I played around with my X-T2’s settings last night and decided to try a whole new focusing and shooting mode as well as a new image size (16:9). I’m liking it so far. The only issue I may come across is printing at a print shop or placing a print inside a photo frame. The images may need to be cropped. Hhmm.
The past two or three years have been a struggle photographically because the only zoom lens I owned was on my very old Canon T2i. As of this past weekend, that is no longer the case! I finally have a zoom lens for my Fuji X-T2. It’s not anything top-of-the-line, but it’s a budget lens that will get the job done. Now I feel relieved because whenever Miyu has her undokais or we go out on a trip, I have a better chance of getting nice shots from afar. Now let’s see if I can get ’em sharp!
I find it incredibly amusing that throughout my history of photographs, there always seems to be laundry in the background. The photo below really brought this strange phenomenon to my attention. Is the universe trying to tell me something? 💡🧐
Could it be…stop goofin’ off and do the laundry, Renee?
Or could it be…there will always be laundry in the background, so why not just have fun anyway?
So far, leaving my T2i on the kitchen window sill has been working out nicely. I took these shots last week because all of the sudden, as I was sitting at the dining table sipping on my tea, I noticed Miyu’s marshmallow cheeks and thought to myself, wow, what happened? She’s so big now! In the second shot, I think it’s fascinating to see elements of Ken’s and my face on hers. So eerie, but in a wonderfully cute way.
It’s taken me a while to realize that I need to change a few things concerning my approach to photography. First of all, I’ve decided that I will be going back to the Canon system for good. I love my Fuji X-T2, I really do, but the ergonomics are simply not there for me. I’ve found myself reaching for my T2i more often than not because it’s so much more comfortable to hold in my hands. I’ll be getting a new Canon camera hopefully sometime this year, cross fingers and toes!
With that said, here are the things I’m going to change this year:
- Keep my “big cameras” out in the open, within easy reach. I’ll have to find a dedicated spot on my desk for my X-T2 (and its replacement), and then another spot on either the kitchen counter or book shelf for my T2i. I no longer see a point in keeping them cooped up in a dark cupboard.
- Invest in good glass. I’m considering the 24-70mm F2.8 for my first RF L series collection.
- Find good lighting spots in our house. Observe how those spots change throughout the morning, day, and evening.
- Tell a story/Capture moments every week. Basically, pick up the cameras on a regular basis. No stress, no pressure. If I’m stressed, I’ll simply use my iPhone, or not take photos at all.
- Edit photos monthly, only keep the best. Stay organized!
- Be more active on Instagram. I’ll be using my onacliffbythesea account.
- Compile the best 2021 photos to create a printed family album in early 2022.