Sergey Melnitchenko’s exhibition From Dusk till Dawn will be on display at Hong Kong’s f22 foto space from 6 June to 31 July 2019. Excerpts from the series Behind the Scenes(which earned Melnitchenko the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award in 2017) are combined with 77 monochrome works, which the Ukrainian artist captured in the streets of China whilst working as a nightclub dancer in 2015.
The black and white series presents an intimate view of Chinese society from the vantage point of an outsider. Rather than focusing on the glamorous or materialistic elements of a rapidly growing economic power, the photographer was drawn to fleeting scenes of ordinary life – from a homeless man sleeping on a park bench to the detached faces of passengers inside a crowded bus.
For further information visit f22 foto space
WECC member Nick Bedford recently took a look back at some Kodak Portra 400 scans from his time in Kyoto, Japan last year in 2017. While the scans are a bit rough in terms of image quality, they still show the lovely colours and look of everyone’s favourite Kodak Portra 400 film stock.
See Nick’s black and white film work from the Japan trip as well.
Our ILFORD Inspires 'Legends of Skateboarding' series concludes with Jason Lee's ‘THE AMERICAN PHOTO ROADTRIP’. Discover the philosophies behind Jason's signature aesthetic during a journey through rural Texas highway 380 to document the abandoned yet cinematic American landscape. A former Pro Skateboarder, Jason has established himself as a pillar of the film community making him better placed than most to identify the parallels between skateboarding and photography.
Filmed and edited by: Exploredinary (Sarah Reyes & Daniel Driensky) Score by Raymond Molinar End credits song "At The Cathedral" by Jason Lee and Eric Pulido Image credits copyright Exploredinary. Shot on ILFORD HP5 Plus
Source (IILFORD Photo Youtube)
Joe Brook's film ‘SKATEBOARDING IS OUR RELIGION’ is a pilgrimage to the epicenter of skateboarding, San Francisco, in Joe's iconic van ‘Big Blue’. In this rare look behind the scenes we watch Joe capture skateboarders using various photographic techniques for his work at Thrasher Magazine.
WARNING: The following film features skateboarding tricks performed by professionals. HARMAN technology and the producers insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-enact any of the activity in this film.
Filmed and Edited by Exploredinary (Sarah Reyes and Daniel Driensky) With additional GX1000 footage by Ryan Garshell Original Music by New Fumes Joe's Subjects: Ben Gore, Corey Duffel, Max Schaaf, Ryan Garshell, Brian DeLaTorre, Yonnie Cruz, Al Davis and Andrew Torralvo End Credits photos on ILFORD HP5 Plus film by Daniel Driensky Special Thanks to Joe Brook, Ben Gore, Corey Duffel, Max Schaaf, GX1000 and Michael Bain Joe's film processed by Blue Moon Camera and Machine
Source(ILFORD Photo Youtube)
Well, I finally shot my sixtieth roll of almost entirely Kodak TRI-X 400 black and white film since starting all this film nonsense at the start of 2017. What a ride. I just picked up some Kodak Portra 160 35mm to shoot with my M7. Me and colour film have never quite jived because of things like scanning logistics and my penchant for crisp colour digitals, but I'm determined to duke it out and win.
In other news, I enrolled in a two day NIDA acting course (a boot camp more like it). Life is weird at the moment and I need to run off the graded track for a bit. #yolo?
Seeing as a potential Film Workshop is on the cards ...something to wet your appetite ...
These simple step by step instructions will teach you all you need to know to start processing your own black & white films at home.
- Part 1: What you will need 00:09
- Part 2: Preparing the chemicals 01:06
- Part 3: Loading your film 02:06
- Part 4: Processing your film 04:02
- Part 5: Hanging and Drying your film
Source (V Youtube)
It's shown me in recent weeks and months that I'll never achieve these things I desire without room to fail, room to learn in the deep end and room to accept the rough weather, literally and figuratively.
YouTube and Instagram can be a dangerous time sink. Dangerous to your sense of contentment with a so-called "normal life" — aka going to work during the week, going on a bit of a morning hike on the weekends, grabbing coffee with friends, seeing a band and so on. Dangerous because those two particular platforms have become a massive inspiration to people, photographers or not.
Millions can all experience fear of missing out in unison, and that can't be a good thing. Watching other people do what you're not can be a source of anxiety amongst people, and I'm no stranger to its effects, but knowing that this is a thing, can I justify my own insatiable need for wanderlust?
I began photographing only six and a half years ago and I have a long way to go, but there are some things I've learnt in the last few years that have changed the way I shoot drastically. I've never enjoyed shooting hundreds of images just to get results.
I used to shoot extra frames just to make sure I was executing it right and getting the results, but over time I learnt to use other techniques to make my photographs in my head before I've even taken a single frame. I wouldn't have it any other way and have been applying it to my professional work.Read More
What a great sunrise! West End Camera Club members Nick, Aaron and Allan drove down to Mount Greville near Lake Moogerah, QLD to hike up to the south eastern slopes to photograph the winter sunrise. We'll be doing more of these as winter progresses.Read More
Daniel Njegich has worked tirelessly to cement himself as one of Perth’s leading young photographers, forever seeking to explore the defining elements of his subjects; Daniel has developed a unique ability for story telling through his craft.
