Some of the trees have started sprouting leaves, flower buds, etc. As soon as we get warmer weather, I expect to see a lot more.
Why am I photographing them? I am doing it because of the challenge and the need to collect images to use for processing as I entertain myself. I am also interested in determining if I can keep busy with my photography with just the wider focal lengths like the effective 35mm focal length of the X100F if that becomes necessary.
Yes, I’m also interested in how they work for B&W images. One example of the same leaves in B&W is shown above. I’m still interested in publishing a book of B&W images but I’m still searching for suitable subjects. All of my work this year so far (other than my Homewood Photography) has been practicing as I tried to figure out what can be done with my current cameras and lenses and also trying to figure out what my preferred subjects and blog posts will be about going forward. I still am not sure about what I will be photographing this summer.
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.