The art of lazy photography
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.
Whales, flower and plenty of sea - photographic vistas aplenty on a roadtrip to the south coast
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
I had an urge to visit new places, see new sights. So I had a look round for somewhere to do a bit of walking, and a bit of photography. Taking the opportunity for some socialising, I also set it up on a local photography meetup, bringing in a healthy number of fellow clickers. Trekking up a hill called Baldwin's Bluff and then a quick side visit to a local waterfall. I need to get some serious editing in for some of the photos, but these are a quick selection. I keep saying I don't do macro, but it seems to be more and more common these days.
*Don't worry - I'm not trying to make a habit of using 'step' analogies, it just seemed suitable for this occasion
Getting photos on the go can deliver spectacular results
So after an initial flurry of activity I thought I should step back a little, and give the website some breathing space. This gives me the opportunity to reflect with more clarity, and less rush and emotion. A little reflection can go a long way.
I have made some changes to the various galleries; adding a photo here, removing one there. Some photos that looked too similar have been discharged as it was pointed out to me, quite rightly, that there is little need to put similar shots on a portfolio. No one wants to see the same shot over and over.
I played around with the layout, but settled on the one I have with some alterations to the way the pictures are presented on screen. This way they take up less of the screen and become less imposing. In short I've been tidying up.
My next task is to update all the tags, metadata and all those little tweaks here and there. I did get some feedback that the portfolio is Flickr like, but I'm not so sure I agree. The set up is different and this is a presentation of my best work, not all my work. I'm sure as projects develop over time more themes will become apparent, linking the photos, but that is something I can work towards.
I'm sure that there will be more changes I can make over time, but the long and short of it is that I have a portfolio of my best work up and running online.