Happy New Year!
When I was down at the Blanton Museum last week, I took a walk around the University of Texas and documented the quiet, middle of winter break, campus. There’s a famous mural off Guadalupe Street which has a nice visual pop. Tourists where taking snaps and I conveniently jumped into the action.
How did 2017 go and what’s up for 2018?
I was reading over my predictions and hopes of 2017, and they were mostly spot on. I made no dramatic equipment changes, still using Micro 4/3 as my core system. As I reported a couple of days ago, I bought a number of cameras in 2017, mostly very inexpensive. I’m going out on a limb to say that I’ll be buying a lot less in 2018. Why? At this point, I have almost every category of camera, especially since I just filled my 1 inch sensor needs, with the Canon G7X Mark II.
What’s missing? Medium format digital and large format film, neither of which I plan to get into, anytime soon. There are super zooms with 1 inch sensors, like the Sony RX10, which also don’t interest me. Remarkably, I still don’t have a 4K video capable camera. It’s a nice to have but not essential since video is not a priority.
My biggest gear change in 2017? My software switch from Apple’s Aperture 3 to Capture One. The transition has gone smoothly, and I know I owe you a writeup on the new software. The more sophisticated RAW processing has enabled more fancy post processing on my part. I’m happy with what the new software enables. The library management, however, still falls behind Aperture 3, but it’s acceptable.
My biggest photographic change in 2017? Black and white portraits. I’ve created a number portraits from the street and at Drink and Clicks which started in earnest last year. The number of black and whites in general have also grown, driven by the monochrome mode on the Olympus PEN-F and the increased post-processing capability of Capture One.
What do I have planned for 2018?
No major gear changes. I expect the Olympus micro 4/3 will remain my primary system. It does almost everything I need it to do. And while I may buy less cameras, I’m tempted by the Pro Olympus lenses. They’ve been shipping awfully nice glass lately. If Olympus releases an OM-D E-M5 Mark III, I’m sure that will interest me, but I’ll try hard not to succumb.
Every couple of years, I go on a quest for the perfect pants pocketable camera. My latest attempt is the Canon G7X Mark II, but there’ve been others in the past. I’m certainly going to shoot with this new Canon for while, analyzing its place in the toolset. Inevitably, I’ll be posting many photos. I see it as a replacement for the Ricoh GR. Carrying it when I just want one small camera, or as part of a multi-camera package along with my Olympus setup.
So how did 2017 go for you? What are your plans for the coming year?
May you have a happy, healthy and creative 2018.
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