Some recent Bristol 'street' images.

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  1. Bristol Pete

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    Just some snaps taken over the last week really. I have been using 30 year old battered manual exposure and manual focus film cameras with fujifilm colour and some Ilford black and white - all ISO 400 but 'pushed' occasionally. I had them developed locally and put onto a CD.

    I have been thinking about 'street' photography over the last few days and sessions, which are usually in half hour ish in length, rapid movement from me, set it up, snap and move on. As such, I generally shoot with a bright Fstop to let in plenty of light on the grey days.

    There is a lot of cliches where street is concerned - all endemic of the usual stuff, leading lines, rules of thirds, negative space, use of signs and icons but I think these can be breached because I simply use a 50mm lens and use my feet to get a shot that pleases my eye. I really like images where a person looks away into the frame, but that renders the eye contact ineffective, which as we all know is 'the' key thing in a portrait.

    As such, I dont consider these to be essentially street, more of a street portrait thing. If you refer to shot 2, I could label that something like ' A fag with your wine' but not into that really. The shot with the yellow van is one I love - I was framing the shot after spotting it and then of nowhere, this kid cycles across the frame on a BMX as I nailed it at 1/125. Amazing.

    Comments welcome. Enjoy. Of course, no exif intact due to the use of film.


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    I saw that first one on Flickr before here. I think it's just great, wonderful framing and a great blank expression. #14 is my other favorite of the set :smashin:

    You have certainly been giving Flickr a bashing Pete, more photos uploaded in two days than I have uploaded over the last year and a bit :eek:
     
  3. Bristol Pete

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    Yeah, been having a sort out ready for archiving and dumping 06/07 shots onto an external hard drive.
     
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    Number 1 for me.......very cool.

    Pete I am looking at doing film also, how much could I get a 50mm setup for ? Any brand don't really matter !
     
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    Well, I got some F1 sort of Canon thing with a 1.8 FD lens for 19.00 at a car boot sale. Just had to put a new CR2 battery in it - jobs a good un.

    I am going to manage film shooting to maybe on or two rolls a month - just for fun really. I was like a kid in a sweet shop collecting my prints earlier and yet they know me as a local sport photographer as had some decent stuff printed there. You gotta laugh.
     
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    Thats spot on, I want some fun ;)
     
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    good stuff - always like to see a bit of street (especially local stuff) :)

    #3 and #14 work best for me
     
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    Really like these Pete - Nice feel to them, you obviously built up a good rapport with each subject.

    There's a touch of the Elliot Erwits about the first one, really nice.
     
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    Ahoy Pete!

    Love the woman walking in front of the pink door. Almost 'Beatle-esque'.
     
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    These are great Pete. I agree with you about the yellow van shot; the BMX really makes the shot.
     
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    Looks like you're rather braver than me going out there and getting people to let you take their photo. I love the first one, and the two of the workmen on the bench looking straight ahead then looking to your right is excellent - I can just imagine a pretty girl walking past :D.
     
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    I like them all without exception, nice to see straight forward uncomplicated photographs:smashin:
     

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