the one here. Enjoy it. I think the spikes over the rear fender is very nuanced, don’t you? I bet this guy don’t get no dates either, at least not to ride behind him on his Harley.

Lightroom tells me I was shooting at 70mm, f5.6, 1/400th sec, at ISO 100.

Selah

When It All Comes Together

•March 15, 2021 • Leave a Comment

It is a rare thing.

I’ve been photographing since I was just a kid. If my sensibilities were not formally schooled they have developed by trial and error over the years. I know, but I cannot explain, the difference between a very good photograph and a transcendent one except when I see it and compare. Transcendent photographs become icons, independent, recognizable, and sometimes even disassociated from their creators. They represent something greater than the thing photographed.

My personal best may set a much lower bar than other more well known artists, but I know it when I experience it. Once established, everything else must at least reach that level, or they fall. I think grasping one’s personal best is a way of giving thanks to our Creator. Don’t give me any atheistic chatter, I know there is a God, and I believe he smiles when we hit the top and we smile back at him.

For the photographer the transcendent photograph exhibits all the elements together in balance and support. If one element is missing the photograph falls apart. With all elements present the result is greater than the sum of its parts; that is, shadow, light, texture, color, content, and composition.

Here are some links to a few photographs I think are transcendent. Click, the links. They are safe. Study the images, and how things just fit together. Then think of the content. What did the image cause you to experience now? What did the image cause the viewers of it’s time to feel? Did you know the name of the photographer? I don’t know if some of the photographs have titles. Be aware that the photograph below, by Nick Ut, Napalm Girl, is very disturbing and it was shocking in 1972 when it was published:

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Image of a man jumping over a puddle.

Ansel Adams. Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.

Nick Ut. Napalm Girl.

Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother.

There are many. I thought of those images, and photographs that changed the world. Mine probably will not, except maybe to give someone some visual nourishment.

So here ya go. My personal best, to date, in my opinion. I do not compare myself to the legends. Legends create icons daily.

Selah

Weddings!

•February 18, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Weddings! It is remarkable how many photographers enter into the field totally unprepared. I don’t mean technically unprepared. There are a lot of excellent photographers, those who know their stuff much better than I do. No, I am talking about being emotionally, socially, and physically prepared. You can be technically phenomenal, but unless you are ready for the distinct challenges of a wedding, more than just mental preparation for an onery mother of the bride, you will not last. I’ll talk briefly about emotional preparation.

Most of the time weddings are dull affairs for a photographer, with a lot of difficult people and hard physical work. You can memorize the groupings and couples shots quickly. You can know the light ratios and what turns a good shot into a romantic stunner.

The most difficult thing about the rudimentary tasks is making certain you don’t pair families or individuals who would rather drink acid than stand next to each other. I have made the costly mistake of pairing up people who I thought were together when they actually came to the celebration with someone else and then got together. Oops. Awkward.

I have funny/crazy stories. There is the repeat customer story: The bride, church, minister, everything including me the photographer were the same, just a different groom. I was flattered and perplexed.

There is the enraged ex-girlfriend story: She sneaked over to the reception area and attacked the wedding cake, which we had to rebuild and cover with flowers to hide the damage. The bakery had delivered the cake. They were gone. So one of the bridesmaids, another guest and I quickly learned the art of cake decorating.

There was the wedding at Emory chapel. I was not allowed inside because of all the bad experiences the director had with wedding photographers. I was forced to shoot through the windows from outside, in the pouring rain with my assistant holding an umbrella over me. All the outdoor photographs we had planned got washed out. The bride and groom reordered flowers, got dressed, and we staged all those photographs a couple weeks after they returned from their honeymoon, this time without the dictatorial director.

There’s the story of the bride who was missing a hand. This is neither funny nor crazy, but it was unusual. She did not have the common prosthetic hand, but instead had a metal hook – it was not as big a challenge as one might think. She had remarkable dexterity. It was remarkable to me, because I was ignorant of such things.

There were downright creepy weddings. The cult wedding: The groom had planted a field of plastic flowers in unnatural colors, around his house, because the wedding was held there in the dead of winter. The ceremony was creepy too. It was very “dark” spiritually if you get what I mean; very little joy or laughter.

