These are some more images of Hanover that I made the other day. I don’t like them, but yet I keep trying to find images around Hanover that I do like. I prefer simplistic and minimalistic photos. I can convert these images to B&W and that helps reduce the clutter generated by the colors, but that is not enough.
I have tried long focal lengths to isolate details but all I seem to achieve is compressing the mess. If I decide to keep trying to find simple compositions, I think I need to get up close to details, but even they turn out to be complex images of peeling paint or rust, etc. My gut feeling is that I’m not going to make images that I prefer in town.
I went into Hanover yesterday morning and took a stroll to get some test images with the TG-5 camera, and to check how the construction is going. At the rate they are working I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to see it completed and the streets repaved. I did stop in the new store, the Crumb and Get It, for a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin to go with it. It was good. I’ll be going back, but with a better camera.
I am still working with previous images that I made in Hanover as I try different processing. Since I finally have the latest Adobe LR up and working I thought I would try some of their new presets. The above is based on their “Aged Photo” preset. It seems to work reasonably well with Hanover images.
I am still thinking about different ways to make images of Hanover. Since it is pouring rain and in the 40s this morning, I am limited to looking back at previous images I have made and sorting out some different ideas through editing. One idea that might be different would be to make images of the many industrial sites around town that most others driving through wouldn’t know about.
I haven’t decided about this version of processing. I have looked at monochrome and higher contrast color several times in the past. I tried the style displayed here just to get an idea of how it worked. I need to let it “bake” for a while before I make up my mind.
I was out walking around Hanover, PA the other day trying a different lens. For some reason, I decided to snap the above view of Royal Farms when this automobile drove into my composition. I noticed this morning that it is an Abarth Car. I had never heard of it, so I looked it up. Looks like a jazzed-up Fiat.
I bought a new copy of the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 lens to use on my Olympus PEN-F camera as I go around the Hanover area. My hope is to use this camera-lens combination for the majority of my street scenes around Hanover. The above images are from when I was trying out the use of F1.7 aperture in pretty good lighting as well as when I was trying to carry the camera in my hand without a neck strap. The F1.7 aperture works fine, the carrying in my hand not so well. I have gone back to a short neck strap.
I want to try this setup since it is smaller and fits in a jacket or vest pocket or small bag. It also brings back fond memories of my trip to Ireland where I made similar images with an older version of the lens and camera. Several of those pictures are hanging on my wall next to my computer.
My goal is to use this lens to make more images from around Hanover. I think I have photographed about every inch of Homewood if not once, multiple times, and I need to move on to something else. When the weather gets better I hope to walk and concentrate on photographing Hanover and spending more time at it. While I am out photographing Hanover, I hope to work on several different projects/ideas/aspects of the area and capture the aura of Hanover as it currently exists.
I have made one post and a book of a Homewood tour of Ox Paper Tube & Core (one of their buildings above) and I would like to make other books of various aspects of Hanover. When it comes to displaying Hanover pictures in my blog I am not sure of what to do. I might occasionally do a short series of particular features. For now, I’m just interested in making pictures that I can edit later into potential books.
I wanted to try the Leica D-Lux 6 on the streets of Hanover, so I went to the square in between rains and made a quick loop around the block. Sorry for the repeats of previous pictures, but I wanted to get a feel for the differences with lighting, camera, processing, etc.
This processing style seems to work for these images. I’ll have to see how I like it with other lighting conditions, etc. this summer since I’m currently thinking that this camera will be my primary camera for my street photography around Hanover.