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Fixed Lens vs Interchangeable Lens & Freedom In Restrictions, Star Wars Night

Fixed Lens vs Interchangeable Lens

I’ve been trying to make this decision for a while. I’m saving up for an every day carry camera. You know. That one camera that will never leave my side. Sort of like my iPhone, but a full camera. My iPhone is always with me, but there are certain limitations with a super small sensor.

Too many choices can be a bad thing. I worry too much about choices.

So I’m trying to make the decision between a fixed lens every day camera or an interchangeable lens every day carry. I’m leaning towards fixed lens. I feel like having an ILC (interchangeable lens) camera would make me want to get more lenses and I wouldn’t be focusing on just taking photos, but rather I should buy a new lens or not. I wouldn’t be completely content with what I have. That brings me to a second point…

Freedom In Restrictions

I often find that I can have more freedom when there are more restrictions. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. I like having rules. I used to work in retail, Aplle Retail, and there were tons of rules that we had to follow. I didn’t realize how much I liked the rules until I started working at a more corporate style salaried job with very few rules. It seemingly has more freedom here. I make my own schedule, I work where I want, I make my own rules. Turns out that it’s really hard to create your own rules and follow them, lol. Having all the rules of Apple, more restrictions, allowed me to just worry about work and working with the customers. I actually had less to worry about. One style isn’t better, they’re different.

It’s the same with cameras to me. Having a camera with more restrictions, fixed lens, would allow me to stop worrying about lenses and bodies and focus more on taking pictures. That’s why I’m leaning towards a fixed lens. Imposing restrictions will give me greater freedom because I can stop worrying.

The X100 is one of the most beautiful cameras around.

I’m mainly leaning towards the LX100 or X100S. The RX100 is still an option because it’s so insanely portable, but I would rather have a sensor larger than 1″.

Star Wars Night

Not much to say here except that Jenn and I are going to a Braves game this Saturday at the new Suntrust Park and it will be Star Wars night. I’ll definitely be bringing my A6000 and will be taking some good pictures. I will post them here when I’m done.

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Baby ducks, The iPhone As An Image Editor, Shooting In JPEG

Baby Ducks

There’s something pretty fun about seeing baby ducks. I don’t know why, but it seems like something from a book for kids, lol. We have some ducks that were born at work in our lake. It’s great walking in to work and seeing them. I mean could there be anything cuter than a baby duck?


That’s all I really have to say about that. I love ducks.

The iPhone As An Image Editor

The iPhone is becoming a very capable image editor. It can process RAW photos and in many ways is comparable to some, not all, desktop solutions. Snapseed, Lightroom Mobile, RNI Films, Max Curves, and Polarr are all extremely good editors that are getting better.

Tonight I took a few pictures of Jenn holding Finn and used Snapseed to edit them. Because Jenn was sitting by a light, I used the camera app to lock the exposure and focus and then lowered the exposure so the light wasn’t as harsh. You can recover shadows, you can’t recover blown highlights. I then took the photos in to Snapseed and was able to create a much better image. Here are the before and after.



It went from a dark image to a more dynamic image. This is also the type of image that would best to not use a filter with. Some images that are well lit are much better to use a filter on, but with a photo on the iPhone that didn’t have much light, adding a filter can often show more noise.

If you shoot JPEGS on your camera or only need light editing, I would definitely use the iPhone. If you are doing a lot of editing of RAW images, than you might be able to use the iPhone, but it won’t be quite as good as desktop software. But it depends. I could probably be ok using Snapseed, Lightroom Mobile, or Polarr, but it would take some adjusting. Which leads me to my next topic.

