Got my DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Green light today. @ £25 I think it's one of the few things that's value for money from the Government.
A day of editing and web building.
Started firming up www.westonoutofseason.co.uk. I'm happy with the first page (Index.html), but still experimenting with the look of the others.
Also produced a couple of videos to go with this projects, opened a YouTube account and created a new Facebook page dedicated to it.
So, today's "stuff"
Contacted St Mungo's about a possible job placement.
Contacted Community connect on the same matter.
Checked out the "Assignments" books in the shelf.
And, on a lighter note. Booked out a Nikon from Tech bookings, to try and work with a Tilt-Shift lens. Culture shock!!!
I dislike top 10 lists, but here goes...
His "Olympians" is fantastic.
THE STREET PHOTOGRAPHER'S MANUAL. David Gibson (2011) THAMES & HUDSON
This has a slightly different approach to Street from the other two referenced so far. It has a rather extensive "Introduction" (Some 46 pages, which serve to outline the technical aspects of photography.
It then isolates styles (Busy /quiet / abstract / etc) and gives you a profile of a photographer who excels at that genre, and a project to go with it.
Quite an interesting read, but one I've yet to fully encompass.
THE NEW STREET PHOTOGRAPHER'S MANIFESTO Tanya Nagar. ILEX PRESS
A much lighter - and in many ways, informal introduction to street photography, it covers the basics, in a light, almost entertaining way. There is less emphasis on the "Who" of street photography, and more on the "Hows". Perhaps a little too much on on the how. THere are sections of Depth of field, Aperture, etc., and one is left wondering if you should perhaps already know all this BEFORE venturing out into this field.
After a light and entertaining "Photography 101 style introduction, it finishes with a showcase of several photographers. The ones which caught my attention are:
ANTONIO NAVARRO WIJKMARK (www.wijkmarkphoto.com) has an adaptable style that I enjoy, and would be adaptable to almost any urban environment.
DANNY SANTOS II (www.dannyst.com) also has a style that captures my attention.
In all, it seems to lose its way by going a little too much on the technical side of things. Personally, I feel that if you don't know Aperture, cropping, etc., you should get a "digital photography 101" book, and then jump into street once you've mastered the fundamentals.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY NOW (2010) Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren THAMES & HUDSON
This is my "Go-to" book.
It showcases some 46 or so "Street" photographers from around the globe.
There may be a time when I have to write about all the photographers in the book, but for now, a few "honourable mentions" will suffice.
Maciej Dakowicz (https://www.maciejdakowicz.com/) certainly is a photographer who I like the style of.
David Gibson (www.gibsonstreet.com/) is another.
Bruce Gilden (www.brucegilden.com/) has a style I "like" in the most fluid sense. I cannot always say I feel at ease with it, but I can see it as an option.
Martin Kollar (martinkollar.com/) has a distinctly style that appeals to me, but how I could do that in rural England is a point worth noting.
Jeff Mermelstein (jeffmermelstein.com/home.html) Has a style, which is superficially similar to Gilden, and it's hardly surprising he's from NYC too.
Martin Parr (www.martinparr.com/) is in there too. I'll leave it at that for the moment.
Gus Powell (www.guspowell.com/) In particular, his "Lunch Pictures" Series, are probably closest to one of my styles.
The Odeon Cinema. Setting up for a long exposure of the empty streets when I hear a bus approaching. Clicked. F10, 3.2 secs, 24mm 400 ASA
T-Bone in the new complex. F18, 8 sec ASA100. Zoomed during exposure. I like it.
Homeless Guy. Another guy is collecting his bindle from the alcove behind him. F5.6 1/50th 100 ASA 55mm
Woman with Pram. I used the yellow scaffolding as lead-in lines. F5.6, 1/200, ASA800 @ 105mm Cropped from a Portrait format.
Early morning Barber. F5.6, 1/50th, ASA800 @ 40mm.
Rushing. F4, 1/160, ASA400 24mm.
Cloudy weather ahead. Sun blitzing me from behind. HDR Image. F4.5, various exp. ASA400. 24mm. I like the almost brutal shadows everywhere and the isolation the sun from behind gives to the shop and the pier.
"I wish I'd known you Annie." F4 @1/2500. ASA1250 80mm.
Random stranger in a storm. F18, 1/40th, ISO1250, 80mm. I was about to do an HDR shot when she walked past. Permissive shot.
Stallholder@Eat Weston. F4.0, 1/125, ISO800, 70mm. Duped the layer, mono'd the top layer, blended because the purple backdrop was overwhelming. Permissive shot.
Man and Dog. F4, 1/500, ASA800, 80mm. Permissive shot.
Cathleen, or maybe with a K. F4, 1/250th, ASA800, 55mm. A Heartbreaker.
Eat Weston 22nd September 2018.
Sat 22nd September. EAT Weston. Horrible weather. I really felt for these guys. It costs them money to put this sort of thing on, and then the heavens open up and the footfall drops significantly.
Despite that, there was more than enough smiles to go around...
Another mix of Permissive / observational images.
Loved "Professor Paul Wheeler" - The jovial Punch and Judy Guy.
And the smiles were infectious.
On the plus side, the rainsleeve worked well, and the camera stayed dry.
Wet Weston - And Heroes of Weston...
Another wet day in "Sunny Weston".
I made a conscious decision today. To use a more "permissive" style of photography.
Stop someone - Explain what I am doing - Ask them if I might take their photo.
Most agreed, only one refused - politely - No cameras shoved up orifices, no verbal confrontations. BUT. Without the context of "Heroes of Weston" (See later) are these "Street / Social Documentary, etc?" Yes, I think I got some "nice" photographs, but is my photography about "nice things"?
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.