Of Little Interest

I have been pondering two things … what will I photograph in the Borough of Hanover and what focal length lens will work best.  I really need to find the answers in order since what I photograph determines what camera and lens I need; but maybe not.  Since I have already photographed the most interesting areas, I have been exploring some of the back areas.

I was standing in one of the public parking lots when I took the above pictures.  My reaction was that there was nothing of interest around me but I took some pictures anyway so I could continue my evaluation of the Canon SL1 camera with the 24 mm lens.  Even after studying them, I found nothing of interest, unless it was the thought of what was missing.  From the size and age of the trees along with their locations I imagine that these lots were previously plots where buildings once stood.  They were probably vacant and falling down so the Borough acquired the lots, tore down the buildings, and paved the lots for parking.  This parking lot is typical of many such lots through-out the Borough.  I am guessing that what is missing was of more interest, but I can’t photograph that.

I then tried cropping a section out of one of the pictures, and converted it to monotone.  You can see the results below.

And the answer is, using an old phrase, “you can’t create a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”  I found nothing of interest in any of these pictures and it means that I will have to work at making images around Hanover.  I have already photographed some of the “noted” areas that others think of since they are on the main roads and that is why I have been, and will continue, looking for the unusual and mostly not seen areas.

I still have no idea as to whether to concentrate on details or the bigger picture; but if I wish to concentrate on details I will need a longer lens.  The problems are that longer Canon lenses are heavier, larger, and expensive if they are good fast lenses.  That means more compromises if I get a long Canon zoom lens and my gut reaction is that I have little interest in more compromises that will probably end up as wasted money.  I might just use my K-3 and 55 – 300 mm lens and shoot from close to the car so that I don’t have to carry it far.  If not that, I might use a micro 4/3 or one-inch system.