It use to be that I mostly made pictures just to spend the time processing them in different ways. It was something I liked to do, enjoyed doing it, and even claimed that was my primary reason for having photography as my hobby … an enjoyable way to fill my time while retired. Now, I’m having different thoughts.
I still need a way to spend my time, but maybe doing something different. The more I have processed, some say manipulated, my images, the more I have drifted towards a particular, simpler technique. I am finding that I really prefer to just make B&W, or color, jpeg images in the native camera style, especially with my current Olympus cameras. The problem with doing that is that I am limited to choosing either monochrome or color before I record the image, and I often prefer something different after the fact. For these reasons, I am still recording raw files in order to retain maximum flexibility in case I change my mind later, but minimizing the processing.
The lighting was very flat since yesterday was very overcast when I recorded the above test images. I wanted to use the PEN F camera with the 14mm lens and only use F2.5 aperture to see how the images would look using no processing other than LR’s profile for converting raw files to camera monochrome images. My purpose was to see how that setup rendered shadows, tones, etc. The answer is that I like them, prefer them, under these conditions.
I did end up with one image that definitely works better in color. Dandelions are rare here at Homewood due to all of the chemicals that they use, but finding one in the middle of January is even rarer.
My current thinking is that I would like to make more images in this manner and that I would like to use such images to tell stories rather than to just make “pretty” pictures. My challenge is, stories about what?