Can you spot how many photo shoots are going on in this one image?
The incredible thing about these images is not the images themselves. The incredible thing is that I managed to ruin $75 worth of Impossible film during the time I made these images. Yes, not all photographers can claim such a thing, but I can and I do. Damnit. Did I tell you I loathe shooting in Newport? I do. I left the house with the pier as destination. Again. KNOWING unless something truly odd happened I wasn’t going to find anything new and noteworthy. But I went anyway because I was desperate.
I’ve probably shot these same images a dozen times, what you do when you are at the pier. But, this was my first trip with the Fuji. Basically I’m looking for evidence. Evidence of how this little camera works. Depth of field, highlight detail, shadow detail, sharpness, color, skin tone, etc. Just making sketches to see what is what.
Plus, a chance to use Lightroom again, which for me might as well be my first time. I feel like I’m in a flight simulator with no pilot’s license. “Sure honey, I can land this plane.” Ya right.
This camera is pretty fast. Again, I was fumbling with my Polaroid, asking people to make their portrait only to have the film implode in the camera, out of the camera, on the camera. “Sorry,” I would mutter as I turned my back and ripped loads of chemical film out into a nice pile. “Can we try again?”
In the middle I would take SECONDS and snap these images. Effortless. Didn’t really think much about them, but the ONE thing I will say is that the pier, often times, does offer me the spacing I’m looking for. The top frame is a good example. It’s easy to build images meaning foreground, midground and background. With digital there is so much sharpness that even loose spacing can work, where as with a 35mm piece of film, depending on the grain and process, I may or may not even shoot an image like this.
I’m rushing a bit here, but just trying to get ready for the moment I end up in a “real” shooting scenario. I will continue to post mountains of average work to keep you entertained. When I finally get something good I will shoot off a flare.