Photography – the pilgrim’s progress

Much of my blogging is about photography. I try not to get too technical but inevitably I stray into jargon occasionally.

My first camera was a Brownie Cresta 3. Today the cabinet is full of cameras but there are a few I use frequently:

My bird body and lens of necessity today is a Fuji XH-1 and the Fujinon 100-400mm lens
My Canon 5D3 is mainly for close ups especially moths
My Fujifilm XT-2 for travel although I may retire this for the XH-1
My Fujifilm X100F for street photography or
My Leica M9 or 240

This list reveals the genres I enjoy. It is an eclectic mix. I shoot digital but retain an old M3 for occasional film forays.

I have more lenses than I know what to with. The 35m Summilux has become my favoured focal length on the streets when shooting with a rangefinder. The 24mm ‘lux is also a lovely lens with a more cinematic feel to the images. The Fujinon 35mms F1.4 and F2 are both lovely lenses with an effective  focal length of 50mm. For portraits the Canon 85mm F1.2 or the Fujinon 56mm F1.2 will both satisfy the most demanding photographer.

I have no formal training. I have done a couple of workshops but mostly I am self-taught. I would like to improve my processing. I use Lightroom Classic and sometimes an old version of Photoshop.  

I read, study and admire the work of others in an attempt to develop my creative eye. I am a great admirer of the late Fan Ho. I have started to understand colour better. I am less willing now to snap for the sake of snapping.

I find photography therapeutic. Frustrating at times too but generally wandering alone  I enjoy searching out something new to write with light. I hope you find something of interest here.

7 thoughts on “Photography – the pilgrim’s progress

  1. Is this Andrew Hardacre, once of Clearwater Bay and owner of a “Jazz” personal conveyance? Associate of Ulaca and other reprobates?

      • Excellent. Yes, you did see me (at least, I was there, waiting for my shuttle bus) and I thought I had seen you,hence enlisting that nice Mr. Google’s assistance.

        By an astonishing coincidence, I too reside in OPR.

        Perhaps we could squeeze in a lunch sometime.

      • I am in Hillsborough Court.

        I’ll be in the UK from 7th to 17th. How about one of the following two weeks? FCC?

      • Should be good – or HK Club. We go away at Easter to Tasmania. Back end of April so late March is good.

  2. I haven’t had a real camera for 45 years and even then it wasn’t mine. I wiuld love it if you went back to my blog and searched “the photographer”

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