TECHNIQUE & APPROACH #24: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY NORTH EUROPE

Street Photography Guide. With a focus on light.

  Stockholm, Sweden , with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

Stockholm, Sweden, with perfectly set light. Nice and low. Sunlight early morning or late afternoon is perfect. Giving a sort of studio lighting effect.

My obvious choice is black and white film. I guess it’s just the simplistic tones, mixed with good light capturing everyday life.

  Stockholm, Sweden  at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

Stockholm, Sweden at twilight. Shallow depth of field, just perfect.

  Copenhagen, Denmark.  Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Double exposure. Waiting for the right moments. Taken in the middle of the day sheltered by the subject building. Creating some pattern with a double exposure slightly off with the 2nd frame.

  Stockholm, Sweden.  A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

Stockholm, Sweden. A good mix of tones / grey. Mostly wandering around and looking to see how the light works with the surroundings.

  Hamburg, Germany.  Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

Hamburg, Germany. Moody tones on grey days. With a splash of light reflection on the window facade.

 Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

Helsinki, Finland. Lined up nicely with a good mix of tones.

 Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Twilight. Silhouette from shopfront.

Lens selection is critical too. And film plane balance. When shooting consider building / vertical upward line distortion. This can either be fixed in post-production or using a tilt-shift lens. This allows you to move the film plane and prevent lens distortion.

If you shoot without panning the camera upwards, this will alleviate wide angle distortion.

This is simply an introduction, I do offer one to one training where I provide you with hands on practical tuition with the accompaniment of basic theory. Whether you shoot film or digital.

TECHNIQUE & APPROACH #23: MOVIE (TRAVEL) POSTERS

PRAGUE

From a young age, early beginnings in drawings (both cartoon and technical) to later on with digital photography and layout design. To this. A blend of film photographs incorporating digital layout design.

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Prague, most definitely one of my favourite cities. Eclectic mixed of it's bohemian past (still very much alive) to hints of modern. A classic blend of old and new.


JUNGFRAU, REGION

Fresh mountain air, rolling hills, crystal clear streams. What more could a person want? Staying in Lauterbrunnen, the mountain train is a perfect way to see this incredible place. With a number of stops on the way to the top, it most certainly is worth the trip. 

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Technique & Approach #22 ~ Europe Special

Just got back from two weeks traveling through Eastern Europe. It was certainly the full of new experiences and meeting new friends. 

This time round photographically, 13 rolls of a mixed bag. Colour (daylight) / cinema (tungsten) and black & white.

 Hopefully not too much exposure to x-ray security... 

Hopefully not too much exposure to x-ray security... 

A mixture of street, architectural and some landscapes. Blending techniques such as multiple exposure, light, everyday life. 

Places that often don't rank high on most bucket lists. Such as Nowa Huta in Krakow, Poland. Societal/ historical significance, circa post WW2. The steel works signage nestled amongst the two former administration buildings. With the use of 2x filters - ND for long exposure, R25 for red fiter / contrast. Pictured below - through the finder perspective. A couple of different viewpoints taken as multiple frames for panorama (edit in post). Kodak Tri-x 400. 

 TTF - R25 (red filter, creating an interesting effect). Variable ND wide open for framing and focus setting. 

TTF - R25 (red filter, creating an interesting effect). Variable ND wide open for framing and focus setting. 

Soviet dreaming. 

 The contraption. Cable release + tripod = essential

The contraption. Cable release + tripod = essential

Cinelux (cine - cinematic) (lux - light), incorporating elements of the surrounding environment and use of available light, for a stylised, relevantly placed photograph. A style I've been working on for a little while now. Inspired by motion pictures. And my analytical nature. Aspiring to create photos unique in approach, diverting away from the typical tourist snaps. 

Sometimes forgetting to reset the ASA mechanism. Push 3+ for 400. From 50, 100 (1), 200 (2) and 400 (3). Woops. Or develop under-exposed and see what happens.

 

 400 @ -3 (50) 

400 @ -3 (50) 

Starting in Budapest, then through Romania, Slovakia, Poland, finishing in beautiful Praha, Czechia. A definite fav. 

It's a bit of numbers game all of this, but I hope results are worth it. Spending sometimes a bit more time to create something quite unique and perhaps unusual. Sometimes the odd snap shot can produce a nice result. I guess I obsess a little over the technique, certainly more so after switching to film over 4 years ago.

 Praha, Airport.

Praha, Airport.

New friends, new experiences. People, the ones you meet, the others you greet. Rich in experience, full of life. Times spent together in foreign places, sharing. I am grateful for meeting some new people, thanks for the 2 weeks together. Here's hoping to seeing at least some of you again in the not-so distant future.

Film off to the lab soon.