ARCHIVE 588 – SELFIE ON A BRIDGE

 

 


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Selfie on a footbridge, Lynmouth, Devon; 24 Sept 2009.

The striking shadow and backdrop were too good to miss, and I angled the camera so that, instead of being horizontal, the footbridge’s shadow cuts a powerful, stark diagonal right across the photo, more or less from top left to bottom right. The background, a dry overspill channel, is quite rugged and textured, and also variously green – this shot also works in black and white.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: F6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide film rated at 800 ISO.

2016 UPDATE: its almost unreal to see that this photo was originally taken as a colour slide/transparency – taken on 35mm FILM!!!   And I was having the film push processed, which means that although the film was rated at 400 ISO, I asked the company who were going to develop it to treat it as if it had a speed of 800 ISO.  The firm were (and still are, I think) based in Cheltenham in the UK, and sending the exposed film to them – and receiving back the developed colour slides in a neat plastic box – all took place via the UK postal system. 

Provia 400X was a wonderful film, excellent colours, fine grain, and I had no hesitation in having it push processed up to 3200 ISO or even higher on occasion.  Had digital photography not come onto the scene, I would certainly still be using 400X (or its descendants) now (but see below).

And film?  Well its only 7 years since this photo was taken, but all that seems such a long time ago.  Would I ever go back to using film?  Definitely not, absolutely certainly not.  The creative advantages provided by digital photography simply cannot be ignored.

2020 UPDATE: regarding Provia 400X colour slide film, time moves on and I now read that it is no longer produced, and that all existing stocks are past their expirey date – this does not of course make them anything like unusable but, as I say, time moves on …

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ARCHIVE 254 – SELFIE ON A BRIDGE

 

 

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Selfie on a footbridge, Lynmouth, Devon; 24 Sept 2009.

The striking shadow and backdrop were too good to miss, and I angled the camera so that, instead of being horizontal, the footbridge’s shadow cuts a powerful, stark diagonal right across the photo, more or less from top left to bottom right. The background, a dry overspill channel, is quite rugged and textured, and also variously green – this shot also works in black and white.

Click onto the image to open a (slightly) larger version in a separate window.

F6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 800 ISO.

UPDATE: its almost unreal to see that this photo was originally taken as a colour slide/transparency – taken on 35mm FILM!!!   And I was having the film push processed, which means that although the film was rated at 400 ISO, I asked the company who were going to develop it to treat it as if it had a speed of 800 ISO.  The firm were (and still are, I think) based in Cheltenham in the UK, and sending the exposed film to them – and receiving back the developed colour slides in a neat plastic box – all took place via the UK postal system. 

Provia 400X was a wonderful film, excellent colours, fine grain, and I had no hesitation in having it push processed up to 3200 ISO or even higher on occasion.  Had digital photography not come onto the scene, I would certainly still be using 400X (or its descendants) now.

And film?  Well its only 7 years since this photo was taken, but all that seems such a long time ago.  Would I ever go back to using film?  Definitely not, absolutely certainly not.  The creative advantages provided by digital photography simply cannot be ignored.

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DEVON 8 – SELF-PORTRAIT ON A FOOTBRIDGE (MONO)

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Self-portrait on a footbridge, Lynmouth; 24 Sept 2009.

The striking shadow and backdrop were too good to miss, and I angled the camera so that, instead of being horizontal, the footbridge’s shadow cuts a powerfully stark diagonal right across the photo.  The background, a dry overspill channel, is rugged and textured.

There is a colour version of this image here .  Which version do you prefer?

Nikon F6 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 800 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro.
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A Somali woman from Mogadishu, Somalia; 1979.  Somalia has been wracked by civil war, tribalism and corruption for 20 years or more, and now has no overall government.  It is one of the poorest and most violent countries in the world.  The people of the Horn of Africa – eastern Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and northeastern Kenya – possess a distinctive combination of african and arab facial features that often results in striking handsomeness and beauty.   Olympus OM-2 with 50mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slides.

This woman is also featured in the People 54 post.

Self-portrait 1: on a footbridge, Lynmouth, Devon; 24 Sept 2009. The striking shadow and backdrop were too good to miss, and I angled the camera so that, instead of being horizontal, the footbridge’s shadow cuts a powerful, stark diagonal right across the photo, more or less from top left to bottom right. The background, a dry overspill channel, is quite rugged and textured, and also variously green – this shot also looks good in black and white.  Nikon F6 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X rated at 800 ISO.

Self-portrait 2: drunkeness.  Setting the PowerShot’s shutter speed at one second, I held the camera at just about where my waist ought to be, and rotated the camera and my body during the exposure.  My old green trousers, my slippers and the carpet between my feet have all retained some semblance of structure, but the carpet further away from the axis of rotation becomes progressively more blurred as distance from the axis increases.  This little Canon camera is simply wonderful for this sort of experimenting and playing around.  Canon PowerShot G11; 400 ISO.

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