Category Archives: Street Photography

Roll 3: Kodak Tri-X 400

Roll 3: Kodak Tri-X 400

Very first actual BW film! Managed to find a lab to process it at an affordable price. I would love to process bw film myself one day but still slowly gathering the equipment and chemicals needed. So far I have a roll of undeveloped film I shot lol.. This shot of the opera house from the distance was the very first capture from the roll. It was raining pretty bad and after I took this, my viewfinder fogged up. As a consequence a few of  captures where out of focus as I could not see properly lol.

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Thankfully, I managed to find shelter. Everyone was waiting for the rain to ease. Each with their own places to go but gathered to one place for the same reason. Pretty proud of these captures as I was using the canonet with a busted light meter. Sunny 16 all the way! 😀

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Eventually the rain eased. Tourists flocked to the Icon of Sydney.

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Harbour bridge from the opera house. Always busy with activity.

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An invisible man sits amongst the crowd. Pretty cool dude. If you are ever at the rocks in Sydney you wont miss him although his head is missing lol. I think I have found my film of choice. Tri-x is brilliant!

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A change of phase/pace

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Ilford XP2

Recently I have been analysing how the environment I am in dictates the way I shoot. I am really into street photography (it seems this is wide spread) so I go into areas with alot of activity. When I first began I found I get lost in its fast phase and would just shoot like hell as I was using a DSLR. I would end up with 100’s of images with 3 – 5 decent ones. The environment controlled me, I was sucked in to its energy and was placed in a state of trance of hip spraying. At times this has its creative merits. For example the shot underneath was taken from the hip. It was completely by chance and gave the element of surprise once I saw it. What you do not know is that I took 5 shoots and settled for this one and of course a bit of  L4 action to get the mood.

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“A hip perspective”
Olympus OM-D E5

 

One can argue we see things unconsciously but I would like abit more control on what I choose to shoot. Now when I am in a more relaxing setting, such as a park or a river, even with digital I do not shoot as many as I would have if I was in the City. (still not a max of 36 though) As I have time to shoot, I tend to search for interesting features and compositions of setting. This has been magnified further when I started shooting film. All which have ventured or still use film cameras know the importance of patience, composition and just watching.

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Ilford XP2
Copyright Justin Tan-Torres"Solitude"Olympus OM-D E5
Copyright Justin Tan-Torres “Solitude”
Olympus OM-D E5

I am finding the way i shoot film is now extending to digital. I take less shots and compose it more.

Last week I went to the City to shoot some street photography armed with an Ilford 400 film with 36 exposures. I was there for 9 hours waking and only took 32 shots whilst out. I went out with a mindset of “only the one’s I had to take and nothing less”. This gave me courage to ask people on the streets to get some portraits. From the 3 people I asked 2 said yes. The most I had ever asked in a day and was pretty happy I started to overcome some fear that comes with street photography. Because each capture was a small selection I can recall them vividly, it has become a memory. I find this makes it that much more exciting as the whole roll has been carefully crafted by you.  So next time you are out shooting try and be independent of the environment and show “you” in them. I’ll be posting the Ilford day photowalk once I receive them 🙂 Cheers.

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Oh and film is not dead! Bring it back to the main stream!