I entertain myself by taking pictures and processing them every day. Today it is raining and I had to spend time sitting in a waiting room, but I didn’t think those were suitable excuses for not practicing.
A picture should not be of something, but about something. In addition, some believe that pictures say more about the photographer than the things photographed. I wonder what these pictures say to them?
I’m still working on whether I wish to display pictures of Hanover, PA in monochrome or color, and if so, how to process them. These are just a few samples using my latest monochrome preset. I’m still working on a color style. It is much harder to develop. I am trying to get the shadows, details, and contrast levels that I like for the monochrome and then put the color back in, but everything influences everything else and it just gets more complicated with colors.
These images are an experiment. I walked around a block, in addition to driving around, in Hanover during a light mist or drizzle with solid cloud cover. I tried the Ricoh GR II camera with the high contrast B&W jpeg setting. The only changes I made were to shift the exposure some on the images made from inside the car through tinted glass.
I’m still thinking about if, how, and when to use this effect … and wondering what my pictures of Ireland would have looked like if made with this camera. The Ricoh GR II is a nice little camera if you can manage photography with a fixed 28mm lens. Using this style of jpeg image certainly displays things differently.
I tried this style around Homewood, with foliage, etc. and I didn’t like it. It works better in town in a grittier higher contrast environment. It is also a lot different from a preset I built for my style of high contrast B&W.
I have been continuing to try to find a style for displaying images of Hanover. For many reasons, I do not like to make straight-forward snapshots of individual buildings, etc. and I haven’t been fond of my previous attempts to do just that. At the same time, I have become enamored with the many colors, groupings, and styles of the many industrial and older buildings in and around Hanover. The above are some of my most recent attempts to find a style that is representative of what catches my eye while walking around.
I was waiting to get my car inspected this morning when I only had my Ricoh GR II to play with, so I made this picture through my open window. As I have written in earlier posts, I have been exploring different uses of the little fixed effective 28mm lens camera. I am intrigued about what I might be able to do with it. As it turns out the sensor and lens in the camera are very good. The above picture was a jpeg … not a raw file. The smaller vertical image is a crop of the wider image.
The Dress Factory, the ???, and now The Dance Academy and the Quick Print Center. I wonder when the original building was built and how many uses it has had over the years? If I were to get ambitious enough and looked for old pictures and looked up the history of individual buildings, I could put together a book of the history of some of them within Hanover, PA. along with my street views of how they look now.
Another concept for a photo book might be to pick a block and just record the views of it now. A major problem with these ideas is “what blocks?”, “how many blocks/books?”, “what buildings?”, etc.
Those are ideas if I were interested in history and wanted to take the time to pursue it. But, that also brings up the question: “Are many people interested in history anymore?” History seems to be an interest of the past. Think about that. How much history is taught in schools now? Not as much as in the past. People now seem only to live for the moment. They give little thought to the past or the future. Lack of thought about the future gives me a lot more concern. That is what scares me.