So after a few months off its time to get this place up and running again. It was bumpy there for a while, with a change of job, but it’s all good now. I’ve been out shooting more and I’d like to think that I’ve started to find a style that I like. I’ll be heading to London and Paris in just over a week so I’m very excited to shoot some street over there. Not only that, but I’ll be shooting with my new Leica M6 that my awesome wife bought for me!!! I’ll be sure to get those shots up when I get back.
I have wanted one for years. A Leica M2. She may not be the prettiest lady around, but she is smooth. Ran a quick roll through yesterday just to make sure all was well, and I was stunned at the quality of the results. I’ll have a better review up after a few more rolls.
If you use the Internet you’ve heard the news, Steve Jobs has passed away. This is not really the venue for this kind of post but I just wanted to say that I believe Steve helped invent the future. We are less, without him.
He is also quoted as saying, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” I find this quote very apt for
Photography. Keep pushing yourself. Experiment with your work. And most of all have fun!
Once I saw this short documentary by Adrian Storey I had to share it. It’s about one of my favorite Street Photographers, Charlie Kirk. An Englishman roaming around the streets of Japan with a Leica.
His style may not suit you. In fact his style actually turns some photographers off completly. But regardless of how you shoot, this is an interesting look into the mind of a photographer. Check it out here!
When I first started shooting film I tried to take the time to learn and research about different types of films. What the heck was the difference between Negative film and Slide film? E-6….C41..? It can be confusing for a beginner. I don’t have the expertise to get into a lesson about film at this point, but I do want to share a type of film that I really enjoy shooting. Red Scale Film. I love the color it produces! The effect is done by shooting thru the back of the film. There are plenty of tutorials on the net about how to wind your own Red Scale Film. Or you can do what I did and just buy some.
The camera that I used for these shots was a Gakkenflex TLR. It is a plastic kit camera that you have to assemble yourself. It took about 2 hrs to complete but I absolutely love this camera. I already loved shooting with a TLR and the fact that I built this one makes it so much more personal. If you have any interest in a small, cheap camera to shoot some fun pictures with I highly recommend the Gakkenflex. But as you can see in these shots you will not get a super sharp lens or particularly good focus. You will get vignetted, blurry shots, but teamed with the Red Scale Film I love the outcome. Red Scale Film is not great for all occasions but for trying something new out it’s a lot of fun. Give it a try…