I didn’t come up with the title to this blog, I don’t know who said it, but I think it was one of those ancient Chinese philosopher dudes. It makes sense I think. I haven’t done anything photography related for so long now. On the odd occasion when I have picked up the camera I’ve found that my eyes are rusty and I don’t see the world like I used to. Photos used to be everywhere, and now they’re not. You gotta keep flexing those muscles if you want them to be strong, and I have most definitely not been flexing. Along with not taking pictures, I haven’t been writing either. I figured I’d write something in the hope it would light a bit of a fire under me.
I got a new camera the other day after selling my Leica. Developing and scanning film got to be a chore so I’m done with it for now and I’ve gone back to digital. I’ve been using the original X100 on and off for 12 months and I loved it, but it’d been playing up – only turning on after the third or fourth attempt and on the rare occasion I have been taking photos I found it got annoying pretty fast. I’d been procrastinating about which camera to replace it with for a long time, but I figured I’d just get the X100F and be done with it. I’d have enough of overthinking things and reading reviews.
I spent a bit of time today playing around with a few test shots in Lightroom. I was trying to make the colours look like my other favourite camera, the temperamental Ricoh GRII. I managed to get it pretty close I think. I just slapped on my Ricoh preset that I’ve been using for years and played with the settings until the colours looked right. I generally find it annoying getting a new camera cos it can take a lot of tweaking to get the colours looking the way I like (black and white is much easier in that regard). My tweaking went pretty well and I ended up with a new preset that pretty much matches the look and feel of the Ricoh. Here is a little comparison for you. I suppose I better take some ‘real’ photos now and try and get my mojo back.
(I wrote this blog to the relaxing sounds of ‘Nina Keith – Maranasati 19111’ – it’s a beautiful ambient piano album. Check it out on Spotify).