We’re the curve

Part of the Trail at Cosumnes River Preserve, which is now closed until further notice. Taken March 11. 2020.

Ahead of the curve. Flatten the curve. Crest of the curve…

We’re all in this together. We’re seeing, perhaps not truly understanding but, we’re seeing it. Actions of others affect us. Our actions affect others. Selfish acts can cause harm. Unselfish acts can save lives.

We’re the curve.

A B&W Photowalk

Cosumnes River Preserve

I talked before about visualizing images, sometimes unintentionally, in black and white. Wednesday’s photowalk was one of those times.

Though, I didn’t turn on the (Fujifilm Acros) film siumulation. Rather, I photographed in RAW format because I wasn’t sure that I wanted black and white photos.

There were spots of color around, including a great big, blue, open sky. Shades of green could be found not only in the trees, as leaves were coming in, but throughout the grasses along the trails. I love these colors.

I kept seeing these scenes in both color and black and white. And I had a difficult time deciding which was better. Until I realized: neither is better.

Cosumnes River Preserve

It was nice to be out, enjoying a very quiet and very calming walk through nature.

Seeing in B&W

I spent yesterday morning on a solo photowalk. I opted for the Cosumnes River Preserve because I wanted to check out how the landscape has changed since the last time (season) I visited.

It felt good to be out, and even better to be taking my time with the camera. I couldn’t help but spend most of the time visualizing in black and white, which surprised me because I didn’t plan to shoot black and white. Thankfully, I opted to photograph in raw format to process later.

Panko crusted onion rings

I was so self-conscious while taking this picture. It caught me off guard; I never used to hesitate when it comes to taking pictures of food. I took a break from doing so for a while and am starting to work back into it, taking a slightly more intentional approach to food photography.

I remember being very aware of my actions with this photo, taking an actual camera out of the bag and positioning it very close to the food, while in a crowded restaurant. I’m sure no one saw or even cared but, the anxiety was there.

Great egret watching

Yesterday, I ventured out to take a few photos, not really planning where I would go. I decided to check out the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area for my first time. It’s just a few miles from home and I think about visiting it every time I drive by it.

I loved it but instantly regretted not taking longer lenses with me. These were taken with the 18-55mm kit lens, the longest “reach” I had with me. I thought I would end up doing street photography in Downtown Sacramento, not spending so much time watching birds. I ended up observing this great egret for ~45 minutes while it flew and hunted amongst some shallows, near the trail.

Tuesday fog

January 7, 2020

I’m increasingly appreciating the calm and peace that comes from getting up earlier in the morning. This was taken just after a very early conference call. Though I usually wake up with a foggy head, I clearly visualized this image before taking my camera outside to capture it.

Branches like neurons

Last weekend, I wandered the Effie Yeaw Nature Center for a few hours, hiking a little over 2.5 miles, testing out my newly acquired XF 16-80mm f/4 lens.

First, it felt great to get out into nature after a long, busy week. It was my first full week back at work and school and, well, let’s just say that it took a lot out of me.

I purchased the lens specifically for hiking as I wanted something versatile yet light and compact. It’s still early (this was its first outing, after all) but I do think this lens is a definite keeper. I attached it to the X-T1, on which it fits and balances perfectly, and barely felt it hanging from my neck for the duration of the hike.

In hindsight, I rushed through a lot of the photos. Partly because I was just excited about trying out the different focal lengths of the lens, partly because I didn’t really setup the X-T1 the way I should have, and partly because I was just excited to be out and about.

Slowing down, practicing patience, and paying more attention to detail. Those are just some of my photography goals for 2020. I didn’t work on them during this outing, though.

As a side note: every time I use the X-T1 I am reminded how much I really enjoy using it. I like the “older” colors and overall image quality that comes from it. You can see some imperfection in the color photo, along the right edge. Of course I could have edited it out but, I kind of like it. I like the imperfections.

Lone Survivor

There are two rose bushes, one on each side of our front walkway, leading to our front door. They flourish, much more than they should because, each week the HOA’s landscapers butcher them, hacking them down to an “acceptable” size (as deemed by the HOA).

It’s unfortunate that this week, only one remaining rose remained after the landscapers passed through.

HOAs are evil.

I couldn’t make it through December

I gave up on my Dec.19 project – taking one picture a day during the month of December – because I was reminded how much I don’t like “photo a day” type projects.

They’re not the way I like to photograph. And soon, as in this try, it begins to feel like something I have to do, not want to.

You can see that the quality of the photos declines as I moved through the month, which reflects my attitude with the project. I think this was the most disappointing to me.

I’m glad I tried it, though. It was meant to be a primer, a test, before starting 2020. One of the photo projects I was considering was a Project 365 (photo a day). Thankfully I’ll scratch that one from the list.