2nd Film

I’ve now processed my second film. Again it was Ilford fp4. The camera this time was a Trip 35. It worked well for street photography although I found the zone focussing a challenge. I got 38 images on a 36 spool which seems good value too.

Here are a few favourites from the resulting images. They are not the sharpest – that’s probably my fault.

Sicily

We’ve recently been to Sicily. It was a family trip and I’ve learned that it’s not really possible to be a useful dad and focus on taking photos. So I simply used my phone and snatched the odd image before having to chase the kids through the streets of Syracuse.

Sicily was beautiful. And once we’d become accustomed to the slightly crazy driving ( eg I was undertaken at the first roundabout) we tucked in to the abundant seafood, gelato and archaeology.

A few thoughts arising from the photos above:

  • I love the square format again made popular by Instagram. I’m thinking of changing all my digital images to this format.
  • Mobile phones have pretty decent cameras now and the processing power is incredible. They are useful in most circumstances and the images are fine for online sharing.
  • I wonder if Apple will ever team up with a camera manufacturer produce a larger sensor offering?
  • I wish my digital cameras had Apple’s intuitive software.
  • But I’m still mourning the loss of Aperture. I wouldn’t want Apple to buy Olympus or Lumix and then reduce the pro options as some feel has happened eg with Aperture, iWork, Logic Pro and the MacBook Pro.

A superior type of auto?

I recently became the proud owner of this lovely wee camera. I’ve spent hours pouring over similar specimens online and also incredible refurbished versions such as sold by Tripman. I finally purchased this from the veritable Aladdin’s cave of secondhand cameras that is Ffordes.

Here’s the thing. It’s a fully automatic camera which chooses the exposure for you, all you have to do is choose the correct zone focus setting. When using it I’m not the least concerned by this, in fact it’s quite freeing. But then creeps over me slight uneasiness at my feelings of pride and superiority when I lend a mft camera to a family member who always requests it set to intelligent auto mode.

Shame on me for this double standard, as if replacing a digital sensor with film suddenly makes auto mode more ‘technical’.

Serendipity too

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 This image was not the best shot from a half hour photo dash yesterday. But as I reviewed the shots today I was delighted.

Ideally, this blog would showcase some incredible craftsmanship, but clearly there are technical issues with the shot; it’s blurred, his feet are cut off, etc. Instead, I like this shot because it highlights the funny, serendipitous and even surreal wold of street photography.

I took the shot because I liked the look; sunglasses with masked face.  But I couldn’t have anticipated that at the ‘decisive moment’ the bus would pass and create both a colourful background and more importantly a great subtext!  That’s what makes street photography such a humbling exercise. Some of the best shots work not due to great skill and composition but as a happy accident.

Street Chic

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Today, I found myself listening to Woman’s Hour on Radio 4. Feeling suitably confident in my masculinity, and because there was no one else in the car to laugh, I left it on. The discussion was about fashion in your 80s and 90s.

Believe it or not, it was actually pretty interesting listening to a 95 year old lady talk about how important her clothes were to her; being all she had left in terms of self-expression, and that she still dressed with the opposite sex in mind.

Later as I walked through town I passed the lady in the shot above, standing at a bus stop. I doubt she falls into the age category discussed in Woman’s Hour, but I couldn’t help notice how much effort she had made with her appearance.

I asked to take her picture, as I didn’t want to be intimidating. She seemed hesitant at first but I explained that I like to photograph interesting people and I thought she looked very glamorous. This is shot is from after the street portraits once she had relaxed a little.

 

Old school

 
A few years ago I picked up an old OM 50mm 1.8 with a mft adapter. It was fun to use and nice as a portrait lens (100mm equiv.)

The adapter was poor quality and eventually the coating started to come off. Concerned that it would mess up the inside of my camera I left the lens aside. 

So, yesterday I bought an old OM-10 and some ilford film to begin an experiment in going analogue. 

I’m not sure how the OM-10 will fair in street photography it has the loudest shutter action I’ve ever heard. But time will tell.

The image above shows the similarity between the OM-10 and the EM10.