I love shooting film, knowing that each shot is precious, you have to get it right to get the best exposure, composition and ultimately the best image in each circumstance. You really have to focus and think whilst you shoot. Digital has allowed the point and shoot attitude, resulting in hours narrowing down images post shoot if you're not selective when capturing. I find my film shots personally have something about them that digital images don't, maybe it's the physical negative and print in hand that makes them more valuable to me.. anyway, enough pondering, here are the pictures;
Over the last week I have been on a mini tour of the UK. First, I drove up to Birmingham to stay with Family and to attend this years Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham (twitter #ukphotoshow) I've never been before but found the information gained from going invaluable and I highly recommend the show to anyone interested in photography. The problem is, now I have lots of photography tools, software, equipment and professional organisations I would like to invest in but I will need to save up my pennies!
Over the four days that I attended the show, I met up with some contacts I have been chatting to on a networking site called Purpleport, it was great to finally put some faces to the names of the talented individuals I have been following and chatting too for some time now. I will post more about the show and the talented individuals I met there in another post soon enough, for now I am excited to show off my street photography that I took on Thursday in Gloucester with fellow photographer Chris Cook.
I decided to take my 35mm film camera and my simple point and shoot with me on my mini tour so I didn't have to worry about damaging my main camera used for studio work. I'm so glad I shot on film (although some was expired and one was accidentally cross processed by the lab) because there are so many cameras and lenses out there that cost thousands of pounds that can do the same things as a cheap £40 quid set up bought from a local charity shop; to be honest, I think I actually prefer the grittiness that film gives you, it's much more atmospheric straight out of camera than shooting digital, in my opinion of course. Anyway, enough of my rambling, here are some shots I took with my 35mm Slide transparency film that was cross processed and actually came out in black and white!
Above, notes: This was shot with the fab contrast of the brickwork and pavement in mind, the leading lines of the alleyway draw your eye in and the subject looks as though he is planning something. This is one of my favourite shots from our shoot.
Above, notes: After attending a seminar with Simon Young at the photography show I was inspired to think more about contrast when shooting, so when I saw this pattern in the gates and the contrast of Chris' black jacket I just had to take a shot.
Above, notes: Whilst wandering around Gloucester we came across this quirky market stall selling herbs, seeds, nuts and olives, I photographed the labels with the bright colours and a shallow depth of field in mind, even though the cross processing produced the negatives in black and white, I still like the shot as it is with the shallow depth of field and contrast in the products.
Above, notes: This lady was wearing the perfect coloured coat to fit against the bright blue and green background, I built up the courage to ask her to pose for me and she gladly obliged, this was her saying she would pose 'this way' for me now, a natural shot in between poses. Again, the shot was taken with colour in mind and I think it would have been stronger in colour, but I do love her expression and the reminder the shot gives me to not be afraid to ask people to pose for me when shooting street photography.
Above, notes: We found a great strip light that was in the shopping centre wall, again, I asked Chris to model for me and I framed it so the lights in the background would show but be blurred with the depth of field to add some contrast to the image. There's not a huge amount of detail in his face and this shot always reminds me of the character Data from Star Trek on board the enterprise, not that I'm a sci-fi geek..
Above, notes: A quick selfie taken in the mirror of the lift in the shopping centre, it was tricky trying to manual focus and get my framing right whilst having to repeatedly press the button to keep the doors open!
I love the lights in the top of the lift and the reflective surfaces inside the lift too. Looking at it now, it might have aided the composition to get more of the arrow to the right of my head in shot to emphasize me as the focal point.
Above, notes: Another shot in the alleyway of Chris taking a photo of the subject at the end of the alley (too blurred for viewing in this shot as Chris was my focal point) The leading lines and contrast in the shot make it work for me.
Thanks for reading my post and taking a look at my work, I will definitely be shooting more street photography and I have a couple more films to develop so keep an eye on the blog for more pictures soon!
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