Galen Rowell’s Vision (The Art of Adventure Photography) is a full 288 pages of fantastic essays and pictures on immersing yourself in your surroundings with the single goal of capturing definitive moments in time. Its also contains plenty of technical fundamentals on film types and lighting as well as the remarkable differences between the way Nikon F3 communicates to its user as opposed to the intuition of the F4. A must read for those wishing to advance their art.
Mountain Light – Galen’s Website
Having been a while since my last roll of film, this latest set concentrates on the warm glow of both sunrise and sunset. Needless to say a few early mornings in the wind and cold were endured.
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Back from a weekend wandering around Melbourne! Its a great place for street photography or simply just indulging in the fantastic food that every little corner cafe seems to offer. Though, I did come to realise the importance of saving weight and traveling light. Let me explain… As I had rolls of film in both my F5 and P645NII, I had somehow thought that it was a good idea to take both. It gave me options of both black and white as well as colour film but this was soon forgotten after walking a few blocks. I put up with it but my full creativity was certainly curtailed. Traveling light and being flexible is always the key. On a side note, I did get my hands on Fuji’s new X-Pro1. I wouldn’t trade film for it but this retro looking digital rangefinder is well ahead of the competition and something that has been worth the wait. Pictures to follow soon!
Here’s my 5 steps to taking better pictures or at the very least a simple iterative checklist that you should go through before each shot. Conveniently listed in order of importance.
Composition – The all important bit (rule of thirds and focal length etc).
Lighting – Patience or perseverance, both may be necessary!
Aperture – Image quality, DOF and falloff.
Speed – Film speed, usually fixed or digital ISO.
Shutter – The final bit in the three piece exposure puzzle.
A simple 15 second exposure that just works, that is if minimalist is your thing!
The last couple of weeks of ‘winter like’ weather during the peak of summer has given me a lot to think about (as well as confirm previous thoughts) when committing yourself to capturing a scene in the right light. With rain and no sign of blue skies each day I had almost given up on using the half-dozen frames I still had in the camera. But each day I went outside at sunset to see how the light was interacting. More than once it surprised me with some fantastic colours which resulted in the hasty decision to grab my camera and tripod and drive down to the local lake. However, because I didn’t pre-commit to be in the right place at the right time I returned empty handed on all occasions as I was too late. Determined to get some results I set the alarm for some inconceivably early time so that I could be in place down at the beach as the sun rose. Success! Whilst not the most stunning display of colour ever witnessed, I was there waiting and ready.
Rochester, New York – After 132 years Kodak has today filed for bankruptcy. From its original Brownie cameras and invention of Kodachrome to its only recently declassified high altitude and space based imaging systems designed for the US Department of Defense, Kodak had always been at the front of the photoghraphic industry. Whilst it was the first to invent the digital camera way back in 1976, Kodak never really capitalised when digital formally hit the streets in 1999 and has certainly suffered in the last few years. Kodak Press Release.
This simple backlit image is a prime example why I love to use fixed focal length lenses. Taken with a standard 50mm f1.4 it’s sharp, contrasty and well balanced (if not a little green). Whilst not as dramatic as some of the wide angle shots I often use, it falls into my good but not great image category.