What Else is There

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I often make pictures just to see what else is there that I didn’t notice before.  I had never noticed this U. S. Mini Mart on Carlisle Street before.  I just thought it was a gasoline station that I have driven by many times but after looking at the picture more closely I see it is a small store that I have never heard of.

I made this image the other day while driving around.  I’m still thinking about what to photograph within town and what lenses will work best.  If I decide to pursue images along the streets, I prefer to do it with prime lenses.

Another issue is how to capture the scene.  If I walk the sidewalks, I am often to close to capture the overall view and I have to contend with broken uneven sidewalks.  If I drive by, I have to be careful and avoid other cars, which isn’t the safest thing to attempt.  If I photograph from the other side of the street, I still have to contend with cars going by and parked on both sides of the roads.  In addition, the distance away affects the lens focal length choice.

In the past I ended up mostly photographing details since that was easiest to get from the sidewalks.  I may still have to do it that way, but I have one more thing to try.  That is to move out into the residential streets where there is less traffic.  Or I might give up trying to make pictures in Hanover, PA.  That thought also leads to “What else is there to photograph?”

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