I made an early morning trip to Walmart this morning. I used my GR II camera to grab this image. I liked the light and wondered what happened to the sign.
I considered selling my Ricoh GR II, but changed my mind. It makes an excellent pocket camera for unexpected images as well as for making many of my intentional pictures because of its fixed focal length. I recently noticed that many of my pictures lately have been made at an effective 28mm focal length with other cameras. Why not use the GR II?
While I was experimenting with high contrast color images, I decided to try it with images made with my smallest sensor camera. One of my many concerns has been how to process my pictures of Hanover. Another concern was whether I could use pictures made with my Olympus TG-4 pocket camera for use in a book. The pictures above were made some time ago through the car windows with the TG-4. I then reprocessed them with a high contrast color preset I have been working on. It was a cloudy day with on and off rain … the reason I had the waterproof TG-4 with me. For those conditions, it seems to have worked. I might try to make some more pictures with this camera in town under other lighting conditions.
The main points that I would like to make are that it is possible to make useable images with a small sensor camera; but, you really need image processing software to fine-tune the out-of-camera jpeg images. The above jpeg images have been altered with Light Room.
One of the extreme hazards that I experience when walking and making pictures in Hanover is that of tripping and falling. I like to walk and look all around me for scenes to photograph. While first doing this, I had a tendency to not look where I stepped. After a few close calls, I learned to watch where I step and then stop to look around.
In addition to hurting myself, I could easily ruin a good camera and lens. There have been times that I considered, and tried, just using my very tough and not so expensive Olympus TG-4 camera. I may try that again occasionally since it is more discreet and easier to carry in a pocket and I can still make “some” good images with it.
One big question I have is how to process images of Hanover. I have been trying many different ways of processing the images and have never found one I really like. One of the problems is that the images are very busy and using color can add to the chaotic scene. I have been looking for a single style for my Hanover pictures and I haven’t found one. Maybe it is because there are many themes. If I make a book, should I show the pictures in B&W, muted color, high contrast color, etc.?
One of the issues within Hanover is that all of the infrastructure is old and badly in need of upgrading. This applies to everything from power and communication overhead lines to water and gas lines under the roads, to sidewalks, to bridges, rail lines, and the roads … and many of the buildings. Maybe I can use high contrast B&W to show the character of these situations. B&W works well to eliminate everything but the many overhead lines that are constantly being worked on as in the above picture. The question is, can I, do I, want to use this technique for other features?
I have been concentrating on making images with my cameras that are accurate for use in Homewood publications since that seems to be what residents expect. Making those types of pictures doesn’t allow for creative playing so I try to counterbalance them with others for my own fun.
The above images are a variety of subjects with different processing, mostly tinting. I also have a problem with finding different subjects close to home. These images are just a sample of some different things that I have been playing with recently.