It was raining slightly but I still walked around Hanover with the WR X-Pro2 with the WR 23mm lens. When I got back to my car I just wiped the camera and lens off and they were fine.
If I manage to follow through with my idea, I hope to make a book of pictures next winter from around Hanover that evolve from my views of what I see that remind me of “Echoes of the Past.” I have just started going to different areas and getting ideas of what is available to photograph that fit my theme.
There is a big difference between these images of Hanover and those of the preceding set. I used a smaller sensor with an effective 24-600mm zoom lens to make this series of pictures. I like the compressed perspective so I may continue with this camera and lens. My concern about using long focal lengths and compressed perspective is that isn’t how normal people going through Hanover would see it. It is going to be a continuing issue for me. One of my favorite photographers, Saul Leiter used a 150mm lens to make some of his most liked images. Something around an effective 150mm may also work better for me if I decide to make compressed images up closer on the street.
I used a single effective 35mm lens to make these pictures as I walked around a block. I might continue with such a lens for my pictures around Hanover, but I also want to try different focal lengths before I decide. The advantages with a fixed 35mm lens are size and weight, and that it works well for images like these.
I have been considering making pictures that I might want to later publish in a book about how Hanover, PA looks today. If I do publish it, I will have to decide on how I want to process the images. I first thought that I would do it in monochrome, but I am finding that color is an integral part of today’s look.
Assuming I do it in color, I will also have to decide on how I want it to look. The above are just two examples. The first is a more natural look and the second is a look that has more contrast and more saturated colors. I have also been looking at books with similar images that were made in the 50s to 70s of other towns and most of those books went for the more vivid look. That was probably because they used Kodachrome. Since I am recording my images as raw files, I don’t have to decide now, but I am looking at variations since they might influence what I photograph.
Another reason for trying different approaches for processing now as I start collecting pictures is that I will be using different cameras and I want to make sure that I can use pictures made with different cameras and process them all so that I have a unified look in the book no matter which camera was used.