As is usual for me I get away from blogging about my photography and photography altogether. I have not been shooting much this year. I have shot some but not much and nothing that has thrilled me enough for sharing. Maybe I can get back into this game.
I got a new (used) lens at the weekend to take pictures at a Christening. It preformed very well at the Christening and I am now thinking of testing it out on the streets.
Thought I would just do a little post here today with a couple of shots from September 2016. Taken in London.
I have had one issue with film I have shot in the used Nikon F80 camera that I purchased. On a roll of Kodak Portra 400 at a family gathering half of the shots are either half or 3/4 black. There would be good shots before, between and after these shots.
The negative looks blank. A possible shutter issue? But, I am not sure. I have since shot a roll of black and white film that I will pick up on Friday to see if I have the same issue. If so guess I will have to figure out what is causing the problem.
Now to the images I shot on my second roll of film. These are from scanned negatives and have pointed out in two of them an issue that I cannot figure out what happened. Scanned on Epson V500 using Epson scanning software with Digital Ice selected.
All of these were taken at Chiswick House. Shot using 50mm lens. Film was Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400.
The image on the right had something on the negative. I removed a bit of it from the sky but left it on the pillar. Not on the print I received.
Green line appeared on the scanned negative. Not on the print that I received.
Over the years I have shot these same scenes in colour. But I do think these work very well in black and white. I had my DSLR set to monochrome black and white, shot raw, got colour on import, had to convert back to black and white in post processing.
I have no recent work to share. Life gets busy at times. Figured it was time to sort through some older work and found these in my London folder shot last month.
On another note last week I purchased a “used” Nikon F80. I proceeded to load a roll of film for testing. One shot fired… accidently rewound film while trying to figure out the settings on the camera… roll of film ruined… lesson learned.
I shall try once again this week to load a roll of film and shoot the whole roll this time to ensure the camera is in working order. I have two rolls of Ilford Black and White film waiting to use after I test a roll of colour film. Wish me luck.
On my old blog, and a couple years ago, I would create and add textures to my photos. It has been a while since I have tried this technique on my photos and I thought it was time to have a play.
This shot of Kingston Bridge felt like the right image to try the old texture technique to see if I would like the result. I used one of my previously created textures and the other one I used was a picture I took on this walk. Although this technique is not to everyone’s taste, sometimes it is a bit of fun to play with textures.
If you like to use textures or even if you would like to give them a try, click the above link to download the freebies I made.
It has been a few years since I visited this area with my camera. Along the River Thames in West Molesey near Hampton. So wish the sky had more detail.
I shot the scene first with my 28mm then my 50mm. I do prefer the 50mm shot.
The shot below is the same 50mm shot which I ran an Oil paint filter for something different.
Of course I could not resist testing black and white on the following compositions. I like them!
A Saturday walk with the camera. The light wasn’t the best. Some clouds and hazy sunshine. Therefore the light was a bit flat. In comes black and white processing.
I can’t decide if I got the processing right on this one. I like it though.
I took plenty more shots so more to come at some point in time.
A few more of my shots from Windsor. I so love black and white.
I truly have neglected both my photography blog and my photography itself. I have gone out with my camera a few times this year and what I have shot has held no interest for me. I found no inspiration in the spring blossoms which is unusual, as I do love to shoot floral and nature. I think I am tired of shooting the same old same old.
That is until I went to central London this week and walked from one part to another with my camera in tow. I am finding myself more and more drawn to street photography and shooting in the city. I usually come back with a few shots that I quite like. Add to that I am seem to be more drawn to black and white images. There is just something about a black and white photo that speaks to me these days.
Here are the successes from my outing this week.
Beautiful buildings on one side of the street…
… and on the other side as well
Entrance to Tate Britain
Tourist enjoying the city