Hi, everyone! I’m back to blogging after spending some time with family in beautiful British Columbia. Before I jump into Anne Sandler’s challenge this week, I’d like to thank to our wonderful guest hosts in July–Aletta, Jez, Andre, Tracy, and Sarah–for stepping in for us and doing such a terrific job. Your posts and inspiring themes were wonderful!
While we were traveling last month, Anne Sandler’s question popped into my mind from time to time. What type of photography do I enjoy the most?
To tell you the truth, I’m still exploring different types of shots–landscapes, still life, seascapes, portraits, macro, architecture, abstract, and so on. The Lens-Artists challenges have given me wonderful opportunities to explore different photographic genres and get valuable feedback from all of you. Your thoughts and impressions are helping me figure out the types of images that “work,” and what genres inspire me.
Like Anne and Tina, I switched to a Fuji mirrorless camera several years ago. It turned out to be a great decision. I’ve been delighted with the size of the camera, how it feels in my hands, its retro look (yes, I’m that superficial 😀), and the crispness of its images. The Fuji lenses are simply outstanding.
Here’s a small sample of my most recent photos taken in British Columbia. It’s an eclectic collection shot with a variety of lenses. (Click on each image to enlarge it.)
As many of you may have noticed, I’m drawn to flowers. This image was captured in Stanley Park in Vancouver with my 35mm f1.4 prime Fuji lens. I love how the lens is tack-sharp and works so well in low light conditions.
Shooting macro has opened up new photographic “worlds” for me. This image was captured with my Laowa macro lens. This is the first time I’ve bought a manual lens, which took some getting used to, but now I enjoy its ability to drill into the details. It also allows me to really control the focus in a variety of shooting conditions.
I shot this image of lily pads on Bowen Island with my trusty Fuji 18 to 55 mm lens– the one I use the most.
One of my current interests is creating more abstract images, so the shapes and colors of these lily pads really caught my eye.
Why do I always stumble across wonderful landscapes when I don’t have my Fuji camera?
I used my Google Pixel 6 to capture this sunset in English Bay in Vancouver several nights ago. The cell phone camera has several lenses and a “night sight” mode, which is great in low light. Landscapes and seascapes are some of my favorite types of images.
One of the joys of photography is experimenting with light and keeping me in the present moment. With the chaos swirling around all of us right now, I find peace and joy when I lift my camera up to my eyes and view the scene before my eyes. Photography allows me to witness the beauty in the world at that moment. It’s my form of meditation.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new Fuji 70 to 300 mm lens, which has been on backorder for months. Soon, I’ll be sharing my experiments with this lens. So stay tuned!
We invite you to join Anne’s “What’s Your Photographic Groove?” challenge this week. Be sure to visit her site to see her wonderful photos and learn about her photographic journey. Next week, it’s my turn to lead the challenge, so please stop by next Saturday at noon to join the fun.
Until then, stay safe, stay well, and be inspired!