Shooting In JPEG

I’m going to start shooting mostly in JPEG. I’m doing this because I love editing on my iPhone and I’m going to start editing some more on my iPhone. Unless I know I’m going to be shooting in low light situations, than I’ll be shooting in JPEG only. For work I think I’ll shoot RAW+JPEG, but for personal I’ll mainly be shooting JPEG. Sony has great JPEGS, but from what I’ve heard Fuji has the best JPEGS which isn’t hard to believe considering what I’ve seen. I’ll let you know how it goes.
-Woody

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Disney Crossy Roads Mini Figs, Micro Four Thirds, Picktorial

Disney Crossy Roads

So Disney just released little mini-figs that are based on the Disney Crossy Roads characters from their game. Basically they look like little 8-bit characters from Disney. It’s amazing! I had to have one! I also just love mystery mini-figs in general. It takes me back to when I would open baseball cards and see what I got. I always looked for either Ken Griffey Jr. or Deion Sanders.

Well, my wife went by Target and I asked her to get me a few. Luckily they are just $2.99. So she found them and got two. She got home and we opened them up. There are a possible 40 to get. We got Mickey and Donald! Two classics! On the little paper insert they give you they show you all the mini-figs you can get. They also let you know which ones are “rare”. Apparently Donald is rare. Jackpot! Really, I just love putting these in my work area. They are fun to look at and play with when I get bored. Sort of like a fidget-cube, but Disney. I have a bunch of The Simpsons Lego mini-figs.

If you haven’t seen these, go get some! I’m going to have to get some more soon.

Micro Four-Thirds

I’m still saving up about $500-600-ish for a personal everyday walk around camera. I’m super intrigued with the micro four-thirds system. I don’t know why. I think I like them because they are just mini DSLRs with a ton of technology in them. They produce amazing images and their lenses are cheap. The only major downside is that they just aren’t as good in low light. They are still good, but not as good as APS-C and of course not as good as a full frame.

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The EM10 looks like a tiny film camera. What’s not to love about that?

Now some of them have 5-axis image stabilization which helps a ton and so does a fast lens. But even a basic Sony A6000 will beat most of the MFT (micro four-thirds) cameras. The good thing is you can get a really really good MFT body for under $400. You can get a used OMD EM10 for around $400 and a Panasonic 20/1.7 lens for $250. That’s $650 for a killer combo. Not to mention that the MFT bodies look super retro. I have my eye on a few MFT cameras and really might consider getting one. It all depends on pricing when I get my money saved up.

Picktorial

I recently got Picktorial for work. Picktorial is a RAW photo editor for Mac. It’s made by a small design team and they had a big 3.0 release recently. I really like it. It looks great. The only big downside right now is that they don’t have a noise reduction slider. They have a denoise brush, but I would much rather have a slider with options.

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From Picktorial.com. Picktorial has a beautiful UI that is joy to use.

I really really like Picktorial though and hope to keep trying to work it in to my workflow. Right now I can import photos in to either Photos or Lightroom and Picktorial can see them. So I don’t import photos in to Picktorial. It’s more of a plugin style. I like that. A buddy of mine over at Finding Middle Earth has talked to the developers and says they are working on a slider for noise reduction. They seem like a great team of people that are really active on their app. That’s what will keep my coming back to it. I love it.

-Woody

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Phlebotomist, Camera Search Continues, Pretty Little Liars

Phlebotomist

So we had to take our little man to the phlebotomist today to get his annual blood draw. He did really well. He cried, but he stayed still and didn’t wail. He even stopped crying before she was done.
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We were really proud of him for sure! We just wish that we didn’t have to trek all the way downtown. It’s not a bad drive, but Atlanta traffic isn’t fun. In fact, it was rated the 8th worst traffic in the world!

Add to the fact that I-85 just recently collapsed….yeah.

The Camera Search Continues

I’ve been looking for an every day camera that I can take everywhere. I want something that is fairly small, not pocketable, somewhat versatile and fun to use. You want a camera that makes you want to pick it up more. If a certain cameramakes you take more pictures, that’s a better camera than any other camera.

