Early this morning, I ventured out for a walk in my neighbourhood. The sky was a blanket of grey, and a chill hung in the air, the temperature just 2ºC
This morning, I ventured out for my daily walk around my neighbourhood, the sky overcast, casting a soft, muted light on the surroundings. The air was crisp, hovering around 2ºC, fresh and invigorating and filled with the aroma of wet and decaying vegetation. It was one of those peaceful mornings.
As I returned home, I walked along Salisbury Road with my pocket camera, noticing a couple walking toward me on the other side. They walked in tandem, the woman cradling a baby wrapped snugly against the chill. I raised my camera, capturing this simple moment of family and warmth amidst the cold. I smiled, connecting to this brief shared slice of life.
Continuing my walk, I climbed the small hill on Salisbury Road. I turned my lens towards the back of the houses lining Jackson Avenue. My attention was drawn to the neat lines of the drains in the run-off area. These drains, often ignored, play an essential role in managing rain and melting snow, channelling water underground to prevent flooding. When covered in snow in winter, the gentle slopes become a playground buzzing with children's laughter. I took my kids to play here when they were younger. They would sledge down, their lively shrieks piercing the cold air, their faces flushed with excitement and cold. I also captured this scene as a reminder of how simple joys persist, even in the most structured of environments, and how every element around us, no matter how mundane, has its own story.
Once again, I used the "The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom" web service to analyse my Adobe Lightroom catalogue from November 2022 through November 2023.
The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom is a free web-based application that analyses the data in your Lightroom Classic Catalogue and displays statistics and graphs to help you visualise the result. Cheyne Wallace, a software engineer and photography enthusiast from San Francisco, created this helpful tool. Unlike Flickr, the Adobe Lightroom catalogue file has all the meta-data about my photographs.
To use Lightroom Dashboard, visit the website and drag a copy (not the original) of your Catalog onto the webpage. Lightroom Dashboard then takes a few minutes to analyse the data in the Catalog file before presenting its findings.
To ensure your privacy, your Catalog is not uploaded to the website's server during this process. The results are based on using Lightroom Dashboard with my Lightroom Classic Catalog. I configured the period to cover one year using the options provided at the top of the screen.
Between November 2022 and November 2023, I used seven cameras and nineteen lenses to take photos. The report generated by The Analytics Dashboard For Lightroom showed that I took 4557 pictures in 2023, similar to the number of images I captured in 2021.
My go-to camera was my FUJIFILM X-T3, followed by my iPhone 11 Pro. Meanwhile, I used my FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens the most, which is among the best lenses made by FUJIFILM. After switching camera systems from Nikon to FUJIFILM, I had a minimal budget to build my FUJIFILM kit, even after selling all of my Nikon gear. For several years, this was my sole FUJINON lens. Despite being my oldest lens, I still love it, and it was also my most used lens in 2021.
However, I've been using my FUJINON XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens more often lately. It's my second most used lens, and it's also the most expensive one I have. I have made more bird photographs and less walk-around street photography in 2023 than in previous years.
My favourite ISO was ISO 160, the native ISO of the X-T3, and my favourite aperture was f/8. I usually use this aperture when using my FUJINON XF27mmF2.8 R WR or 35mm film-era lenses that I adapted to the X-T3. When I'm taking photos of my craft ales, I usually use my FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens at 55mm focal length and f/2.8 or my Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.7 at f/2.8. Does that explain anything?
I used my 35mm film-era prime lenses more often than my iPhone back cameras, and my film-era 35mm cameras were used more often than my iPhone 11 Pro. It's unsurprising since I'm trying to use 35mm film more. But what surprised me was how often I used my Minolta XD-1 compared to my iPhone 11 Pro. I used my Minolta XD-1 almost as much as my iPhone 11 Pro!
Despite the early December chill, I attempted my usual 30-minute morning walk through Montgomery Hills.
Despite the early December chill, I attempted my usual 30-minute morning walk through Montgomery Hills, pushing myself along at a serene yet brisk pace. However, I completed only about 20 minutes of walking time. I had started the walk later than usual, and I was concerned that I would not return home in time for a 9 AM meeting.
The cold, damp air clung to the surroundings, creating a misty veil that softly enveloped the neighbourhood. The streets and lawns around Salisbury Road, some still in slumber, were blanketed with a dewy glimmer, reflecting the subdued light of an overcast sky.
Trees, now bare, stood as silent sentries, their branches etching delicate patterns against the grey canvas above. The quiet is profound, broken only by the occasional rustle of fallen leaves underfoot and kids excitedly gathering for the approaching school bus. This walk is a tranquil leisure, a brief but personal communion with early winter's muted, restful offering.