Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Documentation Photography - Because Things Change, Sometimes Quickly

Gate To Indifference - Salt Lake City, Utah
Less than two months ago I photographed an abandoned house in rural Salt Lake City, Utah. The picture above, Gate To Indifference, is of that house, as is Tree of Broken Glass below. Not long afterwards the house was torn down. Now the ground has been leveled and a big construction project is underway.

One of my photographic styles is photojournal. I document the things around me, the things that I see. I'm not a snapshooter. I try to do this in a unique and imaginative way. Perhaps I'm a creative photojournalist, at least to a certain extent.

Documentation photography is important because things change, sometimes quickly. If something isn't recorded in a photograph, then only fading memories remains. The stuff we see around us will eventually be lost to history. Preserving glimpses of disappearing sights ensures that to some extent history will remember these things.

With documentation photography, the "here and now" doesn't usually care. So what that an old house that nobody even noticed got demolished? That's progress. Life goes on. Play me a sad song on the world's smallest violin.
Tree of Broken Glass - Salt Lake City, Utah
Sometime down the road, however, someone will tell their children that the place where this massive (and ugly) warehouse now stands used to be rural farm country. There were houses there. Cows and horses, too. And alfalfa fields. Deer used to run through the now-long-gone trees.

Time has a way of making us sentimental. 10 or 25 or 50 or 100 years from now someone will care that a photographer documented this time and place. It will matter eventually. It's not for nothing that I do this.

The house has been gone for a number of weeks now. Big machines were brought in: excavators, bulldozers, earth movers, and more. The sight looks completely different today than just two months ago. And it will continue to change shape as a large industrial structure is built.

Below are some photographs that I captured of where the now-demolished abandoned house sat just a few weeks ago. These are the "after" pictures. I used a Fujifilm X100F and Acros film simulation. These are unedited straight-out-of-camera JPEGs. I only mention that because they look fantastic! I've never seen camera-made JPEGs look this good. They definitely have a film-like quality to them. Enjoy!
Sitting Large - Salt Lake City, Utah
Caterpillar - Salt Lake City, Utah
Diversity - Salt Lake City, Utah
Cat 345C - Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupied - Salt Lake City, Utah
An Open Door - Salt Lake City, Utah
Safety Features - Salt Lake City, Utah
Old Rag - Salt Lake City, Utah
Exhausted - Salt Lake City, Utah
Tired & Exhausted - Salt Lake City, Utah
Claw & Dig - Salt Lake City, Utah
Big Cat - Salt Lake City, Utah
Sunroc - Salt Lake City, Utah
The Rain Maker - Salt Lake City, Utah

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fujifilm X100F - First Day, First Photos

Fujifilm X100F
Fujifilm X100F
Fujifilm X100F
About two o'clock in the afternoon yesterday the mailman rang the doorbell. He had a box for me. It was a Fujifilm X100F that I had ordered online.

I ripped the package open. It was like light was streaming down from heaven onto the silver and black rangefinder style camera that I was removing from the box. It was a beautiful camera, and a beautiful moment!

I spent the remainder of the day setting the camera up, taking test shots and making adjustments to the camera settings. It's a work in progress. And it'll be a work in progress for some time to come. And it takes time to get used to where all the buttons and controls are located and how to make quick on-the-fly changes. But I felt that it was a productive half-day.

Below are 10 photographs that I captured with the Fujifilm X100F yesterday. These are straight-out-of-camera JPEGs, completely unedited. The camera made these and I did not give them any sort of post-processing. Amazing! I simply used the camera's WiFi to upload the JPEGs to my phone, then I uploaded them from there to the world wide web. It's all been very impressive.

Bravo to Fujifilm for making their excellent JPEG engine even better! I'm highly impressed with the camera already, but stay tuned for the full review, which is probably a couple of weeks away. In the meantime, enjoy the images! And I'll enjoy creating many more.

Monochrome:
Joshua On The Couch - South Weber, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/4, 1/250, ISO 8000, Acros
Lego Play - South Weber, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/4, 1/250, ISO 2500, Acros
Happy Johanna - Orem, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/4, 1/70, ISO 12800, Acros
Preparing Dinner - Orem, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/5.6, 1/52, ISO 12800, Acros
Explain - Orem, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/4, 1/160, ISO 5000, Acros
The Lonely Internet - Orem, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/4, 1/120, ISO 12800, Acros
History of Coffee WiFi - Orem, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/4, 1/120, ISO 12800, Acros

Color:
Three Espresso Cans - South Weber, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/8, 1/160, ISO 2500, Classic Chrome
Finger Puppet & Fruit - South Weber, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/8, 1/105, ISO 12800, Classic Chrome
Johanna In My Arms - South Weber, Utah
Fujifilm X100F, f/4, 1/250, ISO 800, Classic Chrome

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Best Camera - iPhone 7 Plus Photography

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
I'm sure you've heard it said a thousand times already, but it's true: the best camera is the one that's with you. There was truth to it when photographer Chase Jarvis coined that phrase awhile back, and it might even be more correct today.

Sometimes I'm out-and-about and I don't have my bigger gear with me. I try to bring a camera along whenever I can, but it's not always practical to do so. Or sometimes I need an image fast because I want to immediately share it. Other times the moment would be gone by the time I grabbed my better gear, so I use what I can get my hands on fast.

Whatever the reason, it's nice to have a compact camera in my pocket that I can quickly snap a picture with. Right now that camera for me is an Apple iPhone 7 Plus. It has decent enough image quality, and I always have it in my pocket.

Use what you have to the best of your ability. Do the best that you can with what you've got. And don't worry about the rest. Photographic vision is more important than gear.

Below are some recent photographs that I've captured with the iPhone 7 Plus. All of them were post-processed with VSCO and some were also post-processed with Snapseed.

B&W
Shopping Online - Bountiful, Utah
We Are All Family - Woods Cross, Utah
Travel Advice - Salt Lake City, Utah
Johanna & Jonathan - South Weber, Utah
Playing In The Lake - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Siblings On A Bench - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Challenger - Riverdale, Utah
Ram Dealership - Riverdale, Utah
Goodyear - Riverdale, Utah
Light On Leaves - Riverdale, Utah
Fujifilm X-E1 & Helios-103 - South Weber, Utah

Color
Rocky Layers - Flaming Gorge, Utah
Boats On The Green River - Flaming Gorge, Utah
A River Runs Through It - Flaming Gorge, Utah
Sunset Sky Behind The Leaves - Salt Lake City, Utah
The Sun Shines On America - Layton, Utah
Joshua, Chalk Artist - South Weber, Utah
Johanna and Joshua - South Weber, Utah
Sisters - South Weber, Utah
Sleeping Through Lunch - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Lake Fun - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Warming Up After Cooling Off - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Fujifilm X-E1 & Jupiter 12 - South Weber, Utah
Fujifilm X-E1 & Jupiter 8M - South Weber, Utah
X-E1 & Industar 61 - South Weber, Utah
SRT - Riverdale, Utah
Jeep - Riverdale, Utah
We Used You - Riverdale, Utah
Bear In The Canyon - Farmington, Utah
Trees In The Marsh - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Willard Bay Evening - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Willard Bay - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Seagull - Willard Bay State Park, Utah
Summer Pool - Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
Mirror Lake Panorama - Mirror Lake, Utah