Following Daniel’s first solo exhibition, ‘Victims of Politics’ in 2014 he has embarked on a number of passion projects, combining his love of culture and photography to tell truly remarkable stories from behind the lens.
The latest addition to Daniel’s portfolio is no exception; this year will see Daniel document a series of unique and interesting professions for his latest project, from a boxer and a butcher, through to an artist and a musician, Daniel will re-define the way we look at some of the worlds most skilled craftsmen.
Being drawn to unique characters and story- driven photography Daniel is setting out to document each profession in detail with a significant emphasis on the individual’s approach to their career to create a specific series of images for each character.
Its Daniel’s commitment and connection to the people he photographs that make his images truly memorable and this project is set to be no different.
No Frills HEADSHOT With & Without a Reflector
Quick Tip #2 in our ongoing no idea when we finish tutorial tips. So here we are again so the simplest head-shot EVVVER. Once again we have our trusty white wall and reflector. Whip out your camera set it to your largest Aperture you can focus on an eye whack a reflector camera left of light sorce (in this case our shop front window and ......BAAAAAMM.
Above we have no reflector (left) and with a reflector (right). We used the Leica Q set to a 50mm crop which is still a HUGE 8mp capable of 10x8" prints. All ya really need I say. A subtle but pleasing difference. Below is a basic diagram of the shooting location and the light direction
Crop above just for quality purposes. Nice and spanky. Now the final image below after Photoshop and some film emulation (thank you Exposure 7)
Not that it is needed but above is a crop of the eye area, nice and sharp.
What is “Exposure”?
We’ve all taken them – an amazing once-in-a-lifetime photo but when we look closer, the photo is too dark or too bright or the subject doesn’t pop enough. A properly “exposed” photo will show details in both the lighter and darker areas of a photo AND show the subject and background in proper focus.
Exposure can be defined as the amount of light that enters the front of the lens and hits the sensor of your camera.
There are 3 elements that determine the correct Exposure and they are heavily dependent on each other – ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. There are many combinations of these 3 elements that can produce a correctly exposed photo BUT the “effect” of each combination will drastically impact the creative look of the photo. Let’s look at each element.
ISO = Film speed
If you’re old enough to remember using a film camera, you would have bought various “speeds” of film depending on the lighting conditions you were shooting in. ISO determines how sensitive the camera is to incoming light.
Today’s digital cameras allow you to adjust the ISO (aka film speed) either through an ISO dial or through the menu system. The downsides of using a high ISO is that the photo will become “grainy” or noisy. It might be properly exposed but it will not be as sharp.
We're going to take a closer look at the four main modes available on most cameras and discuss scenarios where each mode makes the most sense. Ready? Let's dive in!
You may have heard it from a friend, from a popular photographer on the social media outlet of your choice, or read it on a blog somewhere. Maybe it resonated with you and you found yourself rotating that dial on your camera or diving into your camera’s menu to switch things around. Maybe it scared you, confused you, and left you in the barren wastelands of photographic information overload. We’ve all been there…
When I write for this blog I’m too often concerned with everything I say being ‘right’. Sometimes it’s interesting just to take up an idea and see where it goes, meander with it through to a conclusion and then leave others to decide if that meander is interesting or not. A year ago I published a post here on the much hyped ‘death’ of photography. This piece was an attempt to refute the endless nay saying, the self-flagellating pessimism of photographers. Predictions of photography’s demise seems to occur more than ever now, paradoxically at a time when people have never been so interested in photography.
Peter Lik’s hollow, cliched and tasteless black and white shot of an Arizona canyon isn’t art – and proves that photography never will be
Photography is not an art. It is a technology. We have no excuse to ignore this obvious fact in the age of digital cameras, when the most beguiling high-definition images and effects are available to millions. My iPad can take panoramic views that are gorgeous to look at. Does that make me an artist? No, it just makes my tablet one hell of a device.
The news that landscape photographer Peter Lik has sold his picture Phantom for $6.5m (£4.1m), setting a new record for the most expensive photograph of all time, will be widely taken as proof to the contrary. In our world where money talks, the absurd inflated price that has been paid by some fool for this “fine art photograph” will be hailed as proof that photography has arrived as art.
came into still photography by way of video. Throughout my younger years I was always playing with video cameras, and when I graduated college I set out to buy one of my own.
Like so many others, I turned to the Internet for guidance. I got lost in a whirlwind of blogs, forums and tutorials. As a recovering technophobe, it was overwhelming and scary. This was to be my first major post college purchase, and I wanted to research the subject diligently.
Finally pulling the trigger on that camera, I often still found myself visiting those same websites and forums. This had become a daily habit over the past few months, and the compulsion never seemed to go away.
I read up on every detail, rumor and review about new cameras and old. I became obsessed with the technology of photography. I understand the reason some people see this as unhealthy, but let’s try and comprehend the positives that go along with this obvious case of “gear lust”.