An assortment of wondrous Prague Street Scenes for your viewing pleasure.
I've been shooting some 'new' things in the past couple of months. Trying new things for the new year. 2017 will be starting wonderfully.
Still life and a bit of nature. There'll be some surprises for me also as I often forget what I've been shooting. Especially with going onto roll 6 + 7.
What else is planned for 2017? I do not know. No travel plans, but that could change. As I am mosdef keen on Scandinavia and Hawaii.
Having shot a number of rolls, Cinestill offers 800T, 50D and BwXX (of either 200 or 250 speed depending upon light conditions. Essentially cine film with the remjet layer removed.
Tech Alert - (Remjet, a removable jet black layer, is the coating of carbon black particles in a water-soluble binder on the bottom of the film. It has four purposes: anti-halation, antistatic, lubrication,and scratch protection. Light entering the film can reflect off the front or back surface of the film base and return into the imaging layers to expose them. When light spreads laterally beyond its intended boundary, an image appears to have a halo around it (halation). The anti-halation layer prevents this by absorbing light that reaches it. The remjet carbon layer is conductive and prevents the build-up and discharge of static charges that can fog film. This is especially important in conditions of low relative humidity. Rem-jet also has lubricating properties. Like the supercoat on top of the emulsion, remjet resists scratching on the base side and helps transport the film through cameras, scanners, and printers. --Kodak)
Both day and night have their different colours, I probably prefer night / dusk. Although I haven't really shot much of the 800T during the day and probably won't. Being that it is definitely obviously suited to tungsten lighting / artificial.
Exposure/ bokeh. Long/ wide open.
Based on the ideas of the wonder that is a kaleidoscope, the past few months I have been experimenting with different double exposure techniques. Here are some of the results.
This year I was determined to visit some new places. I also made an exception a revisited Woods Bagot, Architectural firm right in the city. Mainly because I love their repurposed (and done so in a thoughtful manner) office space and catch up on their latest projects.
My focus being on lines/ light > details. Finding a point of interest, determining the best angle / approach for the photo. And the occasional post edit. One day soon I shall purchase a tilt/shift lens, ideal for tight spots and shooting verticals.
A while back I arose before sparrow fart and headed off to the coast at Sandgate/ Shorncliffe.
Either photo has it's own qualities. Both are the same setting, the only difference is the use of an ND filter. Blocking out more light allowing for a much longer shutter duration, the result? Blurred lines. Drama, a cinematic look, I guess. The extreme vignetting comes also from the ND filter and wide angle lens. Both photos are straight from developer / scanner.
A tripod and cable release was used for both and is highly recommended in low light and especially when doing long exposures (< 1/20th). Manfrotto is my preferred brand.
Shot Ilford 100, Canon A1, Sigma 28mm.
The QUT Precinct would have to be some of my favourite modern architecturally designed buildings in Brisbane.
Surrounding (sort of) the QUT Gardens Point Precinct, is the glorious City Botanical Gardens. So plant. Much photosynthesis. With Qld putting on the best weather all year round, guaranteed greenery.
All on Kodak Ektar 100, Canon A1.
"Black & white is the new black & white. Film."
Keeping it simple, a vintage camera, lenses to suit, 2 rolls of film. Cinestill bwXX 200 and Kodak Tri-x 400. Styled and inspired by Ruby Reginato and Amber Rose Stewart, set amongst slightly disused warehouses in Virginia Brisbane. With a sort of cinematic approach, an emphasis on light and lines. So mood. Much mono tone.
Going for a relaxed / casual approach, working with both of the girls in different parts of the yard in the mid afternoon until sunset. A number of fashion items, mixed and matched in a thoughtful way. The sun being the only source of light, working with different shadows and tones, High and low key photographs.
Ruby, on Cinestill bwXX. At 200.
Amber on Kodak Tri-x 400. With the afternoon setting sun, making some beautiful silhouettes and some softer grey tones.
It's all about the light, considering it's position and how I can sculpt each portrait in a different way. Using a 70-210mm lens for most of the shooting, allowing for nice background dropout. When the light started to dim, the 50mm f/1.4 was perfect.
High key ~ very little grey tones.
Low key ~ with lots of grey variation.
Excerpt from Cinestill.com
"CineStill bwXX is a high speed, classic black & white film emulsion, with an EI of 250 under daylight and 200 under tungsten lighting. Recommended development in Kodak D-96 developer, but is compatible will all black and white film developers.
Double-x is a classic black and white film stock left relatively unchanged since it's release in 1959 for still and motion picture use. Some of the movies using the classic Eastman double-x film stock (5222) include: Schindler's List (1993), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), Casino Royale (2006), I'm Not There (2007), and many many more.
Kodak no longer offers this wonderful still stock to the still photography community so CineStill Film has decided to release and distribute it under their label. This is a limited run (only 2000 rolls available) sold out fast, but if all goes well it will become a regularly stocked CineStill Film's emulsion.
CineStill bwXX is an excellent choice for those looking for a classic film stock to fill the void left by the discontinuation of it's wonderful sister films, Kodak Plus-x (discontinued in 2010) and TXP320.
36 exposures professionally spooled into high quality 135 Non Dx-Coded Cartridges"
My first roll and let me just one word "wow". Such mood, such rich mono tones. Shooting a mixture of street, portrait and architecture. Blown away by the results. Certainly has a unique look to any other black and white film I've shot. Very contrasty and certainly works well for portraits coupled with a bright lens, such as my Canon 50mm f/1.4. Shadows are a bit low in limited light, but this can be manipulated in either develop or print / photoshop edit. I generally choose to leave the editing out. Only in rare circumstances will I edit my work. And of course like the other 2 cinestill films, 50D and 800T, bwXX has that unique halation effect, a sort of glow in certain light.