I photographed teenagers getting married, retirees getting married, people on their second and third time around getting married. (Actually the ones on their second or third try, the dreamers, seemed to have the most fun.)

I photographed one couple in an 1800’s church in Cade’s Cove. The bride wore a green velvet dress. Velvet is the “black hole” of photography, sucking up every bit of light, reflecting none. I photographed weddings for 3 out of 4 brothers. I photographed different religions’ ceremonies, from Pentecostal to Jewish.

How do you prepare yourself emotionally to be a wedding photographer? Is it even preparation or is it more natural inclination? We’re all wired differently. Some folks are just naturally gregarious while others are much more reserved.

I believe this is the single most important trait of a successful wedding photographer; the love of people. If you are in the wedding business you must enjoy them. Otherwise your photographs will be like mannequins, well dressed but lifeless. I always enjoyed the weddings. I enjoyed the couples and I would try to find out their history: Where did they meet? How did they arrive at this point? It helps to know who they are.

There were sad stories too. For example, there was the mother of the bride who had multiple sclerosis. The mom was determined to make her daughter’s wedding dress, MS not withstanding, but she just could not finish it. The women at her church literally pinned the dress together at the very last minute, at the church. I watched it happen. The bride was stunning. Miracles occur once in awhile.

I vividly remember the wedding in the photograph below. I’ll call the couple Anne and John. I won’t go into details. The marriage did not fail, but it ended sadly less than two years later. How do I know this? Because I try to stay in touch with my customers through the years.

Obviously, some want nothing more complex than the single wedding transaction. That’s great. However, I still have some of them contact me, both for photographs and to “touch base”. I am not saying that you have to keep close in order to build your business, but I believe there has to be a relationship of some kind built very quickly, and sustained at least for a couple of years after the wedding, if nothing else than to encourage sales of the photographs. Repeat business is to take photographs of their children. Sometimes repeat business is to take photographs of their next wedding. The people you photograph have to trust you and like you. I enjoyed my customers first, and the money came in.

Steve K. and his wife Laverne owned the photo processing lab where I had my film developed and printed. Steve was an excellent photographer himself. When I was just starting out photographing weddings, I asked him what I should charge. The prices in Atlanta were all over the place. He told me, “Charge whatever you want. The people you like to work with will find you.” Strange as it may sound, that was always true.

One of the saddest stories I had was of the bride whose father died the very day of the wedding. He had been sick for some time and sadly he could not hold on. His family decided to go ahead with the wedding! Now, let’s say you are the photographer. Uh, let’s just say I am the photographer. I walked in the door of the venue. The uncle of the bride took me aside and told me what happened. How did I handle it? The word “unprecedented” has been used to describe 2020, but never before, and never since that wedding did I ever encounter anything that would have prepared me for that, nor for anything in the future… except my core as a person. Put technical skill on automatic and try to focus all your energy on the couple, with empathy, on this the best day of their lives, and probably one of the worst days as well.

Empathy is a characteristic that separates us from animals. It is the reason we can appreciate suffering and joy without ever having gone through the identical experience as another person. Animals may express sympathy and grief. There is evidence of it. However, as far as we know, they cannot imagine what another animal is going through in the present or will go through in the future, in order to offer it comfort. Empathy is to express genuine understanding when you don’t really understand a thing. However what the wedding photographer should understand is joy, and sadness, and laughter, and our common humanity.

Sometimes I miss it. Sometimes I’m glad I am not doing it today.

Selah

It’s a Matter of Interpretation

•February 16, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Art is a strange land, filled with odd characters and personalities, gregarious party animals, solitary monks, the generous and stingy, and sometimes down right creepy. I have often said, it does not bother me fools on the road, but me amongst ’em. I have been called weird more than once, but I long ago accepted the label, and I rejoice in it. If God wired me weirdly, well, go talk to him about it while I enjoy it.

As a matter of legacy, two photographers come to mind, one famously generous and gracious, the other notoriously arrogant and worldly; that is, Ansel Adams, of the former, more gentle reputation, and Brett Weston of the latter. I am speaking of what they decided to do with their large collection of photographs and negatives when it came time to “shuffle off this mortal coil,” so to speak.

