I am one of a lucky few to get my hands on these jumpers made by Zorra a.k.a. @emeraldstarfox so me and Hannah had a walk around Shrewsbury and found this graffiti, so we spent a few minutes shooting on film until we woke up a tramp sleeping just a few yards away. He seemed less surprised than us by this encounter but this is a preview from the shoot. I’ll upload more later (I’v been neglecting the blog)
Taken on a Pentax Spotmatic sp2, super takumar smc 50mm f1.4 most likely on kodak ektar 100.
On Sunday I travelled to Solihull to photograph Farrah, it was really good to meet the family (Farrah is sister to Zorra who is going out with my cousin Ben). We had no plans and so just went for a wander around the local area as the sun started to get lower in the sky. I switched my old Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 from my Pentax Spotmatic onto my Nikon D300 and shot into the sun using my hand to block some of the light entering the lens. The old lens may not be optically perfect but I think this adds to the images in a way that newer lenses cannot match. Images are straight out of camera with no editing, shot in RAW then converted to JPEG and uploaded here. Enough rambling—
I had my interview to get on to the design and technology PGCE course at Staffordshire University on Tuesday so all my time lately has been spent reading up on educational issues and such like. But, I got a conditional offer so all is very good in the world as I don’t really know what else to do!
Anyway, back to the pictures. These were taken 9days ago at the train graveyard. Whilst none of these images are in my favourite list it was a good day and Chloe Nicole is good in front of the camera! I look forward to some fashion/editorial shots in the future with her.
Films are to be developed soon, got a vintage film in the Pentx Spotmatic and some beautiful beautiful beautiful Kodak Ektar 100 in the Mamiya.
I’v got a busy time ahead with 3 weeks of placement to do in a school, a 2 week subject enhancement course and to finish my degree by September. Not to mention a product shoot in Shropshire, a childrenswear shoot down in London and shooting a Dyno day for charity in Birmingham!! Never mind rugby three times a week, can’t complain though, it’s best to be busy!!
Its true what they say, it is all about the light. Driving back from uni and the light turned really nice, burning all the fog away instantly so we pulled into Copmere End and took a few quick snaps. I only had my old Takumar 50mm f1.4 on my D300 so I was constrained slightly by the fixed focal length but the 50+year old lens flares madly (which I consider a good thing) when shooting into the sun. Below are a few technical outtakes but I kinda like them and they will serve as ideas to work on.
On a personal note I got accepted onto the Student Associate Scheme today so thats a nice £600 for 15days work in a school in the summer. More importantly it will also look very good on my PGCE application.
I finally escaped from my Uni work and managed to sort some time out with the camera. My friend Tom was also up for shooting so we messaged a few models on Model Mayhem and Becky was available. We headed to Copmere which was still frozen over and has a few jetties but we couldnt reach many due to the mud.
Unfortunately both the weather and the light were not very good…. everything was arranged so we decided to persevere and see if we could salvage some shots from the weather. I was shooting my Mamiya C330 mainly but the shop I get my films developed is shut until the new year so I have to wait to see how they turn out!!! Here are a few from my Nikon D50, mainly used with my Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 but some were with the Nikkor 70-300mm. Only using one reflector, no flash.
So I finally finished the roll of film that was in my Pentax Spotmatic and went and got it developed!!!
a few nice shots in it but I really need a negative scanner because paying to get the prints and then scanning them in on my filthy dusty scanner is rubbish i just cant get rid of the dust on it grrrr!!!! roll on xmas break so I can take lots of pictures
heres a couple of unedited pics, all from a cheap roll of fuji iso400 in my spotmatic with the brilliant super takumar 50mm f1.4
Today I was shooting Hannah who I found on Model Mayhem. I decided to go without a plan and just see what happened and how things went in front of the camera. Things went well (a lot better than yesterday – no police problems) and we got some nice shots. I shot a couple on medium format and a whole roll of 35mm which will be developed tomorrow so I’m really excited about that! We walked around town for a couple of hours and battled midday autumn sunshine to get these….
I like finding old photos so I scanned these pair in on my own scanner (which is pretty poor quality) but at least you can actually see them!
They were taken on the old Pentax Spotmatic 2 (from Manda) which had the Super Takumar 50mm F1.4 lens fitted to it. I was using Ilford fp4+ black and white film which I love in this camera and its only 125 iso so on a really sunny day like this you can still use nice open apertures even though the cameras fastest shutter speed is 1/1000 of a second.
I dont know who these people are but they were just sitting in the middle of chaos at the British Museum. It was so hot and noisy with so many people around but somehow these pair had each found their own quiet spot to sit in.
I also really like candids
Well this was yesterday….
Shot up at Haughmond hill near Shrewsbury with Hannah as Alice wearing an outfit designed and made by Naomi.
I used my 50mm Takumar for 90% of the time with my 70-300mm nikkor being used for the rest.
To get us all together at Haughmond hill at the same time it meant it had to be at 1pm which was less than ideal light for me to work with and I was without the use of a reflector so I had to make do with the natural light. It was also a Sunday so it was so busy up there so we headed off the beaten track to avoid funny looks and to allow the model to change clothes. I think its safe to say we had fun doing a shoot like this and even the dogs enjoyed running about up there.
The last two pictures are of Naomi and Hannah (complete with Walter & Bracken who helped)
Well at long last I had my last day of term at uni yesterday but the bad thing is I started my new term today, which sucks. But at least all the late nights are done with for a few weeks now until they hand out the next bunch of assignments.So….due to all this free time of mine I thought I would explain a couple of old photos of mine.
The lovely woman in these two photographs is Hannah Roper. I took these two photographs on my Pentax Spotmatic 2 35mm film SLR. I had the super takumar 50mm f1.4 lens fitted and both these shots were taken at f1.4 (hence the softness in them) but I really like the mood that this creates in the shots. We were just mooching around the woods looking for good places to take photos and most of my shots were on digital which can be found here
Found enough time to stop off at Copmere which is a lake near my house. Went for a quick walk around with Naomi and took a few pictures with the 50mm f1.4. It was raining and cold so we didnt stay too long but it looks a good location for some future shoots with some nice features out into the water so hopefully I will be back there soon!!