I’ve narrowed down my search to these cameras in order of my favorite to least favorite:

  1. Panasonic LX100 – My top choice. Great looking, good lens, good sensor, not a lot of megapixels, good price.
  2. Any Fuji I can afford – X70, X-E2 with lens, pretty much any Fuji. Fuji’s make amazing photos and their color is so unique.
  3. Olympus Pen-EP5 with Panasonic 20/1.7 lens – Small, classic style, small lens. I really like the micro four-thirds system for some reason. It’s tiny and priced well.

So I don’t know what I’ll get. It changes from hour to hour. I really just love looking at and taking about cameras. Right now the LX100 is the front runner. The search continues.

Pretty Little Liars

So…..Jenn and I have started watching……a show……..ok…….I’ll just say it. We are watching Pretty Little Liars again. There. It’s out. We used to watch the show, but stopped when it looked like there was no end in sight. Now that it’s almost over we picked back up.

The show doesn’t have the best writing or acting, but the main characters are good and the show moves at a good pace. Most teen shows like this usually rely on sex for every episode, but Pretty Little Liars is a whodunnit style show that has a lot of twists and turns. It’s pretty entertaining.

My pet peeve is that Emily only has 1 expression:

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This is Emily’s expression for happy, sad, confused, melancholy, angry, and surprised.

Also, I had a dream that I was living in a town built by Muppets. There was a train. It made sense in the dream….

Woody

 

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Booster, Day One, Cameras, Braves.

So I’ve decided to start a daily blog where I recap my day. I already do this on my Day One app. Day One is a journaling app that is on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I’ve had it for years. I think I’ve had it for about 5 years or so. I’ve been digitally journaling in it for a while. I have over 1,400 entries in it. Every day I would recap my day and just simply talk about what went on that day. It’s one of the best things you can do at the end of the day.

So I’ve decided to also write on a blog. Talk about how I’m adjusting to a job after working in retail for a long time, apps I’ve encountered during the day, starting a YouTube Channel this year, buying cameras. Pretty much whatever comes to my mind. So let’s get to today.

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Booster

Our son has Cystic Fibrosis and this weekend he’s had a runny nose. He’s doing ok, but that means that we need to do extra treatments. Breathing treatments 4 times a day is tough. Ask any parent of a child with CF (cystic fibrosis). We will have to do breathing treatments 4 times a day for maybe the next two weeks even though he will be feeling better soon. It’s tough, but as long as he feels better than it’s all worth it. You get used to this sort of thing as a CF parent.

We also have opened his T-shirt Booster for one more week. Some people said they didn’t get a chance to get the t-shirt during the last run. We have to sell 13 t-shirts this time or the shirts won’t get printed. I think we can do it.

Day One App

Day One added a brand new feature that I’ve been wanting them to do for a long time to their app: printed physical books. It was inevitable. They look amazing and are reasonably priced. You can tag certain posts and then just make a book from a certain tag. So I may pick out certain entries and tag Finn’s first year of life and make a book from it. Here’s a quick look at what they look like:

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It’s literally exactly what I have been wanting. I can’t wait to print some.

Camera

I’ve decided to get a new camera as an every day camera. I love my iPhone and it takes some amazing photos but the tiny sensor limits it a lot. I want a little more zoom and I want a little bit better IQ. I believe that I have narrowed it down to the Panasonic LX100. It’s super cheap now and is the exact style that I want. Fixed lens, micro four-thirds sensor and a great lens. It also has the same killer 4K video from the GH4. The only internal conflict I have is Fuji. I really want a Fuji camera, but I would rather wait and save up for a Fuji camera and some lenses. I want a cheaper smaller camera for my every day camera. That’s why I think I’ll get the LX100 and save up for an X-T20 or something. Here’s what the LX100 looks like, I love the classic design and manual controls:

 

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Braves

The Braves have got to start winning again. That’s pretty much it. 6 losses in a row will not cut it. Our starting pitching has been good, but our defense and relief pitching has been horrible. Jenn and I are going to the Star Wars Night game May 6. Super excited to see the new stadium!

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