Brett Weston was the son of the equally talented, if not more famous Edward Weston, of the classic West Coast Photography school of ultra-sharp, large format photographs. Brett had very strong feelings regarding his negatives, and threatened to destroy them. Well, it happened. On his 80th birthday, in front of friends and family he burned his original film negatives, and the news was greeted with much sadness by many other artists and patrons who had supported him. He said that his prints were his legacy, not his negatives.

On the other hand, Ansel Adams decided to donate his negatives to the University of Arizona. He said that the negatives were like the original score of a piece of music and that they should be open to interpretation by subsequent generations of photographers. And yes, you can go to the University of Arizona and check out digital scans of an Adams negative in order to print it yourself, if you have the right credentials. Even in the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park, you can purchase Adams prints, but printed by another photographer. I have one of Vernal Fall hanging on my wall today, that was printed by photographer Alan Ross. His “performance” as Adams called it, is different, a higher contrast and darker image than Adams original print. Adams himself printed his negatives differently over the years. Thus his earlier prints will sometimes command higher prices than his later prints of the same negative. I could not afford an Adams original, so I bought the special edition print because I had climbed to the top of Vernal Fall in the spring, when it looked much like it does in the print, except I climbed it in color.

And I enter the picture. I don’t care about the fame, just the fun. Musicians do it. Artists do it. Ansel Adams did it. So I can do it. That is, I can reinterpret an image in an almost infinite number of ways and in very rapid succession using Adobe Lightroom (Lr). I’m going to give you three examples of Sweetwater Creek, from a single digital image, taken from a view I just really enjoy. I use Adobe Lightroom and Creative Cloud to manage my serious images; by serious, I mean the ones I try to sell as art and those I upload to stock agencies. Adobe Lightroom allows me to duplicate images and try out different tools. So here ya go. Which do you prefer? For me, it’s just how I interpret it.

Selah

It Was a Cold and Dreary Day

•February 16, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Leading up to Amicalola Falls. It was a cold and dreary day. Light rain fell. Sounds like the start to some cheap mystery thriller, but it was. My kind of day. The old tree stump next to the younger birch is kind of symbolic. I was not thinking of that when I made the photo.

I had already smashed my Nikon on the rocks near the creek, so I made the photograph below with my little Lumix ZS100, point and shoot (beefed up with a some weather protection), mounted on a tripod. You don’t need thousands of dollars in equipment, especially shooting nature, and especially if you are sensitive to watching your Nikon D7500 summersault over a log onto rocks. Big, fat, ouch! Yes, I was upset, but you can’t let a busted camera stop you. It’s in for repair at Camera Service Company of Smyrna, Georgia. They have been in business 68 years, and I’ve been a customer of theirs for 40 of those. I’ve smashed a few cameras. Nikons can take a fall and a bullet, as in this photo (click the link). I think there must have been considerable light leak after that incident. Thankfully Don McCullin lived to tell about it. All I do is hike in the woods, and toss cameras as I fall after tripping over stuff. Leicas can take it too. Oh sigh.

Expensive equipment and larger format will help with some images and enlargements, but mostly you just need to have any kind of camera you’re familiar with using, and be there. After that, knowing how to use photo editing tools really helps.

Selah

I Went for a Walk – The Way

•February 15, 2021 • Leave a Comment

What’s the difference between art and stock photography? Shutterstock, one of the top 4 stock photography sources, accepted the image below that I made of the old Dahlonega, Georgia Courthouse and now Gold Museum. Gold was discovered in Lumpkin County in the 1820’s and the area became the site of the first major gold rush in the United States. Traces of gold can be found in the bricks of the Courthouse. Gold in the area is the most pure in the world, almost 99% pure, naturally found without alloy.

The COVID “mask up” sign makes the photograph newsworthy. It’s not a photo I would hang on my wall to decorate it. It was accepted by Shutterstock today.

Sometimes the boundary between decorative and commercial arts isn’t as distinct. In my current career, in my daily travels, the camera accompanies me everywhere. I photograph whatever is there, in pleasant weather, or when it’s cold and rainy. I might go with an image in mind but most of the time I just let it happen.

In the same manner, The Way informs everything I do and how I live.

