I cannot believe it has been so long since I was on the beach. The pier at low tide will always offer an interesting play with light, lines and space.
I made the most of a sunny, crisp winter’s morning to get over to the Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne wildlife park and see how the animals, many more used to a warmer climate, were coping with this cold spell.
It’s always interesting to go to Whitstable for the day. Not only because the seafood lunches are fabulous but also because the north facing coast is enjoyably disorientating, putting a different view on the sunset. And, my oh my, have the sunsets been glorious this autumn.
Can’t believe I’m keeping this going – much more consistent than my normal self.
Self taught over the past few years, not only does Conrad have imaginative concepts for different shoots, he is also making wonderful contributions to recording the town’s heritage with his portrait photos of local celebrities and trades people which are published by the local magazine Hastings Voice.
On this particular shoot, he had organised a make up artist: KW Make Up, a model: Katie Gould (who had never before modelled so big well done to her) and a videographer: Kastiel Wilkin. And, although I had gone with the idea of just watching to see how a shoot is conducted, I was encouraged to get my camera out – which I did. And, although a little different for me, here are the results.
Night time shots – tricky
I assume there will come a day when depth of field becomes a controlled variable rather than pot luck. This image was taken from a close point of view – about 18 inches from the main subject which was as close as my Nikon 18-55 would allow me to get whilst maintaining auto-focus. How focused would I want the background bicycles to be? And what about the focus on the pebbles? I hope with practice, these variables will become purposeful.
In my quest to learn all about this photology magic, I have taken a workshop to learn how to use the darkroom. I recently found out that a small charity who have set up a community darkroom in town were holding an introductory workshop for amateurs. I went and since then, I’ve been back a couple of times, on my own to practise what I learned. The results leave a lot to be desired but I want to record here, my first attempts at processing my own film.
To convert the negatives to digital, for the sake of keeping record of what I have (the eyesight is not what it was and those negatives are pretty small) and to blog about it occasionally, and hopefully see some progress, I have treated myself to a little, stand alone negative scanner (Veho VFS-008 Smartfix) which, although the file sizes aren’t very big, is perfect for what I want to do with it.
Here are some of the negatives I then had a go at making prints from. I have to say making prints on 8×10 paper is VERY satisfying. Now, I want to buy a better printer to print off some of my digital images… And so the cost goes on.
Processed in B+W for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge
Being only the third year of the Rye Jazz Festival, it’s not so surprising that the streets weren’t buzzing with activity and there wasn’t a saxophonist on every street corner. However, we struck gold when we turned up at the historic Buttermarket for a gig by a Hastings band: Safari Cocktail. Although we were two of only a few when they started, by the time they’d finished the first set, the street was crowded. Great musicians, great fun.
Because it was such a small venue, I was able to get a lot of shots which then makes it difficult to decide which ones to show and virtually impossible to restrain myself to showing only 6 – so, here are 10. I really enjoyed trying to shoot this event and I shall be looking out for more opportunities to practise this type of photography again.