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.