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After months focused on other projects, I am finally 'coming back' to photography. These are some abstract pieces after a recent trip to Europe - winter brings raw beauty.
Some abstract 35mm shots returned. Film is not dead.
The art of lazy photography
Just a couple of weeks after my roadtrip to Bremner Bay and the south west coast, I have managed to get the developed black and white film back. I'm still trying to get the hang of the film look, even though I have been taking film shots almost as long as I have DSLR. I do get some excellent pictures back, but it's an expensive return compared to digital, and quite simply I am not efficient enough with my film cameras. If I have 24 exposures, I need all of them to count, and too often there are just too few in a roll that I am happy with. I guess some of that is confidence, and getting over the idea that I cannot see the final result (as you obviously can with digital). I'm the process of building up my film stock now, with plans to use it more often in the new year. For that to be most effective, I need to trust my skills a lot more, and that camera I use at the time, make best use of light meter, and make the shot count.
On this occasion, I'm please with these shots and this is a selection of the ones I took, so I think I got better value for the roll of film. Black and white is definitely the way I intend to go - it just has a much better feel to it, and is more forgiving of grain (in fact it often works towards enhancing the look of the picture). I'll still use colour, but I think for more selective matter in my pictures.
These pictures are 35mm, and were taken with Ilford HP4 film. For those interested in the camera, it was a relatively modern Pentax MZ-60. I took it because the light meter is more functional than my other film cameras, with its' lens a bit more versatility.
For the past couple of months I had a number of visual ideas bouncing around my head. With a few hours spare I was able to get some shooting done to see what I could actually produce. I'm still editing most of the photos I took, but I fast tracked a few on editing and the results are below. These shots were taken in and around Perth, with some just from my back garden. Thematically these were what I had in mind. It's pleasing to see these come to fruition. More will follow over the next few weeks.
A look at the cameras I use, and the stories behind them - No. 1 my Yashica 107-MP