Monthly Archives: May 2012

First lesson in colour

I took the first set of rolls to Big W in Auburn for film processing…. I just couldn’t wait to see the results! Well, I wont be doing that again. 3 rolls scratched and 1 of the rolls seems to be underdeveloped (I’m sure my exposure wasn’t off for the WHOLE roll). Here are 2 of my favourite images from this first roll and before you ask…  yes, both were candid and unposed and at different times of the day.

Some technical info: Still learning to colour correct. Currently using a plugin called Color Perfect and scanning everything with Vuescan as a DNG RAW negative. Film is Kodak Portra 400.

Last roll of B&W

These 2 images were on the last roll I shot on B&W film. They are perfect examples of what I looked for when shooting b&w. Contrast. I now have to train my eyes to start seeing in colour… which shouldn’t be hard in Auburn. I love the little details in the 2nd image with the shop signage. The Turkish pide on the left and “Ramadan Pharmacy” (which doesn’t exist anymore) on the top right.

Sorry for the 2 consecutive posts to my email subscribers, please excuse the spam. But I am in a bit of a hurry to finish uploading the B&W images and start posting in glorious colour!

Interesting subjects

There’s a few things that I’m constantly drawn to when walking the streets. My camera is instantly drawn to the elderly. It’s the years of experience and history written all over their expressions, clothing and posture.

I’m going to try and start collecting some stories with my portraits. *nods*

“Untitled”

I don’t know if it’s lazyness or what but my titles are always “Untitled”.

That is all :) Enjoy the new pics

“Would Henri Cartier-Bresson use an iphone to capture decisive moments if he lived in this day and age?”

This is in response to a blog post by Tamara Voninksi over at Life @ Random

Tamara poses the question, “Would Henri Cartier-Bresson use an iphone to capture decisive moments if he lived in this day and age?”

Of course it does not matter what tool is being used, it is the photographer’s voice that set him/her apart from the next guy walking down the street with a camera.

I was thinking about this and we’ll never know if Bresson would use a phone or not but I think as photographers, we should be asking a different question. I will keep this short and straight to the point, mostly because I’m a crappy writer, so hopefully this all makes sense.The question I want to pose is, “Would Henri Cartier-Bresson be still capturing the decisive moment if he lived this day and age?”

Let me explain. Bresson was a pioneer of photography for his time. A time when walking around with a small black camera didn’t exist. Travelling and capturing the world one decisive moment at a time and then sharing those images with people who had never seen such wonders.

In today’s world, everyone has traveled. The online and digital media-scape is suffering from stylistic and image exhaustion. Would Bresson be adding to this magnitude of imagery or as a pioneer of documentary photography and photojournalism would he be thinking about photography in a completely different way.

Just like Winogrand was a pioneer for his time or even Eggleston “at war with the obvious” made way for millions of photographs of the mundane. It is just something I have been thinking about with my work and why I have started experimenting a little more, not just for the sake of being different but just to keep myself interested in the medium.

Preconceptions and misconceptions

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