Selah

I Went For A Walk and It Is For Sale

•February 2, 2021 • Leave a Comment

When the pandemic hit and after the first shutdown in March last year, I had to get out of the house. The community center where I worked out was closed. I had some exercise equipment but not much. I really, really enjoy hiking. The definition of hiking is “Walking where it’s okay to pee.”

Sadly, in many cities across the nation, those social and hygienic constraints have been suspended. I suppose that even in the woods, circumspection and a sharp lookout are necessary. There are other physical limitations to how far I can hike. But I am going to go for as long as I have breath and legs, for as far as I can and as high as I can.

During those walks, I always carry a camera. Sometimes the purpose of my walk is to see what I can “see”. I developed a photographer’s sensibilities at about the same age I started formal music lessons, about age ten or eleven. Both are gifts from God. He is a poet and a musician at heart. If I respond to either one and try to share it with others, and just mirror it back to Him, like the moon reflects the sun’s light, they provide me some kind of meditational benefit, I suppose, and maybe some enjoyment for you.

Within the past few months, I discovered something visually. I said that being older imposed limitations on my hikes. I no longer like to trek with pounds on pounds of photo equipment. For one, it is risky given the terrain I like to hike. There are a lot of roots and rocks to trip over. I will on occasion, but most of the time now, I carry a tiny 1-inch sensor camera with a zoom lens. They are remarkably good, but they are limited in what they can capture and express.

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” So within the limitations, or maybe boundaries is a better word, I have found that if I present broad areas of tone, either color or black and white, and not try to get tiny details, that the tiny camera is really expressive. It is just a cool tool, so to speak.

I’ve spent the past year working, and now I have collections of photographs I need to do something with. I can look at them and enjoy them, but maybe other people would like them too. So I am offering three books, each a collection of about 20-25 photographs. The first is in color and the subjects are Cheatham Hill, Cochran Shoals, and Sweetwater Creek parks in metro Atlanta. The second is another color book of my city walks. The third will be black and white, and a little more eclectic. (BTW, I’ll be hanging about 20 of these photographs at Rev Coffee in Smyrna, Georgia, the entire month of July 2021.)

The books are hard cover, 11×8.5 inches, ebony linen, with photographs printed on archival paper. The paper surrounding each image is dark gray. It lays flat. Most of the prints are on a single page. I have a single, two-page spread in the book, also. I printed such a book, about a year ago. It is very nice. Because I am printing them to order, each book takes about a month to produce and ship. That also helps to explain the price; the books are all custom published, and they are priced at $120.00 each. I can send you photos of what the book will look like.

You can also get individual prints on Pixieset in a few days. Prices will be on the website.

Finally, I will personally print and sign a limited number of individual prints up to about 11×17 paper size, not image size. I limit the prints to no more than 20 per image. They are priced at $100.00 each, mounted on archival board. Matting and framing is additional. They are limited edition because I really get tired of printing them, more that it is me trying to get some kind of self-aggrandizing ego trip or establish an artificial scarcity. I try to keep it real; they are digital images and we all know what that means in practice. However, I refuse to destroy my hard drive once I reach 20 prints of an image.

Below are the images for Book 1, Sweetwater Suite. These images are in Book 1, only. I’ll publish the images from Books 2 and 3 later. Obviously there will be differences among what you see here online, what you see in the books, and what you will see in individual prints.

You can contact me directly at pacesmountainassoc@gmail.com, or leave a comment (nice ones preferred) and I’ll respond in a few days.

You may have seen these images before. These are the photographs in Sweetwater Suite. I have to add here, all content is copyright protected, (c)2020, 2021 by William D. Hunton, all rights reserved. I retain all rights to these images. I own all copyrights, and you do not.

Selah

Always Wear Protection

•January 30, 2021 • Leave a Comment

This is a brief pause from displaying my own photographs, to give you a couple recommendations how to protect your camera, especially your vlogging/point-and-shoot camera.

A very popular format for point-and-shoot cameras today is the 1-inch sensor type. There are a lot of brands. Almost all of them are great, and it is just a matter of features and price that separate them. However, there is one negative feature common to almost all of them; that is, the lack of moisture and dust sealing. The problem with that, of course, is the types of photographs the small cameras are made to take are found in the conditions that put them in the most danger from the elements. Most people will take these cameras outside, to the beach, on the trail, on picnics, to capture family moments and nature without the bulk and weight of larger format DSLR’s.

