These images were made from pictures that I originally made in Tunisia. The original pictures all had problems of one sort or another and I went back to see what I could do with them. Mostly they are crops in which the contrast, etc. have been changed to the extent that the colors have also been shifted in some of them.
This morning I have been revisiting some of my older pictures of Tunisia from when I toured there in April 2010. My objective was to see if I could process them differently. The original images were made with an Olympus E-P1 camera with the 14-42mm kit lens as color jpegs. I am finding the results encouraging and I might rework some more of my older pictures. While these have only been cropped as necessary to straighten them, I want to try some more severe cropping and reworking on a few others.
It has been getting colder, so I have been looking back at pictures that I made in warmer times. I have also been using them to relearn some of the older software that I upgraded when I switched to a Mac. I wonder if anyone does an analysis of the cost to relearn how to use software every time they make major changes. I would like to see an analysis of the benefits of the changes vs. the costs to the users to pay for both the upgrade and the time lost to figure out how to do the same things as we use to do. Such thoughts lead one to consider not upgrading ever again; but, that is probably why many of the software companies are switching to subscription services. So you can’t stop paying them.
I haven’t been taking pictures for a while since I haven’t been doing much of anything. I got a cold which then progressed into Bronchitis so I haven’t been doing much except coughing and staying home for the last two weeks; but, I have tried to use this time to think about what I might do differently with my photography and this blog.
Over the years I have realized that I don’t enjoy making pictures similar to what many take. I don’t like what I call “snap-shots” of recognizable scenes like I have primarily taken in the past while on vacation. But while I didn’t like them as much in recent years, I kept dropping back and taking them just to have some images to put in my blog. I must also profess that I sometimes take them since I know they are what some others expect to see.
While I doubt that I will make many changes in my photography, I am going to try to concentrate more often on details, abstracts, mini-landscapes, etc. For example, when taking pictures on the streets of Hanover, I am going to try to make images of details and views that most might not recognize or ever take themselves. If I am on the streets during a parade, I will concentrate on getting street scenes of the people and try to capture the uniqueness of reactions, dress, emotions, etc. Around where I live, I will look for details of flowers, etc. rather that an overall image of some one’s flower-filled garden.
Another change that I will push a little further is to separate my personal photography from my photography for Homewood events, etc. I haven’t finished thinking through the impact of this differentiation on my blog. My guess is that I will primarily provide my Homewood pictures directly to the staff and not put them on my blog. I have been going in this direction over the last year. I may still show documentary type pictures of trips off of the campus, but even these will probably decline in number. Another aspect of this differentiation that I need to deal with is that most of my pictures lately have been for Homewood and not for my personal use.
All of these possible changes will have an impact on my blog. One of the reasons I put some pictures on my blog in the past was just to have something to post. I found that I had succumbed to the urge to keep posting as often as I could, even if I didn’t have a picture I liked and/or didn’t have anything to say. I will try to change this and post only when I have a picture I would like to share, even if it means long irregular gaps in my posts.
None of these changes are revolutionary. They are all trends that I have gradually been pursuing in my photography for some time. I will continue letting my photography evolve slowly. What I haven’t mentioned are changes in my message, or what I will write about. This area is still wide open. Looking back over the years I have found that I enjoyed writing some posts as much or more than showing my pictures. I am still thinking about whether I wish to express more of my opinions or keep them to myself. We will have to wait and see what I do.
In case you are wondering, I chose to show the above picture which I took on a narrow street somewhere in Tunisia for several reasons. First, the obvious. It is a small detail of a wall which could exist anywhere. Second it relates to how I thought about my changes for this coming year. Will I just keep plastering over, and repainting the old, or is it time to tear it down and start over. I started out with the idea to totally start over with my blog and photography this year, but I finally decided to go slow and keep plastering.
Yes, I changed “the look” of my blog. This was necessary to have it display better on tablets and smartphones as well as on computers. I hope you now find it easier to view.
I was in a town on the northern edge of the Sahara desert, somewhere south of the Mediterranean in April of 2010 during my last trip to Africa when I took this picture. The air was full of fine sand and several of our cameras and lenses were failing. I chose to put my good camera in a plastic Ziploc bag and to then use an old Pentax waterproof and dustproof camera. I miss the warm temperatures, but not the sand. I was still coughing from the sand the first week I was home.
I have run out of ideas for what to photograph and I am tired of only showing you my test results. In addition, I consider the month of December to be the worse month of the year and I really hate all the consumerism, decorating, music, etc. associated with the holidays; therefore, I think I will try to hide under the covers.
Hopefully my blogging and pictures will continue to show my story … what I see or saw, boring as it might be; but, maybe not. I keep entertaining the thought of only publishing pictures when I see something new or different, but the problem is I rarely see new things. I need to either find new things to photograph or find new ways of seeing the common everyday things.
PS … the picture was taken in Tunisia in 2010 with an Olympus E-P1 and the kit zoom lens. The original picture was taken as a jpeg image and slightly altered with LR5.7.