Archive for the ‘s2a’ Category

Indian Summer

September 25, 2008

Finally a sunny day in Edinburgh…

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Early Summer

May 8, 2008

We are having great weather for a change. I took these on a walk with Rob near his and Claire’s new place in East Lothian….

I do like to be beside the seaside…

April 4, 2008

Every time I hear that song I think of the time my Dad shattered the silence in a big posh hotel in Cyprus by playing it with gusto on the big white grand piano in the austere reception area 🙂

Anyway these were all taken on Easter weekend on a trip down the coast with Rob. We didn’t stay too long cos it was freezing. Also I somehow lost my panoramic camera when we were there which is a pain. I have another and it only cost me 2 quid in the first place so its no big deal really but I do miss it!

My First Wedding

March 19, 2008

I photographed my first wedding recently. I think I did a pretty good job but I definitely think it was a learning experience so I thought I would just put down some of the things I would do differently if I had a time machine:

  • Follow the bride. I had intended to do this but I made the mistake of assuming I knew where she would be arriving….this meant I was not there when she arrived at the church and I missed some shots. I am still kicking myself about this because a few quick questions at the right time could have sorted this out.
  • Look for moments. The shots from the day that I am most keen on are ‘moments’ rather than stagy posed shots. I did get some but I think if I do it again I will be much more on my toes for these. In general I think its a great idea to shot as much casually as I can – this is where my strength lies I think.
  • Shoot as much as you can. Don’t be shy to shoot away…you only get one chance so better to take some extra shots than not enough. As it turned out I think I ended up with enough good shots but I can think of some that I saw but missed and there must have been a load more I didn’t even see.
  • Use your creativity. I think I was quite focused on documenting the event and thats good but I think I could have used my creativity a bit more.
  • Trust your photographic instincts. When the ceremony was over and it was time to do the ‘formal’ pictures the light inside the church was wonderful.
    My first instinct was to do the formal portraits and group shots inside but I decided to go outside. What I got was fine but I cant help thinking that posing them inside would have been better. I think the main reason I did this was just that there were so many people milling about inside but I could have worked round this / moved people away from where I wanted to use.
  • Spend more time with just the couple. I don’t think I spent enough time with just the couple – I think I should have tried more shots with them and also tried to take a mixture of formal and more impromptu ones while I had them alone.
  • Pay attention to what going on around you when you are doing the formal shots. I spotted these while lining up the group / formal shots but these are the only 2 like this. I am sure there must have been dozens of moments like them. Having your 35mm camera to hand while using my Bronica is a good idea.
  • Find way to have your film to hand – I was constantly searching my pockets for film!
  • Learn to use a flash! I would have liked to shoot at the reception too but it was far too dark for anything but 3200 speed film and even then only in some places and its very grainy and I think less suited to wedding photography. I have been putting off learning about flashes but if I want to do any more of this I just have to bite the bullet and learn a little bit about lighting.
  • Get more of the kids. It occurred to me a couple of times during the day to get some good ones of the kids but I never quite got round to it.
  • Be in the right place at the right time.

    Easier said than done I know but I think if I had asked more questions about the running order I could have planned my movements a bit better.
  • Shoot the parents.  Well, take some photographs of them anyway 😉
    I had actually thought of this before hand and intended to get at least one good impromptu portrait of each of the four parent but I forgot somewhere along the line…
  • Em, I knew I should have written this sooner … can think of the rest of what was running through my head the day after right now! I am sure it will come to me and I will come back to this…

Zoe

November 17, 2007

My niece Zoe demonstrating the use of her mobile phone.

Rugrats

October 8, 2007

My two youngest Nephews Iver & Robert on a nice sunny Saturday morning on a recent family trip to Oban.

I wish I had taken some more that morning – the light was great and both of the babies were content enough to have me photographing them.

Scenes from an office…

September 26, 2007

I was the only person in our office a couple of times last week and releived the boredom by bringing in toys. No, not Hungry Hungry Hippo that requires 2 – 4 players, I brought my bronica s2a instead.

In Tray

Come in number 4, your time is up

September 18, 2007

Some more from my Bronica s2a which seems to have reasserted itself as my favorite camera….what will I do when I run out of the cheap Velvia slide film I bought though???

Harvest

September 12, 2007

All taken with my Bronica s2a with Velvia slidefilm.

Portrait of a hi-tech Sunbather

August 23, 2007


This is taken with my Zenza Bronica s2a, a 1960s tank of a medium format camera. Actually calling it a tank it is a bit unfair – it is actually quite a good looking thing, kind of like a traditional American diner with chrome and fins. And most importantly it takes really great pictures. I dont use it all that much though because it is extremely heavy to be walking about with. It makes a very satisfying noise when you release the shutter though…you certainly know you have taken a photograph.

This was taken on a camping trip to Cinnan Ferry on what in retrospect must have been the nicest weekend for weather we have had all summer. Neil is demonstrating the benefits of modern sunbathing technology and is clad in a hi-tech pair of Cambodian shorts which amongst other things have various unimpressive amounts of memory emblazoned upon them. I think I spotted a 2gb but I cannot be certain.