At odds with myself.

My blog entries are usually put together in about an hour. I select the 9 images, write the text and upload in that time. Occasionally I have the time to select the images in advance, and save them for a rainy day. When I do this, I don’t normally revisit the images, but on this occasion I did. And I find it intersting to note that I wouldn’t of picked exactly the same 9 if I’d done it today. Maybe it’s because when I pick the 9 images, I just choose the ones I like on that day. Or maybe it has something to do with mood, or frame of mind. Maybe tomorrow I’d of picked another different set. Or maybe not…
Click on the images below for the original 9.



After dark.

I had an hour to kill recently in Sale, so of course I took along my camera. By the time I was free to kill my hour, the light was starting to fade, and by the time my hour finished there wasn’t much light left at all. As the light faded more and more, I was reminded that Black and White photography is not just about the greys, and the tonal ranges, and patterns and textures, but it is also about Blacks and Whites.
By which I mean we mustn’t be afraid to let the blacks go black, for the shadows to be too dark to contain any detail, and for the highlights to blow out, leaving nothing but pure white. It adds a sense of drama, which is usually a good thing, especially in black and white.

It’s hard to find much to blow out the highlights at twilight, so I decided to let the shadows block up instead. It makes it look later and darker than it really was (who says the camera never lies?) but I don’t think it’s to the detriment of the images.

It may not be very clear cut, but I’ve decided that this is going to sit in Documentary. It tells the story of the light drawing in and the little town of Sale entering the evening. It may be strictly more photo essay than documentary, but I’m pretty sure the line between the two is blurred anyway.

You know what to do with the image below….



I’ve been toying with the idea of replacing my Rokkor 58mm, with the Fuji 56mm. I’m not sure if it’s just GAS, but the focal length is one that works for me, and I’d like to start doing more portraiture.

I could always stick with the ROkkor. It’s not auto focus, and it’s not nearly as sharp as the Fuji. It doesn’t have the coatings of the Fuji, and it probably has much more distortion.
What the Rokkor does have is bags of character. It’s very soft wide open, and I really like the way it renders in Black and White. So even if I do buy the Fuji, I think I’ll keep the ROkkor.

All of the images in the gallery were taken within about 20 minutes of each other, all of course on the 58mm Rokkor.

Click the image below for the gallery, and then have a splendid week.