Today, I would say, has been the nicest weather of the year. Spring well and truly feels that it is on its way. I really like spring, it’s my favourite time of the year. You can enjoy spring knowing that the summer (what we have of it in Britain!) is still ahead of you.
At the moment, I constantly have two cameras on me. A Leica MP rangefinder and a Nikon F3 SLR. The F3 is for the red project and the MP is for general shooting of things that do not fit with the red project. My aim was to have 36 negatives on a roll with red in them. However, I have enjoyed using the Nikon so much that it’s become my main camera at the moment and the MP has been relegated to back up camera. Just goes to show that the most expensive camera doesn’t always win out.
So, I have ended up with Ektar 100 in the F3 (yet another 5 rolls on the way… that’s 15 bought this month, so far) and Portra 400 in the MP. Seems like a fair compromise to me, one for the good light and one for the lower light! I can just about get away with 400ISO at night, but’s it’s a push. I know, digital is easier…
What I have noticed about Ektar is that when the sun is out it produces pastel like colours and produces a look that is not dissimilar tonally to medium format. However, when the sun goes in and the light becomes darker the colours really seem to become saturated. I haven’t seen a film change so much in character in different weather conditions. However, I really like the effects. Of course in Britain, a lot of shots are going to be very saturated!
I went down to Bournemouth tonight and took a few shots of the pier. These are a few of the digital images. I also took some on the large format camera, but they will take quite a lot longer to see!
So, as I have taken the film camera with me today for the 365 project, I have decided I will post up a ‘shot of the day’ from my collection of images. I am going to shoot the 365 project on film for a while, get the film processed locally, then post the images up as a block post. Oh yeah, and somehow I need to record what shots I took on what day to keep track of the whole thing!
One thing I have noticed just by looking back over some images is that I shoot a lot ‘looser’ with a (film) rangefinder camera over a DSLR, where the images are more tightly composed. I am not totally sure why, but I really like how different cameras bring out different styles of photography.
This is a shot from a trip to Brighton some time back, I wish I could have lounged around like this today!
Yes, it was in colour originally – but I just prefer black and white…! 🙂
This is an interesting video about Simon Roberts work photographing the pleasure piers in Britain. My wife bought me a copy of his ‘We English’ book a couple of years ago, which was my first introduction to his work. When I first started to write the draft of this post I was going to say that I would love to see his work in an exhibition. Turns out that his Pierdom work is being exhibited in Brighton at the moment (until 24th February 2016). Just need to get there now….
This is a great little video of Martin Parr working in France very recently from the Canon Professional Network website. The accompanying article talks about Parr’s work being like Marmite – you either love it or hate it. Personally, I love his work as he has a great sense of humour that comes through in it. A fun video that’s worth a watch, particularly as it is all about photographing on the beach – which of course I have spent some time doing myself lately!
I have recently just completed a short project documenting Bournemouth’s waterfront region. It was a project that I did during the week in lunch breaks and after work (often in limited time periods, due to commitments!). The resulting work has just been published as a book on the apple iBooks store.
Click the image below to link to the iBooks store to download a copy. There is also a new page set up on this site which provides a little more information. However, I have left it to the book to do most of the talking for now!