Despite the need, the camera manufacturers have avoided shock, dust, and weather protection except for higher end DSLRs like the Nikon D7500 and these lovelies at this link. At more affordable prices for the hobbyist and family photographer you have specialized cameras like the Fujifilm XP90 and soon to be discontinued, Olympus Tough TG-6. In this price range it is also a question of bulk. You could get a Pentax K-30 kit, with 18-55mm zoom, for not too much more, and get weather and dust protection. The Pentax K mount is arguably more versatile than the Nikon F mount. So many choices, so little money.

Two popular models of the 1-inch sensor cameras, both with very high ratings, are the Canon G7x Mark III, and the Lumix ZS100. However, both are notoriously dust prone.

I’ll offer you my solutions to the dust and weather sealing problems. I think they can really help and they do not cost much to add. However, please consider the cost. All together you’ll add just under $100 to the camera to protect it. You may be able to find a deal on a refurbished, higher end camera, which already has weather sealing.

Camera Case

First and most importantly, add a case, or at least a half case – that is the bottom cradle, to your camera.

You can find camera cases everywhere; at Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, and other camera and electronics stores online and in the shops, and at many different prices. The same brand and model costs the same no matter who you buy from, so pick your favorite store. I’ll spread these links out among the stores best I can.

Here are a couple cases by MegaGear. I’ve used them. They are not too expensive and provide considerable protection. Even with the cases attached, both the Canon and Lumix will fit in your jacket pocket. They do mine, anyway.

MegaGear Ever Ready Genuine Leather Camera Case Compatible with Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, DC-ZS200

MegaGear Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark Ii Pu Leather Camera Case, Light Brown (MG953)

Tempered Glass Protective LCD Cover

The next bit of protection is a tempered glass protective screen for the LCD monitor. These are great! They protect the LCD screen from your greasy nose (if you have a viewfinder) and fingers, which after a while, build up a haze on the rather soft, unprotected screen. The tempered glass is a harder surface and easier to clean with a micro-fiber cloth than the bare LCD screen. They do not interfere at all with the touch screen functioning. I also recommend them for your smart phone. If you are careful, you have a clean screen surface, and you have a steady hand, they install easily. There are YouTube videos which help.

UV or Clear Filter

I believe these are essential in order to keep the dust out of the lens. If you read the reviews and forums before you purchase a camera, you will do yourself a big favor. You will be aware of issues and steer clear of problems. Better yet, read my blogs. I found out about the dust problems among these cameras on the dpreview.com forums.

I love the little Canon G7x Mark II for its image quality. I love the little Lumix DMC ZS100 too. Having said that, both have reputations for collecting dust that you cannot clean out and that may cost you time cleaning up in Photoshop or Lightroom. I thought digital was supposed to take care of the pesky spotting of film.

How do you keep dust from getting into the lens, between elements? You use a protective, high quality glass filter, either UV (ultraviolet) or clear. I recommend Hoya and B+W. They are pricey but they are good and do not affect picture quality at all.

How do you connect a filter to the camera lens when neither of these two gems has a filter thread? You use and adapter.

On the Lumix, I liked the small 40.5mm adapter by LingoFoto (odd name). It looks like it is part of the camera, and it fits inside the MegaGear case with a UV filter attached. That is important to have the camera ready to go when I take the top cover off. Rule of thumb: “An ever-ready (case) is never ready.”

How do you attach the adapter to the lens? By an adhesive. The LingoFoto warns you very clearly on the Amazon web page, “It attaches to the camera using a 3M dual-sided adhesive film which holds tenaciously.”

Carefully consider this before you commit to sticking something to the front of your lens. Some of the adapters have a so called, “easy” deinstallation tool. I chose an adapter that “holds tenaciously.” I don’t want it coming loose. Before you install it, make sure the lens barrel and flat surface is very clean. The adhesive will stick much better if you do. I used red so I can say I warned you.

Having warned you in red, I will say, I have had no problems. It was easy to install for me and I have steady hands. I can add any filter I like. It is important to put the best filter you can afford on the front of small sensor cameras because aberrations will be more intense than they will on larger sensors.

