It is wet outside today as the rain from Ida goes over us in PA. I’ll probably stay inside and twiddle my thumbs and put on some weight.
I captured these views on the streets of Hanover four years ago. As some folks clamor for me to make color images rather than B&W images, I think about maybe going back and capturing how things have changed in Hanover. In some locations they have changed a lot.
If I could do that, I would need to decide what style I wanted to use. These images have been reworked into one color scheme that I am considering.
Such views would probably get more criticisms than my B&W flowers, etc., but I can’t satisfy everybody, so I just try to please myself, and rarely manage to do that.
Muskrat swimming up the muddy Plum Creek. The creek was muddy due to the erosion occurring after heavy rains. Since this is not far from the headwaters of the creek, one should wonder about where all the mud is coming from. Someday I need to investigate that.
One type of photography that I like, but find limited due to lack of traveling, is reportage photography. I like to tell stories with my photography, often ones that relate to what I expect for the future; but also ones that describe what I tend to believe are shortfalls, or interesting relative to our current culture, politics, and environmental practices.
The included picture is an example. It shows how Plum Creek is eroding with each round of high water that we get, and which I believe will be an increasing occurrence with global heating changing the amounts and severity of rain in the eastern parts of the U.S.
Our Township apparently has rules dealing with what can and cannot be done to the banks of Plum Creek. I have asked them, and I’m waiting for information. I think that either the interpretations of the rules, or the actual rules, are wrong. It is one thing to try and preserve the natural order of the ecology, but it is another thing to not stop erosion and allow the banks to erode and wash away to pollute and contribute to the flooding of the creek and eventually to decreasing the depth and pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.
The other day I took the K-3 III with the 18-135mm lens to a few of the streets in Hanover. I have been trying to come up with a theme or reason for photographing on the streets, something I haven’t done much of since 2012. I took a variety of images so that I could bring them home and see what I could find within them. So far, I haven’t found a reason for making these images, but I have some more to look through so I might still find a reason for going back.
I made this long ago (well 2013 seems like long ago) with an older Pentax K-5 DSLR.
I’m currently reviewing my use of Pentax cameras and lenses as I consider what I’m going to use in the future if covid gets damped down and things open up a lot more.
I’m pretty sure that the new K-3 Mark III will have some nice upgrades if Pentax ever manages to get it manufactured and distributed, but I’m also expecting the increased cost will not make it worth upgrading my K-3 for my uses. The new K-3 Mark III is a totally redesigned camera. It also depends on what I decide to do with my Fuji X-Pro 3.
While I like the Pentax cameras and lenses, it is still a dying system and other lens manufacturers are no longer supporting it. For these reasons I am reluctant to put much more of an investment into it. But, I love it and have used it for so long that I might keep it going for the same reasons people keep and display old cars.
These caught my eye while I was reviewing what I did five years ago. I made them in March of 2016 while driving through Hanover, PA around six am.
Monday morning we needed to go to the other side of Hanover. As we left it started snowing again.
The first picture was made while we were stopped at a light at the square. The other two images were made at Hillside.
I didn’t make any pictures on the way home since it was snowing hard and it was getting deep which made for a more exciting drive. By the time we got back to Homewood I couldn’t see the curbs due to the depth of the snow.
It reminded me of driving in the snow in West Virginia, and brought back good memories of four wheeling in the mountains in the winter.
I made these images on 30 March 2018 in downtown Hanover, PA around 9:45am. You can see in the second picture that we had flowers blooming along with some snow piles still on the pavement.
Since I made these images there have been many changes. Several of the businesses that I photographed that morning are no longer in existence. I am hopeful to go back to town and record some of those changes.
By 30 March this year, 2021, I hope to have had two covid vaccinations and be able to return to walking about town to make images, maybe some with the same model camera I used in 2018. I don’t expect to see a large number of changes, but I hope to seek out the ones that have occurred since 2018.
But, I’ll have to wait and see. A lot could, or could not, happen in the next two months.
We didn’t get much rain yesterday but it does seem that the weather is shifting towards being wetter which is good. It has been dry. I made these images while sitting in the car waiting to go inside for a medical checkup.
I’m still frustrated with my photography so I’m going to try and also shift it a little. I have been using the Pentax KP and zoom lenses to make mostly snapshots of things around the campus. I’m going back to using mostly my smaller cameras, the Fuji X100V and the Olympus TG-6 and at the same time try and shift my views, etc. We will have to wait and see if I can succeed in making significant changes.