Sarah and I really enjoyed our photography trip to Spencer, Indiana, so much so that we are starting a project of photographing various small towns (and possibly larger ones as well). We’ll visit various towns, and photograph them. So far we’ve mostly walked around the square areas in these towns to get a feel for downtown, but in some cases, I hope we’ll branch out beyond that, or maybe stay longer and eat a meal or grab a drink at a local establishment to get a better idea what the places are really like. Keep in mind, though, that the goal of these photo tours is not so much to capture a general overview of what the place is like, but to find out what lurks beneath the surface. In that sense, my photos may or may not be representative of the town as a whole, or even the specific areas we visit.
What shape this project takes remains to be seen, but sometimes having more of a purpose makes photography more interesting. This time, it was a sunny day with deep blue skies, perfect conditions for a polarizer. However, I had left my filter at home. So, I tried to simulate its effects by exposing the shots differently from how I normally do it. I also tried some new post-processing techniques. I think I had some success, and these shots are stylistically rather different from the ones I took in Spencer.