I have been working on extending my photography. Ideally I would like to extend it towards new subjects, but short of that I have been working on extending the times I photograph. That is why you have been seeing a few more pictures taken before the sun rises. I took the above pictures in downtown Hanover, PA in the rain and in the early morning darkness.
I have gotten to the point where I am comfortable with my camera settings and the image quality for this type of light; but I still need to work on finding suitable compositions. I also would like to “get closer” and create some more expressionistic or abstract images in this type of light. This will require occasionally getting out of the car and walking about in the dark and wet and cold in the off hours. So far, while working on camera settings, etc. I have mostly taken the pictures from inside the car.
I liked the images of the people going through the market door; therefore, I am thinking of getting more similar pictures and creating a series of them.
It was 49 degrees F. and raining lightly; i.e., an ideal time for me to try to make some pictures in a style that is growing on me. I went out this morning between 6 and 7 am to work on my technique, etc. An added benefit was that it was quiet with no one else out where I live. The pool and the exercise rooms were empty, but the lights were on. I guess that these pictures are telling me that the rest of the people living here have more sense that I and were still snug in their beds.
For those who are curious, I used my weather resistant Pentax K-3 with the 18 – 135 mm lens. All of the pictures were taken at an ISO of 6400 at apertures of 4.5 or 5.6; i.e., wide open for this lens at the focal lengths I used. I was also using a -1 dialed in for exposures and took all the images in raw format and then tweaked the WB and noise reduction in development.
This was the view from my seat at the table looking out one window as I was eating supper last Saturday. I used a long zoom lens to collapse the perspective and focus on the colors. I was seeing the reflection from one window on and through another. I looked again at the same time the next day and saw nothing like this. That is another common theme with my pictures this week. I will never be able to repeat any of them since they all depend upon the light intensity and direction and colors of the light and plants, etc. Nature never repeats exactly the same.
No explanation necessary. I just enjoy the small things in life as long as they contain color, light, reflections and/or shadows and lean toward abstractions. They are abstract only in the sense that I only show a small portion of the subject.
I reached the bottom photographically and decided that the only way to recover was to seek out opportunities that feed my inner being with images that I like.
I will be showing you some different perspectives this week as I create some images that I enjoy. All of the images will be taken relatively close up with a telephoto lens.
Since a lot of people still live in the past, I thought that I would try some new things with some new software that I obtained. The software essentially lets you put all the flaws back into your picture that they have spent decades designing out of new cameras and lenses and lets you age the picture to look like an old print that has suffered a lot of abuse.
This wasn’t the best photo to try it on, but since a lot of people around here live in the shadows of the past, I grabbed the first new photo that I had with shadows. I will probably try some more of the features with some B&W pictures later. I might even develop a new project called “Shadows of the Past.”
I have stewed for years about how to show my pictures of Hanover, PA. As you have noted if you have followed my blog for the last two years, I have tried various ways of developing them using various styles of B&W, antiquing, color, etc. Since I got the Fujifilm X-E1 camera I have finished them primarily as they look in Adobe’s LR5 basic process as shown above. I have done this as I marveled at the details and colors of the Fujifilm X-E1 camera. I still haven’t decided, but if I settle on this process, I might refer to it as “reality,” especially since the Fujifilm X cameras do it so well.
The house with the peeling paint might be one of the extreme cases but it isn’t unique. There are a lot of houses in Hanover that need painting. It would take a lot to repair this house, prep it for painting, and then paint it with several coats. The sad thing is that it isn’t likely to happen due to the cost. Eventually they fall down if we are lucky. Many just stand vacant for years and years.
Getting back to how would I prefer to show my pictures of Hanover, there are other issues that I have. I find that the kind of pictures I least like to take are what I refer to as “snap shots”. These are pictures that others are likely to take and are meant to be perfect reproductions of the scene as interpreted by the camera. In the past, cameras and lenses were different but in today’s computer age they are all getting more alike and thus so are pictures. If one is making a record of how the scene looked to the camera at that time, then the above images do the job. The details are sharp and the colors are great, but I find that it is a harsh treatment of the scenes.
I also like a toned monochrome style such as shown below. I think that it does more to record the emotions that I feel when I see such scenes. At some point I need to decide how I wish to portray my Hanover images, but I will hold off until I decide if I’m going to make a book with some of them. In the meantime, I will keep treating each picture differently as I feel they should look … at least to me on that day. I can always redo them later if I feel differently.
PS … below is how the sky really looked this morning. There is no doubt that these kind of pictures work best in color. But, most using a camera in auto mode would not record it to look this way. To get the colors to match requires manually setting the exposure. In this light I also had to manually focus on the horizon.