Targets of Opportunity

I have been exploring ideas for making color images during this winter.  I like the original Lumix 20mm F1.7 lens.  It is small and light, but it isn’t weather resistant.  I took the top two images through a window.

Irish Moments

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I bought an older used photo book.  It was “A Time That Was”, Irish Moments by Jill Freedman.  I was not familiar with her work, but I was interested based on something I had read as well as the subject of Ireland.  The book was published in 1987 and this copy is stained and showing its’ age, but is in fine shape for reading and viewing Jill’s pictures.

Her pictures and words take you back to the older days that we all like to remember.  The pub and music pictures in particular bring back many happy memories from when I visited Ireland.

Different, Not New

Lovers of B&W photography don’t usually photograph sunrises or sunsets; but I record my images raw so that I have an option in how I wish to publish the image if I see a nice colorful view.  Moments like this only last a few minutes so photographers often don’t have time to change their camera settings.  That is why I record raw files.

My problem is, how many times should I record the same, or similar, images?  I’m still wondering how, or if, I can continue with photography as a hobby if I don’t travel and see new things.

Walk-About Photography

 

With the coming of winter and wet, windy, cold weather, I’ll be using my TG-6 camera more often.  The challenge for me is, as it always has been, how much, or what, can I do with it.  I really wouldn’t mind, rather would find it interesting, if I could do all of my walk-about photography with that little camera.

Another related aspect of my photography is that I like to take pictures and then load them into my computer and see what can be made with them.  I have done this most often in the past with this small pocket camera since I am most likely to have it with me.

Early in my use of this camera I believed that my success with it depended upon the quality of bright lighting.  This past year I have found that isn’t always true.  The camera can do well in very dark conditions if I manage the exposure settings appropriately along with the processing of the images.  

I might get something very different from what I saw when I took an image.  In the above example, I took the image in the middle of the afternoon when it was brighter than you see here.  I am finding that I can use the camera to create an entirely different style of image.

I hope to explore this usage of the camera and see what I can create.  I’ll think of it initially as a potential mini project; but, I’m already wondering if I can make enough images to print that test book or magazine that I have been wishing to do in B&W.  If nothing else, I now have another idea to try as I while away the cold wet winter days, provided I go out for walks, ideally somewhere different.

What I must do if I’m going to generate satisfying walk-about photography for my blog is to go somewhere else to walk, but so far, I haven’t done that.  Rather than doing that, I have been considering just stopping with my blogging and photography.  That hasn’t happened yet either.

Standing

 

Note that these Mallards are standing in a section of the largest pond.  If the pond isn’t dredged and cleaned out soon, it is going to look a lot different.

I would prefer to see it, as well as other areas around Homewood at Plum Creek, converted into, and maintained naturally as rain gardens and bioretention assets with plants and trees.  They could then continue to do their jobs even better:  removing pollutants from the water before they continue on down Plum Creek on the way to the Chesapeake Bay, improving wildlife habitats, and improving the soil’s retention of water.

Planted as a bioretention asset would also save money in that we wouldn’t need the maintenance and operational cost of the fountains, etc.  That savings would go a long way towards negating the costs to convert from a pond to a bioretention or rain garden and save money in the long run.

Click on this link to see the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s recommendations.

Rethinking my Photography

221128-091319-JEH22We had an activity at Homewood at Plum Creek where the residents were supposed to decorate the trees in the hallways of our Community Center.  In the past I took pictures of the residents decorating the trees and they were published in the Plum Line.  When I got there at the designated time I found few residents and that most of the trees had already been decorated; i.e., few pictures to be made.  This image was of the tree in the main lobby, mainly being decorated by the staff due to the need to be on a ladder. 

I did not show this image in color since the variety of colors and patterns and various light sources of different temperatures, in my opinion, create too much visual clutter.  All of that clutter distracts from seeing the essence of the activity.  Showing this image in color would just emphasize the crazy patterns and colors all mixed together regardless of whether they worked well together or not.

For several reasons, I’m now rethinking whether or not I want to try and get back into the practice of photographing similar indoor events.  We still have a dark cloud hanging over us in the way of diseases and the desire of many to not participate in group activities.  I no longer have the better cameras and lenses for low light photography in areas with mixed light and the white balance issues.  I sold them early in the pandemic since I didn’t have a use for them, and now with inflation I don’t want to spend the money to replace them.  I am also tired of trying to accommodate the indoor decor with all of the old style ancient patterned carpets, paint, light fixtures, wallpapers, etc.  The decor reminds me of the Downton Abbey era.  And, I don’t have the physical stamina for longer sessions on my feet with the need to do lots of walking around.

Hmmm, it seems that, if I continue indoor activity or event photography, maybe I should only process Homewood vernacular photography in old style monochrome sepia.

Color Style

I’m working on finding more subjects to photograph in color, but maybe not as you would have seen them if you were there when I captured the image.  So far, I’m still tweaking some ideas and seeing how they work on different images.

I don’t feel like making “normal snapshots”, but it isn’t easy to always make images like I feel.  I also have to be concerned about the privacy of individuals, whether they think they care or not.

I also need to keep reminding myself, and others, that I make and publish images to entertain myself, not others.  Those who prefer color may get more than they wished.

Morning Light

221126-074030-JEH22Everyday, I try to get an image to play with.  Most times, they end up getting trashed, but sometimes I keep them for a while and try looking at them differently.

I made this image through a window looking right at the sun.  I then played with it, both in monochrome and color.

I would like to go outside early in the mornings and look for different views; but, I find it harder to do as the years go by, especially on cold mornings.