I keep trying to come up with a theme for making pictures around Hanover, PA, but I keep drawing a blank. So many people see it through different “belief systems” that no matter what I see many will see it differently. I may just capture my views and let others think what they may. If nothing else, there are a lot of details available for viewing if only people take the time.
Since Hanover has a lot of alleys, many of the backyards are accessible for photography. One idea I have had for a while, but have not followed through with, is to feature the alleys in a series of pictures, and maybe even publish a book of the pictures. In the above image that I made in May of 2017 if you look closely you should note a number of confusing things. Whether or not I go forward with this idea will depend upon whether I can walk far and often enough to make the pictures.
This isn’t a new picture. It was an older color jpeg that I made with an X-Pro 2 camera with the 23mm lens in April 2017. I have been working on finding a color process that I like for some of my future photography around Hanover. The first image is one example where I started with the color jpeg and then made some other changes.
I’m still dithering between jpegs and raw files for my around town images. If I base my style on jpeg files that will limit me to only using my Fujifilm cameras. Since I also will probably desire to make some in monochrome and possibly use multiple cameras, I am using the above as an example and working on processing raw files to match it.
I still find it hard, if not impossible, to match Fujifilm raw files to the camera jpegs. Using just the LR film simulations gets close but is not the same. It is a lot easier to use monochrome and it gives me more latitude to feature sections of an image, etc. The second B&W picture is the same image as the first but with a simple conversion to monochrome and brightened.
It has been a while since I made pictures in the market on a Saturday morning. The only difference with these images is that I used the X100F and published them just as the raw files were presented in Adobe color using LR. I made no changes to the files except to reduce their size for publication here. I didn’t change them to Classic Chrome, or any other film preset, nor did I use auto tone. These are just the plain LR rendering of the raw files without my intervention.
I have mostly avoided this kind of photography on my blog since it is too close to what I do for my Homewood photography and I like to “play with the processing” and do something different for my other photography. The continuous question, or indecision, is can I, or should I, try to go out and about Hanover and “record” what I see? This hasn’t been what I have thought of as fun photography, but I did get started in photography by doing this for locations where I traveled; i.e. typical travel photography many years ago.
I used the Fujifilm X100F to make these images and no one seemed to mind. In the past I was once confronted, or accosted, when I tried to make similar images with a DSLR. One of the vendors stopped me, not in a polite way, and accused me of making commercial pictures and wanted to know who I was working for.
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?”