While I like the challenges of making B&W images from within Homewood, I also like to make color images of scenes not as frequently recognized by residents. I also like to make the images in a different style from what most might snap with their phone or see with their eyes.
In this image I was experimenting with some variations for my color style. While collecting images to work on the processing, I was also seeing how far I could “push the 70mm prime lens.” I do this for several reasons. One I like to only use one lens at a time and then crop out portions to resize for a different composition. This also gives me a perspective that others might not so readily recognize where I was standing when I made the picture. The longer focal length (an effective 105mm) also compresses the scene. Others could never make this same composition unless they made it the same way I did. That helps keep my pictures unique and enables me to make different images from within a small area.
The other thing that is different is the processing. I have been working on an old style look with slightly faded colors and other differences. At the moment I’m liking this style for these types of images. I deliberately reduced the saturation, added grain, reduced the clarity, and reduced the dynamic range. I’m anxious to try it on other subjects … maybe flowers? I have a preset made that I can apply for my starting point when I process the raw files.