Thursday evening we met at Baglan Port Talbot to take some shots of the gas pipes they have running along the length of the indutrial park. We had to look for interesting points, shapes and landscape and Roger suggested that they will look better if we turned them into black and white images. Which I have to agree.
All the class went up to Pontneddfechan and walked up to the 1st waterfall, which took about 30mins. Using tripods and long shutter speeds of about 5-8 sec depending on the F-stop, we were able to get the silky look to the water. Due to light conditions we didn't need any neutral density filter. This waterfall you are able to walk behind it.
Returned to college this evening after 2 weeks off for Easter, We just checking on our workbooks which have to be completed by the 8th of May. Only things I have left to do is write up about Light Painting, Depth of Field, end of year project and 1 more photographer who inspires me. Hopefully I'll finish the Light, Depth and photographer by Sunday this week. Next week Wednesday and Thursday we are going up to another waterfall and the next night to an industrial area.
To carry on from the last blog on film, I have bought another film camera A Yashica Electro 35 off eBay I wanted something which would be good to use for street photography. Up until now apart form the tasks in the studio all my photos are mainly landscape or creative no people and the more I get into photography the more I want to try different areas. I have always liked street photography but never thought about trying it but since I've bought the TLR the more interested I've become.
I wanted a camera which would be smaller in size and quicker to use and after a few hours of reading reviews I found the Yashica 35mm Rangefinder. I also liked the look of this camera and how you use it which is in aperture mode. Hopefully I will have it by next weekend and will post some picture from it.
I decided to buy a film camera this week, so I looked online and found an old Seagull TLR medium format camera and to go with it a Leningrad 4 light meter. I really wanted to do more with film and processing has I really enjoyed what we done last September at the start of college. So I thought I'd have ago of processing my own black and white film at home.
Using the TLR makes you think more about what you going to take, framing and composition, because it only holds 12 shots and there is no display to see what you've just taken.
I didn't want to spend much on film because I was unsure if the camera was working properly, I found online 5 rolls of 120 B&W Shanghai GP3 for £12 which I'm very happy with and pleased with the end results. The only problem with the film is that it is really curly and because I'm scanning the negatives its better for them to be flat. I found to stop them curling so much I put the negatives back round the developer reel the opposite way of the curl for a day or two and that stop most of the curl. If you've not used a TLR camera I fully recommend them they are fun to use and can produce some outstanding images.