I have manage to edit some of my digital shots from the Classic Car show I visited the other week. There is a mix of cars and portraits, I noticed that this year I shot far more people shots than cars which showed me the way my photography is starting to go.
I really like shooting people be it portraits or just candidly in the street and since getting back into film that is what I want to do more than any other photography.
I still like the look I get when tone mapping Classic cars, this type of look is not appreciated by everyone but I like it….lol
Thanks for looking….. click on an image to see it larger
Well this shot was after the Classic Car Show but I put it first to show the difference between my 85mm and my 50mm.
I had a few frames left when I got home eager to process it and see what I captured I decided to try my Nikon 85mm 1.8 just as a comparison so I dragged my son Ben kicking and screaming out the garden to take a few shots to finish the film.
I love using the 50mm on my FM2n but I must admit the look I get when shooting portraits with the 85mm is so much better.
The rest of the shots were from the car show except for the line of trees, I shot both digital and film on the day and even though the digital shots were good when it came to the people shots I preferred the film.
We have visited the Lightboat in Cardiff bay on many occasions and it has featured in many of my photographs in and around the bay so this time I decided to have a different outlook and just shoot details and abstracts instead of the normal everyday photos.
The lightship Helwick LV14 was built and commissioned by Trinity House in 1953. It was brought to Cardiff Bay in 1993 and restored to create a floating Christian Centre.
A link to the wesite is here http://www.lightship2000.co.uk/ it’s well worth a visit if you are in the Bay, they do a very good pot of Tea and their Welshcakes are good too!
All the shots were taken with my D300s and Sigma 30mm f1.4
After the viewing we walked around the bay looking for photo opportunities using my film camera and my D7000 and Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and immediately came across a great couple sitting down enjoying an ice cream. I didnt want to shoot them candidly so I asked if they were up for a portrait and they gladly obliged 🙂
The main image at the top of the blog is of the Seamen’s Memorial Sculpture created by Brian Fell to the sailors of the Merchant Navy who lost their lives crossing the Atlantic Ocean during the Second World War and the building in the background is the Pierhead Building built in 1897 as the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company.
All in all it was a cheap afternoon out and I am looking forward to getting my film back to see the results, Cardiff Bay is a great place to shoot street stuff.
As a few of my followers of my blog know I have started getting back into shooting film again.
It’s a very enjoyable experience but is not a cheap pastime so I decided to take the film scanning part of the cost out by purchasing my own film scanner, an Epson Perfection V330 Photo to be precise.
link : http://www.epson.co.uk/Store/Scanners/Epson-Perfection-V330-Photo
Not only can I scan in my newly shot negatives but I had loads of old stuff dying to see the light of day and enter the digital world.
I have noticed that it is far easier to scan the new negs than it is the old ones, even though I thought I had taken care of them every little imperfection really stands out when scanned at 3200 dpi or approx 12 megapixel which is plenty for what I want to use them for.
I have uploaded some of my first scans, a mixture of old ( my daughter Amy on her 3rd Birthday 14 years ago) and some taken last weekend.
I am really impressed with the scanner it is pretty quick and the quality is first class, I scanned the neg of my son that I took a few weeks ago to compare it to the original scan I had when getting the film processed and I must say it was like chalk and cheese this little scanner took the prize.
I have no speciality when it comes to my photography, not being a Professional and having to earn my living at it so my photos are very varied.
The one thing that I have found over the last couple of years is that I enjoy shooting people more and more.
I have off camera flashes and studio lights but much prefer take photographs of people either candidly or much better after meeting them when I am out and about and taking an informal type of portrait.
Since getting back into film recently I am looking forward to shooting in this style on various types of film camera and waiting in anticipation for the results……..
Here is a little selection of shots, so of which I have posted on the web previously but some are new.
I took my 1st roll of film to Boots today for their 1hour service just to see the test results from my new Nikon FM2n.
I shot various subjects just to get used to using a fully manual camera on Kodak Ultramax 400 film. The portraits were shot using the Nikkor 85mm f1.8 and the others with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8.
I wasn’t very impressed with printing or the scans from Boots but I was very pleased with the focus and exposure considering I am used to Aperture priority and Autofocus.
I can’t wait to get some Fuji Professional PRO 400H and some Kodak Professional Portra 400 and shoot loads more stuff but get it processed by a decent lab.
The camera is a real pleasure to use and I am so pleased with the results, there is such a difference between using Film to shooting Digital it slows me down and makes me think about the photograph instead of just snapping away and picking the best in post production.