Sadness in Paris
I am sad that it has happened, but I’ll be interested to follow the debate over how the burnt-out roof and spire of Notre-Dame de Paris should be reconstructed.
Another month of Instagram
Another month on the road, another batch of Instagram pictures. This month I have continued travelling—in Italy, Scotland, Italy again, then in Austria. I have kept posting fresh daily photos to Instagram. The pictures are laid out below.
To continue the trivia from last month, a brief equipment scorecard and review:
24 of the photos posted this month were taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens (it gave me high quality output as I expected, I found its usability excellent because I am so used to it, but it was a damn heavy lump to schlep around).
5 of the photos were taken with the FujiFilm X-E1 with XF 18mm f/2 R lens (output is remarkably good, I’m getting used to it, a delight to carry)
3 of the photos were taken with the FujiFilm X-E1 with XC 50-230mm OIS II lens (output from this lens is slightly better than I expected, its capabilities are typical of consumer-grade lenses so I won’t complain, and it was light and compact).
A month of Instagram
I don’t like being the target of surveillance by Mark Zuckerberg and his gang. I wouldn’t want to add up the time I have spent on Instagram. I resent the advertising that gets more intrusive with each update. At times I feel like chucking it in.
But, I do get a buzz from editing each image, composing a caption and hashtags, uploading the piece for my few followers, and watching their response. And so I keep doing it.
There is nothing insta about Instagram the way I use it. I select each image from my photo archive after it has had time to ripen and mature, perhaps for a month, or a year, or longer. These are pictures taken with a camera, not a phone. I edit each picture in Lightroom and upload it via the LR/Instagram plug-in.
I make it a rule to make just one post per day (I unfollow people who post too much).
I have spent the month of April travelling in Africa and Europe. For a change, I have been posting photos while they are still fresh—some on the day I took them, the rest a day or so later. Between 5 April and 30 April I posted the 25 travelling pictures shown below.
Trivia: I took two cameras on this trip—a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM lens (which I used for 15 of these photos), and a FujiFilm X-E1 with XF 18mm f/2 R lens (5 photos) and XC 50–230mm OIS II lens (4 photos). One picture is a computer screen shot.
I play a little game with myself, trying to guess what sort of response each picture will get from my followers. If I guess a picture will be unappealing I am usually right.
I had fair success in predicting which of this month’s pictures people would like. See the six most-liked images in the slideshow below.