(I chose the Lensmate Quick-Change Filter Adapter Kit for the Canon G7x Mark II because it was designed for the camera. )

Here ya go.

How does all this work together? I store the camera in the case with the adapter ring. The Lumix ZS100 will fit in the MegaGear case with the adapter and a UV filter attached. The Canon G7x Mark II will also go in the case with the adapter and filter on it. When I am shooting, I remove the outer cover, leave the camera in the cradle, make sure the filter is on the front of the adapter, and I carry the camera around ready to shoot.

So that’s it. I say, “Always wear protection,” especially on your camera.

Selah

Miscellaneous Mooshie Mush

•January 24, 2021 • Leave a Comment

I’m stuck on mooshie. I just like the sound of it.

I worked in I.T. for ages for a large airline, before I went to a huge retail chain, to work in I.T., before I went to a consulting firm, to work in I.T., before returning to the same airline, to work in I.T. It wasn’t a circle as much as it was a spiral. You can figure out which companies, given hints. On my first interlude at the very large airline, on Fridays, if things were relatively quiet, which they hardly ever were, I’d go up a couple floors in our building to visit a good friend of mine, John.

This was years ago, again on a Friday, after 3 PM. Three PM is the kick back time, unless there was some emergency going on. I approached his desk. He’d kicked back in his chair. His feet were up on the desk. As I came around to face him, I noticed he was eating a banana.

I looked at him. He did not say a word, he did not acknowledge my presence, he just chomped away with a satisfied look on his face. After a very long, drawn out moment, without so much as a grin, with the straightest of straight faces he said to me, “I hate how they taste, I just like how they feel.”

Well, hilarity is a great way to end the week. Way too little of that goes on now.

I still like the word “mooshie”. Well I just like how mooshie feels.

Random and odd photos.

Selah

Mooshie Mushy

•January 19, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Mmm. Mooshie is a strange, funny word. I used it incorrectly for a long time, substituting the word mooshie for mushy, kind of as a play on words. In order to play you need to know the definition and usage of the words you are playing with. Today’s news anchors will misapply words accidentally. Bloggers misuse words all the time (a warning to myself).

The word “mooshie” has a meaning; “The absolute best of anything”. I could find no synonyms or antonyms for “mooshie”. It’s kind of like the word “orange”. However, there are additional, really cool meanings. In Chaldean numerology, mooshie equals 5. In Pythagorean numerology, mooshie equals 3. No surprise there. Many is the high school geometry student who curses his name, if they manage to say his name, that is, Pythagoras, and draw a right triangle at the same time.

Today, Pythagoras’ claim to fame is as a mathematician and scientist, but in his heyday (“Hey. Pythagoras!”), he was more noted as a religious philosopher and inventor of the Keto diet. I kid you not… much. The guy was buff, like a TV evangelist, and his religious philosophy was perhaps not so different compared to a few of them. He believed the cosmos was structured along strict moral and mathematical principles, and that it was essentially musical at its core. It is not so different from biblical passages, especially in the Psalms. It is comforting to know that God is a musician and artist, among many things, and that He has sympathy on us mortals burdened by the creative urges, whether we are actually good at art and music or not.

So applying the principles of Pythagoras, Vortex Based Math, and Fengshui, I’ll triangulate and spiral back to the photographs presented here. I’m enjoying photography like I haven’t in some time. Instead of pounds of equipment, I’m mostly carrying just a simple but high quality point and shoot camera, and a couple of filters. On a serious day I have a light tripod. Recently I had to buy a new phone, a Samsung S20, and I was surprised by the quality of the photographs from it. All to say, there is freedom in not carrying around a ton of equipment.

With freedom comes spontaneity. I can react. I can walk about unnoticed. Most people ignore old folks anyway. I can whip out a camera in a flash (there’s a pun, y’all), and grab a shot. (If you click the link and recognize Cleavon Little and the movie he starred in, you may get the reference.) Sure, the photos are not razor sharp with smooth tonal gradations, but if I want those qualities I know how to make them. I have found my mooshie.

Enough kidding around.

Tools and such: Lumix ZS100, Samsung S20, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom.

Selah