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!