ARCHIVE 194 – HANDRAIL AND SHADOW
November 13, 2015 11 Comments
Minimalist – just the handrail and its shadow. The separation between the end of the handrail and its shadow is important, I think it improves the shot – cover this gap with your finger to see what I mean.
This might also look good in mono – maybe with the vivid blue restored.
OM-4 with 50mm Zuiko; Fuji Provia 400 colour slide, rated at 3200 ISO.
UPDATE: the sort of picture I took lots of once upon a time. Having done all I wanted to with birding, which had dominated my life for 35 years, I resolved to get into photography in a more purposeful way. Early in 2003 I acquired an Olympus OM-4 SLR, which I started using with the Zuiko lenses – 28mm, 50mm, 75mm-150mm – that were still around from my earlier Olympus OM-1 days.
I became enthusiastic for abstract compositions and found Bristol city centre a rich source. The diminutive Olympus gear was ideal for carrying around the city and, unlike with digital cameras, there were never any worries about changing the lenses however bad the weather – film cameras got a clean, new sensor every time the film was changed.
Having colour slides (transparencies) push processed (by +3EV in the example above) became something of an obsession. I loved the high contrast, grainy and rather false colour images it produced, and these attributes sat well with abstracts. And then of course it also made for smaller apertures and higher shutter speeds, which were a godsend in poor light. I was very, very pleasantly surprised at how colour slide film quality and speeds had improved over the years – all of which makes me sound rather like a museum piece I suppose, which is fine, although it is a little airless in this glass case …