I'm still looking at getting an anamorphic lens, which I believe will the icing on the cake with these films.
Let's talk filters. I finally got myself a red colour filter for some wonderful black and whites. It basically makes them pop or adds more contrast by filtering certain lightrays. And a variable ND (neutral density) filter, which essentially blocks light and allows for either wide apertures (for dreamy bokeh portraits) or long exposures both of which in full sun.
Sat 21st May (my b'day), I decided on breakfast at King Arthurs, a sweet little café on Arthur Street, in Newfarm. Selecting the 'streaky bacon bap' w/ fried egg, mozzarella, tomato relish & cress ~ was certainly without regret. A good start to a glorious Sat in SE Qld / Brisbane.
Located in a previously unknown building, the interior is modern and mostly minimalistic. With touches of homely adornments and thoughtfully furnished with plywood tables and chairs. I recommend an early start as it is quite popular amongst the locals.
The staff are very friendly and the menu is tasteful.
With hints of a former life, the interior includes these wonderful louvers which welcomes the warm sunshine, allowing it to fill the upstairs space.
For more information about King Arthurs, please check them out on the webernet ~
It's been a while since my last post. Many exciting things have I been working on. This one in particular with you I will share with delight. The idea is not terribly new, however I was inspired by a setting in Brisbane CBD (Central Business District). And so went about testing it on my iPhone pano mode and thought, this'll work.
And of course the result (with a bit of tweaking and what not in Photoshop CC ~) The use of a leading line with a weird curve. Shot Cinestill 800t (tungsten balanced cinematic style), which has some wonderful colours in daylight.
It's been just over 3 years now that I started along this journey that is (and will continue to be) film. And in just under 3 weeks I will be having my first ever solo exhibition. Pretty pumped. This of course is only the beginning. With future plans for more travel, Scandinavia looks wonderful, and of course more exhibitions both solo and group.
I have thus far partaken in 5 group exhibitions and soon 1 solo exhibition. Some I was not able to attend due to location, but that's ok.
I write an occasional blog post about what I'm up to, projects, features and my creative / technical process. I guess I just love sharing my knowledge and experiences, to hopefully a wide audience. Having recently decided to start leading group workshops, to share and even learn myself a thing or 3 not only to share my things, but also hear and see what others are making with their cameras. Conversation starters. Learning from each other. Even potential collaboration opportunities.
There are still many photographic areas that I would love to explore, such as medium and large format. With a multitude of different camera systems, shooting styles, film types. I've got a few ideas, but this will have to wait for now. And also my current setup of 35mm, looking at different lens types to explore such as animorphic, tilt/ shift, fisheye, ultra-wide... The list goes on. Having recently developed a fascination with cinematic/ cinematography techniques alongside my personal pursuit / obsession with lines (architecture) and light. All being a major focus of my work or my 'style'. Street, architecture and landscape. Good lighting is generally the key to a good photograph. Whether it be hard or soft, light sculpts a photograph.
This is me in a shell of nut.
Handmade goodness right here in Brisbane.
Chocolate Brownie Leather, having recently opened up a cozy space in Paddington that makes beautifully handcrafted leather goods. I stopped by recently to see Eleisha's new space and took a few photographs of some of her works. An assortment ranging of pieces including tags, to wallets, sunglass cases, wrist straps to bags for a laptop, iPad, or the back. (She also does commissions, of which I've had 2x camera straps made).
Be sure to pop by and say "g'day". Open Saturday mornings from 9:30am until 1:30pm. View more of her wonderful work www.chocolatebrownie.com.au
Rarely I will 'edit' my photographs. I think it's only been of recent that I've been a bit more critical in analysing my work. From a technical point of view, in this case wide angle lens distortion. It would be wonderful to invest in a more complex photographic apparatus, but with a few tweaks (occasionally) you can correct any technical errors (mostly). The alternative is a tilt-shift lens. There are so many options for both film and digital, but for now, I'm sticking with what I have.
In the example below, is the original image photographed with a 28mm Prime lens. You'll notice around the edges there is a slight twist. Starting from the centre and heading outwards, the image bends. This is due to the natural distortion from the lens. The lower the number, the wider the angle of view is, and vertical lines will generally distort as you get closer to the edges. Hence why it is often recommended not to photograph close-ups of people with a wide (less than 50mm) lens as you'll get a 'fishbowl' effect. Sometimes this can work if that's is what you're aiming towards artistically, however in this case, I opted for something a little more 'optically' correct. This can be adjusted using 'lens correction' in Photoshop CC.
Most the time I enjoy using a wide lens for architecture and finding a 'line' to use as a reference point / guide for the final photograph. In this case, a wide lens is perfect. Much practice.
The final image with lens distortion corrected and a crop to throw out some unnecessary environmental elements which don't assist in the telling of the story behind the photograph / distractions.
Some additional photographs from Nov 2015 - Jan 2016.
Sciencentre Museum, South Brisbane.
All shot on Ilford 50/100 speed bw film.
6 rolls of film. The streets of Brisbane, looking for new inspiration.
The key was geometry, lens type and composition. Vertical lines will (almost) always (should be) vertical. Find a line in the framing and use that as a point of reference.
I would love to share my experiences and knowledge with you. I now offer One on One photographic sessions, where anything you want to learn from the basics (a good starting point) to something a little more fancy (schmancy).
Once you have the basics down-pat, we can progress with additional sessions if you wish. For a 2-3 hr session, with guidance and critique along the way, will be $150/ person. Discounts apply for multiple sessions and for groups.
Partially based on my Blog Series 'Technique & Approach', covering my creative workflow and other interesting things.