One Month Review

It’s been one month since I started my photography challenge.  So far I’ve accomplished my goal of 10 pictures a day, some days have certainly been less intentional, with photos being taken just an hour before bed.  Most days, I’ve set aside time specifically for taking pictures, even if it just means taking a short break from fishing in the evening and catching one or two less fish while I take a few photos.

I’ve taken about 700 pictures this month.  The majority of these have been with the 27mm lens, I’d say at least 80%.  This lens is the easiest to use when I’m fishing because it’s very light and one of the frequently complaints (no aperture ring) is actually an advantage to me because I can adjust the aperture and take the picture one handed, while the other hand is holding the fish.  I enjoy the light weight of the camera with the 27mm lens and the focal length works very well.  The only reason I seem to put on the 18mm-55mm lens is when I’m trying to take more detailed pictures, the minimum focus distance of the 27mm lens is a little long.

I added another lens to my collection this month with the Rokinon 12mm f2 that I purchased in used (like new condition) a few days ago.  I wanted a wide lens to take to New York City next week and was considering the Laowa 9mm and Fuji 14mm as well.  All three of those lenses have pretty solid reviews and are compact to fit in my travel kit.  When the used Rokinon popped up at a very good price I decided to try it first, it also seems to split the three options between the 9mm and 14mm.

I read The Fujifilm XT-20: 125 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera, by Rico Pfirstinger, over the last couple days.  The book is full of good information, the way I see it the manual tells you how to do things with the camera, this book gives you the why.  I’d certainly recommend it for someone like myself with little experience operating a camera.

Overall I’m very happy with how the first month of this project has gone.  I’m looking forward to what the next month will hold.  I’ll be going to New York City next weekend for a long four day weekend, and tomorrow evening is the first class of a six week “Creative Concepts in Photography” class being offered by the Polk Museum of Art.


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