Its going to be a very quiet week, Timmy the Greyhound has sprained his right wrist and cannot walk, I am full of cold and working from home, and so far this year have not managed to get out and do a single personal photographic shoot. Heres hopping things get better from now on.
I did not make any real new year resolutions but there are a few things I am intending to do.
I want to get more studio photography done and I want to try and make sure that I get out to Hartsholme Park and Whisby Nature reserve a bit more often for some wildlife photograph.
This year will be spent trying to figure out what are the main types of photography I want to do and which focal length lens I prefer to do those types of photographs. Then next year i’ll be undertaking a bit of a photographic prune of equipment and setting my self up with just what I really want.
When and and about with the Leica I have proven to myself how few focal lengths you actually need.
On a more personal note I want to continue with my diet and weight loss, I am just about there now despite Christmas but want to ensure I do not slip back into old ways.
Lastly I want to get my music a lot better this year. I found last year with everything that happened it was far too easy to let a couple of months slip past and I had not picked up a banjo or sat and played at our piano. So January will be a month where I start gently but ensure I get down at least a couple of practice sessions each week.
Long awaited mid length telephotographs and many portrait photographers favourite, the 75mm and the 90mm were finally officially announced by Leica yesterday. With the 75mm just under £4000 and the 90mm just over £4000, its going to be professionals only or rich semi-pros and amateur till a few start to appear on the second hand market in a few years.
We only now need Leica to release a prime wide angle and we have most areas covered.
The weather forecast is not looking good the next few days and as someone who commutes by motorcycle, i’ll be digging out my electrically heated waist coat. Generally here in Lincolnshire, unless you live out over the wolds we do not see much snow and as most motorists in the UK do not like switching from their summer or general purpose tires its a good job. You do not need much of a coating of snow to bring the UK to a halt.
In my teenage years I occasional kept a diary and loved to use an cheap plastic fountain pen. My handwriting has never been good so I had to write very slow and carefully to get anything down. I am by nature a poor speller and and grammar is not perfect by any means, as any longterm reader of this blog will know.
Since then my note taking has gone electronic but I still occasionally bought the odd fountain pen until ten years ago I bought a very expensive (well for me) Cross Century, and I found using it for notes occasional at work slowed me down, helped me think and definitely having to concentrate improved my hand writing.
Well last March with our local family stationary shop closing down I treated myself to a nice all metal Waterman Hemisphere fountain pen. Its a bit more rugged then my Cross and more suitable for work. At the same time I went switched back from using an electronic diary and journal to a paper one. Since then I have really gotten bitten by the bug of using nice pens, good quality paper and trying out new inks. I now find myself ‘borrowing’ Caroline’s Pelikan M800 and have treated myself to a nice TWSBI VAC700R with an italic nib.
So down the rabbit hole of the fountain pen world I find myself sinking, and planning my next purchase.
Generally on the D800 I use a zoom, ether 24-70mm or 70-200mm, and when shooting wildlife either a 105mm or 300mm telephoto.
All my other cameras I use primes and since about April I have nearly always had the 50mm Summilux to hand on my Leica M10. Its been a challenge as it never quite seems the right length but one that I have persevered. Come April i’ll have been using it for a year and will switch to the 35mm Summicron for a year.
During my last studio session I tried too shoot everything with a 70mm, this is also part of a long term test and deciding what focal length I want as my main go to studio portrait lens. While a 50 is great for full length shots, the 70 is better for head and shoulders, i’ll also be doing some tests at 85 and 90mm.
While Canon and Nikon tend to go for just 85mm as there portrait lens, Leica have 75mm and 90mm and Hasselblad go for 75mm.
Summer seems a long time a go now, but there is still work to be done in the garden. When we moved in a number of the boards and feature bushes were badly over grown. Over the last couple of years we have slowly gotten the eastern boarder under control and so this winter we care concentrating on the western boarder. It needs to be heavily cut and about every second overgrown bush taken out.
Eventually the bottom corner opposite out hens will be the bee corner, where we will have one or two hives to provide us with fresh honey.