On Wednesday, I drove up to Cardiff for a street photography workshop run by Kevin Mullins. It was a long drive from Padstow but I'd never been to Cardiff before and this was the only workshop that was in the half term holidays. Despite the trauma of being in a bus lane, with nowhere to go and a bus hooting loudly at me, I survived city centre driving and parked up~only a 'mere' £20 for just over 6 hours parking!
We met in one of the main shopping areas then headed for the nearest coffee shop for introductions and a run down of the day. Along with Kevin, there were 6 of us with a range of experience, both amateur and professional photographers. And yes, with the exception of Mark, we were all using Fuji cameras! The first lesson was how to optimize battery life as Fujis are notoriously poor for this; you might only get 400 shots. I did take 5 spare batteries just in case! The second lesson was just enjoy the day.
Cardiff has a very welcoming feel and is quite attractive with the castle walls nearby. I didn't realise the Millenium Stadium was right in the city centre! We warmed up by just taking some images then we had to look for the colour red.
Checking our settings...
How close can you get and take a photo without being noticed? Lots of techniques to try like resting the camera on your lap or using the tilt screen...I do like this image because I want to know what's in the bag but I'm also interested in all the people in the background too.
Just before lunch we were experimenting with spot metering on a line between light and shadow. Whilst the others disappeared into a coffee house, I grabbed a pasty and got a bit carried away with shadows!
The panning technique...
I'd stopped to make a fuss of a dog and this gentleman also stopped; what a fabulous character!
Back in the coffee shop, we had a quick tutorial on processing images then it was the long drive home. Thoroughly enjoyed the day, learnt lots of new techniques and now need to get out and practice. Now, where are all the crowds in Cornwall?
Early yesterday morning, Harry and I set off in the mobile dog kennel for Bristol Millennium Square. The reason? Clifton Cameras were organizing a free photo walk which was hosted by Matt Hart, a respected street photographer. I wanted to pick up a few hints and tips with regard to street photography and also revisit my home town to see how it had changed. The event was also sponsored by Fujifilm so I knew that there would be a few more Fuji converts with whom I could talk Fuji!
We met in Millennium Square at 10.30 and the day was already promising to be warm....VERY warm! But that was good because there were lots of people about enjoying the summer...and shopping! After a brief introduction and chat, we set off. I knew that it was going to be impossible to get any candid, unobserved photographs being the tail end of 120 photographers; in fact, I heard the comment "oh, that must be the Bristol Camera Club", several times! But Harry and I were still able to practise our stealth street photography techniques on our unsuspecting fellow photographers and some members of the public. Harry, sporting his (heavy) dSLR, was amazed that the shutter on my XT-1 was silent!
With regard to equipment for the day, I decided on the XT-1 with 35mm f1.4 lens(which I haven't used in a long while!) and the X100s with its fixed 23mm lens in my small, light Ona Bowery bag. Harry opted for his Canon dSLR, two film cameras with a monopod and tripod attached to his backpack.
This was the planned route for the day:
It was great to be back in Bristol but I was amazed at the changes. It was only when we came out in the centre of Broadmead that I recognised where I was! It was really great to meet up with so many other photographers, many of whom had travelled some distances to be there too. I enjoyed the conversations, seeing what inspired others and practising taking photos without anyone realising....and that's much harder than it looks! Enjoy the images...
We had a great, if hot, day practising our street photography techniques and I would recommend this type of walk if you're interested. Imaging having 120 photographers on one of my photowalks in Padstow!
For those interested: the colour images were processed using the Fuji Classic Chrome simulation which seems to suit street photography very well. I enjoyed using the 35mm lens immensely but did miss the 18-135mm when I way trying to take shots of the graffiti-covered walls. The graffiti might be the subject of another Blog and I'll leave you with a couple you may recognise:
This is me...
...teacher, tutor, photographer, gardener and dog walker....in no particular order!