It use to be that I mostly made pictures just to spend the time processing them in different ways. It was something I liked to do, enjoyed doing it, and even claimed that was my primary reason for having photography as my hobby … an enjoyable way to fill my time while retired. Now, I’m having different thoughts.
I still need a way to spend my time, but maybe doing something different. The more I have processed, some say manipulated, my images, the more I have drifted towards a particular, simpler technique. I am finding that I really prefer to just make B&W, or color, jpeg images in the native camera style, especially with my current Olympus cameras. The problem with doing that is that I am limited to choosing either monochrome or color before I record the image, and I often prefer something different after the fact. For these reasons, I am still recording raw files in order to retain maximum flexibility in case I change my mind later, but minimizing the processing.
The lighting was very flat since yesterday was very overcast when I recorded the above test images. I wanted to use the PEN F camera with the 14mm lens and only use F2.5 aperture to see how the images would look using no processing other than LR’s profile for converting raw files to camera monochrome images. My purpose was to see how that setup rendered shadows, tones, etc. The answer is that I like them, prefer them, under these conditions.
I did end up with one image that definitely works better in color. Dandelions are rare here at Homewood due to all of the chemicals that they use, but finding one in the middle of January is even rarer.
My current thinking is that I would like to make more images in this manner and that I would like to use such images to tell stories rather than to just make “pretty” pictures. My challenge is, stories about what?
By late afternoon yesterday it had cleared off. Soon after I took this picture the winds roared in and the snow started blowing and the temperature dropping. By this morning it was only 13 degrees F.
I don’t like the cold and wind. I do like the lighting in this picture. I don’t like having nothing to write about other than the weather. I have tried to figure out how to stop making posts like this one; i.e. stop giving weather reports, etc. for here at Homewood at Plum Creek.
The only way to not keep posting images and posts like this one that I have thought of so far, is to stop posting anything. I don’t like that either.
This morning the federal alert system kept going off warning of snow squalls, and the snow poured down off and on. It was around 7:30am this morning when I made these images and it wasn’t very light out so I made the images a little dark, but yet bright enough to see the details of the falling snow.
As the snow started yesterday afternoon I put on my new boots and went for a very wet walk. My Olympus camera and lens and I got wet, but we survived.