Wednesday 17 February 2016

A Challenge, or More

Golden Fog Olympus E-M1, Sigma DN 60mm f2.8

Having pondered things a bit more, what I need more than anything else is a challenge. Or more than one.

So I'm going to challenge myself. Monthly I think, a challenge every month for the month, with the best of the month posted at the end. Some sort of theme or restriction (one lens, one aperture, one genre, manual focus only, zone focus only, no metering, etc)

For the rest of February, the challenge will be getting to know CaptureOne Pro. I've long preferred the output of CaptureOne to Lightroom, my long-time choice for processing. But I've never been comfortable with the interface, especially the organizational tools. Now that CaptureOne has solved my biggest issue with the sorting tools (the brain-dead filtering in earlier versions) I think I can move over to it full-time. I just need to dive in and figure it out.

I'll start a new challenge on March 1st, I'm thinking a 1-lens challenge, probably the Oly 17/1.8.

Sunday 14 February 2016

I've Lost My Mojo

Sunderland Synangogue
 Olympus E-M1, m.Zuiko 17/1.8

As the anyone who has been reading is aware, I've been fighting a reduction in my will to get out and shoot for a few years. What was once a near-daily activity now sees entire months where I don't pick up a camera. The last few months in particular have been terrible, I don't think I took a single shot in January, and November was in the single-digits. The terrible winter (no snow, grey and mucky) has definitely been a contributing factor.

I'm not going to quit shooting, although I have been tempted. I've managed to pair down my kit to just the E-M1, G3 and 3 lenses (14-42, 17, 60) with a 40-150 on loan. I'm simply going to keep the kit as it is for now and see if my shooting mojo improves in the coming year.