I photographed the Veterans Day activities at both the Chapel and the Omni room. I will deliver 182 pictures (in color) to the staff for various uses. The above are just a few samples done in B&W. Veterans from all around Hanover do an excellent job each year displaying the colors at our observances.
I was playing around while trying to not spend too much time on the computer due to some physical problems when I decided to try one of Scotts one click processing presets. I tried it on the two images above. You can download his preset by clicking here.
I wanted to try it on some colorful images that I already had and I wanted to see how it worked on both raw and jpeg images and I wanted to try it on a street scene as well as a more natural setting. You can see the results and decide whether or not you like the preset.
I’m trying to get back into the practice of taking the X-Pro2 with the 27mm pancake lens on it when I go off campus. It hangs discreetly from a strap. The problem is that I need to go somewhere other than the shopping center where we take Misty for her monthly grooming. At least I am learning where to find people. There always seems to be a lot of traffic in and out of the “Smokers Express”, or is it “Smoker Sexpress”. Note the website on the door. I also liked the peeling paint on the car hood.
I was in town the other day and I had my camera in the car so I took a short walk and made a few images. As I read Fred Herzog’s book Modern Color, and listen to David duChemin’s videos, I realize what I don’t like about my pictures made on the streets of Hanover. They are flat, lifeless, and dead. I made these images just past noon on a Friday and the town appears mostly empty of people. There weren’t even many cars, just the big trucks moving through the town. Another problem, if there were people on the streets they would not want me taking pictures of them. If I am going to take pictures on the streets I’m going to have to work hard at it, and even then, they might not be worth it. Are they worth making if all they show is that downtown Hanover is lifeless and dead?
I have a few challenges but I think they are worth attempting to overcome. Fred Herzog died last Monday, 9 Sept. 2019 at the age of 88. The articles on the web caused me to remember that I had a book about his photography, Modern Color, but that I hadn’t yet read the text so I decided to get it out and read it. That is a challenge. The book weighs about 4.5 pounds and is large. I tried reading it while sitting in my rocking chair but that didn’t work very well since it really made my thumbs hurt and I had to put on my thumb braces. I’ll next try reading it at the table so that I don’t have to hold the book. That will probably shift the pain to my back as I lean over the book to read the small text.
As I started reading the book I recognized how his approach to photography might match with some of my thoughts on getting back to making some images on the streets of Hanover, PA. I also started thinking about how I might prefer to make the images with the Pentax K-1 II and the 50mm F1.4 lens if it is not too long, provided the weight didn’t cause me too much trouble. At least the weight of the camera and lens is a little less than three pounds, even though it is large and will likely draw some unwanted attention. If that challenge is a little too much I can fall back and try using the X-Pro2 camera; but, the images and the fun would not be the same.
Our many fields of corn are slowly but surely being replaced with housing developments. Many of the fields around us have already been purchased by developers and they are just renting them back to the farmers until they are ready to start construction.
It was a lovely cool, overcast day with light rain this morning. Since I had a few errands to run, I took advantage of being out in the car to practice photographing from it with the X-Pro2 hanging from a neck strap with the 35mm F2 lens. I made the strap just long enough to keep the weight off of my neck by letting the camera set on my leg. That worked well since I could easily pick up the camera with my right hand when the vehicle was stopped and then quickly drop it to my leg when moving without putting any load on my neck. The images are just a few I made for practice.